UFO Conjecture(s)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A 1954 Entity sighting (in Italy)

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Spanish UFO researcher Jose Antonio Caravaca provides us with a very strange entity sighting from 1954:

October 14, 1954. Parravicino D'erba (Italy). A sales representative, Renzo Pugina (37) was returning home when he observed "a strange light in a dark alley."

As he approached, he saw an odd being, 1.30 meters high, wrapped in a diffused light.

The humanoid turned to its left, with mechanical movement.

The head was covered by a helmet, the front of which was transparent. One could see a face with human features and mongoloid-like eyes, thanks to a small light that was atop the helmet.

The body was observed to have arms at mid-chest, all covered with a slight overlay of shining metal flakes.

The legs were placed in a thick tube (like a funnel), a cone, at the end of which was a long, thin tube that connected to a horizontal disc, the size of a bicycle wheel.

The humanoid floated a few centimeters from the ground.

In its right hand it held a flashlight which was pointed at the witness, who suddenly found himself paralyzed.

Renzo Pugina put his hand in his pocket, and by touching the metal of his keys found he could move a little.

He approached the humanoid, and said the word "Mars.”

The strange being "made a grimace of disappointment," and rose to a meter above the ground, emitted a buzzing sound, and left the area with increasing in speed.

After three or four days, at the site of the sighting, there was a visible substance, odorless, which increased spectacularly in size, but with the passage of time, shrunk and disappeared.

JAC/RR

Friday, March 16, 2012

"Swamp Gas" site demolished


The site of the 1966 Frank Manor UFO sighting that provoked J. Allen Hynek's "swamp gas" explanation was hit by storms and tornados Thursday, March 14th, 2012 -- the anniversary of the 1966 sighting in Dexter/Ann Arbor.

Huron Farms is the sub-division built upon Mr. Mannor's land after it was sold to a developer.

Co-incidence surely....or is it?

Jose Caravaca: The Distortion Theory -- explained


Esteemed Spanish UFO researcher Jose Antonio Caravaca has provided a succinct clarification of his Distortion Theory, with an intriguing example.

Click HERE to access Senor Caravaca's blog.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Roswell Dismissal

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Kevin Randle knows how to ramp up visitors to his blog; he places a Roswell title online.

(And our title here will likely bring out the rabid Roswell aficionados also.)

But there is a silver lining in Randle’s egregious pandering.

Effervescent skeptic Lance Moody, along with his distant (British) cohort Christopher Allen, has raised an important (as I see it) idea….premise actually. And it’s this…

In the context of the 1947 flying saucer craze, the idea that saucers were interplanetary craft had not gelled or formed as an explanation for the sightings which were plentiful in the time-frame.

That is, no one knew what flying disks or saucers were, or how they were generated, and from where.

Thus, as Mr. Moody relates this, he sees the so-called Roswell debris as being “flying disk” remnants, but not extraterrestrial scrap (metal or otherwise).

The stuff found by Mac Brazel and gathered by Jesse Marcel was just a pile of debris that may have been the parts of something that had been flitting around the skies, from some unknown source, and with purposes yet to be determined.

The scraps that caused the 1947 stir and continues to stir UFO mavens to this day were mundane, prosaic materials, settled to Earth, and thought by finders to be something esoteric, and provided the sobriquet “flying disk” by Walter Haut in his misconstrued press release.

The things referred to as flying disks or, after Arnold, flying saucers, could have been balloons, sent aloft by the military or a raft of meteorologists (for research) or even feeble spy devices of soviet conspirators in the New Mexico area – and there were many because of the Atomic Bomb tests in that venue.

Flying disks or saucers didn’t have the patina of “interplanetary” in the consensual mind at the time -- military, media, or otherwise.

That ET idea came much later, as Christopher Allen correctly intuits, from the germinating mind of UFO devotees. Stanton Friedman, Kevin Randle, et al.

Also, let me interject that the military, if one accepts the ET crash scenario, wouldn’t have treated the aftermath (the debris) and/or alien bodies so cavalierly, dumping them in a truck or packages for delivery, by airplanes or trucks, to far-flung Army sites for scrutiny.

The materials and creatures would have been examined in situ firstly and then carefully contained for transport to facilities nearby (or afar) for proper and thorough scientific evaluation. The military in 1947 was not as primitive as some would make it.

That the Roswellian quidnuncs seriously think that a Roswell crash, determined to be something from other worlds, would have been handled in the sloppy way that all the evidence and historical records show, is ludicrous.

Mr. Moody’s point and Christopher Allen’s skepticism rests on commonsense, and access to what has been accumulated over the years from the 1947 incident…and it’s an incident, not a full-blown episode with characteristics of science fiction movies and books that were extant shortly thereafter.

Roswell was a case of hysteria, exacerbated by some odd materials found near Roswell, in a time-frame where “flying disks” or “flying saucers” had become the mania of the times.

The manic fervor returned in 1978 or so with the imaginative ruminations of Stan Friedman and some fervid UFO hobbyists. Kevin Randle among them.

RR

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

UFO Spectacular: Voronezh, Russia, 1989

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A raft of sightings in the semi-rural city of Voronezh, Russia in September 1989 provide examples for Jose Caravaca’s “Distortion Theory” [http://caravaca-files.blogspot.com] and study for UFO buffs, ET believers, debunkers, skeptics, and mass hallucinatory aficionados.

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The gist of the UFO event(s) may be found at these web-sites:

UFO Folklore-Myth and Legend

UFO Casebook

Phantoms and Monsters

And a fine account is proffered in Michael Hesemann’s excellent book [Marlowe & Company, NY, 1998, Page 249 ff.]:

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Noted Spanish UFO researcher Jose Antonio Caravaca has studied this group of sightings and created pictures, for his Spanish web-site, to match witness accounts:

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Some researchers believe, Jose Caravaca writes, that the inclusion of the symbol of UMMO is due to an attempt by authorities to undermine the credibility of the event.

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"But personally, for some children's drawings, I think it is a distortion of the Cyrillic letter writing ZH >I<"...

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"The most interesting thing is that they saw a symbol >I< on the UFO which was like the letter Z in Cyrillic. Even the city's name was included in the "letter" ZH Voronezh = BOPOHE>I< ; zh=>I<"

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"There is also the detail of the elongated artifact that throws light rays, and the robot that moved in a very clumsy [way]."

Señor Caravaca finds similarities to the 1856 movie, Earth vs Flying Saucers:

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The following photos of the children who saw and reported their experience and their accompanying drawings, from Mr. Hesemann’s book, give you an idea of what was allegedly seen by dozens of people, not just the children.

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From Hesemann book [Pages 251/253]

The news agency Tass presented the stories as legitimate or bona fide UFO accounts, but that was Soviet Russia and caveats are necessary.

Señor Caravaca sees elements in the witness accounts that bespeak mental intrusions by an agency (unknown) that uses unconscious or semi-conscious images in witness’ minds for purrposes not understood (yet) but palpable when the accounts are examined thoroughly.

The UFOs seen by witnesses are not extraordinary within the context of UFO lore, but the entities and the accoutrements of the event are extraordinary as recorded by Tripzibit at Unsolved Mysteries of the World [2/19/2010]:

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“In the afternoon of September 27, 1989, several children in Voronezh, an industrial center with a population of about one million, were playing soccer in a local park when a giant red sphere, 30 feet in diameter, landed right next to them. A huge crowd quickly gathered. Suddenly, a hatch opened in the craft and two creatures stepped out. One was a short robotic-looking figure, the other was a gigantic humanoids (12 to 14 feet tall) walked about the town, perhaps sightseeing. The alien appeared to have “three eyes,” was wearing a silver jumpsuit, bronze-colored boots, and a round disk on his chest.

Because there were so many witnesses, and because of the earlier wave of sightings, the event caused a huge sensation. The news agency TASS picked up the story, and before long, it was front-page news across the world. According to TASS, and a report in the newspaper Sovetskaya Kultura, two boys and a girl from a local school - Vasya Surin, Zhenya Blinov and Yuliya Sholokhova - were playing in a park on the warm evening of Sept. 27 when suddenly, at half past six, ''they saw a pink shining in the sky and then spotted a ball of deep red color'' about 10 yards in diameter. A crowd gathered, ''and they could clearly see a hatch opening in the lower part of the ball and a humanoid in the opening.”

The three-eyed creature, about over 10 feet tall and fashionably dressed in silvery overalls and bronze boots and with a disk on its chest, disappeared, then landed and came out for a promenade with a companion and a robot. The aliens seemed to communicate with each other, producing the mysterious appearance of a shining triangle, and activated the robot with a touch. Terrified, a boy began to scream, but with a stare of the alien's shining eyes, TASS said, the boy was silenced and paralyzed.

After a brief disappearance, the three returned, but this time one of the ''humanoids'' had ''what looked like a gun'' by his side - a tube about two feet long that it directed at a 16-year-old boy. The boy, whose name was not given in the report, promptly vanished, but reappeared. Immediately afterward, the aliens stepped back into the sphere, which took off straight up.

Residents of the city of Voronezh insisted that lanky, three-eyed extraterrestrial creatures had indeed landed in a local park and gone for a stroll and that a seemingly fantastic report about the event carried Monday by the official press agency TASS was absolutely true.

Lieutenant Sergei A. Matveyev confessed that he had not actually seen the aliens, but said he saw the spaceship and ''it was certainly a body flying in the sky,'' moving noiselessly at a very high speed and very low altitude. To be honest, Lieutenant Matveyev said, he was a little skeptical himself when he first saw the object. ''I thought I must be really tired,'' he said. ''but I rubbed my eyes and it didn't go away. Then I figured, in this day and age, anything is possible.''

Vladimir A. Moiseyev, director of the regional health department, said in a telephone interview that despite reports of widespread fear in the city, none of the witnesses had applied for medical help. But he said that ''certainly we are planning to examine the children.'' There was no explanation why, with the passing of two weeks, such an examination had not yet taken place.

Mr. Moiseyev, like other authorities in Voronezh, the editors of TASS, and indeed many of its readers, treated the report as a serious scientific phenomenon. No extra men are assigned to patrol the area because the department is short-handed, said the duty officer at the local Interior Ministry department, who identified himself only by his last name, Larin, but he said troops would be dispatched ''if they appear again.''

The TASS correspondent covering the case of the mysterious visitors to Voronezh, Vladimir V. Lebedev, seemed insulted that anyone would treat the story with anything but the full seriousness that it was given by the agency. In a telephone interview, Mr. Lebedev described conversations with dozens of witnesses and with experts who had examined the evidence and spoken to the children. He said there were about three landings of the U.F.O between Sept. 23 and Sept. 29.

In the latest development, not yet reported by TASS, Mr. Lebedev said that Genrikh M. Silanov, head of the Voronezh Geophysical Laboratory, asked the children to draw what they had seen. Drawings said to be similar. Though isolated from one another, he said, the children all drew a banana-shaped object that left behind in the sky the sign of the letter X.

Such descriptions, Mr. Silanov said, were reported as typical of U.F.O.'s in a 1976 article in the now defunct American magazine Saga. Mr. Silanov said that a rock that was reportedly found at the site and described as being not something found on earth was actually a form of hematite, which is found in various parts of the Soviet Union. While not a witness himself, Mr. Lebedev said he had visited the site. ''The traces were still seen,'' he said. ''I could see holes of a clear shape that resembled the footprints of an elephant.''

Several scientists investigated and failed to convince themselves that all this was hallucination. The landing was investigated by a wide variety of scientists including medical investigators, psychologists, criminologists, and more. It was discovered that numerous other people in the area had seen and even photographed the UFOs. Some of the witnesses suffered weird side effects such as insomnia. Others reported electromagnetic effects on their TVs and appliances.

Most exciting, however, was the analysis of the landing site. Depressions in the ground showed that the object weighed several tons. Radiation was found in the soil, as were unusually high levels of certain elements—in particular, phosphorus. The Voronezh landing remains one of the most famous UFO landings in Russian history, and as of yet, it is still unexplained.”


If the accounts are fabrics of a hoax, it’s a elaborate charade….but to what purpose?

The things that stand out are the symbols, concocted or actually seen, such as the disk on the chest of the entities.

Of course, Jose Caravaca’s “Distortion Theory” works to explain, somewhat, the event.

A good case can be made for mass hysteria or group hallucinations certainly.

For me, the extraterrestrial explanation doesn’t work, as once the entities debark from the “saucers” or UFOs, they resemble nothing like that reported in other UFO events, thus creating a whole otherworldly category.

Whatever happened in Voronezh in 1989, fact or fiction, the events intrigue, for many reasons, all worthy of study within the context of UFO lore.

RR

Sunday, March 11, 2012

UFOs: Before and After

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Our esteemed colleague, Spanish UFO researcher Jose Antonio Caravaca has sent us a raft of pictures from various sources that preceded, by many years, the UFO craze that ensued 1947.

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From 1946

Señor Caravaca ties many of the images to his Distortion Theory – which can be found at his blog, which you can access by clicking HERE.

And I find many to precede some notorious sightings in the UFO literature, except for this one, well after the fact, by the artist, who didn’t know about the connection when he drew it I surmise:

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1211 England, Gravesend, Kent: During a Sunday mass it is said that the congregation saw an anchor descend and catch on a tombstone in the churchyard. The churchgoers rushed outside to see a strange 'ship' in the sky, with people on board. One occupant of the vessel leaped over the side, but did not fall: 'as if swimming in water' he made his way through the air toward the anchor. The people on the ground tried to capture him. The man then 'hurried up to the ship.' His companions cut the anchor rope, and the ship then 'sailed out of sight.' The local blacksmith made ornaments from the abandoned anchor to decorate the church lectern.
(From Bibleufo.com)

Then there are the airship depictions that surfeited fictional science stories well before the sightings of the late 1890s and early 1900s:

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How about the pre-Adamski scenarios:

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Or the pre-Sonny Desvergers event of 1952:

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And the Villas-Boas case of 1957:

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Or the State Trooper Herbert Shirmer case of 1967:

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And, of course, the Travis Walton “abduction” of 1975:

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And all the other alleged abductions:

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As you can see, there are images that may well have impacted UFO afflicted people neurologically, resulting in their experiences.

This is not to say that all UFO events are induced from images perceived and retained unconsciously, but it surely presumes that some were.

Jose Caravaca is developing a theory that explains much, not all perhaps, but much.

At any rate, I find the images interesting, and will provide many more upcoming…

RR