The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Flying Humanoids; The Macerata Connection

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Spanish UFO researcher Jose Antonio Caravaca found a UFO encounter with similarities to one he presented here earlier and at his American site (http://caravaca-files.blogspot.com):

On December 7, 1978, at about 23:45 hours, Alfonso Marinelli was traveling near Navelli (Abruzzi. Italy), when suddenly his car inexplicably stopped.

Leaving the vehicle, he observed two lights flying together, very slowly, toward him, about 10 or 15 meters above the ground.

As the lights approached, he saw two "little men" wearing highly fluorescent suits, similar to astronauts, with flattened silver helmets on their heads.

The beings flew upright. Mr. Marinelli did not hear any sound of engines or propellers.

The two humanoids had bright lights on their chests, which seemed to be fastened by straps over their shoulders and waist.

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Their height was approximately 80 to 90 centimeters.

They flew passed his car, then changed direction and returned to where they came from.

The witness said that the little men did not appear to react to his presence on the road.

Mr. Marineli returned to his journey as his car started up again.

The appearance of the small humanoid reminds us of the 1954 Macerata incident, also in Italy.

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The Marinelli illustrations by Moreno Tambellini

JAC

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Two (sort of) Book Reviews

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Here are two books that will thrill ancient astronaut theorists but neither should be eschewed by persons who seek authoritative information about the ancient Mayan civilization or ancient America:

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James O’Kon’s book is a concise compendium of Mayan history, filled with magnificent colored photographs and line drawings:

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James O’Kon’s book showcases the Mayan societies between 20,000 B.C. and 900 A.D. and what “advanced” technology the Mayans developed and used.

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This line drawing gives an idea of how the Mayan’s moved the large stone blocks that made their temples and buildings – the drawing emulating what is considered the modus of the Egyptians for their pyramid construction:

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The Mayan’s filtered their water this way, Mr. O’Kon suggests:

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And, of course, the Mayans had their own unique method of writing:

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Or this drawing which shows how the Mayans constructed their unique arches:

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I can’t do justice to Mr. O’Kon’s magnificent book. It is replete with so many pertinent photos and facts that those interested in the Mayans would do well to buy the book. It’s published by New Page Books, a division of Career Press, Inc., Pompton Plains, NJ and sells for $21.99 at bookstores online and off – Amazon, Powell’s, Barnes and Noble, et cetera.


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Frank Joseph edits forty-five hypothetical turns about mysterious artifacts and locations in the Americas by various authors, including himself, all mostly credentialed.

They present their conjectures and “proofs” in succinct, pithy chapters that make for easy reading while opening a reader’s bafflement as to how and why some places and things show up in the Americas when their rightful places seem to be in the Old World.

Frank Joseph’s book provides intriguing photographs to supplement the material presented.

For instance, Ross Hamilton surmises, in Chapter 16 [Pages 112 ff.] that Ohio’s “Serpent Mound” is of megalithic origin:

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And Patrick C. Chouinard, in Chapter 36, shows this statue, which contains indications of a beard while the culture that displayed the statue – the Myans - -were not genetically disposed to beard growth. (The statue represents the Mayan God, Kukulcan, the feathered serpent.)

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Scott Wolter tells readers that the Bat Creek stone, found in the Little Tennessee River in 1889, appears to be of Hebraic origination and Mr. Wolter provides a time-line of the controversial matters that have arisen over the stone:

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The Nazca balloon shows up in Frank Joseph’s Chapter (31) on Prehistoric Aviators of the Andes which furthers the idea that the Nazca culture used balloons to ride aloft, from which they envisioned the famous Nazca lines or drawings:

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Professor Nobuhiro Yoshida compares, in Chapter 25, Page 158 ff., a Japanese dragon icon [circa 18th Century] with one, from Amerindian art [from the same time period or earlier] in Alton, Illinois, and Professor Yoshida gives a précis of dragon lore:

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Scott Wolter presents, in Chapter 18, Page 122 ff., the story of a mysterious tower in Newport, Rhode Island, that purports to be a Templar built edifice from before the time of Christopher Columbus:

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This is only a sampling, obviously, of the intriguing accounts in Frank Joseph’s 288 page book.

If you like strange tales, told with panache and concise flavor, the book is published by New Page Books, a Division of Career Press, Inc, Pompton Plains, NJ and sells for $15.99 at eminent book sellers, online and off….(Amazon, Powell’s, Barnes and Noble, et cetera).

RR

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Have dinosaurs been visiting Earth in UFOs?


Thinking dinosaurs?

Did any end up in Roswell?

Click HERE for story

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Two Examples of Jose Caravaca's Distortion Theory


Spanish UFO researcher Jose Antonio Caravaca provides two more examples of UFO encounters (in France in 1954 and 1967) that augment his Distortion Theory.

You can access his account at his blog by clicking HERE

What I keep noting in Senor Caravaca's presentations is the sound that emanates from the UFOs when they depart -- whistling -- and the smell that dominates the encounters or sightings -- sulphur.

Sulphur was the smell associated with the appearance of The Devil (Satan) or his minions in Medieval accounts.

The whistling too, as pronounced in Boito's opera Mefistofele.

RR

Monday, April 09, 2012

Albert Camus, UFOs, and UFO Buffs

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The April 9th 2012 New Yorker has an article, Facing History: Why We Love Camus by Adam Gopnik [Page 70 ff.] from which I’ve culled these excerpts that can be applied to ufologists and those who debate about UFOs…

Writer Gopnik begins his piece with a laudatory take on French philosopher/writer Albert Camus’ good looks and writes this:

Looks matter to the mind…The ugly man who thinks hard…is using his mind to make up for his face. [Page 70]

You can name the prominent ufologists to whom that epithetical observation applies.

Gopnik, comparing the great Jean Paul Sartre with Camus – who were friends before a falling out – tells us that:

Camus was not only a better writer but a more interesting systematic thinker than Sartre. [ibid]

Referring to the mythical Sisyphus who, as you know, was doomed to rolling a boulder up a hill only to have it roll back to the bottom so that Sisyphus was never able to achieve any finality to his chore – which may be likened to those who pursue the Roswell incident or UFOs generally – Gopnik quotes Camus’ “most emphatic aphorism”:

One must imagine Sisyphus happy. [Page 72]

And about Editorial writers, which many UFO mavens are, Gopnik writes:

Editorial writers can seem the most insipid and helpless of the scribbling class.

Good editorial writing has less to do with winning an argument, since the other side is mostly not listening, than with telling the guys on your side how they ought to sound when they are arguing.

Not “Say this!” but “Sound this way!” is what great editorialists teach. [ibid]

Using Sartre’s mantras about history, one can apply Sartre’s words to a proper ufological position:

Sartre said that you couldn’t know how history [UFOs] would work out, but you could act as if you did.

Man is nothing else but what he purposes, he exists only in so far as he realizes himself, he is therefore nothing else but the sum of his actions, nothing else but what his life is. [Page 73]

Quoting from Camus’ The Rebel (L’Homme Révolté):

It is those who know how to rebel, at the appropriate moment against history [UFO orthodoxy] who really advance its interests. [Page 74]

It is in the nature of intellectual life – and part of its value – to gravitate toward the extreme alternative position.

We want big minds to voice extreme ideas, since our smaller minds already voice the saner ones. [ibid]

And Gopnik reminds us that “Harvard and Yale pay some of their professors to tell…students that everything they believe is a bourgeois illusion.” [Page 74] – which is a view recently promulgated by ZoamChomsky in comments here and errantly ballyhooed by our skeptical friends Lance Moody and Gilles Fernandez.

Debating the existence of UFOs or the reality of an alleged flying disk crash near Roswell has to be categorically intellectual in the absolute sense of the word intellectual.

Unfortunately, discussion of UFOs, Roswell, Kenneth Arnold and all the myriad other UFO sightings and reports has descended into intellectual anarchy, with a patina of religious fervor.

This is why some former UFO stalwarts have dropped out of the UFO scene: the debate has become too ratty for them.

And if we continue to see nutty views here that are contrary just to be contrary with no meaningful essence, we’ll have to consider taking some of our more sensible visitors – CDA, Kandinsky, Dominick, et al. -- to our academically [sic] tinged blogs and web-sites,

RR