The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Friday, August 31, 2012

A listing of Jonah Lehrer's infractions

Click HERE for a listing of Jonah Lehrer's journalistic "sins"

The Future of Ufology (by Nick Redfern)

Click HERE for Nick's take on The Future of Ufology

The soul-killing UFO obsession – or is it an addiction?

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It is so blatant, the addiction – the obsession – that some have with and about the UFO topic, not UFOs, but the topic of UFOs.

That UFOs, as subject matter, have consumed some is obvious, if one has been paying attention to the surfeited material about UFOs just on the world-wide internet.

That marriages, jobs, and lives have been interrupted or set aside by some men and women in the pursuit of the ephemeral UFO phenomenon is palpable and disheartening (to the rational among us).

UFO UpDates Errol Bruce-Knapp has taken money from his sock to keep his UFO list alive. His Toronto life-style may be diminished but his devotion to UFOs is intact and a top priority apparently. (And his socks are severely tattered.)

David Rudiak is so absorbed by Roswell, Socorro, and other iconic UFO events that he has given up a life of reasoned ratiocination to tilt at skeptics and debunkers to the detriment of a sane public persona.

Jerome Clark gave up a good mind, skilled in musical knowledge and early Christian history, to pursue UFOs from an early age. That he regrets his wasted intellectualism is arguable, but a divorce and a pandering obeisance to UFO UpDates tells us something is wrong, somewhere in his life.

Stanton Friedman, a nuclear engineer once, sacrificed all that for his pursuit of the UFO mystery and a life usurped by writing, talking, and immersion in that mystery, side-lining his once-purposeful existence, totally.

You’ve all stumbled across the volcanic effusions of Martin Shough, Ray Dickenson, or Steve Sawyer, men needing to be cathartic with their limited and often useless UFO information.

They puke UFO detritus as if it were their daily bread, and it seems to be.

Even we have given up a late-night sandwich or early morning swim to input something about UFOs online. (But, no, we’re hardly obsessed in the manic sense that those named here are.)

What we’re trying to say here is that, for some, UFOs, as a topic, has assumed their lives, in an obsessional way that is not healthy nor sane.

It’s just an observation on our part but there it is…

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rumi's mystical vision or a UFO sighting?

Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.

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Jelaluddin Rumi (aka Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī [1207-1273], the Sufi mystic, provided this poetic passage, which can be found in The Essential Rumi, [Quality Paperback book Club, NY, 1995, Page 263 ff.]:

The Visions of Daquqi

“One day I was going along….

I came to the shore at twilight and saw seven candles.

I hurried along the beach toward them. The light of each lifted into the sky.

 I was amazed. My amazement was amazed. Waves of bewilderment broke over my head.

What are these candles that no one seems to see?

…Then the seven became one, in the middle of the sky’s rim…

Then that seven fanned out again.

There were connections between the candles that cannot be said.

I saw, but I cannot say.

I ran closer. I fell. I lay there awhile.

I got up and ran again. I had no head and no feet.

They became seven men. And then seven trees, so dense with leaves and fruit that no limbs were visible.

Flashes of light spurted from each fruit like juice!

,..hundreds of thousands of people were passing beside the trees…and no one saw the trees.

…If anyone had said, Look! Over here! they would have thought him insane or drunk.

How can this happen? Or am I dreaming?”

This passage in not atypical of other mystical visions of the saints or other religious avatars.

But it also resembles some of the visions or testimony of UFO witnesses, especially those witnesses that Spanish UFO researcher Jose Caravaca has provided for us.

A perusal of UFO encounters will offer similar, quasi-mystical accounts; e.g., The 1968 Buff Ledge, Vermont account, the 1974 Carl Higdon episode, the 1977 Tom Dawson encounter, et cetera.

We are faced with alternatives: either Rumi’s Daquqi had a UFO sighting or those UFO witnesses noted above had a mystical experience, one that has been given a UFO patina.

Richard Bucke’s masterpiece, Cosmic Consciousness deals with sudden epiphanies – visions of things transcendent and beyond splendor or reason.

The Daquqi account is one such epiphany. But are some UFO encounters epiphanies also? Just marred by being transcribed in prosaic terms by UFO researchers not versed in mystical literature?

Just exactly what are mystical visions? Mental aberrations? Or a peek into a reality that lies outside the mundane world?

And what exactly are UFO sightings?

RR

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Back to the UFO Future

The “news magazines” of the 1950s [LIFE, LOOK, Colliers, et al.] often provided stories about projects by the United States military to create flying saucers.

For instance, one magazine did a lengthy piece on the Navy’s use of Hiller Helicopters to try and create a one-man-operated flying disk, pictured here:
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Hiller worked on the project from 1946 through 1948, before moving on to other assigned offerings from the U.S. Navy(!)

Several magazines ran article after article about the A.V. Roe [sic] flying saucer being built out of Canada for the U.S. Army.

Here’s a drawing of how a pilot would man the A.V. Roe “saucer”:
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I also came across, in our batches of old clippings, a number of sighted triangular UFOs in the 1950s. many provided in the  pages of Fate magazine.

Many early flying saucer/UFO sightings were observations of prototypical aircraft, even the Arnold sighting, as we outlined previous here and elsewhere.

The problem for UFO researchers has been their inability to separate the UFO wheat from the prototypical chaff; they (the researchers – and we’re talking about such guys as Kevin Randle, Jerry Clark, et al.) compromised their reportage by being biased toward an ET explanation for UFO sightings.

UFO researchers still, by and large, lean into the ET category, as one can see from their blog or UFO UpDates commentary.

Will we ever escape the ufological mistakes of the past?

RR

Bigfooter killed for playing joke

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(The gods will not be mocked)

Two UFO tales (of innocent human duplicity)

One of our favorite UFO encounter stories is the Dainelli (Lotti) account of November Ist, 1954, in Cennina, Italy, pictured here:
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Artist Walter Molino's impression of the incident, from the cover of the Nov. 14, 1954 issue of "La Domenica del Corriere," an illustrated Sunday supplement to the Italian newspaper "Corriere della Sera."

While the woman who reported the encounter is listed by UFO sites as Rosa Lotti, LIFE magazine provided her real identity as Signora Rosa Dainelli, along with this photo of her with her husband and family.

(Note the face of the husband.)
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Signora Dainelli told that she was assaulted by two dwarf-like creatures that emerged from a cylindrical craft (as pictured above).

They took one of her stockings and some flowers she had gathered.

The encounter is intriguing and bizarre. No other encounter duplicates this one.

But let us suggest an alternative explanation…

Perhaps Signora Dainelli had a dalliance with a neighbor or local she liked. Her nylon stocking got torn during her escapade and she had to make up an excuse to keep her husband from finding out about her “affair.”

The story is so egregiously bizarre that news media took an interest and Signora Dainelli’s husband, while suspicious of her account, accepted it, hesitantly it seems from the LIFE photo.

Also, in that issue of LIFE is a story about an Italian shepherd, Giuseppe Milia, who claimed he saw a stranger dropping pamphlets from a balloon:
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The pamphlet, LIFE reported, was an anti-communist tract from Hungary.

What’s my point here?

It’s that some UFO encounters and reports are botched accounts from troubled humans; humans who in a momentary panic either confabulate a tale or extrapolate a tale from something unusual but which is, in essence, prosaic.

UFO researchers need to gather information forensically from UFO witnesses and use a Sherlock Holmes mentality to arrive at the real truth behind UFO accounts.

Up to now that has rarely been done.

RR

Monday, August 27, 2012

Spot the mistake!


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N.B. The photo is from UPI (United Press International); the copy isn't.


The Real Roswell Debris

We’ve always suggested that UFO researchers should be looking at The United States Navy, instead of the Air Force, as the source for useful UFO information.

The Office of Naval Research, began working with balloons for atmospheric flights in 1946, and created Project Helios which morphed into Skyhook, the balloon sighting that killed Captain Thomas Mantell.

Helios conducted various flights from around the country.

The Air Force’s Project Moby Dick used much of the Navy’s groundbreaking Helios research to send aloft balloons of its own prototypical creation, most in and around Holloman Air Force base in New Mexico.

The actual venue for the balloon research was The Balloon Test Squadron at the Holloman Air Development Center.

One of those large, polyethylene balloons came down in Roswell’s backyard in July 1947, providing debris from its gondola payload that Mac Brazel collected, in part, and stored in a shed on the farm where he worked.

Here’s a photo of the gondola-type that Brazel gathered pieces from: 
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Concentration on the Mogul balloon project has diverted UFO researchers from the Moby Dick balloon crash and recovery.

If researchers altered there obsession with Mogul and concentrated on the Moby Dick flights for the Roswell time-frame, they’d find enough evidence to suggest that the Roswell story is a confluence of balloon mishaps and egregious mythmaking by UFO researchers in 1978 onward.

Project Moby Dick is the backdoor to the Roswell explanation. That it has been overlooked by UFO radicals is intellectually shameful.

N.B. Material here culled from Colliers magazine [June 11th, 1954, Page 50 ff: A Report on Our ‘Flying Saucer’ Balloons by Charlotte Knight]

RR