UFO Conjecture(s)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Sociologic need for “The Roswell Myth”

Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.

When a brief shining moment of societal importance – an alleged capture of an extraterrestrial machine – occurred near Roswell, New Mexico in July 1947, the population of the area thought they finally had garnered the recognition that had passed them by.

After all, other places in America were being lauded and talked about, for being industrious, beautiful, or exploited by visitors – New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, et al.

The ho-hum areas of New Mexico – Corona, Roswell, Las Cruces, even Albuquerque – were immune to public adoration; but Roswell/Corona much more so than most New Mexican towns and cities.

When the 1947 hubbub occurred, the citizens of Roswell/Corona were entranced by the thought they were finally being noticed by the world at large.

Unfortunately, the instant depreciation of the captured flying disc report by the United States Army deflated any possibility of a Roswell/Corona heyday. The citizenry was crushed.

They went back to their humdrum existences, feeling thwarted by the Army which took away their moment(s) in the sun.

But then along came a UFO buff, Stanton Friedman, in 1978, who offered a resurrection of that missed glory of 1947, and the residue of Roswellian wannabes grabbed the opportunity and beheld the extraterrestrial gospel of Mr. Friedman, with the hope that the world would now see their humble society as worthy of visitation, by visitors from outer space, who knew a great venue when they found one.

All the years of solitude and loneliness was taken away by Mr. Friedman and his UFO acolytes.

The Roswell citizens were not about to lose their new found cachet so they bolstered the imaginings of UFO believers with embellishments that were little different than those of the early Greeks or Egyptians who promoted their countries and cultures with mythical tales that made their habitations seem worthy of visit and encomiums.

The ploy worked and Roswell became a place of tainted honor for many and maintains that place of honor to this day.

The myth of a Roswell flying machine with “tourists” crashing nearby has been expanded creatively since 1978 and those old-timers, and their generational newbies, swell with pride that their inhabited part of the world is as important – maybe more so – than others.

The citizens, past and present, were blessed by a special visitation that rivals the descent of God upon the ancient Hebrews.

Thus, Roswell continues to resonate – among a few UFO devotees only – but it’s a resonation that can’t be allowed to be quelled, not this time.

RR

Large UFO entities – not little grays!

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Ideal’s UFO Magazine [June 1978] had three stories in which witnesses observed eight foot tall beings emerge from or were near strange craft on the ground.

In Military Bases Under Siege by UFOs! by the Editors [Page 30 ff.] was this account:

Near Midnight, January 13th, 1976, a civilian guard at the Williams Air Force Base in Arizona saw a thirty foot, in diameter, craft with a twenty foot landing gear that acted as a stairway.

Descending the “stairway” in jerky movements was an occupant with short legs and arms that dangled “almost to the ground.”

“Most of his height was taken up by a long, thick torso. He had a human-like face [with] two tear-shaped eyes, reflecting the glow from the UFO.”

The guard, Jim Petrelli, reported “a buzzing in his head, dizziness, and the powerful smell of rotten eggs.”

A passing car shined its lights on the intruder, showing a “gray and scaly skin.”

“The headlights seemed to jolt the alien….[which] retraced his erratic steps….climbed into the glowing saucer-like object [which] began to rise….vanishing into the night sky.” [Page 32]

In The Eyewitness Report of the Incredible UFO Invasion of Antarctica” by Yvonne S. Durfield [Page 45 ff.] “AQ1 Roger D. Benson, 30, of Norfolk, Virginia, was towing a load of waste material to a McMurdo site…on December 11, 1958.”

“Benson spotted an object in the distance….” – an object that “resembled a side-view of an airplane fuselage [with] ‘girders’ [like] a lattice of supporting structures which must have been the landing gear.

“The ‘fuselage’ was a cigar-shaped cocoon of metal with a small indentation that might have been a door…

“Then I saw the creature…”

Beneath the parked object, a creature with semi-human characteristics walked in slow circles.

“He as very thin and grayish in color. His arms dangled all the way to the ice…he seemed to have man-like facial characteristics except that his face consumed [sic] almost two-thirds of his entire height.”

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Benson panicked, leaping into his vehicle, heading back to his base.

Looking back he saw that “The ‘fuselage’cocoon – minus its girder-like landing gear…was now climbing into the air.” [Pages48-49]

In the segment “The UFO ‘Flap' Brewing in France” by Jacques Arnoux “In mid-1974…17 year-old twin girls reported seeing an alien step out of a landed flying saucer….a door opened, and an eight-foot humanoid stepped out…[The humanoid had] shiny green eyes, smooth skin, and pointed ears.”

When “the creature saw them watching, he returned to the saucer and [it] took off.” [Page 74]

This depiction of one of the supposed alien creatures that “battled” the Sutton family in 1955 in Kelly, Kentucky is not unlike that of the creatures in the accounts above – except for the height:

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How could persons separated by time and geography envision creatures and craft that are remarkably similar?

Is there a congenital delusion that afflicts the human mind?

Or did these persons see what they say they saw?

Where did such “giant” aliens” go, replaced by little gray beings reported in most UFO encounters?

And what about that rotten-egg smell that seems endemic to so many UFO reports (and those accounts of the devil that are rife in medieval literature and some contemporary reports)?

RR

Thursday, October 25, 2012

UFO: Not Nuts and Bolts

Frank Warren has posted at his site -- The UFO Chronicles -- this photo (two versions) of a UFO spotted over Paderborn, Illinois, October 23rd:

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You can read about the sighting/photograph (at Mr. Warren's venue) by clicking HERE

While there have been a few photos of similarly lighted UFOs during the golden years of flying saucers, most reports and photographs (hoaxed and "real") indicated flying craft with "metal tangibility."

Since such metallic UFOs have become rare and eschewed by UFO aficionados, it seems the multi-lit UFO is making a comeback.

Why?

RR

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Paglen Pictures – But where are the UFO/ET Pictures?

The October 22nd, 2012 New Yorker magazine had a profile of Trevor Paglen by Jonah Wiener [Prying Eyes, Page 54 ff.]

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Mr. Paglen is a fellow who is noted for his artistic photographs of highly secret places like Area 51.

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Mr. Paglen hopes to enlighten the population about such clandestine venues by making aesthetic images of those venues.

I don’t get the point exactly but found an effort by Mr. Paglen to be worthy of extrapolation.

That effort is this: Mr. Paglen has gathered a group of images that he, along with help of researchers at MIT and astronomer Joel Weisberg, will be launched on a satellite, the Echostar XVI, late in 2012.

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The intent is to provide the images, called The Last Pictures, for intergalactic aliens.

This is similar to the images that Carl Sagan helped create and gather for Voyager 1 which is at the outer edges of the Solar System and meant to enlighten galactic civilizations about the Earth and its inhabitants.

These “notes in a bottle” are interesting and projective; that is, they assume that life exists in the Universe and that life will find the images informative about another existence, us.

But questions arise…

If there is life elsewhere, why hasn't it tried to communicate with us, via such imaged projectiles or something similar?

After all, UFO ET advocates would have us believe that flying saucers contain thinking humanoids.

And haven’t UFOs and their witnessed occupants mimicked humanity, in clothing and appearance, even appurtenances (such as belts, weaponry, footwear, helmets, et cetera)?

Even UFOs or flying saucers haven’t been more exotic than Earth’s aircraft designs.

So there would seem to be a similar engineering mind-set at work in the UFO phenomenon.

But even without UFO entities like us, science thinks that galactic civilizations would have the same mathematical sensibilities as our own, or even an evolved mental (or societal) ability not unlike ours so they would understand the images attached to Voyager 1 or Paglen’s satellite insertions.

Implicit in the Paglen and Sagan thrusts lies a belief that life isn’t unique to Earth.

But science refuses to accept visitations here from those outer lives.

And UFO buffs have got to ask themselves why UFO occupants haven’t tried to provide images of their cultures or civilizations.

That is one of the enduring mysteries of the UFO phenomenon: the lack of identification.

Your thoughts?

RR

The Unscience of Ufology

UFO mavens and “researchers” have been so fixated in trying to convince the general public, media, and the government that UFOs are real, they’ve neglected the aspects of UFO accounts that could have, perhaps, determined what UFOs are.

Sensible persons know that “things” have been seen in the sky, on (or in) the oceans, and on the ground that are mysterious and unexplained by observation.

What those things are or have been has been sidelined by the defensive attitude of curious persons who have and continue to try and convince others that such things have actually been seen, that reports of the things are true observations – that witnesses to such things have seen what they say they have seen.

So much time and effort have been spent trying to prove that strange things have actually been seen, the “evidence” – hard and evanescent – has been set aside, to the point that those details have been muddied or lost by the vicissitudes of time and memory.

Roswell continues to resonate as the basics of that incident were resurrected by UFO researchers and enhanced by witnesses who’ve provided, what they say, are details that they recall and experienced.

Moreover, there are photographs, a press release, and a venue (or two) that remain intact and open to scrutiny, even after sixty-five years.

A Roswell Dream Team has been established by Kevin Randle, a team composed of sane (mostly), sensible men – but none of them scientists or skilled in aspects of science that are needed to address the Roswell issues.

Tyros and wannabes continue to muddy the Roswell waters with fraudulent expertise, as one can see by the latest salvo about the so-called Ramey memo, seen in a 1947 photograph and being discussed at Mr. Randle’s blog.

UFO hobbyists have inserted themselves into the Roswell story, in hopes of gaining some cachet with other Roswell “experts” – and there are Roswell “experts” but only insofar as they’ve accumulated detritus about Roswell over the years and present that detritus as if it is scientific data and evidence. It isn’t.

It’s merely dossiers of hear-say and conjecture.

But Roswell, unlike other UFO sightings and accounts, has a surfeit of materials that keeps the incident alive, which even if it comes, at this late moment, to a conclusion that an extraterrestrial thing crashed or landed near Roswell, still does not answer why such an ET visitation took place and what it means for humans today.

There is no science when it comes to Roswell, and even less so for other UFO sightings.

UFO aficionados are so anxious to “prove” that their interest in UFOs is worthwhile they have forsaken the elements of UFO sightings that might explain the phenomenon.

When one reviews the articles from UFO notables – Jerry Clark for one – one becomes fully aware that the notables (Clark et al.) have merely accumulated witness testimony. The notables haven’t presented insight or testimonial dogma of any kind.

They have only piled up story after story, witness account after witness account.

The hypotheticals have been open-ended and discursive.

Also, other UFO advocates will not call-out the slovenly approach to the “research” by UFO notables for fear of being shunned by the UFO community.

Alexis de Tocqueville noted in his masterwork, Democracy in America [1835], that Americans are loath to criticize fellow citizens, even when their fellows are reprobate, for fear of being ostracized by their community.

This is the case with the UFO community in spades.

UFO critics do not castigate the ineptitude of past and present UFO researchers, for fear of being “Amished” by the UFO community at large,

The failure of UFO notables and researchers to apply science methodology goes unanswered by almost all of the UFO curious, even those with credibility and sanity who write about or bring UFOs to the table with civility and applied deference.

I cite Anomalist here.

That my recent blurb about Michael Sword and his confab of UFO “geezers” caused an irrational defense of Professor Swords and the gaggle of UFO “notables” who met, one night, in his messy domicile, indicates the point I’m making here.

UFO “failures” are ignored, not talked about, and certainly not to be discussed openly.

It seems that the unscience of ufology is sacrosanct among the UFO underclass..

Only those who adopt the “King is not wearing clothes” approach to ufology – Bruce Duensing for one – have the temerity to point out that Ufologists and their lackeys are shorn of intellectual thought and research acumen.

Everyone else allows the dormant status quo to prevail.

And that’s why UFOs remain a mystery – a pathetic mystery, but still a mystery after all.

RR