UFO Conjectures

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

“Do what you gotta do.”

That quote is from NBC’s Chicago PD show that aired on Wednesday night, 1/15, at 10 p.m.
It represents what the ongoing plan for this blog will be; that is, it tells the mind-set going forward for this blog.

The UFO phenomenon is, for me, an interesting thing but a topic marred by sociopaths, liars, and cranks – loons as Paul Kimball tags them.

Lance Moody did the legwork that removed Philip J. Imbrogno who posed as an academic he wasn’t.

Paul Kimball has a book coming forth soon about other UFO charlatans, scientific deviants, and  reprobates.

If the good people in the UFO community ban together, they can marginalize or eliminate the goofs and nasties who lie and disrupt the pursuit of an explanation for an enigma that deserves proper scrutiny without the corruption brought on by those whom we all know are psychologically remiss.
So, it’s time to cite those who work from envy, mental disorientation, and vulgarity. You know their names. 

Now comes the time to do them in.



  • My book won't be ready until the summer, Rich (real world filmmaking work is about to take my full attention for a couple of months), but here's an excerpt from the first chapter:

    The Godfather

    The dominant group within the ufological subculture in the 21st century are the adherents of a “discipline” they call “Exopolitics.” The exopols believe that the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH) is a proven Extraterrestrial Fact (ETF), and seek the end of what they call “the truth embargo” surrounding what they claim is the extraterrestrial reality of UFOs. As exopol spokesperson Steven Bassett has proclaimed loudly to anyone who will listen, in a clever catch-phrase that sums up their belief system if not the actual evidence, it’s no longer “about lights in the sky; it’s about lies on the ground.”

    Many veteran UFO researchers were highly critical of the exopols when they first appeared in the early 2000s as an outgrowth of Steven Greer’s Disclosure Project. But while “Old Guard” ufologists such as former NICAP assistant director Richard Hall claimed that their critique was based on a repudiation of the methodology and conclusions of the exopols, the reality was much more complex. Though “serious” researchers like Hall, and Jerome Clark of CUFOS, had long publicly rejected the fringe conspiracist elements within the UFO research community, their conclusions about the “fact” of alien visitation to Earth were no different than those of someone like self-proclaimed “contactee” Billy Meier. Meier and his supporters were undoubtedly on the fringe of the fringe, but the difference between them and people like the much more respectable Hall and Clark had always been a matter of degree, never one of fundamental principle. When it came to flying saucers and space aliens, they espoused the same basic narrative: “There are extraterrestrials coming here, the government knows about it, and the government is covering it up.”

    Meier’s photos and claims of contact with Pleadians were clumsy and obvious frauds to an objective observer, and were rightfully derided by “serious” ufologists, but their own growing obsession in the 1980s and 1990s with alleged alien abductions and Roswell and crashed flying saucers was no less pseudoscientific, based as they were on flawed witnesses and hypnotically recovered “memories.”

    When the exopols came along with a more media-savvy and commercial brand of space alien conspiracism that took the existing ETH as ETF consensus and re-packaged it for the Internet age, the “Old Guard” found themselves faced with fewer requests to speak at UFO conferences, book sales and magazine subscriptions that were declining at precipitous rates, and organizations such as MUFON quickly that were moving to accommodate the exopols in a bid to maintain a credible dues-paying membership base. The majority of the “Old Guard,” which for so long had been the sine qua non of ufological discourse (often acting at the expense of dissenting voices such as John Keel and Jacques Vallee), could only muster a thinly disguised envy dressed up in the trappings of a non-existent methodological disagreement, and for the most part they quickly faded from the public consciousness. Hall died in poverty in 2009, a largely forgotten relic of a bygone era; Clark and a few others, such as Canadian researcher Don Ledger, continued to snipe with increasing bitterness on the on-line e-mail group UFO Updates, but that once vibrant site has been reduced to little more than an echo chamber for the disenfranchised. The ufological zeitgeist had moved on, and the “old Guard” has been rendered irrelevant by a movement that emerged as the logical extension of their own long-held beliefs.

    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Thursday, January 16, 2014  

  • Thanks, Paul,

    Your book is highly anticipated by those who have a modicum of rationality and also those who are sick and tired of the warped ideas that have permeated the UFO topic since the 1940s.

    While UFOs are a dead issue among the populace and media pretty much, your effort can be seen as a mop up of the topic and a needed corrective.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, January 16, 2014  

  • What is a 'conspiracist', a theme touched upon by PK. There are those who would probably not admit to being one but who are exactly that. I would include Tim Good, Stanton Friedman, David Rudiak and Kevin Randle, plus countless others in this category.

    Anyone who proclaims that the US (or any other) government has proof of ET presence, in the form of documents, alien bodies or ET wreckage is, by definition, a conspiracist. Thus, each and every Roswell (or Aztec) believer qualifies as one - there is no way out except to disown Roswell completely. But you can be a conspiracist without being a crashed saucer believer.

    Keyhoe was certainly a conspiracist - one of his books being entitled 'The Flying Saucer Conspiracy', another 'Flying Saucers, Top Secret'. Perfect examples of a conspiracist! Yet a contributor on Kevin's blog refused to accept that Keyhoe was one.

    Jerry Clark, certainly while he was a staunch Roswell proponent, qualified as a conspiracist - whether he does now I simply don't know. Some UK writers of the past would easily qualify. There used to be people who claimed the USAF had proof of Adamski's claims! There may still be.

    Paul's extract, above, demonstrates that you can be a mild conspiracist, or an extreme one, but in the end they amount to much the same thing.

    By Blogger cda, at Thursday, January 16, 2014  

  • Paul wrote: "Hall died in poverty in 2009, a largely forgotten relic of a bygone era" - - -

    As did his critic John Keel - rotting away in a nursing home telling his roommate's guests he wrote about ufos. His family didn't know he was there or that he'd passed on.

    It seems ufology tends not to be generous, financially, to many of its investigators.

    ~ Susan

    By Blogger brownie, at Thursday, January 16, 2014  

  • Brownie:

    The reason why some ufologists die in poverty is because they become obsessed with the subject and it takes up all their time - including their ability to make money.

    And even if they write books, since book writing does not bring in a massive amount of money, they suffer for their obsessions.

    I have an interest in UFOs (not an obsession) but I recognize the importance of having a totally normal life away from the subject - and that includes earning a living in a normal way that isn't just reliant on UFO-related book payments.

    What sickens me is this whole angle of the "starving artist." The person who "suffers" for their art and who simply wont get off their arse to earn and living and support themselves and their families. Partly it's due to sheer laziness or an inability to function in the real world. Or a sense they are superior.

    Right...they are superior, but they can't afford to pay bills etc. Pathetic.

    "Starving artists" need to stand up on their own 2 feet or shut the f*** up and die.

    And that's why so many in Ufology have ended up like that - that self-important "artist" who cannot do anything beyond scrape a few payments together because it's their "calling" and they stubbornly refuse to do anything else - often at the expense of their social/private lives too.

    If a UFO researcher who tries to turn what they do into a job ends up in poverty, then it is totally 100 percent their fault, and they fully deserve it for not having the strength to stand up and do what needs to be done to survive.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Friday, January 17, 2014  

  • I think, Nick, this is called the Steinberg Syndrome.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, January 17, 2014  

  • Nick - Great points! A person's self and family must come first. Taking care of oneself (including financially) is imperative.

    Sadly, it seems Keel ended up living the warning he wrote about so many years earlier about delving too deeply into the subject.

    ** Rich - hehe - Steinberg. Ohh the begging and the sad, strange stories behind the begging. ;-)

    ~ Susan

    By Blogger brownie, at Friday, January 17, 2014  

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