UFO Conjectures

Sunday, June 20, 2021

We are not alone?

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I find that mantra or trope – We are not alone, used in the opening of the History channel’s Ancient Alien series and often uttered by persons in the UFO community – a delineation of Jung’s insights about extroverts and introverts: some people need to be with others, some like being alone.

But it’s more than that.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a near psychological panic among extroverts, who need human contact to feel alive or existent. (Introverts were happy with the surcease in human contact.)

But in a UFO context, what does We are not alone mean, besides the idea that there are other planets with life in the cosmos?

It’s a non-intellectual statement that harbors the extrovertish need for contact with others, yes, but it’s also the acceptance of a foolish wish that there are other living beings in the vast array of the Universe, despite the “fact” that there has been nor is there any proof or evidence of life off-Earth.

It’s an ignorant, glib foray into a pathetic need for relationships outside those one has everyday that, for them, are unrewarding or without any real emotional sustenance.

Sharing meals with non-acquaintances at a restaurant or enjoying the puerile excitement of a sporting event or swimming in near nudity at a public beach, et cetera, et cetera are of a kind; attempts to quell the feeling that even God doesn’t care a fig about one’s life or being.

A documentary I saw a few days ago about the Fermi Paradox had one of the reasons that there isn’t evidence for extraterrestrial life: there is no extraterrestrial life. We are, indeed, alone.

The mantra We are not alone can’t salvage our need to be surrounded by life at the Earth level or beyond.

For we introverts,  being alone is a boon, a reprieve from the human stasis of ignorance and ignorant bliss – gatherings (like those UFO conferences or those inane Facebook groups) – where one has to keep their mouth shut for fear of vomiting from the insertions of banal utterances that issue forth from the bulk of collective majority.

We may be alone, but one wouldn’t know it by all the suffocating blather encompassing us everywhere.

Luckily we have epidemics or pandemics every now and then to provide necessary respites from the great, noisy and stupid unwashed. 

RR

Military (and ET?) Autopsies?

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A YouTube video whizzed by me recently, wherein mention was made of how military agencies, of the world, often perform autopsies on men (and women) in service when possible, as a record of their death circumstances. 

Does it seem possible that – the hoaxed UFO Alien Autopsy aside – there might be a record of autopsies on beings allegedly found in crashed or shot down debris and would have had an autopsy, for which there is a record somewhere in military files – all branches? 

An enterprising UFO researcher – Kevin Randle, John Greenewald, Tony Bragalia, et al.  -- could search for such records, among those kept for military personnel, to see if there are any accounts for autopsies of combatants killed on premises in this country or among any from outside that involved United States military units?

It’s a stretch surely but one that hasn’t ever been undertaken, and offers an out-of-box attempt to discover if such an autopsy had ever occurred or has ever been suggested, considered. 

RR

Media keeps equating UFOs with ETs (extraterrestrial aliens)!

https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/2021/06/19/here-five-ufo-alien-sightings-reported-ohio/7684251002/

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Lauded UFO cases (from a current Inverse story and 2019 Newsweek piece)

Martin Black noted, in a comment, the Delphos 1971 UFO "ring" case, which was just included in a current Inverse article and a 2019 Newsweek piece as a highly credible UFO account:

https://www.inverse.com/science/three-ufo-sightings-defy-explanation 

https://www.newsweek.com/ufo-sightings-encounters-credibility-video-1371313

A recent  TV documentary about UFOs showed a crew digging up, after all these years, the area where the UFO was seen and had the soil analyzed. (The farmer/owner had covered the area with fresh dirt a few years after the 1971 incident.)

Nothing spectacular was found but oddities were present in the removed ground.

While the family's account seemed credible (truthful) to me, I was never wowed by the sighting.

I'm wondering why Martin and the press accounts (there are others if you Google Delphos 1971 UFO) are or were so gaga about this rather tame/mundane UFO event.

RR

A personal note

I got a mea culpa from Bryan Daum about a comment he left the other day.

He didn't need to offer a kind of apology. I didn't read his comment as an insult or put down.

Besides, regulars here -- my gang, my peeps -- are free to say anything they need or want to say as far as I'm concerned. I never read comments from you fellows as nasty or untoward.

Feel free to express yourselves as you need to.

If someone gets really nasty, without reason, I'll delete their remarks and ban them from here and my life.

So, Bryan, you are a gem. You never need to apologize for anything as far as I'm concerned.

RR 

Friday, June 18, 2021

Phew!

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I’ve reached the last Chapter of David Halperin’s Intimate Alien and have set it aside, exhausted by the former Chapters about Richard Shaver’s (and Pay Palmer’s) Shaver Mystery and David’s recap of the Roswell stuff.

I hate both accounts, and David’s insistence that UFOs are a kind of myth established under the aegis of Jung’s ideas about archetypes and symbolic behavior that explains actual reality, psychic machinations that are more real than reality, give me the mental hiccups.

Roswell, Shaver’s tales, and the MIB, plus abductee episodes wore me out.

Where I differ with Halperin and Jung, even to some small extent with my dear pal José Caravaca’s vivacious Distortion Theory, comes into their thinking that UFOs and the stories (reports) about them are ephemeral, something other than the quintessence of the stories and reports.

I take UFO accounts and episodes as they are, reactions to actual events: What’s seen, what’s encountered are not hallucinations or madness, but an actual, real, material experience, strange but sensory true.

What is seen is what is seen. What is encountered is what is encountered.

The phenomenon is what it appears to be, nothing more, nothing less – not a myth or a mental concoction, or a disguised scenario. What occurs is actually what is occurring, as seen, as felt, as experienced.

While some hoaxers and sociopaths have jumped on the UFO bandwagon, the bulk of UFO witnessing and participation are what they are said to be: real events, happening in real time, with real, substantive observations and memories, unbotched memories.

Yes, something really happened to Betty and Barney Hill, and Kevin Arnold, and something odd happened at Roswell, and those AATIP videos are real, as was Zamora’s egg-shaped craft.

What was seen, what’s being seen remain elusive, unexplained but they are not Jungian archetypes, or fantasies of the so-called mentally discombobulated. 

They may be from other worlds, or from time or another dimension, but they are not myths created from flawed mental intercessions and they are not UAP. They are UFOs, tried and true.

RR

Thursday, June 17, 2021

On hold but full of anxiety and hope….but count me out

I see at Facebook and everywhere else (Anomalist, blogs, podcasts, et cetera) that the UFO community is awash with anticipation for the DoD/Pentagon revelation(s) about UFOs (or UAP, as dolts have it).

So, let’s say the “report” indicates UFOs come from an interstellar planet or some site off Earth that is in our Solar System, Galaxy, or elsewhere in the Universe.

Or UFOs are time-travelers, even extra-dimensional vehicles.

What do we do, what can we do…with the information, which will be scanty at best surely?

Can we be rest assured that the matter is resolved? That UFO queries are over?

Can we throw away our non ET oriented (or time-related, dimension-related) books and materials?

Will the alleged “disclosure” let us go back to normal lives, like vaccinations did with the COVID-19 pandemic?

The non-sensical anticipation now occurring irks. 

Disclosure will be a non-event. Let’s hope the quiet hysteria ends soon….

RR

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Two things I noticed today [6/16/21]

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Bill Murphy had a link in Anomalist’s daily listings that reminded me of an item I dealt with in the 1970s:

https://www.dailygrail.com/2021/06/archaeoacoustics-adding-another-dimension-to-history/

Saturday Review magazine (now extinct) had  a story about an academic in Maine who had contrived a wooden stylus or “needle” that he used to extract sounds from edifices like walls or those mentioned by Martin Clemins in the Daily Grail piece Bill linked.

The professor – I did a piece on the story for The National Enquirer (and will dig it up if there’s any interest) – was able to extract sounds from places where something dynamic occurred – a yelling match, a murder, anything raucous.

He applied his “needle” and attendant apparatus to the surface of the place he knew had been the occasion of some noisy misadventures and was able to record some of the sounds, voices et cetera.

The procedure turned into an academic discipline known (as Murphy’s link tells us) as archaeoacoustics, an interesting side-bar to archaeology certainly.

Then, as was on the porch this morning with my dog, I watched as robins were interacting with each other – tail flippings and tweets (of the non-Twitter kind).

This made me wonder what happened to the scientific attempts to decipher bird-talk?

I don’t recall anything that indicated any success in determining what birds or any other animals were talking about. Yes, there’s been some idea as to what dolphins are “saying” to their fellow dolphins and some humans, but nothing definitive, as far as I know.

The question is “How can we humans hope to communicate with extraterrestrials should they show up someday – and they will (maybe)?”

ETs would surely have a language and linguistics that are not unlike bird-talk or dolphin speak.

And don’t get me started on telepathy. That’s a figment of science fiction. The human mind may send out signals of some kind, but they’d be so jumbled – as noted here in previous postings – as to be worthless as means of communication.

(I plan a piece on quantum interactions within the human brain and biology upcoming, thanks to Ron’s input here in comments.)

That’s it/ Obviously I’m sloughing off and not pushing to think hard and long about anything. It’s the weather, mostly, and a bout of spring fever too I think.

RR

An epilogue to my previous posting

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If the Universe is a living entity – a current exposition it seems – or an entity dominated by a force or being, our Earth may be an “outer-room” where maladjusted beings and creations are placed or showcased, as a whim or to provide “entertainment” for more sensate creatures residing in the otherwise sane and sentient reality. 

https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/universe-conscious-ncna772956 

Image atop from Quora 

RR

Psychopathology or outright “insanity”?

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David Halperin, in his Intimate Alien book I’m perusing at the moment, provides that Richard Shaver of The Shaver Mystery spent many years in mental institutions right before he contacted Ray Palmer with his fantastic tale of the deros and teros who inhabit the (inner) Earth and have brought woes upon Earth’s above-top residents.

That those inner-Earth inhabitants were said by Shaver to be the “ Elder Races” – “humans but not quite human … near-immortality ancestors” caused me some alarm, as that’s almost the premise of my Substack and blog theme: the gods of old still exist (and may be responsible for UFOs, the UFO idea not part of my Substack/blog theme, but ready for a presentation here and elsewhere).

The Shaver Mystery is far loopier but my views are not far behind, and it worries me that I’m so close to “mentally deranged Shaver with such thinking.

With my psychological background and ongoing Psycho-metric corporation one would think I’d be gung-ho with the psychiatric evaluations of schizophrenia, psychopathic personalities, and all the other epithets in the journals of psychiatry provided for those with what’s commonly known as “mental disease” but I’m not, as some of you know.

I’m in a kind of agreement with Thomas Szasz who, in many books and conferences, badgered the psychiatric profession, of which he was a part, about their errant designations and profession.

One of his books that outlines his views, in toto, is this – note that it wasn’t first published in 1750:

A serious evaluation of schizophrenics and other jabbering individuals (in and out of various facilities) shows them with access to or being influenced by intrusions from outside their being; that is, they are really being assaulted  by sounds and noises they are so strong they disrupt their ability to function, as a “normal” individual does.

Richard Shaver’s so-called “mystery” is tooted in a truth perhaps [sic] but ends up being bastardized by other mental intrusions, perhaps [sic] that make it almost insensible.

This is what happens to most persons who are said to have schizophrenia or other dissociative mental illnesses.

(I’ve never paid much attention to the Shaver Mystery and find its attention in Halperin’s book to be a bit much but it did open my eyes to the idea that others are seeing divine-like intervention in the UFO mystery and I saw a link to that idea on Facebook 6/15/21.)

Getting back to my point: the idea that UFO witnesses and especially alleged abductees (experiencers) – a topic I also eschew usually – have a mental disruption providing episodes that Szasz says psychiatrists see, wrongly, as bizarre mental aberrations, but are actually put upon by insertions from something or “someone” outside those persons’ biologic being (and normal mental configuration).

UFO observers or persons who think they’ve encountered alien (ET) beings are having a real experience but one created extracurricular to a person’s mental condition, as proposed by my pal José Caravaca’s Distortion Theory.

When it comes to videos ad radar returns of “objects” spotted by military personnel and others not mentally reconstituted momentarily, those are actual intrusions into our air space or waterways by actual solid (material) constructs, from where or by whom?

Not Shaver’s deros or teros but remnants of the ancient gods, living today, in exquisite seclusion somewhere on Earth or close by, yes, close by.

The possibility intrigues me, but I understand that it stretches credulity for most of you.

However, in my “research” of academic papers and uncorrupted (by errant and biased translated) ancient texts show unequivocal evidence for the possibility that the ancient divinities were near-immortal and may still be extant for that reason, explaining some UFO accounts and particularly encounters. 

RR

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

A 1947 item from the Buchanan Brothers (placed on FB by Stuart Hanberry)

https://youtu.be/2oZRrhedROw

Monday, June 14, 2021

UFO Trading Cards?

https://theobservermagazine.substack.com/p/ufo-trading-cards?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoyNDEyNDg0NSwicG9zdF9pZCI6Mz

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RR

How to get and read the pending Pentagon UFO report

https://www.inverse.com/science/how-to-read-the-ufo-pentagon-report?utm_campaign=inverse-daily-2021-6-14&utm_medium=inverse&utm_source=newsletter&utm_session=

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Some of you are not going to like this…..

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David Halperin, in his book [Intimate Alien] I’m writing about lately, presents material about the image of an “alien” on  Whitley Strieber’s Communion.


(I’m far from a Strieber fan, as some of you know, but the points being made by David are pertinent to one of my other interests: God.)

David provides extensive information about a mask found in 1950 at Predionica near Pristina, now Kosovo in the Balkans and a archaeological piece discussed in Marija Gimbuta’s 1974 book The Gods and Goddesses of Old Europe: 7000 to 3500 BC, which I just ordered from Amazon.


David’s thesis has to do with memory of the image and how it may have brought about the artist’s rendition for Strieber’s book cover and its recognition by others in the context of so-called alien abductions.

(The pictures above are the Strieber "alien" and the Predionica mask of an ancient god.)

While Professor Halperin and I (and Martin Black too, I think) are not abductionites, the discussion by David in his book (Page 67 ff.) is interesting for the peripheral material.

For me, David’s text takes me into a realm that Dominick and others who visit here don’t want to go or hear about: the possibility that UFOs are not piloted by ETs but may (possibly) be vehicles of the gods --- yes, the gods that many worship in their religious belief.

In my Substack and blog articles, I’ve been contending, as some of you know, that the Israelite god, Yahweh, was a mortal, an ingenious mortal who scammed his way into a position that the Israelites came to believe and push that he (Yahweh) was the immortal creator of mankind, the Earth, and the Universe itself.

My point, for UFO purposes, is that generational elements of Yahweh and his fellow “immortals” – as undivine as they were – continue to exist and have evolved to be technologically astute, thriving upon (or within) the Earth and appearing now and then via UFOs and strange encounters.

I take my Substack and blog readers through the academic vicissitudes to make my case for the obtuse conjecture that god Yahweh was just an unusual human, not a deity to be worshipped by anyone.

And I’ve been asked if I have considered a book with my theme. I have and I haven’t.

Anyway, the Halperin book has sporadic material that invites speculation and thought that takes the UFO topic outside its usual routine and hackneyed environment.

I’m not taking seriously David’s thinking that Jungian psychologies explain UFOs and give meaning to the enigma….sometimes perhaps, but not often and not in such a way as to provide a substantial explanation for many cases that most of us are familiar with.

But some of his book’s content is juicy and intriguing, offering me, for instance, to ruminate on one of my oblique interests,

More to come….

RR

A tweet about UFOs from my Google newsfeed

https://mobile.twitter.com/adamfrank4/status/1399027928592232456 

If anyone sees the OpEd page, leave a comment here about its relevancy (or not).

RR

Another item from Kelly at UFO Files Group

 

Mufon case file:

Black Disc Lands in Ohio Cornfield?

6/10/2021

“Case 113459: Joshua [last name withheld] was driving north toward Columbus in the late afternoon. Passing a cornfield, he what he thought was farming equipment In the field turned out to be something else somewhat more exotic. Joshua claims that the black object rose from the field to just above the tree line and hovered for a few seconds. It then “then slowly started flying away to the north”. Joshua claimed that it “appeared solid”. Unfortunately, there was only one witness to the landed craft. As far as that is concerned the official report states that the object was “landed on the ground”, but the landing was not observed.

This incident took place near Kingston, Ohio, about 35 miles south of Columbus. Kingston is also approximately 70 miles east south-east of Dayton, the home of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Looking at the original photographs, there appears to be an aura surrounding the object. This is confirmed by the enlarged photo below. Was there a mist, shroud or aura around the object or is that an artifact? We shall see what the MUFON field investigator discovers.

Joshua’s testimony is as follows:

“I was driving north on State Route 159 north when I saw something in a cornfield which I thought was a piece of farming equipment. As I got closer, I noticed it was hovering and ascending straight up above [the] tree line. [T]hat’s when I slowed down my vehicle, grabbed my phone and started snapping pictures. I looked around to see if there were any other vehicles in the area and noticed I was the only one. I was able to snap 8 pictures. The object hovered above the tree line for a few seconds [and] then slowly started flying away to the north, and I headed on to my destination.”

Case Disposition: Assigned (to a MUFON field investigator) This case is under investigation by MUFON and does not yet have a determination as to its authenticity.

An odd little thing from Chet Dembeck for the FB UFO Files Group

 https://unknownboundaries.com/arizona-prospector-claims-to-find-ufo-artifact-after-strange-nighttime-visitation/?fbclid=IwAR2vqK7ANzMqBihxaRTOgs6ITDFVuruc41l3NDr

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

David Halperin's Intimate Alien

I mentioned my (almost) pal David Halperin's UFO book pictured here.

I think my buddy Martin panned it (in a comment) and I'm finding it odd. 

It's presented within a Jungian context, which offers one explanation for some UFO phenomenon events: they are derived from human consciousness or, rather, the unconscious.

That aside, David's perspective has to be savored and read as he is no slug but a respected scholar and academic.

However, his take remains, as far as I've read, interesting but on the fringe of UFO thinking nowadays, even though David has some support by reference to Jacques Vallee's concepts about the source of some UFO sightings: within the human mindset.

Anyone who's read the book would do me a favor by telling me what you think of the book or rather David's thinking about UFOs.

RR

Photog captures fast moving UFOs? (Several views presented)

 https://petapixel.com/2021/06/11/photographer-captures-drone-video-of-bizarre-fast-moving-ufos/

A few interesting things from Space.com

https://www.space.com/space-forums-june-11-2021

Friday, June 11, 2021

Stuff on Facebook: Some idiotic, some old news, some interesting

 






RR

Thursday, June 10, 2021

From The Guardian: an interesting piece

 https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/jun/09/ufo-science-classes-us-students

From CNET

 https://www.cnet.com/news/that-ufo-report-has-us-thinking-all-wrong-about-the-military/?ftag=CAD-03-10aaj8j

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Discrete activity (and life)

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I just did a piece (elsewhere) about how people think that their momentary pleasures – taking the kids to Disney World or the zoo, a birthday party with friends, a day fishing, a glass of wine, a grilled lunch, a TV show or movie, a laugh during a social gathering, etc. – are accumulating memories for later in life, when things are not so vibrant or happy.

Those activities they pile up and gather last, not as real memories or worthwhile mental aftermaths for the dire days of late life. They are token happenstances for meaningless, existential [in all its definitions] recall, if one can recall them, which is not how memory works with such mundane or puerile events.

This got me to thinking about how UFO episodes (sightings, alleged encounters, etc.) are treated likewise by most (almost all) ufologists.

Few have pursued UFO activity in its entirety, along a line of perception and research from which they might extrapolate an explanation of the phenomenon.

And scrutiny of UFO activity – and Facebook is where such activity is exampled in full – comes up wanting.

I just got a Debrief note about the often-ballyhooed 1986 Japanese Airlines Flight 1628:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Airlines_Flight_1628_incident

It is often presented as a signatory UFO incident, and it may be. But it is only one of many such encounters or events in the UFO literature.

Looking at it as a discrete, important UFO sightings takes us (and has taken us) nowhere, as far as explaining what UFOs are or what the episode means.

A gathering of such UFO activity – each one examined, alone, and without connection to other UFO events is meaningless activity, just as discrete human play is meaningless for an evaluation of one’s life and purpose for being.

It’s the long haul that matters and what one does, with purpose during that long haul.

This is what was disturbing about the Jacques Vallee escapade [Trinity]. It was a momentary example of how anyone can lose their way and thus diminish whatever accomplishments they accumulated during their existence.

For the common man – the great unwashed – it doesn’t matter. Those tidbits of meaningless pleasures – the co-called memories they are trying to build and preserve – are as dust in the wind, as the old Kansas song had it.

But the real accomplishments in life, for the betterment (or debasement) of humanity, go to what we, as sentient beings, should be about (or not, depending upon one’s view of what is good or bad for living creatures).

And a  true research involving UFOs and UFOs alone make for a worthwhile investment in time and effort, as do other significant things.

Continuing to list and remember, or try to, a few sniveling UFO sightings are a poor way to create a meaningful legacy for being.

Actually getting a handle on the UFO phenomenon might make for an honored place within human accomplishments that count, that have real meaning, that truly allow for great memories.

If you’re not trying to do that, good luck with your grandkids’ birthday cake. That’s a memory and "worthwhile" event that evokes forgotten song lyrics, and that’s all.

Picture atop from Quora

RR

Monday, June 07, 2021

This is from FB's UFO Files Group. (I found it interesting.)

 

https://whatsallthisthen.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/the-remarkable-cecconi-ufo-case-cover-up-italian-style/amp/?fbclid=IwAR3-FWkk6OVJ7981Ue8MZm8AoUxBA-joACU8uCmHrZGUI6cxHOfUKEoGi0o

Sunday, June 06, 2021

Supplement to Jung’s Flying Saucer book?


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This rare book by Otto Billig [1910-1989], one-time Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, might be considered a supplement to Jung’s Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky.

Professor Billig, himself, is an obscure, brilliant interpreter of Jungian Analytical Psychology, and presses UFO interpretations into the mold that Jung did with his own book. (I’ve presented, in the past, some material from both books here.)

While most of us are corrupted…er, concerned…with the current UFO cycle being pressed upon us by wayward ufologists and news media, let me present here one of the sightings that is dissected by Professor Billig, a sighting that takes on the appearance of a José Caravaca Distortion Theory example.

The Billig analysis appears as Appendix V [Page 227 ff. in the paperback] and took place in Nashville, Tennessee, July 1972.

A woman and her 30 year-old daughter were sitting in a car, a few minutes before 9 p.m., waiting for their son/brother they were picking up to take home from work.

A craft that looked like “one saucer turned over another …with a flat surface underneath, and a red light on top … [making a continual ‘Beep, Beep’ sound. This craft had tiny or small windows around the middle … The craft itself was Metallic, like aluminum, with no means of identity or classification on the outside. Inside the craft  through the small windows were softly lit colors in yellow, pink, and pale green. Inside the craft were objects [sic] as people that seemed to be dressed in green (!)  coveralls, pressure ‘space’ suits or some coverings, moving back and forth as if hastily at work. However the colors could be caused from reflections inside the ship, as these objects [sic] were covered completely. The space craft or ship moved slowly at times without a rotating position, but moved forward or backward in a straight line. Other times the craft traveled in rotating movements, [traveling] very swiftly.” [Page 228]

(Since the daughter confirmed the sighting, Professor Billig writes that the episode may be a folie à deux.)

Apparently the mother got out of the car as she reports (in her letter to Professor Billig) that she “ran as fast as [she] could toward the craft” fearing that “they” would spot her or “give chase or throw out some beam toward [her, but] They did nothing, as they seemed not to notice.” [ibid]

“All during this time the people aboard were busy at work … [seeming] to be busy on computers or machinery … [She] began counting the men or objects [sic]. First there, 7, 8, then 9, then I seemed to count up to 12 but at this point [she] began to realize [her vision could be getting somewhat confused, so at 15 [she] stopped counting … [But she thought] there were a good 9 persons inside the craft.” [ibid]

The witness wondered why the craft’s occupants might be interested in the park/cemetery over which they hovered.

And she noted that she “was near power lines and … [and] seemed to hear noises as humming and peculiar sounds …. At one point there was one or two cars traveling [by] … [but] Others passing the scene did not seem to notice the ‘space craft’ … ” [Page 229]

Professor Billig made no conclusory comments, but from his “folie à deux” insertion, one can assume that his explanation of the incident would be psychological.

This is a report or tale that appears nowhere in UFO literature, except in the book, as it came to Professor Billig as a private letter.

There are hundreds of such episodes, as I’ve noted, many from the Albert Rosales’ Humanoid Encounter series of books and the Facebook UFO groups are replete with many like-accounts.

This is where we have to ask “what have such stories to do with the Tic-Tac AATIP videos or pending (non) “disclosure” report from U.S. agencies?”

The above offering was in 1972. Were there, then, advanced craft moving around or over mundane geographical areas, to be seen by members of the hoi-polloi?

Or are there a plethora of psychologically induced sightings and/or incidents that come under the rubric Distortion Theory? And if so, why?

We have a bifurcated raft of UFO sightings or reports, some with evidence such as video or camera images, even radar stimuli, and many that just seem to be an episode of psychic mischief, and a few actual reports of an actual happening that are as real as one can experience normally.

That is, we have evidenced events and hallucinatory-like accounts, from persons without psychological or neurological taint.

Which is it? Chimerae or hard-core, evidence-flush sightings?

Either way, the UFO phenomenon continues to intrude, remaining enigmatic now just as it was when crazy Ezekiel made a record for his Biblical chapter.

RR

Jacques Vallee erased his legacy (with one stupid move)

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That book [Trinity]….with all the detailed and meaningless information….took away all that Jacques Vallee had accomplished, about UFOs.

Now at the twilight of his life, the great man, is a UFO-nobody. That’s indisputable, you Vallee acolytes and fanboys!

He’s done! Overcooked and now a wasted, diminished brilliance; his past record of accomplishment(s) destroyed by a major blunder: offering with a questionable co-author, a book so pitiful and unscientific or intelligent, that the hole it dug in the UFO environment can’t be filled.

Vallee is in his early 80s; what can he do to make a comeback? Yes, he’s smart and active, but he needs a major coup in the UFO field, and I don’t think he can pull it off.

I’d like him to, but that’s wishful thinking on my part.

He’s finished….and most of us are finished with him.

RR

Countdown to "letdown" [From The Observer]

 https://theobservermagazine.substack.com/p/countdown-to-letdown?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoyNDEyNDg0NSwicG9zdF9pZCI6Mz

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Friday, June 04, 2021

Living in the past

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Reading the current [6/7/21] New Yorker and the latest [6/10/21] New York Review of Books, while getting notifications of UFO postings on Facebook, I was almost taken aback by how absorbed we all are by past accomplishments and, with UFOs, the old sight- ings and events (the past being as recent as 2017 sometimes).

Artists and writers, with past efforts, are being lauded in the cultural periodicals (for being famous during their lifetimes, but most not so) and many UFO episodes not noticed when they first happened but now getting some attention.

The need for nostalgic remembrances abounds, gays harking back to the queer days when being homosexual was surely hidden but is now, during Pride month, a thing to be celebrated.

Why are we not sparing with the future, where UFOs will be explained and Jacques Vallee will be gone, sadly, as will some of us reading this, and influencers will long be forgotten and the current raft of artists and writers, along with their works, will be long gone and forgotten, not able to reserve a legacy because what is hot today is not worthy to hold the heat of greatness that once was?

(I’ve even forgotten what I’ve read or seen a short while ago, even a few hours ago, including my own dreck. And some present UFO notables today mean little to me and others, already, before they’ve even made a mark.)

 And my point, finally?

 ABC News [6/4/21] along with CBS News and the New York Times and Washington Post are jumping on the UFO band- wagon, regurgitating those AATIP released videos that have been grist for all of us UFO fanatics the past year or so.

No one, even those enthused UFO newbies, is providing anything in the way of new suggestions or hypotheses that offer a possible or probable solution to the long-time enigma.

The extraterrestrial “solution” continues to hog the conjectural environment. Why? Because it’s the simplistic solution, one supported by an ET meme that has supplanted imaginative, innovative, intelligent (intellectual) considerations.

My FB pals are entrenched in the ET trope, and a few buddies here likewise. But ETs coming here in droves, which is ridiculous on the face of it, as Carl Sagan and even Jacques Vallee have said, remains the solution of the day.

Where’s the escape from the past, the mildewed ET explanation, and the slipshod acceptance of aliens visiting here in crashing spacecraft while fooling around overhead and in the seas, for years, even eons?

Let us (we few here who have the image of creative thinkers) come forth with some ideas that can be forwarded to other venues where they might take hold, altering the passive, nostalgic and foolish idea that an advanced species from far, far away are slithering around this planet, and have for millennia, doing nothing but observing the stupidity that has encompassed our species since the first human being emerged from its primitive stasis.

Come on fellows, give it a go, please…..

RR

Thursday, June 03, 2021

That government JUNE "Disclosure" report you've been waiting for

 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/03/us/politics/ufos-sighting-alien-spacecraft-pentagon.html?campaign_id=60&emc=edit_na_20210603&instance_id

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What is this (in the red circle)?

                                                     

This comes from a Cave Art group on Facebook.

I'm using the image for my Substack series and God blog: the primitive drawing of god, top/middle.

But I'm pondering what the thing, circled in red, represents. It's out of place and context. A Socorro-like UFO?

RR

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Kevin Randle's podcast with Vallee and Harris about Trinity book et cetera

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/45140594

From my Google UFO newsfeed: The Bob Lazar controversy goes on and on

https://www.nevadacurrent.com/2021/06/01/ufos-the-pentagon-and-the-enigma-of-bob-lazar/

FB UFO group reaches milestone

Kelly Emile Gauthier's UFO Files Group has amassed 10,000 members on Facebook.

This the result of mainstream's clocking in on the phenomenon?

Congratulations to Kelly. (His group is one of the saner gathering places on Facebook.)

RR

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Brian Sentes' review if the Vallee/Harrris book

A cogent review:

https://skunkworksblog.com/2021/06/01/they-know-not-what-they-do-what-to-make-of-trinity-the-best-kept-secret-by-jacques-f-vallee-and-paola-leopizzi-harris/

WHAT IS UFO MATTER MADE OF? By José Antonio Caravaca

Copyright 2021, Jose Antonio Caravaca 

I have always wondered where all those spacecraft, of different size, color and shape that we have collected over the years in the enormous UFO literature representing the so-called close encounters will be.

I wonder if they will all be stored clean and shiny in a huge hangar hidden from prying eyes or if on the contrary they will dissolve as easily as our dreams once they have been experienced. It is not feasible that all the UFOs shown in hundreds of books and thousands of articles obey an empirical reality as we conceive it. We cannot be exposed to thousands of different prototypes of UFOs and UFOnauts. And we cannot be the navel of the universe and receive millions of different visitors. Therefore, the matter that makes up this puzzling phenomenon is closer to the ephemeral substance that gives life to thoughts, imagination and dreams rather than to a sheet metal buttoned with nuts and bolts.

But this is not to say that, at any given moment, the UFO paradigm is inconsequential and that it cannot have an impact on the environment in which it manifests itself and on the people on whom it acts. Whatever the origin this fascinating phenomenon is, its interaction with the human being goes beyond anything we have intuited so far, although we have known about it for many centuries, and it is probably more related to the formation of myths and folklore than to the arrival on our planet of some curious extraterrestrial scientists.

There is something in our minds that prevents us from openly relating to this unknown reality from which we can learn many things, but it will certainly not be what some people expect. There is a vast reality to be known beyond what our idolized science of the atom and neutrinos shows us... And this has to do with the essence of the human being and his position in the universe. So our efforts to place the phenomenon in a test tube and subject it to a microscope will be just as effective as trying to catch a dream...

JAC

 

Monday, May 31, 2021

The Vallee/Harris vast wasteland: Trinity: The Best Kept Secret

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What a god-awful book!

Let me try to explain: it stinks as a research primer. It lacks cachet as a factual vehicle. It is a kind of self-indulgent autobiography, it goes on ad absurdum, ad nauseam, ad infinitum – and the Paola interviews in it went on interminably.

Yet, I am a Vallee admirer, but the great man seems to cinch his UFO reputation; readers are subjected to reminders throughout that Jacques was in on or involved in every major (and some not so major but allegedly important) UFO event in modern history.

Also, he’s fixated on his place in Silicon Valley, which is negligible according to those who are truly important there.

The 1945 “episode” that is the gist of the book is forlorn and almost silly; it wouldn’t even make for a bad TV pilot, and even though I think the book is a prelude to a potential movie script, it smells bad……the literary element is not pungent, pathetic actually: two little hombres experiencing a strange craft breaking apart after a collision with a (radio?) tower in New Mexico and retrieving some odd debris found after the alleged wreck. 

Jacques Vallee and Paola Harris think the 7 and 9 year old boy actually saw the crash and are remembering the event accurately (truthfully), and they may have but, for me, it doesn’t ring true and I’ve cited a few reasons why earlier here.

Now, the crash may be an actual event or a contrived folie à deux, or, as my son Josh, the neuroscientist offers, the sighting could have been a perceptive impairment derived from the atomic bomb test aftermath and a result of radiation poisoning or another kind of toxic intrusion in the area affecting the cognitive abilities of the children but that such elaborate physiological damage would persist into old age seems highly unlikely.

So, ruling a neurological glitch and a psychological folie à deux, we are left with the actuality of a crashed weird object that had many of the Roswell harbingers – odd debris, little creatures, memory metal, and a military cover-up, along with later UFO ingredients such as “angel hair.”

Vallee’s assertion and belief that we humans are being played with and the event was a Caravacian scenario proffered by someone or something paranormal; meant to tell us something.

I can accept that, but a scenario presented to two kids, 7 and 9, with the idea that the mise en scène would surface at a later date via a genealogical search or be set up for two young hombres in a primitive intellectual environment stretches credulity and common sense.

That Vallee makes the case for a governmental deep state is also okay with me, as the idea of a sub-political state existed in the 1940s and was determined to be a reality during the Alger Hiss trial as disclosed by Whittaker Chambers.

And all the foo-faa of Harry Truman’s creation of a national security role with a formal agency, the CIA, to ferret out protective information and keep it secret is a given for most persons paying attention to governmental activities sub rosa.

So, while the great Jacques Vallee should get plaudits for his ongoing processes to uncover government and/or military malfeasance and secrecy, his attempt to make a remembered 1945 event by two old guys with a simpatico relationship into one of the best UFO events of all time was little appreciated by me.

Every time I picked up the book to complete my reading – which is yet to happen. (I’m on page 284) – I winced: not more taped or personal interviews with Reme (now dead), Jose, and late-comer Sabrina. They were awful and not full of declamatory information.

The interviews were a bore. But other UFO events that were provided, but shorn of accuracy [Socorro: see Kevin Randle’s comments here, in a previous posting] allowed for some ufological excitement; not enough to recommend the book or suggest it as an opening of something new and worthwhile.

If I end up finishing the thing and there is a significant resolution or epiphany, I’ll get back to you.

RR

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Slogging through the Vallee/Harris book: Trinity

Got this from my dear pal Kevin Randle:

Good Morning, Rich - 

I've just taken a good look at the chapters on Socorro and they are a disaster. There are many things wrong with them. Thought I'd let you know...

There are some other problems with the book. I don't know how much was written by Vallee and how much was written by Harris... with Socorro, they mention eleven witnesses but give no names, other than the two guys from Dubuque who made up their tale of seeing the Socorro saucer in flight (no their description does not match that given by Zamora).

... 

Kevin

[Kevin is interviewing Harris and Vallee on his podcast/radio show shortly. Go to kevinrandle.blogspot.com for info.]

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And I'm still working my way through the book, highlighting, in yellow, what the authors think is important or relevant and, highlighting in orange, things that don't ring right with anything:

RR

Friday, May 28, 2021

UFO Mania?

Everyone is getting in on the current UFO hub-bub.......(my latest Daedalus Book Catalog):

RR

A New York POST piece (somewhat interesting)

 https://nypost.com/2021/05/27/radar-footage-shows-ufos-swarming-navy-ship-filmmaker-claims/

An e-mail I got

https://keithkloor.substack.com/p/the-biggest-ufo-mystery?utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email&utm_source=copy

Thursday, May 27, 2021

The Washington POST on UFOs

htps://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/05/26/we-need-put-science-center-ufo-question/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_opinions&utm

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The May 31, 2021 New Yorker's UFO mail

One letter responding to the May 10th New Yorker UFO article showed up in the new May 31, 2021 issue.

It was from Alvin Wang, a Professor of Psychology who referred to Carl Jung's book and theory that flying saucers [UFOs] were the result of anxieties and stress from the Cold War and the Atomic Bomb, and now the COVID-19 pandemic was causing the current UFO sighting surge.

I was almost dumbstruck.

UFOs make people crazy, even those who couldn't care less.

RR

From The Atlantic: a good read!

 https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/05/ufos-aliens/618990/

Jacques Vallee: Off his game or spot on?

Copyright 2021, InterAmerica, Inc.

When I write that I think the eminent Jacques Vallee may be  “senile,” I’m being facetious.

(Senility is now assigned to the dementia category, and no longer accepted as a correct designation for loss of memory and other mental malfeasances of the aged.)

What I’m saying about Vallee is that he is no longer functioning in the full bloom of his former intellectual ability, and most of you have seen the diminution; it’s blatant in his current, new book Trinity.

The absence of acute intellectualism derives from Jacque’s sliding into sentimental asides – very unscientific, obviously (and rife for psychological conjecture) along with his rumination on the natural beauty of the area in which he finds himself, not the specific area where the alleged craft he’s investigating is but the adjunct area where the first Atom Bomb tests took place.

This is a diversion that beclouds what he’s doing in the area – a vacation-like account that would better fit a travel magazine or personal diary, not a scientific sojourn meant to show that a weird object with attendant creatures in it, the “object” having a disastrous accident, that Vallee and his co-author (Paola Harris) think is an event opening humanity here to a vivid and important impactive episode.

My point? The book is a travelogue and fictive-like rumination, full of emotional clutter and side-bars that are not pertinent to a premise of proving a “UFO” or something akin crashed in 1945, in the Southwest, a few years before the infamous Roswell incident.

Dominick thinks that Vallee is writing within a context of child reminiscence, which may be correct but that’s not a scientific providence, unless you’re writing about an episode that’s psychoanalytic in nature.

To surround his thesis – that a craft from outside Earth’s provenance crashed in 1945 and was witnessed by two young boys (who supposedly pilfered some elements from the disastrous event) – with acute hints that the kids were prescient for their ages, 7 and 9, is a flawed scientific enterprise; it’s a set-up for a movie script, which may be what the book is really about.

At any rate, the book is novelistic, not scientific or pertinent to UFO history. It’s the attempt by an old man, grabbing at is lost youth (perhaps) or a last gasp at fame, which Dominick, to his credit, notes.

N.B. Photo of Vallee (above) from new dimensions radio

RR

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The Vallee/Harris sci-fi “novel” – Trinity

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Those reading along with me (or have already finished  reading), the Trinity book, should note a few things that impact the “truth” or accuracy of the text.

I’m only at the beginnings of the work but stirred by the failures in the account.

Some of you know my psychological training was influenced by the psychoanalytic method, and while I eschewed most of the child theories, they did impact what I was taught. And Freudian thought was enveloped by B.F. Skinner’s musings on operant conditioning et cetera, the emphasis offered by WSU’s curriculum. This allows me to insist on desparkling the recall of the two boys – Reme and Jose – whose story is the gist of the book and Vallee’s interest in it.

Remember that Reme was seven at the time of the witnessed event and Jose was nine.

Yet they both road horses back and forth to the alleged crashed craft where creatures were said to be small, but the boys were small also, very small, and remembering or seeing the entities as little, comparatively, goes against how they should have been viewed initially and recalled.

Also, the recaptured dialogue that Paola Harris gathered during her interviews of the grown men has all the hallmarks of a fictive account, a literary-like recall of the supposed incident.

And that a seven year old and nine year old would be jumping in and out of a spacecraft on the bed of a truck and prying off material from it rings false to me.

You remember how you operated as a youngster of seven and/or nine, or how your kids and grandkids act and think at those ages in your experience.

Moreover,  the account by Reme of remorse and sadness at the plight of the little beings – the creatures – ring untrue for their ages. The development of such emotion is a ways off.

Then there are the Roswell-like recollections: “a secret, dislocated weather balloon” or the “memory metal” found and then used to mend a “well problem.” And a reference to "greys."

All this, in the first pages…..where I’m struggling to remain with the book and running out of orange Sharpies to highlight the questionable dialogue and Vallee asides.

More later….

RR

Jose Antonio Caravaca looks at the Vallee/Harris book

                           

http://caravaca.blogspot.com/2021/05/son-los-ovnis-estrellados-un-metodo-de.html

Monday, May 24, 2021

That Vallee/Harris book: Trinity

I'm into the opening pages, the Foreward, of  Trinity: The Best Kept Secret, the new Vallee and Harris book.

And I just sent a note to my pal Tony Bragalia that he needs a copy as Vallee provides support for his (Tony's) debris information, found via the FOIA, which has been lauded in some UFO circles.

But, while I'm not prepared, obviously, to make much substantive comment about the book's contents at this point, I am noting, as I told Tony, that Vallee's writing shows a diminution of perspicacity and skeptical acumen. Vallee is no longer the Vallee of his earlier work(s).

Vallee is in his early 80s and I, certainly, am loath to diss anyone that age or later. But his writing does show a loss of vibrancy and common sense; yes, common sense.

But this is from only the Foreward, so I should be cautious in my remarks. After all, it is Jacques Vallee, a UFO notable, maybe the notablelest!

RR

The Debrief

Copyright 2021, InterAmerica, Inc.

My once communicative pal MJ Banias became serious about UFO “fame” a while back and went active all over the place.

He now pushes an interesting web-site and publishing vehicle, The Debrief, where noted UFO people contribute often unique UFO-related articles.

But there’s a problem, or a problem for me. It’s the surfeit of ads dispersed throughout pieces, distracting and non-related ads that throw off one’s attention or concentration on the articles offered. 

Here are a few of the ads in a recent Debrief piece:

I find it sad that writing is cursed by the insertion of such mercenary crap, crap that abuses the creative efforts of those talented persons who are trying to communicate something worthwhile.

We all know that many people will pay extra for TV streaming and written material minus advertising.

But in the UFO world some people like collecting the few pennies that ads bring, to hell with how chintzy and irritating those ads are.

My feeling has always been, if you can't afford to blog or run a web-site without ads, get off the table.

Don't demean creative material for a few cents of remuneration. I chastized Frank Warren's UFO Chronicles for his messy use of ads -- I lost him as a friend for that -- but he's retired and could use the money I think, so I should have kept quiet.

But MJ and his cohorts need a few dollars to survive? I imagine not, which makes the effluvia of ads almost a criminal act, but surely an insult to readers.

Let's hope others seeking their fortune among the UFO community do so less egregiously.

RR 

From my Google UFO newsfeed: A David Halperin piece

I find myself running close to David Halperin's position about UFOs: 

https://lasvegassun.com/news/2021/may/23/what-do-ufos-tell-us-about-us/

RR

MUFON video about Anthony Bragalia's FOIA request: stunning

https://youtu.be/YLGyZrmE2K4

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Am I nuts? (Don't answer that)

I didn't think I'd buy this book because of my pal Martin's cautious comments.

And I find the original account of the incident wanting.

But my buddy Steve Mera pressed me to read it, so I've ordered the damn thing and it'll be here Tuesday.

I'll offer comments after I give it a scour.

$25 -- geezo willikers.

RR 

Cold Case in the 5/17/21 New Yorker

For those who get or have access to The New Yorker, there's a vivid account of a bizarre incident in 1959 about a ski trip by some Russian young people (students from a technical school.

The piece is by Douglas Preston {page 24 ff.]

I've seen airings about the episode on Travel and other paranormally inclined stations.

It's a horrible story with Yeti-like and, more importantly perhaps, UFO references but that's only a small conjectural part of a fascinating account and mystery of the demise of the whole ski party (nine persons in all).

Preston presents the story spectacularly, in a grand fictive-like rendering but the tale is true and truly worth a read.

RR

Someone or something is taunting us

Copyright 2021, InterAmerica, Inc.

The current scuttlebutt about UFOs has us UFO fanatics all over the place, trying to determine what’s going on.

But our consternation is petty, really.

Close friend José Antonio Caravaca, in his Distortion Theory, posits an “external agent” – a wayward psychic mechanism, if I understand him correctly.

But I think, and keep pressing the matter, that it is really an external agent, a personified thing of some kind, profoundly so.

My buddy Dominick doesn’t want me to suggest that the external agent is god or something metaphysically similar while pal Martin and new pal (I think) David Halperin can accept a dithering by God that involves a supreme being or force.

But there is a fatal flaw, perhaps, in my pressing for an external influence of a metagogic kind or paranormal reality.

Like the ET explanation for UFOs, why would a super-entity or thing be concerned with this Earth and the goings-on within it? After all, Earth and the happenings here are petty in the great scheme of things, yes?

I can accept the idea of an incomprehensible thing call fate, where what happens, happens, such as a little 6 year-old boy being shot in a road rage incident where a bullet goes through the trunk of a car hitting the boy in the stomach and killing the young chap.

This makes no sense to me, and I can name countless incidents, for today and throughout history that make little to no sense, just dire circumstances that tell us that there is no god or we are subject to a malicious one.

The philosophical sidebar that god is an indifferent adjunct to reality who cares nothing about what happens in the Universe that he controls or is makes okay sense to me. But I actually think that, like Teilhard, God is nicked by things that occur in his being or his construct of reality, no matter how remote the source of that nicking.

Yet, this leaves us with the idea of a hapless fate and/or a deterministic behavior by this god, or this something – the personal agent.

UFOs are only one area of “playfulness” within our reality. There are others, many others, like the Israeli/Hamas active acts of militarism. Or the internecine bantering between political rivals here in the U.S. Or the “tragic” killing of an innocent little guy by a bullet that could have gone anywhere but ends up in his gut.

UFOs showing up, enigmatically, off and on, and now rather overtly show the external agent to have personality, not an aimless force we call happenstance or fate.

Something is going on, and always has, activities and happenings that have consequences bad or good, most bad.

We are pressing our noses against the glass of supposed secrecy within the U.S. government, but we should be looking past that to the point of it all, Dominck’s ire and buddy Kevin Randles’s goofy readers notwithstanding.

Something’s going on, and we are the target – all of us, humanity. Why? To what end?

RR