Saturday, July 04, 2015

Western Australia Police UAP / UFO File Uncovered

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By Keith Basterfield

     Australian UAP researchers have long been aware that in the 1950's and 1960's, the RAAF when investigating reports of UAP, used the resources of state police forces to interview witnesses. The evidence for this is to be found on RAAF "Unusual Aerial Sightings" files, held by the National Archives of Australia. However, until now, no one has ever located a whole state police force file on the subject.

Courtesy of Dr Stuart Hatch of GovHack 2015, (click here) who found a Western Australia police department file, number 64/2885, we now have one such file.

What is on the file?

This is a 55 page file, with documents on it in the date range 1951 and 1975. The following will give you an idea of what is contained therein.

Item one:

Memo dated 14 August 1975, from R Carr, Assistant Commissioner (Admin) to RAAF Pearce. Forwarding copies of reports in the Northampton area.

Memo dated 3 August 1975 from Sargent Johnstone, Northampton, to Superintendent Murphy, Geraldton. Reports by Valerie Casley, Hutt River Province; and Cheryl and Ronald Hoskin of a nearby farm.

Report details. At 1100hrs on 8 July 1975. Casley attended the Northampton police station to report a number of UAP observations. She and her husband had seen a "...strange orange coloured object in the lands and seems to take off again." At 0900hrs 8 July 1975, while driving north to Northampton, she saw "...a very large white ball. This ball was about 2 to 3
cars was present for about 10 to 15 seconds and then vanished. It did not move away just disappeared. The object was about half a mile away, to the east..." Soundless.

Between 2030-2100hrs about 18 June 1975, in the same area, " object shaped like cow horns was seen about 300 yards away on the ground. It appeared about 4 foot long with a bright light in the centre, with the lights getting less bright as they went to the horn shape." It then took off and slowly disappeared from the inside out. No sound. Seen by Valerie and Wayne Casley. . . .

The M-Files: UFOs in Manitoba

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UFO Reports in Manitoba (1947 - 2014)

By Chris Rutkowski

      The annual Canadian UFO Survey, prepared by Winnipeg-based Ufology Research, has been collecting data on reports of unidentified flying objects since the late 1980s. Its 25-year analysis of Canadian UFO cases looked at about 15,000 reports from coast to coast, with an average of several hundred per year. Last year, Ufology Research’s 2014 Canadian Survey studied more than 1,000 UFO cases reported in Canada, or almost three cases each day.

But what about Manitoba, by itself?

Last year, in 2014, there were 44 UFO sightings reported in Manitoba. The number per year has varied from as low as only six in 1999 to as many as 124 in 2012. During the 25-year Ufology Research study, covering 1989-2013, there were 1,075 UFO reports from Manitoba.

However, Ufology Research originally had been the local provincial group Ufology Research of Manitoba (UFOROM), created in 1976 through the encouragement of the US-based UFO organization, the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS). Ufology Research thus also had access to the UFOROM cases for analyses.

Although unusual objects in the sky have been seen and reported throughout history, the “modern” UFO era began in 1947 when pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing several metallic objects flying over Mount Rainer in Washington. In subsequent years, the then-called “flying saucers” were reported around the globe. Not surprisingly, many sightings were reported in Canada, and many were by observers in Manitoba. The infamous Project Blue Book and related earlier official studies by the US Air Force included many Manitoba reports. Blue Book files have been released to researchers and the Manitoba cases have been extracted.

In addition, historical records from newspaper archives, journals and personal diaries have been scoured for reports of unusual aerial objects. These and all other sources were used to add Manitoba reports into a master database for studying what Manitobans have been seeing in the province’s skies. . . .

'UFO' Reported Above Box Hill

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'UFO' Reported Above Box Hill

By Dorking Advertiser

      A possible UFO sighting has been reported after a fast moving yellow light was seen in the sky above Box Hill last night (Thur).

The strange object was spotted by Diane Cooper of Cottage Farm, Betchworth who contacted the Advertiser after spotting the mysterious object.

She said: "Has anyone reported seeing what I can only describe as a UFO across the front of Boxhill last night?

"It was 12.01am, there was a very bright large yellow light that came from the left, heading the Dorking way around the front of the hill, moving very, very fast and very low. When it got just past the back of my house it went over the top of the hill still very low.

"It gave the impression it was going to crash. . . .

Mystery Of Loch Ness UFO Photo Deepens

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Mystery Of Loch Ness UFO Photo Deepens

Lee Speigel By Lee Speigel
The Huffington Post

     We recently presented a story of how tourists visiting Scotland's famous Loch Ness came away from their vacation with a curious photo that subsequently became an Internet sensation.

When Alan Betts and his wife, Anna, first looked at their holiday pictures after returning to their York, UK, home, they noticed something odd in the following image that had been taken by Anna's mother.

When the Betts zoomed in on the picture and saw something weird in the sky above the water, they released it to the media, hoping someone would determine the true identity of this possible UFO.

Someone did come forth, claiming to know exactly what the photo shows.

"It's almost certainly just the reflection of a light inside the room, doubled up by [a] dual pane window," according to Mick West, a retired video game programmer who now runs, an online site, "dedicated to the art and pastime of honest, polite, scientific investigating and debunking."

Betts confirmed to HuffPost that various pictures West used from a promotional video (seen below) show the cottage her family stayed in while on vacation.

But, can pictures culled from a real estate video be the best source of an investigation that requires very precise image analysis? . . .

Friday, July 03, 2015

The Future of Ufology

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The Future of Ufology

Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos By Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos
June 2015

     In the July 2014 CAIPAN workshop organized by GEIPAN (French CNES), Dr. Jacques Vallée delivered an interesting lecture entitled “UAP: A Strategy for Research” (1). Vallée presented a good historical background to UFO databases as a basis to develop a number of future avenues of research. [UAP: Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena]

I would like to make some comments on this paper. The first is a general one: it highlights that after 68 years of modern UFO history, we do not know anything about the nature of an alleged UFO/UAP phenomenon. At this day, we are still starting from zero, because all basic questions regarding the phenomena are open and none is yet resolved, as Vallée points out by outlining a list of crucial “unanswered questions” that appertain to key topics like search for patterns, physics of the phenomenon, geography, socio-cultural impact, effect on human witness, and methodology & epistemology.

Is it ‒as Vallée proposes in the section “Obstacles to Analysis”‒ because “the phenomenon has demonstrated a level of complexity that challenges analysis and even rational description”? Or is it –my view– because there is not any genuinely new phenomenon in progress? It is evident that we can attest a failure in finding either long-lived statistical constants or admissible extraordinary evidence (material, recorded or observational) for a brand new type of physical or para-physical entity manifesting in our environment. What if UFOs were something more linked to our inner world than to the outer world? . . .

MOD to release UK's top secret UFO 'X-Files'

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MOD to release UK's top secret UFO 'X-Files'

By Jon Austin

     The major boost for alien hunters can be exclusively revealed by on World UFO Day, which campaigners are using to call for the release of all such records globally.

UFO researchers, backed by House of Lords peer, have been fighting for the release of 18 top secret Ministry of Defence (MoD) files about UFO sightings from more than 30 years ago.

The Government faced claims of a cover-up from conspiracy theorists when their release was stalled at the end of 2013.

Some investigators claim the files could provide key evidence of extra-terrestrial life visiting the UK and of specific information about famous controversial sightings such as the Rendlesham Forest incident - a series of reported sightings of unexplained lights and the alleged landing of one or more craft in Suffolk in late December 1980.

Lord Black of Brentwood, who asked the Government for an update through a Parliamentary question, was assured yesterday - the day before World UFO day - the files would be released by the MoD to the National Archives by March next year. . . .

BEWOEFUL: The Death of The Roswell Slides

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The Death of The Roswell Slides

By Tim Printy

"The program was a train wreck that tried
to cram five pounds of crap into a one pound bag.

     Against my better judgment, I chose to invest $15 of my hard earned money and three hours out of my life on the “BeWitness” program. I half expected to be surprised with new revelations about the slides because the promoters were so adamant that they were images of an alien being. In a poorly organized presentation, Maussan practically put his audience to sleep as he tried to build suspense for the big reveal. When the program was complete, I was asking myself, ”Why did I waste my time and money?”.

BeBored: May 5th was mostly a snooze fest

There is an old saying that I learned, early on in my naval career, which stated, “prior planning prevents piss-poor performance”. Most of what we did involved a plan. That plan did not always work in the heat of the moment because events might change the situation and one had to adapt as one saw fit. However, when it came to presentations, they usually went off like clockwork. It was practiced and everybody had a time and place to be. In the case of BeWitness, there appeared to be not much of a plan. Instead of two or three hours, the program took five hours. Most of it was extremely boring. . . .

Thursday, July 02, 2015

UFO Caught on Video Hovering Over Mariners Wharf?

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UFO Caught on Video Hovering Over Mariners Wharf

By Abigail O'Leary

      The video was taken by Paul Douglas, who was driving down Upper Parliament Street on Monday night.

A mysterious flying object was captured on film by a motorist who saw it hovering above Mariners Wharf.

The video was taken by Paul Douglas, who was driving down Upper Parliament Street towards the waterfront when he saw something unusual in the sky on Monday night.

Paul, from Aigburth, said: “It was about 10.20 and I was driving when I saw something strange in the sky.

“It was over the marina and it was just a mad object in the sky. It sort of looked like a drone but it also had three green lights on it.”

Taxi-driver Paul said he pulled over in amazement at what was drifting through the sky and started filming the object as it moved closer towards land then back out towards the water. . . .

“‘UFO’ Gets 78,600,000 Google Results … Four Times ‘Oprah Winfrey’”

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Kenneth Arnold’s Description of Flying Saucer

It's the most wonderful time of the year

By Billy Cox
De Void

      I was actually thinking about renewing my subscription to Time magazine the other day, just to stay connected to what passes for news among corporate giants. But last week, a little blurb titled “This Is Why People Think UFOs Look Like ‘Flying Saucers’” popped up on Google News. After that, I figured I’d save my $$$ and drop the wad on Hooters instead.

Let me guess how this one happened. Writer Jennifer Latson probably hasn’t been at long. Her niche, according to the tag, is “History,” as in, On This Date in 19whatever. The "History" subcategory label is "Bizarre." So she wants something bizarre. And time is running out. She’s scanning every nook and cranny for a June 24 milestone. Scanning scanning scanning and -- ta-daah! Hot damn there it is: On this date in 1947, Kenneth Arnold coined the term “flying saucer.” Yay. Even better, she doesn’t have to do hardly any research. She references and liberally borrows from the 6/15/14 edition of Atlantic Monthly, where writer Megan Garber laid it all out for her in a piece called “The Man Who Introduced the World to Flying Saucers.”

This story is so analogue you've got drill all the way into the 1950 sedimentary layer for Edward R. Murrow’s interview with Arnold. That's where the Idaho businessman told the world how the yo-yos in the press had misquoted him three years earlier. Arnold insisted he never described the nine objects he spotted that summer day over Washington state as looking like flying saucers. He said they flew “like a saucer if you skip it across the water.” Shape-wise, the UFOs he saw resembled sunlight on metal, which he calculated were traveling in sync at 1,200 mph. So that’s how we got the “flying saucer” term, which in turn triggered the flying saucer/flying disc craze of 1947.

And that – as Latson parroted in her knockoff – is Why People Think UFOs Look Like Flying Saucers. Even today. Fascinating, how gullible we are.

As fate would have it, the annual Roswell UFO Festival starts on Thursday, which also coincides with World UFO Day. Which means if I were Latson’s editor, and if I considered myself a reasonably informed and creative corporate hipster keeping an eye on the nutty fringe, I’d put her on the next plane to New Mexico. I’d tell her to grab mucho B-roll on the space alien parade. Then I’d pay her way into scheduled lectures by Thomas Carey and Don Schmitt.

These are two of the guys who, during that pay-per-view thing back in May, tried to pass off a couple of old Native American mummy photos as pix of a UFO occupant who died in the alleged 1947 crash. Several researchers who vetted the disastrous Kodachrome slides, including Schmitt, have since apologized for their sloppy spadework. But we’ve not heard much from Carey since this PR bomb blew up nearly two months ago. And the suspense is killing me. And that’s the great thing about the Roswell UFO Festival. Everybody, no matter how compromised or diminished, gets multiple shots at redemption. And of course, as a editor, I’d want to keep this non-story going for as long as possible. After all, "UFO" gets 78,600,000 Google results; that's nearly double "Sinatra," and almost four times "Oprah Winfrey."

I’d want Latson to report on the tension between Schmitt and Carey for its dramatic potential, and presented in installments for the return traffic. I’d want her to get street-level feedback on the controversy, so long as her sources are wearing ET costumes; I'd even throw in a $10 Applebee's incentive-bonus coupon for slipping “the truth is out there” into her copy. I’d want to know from lobby vendors which particular X-Files T-shirts and inflatable green hybrid-child dolls and other "out-of-this-world souvenirs" are "selling at warp speed."

And for the wrap-up, I’d want her to collar a good-humored pop-culture expert to tell us exactly Why We Want To Believe. That angle hasn’t been explored since June 26, when an International Business Times headline wondered, “Why do people believe in unidentified flying objects, aliens and abductions?”

If I were an editor with Time or or The Daily Planet or whatever, I’d be using this weekend to think outside the box and showcase my full potential.

Evidence of a NASA [UFO] Conspiracy? | VIDEO

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Evidence of a NASA UFO Conspiracy

Evidence of a NASA UFO Conspiracy


     UFO conspiracy theorists are a-twitter after NASA cut off a live video feed from the space station when suspicious flickering lights came into view – and then flew away. Director of the International UFO Bureau Hayden Hewes, says it's more of the same from NASA.

"They can't let the general public know that there's somebody more intelligent, it'll upset too many beliefs."

Was it aliens, or just a trick of the light?

UFO expert Jim Marrs, yes that's his real name, says NASA is routinely suspicious.

"NASA says that they erased all of the original footage of the 1969 Moon landing; so it makes one wonder, what are they covering up?"