Thursday, July 31, 2014

UFOLOGY: "We've Lost Almost All Our Ability To Influence ... The Scientific Community ..."

The Science of Ufology

What's to lose at this point?

By Billy Cox
De Void
7-24-13
Don Berliner, former NICAP investigator and director of the mostly dormant Fund For UFO Research, has some ideas on how to jump-start a sober re-evaluation of The Great Taboo that doesn't involve new research: Declassify all the Project Blue Book files (yes, some are still censored more than 40 years later), assemble a team of independent credentialed scientists to render evaluations on the true unknowns, case by case, and air them out in the contemporary public arena. No doubt the effort would run into some bucks, but the cases would come from official government files. And non-government panelists wouldn't likely shy away from criticizing the slipshod work of another federal agency.

De Void rarely features guest bloggers, but at 84, Berliner merits some space here, meager though it be. So here's Don:
     For the past several decades, the private UFO community hasn't moved one inch closer to solving the greatest mystery of the past century. Even worse, we've lost almost all our ability to influence the opinions of members of the scientific community, the mainstream media and most of the governments of the world.

We reached our peak in the mid-1960's when the 14,000-member National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), under the inspired leadership of Donald Keyhoe and Richard Hall, had established highly effective relationships with those vital elements of our society. The media, in particular, regularly came to NICAP for facts and guidance. Today, with two national organizations each collecting more than 500 UFO/UAP reports a month, it would be hard to find a reporter who has any clue that such is happening, with the result being that the public has no idea that strange craft are still being seen.

NICAP's facts were produced by the highly qualified and experienced members of carefully selected investigative sub-committees who went out into the field to find out what had actually happened, not to reinforce anyone's preconceived opinions nor to add to anyone's collection of allegedly unexplained events.

There are changes that can be made to improve the situation:
1. Get rid of "UFO", which to most people means "flying saucer," and that means alien spacecraft. In other words, "UFO" is a conclusion, when it should be no more than a starting point. A replacement is ready and waiting: "UAP," meaning Unexplained Aerial Phenomena. Many of the scientists in the private UFO community have been using this for years.

2. Get rid of "Ufology" and "Ufologist," which strongly imply that the collecting of information and the subsequent study of it constitute a science. It will remain no more than a hobby until we make drastic changes in the way we view the subject and our own involvement.

3. While we're at it, let's add "sincere" to our list of words to be dropped. The category of people most needing to be considered sincere is "con-artist." And while we certainly aren't suggesting that more than an occasional sighting witness deserves to be in that group, using it to describe someone who hasn't been subjected to an extensive background investigation is passing judgement on the basis of emotion, rather than logic.

4. Stress the need for field investigators having advanced educations and/or practical experience in appropriate scientific fields. By including hobbyists and "saucer fans," we are actively discouraging the participation of the very people we need most. Imagine a curious scientist joining a field investigation, only to find himself working alongside someone who is in serious danger of flunking freshman chemistry. The scientist won't be back, while the marginal student will.

5. Forget about trying to influence the U.S. Congress as a way to force the release of a large quantity of withheld government information. Members of Congress lack both the will and the motivation needed to risk their jobs over an issue that promises little beyond embarrassment. Let's face it: one of the easiest ways to replace a sitting member is to accuse him of believing in flying saucers. He or she may be able to withstand personal attacks based on financial or sexual misconduct, but not on something viewed by peers as suggesting a serious lack of common sense.
6. Start using the Hynek "Strangeness/Credibility Scale" to pin-point UFO/UAP reports having the potential for adding to the accumulated knowledge of UFOs/UAPs. Cramming filing cabinets with sightings of meandering night lights amounts to nothing more than wasting time on trivia. It is the quality of cases that will eventually pay off, not the quantity.

7. Perhaps the biggest step we can take in the near-term is to stop behaving like the mystery has been solved and all that remains is to lay out the evidence for the ignorant masses to absorb. In fact, the UFO mystery has not been solved, nor will it be until we have acquired proof, not merely debatable evidence. Just because we haven't been able to come up with logical, non-alien explanations for hundreds of baffling cases doesn't mean that there aren't any. Maybe we have overlooked something subtle that could change the picture
Just what will constitute proof?
A. Clear, sharp photographs that can be scientifically verified and which show sufficient detail so that they could not possibly be of anything terrestrial.

B. Government documents that can be scientifically confirmed as original (not photocopies), and which include specific information whose authenticity can be checked.

C. Physical evidence such as obviously unusual debris from one or more crashes, whose origins can be traced with confidence and whose properties do not resemble anything found on Earth. The professional scientists or scientific organizations doing the analyses must be willing to sign their names to any reports.

We aren't going to get any of the above by sending out "saucer fans" to interview people who claim to have seen funny lights. We have to start taking the mystery as a serious challenge, and not as entertainment or a way to attract attention to ourselves.

Early Life on Earth Likely 'Sanitized,' New Study Suggests

Early Life on Earth Likely 'Sanitized,' New Study Suggests

Rain of asteroids melted early Earth, boiled its oceans, study shows

By Julia Rosen
www.latimes.com
7-30-14

      When you look up at the moon’s pockmarked face, you’re actually staring at Earth’s early history. The rain of asteroids that pummeled the lunar surface hit our planet too — it’s just that erosion and plate tectonics blotted out the evidence. In fact, no rocks anywhere in the world survived to tell the story of the first 500 million years of Earth’s 4.5-billion-year existence, a tumultuous period of frequent impacts known darkly as the Hadean.

Now, scientists have capitalized on the moon’s long memory to uncover Earth’s own past. The researchers found that much of our planet’s surface probably melted repeatedly following large collisions during the Hadean eon. Some of these impacts likely vaporized the oceans and sanitized the planet of any early life that may have gained a foothold, according to a new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. . . .

UFO Seen Hovering Over Neighbor's Home In Lewistown, PA

UFO Seen Hovering Over Neighbor's Home In Lewistown, PA  7-28-14

PA witness describes rooftop UFO as size of above ground pool

By Roger Marsh
OpenMinds.tv
7-29-14

     A Pennsylvania witness at Lewistown reported watching a “silvery-blue, disc shape” hovering right above her neighbor’s roof about 1 a.m. on July 28, 2014, according to testimony in Case 58468 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness had just stepped outside with her dog when the animal ran off and she heard a neighbor’s dog inside a pen whimpering – and then looked up and noticed the object.

“Only way for me to describe it was it looked like energy,” the witness stated. “It wasn’t solid, but not translucent either. I wasn’t sure what I was seeing whether it was from this universe, or spiritual. If I wasn’t paralyzed from fear I would have enjoyed its beauty more.”

The object quickly moved away.

“Within five or so seconds it dispersed. I felt the energy go through my body. I honestly didn’t know for a few minutes if I was dead or alive. I didn’t feel any pain, just warmth. Logically I thought maybe I had somehow got struck by lightning. It looked nothing like lightening though, and I had no pain, burns, anything outwardly different at all that I could tell.” . . .

UFO Reports / Tweets Spurred by Drone Filming Fireworks Display | VIDEO

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By Frank Warren
The UFO Chronicles
7-30-14

     YouTuber Don Hough published a video on July 29th (2014) entitled, “UFO's over Deal Kent”; shortly thereafter it permeated the twitterverse.

The video merely, stated, “UFO spotted over Deal beach, Kent during a firework display on Friday evening 27th July 2014.” In it we see an object rise above the explosions and beautiful visuals of the fireworks and then slowly move down again, seemingly blinking as it navigated the area. The video is over 6 minutes long.


As the Twitter chatter carried on, Jamie Culver tweeted the following:


Taking Culver's advice we find the YouTube account, labeled "Adam Dark" and there we see a video, entitled, "July 27 Deal Fireworks. Drone captures Deal Fireworks and Funfair." In this instance we get the bird's eye view of the fireworks exploding at altitude, yet another example of creative use of aerial drones.


From the drone's perspective we can imagine Don Hough and family down below in the darkness simultaneously filming the fireworks and this unknown object.

UFO Seen Over Grimsby This Morning


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UFO Seen Over Grimsby This Morning 7-30-14

Can you help to identify UFO seen over Grimsby this morning?

By Grimsby Telegraph
7-30-14

     Did you spot an unidentified flying object over Grimsby this morning?

After probing the skies, 70-year-old Geoffrey Rhodes spotted the UFO outside his home on Yarborough Road at 6.20am.

He described the object as "a bright star shaped object" and watched as it made its way across the sky towards the Humber Estuary before it disappeared and reappeared in the spot he'd seen earlier.

Mr Rhodes watched as it did this five times before the object disappeared completely - but did not manage to get a photograph. . . .

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

UFO / Alien Street Signs Remain a Mystery | VIDEO

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UFO - Alien Street Signs Remain a Mystery - July 2014

By Brittni Smallwood
News 4
7-26-14

     EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) – It’s been days since the mysterious alien signs vanished from the streets of East Aurora and no one knows who took them down.

East Aurora Police explained that they have no suspects.

It appears as though the signs are gone without a trace. The same way they showed up.

“I think it’s a high school kid. I hear they were really high end. So that’s something a high school kid may not have been able to afford,” said Allie Hartwick who’s wondering where the signs came from.

“There have been a lot of rumors. I don’t know, “said Gary Grote, the President of the East Aurora Chamber of Commerce. . . .

Twitter Lights Up With Toronto UFO Chatter


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By Matt Ingram
cnews.canoe.ca
7-28-14

      TORONTO -- Lights in the evening sky triggered an invasion of chatter about UFOs in the Twitterverse on Sunday.

Two videos posted to YouTube by Sarah Chun of North York shows a series of unexplained lights hovering over neighbourhoods in the Yonge St.-Sheppard Ave. area in north Toronto on Saturday night.

At least one police officer -- Const. Craig Brister -- attributed the spectacle to a toy helicopter known as a "quadcopter."

Brister, who was on patrol Saturday night, posted his explanation of the event on Twitter after someone showed him the video of the lights.

Chun, meanwhile, went to her balcony to take a closer look Saturday night, after noticing the lights while working on her laptop.

"I saw something flashing. Especially the diagonal lights, they were kind of shooting upwards," Chun said.

UFO Hacker, Gary McKinnon Launches SEO Business

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UFO Hacker, Gary McKinnon

By Warwick Ashford
www.computerweekly.com
7-29-14

     UK hacker Gary McKinnon is offering his services as an online search expert after winning a 10-year battle against extradition to the US for breaking into military computers to look for evidence of UFOs.

Finally able to make a new life for himself, Glasgow-born McKinnon has set up a business offering services to manipulate aspects of a website to improve its ranking by online search engines. . . .

. . . In November 2012, McKinnon learned he would not face any charges in the UK and that a ban on accessing computers would be lifted. . . .

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

UFOs Over Toronto Caught On Tape, Prompting Police Reports | VIDEO

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UFOs Over Toronto Caught On Tape, Prompting Police Reports 7-26-14

By Ed Mazza
The Huffington Post
7-28-14

     Something was flying over Toronto on Saturday night, causing residents to contact police and take to social media with images and videos of lights in the sky.

“It was really high up, and was round, bright and shining,” Sarah Chun, who recorded videos of the lights with her iPad and posted them to YouTube, told the Toronto Star. “At first I thought it was stars or something, but it was too bright to be. I didn’t know what it was.”

Chun said the lights lasted for about 25 minutes.

"It kind of flew, and then disappeared," she was quoted as saying. . . .

Two New Large Holes Appear In Siberia, Locals Mystified

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Two New Large Holes Appear In Siberia, Locals Mystified - July 2014
The funnel is a perfectly formed cone, say locals who are mystified at how it was formed. Its depth is estimated at between 60 and 100 metres and its diameter - more than four metres. (Credit: Local residents)

By The Siberian Times
7-28-14


Reindeer herders find more craters in the far north in a deepening puzzle for scientists.

    Millions of people around the world glimpsed the first giant hole after it was revealed by The Siberian Times . . .. Now news has emerged of two new similar formations in the permafrost, prompting more intrigue about their creation.

Theories range from meteorites, stray missiles, a man-made prank, and aliens, to an explosive cocktail of methane or shale gas suddenly exploding. The version about melting permafrost due to climate change, causing a release of methane gas, which then forces an eruption is the current favorite, though scientists are reluctant to offer a firm conclusion without more study. . . .





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