Thursday, June 30, 2005
NASA's great balls of fire
A noted abductee/researcher has posited that a DVD, available on a number of web sites..."The Secret NASA Transmissions", reveals objects that are "the same ones" seen in the recent "ufo fleet" video clips. Guess we need to review this DVD and see if we agree.
To start, the fleet video objects have not been identified...but theorized as light reflections, balloons, and birds. As has been mentioned here previously, the bird theory doesn't explain all of the fleet video, nor does balloons. Light reflections account for some but not all, as well. Therefore, not even the fleet videos themselves represent "the same things". Oh, they could also be fleets of round fireballs, manned by presumably heat-resistant EBEs, which exhibit different patterns of group movement... depending on mood, perhaps. But none of them have stopped to say hi, so we cannot accept that theory either without more evidence. But we do know that birds, balloons, and light reflections CAN AND DO explain many UFO photos and clips. The evidence weighs strongly for these explanations, unless and until evidence to the contrary comes forth.
Since the fleet videos theoretically do not represent a single phenomenon, but a number of different causes, it is difficult to understand how the NASA Transmissions could be "the same thing". Balloons wouldn't last very long in space, nor would birds.
There is one thing that can cause fleets here that can also cause fleets there...light reflections.
As with "orbs", the flares of dust and other particles in flash photography, light reflections are routinely mistaken for UFOs or spiritual phenomena down here on earth. Likewise, ice particles, dust, and space debris also flare when lit by the sun, and create odd photographic effects in space. These effects are possible regardless of atmosphere or gravity.
Another effect visible on earth AND in space is lens flare. When light enters a camera, it must first pass through a lens or a series of them. Sometimes...due to fog on the lens, or debris, or a particular sun angle...light gets bent on the way in, and reflects off the interior surfaces of the camera, or lens elements, and this light reflects back to the inside of the lens, and the camera sensor or film records these reflections as flares. They are often easy to spot because they regularly appear in the very shape of the camera aperture. They can be round, octagonal, pentagonal, diamond-shaped, etc...depending on the arrangement of the iris diaphragm of the camera. Lens flare is so common in photography, that Adobe's Photoshop image editing tool includes a filter for ADDING lens flare to images. This is because it can highlight an area but can also make an image look more "photo-realistic". Obviously then, lens flare is very common.
The "tether experiment" footage purports to show a UFO passing behind the tether. If you accept that the "object" is a huge UFO, then you may be right. If you note however, that the shape of the object is in agreement with a high number of other objects...down to the orientation of the "notch", we can assume that these objects are enhanced optically...they are much smaller than they appear. But then why do they all have that strange "notch"? Why do they always appear broadside...no on-edge views or elliptical aspects? Because they are actually very small particles, floating very close to the camera and out-of-focus, flaring in the sunlight. The effect can be created with a camera with flash, a tripod and a little kicked-up dust. I have re-created orb photos myself, including the "motion-blurred" variety that always elicit ooohs and ahhhs. These effects are well-know and well-understood, so without any additional evidence there is no better explanation unless you are simply "wanting to believe". Note that a tiny "flared" particle would appear to go behind the tether, since the tether is larger and reflects more light and would drown out the "flare" on the particle, appearing to dim as it passes behind the tether, when the particle is actually being eclipsed by the tether as the particle passes in front of the tether...perhaps mere inches away from the camera lens..
Well, there is no additional evidence that these things are anything but what they most appear to be....just like the UFO fleet videos. Lots of talk but no evidence that they are NOT reflections and misidentified mundane phenomena.
Of course, there is one additional point on the fleet videos from earth. In order for them to be light reflections, the photographer would have to know that the objects are not up in the sky. This means that the fleet videos must be intentional hoaxes. As we have all discovered, Arturo Robles Gil, the prolific producer of fleet videos, is a professional photographer and has perpetrated hoaxed UFO photographs before. These facts make the evidence for fleet fraud beyond compelling. Indeed, they provide sufficient evidence to discredit the fleet videos out of hand, if history is any teacher at all.
NASA on the other hand, got the videos unintentionally...a by-product of hundreds of hours in space, photographing any and everything. Only when cherry-picking these piles of film does one come up with something unusual enough to be foisted as a "UFO". Just like the fleet videos.
In short, the Secret NASA Transmissions is an unsupportable fiction masquerading as truth. Any serious researcher who asserts its importance is simply revealing a biased, "I want to believe" acceptance....and not a scientific opinion. It is very much along the lines of the "We never went to the moon" videos.
Of course, I could be wrong. There IS one additional explanation for the NASA UFOs...notched-donut-flying aliens flitting about with the same side facing the camera all the time. Uh-huh.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
According to Yahoo Buzz, searches on UFO subjects are 14% above last month. With Nick Redfern's new book on Roswell, the flood of "UFO fleet" videos from Mexico, and new (though controversial) UFO videos from New Mexico, the public is getting a steady dose of things UFOlogical, and apparently want to know more. Unfortunately, the field is attracting chiefly more males to compete for alpha status...with few suitable courters in sight.
This is a golden opportunity for the field to put on its best, most credible (preferably washed and scented) face. A small disparate group of luminaries should hold a press conference, and soberly assess the current crop of theories and cases, to provide a curious public not only with information, but with a sense that there IS a credible UFOlogical community. A "proof" that while holding diverse opinions, UFO researchers can still analyze, seek expert opinion, come to a concensus, and dispose of these issues without rancor, without juvenile personal attacks, and without hyperbole.
I think the un-likelihood of this is evidenced by the title and sub-title of this missive. Perhaps the field of UFOlogy has a fundamental problem, resulting in the current squabbling, name-calling, intolerance and outright incivility.
Perhaps the field is long overdue for a nice round rogering.
The conundrum this immediately presents is...how do we attract suitable females to a field that is predominantly male, and whose vast majority of information seekers is male?
The worlds Mathematicians, Physicists, Computer geeks, and Economists all eagerly await an answer.
UFOlogy...are you up to the task? Maybe a t-shirt sales campaign..."Abduct a UFOlogist Today!"..."UFOlogists do it without an ET"...or my favorite..."ET, have your sister phone ME! 555-2543". If we could nab a nice Brad Pitt... or Tom Cruise (imagine him melting down with Lauer over the Mantell case..."Do you know Mantell"!...do you know the maximum safe altitude without an oxygen mask?!!)...the mind boggles.
Something must be "done"...and soon. Otherwise, we may be faced with an armegeddon-like, orgy of annihilation...death and grue everywhere, and out of the smoldering rubble would crawl Stan Friedman and Dick Hall...and not a courter in sight.
Hopefully they will find a deck of cards. It doesn't have to be this way...
Something must be done to "stem" the tide of testosterone. I'm fairly certain that if the alpha-males of UFOlogy got laid, there'd be much more cooperation and a better overall attitude. So do your part. Drop your geiger counter, push away from the PC, stash your poison pen, and go out there and GET SOME. Please!
Of couse, I could be wrong.