Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jeremy Vaeni: "What Made Paratopia Different Than Other Shows"

Jeremy Vaeni tells us, about his own excellent podcast that is no more:What Made Paratopia Different Than Other Shows. Many reasons how Paratopia was different -- and so much better than most -- shows, but also, Paratopia was the only podcast to bring the reprehensible behavior of UFO researcher David Jacobs to our attention. And continued to bring it to our attention.

"But the journey is the thing, as they say, and oh, what a ride we took. Everything from helping fund Kogi elders flying to New York for the first time so they could do energy work in Upstate and get an audience with the Dalai Lama while he was in town… to exposing the criminal-like behavior of David Jacobs and wrongheaded research of Budd Hopkins (thanks to Carol Rainey’s now legendary Paratopia Magazine article.) We effectively killed hypnosis in alien abduction research as a viable tool for serious researchers. This is not to say that the Barbara Lambs of the world will stop breaking peoples’ minds with it simply because we gave a spotlight to the Emma Woods/David Jacobs fiasco–but it is the entire reason Jacobs is now shying away from saying he’s using hypnosis. He now says he’s using relaxation techniques. What he’s doing is harming people. He is allowed to carry on because ufology is a social network and a cottage industry and not much more. But for those in the “not much more” category who actually care about right and wrong–they followed the story and we all got a dose of reality. No longer was the argument against hypnosis hypothetical. It was staring us in the face and I don’t think we’ll ever recover." ~ (Vaeni)
Overall, Vaeni's blog is one of the best UFO/other weird stuff and musings blogs out there.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Eugene OREGON UFO case 45344 #UFO sighting from MUFON

Just showed up on my Twitter, Eugene, Oregon UFO sighting from MUFON but it's from January of this year: UFO case 45344 #UFO sighting. Witness describes:

", i went reluctantly with my camera out into the street and was shocked to see my wife was telling the truth. hundreds of small amber glowing disks or globes were proceeding from the north to the south in the overcast western sky. they appeared to be traveling at 30 to 50 mph. several of them hovered in a pattern which would have generated a trapezoid shape if lines were placed between them. most of the ufos were about 1 to 2 feet in diameter. i am not certain of this because i am not sure what my distance was from the display."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Odd Image: UFO?

Eugene, Oregon
July 11th? 2014
Approximately 11:30 p.m.

For whatever reason, I took a few quick shots with my cheap little camera of the night sky on the 11th. (I think it was the 11th, give or take a night or two.) I'm not sure why I did, just messing around. Forgot about them until tonight, when I was looking at the photos I took today while in Florence, on the coast.

All the photos are of the same spot in the sky; I just took them one right after the other, pretty much the same spot.

Three of the photos just show stars, the fourth photo shows a greenish blur. I cropped and zoomed in on the blur and this is what showed up:

I didn't see anything unusual, or, usual in terms of planes, etc. with my naked eye while taking the pics. This blur is not on the other photographs.

And there you have it. Star, satellite or the Mother Ship, who knows.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Saucer People Trading Cards

While cleaning out the room of doom, er, "study," I came across this set of flying saucer trading cards. I've been posting images at my blogs Vintage U.F.O. and Mothman Flutterings. A delightful find; I'd forgotten I had these. They were published by Kitchen Sink Press, 1992, boxed set of "Saucer People" trading cards, 36 "full color" cards, done in garish comic book style fashion.

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Tina Sena reviews one of UFOlogy's top researchers (intelligent, diligent, truthful…) Richard Dolan: YUFOLOGY: RICHARD DOLAN ON BINNALL OF AMERICA. I haven't had a chance to listen to the interview yet, but will soon. Can't wait. Tina shares her thoughts on those within UFOlogy who might, no matter how unintended, contribute to the tin foil hat perception that mainstream culture has of UFO folks:

 "You can't show up to a UFO conference looking like the crazy uncle who lives in the shed in the back yard.

Even if you ARE the crazy uncle who lives in the shed in the back yard." ~ Tina Sena
While I don't think it's necessary to dress like middle class bores -- suits and ties all the time, matching pant suits with pearls -- there is something to be said for good grooming and such.

While you're at Binnall of America, check out the columns by various contributors, including Tina Sena, and, why yes! myself.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Local UFOs

Recently I posted my thoughts about UFO sightings on the 4th -- would I see any? Unfortunately, I did not. (Unlike on New Year's Eve/day.)

A visitor to the Orb did leave this comment about something he saw on the 4th:
LIKE THIS. (comment left by James Hellman)
I replied that his sighting of an "orange elongated object" that climbed did sound similar to what we saw on New Year's. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"Avowal of Prior Skepticism"

From skeptic Sharon Hill, of Doubtful News, who interprets a device used in paranormal/supernatural narratives within a skeptic construct: I used to be a skeptic, but then… . She also writes about this topic here.  In citing a paper that appeared in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Hill discusses the use of qualifiers within supernatural narratives by the speaker, specifically referring to one's previous skeptical take on life. ("avowal of prior skepticism." It's all about perspective, world view, mind set. Hill sees the following devices used in personal narratives of encounters with the anomalous as devious, up-to-no-good, even dangerous manifestations of delusions. No, she doesn't say that, in fact, does concede that the "sheep-goat" aspect of disclaimers within narratives is "inflammatory." However...

In these kinds of narratives, the speaker (informant) usually begins the story with "I used to be skeptical of these things…" and this phrase is often used throughout the telling.

The skeptic views this device as shady. Parsed and analyzed to an amazing degree of typical dog-with-a-bone skepticism, this narrative disclaimer has been broken down into parts, including the "sheep-goat:"

Sheep-goat – the divide between “believers” (sheep, suggesting followers) and “skeptics”(goats, suggesting stubborn rejection). I prefer to use advocates versus counter-advocates. It’s less inflammatory. Also, I didn’t know that was a real thing people understood but I must have heard it a dozen times the past few months with regards to psychical research.
Nice that Hill thinks the sheep-goat label is "inflammatory" but "advocates versus counter-advocates" is equally condescending, implying that the narrator has an agenda or trying to recruit members for some nefarious club.

From another perspective, say folklore investigations into supernatural narratives, it is interesting to note that qualifiers exist in narratives. "I'm not crazy," "I wasn't on drugs," "I hadn't been drinking, I was stone cold sober," and of course, the "I was a skeptic about these things until…" are sprinkled throughout the tale. Naturally the narrator wants to be believed, -- for the most part. Of course, none of us can speak for others, and that includes myself. I cannot speak for other UFO, Bigfoot, ghost or other paranormal witnesses. It's a fair assumption to think that those witnesses who are open about their stories want to be believed, and so, understanding all too well, painfully in some cases, that such stories will not be believed by most, the individual has to use such qualifiers.

There are also those witnesses who don't give a damn if others believe them or not. I put myself in that category. I've seen UFOs, had missing time, encountered ghosts, and have had a life time of paranormal experiences. I'm telling the truth, and that's that. If you believe me that's nice, but I don't care if you don't. That's your issue if you disbelieve me, not mine. So I don't use those expressions as a rule, although it is such an ingrained idea in our culture that such things are not to be believed, it's hard to avoid using them.

As the saying goes: "A skeptic doesn't believe in ghosts  -- until they've seen one."

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Post 4th: Not Much There There

All was very quiet, relatively, in our neighborhood on the 4th. No big displays seen from the porch. Thankfully, few illegal booming bombs of fireworks. (I mean, why? All it does is scare pets and people and rattle windows.) Certainly no UFOs seen in our skies -- we didn't, and if there were local reports I'm unaware.

Last night we were on our porch, having heard "booms" and seeing a few weakly colorful fireworks someone was setting off a few blocks away. I noticed what I assumed was a plane very high up in the sky. I said to Jim "That plane seems awfully high!" I did see a bright white light but couldn't tell if it had other lights. It was moving like a plane. Sort of. I had turned to Jim for maybe all of two seconds, when I looked back to the sky, the light was gone. I mean, gone. It could have gone through some clouds, if clouds there were -- but it was strange it was just gone like that. I scanned the sky, after all it had to be somewhere and it couldn't have traveled that fast. But oh well.  Another no account semi-mysterious light-in-the-sky event.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Eugene, OR UFO sightings

Two friends have posted on Facebook about their UFO sightings in recent days. Both sightings very different, and both, I missed! Alas, Facebook is acting oddly right now; not loading correctly, not loading all messages,etc. so I can't get details. Stay posted.

On New Year's Eve/Day Jim and I both had a sighting. Holiday -- lots of fireworks going off. I wondered at the time if the thing seen wasn't a drone (though it seemed pretty damn big) taking advantage of the celebratory vibe to do its thing. I wonder if things strange and unexplained will be seen on the 4th.

As soon as FB is behaving itself, I will post the two Eugene sightings.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Twilight Language: Ufologist Stanton Friedman Suffers Heart Attack

Our prayers and healing energy are being beamed at Stan Friedman, who had a heart attack. Fortunately he is in stable condition, according to reports. More here:Twilight Language: Ufologist Stanton Friedman Suffers Heart Attack. We are all wishing you well Mr. Friedman!

Close encounters: Everything you need to know about UFOs | The Economist

Thanks to The Daily Grail for the this link:Close encounters: Everything you need to know about UFOs | The Economist. Typical debunkery, including the snarky tone required for such skeptiod fluff pieces.  Example, the following, which tells us that the aliens are "considerate" in the timing of their appearances:

". . . they [aliens] tend to arrive in the evening, especially on Fridays, when folks are sitting on the front porch nursing their fourth beer, the better to appreciate flashing lights in the heavens. . . "
If it's not the beer and all those drunken porch sitting sky watchers, it's the stoners in Washington state, which has the highest number of UFO sightings, according to the article:

"The state aliens like best is Washington—a finding that pre-dates the legalisation of pot there."
What is interesting about the map shown is the number of UFO sightings along the west coast  -- underwater bases?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Terry Hansen, Noted Journalist & Author of 'The Missing Times' Has Died

Terry Hansen, Noted Journalist & Author of 'The Missing Times' Has Died: It’s with great sadness that we report the passing of Terry Hansen, journalist, researcher and author of one of the most influential books re Ufology, "The Missing Times / News Media Complicity in the UFO Cover-up." ~ Frank Warren, UFO Chronicles
Very sad news. Terry Hansen's book The Missing Times is an excellent work and if you haven't read it, please do. Condolences to his family and loved ones . . . thank you Mr. Hansen for your contributions, rest in peace.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

More Trent Circus Theater

The blog that I won't link to but everyone knows what I mean -- you know, those verbose guys who love to perform UFO street theater (albeit on-line, and in their blogs) -- have another post on the world famous 1950 Trent UFO sighting. (Yamhill County, McMinnville, Oregon.) This time the theory is the Trent UFO photographed was not a UFO, but a side mirror from a Ford. I can't stand it. (Comments are definitely worth reading.)

Related link:
Trent Trickster Three