Friday, February 05, 2016

 

The St. Paul UFO Landing Pad


In response to a question from someone, I had found a review I had written many years ago of the first St. Paul UFO Conference in 1998. I was one of the invited speakers for the event.

I originally posted the review to the former UFO Updates, and I posted it recently to the new UFO Updates Facebook page. In case you didn't see it there, here's my review.


The St. Paul UFO Conference: Little Pad on the Prairie
July 10-11, 1998

"This is our first try at this, so if anything goes wrong, you can't blame us for it, because we're just learning," said Paul Pelletier, organizer for the UFO Conference in St. Paul, Alberta, Canada, on July 10-11, 1998.

Paul had nothing to worry about. The conference was an outstanding success.

Almost 500 people registered for the event, most travelling more than two-and-a-half hours from Edmonton, although there were many there from Calgary and other Alberta towns, but also many from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia. (I noted that the UFO museum guest book had signatures of people from Las Vegas, Billings, Whitehorse, Winnipeg and Boise.)

For an out-of-the-way location, St. Paul did well to make its presence known on the international UFO scene, and rightly so. It boasts the first and longest-maintained UFO landing pad in the world. The platform was built in 1967 as part of an eccentric project to mark Canada's 100th birthday.



"We were just going to make an ordinary park," said Jules Van Brabert, mayor of St. Paul at the time. "But I started having a few beers with some committee members, and we got to thinking that we wanted something really different. Well, someone had just watched something on TV about flying saucers, and laughed that we should make the park into a UFO landing pad. It seemed like a great idea at the time."

And it was. The pad didn't cost St. Paul anything. Materials were donated by local businesses, and the publicity of its inauguration made it a tourist attraction.

But then, as the years wore on, interest in the pad faded. It fell into disrepair in the 70s, but then in the 80s, someone had the idea to restore the pad and turn it into a larger attraction.

The site grew, and became more well-known. Mother Theresa (yes, the Mother Theresa) visited the site and extolled the virtues of helping others, even others "in outer space." Later, a museum was built adjoining the pad. The CUFOS travelling exhibit was installed there, too, when John Timmerman "retired" from taking it across North America.



A toll-free hot line was set up, for people to report their own UFO sightings. Reports are maintained by the energetic Rhea LaBrie, who runs the museum and makes sure there are enough UFO t-shirts, spoons and bumper stickers to sell.

"It has all been a great success," she boasted at the conference.

I was invited to be a guest speaker there, on the program which featured Stanton Friedman lecturing about why Flying Saucers Are Real. Gord Kijek of the Alberta UFO Study Group talked on an outstanding case involving triangular UFOs as well as some Alberta crop circles. Cerealogist Gord Sobczak showed some of the striking shots of recent British crop circles and attracted a lot of interest from the audience.

One of the best-received speakers was Fern Belzil, a cattle rancher and mutilation investigator. His years of experience in raising cattle give him a definite edge when it comes to interpreting mute evidence. (I only wished his talk wasn't immediately after lunch.)

John Timmerman of CUFOS gave both a history of ufology and commented on its future, describing the under appreciated work of James McDonald and others, and how there are so many avenues for future research.

Clinical psychologist Helen Neufeld described her work with abductees, in particular "Sharon", who agreed to share the podium and answer questions.

The conference ended with a surprise presentation by Martin Jacek, a UFO investigator from the Yukon and affiliated with UFO BC.

Those were the formal presentations. Then there was all the other stuff.

Gord Kijek drove me to the conference from Edmonton. We got there about noon on Friday and met Stan for lunch. He had already done several media interviews and wanted to grab
something to eat before dashing off to another one. We had a great chat, catching up on UFO gossip and exchanging some material each of us had brought along. Stan had not yet seen a copy of the new Sturrock Report and I gave him my copy to view. He showed me some of the declassification notices he had received recently about some ELINT programs from the 50s and 60s and only just now admitted.

After lunch, Stan was picked up to go to the conference site, while Gord drove me around town to check out the UFO kitsch. Sure enough, St. Paul is exactly like Roswell.

"Welcome to our 'Pad'," said an alien on a sign outside a Radio Shack.

"E.T. PHONE SMITTY'S", invited the sign outside a restaurant.



The local Bingo Hall had a saucer on its sign, and the shopping mall had a mural depicting the Roswell crash at its main entrance.

After Stan's first lecture that evening, he needed something to munch so he could wind down for the night. Where did we go? UFO Pizza, of course! The restaurant was open late, had great pizza and pasta, and the decor featured UFOs in paintings, murals and hand-painted signs on the front window. Naturally, we all had 'UFO Coolers' to drink. (At 6.9% alcohol, they kind of sneak up on you!)

The conference site was in a huge recreation centre. The lecture hall had more than 350 chairs set up, and they were filled by Friday night. Stan had a table at the back where he sold his books and papers.

The adjoining room, however, was twice the size. It contained the main huckster room, which had dealers selling t-shirts, caps, pins, rings and necklaces. The most popular item (according to Rhea) was the green alien head filled with $1 'alien pops'.

One artisan was selling her huge selection of ceramic aliens and flying saucers, including some which had lights and made weird noises. I bought a 'UFO gun' which shoots foam saucers, some alien key fobs, a UFO Pizza cap and other assorted goodies.

(The St. Paul Chamber of Commerce said they thought the conference brought in many more dollars into the town's economy than they spent on speakers and publicity.)

A big part of the display was set up by the Edmonton Space Sciences Centre. Director Frank Florian was there demonstrating simple gee-whiz science experiments to the kids, and even had a Starlab planetarium inflated in one corner of the hall. The Fort McMurray astronomy club had a display, and that night had a star party for the attendees, having set up their scopes outside.

The media were everywhere. Every network, every Alberta newspaper, most radio stations. Stan must've done a few dozen interviews, while lesser figures such as Gord and me only did a couple. :)

One weird event occurred when a woman presented herself to reporters as the abductee who would be speaking later in the conference. Paul was really worried because not only did she look crazy, she sounded crazy. Well, we're not sure who she really was, but she wasn't Helen's abductee. The imposter had a hospital bracelet and was just out on a stroll away from a nearby institution ...

Hot gossip: John Timmerman had a call about a new crop circle in Ohio, just days before leaving for Alberta ... Stan is on his way now to Australia. 'grok' magazine in Oz faxed him a list of questions which included some real corkers, such as "Why are there only 10 theses on UFOs? Which ones are positive?" ... Stan told me and Gord about his appearance at a conference in Argentina, at which officers from the Uruguayan Air Force presented a paper describing their own official investigations, which reached the conclusion that there was no scientific evidence for UFOs ... A farmer told me he still has some angel hair from a batch which fell in the 70s. He gave most of it to scientists with the Alberta government who requested it from him. When the farmer asked about their results, the reply was: "Samples? What samples?" ... One woman told me a weird story about how the "government" put up posters in small towns in Saskatchewan in the mid-1980s, advertising a 1-800 number to report UFOs. There was a flap around Kindersley at the time. The number was only in operation for a few months ...

All in all, it was a great time. The next St. Paul UFO Conference is in two years (2000 A.D.). Don't miss it, you UFO buffs!

Chris Rutkowski

12 July 1998


There was a second conference in 2000, but none after that year. 

A few other things of note: It was built in 1967 as part of Canada's centennial project and opened during a special ceremony at which the emcee was none other than Paul Hellyer himself, when he was Canada's Minister of Defence. In 1982, as mentioned, Mother Theresa visited it and declared at that time that "If there are sick people in space, we will help them too." 

The pad was renovated in 1990. In 1998, the UFO Conference noted above was held there, and it was shortly after that John Timmerman of CUFOS donated the entire CUFOS UFO exhibit to the St. Paul tourism office that was expanded and built beside the pad. It's quite a large display of UFO-related paraphernalia.

The UFO Landing Pad is still there today, ignored by aliens. Maybe Steven Greer can vector some of them to land there sometime soon.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

 

Making a List



Making a list

As part of their support for one another, some UFO abductees, contactees and their supporters have been compiling lists of characteristics and recurring themes that occur in their lives. These lists are thought to be indicators of abductions or contact, and have been circulated in various forms.
            One such list, posted widely on the Internet, is as follows:

Have YOU had alien encounters? 
Many millions of people, it seems, have had encounters with alien beings. Many of those people do not realize that they are having these experiences because of suppressed memories. Their awareness is limited to an occasional paranormal incident that seems to confuse them more than anything else.           
This is a list of 52 common indicators shared by most abductees. It is based on known research on the subject and on personal findings. There may be other explanations for these occurrences and this is in no way an absolute means of knowing if you are an abductee. If you or someone you know does fit many of these traits listed here, please seek the help of a qualified researcher of therapist. This list is not in any particular order. 
Ask yourself if you . . . 
1. Have had missing or lost time of any length, especially one hour or more.
2. Have been paralysed in bed with a being in your room.
3. Have unusual scars or marks with no possible explanation on how you received them, especially if you have an emotional reaction to them. (i.e. small scoop indentation, straight line scar, scars in roof of mouth. in nose, behind or in ears, or genitals, etc.)
4. Have seen balls of light or flashes of light in your home or other locations.
5. Have a memory of flying through the air which could not be a dream.
6. Have a "marker memory" that will not go away (i.e.: alien face, examination, needle, table, strange baby, etc.).
7. Have seen beams of light outside your home, or come into your room through a window.
8. Have had dreams of UFOs, beams of light, or alien beings.
9. Have had a UFO sighting or sightings in your life.
10. Have a cosmic awareness, an interest in ecology, environment, vegetarianism or are very socially conscious.
11. Have a strong sense of having a mission or important task to perform, without knowing where this compulsion came from.
12. Have had unexplainable events occur in your life, and felt strangely anxious afterwards.
13. For women only: Have had false pregnancy or missing fetus. (pregnant, and then not)
14. Have awoken in another place than where you went to sleep, or don't remember ever going to sleep. (i.e. upside down in bed, or in your car)
15. Have had a dream of eyes such as animal eyes (like an owl or deer), or remember seeing an animal looking in at you. Also, if you have a fear of eyes.
16. Have awoken in the middle of the night, startled.
17. Have strong reaction to cover of Communion or pictures of aliens, either an aversion to or being drawn to it.
18. Have inexplicably strong fears or phobias. (i.e. heights, snakes, spiders, large insects, certain sounds. bright lights, your personal security or being alone)
19. Have experienced self-esteem problems much of your life.
20. Have seen someone with you become paralyzed, motionless or frozen in time, especially someone you sleep with.
21. Have awoken with marks, burns or bruises which appeared during the night with no explanation on how you could have possibly received them.
22. Have had someone in your life who claims to have witnessed a ship or alien near you or has witnessed you having been missing.
23. Have had, at any time, blood or an unusual stain on sheet or pillow, with no explanation of how it got there.
24. Have an interest in the subject of UFOs or aliens, perhaps compelled to read about it a lot, or an extreme aversion towards the subject.
25. Have been suddenly compelled to drive or walk to an out of the way or unknown area.
26. Have the feeling of being watched much of the time, especially at night.
27. Have had dreams of passing through a closed window or solid wall.
28. Have seen a strange fog or haze that should not be there.
29. Have heard strange humming or pulsing sounds, and you could not identify the source.
30. Have had unusual nose bleeds at any time in your life, or have awoken with a nose bleed.
31. Have awoken with soreness in your genitals which cannot be explained.
32. Have had back or neck problems, T3 vertebrae out often, or awoken with an unusual stiffness in any part of the body.
33. Have had chronic sinusitis or nasal problems.
34. Have had electronics around you go haywire or oddly malfunction with no explanation (such as street lights going out as you walk under them, TV's and radios affected as you move close, etc.).
35. Have seen a hooded figure in or near your home, especially next to your bed.
36. Have had frequent or sporadic ringing in your ears, especially in one ear.
37. Have an unusual fear of doctors or tend to avoid medical treatment.
38. Have insomnia or sleep disorders which are puzzling to you.
39. Have had dreams of doctors or medical procedures.
40. Have frequent or sporadic headaches, especially in the sinus, behind one eye, or in one ear.
41. Have the feeling that you are going crazy for even thinking about these sorts of things.
42. Have had paranormal or psychic experiences, including intuition.
43. Have been prone to compulsive or addictive behavior.
44. Have channelled telepathic messages from extraterrestrials.
45. Have been afraid of your closet, now or as a child.
46. Have had sexual or relationship problems (such as a mysterious "feeling" that you must not become involved in a relationship because it would interfere with "something" important you must do).
47. Have to sleep against the wall or must sleep with your bed against a wall.
48. Have a difficult time trusting other people, especially authority figures.
49. Have had dreams of destruction or catastrophe.
50. Have the feeling that you are not supposed to talk about these things, or that you should not talk about them.
51. Have tried to resolve these types of problems with little or no success.
52.Have many of these traits but can't remember anything about an abduction or alien encounter.


These are very specific characteristics, but it can be seen easily that many are not specific to alien abductions. For example, if someone has had sexual problems (#46), it may or may not be because of contact with aliens.
            Numbers #44 and #45 are so dramatically different that one can hardly be astonished by their inclusion. If anyone has in fact channeled messages from aliens, they would be certainly in the category of abductee or contactee. But simply to have been afraid of your closet when you were a child is not that unusual at all. The juxtaposition of the two questions automatically implies that one is related to the other, and this is not established in any real way. It relates normal childhood fears to something much more complex and indeterminable.
            Number #48: a distrust of authority? Is this an indicator or abductions or simply dissatisfaction with bureaucracy? Again, a common characteristic, but when combined with things such as seeing a hooded figure near your bed (#35), are we really getting a reading of someone’s abduction-proneness, or just a series of unrelated concepts?
            The point about having some of the traits but not remembering anything about an alien encounter is also curious. If someone doesn’t have any memory about an alien abduction, it was because he or she can’t remember being abducted. Conversely, if a person does have some memory of an experience, does that mean that memory is false? So even if you don't think you have been contacted by aliens, your acknowledging of this point could be an indication you actually have been contacted?
            This list, then, is not especially rigorous and might simply be an indication of contactees’ mental states and view of their world, not necessarily any indication of alien visitation. But when put into other contexts, this list may mean something significant, after all.
            Recently, when browsing some international news, I came across an article about victims of the Japanese tsunami experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and how their fears were manifesting in the form of “ghosts.”


A psychiatrist was quoted as saying: “We think phenomena like ghost sightings are perhaps a mental projection of the terror and worries associated with those places.” This made me think about how witnesses to paranormal events have sometimes been said to be suffering from trauma that manifest as anomalous experiences. And since UFO witnesses often report other paranormal experiences, it seems reasonable to connect the two kinds of Fortean phenomena.
The Daily Mail article cited a study at my own institution supporting the contention that PTSD sufferers sometimes report seeing “ghosts.” This intrigued me, so I searched for that particular study and found the referenced paper. It was: Sareen, J., Cox, B.J., Goodwin, R.D., & Asmundson, G.J.G. (2005). Co-occurrence of posttraumatic stress disorder with positive psychotic symptoms in a nationally representative sample. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 18, 313-322.
The researchers found “an increased prevalence of psychotic symptoms in individuals with PTSD” and “an indirect causal relationship between psychotic symptoms and PTSD may exist. For example, the relationship between PTSD and psychotic symptoms may be mediated by comorbid depressive symptoms, a particular type of traumatic event, or comorbid substance abuse.” In other words, there is likely some relationship between “seeing things” and having experienced a significant trauma.
But the most curious part of the paper was the list of questions asked of PTSD victims about their experiences. The researchers asked:
Have you ever had the experience of seeing something or someone that others present could not see—that is, had a vision when you were wide awake?
Have you ever had unusual feelings inside or on your body, like being touched when nothing was there or feeling something moving inside your body?
Have you ever had the experience of hearing things that other people could not hear, such as noises or a voice?
Did you ever hear voices that other people could not hear that were commenting on what you were doing or thinking?
Did you ever hear two or more voices talking to each other that other people could not hear?
Have you ever been convinced that you were under the control of some power or force, so that actions and thoughts were not your own?
Have you ever believed you could actually hear what another person was thinking, even though that person was not speaking?
Have you ever believed that someone was reading your mind?
Have you ever been convinced that strange thoughts, or thoughts that were not your own, were being put directly into your mind, or that someone or something could steal your thoughts out of your mind?
Have you ever believed that you were being sent special messages through television or the radio, or that a program had been arranged just for you alone?
Have you ever believed that others could hear your thoughts?
Have you ever believed that people were spying on you or following you around?
Have you ever believed that you were being secretly tested or experimented on, that someone was plotting against you, or that someone was trying to poison or hurt you?
Have you ever felt strange forces working on you, as if you were being hit by laser beams or x-rays?
The similarity between questions asked to quantify psychotic episodes and those asked to identify alien contact is rather marked. (And in the context of the Japanese tsunami, #49 on the alien abduction list is hardly surprising.)
            Does this mean that UFO contactees are psychotic? No. Does it mean that some people self-identifying as having contact with aliens share some characteristics with people who have experienced trauma? Possibly.
            One the one hand, this could support the view that actually having aliens contact you will be traumatic, and this could cause symptoms described in the PTSD study. On the other hand, if no “real” contact was made with aliens and other traumatic experiences in your life have affected you, then you could imagine such experiences as being “real.”
            Which is more likely?

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

 

Ten Things Related to the X-Files That We “Know” About UFOs




Ten Things Related to the X-Files That We “Know” About UFOs
By Chris Rutkowski, Ufology Research

Although the X-Files TV show went off the air in 2002, interest in the series has continued unabated. There have been books, a spin-off TV series and several graphic novels. A “tenth season” done as a comic book continued the series until 2015, and “season 11” has just started. But the X-Files fanbase was part of the reason that helped encourage the miniseries revival that will air beginning January 24, 2016.

The X-Files followed the exploits of “believer” Fox Mulder and “skeptic” Dana Scully as they investigated otherworldly events (not all of them related to aliens) and battled a secret group trying to prevent their discovering “the truth.” The X-Files partially drew on case reports of tens of thousands of UFO sightings worldwide and the widespread belief that aliens are visiting Earth, abducting humans and working in secret with government agencies desperate to cover-up the “truth.” Among the memes and themes recurring often in the series are the following:

Lone Gunmen
While we obviously don’t know whether such a group really exists, there are small groups of people devoted to investigating weird events that may be related to UFOs and aliens in an attempt to get at “the truth.” Whether they are as geeky as portrayed on TV is a matter of opinion. One notable enclave is the private “Roswell Slides” group on Facebook, whose members are a diverse collection of tech-savvy fans who vet sensational claims about UFOs posted on the Internet. They used sophisticated digital enhancement and historical research to show that slides of a much-hyped “alien body” allegedly found 50 years ago and presented to the world in 2015 were actually that of a mummy on display in a museum. Other groups of UFO geeks certainly exist.

“Real” X-Files
The TV show portrays FBI agents who travel around the world investigating UFO-related incidents. While no such agents likely exist (or existed), there are more than 1,600 FBI files related to UFOs that have been discovered through FOIA requests in the USA. More probably exist at higher levels of classification. At one time, the US Air Force had an office for investigating UFO reports, with the belief that some cases might be security concerns or even attempts by Russians to infiltrate American airspace. This became Project Blue Book, which was portrayed as a highly-efficient task force on a network TV show in the 1970s. Thousands of files from Blue Book have been declassified and examined by UFO researchers. A parallel group, called Project Second Storey, was created in Canada and existed for a few years in the 1960s and early 1970s. Blue Book was officially closed in 1970, and since then, there has been no official investigation of UFOs by military or government agencies. But does a UFO investigation team exist today? Some UFO true believers insist that the American government has in its possession proof that aliens are visiting earth, and that a major cover-up exists, perpetrated by politicians and high-ranking officials including the President of the United States. Some have even petitioned the government to announce Disclosure, finally telling the public the “truth.” Sadly, no good evidence of such a cover-up exists, despite the proclamations and claims of the Disclosure Movement.

UFO Reports
It’s a fact that people report seeing UFOs. What’s in dispute is whether these are explainable in terms of misidentifications, hoaxes and natural phenomena, or represent alien visitation. Polls have shown that about 10% of North Americans believe they have seen UFOs, but only about 10% of that number actually reported their sightings to official agencies or investigators with UFO groups. The Canadian UFO Survey has found that about 1,000 UFO sightings are reported in Canada every year. Most have simple explanations or insufficient information for evaluation, but a small number of cases each year do not have easy explanations as planes, satellites, stars or planets. There is no incontrovertible evidence that these “Unknowns” are indications of alien visitation.

The Syndicate
One of the major themes of the X-Files TV series is that of a clandestine organization comprised of powerful business executives and bureaucrats who actually control the government and military, and keep the presence of aliens on Earth secret. This Syndicate is working with aliens as they seek to “re-colonize” our planet, helping them in their nefarious schemes. If such a group really exists, we wouldn’t know about it, but some UFO buffs are convinced a “real” syndicate exists that works “outside” the government as a “transnational corporate entity.” That would mean that the syndicate could be Coke, Pepsi or the Bilderbergs.

December 22, 2012
In the final season of the X-Files, it is revealed that the aliens were planning to “re-colonize” Earth on December 22, 2012.  This was also the supposed date of the end of the Mayan Calendar, which was predicted by many in the popular UFO community to be the “end of the world.” Although anthropologists noted that the “end” of the Mayan Calendar was a misinterpretation, the frenzy around the end of 2012 was very popular among UFO fans. [NB: Nothing earth-shattering happened that day.]

UFO Cults
In the final season of the X-Files, a cult leader named Josepho is in charge of a group of UFO fans and adherents that is excavating a flying saucer that crashed in Alberta. A number of actual UFO cults and religions have formed and do exist today. The most notorious was the Heaven’s Gate cult of which its members committed suicide in 1997, believing they would be resurrected as spiritual entities on board an alien spacecraft hidden behind Comet Hale-Bopp. Some present-day UFO groups have characteristics reminiscent of religions, such as believing they are in telepathic contact with “Space Brothers,” being selected to receive personal messages from aliens to raise their “consciousness,” and being guided by aliens in their everyday lives at work and in their communities. They often charge large fees to participants during private “contact” sessions at isolated camps, resorts and ranches.

Crashed Flying Saucers
Another theme in the X-Files is the discovery of a crashed alien spacecraft. The most familiar of these stories is that of Roswell, where in July 1947 pieces of a crashed object were recovered by the military. Dozens of other crashed saucer stories exist, although none in Alberta, where one crash is depicted in the TV show. However, in April 2001 a small crater was found near Etzikom, Alberta, following the sighting of a UFO. Curiously, an expert on meteorite craters did not think it was caused by a meteorite, leading some to think it was created by a flying saucer.

Cigarette Smoking Man
One of only three characters to appear in both the pilot and finale of the X-Files TV show is the person known only as the Cigarette Smoking Man. TV Guide actually listed him among the greatest TV villains of all time. Portrayed by Canadian actor William B. Davis, the character is a kind of “Deep Throat” who feeds Mulder and Scully information to assist them in their investigations, for nefarious reasons of his own. Part of the UFO mythos is that at least one such person really exists and has manipulated UFO investigators and researchers over the years. In the final episode of Season 9, the Cigarette Smoking Man seems to have been killed off…. Or was he?

“I Want to Believe”
The poster on the wall in Mulder’s office has become one of the most copied and persistent Internet memes. It is itself a copy of a UFO photograph largely believed by serious ufologists to be a crude hoax. The image is taken from a series of saucer photos offered by Swiss contactee Billy Meier in the 1970s, who claims he met a female alien named Semjase who took him on board her “beamship” to other planets, galaxies and even time traveling to the age of the dinosaurs. Copyright claims on the original Billy Meier photo #494 is said to be one reason why the poster was changed slightly in later seasons.

Do Aliens Exist?
Astronomers have been discovering many exoplanets (like the Earth but outside our Solar System) during the past several decades. Some have even been described as being similar to Earth in composition, temperature, distance from their stars and having an atmosphere somewhat like our own. None have been found to be true twins of Earth, however, and most are very far away. If there were aliens on those planets, they would need to have discovered a method of fast interstellar travel that might violate our known laws of physics. Nevertheless, most astronomers believe that extraterrestrial life exists elsewhere in our galaxy.

The Truth is Out There

The X-Files returns to television on January 24, 2016, on (appropriately) the FOX Network.


For more information about UFOs, including the Canadian UFO Survey, visit:

For details on the M-Files, a detailed study of UFOs reported in Manitoba, visit:

Or contact Chris Rutkowski, Canada’s Fox Mulder, at:
canadianuforeport@hotmail.com

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Saturday, January 02, 2016

 

Clinton and the UFOs

So, a surprising number of people have been posting links to this article, describing an end-of-year news scrum with Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

http://www.conwaydailysun.com/newsx/local-news/123978-clinton-promises-to-investigate-ufos

This is simply ridiculous. Hillary had no choice but to say she would open the books about UFOs. In a scrum with reporters, who had already asked her about important issues, when Steer asked her in front of everybody, she could have ignored him, mocked him or tolerated him. 

Only one avenue would save face in front of media. Interpreting that as admitting she is interested in UFOs is absurd. And saying that to get the "UFO vote?" Please. That's so insignificant as to not be worthy of consideration. 

Yes, I know about all the previous remarks that the Clintons (both of them) have made about UFOs on national TV. And I'm not convinced any of them imply they know something about UFOs and aliens, or are interested on more than a casual basis, even with X-Files fan John Podesta involved.

Looked at objectively, her public statement does not imply Disclosure in any way. It was simply a remark to indicate her ability to dance around awkward questions. 

A good ability for a president to have, by the way.


UPDATE:

CNN had a story about Clinton's comment, rather astutely noting it was A JOKE!
http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/04/politics/hillary-clinton-area-51-aliens/
During a meeting with The Conway Daily Sun, Hillary Clinton jokingly pledged to look into UFO's, an article from the New Hampshire paper says.
"Yes, I'm going to get to the bottom of it," Clinton said, tongue-in-cheek, in response to a question from reporter Daymond Steer on UFOs.



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Friday, December 18, 2015

 

Top Ten (or Five, or Fifteen) Lists About UFOs


In retrospect for 2015, here's a collection of lists about UFOs.


Top Ten World UFO “Hotspots”

Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario: On the south shore of Lake Ontario, a group called Orbwatch has been logging sightings of lights moving over the water. 
Stephenville, Texas: In 2008, UFOs began appearing in great numbers in and around this town, resulting in international attention. Sightings continue today. 
Rachel, Nevada: This tiny hamlet is near the famed Area 51, along the “UFO Highway,” where many UFO enthusiasts have said they have seen odd lights flying over Groom Lake and the surrounding mountains. 
Hessdalen, Norway: An ongoing scientific project to observe nocturnal lights has been in operation here for decades. 
Mount Shasta, California: Several New Age movements believe that this area is a spiritual centre where aliens and underground Lemurians live, and UFOs are often reported over the mountain. 
Santa Rosa, Florida: The magazine Popular Mechanics did an analysis of UFO report trends in March 2009 and listed this region, near an airbase, as having more UFO sightings than other areas. 
Surrey, British Columbia: The “Surrey Corridor” has had an abundance of UFO sightings since at least 1989. 
Warminster, England: Although the wave of UFO sightings here exploded in the 1960s, reports have continued intermittently since then. 
Saugauche County, Colorado: According to the Computer UFO Network, this American county has the highest rate of UFO sightings in the USA – almost 3,000 per 100,000 people. 
Phoenix, Arizona: When the Phoenix Lights appeared in 1997, they were considered an interesting flap. But then, there was a repeat of the event ten years later, and sightings still continue today.




Top Ten Shapes of Reported UFOs

Saucer
Sphere
Cigar
Egg
Boomerang
Triangle
“Fuzzy”
Fireball
Starlike
Blob



Top Five Reasons Why UFOs Are Not Alien Spacecraft






Top Five Reasons Why UFOs May be Alien Spacecraft





Top Fifteen Recorded Songs About Aliens or UFOs

I Saw Elvis in a UFO – Ray Stevens
UFO – Sun Ra 
Calling Occupants of Interstellar Craft – Klaatu
Pink UFO – Calm
I Saw a UFO Last Night – Paul Barfoot
The Flying Saucer – Buchanan and Goodman
Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley
Mr. Spaceman – The Byrds
Little Green Men – Steve Vai
I’ve Seen the Saucers – Elton John
Zero Zero UFO – The Ramones
Hangar 18 – Megadeth
Aliens Exist – Blink 182
Squarepusher – UFOs Over Leytonstone
Flying Saucers – Nina Hagen



Top Ten Things Most Often Misidentified as UFOs

Stars
Planets
Airplanes
Balloons
Birds
Clouds
Fireballs
Spotlights
Laser Shows
Kites


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Monday, December 14, 2015

 

Of higher dimensions, and all that...


So, I'm looking for a physicist and/or mathematician to help newbies comprehend the problems associated with the "new ufology."
I just read yet another book by a UFO "expert", who does in fact have a PhD from an accredited university, but who also spouts a lot of the usual nonsense about "dimensional travel," "quantum consciousness," and "vibrational states."


My pet peeve is that NONE OF THOSE TERMS MAKE ANY SENSE!
If, as some UFO fans insist, that aliens exist in a "higher dimension" or an "alternate dimension," what does that mean? 
Some UFO fans point to physics papers that postulate eleven dimensions, so there actually may be "higher" dimensions than the usual four dimensions we live in. And that, they say, is where the aliens live. 
But that is mathematically silly, because the eleven dimensions actually apply to everything in THIS universe, and we are only able to perceive four. Has nobody besides me ever read Flatland? (Let alone Sphereland!) I'd like a physicist or mathematician to explain in simple terms why entities cannot exist in only dimensions 5 to 11. In other words, we exist in eleven dimensions, too!
And "higher states of consciousness." Yes, ardent UFO believers accuse skeptics of not understanding the nuances of "new ufology" because they're not as advanced as the true believers, some of whom have received "downloads" from aliens who want them to assist in Disclosure. 
Okay, but don't you mean "awareness" instead of "consciousness?" All beings with sufficient brain size are "conscious." And "consciousness is simply the awareness of one's self. But I think they mean some people have heightened perception and a greater awareness and understanding of humans and society, which is quite different.
And okay, I'm not "vibrating" at the right frequency to see UFOs zipping across the sky, as people who pay money for courses in Monroe meditation or Greer vectoring can do. Isn't that just a faddish recognition of quantum physics, in which we know atoms are constantly in a state of resonance with other atoms? An atom with a slightly shifted frequency (through some undefined mechanism) doesn't just vanish from our universe and appear in a different universe, it ceases being that particular atom and cannot react with other atoms in the same way.
So please, can someone who REALLY knows quantum physics and math please come to the fore?

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

 

Manitoba's Most Haunted


At this time of year, there's a lot of talk about some of the places around Manitoba that have reputations for being "haunted." One of my first books, Unnatural History: True Manitoba Mysteries, details many of these. I've been investigating reports and stories of strange or Fortean phenomena for many years, and my files on these cases are quite extensive.











So here's my Top Ten of "Manitoba's Most Haunted":


Manitoba’s Most Haunted

Most Manitobans aren’t aware of the weird and wonderful history behind some popular and not-so-popular places in their own province. Many sites are off the beaten track, but others are visited every day my hundreds of people who don't know the stories there.

These are just some of my picks for Manitoba’s most interesting locations with reputations for being haunted. 


Devil’s Island
East of Camperville in the middle of Lake Winnipegosis is an island about two kilometres in length, with a reputation for being haunted. There are stories that people who have dared camp on the island have swam to the mainland in the middle of the night, afraid of eerie lights and sounds that seemed to chase them off the island! The same stories (almost identical, actually) are told about the similarly-named Devil Island, a tiny island in the middle of Lake Winnipeg, about six kilometers northeast of Traverse Bay.

Old Man Gimli and Thorgeir's Ghost
Kids at camps throughout the Interlake are often told the story of Old Man Gimli, who wanders the bush along Lake Winnipeg for sinister and macabre purposes. One story is that travelers who stopped their car along the highway north of town were shocked to see a dark, brooding figure leap out at their car and grab onto their rear bumper before falling away! As well, the tale of Thorgeir's Ghost is told by Icelandic settlers to the Hecla area, of a skinned bull who came back to life and has been seen roaming the fields between Gimli and Riverton. They may not be true, but they're great local tales!

Dalnavert
The Dalnavert Museum at 61 Carlton Street in downtown Winnipeg is said to be haunted. Some “ghost hunter” tours have been organized for the house, but few have ever seen or heard anything out of the ordinary. However, some paranormal groups have conducted investigations in the museum and claimed to have found unusual readings on their various detection apparatus.

Hamilton House
Although now a naturopathic clinic, at one time Hamilton House on Henderson Highway in Winnipeg was the North American centre of research into paranormal activity. Dr. T. Glen Hamilton conducted many séances in sealed upper rooms in the house, where many photographs of ghosts and other eerie phenomena were obtained. Even Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, visited the house in 1923 and participated in one of the séances.

The Woodridge Spook Light
Since the 1960s, it has been said that if you wait any night after about 11:00 pm just south of highway 203 east of town, you'll see the Woodridge spook light dancing at the end of the road along the railway line. It was actually seen as early as the 1930s, and is supposed to be a lantern carried by the headless ghost of a man who was killed by a train many years ago.

Mother Tucker’s
The building at 335 Donald Street was built in 1895 as the Masonic Temple, for a cost of $22,000. The Masons sold it in 1969 and it became home to Mother Tucker's restaurant until the 1990s, when it converted into a sports bar and then a nightclub. While home to Mother Tucker's restaurant, employees and patrons claimed to hear mysterious footsteps and voices, and cutlery and table settings placed carefully would be inexplicably moved overnight. It has been vacant for about 10 years.

Lower Fort Garry
Apart from its rich conventional history, Lower Fort Garry has a reputation as being one of the most haunted places in Manitoba. Visitors and workers there have reported seeing rocking chairs moving by themselves, ghostly apparitions standing in otherwise empty rooms and hearing chains rattling in the fur loft.


The White Horse Plains
Along the Trans-Canada Highway near St. Francois Xavier is a statue of a White Horse. The figure is one of the few monuments in the world depicting a ghost! The story is that hundreds of years ago, a maiden escaped into the night with her lover astride a beautiful white horse given as a gift from her betrothed whom she was to marry the next day. They were pursued and killed, but the horse ran off and its ghost has been said to roam the prairie ever since.

Hotel Fort Garry
With more than 100 years of history, the Hotel Fort Garry on Broadway has played hosts to many guests over the years. One of these guests is reported to haunt the infamous Room 202, a room with such a reputation that it’s highly in demand by tourists seeking a thrill. Blood dripping from the walls, figures at the foot of beds, and apparitions walking down the halls are just some of the reports at Hotel Fort Garry.

Marlborough Hotel
This old stately building has a reputation as a place where people hear footsteps in empty rooms and see full apparitions of past patrons of the hotel. One particular ghost said to inhabit the hotel is that of Grace Edith Cook, a 16-year-old waitress who was strangled to death in her room on the 5th floor in 1943. Employees and patrons of the hotel report seeing Cook’s ghost still roaming the halls.

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Here are some links to stories and pages about Manitoba ghosts and hauntings:

Hauntings at the University of Manitoba
Manitoba's Spooky Sites
Video: The Campus Files investigates the Hamilton Archives



The Haunted Rooms listing for Hotel Fort Garry
And a Trip Advisor review noting that no ghost showed up overnight.
The Winnipeg Paranormal group, led by stalwart supernatural sister Kelly Smith








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