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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The UFO Observer Spectrum

I am relatively new to what I call "The UFO Community."  Prior to being considered for inclusion in Unidentified on the History Channel last summer I wanted nothing to do with UFOs.  I did not know the extent nor the range of people and beliefs in the UFO Community.  I only knew what popular culture disseminates.

A year ago, I thought the UFO Community was entirely comprised of people in tinfoil hats and Tech Nerds.  In my mind, these folks all attended Star Trek conventions and were either extremely intelligent but with no social skills or they were whacked out of their gourds.  While there may be elements of these stereotypes in each category, as a whole it was an unrealistic amalgamation of unrelated traits.  Having this view was no different than forming a prejudicial mental profile of a minority group based on selective traits observed by an outsider.

Now, as a deeply immersed member of The UFO Community I have identified a number of different factions within our community.

  • True Believers
  • UFO Investigators
  • Agnostics
  • Academics
  • UFO Skeptics

UFO Observer Spectrum
The UFO Observer Spectrum
These factions represent categories on a spectrum of belief versus skepticism.  On the one end you have people who believe in UFOs because they are into the Paranormal.  For them UFOs are one of many unusual subjects they believe in like Bigfoots and Telekinesis.  On the other end there are the folks who do not believe in anything which their current cultural, political, or religious-based belief system goes against.  They tend to seek out information which reaffirms these positions rather than trying to educate themselves with new ideas.

In between, you have a lot of people who use Science, Mathematics, and eye-witness accounts, amongst other things, to either confirm or deny visitation by aliens.  The methods used by each of these two middle groups are remarkably similar but the results achieved are much different.  They have different goals and are bound by different parameters.

Lastly, we have the Agnostics.  These are people who don't give a rat's-ass about UFOs.  They go about their lives every day with hardly a thought about what is out there.

I shaped the spectrum like a bell curve in order to demonstrate that the True Believers and the UFO Skeptics are outliers, on the fringes.  Most people are in one of the groups at the top of the bell with the bulk of those being the Agnostics.  The graphic above is not intended to represent a scientifically conducted survey.  Rather it is based on anecdotal evidence gathered over the past year in my interactions with people in and out of the UFO Community.  However, I encourage anyone with Academic credentials to challenge my assertions and either prove or disprove what I am stating here.

This article will introduce each of the categories of UFO Observers.  I will start with the two groups on the ends of the spectrum and then move up to the groups at the center of the spectrum or top of the bell curve.  Like with politics and religion all the evidence in the world will never convince the most devout adherents of the extreme ends of the spectrum, to change their views.  But the folks in the middle can be swayed.  I am one of them.

Note, in this article, when I use the term "UFO" the meaning is specifically "alien spaceships" and not merely an object flying in the air which cannot be identified.

True Believers

The reason I used to believe that True Believers were either nerds or weirdos, was because that was what popular culture showed me.  I was a believer myself and had been ridiculed for telling my true story of a close encounter.  I had been shamed for experiencing a traumatic event, as it were.  The event itself was difficult enough to deal with.  The resulting social ostracization was worse.  I did not want to ever go through that again.  So I distanced myself from those people.  If I was not one of them no one could ever make me feel like an outcast again.

True Believers
True Believers
After months of speaking with TV producers at A&E about my sighting, last year, I warmed up to the idea of dipping my toe into the UFO Community.  Instead, I dove in head first.

I wanted to find out more about the UFO Community.  I still did not consider myself a member of this group.  But I was curious about how many others like me there were, out there.  I wanted to meet and speak with people who had been in similar situations, not "nerds and weirdos" per se but what I would consider "regular guys."  These are the people with social skills and a sense of humor.  They are co-workers, parents of your kids' friends, the next door neighbor.  There had to be more people out there like me, I thought.

I attended my first UFO Conference last October.  Surely, I would find what I was looking for there.  Still, I was nervous.  I felt like I was entering an adult toy store.  I looked over my shoulder to see if anyone was watching or following me in there.  When I had difficulty finding the meeting room in the library I was embarrassed when I had to ask a librarian for directions.  I was afraid she would get on a microphone and announce it to the whole library.  I pictured myself in the pharmacy, buying tampons for my wife and having the cashier get on the horn and announce, "Price check on tampons for the gentleman in the blue," and I'm like, "They're for my wife!  They're for my wife!"

There were four presenters, Linda Zimmerman, Shane Sirois, Paul Eno, and Rosemary Guiley.  The bulk of what the speakers talked about was all-things-supernatural other than UFOs.  This included ghosts, demons, and... what the F is a Hansen Trickster?  They talked about fringe concepts, new to me, like the Multiverse, as if these concepts were proven science.  I was, and still am, not into any those topics.  I do not believe in them because there is no way to scientifically prove their existence.

When the speakers opened the discussion to questions from the audience the conversation went further in the direction of general paranormal activity and pseudoscience.  It was a turn-off for me.  I am not saying that anyone is wrong for believing in these subjects.  I understand that my claim of having had a Close Encounter seems as unbelievable to many people as the Hansen Trickster is to me.  But I know what I saw.  Therefore, maybe people who claim to see paranormal activity know what they saw.  Regardless, I draw a major distinction between general Paranormal and UFOs.  Visits by aliens can be easily explained and substantiated with Science and these other subjects cannot.  I will elaborate more on this, below.

This category of people, the True Believers, are easy prey for conspiracy theorists and cult leaders.  People like Steven Greer, David Wilcock, and Jimmy the "Creek Jumper" So-and-so will blatantly make up unsubstantiated "facts" in an effort to reel in followers.  This allows them to sell books, retreats, and other money-makers.  Some would say they are just trying to make a living.  I can respect that, on the surface, but it hurts the cause of bringing the truth to people by muddying the waters, giving fuel to the Skeptics.  For example, once I hear terms like the "Military Industrial Complex" or talk about the US currently having bases on the moon and on Mars, I tune out.  I suspect most other rational people do too.

UFO Skeptics

On the other end of the spectrum you have the pure UFO Skeptics.  Just as I am skeptical of all forms of general paranormal activity, many people cannot wrap their heads around visits from aliens.

For some, it is a religious conviction that a higher power has put humans on Earth for a purpose and we should not question that.  Many of these people adhere to the belief that Earth is at the center of the Universe and since all the known history of our gods and prophets is here on Earth, there is no room in the narrative for intelligent life on other planets.  Others in this group have a belief that life may exist on other planets in some form but that life is not intelligent.  This position may evolve, over time, as even the current Pope has expressed a belief that there may be intelligent life, somewhere out there.

UFO Skeptics
UFO Skeptics - Am I right or am I right or am I right?
Some Skeptics will say there may be other intelligent life somewhere in the Universe but it does not have the capability of interstellar travel.  The main reason I have heard is, since humans have not created this ability, it is not possible.  We are presumably the most intelligent animals on our planet.  If we cannot do it, no one can.  Right?

Many of these people are as quick to jump on a conspiracy theory as the True Believers but with the opposite point and outcome.  These theories say that the lack of government disclosure about UFOs is proof in itself that they do not exist and any assertion to the contrary is an effort by "The Deep State" or other boogeymen to quell the masses.  None of this is based on any credible reporting by major publications.  That should be a telltale that the information is false but instead, it fuels the imaginations of people who have been led to believe that journalism is controlled by certain political factions and only people who work out of their mom's basement know the real truth.

Still other Skeptics may not have any particular religious beliefs and may not care for politics but they are limited by what they find to be tangible.  Perhaps if a UFO landed in their back yard and took them for a ride they would change their minds.  But then they might just think they had been abducted by humans in alien masks, an assertion I recently heard on a Facebook Page I follow, to try to explain alien abductions.

These same people may also say that their UFO ride was part of some kind of military experiment.  I outright reject any assertions that the capabilities demonstrated by UFOs are part of any military experiments, based on the fact that the ship I saw 27 years ago, while on duty in the US Army Reserves, had the same capabilities as those reported today by Navy pilots but we have not yet seen this technology in use against our adversaries nor have we seen it capitalized on by entrepreneurial business people.  It would have happened by now.  All you need to do is watch any Fail Video and count the number of hoverboard accidents you see.  If someone could build a hoverboard that really hovered, they would be a billionaire over night.  Humans do not possess the ability to hover.  We certainly cannot zip off into space instantaneously.

One would think that with all of the many thousands of eye-witness accounts of UFO Sightings, some of these Skeptics could be swayed.  But they will simply point out that the witnesses have some personality defects, or the videos are grainy, it was just some lights in the sky, or it could have been the proverbial "weather balloon."  Furthermore, a belief is a belief and just like with religion, once someone has taken the leap to be a believer, it is nearly impossible to persuade them to change their line of thought.


Now we get into one of the two categories of people who use scientific principals in the study of UFOs.  These people, The Academics, are typically scientists, university professors, and other educated and intelligent individuals, you know, bookworms, eggheads, poindexters.  These are the folks who should be spending the most time on this subject but they do not.  They have the intellectual capacity, the training, and perhaps even the power to show the world the truth about UFOs.  However, many of these people seem quick to dismiss even the most remote possibility that we are being visited by aliens.

There are three main reasons Academics are unable to accept that we are being visited by intelligent people from other planets.  The first is, this category of skeptics will bind themselves to The Scientific Method or something similar.  The Scientific Method allows for philosophy to be the root of a concept but then the concept must be proven by systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.  In other words, you have to be able to set up a test of the concept and repeat the test over and over.  Poindextering sounds so boring.

That method works great when you are trying to prove that Turtles carry Salmonella.  But it is not as easily applied to proving the existence of other intelligent life forms.  There are no habitable planets in our solar system so we cannot view or visit aliens who happen to be in the neighborhood.  Astronomers have recently discovered potentially habitable planets in other solar systems but they are too far away for us to travel to using the the utterly primitive rocket technology we currently possess.  Our telescopes are not powerful enough to even see these planets, let alone zoom in to their surfaces.  We know the planets are there because we can see them pass in front of their suns during orbit and now we can also see these planets' heat signatures but we cannot devise the tests to prove they are inhabited.  The conclusion, then, is that life on other planets does not exist because we are not able to prove it does.  Scientific Method, dude.

But wait, you say, there are thousands upon thousands of eye-witness accounts of alien visits.  Surely, not all of these people walk around in tin-foil hats, burning sage to ward off evil spirits.  If even one of these witnesses was telling the truth it would be the biggest news in the history of our civilization!  No, they say, "I'm not going to touch that."

The Professor, an Academic
This brings us to the second main reason Academics are unable to accept the existence of UFOs, fear.  People in Scientific Communities lack the courage to risk their reputations by seemingly associating themselves with the True Believers.  Like me, a year ago, Academics view everyone in the UFO Community as a strange sub culture.  In order to advance in their chosen fields, it is crucial to maintain credibility.  In order to maintain credibility you must distance yourself from that which is incredible.  Stories of Hansen Tricksters and Bigfoots are incredible which make the people who tell these stories incredible or not credible, the Academics believe.  UFOs are in that same paranormal category to them, therefore the study of UFOs will damage my credibility, one would say.

Academics are so closed off to exploration of the strange and unusual that they will arrogantly dismiss the very notion of UFO Investigation.  Last fall I read a great article by a brave Academic about how we should take alien visits more seriously.  If you read the subsequent comments you can see how he was then ridiculed by his readers.  The detractors seemed to far outweigh the supporters.  #Sad

The third reason Academics seem to put up roadblocks to UFOlogy is, they are often required to publish the results of their findings and then subject these publications to the Peer Review process.  This is where an Academic or their publisher will call out to other Academics around the world, asking them to read what the first person has produced and try to either prove or refute it.  This is why, when people say things like, "Every reputable scientist in the world believes that Global Climate Change is mad-made," we know it is true because that happened - the findings were published many times by different, independent experts who conducted their own tests and then other people with advanced knowledge of Climatology who were not associated with those who published the findings were invited to either prove or refute the conclusions.

Peer Review worked great for proving the source of Climate Change - not so much with visits from aliens.  The reason is not only because of the difficulty of creating repeatable tests but even more-so because nobody wants to risk their professional reputation by signing their name to the study that was put out for Peer Review, talking about "paranormal activity."  Just like people in the military who report their sightings while on duty (like I did) Academics would be laughed into silence.  I call this Peer Rebuke.  People would look at them funny, afterwards.  They might not get assigned the next big project they deserve.  Career advancement would decelerate.  They may even lose their job.

Fear of Peer Rebuke and the intellectual confines of the Scientific Method are the main factors in the inability of Academics to even consider the study of visitation by aliens, let alone to prove its existence.

Surely, not all Academics are afraid of their own shadows!  There must be some brave people within their ranks.  Indeed there are, and don't call me Surely.  I have blogged before about Avi Loeb, the head of Astronomy at Harvard.  Loeb is one of the few people in Academia willing to stick his neck out, at the risk of having it chopped off by his peers.  However, there is one thing that Loeb and most other Scientists are bound by which they cannot escape:  Physics.  That is to say, they are bounded by their understanding of physics.  But physics ain't over.  Newton was a good start.  Einstein was better.  But there is even more out there.

I had a conversation with a rocket scientist, last fall, and told him the ship I saw must have zipped away faster than the speed of light.  He said that was impossible and then proceeded to school me on Relativity.  Well, yeah, we humans are limited by the knowledge of Relativity but that is only because we have not yet discovered what comes next, in relative terms (as it were).

The ship I saw and the ones documented by the Navy pilots in History Channel's Unidentified were able to break all sorts of known laws of physics.  The fact that they are even able to get here before everyone on their ships dies of old age is a testament to the fact that Physics is a jail cell constricting creative thought.  We need to think beyond the rules, as we know them.  Unfortunately, Academia is serving out its full sentence.

UFO Investigators

Also near the center of the spectrum, alongside the Academics, you have us, UFO Investigators.  We tend to focus on UFOs and stay away from the Paranormal.  We try to approach the study of UFOs from a scientific perspective, just like Academics but there are a few major differences between us.

  1. UFO Investigators start from the fact that: UFOs are real and are piloted by intelligent beings.
  2. Scientific Method is limiting.  People who travel at (or faster than) the speed of light do not permit us to set up repeatable tests.  We need to approach this from a different tack.
  3. The known laws of Physics are limiting.  People on other planets can do things our scientists say is impossible.  We need to think of the impossible and then figure out how to make it possible rather than letting it stymie us.

Philosophizing is encouraged amongst this group as long as it is clear that the philosopher is engaging in creative thought rather than stating a fact, like some of the charlatans who lure in the True Believers.  This free-from speculation allows the individual to think beyond the confines of known Physics without concern for adhering to the Scientific Method nor facing the ridicule of peers.  We have jobs outside of the field of UFOlogy so we do not need to worry as much about attaching our names to our work, however, people in this group may not share their views with everyone they know, due to social fears.

That having been said, despite having looser boundaries than the Academics we still have a respect for Science.  UFOs are thought of as alien spaceships not simply because we believe it to be true.  Rather, we start off by taking the thousands of credible eye-witness accounts and analyzing the performance of the vehicles described versus current human technology.  We have analyzed the likelihood of these vehicles having come from our own solar system or another.  We have applied our own military or civilian experience and made logical conclusions.  Some of us are trained observers.  Most of us are intelligent and rational.

Some of us UFO Investigators have seen UFOs, some have not.  Some of us have had close encounters with alien spaceships.  Others have actually been inside them.  That will sound far-fetched to the Skeptics and Academics but there are too many of these stories for them to all be false.  A man can be sent to the electric chair based on eye-witness testimony.  Yet, thousands of eye-witness accounts of UFOs are dismissed as "weather balloons" or "military experiments" or some other nonsense.  Or, if the stories cannot be dismissed outright then the witnesses are discredited.  You would have to be crazy to tell a story about a UFO sighting, right?

No, not really.  The folks who fall into this category of UFO Investigators tend to be educated and successful.  We have supportive families and respectful friends.  We may or may not attend a church or synagogue.  We have strong social skills.  We may participate in popular culture, even if we say we are above the inane, trite garbage which passes for entertainment.

Those who have never seen a UFO use many of the same scientific principals as Academics to justify the existence of UFOs and intelligent alien visitors.  Others, like myself, who have had sightings will use these scientific principals to help explain why they themselves are rational, level-headed individuals in order to win over the Academics and others who can help spread the word that this is real - people from other planets are visiting us.

UFO Investigators
UFO Investigators Tom DeLonge and Lue Elizondo of TTSA
Some UFO Investigators, like Lue Elizondo and his cohorts at To The Stars Academy (TTSA), are involved, in large part, out of a concern for National Security.  Anyone with the technological capability to get from there to here (wherever "there" is) must certainly possess military capabilities which would make the US arsenal seem like spears and stones by comparison.  That is a problem, not only for national sovereignty but also for life as we know it.  The US military (and the other major powers like Russia, China, England, etc.) should be doing something about this.  We are not.  The United Nations should be involved, while we are at it.

I have felt the same way as the TTSA folks for the past 27 years.  I could never understand why nobody with the power to do anything about this issue cared about my sighting story.  It is bizarre that the US Government is ignoring this.  Even with all the recent press and the Navy's acceptance of UFOs, the other day President Trump just said, "I want them to think whatever they think... people are saying they’re seeing UFOs.  Do I believe it?  Not particularly."  Which category would he belong to?

UFO Agnostics

The final group on the spectrum of UFO Observers is the Agnostics, also known as the "Meh" group.  These are people who rarely, if ever, put an ounce of thought into aliens and UFOs.  If asked about this subject their response would be something along the lines of, "Meh...  I don't know."  These folks could not be bothered by whatever is going on in the sky.  They are too busy looking down at their phones.

Unlike Skeptics who have a firm belief that UFOs are not alien visitors, Agnostics have not formed a firm opinion, one way or the other.  They live in a blissful cloud of ignore-ance towards aliens much as one might react towards a telemarketer.  Do I care that I am over-paying for chimney cleaning?  Yeah, but not enough to listen to a sales pitch by someone with an unintelligible accent and then put in the mental effort to weigh my options.  Make a decision?  Not today, bub.  I am vegging on the couch.  Take me off your list.

UFO Agnostics live for today, driving low-gas-mileage vehicles, throwing McDonald's bags out the window with one hand and texting with the other.  They must steer with their knees - good thing most cars are automatics, these days.

UFO Agnostics
UFO Agnostics
I am mostly joking about these characteristics, of course.  Mostly.  This group represents the bulk of people in the world.  That may sound dismal. But I see it as an opportunity.  Now is the time to speak up about your views on UFOs.  It does not matter which of the above categories you fall into.  What is important is that we have the conversation.

Discussing intelligent alien life and visitations by their spaceships should be as normal as discussing any other current events topic.  You may not like the opinion of the person you are speaking with and they may not like yours.  But have the conversation.

Think about it; where do you fall on the UFO Observer Spectrum?  What do your best friends and family think about that?

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Alien Spaceships Are Real, But Don't Assume They're Alien Spaceships

There has been a large uptick in UFO news lately.  This is due to the release of History Channel's "Unidentified" show and the coinciding decision by the US Navy to create a reporting mechanism for UFO sightings (really, not a coincidence).  Still, some scientists on Earth remain unconvinced we are being visited by intelligent people from other planets.

Seth Shostak of SETI

The general public recently became aware of the 2004 Nimitz Incident.  After a major upgrade to its radar systems, the Navy was able to pick up numerous aliens spaceships in our airspace, which had previously gone undetected.  A recent article quotes Seth Shostak of SETI as saying the UFOs spotted by four credible eye-witnesses and numerous radar operators in the Nimitz Incident were the result of a computer glitch in the new radar upgrade rather than due to its increased capabilities, "As anybody who uses Microsoft products knows, whenever you upgrade any technical product, there are always problems."

Seth Shostak of SETI
Seth Shostak of SETI

Because the Navy is putting our National Defense in the hands of untested, bug-infested software - software which apparently was downloaded into the heads of the eye-witnesses?  Figure that one out.  I suppose they did the same with the fighter jets - because why not put someone behind the wheel of a $29 million airship with 17,000 pound feet of thrust, per engine, which is controlled by buggy software?  Sounds reasonable, Seth...  We must do that with all military equipment, right?  I know a few rocket scientists and software engineers down the road at UTC who would take issue with that.

In a related story, AT&T's last remaining telegraph operator, Bertha Goodwyfe, reports that the Internet may exist but we should not believe it is controlled by intelligent beings.  If you have seen the garbage on YouTube, she may have a point.  But there was a correlatory joke embedded somewhere in that inane joke.  Let me explain.

Shostak's SETI Institute is searching for aliens.  That is great!  I hope they find something.  I sincerely do.  But they are searching for radio waves.  Remember radio?  The tool that lets us broadcast awful Pop Music and grumpy, anger-inducing, call-in talk shows?  Radio blasts information in every direction at the speed of light.  What better way to tell the Universe, "We're here!  Come and invade us with your superior technology!"  For this reason alone, it is unlikely that other advanced civilizations are using radio waves for broadcasting.   Anyone, out there, smart enough to broadcast radio has already learned from experience that you do not announce your presence to people with far superior technology.  Just ask any natives of the Western Hemisphere how that sort of thing turns out.

Direct radio messages, in theory, are better but they can be intercepted.  Even if these direct signals over radio waves were encrypted, over the course of hundreds of years those signals would be deciphered time after time, eventually rendering encryption moot, by more advanced civilizations.  I said "hundreds" of years but aliens with the ability to get from there to here have probably been around for millions of years longer than we have.  Yes, millions.  By now, people with interstellar capabilities have determined that radio is the lowest form of communication.  Well maybe second lowest, after texting with emojis

There is also a limit to how far radio waves can travel.  It is possible for a radio wave to travel over 100 light years.  However, as those waves spread out, like ripples in a pond after a stone is thrown in, what is received at the farthest edge of those ripples would be completely indecipherable.  It may not even be perceived as a signal from another planet.  Travel far enough from the source (where other intelligent life most likely lives) and these waves are undetectable.

So what is SETI doing?  Do they actually think we will pick up some radio communications from another planet?  Yes they do!  They know that it is unlikely that we will receive broadcasts from other planets of their version of The Howard Stern Show.  But there is a theory that people on other planets would create magnified point-to-point radio transmissions rather than (or in addition to) broadcasts.  Why would anyone do that?  Well naturally, so they could speak with Seth Shostak of SETI.  This is because alien people with limited imaginations would rather beam messages at other people who lack interstellar travel capabilities (us) than to try to get off their own planets and see first-hand what is out there.

Mmm hmm...

Mike "The Wall" Wall

Shostak's personal mouthpiece,, joins in the Denial Parade.  Senior Space Writer, Mike "The Wall" Wall comments, "Common sense argues against jumping on to the E.T. conclusion.  If these UFOs are indeed alien spacecraft, what exactly are they doing?  Why were they sent here, across the vast gulfs of space and time?"
Mike The Wall herpetologist
Some people call me the Space Turtle
Um... actually Mikey, common sense argues that aircraft with the ability to violate just about every known law of physics could not possibly be of this world.  Common sense says that an aircraft which could do any one of the following:

  • Anti-Gravity
  • Instantaneous Acceleration
  • Hypersonic Velocity
  • Low Observability
  • Trans-Medium Travel
  • Sound Field Silencing

may qualify for inclusion in the Other-World-Technology category.  Aircraft which demonstrate more than one of these traits make it a mathematical certainty that they are using alien technology.  That is what people who possess common sense call "common sense," my friend.

I will note that The Wall is a herpetologist with a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology.  This makes him about as qualified to write about UFOs as I am, with my MBA.  Of course, there is that major distinction that I have had a close encounter with a UFO and The Wall has not.

The Wall does have a book for sale on Amazon, though.  Props for that!  The first review listed says, 

The book really does not break any new ground but the absolutely maddening thing about it is the author's writing style, which comes across as a grandpa crashing his teenage grandchildren's swim party and trying to be hey, totally groovy.

To The Wall's credit, I did not have to dig deep to find some good reviews too.  One of them reads, 

I was very happy with the purchase and seller. I would purchase again from this seller.

Another reads, 

best book of all time. so much detail and funny. Great for sif [sic] fans and for astronomyers [sic] like me. great for all ages. love this book read it

I hope that when my first book is published, my kids write equally positive reviews for me, like The Wall's did.  I will encourage them to proof-read, though.  But I should not make fun.  The Wall's book is ranked number 44,902 on Amazon's Best Sellers List.  That is 44,902 better than I have done, so far.  Kudos, Mike!

It seems like the qualifications for getting a writing job at are remarkably low.  All you need is a PhD in something.  Anything!  It does not matter if that degree is in the study of stars or, in this case, turtles.  It also does not matter if you believe in facts or "alternative facts."  You can simply deny thousands of eye-witness accounts and come up with your own conclusions.  I want a job there!

Space Turtle
Mike "The Wall" Wall
Do I have an ax to grind?  Not with anyone in particular.  Just with people who actively work to impede the progress of legit UFOlogists and Science.  It is ironic (or is it hypocritical?) of a "scientific" website like "Space" to take such a stance but if that is how they want to spend their time, fighting progress in science, then yes, I have an ax to grind.  We are being visited by intelligent beings from other planets who possess far superior technology - technology which violates our known rules of physics.  You do not need a PhD to understand that this is a problem.  Although, if you do have a PhD it probably helps if it is in Physics rather than Terrapinology.

But perhaps having a degree is even a detriment when it comes to breaking new ground.  I mean significant breakthroughs.  Like The Smiths in the movie The Matrix, trained physicists are bound by the rules they have studied.  Einstein studied physics and then could have just accepted Newton's work, with its constraints, and called it a day.  He did not.  He imagined new possibilities and then figured out how to get there.  Physics needs more Einsteins and fewer Walls.

Alien Spaceships are Real, but don't assume they're Alien Spaceships

Back to Seth Shostak, he goes on to dismiss the Navy's new policy of encouraging UFO reporting.  "Let them do it," he says.  Meanwhile, he will continue pointing satellite dishes up into the sky, listening for a sign of intelligent life rather than opening his eyes and looking for it.  I suspect, if someone held a large mirror in front of Shostak's dishes, he still would not find signs of intelligent life.  The truth is not "out there," it is here, right in front of our faces.

I suppose you cannot blame Shostak for fighting progress.  He needs to justify his work in order to keep getting all those big donations which pay his salary.  Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen foots a lot of this bill - strange, considering Shostak's vocal condescension of Microsoft products (see above).  Shostak is valued at $11 million, by the way.  Sho-me-the-money-Stak!  And keep those donations rolling in.

People in radio broadcasting in the 1940s laughed at the upstarts in TV.  Why should Shostak, in his ivory radio listening booth, be any different?  People like that could be abducted by aliens and flown to another planet and he would still insist that aliens do not exist because he was not the one to discover them, using his archaic methods.  He is like that guy who is still holding onto his Laser Disc collection because, "the picture is so much better than VHS and don't even get me started on Betamax!"  

If I ever meet Seth Shostak, I will engage him in a conversation about which is better, the Atari 2600 or 5200.

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation Review

Last Friday night Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation debuted on The History Channel.  The UFO Community was all abuzz leading into this.  People in Europe asked on social media how they could get their hands on a copy of the show.  On one popular UFO group page that I belong to 75% of the dozens of posts over the past few days were about this show or the people involved with it.  Worldwide, there was great anticipation for this historic event.

Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation Review
UFO Video from Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation
Few people were more eager to see the show than I.  It was nearly one year ago when I first spoke with the primary investigator on the show, Lue Elizondo, about my own UFO sighting while on duty in the US Army in Gagetown, New Brunswick, in 1992.  I could not wait to see how things turned out.

I had high hopes.  I tried to temper this as much as possible in order to not create unrealistic expectations.  One social media user expressed concerns about the History Channel creating lame reenactments.  I shared those concerns.  But I also had spoken extensively with one of the producers last summer and had a lot of confidence in the team's abilities to pull it off.  I was not disappointed.

I liked that the show started with the New York Times article about Elizondo.  I feel like that is where the modern era of UFO investigation really begins.  That article was what spurred me to come out of the shadows with my own story.  It kicked things off for a tremendous amount of new developments over the past two years, both for myself and for the UFO Community.

Unidentified spent about equal amounts of time airing the story of the Nimitz Encounter, detailed below, and explaining who the To The Stars Academy team is.  I will begin with the latter.

Who is To The Stars Academy?

"Who" is the right question, not "What."  In Unidentified, Politico National Security Correspondent Bryan Bender describes To The Stars Academy or TTSA, the research organization at the center of Unidentified, as being comprised of an "A-Team" of experts.  Lue Elizondo ran the government program at the Pentagon which investigated UFOs.  Chris Mellon was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for US Intelligence, a few years back.  Steve Justice was one of the top aviation engineers for Lockheed Martin's Skunkworks.  Hal Puthoff was a scientist for the CIA.

Who is To The Stars Academy
Who is To The Stars Academy
Many critics have said that since this A-Team was sewn together by the rock star Tom DeLonge, that TTSA has no credibility and will never produce anything meaningful.  Read on, to judge for yourself.

The Nimitz Encounter

The first time I spoke with Lue Elizondo and the Unidentified producer I was in contact with, each of them asked me if I had heard of the Nimitz Encounter.  I had not.  It was then no surprise to me that they led with this story.  To sum it  up, the Nimitz Encounter involved an untold number of Navy personnel who witnessed a "Tic Tac" shaped UFO.  The way it is described, it sounds like at least four people on two fighter jets saw the spaceship with their own eyes.  These are  highly credible "trained observers" who should have had the ability to know what they were looking at, or at least to know what it was not.  It was not an aircraft like any they had seen before.  One of the pilots captured video footage, locking on to the aircraft with his missile guidance system.  Many more Navy personnel witnessed these engagements via radar and communication channels.

This was indeed the story to lead off with because there were so many witnesses and there is video proof.  I have watched a YouTube video of one supposed expert (who would not show his face and wanted his voice disguised) attempting to debunk this video because pilots do not talk the way the pilots in the video spoke.  Most leading level-headed UFO Community members believe that so-called "expert" to be a fraud, meaning the video proof of the Tic Tac is valid.

Unidentified brought in their own experts.  Chris Cook is a retired Lieutenant Colonel who spent his career flying fighter jets, and Ross Aimer has 40 years of commercial pilot experience and now works as a consultant for the National Transportation Safety Board.  Neither expert questions the validity of the videos.  Both note the facts that the images they are watching appear to be like nothing they have ever seen, despite their many years experience flying and observing all types of respective military and civilian aircraft.  One mentions the Tic Tac does not even look like an aircraft.  They note the inexplicable way the aircraft are able to accelerate and that there are no exhaust plumes.  These are all also characteristics of the ship Mike, "The Other Witness" and I saw.

The Nimitz Encounter
The Nimitz Encounter
The Nimitz story is initially told by a Navy pilot whose identity is being hidden.  A minor criticism for me was this veiled attempt at hiding the identity of the Wingman Pilot in the first team who saw the Tic Tac.  She was obscured due to her concerns about the future of her career.  I get that.  When Mike and I tried to tell our fellow soldiers about our sighting, we became the laughing stock of our unit.  Few people we spoke with were ready to accept the possibility of life on other planets let alone the concept that aliens might want to come down and check out our military capabilities.  Elizondo and the producer both told me that I could have my identity hidden if I wanted.  I told them no, after (then) 26 years I was finally ready to tell the world about what happened and I did not care who knew.  That seemed surprising to both of them.  Perhaps it was because of their experience with the Wingman Pilot.

There are very few female pilots in the Navy.  The Wingman Pilot's face was hidden but you could see the style of her haircut and hear her voice.  Elizondo makes it clear that her name is never to be used in internal communications but it would not be difficult for her superiors to figure out who was on the USS Nimitz on the day of her encounter.  It seemed silly to hide her identity.  The only plausible reason for doing so was to make this pilot comfortable in telling her story.  Again, I get that.  "Mike," the other witness to my story, told the producers of Unidentified that he would only go on the record if his face and voice could be obscured.  He had different reasons, which I respect, even if I disagree with them.

At any rate, identity obfuscation aside, I commend the Wingman Pilot and her Commander for coming forward with their stories.  As the woman told her story you could hear it in her voice that a weight was being lifted off her chest.  She had been holding back this information for over a decade, walking around with a secret she felt she had to tell someone but lacking the courage to tell it.  And who would she tell?  This was a secret which affected US national security.  But she had to keep her mouth shut about it out of fear of retribution.  Finally, she had someone she could confide in, with Lue Elizondo.

I have wondered for decades, why does nobody in the US government seems to care that superior forces are strolling onto military bases like they are walking on the beach.  Unidentified reports that Chris Mellon, a very high-ranking government official, in his time, has asked the same question: Why is no one doing anything about this?  I wanted to tell my story to someone the entire time - not just anyone (and in fact I told almost no one) but the right person in a position to do something with the information.  Apparently, I am not the only one who felt this way.

Another similarity between the Nimitz Encounter and my own is that the pilots were unarmed.  They flew some of the deadliest aircraft on our planet but they carried no ordnance.  They were on a training mission and did not expect to see an alien spaceship that day.  I too was on a training mission during my encounter and was armed with a powerful, fully automatic M-16 A1 rifle.  But I carried no ammunition.  I could not have taken a shot at the spaceship if I wanted to, though I shudder to think what might have happened if either I or the Nimitz Encounter personnel had taken a shot at our respective subjects.

The Wingman Pilot also noted that the hair on the back of her neck was standing up, during her encounter.  I have written about this too.  The difference though, is that this physical reaction happened to me moments before I saw the spaceship, like I sensed it was there, whereas it happened to her once her encounter began.

I point out these similarities to highlight my judgement that this witness is credible.  She is noting details that are difficult to make up unless you have actually been in one of these situations.

Her commanding pilot was a man named David Fravor.  He has since retired from the military and presumably feels more comfortable going on the record because he now has nothing to lose in respect to a military career.  Fravor backs up the Wingman's story, adding additional details from his own perspective.  This is important in further validating the Nimitz story.

What I like about this approach is that now we have two highly credible people, one of whom has no issues about appearing on camera.  When you have one person with a story like this, skeptics will say to themselves, "It sounds like s/he believes they saw something and I believe they believe that but I'm not sure they know what they saw."  From my perspective, having had my own close encounter, it is frustrating when people do that.  But here you have two people going on the record with the same story.  That makes it harder for the skeptics to dismiss what the pilots know they saw.

The Observables

An underlying theme to the show was the threat to national security that these UFOs play.  My mom stopped by yesterday and I made her sit down and watch Unidentified with me.  Her first comment was an expression of doubt about UFOs being a threat.  I suspect many other viewers who are not part of the UFO Community shared her opinion.  I paused the show and explained to my mom that when my sighting happened I was guarding an ammunition stockpile.  The spaceship was undoubtedly checking out the ammo in order to ascertain our military capabilities.  On top of that, anyone with the technology to get from there to here, which could be a distance of hundreds of light-years (we do not know), has an understanding of physics which is thousands, if not millions, of years ahead of us on Earth.  How could we compete, militarily, with civilizations like that.

I then explained the Prime Directive to my mom - not that I am a Trekkie or that I believe with certainty that there is actually a Prime Directive but it would make sense given the fact that there are no diplomatic relations with aliens (that we The People know of) and aliens have not yet destroyed a major city.

A new development in UFOlogy presented by Unidentified is the five distinct cararcteristics of a UFO which Elizondo calls "The Observables."  These Five Observables include:

  • Anti-Gravity
  • Instantaneous Acceleration
  • Hypersonic Velocity
  • Low Observability
  • Trans-Medium Travel

Anti-Gravity is the ability to fly without apparent means of propulsion or lift.  This includes hovering in place.
Instantaneous Acceleration is the ability to reach a high rate of speed in a short amount of time.
Hypersonic Velocity is speeds over 3700 miles per hour or five times the speed of sound.
Low Observability is the capacity to cloak or conceal, meaning the aircraft can appear to be translucent or even invisible.
Trans-Medium Travel is the ability to move through space, air, and water.

Elizondo notes that having the ability to do any one of these five characteristics would be a "game changer," technologically.  I agree and am glad to see this guide for future observations.   There is one more, though, that was left out.  I emailed Lue and the Unidentified producer I have been in contact with, about it last night and am eager to see if either replies with any thoughts.

The Sixth Observable is one that I recently stumbled upon in my own investigations, interviewing other sighting witnesses.  Most witnesses note that the aircraft they observe make no noise.  Mine was silent too.  But I have also written many times about how just prior to my sighting the crickets, frogs, and other nighttime woodland critters all stopped making noise.  Did they know something was up?  After the spaceship was away from the site I was guarding I could hear a faint static sound, like a TV with nothing to display.  It was barely audible and I think I could only hear it because of an unusually wide range of hearing that I have.  Around that time, the noises of the woods returned.

The Observables
The Observables
I have spoken with a few other folks who have their own stories, recently.  A common data point is that not only did the aircraft they observed not make any sound, but the crickets stopped chirping.  That made me wonder, did the crickets actually stop chirping or were they silenced by something?  If it is the latter, perhaps these UFOs are not in fact silent.  Maybe they make an incredible amount of noise but they employ some type of Sound Field Silencing technology in order to travel undetected.

If I am right, this would explain how these ships are able to accelerate to hyper-sonic velocities without creating an audible sonic boom.  Maybe there is indeed a sonic boom but it is deadened, like putting your hand over the receiver or the speaker of a phone, or dissipated like diluting a solution to the point it is no longer detectable.  According to Mike, the other witness to my sighting, our UFO zipped off into space in a streak of light without creating any sonic booms.

I would like to see this Sixth Observable added to the list.


Looking through the posts by the UFO Community the show seemed to be well received.  There were some nit-picky things that people pointed out like how Elizondo holds his phone to his ear while driving.  This would result in a traffic ticket in many US states.  I gave him the benefit of the doubt and replied that maybe he was in a state where that is not the law.  Others suggested that maybe his Secret Clearance allows him to do that.  I do not know that this is true.  But either way, it is a minor issue and one which does not diminish Elizondo's credibility.  Everyone speeds a little or commits other minor traffic offenses every day.  This is really a non-issue in regard to UFOlogy.

One UFO Community member described the recreations in the show as being geared towards, "Neanderthals."  I must be a Neanderthal then because I thought it was well done.  I have seen more than my share of cheesy reenactments, not only of UFO encounters but also of countless crime stories.  Mrs. M. cannot get enough of those murder mystery shows.  But I was impressed with how tasteful these reenactments were.  They were also few and far between.  More of the show was about the eye-witness' verbal accounts and about the people who were bringing this to us.

My overall view on Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation is high.  I give it a thumbs up.  The first episode was well produced and highly informative.  The witnesses and experts all come off as credible.  Perhaps this will silence critics who have said that Tom DeLonge and TTSA will never produce anything worthwhile.  More importantly, I hope that by releasing this information to the public, in the manner in which it is being presented, we will enter a new era of discussion, investigation, Disclosure, and action on the UFO problem.

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