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Coping with ABC's Abduction Coverage

Published: August 19th, 2009 12:08pm

by Billy Cox

If, in times past, De Void had watched the sort of soft chewed cud that ABC “Primetime” served up last night, there might’ve been a small blurb in the obits about a forensics mystery in a south Sarasota apartment, with investigators wondering about a missing head, and how the splattered fragments wound up on the paddlewheel fan above. Fortunately, with an assist from Lao Tzu and controlled breathing techniques, De Void now knows how to avert needless tragedy.

Even as reporter Juju Chang’s package on alien abductions twice plucked “UFO enthusiasts” from the cliche bin, then swerved into a formulaic nonsequitur riff about SETI and radiotelescopes, De Void held the Buddha pose, imagining inhaled oxygen molecules as particles of white cleansing light. Consequently, Chang’s entire feature imploded into a harmless flash of deja vu, no better or worse than all those other canned network takes on abductions over the last 20 years.

No, the hook — in this case, three seconds of video footage of an alleged space alien peeping into the window of controversial alleged abductee Stan Romanek — didn’t merit the hype. And yes, the subsequent pros and cons of the “sleep paralysis” debate was right out of the playbook.

But in the context of De Void’s new-found coping mechanisms, Chang’s conclusion to the hour-long piece — “Psychologists say we will always be intrigued with the possibility of the unknown” — wasn’t lame or insulting at all. It was wise. Because it’s true. We will always be intrigued with the possibility of the unknown.

But if, at some point, any network actually contemplates going off-script with UFOs and wonders about a package that won’t require a massive budget, De Void offers a few suggestions:

Get an interview with John Podesta and ask what he’s done to advance federal transparency on UFOs since Obama came to office. Put a bee in Hillary Clinton’s bonnet by asking about her interest in the Rockefeller Initiative. Ask the military why it can’t produce radar records about the UFO that surged towards President Bush’s Crawford, Tex., ranch in January 2008.

Seriously — it won’t cost a lot of money. And you won’t have any competition.

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UFO Sightings Linked to Alien Films
Published: 20 August 2009 at 12.38PM

Well this is a new one! It seems it’s not just the action hero’s car, the love interest’s cutsie outfit or the picturesque set location that we want a piece of when we’ve devoured a good movie.

According to recently released stats by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), in the years that the most popular alien flicks hit our screens, UFO sightings, and the occasional abduction by little green men (or lemon-headed humanoids according to one report) shot up significantly.

The most impressive of these leaps in sightings occurred in 1977, the year Richard Dreyfuss carved his mash potato mountain in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" with figures shooting up from around 400 sightings recorded the previous year to around 750.

And just as a cigar-toting Will Smith saves the world quite ceremoniously on "Independence Day" in 1996 the number of reported sinister skyward happenings went from around 100 to just over 600.

That very year also witnessed the loudest buzz surrounding our favourite sci-fi cult TV series, "The X-Files." Well, if the dashing David Duchovny and the gorgeous Gillian Anderson believe, why shouldn’t we?

David Clark, a UFO expert at Sheffield Hallam Uni is all for the link between Hollywood and outer-space and says: “The more that alien life is covered in films and television documentaries, the more people look up at the sky and don’t look down at their feet. Maybe what they are seeing is ordinary, like an aircraft, but because they are looking for a UFO, they think it is one.”

So why do some films seem to promote this frenzied glimpsing of galactic visitors whilst others don’t? Spielberg’s gentle "E.T." didn’t seem to encourage any more flying-saucer spotting than usual in 1982, nor did M. Night Shyamalan’s 2002 mystery "Signs." Could it be that it’s just the fast-paced action blockbusters that bring out the Roswell-reveller in us?

It’s certainly a different way of measuring the impact of this genre of film, and one we, here at Boxwish, will be keeping an eye on. We also think it’s pretty cool that there’s even more evidence pointing to the imaginative inspiration movies evoke.

And with the 4th September UK release of Neill Blomkamp’s bombastic alien thriller "District 9" and the knowledge it has rocketed to the top of the box-office charts in the US, alongside Ridley Scott’s announcement that he is to direct the upcoming "Alien" prequel, we suspect there may soon be further evidence of the link between sci-fi and sci-‘fact’…

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2009c/alienmovies.html

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The Electrician and the Alien
Published: Thursday, August 20, 2009

Inexplicata - The Journal of Hispanic Ufology

Argentinean author Alejandro Agostinelli has treated readers of his Magia Crítica blog to a hilarious news report from 1968 that combines an interest in both ufology and cryptozoology – well, not exactly, but it showcases a story almost as outrageous as that of Buck Nelson and his “space dog” Big Bo.

Siete Dias magazine – The Argentinean equivalent of LIFE magazine – ran a story in its August 11, 1968 issue regarding the adventures of Silvano Di Venanzo, described as “an itinerant electrician” from the town of La Concha in southern Tucumán, where electricity was not yet available, forcing him to practice his trade in neighboring communities.

But when rumors that a flying saucer had landed in a wilderness not far from La Concha, Di Venanzo found a way to lessen his financial burden.

Around that time, the itinerant electrician had managed to catch a rather unusual specimen: a Manuyato (procyon cancrivorus), a mammal belonging to the same family as ferrets, described in the publication as “a sort of fox-faced monkey with the uncanny ability to weep like a human female.”

The photo of this specimen available from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute at www.stri.org shows what resembles an upright raccoon.

There was a further grotesque detail that made this particular Manuyato more valuable, as it had three hands instead of two, prompting some locals who saw the specimen to remark that it appeared “to have come from Mars”, and without further delay, Di Venanzo traveled to the city of Tucumán, where he managed to obtain a certificate “from one of the province’s most serious scientific organizations’ stating that the Manuyato was an unidentified specimen.

To make the poor deformed creature even more unrecognizable, the electrician dipped it in green vegetable dye and toured southern Tucumán province with “the Martian Manuyato”, charging local yokels 100 Pesos a pop to see the alleged alien.

It was only a matter of time, says the Siete Dias article, before the police arrested the hoaxer. But Di Venanzo presented the certificate issued by the Miguel Lillo Institute, and the authorities were forced to release him. The article ends by saying that the electrician managed to hoodwink people out of an estimated thirty or forty thousand Pesos.

No further information on the itinerant electrician and his “alien friend” is available, but one can't help think of P.T. Barnum's admonition about how the unsuspecting are easily parted from their hard-won earnings.

(Photo courtesy Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute)

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Awesome or Off-Putting: The Aurora, TX Crash
Depiction of Event
Published: 12:29 PM 8/15/2009

When a tin foil spaceship crashed all over Roswell, New Mexico, the residents there must have been overcome with anticipation of the tourist dollars that would soon stuff their wallets. As Roswell sat back and watched the green fly in (pun intended), Aurora, Texas must have felt slighted.

After all, they had a spaceship crash like 50 years previously – and theirs included a now-buried little green body.

Aurora, Texas was a quiet little town that once had something they termed ‘an airship’ smash into a windmill then explode all to pieces. The sight of an airship was by no means new – after all, a rash of the things had been reported all over the country. Texasescapes.com finds the words to describe things:

“The Aurora crash was, in fact, the culminating event in a rash of “airship” sightings in East and Northeast Texas, Oklahoma, North and Central Louisiana in the period between 1895 and 1898. Robert Atkinson, of Center, Texas, a veteran of the Spanish American War, often told of seeing, as a teenager, strange, “flashing lights” in the sky, as did Polk Burns of the same city.

Similar incidents were recountered by Bud Knight, a prominent resident of San Augustine, Texas, who died in 1981 at the age of 108. Lee Choron, who died in 1976 at the age of 94 recalled seeing “moving lights flashing in the sky” while living in Swift, Texas… while in his “teens”.”

Keep in mind these sightings were happening in 1897 or before. The Wright brothers first flew on December 17th 1903 – not that airplanes were the first human-made vehicles to cross the sky. Hot air balloons and dirigibles had been around for who-knows how long. Let’s not forget though, that the above witness account claimed flashing lights – not flickering candles.

Electricity, is of course, implied here. Although Ben Franklin’s key had been first lit up by it several decades earlier, surely a balloon from that time couldn’t be suited up with light bulb wiring.

Now on to more interesting fare, the Aurora crash was reported in newspapers, diaries and letters to friends. One such newspaper article still exists. It’s from the Dallas Morning News:

“About 6 o’clock this morning the early risers of Aurora were astonished at the sudden appearance of the airship which has been sailing around the country. It was traveling due north and much nearer the earth than before.

“Evidently some of the machinery was out of order, for it was making a speed of only ten or twelve miles an hour, and gradually settling toward the earth. It sailed over the public square and when it reached the north part of town it collided with the tower of Judge Proctor’s windmill and went into pieces with a terrific explosion, scattering debris over several acres of ground, wrecking the windmill and water tank and destroying the judge’s flower garden.

“The pilot of the ship is supposed to have been the only one aboard and, while his remains were badly disfigured, enough of the original has been picked up to show that he was not an inhabitant of this world.”

Did you read that? The newspaper article said there was a body. What’s more – they buried it in the local cemetery. No really – we wouldn’t lie to you. Here’s a splurb from the historical marker screwed to the cemetery’s gate, or whatever:

“…This site is also well-known because of the legend that a spaceship crashed nearby in 1897 and the pilot, killed in the crash, was buried here…”

With a known location for an alien body one would suppose that concrete proof of alien visitation was just a couple shovelfuls away. We would that it was that simple. There was a tombstone at one point, allegedly – acting like the X on a pirate’s map. According to CBS11tv.com:

“There was a tombstone, with a marking that appeared to be half of a saucer, or the cigar-shaped object. Researchers ran metal detectors over the site where the ship was said to crash. Some say the grass hasn’t grown there since. In a nearby shed, there’s a well where wreckage, small bits of metal, was reportedly thrown. But in 1973, the tombstone and the metal in the ground disappeared.”

Still, it shouldn’t be that tough to find, right? A couple strong backs could probably have the whole place dug up within a few weeks.

If the locals would let them. You see, they’re conveniently tired of all the attention, and refuse to let anyone dig. And as for the owners of the well with all the debris down in it – well they cemented it over. Things really aren’t looking good here, are they?

So unfortunately, the mystery of the Aurora spaceship crash will remain just that – a mystery.

Also see the UFO Casebook file, The Aurora, TX UFO Crash.

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Alabama UFO Days to be Big Event
Published: August 20, 2009

DeKalb County, Alabama

By Jared Felkins, The Times-Journal

Those in and around Fyffe next weekend should have an eye on the sky. The fifth Unforgettable Family Outing or UFO Days will be Aug. 28-29 in the town of less than 1,000.

A string of UFO sightings spawned international media coverage and a mini-industry in Fyffe in early 1989, with hundreds showing up to gaze into the night sky in search of flying saucers.

Fyffe leaders recognized this and decided to capitalize on it with the annual festival that brings hot air balloons, music, food and more.

“I think that’s what the previous administration wanted to do was to take something that wasn’t necessarily portrayed in a positive light and make it a positive event for the town,” Mayor Katy Woodall said. “It has worked out for the past several years, and I bet it’s going to be successful this year.

This year, the event will feature the Silver Wings, a command exhibition parachute team, to bring the National Anthem and kick off UFO Days on Aug. 28 at 4 p.m.

Musical acts are planned for both days well into the night with Billy Joe Royal billed as the featured performer at 8 p.m. on Aug. 29. Eclipse will take the stage at 9:30.

The festivities begin in the early-morning hours of Aug. 28 with the lift-off of hot air balloons. Balloonists from all over the Southeast will provide hour-long rides across Sand Mountain.

Aug. 29 events include an antique tractor show and Civil War re-enactment, along with live music and street vendors.

The 501st Legion Star Wars Storm Trooper costumers from Huntsville will also be a part of the event on both days.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2009c/ufodays.html

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1993-Flying Triangle seen over RAF Cosford & Shawbury
UFO Depiction
(There)... was a wave of sightings that occurred on the 30th and 31st of March, 1993. We had several hundred reports that came our way. Many of the witnesses were police. A lot of police in the southwest of the country, in Devon and Cornwall, saw something. Now, as with all of these big waves of sightings, quite a lot of the reports were fairly mundane, lights in the sky.

But even so, it was quite late at night -- most of these reports were between, say, 1:00 and 1:30 in the morning -- and because there were police officers on night patrol, you're dealing with more than average recognition training, and people used to being out and about, and used to seeing lights and other things in the sky. Repeatedly, I heard the phrase, "This was like nothing I'd ever seen before in my life." People were genuinely quite spooked by this.

What was generally reported was two lights, flying in a perfect formation, with a third, much fainter light -- our old friend the flying triangle, really. The lights were described as being in a triangle formation. It's difficult to say, of course.

It's quite possible they could have been three separate things flying in formation, but the impression from talking to witnesses was that this was a triangular craft with lights mounted on the underside, at the edges.

The most interesting reports, of course, were the ones which occurred at close distance. There was a family in Staffordshire who apparently saw this thing so low -- and they described it as either triangular or diamond shaped -- that they leapt into their car and tried to chase it.

They didn't succeed, although at one point they thought it was so low that it had actually come down in a field. It wasn't there when they got to it. They described a low, humming sound, a very low-frequency sound. They said you didn't just hear this sound, you felt it, like standing in front of a bass speaker.

The really intriguing thing was that this object, whatever it was, then proceeded to fly over two military bases. It was seen by the guard patrol at RAF Cosford, about three or four people, [who] made an instant report of this, obviously because it had flown over their base. They checked radar.

There was nothing on the screens, nothing at all, and there was nothing scheduled to fly. No military or civil aircraft should have been airborne in that area at all. They phoned the nearby base at RAF Shawbury, about 12 miles away from Cosford.

The meteorological officer there took the call. He was a man with about eight years experience of looking into the night sky and then doing the weather report for the next day.

So he knew his way around objects and phenomena. Now, to his absolute amazement, he saw a light in the distance, coming closer and closer. That light eventually resolved itself into a solid structured craft that he saw again flying directly over the base, but at much closer proximity than the guard patrol at Cosford had seen it.

He estimated that the height of the object was no more than 200 feet.

Its size, he said, was midway between a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft and a Boeing 747. He heard the low hum, too. He had not spoken to any other witnesses, except the Cosford people, who I don't think had reported the sound. He reported this low-frequency hum.

Perhaps most disturbingly of all, he reported this thing throwing a beam of light down at the nearby countryside and fields just beyond the perimeter fence at the base. And this light was tracking backwards and forwards, he said to me, "as if it was looking for something."

The beam of light then retracted, and the craft moved off. It was traveling very slowly, I should say, probably no more than 20 or 30 mph. Then it gained a little bit of height, and then it just shot off to the horizon in little more than a second. Needless to say, that was a description I had come across many times in other UFO reports, the virtual hover to the high-Mach accelerations in an instant.

I launched a full investigation. I made all the usual checks, trying to track down aircraft movement, satellite activity, airships, weather balloons, meteorites, etc., etc. I drew a blank -- with one exception -- and then put a report up the chain of command. The exception was a ballistic missile early warning sensor at RAF Fylingdales, in North Yorkshire.

It is estimated that at some stage in the night there had been a rocket reentry of, I think, Cosmos 2238, which might have caused a very brief firework display in the high atmosphere. It's just possible that some of the vague lights-in-the-sky sightings might have been explained in that way, although Fylingdales didn't seem very sure on whether [the satellite re-entry] was actually going to be visible from the UK at all.

But, clearly, it wouldn't explain the sighting of the family in Staffordshire and, most importantly of all, the direct overflight of the military bases, particularly the meteorological officer's report. He had obviously seen a structured craft.

This to me really [refuted] any idea that these things are of no defense significance. You had a craft which, whatever it was, had penetrated our defense region. It wasn't on our radar, and we hadn't got our air defense fighters out. So whether it was extraterrestrial or not, there was something which we all should have been very concerned about.

The debate got bogged down in the search for Aurora, the alleged hypersonic replacement to the SR-71 Blackbird. We were chasing our tails trying to find out whether there was such a thing. We were asking the Americans, "Are you operating a prototype aircraft in our airspace?" That, of course, was nonsense.

You simply would not do that from a diplomatic and political point of view. It would undermine the entire structure of NATO if you were putting things through someone else's airspace, particularly a close ally, without seeking the proper diplomatic clearance.

But we had to ask.

And the Americans, having had similar reports, I guess, since the Hudson Valley wave [New York state, mid-1980s], had been quietly asking us if we had some large, triangular shaped object that could go from 0 to Mach 5 in a second.

Our response was that we wished we did. This was the bizarre situation: that we were chasing the Americans, and the Americans were chasing us. Meanwhile, I suspected a third party was having a laugh!

Nick Pope

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CNI News

December 16, 1996

Published by the ISCNI News Center


(last update, 08-21-09)

Colorado - Not of this World?
08-18-09 - On the night of August 18, 2009, at about 2200, I went out to my balcony to get fresh night air and to look at the stars. I first noticed a standard commercial airliner in the sky pass by overhead. Then suddenly, I saw an unusual but faint flashing light, approximately northwest, then IT appeared.

Man it was really weird, an arrow-shaped object (maybe 60 degrees at its vortex) consisting of three (constant) lights at each end point, with two lights at its center. It was approximately 10k to 15k miles high and passed over my building at a rapid pace. It seemed like it did not have a solid body connecting the lights.

Now, I have seen helicopters in a triangular formation. I was an avionics technician in the Navy; I know how to discern different forms of aircrafts. The whole event lasted about 60 seconds. The object I saw was not of this world… I could not believe what I had seen. Or, can it have been an unconventional military aircraft? source: www.mufon.com

Massachusetts - Object Makes Z-Turn
08-18-09 - At approximately 11:40 pm 8/18, I observed a streak of light in the sky in the Metro Boston, MA, area while shore fishing. It appeared to be a shooting star, or a meteor entering the atmosphere at first, then it changed direction.

It made a 90 degree or so turn upwards, then another 90 degree turn (in a "Z" pattern) and continued to travel in the same direction as it originally was. It was a white, glowing, spherical shape with a tail. I noticed after it made the second turn that the area around the white glow was black. It was noticeable due to the light cloud cover which was slightly illuminated by the city lights. source: www.mufon.com

Texas - Multi-Colored Lights on Object
08-20-09 - I live in Fritch, Texas, and one night me and my friend were outside UFO hunting: it was about 11:30 - 12:00 PM, when we saw an object traveling at a high speed. We knew it wasn't a plane of any kind as it was spinning and we saw blue, red, yellow, white, and orange lights on the object, so we ran after it to see where it landed so we were a little freaked out because it was one of the best sightings we have had in awhile.

We decided to go check it out the next day and we saw that a tree was damaged, and some little trees were bent over, like a heavy weight has pressed them down for a time. We checked out the soil in the area, and found it had a strange smell to it. We are trying to get them analyzed. I will let you know what we find. source: www.mufon.com

Canada - Oval-Shaped Object
08-12-09 - While camping at a cabin in Long Lake near Perth, Ontario, my wife and I were sitting by the lake at a low burning camp fire looking at the stars. I noticed a moving bright object, oval shaped, moving from the northwest to the southwest.

At first, I thought the object was a satellite, but it was moving too fast and the color was clearer, brighter, and a lot lower in altitude. The object took about three minutes to clear the sky line start to finish. No sound was heard. No blinking lights was seen.

The object appeared the following night at the same time, but with a different trajectory and below overcast clouds. No stars were shining at that time because of the clouds. It was traveling at a high speed, but again with no sonic boom or jet engine noise.

This sighting was witnessed by my wife and myself on both nights. I did manage to videotape the object on the second night but unfortunately the video is low grade. I am a retired military person with experience within the aviation field, and if this was military type aircraft, I only hope it was ours. source: www.mufon.com

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