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UFO Casebook Magazine Issue 422, Date, 08-30-10

UFO Sightings Once Common in Rural Kansas
UFO Depiction
Published: August 19, 2010 at 5:14 p.m.


One can see for miles across the flat High Plains. There are few houses. Few people. And with small towns dotting the landscape, there are few streetlights obstructing the view of a starry night.

Moreover, Dighton, population 1,261, is a small western Kansas community like most that dot the Midwest — a town with an economy reliant on the wheat fields that surround it, a place where, it seems, nothing unusual ever happens, a town populated by the average American — hardworking, churchgoing.

Go back nearly 40 years, however, and Dighton made the national news — and not for anything ordinary.

Up in the sky on the darkened plains, they saw them. Lights. Crazy moving lights. Lights that chased vehicles. Lights that could hover low or move in directions no ordinary aircraft could.

From well-respected farmers to the city's police chief, they said they saw flying objects — unidentified flying objects. It's been nearly four decades since the UFO sightings that put Dighton on the national map, as well as much of Kansas.

"People were seeing them all across the state," said Lane County farmer Vance Ehmke, who wrote about western Kansas' surge of reports while interning at the Garden City Telegram that summer. "There was this rash of UFO sightings and an oasis of conversation."

The year was 1972 and Kansas was a hotbed of UFO sightings. In fact, the state had the most sightings in the nation that year. The county seat town of Dighton was the center of it all.

Kansas activity that year started in the spring of 1972 in Dighton, where a red-orange and white light would hover until an investigating patrol car approached, then would move away.

Then-Chief of Police M.R. Shelton said he chased it at speeds of up to 100 miles an hour but never caught it. He said it would run parallel to his car, or slightly ahead of it.

Shelton also said the UFO would remain stationary until an investigating officer would radio another car about it. It then began to move away.

"We didn't think much about it at first," Shelton said in July 1972. "We thought it might be the military taking infrared pictures or checking out a feedlot."

However, according to the news reports, Forbes Air Force Base at Topeka and McConnell at Wichita both reported they did not have any low-level flights or planes that took infrared photos while hovering.

Other Lane County residents began seeing the lights, sometimes red-orange, sometimes white. Now living in Omaha, Pam Krehbiel Schnuelle said she doesn't talk about her incident much with friends and relatives. She was only 18 when she and a friend were driving home from a baseball game in Scott City to the Krehbiel farm near Amy in Lane County. Around 10 p.m., they saw a bright star in the northeast.

"It began to move around, and we thought, 'Huh.' Then it moved around quickly and sporadically, and we knew it was something different than we had ever seen."

It would get dimmer, then brighter, she said. Then it came right at their vehicle, getting within 100 yards of the car.

"It was bright enough to take up the whole windshield," she said. "It wasn't just a little ball."

The object quickly zoomed away and disappeared, then reappeared in the east. The two could barely climb out of the vehicle when they got to the farm because they were so scared. Schnuelle recalls not wanting her friend to drive on east to Dighton.

"We knew it was something out of the ordinary," she said. "It couldn't have been a plane, a helicopter or anything like that, except, you don't know what it was."

Her brother saw the strange lights several times while baling hay late into the night during the summer. Around the same time of her sighting that spring, her father discovered a crop circle burned into his green wheat. The News reported it was 20 feet in diameter.

She still remembers the smell — an odd smell that didn't smell of burned wheat. She hasn't smelled it since.

Schnuelle also still remembers the look on her father's face when he discovered it.

"My dad, we're religious people," she said. "The only thing we did was go to church, the rodeo during summer — just good people. For my dad, it was hard. It was very hard to imagine."

All the hype around the county was enough to warrant national attention. According to a July 1972 story in The News, UFO experts came to investigate. Two Wichita disc jockeys had a vigil on top of the grain elevator for aliens. Moreover, the National Enquirer, which did its own story and interview with Schnuelle, offered $50,000 to anyone proving the strange lights were actually from another planet.

Across Kansas, more than 40 sightings were reported in 1972, according to the website Ufodna.com. Dighton had the most. A few include:

—February 1972: Numerous witnesses observed an object near Larned. Electromagnetic effects were noted.

—March 1972: Story in The News reported that Johnnie Beer, Larned High School junior, "played hide-and-go-seek with a bright light on his way to the Beers farmstead about 9 p.m. one night." He couldn't shake the light, which preceded his car all the way home. The family found evidence of the alleged visit the next morning when two wires of the corral looked like they had been cut and twisted up in a pile and several of the milk cows had singed spots on their backs.

—July 1972: An object was sighted by multiple independent witnesses near Minneapolis that had an appearance and aerobatic performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft.

—August 1972: A luminous, bowl-shaped object hovered near the ground at Colby. Blinding white light illuminated the terrain, then, with a whooshing noise, it shot straight up.

—The best evidence was in November 1971 in Delphos. Teenager Ronnie Johnson was tending the family's sheep when he came upon a mushroom-shaped UFO appearing in the night sky. Johnson reported the object hovered about 75 feet from him, just above the ground on his parents' farm.

The object eventually flew skyward and left him with headaches and nightmares. Johnson's parents got a glimpse of the unusual craft, which was then as big as a full moon before disappearing from view. The family found a glowing ring on the ground where the alleged ship had been. There was also glowing material on some of the trees nearby.

When they returned to the sight the next day, the ring was still there.

Scientists claimed it was a fungus. However, others in town saw the strange light as well, filing reports with the sheriff's department.

But why so many sightings in Kansas and the United States during the 1970s? Dirk Vander Ploeg, publisher of UFOdigest.com, said more people might have come forward after other well-respected community members told their story.

"In the 1940s, '50s and '60s, more people were anonymous," Ploeg said. "They didn't want their names known for fear of the ridicule."

Moreover, he said, many have had some sort of experience.

"Have you seen a light in the sky that you don't know what it is?" he asked. "That is a UFO."

However, Ploeg says he believes only 1 percent can be considered as a potential outer space sighting, "if there is such a thing."

"I believe most of the vehicles are experimental U.S. aircraft," he said.

For instance, he said Stealth technology was developed in the 1970s — aircraft that didn't see public use for another couple of decades.

While many things can be explained, some, however, can't be explained, Lane County farmer Ehmke said.

"Whatever it was, it was big and had a lot of light," Schnuelle said. "I know it sounds off the wall, and it hasn't happened since. It was only a one-time thing."

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The Case of Dorozsma (Hungary) - Beam of Light Enters House
UFO Depiction
Published: 9:25 AM 8/24/2010

In Dorozsma, which is a quite small town located not far away from Szeged in southwest Hungary, one of the most peculiar cases within the history of Hungarian UFO research occurred.

UFO researcher Tibor Sós was contacted by phone in the year 2009 by an elderly farmer whose name the League of Hungarian UFOresearchers (www.ufoszovetseg.hu) does not fully unveil for reasons of privacy – the witness is only referred to as „Józsi bácsi“ (which could be translated as "Master Joseph“).

According to the witness' statement, he had seen UFOs on many occasions, mostly at night, when he went to the toilet, which is located in the courtyard of his house.

One night, he woke up in order to turn round in bed to sleep more comfortably, which resulted in his sleeping with his face towards the curtained glass door of the bedroom. He was just on the verge of dozing away when he realized that roughly at the height of a man's hips, a beam of light with a diameter of about 5 – 10 cm was slowly intruding through the door.

It came nearer and nearer to the bed in which he was now attentively observing the phenomenon.

He described the light as snakelike, it became gradually longer, while it had a tip which was conical in shape and fulfilling a shivering left-right movement.

Master Joseph, who stated not to pertain to the frightful ilk of humans, did not even panic on subsequently hearing a voice which in the Hungarian tongue said: "Megvan, mehetk," whose translation into English can have more than one meaning (“Now we got him, we can take it / him away,“ or “Now we are done; let us proceed“), because the context is not known - or better: because the context seems to be an otherworldly one.

Joseph further stated that the snakelike beam of light vanished all of a sudden, in order to be replaced by an orange beam of light, which also protruded from beyond the bedroom's door, and yet was much larger in diameter (more than 4 times as large).

When it had come quite close to his bed, it seemed to explode into a luminous fog, so that the entire bedroom appeared to be filled with a bright light, like the light of the setting sun.

The source of the light could not be located, so diffuse it was. After a span of time, the appearance vanished as suddenly as it had seemed to be called into existence.

(Source: http://www.ufoszovetseg.hu/index.php?opt...85&limitstart=1)

Best regards,

Andreas Gölz

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Argentina: The Pros and Cons of Alien Visitation
Alien Depiction
Published: THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 2010

[Dr. Roque Mecoli penned this article a long time ago for INEXPLICATA and we are pleased to share it with our readers - SC]

The Pros and Cons of Alien Visitation

by Dr. Roque Mecoli

Regardless of whether we are being visited or not by entities from outer space and/or other dimensions (a caveat I make out of respect for the beliefs of others, "yea" sayers and naysayers alike, since I have stated elsewhere that I have the impression that the polarities in this and many other aspects [of the UFO phenomenon] have existed for years, and I honestly do not want to engage in a debate because we are unlikely to reach a satisfactory conclusion for all the perspectives), there is a highly interesting which I have never seen mentioned in any bibliography or copious reports on the subject.

When we speak of the intentions of the ETs who are supposedly visiting us, there are certain matters to be taken into consideration.

Allow me for a moment, in the guise of a working hypothesis only, to accept beyond any doubt whatsoever that our world has been visited for centuries by nonhuman entities, hailing from cosmic space, hailing from other dimensions, or from wherever...What do we actually know about them? Quite a bit, and nothing to sneeze at. Let's see...

• If we take reports that discuss their behavior to be valid documents, it is plainly shown that to date, they have no intention to manifest themselves publicly and clearly to mankind as a whole.

If they have the means and/or the technology to get here, it is absurd to suppose that they would not know how to do so or be unable to do so, since even by means of crude "radio" technology, emitting primitive signals that betray the existence of an intelligent pattern behind them, would suffice to begin an exchange.

• If we take the reports of cases in which vehicles and/or occupants have been taken by surprise by humans as true, their behavior has generally resulted in escape or avoidance, sidelining the abduction issue due to its polemical nature and to keep this analysis from becoming overly complex (Please note I said "taken by surprise").

• The luminous manifestations that would theoretically be identified as their craft and/or conveyances in our world, cannot to this day be satisfactorily explained by science, in the sense that many reports hint at a technology or handling of underlying physical laws which our own scientific development has not yet attained, at least to the level necessary to understand them (regardless of what said "lights" actually may be).

• The foregoing point, in turn, gives rise to this one: that any person having a knowledge of physics and other related sciences is aware that space travel per se is a matter of the utmost complexity. Things do not occur as they do in the movies, or in Star Trek, where building-sized vehicles move with the same ease as car.

There is nothing more hostile, horrible and inhospitable than deep space, and it is necessary to possess advanced knowledge to cover sidereal distances, aside from having, of course, the scientific background to bring it into being in the first place. If we add to this cocktail the subject of interdimensional travel, then the degree of complexity increases exponentially and shockingly.

• In spite of the countless UFO reports in existence, showing the most diverse configurations imaginable (many of them perhaps fraudulent, others representing genuine enigmas), these entities have proven to be, to date, sufficiently intelligent as to not leave any tangible proof of their existence--some device, mechanism or even a screw left behind one night somewhere... enough to analyze in our laboratories and discover, at the very least, an alloy not of this Earth (we only have photographs and film clips which are largely useless).

• This point is likewise derived from the foregoing: the ability to avoid making mistakes of this nature renders the belief that their vehicles could come crashing to the ground as sheer foolishness; as if said vehicles were piloted by student drivers. If they have been able to overcome the bleakness of space and are not prone to minor errors as stated before, this agrees perfectly with a coherent set of suppositions, and I repeat, indicates concomitant intelligence and/or advanced knowledge. Therefore, my friends, I do not believe in the ubiquitous saucer crashes, one of them which has been highly touted.

• There are persons dubbed "Contactees", allegedly having the ability to make contact with these intelligences (or perhaps more aptly, they have the ability to reach Contactees!) through a variety of means, with the common denominator in this cases being some sort of teaching and/or advice and/or lessons given by these entities to mankind. There are also, it would seem, isolated individuals or groups who are in contact with these intelligences under certain circumstances.

To avoid overly extending this article, I will stop with the ones we have listed up to here in an effort to see if certain deductions can be made from them... although my sole interest is in articulating the following question: What inferences can be made concerning their intentions? This is the question I would like to address--one which has been a matter of exchange between researchers and enthusiasts for a long time now.

First, may I remind the reader that these are completely priori suppositions, and should not be construed as my taking a stance on them. I only wish to reach, through simple logical reasoning, at least a single port having a certain degree of validity. To do this, my working method accepts and holds true many things which I am perfectly aware are not shared by others, but, I repeat, it is only a focusing point, whose foundations are perhaps incorrect (to some).

With a bit of luck, we shall see if we can determine the point at which "there are errors in the hypothesis", since this would in itself imply a humble degree of progress in the subject.

Furthermore, throughout this entire analysis, I have stationed myself on a kind of "middle of the road" that is as logical and natural as possible, but I am fully aware that in doing so I'm putting aside numerous factors--perhaps some of them highly important.

My very personal, and perhaps debatable, manner of approaching an issue of this nature is to try and adopt the mind set or perspective of my opponent, and try to reach some possible solutions by this method. But, isn't it reckless or nonsensical to adopt the stance of an ET, of whom we know next to nothing aside from contactee-provided information? I don't think so, if we bear certain details in mind.

While it is true that we don't known any life forms comparable to humanity at the level of development analogous to the development of a substantial culture or civilization, terrestrial science can fortunately assist us with a healthy dose of common sense.

Thus, through information provided by radio telescopes from distant and perilous places in the cosmos, we know that the molecules and atoms discovered so far prove that "there is nothing new under the sun."

It is of no concern that the Orion Nebula has oxygen existing as a positive ion in its natural state, due to the formidable conditions reigning there, and which cause it to lose electrons--a fact which could only be duplicated on Earth under special laboratory conditions.

What matters is that oxygen is there and continues to be oxygen, even many light-years away. Furthermore, more complex molecules have been found, such as the simplest alcohols, cyanohydrin, and perhaps most interestingly, the precursors of the amino acids, among others.

To a chemist like myself, the observation of such molecules allows me to infer their bonds, energy, etc.--matters which are commonly known to modern chemistry. To summarize the chemical aspect, I will state that I'm convinced that regardless of the planets or places these life forms may hail from, they will be the product of the logical adaptation of their lives to their specific worlds, but will be unable to escape the laws of chemistry.

Therefore, I do not believe at all (and this statement is just one example) that in any part of the Universe there could be complex silicon-based life forms, for the simple reason that the silicon atom's size, linked to its electronegativity, forbids the creation of long and stable atomic chains (as carbon is able to do) both here and in the most distant galaxy, in conditions which are analogous to our own.

I will brook no debate on this question, and any arguments to the contrary belong squarely in the realm of science fiction, for the moment. In any case, radio telescope data serves to confirm my ideas, and that is why I mention it.

My impression is therefore that an attempt must be made to understand the mental mechanisms of hypothetical creatures, very possibly different to us and having internal differences that agree to the external ones (the absence of a heart, or a heart having four ventricles, or anything you can imagine), but basically constituted by chemical parameters which could under no circumstances be opposite to our own.

In this sense, I'm surprised-- and even suspicious, why not? -- that the entities described to now, which have been seen or allegedly seen, resemble us so closely... there is talk of the Chupacabras, etc., and even the notorious "Greys" having a decidedly humanoid appearance.

Of course, I accept that someone can sustain the hypothesis that Life, as a universal phenomenon, may be almost identical throughout the universe as regards its appearance (a very respectable position, in fact), but I think its a flimsy hypothesis to uphold, aware as we are of the extraordinary complexity and diversity in the Cosmos.

To summarize this item: these life-forms cannot have nightmarishly different thought processes from our own, despite having two heads and five arms, if you like. It is quite logical to suppose, based on their probable chemical framework, and on information which we already have, that they cannot be substantially different from us.

It is therefore that I risk putting myself in their position in an effort to answer the question stated earlier. At this purely scientific point of the matter I reiterate my strong-headedness, and will only accept strictly scientific rebuttals. I will accept, however, any theories different to my own or opposite to them, as well as the corresponding rebuttals.

To summarize from another perspective:

a) If they are very similar to us based on the idea that Life in the Universe follows similar patterns, regardless of any other factors, then this is a point in favor of the contactees, and it is neither difficult nor reckless to guess their thought patterns.

b) If on the contrary, this is not the case, there are weighty reasons to suspect that their basic chemistry cannot be so wildly diverging from our own--what is more, it should be almost identical (by this I don't mean metabolic or chemical processes, or anything similar) and only differences in structure and function by adaptation factors would be observable. They could have chloroplasts instead of mitochondria, or their amino acids could be dextrogyrous and/or levogyrous, they could be anaerobic or aerobic, oviparous rather than mammals, etc.

But the essence rests upon what its chemically known to us, and therefore, I don't believe their minds would consider it prudent to point their spaceships toward the core a nearby star to acquire a suntan for beauty purposes (?) in an act of cosmic madness (or would cosmic "incineration" be more appropriate?).

I don't wish to dwell on this point excessively, but I insist that chemistry could be of great help to us in this analysis. While I cannot continue abounding on this for reasons of time as so as not to abuse my readers' patience, it is still possible to pursue this analysis from a chemical perspective, approaching other aspects and details.

This means that we can reach the same conclusion on different paths: they must have something (or enough) in common with us to try and speculate on their possible intentions, using our own brains as tools. But what if they're beings from other dimensions? What if their worlds are located in other dimensions? What if they are beings of raw energy? What if their spaceships or their travels are interdimensional?

I will discard nothing. What is more, I have heard the above from many contactees... Ah! Wait a minute... because in this case we have already detected a contradiction or at least a matter that is difficult to explain. Because if this is the point, then I don't understand what they would find of interest to them in the "physical" world (our own planet, of course).

Why appear thousands of times in their shiny vessels if they could do the very same thing from a higher dimension, in principle, without being noticed, since dimensions are interpenetrating (from the physical and mystical standpoint alike) Why descend from their vehicles at night and engage in unfathomable motions and actions? This is utterly ridiculous!

Furthermore, haven't contactees themselves told us that their communications are almost 100% mental, telepathic, etc.? Or does a contactee have to board a saucer to receive instruction? I've never heard such a tale from any contactee...

The moral here is that they are either not interdimensional, nor do they travel through other dimensions, or all the reports compiled to date are frauds, hoaxes or errors, or obey some hitherto unknown natural phenomenon having nothing to do with aliens, saucers, etc.

Under no circumstances can I believe that beings having such scientific and/or technological development would have the need to scorch some fields on lonely nights, nor mutilate cattle for God-knows-what reason. Such silliness eludes all logical thinking and does not deserve the slightest analysis, so one would have to choose to believe one thing or another, but I fear that it's impossible to believe both at the same time.

Furthermore, the alternative of the hypothetical interdimensional origin of the ETs with their constant public appearances in the world in which we live is incompatible or irreconcilable with the concept of Energy, which has been well studied by the science known as physics.

It is evident for anyone who handles the most basic rudiments of this discipline that a fundamental question arises: regardless of the methods employed, nor the energy sources to which they have access, nor their advancement relative to our own... if a saucer, for example, must traverse the vast distances of outer space, this would imply a truly massive consumption of energy, as any astrophysicist, physicist or astronomer very well knows, and which can even be calculated according to the circumstances.

If rather than traveling through space, we imagine travel across dimensions, jumps from one dimension to another, etc. (with all the materializations and dematerializations involved) and the plethora of fantastic statements which I have heard, according to what we known about the structure of matter and some of its laws, this would involve a far greater energy expenditure than conventional travel.

Therefore, unless ET's are certifiably insane (which I doubt), it is unreasonable to choose (even if they had the wherewithal to do so), a process involving greater energy consumption over one that involves less. These processes are truly exorbitant. Things are not handled this way in the Universe...nor can two-headed, five-armed creatures do it, as I stated earlier (unless they have a screw loose, lost in some field at night... )

Any thinking beings, regardless of their galaxy, having to abide by such choices, is condemned beforehand by supine idiocy to never reach space even in a primitive capsule, as we did. In fact, I believe they would never even manage to develop a moderately advanced civilization. These points having been cleared, let us return to our main goal.

To avoid writing countless additional reasoning, it will be most expedient, I think to move on to the matter that interests us most: whether these beings have good or bad intentions toward us. It is not an easy question to address, of course, but we'll give it a shot...

• What could be going through the minds of these beings that flutter around our world?

• Why do they do it, or have chosen to do it since the past, regardless of what point in the past?

• What could be so interesting and important about Earth to them?

To judge by the available information, we can observe an attitude of investigation: they want to know our world, our cities, our soil, our atmosphere, our traits... things that are natural and reasonable in my view. If we someday manage to travel great distances and stumble across a planet inhabited by beings having certain sophistication, we would probably behave in much the same way. It is obvious that "they" would have realized that we are not only underdeveloped, not only technologically, but that we are unfortunately a race unable to overcome its warlike nature and a series of "bad habits" that makes us worthy of being kept at arm's length.

This crucial point enables us to make a deduction from both the technological and temporal standpoints--given the extensive amount of time they have spent among us, they have had the occasion and the means to conquer us and/or enslave us. If they haven't done so it's because the have chosen not to... or because they don't exist... it's just that simple (at least for the time being).

What I really don't understand are the arguments wielded by so many people in the sense that it is illogical that after the tremendous effort involved to reach us, in energy alone, they should not show themselves openly and boldly.

Friends... if I was an ET and reached a planet having characteristics like our own, I might behave exactly the same way. I would carry out my assigned tasks (most likely of a scientific nature) and would have nothing at all to do with the planet's occupants, or would at least try not to. At most, I would try to take some random specimens for a more detailed study (abductions? kidnapping? Hmm. Rather interesting variables... )

Up to this point everything would appear to run smoothly in our line of reasoning, but there are certain matters that interfere with this line of thought. Firstly, Contactees tell us of the existence of supposedly telepathic channels that exist between themselves and the aliens. By means of said exchange, we now have enough information concerning their thought processes, intentions, purpose on Earth, etc. Are such exchanges at all feasible?

I would think so (since it has nothing to do with the subject of interdimensional travel or similar absurdities), since I don't have any elements that let me discard, ipso facto, a mental resonance between a human being, in this case, and an ET aboard a spacecraft circulating in our own atmosphere.

I am well aware that this is a highly controversial subject, since telepathy is not scientifically proven in the least... I am employing a rather unscientific argument which feels satisfactory to me. A case in point: I've lost count of the times that for various reasons I've thought of my beloved cat Ro-Ro (an animal!) only to have her, don't ask me how, pick up my thoughts and respond to them.

If this isn't a mental link between myself and her, then somebody please explain to me what it is! (my apologies for such a simple example, but I have no inclination to steer from this subject and have to write many additional pages).

In any case--I repeat and I stress--my intention is not to unleash an argument on this point. I'm merely expressing my opinion freely, accepting that there are ideas diametrically opposed to mine.

Retaking the path of our analysis, I think that there is a vital key concealed herein to answer our initial question.

• It is indispensable to create interdisciplinary scientific teams to engage in a serious, rigorous and unprejudiced study of the Contactee phenomenon.

Said teams, after detecting and discarding hoaxers and impostors (of which I am not sure) must probe to the fullest extent possible, after a arduous, difficult and prolonged process, these people and the messages they receive. It is obvious that three conclusions will we reached, among others:

a. That it is impossible to draw any definitive conclusions (which I doubt).

b. That reasonable conclusions can be drawn which frame, within a reasonable percentage of certainty, that we are being visited by aliens.

c. That conclusions can be drawn as to the whole thing being explainable through alternative mechanisms, and that it is almost a certainty that there are no aliens to speak of.

It is almost childish to hint at the importance of these conclusions, regardless of alternative "b" or "c" being the winner. Since I cannot constitute on my own, or insanely take on the faculties of an entire high-pressure work team in action, it becomes obvious that I lack the elements to judge the contents of the messages as being true. Doing so is meaningless in the context of being unable to support them by facts or serious studies made in this regard.

I further understand that all of this exposition has left many loose ends, which I myself have left untied. But the fact remains that it is a very complex matter and tying them up would mean retracing my steps and writing a whole lot more... an activity for which I unfortunately lack the time.

I can neither confirm nor deny that there are ETs spinning around out there, but if so, I tend toward believing that their activities are not unwholesome toward us. At least, as far as we can tell or guess at now, whether because their moral fiber is such... or because there are simply no ETs at all out there. All is relative, and it could be that the facts will prove me wrong tomorrow... I don't know... in fact, I have no reason to know...the progress of the events shall ultimately be the factor that determines the ultimate truth of the matter.


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Four-in-Ten Brits have Seen a Ghost or UFO
UFO Depiction
Published: August 25, 2010 5:30 PM

Forty percent of Brits claim they've had a paranormal experience and seen a ghost or UFO, it has been found. A survey of 3,000 people discovered one-in-five of of those reckon they have seen a ghost, while 19 per cent have spotted a mysterious object in the sky.

Another 16 per cent believe they've had premonitions while six percent even believe they have a guardian angel. 44 percent of Brits were also found to believe aliens visit Earth and one-in-five even believe aliens could be living amongst us.

In that case, it's probably worth us pointing out that we don't know how many of the respondents in the survey were actually aliens themselves.

Paranormal expert Malcolm Robinson, founder of Strange Phenomena Investigations, said: "The people of the UK have overwhelmingly shown their belief in ghosts, UFOs and life on other planets and this survey is the clearest indication yet of the British public's acceptance of the weird and the wonderful.

"What this survey has clearly shown is that people believe that not all in the world is as cut and dried as we may like to think.

"Science does not know it all, there are many more things afoot that have still to be understood and as science progresses, it is my contention that those discoveries will be made.

"Belief is one thing, proving things is another hence the reason to continue research."

Top five paranormal events Brits have witnessed:

1. A ghost
2. A UFO sighting/unexplained objects in the sky
3. Premonitions
4. Accurate psychic readings
5. Guardian angel

The research was commissioned by Penguin Books to mark the launch of sci-fi thriller 'I Am Number Four'.

Penguin Books


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UFO Reports Flood in for West Lothian
UFO Depiction
Published: Aug 5 2010

by Alistair Watson, West Lothian Courier

THE people of West Lothian are being urged to watch the sky after a string of reports of unidentified flying objects in the area.

UFO website forums across the country have been flooded with reports of strange sights seen in the night skies above Whitburn, Bathgate and Livingston in the past month.

One reader phoned the Courier to describe “strange orange lights” he had seen in the sky over Whitburn last week.

The man said he was walking back from the Hillcroft Hotel up to Gleneagles Court with his wife when he saw two triangular orange lights above them.

He said: “They looked like they were moving from the Falkirk area to Edinburgh, almost like they were following the route of the M8. They were moving quite quickly but they didn’t make any sound. They would reach a particular point then they would turn black.

“I watched them for about 45 minutes and I saw six in total and they moved in formation.

“A dog walker approached us and said they had seen them as well.

“They told us they had been seeing them for the past two weeks or so.

“We tried to get a photograph of them but it didn’t turn out.

“To our naked eyes it was quite vivid and it was a distinct triangular shape.

“It was the most bizarre thing I have ever seen. It sent shivers up my spine.”

The witness added: “I think people are reluctant to talk about it as they think people will laugh at them.

“I had phoned air traffic control at Edinburgh Airport but they said there was no traffic in the area at the time.

“They had no explanation for what we saw but said sightings of that nature were very common in West Lothian.”

A Bathgate woman, identified only as Liz, wrote on website UK UFO Sightings that she had also seen a strange orange light above the town on Saturday night shortly before 11pm.

She wrote: “I was lying in bed watching TV and had the blinds opened when an orange ball caught my eye.

“It appeared from west of Bathgate and headed towards Livingston where it stopped and dimmed before disappearing.

“It moved much faster than an aeroplane covering this distance in less than five seconds and was much higher than a conventional aeroplane would be.

“I live up in the hills and can see the surrounding area for miles and I am used to air traffic going to Edinburgh airport but this definitely did not behave as regular aircraft would.”

Her report seemed to be backed up by another witness, who spotted four orange lights in the sky near Edinburgh Airport just five minutes later.

She wrote: “I live right next to the airport and know it’s not a plane or helicopter.

“It was very, very strange and definitely too large and bright for Chinese lanterns.”

And a Livingston man named Glenn wrote about strange objects he saw in the early hours of July 17.

He said: “I was walking the dog then looked skyward into a very heavily clouded sky.

“There was a large gap in the clouds and I watched eight to 10 red lights at approx 40,000 feet in a triangular formation. They seemed to be moving in a steady formation from east to west over Livingston.

“They were not planes and not Chinese lanterns and these lights never deviated from their course.”

While there is likely to be a logical explanation for most of the sightings such as Chinese lanterns – a paper balloon with a wire frame that floats in the sky while a candle burns inside it to heat up the enclosed air – the story cannot be so easily dismissed, on account of West Lothian being the location of one of the country’s most famous UFO sightings.

The incident took place on November 9, 1979, in broad daylight when forestry worker Bob Taylor came across a large object in a clearing at Dechmont Law in Livingston.

In a clearing there was a metallic spherical object around 12 feet high.

When Mr Taylor approached it, two smaller spheres around three feet in diameter that appeared to be covered in spikes emerged from the bottom of the large sphere and began rolling towards him.

The small spheres grabbed his trousers and dragged him towards the large object, and he passed out.

He regained consciousness around 20 minutes later, suffering a sore head and throat and with a bitter taste in his mouth.

A subsequent investigation found marks on the ground corresponding to Mr Taylor’s description of what had happened.

Both police and ufologists say this encounter is unique as it is the only one ever to have left tangible and recorded evidence, has been verified by the authorities and was the subject of a full police investigation.

Have you seen strange objects in the sky above West Lothian? Or do you have an explanation for what these people witnessed? Get in touch with the Courier and let us know.

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Hungarian UFO Photograph, October, 1996
UFO Photo Hungary
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On October 27th, l996, Lajos Kosina was visiting his girlfriend's parents' house in the small village of Erpatak in the county of Szabolcs-Szatmar, Hungary.

Lajos’s girlfriend posed for one snapshot in her parents' garden and no one noticed anything unusual in the sky at the time.

Upon having the photograph developed some weeks later, Lajos was surprised to see a ‘disc-shaped’ object in the sky behind his girlfriend.

Although curious, they did not show the photograph in question to anyone for several months.

They were not really interested in it. Eventually, via a friend of the photographer, the photograph in question found its way to the Hungarian UFO Network (HUFON) who have conducted some preliminary research.

Further study of the photograph by HUFON revealed that the UFO was not blurred. To them, this indicated that it was either stationary or moving very slow, and was not a model being thrown through the air behind the young lady in the picture.

Having questioned the photographer, HUFON could find no evidence to support the idea that he may have hoaxed the photo.

HUFON researchers were left with the conclusion that this is a genuine UFO photograph, and that a real, flat, disc-shaped object, several meters in diameter, can be seen in the photo, the surface of which appears to reflect the autumn sunshine.

UFO Photograph, Hungary

photos taken by Lajos Kosina

By Laszlo Kiss & Philip Mantle

Laszlo Kiss is a Director of the Hungarian UFO Network.

Philip Mantle is the former Director of Investigations for the British UFO Research Association.

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