On the night of March 13, 1975, many sightings of bright aerial objects were made in the vicinity of Ashland, Wisconsin, which is located on Lake Superior.
Our investigation indicates that several policemen observed airborne objects which they could not identify, but not much more than the "flying light" variety.
However, the most interesting of the reports comes from the Philip N. Baker family of Mellen, Wisconsin, some 20 miles south of Ashland. Fifteen-year-old Jane Baker had gone outside to take the cats to the garage where they are housed for the night, and was just at the garage door when she heard "strange high-toned noises."
She turned around and looked up at the hill to the north and saw an object apparently sitting on the road into Mellen. The whole hill was lit up, she said. She described it as a silvery disc-shaped object with a domed top which gave off a yellowish-white glow. Around its midsection were located red and green lights which were flashing on and off.
Jane put the cats in the garage and went back into the house to get her father, who was sitting on the couch with his shoes off, watching television. The family is certain of the time because the "Harry-O" show had just started.
Jane told her father that "there was a thing on the hill up the road." Mr. Phillips put on his shoes and they both went outside to look at it. At this point the glow was subsiding and the flashing lights had also turned out, and the noise was gone also.
However, there was a square lighted area in the middle of it. This area, which appeared to be an opening, had the same yellow-white glow that the top of the object had had earlier when Jane viewed it alone.
The two then walked to position three and at this time noticed a metal-on-metal banging sound. They then went back into the house where Mr. Phillips put in a telephone call to the Undersheriff. While he was talking on the phone they heard a loud boom and when Jane looked out the window the object was gone.
During this period of time, the object was pointed out to Mrs. Phillips, who viewed it from a window in the house, and three other members of the family, 11-year-old Jeff, 12-year-old John and 16-year-old Montgomery also got a look at the object.
The next morning, Jane went outside to see if she could find any traces from the previous night. She looked over toward the swamp near her home and saw the same or a similar object again — only this time there were no flashing lights or glow — but the shape and color were the same.
It was hovering over some evergreen trees. Jane went back into the house to put on heavier clothing, and then went back out, taking the family dog with her. She was proceeding toward the evergreens when the dog gave a big yelp and started to whine and paw at her ears. Then the dog became completely still.
Jane says she didn't hear anything, but carried the dog into the house. When she came back out again, the object was gone.
Later in the morning she and Monty and John walked to the spot where the object had been seen the night before. They noted that there was a round area on the road where the snow was "fluffed up."
There were tire tracks over the area where a car had passed after the object had left, but there were also bicycle tracks leading up to it, then taking up again on the other side. These were tracks made by one of the boys riding his bicycle the morning before.
The "fluffed up" area apparently obliterated parts of the bicycle tracks.
The condition of the snow is a new phenomenon where UFO landings are concerned. We can hypothesize that it was a result of the propulsion system of the UFO but it could also have been a deliberate attempt to cover any tracks made by whomever or whatever was making the banging noise.
All of the Phillips family agree that the object was on the ground for a total of no less than 10 minutes. The investigation of that particular night is ongoing because there seems to be more witnesses in the area who have yet to be interviewed and there may be corroborating witnesses in other homes in the area.
I was surfing online and saw the news for the quake in Costa Rica and began to try and find video because I have always wanted to go there to live.
I thought that if they need help down there from a tsunami I can go there now and never come back.
Fortunately, there was no tsunami, but there was this video from SkyNews out of Britain. The funny thing is, is that there are other videos posted on youtube from the same news company, but this part was edited out.
Why would it be on their site and all of the other sources have it edited out? It was a live broadcast. It is certainly not a bird or a plane.
Many astrophysicists have suggested that if we meet traveling extraterrestrials they are likely to be robotic in form. Why? Artificial intelligence (AI) would not have the demands of biological intelligence in terms of biological needs.
AI could be designed for travel. In space that is critical. The more mass you want to move, the more energy you need to move it. Life support requires plenty of stuff.
AI wouldn’t need traditional biological life support and thus could travel in a much smaller and lighter vehicle. Because it doesn’t need fragile biological life support AI could also better withstand the dangers of space travel.
Perhaps most importantly, AI could potentially travel for an infinite period of time, if it knew how to protect and repair itself.
AI of an alien manufacture would likely be much different from what we would design. Just as we put anthropomorphic characteristics into our robotic design, aliens would probably do the same, but from their perspective. I think there are a couple of things we could assume about traveling AI.
There would have to be a reason for the travel. You don’t expend time and energy traveling through space without a reason. Perhaps there could be multiple reasons for travel?
However, it seems likely there would be one primary reason. It could be the search for other intelligent life. It could be an exploration of parts of the universe of interest to the alien designers.
Perhaps it’s a religious quest of some sort? You could speculate endlessly about the possible reasons for travel. One thing is certain: there would be a reason and we would want to know that reason quickly if we were to meet such traveling robots.
AI could be a threat. Perhaps the primary reason is to extinguish competing life forms? Or to secure new planets for conquest? Those are certainly the favorite scenarios in Hollywood.
The other thing that we should expect from AI would be logic. It might not be logic that we would fully understand, but there would have to be some underlying system of logic. You would assume that AI would also need the ability to learn, which is what artificial intelligence implies.
It would be tough to travel the universe, encountering new things at every turn, unless you had the ability to learn and adapt. That’s a good thing because it could provide a way for us to communicate. Even if such communication was not part of the original programming or mission, AI with the ability to learn could learn to communicate.
I’ve said before that machine intelligence would be one of the tougher First Contact scenarios. We’re suspicious of AI. It’s a relatively new concept in human reality even though it has been chewed on for decades by writers. The plotlines are usually not kind in fiction or for that matter in fact.
The New York Times recently pointed out how robots are replacing humans in manufacturing at a greater and greater rate.
It might be tough for biological creatures to have a relationship with artificial intelligence, especially if that intelligence came with advanced technology. Its one thing to feel dumb compared to biological creatures, how would we handle our inferiority to machines?
I suppose we can hope for robots with compassion and plenty of patience.
In 1978, as a young ordained Episcopal priest in Utah, Richard Thieme was introduced to the first tremor of an earthquake that would rearrange his world view. A decorated Vietnam combat veteran assigned to Hill Air Force Base outside Ogden unloaded the UFO thing on him.
It wasn’t a confession, exactly, but the two were alone in the quiet church basement. The USAF pilot — who would retire a bird colonel — had no first-hand experience with The Great Taboo.
But he knew people and he spoke with confidence. He said things like “We chase ‘em but we can’t catch ‘em.” Thieme was at a loss for words and offered little more than an audience. “He turned his head away and looked concerned, perplexed,” Thieme recalls.
"The plain truth is that this now-opened Pandora's box of science may contain almost any kind of disagreeable surprise; and thus the experts can no longer say with assurance, 'This is silly, that makes sense'"-- Political columnists Joseph and Stewart Alsop, 1952/CREDIT: bestbloggingtipsonline.com
Over the next 15 years in the clergy, Thieme would hear variations of the same story, often emotionally charged and usually in confidence, from other pilots afraid to talk openly because of the stigma. The apparent demonstrations of technology so highly advanced it appeared mystical prompted Thieme to challenge institutional thought. He left the ministry in 1993.
“Everything was going through the looking glass of transformation,” he says. “I was profoundly affected and felt compelled to restructure my idea of reality.”
Today, Thieme is an author and professional lecturer on the impact of high technology on society and human evolution, with an emphasis on information security. His writings have appeared in venues as eclectic as Forbes, Salon and the International UFO Reporter. But his most recent credit is as a contributor to UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry. He helped edit the 580-page book, and his masters in English lit helps account for its accessibility.
Perhaps no other leg of that journey through the past is as poignant as the brief window in 1948, when analysts with the USAF’s first formal study, Project Sign, rigorously followed a trail of evidence to the only conclusion that seemed to make sense, the extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH).
Those were the days when authorities, like guided-missile chief and Navy commander Moulton Taylor, could offer candid speculation without fear of ridicule: “If we can build such craft, what is to prevent others from doing so, assuming that a similar order of intelligence exists on other planets? You and I may see the day when we will be united with Russia defending this planet against attack from space.”
Inevitably, momentum turned, and Sign’s ETH report, prepared by Air Materiel Command, was rebuffed by the USAF’s Director of Intelligence and replaced with less threatening summaries. But considering how the enduring phenomenon gives no indication of abating, nothing has shaken Thieme’s conviction that “ETH is the least unlikely hypothesis.”
“(Physicist) Richard Feynman said the most powerful thing in the world is an anomalous fact,” Thieme says. “’If this is true, what else must be true?’ I understand what the data is, but what is the big picture, what is the meta picture? What we want is for people to see the nose of the camel sticking out of the tent; we want them to ask about the rest of the animal inside that tent.”
But after four decades of official neglect, getting enough of the right people to ask the right questions is likely an archaic notion. Thieme remembers his last conversation with Richard Hall, the meticulous researcher who died in 2009. He asked Hall, who had spent much of his lifetime working bureaucracy’s endless checkerboard, what he saw as the next move.
“He said, ‘It’s probably not up to us — it’s up to them.’” Obviously, Hall wasn’t referring to the government.
June 29, 1964 - Businessman Beauford E. Parham was driving home in the late evening, and was near Lavonia in northeast Georgia, when he spotted a very bright light in the sky coming directly toward his car.
The next instant it was directly in front of his headlights - a top-shaped object, spinning and emitting a hissing sound "like a million snakes."
It was amber-colored, about 6 feet tall and 8 feet wide, with a mast-like protrusion on top and small portholes around the bottom through which "flames" were visible.
The UFO disappeared, then quickly reappeared and stayed directly in front of the car, just in front of the lights (estimated 5 feet), for at least a mile while the car was traveling at 65 mph.
The top of the UFO was tilted toward Parham, who said he followed it in a "near trance-like state."
Next the UFO went up over the car leaving a strong odor like embalming fluid and a gaseous vapor.
Then the UFO appeared for the third time, again heading directly toward the car; the motor began to miss and Parham stopped.
The UFO spun "like crazy" and then took off, disappearing in a "split second."
Parham began to feel a burning sensation on his arms, so he drove to an air base and reported the incident to FAA officials. They reportedly detected some radioactivity on the car (no formal report made).
Parham's arms continued to burn even after he washed them. An oily substance on the car persisted after many washings, the car hood was warped with bubbled up paint, and the radiator and hoses deteriorated after the incident.