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UFO Casebook Magazine 475, Issue date, 09-19-11

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Professor’s Study of ‘UFO Religion’ Helps Him Stand Out in the Classroom
Cade Cannon, professor of anthropology, uses his experiences with alternative religions and beliefs to teach his students to have open minds. (Rebecca Croomes / ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR)
Published: 2:02 PM 9/15/2011

by Anna Claire Conrad / STAFF WRITER The Auburn Plainsman

One of Auburn’s newest professors has brought a universal perspective to his classroom. His work deals with UFOs.

Originally from Seattle, Cade Cannon, professor of anthropology, graduated from Auburn in 2006 with a bachelor’s in psychology.

Cannon said he obtained his master’s in cultural anthropology from the University of Washington and is currently working toward his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology.

Cannon said he holds a special interest in the study of a religion that originated in France in the 1970s and revolves around the belief in UFOs.

“It is an atheistic, scientific religion that uses the Bible as a text,” Cannon said. “It supports the idea that all of the messages in the Bible did happen, but that these tales are evidence of people from ancient times trying to explain a scientific event to the best of their abilities. So, it comes across as miraculous when it actually is the best way they could describe their experiences.”

Cannon said he found that people who are religious are more open to things that are beyond comprehension.

“Science has answered a lot of questions, but it also has a particular way of looking at things that makes it hard for people to think about things that they can’t explain or justify,” Cannon said. “Religion, in a lot of cases, is more open to the things that society sees as being paranormal or supernatural.”

Though he has traveled around the world, most of Cannon’s studies take place in Montreal.

“In France, this religion is seen as a cult, so many people who believe it or practice it are discriminated against,” Cannon said. “In some cases, people have even lost their jobs. So to escape this prejudice, a lot of people have immigrated to the Quebec region of Canada so they can freely practice this religion.”

Cannon said he also studies people who claim to have been abducted by aliens.

Cannon conducts more qualitative work as opposed to physically examining evidence sites.

“I talk to them and let them explain their story, and then I compare this to what I know about psychology and also to the stories of other people I’ve interviewed,” Cannon said. “I often find correlations between several different contactees and the words they use to explain their experience.”

Cannon said he will not be able to delve deeply into the subject because of time limitations, but he will spend a few days in his classes discussing abductions and the UFO religion.

Angel Garrison, sophomore in anthropology, said Cannon stands out from other faculty members.

“He’s a really good teacher because he likes what he does,” Garrison said. “He does more than just hand out materials and teach from the book for the tests. He gets a discussion going, and he makes us think.”

Garrison said Cannon does not only teach his students, but has a desire to learn from them as well.

“I want my students to have an open mind,” Cannon said. “That’s the most efficient way to learn.”

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1968 UFO over Cherry Hill, New Jersey Reported
UFO Depiction
Published: 1:57 PM 9/15/2011

Cherry Hill, New Jersey - 07-12-1968

Longitude: -74.996106 - Latitude: 39.902342

Shape: Blimp, Cigar

Duration: 00:10:00

Distance: 100 feet or less

Report made 9/15/2011. Event took place in late afternoon, June or July of 1968, in housing area called Scarborough Farms, a subdivision of 1/4 acre lots/homes in Cherry Hill, NJ.

I had stepped outside to my front yard to tend to our dog. Between our house and that of our neighbor, which is about 40' from their front door to our front door, I suddenly saw a large, c. 30' x 15' cigar-shaped object, light grey metal, silently hovering between our two houses.

It was about 10' above the roof lines. It had four very large square windows, positioned left to right on the object, each a different pastel color: one each-pink, yellow, green, blue.

All were opaque - I could not see inside. It was totally silent, and motionless. I quickly went inside to call my five-year-old son to come and see it.

He remembers it to this day. We both had time to watch it together, I waved to whomever was inside it, in a foolish attempt to be friendly, as there was clearly no harm intended to us.

Within a few seconds of my waving, it made a silent and extraordinarily rapid ascent off to my right, at about a 50 degree angle up into the sky, until it was roughly about a few hundred feet away.

Just as quickly, it made an abrupt turn and ascent to its left, at about a 90 degree angle and disappeared from view.

The entire ascent time, from the position of hovering to being out of sight was less than 2-3 seconds.

The entire experience lasted about 10 minutes. I immediately went into the house and called the Cherry Hill police department to report the sighting.

The officer who answered my call was very impatient, and told me to " ...get off the phone, lady."

"We've already had over 200 calls reporting it..."

I have waited this long to report it, 9/15/2011, as sightings and UFOs are still not an accepted topic of conversation in my circle of friends or relatives.

My son who saw the UFO, is now 48, and a lawyer in Columbus, OH, and still affirms that he saw the UFO and knew it to be just that, a UFO.

I report it now because some years later, in 1989, I had another experience while living in Dayton, OH, which I firmly believe was an abduction experience.

It troubles me, as I have no way of verifying that it was abduction. I am now 72, college educated and with some graduate education, and feel that I am not easily fooled by sensationalist thinking.

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Abduction Attempt: High-speed UFO Chase on Territory Highway
UFO video frame grab
Published: 16 Sep, 2011 10:51 AM


A Territory man was involved in a wild UFO chase on the Stuart Highway in a desperate bid to avoid abduction.

The man, who only wants to be known as Aiden said he was about an hour south of Tennant Creek, when a bright light approached him from behind.

"I was traveling south of Tennant Creek on my way to Melbourne. I had left Tennant around 3.30am after spending the night there and about an hour after I had set off I looked in my side mirror and noticed a light behind me.

"I thought nothing of it as it was probably another car."

Aiden said he noticed the light getting brighter.

"I thought geez they must be driving fast as I was doing 120 kph.

"When I looked again after a few minutes the light was really bright but it was in the bloody sky."

Aiden said when he noticed the light was not coming from another car or truck behind him he "started to get freaked out and put the foot down a bit more".

"Then I looked back again and this time the light was huge and the most brightest light I had ever seen but the strange thing is that the light had like an orange colour to it but was white at the same time.

"The light was about the size of a large car and stayed with me for around 20 to 30 minutes.

"There was also like a faint drone as well but at the time I put it down to road noise but who knows."

Aiden said he was sure the mysterious light was not another car when he came to a windy stretch of road.

"I went around a bend on the road (and) it was still behind me in the same spot even when the road went left and right," he said.

"It was I suppose about 700 to 800 metres behind me in the sky.

"I said to myself: No, no, not me, go and take someone else, I am not interested."

Aiden said when he looked in the mirror again the light had suddenly disappeared.

"It was gone... completely, so I stopped got out and there was no light to be seen anywhere at all," he said.

"That freaked me out heaps and in some strange way got me hooked as well due to witnessing something that was incredible to see and thinking this is not from here."

Territory top UFOlogist Alan Ferguson said the sighting was not a surprise.

"This has happened many times to people traveling down the track here in the Northern Territory," he said.

He said two of his friends have had a simular experience a couple years ago when they were heading to UFO hotspot Wycliffe Well, south of Tennant Creek.

"They were travelling late at night and the same thing happened that a light started to follow them.

"As it got close they would freak out then the light would go back for awhile then speed up.

"Then - just like Aiden's sighting - it just disappeared without a trace."

Mr Ferguson said sightings of lights in the sky at the Wycliffe Well area have been around for tens of thousands of years.

"The Aborigines called them 'min min'lights," he said.

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How to Ask About UFOs Without the Ridicule or Laughter
UFO Depiction
Published: 3:01 PM 9/15/2011

written by Chris Holly

Long ago I learned how society reacts to the subject of UFOs, aliens or anything at all to do with most subjects of the paranormal. The first lesson for me was you can never just bring it up like other subjects; you have to pick your opportunities and timing with great care.

I learned the hard way how to handle the art of conversation with my fellow humans about subjects considered unknown by trial and error. Mostly error!

The first lesson for me was to never bring up anything considered paranormal in a party or group setting. That will get you humiliated and ridiculed in record time.

Even if there are people at the gathering who would be interested in discussing these subjects you always have that one huge loudmouth who quickly uses the opportunity to draw attention to them by way of insulting or pointing a finger at anyone who brings up a subject the moron does not understand or have any knowledge about.

That is how this type of person operates. In order to protect their own ignorance they quickly ridicule or point a negative finger at those who brings up things they have no information about or that frighten them. This quickly ends the conversation as society always sides with the bully giving up the chance for growth in order to fit in with the crowd.

It is obvious to anyone who has found themselves in this type of scenario that the public tends to easily be bullied by the loud mouth fools instead of standing up to this behavior out of fear the bully may turn on them. It’s a shame but it is the way of the world.

The paranormal is a clear and perfect example of this mentality. No one wants to be on the receiving end of an attack of ridicule and rejection. It is far easier to stay clear of subjects like UFOs or ghosts as showing interest in them in a large group of people may seriously rock the boat!

Lesson one for me would be never bring up a topic of the unknown in a large group of people as without question you will hit on a few fools who will quickly shut down the subject matter with ridicule, insult and humiliation before any information can be shared.

People quickly shy away from anything that will attract the dagger of the bullies who attack what they do not know. Parties and large groups are not the place to find out if anyone has recently had a strange event or sighting.

Lesson two would be to not waste time or energy on hard core skeptics. Skeptics will fight to the death to not expand their limited thinking or opinions. They are extremely close-minded people without much vision past a very black and white concept of all things. I pretty much find skeptic type personalities a complete waste of my time regardless of the subject matter.

If a skeptic does not want to consider subjects strange or unknown that is their right. If a skeptic wants to live in a tightly closed bubble, that is their choice. It is my right and my choice not to waste my time with people who are closed off and limited in their view of what goes on around them.

With all of that said I never discuss the unknown with a skeptic nor do I ask for their opinions or try to convince them of a new way of thinking. I do not have time for skeptics. Spending time trying to pry open a skeptics mind is time wasted that I could be using to talk to those who may have something of interest to add to the ongoing area of unidentified objects that are being seen all over the world.

I would much rather hear about an experience someone had that is not understood than waste my time on someone complaining how things we do not yet understand can never be.

Lesson three for me was to learn not to label the unknown when sharing a strange event. I would call this the No Fear approach.

I learned by experience that if you are standing with people around you and everyone is sharing a very strange event or viewing an odd object to never blurt out: “Hey, look at that UFO,” or "Is that thing over there in the dark glowing a ghost?"

This immediately frightens those who may be sharing the experience with you. Once they are frightened they reject what they are seeing and close down to what they are viewing. They will immediately label it as a known like a bird, comet or balloon. I always opt for simply pointing and asking "What is that?" They seem to react in a far more open way to that method.

I find this approach gives the people seeing the event a calmer mind to view what is before them which will end with a far more detailed sighting of what they are looking at. If they look with an open mind instead of a fearful eye they will be able to take in more than if they are terrified.

Usually I only talk about the subjects considered paranormal on a one to one basis. I never place anyone in a situation where they are uncomfortable. When I do have a conversation with someone I always try to make it clear I view most of the unknown just as science or facts we simply have not yet learned. I try to make it a place of interest concerning subjects we have no answers to now but someday will have solid truths to it all.

I never continue talking about the unknown with anyone unless they pursue the conversation. If they are willing to talk I am a focused interested listener. I always admit to those who do not know that I am a paranormal writer who is known for the fact I protect the identify of those I write about.

I explain I am only interested in the information I find, not in destroying someone's privacy. I am after the details and facts and find no reason at all to disturb someone's life by demanding personal information.

When I do have a one on one conversation with a person I never walk head on about anything paranormal. If I want to see what stance the person has on these subjects. I may say an off handed remark about something I read or heard considering a sighting to see where on the fence the person I am talking to sits on the subjects. If they roll their eyes and laugh I change the subject. If they seem interested or concerned I may continue the conversation.

This method along with being patient has rewarded me with many good people telling me interesting experiences they have had or seen concerning their encounters with the unknown. I learned that you never know who has visited the unknown and that careful discreet searching can give you enormous returns when it comes to what the public does encounter everyday all over the world.

One last habit I learned long ago when talking with people is to be a good listener. In order to absorb anything being said while in a conversation you need to learn and master the most important skill of listening.

That one thing is to listen! Do not think about the smart thing you are going to say next or a better sighting you had, do not interrupt or turn off the person in your head that is talking to you to think about other things. If you want to learn anything or understand what others have experienced you need to master the art of listening.

Once you do start to actually give your full attention to what is being said to you or around you - you will absorb an enormous amount of information. When I talk to people or interview them I concentrate on every word they say to me. With this skill I have learned a great deal over my life time.

To wrap up my feelings about how to find out what those around you have seen out there you need a few basic approaches. First always be open to people when they are talking about all subjects. If you seem to be a person who listens without immediate judgment to what is being said you will establish yourself as someone people want to talk to.

When discussing sensitive subjects like UFO sightings leave the parties and crowds to laughter and fun and forgo bringing up a topic that may embarrass or cause humiliation to someone who has had an incredible experience. Once they deal with the scorn of society the chances of talking about their event quickly fades.

Instead reach out to people on a one to one basis by easing in to the subject matter allowing them to express their attitudes about it before pushing ahead with the topic. You will soon learn how to not waste your time with those closed off to it. On the other hand you will also find those who have seen or encountered strange things who will talk to you privately about them.

If you are a concerned interested focused listener you may find people have a great deal to tell you concerning all things unknown.

I have been blessed by the amount of good people who have reached out to tell me very credible encounters with things we do not understand. I have to be truthful and tell you I have also been searched out by those who are delusional or in need of attention not to mention those in deep need of professional help as well. It takes only a few minutes to determine who is who and which pile on the desk those contacts land.

I get a large amount of email and again feel blessed to find so many good honest people who tell me what they have seen or lived through. I also get extremely lost rambling emails from those who have become lost in this subject matter for whatever reason.

You often find those who are using this subject matter for self-agenda reasons are the very same ones who send nasty emails or write vicious comments about the real events others have witnessed. I am glad when these attacks occur as it is a large flashing neon bright sign being held up by the attacker that they are without question truly the ones using the unknown for private personal reasons. There would be NO other reason to become nasty when people report real events.

This nasty sludge comes mostly from those who have spent years in faking their way with ridiculous fantasy who become nasty as a junk yard dog when others report truthful realistic events. Again to them all - thank you for your flashing bright signs of attack so we can all clearly know who you are!

I hope you all begin to sniff around the people who cross your path to sooth your own curiosity and help make your own decisions about the subjects of the paranormal. You will be amazed what you will be told by everyday people living everyday lives concerning the subjects of the unknown.

For now put down your tech toys when out and about and pay attention to your surroundings. It is only a matter of time before you find you are the one looking straight in to the face of the unknown!

Copyright © 2011 Chris Holly all Rights Reserved

Chris Holly’s Paranormal World - http://endlessjrny.blogspot.com/

Email chrisholly61@yahoo.com Phone: 631-887-4818

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Five Members of Military Witness UFO over Australian Base
UFO Depiction
Published: 4:42 PM 9/14/2011

Australia - 08-14-1990

Longitude: 133.775136 - Latitude: -25.274398

Shape: Star-like

Distance: Over one mile

In 1990 I was on a training mission at an Australian RAAF base "East Sail" Victoria, it was a joint exercise with No.2 Airfield Defence Squadron and the Special Air Service anti-terrorism unit to conduct tactical operations on oil rigs in the Bass Strait.

It was the middle of winter and my section was responsible for the security of the RAAF Base as the SAS used the base as a forward operational post before commencing operations.

It was approximately 0200 hours while my unit finished armored patrol of the perimeter when we decided to pull up at a check point to check an area of fencing and scan the area with night vision goggles.

It was then we saw an amazing display of 4 brilliant white lights in the southern hemisphere in what I can only describe as an aerial ballet, the lights came together in a small grouping and then accelerated into different formations.

The outstanding display was very clearly visible and the base was in full black out and also the RAAF base is not located near any dirty light from city lights etc., and is located some way in a rural area.

I and my 5 man section were in awe of the speed and display we witnessed for approximately 20 minutes and as soon as they appeared they also shot off into the vastness of space.

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Archived Case of the Week

UFO Television Show Based on British Mod FOIA File
UFO The British television show, "Stranger than Fiction" recently featured a UFO case which occurred in 1993 in Great Britain. This case involved the RAF bases at Cosford and Shawbury in Shropshire. This extremely compelling spate of sightings involved a massive triangular-shaped UFO.

One fact about these sightings over military bases is that they always seem to be more than a one day event, and such was the case of 1993. Had it not been for a file received from a Freedom of Information Act, we would have never known about this particular case, which brings up another important question. If they are sitting on one unsolved UFO case, how many more of them are they hiding?

This case is given high credibility not only because of its military and police witnesses, but also is backed by the credentials of highly respected British researcher Nick Pope. He had this to say about the Cosford-Shawbury case:

"This is the most convincing UFO incident I've ever come across. It raises serious defence and national security issues. This is the case that turned me from sceptic to believer."

According to Pope, the UFO in question was estimated at several hundred feet across. When it left the area, its speed was more than 1,000 mph. The only weak link in the information chain is a letter from the British Mod to the American embassy. Somehow it is either missing, or temporarily misplaced. Hopefully, even more details will be released on the case in the near future.

The events of Cosford and Shawbury occurred on March 30 and 31. There were several hundred reports of UFOs during the two nights. Even though the majority of reports involved "only" lights in the skies, there were others of great interest. Another fact that made the Cosford / Shawbury reports of high priority was that most of them were made by policemen, normally given a high credibility rating. Those who took sighting reports were constantly told, "This was like nothing I had ever seen before."

The most common description given was "two lights, flying in a perfect formation, with a third, much fainter light...in other words, a triangle. There is always the possibility that witnesses were actually seeing three separate objects flying in unison, but most witnesses opted for the triangle. The most striking report of all was from a Staffordshire family who stated the triangle was flying so low they ran and got into their car to chase it. The object at one time was so low, the family thought it may have landed in a field. The family claimed that they could not only hear a low, humming sound but actually felt it, like the power of a bass guitar amplifier.

Without hesitation, the enigmatic triangle made its way across the two military installations. The guard patrol at RAF Cosford made the first report, and checked with the radar room for confirmation. There was absolutely nothing on the screen, and moreover nothing was scheduled to go over the bass at that time. RAF Shawbury, about 12 miles distant, was immediately notified of the sighting at Cosford. An experienced meteorological officer took the call, and to his amazement, he could see a light in the sky coming from the direction of Cosford. This light eventually became a structured, solid craft, flying close...close enough for him to hear the low frequency sound it made. The officer estimated the height of the triangle at about 200 feet in the air.

He also clearly saw the triangle shoot a beam of light down to the ground, as if it was searching for something...or someone. The object was moving slowly just outside the base's perimeter. The triangle then suddenly gained height, and shot to the horizon in seconds.

Pope, after a full investigation into the affairs of the two nights, did find that there had been a rocket reentry, which could have explained some of the "night light" reports, but would not explain the giant triangle seen moving slowly in the skies.

B J Booth

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Nick Pope

Original source: CNI News-December 16, 1996

Published by the ISCNI News Center

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