Published: 4:02 AM 10/9/2010
Port Aransas,Texas - 10-04-10
On a fishing trip with my younger brother, we drive to Port Aransas, Texas, at 9 PM, Monday night from San Antonio, Texas.
On the drive via Interstate 37 South, I did notice a blue/white/red light up at about 30 degrees from the highway flying ahead of us at about 20,000 feet.
Having just finished a previous UFO investigation the week prior, I took this light as an aircraft flying to Corpus Christi so I ignored it. After taking the Port Aransas car ferry about 12:30 AM, 5 October, we park our SUV past the end of the paved road of East Cotter Ave, where it becomes the entrance to Nueces Country Park.
We park our SUV tailend right next to southwest side of the waterway pass as marked on figure 1. (see below)
5 October – Approximately at 1:30 AM, we finish setting up camp and go to bed. One hour later I wake up for no apparent reason. I decide to step outside of the SUV to have a smoke.
My brother has been sick so any noise or movement did not wake him. The gulf breeze was blowing to the northwest, so I moved to the north side of the SUV near the front passenger seat.
The sky was partly cloudy with the clouds moving also to the northwest from the southeast at a very slow rate.
2:30AM – At an angle up from the horizon about 60 degrees facing northeast, I see what looked like a fast (grey in color) shadow move just above the clouds over my left shoulders into another cloud. Thinking this was either a large bird or my tired eyes playing tricks, I ignore it.
2:45 AM – After finishing my smoke, I make my way around to the passenger side of the SUV and I am now facing southwest parallel with the nose of the SUV. I happen to look up at three very large clouds and see once again this huge, grey shadow move from the top of one cloud on my right to the next cloud to the left.
I open the SUV’s driver door and start to reach for the camera under the seat. As I am reaching for the camera (I am totally blown away on seeing this), a massive Super-ship quickly moves from the middle cloud to the third cloud on the far left, see Figure 1.
Wishing this would be just a peaceful fishing trip, I start memorizing eye-witness reporting attention-to-detail facts. I quickly raise my right hand and simulate the shape, color, direction, size, speed, and duration of the UFO event.
Using my outreached right hand (about 6 inch long at 20 inches away from my eyes) and estimating the lower end of moving clouds to be 20,000 to 25,000, I measure this Super-ship to be 7,500 feet long, 3,750 feet wide, and 1,250 in height.
The overall shape (note, it moved so fast I did not see the front very well), resembled a cross between an Archery 3 blade Broad Head Arrow Tip crossed with a Star War’s Imperial Battleship.
At the very back of the ship looked like two very large domes (think tops of football field like the Metro Dome in Minneapolis). This machine looked extremely old. Along the sides of the ship were two rolls of blocks that resembled the tops of old castle walls.
Absolutely an unpractical design for aerodynamics, and it was the dullest concrete grey in color.
In fact, it looked like it was made of concrete with no smooth surface, no windows, and absolutely no sound.
It flew from cloud to cloud as if was trying to hide.
In the opening between the clouds, it would almost fade in with the stars above but as soon as the ship jumped near to the top of next cloud, it would fade back into view.
It is possible that the chemical composition of the earth’s cloud may have an undesirable effect on the Super-ship’s ability to stay invisible (think sun hitting falling rain to make a rainbow).
The second direction it moved was about a mile west, 85 degrees up of my location and jumped to the last large cloud at about 75 degrees southwest at a speed I estimate to be 5 times a CRJ-700's 860km/h (535 miles per hour) or 2,600 miles per hour, or I would estimate it jumped 45 miles in ¾ of a second.
2:50 AM – With the interior light of the USV off and with the driver’s door open, I finally find my camera. I turn my body back out to look southeast and I see a white/blue round probe/or a decoy with a little red blinking light on top of it.
This UFO dropped down from a huge cloud father south from where I saw the Super-ship last.
This probe is hovering just below the cloud at about 20,000 feet, and about 60 miles from me. It is blinking with an unrecognizable rhythm.
Note: the following morning at 7AM I noted 5 to 6 Oil Tankers moored between me and the hovering probe, if a crew member was up between 2 and 3 AM working the oil transfer rig that is about 20 miles out from Port Aransas, they should have seen all of this.
2:55 AM – Seeing the probe blinking and changing color from white to blue with a smaller unrhythmic, red blinking light on the top of it, I turn on my 1 million candle watt power floodlight and flash three quick flashes to it as this practice has been advised/tried by the local San Antonio, Texas, MUFON members when they are trying to make contact in our local UFO hotspots.
As soon as I flashed the last of the three flashes, the probe completely vanished from sight.
2:56 AM - Within a few minutes, and what I can describe as my first USO (Unidentified Submerged Object) encounter, a tall (maybe 100 feet in height) super bright, white, double cross USO, rises out of the ocean at about 25 miles due southeast of me in line with the far right oil tanker.
This new structure is completely lit up. It stays right on top of the water and I start filming it (see attached film).
At the beginning of the film, I try to get a reference by using the stationary oil tankers, and then pan the camera to the right to focus on this USO. Within a few minutes, the USO slowly sank out of sight.
Unknown if any other event happened that night. Unknown why this is would be my fourth night (in two months) seeing and reporting events. But it has to be reported.
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Published: 11:32 AM 10/5/2010
The Allen Telescope Array in California is designed to look for signs of alien signals and handle other astronomy projects. Alan Boyle writes: Experts have hammered out a simplified game plan to follow in the event that signals from an extraterrestrial civilization are ever detected.
The new guidelines for dealing with theoretical radio transmissions from E.T. were adopted unanimously by the International Academy of Astronautics' SETI Permanent Study group last week during a meeting in Prague, the Czech capital.
The timing is weirdly coincidental, in that the long-scheduled meeting came amid an international buzz over the United Nations' role in responding to a hypothetical E.T. call. Malaysian astronomer Mazlan Othman, head of the U.N. Office for Outer Space Affairs, said the world body was "a ready-made mechanism for such coordination," and quite a few news outlets suggested that Othman herself might be named the point person for dealing with extraterrestrial communications.
Othman eventually said she wasn't aiming to become an ambassador to the aliens. But the newly approved protocol does say the U.N. secretary-general would be among the first people officially notified if alien contact is confirmed. I'm stressing the word "officially" because the protocol also says scientists shouldn't try to hush up any detection of signals they think might be coming from E.T. Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon may well find out about alien detection from a Twitter tweet rather than an official phone call.
The earlier version of the protocols was a lot wordier, and called for notifying 10 separate organizations about "credible evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence." The revised protocols also make a point of saying that scientists should deal honestly with the news media in the event of a signal detection ... which of course I'm glad to hear.
Conspiracy theorists might say the one-world government "don't need no stinking protocols," to paraphrase a classic movie scene. And it's true that the protocols are not legally binding. But the SETI League found it comforting that the experts declared their commitment to openness in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
"The advent of the Internet has changed the way the world does collaborative science," H. Paul Shuch, the grassroots group's executive director emeritus, said in a statement released over the weekend. "The revised IAA SETI Protocols better reflect this reality and provide a workable means for honoring both scientific integrity and the public's right to know."
Here's the text of the revised protocols, which are posted on the SETI League website:
The parties to this declaration are individuals and institutions participating in the scientific Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
The purpose of this document is to declare our commitment to conduct this search in a scientifically valid and transparent manner and to establish uniform procedures for the announcement of a confirmed SETI detection.
This commitment is made in recognition of the profound scientific, social, ethical, legal, philosophical and other implications of a SETI detection. As this enterprise enjoys wide public interest, but engenders uncertainty about how information collected during the search will be handled, the signatories have voluntarily constructed this declaration. It, together with a current list of signatory parties, will be placed on file with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).
1. Searching: SETI experiments will be conducted transparently, and its practitioners will be free to present reports on activities and results in public and professional fora. They will also be responsive to news organizations and other public communications media about their work.
2. Handling candidate evidence: In the event of a suspected detection of extraterrestrial intelligence, the discoverer will make all efforts to verify the detection, using the resources available to the discoverer and with the collaboration of other investigators, whether or not signatories to this Declaration. Such efforts will include, but not be limited to, observations at more than one facility and/or by more than one organization. There is no obligation to disclose verification efforts while they are underway, and there should be no premature disclosures pending verification. Inquiries from the media and news organizations should be responded to promptly and honestly.
Information about candidate signals or other detections should be treated in the same way that any scientist would treat provisional laboratory results. The Rio Scale, or its equivalent, should be used as a guide to the import and significance of candidate discoveries for the benefit of non-specialist audiences.
3. Confirmed detections: If the verification process confirms – by the consensus of the other investigators involved and to a degree of certainty judged by the discoverers to be credible – that a signal or other evidence is due to extraterrestrial intelligence, the discoverer shall report this conclusion in a full and complete open manner to the public, the scientific community, and the Secretary General of the United Nations. The confirmation report will include the basic data, the process and results of the verification efforts, any conclusions and intepretations, and any detected information content of the signal itself. A formal report will also be made to the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
4. All data necessary for the confirmation of the detection should be made available to the international scientific community through publications, meetings, conferences, and other appropriate means.
5. The discovery should be monitored. Any data bearing on the evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence should be recorded and stored permanently to the greatest extent feasible and practicable, in a form that will make it available to observers and to the scientific community for further analysis and interpretation.
6. If the evidence of detection is in the form of electromagnetic signals, observers should seek international agreement to protect the appropriate frequencies by exercising the extraordinary procedures established within the World Administrative Radio Council of the International Telecommunication Union.
7. Post Detection: A Post-Detection Task Group under the auspices of the IAA SETI Permanent Study Group has been established to assist in matters that may arise in the event of a confirmed signal, and to support the scientific and public analysis by offering guidance, interpretation, and discussion of the wider implications of the detection.
8. Response to signals: In the case of the confirmed detection of a signal, signatories to this declaration will not respond without first seeking guidance and consent of a broadly representative international body, such as the United Nations.
Unanimously adopted by the SETI Permanent Study Group of the International Academy of Astronautics, at its annual meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, on 30 September 2010.
These revised and streamlined Protocols are intended to replace the previous document adopted by the International Academy of Astronautics in 1989. Will these protocols ever be put into practice? Most of the scientists involved in SETI say 50 years of searching isn't long enough to judge whether our efforts to detect alien signals are on the right track or not. It may be that advanced extraterrestrial civilizations don't care enough about us monkeys to make contact, just as we don't spend a lot of time letting ants know what we're up to. It may be that intelligence is a volatile thing, and that civilizations self-destruct before they're around long enough to send signals to other star systems. Or it may be that aliens are just boring themselves to death.
Over at Discovery News, Ray Villard explores the issue of cosmic boredom. This is one of the issues raised a couple of months ago in a paper posted to the arXiv physics website by Igor Bezsudnov and Andrey Snarskii. They built computer models that gave "bonus life" to civilizations that contacted each other — and not surprisingly, civilizations too distant or dissimilar to achieve contact were more prone to die away.
It's just a simulation, but Villard takes away a couple of lessons from this. One implication would be that the cross-cultural effects of contact could be good for both sides. That argues against "the idea that extraterrestrials would devote an enormous amount of resources to physically travel here only to snoop around, be mischievous, yet avoid direct contact," he says.
The other implication is that there may be a "use it or lose it" quality to the quest for contact. "Extraterrestrials may wither away due to a loss of interest in the universe around them, or the atrophy of technological capability," he says. "Their brains might turn to mush as they become totally preoccupied with their versions of Facebook, World of Warcraft and reality TV shows."
Wait ... are we still just talking about extraterrestrials? Feel free to weigh in with your comments below.
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Published: 8 October, 2010
UFO- Unidentified Flying Objects are still the most fascinated flying crafts - though humans have never got a chance to ride one. The objects which are an aerial phenomenon have drawn together curiosity since their first sight in the time gone by.
These “flying saucers” as called fondly- gathered all the attention with their virtually existence in Steven Spielberg’s Extra Terrestrial. Continuing their saga, here come the latest stories from China where these alien spaceships have been seen once again on different occasions.
First came some reports in July, from some airport officials in China, where a UFO was suspected in their radar readings on July 7, 2010 at around 9 p.m. while the sun had set. As a result of this anonymous sight, the airport authorities stuck flights originating from the Xiaoshan Chinese airport for a considerable period of time.
The "oddly-shaped, twinkling bright light” that hovered over the Xiaoshan Airport was a lead to similar incidence while in the summers in Hong Kong.
The most recent ‘flying disc” was spotted in Inner Mongolia’s capital Hoot by the air traffic controllers, on the radar screen. An immediate warning was raised and a spokesperson was found informing, "To guarantee security, aircraft had to land at secondary airports. Otherwise, it may have led to collision."
Many experts have described the latest sighting at Hangzhou's Xiaoshan Airport as an aircraft with lights flashing mistakenly taken for a UFO when their photographs were observed.
UFOs can sure be regarded as something easy to see but difficult to comprehend with no clues from where they come and where they go, leaving mysteries behind for the Earth’s citizens.
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Published: Oct 6, 2010
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A MYSTERIOUS object that showed up on a chance photograph has convinced a Mickleton man that aliens visited the dale this month. Peter Jamieson took the snapshot last Saturday evening from the back of his cottage which looks out towards Eggleston.
Mr Jamieson said: “It was a lovely afternoon and we have a good view out of the back of our cottage so I got the camera out to take a picture to send to friends in the US – I thought it would be nice to show them that it doesn’t rain here all the time.”
“But when I looked back at the picture I was puzzled by a dark object in the skies above Eggleston, and when I magnified it the object was quite clearly a flying saucer.”
The black shape that caught the amateur photographer’s eye appears directly above a white cottage that is nestled into the hillside, but in other images taken just moments later, the object has disappeared.
“It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane and it’s definitely not superman. When you go through all the possibilities of what it is all you are left with is that it is an unknown and unidentifiable flying object,” said Mr Jamieson.
The eagle-eyed villager claims this is not the first unusual sighting he has made. He said: “I’ve noticed lights before, yellow globular lights in the same direction. Both myself and another witness saw those.”
Mr Jamieson said he is keen to know if anyone else has spotted strange sights in the skies above Teesdale.
“I’ve been interested in this kind of thing for a lot of years but I have taken many photos and never seen anything like this. This is the first time I can honestly say that this is, unquestionably, a flying saucer,” said Mr Jamieson.
“I have often joked with my partner that I should go to Smith’s, the road sign makers, and get them to make two road signs, one for each end of the dale, bearing a flying saucer icon and reading, ‘UFO Free Zone’, because of the dearth of reported sightings in the area. Now, I don’t think I can do that.”
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Published: 5 October 2010
Alien Autopsy - Director: Jonny Campbell
Cast: Declan Donnelley, Anthony McPartlin, Bill Pullman, Harry Dean Stanton, Nichole Hiltz
(US DVD: 21 Sep 2010)
By Michael Curtis Nelson
Name of Decedent: Alien Autopsy
Summary of Clinical History
The patient is an unremarkable comedy that tells the true story behind a notorious 1995 film hoax: footage presented as authentic images of an autopsy performed on an extraterrestrial killed in a UFO crash near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. Two Londoners—a vendor of pirated videos, Ray Santilli (Declan “Dec” Donnelley), and his buddy, Gary Shoefield (Anthony “Ant” McPartlin)—broadcast the film worldwide, netting three-quarters of a million dollars.
When the pair travel to the US in search of Elvis memorabilia, Ray meets Harvey (Harry Dean Stanton), a retired Army photographer who shows him a film depicting the recovery and autopsy of an alien. Harvey claims to have shot the film himself, and gives Ray the details of how it came to be made. Ray is convinced of the film’s authenticity and, more importantly, its marketability.
After successfully negotiating the purchase of the footage, Ray and Gary discover that the stock has deteriorated since Ray’s initial viewing, to the point where images are no longer visible. Ray and Gary decide to recreate the autopsy using Gary’s vacationing sister’s flat as the set, and a mannequin filled with various cuts of meat as the ET. Ray and Gary promote the finished film, then sell copies to television stations for simultaneous global broadcast.
All goes well until people begin to suspect the film may be a hoax.
Non-Fatal Wounds; Distinguishing Features
Alien Autopsy displays lively direction, a painstakingly detailed recreation of the production of the fake autopsy film, and good casting for secondary parts, including the actors who portray the amateur film crew enlisted by Ray and Gary, and Bill Pullman as Morgan Banner, a documentary filmmaker driven by ego and an all-consuming desire for a scoop who interviews the hoax perpetrators.
Pullman’s brief screen time points to what the film hints at but fails to engage with any seriousness: an exploration of belief, of the ease with which audiences (but also producers and filmmakers) accept as fact the images presented to them. In a sequence late in the film, Banner can barely control himself after Ray and Gary admit that the “original” footage of the autopsy still exists, partially restored and buried for safe keeping. Here Alien Autopsy suggests that we believe when we want to believe, not because of the intrinsic authenticity of a contested idea or artifact.
The real Ray and Gary appear in brief clips at the end of Alien Autopsy, before and after the credits. Despite their fleeting presence, the two hucksters, even though (or perhaps because) they don’t deviate from the story they no doubt carefully negotiated with the filmmakers to tell, exude a repellent whiff of sociopathy absent from Dec and Ant’s sanitized acting.
Themes latent in Alien Autopsy—the nature of credulity, viral marketing in the network broadcast era, and the gray area where film-making and confidence games become indistinguishable—could have given the film great cultural relevance, given the unexamined notions that have gained currency in the US since the last presidential election. It’s a perennial concern; after all, thanks to gifted pitchmen through the ages, religions have been based on evidence as shaky as Ray and Gary’s story of original footage that deteriorated after the initial viewing.
Probable Cause of Death
These mitigating factors, while significant, could not overcome two afflictions that make the film’s demise inevitable: poor casting of the leads, and a catastrophic lack of humor.
Alien Autopsy is the first feature film for Dec and Ant, popular in Britain as television show hosts, and the two can’t move beyond their wholesome, inoffensive presenter personas. Surely the will to perpetrate a hoax at this level points to neuroses more complicated than Ray’s self-absorption and need to take risks, or his wish to save his best friend from a dull future a as lawyer, yet Ant and Dec’s performances point to no more complicated motives than these.
The duo host “The Making of Ant and Dec’s Alien Autopsy”, a featurette included among the DVD extras that places the duo in their element, presiding over their feature debut, yet the comic presenter schtick is even more tiresome in the documentary than in the film, as is the attempt to present the making of Alien Autospsy fit the contours of the making of hoax autopsy film itself, complete with intertitles saying, “Footage Intentionally Omitted by Warner Home Video”.
Facile humor and hackneyed sight gags also hobble the film, and make character development or the deepening of plot impossible. The interplay between Gary as straight man and Ray as manic comic persona grows tiresome by the end of the first reel, while Ray’s narcissistic, obsessive behavior, in the absence of any insights into his personality, rankles rather than entertains. Ray’s nan, like a character snatched from an episode of the Benny Hill Show, is made to provide daft senior comic relief. She blunders onto the set of the autopsy filming to offer the cast snacks not once, but twice.
DVD extras provide still more evidence in support of the probable cause of death. Deleted scenes, many of them given over to glossing the relationship between Ray and Gary, flesh out the characters, but do so without furthering the plot or addressing the theme of credulity. They were wisely cut from the final film. An outtakes reel provides no more laughs than the feature itself.
All facts in this report are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Also see the UFO Casebook case file, The Alien Autopsy Film.
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Published: 4:54 PM 6/30/2004
Langenburg, Saskatchewan, Canada - September 1, 1974
From the Saskatoon Star Phoenix - June 13, 1992
Some residents of Langenburg a farming community about 70 kilometers southeast of Yorkton, believe they can create a tourist attraction based on an eerie event that occurred in a farmer’s field near the town in 1974.
On Sept. 1 1974, the skies were grey and threatening, but Edwin Fuhr was on his swather in a field of rapeseed (now called canola).
Moving up a small incline, he glanced up to make sure he would skirt a grassy, dried out slough just ahead when he spied something made of metal in the grass. His first thought was that someone was playing a joke on him or had dumped junk in the old slough.
As the swather moved up the incline, the slough came into full view. The metallic “something” was one of five machines rotating rapidly and hovering just above the grass.
Fuhr, startled, stopped his swather, climbed down and took a few steps toward the hovering machines. Then, overcome with fear, he stopped and began slowly to ease back to his idling swather.
The machines continued to hover and spin, then slowly lifted. About 100 feet above ground, they maneuvered into an echelon formation and rose at a much greater speed. Each vented a brief puff of smoke and in seconds. Disappeared over the horizon.
At the controls of his swather, Fuhr was almost paralyzed with fright and barely able to put the machine into gear. At lunch, he was unable to eat. When he inspected the site where the strange visitors had been, he saw five circular depressions.
Most of the tall grass was pressed down, and, in places, was twisted as it would be by a spinning object. The circles were exactly 11 feet (3.3 meters) in diameter and there was unflattened grass in the centre.
The shaken farmer reported the incident to the RCMP. In a few days, a newspaper story brought hordes of curiosity seekers to the farm, all expecting to see the landing site. Fuhr could not allow that because the estimated 3,000 people who arrived would have pulverized his crop.
Fuhr said the mystery machines were made of what looked like stainless steel, but had a “brushed” finish. Each was about five feet (1.5 metres) high at the peak of its dome-like structure.
There were no windows or portholes, no antennae or other projecting parts except something resembling a short exhaust pipe, the source of the vapor the objects emitted as they rose through the overcast.
The Centre for UFO Studies in Illinois sent a specialist to the farm and he found no reason to dispute Fuhr’s report.
Cpl. Ron Morier of the RCMP concluded that the five circles were caused by “something exerting what had to be heavy exhaust or air pressure. Whatever was in there came out of the air and departed the same way, as far as I could tell.”
Edwin Fuhr still lives in Langenburg where he’s regarded as a dependable, quiet spoken citizen not given to inventing tall tales. As one businessman said at the time of the incident, ”If that’s what Edwin says he saw, that’s what Edwin saw.”
Today, portions of the rings made by the strange machines are still visible on his land. About three years ago, there was a report of two UFOs that hovered briefly over Langenburg.
From the Star Phoenix - September 10, 1974
Saucer sighted, no hoax - RCMP
LANGENBURG (CP) - RCMP Constable Ron Morier says he doesn't think a district farmer is trying to pull a hoax with his claims of seeing saucer-shaped objects hovering about a foot over a slough near his rapeseed field six miles north of here.
Edwin Fuhr, 36, claims five stainless steel objects stayed for 15 minutes before leaving. He says there were depressions in the foot-high grass about 11 feet in diameter where they had been.
Constable Morier visited the farm Monday in this community 120 miles northwest of Regina for a first-hand look.
"They took me out to where they'd seen these things in the grass. I saw the rings..." "Something was there and I doubt it was a hoax. There was no indication anything had been wheeled in or out and Mr. Fuhr seemed genuinely scared."
Constable Morier took photographs and measurements and sent his information to the National Research Council in Ottawa.
"Some farmers are afraid to work in their fields," the Constable said, "At least that's what I hear on coffee row."
Mr. Fuhr says he got down from his swather and moved to within 15 feet of the objects.
"All of a sudden I noticed the grass was moving... turning near this thing. I just watched it for about two minutes and then noticed the whole thing was turning."
"I backed up slow. I wasn't going to turn my back on the thing. When I got back to the swather, I noticed there were another four to the left of me, all revolving. I just froze on the seat and didn't move."
"I was terrified. I froze. I couldn't do anything."
"Then they took off (after 15 minutes)... straight up. There was a grey vapor coming from underneath them and a strong wind. I had to hang on to my hat and it knocked the rape down."
It took two minutes for the objects to disappear into the clouds and another two minutes for Mr. Fuhr to come down from his swather.
"I wanted to be sure they were gone."
He then explained the circular depressions left by the objects. "I felt the grass to see if it was warm. There was nothing you could feel and there wasn't any smell."
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