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  • 1971 Costa Rican Photo Is Prosaic Object
    something Seemingly anything to bolster the severe paucity of substance to the photo case even in the abstract the authors drag in a purely anecdotal report from about fifteen years later October 25 1986 of a partially submerged object very dissimilar to anything shown in the photo reportedly seen in the same lake Only a true believer could feel that something of such difference in appearance and separated by fifteen years could have any relevance whatsoever Again it looks more like wishful thinking than science Both authors have demonstrated far better and more cautious writing than we encounter in the Lago de Cote photo report so I prefer that we not regard either harshly for any problems in the paper The best of researchers can slip up from time to time Only the timid fail to make some guesses or take a chance on occasion And as to the photo itself of course even good writers can miss something like failing to recognize what actually created a photographic image that is obvious to a more visual type person and in my opinion that s simply what happened to their analysis of that 1971 Costa Rica photo Having read the above referenced paper several times I could give a more in depth point by point description of where and how in my opinion their analysis went wrong but this letter is not the place for that Perhaps if Haines and Vallee had taken a relaxed look at the photo upside down they might have perceived the actual nature of the image but that didn t happen so some UFO websites around the planet have declared a photo that only shows something that definitely looks an electric lantern s dual reflector system to be one of the best photos of a They presume alien vehicle With that kind of wide eyed faith in what one merely hopes is there UFOlogy fails without the contribution of hidden adversaries I am absolutely not referring to the authors of the paper but to those who extrapolate well beyond anything the paper says those who seemingly don t know how to discern what a paper s the authors say but equally important what they DON T SAY Even persons who don t realize what s actually shown in the September 4 1971 photo often remark to the effect that something isn t right with the image but I believe that s primarily because the legend connected with the photo has them thinking they are supposed to be seeing a slope flanged disc in sunlight instead of an electric lantern s larger reflector illuminated from above by a two tube fluorescent light fixture Reading the paper one gets the impression that both authors may be quite uninformed if not actually naive about what darkroom techniques could have been used to imprint the image of concern onto the mapping photo film and presuming for a moment that the actual mapping photographer was not behind the hoax even how the image could have been deliberately put onto the film that was to be used in the mapping operation before the film was loaded into the camera Some personal background I decided to get myself well informed on both photographic and darkroom tricks way back in the late 1950s because beginning at age 15 for a few years during my teens I was taken in by the photo hoaxes of George Adamski Well I got as I said at the time fed up with it and learned things that compelled me to publicly expose Adamski s fake photos and movies as well as the ones of Daniel W Fry and a lot of other photo hoaxes since then Those with the will to believe based on nothing but wishful thinking are not happy with my to willingness to expose the noise and well as to help discern the signal in AAO photographic claims In examining any alleged UFO image s it is advisable that we not lean on the hope that we might be seeing e g a metallic UFO as some persons allege to be seen in the 1971 Costa Rica photo but simply look at the image with objectivity asking ourselves what we might really be seeing and how it might have gotten into the film movie or video That is especially important in a highly suspect case like the 1971 Costa Rica photo wherein it is said that NO ONE SAW THE OBJECT In some such didn t see it photo cases we must consider the possibility that the claim is made to divert any possible suspicion away from a hoaxing photographer especially in cases wherein the alleged UFO is so graphic that it clearly is not a bird balloon or insect etc that just wasn t noticed by the photographer I m not at all saying that a bona fide anomalous aerial object couldn t show up in a photo unnoticed at the time and perhaps due to any number of possible reasons I m just saying that as researchers we must be very cautious about accepting the objective reality of puzzling images such as the one under discussion alleged to have been photographed unbeknownst to the photographer regardless of how emotionally appealing to our hope for photographic evidence an alleged image might be So please carefully read and think about the images and all the text you see below Note that in my analysis THE UNFOCUSED FRONT EDGE SHOWS THAT THE OBJECT WAS SMALL AND TOO NEAR THE CAMERA FOR THAT EDGE TO GET IN FOCUS unlike the lake scene in the photograph Thus we can deduce that the object in question was separately photographed with a lens focus at inches close range but with the front edge still out of focus because it s so close while the terrestrial scene was photographed with a lens focused far out from the camera On page 221 the authors tell us puzzlingly that the entire image is

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  • Klass' Infamous Theory About Valentich Incident
    it here from this link http tinyurl com p9jvru3 Thread on The Paracast Forum about this debate is located here http tinyurl com nbk2po7 http tinyurl com pnmjw6h Extraction from Don s post about Klass theory http tinyurl com nzcps9t The debate itself became very infamous because of something Phil Klass alleged We were discussing several then well known UFO events and the case of Fredrick Valentich was raised Klass claimed that Valentich was smuggling drugs because he had 4 life preservers on board his aircraft I landed on Klass Hard in the debate This totally unsubstantiated claim by Klass was eventually discovered by Valentich s family who were rightly outraged Phil Klass Wikipedia entry about that claim http tinyurl com 2gh326 In the late 1960s Klass quietly abandoned his plasma theory and afterwards argued that all UFO sightings could be explained as misidentification of normal phenomena such as clouds stars comets or airplanes and or as hoaxes Clark contends 21 17 that Klass argued in favor of hoaxes more than almost any other UFO skeptic but that Klass rarely had evidence in favor of his accusations this position was echoed by Don Ecker 22 who asserted that during a 1992 debate Klass made unsubstantiated charges of drug smuggling against Australian pilot Frederick Valentich who disappeared in 1978 after claiming a strange UFO was flying near his airplane Other companion links Kevin Randle s compilation http tinyurl com 67ppqpp Bob Jacobs chronology and correspondence with Klass http tinyurl com pt6bf3n Bob also discussed this in Strange Days Indeed episode 306 http tinyurl com otlzctb Phil Klass Letter http tinyurl com q2u95ua Letter was in length discussed on UFO UpDates in November 2005 http tinyurl com pshtt97 http tinyurl com px9w329 where you can browse through messages with subject Phil Klass

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  • Re: Binding Force Detector By Bill Beaty?
    Date Thu 27 Jun 2013 09 06 18 0400 Subject Binding Force Detector By Bill Beaty Has anyone ever come across a photo of the nylon filament binding force detector assembled by Bill Beaty and used to locate areas of reduced binding force Geographic areas I can find the text of forum posts about the device but no photos This would appear with improved pointer bearings to be a simple enough device that others could try it to find any areas of reduced binding force It would be very interesting if in fact this is a repeatable experiment and could point to advanced physics Hi Eleanor I don t know much about Bill Beaty s version of Wilbert B Smith s detector but I did construct my own version in 2006 It is documented at the following links http www treurniet ca Smith http www treurniet ca Smith BFMeterExp1 htm The latter has links to images of Smith s meter and two meters I put together myself The article also discusses my attempt to see if there is still a difference in binding force between the Ottawa and Toronto areas as Smith claimed William Listen to Strange Days Indeed The

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  • This company will be a memorable stock
    stock From jdobrickdd nul Date Mon 24 Jun 2013 14 55 30 0900 Archived Mon 24 Jun 2013 14 55 30 0900 Subject This company will be a memorable stock Stock Symbol ALA N Short Term Target 1 20 Date Fri October 24 2013 It is now 48 Name Alanco Technologies Corp This Stock is Starting to Heat Up This Stock is on the move More to come Next Message

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  • 'Alien Mysteries' On TV And A New Book
    then pass on this book by a retired McGill University professor and instead get a copy of the book UFOs Area 51 and Government Informants that just came out written by Grant Cameron one of two better informed UFO researchers who work at the University of Manitoba Also check out the scholarly research on the UFO phenomenon and alien abductions by Prof Nick Spanos Carleton University Finally don t forget

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  • Mother Nature Preparing A New Home For Mankind?
    Nature Preparing A New Home For Mankind http phys org news 2013 02 comet collision mars html If this comet does collide with Mars next year the massive impact crater formed would eject much material into the planet s atmosphere and in space with more samples from the surface of Mars falling to Earth for us to study for free saving us the cost of a multi billion dollar sample return mission to Mars a couple of decades from now A collision by such a large comet would also greatly alter the climate on Mars naturally terraforming the planet so that it actually becomes more hospitable for human habitation Could Mother Nature soon have a second home in our solar system ready for us to colonize With plans by many countries and private groups to send the first humans to live on Mars in this genertion the increased surface temperatures thicker atmosphere and new seas of liquid water on Mars created by such a comet collision in 2014 couldn t happen at a better time in human history Nick Balaskas Listen to Strange Days Indeed The PodCast At http www virtuallystrange net ufo sdi program These contents above are copyright

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  • It's Not Worth The Risk, Man - Cox
    on Nov 7 2006 when a number of highly reliable airline employees and others reported seeing a round revolving gray metallic appearing object over the congested skies of Chicago s O Hare International Airport That was the consensus description issued in a study assembled by the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena the following year http www narcap org reports TR10 Case 18a pdf What made this one especially dramatic was the circular hole the thing made in the low cloud layer as it ascended and left the scene Debunkers tried to ascribe it to a rare meteorological event known as a punch hole cloud but the NARCAP analysis revealed the temperatures at that altitude weren t conducive to those conditions Even more compelling was the somewhat awkward control tower chatter about a flying disc in the United Airlines terminal vicinity Those conversations were recorded by the FAA and acquired through through FOIA http www youtube com watch v WKfl7ZfFsBw There were reportedly more than a dozen witnesses of whom NARCAP managed to query eight from airline pilots to ramp mechanics Significantly not a one would allow their names to become public The wall of anonymity appeared to crack this week when an ostensible wrestling fan named Sam Peterson told his story to a goofy niche site called Ringside Report Peterson identified himself as a 29 year old former O Hare custodian He submitted his mug shot for publication and declared he d seen the whole thing He described the UFO as silver and enormous and claimed it was just hovering over the planes that were grounded for minutes And then We had a mandatory meeting and were told that we were not allowed to speak with anyone and that included family and friends He stated that photos taken

    Original URL path: http://ufoupdateslist.com/2013/mar/m01-003.shtml (2016-02-13)
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  • AI And Pandora's Box
    Hello List A thoughtful article in the UK s Telegraph goes into some detail on the Human Brain Project HBP which seems to have been underway since about 2005 http tinyurl com aot37zx Mind of its own building a human brain A machine capable of thinking for itself and expressing emotion is being developed in Switzerland Although the article stresses that several breakthroughs will have to be made before the project can even be viable the writer still felt it necessary to lead off with a re statement of the danger of a machine intelligence explosion which in the prophetic words of Jack Good would be our last invention In fact as reported in the piece last year the Cambridge Project for Existential Risk included that danger of an AI Takeover in their short list for study And although the HBP claims to have an ethics division looking at that problem one member of the Existential Risk group seems to think we may be sleep walking into a Pandora s box moment with artificial intelligence that if missed could be catastrophic Cheers Ray D Listen to Strange Days Indeed The PodCast At http www virtuallystrange net ufo sdi program These

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