Saturday, 9 August 2014

National UFO Alert: Eight states report 372 July cases

 

The National UFO Alert Rating System has been updated for August 2014, with California, Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Washington moving to a UFO Alert 2 or 3 as the highest reporting states during the month of July 2014, filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).
California was the leading high-reporting state in July with 104 cases, down from 107 June cases, 102 May cases, 80 April cases, 103 March cases, 59 February cases, and 102 January cases – the single state listed as an Alert 2 with 100 or more cases. The other top reporting states had 25 or more cases and are an Alert 3. They are Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York and Washington. Those states in a UFO Alert 4 category with 13 or more reports include: Missouri, Colorado, New Jersey, Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, Indiana, Oregon, Arizona, Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.
All other states move to a UFO Alert 5 category with lower numbers of UFO activity. The Watch States – with 10 or more cases – are New Mexico, Wisconsin, Maryland and Nevada.
MUFON released July statistics August 1, where the total number of reported UFO sightings is listed by state. The entire country was moved back to the lowest alert level – UFO Alert 5.
California takes the lead with 104 cases; Texas, 80; Michigan, 36; Florida, 32; Pennsylvania, 30; New York, 29; and Washington, 26.
Those states with 13 or more reports, the next reporting tier level, are a UFO Alert 4 status: Missouri, 24; Colorado, 24; New Jersey, 24; Illinois, 22; Kentucky, 18; Georgia, 17; Indiana, 17; Oregon, 15; Arizona, 14; Virginia, 14; South Carolina, 14; Alabama, 13; and Tennessee, 13.
Our Watch States this month are – with 10 reports or more: New Mexico, 12; Wisconsin, 11; Maryland, 10; and Nevada, 10.
The sphere remains the most-reported UFO shape with 216 cases; up from 156 June cases; 129 May cases; 150 April cases, 131 March cases, 91 February cases; and 240 January cases. Other shape reports include: Circle, 103; Disc, 95; Star-Like, 81; Triangle, 79; Other, 73; Fireball, 72; Oval, 65; Unknown, 61; Cylinder, 25; N/A, 17; Cigar, 15; Diamond, 14; Flash, 12; Boomerang, 12; Blimp, 10; Cone, 7; Egg, 6; Teardrop, 6; Saturn-like, 3; Bullet-Missile, 3; Chevron, 2; and Cross, 1.
The object’s distance from the witness includes: Less than 100 feet, 126 cases; 101 to 500 feet, 133 cases; 501 feet to one mile, 205 cases; over one mile, 1252 cases; unknown, 330; and no value stated, 39.
In addition, there were “27 landings, hoverings, or takeoffs reported and 0 entities observed.”
The most interesting UFO reports do not necessarily come from high reporting states – but those states with higher numbers do account for some of the most interesting evidence to study. While UFO sightings seem to pop up randomly around the country, this list is meant to offer a small insight into where Americans are filing reports.

Detective turned UFO hunter Gary Heseltine hosts international conference of extraterrestrial experts in Holmfirth

 
By 
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

A detective turned UFO hunter is to host an international bill of extraterrestrial experts in Holmfirth.
Gary Heseltine, editor of UFO Truth Magazine, will be welcoming speakers from the USA, Australia, Denmark, Italy and the UK at Holmfirth Civic Hall, on August 16 and 17.
The line-up features Robert Salas, a retired US Air Force captain and 1960s UFO investigator.
Fellow American Peter Robbins will be discussing his specialist knowledge of the Rendlesham Forest incident where mysterious lights were seen in the Suffolk forest, in 1980.
Also on the bill is prominent Italian UFO researcher Roberto Pinotti, Danish researcher Pia Knudsen and Australian alien abduction expert Mary Rodwell.
British speakers include Mr Heseltine, original Rendlesham Forest incident whistleblower Larry Warren, Alan Foster, Steve Mera and Richard D Hall from Richplanet TV.

Gary Heseltine (founder and editor of UFO Truth Magazine).

Mr Heseltine, from Holmfirth, said: “Since I retired from the police in March 2013 to launch the magazine I have been really busy with the magazine which has recently just celebrated its first year anniversary.
“As Holmfirth is now the place where I live I want to make the town my base for future events.”
Mr Heseltine served 20 years as a detective with British Transport Police.
While still a serving officer, he launched a national police database of UFO sightings and has hundreds of records of bizarre incidents, including some that were witnessed by dozens of different policemen and women at the same time.
In the last few months, Mr Heseltine has been lecturing in Melbourne and Sydney before filming four episodes of the Sky TV series Close Encounters, in Toronto.
For tickets email: heseltinegary@hotmail.com.

UFO In vertical descent from cloud base stops over Edmotnon

 
 
Published on 3 Aug 2014 By Zdenek Podsednik
 
UFO over Edmonton, Saturday August 2, 2014

Footage taken from Highway 14 and RR 214 , looking west towards south Edmotnon.

We first spotted this object coming from East towards Edmonton then it made several sharp turns before this video was taken. At the time it was high in the clouds and hard to see and it dropped down from our view in area of south Edmonton.


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Mac:  600% Zoom with X 10 Audio Enhancement

Edit:  Over the last two days Charles Lamoureux and I have been taking a closer look at this particular case.  We have come to the conclusion that this is infact a Quadcopter.  Since the audio enhancement a distint sound can be heard coming from the object. 

Also taking a closer look the colours pink/red & green can just be seen.  As Charles pointed out this is a classic LED orientation. Many thanks for your input on this case Charles.  It's always a pleasure working with you!


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Weekend UFO Festival in Shag Harbour could be last of its kind

Graham Simms and Chris Styles signing their latest book, Impact to Contact, at the 2013 UFO Festival

By Haleigh Atwood
Published on August 05, 2014

When the annual Shag Harbour UFO Festival is celebrated on Aug. 9 to 10 at the local Incident Museum, it may be the last of its kind.
Located on the lighthouse route, the museum is a hidden jewel that tourists often accidentally stumble upon. Despite the remote location, the Shag Harbour Incident Society has seen over 550 visitors since June 8. Unfortunately, the museum cannot thrive on admission fees alone; it is a non-profit organization that remains privately maintained by the Incident Society, a society that is slowly running low on funds.
The outcome of this weekend’s Shag Harbour UFO Festival will partly determine whether the museum continues to run in 2015. Hopes are high and fingers are crossed as the festival is expected to bring in over 200 visitors.
There are many of events scheduled, including two symposiums featuring local witnesses, authors, and UFO researchers. The Incident Society is also hosting the Haligonian jazz band, Unidentified Funk Object, which will be performing a concert on Sunday, Aug. 10.
Although the festival officially begins on Saturday, the Incident Society will be selling a takeout chowder dinner in the evening on Friday, Aug. 8. Following the dinner, the museum will open for a public screening of Spielberg’s ET: The Extra Terrestrial.
On Saturday, Aug. 9 events are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with a family picnic. The annual alien fashion show will take place in the afternoon, leading up to the first symposium of the weekend, which will run until early evening.
The Saturday symposium consists of local residents who claim to have witnessed the 1967 UFO, as well as author Stephen C. Brown whose science fiction novel, Sojourn’s Fall, is based on the Shag Harbour incident.
On Sunday, the final day of the festival, the museum will be organizing family activities at 1pm, such as galactic tag and rocket ship building. Following the family activities the Sunday symposium will begin, featuring Nova Scotian UFO researchers Chris Styles and Graham Simms.
Unidentified Funk Object will close off the weekend at 6 p.m. with a concert inspired by their latest album at the Woods Harbour Community Centre. Lead singer, Greg Melchin, released the album’s track “Shag Harbour” on July 28 which is the band’s tribute to the Shag Harbour incident.
For more information on the Shag Harbour UFO Festival’s events visit their new website at www.shagharbourincident.wordpress.com. Certain events will have a charged admission.

Are Humanoid Aliens Realistic?

 
By Tom Head

By all accounts, Guardians of the Galaxy is well-positioned to become the next generation’s Star Wars. It features a beautiful green-skinned Zoe Saldana, a hulking red-and-blue-skinned Dave Bautista, an ominous blue-skinned/purple-eyed Lee Pace, and so on—all hailing from different planets, and all of them looking much more like human beings than our closest extant relatives within this ecosystem, the chimpanzees and bonobos. How could this happen? How could our bodies naturally evolve on another planet when they have so precipitously evolved on ours?



Noted skeptic Michael Shermer has famously argued this point, and exceptionally well. In his reply to Shermer, Richard Dawkins (to my surprise, and I believe to his credit) cites Simon Conway Morris as an example of a credible evolutionary biologist who sees a strong possibility that if they are intelligent, extraterrestrials may converge along a similar bipedal humanoid trajectory:
“As any biologist will tell you, the hummingbird is a close relative of the dinosaur and the moth of a shrimp, yet the degree of convergence in not only body shape but also vital components such as energy budgets is startlingly similar. If this convergence occurred on Earth, then why not on Threga IX? Now consider convergence at the molecular level, specifically the enzyme carbonic anhydrase. It is a pretty impressive catalyst, serving to accelerate the hydration of carbon dioxide by more than a million times. On Earth it plays a key role in processes as disparate as photosynthesis, respiration and biomineralization: could, indeed, any biosphere manage without such an enzyme? Yet carbonic anhydrase is patently convergent, having evolved independently at least three times.”
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Morris has become known as something of an eccentric over the past few years for unrelated reasons (namely in suggesting that “a rational Mind,” and not pure natural selection, guides the evolutionary process), but he’s no crank, and his basic point regarding convergence as a product of natural selection has merit. We would expect, for instance, that any intelligent species has a large brain, or something we would recognize as equivalent to a large brain; how do we know that bipedalism, bicameral vision, opposable thumbs, and so forth are not equally likely to prove advantageous adaptations among intelligent species, at least those that develop on land? We don’t—because when it comes to technologically advanced intelligent species, we’ve only been given one example to consider.

Cigar Shaped UFO Over Hemel Hempstead 2004 (Uploaded this month)

 
Published on 2 Aug 2014 By XbowMax
 
UFO spotted over Hemel Hempstead in 2004. Look carefully and you may see some Rods passsing across the screen!


Possible UFO sighting over lake in Germany

 
Published on 1 Aug 2014 By James EDEE
 
We saw this UFO over Lake Constance, Germany


New Crop Circles At: Cow Down, nr East Kennett, Wiltshire / Trodd's Copse, nr Tichborne, Hampshire / Two at The Ridgeway nr Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire & Two at Green Street Nr Avebury, Wiltshire

 











XCom: The Board Game Needs You, Commander


 

This digitally enhanced little tabletop devil comes with a free app to REND YOUR SOUL.
Hello, Commander. Time is short: the Council needs you, your Chief Scientist, Central Officer and Squad Leader to get it together, because last mission ended ... well, let's just say that Sectoids skinning our soldiers alive and turning them into decorative hats is not what we had in mind when we gave you this job. The technical masterminds at Fantasy Flight have put together a tabletop board game simulation to help you in your ongoing mission. Use it wisely!
This shiny new piece of alien-killing technology can be played solo, or with a group of up to four players, each of whom takes on one of the four roles. As Commander, you manage the budget and assign interceptors to global defence. The Chief Scientist - cue scenes of Dr Vahlen whooping with glee and screaming "BITE ME, SHEN!" - gets to research and build new tech. The Central Officer controls satellite communications, and has the unenviable task of trying to reduce UFO incursions by scrambling enemy communications. Central also gets to control the digital app, of which more later. Finally the Squad Leader assembles strike teams to meet the enemy in battle, as well as defend the human base.
 


The objective of the game is to uncover the aliens' invasion plan and defeat it, before the aliens find and eliminate your base. This is where the free digital app comes in. It selects one of five possible plans to execute, and then sends enemy forces your way to carry out that plan. Maybe it means UFOs will start popping up over South America. Maybe it will start generating crises to lower morale, or reduce your funding. It might even start sending troops out searching for your base. There are three game modes to choose from, not counting tutorial: Easy, Normal, and Hard. You'd better know what you're up against before choosing Hard.
The app's most important function is timekeeping, standing there with stopwatch in hand, watching you sweat. This is all real time gaming, and that means you'd better think quickly as well as tactically. Lord help you if your Central Officer is a bit useless, as without someone sharing all this information swiftly and clearly you'll soon find Mutons carving up a human buffet in your base.
XCom: The Board Game is intended for ages 14+, and should take a couple hours to play; recommended retail is $59.95. You may well see copies at Gencon this year, possibly being carried out in triumph by a bloodstained Matt Lees, but it's more likely you'll see this by Christmas.

D News: What Is Space Exploration Doing For You?

 
By DNews 

People ask all the time whether the money we put into space exploration actually helps us here on Earth. Is it worth the money we’re spending? Trace takes a look at a few recent projects that are helping people here on Earth as we speak!


Kansas City Paracon Paranormal UFO Conference

 
By KCTV

There's a close encounter of a real kind occurring out in Lake Lotawana this weekend (2nd August). It's the Kansas City Paracon Paranormal conference.
 
Researchers and authors present evidence of the unexplained and unsolved. Organizers say Lake Lotawana was chosen for its close proximity to many UFO sightings in the area and because it's likely haunted.
This is clearly not your average, run-of-the-mill conference, nothing like the dairy auditors' conference recently concluded in Cleveland. After all, Cleveland may be many things, but haunted is likely not one of them.
But, we digress. The agenda for the paranormal conference is vastly different than other gatherings. For example, topics that either have, or will be, discussed include: UFO crash evidence, the Joplin spook light, evidence of Bigfoot, unidentified submerged objects, paranormal evidence and photographing UFOs.
But, wait, there's more. A la carte events will cover a UFO skywatch, a Bigfoot investigation workshop and a paranormal investigation.
KCTV5 caught up with one man attending the conference who said he's seen a lot of strange things, many of which he's photographed and videotaped.

"They move very quickly. You blink your eye, and it's gone," Wichita resident and paranormal researcher Bill Spicer explained as he showed what he believes are video and pictures of UFOs.
Spicer has been shooting video and taking pictures like the ones he showed us for the last five years outside his Wichita home. He said whatever it is in those pictures, it doesn't act like it's man-made.
For one thing, Spicer said he can only see if while wearing sunglasses. And, while the unexplained phenomenon doesn't make train alarms go off like we saw in the movie Close Encountered of the Third Kind, it is faster than anything he's ever seen.
Spicer shared his observations with the audience at the conference. He said he's come across many people who don't believe him, but said a Harvard astrophysicist does.
"He has his theories that these are holograms, what he termed quantum holograms."
Spicer explained that means possible remnants from black holes.
Spicer said as long as he doesn't get hit by flying objects, he plans to keep taking pictures of them. As he points out, "We don't have a complete understanding of the whole world around us."
The conference continues through the weekend, which for nonbelievers could be the only thing here that's easy to explain.

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Megan Fox Believes In Aliens And Can’t Understand Why You Don’t


With Reporting By Josh Horowitz

Megan Fox is a believer. “I believe in everything,” she told MTV in an interview about her new movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” What does “everything” include? Aliens. Big Foot a.k.a. “a large bipedal primate.” And ghosts, which Fox not only believes in, but has experienced first-hand.

It all went down in Mexico City. Fox was just in her hotel room with her kid and nanny, when something visited her… and poured her phantom coffee.
Yes, phantom coffee. “I can’t explain to you why they were making those sounds,” Fox said after telling her side of the story, but we remain skeptical. What do you think?
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A Dogfight Testimonial: Lieutenant Gorman Vs. UFO



Lieutenant George F. Gorman, a veteran pilot in the North Dakota Air National Guard, has gone down in history as the subject of an amazing close encounter with a still-unidentified flying object. Taking place on the night of October 1st, 1948, Lieutenant Gorman’s encounter was one of the earliest reported pilot testimonies regarding a UFO, and remains a classic case to this day.

Lt. Gorman was a member of the North Dakota Air National Guard and upon returning to Hector airport in Fargo from a cross-country flight with his squadron, he decided to keep his F-51 Mustang in the air to log some night-flight hours. So while the rest of the squadron landed, Gorman stayed aloft, circling the town of Fargo. As he prepared to land, the air traffic control tower at Hector airport advised him that there was another aircraft below him, specifically a Piper Cub. Lt. Gorman acknowledged and saw the plane about 500 feet below him. Soon after, he saw something resembling the tail light of another aircraft quickly pass him on his right side.

Alerting the control tower to the latter presence, the tower radioed back saying there were no other craft in his vicinity except for the Piper Cub. Wanting to investigate further, Lt. Gorman radioed the tower to let them know of his intentions, and pursued the the object. Upon approaching within 1,000 yards of the object, Lt. Gorman estimated that the lighted object was small, about six to eight inches in diameter. What happened next is best described by Lt. Gorman’s own words, found in an excerpt from one case report:

“’It was about six to eight inches in diameter, clear white, and completely round without fuzz at the edges. It was blinking on and off. As I approached, however, the light suddenly became steady and pulled into a sharp left bank. I thought it was making a pass at the tower. I dived after it and brought my manifold pressure up to sixty inches, but I couldn’t catch up with the thing. It started gaining altitude and again made a left bank,’ he said. ‘I put my F-51 into a sharp turn and tried to cut the light off in its turn. By then we were at about 7,000 feet. Suddenly it made a sharp right turn and we headed straight at each other. Just when we were about to collide, I guess I got scared. I went into a dive, and the light passed over my canopy at about 500 feet.’”

An F-51 Mustang similar to the one flown by Lieutenant Gorman.

Immediately following this near-miss, Lt. Gorman said he made a sharp turn to continue his pursuit at which point the object was again heading straight for him on another collision course. Just when it appeared they would collide again, however, Lt. Gorman said the object shot straight up in a steep climb and disappeared. Wanting to continue his pursuit, Lt. Gorman also pulled his F-51 into a climb, but it stalled and so he returned to the airport. He was so disturbed and shaken by what had just happened, that despite being a veteran pilot and flight instructor (during World War II), he had difficulty landing his airplane.

According to another case report, Lt. Gorman would later make a statement to Major D.C. Jones, commander of the squadron which landed at Hector airport, that he believed there was some degree of thought behind the maneuvers exhibited by the craft he was pursuing. He also said: “I am also convinced that the object was governed by the laws of inertia because its acceleration was rapid but not immediate, and although it was able to turn fairly tight at considerable speed, it still followed a natural curve.”

The Air Force’s official explanation, made by Captain Edward J. Ruppelt (head of Project Blue Book) was that Lt. Gorman saw and pursued a lighted balloon. Dr. H. Menzel, an astronomer from Harvard University, saw some flaws in the Air Force’s balloon explanation, and additionally proposed that what Gorman was chasing was along the lines of an optical illusion of the planet Jupiter.

As always, I think it’s important to maintain a vigilant skepticism no matter how convincing such cases may be. Nonetheless, the aforementioned explanations seem to be almost an insult to Lt. Gorman’s intelligence and veteran, war-time flying experience. Thankfully, there were at least three corroborators (the chief of the air traffic control tower at Hector airport as well as two men in the Piper Cub) who saw most of the so-called dogfight through their binoculars. Some of Lt. Gorman’s testimony was also included in a 1952 issue of LIFE magazine: “For 27 hair-raising minutes Gorman pursued the light through a series of intricate manoeuvres. He said it was about 6 inches in diameter and going faster than his F-51 (300-400 mph). It made no sound and left no exhaust trail.”

It is also interesting to view Lt. Gorman’s case in comparison to the recently covered videos of Damien Nott in episode 12.04, the ones in which there are clearly some white spherical shapes making quick accelerations and sharp turns. While the size of the objects are difficult to determine in Nott’s videos, it still seems as though some eerie comparisons can be made.