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Your Paracast Newsletter — April 11, 2021

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April 11, 2021

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This Week's Episode: Gene and Randall welcome long-time UFO researcher and science writer Chris Rutkowski, who will reveal details about the 2020 Canadian UFO Survey, which concluded that "it was an exceptional year for UFOs, as well as being a strange year for all of us because of the pandemic." Chris will also bring you up to date on genuine lunar mysteries. Since the mid-1970s, he’s written about his investigations and research on UFOs, for which he is best known. However, he has been involved in many other writing and media projects for more than 30 years, including TV specials ("The Monster of Lake Manitoba"), planetarium shows ("Moonlight Serenade," and "Amateur Nights"). He is author of "A World of UFOs" (2008), "I Saw It Too!" (2009), and "The Big Book of UFOs" (2010).

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After The Paracast -- Available exclusively for Paracast+ subscribers on April 11: Long-time UFO researcher/science writer Chris Rutkowski is back to talk about UFOs and sci-fi pop culture. Taking cues from such films as "Earth Versus the Flying Saucers (1956) and "Man of Steel (2013), just how would aliens announce themselves to Earthlings? Whatever UFOs are, Chris points out how throughly their existence has influenced our culture. He also explains why the efforts of radio astronomers to locate radio signals from ET are likely doomed to failure regardless of whether alien life is out there. Chris is responsible for the long-running Canadian UFO Survey. Since the mid-1970s, he’s written about his investigations and research on UFOs, for which he is best known. He is author of "A World of UFOs" (2008), "I Saw It Too!" (2009), and "The Big Book of UFOs" (2010).

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So How Many “Real” UFO Sightings?

By Gene Steinberg

An original title of James Fox’s UFO documentary, “The Phenomenon,” was “701: The Movie.” It paid respect to the number of UFO sightings still unexplained after the Air Force’s Project Blue got rid of all the reports that had conventional explanations, or not enough data from which to draw conclusions.

Not being a marketer of film entertainment, I still think the final title is not quite as descriptive as it should be. What “Phenomenon”?

Regardless, some of those classic UFO cases are still being talked about to this very day, even though they may have occurred more than 70 years ago, and we’re still no closer to a final explanation.

Even after Project Blue Book was shuttered in 1969, numerous sightings have been reported. Based on different surveys I’ve read over the years, it may be that some 10% of the population has seen something that one might classify as a UFO. Sure, most of those sightings have very conventional explanations. A light in the sky — or a few lights for that matter — may be caused by lots of things other than the presence of possible visitors from interstellar space.

Most of these sightings are simply not recorded in any database, although the details may be conveyed to friends and families. It may take quite a startling encounter to encourage the witness want to make a report, and perhaps some courage since they don’t want to be classified as a kook.

Or maybe being a kook doesn’t matter to some people.

Even then, if you visit a site that carries large repositories of sightings, such as the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC), or even the troubled Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), you’ll find that most of the reports contain hardly enough detail to draw any conclusions. And when they do, few receive proper investigations to clarify and correct facts and consider whether there are solutions, conventional or otherwise.

Part of the problem is that few UFO researchers, or UFO clubs for that matter, have the resources to mount the sort of research that’s needed. Most of the time, the reports are little more than collections of anecdotes. It takes a lot to actually attract attention sufficient to publish in a news report, or to cause investigators to pay a visit.

After discarding the sightings that are easily explained away, or lack sufficient detail, it’s fair to say the true unknowns — bearing enough information and reliability to indicate something strange is going on — are few and far between.

In a practical sense, it shouldn’t take more than a few unknowns to represent a mystery that cries for a solution. And when a UFO follows aircraft, is reported simultaneously on radar, and is sometimes photographed, clearly something strange is going on.

Add to that reports of landed craft, leaving trace evidence and perhaps involving the presence of one or more unknown beings, and you have to wonder why UFOs remains mostly a matter of entertainment to most.

Of course, the 21st century has not been an ideal time to concern oneself with possible alien visitations. With economic disasters, endless tribal warfare and pandemics, there’s hardly enough time to care.

Even if ET is here, it doesn’t seem our visitors represent a palpable threat to our planet, so their presence may be regarded as little more than a curiosity to most.

Sure, we do have that Pentagon UAP Task Force that’s supposed to deliver a status report in June of this year, but that doesn’t guarantee anything. At best, it may produce little more than a brief statement that they’re still working on it. It’s not as if there will be dire consequences to the defense budget if the report doesn’t confirm one’s hopes and dreams about possible disclosure of an unknown presence on our little planet.

The main intent of the group is evidently to determine whether the presence of UAPs represents a threat to national security. That would mean invading aircraft or drones from, say, Russia, China or Iran perhaps. It’s not confirmation that they are seeking evidence of the possible presence of craft from off-world.

Even if the evidence pointed in that direction, the lack of evidence of a threat might be sufficient to compel the authorities to set the issue aside.

Despite the possibility that the Task Force isn’t going to fulfill the wet dreams of UFO fans with its report, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot going on behind the scenes that we know little about.

Those highly-publicized Naval sightings and gun camera photos are only recent examples of military encounters that have persisted for decades. Even after Project Blue Book went away, that doesn’t mean sighting reports weren’t still collected and investigated. It just meant that there wasn’t a PR front to issue periodic statements as to what was or was not going on.

Indeed, maybe something significant is afoot. Consider the potential impact of former heads of the CIA speaking positively about UFOs, that the subject requires serious investigation.

Some of you recall Rear Admiral Roscoe Henry Hillenkoetter, who served as the agency’s first director. After retirement, he joined the board of Major Donald Keyhoe’s UFO lobbying group, NICAP, for a time and made some positive statements about the reality of strange craft in our skies. More recently, positive statements have come from two of his successors, Robert James Woolsey Jr., and John Owen Brennan.

You’d think the head “spooks” would have access to all the information they require to determine whether there’s substance behind all those UFO reports. Even though national security edicts prevent them from revealing too much, their positive statements are more than sufficient to indicate they take the phenomenon seriously.

Why should they say anything at all? It’s not that there’s a large UFO lobby to which they need to cater for some unknown political purpose. And I’d say the same thing about Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who headed up the Senate Intelligence Committee when the UAP Task Force was set up in 2020. Sure, he’s as political as they come, but wouldn’t that argue against saying anything positive about the topic?

Again, all it takes are a very few well-detailed and documented sightings to indicate something strange is going on. And when prominent figures in intelligence circles say we need to investigate UFOs, that may be the closest thing to disclosure we’ve had so far.

Would it be enough to make UFOs a significant daily presence on cable TV news shows? Not likely, but that level of serious support for serious study is surely making life difficult for the skeptics.

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