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Your Paracast Newsletter — August 28, 2010



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Incredible White Sands UFO Sightings Explored on The Paracast

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Sunday, August 29, 2010: The Paracast covers a world beyond science, where UFOs, poltergeists and strange phenomena of all kinds have been reported by millions across the planet.

Set Up: The Paracast hosts interview long-time researchers in the field, to shed light on the mysteries and complexities of our Universe and the secrets that surround us in our everyday lives.

Join us as we explore the realms of the known and unknown, and hear great stories of the history of the paranormal field in the 20th and 21st centuries.

This Week's Episode: Co-host Christopher O’Brien presents a return engagement by veteran UFO and paranormal investigator Ray Stanford. The bill of fare includes an incredible series of UFO encounters in and around White Sands, New Mexico in 1978.

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Coming September 5 (Rescheduled): Co-host Nicholas Redfern presents an interview with journalist Jason Offutt, who returns to The Paracast to talk about his latest book, "What Lurks Beyond: The Paranormal in Your Backyard (New Odyssey Series)."

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The Media and UFOs Revisited

You have to feel proud of journalist Leslie Kean. She’s a real trouper, and she’s worked awfully hard to attract mainstream attention for her new book, UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record."

Indeed, the book appears to be the hottest selling UFO title in years, having risen close to the top 50 on Amazon, last time I checked. It may not sell millions, but Kean is surely moving enough product to make a real difference. In contrast, most UFO books barely sell more than a few thousand copies.

As a mainstream author, Kean has done terrific work, providing a solid case for UFOs as solid, metallic objectives that appear to display clear evidence of an advanced technology. The work is buttressed by loads of contributors who report their own sightings and investigations, including four generals.

Indeed, the late Major Donald E. Keyhoe would probably have been proud of Leslie Kean. This is a marvelous piece of work, one that makes a strong case for serious scientific investigation of the enigma.

But I have to tell you that I’m a jaded sort of person. I’ve seen the promise of serious UFO research by the U.S. government or mainstream science fail time and time again. The UFO field seemed to die the biggest death in the 1960s, when congressional hearings on the subject resulted in the notorious Condon Report.

I had to wonder how UFOs could possibly merit serious study ever again, particularly after the doors of Project Blue Book, the Air Force’s investigative arm, were shuttered.

At the same time, I remember what happened in my little corner of the world in the 1970s, when sightings in Pennsylvania received heavy (and straightforward) coverage in the mainstream press. I was working as news director of a radio station in the Philadelphia suburbs at the time, and, yes, I did cover the sightings in my area. My bosses never complained, even though I was also publishing a paranormal magazine. Or maybe they just didn’t notice.

Nowadays, the regular release of sightings from governments around the world has made it quite clear there are loads of sightings that demand proper attention. Maybe there aren’t as many compelling cases these days, or perhaps they’re just not getting regular coverage.

Then there’s Leslie Kean’s new book. She’s made the talk show circuit. Indeed, as I write this, I’ve seen her tell her story in a particularly compelling fashion on Fox News.

I suppose she got pretty fair treatment, though the two co-hosts seemed to tower over her during her interview. I don’t know if they were standing on platforms, or were just taller than Kean. Regardless, she almost appeared as the student addressing her teachers, as they exhibited indulgent smiles as she gamely made her case.

Now maybe I’m being a little obsessive in observing the fine details, although I expect body language conveyed the impression that the Fox anchors were expressing their superiority. Worse, when Kane was done, they ended the segment with excessively-indulgent smiles. Not a pretty sight.

Now it’s fair to say that most viewers probably didn’t notice any of the efforts by the Fox network to manipulate your impression about that segment. As I said, Kane’s case was presented fairly, and she wasn’t asked any lame questions about green men or gray aliens. It was a fair and balanced presentation that, in large part, offered a compelling case for UFO reality.

I wish her the best, because it’s high time the UFO field receives the attention it deserves, even though there are still various and sundry factions who are more interested in controversy and personal aggrandizement.
 
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