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Your Paracast Newsletter — August 5, 2018

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August 5, 2018

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This Week's Episode: Gene and weekly cohost J. Randall Murphy present former national security officer Walter Bosley with more details of his military background, and what he knew about fellow intelligence officer Rick Doty. You'll hear about breakaway civilizations, secret spacecraft and lots more, including Bosley's UFO sighting. He is the author of the "Secret Missions" series and, with Richard B. Spence on the first volume, the "Empire of the Wheel" trilogy currently being developed for television. He speaks at various events and has appeared on "Ancient Aliens."

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After The Paracast -- Available exclusively for Paracast+ subscribers on August 5: Gene and weekly co-host J. Randall Murphy continue the August 5, 2018 episode of The Paracast with special guest Walter Bosley, former national security officer. Beginning with talk about coffee, it moves to a long discussion about breakaway civilizations and a touch of the secret space program. In a brief segue into pop culture, Bosley also explains why he thinks that, among comic book characters, the Avengers are more popular than the X-Men.

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So Why Are There So Few Compelling UFO Photos?
By Gene Steinberg

One of the major arguments from skeptics about the reality of UFOs is that there are so few decent photos of them. They are supposedly solid metallic objects, and with so many thousands of people seeing them, why are there so few decent photos? This argument would seem to be even more compelling now when just about everyone has a camera in their pockets or purses.

Today’s smartphones from Apple, Google’s Pixel, Samsung and other companies are capable of snapshots close to those from a professional camera. Some cinematographers have even used iPhones to shoot all or part of a movie or TV show.

The results are compelling, and you don’t have to be a professional photographer to take good photos. Sure, it still takes talent to become an award-winning cinematographer or photographer, but the rest of us can achieve acceptable results due to the clever, customer-friendly designs.

Yet it always seems as if all those UFOs posted in YouTube are either obvious fakes or just lights in the sky, the latter little different from the ones you may have seen in books over the years.

If so many UFOs are bright and clear and distinct, why does the camera capture so little of that detail?

Or is that all we’re really seeing?

All right, UFOs are hardly predictable and appear unexpectedly. Few of us would actually remember to take out the camera and hold it steady enough to get a decent photo. But it’s also true that some cameras also have digital or optical stabilization built in, so you don’t have to stick the unit on a tripod to capture a steady picture.

Often, the UFO photos that seem so clear are fakes, clever or otherwise.

In the old days in the UFO field, making a credible fake was no easy task. I remember the infamous “Lost Creek” movie from 1966. The perpetrators of this hoax, my old friends Jim Moseley and Gray Barker, worked with one John Sheets to put together this 16mm film, using a ceramic model of a flying saucer held in front of a car with a fishing pole. Even the description sounds clumsy.

While Moseley and Barker often displayed the film before audiences, I wonder how many people were taken in. I saw it a couple of times at some of those lectures, and it was a blatantly obvious fake.

Decades ago, making a movie with a realistic spaceship, such as the ones depicted in the 1956 sci-fi film, “Earth Versus the Flying Saucers,” required special equipment and a decent budget. The marvelous special effects in that film were created by stop-motion wizard Ray Harryhausen using carefully constructed models.

It was not something that one could ordinarily accomplish with some home-built models, some string or a fishing pole. You’d end up with something as bad as those silly special effects from shlock filmmaker Ed Wood.

But the world has changed as a result of people having supercomputers and sophisticated cameras and video gear in their pockets. Thus it is possible to create a compelling fake without the need of a costly Hollywood special effects studio. It’s the great equalizer.

So even if a picture or movie of a UFO depicted something compelling, it may not be easy to see evidence of possible fakery.

But one thing is sure: We have the gear we need, so where are the great photos and movies of UFOs that will demonstrate for sure to even the most devout skeptic that something weird is indeed happening?

When the skeptics bring up this irritating point, a handful of photos might be produced from books and magazines. It is true some do show what appears to be a genuine flying object of unknown origin.

But most of those photos are decades old, and some are still highly disputed.

Even the infamous gun camera photos shown on TV from that Pentagon UFO Study are blurry. You’d think the military could do better.

Now it may well be that the lights in the sky are the best we can produce with a few exceptions. Maybe UFOs are, as the skeptics claim, the result of misidentifying conventional objects or phenomena. We only think we see something more.

But the most compelling sighting reports describe something quite at variance with mere lights in the sky. Yet photos that accompany such sightings aren’t so clever. Sure, much of this may be the result of the limits of camera technology in capturing a distant and often fast-moving object. Besides, confronted with something unexpected and unexplained, it isn’t going to be easy to stop, take a deep breath, press the camera button on a smartphone and hold it steady.

Besides, with so many people looking down at their smartphones and tapping away, I sometimes wonder how they manage to stay safe when crossing the street. Lots of things happening in the skies may occur and remain unseen.

On the other hand, I also wonder if a camera, even of infrared design, is even capable of recording the phenomena we see in all its glory. Somehow we perceive that light as something more.Maybe it requires an awareness that an electronic gadget cannot capture.

Maybe what we are seeing is something generated below the conscious level, perhaps with the cooperation or influence of an external force of some kind. What we see can never be captured with a camera, but the light itself might indeed be a side-effect of some sort.

That may explain why it will never be possible to take a UFO photo or movie that accurately matches what we see. As I write this, I briefly thought about a “psychic camera” that would be capable of detecting something beyond the limits of our ordinary senses.

Perhaps this is just an excuse for our inability to produce compelling UFO photos that would satisfy even the most devout skeptic. Maybe there is nothing there but lights that our vivid imaginations incorrectly interpret as something more.

On the other hand, if I saw a mere light in the sky, I wouldn’t for a moment regard it as serious enough to rush and capture it digitally on my iPhone’s solid state memory chips. Maybe there is indeed something more, something mysterious, at work here.

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