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Your Paracast Newsletter — December 30, 2018



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This Week's Episode: For the final episode of 2018, Gene and Randall present a return appearance from Jan Harzan, Executive Director of MUFON. With the organization’s 50th anniversary coming in 2019, Jan catches up on its history, how and why it was founded originally as the Midwest UFO Network, as Gene expands upon his own related experiences in the early days. Jan also engages in a discussion about various theories about UFO reality. He is a 37-year veteran at IBM, and holds a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering. He’s been Executive Director of MUFON since 2013.

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After The Paracast -- Available exclusively for Paracast+ subscribers on December 30: In this episode, Gene and Randall catch up on a whirlwind year, first focusing on the appearance of Jan Harzan, Executive Director of MUFON, on the main episode of The Paracast. Going back to his early days in the field, Gene expands on his memories of encounters with Richard Hall and Jim Moseley. There’s also an extended discussion on the possibilities of reverse engineering alien technology, and whether an extraterrestrial race might not be so technically advanced beyond developing some sort of advanced propulsion system for interstellar travel. Some key UFO cases during the year are also briefly summarized.

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UFO Disclosure: Drip, Drip Drip?
By Gene Steinberg

When the likes of The New York Times and the Washington Post ran favorable articles about UFOs, it did seem as if the world had changed beneath our feet. After years of poo-pooing the possibility that they were real, it appeared that disclosure advocates might, at long last, get their wish.

If it happens, it will be a long time coming.

Consider that demands for disclosure date back to the 1950s, when Major Donald E. Keyhoe wrote several successful flying saucer books that pushed the extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH). Keyhoe believed the truth had to be revealed inevitably, but his hopes were never realized. Even when Congressional hearings were held on the subject in the 1960s — something Keyhoe always wanted — the results weren’t quite what he expected.

Indeed, the result, the Condon Report, with its preordained conclusion that there was nothing unusual about UFOs, gave an excuse for the Air Force to shutter Project Blue Book without a second glance. For a time, there wasn’t much news about sightings, although things changed considerably in the early 1970s.

But still no disclosure.

In the 1990s through the 2000s, Dr. Steven Greer and, later, Stephen Bassett, ran public presentations that they hoped would open the floodgates. After many broken promises that disclosure was imminent, it was hard to listen to such people anymore.

Besides, even if they got their wish, just how would Earth’s governments go about admitting that there was something real and possibly alien about UFOs?

Understand that I have not suddenly become an ETH believer. I’m just thinking about the possibilities.

The common perception is that one or more world leaders would stand — or sit — before podiums and disclose some sort of truth about UFOs. Maybe an alien being would appear to introduce itself.

Or, as depicted in the classic 1951 sci-fi film, “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” a flying saucer would make a very public landing. Of course, one hopes the military won’t react in the unseemly panic-stricken fashion of one of the soldiers in that film, where the alien, Klaatu, was shot and wounded.

Perhaps, as depicted in the blockbuster popcorn thriller, “Independence Day,” ET will send spaceships to fly above key cities to introduce themselves. Of course, in that film, ET was here to take us out, assume control of our planet, and plunder its resources.

Certainly if ET were evil, it would have likely done its nasty deeds long ago, because we were surely incapable of fighting back. Some suggest there might even be a “silent” takeover, in which human/alien hybrids walk among us and will soon occupy high positions in our governments, thus taking control.

No, I’d rather not consider that theory either.

Most of the disclosure scenarios envision the revelation of UFO reality as a single event of some sort. The time is right, as Earthlings come to realize we are not alone, and thus we are more prepared to accept this truth.

But consider the consequences. It’s not just possible panic, or concerns about our religious institutions. What about the energy industry, which has funneled untold amounts of money into the hands of politicians to persuade them to act in the best interests of the oil barons?

If it were demonstrated that ET had developed a highly advanced propulsion system that relied on some sort of renewable resource, never requiring refueling, would it render oil obsolete overnight? Well, hardly, since the powers-that-be would want to find ways to exploit such technology to their own advantage.

Well, if ET didn’t object.

But wouldn’t it be far safer to slow down disclosure, having it take years instead of minutes or hours? Instead of a single announcement, it would drip drip out over a period of years so that we become accustomed to the presence of alien life.

With the discovery of possible Earth-like planets in our galactic neighborhood, it sure seems that life is abundant. It doesn’t take much of a stretch to imagine that some of these worlds harbor intelligent beings that are far more advanced than we are. To them, interstellar travel is no more difficult than a human driving a car to the grocery store on Earth. It’s commonplace.

Once you accept the potential reality of alien life, a logical question is whether they have already visited us.

Well, you get the picture.

As yet, though, we don’t have ironclad evidence that any of these extrasolar planets are, in fact, inhabited by ET. It’s still a matter of potential rather than reality. Then again, with the discovery of water on the Moon, Mars, and other planets and satellites in our solar system, the conditions for life surely aren’t unique.

So Earth isn’t an accident in our universe. There are billions and billions of possible Earths out there, and thus life must be abundant too.

Consider the possibilities.

Certainly, people who believe in UFO reality are more accepted nowadays. Consider that Tucker Carlson, one of the conservative firebrands at Fox News, displays total respect whenever a guest comes on to discuss UFOs.

During the 2016 Presidential campaign, Secretary Hillary Clinton more than once admitted a serious interest in UFOs. She even referred to them as UAPs. But her campaign manager, John Podesta, has had a long interest in the subject, and even wrote the foreword to Leslie Kean’s best-selling book on the subject, “UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record.”

Despite all the rancor in that campaign, the constant and nonsensical bickering about private email servers and such, I don’t recall her being put down for being interested in UFOs.

That doesn’t mean it’s time for disclosure. But as the public comes to accept that we are not alone, maybe it will come some day in the not-too-distant future.

Then again, maybe there’s nothing to disclose. The authorities are as dumbfounded about the phenomenon as the rest of us. Admitting that unknown objects, which appear to be intelligently controlled, are flying about with abandon, would demonstrate that we are powerless to contend with their presence. That is not an admission that will come easily, or at all.

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