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Your Paracast Newsletter — July 28, 2019

Gene Steinberg

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July 28, 2019


Author Jason Gleaves Explores UFOs and UFO Photos on The Paracast

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This Week's Episode: Gene and Randall welcome Jason Gleaves, author of “UFO Photo: Computer Analysis of Worldwide Ufo Images Through the Decades,” and “Ufology Umbrella.” In his books, Jason covers a variety of detailed computer images that are analyzed and enhanced using up-to-date processing techniques of Unidentified Flying Objects and anomalies through the decades, revisiting some well-known documented cases from the past to more recent times, including the Paul Trent sighting from 1950 and the “Battle over Los Angeles” in 1942. The book also features unseen and unheard firsthand accounts of his own personal UFO sighting at RAF Cosford Air Force Base U.K. in 1993.

J. Randall Murphy's Ufology Society International: Ufology Society International (USI) - Explore the UFO Phenomenon

William Puckett's Blog: UFO Reporting Center, Latest UFO Sightings & News.

Morgan Knudson's Blog: EntitySeeker Paranormal / Morgan Knudsen

After The Paracast -- Available exclusively for Paracast+ subscribers on July 28: Special Correspondent William Puckett presents news about a cigar-shaped object seen over Los Angeles on July 15, 2019, a glowing orange object seen in Tamworth, NH on July 23, 2019, a bright star-like object sighted in Ronald, WA on July 21, 2019, and a shiny reflective disk observed in Kirbyville, MO on July 22 2019. Entity Seeker Morgan Knudsen brings her amazingly positive vibes to this week's episode, as she fills us in on her latest adventures in the realm of the paranormal. She also talks about the paranormal and her family history.

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Not Frozen in Time
By Gene Steinberg

When it comes to politicians, they are expected to be consistent in what they say, even if circumstances have changed. If the views expressed on one day somehow differ from those expressed on another day, well that’s just awful. It’s just flip-flopping, meaning that people who change their views shouldn’t be trusted.

Of course, the political world is often divorced from reality. You know the old saying about how you can tell they’re lying. They open their mouths.

But this commentary is not really about politics, even though it’s hard to escape the subject when you want to talk about the prospects for UFO disclosure, and possible hearings in Congress to get to the bottom of the cover-up.

To repeat the obvious, some of you feel that I dwell too much in the past. But this is not about old age, but about the troubling fact that many so-called Ufologists do not seem to have learned the lessons of history.

I’ve often said that the chitchat I hear in the UFO field nowadays differs little from what author and flying saucer chaser Major Donald Keyhoe wrote about in the 1950s. He believed that the saucers were spaceships, although he theorized more about the planets in our solar system than from other star systems.

To him, the authorities were covering up the truth, a so-called Silence Group was in place to conceal the facts about UFO reality from the public. Keyhoe suggested that the we would accept the fact that we were being visited by extraterrestrials despite the possible negative impact in some quarters. He even felt that, if the issue made it to the halls of Congress, our elected representatives would treat it honestly. Sure, tell me another one!

Maybe his military background contributed to his naivety about how things worked in the civilian world. Or perhaps he wrote it that way in his books to make his theories more palatable. Alas, he also used the style of a pulp fiction writer in recreating conversations as he spun tales of his great adventures to dissect the flying saucer conspiracy. His books had a style not dissimilar to his own works of fiction.

I met up with Keyhoe in the mid-1960s — before he was ousted from the organization he led, NICAP, because he was a lousy manager — and later on in the mid-1970s.

Keyhoe formed his views about UFOs with his very first book on the subject, “Flying Saucers From Outer Space,” and, so far as I could see, they never changed.

Indeed, if you read a couple of his books, and compare his theories to modern UFO books, you’d be surprised over the similarities. Even some of the classic cases that Keyhoe investigated or reported on are still being covered more than 70 years later.

Hearing the same thing all over again in a slightly different guise has made me somewhat jaded about hopes for real progress in the UFO field. Most people still believe we are being visited by ET, and that the governments of Earth are sitting on the truth.

But with several countries trying to one-up each other in advancing space exploration, you would think one of their leaders would spill the beans.

During his appearance on The Paracast on July 21, 2019, UFO lobbyist Stephen Bassett even suggested that disclosure might come from the likes of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

After all, if any country on Earth possessed guilty knowledge about UFO reality — and was perhaps engaged in reverse engineering alien technology — wouldn’t they want to exploit that knowledge to take advantage of their position in the world? Especially if they were led by an authoritarian.

What about China, and that country’s troubled relationship with the U.S.? What about the UK, India? Well you get the picture.

In addition to the supposed lid of secrecy, there are suggestions that some of our technology, beginning with printed circuits and transistors, may have been helped along as a result of recovering a crashed spaceship. There’s the assumption that we’d be able to grab a few ideas around the edges, even if most of the details of its construction and operation remained beyond our reach.

I’m reminded of a scene in the 1996 sci-fi thriller “Independence Day,” where a crazed scientist, portrayed by Brent Spiner (best known as Data in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) admits that he and his team have been working on a crashed spaceship since the 1950s, but just can’t get past its technology.

Imagine someone in the 17th century recovering an iPhone.

As the decades pass, it doesn’t seem as if we’ve much progress in getting a handle on the UFO mystery beyond collecting and cataloging sightings. There have been attempts to find patterns in the outbreak of a UFO flap, and even locate specific locations where sightings and other strange encounters appear to be more frequent.

But does that help us understand what’s really going on?

It would be nice to have some consistency, but that doesn’t really get us to the heart of the matter. Are UFOs really and truly physical craft from other star systems? If we are being visited by extraterrestrials, how long have they been here? Does it all go back a couple of thousand years, meaning that ET has been a constant presence on our planet?

It all raises so many questions that seldom rise beyond theories that are largely unproven.

Sure, it’s possible that many sightings, particularly after World War II, were caused by test aircraft. That may still be true, but it doesn’t do much to explain older cases.

Nor does it explain why the phenomenon remains so elusive. It almost seems as if ET, or whatever we are dealing with, chooses to remain one step ahead. Their perceived technology changes almost in sync with our advances. In the days when we were first experimenting with heavier-than-air contraptions, there were reports of airships of unknown origin.

The outbreak of UFO reports beginning with Kenneth Arnold’s sighting on June 24, 1947 produced descriptions of sleek aircraft capable of high speeds and impossible maneuvers. But even though our aircraft and primitive rocket ships are able to fly faster and faster, “they” have continued to elude us.

The solution to the UFO mystery almost seems to lie beyond that next fork in the road, the next curve, the next hill, but we still cannot catch up with them.

Maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Indeed, even if we are being visited by spaceships, the technology may be so far advanced that humankind would be unable to see or understand their true appearance.

So maybe we can only perceive a glimpse of what’s really going on.

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