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Your Paracast Newsletter — May 1, 2022

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The Paracast Newsletter
May 1, 2022


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This Week's Episode: Gene and guest cohost Curt Collins present Canadian UFO researcher/scientist Chris Rutkowski for a special update on his ongoing research, the latest developments in the UFO field, and the large role Canada has played in investigating the phenomenon. Chris is a Canadian science writer, educator, and consultant for the Winnipeg Paranormal Group. Since the mid-1970s, he’s written about his investigations and research on UFOs, for which he is best known. His works include A World of UFOs (2008), I Saw It Too! (2009) and The Big Book of UFOs (2010). He is on Twitter (@ufologyresearch) and blogs at: Ufology Research. In addition, he is a book reviewer for the Winnipeg Free Press, appears often on TV and radio, teaches courses on writing and is past-president of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild. He has always been one of our favorites on the show.

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Disassembling Some UFO Lore
By Gene Steinberg

To some, there’s little need to investigate UFOs. We know what they are — visitors from other planets. Whether from one species or another, they are present, perhaps they walk among us, and we need to understand their message. Or at least accept their existence.

So the authorities know the truth, and are keeping it a secret from the populace for reasons known to themselves, concern for panic, concern for the impact to the oil industry. You get the picture.

Others may accept the possibility that ET is here, but they want to investigate to know for sure what’s behind it all.

Still others have no firm conclusion. They are willing to take the evidence in any direction to discern fact from fiction. If it turns out that UFOs are not visitors from the stars, fine. If it turns out that some are secret test aircraft or natural phenomena, fine. The important thing is to conduct a fair investigation to find out.

Alas, you don’t see so many examples of real investigation. Sure sightings are collected, but there isn’t a lot of coordination from one UFO club to another. So it’s possible different versions of the same sighting might be recorded from different witnesses, but the reports can’t be compared and combined to get the most accurate picture of what really happened. And don’t forget separating the real unknowns from the IFOs.

And then there are the cultural memes and myths that pollute the field, making it harder to get a grasp of the total mystery.

I’ll list Roswell as the chief myth, even if something really occurred in the New Mexico desert in 1947.

So the perception is that a spaceship crashed there, that bodies were recovered, and that all this stuff was taken under the wraps of secrecy — somewhere. Maybe it was the legendary Hanger 18, rumored to be located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.

Ah, the stuff of legend. Officially the government says there is not and has never been a Hangar 18, but there is a Building 18, so is that where all this mischief is occurring?

Unofficially, who knows?

When veteran Roswell investigator Kevin D. Randle reexamined the Roswell evidence for his 2016 book, “Roswell in the 21st Century,” he evaluated the case from stem to stern. He found he had to backtrack on some of the reports, writing that there was no clear evidence that alien bodies were recovered at Roswell.

Sorting through claims, counterclaims, and reports from alleged witnesses who distorted or made up stories to get in on the action, Randle is less certain about what really happened. But he still thinks it was something strange, something that hasn’t been explained. And, no, the Air Force’s claims about it being a Project Mogul balloon don’t cut it.

After all these years, it’s doubtful whether any new evidence will ever be found.

One would think, though, that if the wreckage of a spaceship were discovered and taken somewhere to disassemble, someone, somewhere, would have spilled the beans. Sure, there would be matters of national security, Top Secret and above documents, but there ought to be someone with the courage to provide guilty knowledge, something that can be independently confirmed, to reveal the truth behind such a momentous event.

So many years, so little evidence, so many rabbit holes.

If we did get ahold of a crashed spaceship, from Roswell or anywhere, is there any evidence we have learned anything about it? Absent the fanciful claims in the 1997 book, “The Day After Roswell,” from Philip J. Corso and William J. Birnes, it doesn’t appear that we have reverse engineered any amazing new technologies from the recovery of a visitor from the stars.

Well, maybe we have, and it’s all concealed via disinformation to appear to originate from purely human inventors. But that can’t be proven either.

To be fair, trying to reverse engineer any technology from a craft built by a civilization hundreds or thousands of years ahead of us may just be impossible. It would be roughly the equivalent of taking an Apple Watch back to the 15th century, presenting it to the finest scientists and engineers of that time, and saying, “here, figure this out!”

But my other concern about it all is that, if a real extraterrestrial craft crashed at Roswell, what about the other alien visitors that are presumably here? Would they just sit back and allow primitive humans to take control of the craft, arrange for a controlled demolition, or take it back?

And what if it were taken back en route to some laboratory somewhere? Would we ever know? Would those in possession of that craft be taken care of appropriately? Would their memories be wiped with ET’s equivalent of a Neuralyzer? Such a device is not a technological impossibility. Maybe ET does mind control with just a stare!

Beyond Roswell, there are other myths worth exploring, or not exploring depending on your point of view.

Take Skinwalker Ranch, also known as Sherman Ranch.

It’s located on a patch of land southeast of Ballard, Utah. But it’s not just any ranch. If you believe the claims in such books as “Hunt for the Skinwalker,” a 2005 volume from Dr. Colm Kelleher and George Knapp, it is a place that attracts loads of paranormal phenomena, such as UFOs, mysterious animals with glowing eyes, crop cycles, and even cattle mutilations.

The property was acquired in 1996 by reclusive hotel billionaire Robert Bigelow for the tiny sum of $200,000. In today’s dollars, that would barely cover a shack.

Nonetheless, he put his National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS) to work exploring the legends and anecdotal evidence for signs that something truly paranormal was afoot.

Skinwalker Ranch was sold off in 2016 for $4.5 million. Now that’s a profitable real estate deal!

Without going into the possibilities, other than a profit motive, perhaps Bigelow shed the property simply because it failed to deliver real evidence of the presence of unworldly phenomena. The Wikipedia entry reports that Bigelow’s investigative team had “difficulty obtaining evidence consistent with scientific publication.”

In her appearance on The Paracast on April 24, 2022, researcher Erica Lukes said she didn’t believe any of the legends about the place. Veteran Canadian UFO researcher Chris Rutkowski, in his appearance scheduled for May 1, 2022, voices a similar conclusion. The claims lack evidence.

But maybe it can be exploited.

Indeed the new management has obtained a trademark for the property for the purposes of “providing recreation facilities; entertainment services, namely, creation, development, production, and distribution of multimedia content, internet content, motion pictures, and television shows.”

In other words, emulate Roswell, NM in monetizing a myth.

So is that the end of the legends of Roswell and Skinwalker Ranch? Typical of the way things usually go in the UFO field, don’t bet on it!

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