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October 20, 2019
Brent Raynes Explores the Life of John A. Keel on The Paracast
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This Week's Episode: Gene and Randall present Fortean researcher and writer Brent Raynes, editor of Alternate Perception. In this episode, Raynes focuses on his 2019 book, "John A. Keel: The Man, The Myths, and the Ongoing Mysteries." Keel's theories about paranormal phenomena have inspired many researchers to consider new possibilities that might explain what's going on, and Raynes has done an extensive study into Keel's life and work. Raynes has traveled extensively across the U.S. and Canada interviewing numerous witnesses and researchers. He has taken a comprehensive global and historical perspective on the Ufological landscape. Raynes has also participated in Native American rituals and ceremonies, gaining valuable insights and information from his interactions with these wisdom keepers. His work has given him a broad perspective into interrelated experiences and disciplines of parapsychology, shamanism, Jungian archetypes and Ufology.
J. Randall Murphy's Ufology Society International: http://www.ufopages.com/
William Puckett's Blog: https://www.ufosnw.com/newsite/
Alternate Perceptions: http://apmagazine.info/
After The Paracast -- Available exclusively for Paracast+ subscribers on October 20: This week, Special Correspondent William Puckett presents reports on four sightings, three of which occurred in October, 2019. They include bursts of light seen below an aircraft by its passengers on a flight from Denver to Albuquerque, an erratic moving blue object seen in a photo taken of the Moon in New York City, and an object with three bright lights in Mount Airy, North Carolina. There's also a report of a low-flying triangular object from January 1, 2014 in Sellwood, Oregon. Fortean researcher Brent Raynes, editor of Alternate Perceptions picks up on a discussion that began on the October 20, 2019 episode of The Paracast in which he talks about one of his books, "John A. Keel: The Man, The Myths, and the Ongoing Mysteries." You'll learn details of his Keel's before he became prominent in the UFO field. Raynes also talks briefly about his other books on the world of the unknown.
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So Just How Many UFOs Sightings Does it Take to Get Some Answers?
By Gene Steinberg
There is certainly no way to estimate how many people have seen what they believe to be UFOs. Surely it’s in the millions and then some.
I don’t need to list any in detail. Just about any listener of The Paracast can point to several cases that contain what appears to be more than enough data to reach a conclusion, yet remains unexplained.
Sure, the field seizes on a very few that attract widespread attention and are explored extensively in articles and books. Certainly the Socorro, NM sighting from April 24, 1964 is regarded as one of the most compelling. The supposed crash of a UFO at Roswell, NM in 1947 less so, in my opinion, even though it’s a cultural phenomenon. After such worthy researchers as Kevin D. Randle have given the case a new look, some of the presumed certainties aren’t so certain.
Over the years you can point to lots of sightings that continue to mystify, such as the UFOs seen over Washington, DC in 1952.
I don’t need to go on. You get the picture. A wealth of information has been collected over the years, not just beginning in 1947 but way back through recorded history.
The question is this: Just how many sightings does it take to confirm that there are mysterious flying things in our skies, some of which appear to land? Surely there is enough data by now to make some progress in seeking answers.
Yet even those reports of UFO sightings seen by Naval pilots, captured on videos, don’t appear to take us any closer to solving the mystery. What it does confirm is that the military is concerned and wants to learn more.
But all that does is make you wonder: Why did it take decades to reach that conclusion? It’s as if the UFOs were ignored all these years. What about the Air Force’s Project Blue Book and its collection of sightings dating from the late 1940s to the late 1960s? It’s almost as if they never existed, even the hundreds of sightings that were listed as unknowns.
The ongoing discovery of exoplanets, worlds orbiting other star systems that may harbor life, has taken us no closer to determining whether these or other planets are possible sources of UFOs. For now, it’s reasonable to theorize that the conditions that spawn life — at least life as we know it — is commonplace in our universe. That means millions or billions of inhabited worlds.
Assuming even a few of them have perfected interstellar travel, the possibility that ET is visiting us seems quite plausible.
The weight of the evidence would seem to point in that direction, although there are other theories that merit attention. Consider alternate realities, time travel, or even our collective unconscious.
Which one of these are likely to be true? And why should there be a single answer anyway?
Yet with all that data that’s been accumulated by dedicated researchers from around the world, it doesn’t seem as if we are any closer in getting a handle on what’s going on. The suggestion that the U.S. government has the goods on the UFO mystery appears to be discounted by the Navy’s admission of its interest in the topic.
Surely if they already knew some of the answers, there’d be no need for the Navy to begin a new study. Or maybe the truth is being withheld from them too.
I suppose it makes for a good cover story. Sure, the military admits it’s taking UFOs seriously, but that also means we haven’t reached any conclusions beyond the fact that UFOs do not appear to represent a threat to our national security. By drawing our attention to these developments, people clamoring for disclosure might begin to wonder what’s left to disclose.
But it’s hard to believe that the U.S. government knows so little about UFOs. More than 70 years of sightings must surely have delivered lots of data to evaluate. Have they just allowed the reports to accumulate without taking any action beyond claiming there’s nothing to it?
It may be possible that they do know the truth, and we are all being prepared for the revelation that ET is here, and the stories about exoplanets and government interest in the mystery might be moves in that direction.
Of course, this would mean that the U.S. government, which barely seems able to manage the crisis of the moment, has been playing a game of 3D chess all along when it comes to UFOs. That seems hard to believe, because it would mean that evidence with the potential of changing the world has been kept undercover through several generations of politicians, bureaucrats and military personnel.
Is that even possible?
Again, the belief that governments are largely incompetent may also deflect attention from what’s happening behind the scenes. If the authorities are incapable of managing secrets for very long, well they clearly don’t know a whole lot. Prolonged secrecy would require a level of strategic planning and devotion to the cause that seems to largely elude humanity.
Well, religions do survive mostly intact from generation to generation, from continent to continent. I suppose if there is a truth about UFOs that could shatter our perceptions and cause havoc in ways we may not even imagine, that would be reason enough to find ways to maintain secrecy.
Perhaps this Silence Group, or whatever it is, is financed through “black budget” money. Perhaps private industry has been recruited under the threat of a major loss of government contracts, not to mention possible imprisonment for treason, if they spill the beans.
But you have to wonder: What about other countries? The U.S. has no exclusive when it comes to UFOs. Nations run by authoritarian leaders, such as China and Russia, have plenty of sightings too. Would such knowledge allow one country to assert a strategic advantage over another? Well, that doesn’t seem to be going on.
But if the truth about UFOs could change the world in serious ways, even countries that do not like one another may be forced to work together to maintain the secret. So far they’ve managed to keep from firing nuclear warheads against one another, except for World War II of course. Sure, it’s touch and go, but maybe it is possible for humans to work together to hide the truth about UFOs.
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