Friday, June 13, 2014

Digging to the Core, last time this season.

One last time on this theme ... I have to stop this line of blog preparation. It takes WAY too much effort to plow through several hundred UFO case files per entry, and people probably aren't overly fired up about the "research thing" anyway. I leave it behind though with some definite regret, as the work has forced me deep into the phenomenon, and it gets a little clearer all the time.

Still, this "hundreds of cases per post" is nuts, and I have to get more time efficient with packing up the research collection for the end-of-summer move. So.... this one took equal work, but I'm going to be short and sweet with the post.

Close Encounters of the Second Kind: Electromagnetic Effects cases.

Here's what I did: A). Go through the CE2em case files and try to select ones which, as far as my own files were concerned, seemed fairly strongly credible and to clearly involved an E&M effect. 94 of those case files survived that cut. B). Out of those, I looked for the anchoring core of the phenomenon --- translation: the best cases. I picked 27 of the 94 for special "honors". C). to supplement my own files, serendipity led me to Dick Haines' study of effects in cases involving aircraft --- dropping a few which were duplicates of my own [surprisingly few, Dick is a VERY fine researcher in this aircraft incident area which in my opinion is his greatest strength], and added 133 more cases to the clump. Thus, the graph above.

I am tempted to say that the graph feels like it's telling me that the UFOs emphasized messing about in aircraft situations before they began to more intently turn their attention to the ground, but I should resist that sort of thing as the amount of data, and the unknown of exactly how Dick searched out his case pile, puts too big a question mark in this to make such a weighty comment. Still.... the front end of that graph is mighty funny.

I'm now just going to repost the other two mass data graphs from the previous posts so that they are easy for you to look at and compare.

Again, I should just shut up and behave conservatively, but the front end of the E&M graph seems to have the same "attitude" as the radar cases graph, and the middle of the E&M graph the same "attitude" as the CE1 graph. It's like the phenomenon in more than one way got itself established distantly and technologically first, then turned on the Variety Circus Show. ... lots of "dancing" and wildly "showing off" during the Condon Study era [makes you wonder, doesn't it?] and the 1970s decade, before turning the Music way down. 

That turn-down of the Close Encounters [and almost ANYTHING which is really good as a case from the eighties on] MIGHT just be my unconscious fault as far as these graphs are concerned, but I don't think so, and the fact that Dick wasn't finding many good cases of his type either is just one more example that it's not simply some bias I have, consciously or not. {Other examples of these drop-offs come from long-term statistics of the stable-and-able Tasmanian investigating group TUFOIC, from MUFONs case receiving website, from CUFOS, from perusing Fran Ridge's NICAP site, from the fact that GEPAN could find very little after the late 70s despite having national cooperation, etc etc etc.} Sure there have been tons of low-grade hit-and-run reports to NUFORC or things like Filer's Files, but even in the rare instance of a follow-up these cases are almost entirely mediocre. 

So, I believe that the turn-down of quality cases is real. That does not mean it will remain so, or that we should just pack it in as far as new investigations are concerned. 

But I am at least actually going to turn it down as far as these massive data ploughing posts are concerned, so this is probably the last of this type. But I should soften this painful blow by showing you one more great revelation about the UFOs....

At least some of the UFOnauts are made of ....


Just Kidding!! [Lord, only on the Internet would anyone have to say that.] 

Peace and good times, friends.


  1. Just kidding? That's ironic.


    1. "Ironic", eh? Thanks, Frank, a pun worthy of Bill Murphy.

      I'm contacting Homeland Security and reporting this threat to our well-being as a society.

    2. Homeland just took Bill away for questioning. They gave up and released him when they couldn't take the "punishment", they decided not to go after Frank.

    3. Welcome news. Only thing which would be better is if they actually get Frank AND get Bill a one way ticket on Bigelow's Space Hotel.

  2. I am Steamed that in his "Ironic" comment that the flat Stanley calling himself FJR refused to mention the original Iron Entity - Tony Stark!

  3. i think the investigated UFO cases in recent years are of less quality than that in the heyday of UFO. Today most of UFO material i saw likely to consist of 'UFO photo taken at xxxxx' or some kind of grainy video , almost everything is without narrative as if the image itself can explain / defend itself.

    with all the wealth of information regarding past UFO encounters and hotspots, i wonder why there are no amateur study groups investigating places like Cisco Grove, Redding, etc ..

    1. I'm in 95% agreement. The other 5% would say: there are still occasional competent and timely investigations, rare though they may be. Sometimes MUFON's STAR team will do one right. Sometimes an individual like Robert Powell will get his teeth into one, or a Dick Haines, and then it's important to follow through and actually publish the thing in detail. And, this is intuition on my part, I feel that top flight people in Italy and France are doing this now, more regularly than we in the States. The US always led this UFO investigations business for decades. There were always very good non-US researchers, but the USAF and the US civilian researchers were the "lead dogs" for the longest time. Now US UFOlogy still contributes but largely as historical and FOIA work --- this is vitally important, but doesn't add much to the encounter pile.

  4. Something weird just happened here. I was about to reply to a post by "Mrs C" --- a very sane and interesting post about CE2e&m cases, when her post simply wasn't there. I don't think that this was poltergeists or enemy action, I must have blundered somehow and hit a "delete" button without knowing it. This is actually sort of scary. One wonders how much stuff gets accidentally deleted with no independent copy anywhere --- the main reason why I am not quite happy with this internet takeover.

    But to the shadow post: she asked me about the 1959 Minas Gerais, Brazil E&M case. I don't have it in my files. Why? It's a big world. Probably this happened because we are totally dependent upon a letter from Olavo Fontes to Coral Lorenzen for any information, and it only appeared in two of her books. So I don't know what to think of it.

    The second question was which cases of E&M tend to be favorites of veteran UFOlogists? THAT I can answer. Levelland, TX [1957] is the runaway favorite, and can be called the "anchor case" of the category. Tehran, Iran [1976] has become nearly as popular lately. I have, as you can tell from the statistics, a couple of dozen more. There are in these stats some "forgotten gems" such as Hillcrest Heights, MD [1955], the Atlanta/Lancaster, MO pair [1969], and Whitehorse, Yukon [1976]. Their are the famous car stops of the '54 French Wave [including Aime Michell's all-time favorite case], and the double car stop of Toano, VA [1965]. The Colorado Project looked [poorly] at three cases, all of which could be good incidents [Richmond, MI; Dry Creek Basin, CO; and Lake Elsinore, CA]. The latter is probably excellent, but Roy Craig didn't like the car owner and was prejudiced against the case ignoring several rather spectacular case elements in his Colorado write-up.

  5. if there exist a solid UFO case, the iranian UFO encounter fits the bill nicely. Visual , Radar, EM , mlitary witnesses, documented, unexplained.

  6. Thank you for the replies! Levelland and Iran were huge and the Yukon case was really interesting also. I remember reading about the French wave but there were a few others that I am looking forward to reading soon. When I saw the Lake Elsinore case listed, I did a double take as I had just drove through there last week. Makes me want to find the exact spot but that town is so built up now, not sure how successful that would be. Will let you know if I do!---Mrs. C



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