Sunday, July 28, 2019

The Great UFO Death and Resurrection Show continues - Wyong RSL - 4th August, 2019

The Tuggerah Lakes UFO Group Inc is hosting a lecture by leading Australian UFO researcher, author of “The OZ Files - the Australian UFO Story”, “Hair of the Alien” and the Australian chapter author of the massive UFO History Group study “UFOs and Government” at Wyong RSL, 2 pm, 4th August: 
“The Great UFO Death & Resurrection Show: UFO History, Fact & Fiction”
UFOs are big News - the New York Times, Politico, the History Channel’s “Unidentified” and “Project Bluebook”, the US Navy issues new directives to make it easier for their pilots to report their many strange encounters with “UFOs” or “UAPs”.  What’s going on? What secrets are being revealed?
Bill Chalker 0450 892 558
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The Great UFO Death & Resurrection Show: UFO history, fact and fiction
A rough cut summary of my earlier version of this talk (Penrith, UFORIA in the West, 7th April, 20190) will be greatly expanded at the Wyong RSL presentation: 
The New York Times piece from December 2017 which highlighted both the secret Pentagon UFO programme AATIP, revealing its project head Luis Elizondo, and an extraordinary UFO encounter back in 2004, the USS Nimitz encounter, also revealing one of the key witness Commander Fravor, was a watershed of a huge amount of mainstream news coverage.
The turbulent interface of UFO history, fact and fiction - the media’s wild dance with UFOs - case study of Dr. Allen Hynek and the History Channel’s 'Project Blue Book' and the religious impulse - Dr. Diana Pasulka’s 'American Cosmic - UFOs, Religion & Technology'.
Rock star Tom Delonge, Dr. Hal Puthoff and To The Stars Academy.
The phenomenon: UFOs & 'solid light' - case studies: Kiama, NSW, Australia and Port Jervis, USA.

Using science to try to understand what’s really going on - DNA & forensic investigation - case study: 'Hair of the Alien"
My presentation – a sort of personal rough “estimate of the situation” – an overview of what’s been happening and what my take is covered in this photo essay:
The "death" of ufology and the numerous terms we make to hide the "elephant in the room"
 The December 20017 New Times story, Luis Elizondo, Robert Bigelow & the Nimitz imagery
 The SCU report and clarifying imagery
 details from the SCU report
 The David Beaty documentary, the Dr. Masters "time travel" dive & the Nimitz Hollywood "time travel" saga for the lighter side of things?
 The TTSA milieu and the Unidentified branding of TTSA "science"?
 Prof Diana Pasulka's take on UFOs, religion & technology but lets not forget Jacques Vallee's advice to her.  The blind-folded trip into the desert and her account of the properties of the item found are a long way from a scientific account of the provenance and nature of the find.
Here is an excellent example of twisting and distorting real history - the History channel's "Project Blue Book" - Mark O'Connell, who wrote the Allen Hynek biography was not impressed.  While ignorance is bliss - perhaps one can just accept it blindly as entertainment, I couldn't. I spent time with Allen Hynek back in 1984 at his Chicago home.  I doubt he would have been impressed, beyond the initial tilt at celebrity.  Try reading his book "The Hynek UFO Report" for a more accurate take on Project Bluebook.
 Science & UFOs is a hard slog - slow careful investigations of intriguing evidence (such as my Kiama "solid light" investigation" and the Peter Khoury case investigation):
without avoiding the stranger aspects of the phenomenon - abduction claims, "Strange Evidence", apparitional accounts & paranormal dimensions.
Lets not forget the weight and impact of UFO history
A good start is Jerome Clark's mammoth undertaking
"The UFO Encyclopedia"
I was pleased to be a part of it,
but it was a rushed job.

Given the location - Wyong, Tuggerah Lakes on the great Central Coast of New South Wales, lets consider the water connection - the USO enigma - Unidentified Submarine Objects:
Much of my lecture focuses on the Nimitz encounter and attempts to understand it.  
I address this in my previous post:
A “UFO science redux” – the SCU Nimitz report: “A Forensic Analysis of Navy Carrier Strike Group Eleven’s Encounter with an Anomalous Aerial Vehicle” 
Thanks to Robert Powell of the SCU – the Scientific Coalition for Ufology – which advocates “scientific Inquiry of UFOs, USOs and UAPs” – I have had an opportunity to review SCU’s excellent study of the popularly called Nimitz encounters that occurred in 2004. I highly recommend the SCU study which can now be read in full on their site at:
along with some of SCU’s interviews with key witnesses Kevin Day, Jason Turner and Gary Voorhis. 
The report - “A Forensic Analysis of Navy Carrier Strike Group Eleven’s Encounter with an Anomalous Aerial Vehicle” is authored by Robert Powell, Peter Reali, Tim Thompson, Morgan Beall, Doug Kimzey, Larry Cates, and Richard Hoffman.  
Its format is an excellent template for future case studies – namely that of a peer reviewed scientific report with detailed referencing, documentation and extensive appendices backing up the content of core 21-page report.  Given that the total document is 270 pages long the SCU Nimitz report will serve as a foundational reference point for the debate, discussion and further research. 
I have using lecture “The Great UFO Death & Resurrection Show:UFO history, fact and fiction” and the SCU Nimitz report as entry points into a commentary on the winds of change that have dominated the UFO scene since the December 2017 New York Times story.  The story was a dramatic awakening for mainstream media and the general public on the UFO phenomenon and a staging point for the “abduction” of the current trajectory of the evolution of the UFO story by the Luis Elizondo/Tom Delonge and To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science (TTSA) team. The recent History Channel “Unidentified” series unde (I’ve seen the whole series and plan to write further on this.  For starters consider ("Unidentified", TTSA & the paranormal stew July 2019) the Nimitz story of 2004 is being revealed in more detail by the TTSA investigation. 
The TTSA investigation as revealed in the History channel’s programme “Unidentified” proceeds as a fairly standard UFO investigation, despite TTSA general take that the UFO research that occurred prior to the arrival of the secretive Pentagon UFO programme AATIP and the somewhat opaque TTSA agenda, was just a tasty entrée.  The TTSA seem to posit that now all that really is important is the story that TTSA are revealing.  The manner in which they are revealing it is troubling as it lacks the in depth availability of detailed data.  So far it seems that the limited data that TTSA has released on the Nimitz case along with the elaboration of it on the History channel’s “Unidentified” is going to be TTSA’s version of “scientific ufology” – the new TTSA mediated UFO/UAS era. One hopes for more transparency and a great deal more substantive data anchored in open scientific scrutiny. The closest we have got to that preferred position is in the “UFO science redux” I previously alluded to, namely the Scientific Coalition for Ufology (CSU) Nimitz report: “A Forensic Analysis of Navy Carrier Strike Group Eleven’s Encounter with an Anomalous Aerial Vehicle.” 
I was forced to wonder where was the full scientific reporting of TTSA on the Nimitz affair. The outing their coverage is receiving in the “Unidentified” series is intriguing, such as the USO (Unidentified Submarine Object) connection along with the UFO/UAP activity concentrations that focused at the coordinates that the Princeton petty officer Kevin Day describes – 28.91 degrees N 118.26 degrees West – namely Guadalupe Island off the Baja Pennisula coast of Mexico – the alleged destination of the Nimitz encounter UAPs/UFOs – according to Day.  Whether this connection and the full complex details of the Nimitz affair get more fully documented, way beyond the popular media presentations (such as the show “Unidentified”), will for me, at least, be the measure of credibility and responsibility of TTSA’s dive into “UFO science.” 
Of course the whole USO angle is nothing new in UFO research.  
Ivan T. Anderson trawled this era in some detail in his 1970 book “Invisible Residents – A Disquisition upon Certain Matters Maritime, and the Possibility of Intelligent Life under the waters of This Earth.” It became the focus of Carl Feindt’s UFO research, first through his website and his subsequent book “UFOs and Water.” Sadly Carl passed away recently but his book and research is a wonderful legacy.  One would hope that TTSA has examined this research.

I’m no stranger to this aspect as well. I wrote the following in an OZ Files blog back in June 2006:

“UFOs and water – the USO Enigma.

“Recently I worked with the History Channel in the preparation of a programme on Unidentified Submarine Objects (USOs). I described a number of Australian examples, such as the January 1962 encounter between the HMAS Voyager and a large and deep USO that was tracked by sonar doing some 100 knots. The local camera man told me of his own experience while working for BBC TV on a programme on RAF Leuchars base in Scotland. There he saw a map with multiple recorded UFO sightings in the area. He was told by one of the fighter pilots that encounters with UFOs were common. In an informal moment a RAF pilot showed the camera man a photo of a UFO with what appeared to be an entity shape in what seemed to be a dome cupola. The pilot claimed he had taken the photo from his jet cockpit as the UFO flew along side his aircraft. This experience appears to have occurred back in the 1960s, which puts it in the same era as a USO incident that alleged to have taken place off the Scotland coast. In that case a USO was "flushed" off the sea bottom and rose at speed out of the ocean in sight of the crew of a number of RN ships. This story emerged in an investigation I did into a striking Nowra NSW area close encounter which featured RAN interest, alleged radar interference, and a possible attempt to retrieve a UFO/USO! The USO enigma is an enduring and potent part of the UFO phenomenon.”
 Filming for the History Channel USO outing
 in front of the Sydney Harbour Opera House

Given the outing that the USO is having via TTSA and the History channel’s “Unidentified” series, it is worthwhile to describe the striking Nowra event alluded to in my 2006 blog. This account emerged from a UFOIC investigation I undertook with Robb Tilley and Dominic Kelly back in 1992. I also described it in my 1996 book “The OZ Files – the Australian UFO Story.”
Elizabeth C. and her family regularly took their Christmas holidays on the South Coast of NSW.  One evening, Elizabeth stated she was driving an old Valiant car carrying 4 other people (her ill husband - who was asleep and under medication, and had no involvement in the incident; her two daughters, Jennifer (ca. 17) and Robyn (ca. 11 - 12); and Jennifer's boyfriend, Trevor G. (ca. 23, an off duty army officer) and a dog, on the Princes Highway, heading north.   The group was returning from an outing at Darris South, to their holiday spot at Shoalhaven Heads.
The date of the incident was originally estimated as the Christmas period of either 1972 or 1973.  Further information has confirmed the likely date as around early January, 1973.  The approximate time of the incident was 3.30 am. The duration of the event was approximately 15 minutes or more - the time it takes to drive at moderate speed along the Princes Highway, from the turn off to Sussex Inlet to just before the turnoff road to the Royal Australian Naval base, HMAS Albatross (Air Naval Station, Nowra) - a distance of approximately 24 kms.  This estimate is most likely understated as collectively the witnesses refer to durations between 15 to 30 minutes.
The encounter appears to have begun just as the group passed the turnoff to Sussex Inlet.  The seating arrangement in the car was as follows: Mrs. Elizabeth C. (r.h.s front - driver seat), Mr. C. (asleep in the l.h.s front), Mr. Trevor G. (l.h.s rear seat), Jennifer C. (middle rear), and Robyn C. (r.h.s rear).   The dog was on the floor in the rear.  Jennifer C. indicated that she remembers changing seats at various times with Trevor G.  Trevor was fairly certain that he had been located at the l.h.s rear window.
Mrs. C. drew the attention of the others to the presence of a light ahead.  To Elizabeth it appeared to look like the light from an approaching semi-trailer. Then it seemed to move to her left (the western side of the road) and approached the car, like an aircraft passing by.  It was as the object approached them on their left that the events took on an extraordinary turn.   The object, until then, largely perceived as a bright light source, appeared to reverse direction and take up a parallel flying position in the groups travelling direction.   This represented a 180ochange in direction for the UFO.  At this point the object appeared to be very large, at very low level (virtually at ground level) and quite close, off the road to their left. It maintained a parallel course with them for approximately the next 24 kms.
Mrs. C. described the object as large, with red lights under what looked appeared to be portholes.  The red lights looked like a thin ribbon of light.  Mrs. C. said the night was very dark.   At that point the UFO was apparent as a large disc-shaped object with possible “window” features along its length.  There appeared to be a distinct “searchlight” like beam effect that rotated around the bottom of the object.   At least one of the witnesses, Trevor,  the army officer, who was in the best position to see the extraordinary display, was certain that there were figures that could be seen in the windows of the object.
At a point near the turnoff to HMAS Albatross Naval base, the object seemed to suddenly vanish.  It appeared to have instantly relocated to a high altitude and moved in a large arc around Nowra and then headed out to sea, where it was lost to sight.
Later that morning one of the group investigated a disturbance at their campsite at Shoalhaven Heads.  She joined a large number of holidaying campers at the ocean edge. The disturbance was apparently due to a number of helicopters passing low over the campsite, heading out to sea. The member of the group observed the helicopters over a fiery mass in the water.  It was alleged that this object was UFO related and that the helicopters were involved in an attempted retrieval!
Because of their earlier experience and the campsite events, 3 members of the group - Mrs. C., her daughter, Jennifer, and Trevor - went to HMAS Albatross to report their experience.  Instead of a light hearted or unwelcome reception the group were the subject of an apparent high level and detailed interview.  They were told they seemed to be the closest people to the UFO, which seemed to have had numerous witnesses.  The army officer was certain he was told that the base radar had been affected by the UFO during the incident.  He also indicated that after he had returned to his army unit he was interviewed about the south coast experience by intelligence officers.
In company with Dominic Kelly and Robb Tilley, I interviewed Mrs. C. in detail at her residence during August, 1992.  We found her to be an impressive and compelling witness.  We were left in no doubt that she was describing what appeared to be an extraordinary experience to the best of her abilities.  I was subsequently able to interview Trevor G. and Jennifer C. and I was impressed with their testimony.  There seems little doubt that something extraordinary happened but to date official confirmation has alluded us.  Unfortunately nothing substantial was confirmed in official enquiries.  
Getting back to the “great UFO death & resurrection show” that seems to be afoot of late – the Nimitz saga, the nature of the TTSA insertion into the UFO story, the convoluted ATTIP story, the Bigelow NIDS/BAASS enquiries, the “new” religious impulse divined in the UFO subject via Diana Pasulka’s “American Cosmic – UFOs, Religion, Technology,” the media’s wild embrace of UFO fact and fiction (for example the History channel’s colourful “Project Bluebook” series riding on Dr. Allen Hynek’s more compelling UFO legacy), and even the so-called “UFO leak of the century” – the alleged Wilson/Davis “leak”, and even US President Trump’s nods to the subject – all these and many more are like unresolved jigsaw puzzles raining from the sky.  We don’t even know if we are collecting and collating pieces of the same jigsaw puzzle.  But the ongoing efforts to tease out the detail, depth and legitimacy of all these different aspects, let alone the steady occurrences of UAP/UFO phenomena, seems to ensure that there will be a fascinating UFO controversy continuing to develop beyond the limited picture the media are embracing. We live in interesting times.
“Anime Girl & Jigsaw Pieces Sky Art” by Kiro Horime

The Passing of Ron Sullivan - witness to the extraordinary 1966 "bent head light beam" case at Burkes Flat

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Ron Sullivan at 91 on 25 May 2019. He was a good man who back in 1966 experienced something that defies explanation. My condolences to his family and friends.  He was a great help to my retrospective investigations of his experience.
See my link here:
From my detailed retrospective investigation of the Burkes Flat incident. The above imagery collection shows a number of aspects of the case and its investigation. I am pictured on site at Burkes Flat pointing to the tree that Gary Taylor's car collided with, causing his death. VUFORS investigator Paul Norman recovered a headlight from Gary Taylor's car and passed it onto my friend & colleague Dr. Geoff Stevens, then working with the Australian Atomic Energy Commission at Lucas Heights. Geoff showed me the work he did, including tracing with chalk marks the directions of lines of magnetic force on the headlight. The picture shows my hand on the headlight for size reference. The relatively random directions of lines of magnetic force ruled out evidence for exposure to a strong magnetic field. That would have caused all the lines to be running in the same direction. A contemporary photo, shown in the documentary, reveals the investigation undertaken by police and the coroner at the site of Gary Taylor's fatal car crash. A photo from 1984 shows me interviewing Ron Sullivan, the witness to an extraordinary bending of car headlight beams at the same locality.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

"Unidentified", TTSA & the paranormal stew

("It shot a ray": from the Unidentified Episode 6 "teaser")
Watching the end of Episode 5 of TTSA/History channel's "Unidentified" series with its glimpse of the Italian helicopter UFO "encounter" which will be featured later this week in the final episode of this season had me wondering.

Tom Delonge had tweeted:
but reality seems a little adrift here.  Tom Delonge and Luis Elizondo were "briefed" by this person:
(image grab from the teaser at the end of Episode 5 of "Unidentified")
Clarbruno Vedruccio, who according to Edoardo Russo and associates from the EuroUfoNet list is "a physics PhD and inventor in EM field area, later integrated into the Italian Navy, best known for his controversial tumoral BioScanner (which he was allegedly proposed  a Nobel prize for, but now seemingly promoted & sold by himself). He's been interested in UFOs and active with CUN as a consultant and conference speaker for many years. He was the coordinator of Caronia phenomena Civil Protection commitee" 

Vedruccio appears to be telling Luis Elizondo that a military helicopter was shot down by a UFO and he can show him photos.  The photos it seems come from a local Caronia resident Antonino Spinnato, who seems to be a "repeater" in terms of numerous "UFOs", most seemingly dots in the sky.  He links them to UFOs and the mystery rash of fires that plagued the area.  See this link to the "Unexplained series":
You will note that Spinnato describes seeing a helicopter flying erratically with an odd object also seen in the sky.  No reference is made to this "UFO" firing a beam at the helicopter or bringing it down. He describes getting odd skin burns at night time. The photos taken of the helicopter and "UFO" were during the day.  So unless an entirely different event is involved, there seems to be something not right here.
A range of efforts were made to identify the cause of the mysterious fires that were allegedly occurring at the same time Spinnato was taking his "UFO" photos. 
One response to the wave of mysterious fires was the formation of the Caronia phenomena Civil Protection committee.  A whole range of strange events, beyond the mystery fires and Spinnato's "UFO" photos & adventures, were reported - a veritable "paranormal stew." This seems to have led to a deep dive into all things mysterious, with (in the addled spirit of "Ancient Aliens") 'aliens" & "UFOs" apparently near the top of the woodpile of eclectic explanations for some. This seems a thin explanatory leap.  Just because some things are not easily explained should not require a leap to aliens.
But TTSA and the History channel seem to have dived into that loop.
The Unidentified teaser shows a black and white image with a helicopter & "UFO" - a "recreation"? 
The colour photo is of the Caronia location - clearly the same location and at the bottom is one of Spinnato's photos, showing the "UFO" and helicopter. It all seems rather dubious and poorly played out, but lets wait and see what this episode 6 ending brings to this "paranormal stew" which seems a long way from UFOs, UASs & Nimitz encounters, but I'm sure TTSA will explain it all.
Update 6 July 2019:
I located an article on Jim Dean's Veterans Today Archive site  dated January 13 2013 where he facilitated a translation of researcher Daniela Giordano's article  "Cannot (of Caronia - A Double Mystery Still Unsolved". It contained some findings and conclusions by Vedruccio:
"A helicopter of the Civil Protection and a ship of the Hydrographic Institute of the Navy, armed with special equipment, scours the sea with the intent to verify and identify any artificial bodies or points atthe bottom of the sea, which may issue such a beam of electromagnetic waves.
"As late as 2006, the pilot of a Civil Protection Sirkosky helicopter is forced to land on a failure of the blades. Seems to have collided with something “invisible”.
Once on the ground he finds to his surprise that on the three blades of the helicopter something has removed and scratched the paint and the special coating film.
The scientific team investigates and excludes the possibility that there may be traces of organic material in the affected parts, in the case that the helicopter can be collided with the birds.
"The investigation then in progress had found “only” an altered change in the electrical conductivity inside the blades."
"And in a confidential file is possible to read the conclusions reached by the Italian authorities, “... advanced military technologies also of not terrestrial origin, in the future could expose entire populations to unintended consequences. The incidents of Canneto di Caronia may have been attempts to military engagement between unconventional forces , or a non-aggressive test in order to study the behavior and the actions, in an undetermined sample territorial sparsely populated .”
While intriguing the fact remains that there still does not seem to be a strong correlation to a confirmed UFO.  And there is no indication that anyone saw a "beam" being fired by Spinnato's "UFO" at the helicopter.