Area 51 photographed “legally” by private pilot and aerial photographer Gabriel Zeifman

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Photo, courtesy of Gabe Zeifman)

by Duncan Phenix, MYSTERY WIRE – – April 11, 2020


Imagine having an unfiltered, direct view of Area 51 and the Tonopah Test Range airport from the air, and not breaking any laws.  This is what a private pilot recently got when he flew his small Cessna 150 as close as you legally can.  And also happened to have a good quality camera along for the ride.

MYSTERY WIRE spoke with Zeifman from his home near Edwards Air Force Base in southern California.   Zeifman is an ATC  (air traffic controller)  and has been flying since he was in his teens.  He maintains both a private and commercial pilot’s license.

“So I’ve always wanted to go fly out there and now I just moved down to this area out and Okay, well, let’s go do it.”  Zeifman says he had not planned to fly near the base back in November of 2019, but after landing quickly in the small town of Rachel, he radioed Nellis AFB and asked for transit over the test range to continue his flight to Henderson Executive Airport.

“I again call Nellis and that’s just standard for me.  You don’t have to talk to air traffic control under the rules I was flying under but you’re perfectly welcome to and encouraged to so I called them and after they identified me I asked if the transitive restricted 4806 West available?  And they said, ‘yeah,’ so like, okay, well then I’m gonna do that.  And then flew right along the boundary of the box.  I mean, everybody has seen the the views.  It was pretty awesome.”

Zeifman told MYSTERY WIRE he has actually flown this route three times, taking pictures each time.  He reminded me that what he did was completely legal and had clearance from Nellis to fly the route.

I asked him about the first time he saw the base with his own eyes, “The first time I saw it, I was kind of surprised because I was still probably 30, 40 miles out and just like wow, okay, well that’s it.”  He added, “I’m not really seeing any activity.  It’s just the runways and stuff and I think it’s pretty cool anyway, just seeing that, you know, the place that everybody knows about, talks about but you can’t really see.”

Zeifman said as he was flying along the border, his main thought was just being careful to not cross.  He said if a pilot were to cross into restricted airspace it would end up being a very bad day.  He gave MYSTERY WIRE a long, but good answer about what he believes would happen if he had crossed the line in the sky, “So I wouldn’t expect anything like the dramatic like they’re going to shoot you down.”

“What would probably happen is first, they’re going to get you out of there.  They’re going to say, ‘turn east immediately.’”

Zeifman went on to talk about what penalties you might face, “First, actually, they’re going to probably give you a warning … they’ll usually give you a couple miles if you’re heading towards it.  If you’re on a course to touch it, they’ll probably (give you) a heads up. boundary is five miles ahead, verify you’re familiar with the airspace, go down, stay clear.  So they’re going to do their best to remind you don’t be an idiot, don’t touch it.  But if you do, they’re going to try to they’re going to get you out of there as quickly as possible.  And and then after the fact I would expect they call it a Brasher warning.  They’re going to tell you possible pilot deviation and suggest you contact Nellis approach and they’ll give you a phone number.  And then you’re expected to call them once you land.  And then they would then file paperwork with the FAA … They’ll have everything.  They’ll have the radar data and the communications.  And from there, they can decide what they’re going to do, if they’re either going to let it go or if they’re going to suggests additional training or a license suspension.  So they have all the options there.  So yeah, if you if you violate it, it would be a pretty serious thing.”

I then asked Gabe about his plane.  He said, “It’s a Cessna 150 it is, was built in 1965.  It’s got 100 horsepower on a good day.  Yeah, it’s not fast it is by (any) means.  It gets around and doesn’t burn a lot of gas … But you can pretty much land anywhere.  It can take off on just about anything”.

And everyone said, You’re crazy to you know, ask you’re never gonna do it.  And, I mean, I guess when somebody says, ‘You’re insane, it’ll never happen,’ that that makes me just want to try it.

By the way, here is a photo taken by Gabe Zeitman of Papoose Lake  (as well as Yucca Dry Lake – Area 6)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – courtesy of Gabe Zeifman)


FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON GABRIEL “GABE” ZEIFMAN, private pilot, aerial photographer and air traffic controller and to see more of his amazing photos, please go to:, the world’s largest reality-based public online resource on Area 51, courtesy of webmaster Joerg Arnu.   And click on the left column, The DLR Team.   His name is listed at the bottom.



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RQ-180 allegedly housed at Edwards South Base, may be remotely controlled from Beale Air Force Base?

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – courtesy, Steve Trimble, Defense Editor, AVIATION WEEK)

According to Steve Trimble, Defense Editor of AVIATION WEEK, this could be the first photo of inside the Air Force Common Mission Control Center (CMCC) at Beale Air Force Base – allegedly taken in February, 2020.

The photo is located here:

What is the significance of this control center?

One of the multiple programs of this center may be a coordinated effort to control RQ-180:

According to Joerg Arnu, webmaster of the world’s largest public information site on Area 51 (Dreamland Resort –,

“The recently (2019) re-activated 427th Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale is likely the unit flying the RQ-180.

That unit co-hosted the opening ceremony of the Common Mission Control Center at Beale in 2019.”

The RQ-180 is presently rumored to be housed at Edwards Air Force Base (South Base).

“It is quite possible that the folks at Beale, from the new control center, fly the RQ-180 remotely out of Edwards South Base.  This is done with Reapers etc. even halfway across the world.

“The newly secured hangar at the north end of the Beale AFB  (photo taken recently by aerial photographer and pilot Gabriel Zeifman):

(Courtesy, Gabriel Zeifman, Tyler Rogoway – –

probably houses only one RQ-180 or a pre-production model for local testing and/or hands on training.  The hangar at Beale clearly is too small for even two RQ-180s if they have the dimensions commonly assumed, let alone for an operational unit.  The hangar may or may not be where the new command center is located.”



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The mysterious case of the Air Force’s new strangely modified 737 with a puzzling past


by Tyler Rogoway, THE DRIVE – – June 14, 2020:


The Air Force has a robust fleet of 737s.

Today, nearly all of them are C-40s, which act as executive and priority passenger transports, but they are not totally alone.

For instance, one older NT-43 example that is heavily modified and extremely shy, goes about its shadowy business as an airborne aircraft signature measurement test laboratory.

But by and large, the 737’s role within the Air Force’s stable is well known.

Now a strangely modified 737-700 with a civilian registration, but an Air Force owner, has just emerged and its past is just as murky as its current mission.

The aircraft in question carries a civilian registration number N712JM, which is a bit odd for an aircraft owned by the United States Air Force.  The Boeing jet came to our attention when it showed up at the Santa Maria Public Airport in Southern California.  The images sent to us by an aerospace enthusiast showed the aircraft in detail with its unique, if not crude modifications.  It must be stated that this is a busy public airport and no moves were made to hide the aircraft in question.

It is also a bit interesting that the area has many military base options, but it landed in Santa Maria.  This is not unheard of by any means, military aircraft often use private fixed base operators (FBOs) for refueling and to work out of for basic cross country training and other proficiency flights, but this decision will become a bit more puzzling as the story unfolds below. Also, the witness said the crew was wearing t-shirts and very casual attire – – not your normal buttoned-down Air Force aircrew, by any means.

The 737-73W first flew in 2013, but seven years later, it still wears its green zinc chromate coating that it was delivered with.  Usually, this is immediately stripped and the aircraft is painted before entering service.  I have talked to a number of experts in Boeing airliner products, none of them have ever heard of a Boeing jet wearing its factory coating for so long and it was noted that it appears to be corroding in some areas.

Jon Ostrower, editor-in-chief of the, told THE WAR ZONE:

“This is definitely an airplane that never made it to a formal finish you’d expect from a commercial airplane.  The green finish is a protective coating applied to fuselages during manufacturing to protect from scratches and other damage.  It is dissolved during painting.  You can also still see the manufacturing (line) number as well that’s from its original trip down the assembly line.

There’s also quite a bit of instrumentation visible with sensor wiring leading into the cabin through the passenger windows. This type of arrangement points to a flight test setup of some kind.

The plane’s history is also highly puzzling.  It was originally delivered to a Wells Fargo Bank trustee, a common way to hide the true ownership of an aircraft and a financial tool often used by aircraft owners, in 2013.  It stayed this way until April of 2019, when a relatively obscure company named Denmar Technical Services took ownership of it.  The company simply describes itself as “providing our customer with superior radar measurement systems and services” and nothing more on its website.  Note, it says customer, not customers.  They are based in Reno, Nevada, and have relatively minor activity in terms of disclosed government contracts.

The company owned the aircraft for a short period of time, just one year almost to the day, before it was transferred to the USAF.  During this time, and a year before it, there was no flight data we could find under its registration until it showed up in Colorado Springs in March of 2020.

The aircraft appears to have been a resident of Sierra Nevada Corporation at Colorado Springs Airport, which is adjacent to a significant Air Force Base that shares its runways, but the mystery 737 wasn’t being housed there.  SNC is maybe the world’s most known aircraft modification company, especially for unique military applications.  So, a specially modified 737 is literally right up their alley.

The aircraft had taken a handful of local flights in May, likely check flights to test its airworthiness and its modifications, before making the trip from Colorado Springs to Santa Maria on the 12th of June.

With the aircraft on the ground there, it brings us up to the time when the photos were taken.  They show the aircraft with what appears to be wiring and sensors speed-taped all along the fuselage.  The modifications cover nearly the entire length of the airframe and punch through the cabin windows in some areas.  THE WAR ZONE ran these modifications by a number of airliner experts who, at first glance, didn’t notice this particular configuration and found it to be quite unusual.

Things get even more interesting the next day, when the aircraft in question, under the callsign “STING38,’ flew a mission from Santa Maria far out into the SOCAL Range Complex.

This area, which sits off the Baja Peninsula and San Guadalupe Island, is associated with long-range missile tests and carrier strike group workups, not common test flights of 737s.  It was just highly active for the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group’s COMPUTEX training, which occurs just prior to deployment.  It is a remote and quiet place to also test new capabilities far from areas where they could interfere with populated areas, especially in terms of radio frequency-related trials.

The 737s flight lasted roughly five hours.  Whatever it did out there required substantial presence over the area.

So, what the heck is this thing up to?  We really have no idea.  Is it testing a new electronic surveillance measures suite for large aircraft?  The sensors placed around the aircraft would make sense as these systems use interferometry to geolocate emitters, such as active radars and other air defense nodes, as well as communications systems.  What about some sort of conformal communications system?  Or was this something totally different, like to evaluate 737 airframe durability or some other sort of aerodynamic testing?  That would seem odd considering the details we know about this aircraft shadowy ownership, but it is entirely possible.

Some notes on the aircraft’s ownership:

The Air Force technically owns the fleet of ‘Janet Airlines’ 737-600s that move folks around to Area 51, Tonopah Test Range Airport, and other sensitive sites.  Apparently, Denmar has done some modifications to ‘Janet’ aircraft in the past, although that was one of the King Airs that are known to move around smaller numbers of people that work at clandestine sites around the American Southwest.  Also, this aircraft is a 737-700, not a 600, and the Janets are registered to Hill AFB, not Bolling AFB like N712JM.

It’s also worth noting that Bolling AFB is home to the Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), and it appears that the registered address of this aircraft is the exact same address of the RCO.  The RCO heads up cutting-edge high-stakes programs such as the X-37B spaceplane and the B-21 Raider stealth bomber.  As such, using a 737 to test a new subsystem that is destined for an aircraft like the B-21 would be right within their purview.

Then again, this could be something else entirely, either more mundane or far more exotic, but whatever it is, it is definitely unique, because this aircraft has a life and origin like no other testbed aircraft we know of.

As such, at least for now, N712JM remains very much an enigma.



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The utmost cruelty of Juan de Oñate, New Mexico’s first governor (1598 – 1610)

Juan de Oñate y Salazar (1550–1626) was a Spanish conquistador from Mexico (then known as New Spain), explorer, and colonial governor of the province of Santa Fe de Nuevo México  (present day New Mexico)  in the viceroyalty of New Spain.  He led early Spanish expeditions to the Great Plains and Lower Colorado River Valley, encountering numerous indigenous tribes in their homelands there.  Oñate founded settlements in the province, now in the Southwestern United States.

Today Oñate is known for the 1599 Acoma Massacre.  Following a dispute that led to the death of thirteen Spaniards at the hands of the Ácoma, including Oñate’s nephew, Juan de Zaldívar, Oñate ordered a brutal retaliation against Acoma Pueblo.  The Pueblo was destroyed.  Around 800–1000 Ácoma were killed.

Of the 500 or so survivors, at a trial at Ohkay Owingeh, Oñate sentenced most to twenty years of forced “personal servitude” and additionally mandated that all men over the age of twenty-five have a foot cut off.  He was eventually banished from New Mexico and exiled from Mexico City for five years, convicted by the Spanish government of using “excessive force” against the Acoma people.

Today, Oñate remains a controversial figure in New Mexican history:

In 1998 the right foot was cut off a statue of the conquistador that stands in Alcalde, New Mexico in protest of the massacre, and significant controversy arose when a large equestrian statue of Oñate was erected in El Paso, Texas in 2006.

On June 15, 2020, the statue of Oñate in Alcalde, New Mexico was temporarily removed by Rio Arriba County workers at the direction of officials.  Appropriate civic institutions will make the final decision on the statue’s future.


Juan de Oñate  (also known as Don Juan de Oñate y Salazar, 1550 – 1626)  was a famous Spanish explorer, conquistador and colonial governor who played a critical role in the exploration of the North American territories that are today part of American Southwest.  His most remembered exploits are visits to the Great Plains, Lower Colorado River Valley, claiming of territories in New Mexico and encountering of the many local Native American cultures  (some who entered into fierce combat against him and his strict rule).  Many historians refer to him as “The Last Conquistador”.

The Early life of Juan de Oñate started in the city of Zacatecas in today’s Mexico (then known as New Spain).  He was the son of the Spanish-Basque colonist, silver mine owner, and conquistador Cristóbal de Oñate, and mother Doña Catalina Salazar y de la Cadena.  Juan de Oñate married Isabel de Tolosa Cortés de Moctezuma, granddaughter of the most famous conquistador of all time Hernán Cortés, who destroyed the Aztec empire.

At the age of 48, Juan de Oñate started his career of exploration and colonization of unexplored lands deeper into the North American continent.  The first journey away from New Mexico started in 1598 when he crossed the Rio Grande and started colonizing land and spreading Roman Catholicism to local natives.  He encountered Pueblo Indians, founded Province of Santa Fe, and fought in the large battle at Acoma against Pueblo People who did not want to hand over their entire winter supplies to Oñate’s expedition.  In that battle, Oñate killed over 800 men, women, and children, and has enslaved remaining 500  (of which all men over 25 were punished with amputation of the left foot).

Next big expedition of Juan de Oñate started in 1601 when he set his sights on Great Plains.  With the party of 130 experienced soldiers, 12 priests, and a retinue of servants, he started his quest to find the legendary city of gold.  Of course, he did not find it, but he encountered Apache people, traveled to Oklahoma, visited Escanjaques people, described the first encounter of tall grass prairie of central North America, and toward the end of the journey he encountered Rayados peoples, whose Chief Caratax led Oñate’s party across the land that was known to him.  At the journey home, Juan de Oñate was involved in a large battle against Escanjaques people.

The final expedition of Juan de Oñate was focused on the Colorado River and involved only the small part of around 30 to 40 people.  They traveled between the Rio Grande to the Gulf of California in 4 months, managing to bring back accounts of the area and suggestions about the establishment of a port in the Gulf of California.

In 1606, his days of exploration and land conquering ended after he was forced to return to Mexico City for hearing about his extreme cruelty to both natives and colonists.  He was not jailed but eventually traveled back to Spain where he received the post of head of all mining inspectors by the order of Spanish King.  He died in 1626, remembered by some by his important exploration efforts, and by many as cruel man who killed and tortured indiscriminately.

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Juan de Oñate y Salazar – – Spanish Conquistador

A Spanish conquistador, Juan de Oñate y Salazar established the colony of New Mexico for Spain and became New Mexico’s first governor.

Born about 1550, probably in Zacatecas, Mexico, his parents were Spanish-Basque colonists and silver mine owners.  His father, Cristobal de Oñate, was a conquistador, colonial official, and silver baron, who founded the city of Guadalajara, Mexico in 1531. His mother was Dona Catalina Salazar y de la Cadena.  Juan de  Oñate grew up to marry Isabel de Tolosa Cortes de Moctezuma, the granddaughter of Hernan Cortes.

After the 1588 defeat of his Armada, Spain’s King Philip II was eager to reestablish his country’s prestige and hoping to repeat the exploits of Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro, ordered the viceroy of New Spain to organize an expedition to seek and colonize a rich civilization thought to lie north of Mexico.  Another objective was to spread Roman Catholicism and establish new missions.

In 1595, the viceroy selected Juan de Oñate y Salazar to lead and finance the expedition.  Despite Francisco Vasquez de Coronado’s failure to find golden cities of Cibola a half a century earlier, Oñate believed that he would find Gran Quivira.  Oñate began the expedition in January 1598 with 400 settlers and soldiers, and their livestock.  The expedition crossed the Rio Grande at the present-day El Paso, Texas and on April 30, 1598, he claimed all of New Mexico for Spain.  That summer his party continued up the Rio Grande to present-day northern New Mexico, where he encamped near the Tewa pueblo of San Juan and were helped by the local Indians.  Oñate’s group built San Gabriel, New Mexico’s first capital and became the province’s first governor.  He also sent exploring parties westward to the vicinity of present-day Flagstaff, Arizona, and eastward to the vicinity of present-day Amarillo, Texas.  After they realized that the area was not rich in silver, many settlers wanted to return to Mexico, but Oñate would not let them go and executed many of them.  He was also incredibly brutal to the local Indians, killing, enslaving, and mutilating hundreds of men, women, and children.

In 1601, Oñate himself led an exploration to find Quivira.  In June his party followed the Canadian River eastward across the Texas Panhandle, entering Oklahoma, then northeast toward the Wichita Indian villages at the junction of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers, near present Wichita, Kansas.  Like Coronado, he found only mud huts and hostile American Indians, and his disappointed troupe returned to New Mexico.  While he was gone, most of his settlers returned to Mexico City.

Still determined,  Oñate made his most ambitious expedition in 1605, following the Colorado River from near the Grand Canyon to the Gulf of California.  When he returned to New Mexico in 1606, he found the colony in disarray.  Later in 1606, due to continuing problems in the colony and mounting debt, Spain removed him from office and replaced him with Don Pedro de Peralta.

In 1609 he witnessed the founding of Santa Fe.  In 1613, he traveled to Mexico City to defend himself against long-standing charges of mismanagement.  There, he found himself charged with cruelty, immorality, mismanagement, dereliction of duties, and false reporting.  He was fined and was banished from New Mexico for life and from Mexico City for four years.  A short time later, he returned to Spain to clear his name and upon appeal, he was cleared of the charges.

Onate, sometimes called the “Last Conquistador,” died on June 3, 1626, in Spain.  Gaspar Perez de Villagra, a captain of the expedition, chronicled Onate’s conquest of New Mexico’s indigenous peoples in his epic Historia de Nuevo Mexico from 1610.

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USAF – – AI-powered “Skyborg” drones could fly as early as 2023

May 20, 2020 | By Rachel S. Cohen, AIR FORCE MAGAZINE


The Air Force is getting its Skyborg wingman drone program underway, reaching out to industry for technology that could lead to a future experimentation campaign.

Multiple companies could each win $400 million to contribute technology toward a best-of-breed Skyborg drone, the service said in a May 15 solicitation.  Skyborg is envisioned as an artificially intelligent unmanned partner for fighter jets that is cheaper than more complex aircraft but can take on some strike and intelligence-collection missions for human pilots.

The Air Force indicated that companies whose designs aren’t initially chosen could still be wrapped into the program later. It also creates a stepping stone to a more advanced kind of aircraft: Later solicitations could look for a “prototype of a full autonomous system” as well as new sensors and mission software.

“The intent of Skyborg is to integrate an autonomy mission system core and suite of services  (developed under a separate Skyborg system design agent program)  with multiple low-cost air vehicle systems, each designed to perform one or more mission types,” the solicitation said.  “The Skyborg core will be a best-of-breed combination of industry and government solutions. … This system will allow rapid software updates and integration of new technology to field capabilities to defeat emerging threats.”

LEIDOS on May 19 received a $28.6 million contract to act as the system design agent that will tie the various ideas together.

The notice did not offer any additional details about experimentation, but said the first request for proposals after seed money is awarded in July will look to buy aircraft for those demonstrations.

BOEING, GENERAL ATOMICS, KRATOS, and LOCKHEED MARTIN recently told Air Force Magazine they would compete for development funding.  KRATO’s XQ-58A Valkyrie, developed with the Air Force Research Laboratory, is already in flight testing and will participate in an upcoming Advanced Battle Management System demonstration.

Skyborg is one of three AFRL “vanguard” initiatives that are trying to speed the time it takes to go from research to operational use.  The service has said it wants Skyborg ready for operations by the end of 2023.



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In the “new abnormal”, the government could enforce who you’re allowed to socialize with, via Tracking App !!

(illustration, courtesy of David Dees)

In the “new abnormal” of social distancing, governments could dictate who you’re allowed to socialize with and punish wrongdoers via a smart phone Tracking App !!

It’s already happening in China.

by Ray Sanchez, April 17, 2020:


In China, authorities are using technology to track healthy people – – and those who pose a risk.

Residents are assigned color-coded QR codes on their phones.  The color determines what they’re able to do.  In Wuhan, China, where the lockdown has been lifted, residents need to produce a green QR code on their phones to leave their homes.

To get into places such as restaurants, people need to show a green QR code.

Now Apple and Google are working together to help US health authorities track exposure to the coronavirus using Bluetooth technology.

The tech giants could play an important role in fighting the pandemic despite privacy concerns.

Harvard’s Safra Center said people not in a “high-risk” population could move about freely.  Their location on public transport could be tracked on “privacy-protective QR scanning.”

Additionally, the center’s paper said, thermal scanning devices in public spaces “can help spot outbreaks and support contact tracing”- – tracking down sick people, isolating them and then tracing everyone with whom they’ve been in contact and putting those people into quarantine.

A report by the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank said home isolation can be enforced using GPS tracking on phone apps.

A plan from the liberal Center for American Progress called for a “trusted, nonprofit organization” to host the medical data – –  “not private technology companies or the federal government.”  The information must be automatically deleted after 45 days.

Jeffrey Shaman, a professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University, said South Korea is using “very aggressive” contact tracing which looks into personal credit cards and phone records and car GPS information.

“The reality is your credit card company is already using this on you,” he said.  “You signed it when you signed the contract that was in the fine print there, and they were using for whatever the heck they wanted to do with it to make money.  And your phone is already using it.  That’s what all the phone companies do, they track you.  And lots of other apps on your phones do also.”


from Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE, May 16, 2020:


The Belgian government is considering permitting people to have a designated list of people they can visit in order to keep the risk of transmitting COVID-19 low.

Psychologist Dr. Linda Papadopoulos said that people who have been locked down for two months unable to see friends or family “will see it as progress and a welcome development.”

However, the proposal is completely unenforceable without draconian state monitoring and surveillance.

“From a psychological perspective, I am not sure that it works at all,” said Rory Sutherland, a behavioral scientist and vice chairman of the advertising agency Ogilvy. “Any group assembling could simply claim that everyone present was part of the same cluster, and without spectacular levels of bureaucracy, it would be impossible to establish the veracity of this.  It would re-establish the sight of large groups of people as a norm.”

“I think it falls into that category of “excellent science, bad policy,” he added.

And that’s where the tracking app comes in.

“Do not worry about the enforcement of these bubbles; the government could use smartphone app(s) to track and trace bubble violaters,” writes Zero Hedge.

It’s easy to envisage a not too distant dystopia of state-enforced social distancing where the mandatory app will deduct points from your social credit score if you venture outside of your house once too often or meet with an unauthorized friend.

By giving people the ‘privilege’ of allowing them to see a select number of friends, people are also being trained that they are getting rights back.



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Beautiful New Mexico sunset skies captured – – I was there at the right time !!

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT — This happened on October 9, 2016 at around 6:30 pm., looking at the Sandia Mountains and Corrales in the distance, from Rio Rancho’s public walking trailway.  Somebody else was also watching this spectacle standing behind the bench.  I will never forget this.   I was just there at the right place at the right time and I took this shot with my inexpensive pocket camera)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Nothing exploded across the street from our house.  I would call this “Fire in the Sky”.  Taken around 8:30 p.m., June 5, 2016, across our street in Rio Rancho)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Early evening sky over Rio Rancho, March 26, 2020, 7:25 p.m., across the street from our house)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Another beautiful sunset here in New Mexico that we take for granted……June 25, 2017…..8 pm….temperature 73 F, 23 C….from our backyard in Rio Rancho)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Taken on August 6, 2018, looking west, across from the fire station here in Rio Rancho)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Looking at the Sandia Mountains and the village of Corrales, from Rio Rancho – – February 18, 2018)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Nothing exploded, just clouds above, across the street from our house in Rio Rancho – – June 16, 2015, 8:15 p.m.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – This tops it all – – Taken on July 2, 2019, 8:30 pm., across the street from our house here in Rio Rancho)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Good night, everyone !    — from across our street, April 3, 2015, 8:30 p.m.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Yes, Good night, everyone !  – – from near Enchanted Hills in Rio Rancho – – 2013)


Thanks for looking at these photos taken by a self-claimed amateur photographer (i.e., myself) equipped with only an inexpensive pocket camera and a cellphone !!

 I was just lucky to be at the right place at the right time !!   That’s all !!


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Will UFOs be involved in the coming “Rapture” scenario?

Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic which may last for several more years, here are some astounding events still to happen subsequently (or in the very near future), according to the End-time beliefs of some “Apocalyptic Christians”.

by Norio Hayakawa:


One of the main characteristics of America’s Bible-believing, Evangelical Christians, is their total support of Israel through the belief that contemporary Israel is the fulfillment of Biblical prophecies and that the U.S. must continue to support the State of Israel, no matter what.

A large number of these American Bible-believing, Evangelical Christians, therefore, believe that we are living the the “End-time” period of God’s prophetic calendar.

It is of utmost importance to point out some of the “End-timescenarios as believed by the supporters of this view.

Here is the typical order of the prophetic events to come, as outlined by many of those Christians who seem to hold on to the so-called Pre-millenial, Dispensationalist, Pre-Tribulation viewpoints:



They seem to believe that this could easily begin with the escalation of the Middle East conflict, involving Israel. They seem to believe that Iran and Syria will play a major initial role in this scenario.

They say that the Ezekiel 38 scenario includes the attempted invasion into Israel by all Islamic forces  (led and orchestrated by the northern-most power, i.e., Russia)  and will conclude with a miraculous Israeli victory.

They believe that it is suggested in the Bible that it will take 7 years to bury the dead from this unprecedented conflagration. (The U.S. will be involved, directly or indirectly in this conflagration, they explain).



According to their belief, the Ezekiel 38 scenario will conclude with the mysterious appearance of the Anti-Christ who will create a Peace Treaty between Israel and the Palestinians  (and all Islamic confederation).



They say that the Ezekiel 38 scenario could also conclude with a simultaneous, mysterious disappearance of millions of people from this earth, which will result in total chaos, confusion and fear among the global populace.

This, they say, is the “Rapture“.

It will be a mysterious, mass “evacuation” of the believers to meet the Lord in “mid-air“.

(The physical bodies will be mysteriously and instantaneously converted to celestial bodies).

In other words, “born-again” believers will be “translated” from one side to the other, i.e., from the earthly plane to the heavenly dimension and will meet Jesus in “mid-air“.

They say that the “Rapture”  (from Latin “raptare“, to “snatch” away, as in the eagle “snatching” away her baby when danger comes and taking it away to a safer location, etc.),  is a supernatural event clearly suggested in the Bible that has not happened yet in the history of mankind, but will be certain to happen, according to most of these pre-tribulationist, dispensationalist believers.

It will be an inexplicable, instantaneous disintegration of all atomic particles of each of our cells of our tissues, i.e., the instant conversion of our physical body into a spiritual, celestial “body” which will be swooshed up into “mid-air”.

In other words, they believe that “in the twinkling of an eye“, our physical bodies will go through a mysterious, sudden transmogrification  (a favorite word used by John Keel) and will be lifted up to meet the Lord in “mid-air“.  Our entire physical bodies (the tissues, the cells will go through a sudden, inexplicable atomic fission-type transformation, they say.)

They believe that the “Rapture” is a conduit prepared by God for us to escape the coming global wrath known as the Tribulation (comparable to the days of Noah, when God safely place a few faithful believers in the ark first and then caused the rain to pour down thereafter).

Pre-tribulationist, dispensationalists believe that this unprecedented event will take place simultaneously with the appearance (the revealing) of the Anti-Christ.

The Anti-Christ, according to these believers, will not be able to come to power until thebody of believers”  (together with the presence of the Holy Spirit)  is removed from this earth.

Only then, at that moment, can the Anti-Christ come into power.

According to these Christians, the “Rapture” will literally be a celestial wedding, the union of the bride  (the “church” or “the body of believers”)  and the Groom (Jesus Christ).

This “wedding” celebration in the air will last for 7 days, which could symbolically be equivalent to 7 earthly years, according to some interpretations.



When the Anti-Christ appears on global emergency TV news conference, many of these Fundamentalist Christians say that he would calm down the frightened people of the earth with his ingenious, well-calculated explanation regarding the sudden disappearance of millions of people from the earth; this could be when “UFOs” are brought up; the Anti-Christ could use some type of “extraterrestrial” intervention explanation.

(By the way, in the U.S., the majority of the Fundamentalist, Evangelical Christians hold on to the viewpoint that somehow the “UFO” phenomenon is “Satanic” or “diabolical“.

These groups seem to believe that “UFOs” will play a major role in these future biblical prophecies.

However, some of these Fundamentalists seem to emphasize that only one-third of the entire angelic entities of the universe are demonic or malevolent or “fallen” and that the rest, i.e., the remaining two-thirds are benelovent or “good” angels.

There are some Fundamentalist ministers who state that the malevolent one-third are the ones posing as “extraterrestrial aliens” and are deceiving a segment of the population in the time period they describe as these “End-time” period of history.)

Some theorists even believe that if a global government of some sort is to be set up intentionally  (by force)  in the future, there are several ways to accomplish it.  Creating wars is one example, they say.

Creating other series of “crises” is another, such as manipulating natural global catastrophes, or even creating artificial ones.  Some researchers call this the “ORDO AB CHAOS” theory.

They also point out that Henry Kissinger at one time suggested that should the world suddenly face an external threat  (i.e., from “outer space“)  whether REAL or PROMULGATED, it would accelerate a cry for a global unified government.  They say that Ronald Reagan and Gorbachev also had allegedly made such similar remarks, that if the world is faced with such an extraterrestrial threat, we will all forget our differences and be united as one to defend this earth from such threats.

Some conspiracy theorists seem to pose this question:

Can the “world government” stage a deceptive, “alien contact/landing” scenario?

If the secret government were to stage such a fake, “extraterrestrial” type of event, it would definitely be beneficial to them if there remains an adamant element of society who have always believed in “UFOs” and “aliens“).

In any case, Bible-believing Evangelical Christians seem to believe that somehow the Anti-Christ will come up with a brilliant, convincing explanation for the “Rapture” event and that somehow  (supernaturally)  the world will have a sigh of relief by his explanation.



According to these believers, this event will be the beginning of the 7 -year Tribulation Period  (i.e., the “New World Order” of the Anti-Christ, the first half of which will be relatively and deceptively peaceful, and the second half of which will be an iron-fisted rule of the Anti-Christ, who will declare himself to be God at mid-point).



Towards the end of the 7th year, nations such as China  (and the rest of the “Kings of the East“)  will challenge the dictatorship of Anti-Christ’s New World Order and will begin to cross the Euphrates and make a move towards the valley of Megiddo.

This battle, the battle of Armageddon, will be the final global battle.

During the climax of this battle, celestial forces led by Jesus Christ  (and accompanied by those who had been “raptured“)  will descend and will destroy all earthly forces.



Jesus Christ, according to these believers, will rule from Israel for a 1,000 years.

This is the Millenial Kingdom. 



At the end of the 1000 years, there will be a minor rebellion by the descendants of those who may have survived the Armageddon and continued to procreate, thus having physical bodies.

That minor rebellion will be crushed by God, these believers say.



This is the gist of the events to occur in the near future, according to many of the so-called Fundamentalist, Dispensationalist, Evangelical, Pre-Millenial, Pre-Tribulationist Christians.

Is this all wild, “science fiction“?

Maybe.  But again, no one knows.

Does it hurt to believe in this “unbelievable” scenario?

These Evangelical Christians seem to say that it won’t hurt at all to believe that if such scenarios could come true.

They say that they have nothing to lose by believing in it even if it doesn’t come true, but everything to gain if it indeed takes place, if one is a believer.

Yes, I am the one who wrote this article  (in the style of a “third person”)  because I also believe in it.



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“Four Horsemen are active”, Bible scholars claim Book of Revelation seals broken !!

by Callum Hoare, EXPRESS, May 11, 2020:


BIBLE scholars have sensationally claimed the end of the world could be upon us as they believe the Four Horsemen, who bring about death, war, famine and disease before the return of Jesus Christ in the holy book, have all been released.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse appear in the Book of Revelation, where they are named as a punishment of God, but some believe they are an analogy of real-life events to come in the future.  Revelation 6 tells of a scroll in God’s right hand that is secured with seven seals, which, when opened, summons four beings that ride out on white, black, red and pale horses to bring about death, war, famine and plague.  It states: “They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.”

In 2005, Bible scholar Fred Dattolo published an article in ‘The Trumpet’ where he claimed “the galloping hoofbeats of the four horses are getting ever louder and closer,” stating that a future pandemic was all that was needed to set free the final Horseman, who would spread a disease to a quarter of the world.

He said: “The four horsemen are depicted in the Book of Revelation Chapter 6 as the first four of seven seals.

“These seals are benchmarks of end-time events leading up to and including the return of Jesus Christ.

With the coronavirus pandemic currently causing global panic, Mr Dattolo’s claims have come back into the spotlight, with some bizarrely stating it proves COVID-19 is in fact a sign of the End Times.

One Twitter user said: “The Four Horsemen of Apocalypse representing war, famine, pestilence and death as depicted in the Bible on Revelation 6:2-8 are most likely causing this coronavirus worldwide.

“We don’t see them but we can feel their wrath everywhere.”

Another added: “What if the Coronavirus pandemic is one of the Four Horsemen?  This virus is the pale horse and Horseman”

And a third outright claimed: “The Four Horsemen of the Bible are currently active.”

According to the Book of Revelation, there are still three more seals to be broken before the Second Coming.

The fifth seal will reveal the souls of those who had been slain for the “Word of God,” and things get much more concerning thereafter.

Upon the sixth seal breaking there will be a “great earthquake” before the Sun turns “black as sackcloth made of hair” and the Moon becomes “like blood”.

Then, the seventh seal is opened and heaven is silent for about half an hour before the seven trumpets are sounded to cue apocalyptic events.

“John witnessed those vivid events in a vision sent by God the Father to Jesus Christ, who gave it to an angel to reveal to John – – Rev. 1:1.”


Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic which may last for several more years, here are some astounding events still to happen subsequently (or in the very near future), according to the End-time beliefs of some Apocalyptic Christians – – CLICK AND READ ABOUT IT:



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A skeptical look at “History” Channel’s “Skinwalker Ranch” episodes – – microwaves, dead cows and light pillars

by Robert Sheaffer, April 2, 2020


So, the “HistoryChannel has now allowed free streaming of the first episode of “The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch,” in which the new owner of the Ranch, Brandon Fugal, participates to sing the wonders of the property he has purchased, the Skinwalker Ranch.  The show jumps right into presenting its evidence, starting off with a dead cow.  The participants were warned not to touch it “until we see if it’s radioactive or not.”

One theory set forth to explain the supposed “phenomenon” is that the Ranch  (and indeed, all of the state of Utah)  was downwind from the atomic testing near Las Vegas in the 1950s, and so supposedly there is lots of radioactivity remaining in the landscape.  (Except that there obviously isn’t, or else the whole state would need to be evacuated.)

Another theory set forth is that because the Ute tribe supposedly used to hold Navajos as slaves, the Navajos cursed the Utes, and loosed Skinwalkers and other shape-shifting supernatural beings upon them.  But this does not appear to be historically correct.  According to one tribal history, the Utes “Stole women and children from Paiutes and Goshutes and sold them to the Spanish and Mexicans for slaves.”

Mr. Fugal thinks that his “light pillar” is something paranormal.  In fact, it’s a well-known meteorological phenomenon.

In the above screen shot from the program, we obviously see a photo of a Light Pillar, a well-known if uncommon phenomenon in meteorological optics.  It’s clear that not only does Fugal know nothing about such optical phenomena, but like his counterparts in Tom DeLonge’s TO THE STARS ACADEMY, he failed to consult anyone who does.  This does not inspire confidence in the quality of his “experts,” or his “investigations.”

Speaking of Fugal’s “experts,” the one receiving top billing is Travis Taylor, PhD, billed as a “physicist” and “Astrophysicist.”  However, as Jason Colavito has noted:

“We cut back to May 2019 to introduce our investigators, starting with Travis Taylor, who identifies himself as a scientist with decades of scientific and engineering experience.  The show omits the fact that he is also a talking head from ANCIENT ALIENS who has spouted inane drivel about aliens’ secret lunar colonies and other nonsense, or that he is a former CURSE OF OAK ISLAND guest looney who imagined the island to be a representation of the constellation Taurus.”

Like good little Ghost Hunters, Taylor and the others use electronic devices to look for spooky stuff.  Using a Trifield EMF meter, he not only detects strong microwave energy, but proclaims it to be at “dangerous levels.”

Perhaps the most surprising development was Fugal’s directive to his staff, “No digging!”

He said, “Once we commence digging, it opens up a whole Pandora’s Box.”  Apparently, digging “triggers the phenomenon,” and probably releases demons or something from the Underworld.  (New people arriving on the ranch also seems to trigger the phenomenon, we are told.) 

After digging a hole, ranch supervisor Tom Winterton reportedly suffered a strange, unexplained “goose egg” swelling on his head that required hospitalization, although no medical records were released to substantiate this claim.  If someone is going to claim medical effects resulting from a ‘paranormal’ cause (Cash-Landrum, anybody?), it’s just hearsay until the full medical records are released.

More mysterious stuff is promised in subsequent episodes.  My first impression after seeing this show is that Fugal is setting up an organization that is in many ways similar to Tom DeLonge’s “TO THE STARS ACADEMY“:

He gathers a team of supposed “experts” (who seem surprisingly unprepared to carry out serious investigations) to eagerly charge off and investigate supposed “mysteries.”  But nothing is ever really resolved.  Fugal and DeLonge now have dueling “mystery” series on the “History” Channel.  May the best man win.



“The myth of Skinwalker Ranch was created in the mid-1990s when Las Vegas journalist George Knapp, famous for his credulous reports about aliens in Area 51, began crafting it from stories told by the then-owners of the ranch.  He grafted those stories onto local UFO/paranormal folklore from the 1974 book “The Utah UFO Display” to create a longer history for the ranch’s supernatural events.

(In 1978, the “Uintah lights,” as they were then known, and their associated humming sounds were attributed to St. Elmo’s fire surrounding nighttime swarms of budworms “flying into high electric fields caused by thunderheads and high density particulate matter in the air.”)

Nothing recorded in the 1990s, however, was particularly unusual by the standards of supernatural folklore until Robert Bigelow began to pour money into “investigating” and Knapp amplified the mystery with a book sensationalizing the ranch as the world’s preeminent paranormal hotspot.

People tell stories.  A lot.  Money and publicity turn stories into legends.” – – Jason Colavito


I am not totally skeptical about the existence of supernatural phenomena in this world that cannot be proven by empirical science as we know it.

I am a firm believer in God, and that is as supernatural as it can be, as far as I am concerned.

Any attempt to prove these phenomena by science is foolish at best.

The way this topic has been handled by the promoters of the UFO “Industry”, however,  is not commendable.


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