Area 51 bans drones…..your drones, at least

no drones at A-51

Area 51 bans drones…..your drones, at least.


“The U.S. Government continues to try to cope with the rise of the drones, both those in their own hands and in yours.

Now the world’s most well known top-secret facility, Area 51, is trying to adapt as well.

Ironically, what is surely the most cutting edge of drone-testing facilities in the entire world wants to make sure that you keep your drone in the trunk when approaching its borders.

You can see the new signs that have popped up around Area 51’s edges, clearly stating that it is an officially a no-drone zone in this video shot by the Amateur Radio Club:

Brand new signs at Area 51 main gate on Groom Lake Road





It makes total sense that one of the most heavily guarded piece of property in the world, whose secret flight testing is the reason for existing, doesn’t want civilian operated drones equipped with cameras buzzing around its perimeters.

There is also the case of the notorious low-flying HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters that aggressively patrol Area 51’s edges.

A hobby drone could inadvertently cause one of these helicopters to crash, should there be a collision.”

Oren Peli 3


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Bad UFOs: Critical Thinking About UFO Claims…..a must read book by Robert Sheaffer

Bad UFOs

A must read book:

Bad UFOs: Critical Thinking About UFO Claims  (by Robert Sheaffer)

This book covers the broad outline of contemporary Ufology….sightings, photos and videos, saucer crashes, UFO abductions, conspiracies, disclosure, etc…with everything brought up-to-date as of the date of publication (January, 2016)…..Betty and Barney Hill, the Phoenix Lights, Travis Walton, Rendlesham Forest, Roswell ‘crash’, Leslie Kean, etc. :

In this book Sheaffer goes into the discussion of Betty and Barney Hill, the Phoenix Lights, “mystery” missiles off the coast near Los Angeles, Richard Hoagland, Steven Greer’s “Disclosure Project” and ET Contact Protocol, Trent UFO photos, Heflin UFO photos, Travis Walton, Exopolitics, Rendlesham Forest, Roswell “crash” and Roswell slides, ‘Fly UFO’ video from Chile and Leslie Kean, Whitley Strieber, “Planet X”/Nibiru and many more.


“No matter what you ultimately believe about UFOs, there is no doubt that critical thinking is important.  There are those who urge their audiences to believe almost anything and certainly much of ufology makes an easy target.  Claims about the “Roswell Slides” were readily disproven although most who were involved in it remain on the circuit today; many have concluded that Billy Meier really did not meet people from the Pleiades but his representative is still featured on talk shows or podcasts; and the times must have bypassed George Adamski because he is not even indexed here although his photos may have inspired the cover of this book.  Still, it’s hard to attend any UFO conference without running into those who use hypnotic regression to uncover the latest abduction scenario or assure us that disclosure will soon be coming.

What are we to make of it all?  In many ways, the phenomenon remains as much out of reach today as it did when Kenneth Arnold reported seeing objects that flew like a saucer skipping across the water.  But amid all the claims, Sheaffer offers a much needed critical voice and is not afraid to take on some of the cases that are often touted:  from Rendlesham Forest to the abductions of the Hills or Travis Walton.

For those who believe in UFOs as craft from another star or dimension, it is not enough to simply dismiss his work as being that of a “debunker” (the ultimate insult in many circles).  Carl Sagan observed that extraordinary claims demand extraordinary proof, but regardless of the type of proof it is important to look carefully at any claim – even if that means challenging your own beliefs you will learn something in the process.

For those who who are intrigued about the subject but wonder who to believe, the book provides a good introduction that might spur your own thinking or lead to further research.  Indeed, many of the topics that Sheaffer discusses are worthy of a book or two in themselves, so look upon it as a starting point for thought or discussion.

The book is written in a style that is easy to read and Sheaffer encourages your own research by suggesting Internet search terms with a bold typeface.  I may not always agree with some of his conclusions – I am sure that he would not want you to accept all of his conclusions without further thought – but his research is solid and his point of view should be considered by all with an interest in the phenomenon.

UFOs have defied both skeptics and true believers but the beginning point should always be critical thought.  Without that you will end up with a pile of nothing and will be exploited or manipulated in the process.  To this end, Sheaffer is an interesting and entertaining guide.”

Oren Peli 3


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How to investigate a flying saucer…..recommended by the Central Intelligence Agency



How to investigate a flying saucer – – recommended by the Central Intelligence Agency:


In the Zamora case (from the introduction), Quintanilla contends that during the course of the investigation and immediately thereafter, “everything that was humanly possible to verify was checked.” This included bringing in Geiger counters from Kirtland Air Force Base to test for radiation in the landing area and sending soil samples to the Air Force Materials Laboratory.  “The soil analysis disclosed no foreign material.  Radiation was normal for the ‘tracks’ and surrounding area.  Laboratory analysis of the burned brush showed no chemicals that could have been propellant residue,” according to Quintanilla.  “The findings were all together negative.”  No known explanation could be found for the mysterious event.

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New doubts cast upon 1986 UFO case over Alaska, by Japan Airlines Flight 1628


NEW DOUBTS CAST UPON 1986 UFO CASE OVER ALASKA – – the Japan Airlines Flight 1628 case (by Robert Sheaffer):

“Leslie Kean is enormously impressed by pilot sightings, which she describes as ‘a unique window into the unknown.’   She writes that pilots ‘represent the world’s most experienced and best-trained observers of everything that flies… these unique circumstances potentially transform any jet aircraft into a specialized flying laboratory for the study of rare anomalous phenomena.’

However, Dr. J. Allen Hynek, the late USAF Project Blue Book consultant who Kean repeatedly cites as a respected UFO authority, came to exactly the opposite conclusion.   On page 271 of his 1977 book The Hynek UFO Report, he wrote,  ‘Surprisingly, commercial and military pilots appear to make relatively poor witnesses.’   Kean actually quotes from other pages of that book, but makes absolutely no mention of Hynek’s low opinion of pilot sightings.


Re-reading Terauchi’s own statements about the incident, I don’t think that anyone could call him an unbiased or objective observer.”

Terauchi, a UFO repeater:

Terauchi UFO repeater






Here is the big question.

It seems that there are always a few in the crowd (actually in every walk of life) who sometimes make nutty-sounding, rather outrageous remarks or statements (mainly based on some pre-conceived personal beliefs of theirs, religious or not).

And this includes even some policemen, pilots, generals and even astronauts whom we hold in high estimation.

Why is this?

It is simply because they’re all humans, with pre-conceived notions of things or worldview.

School teachers, professors, scientists and even some well-respected politicians are no exceptions.

This is why I feel that simply quoting from pilots, generals and even astronauts when discussing such things as UFO sightings should not be the final word.

After all, all humans are imperfect when it comes to personal, visual perceptions of things.

Paul Hellyer, former Defense Minister of Canada, only became interested in UFOs after he read some books on UFOs.
He is well known for his claims that the U.S. Government is presently working with aliens and that some aliens could be dressed up as nuns and could be walking the streets in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jesse Marcel (of the Roswell fame) had a history of embellishment and exaggeration.

He had a penchant for exaggerating things while repeatedly trying to “write himself” into the history books.

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell was the founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (exploration into the nature and potentials of consciousness using multiple ways of knowing, including intuition, feeling and the senses).
The list goes on and on.

Whatever the case may be, the final evidence will only come when entire mankind is openly contacted by physical ETs, if ever.


“UFOs….the trail is stale”… Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute


UFOs…the trail is stale  (written by Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute):

“One thing that strikes me about claims of alien visitation is that so much of the evidence is musty and fusty.

Every day, I get stories and articles from people around the world who aggregate UFO news.  But much of it is not news — it’s olds.  The folks who think there’s good proof that Earth is a stomping ground for extraterrestrials are still hung up on the Roswell incident of 1947 or its British opposite number, the Rendlesham Forest event of 1980.  They’re still citing the testimony of aging politicians, defense establishment types and Apollo astronauts who “know something.”

The few alternatives to this vintage archive are contemporary photos and videos of vague lights in the sky, low-resolution and low-confidence material that isn’t likely to sway many scientists.  The good stuff seems to be the old stuff.

To better judge if this is really true, I trawled the web for listings of “the best UFO cases.”  I quickly collected nearly 100 events that were considered worthy, of which 60 were unique, in the sense of not being repeats (e.g., the Roswell incident appears on most of these lists).

I then plotted up the year in which each of these unique events took place, virtually all since 1940.  And guess what?  By far the majority occurred in the first half of the last 76 years.

The quality UFO evidence is getting long in the tooth.

So what’s going on?  Our technology for documenting alien spacecraft — if you assume they’re real — is substantially better than even a few decades ago.  An Apple iPhone’s camera now boasts 8 megapixels, which I reckon is a hundred times as many as the 8 millimeter movie film we had in the 1960s.  These fabulous cameras are in the hands of nearly two billion smartphone users world-wide.  And yet the UFO photos are as blurry and muddy as ever.  You’d think at least a few people could make snaps that aren’t ambiguous or hoaxed.  And I haven’t mentioned the surveillance provided by the 1,100 active satellites in orbit above our heads.

Now, some people deflect these puzzling facts by stating that excellent evidence for cosmic visitors really exists, but is kept under wraps by the government.  This may be reassuring to some, but it’s utterly goofy.  Can anyone explain how beings from other worlds have managed to arrange their itineraries so that only governments are solidly aware of their presence?

Still, this idea seems to have a lot of appeal, even though it has led to a truly risible tactic by groups petitioning for “disclosure” — a maneuver that twists the burden of proof 180 degrees.  These folks hope the government will make their case for them, urging the feds to come clean about what they supposedly know.  “We can’t prove UFOs are alien craft, but you can!”  Imagine if astronomers used this scheme to verify the existence of black holes.

But hold on: Maybe there are other explanations for why the so-called good evidence for visiting aliens is as stale as Gothic croutons.

One obvious possibility is that the extraterrestrials are just plain done with us. They’ve abducted enough folks to satisfy their curiosity about our anatomies. The Cold War has ended, and so has their fascination with our nuclear missile silos.  They’ve tried visiting New Mexico, but that didn’t work out.

So maybe they’ve just declared “mission accomplished,” and gone away.  That would be analogous to Charles Darwin’s visit to the Galapagos Islands — after he probed, bottled and cataloged some of the natives, he weighed anchor and withdrew.

But here’s another possibility drawn from a similar experience with SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence).  In the early days of SETI, scientists would record cosmic static on computer tape or even paper.  They would then look at these recordings at leisure.  In the 1970s, this ex post facto observing scheme produced many “candidate signals” — hits that looked good at first, and that might have been alien transmissions. (A famous example is the “Wow” signal, found at Ohio State in 1977.)  However, none of these candidates could be found a second time.  Consequently, they don’t qualify as solid detections.  They’re ambiguous, at best.

However, many of today’s SETI experiments can weed out interference and other causes of false alarms immediately.  And that has led to an interesting situation:  When you have real-time ability to verify signals, you don’t end up with a drawer-full of “interesting” cases.

In other words, as technology improved, the number of enticing candidate signals went down.  In science-speak, the false alarm rate decreased.  It wasn’t because any aliens stopped broadcasting; it was because we stopped being fooled.

Maybe this phenomenon explains why, as our cameras have gotten better, the number of interesting UFO cases has lessened.

For SETI, the really compelling detection is still to come.  One good signal detection could easily surpass the credibility of dozens of intriguing candidates from four decades ago.

The same should apply to the folks who argue that some UFOs are actually alien craft.  They should come forward with a truly great piece of evidence, a trump card that would allow them to stop playing the weak hand of the past.”




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“Alien abductions”… important and valid study


The study of the minds of those who claim to have had “alien abductions” is far more interesting than the claims themselves.

These extraordinary claims are made from individuals for whatever reasons (and under certain circumstances) only known and kept by the claimants.

From a psychological, sociological as well as cultural viewpoint (and from an angle of human behaviorology) the study of the minds of such claimants certainly deserves more scrutiny and should not be underestimated.

UFO skeptics such as the late Phil Klass  (as well as the overwhelming majority of those in the mainstream) have made some quite logical sounding comments regarding the claimants of “alien abductions”, such as “despite the fact that we humans are great collectors of souvenirs, not one of these persons (claiming to have been aboard a flying saucer) has brought back so much as an extraterrestrial tool or artifact, which could, once and for all, resolve the UFO mystery”.

But there is an interesting book written by Susan A. Clancy titled:  ABDUCTED:   HOW PEOPLE COME TO BELIEVE THEY WERE KIDNAPPED BY ALIENS    (Harvard University Press)


Rob Hardy gives a good commentary about her interesting book:

“In the past few decades (and significantly, not before that time) there have been stories from people who have been abducted by aliens, probed, sampled, and disgorged back to try to figure out what happened.  There have been those who have taken these stories at face value, most famously the late Harvard psychiatrist John Mack, who said that there was no evidence that such abductees were telling anything but the truth.  Skeptics and most of his fellow academics scoffed.

Now Susan Clancy, a Harvard psychologist, has written about her own researches into participants in the phenomenon.

ABDUCTED:  HOW PEOPLE COME TO BELIEVE THEY WERE KIDNAPPED BY ALIENS (Harvard University Press) explains such abductions in a way that skeptics will appreciate.  However, Clancy also shows respect for the abductees she investigated, appreciating their viewpoints and explaining without condescension how such ideas came to be.  The book will convert few abductees from their belief system (and Clancy shows why such a belief system is so satisfying and firmly held), but it goes far to show that they are not stupid or psychotic and they are not just seeking publicity.

As far as the physical reality of such abductions, Clancy (unlike Mack) is firmly in the skeptics’ corner, and gives reasons to be sure that no such events are happening, and if they are happening, extraordinary evidence is needed make the events credible; no one has come close to producing such evidence.

But she points out, the proper scientific response is not, “Why investigate abduction since it is not really happening?” but rather “What sort of people are reporting being abducted, and why?” And it was this she set out to do; after she got approved by Harvard’s Institutional Review Board to do the research, she started running newspaper ads: “Have you been abducted by aliens?”, and giving a number which abductees could call.

She describes the fifty subjects as “generally warm, open, trusting, and friendly”; they liked fantasy, tarot, and astrology.  But there are plenty of people who have such characteristics.  Why do some become convinced they have actually been abducted?  The startling answer is that they have first hand experiences of abduction that registered in their minds as surely as last night’s dinner registered in yours.  In the abductees’ cases, the memories seem to come from sleep paralysis, a limbo state between sleeping and waking that is not at all uncommon.  Before flying saucer films, there was sleep paralysis, and those suffering from it reported interacting with Satan, witches, or dragons; nowadays, it’s extraterrestrials.

But why would someone want to foster memories that are so obviously painful?  “The contact these people have had with aliens doesn’t just feel real – it feels transformative.”  The abductees reported that their abductions were the most traumatic experiences in their lives, but also the most positive.  They felt changed, improved, more at peace, more at one with the universe as they experienced it.  All of them denied they would choose not to be abducted, if they could go back again. In a provocative final section, Clancy demonstrates that Saint Teresa’s account of her encounter with an angel is very close to accounts abductees give of their own encounters. She shows that abductees get the same benefits of meaning, reassurance, and spirituality that believers in ordinary religions do.  ABDUCTED is a small book, a wonderful primer for those who have never had the abduction experience themselves but are interested in the often strange inner experiences of their fellow humans.  Clancy writes with wit and with genuine sympathy and understanding of her subjects, and readers will find them far less strange than they had initially seemed.”





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UFO Industry…..the show must go on!!

UFO Industry

(A clever and funny, sarcastic poster of a typical “UFO Conference” created by Claude Falkstrom – – CLICK FOR ENLARGEMENT)

UFO INDUSTRY….THE SHOW MUST GO ON   (written by my colleague, the late Tomas Scolarici):

Those who engage in the ufological circus.


“Are these self proclaimed experts in Unidentified Flying Objects mad?  
No, I don’t think so, at least when we talk about the Easy Money Ufologists.

Let me analyze the process of “insanity” in the career of  self proclaimed experts in UFOs, Extraterrestrials, conspiracy theories and similar tricks of the UFO Industry.

Let’s consider an intelligent individual who “discovers” the UFO myth, and in the beginning believes in the UFO-ET hypothesis.  Now, some of these new ufologists not only believe in the Flying Saucers folklore but also think in the possibility of making some money with it.

So, after reading some books written for his/her predecessors in the ufological pseudo-science and do some google, they try their hand with a book, a blog or lectures about UFOs and related Memes.

After some time, the new professional ufologists learn that some things sell more than others, and this market law has nothing to do with truth.

When this happens the self proclaimed researchers realize that they are faced with a serious dilemma:  To leave a subculture run by charlatans, crooks and maniacs, or engage in the despicable game.

Of course, if the neo-ufologists are sane, they have learned already that practically the whole UFO mythology is a great quackery.  Just fiction sold as truth.  Repeated unsubstantiated non-events, nonexistent sources, and total disrespect for those who want to believe.

They must choose to leave or remain in the “show”.  The future decision is based on personal ethics … or lack of ethics.

If they remain in the ufological circus, perhaps they can make some easy money, but there are prices to pay.  Cognitive dissonance is one of the consequences of this self-denial.

Someone should write about the sad personal stories of many who chose to remain in the company of charlatans and hoaxsters.


The Internet has revolutionized how information as well as misinformation can be accessed instantaneously.
For many gullible folks among a segment of the society (and there are many such folks in the so-called UFO Community), the Internet has become a cesspool of totally unfounded “facts” created by hucksters and hoaxsters so much so that even college-educated folks seem to fall into it.

Such hucksters and hoaxsters have become so skillful in their “art forms” that it is becoming harder and harder for many folks to distinguish what is true information and what is misinformation.

(Also add to all this those who are propagating the UFO Industry, i.e., some authors, some UFO talk show hosts and many UFO Conference promoters.)

Here is how it works.
Conference promoters sell booths to many vendors (the vast majority of the vendors are propagators of the so-called New Age movement and are vendors of New Age books and trinkets such as crystals, miniature pyramids, fortune telling paraphernalia, New Age DVDs, ad nauseam).
Conference speakers (not only UFO “experts” but also some self-claimed “abductees” and “experiencers”) in turn, get their own booths in order to sell their books (by and large dubiously “substantiated” UFO books), DVDs, etc. etc. ad nauseam).
It’s basically all about selling and selling.
This is why it is called the UFO INDUSTRY.

_The Show Must Go On copia

By the way, Paul Hellyer, former Minister of Defence of Canada, had nothing to do with UFOs while he was in the employ of the Canadian government.   It was only after he had long retired, that he began to read some UFO books and became a believer.  Now he is in high demand as a UFO Conference speaker.

Paul Hellyer

One of the honored speakers of the Hungry Raccoon UFO Conference (above), The Hon. Paul Hellyer,  former Minister of Defence of Canada who states that “Aliens are here, dressed as nuns”.   Watch the following video:

Former Minister of Defence of Canada says: “Aliens are here, dressed as nuns”

Here is another good story-teller, Sean David Morton, a pathological con artist according to many:




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