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NEOWatcher
2007-Mar-20, 04:46 PM
Ok; how about a thread to put mainstream news outlets, and thier UFO stories.

To start you off :
Mysterious Light In The Sky (http://www.woio.com/) (sorry, not a direct link, althought it's currently one of the top stories)

Looks like a paper bag blowing in the wind.

Tired for 3 days? That sounds like one heck of a hangover.

eburacum45
2007-Mar-22, 06:58 AM
Thanks for that.
Unfortunately the news item you linked to is not on that page; many newspapers change their front page regularly and you need to find the actual story to make a permanenet link (this also applies to APOD and other regularly updated sites).

I would add that UFO stories are not necessarily associated with 'Life in Space' as such, although there isn't a specific section for them. They have appeared in 'Off-topic Babbling' before now, as well as in this section. I'm quite happy to have such stories in this section, myself, but others may disagree.

NEOWatcher
2007-Mar-22, 12:56 PM
Thanks for that.
Unfortunately the news item you linked to is not on that page; many newspapers change their front page regularly and you need to find the actual story to make a permanenet link (this also applies to APOD and other regularly updated sites).
Yep, and I do that when I can; unfortunately with TV-News, they tend to put videos in a Javascript Launch instead of providing some sort of URL. I could probably get a URL if I used thier "send story in an email", but then they would have my email.

I would add that UFO stories are not necessarily associated with 'Life in Space' as such, although there isn't a specific section for them. They have appeared in 'Off-topic Babbling' before now, as well as in this section. I'm quite happy to have such stories in this section, myself, but others may disagree.
I'm still deciding on that. I firmly believe they should be babbling. But this is a site for people to come and find answers. Someone who thinks ET when it comes to UFO will probably come to this forum first because they are thinking life in space.

NEOWatcher
2010-Dec-16, 06:21 PM
All this time, and no entries to the thread?

Ok; I'll bump it with this (headline pulled from CNN's main page)

UFO shot down over nuclear plant (http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/12/16/israel.negev.shootdown/index.html?hpt=Sbin)
ooooh, wow, Oh my, panic mode...

Hold on a second...

The object could have been a party balloon, the IDF said, but forces have not yet found the debris to determine what it was.

Swift
2010-Dec-16, 09:20 PM
By request of the OP and agreement by the moderators, this thread is moved from Life in Space to SML

NEOWatcher
2010-Dec-16, 09:24 PM
Thank you;

Rarely (dare I say "never"?) does a UFO in the news actually have to do with life in space.

NEOWatcher
2011-Aug-01, 08:26 PM
At least this one doesn't imply ET.

Did You See A U.F.O. In Vestal? (http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Did-You-See-A-UFO-In-Vestal-126521733.html)

In an email, Titus wrote, "It sat there for about ten seconds and then it shot up like a bullet and vanished."
He says at least ten people saw it happen.

NEOWatcher
2012-Jun-14, 07:34 PM
Drone mistaken for ‘UFO,’ creates panic on DC highway (http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/06/14/drone-mistaken-for-ufo-creates-panic-on-dc-highway/?test=latestnews)

Panic? Really? :rolleyes:

ToSeek
2012-Jun-15, 01:53 PM
Drone mistaken for ‘UFO,’ creates panic on DC highway (http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/06/14/drone-mistaken-for-ufo-creates-panic-on-dc-highway/?test=latestnews)

Panic? Really? :rolleyes:

We DC-area residents are tender, nervous souls who don't like surprises.

NEOWatcher
2012-Jun-19, 06:47 PM
We DC-area residents are tender, nervous souls who don't like surprises.
They certainly seem to invoke a lot of surprises on us...

Oh wait...you said residents... not those other people in DC.

HenrikOlsen
2012-Jun-22, 05:35 AM
Drone mistaken for ‘UFO,’ creates panic on DC highway (http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/06/14/drone-mistaken-for-ufo-creates-panic-on-dc-highway/?test=latestnews)

Panic? Really? :rolleyes:
Since some drones are unmanned armed warplanes and actively being used for political assassinations, thinking it was a drone would really be more reason for panicking.

NEOWatcher
2012-Jul-18, 07:13 PM
The CT's are using a new "tool" to "find" UFOs.
'Invisible UFOs' fill the skies (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48226830/ns/technology_and_science-science/)
I don't know how they can say they fill the skies when they show just one sighting.


"[We] have ruled out birds, bugs, airplanes, helicopters, and even flying drones by comparing them side by side as a point of reference," Cuellar told Life's Little Mysteries. This seems to leave just one explanation: It's a cloaked alien spaceship.
Judging by the video, they didn't exactly pick good examples for thier side by side. The plane they compared it too was fairly close, and from the side. I'd like to see a comparison to a plane farther away and almost head on.

Not only that, but if they rule out the mundane with a side by side comparison, then the cloaked alien spaceship should be deemed possible by showing it side by side with a known alien spaceship. [rhetorically] Is that too much to ask?

Oh wait, let's get a more reasonable explaination.

Not so, according to Ben McGee, a geoscientist, aerospace consultant, UFO skeptic and lead field researcher on the National Geographic series "Chasing UFOs."
Oh wait. We have an entire thread about the problems with that show.

Show me why it has to be a drone.

publiusr
2012-Jul-20, 10:36 PM
Just another kind of camera artifact.

tnjrp
2012-Oct-03, 05:04 AM
Cincinnatti has apparently been at the focus of the UFO proponents' gaze since mysterious lights were videoed on the sky there on September 28 (and the said video posted on U-t00b on 29th). Now the actual shooter of the video has apparently become a bit of spoilsport:
http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/02/14188819-ufo-case-solved-in-cincinnati?lite

NEOWatcher
2012-Oct-25, 05:33 PM
UFO Spotted In Southern Illinois (http://kplr11.com/2012/10/24/ufo-spotted-near-hecker-il/?hpt=us_bn9)
Well; Venus (et al) was not in that direction at that time... Could be a blimp, helicopters at a distance, etc, etc.
But; based on the pictures, I think Balok sent out another marker bouy

Swift
2012-Oct-25, 05:41 PM
But; based on the pictures, I think Balok sent out another marker bouy
:lol:
Exactly what I was thinking (http://hot4spock.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/corbomite3.png?w=373&h=268)

tnjrp
2012-Nov-15, 10:16 AM
Heavy UFO traffic in Denver:
http://kdvr.com/2012/11/08/mile-high-city-mystery-ufo-sightings-in-sky-over-denver/

NEOWatcher
2012-Nov-15, 02:11 PM
Arg; they disabled videos at work and I keep forgetting to view that at home.

The man who brought the video to our attention believes the UFOs are launching and landing near 56th Ave. and Clay Street in Denver. A Map shows only homes in the area.
And nobody there knows or witnessed it even though it's several times a week?
There's a fire department a few hundred feet from there, and a certain church (who call themselves witnesses. :p)

From what I see on google, he was several miles from the alleged launch site. Nobody thought to go there?

tnjrp
2012-Nov-16, 06:25 AM
This does remind me of a FUFORA case a year or two back in which somebody claimed a UFO had landed on the roof of an opposing building and sat there for IIRC more than a week. I do believe they finally send someone to investigate but suppose either the aliens had already taken off by then or it wasn't the xenos after all :D

tnjrp
2012-Nov-29, 07:48 AM
Oh dear.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2012/11/28/ufos_over_denver_are_insects.html

SeanF
2012-Nov-29, 04:11 PM
Oh dear.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2012/11/28/ufos_over_denver_are_insects.html
I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords...

NEOWatcher
2012-Nov-29, 08:06 PM
Oh dear.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2012/11/28/ufos_over_denver_are_insects.html
Here's the "Oh Dear" that I see in that article.

With this in mind, I contacted Hemmat at KDVR to see if I could talk her into doing a follow-up. To her great credit, she replied almost immediately and was open to the idea, but she didn’t think her bosses would allow much more time to do more investigation.
Nope... they got their shock story, and made their money. Facts don't matter.

Solfe
2012-Nov-30, 04:22 AM
So what happens to all of the Buggy UFO's when 3D cameras start to take off?

NEOWatcher
2012-Nov-30, 01:37 PM
So what happens to all of the Buggy UFO's when 3D cameras start to take off?
There's still a few options:
1) The same thing that they do now... Don't use the technology that helps identify it.
2) Announce that UFO's have technology that only allows viewing from one direction or live partially in unseen dimensions.

tnjrp
2012-Dec-07, 07:53 AM
Interstellar pirate radio station:
http://io9.com/5965740/new-video-captures-enormous-ufo-hovering-over-hawaii-broadcasting-music

NEOWatcher
2012-Dec-07, 06:16 PM
Interstellar pirate radio station:
http://io9.com/5965740/new-video-captures-enormous-ufo-hovering-over-hawaii-broadcasting-music
Considering io9 also serves as a SciFi site, and the source of the video is a ufo site, and there is no information about the source of the videos, then I am willing to let that one flounder in the non-news catagory.

tnjrp
2013-Mar-07, 05:37 AM
Russel Crowe tries to photograph fruit bats, gets a UFO instead -- or maybe not:
http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/06/17213066-russell-crowes-ufo-video-explained

NEOWatcher
2013-Mar-07, 06:05 PM
Russel Crowe tries to photograph fruit bats, gets a UFO instead -- or maybe not:
http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/06/17213066-russell-crowes-ufo-video-explained
Bravo to cosmiclog for giving it some reality.
Especially with the video from ParaBreakdown's Phil Poling. That video is a great analysis of the situation. Mystery solved.
Now; I'd like Crowes rebuttal

I looked for this thread after seeing CNN's take on the situation (http://us.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c2#/video/showbiz/2013/03/07/erin-crowe-spots-ufo-in-australia.cnn). Shame on them. Nothing but Celebrity says, and Mufon says, so it must be something unexplainable. No details AT ALL.

tnjrp
2013-May-02, 11:59 AM
News item about a UFO sighting at Glasgow airport -- 6 months ago:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/05/01/passenger-plane-jet-ufo-glasgow-airport_n_3191347.html

The conspiracy has kept this under wraps until now, I'm sure.

NEOWatcher
2013-May-02, 12:46 PM
The conspiracy has kept this under wraps until now, I'm sure.
Or at least until it was published about a month after the incident.

Another one of those "could be anything" sightings especially with the media picking out the soundbites.
"Bigger than a balloon"? How about telling us what kind of balloon.
Also; if the pilot couldn't determine it's direction, then how can he say it was moving quickly?
Not that I would expect this kind of detail in an article, but how did he determine it was 400 feet below?

But; I'm not going to pick on the media this time. In this day and age of (over?) concern about threats on airliners and in airline safety, it is perfectly understandable that these things hit the news. Unfortunately; these things tend to be taken out of context.

tnjrp
2013-Jul-09, 07:54 AM
The subject already got a mention because of the Google doodle, but here's a bit more on That Big UFO Incident, 66 years on:
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/after-66-years-roswell-ufo-incident-belongs-ages-6C10570916

SphinxCore
2013-Jul-10, 04:35 PM
Interestingly enough back in the 1960 the question of ET was posed to the Brookings Institution. In the report returned it was suggested many human societies (especially anti-science groups) would not handle the news well and under certain circumstances the various governments might want to keep a lid on things.

I've heard enough people refer to "Proposed Studies on the Implications of Peaceful Space Activities for Human Affairs" as being enough to point to government cover ups. The funny part is the very people who use the study as 'evidence' that a cover up is going on don't even blink every time something meant to be a big government secret hits the news.

Has ET visited? Possibly, but if so those visitors have probably decided that humanity just isn't ready to hear from them.

NEOWatcher
2013-Jul-10, 05:00 PM
Interestingly enough back in the 1960 the question of ET was posed to the Brookings Institution.
It would be interesting to see the results if that study were done today.

A lot of society and Sci-Fi has changed in the last 53 years.
My guess is that those results would change dramatically.
- Just think how the films of the 1950's treated aliens.
- We've learned a great deal about space, and have been there.
- There seems to be more taught about space than had been back then.

SphinxCore
2013-Jul-10, 05:37 PM
It would be interesting to see the results if that study were done today.

A lot of society and Sci-Fi has changed in the last 53 years.
My guess is that those results would change dramatically.
- Just think how the films of the 1950's treated aliens.
- We've learned a great deal about space, and have been there.
- There seems to be more taught about space than had been back then.

While some things have changed quite a bit, I don't believe they've changed quite that much, yet.
One main difference I see between the treatment of 'aliens' in the films of the 50s and today is the special effects are better today.
Maybe I'm cynical, but scientific advances over the last fifty years aside, in a social sense humans just haven't advanced that much.

HenrikOlsen
2013-Jul-10, 08:50 PM
The main difference is that now 90+% of all people in the developed world carries a high quality camera 90+% of their waking hours.

The question has quietly been answered already.

tnjrp
2013-Jul-11, 05:11 AM
Maybe I'm cynical, but scientific advances over the last fifty years aside, in a social sense humans just haven't advanced that much.I do believe you are indeed erring on the cynical side, or just making the quite common mistake that "everything must improve steadily all the time or there is no improvement". I'm sure that particular "fallacy" has some fancy name too but I can't be bothered to look it up just now.

Off topic, of course.

More to the point of the thread, it looks like Tim Herbert of "Did it really happen?" fame is going to seriously tackle the Minot AFB UFO case which IMCO is one of the more interesting ones in the entire UFO history. Which is good because I think he's done some quite decent work on some other cases in the past:
http://timhebert.blogspot.fi/2013/07/a-preview-of-minot-ufo-event-oct-24-1968.html

eburacum45
2013-Jul-11, 10:45 AM
There should be no doubt that we are living in one of the most peaceful eras in human history, so I think that cynicism about the human condition is misplaced.

HenrikOlsen
2013-Jul-11, 11:34 AM
There should be no doubt that we are living in one of the most peaceful eras in human history, so I think that cynicism about the human condition is misplaced.
Where do you get your news? Fox?

galacsi
2013-Jul-11, 11:42 AM
There should be no doubt that we are living in one of the most peaceful eras in human history, so I think that cynicism about the human condition is misplaced.

YESSIR ! There should be no doubt ,but if there still is , what to do ? Let's bomb all these cynical doubters ! :D


Edit : Sorry for derailing this good thread. And I know I have a poor excuse ; I was not the first one.

eburacum45
2013-Jul-11, 11:56 AM
Where do you get your news? Fox?
I am not familiar with Fox, thank goodness.

The fact is that there are lower rates of warfare, lower rates of violence, better education and better nutrition in general across the world.
See
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/opinion/sunday/war-really-is-going-out-of-style.html?_r=0

HenrikOlsen
2013-Jul-11, 06:41 PM
I can't think of a period without armed conflict at any time I've been alive.
Killing your opponents (and whoever is close to them) doesn't stop being warfare just because you do it with drones.
The Middle East hasn't changed. ETA: and won't until the oil wells and the Jordan river runs dry.
Africa isn't any quieter.
Basically the only thing that's slowed down a bit is Europe, and thst looks to be a matter of time before another conflict breaks out.

Note that the article explicitly excludes civil wars and any other conflict not between national states.

NEOWatcher
2013-Jul-18, 05:03 PM
Even less information than the typical "what was that?" ufo story...
What is it? Mystery lights over IOP have some scratching heads (http://www.abcnews4.com/story/22871423/what-is-it-mystery-lights-over-iop-have-some-scratching-heads)
"some" and "witnesses"... Who? how many. I heard one guy with a cell phone and I don't know if he was talking to someone or to himself.
Direction? Altitude? Anything?
Maybe this should be a poll... can you see it in the video?

At least they inquired to see if it was a weather balloon. :rofl:

neilzero
2013-Jul-18, 06:43 PM
I reread the last ten posts to see if someone thought the ET had caused humans to be less war like, but it does not seemed to be inferred, so I suppose the thread was derailed.
There does not seem to be any low cost or even medium cost way to collect significantly better data about possible ET interactions on Earth. Lots of trillion dollar options, but few would agree to spending that much money. Neil

Jeff Root
2013-Jul-18, 08:59 PM
Interestingly enough back in the 1960s the question of
ET was posed to the Brookings Institution. In the report
returned it was suggested many human societies (especially
anti-science groups) would not handle the news well and
under certain circumstances the various governments might
want to keep a lid on things.


It would be interesting to see the results if that study were
done today.

A lot of society and Sci-Fi has changed in the last 53 years.
My guess is that those results would change dramatically.
- Just think how the films of the 1950's treated aliens.
- We've learned a great deal about space, and have been there.
- There seems to be more taught about space than had been
back then.
The BIG difference between 1960 and today is that back
then, how people would respond to the idea of ET was pure
speculation, based on nothing, while today we have a public
which has been thoroughly exposed to the idea of ET in TV
and movies for decades. ET isn't an alien idea anymore.

I think it was about 1962 when I saw a low-budget movie
on TV titled 'The Man from Planet X'. I thought that at last,
here was a realistic depiction of how an alien might look.
He wore a spacesuit, which became a crucial part of the plot
when a mean, self-serving human wanted to control him,
and did so by controlling his unEarthly air supply. The ET
was not a bad guy, although I think he did carry and use a
weapon when forced to. Other movies from the 1950s that
I think of are 'This Island Earth', 'The 27th Day', and of
course, 'The Day the Earth Stood Still'. While all of them
posed a danger to and problems for humans, none of them
were attacking Earth or intending to hurt humans, and in
general they were intelligent, friendly, and trying to be
helpful to humans. There was a lot of SF around not based
on 'War of the Worlds'.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

publiusr
2013-Jul-19, 09:30 PM
A lot of talk about an alien signal detected at 1440.00 mhz and at 1445.35 mhz recently, and this
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/29jun_hiddenportals/

And now folks take it completely out of context
http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/03/08/nasa-discovers-hidden-portals-in-earths-magnetic-field/

NEOWatcher
2013-Jul-22, 01:57 PM
And now folks take it completely out of context
http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/03/08/nasa-discovers-hidden-portals-in-earths-magnetic-field/
Wow, it takes a good wordsmith to surround a concept with such deception without calling the phenomenon itself as something "otherworldly" and still leave the reader thinking this is a concept that mainstream science can't explain.

NEOWatcher
2013-Jul-30, 05:43 PM
Just another cattle mutilation, but with some wording I question.

Missouri rancher suspects aliens mutilated her cows (http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/national/wewsmissouri-rancher-suspects-aliens-mutilated-her-cows1375147798612)


With all other reasonable causes debunked,
How can a reasonable cause be debunked? Wouldn't a cause need to be bunk before it is debunked?

Maybe too much for the story, but I would like to see what reasoning they have against reasonable explainations like cult rituals.


Mitchell said she is open to the possibility that extraterrestrial life could be responsible.
That's not the same as suspecting it is true. She was probably answering a loaded question to begin with.


Similar cases of animal mutilation have been reported in Missouri in the past few years. The FBI nearly investigated in the 1970s. With the unsolved mysteries looming, aliens have become a common answer.
What? They nearly investigated something 40 years before it happened?

Besides, How do you "nearly" investigate something?

SeanF
2013-Jul-30, 08:45 PM
Besides, How do you "nearly" investigate something?
Ask the reporter who wrote that article.

Jeff Root
2013-Jul-31, 02:56 AM
The cattle mutilations apparently either started happening
or first got widespread attention in the 1970's. It was a hot
topic on talk radio at the time. The only hypothesis that I
remember being discussed was aliens. That is obviously
what is referred to as nearly being investigated by the FBI.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

HenrikOlsen
2013-Jul-31, 09:39 AM
I have to say humans with thoroughly perverted sexual tastes sounds far more likely to me.:(

John Mendenhall
2013-Jul-31, 05:05 PM
I have to say humans with thoroughly perverted sexual tastes sounds far more likely to me.:(

Or a taste for broiled cow tongue and no money. It's one of the finest examples of irresponsible reporting that I have ever seen or heard.
Yes, I bet the lady is irritated. That's a big and unnecessary financial loss. Cows ain't cheap!

tnjrp
2013-Aug-01, 04:50 AM
It would be interesting to see if anything relevant would ever be caught on cameras she implied she might be willing to install. Probably won't tho because it'd be too expensive.

Are any other animals besides cows being targeted? Or is cow udders soup the only meat dish Zeta Reticulians eat?

tnjrp
2013-Aug-06, 11:14 AM
Minor progress by Tim Herbert on his Minot case analysis:
http://timhebert.blogspot.fi/2013/07/minots-1968-ufos-sighting-methodology.html

With lots of commentary from Tom Tulien.

NEOWatcher
2013-Aug-07, 05:53 PM
Minor progress by Tim Herbert on his Minot case analysis:
Sorry; But I don't consider some UFO research blogger to be "mainstream News" as mentioned in the first post, nor do I consider ongoing research to be a "random sighting".

NEOWatcher
2013-Aug-14, 04:17 PM
UFO over San Antonio? Skygazer captures video of mysterious orb (http://www.kens5.com/news/UFO-over-San-Antonio-Skygazer-shares-video-of-mysterious-orb-219436781.html?hpt=us_bn8)

Another person who doesn't understand data compression.
And another TV station that doesn't care about facts that panders to anyone looking for their 15 minutes.

This should be the first sign of a problem:

he caught the orb by leaving the camera running for hours at his southeast-side house -- a technique known as skyfishing.

This should be the next:

Video footage taken in San Antonio has been posted to an alien watch site.

NEOWatcher
2013-Aug-16, 06:34 PM
UFO Spotted In Southern Illinois (http://kplr11.com/2012/10/24/ufo-spotted-near-hecker-il/?hpt=us_bn9)
Well; Venus (et al) was not in that direction at that time... Could be a blimp, helicopters at a distance, etc, etc.
But; based on the pictures, I think Balok sent out another marker bouy
For another story I ran across to see if it was related, I noticed this one has been updated.
Officer Says Mysterious Lights A Satellite; Not UFO (http://kplr11.com/2012/10/26/officer-says-mysterious-lights-a-satellite-not-ufo/)

A St. Clair County Sheriff Deputy who saw the lights says itís most likely a satellite not a UFO.
Well, that solves that. :rolleyes:


Anyway, here is the story today
Oh, that mysterious UFO? Turns out it was ... (http://www.nbcnews.com/science/oh-mysterious-ufo-turns-out-it-was-google-6C10935750)
I know I saw some news somewhere describing this "double tube" UFO. I jsut can't find it.


a Google-financed tech endeavor code-named Project Loon. "The people in Pike County were witnessing a test of Project Loon, a breathtakingly ambitious plan to bring the Internet to a huge swath of as-yet-unconnected humanity ó via thousands of solar-powered, high-pressure balloons floating some 60,000 feet above Earth [...] The balloons stayed aloft for 11 days before reaching Canada

I love the potential irony, UFO reports on the internet being broadcast using those same UFOs.

NEOWatcher
2013-Dec-31, 03:47 PM
More of a crop circle story, but "strange" lights that could be the UFO that created it.
Crop circle spotted in California (http://us.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2013/12/31/crop-circles-earlystart.cnn&hpt=hp_t2&from_homepage=yes&video_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fus.cnn.com%2F#/video/bestoftv/2013/12/31/crop-circles-earlystart.cnn) (cnn video)

Of course, the green lights have nothing to do with the laser pointers they were probably using to lay out the crop circle. ;)

I wonder how long it took the reporter to find a "skeptic" that thinks it was alien.

NEOWatcher
2014-Jan-02, 06:57 PM
And now CNN has an update to the story.
Even though there are witnesses to the pranksters actually doing it, CNN still seems to cling to the "Alien" aspect of it.

(Psst, aliens) Elaborate crop circle in California mowed down (http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/01/us/california-crop-circle-gone/index.html?hpt=hp_t2)
It would have been nice if those witnesses actually wrote down the license plates of the hoaxers.
I'm sure the farmer has some losses from this.
Couldn't the reporters ask questions like that instead of trying to find the believer and skeptic for the alien aspect?

joema
2014-Jan-04, 11:15 PM
There were numerous UFO sightings in California several days ago, and fairly widespread media coverage: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/01/reports-of-ufo-sightings-across-california/

Unfortunately none of the approx 6.5 million people in the central California region took any good photos or video of it.

NEOWatcher
2014-Jan-06, 03:13 PM
Unfortunately none of the approx 6.5 million people in the central California region took any good photos or video of it.
They give a quick "could be" at the end, but by that time, many readers have already fallen for the unidentified aspect. And the "could bes" weren't even convincing. Sounds definitely like chinese lanterns. But; with a video of a dot in the sky, who knows?

NEOWatcher
2014-Jan-06, 06:15 PM
Just a follow up story (http://us.cnn.com/2014/01/06/tech/california-crop-circle-hoax/index.html?hpt=hp_t2) on the crop circle.
It was a very elaborate publicity stunt. (surprised?)
What they don't say is if the farmer was in on in (I would assume so, and also assume he was compensated well).

It's just a deadly circle. Publicity stunt is a news story because the media can twist it into profits, which prompts more publicity stunts because it works. And; spawns a lot of malicious copycats.

joema
2014-Jan-07, 05:47 PM
...But; with a video of a dot in the sky, who knows?
I know we've discussed this before, but: decades ago one could always argue Farmer Brown didn't have his Box Brownie film camera when the UFO landed on the "back forty".

For similar "close encounters" everyone has a cell phone nowadays, yet you never see the close-up photos showing rivets, dust, scratch marks, insignia, etc.

Today there are hundreds of millions of digital cameras and camcorders produced each year, some with stabilized 20x to 50x (!!!) optical zoom lenses. They are relatively inexpensive and ubiquitous. For distant encounters (like the recent California event), a bona-fide "alien" UFO would not remain a tiny dot in the sky, against this modern onslaught of digital imaging.

Due to these vast improvements, people have no difficulty producing increasingly detailed images of transient, unpredictable phenomena like tornadoes, plane crashes, meteors, etc. Only "alien" UFOs remain perpetually dots in the sky.

NEOWatcher
2014-Jan-07, 07:03 PM
Due to these vast improvements, people have no difficulty producing increasingly detailed images of transient, unpredictable phenomena like tornadoes, plane crashes, meteors, etc. Only "alien" UFOs remain perpetually dots in the sky.
But those unpredictable phenomena are either natural or man-made. Only aliens can make themselves look like a dot. ;)