UFO Conjecture(s)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Jose Caravaca's take on the Kodachrome slides (in Spanish)


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Nick Redfern on the Kodachrome slides, the Roswell/Aztec (possible) connection, and shady characters

Monday, March 23, 2015

It’s all about the bass…..er, slides.

(Apologies to Meghan Trainor)
These are my current stats….the usual 1200 to 1400 visitors daily. But note that spike preceding the normal visitation.

That’s from a posting about the controversial Kodachrome slides.

Despite what one reads or hears, those slides invite visitation and/or comment at blogs that highlight them.

Two of my favorite blogs – Kevin Randle’s and Paul Kimball’s – will get lots of hits when anything about the slides appears.

But when Paul or Kevin or I try to go to something else, UFO related but not about the slides, visitations drop off and comments drop to one or two.

Even The Anomalist indicates ennui about the slides, but visitors there jump to the blogs or web-sites Anomalist notes as containing slides commentary.

Why is this?

The slides invite interest because they seem related to Roswell, Ufology’s holy grail, irrespective of comments by some UFO buffs that Roswell is a dead issue. It isn’t, at least not for UFO cognoscenti.

Roswell is an unclarified mystery, no matter what anyone says or writes.

And then there are the characters connected to the slides (Bernerd and Hilda Ray, and the persons who found and have exploited them), along with those who ballyhoo the slides (the so-called Roswell Dream Team and Mexico’s primary UFO promoter, Jaime Maussan), all linked to iffyness at one time or another, and some shadier than others.

Finally, there are the UFO buffs who feed off the slides (me among them), many unknown but appearing at Kevin’s blog (Daniel Transit, CommanderCronus, Anthony Mugan, Jim Bender, et al.) and a few no one cares about (Bob Koford).

Paul Kimball and I share many of the same visitors and Paul gets a rife of them at his Facebook page.

And our visitors and commentators are, usually(!), more judicious and sensible than those who are wildly commenting at other blogs, not in on the slides information but thinking they have insights of a valuable kind.

And of course there is the ubiquitous David Rudiak, who thinks his speculations (the Ramey memo and missing Mogul ballon number 4) are better than anyone else’s (mine, that Bernerd Ray may have worked for or with that Aztec reprobate, Silas Newton).

The whole slides scene is packed with juicy components: an alleged alien body, a President (Eisenhower) who favored a few cronies with visitation to that body, and machinations involving greed, notoriety, and needful ufological fame.

The slides story is packed with elements that invite interest, at least for those up to unsolved mysteries and intriguing human by-play.

That’s why the Kodachrome slides story will fill a blog’s visitor queue and other UFO tales don’t, at least at the moment.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ufology Used for The Hero's Journey?

The Atlantic (magazine), April 2015, has an article by Gideon Lichfield entitled “Solving the Riddle of Near-Death Experiences" [Page 76 ff.]

I’m not going to highlight the NDE material but, rather, point to this excerpt from the piece:

“… The hero’s journey, or quest narrative, [is] the structure that the American writer and mythologist Joseph Campbell identified and named the ‘monomyth’ in 1949. The quest underlies just about every form of storytelling, from religious myth to Greek epic to Hollywood blockbuster to memoir. In [the] structure, a protagonist is shaken out of his normal way of life by some disturbance and – often reluctantly at first … strikes out on a journey to an unfamiliar realm. There he faces tests, battles enemies, questions the loyalty of friends and allies, withstands a climactic ordeal, teeters on the brink of failure or death, and ultimately returns to where he began, victorious but in some way transformed.

The hero’s journey is so pervasive in storytelling … because it is so aspirational. It offers the possibility of an escape from something that holds [one] back, and a transformation into something better.”

My original thought was to example noted UFO witnesses or abductees who’ve used the monomyth to further their observation or experience.

But then I thought I’d apply to monomyth to those who’ve made ufology the vehicle or modus for their quest.

That is, who in the UFO community, past and present can you cite who seems to be using or used the “hero’s quest” to transform their life from a mundane existence to one that seems significant or transformational?

Among UFO witness or event experiencers I’d cite George Adamski, Betty Hill, Travis Walton for example, but I’m looking for those who aren’t in that category; that is, not a UFO experiencer, per se, or witness to the phenomenon.

I’m wondering who might be noted as using ufology as their map for a hero’s quest, a hero’s journey.

Campbell, offers, in his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces, a retinue of persons we might all agree contain the “Hero” sobriquet rightfully.

But since Mr. Lichfield, in his Atlantic piece, applies the hero’s quest to persons who say they’ve had a near-death experience, diminishing the monomyth thereby, I think we might try to apply the terminology to those who, in ufology, use the idea, because of its assumed universality, as their modus for fame or a transformational legacy.

I won’t name names myself but hope some of you might think this through and provide a few names of those whom you think use the mantle or idea of the “hero’s quest” in their pursuit of the UFO explanation, or even the Roswell explanation, by itself.

(Those interested in Near-Death experiences would do well to seek out the Atlantic/Lichfield piece, which is online I think.)


For those who like the idea of conspiracies, invisible colleges, and mysterious societies

Chapter 75 of Umberto Eco's book


Thursday, March 19, 2015

An example of madness -- UFO madness, not March Madness

A December 1967 alleged UFO sighting and "abduction" by police officer Herbert Schirmer in Ashland, Nebraska vetted by the Condon Committee and UFO researchers examples a kind of madness often found in UFO accounts.

The madness is not a violent kind of madness but a subliminal madness that is pre-psychotic and exacerbated by UFO researchers employing hypnosis, an arcane art that has been discontinued by the psychiatric community and science.

Officer Schirmer reported seeing a strange object while on night patrol but later thought he had experienced missing time.

He reported a craft that looked like this:
And aliens aboard that looked like this:
You can read online accounts of the supposed sighting/event at these sites:



But the best and most thorough account is Kevin Randle's 2008 blog posting:


What intrigues me is how this imagined sighting and abduction was encouraged by hypnosis and the intervention of UFO "researchers" into the mental aberration that afflicted Officer Schirmer, whose life fell apart, accordingly and totally, after the imagined event.

He did not receive sensible or proper psychological help, rather exploited by UFO aficionados and flawed UFO researchers.

Others have been also exploited in similar ways, some capitalizing along with their exploiters (Betty Hill and Travis Walton) and others just exploited (Mannor, Michalak, Taylor, et al.).

This is what Ufology is all about, pretty much: exploitation.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

An Alien Photo?

This photo appeared at http://www.ufobc.ca/yukon/alienphoto.htm with this itemization:

"The following photograph ... appeared in an issue of the Stargate Newsletter, Number 9 February-March 1997 Published by Stargate International (no longer in existence)..."
I found the "photo" interesting, in light of the alleged "alien" depicted in the controversial Kodak slides we have been slobbering about recently. But read from the site noted, above, for more, and check out the site's home page:

Monday, March 16, 2015

A Hoaxed Document?

Kevin Randle presents, at his blog, material about a hoaxed document, with comment from David Rudiak, that I was the person responsible for the fake document.

I have not placed online nor circulated any such document.

I did receive a document with an indication of a Hilda Ray/Newton association, but since there was no way to confirm the source and no second source confirmation, I didn't think the document worthy of public note.

But I did send it to Anthony Bragalia and Nick Redfern for their input and impression and I cautioned them that the thing should remain private.

Someone circulated the document, despite my proviso not do to so and with a caveat that there was no second source confirmation..

That David Rudiak (and others) want to write that I've circulated a fake document, with Mr. Rudiak implying that I've done so many times in the past, is treading interesting legal waters.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Nick Redfern reconsiders the Kodachrome slides


Human Hands/Alien Hands

Hands appear in Paleolithic caves like selfies appear in social media of our time.

Google "cave art hands" and you'll find a plethora of hand-prints by our ancient ancestors.
For some reason our primitive ancestors thought the hand was a sacred (shamanistic) thing or an object of veneration.

I've looked at virtually all of the pertinent cave art, and see only normal hand configurations, most attributed to younger members or female members of ancient societies.

There are no deformed hands -- well a few perhaps -- but most attempts at imprinting hands on cave walls are normal in configuration.

In the current Kodachrome slides tale, the so-called "alien being" photographed is alleged to have four digits, not five.

But even the drawings of supposed aliens touted by Ancient Astronaut theorists have five digits:
This means that either aliens said to have interacted with early humans were normal-handed or the alleged alien in the Kodak slides was from a unique species, new to the Earth in 1947.

Either way, the depiction of hands by our earliest forebears was obsessive. Why?

Friday, March 13, 2015

I want my mummy!

Although I don't think the Kodachrome/Ray slides depict a mummy, Archaeology magazine's January/February 2015 issue has this in "Mummification Before the Pharoahs" by Daniel Weiss:

" ... to improve preservation ... after removing the internal organs [early Egyptians added] natron, a salt that helped dry out the remains."


Thursday, March 12, 2015

A reminder of my Aztec/Roswell speculation from May 2013


A UFO Photo you might like to see:

Kevin Randle mentions this sighting with photo at his blog....but offers no photo.

This photo comes from ProjectParanormal.org

A listing of the sighting also appears in a NICAP archive:


Kevin relates how the Air Force proclaimed the photo a hoax but J. Allen Hynek demmured.

The photo is one typical of those from the time-frame and just before it.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A new site, Aliens Anonymous, is looking for backers and visitors...

Some of you may be interested:


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

One question (for now) to the Roswell "sliders"

How do we know, for sure, that the two slides of the "alien body" were separated from the batch of other slides in the alleged Bernerd/Hilda Ray collection, and placed in a hidden cache in a trunk found at the Ray home?

The 400 (plus two?) slides were held by the finder for ten years, in a garage, unscrutinized or deemed interesting until recently.

What proof do the Roswell sliders have that the two "body" photos were separate and apart from the rest?

That is, the woman who found them and held them provided provenance for the two slides being apart and unique?


Monday, March 09, 2015

Kodachrome “alien slides” side-tracked by Roswell connection

The so-called Roswell slides, those Kodachrome slides of an alleged alien body from the supposed Roswell flying disk crash, have been high-jacked by associating them with Roswell.

UFO “researchers” have always searched for Roswell material by using Google and pre-Google searches with Roswell as the key search word.

The Roswell event isn’t categorized by government and military agencies as a Roswell oriented incident, and the Kodak slides import is not keyed to Roswell either.

Investigators may find material about the 1947 mislabeled Roswell incident by using search terms other than Roswell.

I can make suggestions, as I’ve found slides information by avoiding the monikers and mistaken names or errant locations suffusing the slides debate all over the place.

I’ll be providing some new information about the slides and the named people involved in and with them upcoming; information that Anthony Bragalia and his cohorts do not have, although I’ve passed hints on to them.

As most of you know, I’ve often griped about how sloppy UFO researchers are and have been.

That sloppiness is even worse than I imagined – clues and deep research besmirched by cavalier and biased mind-sets.

Roswell corrupts everything UFO related, because “ufologists” see it as the holy grail of ET visitation, with bodies and evidence that might be recoverable even at this late date.

That mind-set has flawed the search for meaning in the UFO phenomenon.

But as a noted French skeptic often reminds us, “That’s ufology.”


Saturday, March 07, 2015

John Rimmer's Magonia site!

Although the astute Magonia site is long deceased, remnants of it found online are grist for dedicated UFO buffs:

Here are two links:



In the second, you'll find a thorough exegesis of the Scully Aztec tale plus a look at the Airship "fables" (also much more) such as this:

"One of the first incidents occurred in Peru, sometime in 1878. A person who described himself as “A Seraro, Chemist,” told the South Pacific Times of Callao, Peru, that he found a huge aerolite. After digging through several layers of mineral substance he arrived at an inner chamber. Inside this he found the dead body of a 4 1/2-foot tall alien and beside it was a silver plate that was inscribed with hieroglyphics. This writing indicated that the vehicle and its pilot had come from Mars. The New York Times repeated this story ..."


Fort Meyers, Florida Museum Roswell Exhibit 2005

Here is a TIMES newspaper article by Colette Bancroft [March 20, 2005] that reports on a Roswell Exhibit at the Fort Meyers Museum in Florida.

I found this piece in our archives and don't think it came from David Rudiak's web-site as it's a negative-oriented piece about Roswell believers, which seems apropos in the ongoing Kodachrome slides imbroglio:



Some alien (extraterrestrial?) photos from Massimo Polidoro


Friday, March 06, 2015

Linda Moulton Howe's take on the Roswell slides (from her web-site)