One of the problems with the UFO community – and there are
many – that is irritating in the extreme, is the wayward direction(s) that
I only regularly visit a few
web-sites and blogs (Kevin Randle’s. The Anomalist, Eric Wargo's TheNightshirt, and sometimes
Mysterious Universe) and the one that gives me the most heartburn is my pal
Kevin allows some of his visitors
carte blanche to be discursive and/or ignorant. And he gives David
Rudiak free rein to hog-tie readers to protracted sidebars that often have
little to do with the topic at hand.
At this blog, I keep a tight rein
on comments, as you know. Few avatar-identified commenters show up in the
(I know that most UFO buffs are
homely and have to hide photos of their real façade, but couldn’t they pick an
avatar that has some class instead of the goofy-ass images they often adopt?)
In Kevin’s recent postings about
the 1964 Socorro event, he has suffered side-tracks, mostly from Mr. Rudiak.
That bear no, or little, relationship to the point(s) that Kevin is trying to
This is typical of many UFO
aficionados. They have particular interest in a UFO case and some minute detail
in it. (For me, it’s the symbol in the Socorro sighting, as you well know.)
When a UFO case, old or new, is
proffered for discussion, those who have an obsession with some aspect of the
case impale readers with their obsession, no matter how irrelevant it may be.
In the Socorro incident, Mr.
Rudiak, for example, is locked in to the whereabouts of Officer Chavez, a
fellow-cop with Lonnie Zamora.
Readers often tell me that the
symbol is insignificant, in context of the whole Socorro episode, but I’ve
never seen a distaste for Mr. Rudiak’s Chavez obsession, except from Mr.
Mr. Rudiak’s modus operandi
has always been, especially in the Roswell incident, to lead readers away from
the truly significant elements, taking them to minute aspects that can’t be
pinned down or explored because they were so under-reported at the time, and
even now have no value in pursuit of the Roswell truth(s).
Yet, Mr. Randle consoles Mr.
Rudiak’s misplaced adventures, because Mr. Randle is a polite gentleman.
At other blogs and websites, the
owners of them want to stuff their venue with anything so as to appear popular
or to accrue web clicks and gather a few pennies from advertisers. Frank
Warren’s site, The UFO Chronicles is like that, an observation I made a while
back, losing his friendship for pointing that out.
There are dozen’s of distractions
that take UFO buffs off course in their belabored pursuit of the UFO reality.
Again, here, at this blog, my
“friend” Aaron Sakulich [aka Zoam Chomsky] likes to badgers commenters and me
with his idea that UFOs do not exist, and never have, because there is no
concrete evidence for their reality, only reports of them: nothing tangible has
ever surfaced to show that UFOs exist. He uses the “Null Hypothesis” to bolster
his erratic view.
When I was in college and
absorbed by classes in Abnormal Psychology, we (the class) often were taken on
field trips to Eloise Hospital (Wayne County General Hospital) to interact with
and observe patients there who were “diagnosed” with schizophrenia or other
debilitating mental aberrations.
The doctors at the hospital and
our professor(s) never, as I recall, said such patients had a disease, a matter
which Dr. Thomas Szasz has been livid about in many of his writings, and which
I’ll be dealing with, in the UFO context upcoming.
The doctors treated schizophrenic
patients as if the voices they heard and the visions they allegedly were
persecuted by were a reality – for the patient. And I have always thought that
such schizophrenic visions and voices had a “reality” that we “normal” folks
were not privy to.
This is how UFOs should be seen:
as a reality for those who have seen them, or those who think they are real,
because “normal’ people have reported seeing them.
To debunk that reality, via the
(goofy) Null Hypothesis, takes away the prospect of investigation of an odd
perception of something that is rampant in the social milieu under the
Getting side-tracked or off
course when it comes to the UFO topic is understandable, as the followers of
the phenomenon are often skewed toward ignorance and non-think, suffused in
belief rather than a scientific, intellectual (intelligent) scrutiny of the
But those who exploit that
ignorance with attempts at derogatory onslaughts or side-trips to meaningless
detail merely exacerbate the confusing environment that has evolved about flying
saucers/UFOs under the sobriquet of Ufology.
If Kevin Randle would clamp down
on his wayward readers and hog-tie David Rudiak’s nonsense and Zoam Chomsky
would understand that his Null Hypothesis is just silly, that would go a long
way to cleansing the UFO topic of its current effluvia in our neck of the UFO