|EDITOR AND STILL
James W. Moseley
Volume 50, No. 4
April 15th, 2003
(Whole Number 360)
OUR FIFTIETH YEAR!
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The 40th National UFO Conference (NUFOC) is now definitely scheduled for the weekend of September 6th & 7th at the lovely Beverly-Garland Hotel in Burbank, California. Scheduled speakers include Brian Boldman, the "angel hair" expert; MJ-12 researcher Bob Wood; Derryl Simms; Roger Leir; Donna Higbee; Terry Hansen; Rev. Harrison Bailey; and possibly legendary UFO researcher William Moore, coming out of many years of selfimposed retirement rom the UFO field. Also on the program are your somewhat-fearless "Smear" editor, and local convention host(ess) Ann Druffel. More details will be released as time goes by.
Incidentally, Ann Druffel recently had a mignificent write-up in the April/May issue of "UFO Magazine", in their "MUFON Personalities" column. We look forward to working with her as preparations for this grand conclave proceed!
According to Doleman: The dig site wasn't independently located by the UNM staff! Ufologists Don Schmitt and Tom Carey told them where to dig. Volunteers were provided by the SciFi Channel, among them the daughter of controversial Roswell figure Maj. Edwin Easley. Quoting Doleman, "She got pissed when nothing was found, and complained we were digging the wrong way."
Twenty-five "historic materials of uncertain origin" (HUMOS) were found and bagged. Doleman saw three of them: a "weird orange blob"; something like ribless "duck tape" (!); and "fibers", likely from the nylon ropes used to frame the dig area. Doleman is negotiating another contract with the SciFi Channel under which he would examine and - presumably on TV - report on the bagged goodies now locked away. Whee! Roswell lives!
Now old Erich is about to open an interplanetary theme park near Interlaken, Switzerland, and the project is backed by Big Bucks companies like Coca-Cola. The park will have domes, temples and pyramids, set bizarrely in the midst of plush Alpine scenery, and is expected to attract a half million tourists a year!
Von Daniken won't reveal how big the cost is, or just what his own financial interest in it will be. But there will even be a recreation of England's Stonehenge, and of the infamous group of lines & patterns on the desert near Nazca, Peru. The fun will begin in just a few weeks, so stay tuned! (Credit: Tom Benson) ....
There followed a period of frenzied attention from the media, but Norman never made a dime from his story. Eventually the publicity died down, Norman MuscarelIo went on to serve three tours of duty in Vietnam, and he then lived a pretty average life thereafter. His younger brother remembers him fondly, according to the article...
"...Dubya is a committed tool of the corporate cabal. He willingly faces the public as a functionally illiterate moron, ignorant of even the basics of history, psychology and economic theory, an emotionless weasel incapable of feeling or of showing compassion. Do not underestimate his performance, for he knows quite well what his role really is: spokesperson for the vicious, greed-driven capitalists who will stop at nothing to achieve the prize which so many generations of greed-and-blood-stained skulkers before them worked so patiently to prepare. Completely under the manipulation of 'advisors' and perhaps under some kind of spell cast by the 'voodoo priestess' who serves as a visible prime mover of the agenda (now controlling her second generation of U.S. presidents], Bush Jr. is far more dangerous than his stupidity makes him appear... Carefully prepared ruin and social upheaval, waiting a thousand years for its moment, is suddenly at hand..."
We wonder how Girard expects to sell books when he deliberately pisses off so many people!
The famous actress is generally believed to have died from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills in her Southern California home. But Burlson argues that she was actually killed by U.S. government officials because "she knew too much about the Roswell UFO ccver-up".
We don't swallow this one, but we do believe there's credible evidence that Marilyn was intimate with both former president John Kennedy and his brother Robert - but fortunately not at the same time!
Apparently this is not a typical UFO convention at all, as the sponsoring organizations include such groups as the Astronomical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences; The Shternberg State Astronomical Institute of Moscow State University; and the Federation of Cosmonauts of Russia. But tourists are encouraged to come along. The total cost is said to be about $1,300, but undoubtedly this does not include the money necessary to get to Russia in the first place. Are any "Smear" non-subscribers interested in going? We don't promise to meet you there!...
What's interesting, however, is that Redfern believes that all but the simplest crop circles are man-made, and he has gotten to know a lot of the people who create them. But far from being a cynic, Williams thinks that these man-made circles create an atmosphere for genuine paranormal events to occur. Says he:
"My experience and research have shown me that hundreds of people I have spoken to have had what appear to be genuine paranormal experiences inside man-made crop circles. These range from witnessing balls of light to UFO encounters. I have even met people who claim to have met alien-type humanoids in the circles. The scope and variety of just what people can expect to experience from crop circles is complex...but suffice is to say that the circles bring out external paranormal forces and seem to help people tune into their hidden abilities..."
Anyhow, Rick has taken 42 cases from various sources of that era, including our own "Saucer News", which began publishing in 1954. Annoyingly, he still refuses to skip even one line between stories, telling us that blank space is a waste! This habit makes the booklet harder to read! And there are no illustrations, except on the front & back cover.
In another annoying habit, Rick fails to number the 42 cases in the headings, but puts the item number (only) at the end of the write-up, as a reference to a source list on the back page of the volume. Awkward!
In his introduction, Hilberg mentions a brief UFO sighting he himself had in late 1960. He then proceeds to his 42 items. #2 is one we don't remember, and it's quite different from any sighting we do remember, from that decade or any other. It seems that two boys in Amarillo, Texas, were fishing when they spotted an object that they at first believed to be a balloon. As it came closer they were able to discern that it was shaped like a saucer and about 18 in. in diameter. It passed close to them and then glided slowly over a small nearby hill, where it actually landed! They noticed that the top and bottom sections of the disk were separated by a space (wasted space here!); the bottom part was stationary, while the top part was spinning, and had a little peak sticking out of it. It was blue-grey in color and had no visible connections or openings.
To make a long story short, one of the boys touched it, and the object "felt slick and hot". He bent over to pick it up, but the top section started to revolve, so he let it go. With a whistling sound it took off, spraying the boy's arm and face with some sort of exhaust. Later his arm and face had small warts and redness. No mention is made of any follow-up or adult witnesses.
For more of this sort of thing, send the usual eight bucks to UAPA, 377 Race Street, Berea, Ohio 44017....
Also on hand is another 60-page masterpiece from Tim Beckley' Global Communications (Box 753, New Brunswick, N.J. 08903), price not given. This is an 8 by 11 inch offering, and it is entitled "Planet X and the Coming of the Guardians". The author once again is "Commander X" who is either Beckley himself or one of his stable of underpaid hacks
This booklet asks several reasonable questions, assuming the text is even remotely based on fact. The back cover screams: "DIRE WARNING'. WILL A WANDERING PLANET STRIKE EARTH SOON? Is Our Planet Doomed- Or Will UFO Guardians Destroy 'Planet X' On Our Behalf?" Our answers to these questions would be no and no!
We do give credit to Beckley for grinding out thought-provoking stuff like this for lo these many years!
One of our fans has recently sent us this rare, obscene photo, showing your "Smear" editor giving the Ufologist of the Year award to John A. Keel, apparently at the 1967 National UFO Conference in New York City. That was way back, when we were still speaking to each other!
"Smear" before last, "reformed Adamskiite" Chris Allan touted former Center for UFO Studies chief investigator Allan Hendry's debunking of the statistics in the famed Project Blue Book Special Report #14, asserting Hendry had proved them "virtually worthless".
Actually, this effort in Hendry's generally outstanding and sadly little known and less read 1979 "UFO Handbook" accomplished nothing of the sort. To say it did is like saying "no evidence of the existence of the popularly-termed 'flying saucers' 'was found" in the results of the Battelle Memorial Institute study presented in #14 - as the U.S. Air Force claimed in its press release misrepresenting the then conveniently classified report's data.
Let's consider the facts.
Battelle assessed 2199 object sightings (a total of 3201 cases) received by the USAF from June l, 1947, through Eecember 31, 1952. As Air Force contractors, they were surprised and disappointed to find the percentage of Unknowns - UFOs - correlated directly and dramatically with the quality of witnesses and data. The better the saucer spotters and case data, the greater the percentage of Unknowns, and vice versa: 33.3% of excellent (71 of 213) and 24.8% of good (188 of 757) sightings, an average of 26.7%. were Unknowns (259 of 970); whereas only 13% of doubtful (103 of 794) and 16.6% of poor (72 of 435) sightings, an average 14.2%, came up UFO (175 of 1229). The overall average of unknowns was 19.7% (434 of 2199) - 21.5% of all cases analyzed (689 of 3201).
Attempting to "prove" these pesky UFOs were just a statistical subgroup of the Knowns (birds, planes, balloons, etc.), the investigators selected six reported characteristics - color, number, duration, shape, speed, and light brightness- and performed "chi-squared" tests on them. To their chagrin, in five of the six tests (light brightness came up ambiguous), they found that "the probability is less than 1% that the distributions (Known and Unknown) are the same". In other words, the odds against the UFOs being misidentified "mundanites" were, ahem, astronomical!
Hendry asserted that the content of the data as selected was such that use of the chi-squared test was inappropriate. Thank the gods, I'm no statistician, but given the limited number of characteristics Battelle picked for testing, Hendry probably was correct. However, all this means is that we ought not to hang our hats - or saucers - on this one set of results.
Instead, the more than just statistically significant proportions of Unknowns in Battelle's excellent-good box cries out for subjecting a broader set of characteristics to chi-squared testing and re-analyzing the whole body of the Battelle data using modern computers and statistical tools. The data are still available. Let's crunch and chi-square them and see what we get. Let's "re-do" all elements of the Battelle study, including the attempt to "build" a saucer model, and then add a few. Sounds like a job for the UFO Research Coalition, doesn't it? Count me in. How about you, Chris, and you, Mr. Hendry?
"As usual, the February 5th 'Saucer Smear' had a lot of laughs. I just loved that saucer trike I am in. C. D. Allan complains that I didn't mention Hendry's negative comments about Blue Book Status Report #14. I don't happen to agree with him. I also didn't mention Dr. Bruce Maccabee's comments in the FUFOR edition of #14. I kept pushing #14 because so many in ufology don't seem to be aware of it, because its data negate many of the anti-UFO arguments, because it is the largest official study of UFOs ever done (3201 cases), and because it has categorizations, quality evaluations, & statistical comparisons. The better the quality of the case, the more likely it is to be an UNKNOWN. Duration was longer for UNKNOWNS than for KNOWNS. 240 charts, tables, graphs and maps adorn #l4. My edition includes the press release which demonstrates that the Secretary of the USAF was lying in his teeth about it! - 0nly $25, including priority postage!
"Mike Gensler claims that PU (anonymous Prominent Ufologist) gave a fine synopsis of my work. The point of my letter was to demonstrate that PU was totally off base. My list of about 20 professional groups to which I had spoken pre-1969 (censored by Jim M.) showed that I had certainly done more than speak to college students and at UFO Cons. My comments about the Hill-Fish star map work surprised even Karl Pflock and proved that I was indeed involved. My list of investigations proved that the claim that I hadn't done any was false! I did not present a list of awards - only one, not even bragging about getting Jim's Ufologist of the Year Award twice. I didn't present credentials. I won a debate because the members of the Oxford Debating Society voted afterward. My team got 60% of the vote!
"Matt Graeber's calling me ufology's most vocal cover-up huckster is appreciated. Showing blacked out and whited out classified documents impresses a lot of people, if not Matt. A little laughter never hurt. Kevin Henderson says I get paid for my performances. This is true most of the time. Ask MUFON and Jim and the Aztec Conference and Pat Marcattilio about their speaker fees. I will be giving two talks, 'Star Travel? Yes!' and 'Critiquing the Roswell Critics' in Bordontown, New Jersey, on April 5th and 6th, for Pat..."
"...Miller Johnson's suggestion in the latest 'Smear' that Mothman sightings might be misperceived barn-owl sightings leads to another problem: As Whitley Strieber has shown, owl sightings are often screen memories for alien abductions!
"I am zeroing in on finishing my book chapter, 'Ufology as Anthropology: Race, Extraterrestrials, and the Occult'. I promised a completed draft by the end of the month, and that still looks possible. I will be sending you a draft around the same time for your reactions and comments, or, depending on availability of your time, for your files.
"Today at our local library is the monthly meeting of the local UFO interest group, UFO2U, and I will be there - the first time I will have attended a UFO-group event since moving to Milwaukee. I feel a bit like a recovered alcoholic hesitating at the door of the liquor store. But then again, one little drinkie-poo never hurt anyone!"
"Enclosed is a series of e-mails which resulted in my being dismissed from the Ohio State MUFON elected posts of Secretary, Treasurer, and Newsletter Publisher and Editor. Ohio State MUFON boss, Bill Jones, fired me because I wanted to invite the 'ground troops' to our exclusive 'Executive Council Meeting and Lunch'. Bectel corporate attorney Bill Jones is a good man and he is doing a fine job of whipping those By-Laws into tip-top shape, even if he is not exactly a charismatic leader.
"So, feel free to make use of this material as you see fit. It might make for some juicy copy in the 'Tidbits of Trash' section (whoops! I mean the 'News Briefies')!'
We have no comment on this interesting situation in Ohio MUFON. - Editor.
"Dale Rettig's letter in your Feb. 5th issue made me jealous. I've taken enough psychedelics to qualify for a psychiatric discharge from Society, but never made contact with anything more exotic than a tree. Then I smoked some good old-fashioned weed and discovered Crap Circles, evidently created by a mysterious creature called Bigass. There have been numerous sightings of Bigass in Washington,D.C."
"The Sixth Annual Aztec, New Mexico UFO Symposium was held on the weekend of March 21st-23rd, and was a delightful mix of small-town fun and Serious Ufology. Fears of bad weather (unfounded) and War kept paid attendance down to 75 or 80, about half that of last year. This was unfortunate. Unlike Roswell's annual non-crash fest, this event benefits a good cause, the town's public library.
"Many were disappointed that 'Smear's' own Jim Moseley was unable to be on the program, but the show went on, featuring ten ufological celebrities. Some of the 'acts' were more interesting than others. Ufological audio historian Wendy Conners, who took Moseley's place on the program, played some fascinating and some boring tapes of such luminaries as Edward Ruppelt and, appropriately, Frank Scully. Bruce 'Gulf Breeze' Maccabee talked of the Hidden Truth about Project Twinkle, and occasionally tickled the ivories. (I preferred the latter.)
"Event co-chairman Ted Loman presented a soporific film of his own production, featuring bogus saucer crashes, bogus witnesses to same, and bogus experts such as Wendelle Stevens. 'Smear' Contributing Editor Karl Pflock told us why he thinks the notorious 1952 Florida scoutmaster case was not a hoax. 'Historian' and ufological upstart Richard Dolan, author of the highly uneven 'UFOs and the National Security State', blathered about artificial intelligence and UFOs.
"Stanton Friedman's inevitably not-so-new pitch was devoted to attacks on those who dare to question the reality of his beloved MJ-12. Yawn! Let us hope Jim Moseley can make next year's event and Friedman cannot!"
"I know that in the past you had an antique shop which you've lost plus apartments which are gone. Now apparently you've sold your home. And there's this cryptic comment in a recent 'Smear' that you'll soon be joining Gray Barker. All of this has really, sincerely, left me a bit worried about the Commander. I suspect you've been a lifelong alcoholic and possibly a smoker. Is all of this finally taking a toll on your health? I'm worried...
"All of this may mean that the civilized world that you and I grew up with may be vanishing, if it ever existed. Profanity is rampant and commonplace. Women urinating for the camera is now the thing on video...Technology seems to be increasing while social mores decline. The list of these declines is endless..."
A man from Uckfield, East Sussex, who dreamed he would find treasure buried in his garden spent thousands of pounds digging, and discovered a well with mineral-rich water which is set to make him a fortune. Brighton Eve. Argus, 25 Oct 2001
Jens Lyberth, Greenland's top civil servant, called in a traditional healer, Maannguaq Berthelsen, to drive evil spirits from a government office in the capital Nuuk before moving in. After protests that such "mumbo jumbo" made Greenland a joke, Lyberth was sacked and the ruling coalition of the semi-autonomous Danish territory collapsed. Guardian, Ananova, 15 Jan 2003.
STRANGE OBJECTS OF DESIRE
Jean Curtis filed for divorce from her husband lan, 42, a former military policeman, after finding him on the sofa in their Glasgow flat, clad in blouse and rubber stockings, having sex with a frozen chicken. She said: "My jaw just dropped. I said, 'You dirty bugger, that's my Sunday lunch'. He was calm as you like and said, 'It's all riqht - we can still eat it', I kicked him out.
NEST OF THIEVES|
Police cordoned off a Bangladeshi village populated entirely by thieves after politicians demanded they be evicted. In a recent census, the residents of Jahanpur all listed their occupation as "thief". A police spokesman said: "These people do not know any other means of livelihood." Metro, 16 Sept; The Week, 21 Sept 2002.
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