Archive for June 28th, 2012
After 34 years and due to the tenacious efforts of Adelaide based researcher Keith Basterfield, we can all now look at the previously restricted Department of Transport file V116/783/1047, available in digital form at the National Archives of Australia web site. I last saw this file back in late 1982 while siting in front of Mr. A. Woodward at the Melbourne office of the Bureau of Air Safety Investigation. He had the file open in front of him while answering my questions. I was trying not to be too obviously seen reading the file in its upside down perspective.
From my “UFO Sub Rosa document:
In November, 1982, I was finally given official permission to examine the Department of Aviation UFO files, but was specifically denied access to the Valentich files on the grounds that they were Air Accident Investigation files and not UFO files. Mr. Hughes of Air Safety elaborated, “the file concerning this occurrence is no more or less restricted than any other accident investigation file. As a signatory to the International Convention on Civil Aviation, we subscribe to the Standards and Recommended Practices contained in Annex 13 to the Convention, in respect of aircraft accident investigation, specifically, when it is considered that the disclosure of records, for the purposes other than accident prevention, might have an adverse effect on the availability of information in that or any future investigation, such records are considered privileged.” While in Melbourne examining the Aviation Department’s UFO files, I was able to have a lengthy discussion on the Valentich affair with Mr. A. Woodward, the signatory on the official Aircraft Accident Investigation Summary Report, dated May 27th, 1982. He largely reiterated the official department line, emphasising that they were treating the matter as only an “air accident” investigation. He dwelt on a long list of prosaic explanations ranging from diorientation, suicide, to the unlikely prospect of the plane being struck by a meteorite, but conceded that the affair was still unresolved.
“So there is much that suggests a UFO connection with the disappearance of (Frederick) Valentich, but unfortunately a final answer eludes us, preventing the comfort of certainty… We must remember that a family waits for an answer that so far has never come. I hope that some day they will find that answer.”
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WikiLeaks' Assange defiant over UK police request
Buenos Aires Herald
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said it was almost certain he would not leave his embassy refuge on Friday to enter a British police station as part of his extradition process to be questioned in Sweden about sex-crime allegations.
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While we’re waiting for results of our latest analyses of Canadian UFO data during 2010 and 2011, let’s look at what the latest poll has to say about UFOs.
A poll released yesterday by the National Geographic Channel found that 36 per cent of Americans believe UFOs exist. The poll was conducted by Kelton Research for NatGeo as a marketing campaign advertising the new NatGeo show Chasing UFOs that premieres this week. They did the survey between May 21 and May 29, 2012, “using e-mail invitations and online surveys.” It was noted there was a sampling error of 2.9 points.
The survey noted that 80 million Americans (36 per cent) are sure UFO exist, 17 per cent do not think they exist, and 48 per cent aren’t sure.
The first poll to ask the same (or similar, I think) question was done by Gallup in 1966, and found that 46 per cent thought UFOs were real, while 29 per cent thought UFOs were just the product of imaginations. Gallup’s re-poll in 1971 found 51 percent in favour and 28 per cent against. In 1978, the percentages were 57 per cent and 27 per cent, respectively. In 1987, Gallup found 49 percent thought UFOs were “real,” and 30 percent thought they were imaginary, while 21 per cent were “not sure.”
A Canadian Gallup Poll in 1974 found that 53 per cent of Canadians thought UFOs were “real,” and 26 per cent thought UFOs were just in people’s imaginations. In 1978, a duplicate poll was conducted, and the numbers had shifted slightly to 57 per cent in favour and 22 for imagination.
Industrial Research Magazine in 1971 found the percentage of those who believe UFOs definitely existed was 54 per cent, while the non-believers were at 31 per cent. An Opinion Research survey in 1978 found that 35 per cent of respondents “believed” in UFOs, while 52 per cent thought UFOs were “real.” (An interesting distinction.)
The latest NatGeo poll also reported that about 11 per cent of Americans believe they’ve seen a UFO. And 20 per cent say they know someone who has seen one. This is completely consistent with all previous polls, including those including Canada.
The Nat Geo poll also reported that about 79 per cent of Americans think the government is keeping information on UFOs from the public, and, even more remarkable, that 55 percent (or more than half of all Americans) think that Men In Black are real and are threatening witnesses of UFOs.
Then the Kelton types went really off the deep end. They asked, if you did meet an alien, what would you do? 22 per cent would befriend the alien; 15 would run for the hills; 13 would lock their doors; and two percent would go on the offensive and attack.
But, if aliens did attack Earth, who would you call? 21 per cent would call the Hulk; 12 per cent would call Batman; and only 8 per cent would call Spider-Man. The question leading up to this asked if aliens are more likely to exist than superheroes, vampires and zombies. This seems a bit off-base, since most astronomers think alien life is likely in the universe, so that grouping aliens and The Avengers is not logical.
The most significant finding, however, was that 65 per cent of Americans believe that Barack Obama would be better suited to handle an alien invasion than Milt Romney. Furthermore, 68 per cent of women thought Obama would be the best to deal with aliens, while 61 per cent of men thought so. In terms of age differences, those under 65 thought Obama was the man, while for those over 65, Romney and Obama were tied.
Although almost half of all respondents weren’t sure that UFOs existed at all, the poll shows that aliens are still on the minds of a lot of people. And on marketers, especially.
And we haven’t told you what the actual report numbers for UFO cases in Canada are for 2010 and 2011 yet.
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Skeletal remains discovered in Peru in late 2011 garnered attention when supposedly “noted,” yet unnamed, scientists from Spain and Russia reached the incredible conclusion that the skeleton was that of an “extraterrestrial being.” But as Gather reporter Tom Rose reports, this skeleton was recently “made available for serious and extensive study to international scientists for the first time.”
The supposed alien remains were discovered by Peruvian anthropologist Renato Davila Riquelme, who is affiliated with the Privado Ritos Andinos museum in Cusco, Peru. But it is American scientist Brian Foerster, assistant director of the Paracas History Museum near Lima, Peru, who is reportedly behind the studies.
The skeleton is thought to be that of an infant, with eleven ribs, rather than the normal human number of twelve. In addition to its unusually elongated skull, the skeleton has an “inordinately thickened neck and spinal column.” Although elongating skulls was common in some ancient cultures, Rose points out that “no baby skeleton has ever been found which shows this kind of development at such an early age.”
Foerster is coordinating further studies, and top scientists from around the world are reportedly going to “converge in Paracas to study the remains, test the DNA and publish their findings later this year.”
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A May 25, 2012 FOIA request to the Office and Science and Technology Policy (Office of the Science Advisor to the President) made by researcher Lee Graham has been replied to.
The request made by Graham dealt with the MJ-12 document, the Blue Room at WPAFB, Fast Walkers, and other UFO related items. This is one of many hundreds of UFO related FOIAs that has been filed with government agencies by Graham over the last 25 years since he was provided the original MJ-12 document to leak to the public.
The reply by OSTP stated that they have “no documents responsive” to the request.
This is not an unusual reply as the OSTP would only have records from the time period of the Obama administration. Documents from former administrations would have been sent to the National Archives.
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British police serve extradition notice on Assange
British police served an extradition notice Thursday on Julian Assange, but the WikiLeaks founder indicated he was staying put in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he is seeking asylum. Scotland Yard said they had served a "surrender notice" on the …
Multiple Clackamas County, OR, witnesses are reporting several triangle or square objects moving around the sky with one UFO shooting blue light to the ground level on June 26, 2012, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON)…