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Devil’s Tower UFO Rendezvous

UFO Over Devil's Tower

     HULETT, WYO. (KOTA TV) – Something out of this world is coming to Hulett, Wyo., and the Devil’s Tower Area, so if you’re a UFO enthusiast you better save the dates.
By www.kotatv.com
8-29-17

September 14-16th, 2017, will be the First Annual Devil’s Tower UFO Rendezvous.

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Inhabited Sky UFO Event with Chris Aubeck, Jacques Vallee | VIDEO – Madrid, Spain

Inhabited Sky UFO Event with Chris Aubeck, Jacques Vallee

By La Casa Encendida
Vimeo
5-27-15

     The space around Earth is not a vacuum, is full of expectations, fantasies and now is also where our technology, which reaches orbit, it emits signs of life and eventually falls as inert evidence of the presence and curiosity humans.

Are we alone in the universe? Have we been visited beings from other galaxies? The answers to these questions are still debated, but the impact they have had on our culture is undeniable. In “Heaven suitcase”, alongside the exhibition activity ARSTRONOMY six experts in the field will provide a unique and enlightening about whether we have visited beings from other worlds perspective.

Wednesday 27

18.30: Theo Paijmans, ufologist, Dutch author and editor, examine the social impact of spaceships and aliens in comics and literature of the early twentieth century.

19.15: Nigel Watson, author of the recent book UFOs World War (2015), tell us how advances in aviation and space travel were published in the media and art and how it shapes our view of them.

20.00: Jacques Vallee, astrophysicist and ufologist computer world renowned, will talk about the importance and impact of anomalous phenomena observed since ancient times.

21.00 Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck, questions and debate.
Of anomalous phenomena observed since ancient times.

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Review of Recent Symposium Volume on the Debate over “Secret Mark”

Secret Mark (not to be confused with “Archaic Mark”) is an alleged ancient text that a number of modern scholars consider a forged hoax. (See the description of the document below). Recently a group of scholars with expertise in the pertinent matters met to discuss and debate the text and its controversy. The papers from that event have been published under the title: Ancient Gospel or Modern Forgery?: The Secret Gospel of Mark in Debate: Proceedings from the 2011 York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium (Burke, Tony, editor)

Here’s a description of the volume:

In 1958, American historian of religion Morton Smith made an astounding discovery in the Mar Saba monastery in Jerusalem. Copied into the back of a seventeenth-century book was a lost letter attributed to Clement of Alexandria (ca. 150-215 CE) that contained excerpts from a longer version of the Gospel of Mark written by Mark himself and circulating in Alexandria, Egypt. More than fifty years after its discovery, the origins of this Secret Gospel of Mark remain contentious. Some consider it an authentic witness to an early form of Mark, perhaps even predating canonical Mark. Some claim it is a medieval or premodern forgery created by a monastic scribe. And others argue it is a forgery created by Morton Smith himself. All these positions are addressed in the papers contained in this volume. Nine North American scholars, internationally recognized for their contributions to the study of Secret Mark, met at York University in Toronto, Canada, in April 2011 to examine recent developments in scholarship on the gospel and the letter in which it is found. Their results represent a substantial step forward in determining the origins of this mysterious and controversial text.

James McGrath’s excellent review of this volume can be read here. The book is a must-have for anyone interested in this debate and, more broadly, analysis of ancient texts for forgery.

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UFO Cover-Up, Claims Former Defence Minister

UFO Cover-Up, Claims Former Defence Minister

By CTV News Calgary
4-19-15

     Many people believe governments around the world are covering up the existence of UFOs.

About 400 of them gathered at the University of Calgary for the Disclosure Canada Tour.

They want governments to release all information on record about UFOs.

The keynote speaker was Paul Hellyer, the Canadian Defence Minister in the 60’s.

Hellyer first spoke openly about his belief governments are covering up an alien presence back in 2005, saying UFOs are as plentiful in our sky as airplanes. “Much of the media won’t touch it, so you just have to keep working away at it and we will get a critical mass and one day they will say Mr. President or Mr. Prime Minister, we want the truth and we want it now because it affects our lives.”

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NBC News Reports From 2015 International UFO Congress | VIDEO

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“Symposium on Official & Scientific Investigations of UAP (UFOs)"

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“Symposium on Official & Scientific Investigations of UAP (UFOs)"

Too good to be forgotten

By Billy Cox
De Void
12-3-14

    Legendary reputation as the Dr. Funkenstein of holiday party monsters notwithstanding, De Void spent a decent portion of the Thanksgiving weekend in sedentary repose, reviewing DVD-archived presentations at last year’s “Symposium on Official & Scientific Investigations of UAP (UFOs).” De Void initially monitored this two-day conference with its stellar cast in lame remote abbreviated fashion when it happened in late June 2013. But after actually (finally) listening to the speakers, De Void easily recommends this package as a conversation-starter for academics fearless enough to contemplate the merits of The Great Taboo as potential brain-food curricula.

De Void’s belated look at a year-and-a-half-old UFO hearing was triggered by the apparent enthusiasm from American University faculty and administrators last month over the success of a smaller but no less compelling forum in Washington, D.C. AU’s key speakers — author Leslie Kean, NARCAP founder Richard Haines, and retired USAF colonel Charles Halt — were also featured at the 2013 gathering, and honors course instructor John Weiskopf expressed a desire to offer the class again. It’ll take a lot of John Weiskopfs to build institutional support for UFOs as a scholarly concern, but De Void’s betting this provocative and underpublicized DVD set is strong enough to nudge forward-thinking administrators off the fence.

Pseudo-skeptic: How big is De Void’s kickback? A: Zero. But De Void was sent a comp after wondering whatever happened to the guy who scraped together a small fortune to create the ad hoc Center for UFO Research, which financed that 2013 symposium in Greensboro, N.C.

Tar Heel Kent Senter, whose cancer diagnosis spurred him into action, is still alive and struggling with multiple myeloma, which is no longer in remission. He has no regrets about the range and depth of his lineup, which included a university political scientist, a textbook-writing astronomer, and a university sociologist. But audience turnout was dispiriting. Senter says the venue could’ve accommodated 2,000 people; maybe 200 showed up. Maybe he shouldn’t have scheduled it so close to Independence Day. Maybe he spent too much on cable advertising and not enough on online marketing. Maybe he could’ve drawn a bigger crowd if he’d booked more Little Green Men bauble vendors in the lobby.

“I wanted this to be as scientific as possible, not talking about space aliens or that kind of malarkey,” says Senter. “We can’t even get past things flying around in the sky, much less whatever may be inside these vehicles, if that’s what they are. Other countries like France and Chile are acknowledging this without it being a taboo, but we live in a culture where people still make jokes and laugh about it — and it’s got to stop.”

Senter, whose own repeated UFO encounters began when he was a kid and could fill a weird and lengthy book, had hoped his conference might create some sustaining momentum. In fact, high level representatives from two official foreign UFO research agencies — Xavier Passot of France and Jose Lay of Chile — bumped fists for the first time in North Carolina and resumed their data-sharing discussions last month in France. But the needle barely flickered on the home front.

“Oh, people still keep pointing to my conference and talking about it,” Senter concedes. “And our state director came up to me at a conference in Winston-Salem and said she’d gotten an invitation to speak about it at a community college, and that was nice to hear.”

That was Lakita Adams, director of North Carolina’s MUFON chapter, English teacher, and one-time environmental educator with the North Carolina Zoo. Adams takes the “militant agnostic” approach to The Great Taboo, i.e., pushing no particular theory, but being persistent and public in pursuit of answers. She’s been a longtime advocate for college-level engagement. But that was futile until, at the Greensboro conference, she met a Guilford Technical Community College instructor who urged her to approach GTCC admin about staging a lecture.

“It took him about 18 months to get the speaker committee to agree to it,” says Adams, who finally landed a 45-minute GTCC speaking gig in November. Maybe 100 people showed up at the auditorium, and the event was live-streamed to its other campuses. She also got an invite to speak at UNC-Wilmington next April.

“I know Kent was disappointed with the turnout in Greensboro, but I think it probably went much farther than he knows,” Adams says. “It’s difficult, especially when you know most people won’t bother to get acquainted with the good material that’s out there. But you just keep chipping away at it a little bit at a time.”

Sure enough. So here’s a rare De Void commercial plug: Go to centerforuforesearch.com/buy-dvds.html and order a $69 DVD set. Nope, no Little Green Men here or riveting CGI of Chick-File-A cows getting levitated into beamships, but hey, it’s not like you’ll be doing any heavy lifting, like having to — ugh! — read a book. And when you’re done, pass it along to someone of high character at your local oasis of higher learning. If they bite, get back with me and I’ll pack my bags.

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UFO Conference Organizer Dies

Delores Cannon

By Kathryn Lucariello
www.lovelycitizen.com
10-22-14

    EUREKA SPRINGS – Dolores Cannon of Hunstville, who took over managing the annual Eureka Springs UFO Conference, passed away Oct. 18 after a short illness following an accident in late September. She was 83.

Cannon was born in 1931 in St. Louis, Mo.

She married Johnny, a career Navy man, in 1951.

Cannon was most known for her work as a hypnotherapist who began practicing in the 1960s, and a past-life regressionist since 1979. Stating that she had established contact with Michel de Notredame, known popularly as Nostradamus, in 1989 she published a three-volume set titled “Conversations with Nostradamus,” which contains 1,000 prophecies and their interpretation.

She was also a UFO investigator in the last 20 years of her life, and she began teaching her specific hypnosis skills from a technique called Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapy to help clients experience instantaneous healing of diseases. It was this work which also led to her past life regression work.

Cannon eventually began speaking and teaching all over the world, appearing at conferences and on radio shows such as “Coast to Coast.”

Cannon was the author of 18 books on various metaphysical subjects, published by her own label, Ozark Mountain Publishing, which has also published the work of more than 50 other authors.

She took over the Eureka Springs UFO Conference in 2013, after a gap following the death of longtime conference organizer Lucius Farish, and established the Lucius Farish Trust award of $1,000. During this year’s conference, in its 27th year, Cannon added two film debuts and said she hoped to offer more in the future. . . .

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Finding Aliens and Its Impact on Society

Finding Aliens and Its Impact on Society

So What Really Goes Down if We Find the Aliens?

By Seth Shostak
The Huffington Post
9-26-14

     If we trip across life that’s not of this world, do we blast it or befriend it? What impact would it have on our society?

This was the topic of a two-day symposium held at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress last week. Several dozen researchers — astronomers, philosophers, theologians, biologists, historians, and other tweed-jacketed specialists — opined on what might happen should we find we’re not alone.

A lot of the discussion, unsurprisingly, was about discovering life that’s intelligent. This prompted a symposium leitmotiv that was dished out repeatedly: when thinking about aliens, beware of anthropocentrism. In other words, don’t assume that they will be similar to us ethically, culturally, or cognitively.

Well sure, I can get down with that. I agree that we tend to view everything in the universe through the prism of our own natures. Mind you, I note that the squirrels in my front yard seem to do the same. They’re awfully squirrel-centric. That ensures that they attend to activities that are truly important (mostly acorn management). I don’t think less of them for that.

Where this leitmotiv became more than a neo-Greek caution against hubris was when it was used to argue that SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is fatally flawed. We were told that our hunt for aliens assumes that they are like us. That kind of provincial attitude, it was said, will doom SETI to endless frustration. If we don’t think outside our own biological box, we’ll fail to find any company in the cosmos. . . .

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Will ET Be Here Soon? NASA Brings Scientists, Theologians Together To Prepare

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Will ET Be Here Soon

Will ET Be Here Soon? NASA Brings Scientists, Theologians Together To Prepare

Lee Speigel By Lee Speigel
The Huffington Post
9-22-14

      Looking for extraterrestrial life is akin to a search for a cosmic needle-in-a-haystack, as evidenced by the above incredible Hubble Space Telescope image showing approximately 10,000 galaxies.

In large part, thanks to NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, more than 1,400 planets have been identified beyond Earth.

A few days ago, NASA tried closing the gap between life on Earth and the possibilities of life elsewhere. The space agency and the Library of Congress (image below left) brought together scientists, historians, philosophers and theologians from around the world for a two-day symposium, “Preparing For Discovery.” Their agenda: To explore how we prepare for the inevitable discovery of extraterrestrial life, be it simple microbial organisms or intelligent beings.

“We’re looking at all scenarios about finding life. If you find microbes, that’s one thing. If you find intelligence, it’s another. And if they communicate, it’s something else, and depending on what they say, it’s something else!” said astronomer, symposium organizer and former chief NASA historian, Steven J. Dick.

“The idea is not to wait until we make a discovery, but to try and prepare the public for what the implications might be when such a discovery is made,” Dick told The Huffington Post. “I think the reason that NASA is backing this is because of all the recent activity in the discovery of exoplanets and the advances in astrobiology in general. . . .

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"…UFOs are Most Definitely Off the Table"

"...UFOs are Most Definitely Off the Table"

Rubber? Meet the road …

By Billy Cox
De Void
9-13-14

     Fortunately, Hollywood maverick Douglas Trumbull has always manned up to his interest in The Great Taboo. And as the special effects wizard behind classics such as “2001,” “Close Encounters” and “Blade Runner” told a German audience in 2012, he’s in good company:

“If you poll people in the world, most people will say they believe in life in the universe. But there’s a big stigma attached to UFOs. And aliens. In the sense that it’s been so demonized in movies and so trivialized in science fiction movies that nobody who has an academic credential will touch that subject. It’s an interesting thing.

Douglas Trumbull
Untenured and unencumbered by the protocols of academia, sfx maestro Douglas Trumbull’s fearless pursuits of The Great Taboo are creating new technologies/CREDIT: www.cinefilos.it
“So astronomers, physicists, astrophysicists, people in the space program, people in NASA, they all believe in life in the universe,” he continued, “but nobody wants to talk about UFOs. Because they’ll lose their job. They’ll lose tenure, they’ll be ridiculed, they’ll become the laughing stock, and so no one wants to talk about it. I think it’s actually a really huge and interesting story. And I’m not afraid of it because I don’t have tenure and I’m not a scientist. So I don’t have anything to lose. So I think it’s very fun territory, very fertile ground.”

De Void brings this up to draw attention, once more, to the massive gaping hole in next Thursday’s two-day symposium, “Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex, or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,” in Washingon, D.C. The thing is co-sponsored by NASA and Library of Congress, and true to form, UFOs are most definitely off the table. No surprise, we expect that from the radioastronomy/SETI culture dominating the lineup. But here’s another little contradiction.

Paul Allen, the Microsoft billionaire who has dumped some $30 million into SETI’s empty-handed search for extraterrestrial intelligence, is clearly a huge Douglas Trumbull fan. Four years ago, the man who created Spielberg’s mothership at Devil’s Tower was inducted into Allen’s Science Fiction Museum Hall of Fame. And in April, Allen’s Seattle Cinerama Theatre hosted the premiere of Trumbull’s revolutionary 10-minute 3D film, “UFOTOG,” described as “a dramatic short story about a lone man attempting to photograph UFOs.” The showstopper was “UFOTOG’s” state-of-the-art technology. Filmed at 120 frames per second, or four times the industry standard, Trumbull unveiled what he called “a new cinematic language.”

Equally significant, “UFOTOG” is also autobiographical. Trumbull went national with his determination to document The Great Taboo during History Channel’s “UFOs On the Record” in 2011. Turning a tricked-out Hummer into a mobile camera and instrumentation platform designed to acquire UFO signatures in various modes, Trumbull’s efforts to develop and synchronize corroborative technologies have proven hugely expensive. So the plan now — after teaming up with modeling whiz and chief MUFON imaging analyst Marc D’Antonio — is to make the system more portable, more affordable, and to increase sky coverage.

Fully loaded, these downsized “platters” are being engineered to detect not merely speed, direction, and altitude, but transponder indentification, imagery in night-vision, infrared, ultraviolet, etc., along with electromagnetic and even gravitational perturbations. Ideally, Trumbull’s evolving multispectral cameras would be triangulated — the farther apart, the better — with instant communications features to alert each other to the approach of a bogey. D’Antonio calls them Land Deployment Units and Sea Deployment Units, because the strategy involves scanning the oceans for activity too.

As D’Antonio told Open Minds UFO Radio host Alejandro Rojas last month, the UFOTOG campaign hopes to mass-produce LDUs and SDUs because “this whole project is about finding the smoking gun.” They’ve even worked out a theoretical framework for identifying what that smoking gun might look like; part of it involves string theory and gamma radiation. And again, all this stuff costs $$$.

The obvious question here is, where’s Paul Allen?

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