Monday, June 25, 2018

Bigelow's Researchers disclose Poltergeists and UFO Crashes

Dr. Eric Davis
This year's UFO news has, of course, been dominated by stories about a recent Pentagon UFO Study Program, news brought to you by rocker Tom DeLonge and his merry crew at To The Stars Academy. The UFO study is variously known as the "Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications" (AAWSA) program, or the "Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program" or "Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program" (AATIP), depending on which source you consult. The main result of that program seems to have been to fund contracts for Robert Bigelow of Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies to study UFO reports, and to modify his buildings to house claimed (or expected) samples from crashed UFOs (more on this below).

Astrophysicist Dr. Eric Davis, who was a contractor for NASA's so-called "breakthrough propulsion project," has long been investigating weird things.  Davis had been one of the researchers residing at the supposedly haunted Skinwalker Ranch in Utah that was purchased by Bigelow to be studied by his National Institute for Discovery Sciences (NIDS) for its alleged paranormal infestations. Unfortunately, NIDS' diligent investigation produced little more than some exciting stories:
after several years of Gorman family trauma and of focused NIDS investigation, we managed to obtain very little physical evidence of anomalous phenomena, at least no physical evidence that could be considered as conclusive proof of anything (Hunt for the Skinwalker, p. 209).
So, all the King's Horses and all the King's Men and all the King's cameras and electronic recording devices could not document anything paranormal occurring at the Skinwalker Ranch, in spite of spending several years on-site trying to do so. In fact, they hinted that the presence of the NIDS team disturbed the phenomenon and caused it to go mostly into hiding. This 'shyness effect' is well-known among paranormal phenomena - UFOs, Bigfoot, telekinesis, etc. always make themselves sufficiently scarce to prevent investigators from nailing down any solid evidence of their existence.

Girl communicating with disembodied entities in the 1982 movie Poltergeist.
Davis was interviewed by George Knapp, long-time reporter on UFO subjects and longtime Bigelow associate (as well as co-author of Hunt for the Skinwalker with NIDS scientist Colm A. Kelleher), on the all-night high-weirdness radio show Coast to Coast AM on June 24, 2018. (The 71st birthday of Flying Saucers - Happy Kenneth Arnold Day!) One of the more interesting things Davis said on Coast to Coast was that a poltergeist apparently followed him home from Skinwalker ranch. The poltergeist phenomenon is "real," he said, and is closely related to the UFO phenomenon. Some people are more "receptive" to this than others, he explained. (Newsweek had earlier reported, "Pentagon's Secret UFO Program Investigated Poltergeist Connection to Alien Mystery.")

The explanation of the phenomena given in the 1982 movie Poltergeist was that the family's home had been built on an old Indian graveyard, and the spirits did not like being disturbed. Believe it or not, a similar explanation is offered for the alleged phenomena at the Skinwalker Ranch. Supposedly, nearby Fort Duchesne had been, after the American Civil War, staffed by so-called "Buffalo Soldiers," a segregated unit of African American soldiers who were all apparently Freemasons:
The Buffalo Soldiers of Fort Duchesne were full-fledged, ritual-practicing, secret-handshaking members of the world's best-known, most influential, and most mysterious male fraternity... A patch of ground that was once designated as the graveyard for the Buffalo Soldiers has since been covered over with houses built for the Ute tribe members... Is it possible that Indian opportunists may have disturbed the spirits of dead African-American soldiers who, in life, were steeped in the mystical arts? By building homes over a known graveyard, did the Utes awaken an unknown force that has since plagued them with ongoing appearances by unearthly beasts and other inexplicable phenomena?  (Kelleher and Knapp, Hunt for the Skinwalker, p. 21-22).

Davis also claimed that the government had a crashed UFO recovery program until 1989, when its funding was cut, in spite of its success in recovering UFO crash debris. AATIP was supposed to re-initiate the Crash Retrieval Program, but did not get funding for that. (In reality, the potential payoff from studying genuine alien UFO artifacts would be so high as to justify practically any expense to obtain them.)
Dr. Hal Puthoff

Another of Bigelow's longtime researchers is Dr. Hal Puthoff, who operates the Institute for Advanced Studies in Austin, Texas (where Davis also works). Puthoff first achieved fame in the 1970s from his work with Russel Targ in supposedly validating the alleged 'psychic powers' of Uri Geller, which the magician and skeptic James Randi largely eviscerated. Since then Puthoff's main research has involved the so-called "Zero Point Energy," a way to supposedly extract vast amounts of energy from nothing (i.e., empty space). On June 8 Puthoff spoke at the conference of the Society for Scientific Exploration in Las Vegas, held jointly with the International Remote Viewing Association. (Puthoff is also a pioneering researcher in "remote viewing," the supposed technique for using one's psychic powers to peek into places that cannot otherwise be seen).

Puthoff told the SSE/IRVA,
metamaterials for aerospace use. I’d love to talk about really fancy materials, but they’re classified. However, there’s a lot of materials that have been picked up or provided even in the public domain. I’m going to give an example because it shows exactly what the structure is for how to deal with this. This is an open source sample. It was sent anonymously to talk show host Art Bell. The fellow claimed to be in the military. He said that this sample was picked up in a crash retrieval, and so he sent it by email. So what does that mean? Chain of custody non-existent.  Provenance questionable.  Could be a hoax. Could be some slag off of some foundry floor or whatever. However, it was an unusual sample, so we decided to take a look at it.

It was a multilayered bismuth and magnesium sample. Bismuth layers less than a human hair. Magnesium samples about ten-times the size of a human hair. Supposedly picked up in the crash retrieval of an Advanced Aerospace Vehicle. It looks like it’s been in a crash. The white lines are the bismuth; the darker areas are the magnesium separations. So the question was what about this material, so naturally we looked in all the national labs, we talked to metallurgists, we combed the entire structure of published papers. Nowhere could we find any evidence that anybody ever made one of these.

Secondly, some attempts were made to try to reproduce this material, but they couldn’t get the bismuth and magnesium layers to bond.

Thirdly, when we talked to people in the materials field who should know, they said we don’t know why anybody would want to make anything like this. It’s not obvious that it has any function.

Well, years later, decades later actually, finally our own science moves along. We move into an area called metamaterials, and it turns out exactly this combination of materials at exactly those dimensions turn out to be an excellent microscopic waveguide for very high frequency electromagnetic radiation terahertz frequencies. So, the wavelength is 60 microns, which is a pretty small size. But it turns out because of the metamaterial aspect of this material, those bismuth layers that act as waveguides can be one twentieth the size of the wavelength, and usually when you make a waveguide it’s gotta be about the size of the wavelength. So, in fact this turned out to be a material that would propagate sub-wavelength waveguide effects. Why somebody wants to do that we still don’t know the answer to that.
Photo of  the 'ET sample' that Puthoff is talking about.
 Blogger Jason Colavito looked into Puthoff's claims about that supposed ET sample, and found "a potential solution." He noted,

The research that Puthoff said he did is the exact same research that [Linda Moulton] Howe claims to have done, point for point, and that strongly implies that they were not working entirely independently. Howe’s findings, though, were hardly conclusive. She asked electrical engineer Travis Taylor to do a literature search, and he couldn’t find reference to the magnesium-bismuth material.

This is clearly of a piece with the other bits of exotic metal that fellow Bigelow consultant and ufologist Jacques Vallée has been talking up for the past year. Vallée specifically identified the metal chunks he works with as being made of “magnesium” with unusual isotope ratios. DeLonge claimed that his lumps of metal are unnatural “alloys” that can bend space and time and counteract gravity. Where have heard that before? But specifically, he alleged that the metal was “3D-printed” with different layers of different metals. This is indistinguishable from Puthoff’s description of a sample made of multilayered bismuth and magnesium, and indeed, I found that DeLonge referred to “layered bismuth and magnesium metamaterials” being in his possession. Despite the superficial differences, I have trouble believing that Bigelow’s satellites—Puthoff, Vallée, and even DeLonge—aren’t all promoting variations of the same thing. Garry Nolan of To the Stars seemed to confirm this in describing the magnesium-bismuth metamaterials as alloys, alleging that they have unusual isotope ratios, and endorsing the overlapping claims found in all three of the other advocates’ allegations about the materials....
That there is something fishy in all of this can be seen in the fact that the magnesium-bismuth layering is not a new discovery but is widely discussed in fringe literature for decades. Linda Moulton Howe has been promoting it since the 1990s, and it appears routinely in twenty-first century books about anti-gravity technology and UFOs, going back at least to the early 2000s.... In 1996, Linda Moulton Howe commissioned technologist Nicholas A. Reiter, himself an anti-gravity researcher and a  fringe believer in UFOs and paranormal things, to investigate the “Roswell sample”—i.e. the same piece that Puthoff is now promoting. Reiter determined that it was earthly and, while unusual, was not impossible. In 2001, he updated his findings with this information: “The combination of bismuth and magnesium had eluded us for four years. But then one day, we found a reference to an obscure industrial process used in the refinement of lead. The process, called the Betterton-Krohl Process, uses molten magnesium floated over the surface of liquid lead. The magnesium sucks up, or pulls bismuth impurities out of the lead! Often, the magnesium is used over and over again…” Presumably, this is the same process that was patented in 1938, producing a thin crust of layered magnesium and bismuth, which is removed from the lead. When the magnesium is reused, new layers would form. (The Fortean Times endorsed this solution in 2016.) Remember that Vallée’s sample was specifically identified as slag—i.e., industrial debris. Howe refused to publicize Reiter’s results, preferring to string along the “alien” mystery. Of course, we would need a known sample made by the industrial process to test the “alien” versions against, but the distribution of the slag in industrialized nations (Vallée claims examples from France, Argentina, and America, for example) id s point in favor of this solution.

The new information here is that To the Stars seems to be collecting more of the same industrial waste that Linda Moulton Howe has been cycling through the UFO circuit for 22 years.
Unwelcoming signs at the entrance to the Skinwalker Ranch, which is private property.

So popular has the subject of the "Skinwalker Ranch" become that its owners are frequently troubled by trespassers and by people trying to enter without authorization, or who camp out near its boundary. Bigelow no longer owns the Skinwalker Ranch. He sold it in April 2016 to a corporation called Adamantium Real Estate, LLC, whose description says that it provides "recreational facilities" and "special events" for "social entertainment purposes." However, "for business purposes the owner of Adamantium Real Estate has to remain anonymous." It has registered a Trademark on "Skinwalker" and "Skinwalker Ranch." The rumors that Adamantium will open a Skinwalker Theme Park seem to be unfounded..... 😏

As a favor to those who are tempted to enter the Skinwalker ranch illegally, as well as to its owner, let us take notice of this: The Bottle Hollow Recreation Area is a public recreation area, operated by the Ute tribe. Anyone can go there, for fishing, boating, and camping. And, we are informed in the Hunt for the Skinwalker (p. 23) that 

Bottle Hollow almost directly abuts Skinwalker Ranch...The reservoir has a mysterious legacy of its own, one that seems inextricably linked to the ranch... serpent sightings... giant snakes...strange lights...
So if you really feel the urge to check out claims concerning the Skinwalker Ranch for yourself, plan to spend a little time camping at Bottle Hollow, where you can stay up all night looking for cryptids and UFOs in the comfort of your own camp chair. (Just be careful not to pick up any Poltergeists that might follow you home.)
The campground at Bottle Hollow Reservoir, which is next to Skinwalker Ranch, and is also "haunted."
And if you might like to be the owner of your very own "haunted ranch," the Stardust Ranch is for sale in Arizona. "John Edmonds has been the owner of the Stardust Ranch in Arizona’s Rainbow Valley, around an hour west of Phoenix, since 1995. He claims that there has been continuous paranormal harassment from aliens for years, including repeated failed attempts to kidnap he and his wife." The asking price is $5 million."Edmonds says he has killed more than a dozen extraterrestrials on his rural Arizona ranch. The "greys," as he refers to the aliens, have repeatedly shown him that they do not come in peace." The cynic in me says that this is a brazen copy-cat attempt to duplicate Skinwalker's amazing success, although the realist in me thinks it is still possible that Edmonds is sincerely delusional. Bigelow reportedly sent one of his minions to check this out - they decided not to "bite."
Edmonds claims to have killed aliens with this sword, here seen in a pool of alien blood.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Did the NASA Hypersonic X-43A Play a Role in the "Tic Tac UFO" Incident?

By now everyone who follows the UFO developments has heard all about the "Tic Tac" UFO video, taken off the coast of San Diego in November, 2004 and leaked, not released, from the Pentagon. There is a good discussion of it on Metabunk.
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The much-hyped "Tic Tac UFO" video
 Michael Huntington posted something concerning the Tic Tac video to the Black Vault that was almost completely overlooked but could turn out to be extremely important: Launched on November 16, 2004 off the coast of San Diego, "X-43A Becomes First Aircraft to Reach Mach 10, 3rd Test Flight 2004 NASA, Hypersonic Scram."  This YouTube video, amazingly, has had only 29 views! Wikipedia says,
NASA flew a third version of the X-43A on November 16, 2004. The modified Pegasus rocket which was launched from a B-52 mother ship at an altitude of 43,000 ft (13,000 m). The X-43A set a new speed record of Mach 9.6[note 1] at about 110,000 feet (33,500 m) altitude,[10] and further testing the ability of the vehicle to withstand the heat loads involved.[11].
Imagine if a thing like that turned up on your FLIR!!!

On May 18, reporter George Knapp, who has made a career reporting on UFO-related stories (and has a long association with Robert Bigelow as well as Bob Lazar) published what is called an "Executive Summary" of  the Tic Tac UFO incident and video (USS Nimitz 10-16 November 2004). It is 13 pages long. According to that "Executive Summary," the main encounter with the Tic Tac occurred on November 14, not November 16. But the 'encounters' were still reportedly going on until the 16th, and it's entirely possible that NASA aircraft were doing practice runs several days earlier.

Concerning that Executive Summary, John Greenewald of the Black Vault says,

there are some issues with the above story that need to be pointed out.   First and foremost, the document itself does not, in any way, resemble a report prepared by the Pentagon or any branch of the U.S. Military.  Although there are many types of report and briefing formats, and they vary from agency to agency, there are still common characteristics that you will find in documents such as this.

The most obvious, to me, is a lack of any classification stamp or  header/footer. It is noted in Mr. Knapp’s story the document was “unclassified” — however, most “unclassified” documents still contain the identifying marks to stipulate the classification level of the document.  (EXAMPLE #1 | EXAMPLE #2) Of course, there are exceptions and mistakes, but this is a sign it was probably not prepared by the Pentagon, or it would contain such a classification level stamp or mark.

Second, there are no headers, contracts numbers or any cover page. Most, if not all, reports of this nature contain a cover page identifying what the information in the report is, what it refers to, what contract it pertains to, etc. (EXAMPLE #1 | EXAMPLE #2). In these examples cited here, from different time frames and agencies, they both have cover pages and reference pages about what the reports are about. This is another indication this document in question, is not official.

Third, the names are blacked out with the exception of Commander David Fravor.  At first, I noted this as being suspicious, but later got clarification that Mr. Knapp was the one who did the redaction, based on a tweeted comment he posted on Twitter.  Although that explains the discrepancy, it does bring up another fact, and that is, nothing about the document’s release is close to being “official” or “by the book.”  Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), when documents such as these are released, ALL names are redacted/blacked out. This is due to FOIA exemption (b)(6) which stipulates that for privacy reasons, names (and other personally identifiable information) are redacted to ensure their identities remain private. Whomever gave this document to Mr. Knapp, obviously did not care to conceal identities of those mentioned, and I think Mr. Knapp deserves credit for taking the step to ensure these names remain outside the public domain (except Commander Fravor who has gone public). I will note, Mr. Knapp never claimed this was obtained under a FOIA release. However, I note this FOIA exemption because this is a standard rule/practice when agencies release documents, they will follow the same policies and procedures when they proactively release information to the public, but not under the FOIA.  These facts support the document was a “leak” rather than a “release.” 
An image of the X-43A on its second flight in March, 2004. NASA Launched the fastest aircraft ever on its third flight off the coast of San Diego, November 16, 2004.

Notice the location of the camera: 33 deg 14.9' North, 121 deg 6.38' West. This is  off the coast of Southern California, near Los Angeles and San Diego. The reported position of the aircraft detecting the Tic Tac UFO was 31 deg 20' N, 117 deg 10' W, about 70 nautical miles south of the US/Mexico border and 30 nautical miles off the Baja coast.

The location of the camera filming the X-43A. "X" marks the approximate position of the Nimitz's F-18 aircraft.