With the War on Terror and various other news issues taking up all of the limelight as of late, one of my old passions, UFO's Real and Imagined, has been at a low heartbeat. This blog is meant to be a small crash cart in an otherwise quiet area of investigation.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

The List of 58 - Day Three 

I think I will take on Fact #5:

It exhibits light emission and absorption.

In Pauls Hill's book, Unconventional Flying Objects, he takes on the visual effects of UFO's and puts an understandable face onto what people see. In a nutshell, the glows and flows of light often reported during UFO encounters would be a plasma induced by the propulsion fields exerted by the craft. In other words, despite some thoughts to the contrary, the plasma is an artifact of the propulsion mode, not the propulsion mode itself.

This is borne out by some characteristic behaviors seen from the plasmas themselves. For example, during manuvering of the UFO, it is not uncommon to see the shape of the glow to bend or stretch. The degree of this depends largely on the direction of motion of the object, the orientation to the Earth, and the speed of the manuever. This is different from rocket propulsion, where the rocket exhaust vectors straight out of the nozzle, whether manuevering is changing or not.

Interestingly, another lighting effect that leads to the conclusion that fields are propelling the craft is frequent reports of a luminescent UFO stretching in length during acceleration. Rather what is happening is that the plasma sheath surrounding the entire UFO increases in magnitude on one end as the field increases in power to accelerate the system. Under Mr. Hill's logic, these plasma sheaths are very commonly confused with being the substance of the UFO's themselves, not the effect of propulsion.

Here's a parting thought on the appearance and luminosity of UFO's: Sceptics often refer to "out-of-focus" or "fuzzy" UFO photography as suspicion of hoaxerism. What is well known about plasmas, however, is that their absorption properties result iin light scattering. This is most pronounced during the day, when the visible emmitted light is lensed through the plasma medium, making objects behind the plasma blurry, if not entirely invisible. This is a scientific knowledge of a concrete kind, reproduced in photography of plasma systems in many applications.

After three years, the points that I raised in my posts that drove the "serious" researchers to becoming "ballistic" remain absolutely true: not one thing about UFOs is known as a FACT. And my "attitude" has not changed since those arrogant twits went spastic.

I note that the "list" has fallen on hard times. "Appeals for donations and attempts at advertising have unfortunately brought relatively little in return. ... Sadly, the 'no-cost factor' has had to change to subscription mode." I have better things to do with my cash than underwrite a "service" that attacks me for asking a simple question. Thus I have no idea how many of their regulars are still active, given that they refused to support it when it was free. If it failed, TS.

BTW, all that "homework" that they told me—and anyone else who dared to question their sacred writ—to do (read: buy their outrageously overpriced and overrated books) remains undone. I don't put cash in the pockets of my critics.

The list of 58 items is as meaningless now as it was then, because they do absolutely nothing to identify what UFOs are. Despite all the accumulated evidence of something, the interpretation is still pure conjecture, and the "U" in UFO still means "unidentified".

Phil Klass must be laughing in his grave.


To ufologists who publicly criticize me, ... or who even think unkind thoughts about me in private, I do hereby leave and bequeath:


No matter how long you live, you will never know any more about UFOs than you know today. You will never know any more about what UFOs really are, or where they come from. You will never know any more about what the U.S. Government really knows about UFOs than you know today. As you lie on your own death-bed you will be as mystified about UFOs as you are today. And you will remember this curse.

Va i luce!

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