Jun 15, 2020

Morton Motion Denied...Again

As many of you know, bunk psychic and fraudster Sean David Morton is serving out a sentence in a federal prison after being convicted of multiple counts of fraud among other crimes.

Since the start of his legal ordeal, Morton filed a myriad of what can only be described as baffling and incoherent motions with the courts going so far as to Morton once declaring himself judge of his own court.  At one point during the trial, Morton was told to cease filing frivolous motions.

Since his conviction and being remanded to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Morton continued filing motions for relief from his conviction and sentencing.

Since then, Morton has attempted to circumvent his responsibility by filing motions trying to get released from prison.  On June 1st, the Ninth Circuit Court ruled that all points Morton alleged were not of consequence and his appeal was denied.

Morton is scheduled to be released sometime in 2022.

"The court is familiar with the multitude of nonsensical pleadings [Morton] filed and stated in Court throughout the course of this criminal case, which has not abated since his conviction. [Morton]'s pattern of conduct of filing unintelligible pleadings began weeks after the initial indictment of defendants...The day [Morton] was released from his arrest, he filed unintelligible pleadings..."

-- Prosecutors in a sentencing recommendation for Sean David Moron

Jun 7, 2020

Joseph Junior Hicks

Just found out we lost Joseph Junior Hicks this last week. If you don't know who he is then you need to read The Utah Display.

Nobody had more knowledge of or documented more accounts of high strangeness in the Uintah basin, and Hicks had been documenting strange accounts since 1951.

Junior, as he liked to be called, was a retired science teacher who was well respected in his Utah community.

Godspeed, Junior!

May 28, 2020

Element 12, the CIA, Dogs and Linda Moulton Howe

A huge thanks to Lorrin Thomas Cutts for posting the info about the podcast.  Please be sure to check out the excellent book UFOs: Reframing the Debate in which Lorin has a fantastic essay.

Okay, this is one for the books right here.  Linda Moulton Howe received an anonymous letter at a New Age convention allegedly from a former CIA agent claiming to have been in a highly classified department dealing with extraterrestrials and something called Element 12.  Watch the video below where Howe talks about this note.

But this time we know the identity of this alleged former CIA agent; Carrie Poppy of Oh No, Ross and Carrie! The Podcast.  From their Facebook page:

"Oh No, Ross and Carrie! is a podcast exploring fringe science, spirituality, and claims of the paranormal: anything that makes a claim about how the world works that differs from the commonly accepted scientific explanation. Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy are former Christians who remain fascinated by the variety and expression of belief, and try out these various claims first-hand... so you don’t have to. They report the results, share all the details, try to find the wisdom and the humor, and rate each topic on scientific validity, danger, creepiness, and pocket-drain. Oh, and hot drinks."

You see, and you can hear it here, Poppy and her co-host Blocher (left with Howe) decided to hang out at the Consciousnesses Life Expo in Los Angeles a few months ago to check out some of the presenters. Poppy decided it was time to test Howe out and wrote a note to Howe that was passed on anonymously through radio host Jimmy Church. The note contained an astoundingly stupid story about the author being a former CIA agent in contact with extraterrestrials and alien dogs. You really do have to listen to the whole podcast for this and way more.

During a panel discussion, Howe tells the audience about the contents of the note and states it with it a straight face. Little does Howe know the author of the clearly bogus note is in the audience recording it all happen!

Now, some may chalk it up to Howe getting older. The problem is Howe has been doing this sort of stuff for years.

In 2002, Howe tried to make a mundane and explained deer death into something it wasn't.

In 2003, Howe ignored scientific analyses refuting the claims of a Brazilian UFO abduction.

Howe promoted known UFO fraud Dan Burisch.

The list of all the nonsense Howe has spewed is endless. Let's not even get into the whole aliens in the Antarctic dumpster fire Howe started.

May 17, 2020

Antarctica: Alien Secrets Beneath the Ice

Below is the promo for the latest from Linda Moulton Howe's Antarctica: Alien Secrets Beneath the Icea video claiming a connection between everything imaginable; aliens, hieroglyphs, the Moon, the Pyramids, swastikas, Mars, the origin of humans, the Face on Mars, star maps, interstellar object Oumuamua, star gates, Nazis, Trump, Putin.  Yep, this one has it all.

"There is a huge secret hidden deep beneath Antarctic ice. Eyewitness Navy Seal Spartan 1 walked there through green, glowing halls carved with mysterious hieroglyphs. Marine Spartan 2 says these same glyphs are on the Moon and Mars. Both whistleblowers tell reporter Linda Moulton Howe that E. T. humanoids have terraformed Earth and our solar system for millions of years."

Since last year, Linda Moulton Howe has been promoting two alleged whistle-blowers on her website, on YouTube and during paid speaking gigs.  Going by the name of Spartan 1, the first "whistle-blower" claims he was a Navy SEAL assigned to a highly classified mission to extract a scientist from an underground facility in the Antarctic.  But this wasn't just any underground facility.

You see, this was a sprawling alien base two miles underground located in the middle of one of the most barren, isolated and coldest places on Earth where the lowest temperature on record was negative 133 degrees Fahrenheit.  Yes, you read that correctly, minus 133 degrees.  The average temperature is minus 57 degrees.  Makes it a bit difficult to verify anything, right?

Spartan 1 claims he was transported to the location via an aircraft carrier, then a helicopter to McMurdo Base off the Ross Sea, then traversed the unforgiving Antarctic ice on a half-track vehicle to meet a contact who had the exact coordinates of this underground base.  The subject of this extraction mission was a scientist alleged to be studying and documenting strange symbols and glyphs in this underground alien base.

"Spartan 2" (left) and "Spartan 1" (right) hidden in shadow.
Howe adds a bit of science into this story to lend it some sort of credibility crutch as it painfully limps along by covering the environmental and geological changes in the Antarctic from hundreds of millions of years ago.  Howe also throws in some history about people sailing to and around the Antarctic.

It isn't long before the history lesson quickly turns into a government conspiracy involving all nations in the Antarctic Treaty.  So what exactly is this nefarious activity involving all the countries in the treaty?  They've been allegedly funding a space fleet as a coalition for the past twenty-five years based on alien technology found in the Antarctic.

If it was so important to get this scientist out, why not just fly there in one of these alleged craft in the space fleet?  The alleged scientist that was the subject of a highly classified military extraction operation big enough to warrant an aircraft carrier, a helicopter and a dangerous trek across the Antarctic apparently isn't worth a quick trip in a space craft.  But what do I know, I'm just a lowly civilian.

Interstellar object Oumuamua was supposedly a "derelict ship."
The story continues that this base has eighteen feet thick doors and walls, massive doors effortlessly slide open with the push of no more than a finger, the base goes two miles under the ice, there's a later discovered port where a submarine could enter and not have to decompress because of "alien technology."  Let's not forget the glyphs and symbols all over the place that were similar to Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphs inside the alien base or that the aliens created humans.  Don't worry, the nonsense train doesn't end here.

Spartan 1 isn't alone, he has his buddy Spartan 2 verbally confirming the information.  Spartan 2, who claims to be a former Marine intelligence officer, tells us the same symbols inside the alien underground base are also on the Moon and Mars.  He also mentions interstellar object Oumuamua was a derelict ship made by aliens and we boarded it in space.  Well, he says at least that's what he was told.

Where have I heard an alien craft referenced as a "derelict ship" before?  Give me a second, I'm thinking...

The term "derelict ship" was in the 1979 movie Alien and the name given to the old alien ship. References to elements from the 1982 movie The Thing are also made.

By the way, there are the 
structures built on the surface of and under the Moon, according to Spartan 1.  He also claims there are "2,500 humanoids" on the moon "building a mothership" and the international Earth coalition is on the Moon too.

Stargate movie poster, 1994.

Now come the portals described as gates that can instantly transport you across space and time.  Spartan 1 says there's a Stargate at the HARPP facility in Alaska that can take you to Hawaii.  From the frigid elements to sun and fun in an instant.  If only this hadn't already been done in the 1994 sci-fi movie Stargate and again in the myriad of television spin-off shows it fostered.

Spartan 1 gives us a little newsflash about the tale of the flood and Noah's Ark.  Yeah, the flood was caused by aliens [insert royalty free dramatic music clip here].

Spartan 1 tells of yet another extraction mission involving a nuclear physicist who escaped from Iran to Cairo.  The story doesn't make a lot of sense when Spartan 1 suddenly refers to the nuclear physicist as an archaeologist.  Well, apparently the scientist was important enough he later went to work for this coalition as some expert.  Why?  'Cause, alien bases under the pyramids.  

The video continues with Howe's monotone voice droning on in spots, stories by the two so-called whistle-blowers who come off with the credibility of a pedophile at a playground, artist recreations, a few other drawings by Spartan 1 and some stock footage to weave a ridiculous tale based on the word of two anonymous people claiming we have intergalactic trade with extraterrestrials and human contractors doing two-year tours in space.  Sounds a lot like the idiotic claims of bullshit artist extraordinaire Corey Goode, which also lacks any actual evidence.

Don Shipley, a retired Navy SEAL Senior Chief, makes it his business to expose those making false claims of military service.  You can see some of his work here.  When Shipley heard about the claims of "Spartan 1", Shipley addressed the claims as "bullshit."

Shipley publicly stated he sent an e-mail to Howe advising Spartan 1 was a fake, and further advised Howe he intended to go public with his knowledge.  Shipley says Howe never returned his e-mail.  Shipley, in the video above, talks about why Spartan 1's claims are false.

Why did Howe choose not to disclose the opinion of Shipley, an expert who retired from the Navy SEALs and someone who was active during the time frame Spartan 1 claims to have been a SEAL?  Simple; information contradicting sensational claims on a video you're trying to sell does not make for good sales.  Howe has a pattern of ignoring and not disclosing information contradicting the sensationalism of her stories and claims.

People making claims about false military service who have or have not served should be extremely careful.  The Stolen Valor Act of 2013, signed into law by then President Obama, makes it a federal crime to falsely claim military service, embellish rank or falsely claim to be the recipient of any valor award(s) with the intent to obtain money, property, benefit or noteriety.  Unfortunately, this isn't the first idiot involved in UFOs to falsely claim some sort of military service or high rank, I recall a particular idiot claiming he was a "colonel" in some secret organization.

In the end, this one-hour and five minute video relies on gullible viewers and rabid Howe fans to readily consume conjecture, nonsense and not a shred of proof supporting any of the claims made in this low grade production that wasn't worth the time or money.  Yes, I bought it online and sat through it, but you can share in my pain for free - Howe did a series of YouTube videos on this very tale.

Howe did some good work very early on, and it is very sad to watch her fall so far over the years.

Antarctica: Alien Secrets Beneath the Ice is about five-bucks to rent on some platforms, $15 to buy.  Howe, of course, charges $30 on her website.

Linda Howe, the UFO community's very own crazy cat lady.

"The most hilarious web posting we have read in a very long time comes from Whitley Strieber's "Unknown Country", dated 9/30/05. Linda Moulton Howe is described as "our Dreamland science reporter". We ask - what, if any, are the scientific qualifications of this pleasant but extremely gullible lady?? Inquiring minds would like to know!"

-- Saucer Smear, Vol. 52, Issue No. 10

Mar 10, 2020

Well Known UFO Physical Evidence Specialist Passes

TED PHILLIPS (1942 - 2020)

I received word today that Ted Phillips has passed away and had been experiencing health problems over the last year or so.

Ted was born in 1942 and began investigating UFOs in 1964 eventually working alongside Dr. J. Allen Hynek for nearly twenty years.  Having vigorously investigated over 600 UFO cases, Ted focused on trace evidence cases at the suggestion of Dr. Hynek and was the director of the Center for Physical Trace Research.  Ted's trace evidence files contain over 5,000 UFO landing cases worldwide.

Along with Dr. Hynek, astronaut Gordon Cooper and scientist Jacques Vallee, Ted gave a presentation to the United Nations Secretary General on UFOs, has presented at countless conferences and was featured on several television programs.

Ted wrote on his website, "After 30 years of research it is obvious that UFO traces represent the most direct approach to resolving the UFO mystery."

Ted's contributions to the serious study of UFOs is unparalleled as was his doggedness in pursuing field investigations.  

Ted was a professional photographer, an engineer who worked on the Minute Man Missile Project, an inspector for a state highway department, and a jazz musician.

Godspeed, Ted.

Jun 16, 2019

The Alleged Eric Davis Notes

I'm not a rabid believer.  I'm not a die hard skeptic.  I do not promote any of the various schools of thought concerning UFOs.  I do not promote 'swamp gas' type explanations.  Some of these observations and experiences can be explained.  Others simply lack any reasonable explanation.  I do not promote conspiratorial babble and do not belong to any pro or con UFO organization.

I've been interested in the UFO topic since 1994 after twice observing two different objects within close proximity in the same week, among some other unusual things I've witnessed.

I do not make a living from UFOs nor does the subject generate any sort of income for me.  I do not get paid for lecturing or presenting.  I do not publish books, DVDs, or the like.  I don't sell subscriptions to my website.  I don't have a Patreon or other donation platform.  I don't have any UFO media deals.  I don't sell UFO merch nor do I ask for payment in exchange for my autograph unless I'm cashing a check.  I've spent tens-of-thousands of my own money and time pursuing this subject.

I feel this puts me in a rare position; I don't have to worry about being ostracized from UFO conferences, swayed by others, or finding myself unable to pay my bills - not that it would stop me from speaking my mind and pointing out bullshit to begin with, and there is a lot of bullshit in the UFO field.

It gets very frustrating seeing claims of smoking gun evidence become nothing more than a puff of smoke from a cap gun that misfired.  Yep, I'm talking about the so-called "UFO leak of the century" Richard Dolan has been promoting.  If you don't know what this is about...

Vice Admiraml Thomas Wilson (retired)
A copy of some type-written notes and a letter hit the Internet with no direct source or detail of where they originated.  One person came forward saying he leaked the documents, but that original source remains unknown.  The documents supposedly are notes taken by Dr. Eric W. Davis in 2002 during an alleged meeting with Navy Vice Admiral Thomas Wilson (retired) in which they talked all things UFO including crash retrievals, MJ-12 and so on.

There have been rumors floating around about these documents which were supposedly shared with a small group of people.  The documents are also being touted as proof positive that Admiral Wilson had dug around for UFO information in 1997 after a meeting with UFO advocates, though Wilson ackowledged the 1997 meeting but denied the story surrounding it as told by none other than UFO nut Steven Greer.

Among the so-called 'core secrets' notes is a letter alleged to be from Navy Commander Willard Miller (retired) who is also mentioned in the notes.

In the two-page letter addressed to Davis, Miller expresses his willingness to help Davis and Hal Puthoff place them in contact with people he believes might help them with their UFO inquiry.  Miller offers his assistance...at the going rate of $180.00 per hour.

Here are a few sections of the letter:

The above has been made out by some to mean that the "special team" equates to Miller having knowledge or a contact with a military unit that has retrieved crashed alien craft.  The only thing this paragraph says is "two key officers may provide some of the information that you seek."  The key word here is may.

Here we are in the two above sections faced with another key word; believe.  There's no supporting evidence this is factual.

So now we've come to the phrases "by virtue of their past" and "most likely".  Once again, proof of nothing.

If the letter is real, then this is Miller pitching his paid services for possible information and contacts, not proof of a cover-up or special access program involving UFOs or aliens.  A UFO podcast states Miller denies writing this letter.  We're already being treated to comments that Miller is lying to cover up, yep, "the truth".

The notes and letter are attributed to Dr. Eric Davis, who is no flake.  He's got a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and is an adjunct professor.  He worked with NIDS and was part of the Skinwalker Ranch team.  He's one of the few scientists to have come out of the UFO closet and put his name out there.  In other words, the guy has balls to risk his academic reputation and status.  How can you not respect that?

Davis did leave the 'wow' emoticon reaction to a Facebook post of mine.  I reached out to Davis about the notes and his response was, "I have no comment on the notes."

The comments left on that Facebook post are more revealing about the true believers and UFO fans and the lack of understanding of what evidence actually constitutes.  Skeptics also too often find themselves in the same position when their silly explanations don't stand up.

Dr. Eric W. Davis, Astrophysicist
I think it likely, if he is indeed the author of the notes and recipient of the letter, if any of the documents are real, I think Davis would realize the words on those documents are just that...words that do not prove anything.

Nothing has been verified and nothing was presented as actual verification as to the authenticity of these documents.  My understanding is nobody promoting these documents as real reached out to Miller or Wilson recently for comment. (If you know otherwise, please post it in the comments section.)

Dolan said skeptics would have a hard time disproving the documents.  Dolan said the same thing during his paid participation in the shameful Roswell Slides fiasco.  This is actually the reverse here, as Dolan is the one who will be having a hard time proving the documents are real.

It has been suggested that Davis recorded this 2002 meeting.  If this is the case, then this story would surely take a different turn were that recording made public and examined.

The level of evidence to substantiate a claim such as is involved with the 'core secrets' documents is extraordinarily high - what's been offered to date doesn't even reach the threshold of preponderance.

One title that appeared online is "Bombshell document confirms Navy Admiral was denied access to UFO crash retrieval program".  To call these notes and the letter a smoking gun, bombshell or anything of the sort is ridiculous.  To tell people the documents are real and to deal with it, this is a far cry from anything resembling proof.

We also have no confirmation from Davis if he is the author of the notes and the recipient of the letter from Miller.  Miller denies the letter is legitimate.  Wilson certainly isn't on record here other than Dolan saying he did contact Wilson in an "ambush interview" years ago and making his own conclusions.  The following is from Keith Basterfield's UFO blog:

In October 2006, US researcher Richard Dolan, reached out to Wilson. The following is a quote from part of a Dolan interview with Jimmy Church dated 19 December 2018.

"And then I actually went out of my way and I found Thomas Wilson. It's the only time in my life that I did an ambush interview on anyone. I felt kind of bad about it you know, but not really that bad. Wilson was working for an advanced aerospace company. I cannot remember the name of it but you know...after you leave the military you get...you get roped, you get brought in. Senior VP for all the weaponry and technology for the breakaway civilization and that's really what he was doing. And I contacted him. I was able to find him and I pretended that I was just a regular conventional historian of the US Navy and that I'd learned about his career and I wanted to talk to him. And he was, he allowed me to call him.

And shortly into the phone call I had to say - look this I'm really calling because I'm an historian of the UFO phenomena and your name came up in a conversation, and that got his attention. I told him essentially about the story: the whole meeting with Greer and Edgar Mitchell. He was really funny because - he he'd gone from genial like relaxing in his big chair saying yeah let's have a nice long conversation - to an ultra high-pitched voice. And he was very angry and kept saying my memory is foggy, my memory is foggy. And then said, all of that was poppycock. He said - yes I did meet with them but everything else is poppycock...was his word. So I knew I got to him and then he hung up. He just ended abruptly the conversation. So I feel like that document that I was shown I am inclined to believe it, I think it was probably true. I think it got to Wilson. I got to Wilson."

This is proof of nothing and open to a number of interpretations.  One could easily say Wilson became annoyed with Dolan initially lying to him about his motives.  The UFO historian had a Navy Vice Admiral quaking in his boots?  I'm not buying that, but I'm sure some will eat up this revisionist David vs. Goliath tale making for entertaining late night radio.

Miller denies writing the letter.  Wilson denies the variations of a 1997 meeting with UFO advocates.  Davis isn't saying anything.  The documents are copies.  We've seen no writing exemplar examination of Miller's signature or past letters.  The original documents would be a good working point for further investigation, but I seriously doubt we'll ever see anything outside of a copy.  You'd be surprised what evidence you can obtain from paper.

Richard Dolan
These documents, short of Miller, Davis and Wilson all coming forward and confirming them as legit, will go down and be endlessly and painfully debated like the infamous MJ-12 documents.  In other words, a road that leads to nothing but a waste of time.

Though I'm sure Dolan and others will be pleased to keep promoting these "leaked" documents and generating revenue from live stream donations, doing presentations at conferences and selling special memberships.  You have to admit, this is good advertising for them.

In the wake of TTSA being the center of the UFO world and garnering a massive amount of media coverage, maybe the leak is a way of getting some attention and trying to remain relevant in UFO circles.  In terms of UFOs and publicity, you just can't compete with a rock star and some actual government insiders with military video of UFOs and military witnesses.  That's a damn hard number to follow.

If anything, this "leak" demonstrates the low level of evidence UFO die hards will accept and the sort of fluff sensationalism UFO researchers will promote as evidence.  I call it a demonstration in irresponsible research and lackadaisical investigation, and that's on a good day.

Don't try to pass off a Dollar Store toy like it's not made in China.  The writing on the package is pretty clear...

May 14, 2019

Stan Freidman, 1935-2019

Nuclear physicist and famed Roswell UFO researcher Stan Friedman has passed away at the age of 84.  Friedman, who had retired from UFOlogy but still booked speaking appearances, was returning home from Columbus when he suddenly died at an airport in Canada.

Friedman leaves behind his wife and three children.

Godspeed, Stan.

Morton Motion Denied...Again