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  I do not publish books, DVDs, or the like.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.

May 10, 2019

Those Darn Orbs

So-called "spirit orbs"
I despise the term orb(s) and the connection with UFOs, mainly due to the fact that most orb photos can be easily explained.  The photo above was found to proclaim this is how to spot spirit orbs.

Don't be fooled as this is known as backscatter where a camera flash is hitting dust and/or other particles in the air.  These sort of photos are often promoted as light orbs, aliens, spirits/ghosts and so on.

Then there are "orbs" where some promote these lights as unknown living entities.  In the video below, UFO hoax promoter and sensationalist Jaime Maussan promotes this video as an "entity" following a train.  Watch and see what Maussan has to say...

Quite a leap to make that this is some unknown entity since Maussan, as usual, provides not a speck of evidence to support this claim and any prosaic explanation never makes its way into Maussan's world because prosaic doesn't sell.  So what is this ball of light on the tracks following the train?

This video shows the phenom of ball lightning.  If you are unfamiliar with ball lightning, I've posted the following two videos for you to watch.  This isn't to say that all spheres of light are ball lightning, but it certainly can account for some considering how dramatic ball lightning can appear.

Some classify the following video as orbs while others call it ball lightning.  I came across the video below on someone's Facebook page and find it very intriguing and the movement organic looking.  It certainly is far more different than any of the ball lightning I've seen video of and does it appear to be like the ball lightning I have personally observed on two occasions.  I'm not endorsing the below video, but I'm also not discounting it.  I would like to see the full video at some point.


May 5, 2019

Happy Cinco De Mayo

Image courtesy of Curt Collins.
A mere four years years ago today, an event advertised as one that would change history was held in Mexico City, Mexico.  Yep, this is the day the notorious beWitness took place...and we were indeed witness.

UFO personalities gave presentations at this pay-per-view event.  Tickets were sold to thousands in attendance.

We were told scientists analyzed the slides and the subject captured in the slide frames was proclaimed to be non-human.

The words compelling and fascinating were used to promote the slides along with claims the slides would not easily be debunked.   Then it imploded like the cheap farce it was.

Some promoting the slides were Jaime Maussan, Richard Dolan, Don Schmitt, Tom Carey and others.

A lot of UFO personalities like to tether themselves to a case hoping it will be the "big one" and their name will be attached to it.  Others are in it for the money, or both.  The attention can't hurt either.

Once it falls apart like every other big announcement of supposed conclusive proof we've heard over the years, those who tethered themselves to it will cut line to float away and pray people forget they were ever involved.  Some have short memories and wish it would just go away.  Others have long memories and the Internet appears to forget nothing.

One of those tethered to this shameless pay-per-view presentation was Richard Dolan who, a few days after the slides had been presented, wrote, "After arriving [in Mexico City] and seeing the slides, and especially hearing the analyses in more detail, I felt the overall picture presented was compelling."

Dolan is referring to alleged analyses conducted by Jose de Jesus Zalce Benitez, Richard Doble and Luis Antonio de Alba Galindo.  I won't refer to them as doctors as each of them should toss their doctorate back in whatever box of Cracker Jacks they pulled it out of.

During the event in Mexico City, Dolan stated that an analysis "suggested this is not a mummy and not a human, not a mammal and not a model."  The problem?  Dolan himself admits to only hearing this so-called analysis, not ever actually seeing nor confirming any scientific data that was advertised to exist.

While Dolan attempted initially to come off as a neutral observer earlier after becoming involved with the slides, for which he was a paid participant, it was clear to most he was promoting the slides by giving them an air of authenticity through his words and actions.

It's always easy to have an after thought about a case or UFO personality you've tethered yourself to.  However, even a base glance at these slides and the claims should've had anyone with a shred of thought or integrity distancing themselves from this utter bullshit.

Some clearly had an exit strategy planned were the slides proved to be anything other than alien...whether that exit strategy involved cashing a check and later trying to apologize or to simply dust the dirt off their shoulders and move on as if nothing ever happened.

It was clear Maussan planned to get some UFO names behind this presentation so here came the Roswell UFO tie-in and a few folks looking for their fifteen minutes and/or a paycheck.  Free trip to Mexico?  Points on the pay-per-view buys?  Presentation fee?  Cut of the gate?  Probably not bad for getting on radio shows and in the press to promote your name and brand too.

One thing that caught people's attention about these slides was what appeared to be a sign or placard next to the supposed alien.  One of the promoters, Tom Carey, said they had deciphered parts of the placard and that "debunkers will be disappointed."  Another promoter, Don Schmitt, said that not even the Photo Interpretation Department at the Pentagon nor Adobe (owners of Photoshop) could decipher the placard.  So which was it?

A few days after the Roswell Slides Presentation, a group of researchers released their findings.  The promoters of the slides claimed they'd had experts far and wide look at the slides.  Yet, somehow, this group was able to prove the placard next to the supposed alien was titled "Mummified body of two year old boy" followed by the text "At the time of this burial the body was clothed in a [text not deciphered] cotton shirt.  Burial wrappings consisted of these small cotton blankets.  Loaned by Mr. [text not deciphered], San Francisco, California."

The group had out witted the Pentagon, Adobe, and other cited experts by using a commonly available software program to decipher the blurry placard in the pictures.  The claims of the Pentagon and other high level image analysts/companies ever actually being involved immediately came into question.  Also in question was the alleged analysis Maussan and others promoted.

Dolan would later write, after the rug was pulled out from under him and the others, "until the proper analyses are published...I cannot consider these slides as evidence of extraterrestrials."  Clearly he had no problem considering and promoting it based on the word of a few people.

A few desperate mopes criticized the results of the group exposing the slides going so far as to claim the group doctored the results.  Mud was slung.  Later came some apologies.  An apology would be appreciated under most circumstances, this however was not the first time some in the Roswell Slides party have endorsed or defended a case or a colleague despite facts to the contrary or have outright lied.

Maussan later tried saying they knew it was a mummy displayed in a museum but that it was alien.  Which made little sense when Maussan even offered $5,000 to anyone who could find a photo of the mummy.  This was Maussan's desperate attempt to deflect any negativity and to promote the mummy as an alien.  Maussan could declare victory for himself if a photo never appeared and he was likely heavily betting that'd be the case.  Too bad someone did find a photo of the mummy and a placard next to it advising it was the mummified remains of a two year old boy.  Maussan never paid up and claimed the photo was a fake while offering no evidence of his claim.

TOP:  Photo found by Jorge Peredo.  BOTTOM: Photo from Roswell Slides.  Take a good look at the garment in the top picture then look at the other picture.

Maussan is a serial hoax promoter who defended and profited from The Reed UFO Hoax.  Dolan defended Linda Howe she was exposed for omitting information in the Brazilian UFO abduction hoax.  Schmitt lied about being a professional medical illustrator and lied to his former partner Kevin Randle among other things.

One thing is clear; you simply cannot believe or trust Jaime Maussan when it comes to his UFO claims.  Maussan has ensnared countless suckers and promoted more bogus UFOs and aliens than Billie Meier.  In a shameful attempt to give the Roswell Slides significance, Maussan tied beWitness to a national historic day in Mexico.

This is not the first time, nor is it likely the last, Maussan has promoted fake alien mummies, alien bodies or any number of charades. Remember the Gaia alien mummy that turned out to be human?  Maussan and a few of his Roswell Slides experts were right there confirming it was non-human.  This is also not the first time Maussan has claimed scientists had verifiable evidence.  Maussan claimed that the bogus Dr. Reed UFO case involved an alien artifact that was analyzed showing it had nanotechnology.  No proof of this was ever given, and this was years before the Roswell Slides embarrassment.

In the end, the damage is done not just to the reputations of Maussan, Dolan and the like - they all richly deserved the fallout from this sham - but to the serious, scientific study of the UFO topic and those sincerely supporting it.  But don't bother telling anyone involved with the Roswell Slides, they'll just smile, shake it off and move on to the next performance...

Listen to George Knapp talk about this case being exposed (start at 13:20 in).

Apr 29, 2019

Released by the Gov't or Not?

When initially released in December 2017, two videos alleging to show encounters between the U.S. Navy and unknown aerial objects caused quite a buzz in the media.  The videos were quickly the subject of much speculation and scrutiny.

One of the questions asked was whether or not the government released these videos or they were obtained by other means.  Some questioned the chain of custody of the videos and their actual origin.

Las Vegas based journalist George Knapp, via the KLAS television investigative team, presented documents earlier this evening that appear to confirm the videos were indeed released by the government.

Apr 26, 2019

Attack of the UFO Shows!

About every decade or so, we see UFO television shows or specials start to pop up due to increased media coverage of the topic.  Don't get me started on UFO dramas like Project Blue Book where it fast becomes a true story distorted by Hollywood.

Usually produced on a pretty low budget and featuring some UFO personality, most of these shows or specials are barely strong enough to keep even the lay person interested unless you live in a state where marijuana is legal and there's nothing else on television or your phone battery is dead.

Treated to the usual semi-dramatic re-creations and glossing over of cases, these shows come off more as time slot fillers than anything with actual production value.  Instead of a meaningful, thoughtful, well written and filmed show, we're punished with something clearly shot quick and dirty.  Worse yet, we get treated to shows like Ancient Aliens.

The CW was the latest to follow this fluff programming trend.  Back in January, we were treated to the complete stinker Roswell: Mysteries Decoded, which was so horrible the only thing needing decoded was why I sat through the whole thing to begin with.

Let's not forget the embarrassment that was the show Hellier which was actually picked up by Netflix.  Very few shows make me want to slit my own throat...this was one of them.

I'm sure a few folks thought I was shitting on the people involved in either of these shows, but anyone who watched either (or, god help you, both) and kept a straight face or thought something revolutionary was about to occur, or even remotely thought it was good, well, you were probably living in a state where marijuana is legal.

This is an area where we run into problems.  No, not with marijuana legalization, but with UFO personalities, researchers, investigators and the like not being honest with each other or themselves.  We certainly tend to talk about "the truth" a lot, but when it comes to being absolutely honest with each other?  Yeah, not so much.  Were I involved in a show and it was simply awful, I would count on my friends, family, readers and peers to tell me so.

Now the CW is back at it with a series entitled ...wait for it... Mysteries Decoded.  Apparently they just cut Roswell from the title because it likely wasn't in the budget.  It appears the token skeptic-who-quickly-becomes-a-believer from the Roswell: Mysteries Decoded show is going to be featured on this new series where she and a crack team investigate it all from Area 51 to the Salem Witch Trials. The company producing it is called MorningStar Entertainment.  Come on, you know, the producers of such classics as Prepper Hillbillies, Church Secrets and Legends, and Ted Nugent's Gun Country.  This new series might be good, but I already have serious reservations.

I understand some folks think getting involved in these sort of shows is great for the topic, public exposure, and the like.  The vast majority simply are not.  These sort of productions often are short lived and soon forgotten.

Where the UFO topic is concerned, or any other I suppose, there's a fine line between entertainment and fact with people often crossing that line or seriously blurring it in order to get their face, name, and/or brand out there - credibility be damned to self or topic.  There's a lot of self-serving out there.  I understand these shows have to be entertaining enough to keep audience interest.  I get it.  But the saying that some publicity is better than none, doesn't apply to many of these shows.

What I see now is a trend where people are more interested in promoting themselves, their brand, their books and getting their face out there on TV, at conventions, doing podcasts, writing books, selling merchandise, getting paying subscribers, getting a foot in the door in Hollywood, asking for financial support on various donation platforms and so on.  I think some are just naive or taken with the notion of being on screen to impress people.

Problem is I don't think there's a lot of thought on the part of the participants about what these UFO television productions are going to do in the end.  Of course, in the end all I'm doing here is spinning my wheels because these productions will roll on for good or bad, and I'll keep watching them.  At least it'll give me something to post here when things are slow.  Speaking of the end...

At the end of May, we'll see what's to come when the History network rolls out Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation.  A lot of high hopes that this show will garner more credible attention to the topic, but I'm very reserved at this point.  Guess we'll see...yes, I'll be watching this too.

Apr 15, 2019

The Kookiness Continues

Sean David Morton is not one to pass up an opportunity to espouse utter nonsense in hopes of hooking a sucker or two into believing his rubbish.  In his latest posting, Morton shows exactly how delusional he is or is playing up his imagined martyrdom (or both, take your pick) for all he can pending his eventual release from federal prison.

Among some of the more baffling and outright silly claims Morton makes: "[The Federal Government] made, and I have proof of this, $450 MILLLION [off] the cases against [us] which are on deposit with Fidelity Mutual Canada - so they don't have to pay US taxes!"

This is a serious allegation and if Morton did indeed have any evidence to support this ridiculous accusation, he'd be a free man with an amazing lawsuit against the government.  Morton has offered a myriad of excuses as to why he's in prison, and none of them have anything to do with the truth...

First, Morton was on about how his self published books were so dangerous that the government cooked up some felonies to charge him with in order to silence him.  Morton's books are readily available on the Internet.  Next, Morton said he was charged so the government could make millions off his eventual incarceration.  Then there's the excuse Morton was set up by the government because he knows his tax views have merit and they want to silence him.

Among other idiotic claims, Morton spins his tale that he just needs the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to "simple[y] stamp" his appeal paperwork and he's a free man as Morton claims there has not been any response filed by the government.

Oddly enough, the 9th Circuit Court just issued an order three days ago on April 12th stating that Morton's motion for summary disposition and request to expedite his appeal are both denied.  The government has until June 20th to file its response.

Morton has a long history of filing a barrage of bizarre motions with the court during his trial and appeal process.  Morton has described himself as "a legal and constitutional expert", but it appears the court is no longer amused with Morton's frivilous filings and stated in the most recent order, "Further filing of meritless motions may result in the court withdrawing appellant Morton's leave to represent himself on appeal."

The simple truth here is Morton defrauded people and the government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in this case.  Previously, Morton was sued by the SEC for defrauding investors out of $6,000,000 in what the SEC described as a "psychic scheme".  This is a trend with Morton, not an innocent isolated incident.

The New York Times recently published an extensive piece on Morton's anti-tax and sovereign citizen claims.

I've said this a few times, but here we go again: How does such a self proclaimed psychic as Morton not see any of this coming?

The Alleged Eric Davis Notes