Re: Stuff and Nonsense Unleashed
« Reply #2299 on: Oct 1st, 2017, 08:44am »
Good morning all
The UFO Enigma: What Can Be Said About Anecdotal Evidence?
Micah Hanks October 1, 2017
What is the reality — if any exists at all — behind the UFO phenomenon?
This question has been asked for decades already, and still we collectively don’t seem to have any real answers that help instruct us as to whatever “reality” may constitute serious, tangible data on UFOs.
Way back in 1955, Edward Ruppelt, the first director of the USAF’s Project Bluebook, wrote that, “I wouldn’t want to hazard a guess as to what the final outcome of the UFO investigation will be, but I am sure that within a few years there will be a proven answer.”
I often wonder if Ruppelt would ever have foreseen that well after the turn of the next century, we would still be awaiting that final “proven answer” that he anticipated.
At the very least, we might say that, based on what anecdotal evidence has been collected in UFO witness testimony since the end of World War II, there appear to have been varieties of unusual aircraft seen in our skies for decades now. Their origin, however, remains a matter of conjecture, due to the lack of physical evidence to support the range of theories that have been proposed in this regard.
Hence, with little more than decades of witness testimony, and the occasional (though scant) physical evidence that turns up rarely, perhaps one of the most important questions that should be asked is, “how useful is the anecdotal evidence at our disposal?”
At this point, it would seem appropriate that I give a disclaimer: what follows in this article is intended for readers that are still perplexed by the subject of UFOs, as I am, and are willing to ask serious, sober, and scientifically-informed questions about it. The points addressed will likely be of disdain to the willful believers that are already “certain” (in their minds, at least) of an extraterrestrial reality, and of space brothers who came here long ago to instruct humankind, or perhaps even save us from our own destructive potentials. In equal measure, dogmatic skeptics may be similarly discouraged from bothering with reading further; particularly those who have convinced themselves that nothing exists behind any UFO reports whatsoever (even those which seem indicative of clandestine, experimental manmade aircraft… which constitutes a perfectly reasonable potential solution to at least some alleged UFO reports).
For those willing to continue in the spirit of open-minded, but discerning skepticism, we must return again to the question of anecdotal data: what does it really tell us about the UFO enigma?
While unable to provide physical evidence that can be tested under laboratory settings, the point is frequently argued that anecdotal evidence, particularly gathered from multiple sources, is often what must be relied upon in a courtroom; especially in cases where physical evidence is lacking. I realize fully that this argument does little to sway the minds of skeptical scientists, who demand (and rightly so!) physical proof before they can commit to belief. However, the point to be made is that in the face of numerous instances where testimonies given by individuals seem to match, or are otherwise relatable in some way, perhaps some anecdotal data should be given consideration, as it is presently all that we have to work with.
Recently, a pairing of questions were posted at the Paracast Forums, where one of the users, operating under the amusing moniker of “Greer’s Event Planner,” raised several points of contention about UFOs in modern times. Among these had been the following:
“As a total body of evidence there is nothing that would pass scientific muster and there are no reliable multiple witness cases that prove the aliens in physical ships hypothesis.”
The thread had been partly in response to a recent appearance on The Paracast’s subscriber show by researcher Paul Kimball (also a friend and colleague of mine), who similarly offered that, “There may be a paranormal / supernatural component to it all, but I don’t see anything that even remotely indicates structured craft from an extraterrestrial source.”
Re: Stuff and Nonsense Unleashed
« Reply #2301 on: Oct 1st, 2017, 08:51am »
Teams compete in jetliner tug-of-war at Newark airport
By Eric DuVall Updated Sept. 30, 2017 at 5:38 PM
Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Dozens of teams turned out at Newark Liberty International Airport on Saturday to try to pull a 93,000-lb. jetliner by hand as part of an annual fundraiser benefiting the Special Olympics.
Organizers of the annual event said more than 50 teams of 20 took turns trying to haul the Boeing 737 a distance of 10 feet. Awards were handed out to the team able to complete the task the fastest, and to the team with the lowest total weight able to achieve the feat.
Teams from area police and fire departments and private businesses competed for bragging rights in front of more than 1,000 spectators who were granted free admission to watch the event.
"It's a lot of fun and people practice for this year round," said Robert Belfiore, a retired police chief and current director of the New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
The event was hosted by United Airlines and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Proceeds were donated to the Special Olympics of New Jersey.
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« Reply #2303 on: Oct 1st, 2017, 09:11am »
Published on Nov 3, 2011
Internationally acclaimed author Leslie Marmon Silko, Laguna Pueblo, deliveres the fall Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community, at Phoenix's Heard Museum. This semi-annual lecture series is held through a partnership between the Heard Museum and Arizona State University.
Silko delivers a relaxed, informal presentation as she reads from her forthcoming memoir, Turquoise Ledge.
Silko has won prizes, fellowships, and grants from such sources as the National Endowment for the Arts and The Boston Globe. She was the youngest writer to be included in The Norton Anthology of Women's Literature for her short story "Lullaby." In 1981 she won a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant. Silko has continued to be a force in American Indian literature in both the fiction and non-fiction genres.
The lecture series is sponsored by the Heard Museum and Arizona State University's American Indian Studies Program, Department of English
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« Reply #2304 on: Oct 1st, 2017, 09:15am »
Published on Nov 20, 2012
The ASU Library Channel presents the tenth installment of The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community with Legacies of the Tribal Languages of Arizona: Gifts or Responsibilities presented by Ofelia Zepeda
Ofelia Zepeda is a Regents' Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona and recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship for her work in American Indian language education, maintenance and recovery. She is a member of the Tohono O'odham Nation of southern Arizona, born and raised in Stanfield, Arizona. Zepeda's work in linguistics includes the first pedagogical grammar of the Tohono O'odham language, A Tohono O'odham Grammar, as well as other topics on the O'odham language, Native American language shift, language endangerment and documentation. In addition Zepeda is a poet with publications in both Tohono O'odham and English. She has three books of poetry, Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert, Jewed I-hoi/Earth Movements and Where Clouds are Formed. In 2009 she collaborated on a public arts project that included engraving of some of her poems on boulders north of the University of Arizona campus. Other public art includes work in Passages at South Mountain Community College Library in South Phoenix. Zepeda is currently the director of the American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI), one of the longest running Indigenous language training institutes in the country. She is also the series editor of Sun Tracks, a book series publishing Native American writers at the University of Arizona Press.
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« Reply #2306 on: Oct 1st, 2017, 12:42pm »
Weird stuff the military is working on, or has worked on......(Not including all the "secret stuff"...)
Eye-blinding rifle This weapon won't kill you; it will just blind you with its bedazzling laser beam. The PHASR, or personnel halting and stimulation response rifle, is essentially the equivalent of a gazillion laser pointers aimed at the eyes, designed to lead to only temporary blindness. The goal is to blind criminals or others who mean harm for long enough that they can be apprehended. However, the PHASR has one problem: The United Nations banned blinding weapons in 1995, according to an addendum to the Geneva Conventions.
Laser-induced plasma channel Move over Thor — the military has stolen your thunder (and lightning). Engineers at the Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey have figured out a way to harness the power of lightning, designing a weapon that shoots lightning bolts along laser beams to kill targets. The laser-induced plasma channel, as it's called, is aimed at targets that conduct electricity better than the air or the ground, according to a press release. The laser light, with its high intensity and energy, focuses the lightning bolt to keep it along a straight and narrow path, so it can be precisely aimed at a target, according to the release.
Pulsed energy projectile The pulsed energy projectile is yet another nonlethal weapon under development by the U.S. military. The goal? Fire a laser at people to create a little pocket of exploding plasma in the air around them. This would hypothetically create a pressure wave to knock out the person, also producing painful nerve sensations, according to Globalsecurity.org.
Kill-proof human soldiers One way to make a deadlier fighting force is to create an invincible one. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has long been working on projects to make soldiers "unkillable," or more able to survive assaults, maintain endurance for long periods and withstand extreme environmental challenges. One project, called Inner Armor, looked at the genetic adaptations that allow other species, such as harbor seals and archaeobacteria, to travel for days without stopping, survive underwater with little oxygen, or recover from radioactive or chemical weapons without getting sick. The goal? Either manipulate neural pathways or give people special "vitamins" that could protect against such assaults, according to a 2007 presentation on the project.
Gay bombs In 2005, the Pentagon confirmed that military leaders had once been interested in a chemical weapon that could make enemy troops sexually irresistible to each other, according to Military.com. The Air Force Wright Lab received $7.5 million dollars in 1994 to develop a weapon that would harness a hormone naturally present in the body in low quantities. When enemy soldiers breathed it in or absorb it in their skin, the idea went, they would become irresistibly attracted to each other. Not surprisingly, many people found the idea offensive and impractical.
Invisibility cloaks In 2016, the U.S. put out a call for proposals to create invisible uniforms, which would cloak wearers from all angles and in all terrains. It's not clear how far that project got, but the idea of cloaking an object to be invisible at certain wavelengths isn't that outlandish. In 2006, scientists showed it was possible to bend light around objects made of certain materials, known as metamaterials, effectively rendering them invisible at certain wavelengths. And in 2015, a scientist said he had invented a ceramic, ultrathin material that was invisible at many wavelengths, the Army Times reported. The idea of making something effectively invisible isn't totally new: Stealth bombers already use a special coating that makes them nearly invisible to radar and infrared and hard to see in the visible light spectrum.
Pain rays When it comes to weapons, what doesn't kill you can still make you hurt very, very badly. The U.S. military has been working actively on a nonlethal weapon called an "active denial system," aka, the pain ray. This ray zaps people with radio waves that heat up tissue, creating a painful burn. The objective? Keep suspicious people away from military bases without having to kill the individuals, according to Wired. The current iteration is used only on mounted vehicles, but the military said it hopes to miniaturize the weapon. In 2012, ABC7 reported that a similar version of the pain ray was being tested on inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center's North County Correctional Center in Los Angeles, intended as a tool to break up prisoner fights.