Unconventional Conventions – John Keel 1966

John Keel is regarded by many as a pioneer in the field of Fortean studies. He popularized, and indeed may have created, the terms “Men In Black” and “Ultraterrestrials” but Keel is most well-known as the main researcher and investigator of the Mothman experiences. He wrote a number of books including The Mothman Prophecies, Disneyland of the Gods, Our Haunted Planet and Jadoo. He challenged the commonly held belief that flying Saucers, cryptozoology and hauntings were unique and separate experiences. In an interview Keel stated that,”The objects and apparitions do not necessarily originate on another planet and may not even exist as permanent constructions of matter. It is more likely that we see what we want to see and interpret such visions according to our contemporary beliefs.”
Without Keel the “paranormal community” would be lacking in much of its insight and humor.

Here for you enjoyment is a lecture by John Keel recorded during a UFO convention in 1966.
John Keel, UFO Convention 1966

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For Robert and Gene

In 1953 two U.S. Airforce pilots, Felix E. Moncla and Robert Wilson, vanished while investigating an “unknown” aircraft. The “unknown” had been spotted on ground radar and the two pilots were charged with the task of identifying it. Their plane left Kinross Airforce base in Michigan and subsequently was never seen again. Since that time authors and researchers have written many passages and accounts of what they believe might have happened. Many of these researchers were more than willing to speculate about the incident. Did Moncla and Wilson get beamed aboard a UFO? Did their plane get sucked into another dimension? Did they simply crash into Lake Superior? The list of questions goes on and on.
As a UFO researcher from Michigan I too was interested in the case. By the time I had really started doing research, about 1991, I figured that the Kinross Incident had been covered and discussed enough by other researchers, so for many years I allowed that research to stand unchallenged. It wasn’t the fact that a UFO might be involved that drew me back into the case, it was something far more important.

In 1997 while doing some reading about another UFO incident I noticed that Robert Wilson’s name was misspelled. The author of the book had written it as RR Willson. I let the mistake go  believing it to be a typo and continued my reading. Within minutes I stumbled across another book that mention R.R. Wilson. Being who I am I jumped up and got more books and to my surprise dozens of book erroneously reported Robert L. Wilson as R.R. Wilson. This may not seem like the most exciting story or the most interesting discovery but I believe it is an important one.
Once someone writes something down and places it in the public arena others will copy it. It doesn’t matter if what is written is true or well researched. And over time what is written and copied will be believed by many to be fact. The least we can do, as researchers, is spell a name correctly. Also, a case where two U.S. servicemen vanish, never to be seen again, is enough reason to do some research. The added elements of UFOs, time travel, inter-dimensional kidnapping, etc. may excite the mind but that fact that men vanished while trying to protect their country is more than deserving of our time. All to often UFOlogical or paranormal researchers feel the need to make a case even more “exciting” by adding elements to a case that does not need it. Many times the addition of these new “facts” overwhelm what really happened and, in the race to propose startling claims, pushes the real, known, human element into the background. It’s not enough for two men to have vanished, they need to be yanked from the sky by a UFO. Meanwhile, researchers can’t even get the names of the men right.

Of course the researchers who rush to write a bevy of books or make appearances on TV shows, the ones who scream the loudest are the ones who get the most attention. The people who can get the most viewers or sell the most books are the ones who have the most impact. You would think they would take the most responsible approach. Unfortunately this is usually not true. publishers and TV producers are looking for people who can shock and startle people, and they don’t care if it’s true. I don’t fault publishers or producers for promoting people who do poor research, their job is to sell books and advertising space during TV shows. I fault the researchers who in their race to become known truly do not care about the unknown.

I cannot tell you how many times I have found the believed history behind an allegedly haunted location to be incorrect. How many times I have seen witnesses names misreported. How many times I have found researchers that “add” a little spice to their research for the sole fact of making what is already a fascinating case, “more interesting.” The additions and mistakes are rewritten by others and passed down like the “telephone game” until at last there is so much poorly written and researched “evidence” that untangling what is real and what is not becomes an almost impossible task. When we lose the ability to even accurately report a name we truly have lost ourselves.

Demand better research, demand more common sense, don’t give in to the over hyperbolic claims of people seeking fame and fortune.  Make these demands not only for yourself but for those who no longer have a voice of their own, like Robert Wilson and his friend Gene.

For more information on the Kinross Incident you can visit this page

Freedom of Information for information

Throughout the decades I have filed hundreds of FOIA requests, some of the them have led to exciting and beneficial information, some have been denied or are still being processed, I have five that have taken over ten years to be processed with no end still in sight. Even with the changes mandated for FOIA, through the passing of The Patriot Act, one of the biggest downfalls a researcher can have when submitting a request to the government is an incompletely written request. Most government agencies expect the general public to NOT know what words to use and they count on us to ask in an incorrect manner for information so they can deny our requests.  A poorly written FOIA request such as, “Please send me all documents on UFOs” or “Send me stuff about the Philadelphia Experiment” will quickly be tossed in a trash bin and also tie up the system for people who have submitted requests after you. Below you will find an example of a FOIA request that has worked for me for years. Please feel free to copy and paste it, use it in your next FOIA request, it works for me and hopefully it will work for you.
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This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
I request a complete and thorough search of all filing systems and locations for all records maintained by your agency pertaining to and/or captioned ____________, including and, without limitation, files and documents captioned in, or whose captions include _________________.

This request specifically includes where appropriate “main” files and “see references,” including but not limited to numbered and lettered subfiles, 1A envelopes, enclosures behind files (EBFs), bulky Exhibits, “JUNE” files and control files. I also request a search of the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Index, or any similar technique for locating records of electronic surveillance and the COINTELPRO index. I request that all records be produced with the administrative markings and all reports to include administrative pages. I wish to be sent copies of “see reference” cards, abstracts, search slips, including search slips used to process this request, file covers, multiple copies of the same documents if they appear in a file, tapes of any electronic surveillance, photographs, and logs of physical surveillance (FISUR). Please search, “DO NOT FILE” files, SAC safes, special file rooms, and offices of officials. I request copies of all pages regardless of the extent of excising, even if all that remains are the stationary headings or administrative markings.

In order to help to determine my status to assess fees, you should know that I am a representative of the news media/press and this request is made as part of news gathering and not for commercial use.

The maximum dollar amount I am willing to pay for this request _____ Please notify me if the fees will exceed ____ or the maximum dollar amount I entered.

I request a waiver of all fees for this request. Disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in my commercial interest.

Additional information:
Please place missing documents on “special locate” and advise me that you have done this.

I wish to make it clear that I want all records in your office “identifiable with my request,” even though reports on those records have been sent to headquarters and even though there may be duplication between the two sets of files. I do not want just “interim” documents. I want all documents as they appear in the “main” files and “see references” of all units of your agency

If documents are denied, in whole or in part, please specify which exemption(s) is (are) claimed for each document denied. Give the number of pages in each document and the total number of pages pertaining to this request and the dates of the documents withheld. I request that excised material be “blacked out” rather than “whited out” or cut-out and that the remaining non-exempt portions of the documents be released as provided under the Freedom of Information Act. Please send a memo (with a copy or copies to me) to the appropriate unit(s) in your office to assure that no records related to this request are destroyed. Please advise of any destruction of records and include the date and authority for such destruction. As I expect to appeal any denials, please specify the office and address to which an appeal should be directed.

I can be reached at the phone number listed on the letterhead. Please call rather than write if there are any questions of it you need additional information from me. I expect a response to this request within the mandated time as provided in the Freedom of Information Act.

Respectfully yours,
___________

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Good Luck!

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Kayne-spiracy: Marketing 101

Kayne_Swift_LenoMusic lovers had nothing to be outraged about lately so wasn’t it fantastic when Kayne West jumped to the stage during MTV’s music awards on Sunday night. The hip-hop star interrupted country singer Taylor Swift’s acceptance of her award for Best Female Video. Shock, at Mr. West’s actions, were felt around the gossip-sphere. Music fans asked “How could he do that?” “Will he apologize?” Luckily Kayne West was scheduled for an interview on the premier episode of Jay Leno’s new show the following day.

I know it’s not an “aliens run the planet” conspiracy but was it all hoaxed? If only there was a connection between the parties involved. Oh wait a minute.

Big Machine Records is an American independent record label specializing in country music artists. Big Machine joined with Universal Republic in June 2009 to found a new label, Republic Records Nashville. It’s recording stars include the American country popstar Taylor Swift.

Roc-A-Fella Records is an American vanity record label founded by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Damon Dash, and Kareem “Biggs” Burke. A subsidiary of Universal Music Group. It’s recording stars include the award winner Kayne West

The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network and is currently part of the media company NBC Universal.

A very interesting aspect, at least to me, is Kayne’s apology on Jay Leno. It seemed that the entire segment was contrived to not actually mention what had happened and who it involved. Approaching it in this way  would make people who didn’t know transpired want to find out. Kayne only says “Taylor” once during the interview and it’s 2 minutes and 30 seconds into an interview that is only 2 minutes and 50 seconds long. And, again. he never even says what happened that he is apologizing for. The “What would your mother say to you” question by Leno is so over dramatic it’s like watching a soap opera.

So Kayne will sell more records, since he will retain his “rebel” status. Taylor Swift will sell more records and become America’s darling because she was “shamed” on national TV, and people will watch Jay Leno’s show to see Kayne apologize. The question remains, “Who lost anything in this?” The answer, “No one”. America you’ve just been conned. It’s been done before and it will be done again, moon landing, alien reptiles, just wait you’ll see how crazy it is when we catch Osama in some luxury penthouse, oh but that is a couple years away.

Did you ever see that? Transient Environment Phenomena

Transient Environment Phenomena

How often do you drive the same route to work or home? How long have you lived in a certain location? Now, have you, after all that time, over months, years, even decades ever noticed a structure that you’ve never noticed before? Every year I am confronted by dozens upon dozens of individuals who swear buildings are appearing and vanishing seemingly overnight. An empty street corner sudden has become home to a fully functioning drive-thru bank or grocery store. A home, by the side of the road, that has be vacant for years suddenly isn’t there. Now, it would be easy to say that the house was demolished or that the bank was built, in this day and age buildings can literally be built or crushed almost overnight. But what I am questioned, often, about seems to be something far stranger, something I’ve come to call Transient Environment Phenomena.

- A husband and wife who have grown up in a small community, attending its schools working in its civic area notice that where once there had been only a small, acre or smaller, patch of land is now a party story. The signs in the window are aged from years of sunlight, the parking lot riddled with potholes from years of use. When friends and family are confronted about the store everyone has seen it, people have gone there for years, there are even memories of the couple going there and getting cigarettes, but of course these “memories” are coming from the family and not the couple. Both agree they have never seen, noticed or visited the store before.

- A businesswoman who has driven the same road to work everyday for 10 years is shocked one morning to find that a centuries old abandoned farmhouse is now only a wheat field. At work she mentions the house to co-workers, no one remembers the house. “It has always been a farmer’s empty field” of this everyone at her office agrees, except the woman who remembers differently.

Over the last 15 years, or longer, I have been contacted with more and more frequency about T.E.P. occurring. Buildings, houses, parks, restaurants, etc. seem to vanish or appear without warning or explanation. Usually only the person who notices the change remembers that something is different. Occasionally one or two others many have a fleeting memory of “something being different” but these cases seem to be rare.

Of course the entire phenomena could simply be a mental aberration on the part of the experiencer(s). Living in the same location or  traveling the same roads for a long period of time can dull the senses to changes in the environment. The mind, as we all know, can play tricks… and perhaps that is what is going on.

Or perhaps something else is happening. Is time fluid enough to dissolve and make manifest our personal shared realities? Are certain individuals jumping into alternate universes or dimensions where the differences are only ever so slight?

So, look around, pay close attention because tomorrow is a different day and the world around you is changing all the time and perhaps it’s changing more than you realize.