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  • Light Eye
    Dear Friends, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,6-2111848,00.html Loveand Light. David ET s flown home – chased off by the internetBen Macintyre The
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 30, 2006
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      Dear Friends,

      http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,6-2111848,00.html

      Loveand Light.

      David

      ET's flown home – chased off by the internetBen Macintyre
      The disappearance of flying saucers and little green men – and a shift in human credulity WHERE (ON EARTH) have all the unidentified flying objects gone? Just a few years ago, the sky seemed to be littered with flying saucers and every other sort of astral crockery: strange lights, cigar-shaped spaceships, paranormal things that went bump in the night. Scully and Mulder were rushed off their feet.

      Now the UFOs have almost vanished. Sure, you still get a few alien abductions, especially on New Year’s Eve, and diehard ufologists are still recording close encounters of the umpteenth kind. Since 1955 the National UFO Reporting Centre in Seattle has clocked 125,000 reports of sightings. But in recent years the numbers have dropped dramatically. The British Flying Saucer Bureau closed down three years ago after half a century of saucer-spotting. The simple truth is that the little green men don’t come calling like they used to, and they have stopped leaving circles in our crops. NI_MPU('middle'); document.write(''); document.write(''); dcmaxversion = 9 dcminversion = 3 Do On Error Resume Next plugin = (IsObject(CreateObject("ShockwaveFlash.ShockwaveFlash." & dcmaxversion & ""))) If plugin = true Then Exit Do dcmaxversion = dcmaxversion - 1 Loop While dcmaxversion >= dcminversion One explanation for this is that the
      aliens have realised that this poor little planet is dying, and not worth visiting any more. But leaving aside the possibility that we are simply an interplanetary holiday destination that has fallen out of fashion, the withering of the UFO craze represents a fascinating shift in human credulity, the end of a cultural phenomenon that reached its apogee in the late 20th century. But it is also a result of human invention, and humanity’s evolving relationship with new technology. UFO sightings have declined as the internet has expanded. The web is the natural home of every crackpot and conspiracy theorist, but it also, eventually, produces a rarefied atmosphere of rationalism in which aliens and other elusive creatures cannot long survive. In the short term, the internet was a blessing to UFOs; but over time, it has all but killed them off. Humans have been spotting odd things in the sky from the dawn of time. Egyptian scrolls from the 15th century BC tell of
      “burning circles” in the heavens, the Book of Ezekiel describes celestial wheels of fire and in AD98 a shield-shaped thing hurtled across the Roman firmament. Before the First World War there were regular sightings of phantom Zeppelins. UFOs tend to appear at moment of turmoil and technical innovation, and the full-scale alien invasion started after the Second World War. On June 24, 1947, an American pilot named Kenneth Arnold spotted nine silvery objects hurtling through the air near Mount Rainier in Washington state. The term “flying saucer” was born, a good example of bad journalism since Arnold had specifically stated that the objects were shaped like boomerangs. Within a month, flying saucers had been reported in 28 states. On a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico, the US Air Force recovered bits of debris from a crash site, and rumours of bodies of bug-eyed aliens quickly spread. Britain became a favoured UFO landing strip, with hundreds and then thousands of
      reported sightings. “What does all this stuff about flying saucers amount to?”, wondered Winston Churchill in a memo written in 1951. “What can it mean?” In part, the alien spaceship invasion was a reaction to the stresses of the Cold War and the nuclear age; in a time of technological frenzy, space exploration and paranoia, the notion of alien visitors was increasingly acceptable, even comforting. In the same way that our medieval forebears saw angels and comets at times of plague and catastrophe, we saw lights and visitations in the night sky as the world seemed ever more dangerous, and other planets drew ever closer. The high point for UFO spotters came in the mid-1990s. The fields were festooned with crop circles; The X-Files was required watching, the men in black were everywhere. In 1994 some black-and-white film footage turned up, purporting to show military scientists performing a post-mortem examination on two of the Roswell aliens: small, humanoid
      creatures with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, without belly buttons or hair. The film, since exposed as a crude forgery, was taken seriously enough for journalists (including this one) to be dispatched to Roswell to report on the discovery. The early internet helped to power the UFO phenomenon: instant myths, sightings, secrets and lies scorched around the world wide web. But the web also helped to undermine faith in the paranormal. In the age of instant text messaging and universal webcams, spotting UFOs, photographing them, posting the evidence worldwide and calling in witnesses should have been far easier than ever before. Instead, the UFOs have scarpered. The internet works by taking in vast swaths of hokum and ignorance but it gradually sifts out the chaff. Errors inevitably creep, for example, into Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, but because this is a self-creating and self-regulating mechanism, the mistakes and the nonsense are
      weeded out, or wither away. For every soothsayer and rumour-peddler on the web, there is a rationalist, an expert, a sceptic, calling for common sense. The truth will out, eventually. The UFOs are still whizzing about up there, for sure; they just tend to crash faster these days. This month, residents of Orange County, California, spotted mysterious discs hovering over the town of Aliso Viejo. The sightings were swiftly recorded by a UFO research website, ghostly blue lights that “danced around one another in the night sky”. The news hurtled around the web, UFO chat rooms buzzed with excitement. Ten years ago the Aliso Viejo sightings would have swiftly entered UFO folklore, passed from one believer to another. But no sooner had the Orange County saucers been launched, than a cardiovascular surgeon named Gaylon Murphy admitted the UFOs were radio-controlled foam disks fitted with flashing lights, which he had built in his garage. “We fly them in formation,” he
      said. “It’s pretty funny.” The Aliso Viejo UFOs are still on the internet, but now entirely overshadowed by more mundane normality: “It came from the Planet Garage.” The unidentified flying object has been identified, and cannot fly any more. ET has gone home. Read more Ben Macintyre columns: www.timesonline.co.uk/benmacintyre



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    • Jahnets
      Now we know what has happened to the communications industry...Has this guy had his head in the sand? ET s leave crop circles when the crops are in. But I
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 31, 2006
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        Now we know what has happened to the communications industry...Has this guy
        had his head in the sand? ET's leave crop circles when the crops are in. But
        I guess that would take some intelligence to figure out... Seeing as this is
        March and the crop circle season doesn't start until late April or May I
        think, this is an interesting bit of disinfo. The answer for all those on
        line columnists is that since humans began controling weather and
        technology, they now send orbs. That way no one gets hurt. Orbs have been
        photographed making crop circles a number of times. What a silly article.


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        Subject: [ufodiscussion] ET's Flown Home - Chased Off by The Internet


        Dear Friends,

        http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,6-2111848,00.html

        Loveand Light.

        David

        ET's flown home – chased off by the internetBen
        Macintyre
        The disappearance of flying saucers and little green men – and a shift
        in human credulity WHERE (ON EARTH) have all the
        unidentified flying objects gone? Just a few years ago, the sky seemed to be
        littered with flying saucers and every other sort of astral crockery:
        strange lights, cigar-shaped spaceships, paranormal things that went bump in
        the night. Scully and Mulder were rushed off their feet.

        Now the UFOs have almost vanished. Sure, you still get a few alien
        abductions, especially on New Year’s Eve, and diehard ufologists are still
        recording close encounters of the umpteenth kind. Since 1955 the National
        UFO Reporting Centre in Seattle has clocked 125,000 reports of sightings.
        But in recent years the numbers have dropped dramatically. The British
        Flying Saucer Bureau closed down three years ago after half a century of
        saucer-spotting. The simple truth is that the little green men don’t come
        calling like they used to, and they have stopped leaving circles in our
        crops. NI_MPU('middle');
        document.write(''); document.write(''); dcmaxversion = 9
        dcminversion = 3 Do On Error Resume Next plugin =
        (IsObject(CreateObject("ShockwaveFlash.ShockwaveFlash." & dcmaxversion &
        ""))) If plugin = true Then Exit Do dcmaxversion = dcmaxversion - 1 Loop
        While dcmaxversion >= dcminversion One explanation for this is that the
        aliens have realised that this poor little planet is dying, and not worth
        visiting any more. But leaving aside the possibility that we are simply an
        interplanetary holiday destination that has fallen out of fashion, the
        withering of the UFO craze represents a fascinating shift in human
        credulity, the end of a cultural phenomenon that reached its apogee in the
        late 20th century. But it is also a result of human invention, and
        humanity’s evolving relationship with new technology. UFO sightings have
        declined as the internet has expanded. The web is the natural home of every
        crackpot and conspiracy theorist, but it also, eventually, produces a
        rarefied atmosphere of rationalism in which aliens and other elusive
        creatures cannot long survive. In the short term, the internet was a
        blessing to UFOs; but over time, it has all but killed them off. Humans
        have been spotting odd things in the sky from the dawn of time. Egyptian
        scrolls from the 15th century BC tell of
        “burning circles” in the heavens, the Book of Ezekiel describes celestial
        wheels of fire and in AD98 a shield-shaped thing hurtled across the Roman
        firmament. Before the First World War there were regular sightings of
        phantom Zeppelins. UFOs tend to appear at moment of turmoil and
        technical innovation, and the full-scale alien invasion started after the
        Second World War. On June 24, 1947, an American pilot named Kenneth Arnold
        spotted nine silvery objects hurtling through the air near Mount Rainier in
        Washington state. The term “flying saucer” was born, a good example of bad
        journalism since Arnold had specifically stated that the objects were shaped
        like boomerangs. Within a month, flying saucers had been reported in 28
        states. On a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico, the US Air Force recovered bits
        of debris from a crash site, and rumours of bodies of bug-eyed aliens
        quickly spread. Britain became a favoured UFO landing strip, with hundreds
        and then thousands of
        reported sightings. “What does all this stuff about flying saucers amount
        to?”, wondered Winston Churchill in a memo written in 1951. “What can it
        mean?” In part, the alien spaceship invasion was a reaction to the
        stresses of the Cold War and the nuclear age; in a time of technological
        frenzy, space exploration and paranoia, the notion of alien visitors was
        increasingly acceptable, even comforting. In the same way that our medieval
        forebears saw angels and comets at times of plague and catastrophe, we saw
        lights and visitations in the night sky as the world seemed ever more
        dangerous, and other planets drew ever closer. The high point for UFO
        spotters came in the mid-1990s. The fields were festooned with crop circles;
        The X-Files was required watching, the men in black were everywhere. In 1994
        some black-and-white film footage turned up, purporting to show military
        scientists performing a post-mortem examination on two of the Roswell
        aliens: small, humanoid
        creatures with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, without
        belly buttons or hair. The film, since exposed as a crude forgery, was taken
        seriously enough for journalists (including this one) to be dispatched to
        Roswell to report on the discovery. The early internet helped to power
        the UFO phenomenon: instant myths, sightings, secrets and lies scorched
        around the world wide web. But the web also helped to undermine faith in the
        paranormal. In the age of instant text messaging and universal webcams,
        spotting UFOs, photographing them, posting the evidence worldwide and
        calling in witnesses should have been far easier than ever before.
        Instead, the UFOs have scarpered. The internet works by taking in vast
        swaths of hokum and ignorance but it gradually sifts out the chaff. Errors
        inevitably creep, for example, into Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, but
        because this is a self-creating and self-regulating mechanism, the mistakes
        and the nonsense are
        weeded out, or wither away. For every soothsayer and rumour-peddler on the
        web, there is a rationalist, an expert, a sceptic, calling for common sense.
        The truth will out, eventually. The UFOs are still whizzing about up
        there, for sure; they just tend to crash faster these days. This month,
        residents of Orange County, California, spotted mysterious discs hovering
        over the town of Aliso Viejo. The sightings were swiftly recorded by a UFO
        research website, ghostly blue lights that “danced around one another in the
        night sky”. The news hurtled around the web, UFO chat rooms buzzed with
        excitement. Ten years ago the Aliso Viejo sightings would have swiftly
        entered UFO folklore, passed from one believer to another. But no sooner had
        the Orange County saucers been launched, than a cardiovascular surgeon named
        Gaylon Murphy admitted the UFOs were radio-controlled foam disks fitted with
        flashing lights, which he had built in his garage. “We fly them in
        formation,” he
        said. “It’s pretty funny.” The Aliso Viejo UFOs are still on the
        internet, but now entirely overshadowed by more mundane normality: “It came
        from the Planet Garage.” The unidentified flying object has been
        identified, and cannot fly any more. ET has gone home. Read more
        Ben Macintyre columns: www.timesonline.co.uk/benmacintyre



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