March 10, 2015
For more than a year now, I have assembled a small team of investigators to help investigate UFO reports that come in to The Black Vault. I can not research the load that comes in myself, so this group is part of what I call TBV Investigations.
I am incredibly proud at the progress we have made working together, and creating a uniform protocol for investigating UFOs using common sense, logic, science, reality and the right dose of skepticism. During the course of this project, which is still a work in progress, we have encountered cases we could solve; outright hoaxes; cases that did not have enough evidence; and some which ultimately made us scratch our heads. But this particular case I am about the mention? Well, we were pretty discouraged.
Retired California Highway Patrolman (CHP) Jim Kerr is a valuable member of TBV Investigations. While doing research, he stumbled on a MUFON case that looked awfully familiar. It was a "UFO in Kansas," and was being touted as a genuine photograph after it being analyzed and the case was closed with the determination that it was an "unknown."
Sounds cool, right? Problem was -- Jim Kerr took the photograph -- IN CALIFORNIA. His photograph was stolen, photoshopped into another image all together, and submitted as real by an unknown party. Although that is going to happen and not a surprise to anyone, what is frustrating for us all is that the case was scrutinized, the photo was determined as "real" and the case was closed being labeled as "unidentified."
This is happening beyond case analyses, and has bled over into what I call "blind belief" that is plaguing this field. I have mentioned on my radio show, what I call the "I WANT TO BELIEVE SYNDROME" where we sacrifice logic and reasoning, for the sake of just simply believing in something without proper vetting, investigation or analysis.
We need to all work together, and carefully scrutinize cases like this and claims made by others. This is what my team within TBV Investigations is doing, and I hope their hard work motivates others to really try hard to figure out what cases we can solve, and which ones we can't. I am, in NO WAY, trying to pick on MUFON with this post or anyone in particular. However, this has become a growing issue where we forget basic investigative techniques along with sacrificing our common sense, all in exchange to just simply have a "UFO Case" or "UFO claim" that we can post on our social network pages and believe outright.
However, I feel the growing issue needs to be pointed out, as there are many things we can do to determine if a photograph is real or not, if a claim should be questioned and if a video needs more analysis. This particular case, was a clear fake, and stolen no less, yet it was published as the opposite and highlighted to thousands as a genuine UFO.
Check out a thorough breakdown of this case, with solid proof: http://www.theblackvault.com/c.....r-93741/
On another note, want to join the team? Reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org -- it's time to grow the team with dedicated individuals from all walks of life!
Want to see more investigations? Check out: http://www.theblackvault.com/c.....gations/
March 21, 2019
I agree with this, you are so right. There is so much I just can't get into in regard to these interesting phenomena, and when I listen to people talk about some of it, I just wonder how they can believe such outlandish nonsense.
Part of the problem is that it has developed into an industry and you have History Channel making UFO shows and they are only in it for the money, and need to keep churning stuff out, so will put out any old rubbish if they think it will sell. I can't blame MUFON for taking their 30 pieces of silver, as it funds MUFON, but still, it is annoying.
I do feel there are other civilisations out there, there are trillions of stars in the universe, there is no way we are the only planet with life - it seems to want to exist wherever it can on Earth, look at all the life around those deep-sea vents for example. So I have no doubt there is life elsewhere, but whether they have FTL craft, and whether they would want to visit Earth is more difficult to say. Why would they come here? To keep an eye on us because we have nukes? If they have FTL, I doubt a nuke would worry them too much. Maybe it is just teenage aliens taking their dad's craft and joyriding, buzzing less advanced planets (as Douglas Adam's jokingly wrote in the guide) for kicks. Maybe they have an interest in monitoring civilisations as some sort of anthropological or scientific research, maybe they think understanding us will help them understand their past.
So yeah, I find the subject interesting, but am put off by a lot of what people talk about. Btw, I came here after listening to the BV radio show on youtube - they are very good, so if you read this Mr G, well done for giving us an interesting show. Particularly liked the Grant Cameron show.
Anyway, that's my $0.02.
March 10, 2015
I did read it, and thank you for your support and kind words. Hope you continue to enjoy the show!
April 14, 2019
The issue seems to exist on multiple fronts. From online attention whores, disinformation people and of course the many uninformed and simply mistaken.
I have seen thousands of images and video on Facebook and Youtube of the most benign things being labeled UFO and of course my favorite "Is this a UFO." Where a seemingly innocent debunker offers a wide variety of video and images literally begging someone to say "it could be real" on to then have the same person or same person with a fake secondary account bash them for even trying to guess the faked image is real as it was posted by the person knowing it was fake.
I simply walked away from this whole culture and only desire to examine the stories that are much more than a simple sighting. I have seen and I have commented on those sightings as well as helping others with what they witnessed to assure them that they may have indeed witnessed a craft or object not of man-made origin.
As far as photos are concerned I sadly have repeated this hundreds of times that when it happens you don't think "where's my camera?" No, only to not look away and as if almost subconsciously to say "thank you for showing this to me." The most common sightings I have seen are not worth trying to film fro lack of interest. Sometimes I feel like I need to go outside and get fresh air. Without any real thought I will look up and focus on a spot and see one of the stars (literally, looks the same) begin to move in a line and then curve one way or another and as it curves BAM, it streaks out of sight. Numerous times I witnessed this happen. But if someone showed me a video it would need to be on a telescope or it would just be a shaky blur and not worth seeing.
Maybe someday will transcend ego and not so many will claim they have "proof" every day on their video channels (as is often the case). I pray for this day to occur with each of my prayers. Once greed vanishes from the heart of mankind all of these things will fade away as well.