Hey everyone, long-time no-see. I've been away from the blog for a bit. My academic career is finally winding down but that means I am extremely busy and there isn't enough time to squeeze out the blogs I would like to work on. I have to publish some papers in the near future so my blog will have to take a back seat for a while. I will try to post when I can though, but the pieces will probably be short.
In case you haven't read it, Richard Thieme has written an opinion piece in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel titled, "Out of the closet on UFOs" and it is worth a few minutes of your time. This piece breaks through the clutter of chit-chat on the subject of UFOs and brings the subject back to academic clarity.
I chose a few of my favorite lines from Richard's piece:
1. " UFOs are real: They fly, they evince technologies we don't understand and they have been around for years."
This is the core deal. The bottom line. We cannot explain what is observed for true unknowns. Some can talk whether UFOs are relevant or not all day long. There is no provable solution. Yet.
2. "No subject has been more marginalized and maligned than this topic"
Whether you are a UFO witness, have casual interest in the subject, or actively conduct research on UFOs, it can get dicey. That's the nice way of putting it. There is the laughter curtain we have all heard about for years; then there is a lot worse.
3. From Lt. Gen. Nathan Twining, "…The phenomena is something real and not visionary or fictitious."
With every decade, we have professional people putting themselves out there talking about the reality of the UFO phenomenon. This is courageous. So many have sacrificed a great deal by going up against the laughter curtain.
Richard brings out the core facts about UFOs in his paper. These three points put together hammer it home. UFOs are real, no subject has been more marginalized and maligned, and the phenomena is something real and not visionary or fictitious.
Richard is one of the writers of the book "UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry." This volume was written by authors Michael Swords and
I look forward to the day when I will have some time to read some books on a variety of subjects. I have built up a very long reading list and it sure sounds like heaven at this point. This book is at the top of my reading list. This book is fluff-free and guaranteed not to have any intellectual dust bunnies.
The material presented is solid and based on government documents and primary sources. This is an important point. Many UFO book writers do not use primary sources and rely on hand-me-down sources. This clutters UFO literary work with misconceptions about UFO historical events of every kind. There is a danger these misconceptions will continue to proliferate because writers in the UFO field keep passing this sloppy material on from doing lazy research. This book sounds perfect to kick off my summer reading list. Can't wait.
On a nature note, this winter has been extremely harsh for both human and animal. My husband had the idea to buy bird seed and put it out behind our house. It has been such a great idea. I have had so much joy watching the multitude of different types of birds flocking to the bird feed. It feels great to help out and they give back by my being able to observe their colors and patterns. I'm totally hooked on feeding birds now. We get some squirrels sometimes too but they are fun to watch along with the birds. All of this activity provides endless entertainment for our indoor cats. It’s a win for everyone.
Until next time fellow travelers, when time allows.