UFOs Are Here!
by Alfred Lehmberg
UFOs -are- here, first and foremost. Let's just get that out of the way, straight away. Tippy-toein' around this issue serves us, not.
...And yes, it is as ever true that we now, as always, must suffer those "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune," those existential insults found in day-to-day existence, but we don't take arms against them by pretending they are not there. Legitimate distractions of exterior "disease" or social strife in evidence around us are no excuse to "impacted back teeth" one might have on other pressing issues... even as they "avoid the dentist" or complicate those exterior diseases and threatening social realities... also exterior...
Remains, UFOs, like facts, don't appear to be going away upon the proclamation that they cannot be there, and we are not served by that proclamation. UFOs don't care.
Resolved: UFOs are a patent and unavoidable reality, an endured if denied existentialism, an obvious conclusion of non-biased observations, and it is buoyed, abundantly, by seven categories of compelling evidence... including some low-level "personal encountering," unabashedly admitted... That's this writer's report.
I can hear the internal dialogue. I've always heard it. You're wrong. Shut up. ...And have a BIG cup of that. ...More?
All ufological political correctness be damned: they're going to be UFOs discussed, exclusively! That term! That philosophy! That's what's on the table!
No, we won't be talking about those namby-pamby and invalidly respected reconciliations... surrenders to some faithless "fairness" or unearned and bastardized "balance" ...that the concept UAP proves to be. I've discussed this before. Both sides don't.
UFOs and UAPs... Unidentified Flying Object and Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. Does the reader see the difference as highlighted by bold and italic? It produces a telling illustration.
If not, let's go further. Both are unidentified, one can perceive, but that's only the straight-up admission that we don't know, any of us, what the hell we're talking, or thinking, about (a result of not talking... or thinking!) ...in either case! Why... it could even be magic... or, "science not yet understood or accepted" is the key point, reader, though that curdles the cockles of the ever-ready "Reducing Cartesians" in the CSIcop crowd!
Then? Then... it gets murky.
Look at "Flying" and "Aerial." Both suggest the airborne, sure, and the difference is subtle. ...But, look closely. The former bespeaks an existential reality perceived of one's senses, in the air, seemingly controlled by extant intelligence, seeable and feelable even if apart from all identification... where clear identification should be able to be made! A zebra, right up close on a clear day at noon? It won't be taken for a horse.
The latter term, aerial; however, takes on an ephemeral even eldritch quality, not quite an admission that there might be something there, but neatly setting us up, anyway, for the third term... it's JOB, one can surmise!
Object and Phenomena. There are your tells and bugaboos! The reader has to see the difference, but I'll point it out to the more lumpen like myself. It took me a while!
Object suggests actuality in the real world! It is graspable in one's personal reality tunnel; it is an existentiality of the "here and now" and it has the substance of a brick thrown through a window of a CSI commissary! Phenomena, on the other hand?
Why, a "phenomenon," FIRST, is a result of mirages, of optical illusions, of misidentified blimps, bolides, and balloons... first, the reader is reminded, according to an "infallible" Occam. Then?
Then, still according to Occam, it can be a result of the confabulatory mechanisms of persons misleading, suppositions of the misled, or the hallucinations of the mentally ill? ...A "phenomenon," the reader may come to see, doesn't even have to be there... ...at all!
Anything can be explained away with the rationalization of more "explanation," reader, embers of reflexive, so toxic and unconstructive doubt can be oxygenated to undeserved life. Like "Jewish Space Lasers"!
Well, ephemera's not the stuff talked about and provoking concern, right? UFO is the assertion that there is something there in the here and now, perhaps even something extraterrestrial! UAP, it is offered, is but a "plausible (read: disingenuous!) deniability." It is deniability that there is something there, at all... and it also provides for the ability to more easily mascarade and camouflage the "TRUFOs," (true UFOs) plainly there at the start... ...as dismissible. Recall the tug of war over McMinnville, for example.
UFOs are not UAPs, and vice versa, ok? They are separate! They are distinct!
Moreover, if we just go ahead and admit that UFOs are an "object" of tactile reality and not a "phenomena" of abstruse vagueness and perhaps even patent unreality... and we're not "Flying" these "Unidentified" "Objects"? ...Cue the music!
...Patient reader... Someone is. Let that rock your short and curlies to your smokin' stackin' swivels!
Moreover, Credible men and women, living and dead, agree with me, yesterday and today! These quite rare women and men are of a caliber and grain-weight facilitating those unanswered debate challenges made to the most accomplished and well funded of the skepti-bunkies (or the most strident of the hearty-reductionist-so-puddle-deep noisome negativist!). ...In a moment we'll talk about where you can see and hear a few of the former.
This alluded to, if rather abstruse cowardice of the latter-mentioned, is obvious... given the narrowness of their self-admitted reductionist imaginations, the dearth of that same intellectual courage demanded of all others, the shakiness of their over-privileged chairs and positions buttressed by blindered self-serving hypocrisies, and then finally? The wide gulf of their arrogant and homocentric assumptions commanding their insectile attentions... ...Their hubris. Their ignorant arrogance. ...So say the aforementioned credible men and women!
Additionally, these credible men and women allow that the aforementioned concoction of scientistic hypocrisy, cowardice, and shaky assumption can no longer be excused or tolerated! That this complacency of spirit is an errant indulgence ill afforded in our quickly accelerating times, that it is increasingly abhorrent behavior which must be changed of needs and for cause...
...Disclosure is, we must remember to embrace, only a first step like going from coal to solar cells! Extreme courage is required for the follow-through, but we're served by it! Consider, if we'd bit the "disclosure" bullet in 1952, on that opportunity and occasion of our first (and last!) official admission of the UFO as ET, we'd already been a couple of generations into it and reaping the rewards suspected! ...But, no!
We elected for arrogance and cowardice! ...And debate of it is all but squashed! See, unfortunately, ironically, for all concerned, the formerly mentioned credible women and men handily burn their canted opposition down to the ground in a real debate not allowing for the observance of rank and privilege. That's bad? Yes. In a way.
They're so spot-on and sensible, generally, that any concession made to points they are easily able to make become but a slippery slope to the predicted invalidations of their opposition's scientistic, facile, and assumpted positions. Hell, that's why they have a "boot heel" at all, but I digress! Adding injurious insult to their insulted injuries? Occam is not correct every time, only enough that attention to him must be paid... out of sheer prudence! Occam is not infallible, see? He is only statistically likely. That won't be the same thing.
The UFO multi-color proponent's two-color opponents would have to admit some kind of "defeat" at the denouement of any debated deliberation or look like complete fools, in the aggregate, to a balanced evaluating observer. Watch a taped debate of those issues to see what I mean! Freidman and McGaha spring to mind.
These can be reduced to the pro's points not being addressed by an obfuscating, mendacious, and largely hypocritical opposition, all presented evidence but that misinterpreted to their advantage, ignored, or that evidence pronounced upon negatively without the remotest examination of that evidence by that opposition! Science is not done by proclamation it's been said! Such are the less than forthright members of that crowd.
That's why they don't debate, one can see; they can't debate, so, they won't "debate"! The precariousness of an opposition's position precludes the giving of even a nanometer of ground, lest they slide, completely unimpeded, from the unjust and hubristic airborne towers they've purloined, airily inhabited, and think they are entitled to... I'm reminded of the GOP, but I digress, again.
Stan Deyo agreed with me once, apparently. Stan Deyo! Whatever happened to Stan Deyo? Back in the day last century when we all had a degree of sanity seemingly lost now to the obtrusions of the fascist right and a rejection of democratic socialism, by the betrayed ignorant, as communism... toxic and foul. That's what we get believing everyone's opinion has equal value. It never has. That's never been plainer than now.
...See, there are 350 million-plus persons in an America largely unmoved by the dire threat of overpopulation. Maintaining a good quality of life for that many people requires self-less intelligence, concise management, and interdependent efficiency... Government, reader, of, by, and for, the people. Nothing else fits.
Working that tradeoff between the needs of the many and the sensibilities of the individual are a row, roughly hoed! Still, where one wants "smaller government," they should also want "smaller populations!" The neo-GOP, and perhaps now, Mr. Deyo, don't seem to get that in 2021...
Remains, in at the ground floor, last century, of a quality UFO research mechanism, Stan Deyo had been looking into UFOs (among other significant investigations) for quite some time before I encountered him. Amazingly, he had done so, for all those years, without even once, to date, disgracing himself or his subject. Astonishing! I was wholly impressed.
See, Deyo was a contemporary of Hynek. He was conversant with Speilberg. He was in contact with Vallee. It would appear that he had solid enough credentials at the time. [g].
No, Deyo had served Ufology well, apparently. I couldn't find a cogent contrary word about him in a weeks worth of searching, and I tried to find some meaningful dirt on him.
But, no. Like the late Stanton Friedman, Richard Dolan, Frank Feschino, Robert Hastings, or the late Richard Hall, all solid persons heavily invested in the UFO milieu, he had avoided the winsome *woo-woo*, steered clear of the credulous *crackpot*, and sidestepped the foaming *fringe* (it would seem!)... all appropriate respects paid to fringers, cracked pots, and the winsome! It's not their fault every time!
All in all, Deyo's startling claims of decades ago appear to remain unchallenged (indeed, many seem unsettlingly prophetic!), and his bona-fides sure looked genuine. One tries to take a man at his word. It's on the liar that they are liars.
Deyo might, actually, be the kind of man most easily typified as a truly original American of rare intelligence and even rarer talent (...and a brave man with strong convictions that he is not compelled to push up the observer's nose, reflexively, one would hope!).
I could like a guy like this, in the aggregate, or want to... if he just explained the unexplained ambivalence to the supremacy, the fascism, and the slavish devotion to legislated vaginas, and some former Presidents... the validated sensibilities of the KKK as acceptable... Then, even given what seem to be mere oppositional politics we could have a collegiality. ...I redouble my efforts to be on extra guard! [g].
Be that as it may, Deyo could have continued to serve us well with regard to the observed ufological. He'd had a plan, once, for a six-part series of DVDs that would chronicle his association with ufology (over the past thirty-some-odd years), and it would have gone a long way, one would think (I do!), towards facilitating some real quality information on the subjects at hand... and on many of the sub-sets of that subject?
Truly, it would have gone a long way towards facilitating some real disclosure of that type first experienced in 1952. He'd been around a long time and it appears we had an affordable opportunity to have had his rich ufological experience for our own... and in a way we can study for ourselves if we wished it so. I guess it was not to be?
Contrarily, his first DVD in the series, at *first* blush, WAS an amateur production of 1970's UFO nostalgia, festooned with (overlong and largely inappropriate?) clips from "StarWars" and "Forbidden Planet." Push past this momentary (and largely invalid) distraction, good reader. Be not fooled. There is gold in that muddy river bottom! Read the send-up here and then go see for yourself.
Indeed, Mr. Deyo, in interview last century to this writer, expressed some regret at not being allowed more creative control in the DVD's production, and pieces of it made even him groan, was his report. The aforementioned is said forgetting, for a moment, that it is Deyo's creative contribution to the old documentary's beginning and end that book-ends it, compellingly providing for its currency, power, and relevancy, still!
Moreover, the conscious observer realizes what she is seeing in the details of the film! Her breath is taken away if she can be moved by sincerity, at all! Verily!
"UFOs are here," say Kenneth Arnold (with some agitation!), Jacques Vallee (calmly and reasonably), and J. Allen Hynek (from the standpoint of real science!).
"UFO are here," say Margaret Mead (intelligently), Stanton Friedman (logically), and Klaus Nobel (humbly).
"UFOs are here," say Steven Spielberg (candidly), Squadron Leader White (cunningly), and Reverend William Gill (with 38 other people, astonishingly)!
"UFOs are here," say Presidents, pilots, and scared air traffic controllers. UFOs are here. Friends and uneasy neighbors! Verily!
"UFOs are here," continues Ray Palmer... which I'm sure will earn a smirk from a fallacious few with ill-molded minds locked in the comforting stone of their suspiciously spurious "conventional wisdoms." Say what you want about Ray Palmer, a publisher of 1940's tabloid pulp magazines with an unsettling hunchback.
Some will too reflexively dismiss him as a "puckish showman" and "clever huckster," one encouraging a "UFO hysteria" to sell more "mindless" books and periodicals! A buffoon and a charlatan!
This ignores the fact that it was largely his "mindless magazines" (an absolute first of their efficacious TYPE, by the way!) that hugely catapulted the imaginations of our forebears, contributing, by report directly (!), to the technological wonderland we presently ENJOY today in a 21st Century! He sparked, in short, scientific imagination.
Moreover, Palmer had his finger in a ufological dike we all know is there, early on! No, point a finger at Ray Palmer, bunky, in ignorant malice, and have it end up painfully in your own eye!
"UFOs are here," says Colin Cameron, recently released from an institution for the insane... and uh-huh... I can even hear the reader's eyeballs roll up! Be not too proud, good reader.
As loopy as his story was, he still captured a few seconds of some compelling UFO footage (You have to tease it out of the darkness with your picture seetings) that this writer had never seen before, forgetting that Cameron's lack of *sanity* (whatever that is...) in no way precludes his telling the truth, whatever his personal take on that truth might be!
He might be crazy, but he doesn't have to be a liar! Yes, he might be crazy, but, like his reflex detractor, he doesn't have to be stupid, too!
Margaret Mead addresses this obliquely in the film when she expresses her irritation at being disingenuously labeled as a "UFO Believer." "The only thing I believe about UFOs," she says, "...Is that they remain [suspiciously] unidentified"! She goes on to point out that not near enough is being done (on any level that matters) to actually identify these *things* remaining so illusively "unidentified," in the first place!
The question is begged: Who is the real believer? Or, who is it really living, rent unpaid, in a billionaire's dream world?
No, the DVD is exactly what it is billed to be, a first disk in a video diary, a compilation of Stan Deyo's direct involvement, contribution, and truth-seeking association with the principals and luminaries of ufological research. It makes no apology for the appearance of history to our jaded eyes (...Stanton Friedman looks nineteen!).
It does not pretend something is not so... (like the conflicted mainstream does to this day and hour or minute!). It does not evade or obfuscate the issues (like the institutions of our spurious skepti-bunky officialdom!). It does not mislead, hoodwink, or misinform (like the CSIcopian adversary in conflicted and convenient opposition aforementioned!). It is, most certainly, sincere.
"UFOs Are Here!", stood apart from the legislated and enforced ignorance of our corrupted society with arms innocently raised and palms decidedly up. Moreover, it dares to suggest the answer to the larger question in the minds of the remotely conscious: UFOs are here!
Stan Deyo began to make that more obvious, decades ago, and we're along for the unusual (but cogent) ride if we want to be. Based on the initial disk, even with its flaws (hell... especially with its flaws! [g].), I would have tremorously anticipated the next installment in that ride. I'd suggest the reader might, too.
UFOs are here... realizing we are already living precariously in threatened existences challenged by pandemic and a Smaug-like billionaire's political authoritarianism, but we're not served, either, putting off a dentist office visit... given a cosmically impacted wisdom tooth that should have come out decades ago! Or... so say credible men and women.