Saturday, November 18, 2017

Curse of Oak Island - Episode One, Season Five

Like many of you, I have been sucked into another season of The Curse of Oak Island, and I did, of course, watch the season opener. And, of course, was
Yes, it's the same picture that I have
used in the past.
disappointed in the way that we are teased about important discoveries that somehow never seem to be quite as important as the commercials and teasers suggest.

Yes, I thought that the “pirate’s chest” that had been mentioned would be something found on the island. There seemed to be a hint that this was going to prove that there was money in the Money Pit. But, no. What we learned was that James Anderson, who seemed to be a real pirate, though I wasn’t sure if he was only a privateer which isn’t quite the same thing, had lived on Oak Island in the middle of the 18th century. Could he be the man responsible for the Money Pit?

Well, that is an interesting coincidence. A real live pirate on Oak Island. Could it be (as the narrator would say), that Anderson had bought his property on the island so that he might be able to watch over his treasure? And if so, would he have had the engineering background and the labor force to create something as elaborate as the Money Pit with all the booby traps and false leads?

The Laginas boys, or rather their relatives, travel some fifty miles from the island to visit with a direct descendant of Anderson. He had Anderson’s chest in a back room of his house. We get to see it, and hey, it looked like a real pirate chest, just as we see in all the movies. When it is opened, we don’t see treasure, but letters and records and other rather mundane items… which, I should point out, are literally a couple of hundred years old. It doesn’t tell us much about the Money Pit, but it gives us some clues about Anderson.

And, we’re back digging holes around the site of the original pit, wherever it might have been. They hit water (what a surprise?) but it floods one of the bore holes they had dug last year. Could it be that they hit one of the original booby traps that has caused so much trouble in the past? Or could it be that the water table of the island is so high that they tapped into one of the many natural channels that seem to run under the island? I don’t know, but my guess is that they didn’t hit anything man-made.

They also continue their assault with metal detectors and find an old Spanish coin that seemed to have been cut. This, we’re told, is something that was done back in the 17th and 18th century and is just one more proof that something, or someone, has been on the island for hundreds of years… but we already knew that. History has proven that. James Anderson was there before the boys began digging and starting the rumors of a treasure. History has shown a presence of British soldiers on the island before the boys got there. We all get it. People have been screwing around on the island for hundreds of years.

The thing that really bothers me here is that there are big promises about what they’re going to find, but so far, all those promises have turned out just as those before. Remember the sword they found that might have suggested a Roman presence near the island that turned out to be a modern replica? Or the constant showing of the video made in Bore Hole 10X that seemed to show a box, a tool and human remains that turned out to be images created by the poor quality of the video and an overly enthusiastic interpretation of the images.

But none of that proved, and none of these new finds prove, there is a treasure hidden there… and remember, descendants of those who dug the original hole that would become the Money Pit, told us that the boys had found three chests with treasure. Even will all that working against them, the Laginas are there with some really big machines digging up more of this island.

I had hoped we’d get an answer about the Money Pit when the series started and I think we already have it. There is no treasure there and the only money to be found is in the production of the show. I hate to be so pessimistic, but I think we’re in for another season of disappointment as they attempt to sink the island with dozens of new holes that penetrate into the water under the island… and yes, I’ll be there to watch it all.

Friday, November 17, 2017

X-Zone Broadcast Network - Michael Horn

This time I reached out to Michael Horn even though he had initiated a campaign against me alleging cowardice, incompetence, a lack of investigative ability (my translation of his words), poor research and other shortcomings. I thought it would be interesting to ask some questions about the Meier claims of alien contact and what I saw as a lack of evidence other than all those photographs and testimony and a rather biased examination of alleged alien metal that has since disappeared. Naturally Horn disagreed with my assessment.

You can listen to the interview here:

And you can read Horn’s take on much of this here:

We started out talking about how Horn had become the “Authorized American Media Representative” for Meier, and then ran from there. I had asked Horn a couple of weeks ago about how one of the champions of the Meier claims had been
Alejandro Rojos.
vetted and instead received a link to a video with an interview of Jim Dilettoso by Alejandro Rojos. Dilettoso has been cited as an expert in photo analysis, and I wondered if Horn believed him to be a credible source… never got an answer to the question.

However, we did begin a discussion of the photographic evidence and the lack of reputable examination of it. I have touched on the subject before, including a posting that follows this one. Rather than go into that, I’ll let those who are interested in following up on it, read that post.

Although we really didn’t quite finish that discussion, I wanted to move onto the predictions that Meier had made over the years. Horn brought up the ozone depletion example and then, to prove that Meier had predicted it long before any terrestrial scientist, mentioned a letter Meier had written in 1951. My response to that argument, briefly, was that no copy of the letter had surfaced until 2004 or 2005 so it wasn’t actually proof of accuracy. That argument is made in a post following this one as well.

Horn also brought up a newspaper article that had been written in 1964 that mentioned Meier’s 80 UFO photographs. Of course, the reporter had taken down what Meier had claimed, apparently saw some of the photographs but had done nothing to verify the accuracy of the information. I mentioned that I knew how some of those photographs had been created using an enlarger. Horn said that Meier, walking around India didn’t carry an enlarger in his backpack, which, of course is not what I said. I did mention that there must have been a photographer enlarger somewhere on the subcontinent, but I think my words just sailed right on by.

Thomas "Eddie" Bullard
I doubt seriously that any minds were changed during the conversation. Horn laughed at explanations, called me names, and seemed to be annoyed by the questions. Though I hate to admit it, I have some fun.

Next week: Thomas Eddie Bullard
Topic: UFO abductions and his book, The Myth and Mysteries of UFOs.

PS: This will be the last posting about Billy Meier, Michael Horn, and all of this rather unpleasant episode.

Meier Photographs - An Extensive Analysis

Billy Meier, during his contacts with the alien creatures who reside in the open star cluster known as the Pleiades, has had the opportunity to travel around the cosmos on their beamships. Over the decades he has taken hundreds, if not thousands of photographs showing a wide variety of subjects, all presented to validate his claims of space travel. These have been tested, examined, studied,
Billy Meier
scrutinized, reviewed and subjected to many efforts to either authenticate or disprove them. It is clear that they are real photographs which means simply there are images on film. The real question is if there has been some sort of trickery involved or if they actually show what Meier claims they show.

 The most cited study was carried out by Jim Dilettoso at the request of Wendelle Stevens and sounded as if it was competent, scientific and definitive. Stevens published and updated versions of this study from the point of its completion until his death years later. There are, however, problems with it that suggest the vetting of the Meier photographs was not as complete as it should have been and the study might not be as conclusive as it could have been.

The first thing to be said is that 230 of the photographs taken by Meier, or allegedly taken by Meier, are faked. These range from those taken on other planets, of satellites in orbit around Earth and pictures of dinosaurs suggesting either time travel or that there is a planet on which the dinosaurs still roam. Originally, the photographs were declared authentic and were promoted for years by those who believe Meier. Once it was established by others that the photographs were images from books, NASA video and television shows, the Meier camp agreed… then claimed that these 230 photographs were not taken by Meier but were added to his photographic collection by the Men in Black in an attempt to discredit him. The take away should have been that there were 230 photographs once claimed to be real that were now admitted to be faked and not that they have been slipped into the Meier collection by a mythical group.

But there were all those hundreds of others that had not been faked, at least according to the photo analysis that had been done by experts consulted by the Meier camp. Stevens said De Anza Systems, a San Jose company, was credited with providing the computers to do the analyses of some of the photographs. Here was a reputable company that had no known ties to Meier or his champions in the US, Stevens and Dilettoso. The suggestion was that they authenticated the pictures which proved the Meier tales were true.
Tony Ortega, reporting in the Phoenix New Times, wrote:
“They came to De Anza under the pretext of wanting to buy our equipment. We demonstrated it, and they snapped many pictures and left. We made no data interpretations whatsoever," Dinwiddie told [Kal] Korff in the presence of two other investigators.
What about the captions which appear in the [Meier] book under each photo? Are they correct?" Korff asked Dinwiddie.
“Those are their interpretations, not ours. Nothing we did would have defined what those results meant,” [Dinwiddie explained].
It was clear to Dinwiddie, Korff writes, that Dilettoso and Stevens dreamed up the impressive-sounding captions despite that they had nothing to do with demonstrations De Anza had performed.
Korff showed Dinwiddie a caption below a Meier photo that purports to show a hovering spacecraft: "Thermogram--color density separations--low frequencies properties of light/time of day are correct; light values on ground are reflected in craft bottom; eliminates double exposures and paste-ups."
"No, we put those colors in the photo!" Dinwiddie exclaimed. "Jim [Dilettoso] said, 'Can you make the bottom of the object appear to reflect the ground below?' I said yes, and we performed the operations that they asked for."
The Korff in this statement, the one apparently conducting the interview, is Kal K. Korff who has thoroughly discredited himself with tales of being a high-ranking counter intelligence officer, an expert on terrorism, the author with a contract to write 500 books and a man who had been involved in some very shady activities. All of that would be enough for me, as well as nearly everyone else in the world, to ignore his work if there wasn’t something else to be said about it.
But Korff does not stand alone on this. Ortega took the next and proper journalistic step. He wrote, “New Times [meaning Ortega] did talk to Ken Dinwiddie last week, and he remembers things the way Korff describes them.”
It is not required to accept Korff’s writing on this then. Ortega confirmed the information by talking to the same man at the same organization and what we learn is that Stevens and Dilettoso misrepresented what had taken place when they visited with there. De Anza Systems did not analyze, study, or examine the photographs taken by Meier. They were demonstrating the capabilities of their computer systems to two men who claimed they were interested in purchasing a system. In other words, this didn’t do anything but provide some impressive looking photographs that did nothing to suggest the authenticity of the flying saucers, the beamships, photographed and add the name of a computer company to the body of evidence. It did not rule out hoax, but instead suggested that manipulation of the situation to provide some authority for a claim the photographs were real which, in itself, is indicative of a hoax.
An independent study of the photographs was undertaken by Neil Davis at Design Technology in Poway, California. This study has been suggested as supporting, if not endorsing, the authenticity of the Meier photographs, or rather, some of them. Davis wrote, “Nothing was found in the examination of the print which would cause me to believe that the object in the photos is anything other than a large object photographed a distance from the camera.”

But the important part of his report, which is often ignored tells us something else. Davis also noted, “These results are preliminary and qualitative in nature because of the unknown processing history of the print, and its presumed inferior quality to the original negative. A more detailed, quantitative analysis of this photo can only properly be made on the original film. It is most desirable that all 6 photos be examined. It is possible to optically or digitally superimpose the several images of the object resulting in an image with increased resolution.”

Those of us who have been involved in questioned document research, that is, reviewing everything relevant about such examinations, know that you simply can’t draw conclusions about something that is not the original. Here we have a second-generation photograph. To do a proper analysis, as Davis reported, he needed to have the negative. While nothing indicative of a hoax appeared on the photographic print, such evidence might have surfaced on the negative. This then, is not supportive of the Meier photographs as being of a real craft, but only that on this second-generation photograph there was nothing that shouted it was a hoax.

At the far end of the spectrum, Dilettoso told Alejandro Rojos during a recorded interview that a great deal can be learned from such second-generation photographs. While that might be true, Davis made it clear that you needed to examine the original negative to draw any real conclusions. The negative would reveal flaws not visible on prints made from that negative. To suggest otherwise is to be disingenuous.

Those at the now defunct Ground Saucer Watch, an independent group founded in 1957 and made up of scientists and engineers, among others, examined twenty-five of the Meier photographs in 1977. Their conclusion was not ambiguous. They said, “It is our opinion that all of the analyzed photographs are hoaxes, both crude and grandiose, and that they should not be considered evidence of an extraordinary flying craft.”

Wendelle Stevens labored very hard to belittle the work done by Ground Saucer Watch, suggesting that they had worked from polaroid prints of Meier’s photographs and using a video camera to create a file that could then be fed into a computer. According to Stevens, they were using software and equipment used to search for cracks in jet engines. To him, this didn’t suggest good science and he eventually contacted Jim Dilettoso to get better information. Had Ground Saucer Watch been the only organization to reject the pictures as hoaxes, that argument would have been quite persuasive, but, GSW was not alone in its conclusions and Stevens had done nothing to prove their conclusions were in error.

In 1980 Colman S. VonKeviczky, Major (Ret), Director of ICUFON Inc. (Intercontinental UFO Galactic Spacecraft Research and Analytic Network), wrote a report titled The Eduard “Billy” Meier fraud. In the report, he analyzed some of Meier’s photos received from German UFO researcher Ilse Von Jacobi and ex-FIGU member Hans Jacob. Together, with Hans Jacob, VonKeviczky even visited a site were Meier made some of his photos. The tone of the report is cynical and as the title already implies VonKeviczky concludes the pictures and videos are fake and the case is a hoax. On June 9, 1980, the report was forwarded to Wendelle Stevens and Tom Welch of the Genesis III team who were working on the side of Meier.

Having been associated with the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization off and on for a number of years before its demise in the mid-1980s, I was curious about the reaction of the Lorenzen’s to Meier’s claims and photographs. They had been at the forefront of research into UFO occupant sightings and provided groundbreaking research into alien abductions. If there was one organization that would be open and supportive of a collection of UFO photographs that were suggestive of alien visitation, APRO would be that organization.

According to a letter published in the August 1979 issue of the A.P.R.O. Bulletin, Jim Lorenzen provided a detailed explanation about his apparent endorsement of a book of photographs by Billy Meier. Lorenzen wrote that his statement, written at the request of Wendelle Stevens “describes the Meier photos as art [emphasis in the original].”

He said that, “My current inclination is (and always has been) that the case is an elaborate hoax.” This is the same conclusion that he communicated to me as we discussed UFO photographic evidence many years ago.

Then Lorenzen noted, “A pertinent fact that was omitted is that Meier builds UFO models and that they have the appearance and proportions of some of those in the photos claimed to be authentic craft, and further [and importantly], that Meier has been caught in at least one attempt to destroy evidence of the existence of such models.”

The counterclaim, by the Meier camp, is that he was building models of the spacecraft he had seen for his children. The models came after the sightings and were not part of the pictures that he had taken but there is no way to validate Meier’s claim. What can be said is that Meier built models and attempted to destroy some of them.

Lorenzen does provide other information that might negate that claim and the authenticity of the photos. He wrote:

Your brief mention of the UFO which flew around the tree does not do that incident justice. Why did you not include some of the photos? Would it be because the photos show the disc penetrating the tree limbs to the point that the rim apparently touches the trunk? A skeptical view might be the rim to the trunk of a small model tethered by the rim to the trunk of a miniature tree, and supported by the limbs, super imposed again normal landscape…
The rest of the story is that there is no sign of a tree at the position that this one appears to be. How does Meier explain this troublesome fact? Why, the tree, damaged by radiation from the space ship, just pined (sorry!) away for a couple of weeks and then disappeared without a trace over a period of three days. Meier is supported in this statement by two witnesses from among his disciples, one of whom now claims that he was hypnotized into giving false testimony.
There are other problems with this incident. The changing cloud background suggests that the photos were taken over a much longer period than would be required for the circumnavigation of the tree by a technically advanced vehicle. Stevens counters this objection with the statement that clouds change quickly in that area, but no supporting documentation is furnished and apparently no one bothered to check the winds aloft for the time in question.
In a somewhat similar vein, Gabrielle Pickard provided additional evidence. In a story at the Top Secret Writers website, she provides a compelling case showing the Meier photographs are faked. Their website can be found here:

When asked about what she found most compelling about the evidence that Meier was lying about his space encounters, she said:
Undoubtedly, the 50+ fake space and time travel pictures which Meier even to this day publishes and promotes as being verified by the ETs as genuine. If you want me to pick one example, I would choose the Universal Barrier or Tunnel photo.
Meier claimed that while he was onboard a spacecraft at the “boundary” of our universe, he photographed a huge tunnel that connects our universe with a parallel universe, somewhere between July 17-22, 1975. Skeptics, in the 1970’s, have pointed to an identical looking painting of Gerard O’Neill’s Island III design cylindrical space colony, made by the artist named Rick Guidice, published in Smithsonian magazine in February 1976, as evidence that Meier simply copied from it.
Meier and the alleged ETs in return claimed that Meier didn’t copy it since he first photographed his picture in July 1975, which is 7 months before the illustration was published in Smithsonian magazine. They even went further and claimed that the artist Rick Guidice has indeed copied his illustration from Meier’s photograph.
To settle this issue, I have directly contacted the artist Rick Guidice, NASA archivist and also filed a NASA FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request. As it turns out, Rick Guidice had already finished his painting before May 27, 1975 and that this painting was also first disseminated to the media and public through NASA press releases on June 16, 1975, several weeks before Meier allegedly photographed the Universal Barrier somewhere between July 17 and 22.
In other words, they were saying that they had uncovered yet another example of Meier photographing something not while traveling in space, but that had been published on Earth before he had made his alleged trip. The source of the photograph was not something Meier had seen in space, but something published prior to Meier’s photograph surfacing.

To the Meier colleagues, all of these negative results can be discarded simply because those who have made the negative comments have some unstated but compelling reason to reject the Meier story, at least according to those residing in the Meier camp. According to Meier and his followers, his critics refuse to look at the evidence, that they are afraid of what the Meier contacts really mean, or that they are somehow worried that this will cut into their own profits from the UFO research field. Instead, the only true and important analysis of the Meier evidence, in this case the photographs, was made by Jim Dilettoso, at least according to Wendelle Stevens.

The question now is if Dilettoso’s work was scientific and accurate. Although some of the following deals with his analysis of other UFO cases including the Phoenix Lights and the Oliver’s Castle Crop Circle, it does provide an insight into the value of his work. But the real trouble seems to grow out of some of the claims he has made about his background which is always problematic when studying questioned photographs. Michael Kieffer supplied some of that information. He wrote:
Jim Dilettoso's bio is a tangled circuit board of fact and fiction, disputed achievements, inventions and connections that can't be documented, others he won't talk about. He claims he has a Ph.D: in biomedical engineering from McGill University in Montreal, but the registrar's office there never heard of him. He claims an undergraduate degree from the University of Hartford, but its records show he took a single math course there.
When confronted with these apparent fabrications, he first admits he'd never have the patience to sit through so many years of classes… Then he just digs in deeper and deliberately raises more questions. On another occasion, he offers that these are notions put forth by others, left uncorrected, until by some logic, they become true.
A University of Hartford professor who served as Dilettoso's mentor simply says, "it's part of his being exceptional that all of the columns don't add up."…
His invention of colorization is disputed as well. American Film Technologies, the company that holds the patent on the process, claims that his work was "a failed R&D attempt," while Dilettoso swears his technology was ripped off and he was paid mostly in worthless stock. However, the company executive who fired Dilettoso from the project confirms the importance of his contribution-though he stops short of confirming the allegations of theft for fear of legal retribution.
One of the consequences of life on the borderline is that neither side claims you as its own. One JPL scientist on the Voyager project scoffingly asked how anyone could take Dilettoso, seriously if he believed in UFOs and other such New Age claptrap. Yet Dilettoso claims that JPL sent him to work on analysis of the Shroud of Turin. And it's unclear whether he became embroiled in UFO research because NASA asked him to or because the UFO underground sought him out for his JPL contacts.
I could go on in this vein, providing both praise for Dilettoso’s genius, and his lack of understanding some of the science that he spouts so often. We do see here that Dilettoso falls into the same trap as many others in this field which is resume inflation and unverifiable claims of important work and invention. The real evidence for us as it relates to the Meier photos is in his analysis of other UFO sightings and what has been found about them.

Dilettoso was involved in the analysis of what is known as Oliver’s Castle Crop Circle. This video supposedly showed a crop circle being formed as two balls of light flashed over them. I found information at:

According to the analysis of the video found there and the work done by Dilettoso, there was no question that the video was real. They wrote:

There is absolutely NO evidence of tampering on the Oliver's Castle Videotape.
I've spoken twice with Jim Dilettoso about his findings. Jim is the president of a company which, in addition to other clients, does work for government labs. It has a state-of-the-art lab with top-of-the-line equipment, including a Cray 6400 computer.
Jim's main responsibility is setting up supercomputer networks. He uses a supercomputer to analyze video footage when he deems it necessary. [The Cray, however, was not used to evaluate the OC videotape.] His work also entails very advanced image processing. He is the 'expert' analyst the national television programs *Sightings* and *Unsolved Mysteries*, among others, call upon to verify the 'purity' of, in particular, UFO tapes and photos. He's been doing this work for twenty years.
Jim made it clear to me that while it might be possible for a team of people with the experience, the appropriate equipment, *and the time* to come up with a *similar* video, he stated emphatically that THIS tape showed no signs of computer enhancement, splicing, depth cueing, or fields-per-frame anomalies. He used terms like 'subcarrier' and 'blanking pulse' to describe facets of his analysis. He said the Balls Of Light (BOLs) were NOT spherical but were appropriately distorted (as actual movement would distort them as opposed to animation-generated movement). [Patrick's evaluation of the BOLs (below) not only agrees with Jim's, but goes even further - see his startling analysis on his website!]
Jim also noted, as I did early on but before I mentioned the fact to him, that (especially) the central Circle can be seen to 'open' because the crop goes down blazingly quickly IN SPIRALS around the centre of it. Some have claimed that the crop movement appears to be 'animated' and seems to 'jump forward' in the quadrant nearest the camera. Such is NOT the case, both according to what I've seen, and what Jim's observed. He was especially impressed by the 'action' documented in the main Circle.
When I questioned Jim about the 'shadows' at the far bases of the Circles, he immediately replied that they were most probably an artifact, the result of a camcorder technical phenomenon called 'blooming'.
A final spontaneous point Jim offered, which I too had independently noticed somewhere around my 30th time of viewing the clip, was that after the Lights leave, the crop (especially) in the largest Circle can be seen to be 'twitching'. This residual effect of the Energies was first noted many years ago, and was witnessed in 1993 by a group of visitors to the early-morning addition to a UK Formation known as the Overton Oval. The tuft in the newest Arrival (the Circle highest on the hillside on which the rest of the Formation had arrived the previous morning) had been standing when the first witness saw it. It subsequently underwent two phases of 'collapsing', or settling, over the next hour or so, during which time there were additional visitors in that Circle who noted the changes to the tuft. This same type of settling can clearly be seen on John's tape. I'm delighted that Jim commented on it.
He told me that creating the BOLs and their flight paths would not be difficult to do on computer by a computer animation person with the right equipment. (Remember, while Jim said it is *possible* to achieve a *similar* effect using computer, he found no computer enhancements on the OCVid tape itself.) He wasn't so sure about how one might go about computerising the 'laying' of the Formation itself, for he thought it would be an especially complex, highly technical (if not impossible), time-consuming procedure.
But the Oliver’s Castle footage is a fake. Other investigators had questions. Even Colin Andrews, one of those who had researched crop circles for years, had trouble with it. You can read his analysis here:

The highlighted parts of the interview, meaning the important parts of that interview said:

Coincidental to your comments about Michael Glickman still putting out the Oliver’s Castle video as real, I have just viewed the confession interview by John Wabe.
It is clear by what I have witnessed in this filmed interview, that his confession was made as a direct result of my own findings. As you know, two years ago, my investigations uncovered his real name, and the studio where he works as “First Cut” studios in Bristol, England.
I have been in close contact with the owners of this film for some while and recently agreed to have it flown to my offices in the USA. Wabe says why he did it and how. Two versions of the events were prepared to cover the film as authentic (the original story) and later the second version, when it as obvious I have found him out…
This filmed confession with other material it contains, plus additional information I discovered in England during August this year, confirms all my earlier findings, those being that the Oliver’s Castle video is a fraud.
What this demonstrates, in this particular instance, is that Dilettoso’s conclusions about the film are incorrect. He applied his expertise, using his expensive computers and modified software to examine the film and came to a conclusion that was later found to be inaccurate.

But, as they say, we all can make mistakes. The real question is if the methods used by Dilettoso to gauge the authenticity of film or photographs can be used to do that. If the methodology is flawed, then the conclusions reached are equally flawed and the analysis must be rejected.

This leads us to the Phoenix Lights and the work that Dilettoso did on the footage, specifically on the video made at 10:00 p.m. as the lights seemed to hover and then fade out over the Sierra Estrella Mountains in Phoenix. He said that the lights over the mountains did not match the composition of videos of known flares. According to Tony Ortega:

He shows similar frames with similar line segments cutting through streetlights, the known flares captured by Channel 12, and the 10 p.m. lights of March 13.
Each results in a different graph.
It's rather obvious that the graphs are simply measurements of pixel brightness in the cross-sections he's taken.
But Dilettoso claims that the graphs show much more. To him, they represent the frequencies of light making up each of the images. He claims he's doing spectral analysis, measuring the actual properties of the light sources themselves, and can show intrinsic differences between video images of streetlights, flares, and whatever caused the 10 p.m. lights.
Because the graph of a known flare is different than one of the 10 p.m. lights, Dilettoso concludes that they cannot be the same kinds of objects.
In fact, Dilettoso claims that the graphs of the 10 p.m. Phoenix Lights show that they are like no known light produced by mankind.
The fallacy in Dilettoso's analysis is easily demonstrated. When he's asked to compare the graph of one known flare to another one in the same frame, he gladly does so. But he admits that the two flares will produce different graphs.
In fact, Dilettoso admits, when he looks at different slices of the same flare image, he never gets the same graph twice. And when he produces some of those graphs on demand, many of them look identical to the graphs of the 10 p.m. lights.
When he's asked to produce an average graph for a flare, or anything that he could show as a model that he uses to distinguish flares from other sources, he can't, saying that he knows a flare's graph when he sees it.
It's an evasive answer which hints at the truth: Dilettoso is only measuring the way distant lights happen to excite the electronic chip in camcorders (which is affected by atmospheric conditions, camera movement and other factors), and not any real properties of the sources of lights themselves.
Met with skepticism, Dilettoso reacts by claiming that his methods have been lauded by experts.
For those interested in the whole analysis of Dilettoso’s take on the Phoenix Lights, you can read Ortega’s article here:
Dilettoso was aware of the criticisms of his work and again, according to Ortega, what Dilettoso said is not exactly what he claimed. Ortega wrote:
"Dr. Richard Powell at the University of Arizona believes that my [Dilettoso] techniques are not merely valid but advanced to the degree where there was nothing more that they could add," he says.
Powell, the U of A's director of optical sciences, confirms that he spoke with Dilettoso. "He called here and I talked to him, and I could not, for the life of me, understand him," Powell says.
"I don't know how you take a photograph or a videotape after the fact and analyze it and get that information out. We didn't say that his method was valid, we said we didn't have any other way that was any better," Powell says.
Hearing that Powell denies calling his techniques "advanced," Dilettoso claims that Media Cybernetics, the company which sells Image Pro Plus, told him that the software package would do the kind of spectral analysis he does.
Jeff Knipe of Media Cybernetics disagrees. "All he's simply doing is drawing a line profile through that point of light and looking at the histogram of the red, green and blue. And that's really the extent of Image Pro. . . . Spectroscopy is a different field."
What this means, in the long run, is that Dilettoso’s analysis of the Phoenix Lights was flawed and the techniques that authenticated the Meier films and photographs was equally flawed. There is no independent analysis of Meier’s photographs and films that that argue for authenticity. The consensus among those who have offered an independent conclusion is that the Meier contacts are an elaborate fraud.

Here's where we are today. Of the independent analyses done of the Meier photographs, all have grave reservations about the authenticity of them. As I have noted, these analyses were not done on the original negatives but on prints from those negatives and that reduces the information that can be gleaned from them. Without an examination of the negatives, all they can say with authority is that there is no evidence of a hoax on the prints.

That, however, isn’t the end of it. It is clear, and it has been admitted that 230 of the photographs are fake. It is claimed that these were not taken by Meier but slipped into packages or albums of the real photographs in an attempt to discredit Meier. Either governmental intelligence agencies or the Men in Black have done that. The explanation is weak at best, especially since Meier had originally claimed they were his pictures. We have to take that into consideration simply because 230 photographs have been exposed as hoaxes and all of them came from the Meier camp.

This is an interesting dodge because it covers the exposure of any other photographs as faked. It wasn’t taken by Meier as claimed, but substituted at some point by some mysterious agency without Meier being aware of the fake. It would seem that at some point he would notice that some of the photographs were not taken by him. Rather than wait for others to expose the fakes, Meier should be able to do that himself, but to date, that hasn’t happened.

At the other end of the spectrum are those analyses that suggest there is no evidence of a hoax and that the pictures are authentic. But the analyses were done by those who believe Meier is in contact with an alien race so there is a built-in bias, and, as we have seen, the most cited of those analyses was completed by a man whose credentials are in dispute and whose science is shaky at best. In any other arena, that analysis would be rejected, especially in the light of the faked photographs and the independent examinations of the photographs that have been discovered.

The best that can be said is that evidence of a hoax was not found on most of the photographs. The worse that can be said, based on the various studies, the contradictory stories, and the lack of other evidence, is, as Jim Lorenzen said so many years ago, “ an elaborate hoax.”

Billy Meier Predictions - The Short Version

To recap, this all started when I made what I thought was a fairly innocuous statement. I said that I didn’t believe the Meier contact claims. Didn’t say then that they were a hoax. Didn’t say that anyone was lying, merely suggested that I didn’t find the evidence persuasive. I will say that I don’t believe a conspiracy murdered John Kennedy, and I don’t believe most of those who claim to be Vietnam
Combat assault in Vietnam. Photo copyright by
Kevin Randle, sort of proving my Vietnam
Veterans. I have learned that the vast majority of those claiming service in Vietnam did not serve there and many weren’t even in the military. It means that if they have the proof, then I will believe their claims. But with all the frauds out there, I have to see the proof… unless, of course, I happened to have served with them in country. And given what I have learned in the last few months, I am now convinced that Billy Meier has not been in contact with alien creatures but I was willing to re-evaluate the evidence…

Michael Horn, offering some evidence said about Meier’s predictions: “Well, I have a few things to say. First, the fact is that no one on earth, in all of recorded history, actually has produced anything even remotely close to Billy’s stunning record of unparalleled prophetic accuracy. Since he hasn’t made any erroneous predictions that we are aware of, there’s no relevance to the idea of hedging one’s bets; how do you hedge bets when you accurately foretell specific events, locations, etc. years, even decades, in advance of “official” discovery or occurrence?”

But it is often said by Meier critics that many of those predictions are plagiarized. For example:

1. Baba Vanga, who died in 1996, predicted that in 2014 – Most people will suffer skin cancer and other skin diseases (a consequence of chemical warfare).
Meier predicted - Chemical warfare will cause horrifying and atrocious skin diseases, and biological warfare will produce festering sores and many other ills, not to mention vicious human freaks, etc.
2. Vanga predicted that in 2028 – Creating a new energy source (probably a controlled thermonuclear reaction). Hunger is gradually being overcome. Launched a manned spacecraft to Venus.
Meier predicted - Venus will be particularly interesting for terrestrial human beings during this period, and for this reason Man will contemplate sending a manned space capsule to the volcanic planet. Simultaneously, Man will avail himself of a new energy source by exploiting the Earth’s interior energies.
3. Vanga predicted that in 2033 – The polar ice [caps] are melting. Greater levels of the oceans.
Meier said - With the melting of the polar caps there also looms for Earth in the not-too-distant future another severe economic crisis that will spread throughout the globe.
4. Vanga claimed that in 2046 – any bodies (organs) can be manufactured (cloning?). Replacing the bodies is becoming one of the best methods of treatment.
And Meier said - Terrestrials will develop the capability of allowing human organs to “regrow” for organ transplants. These organs will always be adapted to the particular body in need of the organ. As a result, the danger of organ rejection is eliminated.
These are only four the many, many examples of predictions that Meier made that can be found in the works of others. Doesn’t this suggest the source of his information is, in reality, terrestrial works and not information supplied by the Pleiadeans?
Following are some of the predictions are alleged to be highly accurate:

Meier claimed to have received the information on 25 Feb. 1975, and later on 16 Sep., that atomic testing was, at least partially, responsible for the hole in the ozone layer, according to his contact notes. First independent verification of that claim came in either 1979 or 1980 upon publication of those notes.

Horn reported on his website, that there was verification in a variety of scientific journals and other publications that scientific evidence suggested this was true… Although here, in 2017, that theory has been challenged as inaccurate.

However, articles in the NYT of 6 Sep 1974 and 17 Oct 1974 (months earlier) had already reported that. Science on 25 Oct 1974, reported the same thing.

Interestingly, the NYT reported on 28 Feb 1975 (three days after Meier’s alleged revelation using his name) that Dr. Michael B. McElroy of Harvard was one of those scientists… I find that interesting, especially when there is no independent verification of the 25 Feb 1975 as the true date.

I found a reference in a 1960 movie, Beyond the Time Barrier to atomic testing as destroying the protective layer around the Earth, meaning, of course, the ozone layer, which also predates the February 25, 1975, date.

The counterclaim is that Meier wrote a letter to 3000 world leaders, scientists and organizations dated Sep 1951, mentioned this problem. This, it is claimed, predates any reference that I can find, at least according to them.

There is no independent corroboration for that 1951 date. All copies of the letter were apparently lost or destroyed by all 3000 recipients back in 1951. But, incredibly, one of Meier’s Pleiadean pals retained a copy and gave it to him so that we do have the text. The problem is that wasn’t published until after 2005. Besides this, no one has adequately explained how he made those 3000 copies in a time before Xerox machines and home computers, how he paid for the 12 reams of paper, the 3000 envelopes or the international postage so that he could contact all those various leaders.

The real point is that here was an alleged claim made in 1951 but there was no way to verify that date because the letter only surfaced long after that and wasn’t published until 2005. The best that can be said is that the evidence shows the predictions are no older than 2005. In other words, there is no evidence that the predictions claimed by Meier and his pals were made on the dates claimed.

Some of this has been explored in more detail in blog postings over the last several months. All can by accessed by typing Billy Meier into the search engine provided on the left side.

*Sure, the picture has little relevance to the discussion here, but, I did mention Vietnam, so there you go.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The New Season of Curse of Oak Island Begins

Oak Island, of course.
Well, the new season is off and I wasn’t disappointed. By that I mean that the same sort of hyperbole that has inflected the first seasons has returned. We have overblown hype and then the big letdown. We are told, almost from the beginning of this new episode, that storms during the winter have battered Oak Island and done damage. The road that lead around the perimeter of the island has been eroded to the point of nonexistence and that will prevent them from getting the big equipment in to location of the old Money Pit.

We see parts of the road that look little more than a narrow levee keeping the sea at bay (yeah, I did that on purpose). We are told that this might just wreck their plans for the season, but, of course, we all know that’s not true because here we are at the beginning of the new season. They do manage to repair the road so that they can bring in all the big equipment.

There wasn’t much else in this show. There was a recap of what has happened in the past. We are reminded about all the “major discoveries” which included a Spanish coin, evidence of an English camp, the that strange, gold, metallic thing they had seen on a camera sent down one of the boreholes. Now, they send a diver down into that area again to see if he can find it. I have to admit that I wouldn’t do that. Seems to be too dangerous, but then the diver seemed to know what he was doing and was able to get out alive. But he didn’t find that bit of gold, whatever it might have been.

They also used a metal detector to reexamine the material brought to the surface during those boring operations (and yes, I did that on purpose too). In it they found a long spike that they thought might be evidence of a ship or something. They don’t often think that what they find might have been left by all those who were searching for the treasure during the 220 years since the discovery of the alleged Money Pit. It could easily have been part of the structures erected during all that digging on the island. It could be parts of the numerous shaft dug all over the place. It could be nothing of importance, except in the show, anything found seems to be of overwhelming importance.

I probably wouldn’t have bothered with even mentioning these new episodes that kicked off the season except for the tragedy that hit the Tester family. We learn that Craig Tester’s 16-year-old son, Drake Tester, had died just a few weeks before the Laginas and their team returned to Oak Island. I can’t image the pain of losing a child. The tribute done at the end of the broadcast was touching and gave all of us watching a different look at those who have attempted to learn the truth about Oak Island. I am saddened by the loss and wish the family the best in the future.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Zamora vs People

Last night, while appearing on Martin Willis’ Podcast UFO (see to talk about Encounters in the Desert, I had a chance to speak with Ray Stanford. I believe Ray is the last surviving investigator or witness who was on the site of the Socorro UFO landing in the days that
Martin Willis
followed. He provided some interesting insight to what he had seen and done but there was one point that he made, which is that Lonnie Zamora had never used the word “people” to refer to the figures he had seen near the landed craft.

I did know, based on my research, that FBI agent Arthur Byrnes had suggested to Zamora that he might not want to mention those creatures because he might find himself the butt of jokes. UFOs in the sky were fine, and landed craft were okay, but the actual sighting of the crew on the outside was just too hard for some to accept. This gave rise to the idea that Zamora had only seen white coveralls in the distance and had seen no real detail.

While I suggested that the official file did provide a number of words for the crew, Ray insisted that people wasn’t one of them. He objected strongly to that word, though I’m not sure why. He did say that in his discussions with Zamora, only the word “figures” had been used.

As they often say, “Let’s go to the video tape,” which, of course, doesn’t exactly apply here but we can go the documents created at the time. What do they say about this?

Coral and Jim Lorenzen had been in Socorro within 48 hours of the landing and had the opportunity to interview Zamora. In the May 1964 issue of The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, she wrote that she had asked Zamora about what he had seen. He said he hadn’t seen any “little men,” which is not the word people but does move us beyond “figures.”

When Lorenzen pointed out that he had already described them in the press and that description had been published, he expanded on it, saying that they looked like “young boys” or “small adults.” I will go out on a limb here and point out that the quotation marks are used in that article suggesting that they are the words of Zamora. Still not people, but moving us even closer.

In the Project Blue Book files there are various reports written by a number of men. In one of those documents, dated May 13, 1964, written just over two weeks after the event, it says, “At this point he saw two people in white coveralls…” That moves us directly to the use of the word. The document was written by Colonel Eric T. de Jonckheere. His name surfaces in a number of reports of UFOs besides the one in Socorro.

But the use of the term is not in quotation marks and it could be argued that de Jonckheere had interpreted what Zamora said to mean people although he hadn’t used that specific word. Fair enough.

In a report written by Major William Connor, who has been identified as the Public Information Officer at Kirtland AFB but whose job was probably a bit more significant, wrote in his report that Zamora said, “The only time I saw these two persons was when I stopped… These persons appeared normal in shape – but possible they were small adults or large kids.”

In another document, either written by Zamora, or dictated by him, he said, “Saw two people in white coveralls very close to the object. One of these persons seemed to turn and look straight at my car and seemed startled…”

Although it was argued that these weren’t exactly Zamora’s words, they are in quotation marks that suggest that they were. In that document, which is a partial transcript of what Zamora had told those first investigations, it seems that he did use “people” to describe the beings.

Other documents, however, seem to cloud the issue. T/Sgt David Moody, the Air Force investigator on the scene, wrote in his undated report, “…it [the craft] appeared to be a thing on four pronged legs and the two white things (described as coveralls) were no longer visible.”

This, of course, moves us away from people, but by the time Moody had arrived, Zamora had become reluctant to talk about seeing anything at all. But the newspapers were not reluctant to print stories about the landing. The Alamogordo Daily News reported that Zamora “saw two ‘men’ adjacent to it wearing white suits.”

The Albuquerque Tribune, on April 25, the day after the sighting, reported, “Moving close he [Zamora] saw two figures…”

Interestingly, the Albuquerque Journal reported on April 27, “Zamora denied that he had seen any little creatures around the object…”

Later in that same article, however, Zamora talked about seeing white coveralls near the craft. According to the article, “…whether anything was in them he did not know.”

Now we have moved from a debate about whether Zamora ever said “people” in relation to the figures he had seen to a denial that he had seen anything other than the craft and white coveralls. This, of course, reflects the confusion of the time and the suggestion by Byrnes that Zamora might be better off he said nothing about the alien beings.

The El Paso Herald-Post, reinforced the white coveralls without anything in them on April 27. According to that article, “Zamora said he also saw what looked like white coveralls but could not tell if anyone – or anything – was in them.”

Finally, the Socorro Defensor Chieftain reported that Zamora has seen two persons near the object in a gully. Given that it was the local newspaper, you would think that one of their reporters or the editor would have interviewed Zamora, but there are no direct quotes from him, though others, such as Captain Richard Holder are quoted. The only thing about the beings in quotation marks are the words, “child-like.’”

The point here, maybe unnecessarily, is that according to the documentation from 1964, within days of the sighting, Zamora had used a number of words to describe the beings he saw. One of those documents, in the Project Blue Book files, is a transcript of Zamora’s testimony and while it might not have been tape recorded, it is a transcript of his words. He said they were “people.” He also said they were “child-like,” and said they were “persons,” but he also said they were figures, and it is clear that after he talked with the government officials, he said that he had only seen “white coveralls.”

But the real point, one that is missed as we drive deep into the weeds, is that Zamora said he saw two beings, two humanoids, standing near the craft and that once they returned inside, it lifted off with a roar. We can argue about the precise words, but that only hides the real issue. Zamora was talking about something that was very strange and it frightened him badly.

You can read the full Socorro landing story and review the words of Lonnie Zamora here: