Posts Tagged ‘California’

Unidentified-crop1 - WTF is this?!

This picture was made in 1954. I cropped it in Photoshop from the frame below, which is a screen capture from the first video shown below  It has bicubic smoothing and auto levels and contrast, so you know. Lazy me. No filters on the full frame one. Click ‘em for the original size.

The clip in question is apparently an Air Force film taken in 1954 over Sierra Nevada, California. It is shockingly short. One would think, as is oft mentioned, that if you were to actually see something like this outside the window of your seat on the plane; and you have a movie camera, which you’ve started, that you might think it’d be a great idea to film as much of it as you can, for as long as you.

Right?

Wouldn’t you?

Really?

But, no, we get about 3 seconds.

Anyway, so far, for me, this is the most fascinating clip – by far. I want to know what that thing is. It’s as simple as that.

Looks a bit too ‘solid’ to be a plasma critter, but I know not what such beings can do. Maybe it’s a regular critter of some unfathomable genus. Doesn’t bring forth any thoughts of a machine of some sort. Looks ‘wrong’ for a probe…

Fascinating.

Unidentified. Yes, it certainly is.

What in the hell is that?

I found and singled it out of this monumental video compilation made back in the day by Michael Hesemann which a friend of mine participated in. Epic in length, this film has just about every film made from the 1950s up to 1998, from all over the world. You will see hours upon hours of short streaming clips and listen to them being examined on the fly by two expert commentators. It is a fabulous guided tour of things seen in the sky. There is no dogma to speak of presented here, either and that alone gives the film a refreshing (and these days, sadly rare) quality.

I saw this back then, but that was a long time ago and it surely is nice to run across it again… and to be able to download it.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Uploaded by on Feb 25, 2012

UFOs The Footage Archives – 50 Years of UFOs – Part1 (Michael Hesemann)

I didn’t know this was on YouTube, as I don’t often look for any UFO stuff there, as everything I seem to see there, for a long tine, now is just silly, so… I was pleased to learn of it at ATS. Brought back great memories of what unfortunately seems more and more like a long time ago, so I replied. Here’s most of what I said there. (A rare thing, these days, sadly.)

ats avatarI can say that this film “happened” pretty much as your mind’s eye envisions, as one of the commentators is a personal friend, Antonio Huneeus, who together with his bud, Peter Robbins, watched these movies and talked… pretty much as you see it.

Ah, man, those were the days, eh? Don’t think we’ll see it’s like ever again.

But, then again, both gentlemen are still active in the UFO field, and probably Hesemann, too, so…

As to what they are… some of my speculations anthropomorphize things a bit, although I’m a plasma critter guy at heart for many. Maybe your ‘friend,’ is one of those too… curious ‘kid,’ perhaps. Or somebody’s probe.

Ha! Who knows.

Thanks again.

I will endeavor to write more. Not meaning post count, either.

Peace.

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Battle of LA

Don’t forget to raise a cup of your favorite, as today is the 69th Anniversary of the spectacular Battle of LA, in which the armed forces lobbed 1,430 shells at a meandering UFO, making many direct hits upon the object. The object not only suffered no dents… it didn’t even notice as it continued on towards the sea.

What follows is, in internet terms, “old news,” but some may not have seen it, so I am posting this article detailing Johnny Edge’s encounter with the TSA at the San Diego airport in its entirety. This whole subject matter has had me up in arms for a while now, and my previous post of just the image of an artist’s commentary on the subject has had a few hits, but my experimental posting of just the image I think was good but didn’t offer any leads without readers Googling away, so, I present this. Pay special attention to the attempt to leave the airport and video number three.

The fascistic response to lowering our rights to gain ever more control of our lives, strip more of our freedoms and make money for the naked screener manufacturers by our increasingly dangerous government must not stand.

I also feel strongly that the “Underwear Bomber,” who was escorted past security with no passport, and was not asked to go through the full body scan, which was available at that airport at that time, and was not given an “enhanced pat down,” was merely a government setup to offer a media frenzy and a “good excuse” to implement these practices without complaint from the slaves, er, citizens.

These practices, in their entirety, are in violation of the 4th Amendment, which the unConstitutional Department of Homeland Security and their thugs operating as the Transportation Security Administration apparently feel is not applicable to them.

Before I let you go, here is a link to an ATS thread detailing and linking to some further news. State warning to TSA: Stop breaking the law. Also see below the videos for links to follow ups on the story in this post.

Peace.

13 November 2010

TSA encounter at SAN

[These events took place roughly between 5:30 and 6:30 AM, November 13th in Terminal 2 of the San Diego International Airport. I’m writing this approximately 2 1/2 hours after the events transpired, and they are correct to the best of my recollection. I will admit to being particularly fuzzy on the exact order of events when dealing with the agents after getting my ticket refunded; however, all of the events described did occur.

I had my phone recording audio and video of much of these events. It can be viewed below.

Please spread this story as far and wide as possible. I will make no claims to copyright or otherwise.]

This morning, I tried to fly out of San Diego International Airport but was refused by the TSA. I had been somewhat prepared for this eventuality. I have been reading about the millimeter wave and backscatter x-ray machines and the possible harm to health as well as the vivid pictures they create of people’s naked bodies. Not wanting to go through them, I had done my  research on the TSA’s website prior to traveling to see if SAN had them. From all indications, they did not. When I arrived at the security line, I found that the TSA’s website was out of date. SAN does in fact utilize backscatter x-ray machines.

I made my way through the line toward the first line of “defense”: the TSA ID checker. This agent looked over my boarding pass, looked over my ID, looked at me and then back at my ID. After that, he waved me through. SAN is still operating metal detectors, so I walked over to one of the lines for them. After removing my shoes and making my way toward the metal detector, the person in front of me in line was pulled out to go through the backscatter machine. After asking what it was and being told, he opted out. This left the machine free, and before I could go through the metal detector, I was pulled out of line to go through the backscatter machine. When asked, I half-chuckled and said, “I don’t think so.” At this point, I was informed that I would be subject to a pat down, and I waited for another agent.

A male agent (it was a female who had directed me to the backscatter machine in the first place), came and waited for me to get my bags and then directed me over to the far corner of the area for screening. After setting my things on a table, he turned to me and began to explain that he was going to do a “standard” pat down. (I thought to myself, “great, not one of those gropings like I’ve been reading about”.) After he described, the pat down, I realized that he intended to touch my groin. After he finished his description but before he started the pat down, I looked him straight in the eye and said, “if you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested.” He, a bit taken aback, informed me that he would have to involve his supervisor because of my comment.

We both stood there for no more than probably two minutes before a female TSA agent (apparently, the supervisor) arrived. She described to me that because I had opted out of the backscatter screening, I would now be patted down, and that involved running hands up the inside of my legs until they felt my groin. I stated that I would not allow myself to be subject to a molestation as a condition of getting on my flight. The supervisor informed me that it was a standard administrative security check and that they were authorized to do it. I repeated that I felt what they were doing was a sexual assault, and that if they were anyone but the government, the act would be illegal. I believe that I was then informed that if I did not submit to the inspection, I would not be getting on my flight. I again stated that I thought the search was illegal. I told her that I would be willing to submit to a walk through the metal detector as over 80% of the rest of the people were doing, but I would not be groped. The supervisor, then offered to go get her supervisor.

I took a seat in a tiny metal chair next to the table with my belongings and waited. While waiting, I asked the original agent (who was supposed to do the pat down) if he had many people opt out to which he replied, none (or almost none, I don’t remember exactly). He said that I gave up a lot of rights when I bought my ticket. I replied that the government took them away after September 11th. There was silence until the next supervisor arrived. A few minutes later, the female agent/supervisor arrived with a man in a suit (not a uniform). He gave me a business card identifying him as David Silva, Transportation Security Manager, San Diego International Airport. At this point, more TSA agents as well as what I assume was a local police officer arrived on the scene and surrounded the area where I was being detained. The female supervisor explained the situation to Mr. Silva. After some quick back and forth (that I didn’t understand/hear), I could overhear Mr. Silva say something to the effect of, “then escort him from the airport.” I again offered to submit to the metal detector, and my father-in-law, who was near by also tried to plead for some reasonableness on the TSA’s part.

The female supervisor took my ID at this point and began taking some kind of report with which I cooperated. Once she had finished, I asked if I could put my shoes back on. I was allowed to put my shoes back on and gather my belongs. I asked, “are we done here” (it was clear at this point that I was going to be escorted out), and the local police officer said, “follow me”. I followed him around the side of the screening area and back out to the ticketing area. I said apologized to him for the hassle, to which he replied that it was not a problem.

I made my way over to the American Airlines counter, explained the situation, and asked if my ticket could be refunded. The woman behind the counter furiously typed away for about 30 seconds before letting me know that she would need a supervisor. She went to the other end of the counter. When she returned, she informed me that the ticket was non-refundable, but that she was still trying to find a supervisor. After a few more minutes, she was able to refund my ticket. I told her that I had previously had a bad experience with American Airlines and had sworn never to fly with them again (I rationalized this trip since my father-in-law had paid for the ticket), but that after her helpfulness, I would once again be willing to use their carrier again.

At this point, I thought it was all over. I began to make my way to the stairs to exit the airport, when I was approached by another man in slacks and a sport coat. He was accompanied by the officer that had escorted me to the ticketing area and Mr. Silva. He informed me that I could not leave the airport. He said that once I start the screening in the secure area, I could not leave until it was completed. Having left the area, he stated, I would be subject to a civil suit and a $10,000 fine. I asked him if he was also going to fine the 6 TSA agents and the local police officer who escorted me from the secure area. After all, I did exactly what I was told. He said that they didn’t know the rules, and that he would deal with them later. They would not be subject to civil penalties. I then pointed to Mr. Silva and asked if he would be subject to any penalties. He is the agents’ supervisor, and he directed them to escort me out. The man informed me that Mr. Silva was new and he would not be subject to penalties, either. He again asserted the necessity that I return to the screening area. When I asked why, he explained that I may have an incendiary device and whether or not that was true needed to be determined. I told him that I would submit to a walk through the metal detector, but that was it; I would not be groped. He told me that their procedures are on their website, and therefore, I was fully informed before I entered the airport; I had implicitly agreed to whatever screening they deemed appropriate. I told him that San Diego was not listed on the TSA’s website as an airport using Advanced Imaging Technology, and I believed that I would only be subject to the metal detector. He replied that he was not a webmaster, and I asked then why he was referring me to the TSA’s website if he didn’t know anything about it. I again refused to re-enter the screening area.

The man asked me to stay put while he walked off to confer with the officer and Mr. Silva. They went about 20 feet away and began talking amongst themselves while I waited. I couldn’t over hear anything, but I got the impression that the police officer was recounting his version of the events that had transpired in the screening area (my initial refusal to be patted down). After a few minutes, I asked loudly across the distance if I was free to leave. The man dismissively held up a finger and said, “hold on”. I waited. After another minute or so, he returned and asked for my name. I asked why he needed it, and reminded him that the female supervisor/agent had already taken a report. He said that he was trying to be friendly and help me out. I asked to what end. He reminded me that I could be sued civilly and face a $10,000 fine and that my cooperation could help mitigate the penalties I was facing. I replied that he already had my information in the report that was taken and I asked if I was free to leave. I reminded him that he was now illegally detaining me and that I would not be subject to screening as a condition of leaving the airport. He told me that he was only trying to help (I should note that his demeanor never suggested that he was trying to help. I was clearly being interrogated.), and that no one was forcing me to stay. I asked if tried to leave if he would have the officer arrest me. He again said that no one was forcing me to stay. I looked him in the eye, and said, “then I’m leaving”. He replied, “then we’ll bring a civil suit against you”, to which I said, “you bring that suit” and walked out of the airport.

This video starts with my bag and belongings going through the x-ray machine.They’re kind of long, and they don’t show much, but the audio is really good.

I was in the middle of telling someone that if I was going to be felt up, I wanted it done in public so that everyone could see what it is that the TSA does. Here is the rest of that video.

After I was escorted out to the ticketing area, I went to have my ticket refunded. I didn’t have the opportunity or the presence of mind to turn the camera back on until everyone walked away from me.

Related articles:

More about my TSA encounter at SAN
Motivation of my filming of my TSA encounter

Philip K. Dick“I am made of water. You wouldn’t know it, because I have it bound in. My friends are made out of water, too: all of them. The problem for us is that not only do we have to walk around without being absorbed by the ground but we also have to earn our livings.

Actually, there’s an even greater problem. We don’t feel at home anywhere we go.” – Philip K. Dick

Come discover Philip K. Dick’s Fullerton, with our gracious host and tour guide, the venerable Robert Larson, this Monday, September 21st. Convene at 3pm at the corner of Chapman and State College, or contact me as soon as possible to iron out carpooling options from Lost Angles. (Feel free to forward this invite to any PKD enthusiast you may know in town.)

Bring a favorite PKD quote, passage or story to share at the last stop, which is, thankfully, a bar. One that PKD drank in (and wrote a scene or two about). Email me directly for more info: Skylaire@gmail.com.

Yours in Fort,
Skylaire

[High Strangeness] Arnold Wants To Kill Defenseless California Animals

[https://community.hsus.org/campaign/CA_2009_holdingperiod/usxx3w42jnwn8kw]

URGENT

a cute pupHelp stop the murder for money scheme of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who wants to balance the CA budget by killing shelter dogs and cats after only 3 days. While all shelters should be no kill, the new 3 day kill rule isn’t enough time for owners to find lost pets or animals to find new homes. You don’t have to live in CA to help.
https://community.hsus.org/
campaign/CA_2009_holding
period/usxx3w42jnwn8kw

Please… take a second to send an email to the asshole governor, and your local reps (if you’re in CA), it’s just a simple form and took me less than a minute. If you don’t live in CA, or even the US, you’ll have to email separately.

I don’t understand… I’m a native of this state. We’re last in education. We overthrew gay marriage. If we’d legalize weed (which I don’t even smoke!) we’d have no budget deficit. Who are these morons running my state? It’s enough to make me fucking move, out of the state, out of the country, just to be spiteful!

He’s already closing our state parks, and canceled summer school. One out four Latino girls drops out of high school to have a kid in CA. WTF??????????

Thanks for hearing me out,
Skylaire

Skylaire Alfvegren
“yellow journalism, elfin magic”
P.O. Box 291842
Los Angeles, CA 90029

www.Skylaire.com
www.ForteansWest.com

I agree wholeheartedly. Tell this Epic Failure of a wannabee Nazi asshole what’s what. Nice job he’s done running the state…


Posted By iggymak to High Strangeness at 6/25/2009 05:47:00 PM

video description: “That thing went miles in a matter of seconds.” just doesn’t seem to wanna go away, what a pest. interesting how it’s a full ring sometimes and sometimes not.

Not sure what to make of this anomalous display of airborne luminosity in Greater Los Angeles, California, but it’s pretty interesting… a ring of light that morphs somewhat and hums… the cameraman thinks it’s about 5 miles away over Redondo Beach, then thinks it’s probably near Manhattan Beach, near “the airport.” He doesn’t say exactly where he is, though; the airport is probably LAX but it could be Hawthorne Municipal. Must be seriously loud right under it as well if the cam can pick it up that clearly at that distance. 

Not sure as well if he’s outside… seems to be but there’s the sound of water running.. maybe a fountain? Strange. Very. So what do you think of it? A real phenomenon or a well executed hoax? Plasma discharging, maybe, or some sort of exotic device of indeterminate origin… just don’t know. At this point it seems pretty real to me. Being where it is, lots of people simply had to have seen it. And in this case heard it, too. Did you?

San Francisco UFO

Hey, nice shot! Great timing. Nice craft, too, I like its styling, somewhat triangular at this resolution, good paint job, too; and I compliment the designer. The above is a pretty radical crop, as you’ll see when you visit the P&M blog wherein lay the full frame and a less zoomed crop. As you’ll read below, whatever it was didn’t hang about long. They don’t usually, do they?

Are they just popping in to get a shot for the archives, calibrate the gravitic anomalizer… or was something happening in the vicinity that was perhaps out of the norm enough to attract the attention of the seriously out of the norm?

Impossible to say… what these objects are… 

Kind of a nice thing to contemplate of an evening, if only for a while. Could very well spark off an idea for a good sci-fi story with heroics and all…  

Statement from witness: I was reviewing the photos of my last trip to San Francisco and noticed that a flying object appeared at the left of the City Hall dome.

I had taken other photos (one 8 secs before and another 40 secs later) in the same position and the UFO doesn’t appear in them.

I took these photos using a SONY model DSC-W90.