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Ghost+UFO sightings are down.Psychics-in decline.Are we more discerning-or afraid to trust anything?
Aeon Magazine ^ | 5 April 2013 | Stuart Walton

Posted on 04/10/2013 5:26:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin

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Convention demands the following declaration: I had not been drinking or taking drugs, I hadn’t dozed off and reawoken, and I wasn’t in a general state of agitation. It was a perfectly normal evening: I had gone to bed and was waiting to fall asleep. Nothing remotely similar has ever happened to me before or since.

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Whatever I saw in Manchester was there in front of me — there remains no doubt in my mind about that, even after 32 years — but I have never worked out what it was.

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Seeing and believing used to belong together only when they occurred in the mass... René Descartes undertook ‘never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt’. Doubt was the primary basis for the rationalism of the Enlightenment, so the first witness to the miraculous had to be seen to have seen. In the age of electronic mass media, when so much flashes around the world instantaneously, when video clips, in a telling usage, ‘go viral’, there should be no doubt about what is real and what isn’t. Yet the critical mass is no longer critical. There is an air of the semblance, of ‘facticity’, about what we are urged to look at. The very fact that it is shrieking for public attention tends to speak against it.

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A couple of years ago, I saw a documentary about the UK’s dwindling UFO sightings....One man had seen a mysterious object in the sky, some time (if memory serves) in the late 1980s. He had drawn a sketch of it soon after. Hearteningly enough, it was identical to mine.

(Excerpt) Read more at aeonmagazine.com ...


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An interesting essay.
1 posted on 04/10/2013 5:26:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
Sequester.

/johnny

2 posted on 04/10/2013 5:27:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BenLurkin
Because they landed and moved into Washington, DC.

3 posted on 04/10/2013 5:27:26 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: BenLurkin

Bttt


4 posted on 04/10/2013 5:27:51 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: BenLurkin

because they’ve already taken over?


5 posted on 04/10/2013 5:28:00 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: BenLurkin
Why Have We Stopped Seeing UFOs in the Skies?

Because Dennis Kucinich is no longer a member of congress?

6 posted on 04/10/2013 5:29:26 PM PDT by South40 (I Love The "New & Improved" Free Republic!)
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To: BenLurkin
Why Have We Stopped Seeing UFOs in the Skies?

For the same reason we stop seeing the ocean when it rolls waaaaay back to the horizon before a tidal wave comes in...

7 posted on 04/10/2013 5:30:48 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: South40

They don’t want to pay their “fair share” per king hussein?


8 posted on 04/10/2013 5:30:50 PM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST MR. PRESIDENT!(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: BenLurkin

Why? Because they took one look at Soetoro and went looking for intelligent life elsewhere..


9 posted on 04/10/2013 5:31:26 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Constitution? What Constitution?)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Oh...well played!


10 posted on 04/10/2013 5:31:50 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

We’ve stopped “seeing” UFOs in the skies because modern digital photographic technology eliminates the graininess seen in the old pics. Nowadays, it’s much harder to fake UFO photos. The clarity of modern pics reveals frisbees for what they are.


11 posted on 04/10/2013 5:32:27 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: BenLurkin

Because Art Bell retired?


12 posted on 04/10/2013 5:32:51 PM PDT by MachIV
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To: BenLurkin

Gas too expensive for the trip back...


13 posted on 04/10/2013 5:33:00 PM PDT by IrishPennant (All warfare is based on deception.)
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To: BenLurkin
Global Warming made the Earth inhospitable to them, so they went away.

That's the real reason why Liberals want to "fight" global warming. They really want to cool the planet so that the aliens will come back.

-PJ

14 posted on 04/10/2013 5:33:05 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: BenLurkin
Why Have We Stopped Seeing UFOs in the Skies?

It is only possible to laugh at 'Stupid' for so long...
Before it is boring and you move along.

15 posted on 04/10/2013 5:33:40 PM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. liberals and logic: Never confuse the two! Hi MI# !)
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To: BenLurkin

Because it’s Bush’s fault and you’re a racist.


16 posted on 04/10/2013 5:35:56 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: BenLurkin; Slings and Arrows

ET went home?


17 posted on 04/10/2013 5:36:16 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s a generational thing. The Beatles fans are dying off, and one can’t wait for the same to happen to the fans of Iron Butterfly, Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad and Pink Floyd (among many others.)


18 posted on 04/10/2013 5:38:11 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: MachIV

“Because Art Bell retired?”
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No, Kook to Kook AM exist to keep the myth alive.
For the UFO kooks on here, get back to me when you can explain where they can come from.


19 posted on 04/10/2013 5:38:38 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: BenLurkin
So what is the reason? He's coy about the answer.

If the Biography channel is any indication, ghosts and poltergeists are still out there.

Apparently they're as crazy about celebrities as the rest of the population.

20 posted on 04/10/2013 5:38:41 PM PDT by x
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To: Talisker
Excellent.

That is exactly what is happening.

The enemy wants all eyes on Obama. No distractions are needed or permitted.

21 posted on 04/10/2013 5:38:46 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: BenLurkin

22 posted on 04/10/2013 5:41:13 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Ok.You win.
I think you have the correct answer!

My answer was going to be that the USAF has perfected a cloaking device for new test flights....

23 posted on 04/10/2013 5:41:57 PM PDT by sarasmom (The obvious takes longer to discover for the obtuse.)
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To: BenLurkin
Whatever. I know that what I saw was not an airplane, not a balloon, not a bird, not a meteor, not Venus...

It was in broad daylight, it was fast, it was silent, it was disc shaped - or rather more like two shallow bowls glued rim to rim, it was metallic in color (chrome looking on one half, dull aluminum color on the other) and had the ability to simply wink out of view instantly.

This was two years ago.

24 posted on 04/10/2013 5:44:28 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: BenLurkin

Mr Ditter and I thought we saw one just a few minutes ago....... but we were wrong. :/


25 posted on 04/10/2013 5:44:57 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: BenLurkin

I blame the Great Gazoo on the Flintstones.

made the whole concept of the show unbelievable.


26 posted on 04/10/2013 5:45:13 PM PDT by digger48
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To: rollo tomasi

Yes, every time I saw a UFO story I would say “Quick, call Quix”.
I remember him as a diehard believer.


27 posted on 04/10/2013 5:47:07 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: BenLurkin
I know you won't let the narrow minded bother you with their critiques of this matter.

There is a good reason for the rapid decline in such sightings.

First, UFO's and alien abductions aren't the product of extraterrestrials but demonic forces. Any careful reading of the accounts of such abductions by Dr John Mack cannot conclude otherwise. The parallels to possession are precise.

Now weave the Communist and Islamic agendas into the picture and one has the whole cloth.

There has been a Communist/Islamic takeover of the White House, the Democratic party, the media, the U.S. education system, and Hollywood.

Evil doesn't need to invade from the fringes...

To quote Eric Norstrom (formally of the State Dept.)..."the Taliban (read enemy) is inside the building."

This is a time to normalize the beliefs of those who have invaded. The time for marvel is over.

28 posted on 04/10/2013 5:49:51 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: AlexW

Funny response, but I’m not a UFO kook. No foul taken though. I use to be a believer as a kid, but I figure all this jazz over the decades was the DOD doing top secret stuff and the more folks played it up as UFOs it actually worked to their favor by keeping the public distracted over fake aliens while they were testing anti-soviet equipment across the stratosphere.


29 posted on 04/10/2013 5:51:43 PM PDT by MachIV
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To: rollo tomasi; Quix

Bump!


30 posted on 04/10/2013 5:54:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Why? Because there’s so much peculiar-looking stuff flying around up there that it takes something really wild to even merit notice? Drones, modern lighter than air craft, private experimental aircraft, military aircraft, a plethora of satellites ... that’s a lot of competition. Orange sodium vapor streetlights are a lot more obscuring of the night sky than the old blue mercury vapor ones were, too.


31 posted on 04/10/2013 5:55:38 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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"Why Have We Stopped Seeing UFOs in the Skies?"

Uhhh . . . because everyone is looking for the Kardashians?

32 posted on 04/10/2013 5:58:07 PM PDT by YHAOS
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>>Why Have We Stopped Seeing UFOs in the Skies?

Because of the internet, no one goes outside anymore.


33 posted on 04/10/2013 6:02:36 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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“Funny response, but I’m not a UFO kook. No foul taken though.”
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No, I was not including you as a kook, but I imagine that there are a few believers on FR.
When one crashes in a public venue, or lands in some place like the Washington Mall, I will become a convert.


34 posted on 04/10/2013 6:03:04 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: BenLurkin

For the same reason people no longer see goblins, gnomes dragons, fairies, leprechauns, unicorns, and other assorted mystical characters.


35 posted on 04/10/2013 6:05:34 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: BenLurkin; a fool in paradise

Major psychological authorities inform us that seeing UFOs was a release outlet for the sexually repressed. Now, with the Al Gore invention called the Internet, those same individuals have free porno to search for and spot instead.


36 posted on 04/10/2013 6:05:49 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: BenLurkin

37 posted on 04/10/2013 6:08:47 PM PDT by mikrofon (E.T. Gone Home)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s because UFO’s aren’t aliens. They are fallen angels, and perhaps some heavenly angels.

There are a few “alien abductions” that as soon as the person starts praying to Jesus for it to end, it end’s immediately.

There are also UFO videos of “lights” descending on the temple mount. The evidence is all there. The feeling of pure pure evil that abductees say they feel when on the “ship”.

They left because the final battle approaches.


38 posted on 04/10/2013 6:11:31 PM PDT by FreedomStar3028
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To: BenLurkin

Because everyone now has HD video cameras on them.

Now they will only come out at night.

LMAO!


39 posted on 04/10/2013 6:15:47 PM PDT by NoLibZone (History teaches us that every nation's electoral process is as free & fair as its press.)
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To: BenLurkin

Ever since I quit LSD I have not seen a single UFO.


40 posted on 04/10/2013 6:15:51 PM PDT by TBall
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To: Mr. K

Yeah and cuz gay marriage and guns too so shut up


41 posted on 04/10/2013 6:16:07 PM PDT by Gefreiter
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To: JRandomFreeper; All

My son is a documentary film director and filmed in Chile last October making a UFO film. They see UFOs frequently in Chile. There are other locations they are also filming and may do one part in the U.S. in the fall.

So, UFOs are still here and films are still being made about them.


42 posted on 04/10/2013 6:21:52 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Globull warming. And Bush’s fault.


43 posted on 04/10/2013 6:21:55 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The founding fathers didn't form this country by compromising.)
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To: AlexW
For the record, Quix, unlike other UFOs aficionados, thought they are mostly spiritual "beings". I tend to agree with that hypothesis (Emphasizing hypothesis, FTR).
44 posted on 04/10/2013 6:29:20 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: Gefreiter

and small penis size


45 posted on 04/10/2013 6:33:48 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Talisker

uh oh...


46 posted on 04/10/2013 6:34:35 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Kirkwood

The devil and his legions try not to be seen these days.


47 posted on 04/10/2013 6:40:43 PM PDT by tractorman (I never miss a chance to tweak a liberal.)
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To: BenLurkin

Global Warming has led to a Sasquatch population boom. One thing all aliens fear is Sasquatch.


48 posted on 04/10/2013 6:47:49 PM PDT by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s probably due to the rise of ubiquitous filming in the form of security cameras, camcorders and phones. When images were rare and grainy, anything was possible. With a few camcorder images for a few minutes, questions arose as to why video didn’t match eye witness descriptions. In a world where people pass 50 cameras to get to work, there’s no room for theoretical aliens.
However, this doesn’t preclude us engineering an artificial or mutated life-form in our lifetimes.


49 posted on 04/10/2013 6:50:33 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: BenLurkin

global warming?


50 posted on 04/10/2013 6:50:51 PM PDT by BuddaBudd (F U B O)
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