Wednesday, January 17, 2007

UFO Incident at O'Hare Airport: Where's the Follow-Up?

There is a lot of information coming at us and it's often necessary to dismiss whole segments of what's going on in the interests of time. Every now and then, I take a major scandal off - I just don't let it into my reality. Life is short. I know a lot of really controversial political stuff happened in South America, for example, but I just can't go there. The same way with these two kids who were kidnapped or whatever. I don't want to know the details on that. Frankly, I don't even follow global warming as much as I should - it's just really painful. Do I want to sit around reading about polar bears drowning? Hell, no. I love polar bears.

When you look back at other eras, you immediately see subjects that the masses were collectively kidding themselves about. You can see an astounding level of group denial going on, and conversely, an insane interest in something ridiculous. That Holland deal where they suddenly went crazy about tulip bulbs is the perfect example. It's so obvious looking back. You ask yourself, "What were they thinking?"

One interesting thing to do is to try and figure out the subjects that we will look both ridiculously fixated on, and hopelessly ignorant about.

Okay, obviously, future generations are going to scoff at us for the insane amount of attention we gave to Paris Hilton. That's just a lock. How did this huge global mechanism develop to track Paris and her every utterance? What is that? Shouldn't we start by being fascinated with someone who actually does something? What does Paris do? Generate nightclub stories? That's going to be very difficult to explain in the future. What are we going to do to justify it? Play them her CD? Show them her porno tape?

Now, here's where I think we're in a weird denial - a sheep-like avoidance of something truly incredible that should be in virtually every newscast we see. It's the subject of UFOs. I can just feel you shutting off while I wrote that, but bear with me. Let's look at this O'Hare incident and ask yourself why - at the very least - the story didn't generate more of a buzz than Paris Hilton's social schedule?

See, this is an interest of mine. I don't need any prompting. I followed up on this story as much as I could, but I wonder if you did? I bet most people just processed this based on the first reports and moved on. It became their South America, or their polar bear swimming through the vast cold ocean eventually sinking below the waves of their consciousness.

For example, have you listened to the lengthy radio interview with the O'Hare employee who moves jets around the airport for a living? How about the off-air studio tape of the reporter talking with the TV host? I can't get enough of this stuff, and I can't figure out how so many people dismiss this topic out of hand. This is not Jethro looking at swamp gas. This was O'Hare Airport. Quite a few people who would not gain from making something like this up - who could actually face criminal charges for making something like this up - said they saw a circular craft 20 or 30 feet across that hovered below the cloud layer above Gate C17 at Chicago's main airport. Don't just read the Chicago Tribune story. Listen to the the interview. Something happened. Then when the craft left, it punched a hole through the cloud layer leaving one circular patch of blue sky. This event was discussed on the ground radio. There are tapes, and there are probably pictures. United Airlines denied it happened even after the FAA changed their initial story and admitted they did have radio tapes about it. Now, the entire incident has seemingly dropped from our consciousness. It's just another story in the UFO Files.

I can see the vast implications in the idea that we are being visited from elsewhere. It sure feels like a huge leap to believe we are. A huge leap? This would be the mind-blowing story of our lives. What I can't see is how we ignore this. Where's the follow-up? I don't get how momentum doesn't build and the public doesn't demand to know everything.

Iraq? Sure, but by now President Bush should have been forced to go on TV and explain this. We know about Iraq, but what does the government have here? And how ridiculous will we look to future generations for not checking this out more? We had an amazing story literally hovering over our heads, but society looked away, and hung on every word Paris Hilton ever said.

Chicago Tribune, Newscast-O'Hare UFO-UFO Casebook Files


At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 10:54 AM, Blogger Rat said...

It is those damn martian teenagers again. A few shots of glyrp and they speed around the universe.

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Aldo said...

I enjoy watching documentaries about Space and the Universe. What I find interesting is that many of these documentaries, in spite of some interesting evidence,are still asking the same old question "Are we alone in the Universe". The SETI project to this day, still has not detected, with the exception of one which disappeared, a radio signal which can prove that we are NOT alone. A yet there are millions of sigtings reported world wide. You have organizations like The Disclosure Project, documents like the COMETA report from France and great documentaries like "Out of the Blue" and NOW you have yet another sighting witnessed at a busy airport with seemingly credible witnesses and still this phenomena is not taken seriously.

At 12:20 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

What's clear from the people who don't believe there's something to this, is that they haven't really done their homework. The guy who moves jets around for a living in O'Hare was extremely credible and had a vast knowledge of the airport operations. I should try and find that interview because it really was convincing.

How about the Belgium sightings? Hundreds of witnesses. A picture. Ground radar, jet radar, everything but a thank-you note for a lovely visit.

At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three immediately apparent options for this phenomena come to mind, each with their own problem for the FAA to solve:

1. The object seen was a weather phenomena. If so, shouldn't the FAA immediately break out a fact sheet advising everyone in the airline industry about this type of observable, visible phenomena so pilots, air traffic controllers and etc can identify it and deal with it so as to avoid problems with aircraft in the air and on the ground? No such advisory was issued.

2. The object seen was a super-secret military vehicle. Shouldn't the FAA immediately clamp down on pilots exercising their new toys over closed air space? An immediate advisory would have to go out to the military telling them to steer celar of civilian air space -- which we would not know about; and another advisory would have to go out to pilots, air traffic controllers etc advising that when they see such phenomena, they should not take evasive action in the air on on the gorund as this is friendly, secret-squirrel military jet jockeys having a laugh at the civilian's expense. Again, no such advisories have been issued.

3. The object is a true unknown - and possibly unknowable - phenomena, an Unidentified Flying Object by definition, for which the FAA cannot, or will not, offer an intelligent explanation. In such a case, th advisory would be one of ignorance, "Yeah, its a UFO but we cannot protect you from it or even explain it" or one of denial, "We have no information on the alleged sighting." The denial advisory was issued after some prompting.

So it is not weather worthy of an advisory; not military X projects worthy of an advisory. It is just more swamp gas, Venus or birds that pilots, ground crew and airline managers cannot reliably identify.

Ignorance, or denial -- or cover-up?

At 2:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love for flying saucers to be real. I wouldn't mind bumming a ride to see their turf and what their civilisation is like but hard evidence is missing. Why is it no gigantic ufos are seen during the day? Why have no ufos crashed in the middle of a big city? Why must we assume that they are so far advanced that they can traverse dimensions, use cloaking devices, avert radar and can disable are technology and weapons? Apparently, it would seem aliens are so advanced that they are in plain sight but elude the ubiquitous camcorders and digital cameras or they hang around for a few days but NO intelligent humans bother to film them or photograph them with a tripod for any length of time. They also haven't advanced technologically in millenia as they still are seen today in the same spacecraft pictured on cave walls and church paintings. I think we are just kidding ourselves with our illustrious imaginations. Sure, the universe is vast and was here before we existed but the law of gravity is the same throughout and the scientific method is all we have between lunacy and reality.

At 2:52 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

There is extensive video and pictures of UFOs. It's there if you want to see it.
Remember, it was only in 1998 that we discovered what is now called dark energy - even though it makes up 3 quarters of the universe.
We are just getting started but there is quite a body of UFO evidence.
As for crashing into a city, a standard complaint is why don't UFOs appear over major cities like Washington, D.C.? Look into it. Search your computer for Washington DC UFOs. I believe the year was 1957
and yes, they got pictures.

At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Millions of people believe in God, but no one has ever seen Him.

Nobody believes in UFO's, but millions of people see them everyday.


At 5:19 PM, Blogger M. Mann said...

I've seen them, I've taken pictures of them and nobody cares so believe me when I say I know what your talking should be Paris who?

At 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 7:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Airport Employee Interview:

Fast forward to min 5

At 7:53 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Thanks for the info Sully and Carol.
Check out Drudge for another UFO story. If those circular patterns have a couple of little notches on them, that is very significant. It looks like several other sightings including one from the space shuttle.

At 7:55 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Oh, and M.Mann, I hope you send your pictures to the UFO sites.

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