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  1. Mick West

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies At 87

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the demure firebrand who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, died Friday. The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas. The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg died at her home...
  2. Mick West

    Avionics System Technician Discusses FLIR Targeting Pod's Tracking and Glare

    Kurt (not his real name) is an avionics technician who wishes to remain anonymous. These are selected excerpts, organized by topic, from a longer interview (see second post) Interview performed on Aug 27, 2020 by phone. M = Me, Mick West K = Kurt I've separated them out by topic or question...
  3. Mick West

    Judging Size and Distance of Unidentified Objects

    In a recent interview with Lex Fridman, pilot David Fravor was asked about how he judged the size and distance of unknown objects (in the context of some ideas I'd suggested around his account of an encounter with a UFO). His response was somewhat light on details. 02:31:01 Fridman: I hope...
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    San Diego Silver Sphere Videoed By Rick Ybarra, 2014

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bUSxQwt4x0 On September 10th, 2014, Rick Ybarra pulled into his driveway near San Diego, CA around 6:45pm when he noticed a sphere in the sky. A retired Department of Defense therapist who worked at Naval Base San Diego and Submarine Base Point Loma...
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    The Dumbing Down of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri_vlLaCkNM Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth is a group that promotes the idea that the World Trade Center was destroyed by pre-planted explosives on 9/11 and that the plane impacts and fires were just a cover. After years of telling people that...
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    St Ives Bay UFO On Hayle Beach [Probably a Drone]

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHZn29dqy-I In the "small, or far away" category this video is quite popular. It shows a light close to the horizon. The light hovers, pulsating, then suddenly moves to the left. It hovers for a while more and then ascends vertically. When it moves it...
  7. Mick West

    2020 Wildfires

    Terrible fires this year, mostly started by lightning. The weather is making it far worse with low humidity and very high temperatures. No doubt there will be another round of conspiracy theories about them. Smoke from the fires going all the way to Texas. I'm about 70 miles away, and I've not...
  8. Mick West

    What does "Off-World" mean to the US Military?

    The Pentagon’s U.F.O. Program has been using unclassified slides like this to brief government officials on threats from Advanced Aerospace Vehicles — “including off-world” — and materials retrieved from crashes of unidentified phenomena.Credit...Leslie Kean When asked about the words...
  9. Mick West

    The Epistemology of UFOs - No Longer a Matter of Belief?

    Following up on a July 23, 2020 New York Times article on official investigations into airspace incursions by unknown aircraft, reporters Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean have co-authored a follow-up piece titled "Do We Believe in U.F.O.s? That’s the Wrong Question." We’re often asked by...
  10. Mick West

    Blurry Shapes in a Campfire Photo

    I was asked to take a look at this photo, particularly at two semitransparent shapes, the very large yellow shoosh on the right, and a greenish shape that resembles the top half of a person viewed from the side. Relevant Exif data: Manufacturer: Apple Model: iPhone X Software: 13.3.1 Date and...
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    Debunked: Pentagon has Evidence of "Off-World Vehicles Not Made on this Earth"

    A recent New York Times article recaps the current state of public knowledge about the Military's investigations of airspace incursion by unidentified flying craft. Two lines sparked the most interest, both quotes from Eric Davis. Eric W. Davis, an astrophysicist who worked as a...
  12. Mick West

    Shooting of Judge Esther Salas's Family

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v7gyd9/son-of-federal-judge-in-epstein-deutsche-bank-case-shot-dead UPDATE 1:00 p.m., July 20, 2020 Early Monday afternoon, ABC News reported the suspect was found dead in a vehicle in Sullivan County, New York, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound...
  13. Mick West

    The "Highly Trained Expert" Fallacy - Counterexamples?

    An argument that is often used by believers in unusual theories is that since some more conventional explanations require that a person has made a mistake, and since that person is a highly trained expert, then that means it's highly unlikely they would make a mistake, and hence the conventional...
  14. Mick West

    "Advanced Aerial Threats" In Report on US Congress' Intelligence Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2021

    INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021 JUNE 17, 2020.—Ordered to be printed Mr. RUBIO, from the Select Committee on Intelligence, submitted the following ... Advanced Aerial Threats The Committee supports the efforts of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force at the Office...
  15. Mick West

    George Floyd Protests and Related Riots, Looting, and other Unrest

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Floyd_protests The George Floyd protests[13][14] and riots[14] are an ongoing series of violent uprisings in the United States that initially started in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area of Minnesota before spreading nationwide. The protests began...
  16. Mick West

    Local Perspectives on Coronavirus re-openings

    Things seem to be opening up here in El Dorado County, California. Restaurants in particular. Yesterday (Sat May 23, 2020) I drove through downtown Placerville. It looked like a regular Saturday with most of the restaurants open, people walking around. About 1-2% mask usage. It seemed almost...
  17. Mick West

    Black UFO At Skinwalker Ranch (A Fly)

    In episode 7 of The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch, an unfortunate cow dies of natural causes. The team of scientists on cast study security camera footage for clues. As the cow is laying there dying small black object whizzes by. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11WVUQ7Lmg8 It's only...
  18. Mick West

    Mysterious Helicopter at Skinwalker Ranch (Power Line Survey)

    In Episode 7 of The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch, a suspicious helicopter is spotted flying over the ranch. Despite having binoculars they failed to identify it, and said it did not show up on the ADS-B scanner. [Update] I contacted Corporate Helicopters. Ivor Shier, the director of operations...
  19. Mick West

    TFTRH #44 - Steven Hassan: Cults and Conspiracies

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXlhIhDGlWg Steven Hassan is an expert on cults. A former high ranking member of the Unification Church, aka the "Moonies", he's been helping people escape the rabbit hole since his own escape in 1976. Now he's a mental health professional who's the...
  20. Mick West

    TFTRH #43 - Tim McMillan: The Challenges of UFO Investigations

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ncppqq41XRI Investigating UFOs presents a number of challenges, many of which are not immediately obvious, but swiftly rear up to impede progress. There are straightforward issues, like military secrecy and people being afraid to talk because of...
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