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Swiss Cheese Articlesby Tony Elliott
Posted: 10:32 September 4, 2009
On the surface, it seems as if the world is going through a period of increased UFO sightings as reported by several writers here in the UFO Digest and other publications. However, the data released by Mutual UFO Network as of 9-09 indicates that no more sightings have occurred during the last 8 months of 09 than in previous years. This data is seen at http://www.mufon.com/nuforc_frame.htm and dates back as far as 6/1400. It was not until 1995 that the number of sightings increased from double digits to triple digit sightings per month.
Of course, a good percentage of these reported sightings are of natural phenomena such as fireballs created by either space trash or meteorites and even flocks of birds flying in distinct patterns. The Stealth Bomber, weather phenomena, satellites, and some inversion layers are the culprits in most of the sightings as well.
I am the last person to debunk the fact that some UFOs are intelligently manufactured crafts from other civilizations in distant space and or dimensions. I however, see a fanaticism building among writers of a new UFO flap-taking place in the last few months based on certain reports of sightings from countries such as China, Russia, and India, which usually do not have very many reported sightings. I believe nothing could be further from the truth.
In reading such stories of increased sightings the overall population will tend to mistakenly believe there are more UFOs and thus miscalculate what they are seeing and report it as UFOs when otherwise the object would have been recognized as a terrestrial object without a second thought.
The human psyche tends to grasp at opportunities of the unknown when it is subjected to information suggesting itself as a fact.
I believe what we have recently is rather a mental suggestion of massive sightings which results in a belief that there really is a massive upswing in craft sightings when the truth of the matter is nothing miraculous is happening.
The same was true when Orson Welles did his famous radio show War of the Worlds 10/30/1938 and millions of listeners thought we were being invaded by Martians. The same is true presently with more stories on UFO sightings resulting in more believing it to be a fact.
This brings me to a time in June of this year when I was driving down a busy street here in San Antonio and spotted a circular object in the distant sky a few miles ahead of me. It at first glance was perfectly round and looked like it may be about a half mile in diameter. The object was so dark it seemed as if it was a moving hole in the sky void of any surrounding light from the afternoon sun. However, as it moved closer to my vehicle it began to disperse as if being atomized. Upon closer observation, I was able to realize the object was actually a flock of birds flying in close proximity. This was a classic example of a natural phenomenon, which could easily have been mistaken as a UFO.
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