Monday, February 26, 2018

A Ufoologist And His Money Soon Parted

 Investigative journalist Jaime Maussan and friend

     In the field of ufology there is a body of non-evidence regarding alien visitors to this world.  Actually it’s more appropriate to refer to bodies of non-evidence.

     Believers in ET visitors are so desperate for proof that they will believe in any alleged alien corpse that seemingly fell out of a flying saucer’s garbage chute.  And when such proof turns out to be bunk they say that the claim of a hoax is a hoax.  (Does that mean that a claim that a hoax is a hoax is itself another hoax?)

    The late great editor/writer Jim Moseley, perpetrator of the zine Saucer Smear, referred to the extreme believers as ufoologists.

     When researching tales of dead alien bodies the name Jaime Maussan pops up.  Maussan is a Mexican investigative journalist who critics say is too obsessed with UFOs and aliens.  Others call him a serial fraudster.  Along the way he’s repeatedly become involved in sensational media hoo-ha over the latest ET smoking gun.
     In the spring of 2013 someone came across a strange old Kodachrome slide.  He was amazed when the image was projected to see what appeared to be a dead alien inside a glass case.  Maybe this was one of the space aliens purportedly seen in the area of Roswell, New Mexico after a saucer purportedly crashed there in 1947.
     Kodak experts could find no signs of trickery with the slide.  They also said it was produced some time between 1945 and 1950, meaning it could have been used to photograph a Roswell crash corpse.
     Enter Jaime Maussan, the P.T. Barnum of ufoology.  He arranged the Be Witness event held in Mexico City to reveal to the world the Roswell slides.  Around 7,000 suckers – oops, I mean attendees – paid up to $86 a head to be part of the spectacle.
     But the placard blew the whole deal.
     Attached to the glass case seen in the slide was what appeared to be a sign but the lettering was too indistinct to read.  Using digital technology someone was able to decipher the blurry print.  The truth was revealed: the placard stated the body was the mummified remains of a two year old boy.
     Later the mummy of the Native American boy was traced to a museum in Colorado where the slide was taken.
     OK, if you can’t trust photos then actual physical evidence should do the trick.  That’s the approach Jaime Mussen took – repeatedly.
     Back in 2013 there was the case of the demon fairy “corpse” linked to a description in Revelations.  (It’s not the first time that ufoology overlapped the Bible and religion with aliens.)  A tiny dark brown body with wings, slender elongated arms and pointy ears was presented to the world.
     Two researchers who discovered the body believed fallen angels were related to UFOS and that the demon fairy heralded the End Times.  Reportedly Maussan paid $10,000 to gain possession of the body.
     The demon fairy had been stored in liquid.  But once it was exposed to the air it fell apart, revealing it was composed of glue, wood and plastic that had been held together by its skin, the work of a taxidermist.
     Those taxidermists can be sneaky fellows.  Take the tale from 2007 of the Metepec creature, a small strange being found caught in a rat trap that was killed by frightened Mexican farmhands.  Maussan forked over $23,000 for ownership.
     The body did indeed look extraterrestrial, suggestive of those gray aliens who wield anal probes.  But Maussan kinda overpaid for the body: a taxidermist admitted it was made from a mammalian corpse reported to be either be a squirrel monkey or a Buffy-tufted marmoset.   He skinned the animal and removed some musculature to create its eerie appearance.  The taxidermist claimed he never promoted the corpse as anything really unusual: Maussan made that assumption.
     Maussan hasn’t given up, his most recent proof being the pre-Columbian “mummified aliens” from Nazca, Peru that generated a lot of buzz last year.  This time he seemed to have a winner.  Actual proof.
     And also another money-maker.  After teasing online viewers with some video of the "alien mummies" the website had anyone sucked into the story to see more behind a paywall, a subscription costing about $10 a month.
     After all how can you explain a humanoid body with an elongated skull and only six fingers and toes?  To top it all off the fingers and toes are extremely long.  Gotta be an alien, right?
     Not so fast.  The elongated skull could be the result of head binding when the individual was a baby, a practice that has been carried out for centuries among certain civilizations.
But what about those freaky digits, three per limb, much longer than a those of a normal human?  One explanation is trickery through mummy mutilation.
     With each hand cut off the thumb and little finger.  With the feet cut off the big and little toes.  Now you cut between the remaining fingers all the way to the wrist.  You could even add extra finger bones for more length. Presto change-o!.  Freaky digits.  Perform a similar procedure with the remaining toes.
     The "alien mummies" were examined, DNA testing proving they were the bodies of earthlings, not aliens.  Mummification experts issued an angry report, “The Fraud of Extraterrestrial Mummies,” that stated it was all a hoax involving the remains being altered to create alien features.
     So there’s money to be made – and lost – in claims of ET corpses.  It’s all a matter of trust.
     I tell people don’t go to someone else who will scam you.  Come to me.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Social Commentary With Ma & Pa Kent

Ma and Pa Kent now rue the day they voted for Donald Trump.

See what happens when those damn technocrats take over?

The illegal alien situation is getting way out of hand.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Giving Them Enough Rope Ladder To Hang Themselves

The two miners -- known to be sober and truthful -- asked the sheriff if they could shoot at a flying saucer that had been trespassing on their camp.

Over at his site -- The Flying Saucers That Time Forgot -- Curt Collins covers this event with the post "Flying Saucer Ambush: Brush Creek, CA, 1953."  (Link: )

Curt shares news clippings about the miners and their unusual situation. For me all the details with any UFO/flying saucer story have to fit.  When even one key detail is dubious then the whole story is suspect.

Of course newspaper reporters can make mistakes.  For example the articles don't match up regarding the miners's activity.  They are described as either mining gold or titanium.  Or maybe they kept changing their story a bit with each interview.

The gist of the story is that on two occasions -- both on the 20th of each month at 6:30 PM -- a saucer would appear, landing on a sandbar with its tripod legs.  A diminutive alien would get out, scoop some water out of the creek, and return to the saucer with his sample, handing it to someone inside.  Then interstellar vehicle left.

The sheriff told the miners that the saucer could be shot but only with a camera.

Considering the visitation pattern the miners assumed the saucer would be back on the 20th of the following month.  On that day a crowd gathered, including reporters and cameramen, to verify the truth behind the story.

The saucer never appeared.  But that is no surprise when we check out some details to the miners's story.

The miners described the saucer's dimensions as four feet high, seven feet long.  Now that's really small.  How thick was its hull?  How large was the craft's instrumentation and propulsion system?  The water-scooper was described as only four feet tall. Obviously no real headroom inside the saucer.  He must've been traveling crammed into a intergalactic sardine can.

A detail that bugs me much more is the use of a prosaic aluminum pail to get some water.  Wouldn't the aliens extend a hose from the craft to pump up the water instead of having someone go outside and get it, exposing himself to danger?

But this is the buggiest detail: ingress/egress to the saucer was gained with the use of a rope ladder.

FTL technology and they're still using a rope ladder?  When leaving in a hurry climbing up a rope ladder adds time.  And hauling up the rope ladder delays flight even more.

A knotty situation that quickly results in the truth of this saucer story kicking the bucket.

And I didn't mention how the little alien was attired: a suit and tie with a green cap and green trousers.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Bad Girl

Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren has provoked an outcry over her US flag Halloween costume.  Some of her conservative audience are angry that she has desecrated the great symbol of America in such a way, especially cutting up the flag to create a cape.

I hope Captain America gives her a good spanking.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Hamstrung With Samsung

My war with technology continues.

My 7 inch Dell tablet was tough but it finally wore out.  Dell no longer makes stand-alone tablets so I had to purchase another brand.  I had tried Amazon Fire with its semi-Android operating system and hated it.  It didn't play and work well with Android.  Also Amazon switched the default search engine to Bing.  Compared to Google Bing sucks.

I had a Samsung tablet some time ago and it was OK.  So I purchased one which fit my budget (under $100) knowing that its internal memory was really limited.  But the Samsung included a micro SD card slot, a feature I like because I could move files and apps over to external storage, freeing up the needed internal space as I had done with other tablets.

But my new tablet wouldn't allow any such transfers.  I returned to Best Buy and a Geek Squad tech spent over half-an-hour trying to make it work.  He told me the version of Android -- 4.4 -- on my tablet had been crippled to stop access to external storage, supposedly a security move.

Imagine buying a car with a large trunk, plenty of storage room but the hood has been welded shut.

So what about spending 40 or 50 dollars more for the next model up from that with a newer version of Android?  No go.  That model was also crippled.  I had to get one with Android 6.0, a unit way out of my price range.

Apparently there are workaround apps to the problem but I can't be bothered.  I blame Google for creating this problem.  And while Samsung didn't create the restriction it should've warned customers about the SD card limitation.

So with my eXperience with modern tech -- how they like to screw up a good thing -- I'm looking forward to jumping out of the way from self-driving cars.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


(From Ray X X-Rayer #137. )

Claud, The Cyborg, is completely wrapped in a synthetic skin that covers his mouth.  He communicates through a speaker through his chest.  So why has this big ape bad guy gagged Claud's mouth?