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UFOs Over San Francisco’s Mission District?

Multiple San Franciscans captured footage of mysterious lights flying over the city's Mission District. The local CBS affiliate reports: (Apologies for video quality. The station's own embed code was non-functional.) Via CBS:
In the video, a series of lights fly in formation above the city before appearing to take a diamond shape and eventually disappearing. Several commenters on the Mission Mission blog said that they had also noticed the aircraft. The video, which shows seven lights in a row, was shot by Enrique Barrios with his cellphone. “Looked like flame, you know, fireballs in the sky,” Barrios said in an interview with CBS 5. David Shelley took pictures as the lights hovered over him early Sunday Morning. “Kind of looked like a fiery, floaty thing,” he said. Witnesses said the lights flickered on and off, then took different shapes.
What do you think? Ball lightning? Swamp gas?
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Russian Prime Minister Jokes About Secret UFO Files

Global leaders’ ironically alluding to conspiracy theories is fast becoming a trend. Via the Moscow Times, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev forgets that the first rule of the vast alien-takeover coverup is that it never to be mentioned publicly:

Medvedev spoke about top-secret files on aliens that may have landed in Russia. In footage recorded Friday after a television interview, the former president joked that each Russian leader gets two folders with information about extraterrestrials that visited our planet and stayed here.

Unseen in the footage, he is heard telling a Ren-TV journalist that he could not tell “how many of them are among us because it may cause panic.” During his 2008-12 presidency, Medvedev showed a sense of humor slightly more subtle than that of his successor, Vladimir Putin.

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James W. Moseley, Founder and Lead Editor of Saucer Smear, Has Gone Off-World

A more tangible loss has come to the UFOlogical community than the recent announcement by some folks in the UK that the Age of Flying Saucers has come to a close. Jim Moseley, founder of the longest running UFO magazine around, Saucer Smear, has passed on at the ripe age of 81.

Jim brought an air of humor and sociological consciousness to what can otherwise be a contentious and cliquish field of inquiry. Saucer Smear’s running motto was, “Shockingly Close to the Truth,” which provides a good idea of where he was coming from. Greg Taylor, founder of The Daily Grail, puts it well in his memorial published on TDG:

“Jim Moseley entered the world of ufology at the very beginning, with his first two magazines devoted to the topic, Nexus and Saucer News, being published in the 1950s. He was an associate of many ‘legends’ in the Fortean field, from Gray Barker to James Randi – and like those two individuals was somewhat of a trickster figure, often straddling the line of truth that separates researcher from raconteur.

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Here Come The Men in Black

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LiveScience explores UFO buffs’ stories of the mysterious Men in Black.

Were any of these stories true? It is of course possible that at some point dark-suited men from government agencies made inquiries into UFO reports; there was, after all, an Air Force program that investigated flying saucer claims in the 1950s called Project Blue Book. Government officials (including those with the military, police, Secret Service, FBI, or IRS, for example) are sometimes known to throw their weight around and intimidate people, even unintentionally. Of course, hoaxing a Men in Black encounter would be very simple, and require nothing more than three somber, dark-suited pranksters to menace a UFO eyewitness. [The Real Men in Black: Secret Service Agents (Infographic)]

Mysterious, authoritative, and menacing figures dressed in black are hardly unique to UFO mythology. In fact, folklore from around the world often describe such figures as representing Satan or other dark forces.

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UFO Sighting ‘Transformative’ Experience for Athlete Deron Williams

Via The Occult Section: New York Nets guard Deron Williams reports [sic] told GQ that he saw a UFO during Hurricane Sandy.
GQ: Was there a particular "New York moment" during the Hurricane? Did you see something that'd made you think, "That'd only happen in this city"? Well, I don't know if you'd call this a "New York moment", but I definitely saw something I'd never seen before. The night all the power went out, I was standing out on my balcony, looking outside the window. Out of nowhere, I saw this big green flash across the sky. It wasn't lightning. It looked... It looked like a UFO.
You can read more about Deron's sighting of what was totally not an exploding transformer like you've probably seen during storms here at USA Today.
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What is the Future of “UFOlogy”?

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“the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” – Donald Rumsfeld

An amusing article in national UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph suggests that UFO chasers are getting bored of the lack of proof regarding ongoing extra terrestrial contact. According to the article the lack of physical evidence to support their faith is killing off the enthusiasm of true believers.

Somone should perhaps explain the ongoing success of religion to the journalist in question…

FROM THE TELEGRAPH

For decades, they have been scanning the skies for signs of alien activity.

But having failed to establish any evidence for the existence of extraterrestrial life, Britain’s UFO watchers are reaching the conclusion that the truth might not be out there after all.

Enthusiasts admit that a continued failure to provide proof and a decline in the number of “flying saucer” sightings suggests that aliens do not exist after all and could mean the end of “Ufology” – the study of UFOs – within the next decade.

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Indian Army Has Spotted More Than 100 UFOs Near Tibet

Spy drones from China advanced beyond anything we’ve seen before? Aliens on their way to visit the Dalai Lama? India Today reports on a perplexing mystery:

Units of the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) have reported Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOS) in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. An ITBP unit based in Thakung, close to the Pangong Tso Lake, reported over 100 sightings of luminous objects between August 1 and October 15 this year.

In reports sent to their Delhi headquarters in September, and to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), they described sighting “Unidentified Luminous Objects” at day and by night. The yellowish spheres appear to lift off from the horizon on the Chinese side and slowly traverse the sky for three to five hours before disappearing. These were not unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS), drones or even low earth-orbiting satellites, say Army officials who have studied the hazy photographs taken by ITBP.

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The Death & Rebirth of UFOlogy – Telegraph’s Report on UFOlogy’s Demise Could Be Its New Beginning

Neil deGrasse Tyson is talking panspermia from Mars, Richard Dawkins mentions ancient aliens as a possible candidate for development of complex biological processes, Jacques Vallee presents at a business forum on physics breakthroughs possible through studying UFO phenomena, Michio Kaku develops a theory of social evolution based on space…and the Forteans give up on UFOs? What is happening here?

According to an article on The Telegraph:

“Enthusiasts admit that a continued failure to provide proof and a decline in the number of “flying saucer” sightings suggests that aliens do not exist after all and could mean the end of “Ufology” – the study of UFOs – within the next decade.

Dozens of groups interested in the flying saucers and other unidentified craft have already closed because of lack of interest and next week one of the country’s foremost organisations involved in UFO research is holding a conference to discuss whether the subject has any future.

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