One in all Leslie Kean’s final “actually good” circumstances is the UFO reported over gate C-17 at Chicago’s O’Hare subject on November 7, 2006. A number of workers of United Airways reported seeing a “unusual object hovering slightly below a cloud financial institution… the metallic-looking disc was concerning the dimension of 1 / 4 or half greenback held at arm’s size.” Sadly, no pictures exist of this supposed “metallic-looking disc” hovering over one of many world’s busiest airports in daytime, and nothing confirmed up on radar. Reportedly “the suspended disc abruptly shot up at an unbelievable pace and was gone in lower than a second, leaving a crisp, cookie-cutter-like gap within the dense clouds. The opening was roughly the identical dimension as the item, and people straight beneath it might see blue sky seen on the opposite aspect.” From the article:
The item hovered for a number of minutes earlier than accelerating at a extreme incline and leaving “an virtually good circle within the cloud layer the place the craft had been,” as one nameless witness subsequently put it…. The F.A.A. claimed that it will need to have been a “hole-punch cloud”—a cirrocumulus or altocumulus cloud crisply perforated with a round hole, which often seems in below-freezing temperatures. In response to meteorologists whom Kean interviewed, it was a lot too heat that day for hole-punch clouds to happen.
Kean’s supply for this data is a report by NARCAP, a pro-UFO investigative staff, displaying that temperatures had been too excessive for a hole-punch cloud to type on the reported 1,900 foot elevation of the ceiling, which might be appropriate. (Kean has no issue referencing investigations by different researchers, as long as their conclusion agrees with hers.) However the low ceiling might simply have been partially obscuring a a lot increased cloud layer, the place a hole-punch cloud might exist due to a lot decrease temperatures. Gap-punch clouds happen in cirrocumulous or altocumulous clouds, roughly 8,000 to 39,000 ft. elevation, not in low clouds at 1,900 ft! So there isn’t a cause to reject the FAA’s rationalization.
The strangest a part of all the article is what it says about UFO skeptics.
“An knowledgeable skeptic is a really totally different factor from a debunker on a mission,” she wrote to me. “There are lots of on the market who’re on a mission to debunk UFOs in any respect prices. They’re not rational and so they’re not knowledgeable.” Kean thought that they had been blinded by zealotry.
How dare rational folks argue towards her extraordinary claims? Right here Kean’s imply streak is on full show, which sadly is sort of widespread amongst UFO zealots. They merely can not imagine that there might probably be any rational objection to their claims. We learn,
Many U.F.O. debunkers are overtly hostile, however Mick West has a gentle, disarming method, one which solely often remembers the performative deference with which an orderly may cajole a affected person again into his straitjacket.
Since I’ve been an energetic UFO skeptic for over fifty years, a longtime affiliate of the late King of the Debunkers Philip J. Klass, and certainly the proprietor of the Web site Debunker.com, I suppose that the “overtly hostile” folks writer Gideon Lewis-Kraus is speaking about consists of me. I do not consider myself as “overtly hostile,” and I am questioning what, precisely, he means by that. For years I have been attending main UFO conferences and have met many of the well-known UFOlogists who attend such issues. The truth is, I get alongside fairly effectively with a lot of them. I have not gotten into any fist fights, and hardly any large arguments. And I would not describe any of the UFO skeptics I do know as “overtly hostile,” however I suppose that is simply my opinion. I’m glad to report that almost all attendees of UFO conferences are capable of deal with skeptical commentary with out melting down – only a few of them are as inflexible of their UFO Evangelism as Leslie Kean. I might say that Kean is clearly a kind of UFOologists who’s
“overtly hostile” to anybody disagreeing together with her beliefs, a trait she
apparently picked up from her mentor, the late UFO abductionist Budd
Hopkins. Hopkins’ ex-wife, Carol Rainey, wrote that “In our home, the phrases “debunkers” and “skeptics” had been used very a lot in the best way that religious Christians use the phrases “unbelievers” and “the unsaved.” ”
I’ve met Mick West, and I agree that he’s a soft-spoken particular person. However discover the refined put-down, evaluating his mannerisms to a hospital orderly making an attempt to relax a loopy particular person. Lewis-Kraus continues,
All the pieces [West] advised me was completely persuasive, however even an hour on the telephone with him left me feeling vaguely demoralized. Morgellons victims and chemtrail hysterics, he supposed, could be grateful to be relieved of their baseless fears, simply as he had been disburdened of the psychic hazard posed by farmhouse aliens—and he didn’t see why U.F.O. advocates needs to be any totally different. He appeared unable to envisage that somebody may discover solace within the decentering prospect that we aren’t alone in a universe we in the end know little or no about.
So Lewis-Kraus feels “demoralized” speaking to West, as a result of folks discover “solace” in entertaining unsupported beliefs? Right here we’ve got an outright admission by the writer that he’s looking for not information about UFO claims, however comforting beliefs. And he commits the logical fallacy of concluding that, if there isn’t a legitimate proof of ET visitation to earth, subsequently we’re alone within the universe. What an absurd fallacy! Lewis-Kraus continues,
Throughout certainly one of my telephone calls with Kean—vastly pleasurable distractions that tended to soak up whole afternoons—I discussed to her that I had been in contact with Mick West. It was the one time I had recognized her to develop peevish. “If Mick had been actually on this stuff, he wouldn’t debunk each single video,” she stated, virtually pityingly. “He would admit that at the very least a few of them are genuinely bizarre.”
Sure certainly. How nice and engrossing it’s to speak to the exalted Ms Kean! Lewis-Kraus reveals no inclination to problem something she says, or to seek the advice of different sources that contradict her. If he had, he would have encounterd Kean’s “peevishness” many extra instances. Right here we’ve got a transparent admisssion that the writer has tossed “journalistic objectivity” out the window. And likewise notice that Kean appears to be advocating a kind of “social promotion” for at the very least just a few UFO claims. Mick ought to give at the very least just a few UFO movies a passing grade, even when they do not deserve it. Simply because!!
In any case, the essential factor to bear in mind when the topic of “Pentagon UFOs” comes up (because it now does so steadily): the Pentagon’s AATIP program got here into existence not as a result of “the Pentagon” or “the Navy” was involved about UFOs (or “UAPs”, as they like). It occurred due to Robert Bigelow and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV, who was then the Majority Chief within the U.S. Senate). Reid organized a “sweetheart” $22 million authorities contract for his main marketing campaign contributor Robert Bigelow. Leslie Kean discovered about it, and co-authored a number of articles about Pentagon UFOs within the New York Instances. The remainder, as they are saying, is Historical past.
Drunk Historical past, really.