From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul> Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2011 14:39:49 +0700 (GMT+07:00) Archived: Sat, 05 Mar 2011 08:06:45 -0500 Subject: 41st MUFON Conference Fortean Times - FT270 http://tinyurl.com/4eszyd6 January 2011 =09 Features: Fortean Bureau of Investigation =09 =09 41st MUFON Conference Disclosure was the topic on everyone's mind at MUFON's Denver UFO Conference Text: Nick Redfern/Images: Nick Redfern Held over four days (22-25 July) within the pleasant confines of the Denver, Colorado, Marriott Tech-Centre, the 41st symposium of the Mutual UFO Network was - as it always is - a Mecca for those who adhere to the notion that sightings of, and encounters with, UFOs are firm evidence that aliens walk among us. Indeed, MUFON makes very few bones about the theory that 'they' are here. And, largely, the roughly 400 attendees were in full agreement. In other words, this isn't UnConvent--ion, where you're more likely to hear Jonathan Downes trumpeting about Tulpas, Dr Dave Clarke holding forth on Ghost-Lights, or Ian Ridpath taking a rationalist axe to the Rendlesham encounter. But, if you like your UFOs saucer-shaped and piloted by unsmiling little grey fellows, then this is the event for you. So if you weren't able to attend, what did you miss? Certainly one of the most eagerly anticipated lectures of the weekend was that of Richard Dolan, author of the planned three- volume series UFOs and the National Security State (two down, one to go). Whereas Roswell, Area 51 and alien abductions were all once guaranteed to get the ufological faithful foaming at the mouth, today it's Disclosure. And that's right: if you want to please the crowd, you'd better spell it with a capital 'D'. The notion that 'the Government' is finally going to tell us the 'truth' about UFOs has been rapidly gaining mom--entum in the last few years, not least due to the vocal interventions of Steven Greer, of the Disclosure Project, and the Paradigm Research Group's Stephen Bassett - both of whom believe that revel--ations concerning an ET presence on our world may soon be forth--coming. Of course, such claims have been made for decades and none has ever resulted in any meaningful revel--ations. But let's give Rich the benefit of the doubt. Dolan's talk was fluent, thoughtful, carefully delivered and avoided sens--ationalism. It was focused not so much on when or how Disclosure might come, but what life might be like for all of us afterwards. He has a new book out shortly on this very subject, entitled A.D., After Disclosure: The People's Guide to Life after Contact, which he has written with Bryce Zabel, co- creator of the short-lived 1990s science fiction television series, Dark Skies. Dolan sees both good and bad in the future: on the positive side, he noted that if alien technology really is in the hands of the American elite, then its release into the public domain may well serve to end our reliance on fossil fuels. Similarly, major advances in medicine and biotechnology could lead to 'super longevity'. He cautioned, however, that the United States of today seems to be drifting towards a state of near- fascism, and there are powerful players who have a lot to lose if oil becomes redundant, and who might not want the world radically rearranged as a result of overnight cosmic revelations. The battle for Disclosure is being fought right now, Dolan emphasised. The audience loved it: they cheered and clapped, hoping that they - unlike every single ufologist who has come before them - will finally receive validat--ion for their cherished extra--terrestrial hypothesis. Kevin Randle is a well-known figure in ufology, a firm believer that aliens met their deaths at Roswell, New Mexico, in the summer of 1947, and the author or co-author of several books on the most famous UFO case. He's also someone - unlike many in the field - possessed of a fine sense of humour and a capacity to talk about things other than UFOs and alien life. Yes, really! ----- (more text with photos at URL) Terry W. Colvin Ladphrao (Bangkok), Thailand Pran Buri (Hua Hin), Thailand http://terrycolvin.freewebsites.com/ [Terry's Fortean & "Work" itty-bitty site] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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