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Towards the end of last year I had a number of experiences which lead me to believe that taking a step back from the UFO subject was probably a healthy thing to do. I needed time to process them. I have no doubt in my mind that my experiences were results of genuine phenomena, but what the phenomena actually were and what they tell us about ourselves and the universe is open to question and debate. I’ve been convinced for some time that dissembling is often present within UFO and paranormal phenomena, so the idea of taking the experiences at face value or taking the empirical evidence literally seems foolish.
The one thing that can be said with certainty is that the UFO subject – real or not – has shaped our modern culture. It is one of the most searched terms on the internet, it dominates movies and television, and it even plays a role in shaping our beliefs. Our culture, almost without question, links the UFO subject with extra-terrestrial visitation.
But what if that isn’t the case? Or – more likely, in my opinion – what if the phenomenon is multi-faceted and no single explanation accounts for all genuine UFO sightings? What if the answer to many of these unexplained experiences was something far more esoteric than ET visitation? Maybe something we haven’t even considered yet?
To me, it seems awfully arrogant to believe that unexplainable things can’t and don’t happen. We live in a vast universe and know very little about how it all works, how our brains work, what a soul is, what consciousness really is and how it connects us to one another, or even how we got here. And even with all our current technology, there are still unexplored corners of Earth. We are constantly discovering new things, having to adapt our science and ways of thinking to compensate for the latest findings. If we took a step back in time even a decade, we could barely comprehend the computer processing power we have today.
But does that mean that UFOs exist? That Bigfoot exists? That ghosts exist?
Not necessarily. But I’ve seen UFOs, I’ve had some pretty crazy experiences and I’ve had unexplainable things happen to me. That’s why I am doing what I am doing. You may be skeptical because you haven’t had these experiences. I can’t fault anyone for that. I doubt I would believe any of it if I hadn’t experienced it myself either, so I welcome skeptical viewpoints and debate in all aspects of paranormal research. A good skeptical argument may just be the one thing that stops us from falling down the rabbit hole – or at least guides us gently down it.
People who spend any time considering the UFO phenomena seem to fall into roughly three groups: the definitive believers (or “paranormalists”, to use the more recent term), the skeptics, and the debunkers.
Skeptics and debunkers would probably label me a paranormalist/believer, but that isn’t necessarily how I see myself. Just because I believe that unexplainable things happen doesn’t mean I blindly believe in ALL alleged paranormal phenomena and that ALL UFO cases are real. I try to approach each case with an open mind and judge it on its own merits: the evidence, the eye-witness testimonies, the conditions in which the event allegedly occurred. In my own experiences, I am even more careful to avoid jumping to any conclusions.
Can anyone say with 100% certainty that an event occurred in the way that it was reported? No, never. Can I say that an experience I had happened exactly as I recall it? No, never. I rarely draw a definite conclusion that a case is real, and it is actually easier for me to draw a conclusion that something is probably bogus or simply misidentified and may be conventional in nature, but I try not to be dismissive.
I have to admit that previously, reading reports of love-and-light beings from the Pleiades, cat beings from Sirius, the Council of 9, malevolent and vampyric beings who bring couples together to feed on their sexual and emotional energy, reptilian aggressors that rape victims (after shape-shifting from Queen Elizabeth II and family, of course) and the endless steam of grainy videos on YouTube depicting nondescript and distinctly non-impressive lights in the sky – such things tended to make me feel that I was more aligned to a skeptical point of view than that of a conventional believer in some instances.
I believe that it is absolutely essential to the credibility of paranormal research to have skeptical lines of enquiry. It keeps the subject honest and can lead to further debate in what is a vastly complex array of experiences. However, if you are coming to the subject from the outset to try and disprove that anything unusual has ever happened, then you are not a skeptic, you are a debunker. And therein lies a huge difference.
Skepticism is healthy and encourages rigorous questions and investigation. Debunking is destructive by definition and involves an agenda with predetermined conclusions; it is blind denial, making it just as foolish and pointless as blind belief. Unfortunately, there are a lot of debunkers out there who are claiming to be skeptics.
It’s important to remember that just because we can’t prove something happened or find any evidence of the event, that doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen – unless you are a debunker.
Debunking, rather than skepticism, has been the mainstream media’s viewpoint for much of the past 50 years. This combination of dismissal and ridicule has largely been successful in keeping serious research away from the UFO and paranormal subjects, with the notable exception of the military-industrial complex and the odd, renegade, academic paranormalists – often coming to the field as a result of their own experiences.
Even more frustrating are the dogmatic statements asked over and over by members of the media, which both spring from and encourage a debunking stance:
‘Where’s the evidence?’ (There’s actually rather a lot).
‘He must be crazy.’ (Where’s the evidence for that?)
‘It’s all in the mind.’ (Where’s the evidence for that?)
‘That little green men nonsense again.’ (Mostly grey and blue… but, OK, occasionally green.)
This kind of coverage of the subject ignores the millions of people who claim to have witnessed these phenomena, the multiple-witness events, and the most convincing evidence. YES, contrary to popular belief , there is plenty of evidence. J Allen Hynek, godfather of modern ufology and scientific consultant to Projects Sign, Grudge and Blue Book (the official USAF projects that studied the UFO phenomenon between 1947 and 1969), was once asked: “Where is the evidence?” He amusingly replied; “Where do you want the truck to stop?”
The internet and alternative media have brought a revolution in freedom of information never before seen in modern times. The huge interest in these subjects will possibly lead to many more recorded experiences and sightings, as the phenomena interact with the consciousness of freshly open minds. As this flood of new data streams in, it is up to us all (skeptic and paranormalist alike) to examine the cases and evidence with a healthy balance of skepticism and open-mindedness, yet with the respect they deserve. There is no room for blind faith on the part of the paranormalist, nor debunkery on the part of the skeptic, if we are ever going to reach a greater understanding of the universe we live in.
High Strangeness 10 Xmas Special aired on December 16th 2012 and featured best selling British author, Timothy Good talking about his forthcoming book (previous best sellers include ‘Above Top Secret’, ‘Alien Base’, ‘Alien Liason’ etc.), authoress Eve Lorgen (‘The Love Bite’, ‘The Dark Side Of Cupid’), and we finished the year as we started with another chat with lifetime experiencer, Suzanne Chancellor, and my life-long best friend, Jenna Bazner. Available in the archives at http://www.kgraradio.com/free-archives
Lorin Cutts talks with stalwart UFO researcher, Los Angeles based Ann Druffel – author of ‘The Tujunga Canyon Contacts’ and ‘How To Defend Yourself Against Alien Abductions’. Ann was one of the first UFO researchers to link the alien abduction phenomenon with similar folkloric tales of other cultures and believes that so called ‘alien’ abductions are perhaps not what they appear to be… and can also be averted. Lorin discusses her work, her beliefs and how perhaps the phenomenon fits in with a Christian/religious worldview (Ann is an Irish/American Catholic). They also discuss the historic case of Reverend Bailey who not only managed to end decades long ‘alien’ intrusions into his life, but also managed to capture several photographs of the visitors with a Polaroid camera given to him by Ann. These have been scientifically analyzed and are some of the most convincing photographs ever taken.
Lorin also talks with fellow Global Radio Alliance co-host and ufology cheerleader, Chase Kloetzke. Chase has some of the best credentials in the business, having spent 20 years at the Department of Defense designing specialist training programs for the US Military… and then becoming Star Team Manager at MUFON (The Mutual UFO Network) where she had first hand experience investigating some of the best cases reported to MUFON. This lead to Chase and her team even having a Close Encounter of the Third Kind themselves – something she talks candidly about on the show. They also discuss the controversial Bigelow Aerospace deal with MUFON and the potential cover-up of important data regarding the UFO subject.. and also about ‘The Resistance’ – the new campaign Lorin and Chase have started to draw attention to the often unfair treatment the UFO subject gets in the mainstream media… and to advocate the use of alternative media outlets to distribute quality information regarding paranormal research.
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High Strangeness episode 9 was first broadcast at 8pm EST, Sunday 18th November at http://www.kgraradio.com
We hereby call on all members of the UFO and paranormal research community, who are serious and passionate about getting real facts and truth out, to join us in THE RESISTANCE. This is a call to boycott participation in mainstream media hit-pieces concerning these subjects.. and draw attention to the often unfair and imbalanced way the UFO and paranormal subjects are treated within the mainstream media.
This year has seen the sadly predictable continuation of ever more ridiculous, show-bizzy, Holywoodesque or Reality TV style nonsense. If the lamestream media are making a show about UFOs and the paranormal, they are more than likely to be operating with a predetermined agenda, namely: 1) to entertain/numb the masses 2) to make money via advertising spots during the show – and possibly in some cases 3) discredit any real phenomena that might exist and/or attempt to control opinion.
Don’t become complicit in the cover-up! Stand up against the corporate media’s gross misrepresentation of the seriousness of these subjects. . We’ve all seen it – the X Files theme music on news reports, the talk of little green men, the Lara Croft type UFO researcher, the continual focus on places like Area 51 that are less and less relevant and have been covered ad nauseam, and the over-dramatic night vision shots – whilst chasing nothing at all.
We live in changing times. Start your own production companies and utilize alternative media outlets, make your own documentaries, put them on YouTube and Vimeo, bypass the BS, bypass the cover-up. We do not need the mainstream media to tell us what to say or do – to determine what the focus is on, or to tell us what to think or believe.
We will not wait any longer for the lamestream media to approach this subject with the seriousness it deserves.
We are the Resistance and we will not play their game.
Please join us.
We’ve spoken to Lorin Cutts who runs a popular radio show about UFOs on US online radio network Global Radio Alliance, which he also helped to co-found. Lorin explains the strengths and weaknesess of net radio and why the internet can be great for niche topics – with a large audience.
1. How did you get involved with radio and why?
I appeared as a guest on a net radio show last year to talk about my UFO research and writing. That was the start of a great friendship with the hosts (Race Hobbs and Royce Fitzgerald of Eye Witness Radio based in Arkansas, USA) and they invited me to do a monthly slot on their show regarding ‘high strangeness’ (the para-psychological and sometimes bizarre effects attached to some UFO encounters). By episode two we had become mired in petty politics and contractual problems with their host net radio network – and so we walked and started our own network – The Global Alliance. Within three months I’d gone from guest on a show to being a partner in a network… so it all happened in the blink of an eye and very organically really.
2. How would you describe net radio as a medium, what are its strengths, weaknesses?
Net radio is in it’s infancy and it’s a very exciting time right now. As a medium – it has it’s pitfalls that need to be ironed out before it can really reach it’s full potential. The quality is often sub-standard… but that’s also it’s beauty, I guess, in that anyone with a PC can host a podcast or show. What we are trying to do is attain a quality as a network of shows and hosts, somewhat comparable to terrestrial and digital talk radio – in both content and production values. There are also bandwidth and technology issues that need to be overcome before net radio can be a viable alternative to conventional radio broadcasting… but make no mistake, no one can really call which way it’s going to go – but I think you’d have to be crazy to not think that the internet isn’t in some way going to be instrumental in radio broadcasting of the future.
I think of this time as perhaps comparable to that time in the music industry when the industry refused to acknowledge the potential of iTunes and the inevitable downloading revolution. But eventually the people decide and the industry caves to technological advances because they have to. Another downside related to this period is the apparent snobbery of some people towards net radio – which is understandable. But the way I see things is – if you have 10, 1,000, 300,000 or 3 million listeners – I don’t really care in what medium they are accessing our shows. The important thing is that they are doing and are able to do so.
3. How does radio work for you, what are the advantages for you?
With our subject matter it works really well. We knew there was a massive market for our shows because a) Ufos is one of the most searched subjects on the internet and b) the most syndicated show in US radio is ‘Coast to Coast’ – with some 20 million plus listeners. ‘Coast’ covers many of the subjects we do. In fact many of our hosts and guests have appeared on the show on many occasions. I think net radio is a goldmine for getting alternative information out there… and we are aiming to branch out into marketing the network as an ‘alternative talk radio’ network rather than simply UFOs and the paranormal – which is how we started out. We want to cover current affairs, alternative research, suppressed information, technology, hidden history, spirituality and much more.
4. Why do you think the medium works online?
I think it works because it’s easy. People also tend to be searching for our subject matter anyway and can find us easily. You have a captive market in that people are surfing anyway. There’s still some confusion as to how people will ultimately consume net radio. Do they do it whilst surfing? Do they want to listen on demand to archives rather than live and and perhaps access a live chatroom? Are they willing to pay for downloadable archives – perhaps if ad free? Do they want to download and then listen whilst driving to work or doing household chores? I guess there are no rules right now and we learn by trial and error to a certain extent. We don’t know anyone who’s really tried this before.
5. What is the future for net radio?
As I already mentioned.. I think no matter what – the internet is going to be absolutely instrumental in radio broadcasting development. Who knows what form that will eventually take. What I do know is that if you can listen on demand and plug in and play an app on your iphone or android into your car stereo – for free… and the content is professional and of high quality – then XM/digital radios days are numbered. I think the industry knows this and moves will be made to control and regulate the playing field – but maybe I’m just paranoid.
6. Finally could you talk a bit about your experiences with UFO research, how you got involved with that and what impact you think radio has had on this work.
I became fascinated by the UFO subject after a close encounter in Portugal in 1993. I never thought I’d be publicly talking about it or airing my views, but I began writing for a UFO magazine in the UK and the rest came from that really. It’s a funny subject – anyone can call themselves a ‘ufologist’ or ‘researcher’ and do little more than surf the internet. For that reason I think integrity is everything in this subject and you quickly learn whose opinions you trust and those one chooses to discard. Personally, I feel I’m walking this tightrope between UFO ‘experiencer’ and ‘researcher’ – so I’m not sure what that says about any integrity I may or may not have to other people. But as my friend Mike Clelland said ‘hey we’re ufolgist’s – we don’t have any credibility to the outside world anyway!’.
Radio has really been instrumental in getting my opinions and thoughts out. I’m actually quite taken aback by just how effective and how quickly that has happened. So much so, that I really feel my profile is way out of step with what I see as the real work – that of researching, writing and completing my books. Once they are done I’ll feel like less of a charlatan. Creating the Global Radio Alliance and doing my radio show has taken up a lot of the time I was spending on those things, so it’s a double edged sword. i don’t regret it one bit though and the Global Radio Alliance has been one hell of a learning and growing experience for us all.
Lorin hosts his ‘High Strangeness’ show on his Global Radio Alliance network at 8pm EST on the third Sunday of each month at GlobalRadioAlliance.com
Lorin Cutts with James Gilliland of ECETI. Continuing contact in Washington? The elephant in the ufology room, 2012, James Gilliland/ECETI 101, earth changes and the coming collapse of the military-industrial complex.
Aired: 8pm EST, Sunday 22nd July 2012. Archive at: http://www.kgraradio.com/free-archives
See my accompanying article on James and ECETI here: http://lorincutts.com/?p=117
High Strangeness 5 – The Reed Family Case
Includes over three hours of interviews. Check in Sunday 8pm for the holy grail of UFO abduction cases in detail. The Reed family case involves at least three generations of upstanding members of the community, spans 58 years, led to the case being discussed at the United Nations, was described by MUFON as one of the most detailed they’ve ever seen… and includes multiple witnesses, physical evidence and over 115 supporting documents. This is the case that won’t be wished away. Join me, Tom Reed, Nancy Reed (first time interview), Chance Reed, Paul Eno and polygrapher Jim Morrisson.
Aired: 8pm EST, Sunday 17th June 2012. Archive at: http://www.kgraradio.com/free-archives
THOMAS REED / THE REED FAMILY CONTACTS
In the autumn of 1966 Thomas Reed, age 6, and his younger brother Matthew, age 4, were taken from their Sheffield, Massachusetts home. Both men have conscious memories of a lengthy experience with non-human entities and being taken aboard a landed UFO.
A year later this happened again. This time their mother, Nancy, frantically searched their 80 acre horse farm, eventually finding the boys on a dirt track, heavily shaken and in need of care after they had been missing for several hours.
In the autumn of 1969 the two boys, Nancy, and her mother, Marian, were all returning from a horse show near their home when the entire family was taken by a large UFO that Marian described as like a ‘flying strip mall’.
Unknown to the boys at the time, their mother and her friend had experienced similar beings back in 1954 in Moosehead Lake, Maine. When Nancy had married Howard Reed, she recounted her family’s history with UFOs and non human entities. This ran in stark contrast to Howard’s political aspirations, the position he held in local office and his high standing in the community. It was clear that Nancy’s family history couldn’t be discussed in public.
That changed when Howard became friends with attorney Robert Bletchman. The two men found they had more than a passing interest in the subject and subsequently spent many years working on the case. Bletchman was also responsible for taking the Reed case to the United Nations in 1992, a testament to the caliber of the witnesses and the seriousness of this case.
In 2006 Howard began working on a book using many of Bletchman’s notes. Bletchman was to die of cancer, and Reed of Legionnaires disease (official cause) before the book could be completed. The CDC, on sweeping Reed’s school office, reported brand new ceiling tiles and a mysterious vial in the air conditioning unit. The school has remained closed to this day.
In 2009 Matthew Reed was returning home from a movie in Brownsburg, Indiana when he spotted a glowing, orange ball-like UFO. The next thing Matthew recalls is being in a field with blood on his nose and shirt. The car’s instrument panel had been severely damaged, there was also blood on the steering wheel and high amounts of radio activity and electro-magnetism were found on and around the car. This incident was investigated by Bigelow Aerospace, who took physical trace evidence.
Dr Michael Buckner, PhD, from the Knoxville Hypnosis Centre met with Matthew and Thomas Reed and studied their experiences. Dr Buckner also administered tests to Tom’s son, Chance, who appears to display extraordinary aptitude and remote-viewing capabilities. Eight weeks before being scheduled to go on record and speak publicly about the case, Dr Buckner was found dead – the third death to surround this case.
The Reed Case spans over 50 years and three generations of the family. This complex story includes testimonies gleaned from conscious recollections, numerous supporting documents and independent testing. Steve White, a detective with over 30 years experience, investigated the case for MUFON and described it as one of the most detailed he’d ever come across.
The Reed case is without doubt one of the most convincing CE4 contact cases ever to surface.
The Reed family legacy is suitably honored in the International UFO Museum at Roswell, New Mexico. A drawing made by Thomas when he was 10 hangs here. This depicts a willow tree that was shown to him during his first encounter, a symbol that has had particular significance to him throughout his life.
In memory of his step-father, Thomas Reed today tells first hand testimony at conferences and lectures and has recently appeared on TV documentaries and in the mainstream news media.