posted on Apr, 1 2008 @ 01:05 AM
...and I'll be seeing ya around.
I came to the decision today that I wont be actively involved in the message board here at ATS any longer. Earlier today I contacted SO and Springer,
to let them know that essentially while I'm still their image analyst, (and always will be til they tell me to get lost), I'm not going to be a
participant on the UFO board.
There's a couple of reasons for this, and I've been an open book so far here, and might as well not stop now.
One primary item being that I've been trying for going on a year now to write a book. It's become a lot more then I ever expected to write...I guess
I had more to say then I thought. I'm also going to be writing some for UFO Magazine, and doing some speaking dates. All of this requires time to get
together so I can give my best to all these things.
Secondly is a growing trend that has occurred here on this board, and to me it's very disturbing. It's a tendency by some members to become
"emotionally attached" to visual or related data. A theory, a photo, video, etc. It seems that no amount of explanation, nor prior experience is
good enough for them to accept, or consider. They're right, you're wrong, and their contention is that you as the analyst have to prove the
negative. Prior experience and knowledge are not respected, but marginalized and insulted by these select people. Despite, that they sought you out
for your knowledge and experience. Weird huh.
The past 6 months or so, some members have even gotten belligerent when I don't get to them for a few days. "why haven't you responded???" or
"when are you going to do my analysis!!?", and "I am concerned about the fact that it takes you so long to respond on my thread. Is there a problem
Well here's the shocker for these people. I don't get paid to be here, and I have a pretty full plate in life. The demanding nature of some not only
for me to look at data, but to ultimately give them the answer they desire, has gotten very, very old. Every blurry photo, or point of light in the
sky becomes a point of contention. It's gotten to the point where this has become an unpleasant place to be.
When I give my opinion or do a full workup, and it's not the answer people want, things get hostile. The analyst is labeled the "antagonist", and
ultimately given the option of bending to the will of the true believer and doing full blown explanations complete with comparative analysis, or
ignore it and get trashed for non response. This usually doesn't bother me, but as of late it's become overbearing. It's also an immense waste of
Until people stop being married to data before all the chips are counted, this is going to be one vicious merry-go-round. Becoming emotionally
attached to any photo, or visual evidence is a bad practice, and one that ultimately binds you to disappointment and wasted time. This, I learned a
long time ago.
Many, many years back, one of the most respected and credentialed image analysts in the field and I were at a very small meeting where I was speaking
to him about UFO photos, how interesting I found them. He mentioned that I'd get tired of seeing the same non substantial photos and video out there.
"Oh never" I said, because I found them all interesting. I remember him laughing and saying "OOoh, ok."
He was right.
There becomes so much unsubstantial stuff that you have to pick the ones that do deserve your time. You can go over all of them, but those that truly
exhibit significant aspects along with eyewitness testimony and corroborative evidence...those deserve a full examination, and your effort. Sadly
these don't come around often, but can take months of working time, if not much longer...hell if they ever "case close" at all.
While I really like the visual data (obviously) we always have to remember one thing: if an object is unknown, it doesn't tell us anything, other
then it's not conventional aircraft.
It doesn't mean it's "alien".
It doesn't mean we know whats inside.
All it means, is we can rule out conventional things. It's unknown.
If it's unknown...whats that going to do for you?
No UFO photo is going to solve the issue alone. And don't build your reality of the subject on a photo. Not ever. It's so much bigger then that.
I can respect that people want to be actively involved, however few really are. Even fewer are looking for true anomalous data.
The UFO enigma is seductive. Many who shoot video or take a photo of an object, or even come across it on the net, believe they've grabbed the brass
ring. Whether personally, or for wide spread popularity. They know it's a UFO, and they hold onto that notion like Grim Death...long before it's
"Don't confuse me with facts, my mind's made up".
In the end, 90% of the time, a disappointed person, and often, a hostile one.
Hostile is a good way to describe the air of ATS in some respects the last 6 or so months. The argument, and the ridiculousness of "I was told to
have you look at this, please examine it", followed by "I'm not convinced, and you're wrong", has become for me, highly counterproductive. If
we're all busy looking and arguing over obvious fakes and mis-I.D.'s, when good data turns up, it's a bloodbath.
I'm choosing to cut myself off from that in this venue. The ratio of noise here has far exceeded the signal for me personally, to the point that I
feel I'm actually contributing to the noise. I wont do that. There is work to do.
There's a genuine enigma in the UFO subject. And anyone who bothers to truly look can see that. I have personally seen it, and witnessed it most my
life. Thats why I'm in this. It's important. You folks know this, or at least suspect it, or you wouldn't be here.
So that bears the question: If it's so important a subject, don't you want the truest and best representation of data? Or, are you content for the
quick high of "oooh, it's unknown" from a net photo or youtube, and essentially treat it half assed.
Sadly, in today's instant gratification culture, the latter seems to be true for some.
Well, if I don't know anything about the UFO issue, I do know one thing:
There's no easy answer.
You're not going to get your quick fix, or easy way out. No matter how much you whine, cry or fight. It's a complex issue, and one we may not even
be capable of comprehending. But, we're irresponsible if we don't at least try.
So, as I've already rambled on far too long, here's my contact info:
If anyone needs anything, please don't hesitate to write.
I'll still pop in from time to time, but those instances will be rare. Springer knows I'm always available for analysis of any visual data, and
I'll give him the reports to post here. My only comments will be in those reports and with any luck, some reports may be ongoing.
A public thanks to SO and Springer, and the whole ATS crew for their support, work and friendship.
My involvement in UFO study will continue, and will get more focused and productive. With the absence from the board, I'll have much more time to
devote to cases and my own research. I'm in for the long haul, and intend to manage it as best I can.
To the many friends here, please keep in touch. Good luck to all of you in your endeavors.