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Did the base run on / offer US 110v power or UK 250v only supply? In other words would either US or UK electricals run without converters?
Did you often experience Tv interference?
originally posted by: ctj83
On a less related note, as an astronomer can you help me understand what would likely have caused the green fireballs?
Also, have you ever encountered laser based focus assistance for telescopes, whereby a laser is fired at target such as the moon, and it's diffraction is used either to physically or digitally remove atmospheric distortions?
originally posted by: ianrid
a reply to: GovernmentSauce
Objections to the lighthouse as a stimulus usually fall into one of two categories:
1. You can’t see the lighthouse beam from the forest.
2. They would have seen it all the time and hence would not have been fooled.
I hope everyone on this thread now realizes that the first objection is wrong.
Your objection clearly falls into the second category. Let’s see why this is wrong, too.
Firstly, the light from the lighthouse became visible only towards the eastern edge of the forest, well away from the base. There was no reason for the guards to have gone out there at night as part of their duties, so they would not be familiar with the lighthouse at all.
Burroughs and Cabansag admitted as much in their witness statements when they reported that they chased an unidentified light for about two miles before realizing it was the lighthouse. In an interview on The Paracast in 2009 Burroughs stated he had never been out in the woods before that night. Penniston and Cabansag were newly arrived on base and were no more familiar with the woods than he was (scroll to 08:40, 25:35 and 33:15 in the Paracast interview, here www.theparacast.com...).
Chris Armold, the USAF security policeman who called out the British police on the first night, told researcher James Easton: “We did not know about the lighthouse on the coast at the time.”
Halt actually did know about the lighthouse, but he expected it to be in the southeast. Hence when he saw it more or less due east, across the field in front of him, he didn’t recognize what it was.
For years he has been telling us that the lighthouse was off to the right from where he was standing, but a glance at any map shows you it isn’t. There was another light out that way, called the Shipwash lightship, which I think is what he confused it with.
As you can see from my photographs taken from the forest edge, the lighthouse is directly visible only through a relatively narrow gap in the trees on a distant ridge. Unless you are in the right spot, the light is concealed from view by the trees.
And when you are in the right spot, the lighthouse is almost in line with the farmhouse on the far side of the field — just where Halt and Burroughs described the flashing UFO. Once Halt and his team moved away from that spot, they lost sight of it. However, Burroughs and Cabansag did pursue it, as they tell us in their statement, but never reached it because it was a lot farther off than they originally thought (a common misperception with bright lights at night).
The page in the link above should answer any other questions you have — a lot to read, I realize, but it will save me reposting everything here.
I would be intrigued as to how you found the flash of light in the forest to have appeared during the April visit where there was little foliage - one would imagine that the flash must have been visible approaching and moving away from you in the motion of the lighthouse's rotation given the apparent perspective from the picture, and there being little else around to 'hide' the beam. Therefore this would have given Halt's team a significant clue as to the direction of the source; which again leads me to wonder why the team sent to investigate strange lights in the forest, and which - if you are correct - finding the regular strobing lighthouse beam, did not pursue this and called off the search.
I am also still unclear as to why further efforts by base staff to simply re-trace steps, and find the exact same conditions night after night, were not pursued.
Lt. Colonel Halt: Now were observing what appears to be a beam coming down to the ground!
Sgt. Ball: …Colours…shhhh*****
Lt. Colonel Halt: This is unreal!
I would be interested to know your take on why the US DoD withheld Burroughs' medical records - a practice for those working on classified projects, when Burroughs never knowingly worked on such; and also why they have decided to pay out disability benefits to him in an admittance that his health issues have arisen from his line of work, when his work history does not appear to suggest that he would have been in danger of receiving such issues.
A few points that I'd like to ask your opinion on.
The beam of light that Halt claims shone down about 10 feet from him like a laser beam.
Secondly - This lighthouse photo on your website
Finally - A British scientist did some work on the case and suggested that unusual weather effects may have contributed to the dripping molten metal effect Halt reported seeing as he followed a light in the forest and blue lights seen by others. Do you subscribe to any of these theories?
The one thing I still find hard to believe though is that the people on the base were fooled for 3 consecutive nights. Especially Halt who supposedly went out on the second night as well as the third night to investigate.