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Internet Needs Less Saddam & Britney More UFOs

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 19:25:03 -0500
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Subject: Internet Needs Less Saddam & Britney More UFOs

Source: The Chicago Daily Herald - Illinois, USA


Thursday, January 11, 2007

Internet Needs Less Saddam And Britney More UFOs

By Burt Constable
Daily Herald Editorial Columnist

Saddam Hussein can't drop dead without a cell phone camera
recording his demise and a post-mortem sequel for distribution
on the Internet.

Britney Spears can't totter through one night as a trollop
without photographic evidence popping up the Internet.

YouTube.com has video of a costumed Tigger appearing to punch a
teen in the face at Walt Disney World.

Little kids can't drink from hoses, fat people can't sit in
spindly chairs, old ladies can't get off poorly docked boats,
and dads holding pinatas can't get hit in the crotch without
cameras capturing the hilarity for TV's "America's Funniest Home

You can't even go to work without a camera recording you filling
up with gas, buying coffee, running a yellow light, zipping
through a toll booth or entering your office.

But search the Internet for a clip of the UFO reported hovering
Nov. 7 above O'Hare International Airport, and you come up

The story, reported Jan. 1 by Jon Hilkevitch of the Chicago
Tribune and appearing in international media outlets from CNN to
late-night comics, said about a dozen people reported seeing "a
flying saucer-like object hovered low over O'Hare International
Airport for several minutes before bolting through thick clouds
with such intense energy that it left an eerie hole in overcast

And yet, not a single O'Hare UFO image from a cell phone,
security monitor, TV crew or camera-toting tourist has appeared
to the masses.

"Yup, it's frustrating," says Mary Kerfoot, a longtime UFO
activist from Schaumburg, who wishes we all could see the
otherworldly crafts and beings that she says she has seen.
"Security cameras must not be pointing at the sky."

Scour popular UFO Web sites such as mufon.com,
paradigmresearchgroup.org or nuforc.org and prepare to be less
than dazzled. Bright lights, shaky video and fast-moving specks
in the sky just don't impress a generation accustomed to the
movie UFOs of "War of the Worlds", "Independence Day" or even
the 30-year-old footage from "Close Encounters of the Third

"You'd think it would be easy. Just reach up and take a
picture," says Sam Maranto, a financial planner from Orland Park
who is director of the Illinois Mutual UFO Network.

But it generally doesn't work out that way.

"I think most people are so mesmerized, they don't want to take
their eyes off it for one second," says Maranto, who includes
himself in that number. "Anything that is genuine is emitting a
frequency, and it looks more like a distortion. So you are never
going to get a perfect picture. If you have one that is a
perfect picture, you have to wonder if it is a hoax."

Besides, Maranto argues, Americans believe in plenty of things -
from the existence of angels to the likelihood of a 2007 Cubs
World Series - with far less physical evidence.

Kerfoot's son, Bob, says he was a "total skeptic" when he was
"freaked out" by a strange, dark, diamond-like shape hovering in
the sky Aug. 12 and zooming up and down above Woodfield Shopping
Center in Schaumburg. A computer scientist, he isn't ready to
conclude it was a UFO, a military craft or strange atmospheric
reflection. But he promises that if he ever sees something like
that again, "I'll take a picture."

One definitive picture of something out of this world would make
a world of difference to a cynical public.

"I'm not in the mood to take criticism," growls Peter B.
Davenport, director of the National UFO Reporting Center in the
state of Washington. A month after he posted the O'Hare sighting
on his Web site (www.nuforc.org), an exasperated Davenport
finally tipped off the Tribune's Hilkevitch, who says it took
him a while to win the confidence of witnesses, find additional
sources and get the goods for his story.

"It's frustrating for me, too," says Davenport, who doesn't have
the resources or power of the mainstream media. "I can do
nothing about your disappointment. Give us a budget, give us a
staff. Tell the government to open their records."

Davenport says photos of the O'Hare event do exist, and (along
with all the other UFO work he does every day), he's trying to
get them made public.

The National UFO Reporting Center has data, "which I, and many
others, consider to be very powerful evidence regarding that
phenomenon," notes Davenport, who criticizes me and other
reporters for not attending any of his hundreds of

"The problem is there does seem to be physical proof, but this
ridicule factor is so prominent," Mary Kerfoot says. She says
society won't believe in UFOs until the president of the United
States actually says he has "credible evidence."

"Of course," Kerfoot says after a thoughtful reflection on the
state of credibility today, "that wouldn't be the current

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