From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul> Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 17:36:45 +0100 Archived: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 07:28:46 -0400 Subject: Re: Many Coloured 'Fireballs' Reported To NUFORC >From: Peter Davenport <director.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 10:09:07 -0700 >Subject: Many Coloured 'Fireballs' Reported To NUFORC <snip> >I have called this phenomenon to the attention of the List in >months past, but seemingly to little avail. However, the >phenomenon continues, and the reports of the "fireballs" seem to >be on the increase. I checked the NUFORC site for the exciting May 19 case updates which Peter told us would be there yesterday. As I write they still are not. But I expect more of the same, the same being this: [Begin Quote] MORE SIGHTINGS OF RED, ORANGE, AND YELLOW "FIREBALLS=E2=80=9D We have addressed this issue almost continuously over the last ten months and it appears to us to be occurring unabated. Some people have suggested that the objects that are being seen and reported are so-called "Chinese lanterns, but we do not accept that this theory can explain any but a small fraction of the reports we have received. We provide links below to several of the recent reports of these "fireballs": HELSINKI, FINLAND, APRIL 29, 2012, @ 21:20 HRS. - Two adult witnesses observe eight yellow lights move quickly over the city. Full Report See image at right. Hi Res #1 Hi Res #2 Hi Res #3 SANDY, UTAH, MAY 1ST, 2012, @ 21:30 HRS. - Two adults witness a string of orange lights above the Wasatch Mountains in the eastern sky. Full Report JAMESTOWN, NORTH CAROLINA, MAY 04TH, 2012, @ 00:38 HRS. - A man who was returning from work witnessed a peculiar orange glowing light in the night sky. Full Report SANTA FE, TEXAS, MAY 4TH, 2012, @ 22:25 HRS. - A law enforcement officer witnesses seven orange-colored lights maneuver in the night sky. Full Report [End Quote] At least three of these falls within the spread of reported behaviours typical of lanterns. That is not a proof that they are lanterns, but it is a good prima facie reason why they could be, and it is up to the claimant (Peter Davenport) to provide substantial reasoned argument or evidence to support his announcement that "we do not accept this theory". I think some investigators still don't appreciate the sheer volume of these things sold and I have the feeling that the US is still less aware of them as an issue than the UK and other European countries have been for some years now. There are periodic attempts to ban sales in several countries, recently in Spain, and a UK govt e-petition was started last year. Farmers and conservationists are regularly up in arms about the fire risks and dangers to wildlife. Hundreds of UFO reports have been generated. So this is a very visible and by-now hum-drum issue. Here's a fairly typical news story from over 2 years ago: [Begin Quote] Sky Lanterns, a leading supplier in Britain, said it was looking at modifying designs to make its lanterns safer and stop firms selling ones containing metal. James Cameron, managing director of The Glow Company, a British retailer, said lantern sales had nearly quadrupled in the past year. In 2008, the Doncaster-based firm sold 29,000 Chinese lanterns, rising to 100,000 last year, with sales peaking in July. Mr Cameron said: "They have become very fashionable in the past 18 months, helped by the buzz created by reports of UFO sightings which later transpired to be Chinese lanterns. "We understand the concerns of farmers and are stopping using wire in our products in favour of fire retardant string." The rise in sales in Britain and an increasingly competitive marketplace have seen prices fall from around =C2=A35 per lantern to =C2=A32 on average. BIS said it did not have plans to ban Chinese lanterns in Britain but was "carefully considering=E2=80=9D complaints from farmers. [End Quote] Of course they are still going strong. Think about those numbers. 100,000 'Chinese' or 'Thai lanterns' sold by one company in the UK in 2010 alone! Every one of them a potential UFO. And we now have a lot of collective experience in how these things are perceived and reported as UFOs. Is it any wonder that some of us are underwhelmed by Peter's repeated excitement when peaks of orange-blob sightings come around every so often =E2=80=93 very typically around times like New Year and July 4th? If it turns out to be true that there was a non-random peak of such reports on May 19th (as Peter implies), there may be a cultural explanation. For one example, the Marine Conservation Society recently expressed concern about increased use of Thai or Chinese lanterns in the run up to the Olympics. The manufacturers have of course grabbed the opportunity: [Begin Quote] Chinese Lanterns for the Wedding season - Sky Lanterns for the Jubilee and Olympics There are so many occasions where Sky Lanterns are perfect and this year there are two new fantastic opportunities to use them....They will create the perfect atmosphere for a special evening and will be a talking point for weeks after. Mix in with some coloured Sky Lanterns =E2=80=93 red, white and blue of course to make the display even more special. Next, of course, is the Olympics.... http://tinyurl.com/822b5zx [End Quote] I note that Peter Davenport's May 19 hot-spot date was the start of the Olympic Torch relay - across Britain - which may only be coincidence. Another possible coincidence is that Saturday May 19th in the US was the day of the 'Washington, D.C.-Bangkok Sister City Jubilee Celebration 2012' http://tinyurl.com/7m7qr5g in the middle of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which is "a celebration of the history, contributions, and culture of Americans from Asia and the Pacific Islands" (who make up 5.6% of the US population) encompassing public festivals across the country in cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and New York City: http://tinyurl.com/7aaq44h and was marked by this Presidential Proclamation from Barack Obama on May 1: http://tinyurl.com/84yeykm Do these events increase the likelihood of the type of outdoor celebration at which Thai lanterns might be released on Washington-Bangkok Sister City Jubilee day? I don't know, but it's a line of inquiry. Peter's complaint (repeated multiple times now) that no one takes any notice of his drifting fireballs is unreasonable and untrue. Each time I (for one) have responded by examining the reports and videos that he recommends and making quite detailed comments on them with specific and often quantitative observations, inviting debate =E2=80=93 invitations which he religiously ignores. I will not be wasting any more time. Martin Shough 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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