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Old 30th December 2019, 10:12 AM   #1
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Why are there no current UFO threads?

This is arguably the most common item in the skeptics world, and the papers are lousy with sightings this past year, including just a day or two ago in New York.

If anything remains of a skeptics' forum, these should be called out with explanations given. I hope this isn't being responded to with a mean "go search for it, it's all explained decades ago!" or "If you look on the thread on page 14 of the thread list, post #518, obviously, it's explained right there!"
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Old 30th December 2019, 10:18 AM   #2
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Old 30th December 2019, 10:38 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Beerina View Post
This is arguably the most common item in the skeptics world, and the papers are lousy with sightings this past year, including just a day or two ago in New York.

If anything remains of a skeptics' forum, these should be called out with explanations given. I hope this isn't being responded to with a mean "go search for it, it's all explained decades ago!" or "If you look on the thread on page 14 of the thread list, post #518, obviously, it's explained right there!"
So what exactly is there to discuss or explain?
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Old 30th December 2019, 10:45 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Deadie View Post
So what exactly is there to discuss or explain?

Examining the sightings and attempting to deduce what they really are can be fun.
There was a UFO filmed floating over an amusement park in Virginia back in 2009. Besides the fact that only one person apparently saw and filmed it, the UFO in the footage looks remarkably like the outline of a water droplet on a window a short distance from the camera lens.
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Old 30th December 2019, 11:05 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Beerina View Post
This is arguably the most common item in the skeptics world, and the papers are lousy with sightings this past year, including just a day or two ago in New York.

If anything remains of a skeptics' forum, these should be called out with explanations given.
I think you may be onto something...
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Old 30th December 2019, 11:06 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Beerina View Post
This is arguably the most common item in the skeptics world, and the papers are lousy with sightings this past year, including just a day or two ago in New York.

If anything remains of a skeptics' forum, these should be called out with explanations given. I hope this isn't being responded to with a mean "go search for it, it's all explained decades ago!" or "If you look on the thread on page 14 of the thread list, post #518, obviously, it's explained right there!"
Right off hand, I can think of two different reasons:

Reason 1: UFOs are clearly not the product of some sort of extra-terrestrial intelligence.

Reason 2: Because the Forum mods are in cahoots with the extra-terrestrial intelligence and they do not want their presence discovered just yet.

Personally, I think that Reason 1 is the more likely the real reason.
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Old 30th December 2019, 11:08 AM   #7
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The number of UFO sightings seems to go down as the number of people with mobile phones with camera and video capability goes up.

It's obvious to me that the aliens have developed cloaking technology. It's the only sensible explanation.
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Old 30th December 2019, 11:10 AM   #8
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Old 30th December 2019, 11:17 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by Beerina View Post
This is arguably the most common item in the skeptics world, and the papers are lousy with sightings this past year, including just a day or two ago in New York.

If anything remains of a skeptics' forum, these should be called out with explanations given. I hope this isn't being responded to with a mean "go search for it, it's all explained decades ago!" or "If you look on the thread on page 14 of the thread list, post #518, obviously, it's explained right there!"
UFOs are soo 1960ties. They were forgotten so long that some will hope that it's time for a revival.

Let's face it: Even back in the sixties, even UFO fans acknowledged that >90% of the sightings had a mundane explanation. The rest of us realized that the remaining 10% or less surely had, too.

Only, it's difficult to find an exact explanation for all non-repeatable, poorly documented observations.

Thus, we must return to ye olde "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence". Grainy photos or random witness accounts is not extraordinary evidence. It isn't even good evidence.

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Old 30th December 2019, 12:00 PM   #10
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When we have Bigfoot threads that are still active, it is indeed weird that UFOS get no attention. I think the “problem” is that there aren’t any true believers coming on to post about the latest thing, where as there are still some proponents of Bigfoot, psychics, ghosts that post here.

Elsewhere, there are active discussions -reddit, for one place.
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Originally Posted by Beerina View Post
This is arguably the most common item in the skeptics world, and the papers are lousy with sightings this past year, including just a day or two ago in New York.

If anything remains of a skeptics' forum, these should be called out with explanations given. I hope this isn't being responded to with a mean "go search for it, it's all explained decades ago!" or "If you look on the thread on page 14 of the thread list, post #518, obviously, it's explained right there!"
If you want to discuss a report of a UFO sighting, then start a topic.

As I see it, UFOs were a 90s topic that grew, dwindled, then faded out perhaps by around 2015.

I think that food, diet, nutrition and fitness is one of the largest areas of "new" woo in the past 5 years, or rather a topic discussed far more than UFOs.

Currently, politics and global temperature reduction seems to be the emerging "hot topic".

At least, that's my biased view of the current zeitgeist.
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Old 30th December 2019, 01:36 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Beerina View Post
This is arguably the most common item in the skeptics world, and the papers are lousy with sightings this past year, including just a day or two ago in New York.

If anything remains of a skeptics' forum, these should be called out with explanations given. I hope this isn't being responded to with a mean "go search for it, it's all explained decades ago!" or "If you look on the thread on page 14 of the thread list, post #518, obviously, it's explained right there!"
You mean apart from this one?
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Old 30th December 2019, 04:08 PM   #14
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So what exactly is there to discuss or explain?
Someone interested in each one might want to know if there is a reasonable explanation, as the mystery is trumpeted for clicks.

That's what.
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Old 30th December 2019, 04:15 PM   #15
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I can't remember the last time I read about a UFO sighting in the mainstream media? Are they still reporting such things?
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Old 30th December 2019, 04:39 PM   #16
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The number of UFO sightings seems to go down as the number of people with mobile phones with camera and video capability goes up.
Yeah, this

In the 1960's the number of people who even owned home movie cameras was miniscule, let alone the number who would actually carry one around with them everywhere they go. It then stands to reason that these days, where close to half the world's population routinely carries at least an HD video camera in the form of a smartphone, then if UFO's were genuinely spacecraft (be they alien or not), there would be hundreds of clear, genuine, HD videos of them taken every day..... this is simply not happening.
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Old 30th December 2019, 08:40 PM   #17
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I figure that if the aliens caught you using a smartphone they'd probably vaporize you or your phone or both, so of course there's no evidence! Proof of the alien menace is the absence of evidence!
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Technically UFO sightings are at an all-time high:

http://www.nuforc.org/webreports/ndxevent.html

But yeah, if you saw one or want to talk UFO's start a thread.
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In the 1960s there were a few blurry pictures of UFOs. People were silly enough to accept this as evidence of visitors from another world. They had not been taught to question authority. For example doctors could treat patients without their informed consent. Now, people question any authority figures a lot more. Doctors cannot treat patients without their informed consent. A person now puts up a blurry photo and says "look at my UFO" it would meet with a skeptical response. They will no longer be taken seriously by mainstream media.
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There are no current UFO threads because Billy Meier is getting too damn old for this ****
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I’m on Quora a lot, and there’s no lack of questions and interest in the whole UFO/Alien thing.
The now 15-year-old Navy incident:
https://themediahq.com/ufo-pilot-who...fter-15-years/
Is constantly referenced....

There are plenty of true believers in the Roswell/crashed UFO idiocy even though the whole thing should have been put to bed after Project Mogul was declassified in the early 90s.
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Originally Posted by Agatha View Post
The number of UFO sightings seems to go down as the number of people with mobile phones with camera and video capability goes up.


Also a factor, three prolific posters of UFO stuff all had forum issues - King of the Americas flamed out, quit, rejoined and flamed out again. RRamjet had a registration problem here and never resolved it, so he can no longer post on the forum. Or was that ufology? Or both?

ETA - not ufology. He looks to still be a member here, but not active.
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There are no current UFO threads because Billy Meier is getting too damn old for this ****
Yeah, climbing up on those ladders rigging model flying saucers must be difficult in his old age. I heard he's auctioning off a lot of his original prints, ostensibly to keep the money flowing. As a confirmed skeptic of UFOs and especially of Billy Meier, I would absolutely love to own a Meier original. The guy's an obvious fraud, but his pictures are iconic.
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Gee whiz!

It sure is a shame that they do not make documentaries like Plan 9 From Outer Space anymore.
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Maybe the aliens took a look at the current state of the world and said "**** this, man!" and have all flown a long distance away so they won't be harmed when they blow it all up.
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Maybe the aliens took a look at the current state of the world and said "**** this, man!" and have all flown a long distance away so they won't be harmed when they blow it all up.
As long as the galaxy gets a decent hyperspatial bypass out of the deal.
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Maybe the aliens took a look at the current state of the world and said "**** this, man!" and have all flown a long distance away so they won't be harmed when they blow it all up.
I'm pretty sure that Oumuamua was a real estraterrestrial probe. They came into the system, and started monitoring our communications. Pretty soon, they picked up a Trump rally and said, "Holy ****, let's get the **** out this hellhole.
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I think it's hard nowadays to promote a sighting, because of drones.

It's kind of like a Dr. Evil and Scott scene.

"I saw mysterious lights in the sky."

"Drones."

"But they were maneuvering like..."

"Drones."

"But a pilot in the area also saw..."

"Drones."

"It was a whole formation of them moving in perfect..."

"Drones."

"And then..."

"Drones."

"But..."

"Drones, drones on the range."

"Look, it couldn't..."

"Daylight come, and me wan' go Drones."

"But if..."

"I got a whole bag of 'Drones' here with your name on it."
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I guess there isn't much point in a thread for an incident, if at the bottom of what turns out to be a clickbait story, they explain what it really was.
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