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Science has left the building – The Historic MUFON 2017 Symposium

Post by Spiral on Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:06 pm

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Posted on: July 22nd, 2017
by James Clarkson



Science has left the building – The Historic MUFON 2017 Symposium and How the Show Must Go On

This morning I opened my computer and immediately took a powerful two punch combination on the jaw. Someone I respect highly in the field of UFO Investigation was praising the victorious opening of the 2017 MUFON Symposium where Corey Goode and his secret career in the Space Army is the major attraction. Ticket sales and attendance are stellar; stories that are wildly sensational with no supporting evidence are the flavor of the day. Hearing this researcher praise the “historic” 2017 MUFON Symposium, I wondered what kind of Jim Jones Kool-Aid they were serving in Las Vegas. How this praise of the Corey Goode 2017 MUFON Honorarium is reconciled with the now cliché mission statement of MUFON is the subject of this article: MUFON – The scientific investigation of UFOs for the benefit of humanity. Requiescat in pace.

The punch that knocked me out of my chair and on to the floor was when I opened my e-mail. I received an announcement from Robert Powell, MUFON Director of Scientific Research – He resigned and is leaving MUFON right before this year’s MUFON Symposium began. Here is a quote from the MUFON website about some of the major work he has accomplished for MUFON and the field of Ufology:

Robert Powell joined MUFON in 2006 and has been the Director of Research at MUFON since 2007. He helped establish and develop MUFON’s Science Review Board and is its current leader. He is a Texas state section director and an active Field Investigator in the state of Texas having completed over 120 investigations and is a MUFON STAR Team member.

His background also includes 28 years of engineering management work in the semi-conductor industry and managing a state-of-the-art chemistry laboratory and managing a Research and Development group that worked on nanotechnology using atomic force microscopes, near-field optical microscopy, and other techniques. His departure signals that the last dissenting voice has left MUFON management. He has been a voice of reason and his integrity as a scientist was holding back MUFON leadership from its push to make MUFON into a million dollar enterprise.

His resignation is a statement of protest about the speaker selection of the current Symposium. After communicating with him today and in the light of the departure of Rich Hoffman who was a member of MUFON since its beginning in 1969, it is very clear that these are “historical” times for MUFON and Ufology. Powell found himself alone trying to persuade Jan Harzan and the Board not to choose the Secret Space Program as the theme of the 2017 Symposium. Rich Hoffman before he quit felt himself alone and losing the battle to help State Directors and Field Investigators.

If you believe as I do, that for many years MUFON had a proud place in the field of UFO Investigation, then the Corey Goode MUFON 2017 Symposium is historical in the same sense that history was made when the Titanic hit the iceberg on that fateful night on April 15, 1912. There will be survivors in the water and some may be rescued, but the mighty ship will sail no more. It may take a while to sink, but as a serious investigative organization, I don’t see how they will convince anyone but themselves that MUFON is reputable. As a UFO entertainment company – it may do very well thanks to unprovable claims like those of Corey Goode, Jaime Maussan, and others.

But let’s don’t confuse the issues. The 2017 MUFON Symposium was held in a beautiful venue outside of Las Vegas. There are many very dedicated people in MUFON and I know they work diligently on reported UFOs, and once a year they get to meet, completely at their own expense with no discounts for anybody. It is very difficult to attend such an event for much less than about $2,000 if you live any distance away. For many dedicated people in MUFON that cost is out of their reach. But the flow of money, energy, and resources to MUFON Headquarters is a one-way street. The monetary, business side of MUFON is the dark side.

In fairness, the economic argument is that a large national organization cannot continue unless it has an experienced corporate manager like Jan Harzan. And just like so many corporations across the world that pay high salaries and dividends to those at the top, their compensation becomes the primary driving issue behind all decision-making. Infrastructure improvement in the form of a faster, modern server for the MUFON Case Management System, some investment in the cost of major investigations, perhaps a discount incentive for State Directors who donate hundreds of hours continually – these are issues that are paid lip service, but they are never realized. Like so many corporations the original vision of their founders is lost in the necessities of the marketplace and the supreme commandment that revenue must be increased at all costs. The public is fickle and shallow. They must be continually titillated or they lose interest. This is a sad reality.

Perhaps it is not possible for a large-scale UFO investigative organization to exist any longer if it maintains rigorous research standards and investigative integrity. Pointing out how implausible Corey Goode’s Time Travel Resume is, simply isn’t any fun. The public wants whatever is sensational, not what is objectively true. Robert Powell’s departure from MUFON is very much like the departure of the last real scientist from Trump’s cabinet. Once rid of all that pesky “science stuff,” then the Hollow Earth and the Secret Space Armada will help sell tickets for many years to come. At least this way what is important will continue – the revenue stream to MUFON headquarters.

Not long after Jan Harzan became the MUFON CEO in 2013 he hired a business consulting firm. All the State Directors completed a lengthy written questionnaire about their MUFON state organizations. Six directors were interviewed at length by telephone and I was one of them. The questions were not about problems recruiting investigators, coping with the costs of renting venues for meetings, an antiquated computer system or burdensome reporting forms. Instead the questions always came back to one theme: How much revenue do you get from your MUFON organization and how much can you donate to headquarters?

Two things come to mind when I think about the Corey Goode phenomena: the first is a delightful book I read to my children by Dr. Suess titled The Big Brag. To succeed in telling a whopper you just must outdo all the other liars. The second is an anecdote from my police career. We were called to a disorder in a local nightclub at closing. We were told that a dangerously out of control Vietnam Vet was behind the bar and he was threatening to kill anyone who went back there. The employees were fearful. We asked if anyone knew his name and the name Bob Richards was given, a well-known local belligerent drunk.

We called out his name. He answered loudly from behind the bar and then began threatening to kill any of us who approached him because he claimed to be ex-Special Forces from Vietnam. One of the officers yelled out, “If you’re Bob Richards from southside, wouldn’t you have been about 12 years old when the Vietnam War happened?” There was a long silence and moments later we were leading Bob Richards away in handcuffs without resistance. The point: To be important, he needed people to believe his story. It worked as long as no one could prove that it was untrue. The story is so much more effective if you can’t prove it one way or the other. And Corey Goode has created a Big Brag that no one can challenge, more especially now that he has been honored by MUFON. The details he provides are delightfully derivative from numerous Contactee testimonies over many years. PT Barnum would love Mr. Goode.

Goode claims to have had a 20-year career with the Secret Space program and because of time travel, in our timeline he was only gone for a moment. No one can ever prove or disprove anything he claims. His only fear is the competition like Jaime Maussan and the Peruvian Plaster of Paris Alien Mummy. If you believe Goode’s claims without question, I can make you a great deal on the Space Needle in Seattle, which is a camouflaged galactic star cruiser parked on its tower for emergency deployment. Presenters like Goode will help sell Symposium tickets for years to come; their credibility will never be damaged by something annoying, like evidence.

My own experience with the MUFON Special Assignments Team (SAT) taught me the same lesson repeatedly: if your investigation does not endorse the spectacular claims of any witness whose story is of commercial interest to Jan Harzan, then your conclusions will be ignored by management. The only criteria for being given the stage in MUFON is whether or the story has enough “sizzle to sell.”

The Special Assignments Team (SAT) was asked in 2015 to investigate “part” of a very dubious UFO Crash case submitted by Paola Harris. Who ever heard of partially investigating a UFO report, especially when the key piece of evidence is a cast aluminum windmill pump part that is being presented as an artifact stolen from the interior of a crashed UFO in 1945? The SAT found critical investigative failures. She claimed the site was deliberately planted with noxious weeds that were genetically modified by the Government to deter UFO researchers from exploring the alleged crash site, and then on Harris’ own YouTube videos, we see the same group walking through the weeds wearing shorts. Apparently, they no longer needed to wear the full body isolation suits that look so “scientific” on camera. Frank Kimbler, who is a scientific researcher from Roswell, pointed out that the claims of Harris’ elderly witness were not supported by the evidence. The SAT agreed. But such a finding doesn’t sell Symposium tickets. And the result? We got to watch Harris be given special status and an award for investigative excellence at the 2016 Symposium. This is one example of many.

Scientific research and investigative integrity are still attempted by many state directors and field investigators, but those qualities are irrelevant to management decision-making. They are the loyal crew who haven’t yet realized their ship is no longer seaworthy. The departure of Robert Powell signals the end of an era when MUFON aspired to seriously investigate the UFO Mystery. Now it is all for show. Keep the lights low and the circus noisy, and the show will continue.

With Rich Hoffman and Robert Powell gone, Science, Reason and Investigative Integrity have left the building for the good of increased revenue. JZ Knight aka Ramtha with all her wealth and power is now guiding the MUFON Inner Circle; nothing stands in the way of MUFON becoming the greatest UFO Show on Earth.

Source
http://jamesclarksonufo.com/articles-and-commentary/science-has-left-the-building-the-historic-mufon-2017-symposium-and-how-the-show-must-go-on

Further reading on the dodgy "inner circle" members of mufon... http://kevinrandle.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/mufon-racism-and-dodging-questions.html

More on JZ Knight & her cult
http://www.alternet.org/belief/ramtha-new-age-cult-leader-unleashes-drunken-racist-homophobic-rants-large-following



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Post by Tonz on Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:51 am

wow , the goolde joker is still causing the tides to move. Wouldn't have expected mufon to steep to such depths. I knew mufon had a bureaucracy that would stagger most and mufon could not attend most ufo reports sent to them.... I also knew they were a little ''who is who'' with reports . Also a bit class orientated . But beneath their faults they have helped to spread the word , there is no one that do not know the word mufon and what it represents as its target point.
They have sold out to the circus . Dam shame

Goode claims to have had a 20-year career with the Secret Space program and because of time travel, in our timeline he was only gone for a moment. No one can ever prove or disprove anything he claims. His only fear is the competition like Jaime Maussan and the Peruvian Plaster of Paris Alien Mummy. wrote:

Ever heard of these guys before?

Stated here that they are competition , meaning equally as fake??

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Post by Tonz on Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:16 am

Those links also help one to understand a few statements mentioned in the article.

The inner circle club, hey,,, how about that one ,,,,,Can we do that here at spirals , and get a free entrance to a pub in the u.k crackers ,cheese and a barrel of beer to share with 13 others. .CheersHa ha
what do ya recon with this inner circle at mufon. that seems to based on a price tag.
I must admit its not that much , some golf Couses could cost similar. Just to get a discount on playing and invitations to events that you also pay for.

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Post by Ria on Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:37 pm

Good for Robert Powell to make a stand, but only a few will understand why.
affraid It's truly gone.


-Lost contact with the mothership. 

-Most people drink from the fountain of knowledge, they only gargled. 





Pick your favourite or add  Banana

- A sandwich shot of a picnic.
- Doesn't have both oars in the water.

- A few bricks short of a full load.
-The light's on but no one's home. 
-Not the brightest bulb in the box. 
A few screws short of a hardware store. 
-Not the sharpest knife in the drawer. 
-A few cards short of a deck. 
A few fries short of a Happy Meal. 
About as sharp as a marble. 
-Mad as a box of frogs.

-The elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor. 
A few peas short of a casserole. 
-A few keys short of a keyboard. 
-Not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree. 
-The gates are down and the lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming. 
-Fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down. 
-Has an IQ of room temperature. 
-Not the sharpest crayon in the box 
Not the sharpest tool in the shed 
-They are depriving some village of its idiot. 
-A few threads short of a sweater. 
-Driveway doesn't quite reach the road. 
-The battery is not fully charged. 
-A few clowns short of a circus. 
-The antenna doesn't pick up all the channels.
-Proof that evolution CAN go in reverse. 
-Missing a few buttons on his remote control. 
-Too much yardage between the goal posts. 
-A few fruit loops shy of a full bowl. 
-Donated his brain to science before he was done with it. 
A few shades beyond blonde. 
-Has to take turns for the family brain-cell. 
-A few watts short of a light bulb.
-Has the parachute but is missing the ripcord. 
-Would lose a debate with a doorknob. 
-Has an IQ lower than plant life. 
-The wheel is spinning but the hamster fell off (or is dead). 
-A few fuses short of a full circuit.  
-All telephone, no receiver. 

A shining example of why you should avoid inbreeding. 
-A few pecans short of a fruitcake. 
-Would argue with a signpost. 

-If you gave them a penny for their thoughts, you'd get change. 

-A few toppings short of a Deluxe Pizza. 
-A few roos loose in the top paddock. 
-The umbrella is up but there's no rain. 
-A few colors short of a rainbow. 
As bright as a lamp in Aladdin's cave. 
- A monosynaptic cretin (Don't understand it? 'nuff said) 
-A few noodles short of a chow mein. 
-A few bristles short of a broom. 
-A few snags short of a barbie. 
Doesn't know whether to scratch his watch or wind his butt. 
-A poster child for birth control. 
-Couldn't hit the floor if he fell on it. 
-A few sheep short of a flock. 

-Has a full six-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy that holds them all together. 
-Most people drink from the fountain of knowledge, they only gargled. 
-Shipped but not delivered. 
-A few yards short of a touchdown. 
-He's got a bow but no arrows. 

-If brains were dynamite, they wouldn't have enough to blow their nose. 
-A quick as a snail crossing super-glue. 
-Not all the dots are on the dice. 
-Have had more meaningful conversations with a brick wall. 
-A few plums short of a pie 
- Left the scene before his body. 
-A few Prozac short of a prescription. 
-A few people short of a party. 
-A few megabytes short of a gig. 
-A few electrons short of an isotope. 
-A few grapes short of a fruit salad. 
-Their dipstick doesn't reach the oil. 
-A few feathers short of a duck. 
-They aren't the most absorbent sponge in the sink. 
-A few whiskers short of a kitten. 
-The bicycle works but the training wheels wobble. 
The army invades but they're full of beans. 
-The pilot light has gone out. 
-Conducting without an orchestra.
-As sharp as a mashed potato. 
Hit bottom and kept digging. 
-An olive short of a martini. 
Slow as a slug on dope. 
-A few carrots short of a carrot cake. 
-Has a mind like steel...wool. 
-A few atoms short of critical mass. 
-If evolution was an experiment, their ancestors were the control. 
-Hard to believe he beat out 100 million other sperm. 
-A few stars short of a galaxy. 
-One player short of a solitaire game.  jocolor


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Post by Tonz on Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:27 pm

I sorta like these

A few peas short of a casserole.
A few shades beyond blonde
A shining example of why you should avoid inbreeding
They aren't the most absorbent sponge in the sink

yes shame about Powell , must have been a hard decision, not ethically but for all the effort to keep a standard and now thrown out the window. I get that when something gets as big as muffon so are their admin needs , software, investigation ,infrastructure,resource needs. They all must grow with it . And that is impossible without the dollars on the table . His argument has always been at what cost will be be selling out to mainstream rubbish .

imho i feel it will cost them there integrity as a serious investigative group. Within 5 years they will be dead, and all there works over the years will also be looked upon as non creditable work.It will be wrongly thought of that way. I do not feel they have shot themselves in the foot , i feel they are about to pull the trigger on a downward spiral they they will not be able to control which will be as if they are about to jump off a cliff , they will feel they are flying for a while but they will begin to fall and land hard.


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Post by Spiral on Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:16 pm

A lot of people thought MUFON were a controlled front, and possibly a means to get intel that otherwise wouldn't be reported, but this step is a big one, and you have to wonder what the ulterior motive really is ?

Have they decided it's time to just kick the whole subject into the tall grass ?

Maybe they are running scared because of the things like animal mutilations & they think that they have pushed enough disinfo & BS ufo vids out to make the whole thing too much of a mess to be taken seriously anymore ?

Have the older generations realised they can't get anywhere with this subject & the younger ones have had such a job done on them they just aren't interested in anything but themselves ?
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Post by Tonz on Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:50 am

Have the older generations realised they can't get anywhere with this subject & the younger ones have had such a job done on them they just aren't interested in anything but themselves ? wrote:

You may be right with that .....Change of all this may happen but not in the way we think it should /would .There are and always will be a quizzilian possibilities. We'll have to wait and see, but rest asure change is on the way.
the u.s. ,europe , russia, china and me are all in the game and anything can happen.

Just a shame muffon have chosen a road , or should i say a circus on the road for a solution to money problems.

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