Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Contactee Madness - The 50 UFOs That Never Made it to Chascomús

Source: www.eldebate.com.ar and Planeta UFO
Date: 08.27.2019

Contactee Madness - The 50 UFOs That Never Made it to Chascomús
By Marcelo Metayer

“The most overwhelming mystery is that of certain locations,” wrote Aimé Michel in 1965. I’ve felt that in many places, and one of them is on the banks of the Chascomús Lagoon. It is well-known that enigmas are often found close to water. Like the golden ray of light given to me by the sun of the July eclipse. And like the event of August 1973 – 46 years ago on the 25th of this month. On that day, a crowd chose to believe the words of contactee Francisco García and headed to the lagoon to witness “fifty flying saucers, not forty-nine, not fifty-one, but fifty.”

This took place in a year of such upheaval in Argentina and the world as a whole that it was almost impossible for me to find newspapers in the libraries: they had vanished, whether stolen, or torn to shreds from so much re-reading. Perón’s return, the pardoning of political prisoners, Comet Kohoutek, Vietnam, the Twin Towers, the Sydney Opera House, Kraftwerk’s debut, The Exorcist and Columbo – a list that does not run out of multifaceted items, an extraordinary year indeed. In the same way that those newspapers vanished, the memory of Francisco Garcia and his flying saucers faded as well. I learned about the subject much later in the pages of Invasores by Alejandro Agostinelli, who devotes the chapter titled “Mi marciano favorito” (My Favorite Martian) to the episode.

I learned from those pages that García had been a shining star who made the most out of Warhol’s “fifteen minutes of fame’, as Agostinelli states quite correctly. Given what occurred later, the contactee was more of a supernova than a mere star, because Argentina was paralyzed for a few days around siesta time to tune into Channel 13 and watch Teleshow, where Francisco García made his disclosures to Victor Sueiro, José de Zer and Alfredo Garrido.

This is how Antonio Las Heras, who was also a protagonist of those afternoons, tells it: “Around that time I had already released my first two books, one about comets, another about UFOs, published by the Rodolfo Alonso publishing house. So I was around, looking to disseminate this, and that’s how I met Sueiro. He was very kind to me, he always helped me to disseminate my material, and would invite me to Teleshow every so often in the afternoons. It was broadcast live, and he’d interview me about any UFO item I might have. One day they called me and asked me to go because a man had turned up at the station due prompted by the appearances in which I discussed UFOs. He said he was able to rebut or refute what I was saying, because – and here’s the interesting part – he was Martian on his mother’s side. The interview came about, conducted by Sueiro, and Francisco García and I were finally together. I quickly asked him how did he know his mother was a Martian, because she seemed to be a human with a name, surname, and at the time, a voter registration card. Then he said: “Regarding her body, she’s human, but with the soul of a transmigrated Martian female. She died on Mars, came to Earth and took over my mother’s body. Furthermore, in his condition as a Martian on his mother’s side, he had been appointed commander of the entire Martian fleet on Earth. On a given Saturday, at five o’clock in the evening, fifty flying saucers, not forty-nine, not fifty-one, would come down and hover above the Chascomús lagoon.

Agostinelli recalls another item in his book: An appearance of Garcia’s nemesis on Teleshow – a rancher surnamed Martínez, who claimed to be in contact with forces from Jupiter and argued that the first contactee’s pronouncements were untrue. First over the phone and then live, the fight of the century: García vs. Martínez, Mars vs. Jupiter. “The arm-wrestling between these characters stole all the afternoon viewership. One accused the other of stationing his troops in the Asteroid Belt, which was neutral territory, and argued over the cooperation of the residents of the Sun. it was thus that viewers learned that Martians had the gift of blending into the landscape, turning into rocks or trees. They were also able to turn into humans, mimicking Earthlings (possible source of the song ‘there are Martians among people’). Other Jovian satellites (Ganymede, Europa, Io) were also confederated and ready to sweep away the Martian colonies on Venus and Mercury,” [Agostinelli] wrote in Invasores in 2009.

Then, “during a pause in the debate, Sueiro asked García once more for proof. If only just one.” And that’s when the fifty saucer announcement was made. These would appear over Chascomús Lagoon on Saturday, August 25, at five o’clock in the afternoon.

Why Chascomús? Agostinelli explains that “García was no stranger to the landscape. José Eduardo Bonavita, editor of the Chascomús El Cronista, informed that around 1963, García was making the rounds of municipal offices, presenting a binder with documents that substantiated his announcement. He held long conversations with the now-deceased Federico Martínez, Undersecretary of Government, Bonavita remarks.”

The proclamation had been made, and thousands came to watch.

A Squadron Announced

The El Argentino de Chascomús newspaper put a special inset on its front page that Saturday. The hook was “The Gullibility Hour” – the first paragraph read: “Today’s the day: the gullible from a variety of backgrounds will populate the lakefront, awaiting the apparition of an announced flying saucer squadron that will substantiate the authenticity of statements made by a gentleman who claims to be in constant contact with extraterrestrials, given that his own mother is one of them.” The skeptical news writer, however, mistook the provenance of García’s mother and called her a Venusian in the article.

“The gullible from a variety of backgrounds…”

Las Heras continues: “The day arrived. I went over with some friends, thousands and thousands of cars. I had been to Chascomús several times as a boy, taken by my parents, but I’d never seen so many people: the lagoon’s entire perimeter was surrounded by cars. One noteworthy thing was the attention commanded by this man in an afternoon show: keep in mind this was a show aimed at housewives, kids who weren’t in school…it wasn’t a 9 p.m. program. Well, it was packed, completely packed.”

Researcher Gustavo Fernández was also in Chascomús that afternoon. “I went there with a childhood friend. We were two 15-year-old jerks who ran off to the despair of our parents. We saw how García was conveyed in a fire truck, siren howling, to the Fishing Club.”

“Francisco Garcia was on one of the Fishing Club’s little terraces, surrounded by trusted people. There was a car with Víctor Sueiro and others from Channel 13, with the cameraman, but not among them. As five o’clock drew near, I remember seeing García place his hand across his forehead, looking into the horizon to see if they would appear. It was a beautiful day with abundant sunshine,” continues Las Heras.

Alejandra Bilbao directs the Instituto Historiografico de Chascomús and was there that day on the lakeshore. Her mother was a UFO buff, collected Cuarta Dimensión magazine and had attended Fabio Zerpa’s lectures. So she took her children, dressed to the nines, to see the fifty flying saucers announced by García. “I remember what I was wearing that day, because mother dressed us in our Sunday best: pleated skirt, little shoes, and a blue sweater. My little sister was in her stroller, as she couldn’t walk yet. They loaded us into the Dodge pick-up, we parked on the lakefront and went to the pier,” she recalls. “the situation was like that on the day of the eclipse, but there were many more people,” she says, referencing the crowd in attendance in Chascomús on July 2 of this year to see the total eclipse of the sun. “Everyone looked at the sunset, which was impressive,” adding: “We were at the edge of the lagoon, close to where Development and Tourism stands today. The cameras were on the Fishing Club’s pier.”

A crowd looking at the setting sun, yearning for a miracle, but the miracle never came to pass.

Abelardo Tejo, editor of Chascomús’s El Fuerte newspaper, who was also there, recalls a fanciful detail: “A group of fellows at the Fishing Club had climbed on the roof and began launching cardboard plates into the air.”

“They nearly overturned his car,” Antonio Las Heras continues. “García was isolated on the club’s terrace with his allies and no one could go there. Not even the Channel 13 cameraman made it inside, who was closest to theca in which we traveled. When the crowd identified the cameraman and Sueiro, the nearly overturned his car, but Sueiro stepped out, spoke very well, said that he was as surprised as everyone else, and that the situation would be straightened out. This mollified everyone.”

The El Argentino newspaper’s headline the next day read: “Multitudinous turnout on the edge of the lagoon,” going on to say that it was “truly incredible, not that flying saucers would appear at the command of a mythomaniac’s fantasy, but rather thousands of people, summoned by this fantasy, enduring the strong wind and intense cold that swept the lakefront yesterday afternoon, hoping, like the Hebrews, for a sign in the sky that would tell them what they’d been told wasn’t a lie. At the pier of the Fishing Club, the architect of this tumult, flanked by television journalists and police, spoke on and on as the large crowd – that one that had made the lakefront impassable, booked the hotels solid, redoubled work at restaurants and rendered the heart of the city a ghost town – became dispirited.”

On Monday, August 27, Teleshow contacted Las Heras once more to discuss the subject. “García was also called. He said the flying saucers had not appeared because as commander of the Martian fleet on Earth, upon seeing so many people, he thought the sight of fifty saucers could cause a tragedy. They were already approaching and nearly made themselves visible, but he made them go away. When I asked him how, because I had seen him on the terrace, using his hand as a visor, with no equipment or anything, nothing…how did he notify them? Telepathically, he replied.”
As from that day on, García’s public presence vanished. “Every so often, José de Zer would disguise himself as Francisco García and would tell the “not forty-nine, not fifty-one” joke, and that was all.”

Was it indeed all?

A Lovely Madman

“I ran into García on the subway, on the A-Line, in March of the following year,” says Gustavo Fernández. “We exchanged a few words. I went over, greeted him, told him I’d been in Chascomús, he repeated the explanation of why the flying saucers hadn’t come, and I never heard anything after that.”

Antonio Las Heras has something further to add. “Meanwhile, I got on with my life, my career. I was doing my college studies. I did all my coursework at Universidad Kennedy – bachelor’s, doctorate in Social Psychology, Masters in Psychoanalysis later on. Around 1977 or 1978, I was given the choice of doing internships at the Borda Hospital for a Psychology course. I went off happily to do my internship one Saturday morning, and Doctor Reyes, the head of Unit 26, said to me: Look, let’s go interview a patient you’ll find interesting. I went with him, and it was Francisco García. He was receiving outpatient treatment at the Borda Hospital for some time, taken by his family. I told Doctor Reyes that I knew him, told him all that had happened, and he told me he’d been coming in for treatment for years as an outpatient and was beloved by all. The same things he spoke about on television he would discuss in the hospital, only they were taken differently at the Borda. He insisted on his maternal Martian parentage and about receiving telepathic communications. Years later I saw him walking along Corrientes Avenue, but didn’t even bother to stop him.”

“All of this made me wonder. I said to myself, and keep saying to myself, was this a die-hard psychotic, or was he a person whose sensitivity or parapsychological gift allowed him to tune in on things that he would interpret in that way. What he said on Teleshow was worthy of ridicule. In a psychiatric hospital it was enough to make him out as psychotic, but do we really know this?” concludes Las Heras. Fernandez states: “I share Antonio’s perspective. In my article Contactados y Revelaciones (Contactees and Revelations) I say that they contacting me with something. The question is – what with, and how?”

Because in the evening of August 24, 1973, according to Gustavo Fernández, “between eight thirty and nine o’clock, it was already dark, and many campers who had arrived from various locations, drawn by Francisco García, indeed saw a UFO over the lagoon, flying low.”

What if…?

[Translation © 2019 Scott Corrales, IHU with thanks to Marcelo Metayer, Guillermo Giménez, Alejandro Agostinelli, Gustavo Fernández and Antonio Las Heras]

Monday, August 26, 2019

Brazil: Minas Gerais Police Chase Luminous Beings in the Town of Claudio (Minas Gerais)

Source: Saudedomeio.com.br
Date: August 26, 2019

Brazil: Minas Gerais Police Chase Luminous Beings in the Town of Claudio (Minas Gerais)
By Edison Boaventura Jr and Paulo Baraky Werner

[The following is an excerpt from a larger article concerning UFO sightings in the town of Claudio. The excerpted and translated section below deals directly with the 'luminous humanoids' in the title. - SC]

On November 30, 2015, Edison Boaventura Jr., associate Editor of OVNI Pesquisa, made an official request for UFO photographs and the logbook- through protocol No. 0120000008201581 - from the Cláudio Police Station. His request was filled on December 10, 2015 as per the e-mail signed by Sgt. Alessandro Cunha.

This preliminary four page report, dated 8 December 2008, was addressed to the commander of 23rd Battalion by Cmdr. Eisenhower Guerk Austriaco, with corroborating information on the case.

We transcribe the part of Page 2 of the report: "The most important of these incidents occurred on the evening of 20 November 2008, when after three objects disappeared at incredible speed, the undersigned officer, Sgt. William and Sgt. Waldir returned through the cane fields of the village of Sao Bento. We saw two luminous beings, nearly 90 centimeters tall, making their way through the canes. We were aboard a Mitsubishi pickup driving along a rural road when Sgt. William saw something in the bushes. He turned vehicle number 13533 toward the 'luminous beings'. When we got closer (15 or 20 meters), they began sliding between the canes. We were driving at around 20 km/h and they remained ahead of us and to the right. It was noticeable how those things 'walked' without touching the ground. We saw no feet, no fingers, yet we saw arms, legs and oval-shaped heads. While luminous, [the beings] did not shed any light.

The report continues, stating that Sgt. Waldir Araújo Silva made an attempt to photograph the beings, but was unable to find his camera. Sg. William Alcione Alves de Silva caught a glimpse of the apparition, as stated in the report.

The report goes on to say: "What we saw appeared to place or remove something from the ground, as scientists might do. They appeared to control our thoughts, rendering our bodies tired and unable to think strategically and tactically. We found ourselves in as situation of being unable to define what was real, what was a dream, or what was a nightmare, and all of us felt and saw the same thing. Following this experience, we had headaches, anxiety, and were unable to stop talking and remarking about what we had seen. We were very thirsty. What seemed to have lasted 40 minutes had covered, in fact, 2 or 3 hours.

The commander closes his report by saying: "Several people have spoken about experiences identical to those of us soldiers and we are going to interview these people. Some speak of feeling hot air upon entering their home. Vehicles were experiencing electrical problems. The Mitsubishi does not start; the soldiers who had the closest contact seem anguished, all of us feel psychologically or physically different, more tired, sleepy, there are stories of people who feel themselves levitating. I will conduct my own study on this incident. Corporal Rabelo spoke about and presented photographs that he managed to take during his sightings, using his camera. He prepared an official report on the initial event, which is on file in this Military Police Division."

[Translation (c) 2019 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Edison Boaventura Jr.]

Friday, August 23, 2019

Cuba: Close Encounter of the Third Kind in Los Arabos, Matanzas (1997)

Cuba: Close Encounter of the Third Kind in Los Arabos, Matanzas (1997)
By Orestes Girbau Collado

As reported in “Ovnis en Cuba, la Historia no contada” (UFOs in Cuba – The Untold Story) by Cuban UFO researcher and filmmaker Hugo Parrado Fracos: “On 23 February 1997 at approximately 11:00, Jorge Luis Borges, a heavy equipment operator for the Mario Muñoz Cooperative in Jacán, Los Arabos, Province of Matanzas, was transporting a tractor through a cane field located at the Palmillas farm when he heard a loud explosion. Borges immediately got out of the tractor, thinking something highly unusual had occurred. He immediately noticed the presence of a disc-shaped object similar to a typical silver water tank some 30 meters distant from where he stood. Seconds later, a door opened on the vessel and a humanoid occupant, standing 1.70 meters, stepped outside, wearing a helmet that covered its features. The strange being began walking normally toward the witness, crouching to pick up some plant or soil samples, both abundant at that location. Subsequently, the humanoid returned to the UFO, getting inside and the door closing behind him. Suddenly, another loud explosion was heard, marking the unknown device’s vertical ascent, becoming lost in the sky at high speed. The tractor operator abandoned his equipment and according to accounts, ran several kilometers to the town of Los Arabos, hollering as he did so. He informed the authorities, causing a stir in the area. According to reports, a Commission opened an investigation on-site. Up to here is what has been gleaned by Parrado in his interesting book.

Testimony of Orestes Girbau, president of the then-recently established PIFAAM (Proyecto de Investigación de Fenómenos Anómalos Aéreos en Matanzas – Anomalous Aerial Phenomena Investigation Project in Matanzas) which began operating in the month of April that same year:

“On the afternoon of 3 May 1997, while performing my duties at the Matanzas Meteorological Institute, I received a phone call from the Colón Meteorological Station, saying that a close encounter of the third kind (CE3K) had occurred in a cane field near Los Arabos and that there had been considerable upheaval in that area. I was able to corroborate the case and interview several people who made reference to the incident. Days later, I spoke to a specialist at the Institute of Geophysics and Astronomy (IGA) in this regard. Subsequently, UFO researchers from the city of Colón confirmed this. At no time did PIFAAM conduct investigations directly with Mr. Borges regarding his interesting experience.

The close encounter has similarities with the one that took place near Torrientes, also in the Province of Matanzas: a humanoid with a covered face, collecting specimens, and an explosion prior to landing and upon takeoff. But in the Torrientes case, the UFO took off horizontally at high speed toward the south after having ascended vertically a few meters from its landing spot, a small plot where the witness, a peasant named Adolfo Zárate, was doing work on 15 October 1995 at 9:30 a.m.

[Translation © 2019 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO and Orestes Girbau Collado]

Mexico: “A City Visited By Saucers”

Source: Contactos Extraterrestres #19 (from the files of Alfonso Salazar)
Date: August 17, 1977

Mexico: “A City Visited By Saucers”

[Mr. Salazar writes: This is case investigated by Carlos Guzmán, director of CIFEEAC, the oldest UFO research group in Mexico, established in 1969. This case refers to a sighting in the Nativitas district in 1970]

Sightings are becoming increasingly more common, and we have an example of this in the vast amount of correspondence we receive daily, in which readers describe the characteristics and details about the times in which they have been able to see UFOs.

The accounts submitted coincide, at times, on a broad number of points and – here’s what’s truly surprising – these are not isolated cases. Rather, sightings that take place within a given perimeter and on a variety of days.

For a few months now we have been receiving a considerable amount of mail from the southern areas of the city, where readers claim having witnessed an iridescent UFO that sometimes remains in the sky for several minutes. Readers from this area mention the color, time visible, times it appears, physical characteristics and several other points as a common reference. This phenomenon has been constant since 1976, as far as we have been able to determine based on our correspondence.

Oddly enough, we find in our files a sighting that occurred in Southern Mexico City in 1970, and whose description is nearly identical to the one given by the aforementioned readers. This leads us to suppose that the same UFO has been visiting the area for many years.

As a matter of interest, we are reproducing the information compiled by [Illegible] in 1970, who managed to obtain some diagrams that specify the area in which the case occurred. This, then, is the report:

“On July 18, 1970, Mr. Manuel Domínguez and his wife, Mrs. Rocío Ruiz de Dominguez, were outside their home between 11: 00 and 11:30 PM when their attention was suddenly drawn to a fireball apparently hailing from south of the city. Visibility was excellent that evening; there were some stars in the sky. Mr. and Mrs. Domínguez excitedly summoned their children, who were watching TV, so they could witness the phenomenon. They all went out to the sidewalk to look at the object. As it passed over a small cloud bank, it left a very clear wake resembling sea foam.

“The UFO continued on its way, and stopped producing its wake in the vicinity of the Nativitas district, where it made an abrupt vertical change. The family had to go up to the first story of their house in order to [missing from text]. The object’s speed was constant at all times, and superior to that of aircraft.

“With regard to size, they said that it had the [apparent] size of an orange, and had a fixed light. The sighting lasted nearly three minutes.”

A few blocks away from the Domínguez home, watchman Serafín Vázquez witnessed the same event, and his descriptions fit perfectly with those of the initial witnesses. Without fail, whenever we receive mail from the Mexico City informing us of a sighting, and if the opening lines say it took place in the city’s southern reaches, we immediately imagine that it involves the aforementioned case, which has been reported to us by many readers.

[Translation (c)2019 Scott Corrales, IHU with thanks to Alfonso Salazar]

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Argentina: Followed by a Luminous Object in Esquina

Source: El Litoral (Argentina) and PLANETA UFO
Date: August 20, 2019
An article by Francisco Villagrán for El Litoral

Argentina: Followed by a Luminous Object in Esquina

A number of incredible cases involving UFO manifestations, sightings and landings took place during the 1980-1990 time period. Some left ground marks and even an abduction was reported. Out of all of these, we present the surprising case from our files that involves a car chased by a luminous object outside the town of Esquina.

The city of Esquina in the province of Corrientes is located in the southern end of the province and was the location for many UFO-related cases, such as several sightings on consecutive days in the year 1995 adjacent to high-voltage towers. Some of the objects landed and left ground marks near Laguna del Pescado, there were sightings of strange lights - some of them near the ground - seen by many witnesses.

The case that concerns us today is precisely one of these in which Esquina became involved - unwillingly - in a series of strange unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings, together with Resistencia, Saenz Peña and Posadas, locales for these bizarre manifestations for a period of one week. A couple traveling in their car was followed closely by a strange luminous object: according to the witnesses, on Monday 22 February 1988, at approximately 22:30 in the stretch that goes from the town center and Paso Santa Rosa, Mr. Hernán Frette and his wife Alina Borel were eyewitnesses to what can technically be defined as a "close encounter of the first kind" according to the system implemented by researcher Joseph Allen Hynek.

At that time and traveling in their car, the couple looked on in astonishment as a strange luminous object tried to follow their vehicle. According to the couple, the object followed them round trip, as if providing an escort. They described the light as "very bright, lighting up everything as though it was daytime."

The car's engine did not stall, as is common in such cases, and this was due to the fact, according to witness Frette, that it was a Diesel engine and that the characteristics of its combustion and ignition system make it immune to the electromagnetic fields of these objects.

The quality of the witnesses, in spite of there only being two, precludes further commentary. Mr. Frette was the administrator of Estancia Santa Rosa and she was a schoolteacher, the daughter of a former mayor, and can be catalogued as "qualified witnesses", which is important when it comes to furnishing details about an event. It was just one of many cases that have occurred in the area and which, year after year, confirm the reality of the existence of the UFO phenomenon.

A Similar Case in Bariloche

An event similar to the above, but more frightening, took place more recently in March 1994 at San Carlos de Bariloche, when two young men claimed having been pursued by extraterrestrial creatures shooting powerful beams of light in the middle of a road late at night. Their names were Carlos Arriegada an Antonio Vergara, who supposedly saw lights that "appeared to want to crush us" as they walked toward the locality of Pilcaniyeu after their car broke down, forcing them to leave in on the road and set off on foot.

"It was all very dark," they said, "and a light in front of us started moving. I thought it was a man with a flashlight and shouted: "Hey, why don't you give us a hand?" But he didn't answer and the light became bigger and brighter, like a truck. It seemed intent or crushing us. We looked behind us and we saw two bright lights at our backs, but no so bright. That led us to believe that we were in the presence of extraterrestrial beings, no doubt about it."

Both friends stated that the lights were green and orange, some 15 meters distant from them and hovering some two meters in the air in absolute silence. The light in front of them was a sort of flashing beam and the ones behind them were fixed, spotlight-type ones, they explained. The youngsters stood frozen for an endless 10 minutes, holding hands, "because we were very frightened," as they explained.

The friends' car's breakdown was due to unexpected battery drainage. Prior to this, the gearbox had experienced mechanical trouble and the car would later suffer electrical difficulties. This was all due, perhaps, to the proximity of a strong electromagnetic field, doubtlessly emanating from the strange object nearby. When the car stopped - bereft of power and light - they decided to get down to try and fix the problem. But lacking tools, in the dark and without means, this was impossible. They decided then to walk to town for help, as it wasn't too far away. "We couldn’t do a thing, because they battery had died."

Deciding to resume their walk to town, both friends noticed that the lights - which traced patterns in the air - followed them slowly like a floating balloon. Vergara said that in the light of the paralyzing terror they had experienced, he told his companion: "All we can do is pray to God that we aren't taken, because that's what they seem to want to do." His friend did not reply. He was like a statue, still and mute. Gripped by fear and paralyzed by it, they saw how the lights rose slowly over the road, vanishing quickly into the starry sky. Once the shock was over, they ran toward the town and told their incredible story. The next day, some witnesses claimed having seen those strange lights over the town, flying at high speed, at the same time. Their testimony was important to corroborate the startling experience, and confirm that it was all real.

[Translation (c) 2019 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Francisco Villagrán, El Litoral, and Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]

Friday, August 16, 2019

Argentina: UFO Research Organization Claims Interaction with UFOs

Source: Canal 13 San Juan (Argentina) and PLANETA UFO
Date: 08.13.2016

Argentina: UFO Research Organization Claims Interaction with UFOs

Guardianes del Cielo Cuyano has engaged in searching and recording evidence on unidentified flying objects in the airspace of San Juan (Argentina) since 2011. The organization was born in 2011, founded by a group of UFO enthusiasts. "Taking advantage of the fact that we have the mountains so close to us in Pocito, we were used to going there and a number of events caught our attention. When we began seeing things that were too strange, removing satellites, the space station and airplanes from the equation, we began recording them," says Jorge, a member of the group, which now boasts over 60 volunteers.

"We work with some very high-tech equipment, from our cameras to ground tracking applications. We started out with cruder cameras that we outfitted for nocturnal sightings, and as time went by we wanted to have a better video image. We acquired a densifier that is one of its kind in Latin America - a special camera that magnifies light particles. Any tiny object can be quickly identified," said the Guardianes.

As they told the Sucios y Desprolijas TV show, it is not necessary to wait until nightfall to see an unknown object. "There are many daylight sightings - in the afternoon, in the morning. What exists is a preparation of the area we visit. We normally visit areas we consider as 'hotspots', identified previously and in which people claim to see certain anomalies," according to researchers.

A team member recalled an occasion on Cerro Plateado around three o'clock in the morning: a flashing object was emitting certain flashes every 10 to 15 seconds, but was suspended in the very same place. According to the young man, the object remained there between half an hour and 45 minutes, and did not appear as an identifiable object in satellite identification software.

Moreover, Jorge, one of the researchers, remarked: "We have had the chance to see an object, aimed a laser pointer at it, and then received a luminous response. There are even a couple of videos shown in other countries and it draws their attention."

The San Juan "UFO hunters" say that their nocturnal skywatches are usually on Sundays. However, they are constantly researching the UFO phenomenon worldwide.

"There is life beyond earth, without question. This phenomenon has been manifesting on our planet for years. We have still not made contact, but have had the opportunity to know that they are not from here, and that encourages us to keep studying it."

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[Translation (c) 2019 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]

Cuba: A UFO South of Havana (1968)

Source: Codigobelegeuse.blogspot.com & PLANETA UFO
Date: 08.16.2019
An article by Orestes Girbau Collado

Cuba: A UFO South of Havana (1968)

Those of us who approach UFO research in a responsible manner must not forget what the year 1968 meant within the world UFO context. August occupied a special place within the dissemination of the phenomenon in Cuba.

There was another sighting during that season which was added to others in the Caribbean at the time.

16 AUGUST 1968 - Bearing the suggestive title "Strange Object South of the Province of Havana", Cuban newspaper El Mundo reported the following:

"Our newsroom has received many phone calls showing interest in the flight of a strange object over the southern reaches of Havana Province. Many of these callers agree that the phenomenon was seen around six thirty in the morning on Friday.

"At that same time, the first multiple reentry vehicle warhead (MIRV) missile was launched from Cape Kennedy. It was known to experts as "Poseidon" with a radius of action of 4,800 kilometers. The rocket is far heavier than the actual Polaris missile.

"This newsroom contacted the Department of Astronomy of the Cuban Academy of Sciences, which reported that the object sighted bore no relation with any atmospheric phenomenon, and that its origin was nonetheless undetermined."

I am adding only two things: first, the object coincided in time, but not space, with the launch made from Florida (USA). It will suffice to look at a map of the Caribbean to realize the difficulty in seeing the American missile due to its flight trajectory. Moreover, why was the UFO not visible over the Cuban capital? Was it perhaps flying too low to be seen in Havana? Was it perhaps detected by radar?

This author is convinced a solid object was involved and not an anomaly witnessed from a given area in the Cuban southwest, when it could be shown that it ought to have been visible from the north, had it indeed been a rocket launched at the same time as the UFO sighting, as required by geographic latitude. The north would be the most appropriate area. It was not a phenomenon in the upper atmosphere, nor barium or sodium cloud (artificial) or some Aurora Borealis of the sort that is sometimes visible from our archipelago.

Nothing further was said, and it remains a mystery to this very day.

[Translation (c) 2019, S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Orestes Girbau, Martha Jacqueline Herrera (Código Betelgeuse) and Guillermo Giménez (Planeta UFO)]

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Fabio Zerpa (1928-2019)

Fabio Zerpa (1928-2019)

Fabio Zerpa could best be described as the "dean of UFO research" in Argentina, with impressive stage and television credentials. His books included El OVNI y sus misterios (UFO And Its Mysteries -1976), Los OVNIs existen y son extraterrestres (UFOs Exists And They Are Alien – 1994) and Los verdaderos Hombres De Negro (The Real Men In Black - 1997). We thank him for his contributions to the research not only of unidentified flying objects, but the paranormal as a whole. May he rest in peace.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Cattle Mutilations: Mutilated Calf Found Alive

Source: Luis Burgos (ICOU/FAO) and La Arena (Argentina)
Date: 07.30.2019

Cattle Mutilations: Mutilated Calf Found Alive

A few days ago, news of another mutilated animal in the province was a cause for alarm and surprise for many. Today, Tuesday, a calf was found in similar conditions, but what is striking about this case is that the animal is alive.

According to Infotec, the discovery took place in a tambo (small farm) located 15 kilometers to the east of Realicó and some 7 to the west of Adolfo Van Praet. The calf's upper maxilofacial region is mutilated and it is missing the upper part of its muzzle.

The owners of the field in which the phenomenon occurred found the animal in this condition on Monday afternoon. The farm is called "El Boyero" and is located to the south of National Highway 188 at the Kilometer 466 marker.

The calf was born under normal conditions last Thursday - in other words, it showed no signs of injury. However, it vanished the next day and was seen again on Monday. It was in a distant lot and when they approached, they could see the injuries in question.

The animal presents not only an absence of the entire muscular part, but also its bones, including teeth. What is surprising is that the calf was found to have normal bodily functions and could be fed despite its inability to nurse. The owners of the property have no idea of what the causes of this event may be.

WARNING: The video of the mutilated calf can be seen at this link and it is quite sobering
- https://youtu.be/aoHBAr8nH70

[Translation (c) 2019 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Luis Burgos, Investigadores de Campo Unidos (ICOU) and Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogía (FAO). Credit for the photo and video belong to INFOTEC.]