Mirage Men by Mark Pilkington

Mirage MenMirage Men is one of the most informative and readable books about UFOs that I’ve come across.  

Over the years I’ve had a considerable library of UFO related writing – but found far too much of it was poorly researched, lacked objectivity and  bordered on the fraudulent in claiming to be non-fiction.

I’ve never been in any doubt that there is some kind of reality behind UFO phenomena; or maybe I should say realities –  it is a complex subject where a single answer isn’t sufficient to explain everything.

Pilkington’s book gives strong evidence for one of the most contentious parts of the UFO puzzle, the role of the US military and Security services. While there have been many claims of a US Government coverup of UFO truths – Pilkington shows that the opposite is likely to be true. Rather than covering up what is known about aliens and their spacecraft, US authorities seem to be creating and disseminating some of the most sensational UFO information that UFO buffs are lapping up. And its been going on for decades.

I recall a TV special screened back in the 1980s, in which whistleblowers associated with US security services, faces obscured and voices disguised,  gave their accounts of captured aliens and alien technology. (including the revelation that the aliens liked strawberry ice cream).

 One of those whistleblowers, identified as Falcon, was in fact Richard Doty. A lot of Pilkington’s book involves interaction with Doty, (now a “private citizen” ) and his continued involvement with the sharing of unverified UFO claims and his unfulfilled promises of verification.  And it seems that a lot of the most impressive political “evidence” about UFOs made public over the last couple of decades has involved Doty in some way.

Pilkington presents a very convincing case that UFO disinformation has been the US governments game instead of the commonly claimed UFO coverup. Dramatic UFO claims have been a useful sleight of hand tool to distract from genuine military activities and the testing of new technologies.

And yet despite the very clear evidence found by Pilkington the die-hard believers prefer to continue swallowing the lies that have been fed to them. Pilkington sums up that problem towards the end of chapter 11:

The believers don’t want to know the truth, they only want to have their pre-existing beliefs confirmed and elaborated upon


The evidence discussed in Mirage Men is also being presented in a recently released film of the same name.




also see here on my other blog  http://onesimusfiles.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/2414/


Tech-knowledgey and the coming hypothetical dark age.

Computers are getting more and more difficult to deal with. Just as you think you’re getting the hang of them they change. The other night I saw a commercial for some computery thing on TV and mentioned to Gloria that I feel the same way about computers as our parents do about DVD players (and previously VCRs).

As simple as it may be to a younger generation, there’s something about advances in technology that seems to exclude older generations. The innate inevitable obsolescence of ever-changing technology is infectious, eventually spreading from the aging hardware to the user.

I have a “theory” that an increasing reliance on ever-changing technology will turn the current era into a historical dark age. If the world continues (and if Jesus doesn’t return for several centuries) the abundance of recorded information from our own time will be inaccessible, effectively non-existent, being stored in forms reliant on unusable ancient technologies. There will be an apparent gap between the age of printed books and whatever means of information storage they may have developed centuries ahead.

Even today, consider all the things stored on computer systems that are no longer viable. For example, the only “existing” copies of my university writings and all of the stories I wrote at that time are on floppy disks, saved from a Commodore 64 computer –  so maybe in my case I should see that aspect of technological obsolescence as a serendipitous blessing.