Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s a bird, Sergey…

This is a photo of me in Ohrid, Macedonia, with an unidentified object…
… in original 1:1 resolution
and in higher magnification
Here’s a UFO I found near the top of the Eiffel tower on a trip to Paris last year…
The object at high magnification — a bird, probably a swallow, with a chromatic halo
Here’s another identifiable flying object above the hazy skyline of Paris
A plane, we would say, once again with a clear digital halo around it
A bird trying to catch a piece of bread I tossed in the air. This picture was taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 with a Leica lens. It shows no chromatic aberration or blooming at the original magnification (inset).
  1. I cannot understand why interstellar travelers would cross such gigantic distances, which is very, very hard, and then try, more or less unsuccessfully, to carefully hide themselves from the native species. What is the point?
  2. It is difficult to believe that alien spaceships, which have apparently been sighted in many millions of instances, and have indeed conducted countless abductions and the infamous probes, have never left the equivalent of a Hershey Bar wrapper for us to find and analyse.
  3. I find it disturbing that the creatures described in cases of abduction tend to have great similarity with the comic book and movie aliens of the corresponding countries and for relevant eras. It is interesting to compare the tall, slender aliens that visit Europe and Scandinavia with the reptilian beings that tend to land in Japan and the Far East; and how over the last fifty years or so the aliens people claim to have encountered mutated in sync with science fiction movies produced in Hollywood.
  4. But the key problem for me, Sergey, is the following: if we assume there have been alien landings, the people who would best know about this are scientists, the military and politicians. Each would have a tremendous motivation to bring the information to public attention. Scientists have great trouble keeping anything a secret — they are dying to announce discoveries and publish papers. The military knows that the moment they can plausibly confirm the visit of some reclusive alien beings with space ships and, in all likelihood, powerful weapons, their military budget would immediately be doubled and tripled. They would be able to build all those “gorgeous toys” they have been longing to do all these years. And finally politicians know that this type of “crisis” inevitably leads to the widest possible support for those currently in power — people need their leaders to steer them out of danger.



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The Friedel Chronicles

The Friedel Chronicles


Frederic Alois Friedel, born in 1945, science journalist, co-founder of ChessBase, studied Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Hamburg and Oxford.