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UFOs over Denver, and I ain't too surprised

At least one group of the chemically dependent were united in song by midday on November 7th, as two states in the Union formally legalized the recreational use of that much reviled Devil's Weed, otherwise known as "pot" or the more pedestrian, "marijuana". And with the drugs have come the spaceships, or so it seems. But more on that in a moment...
The Denver UFO

Medical use has been legalized now by 18 states in the U.S., but Washington State and Colorado are the first to legally support the use of this drug for no other reason than to get high.

The Vicar is not an advocate or an opponent of any mundane thing, and his wizard-training has taught him well to keep his mouth closed and his pen stilled on certain divisive topics. That said, he is also schooled in the ways of the herbal arts and knows that the American diversionary use of marijuana is a far cry from the proper Shamanic application. This is a plant that evolved itself carefully in response to our needs as a species for spiritual healing and restoration, yet it has somehow managed to be perverted by the modern world into a "kickin' it" drug for college parties and secret corporate, medical, police and even Congressional rendezvous.
Mandala - The Spiritual Diagram of the Self

If this latter assertion seems shocking or slanderous, it is only an opinion. Granted, said opinion is informed by years of providing certain psychological services to criminal populations via state and Federal contracts. In so doing, the Vicar has heard a great many stories, and his statistics background tells him that at least some of those stories had a basis in fact.

The ultimate direction of things needs to be seen before any sound declarations can be made. The Vicar does suspect that the Feds, including the wonderfully even-handed and gentle fellows of the DEA and the FBI, may soon make Colorado and Washington State their private playgrounds.

It comes as no surprise that a spate of UFO reports have just come out of Colorado. Doubtless, the Vicar's erudite readership will have already discovered this news from a variety of sources - But as always, we do not only report, here at The Lamp. We also decide.
This fox is winking at you
Clearly, Colorado is the kind of place where a lot of people are using drugs. Reports of seeing strange things while under the influence are neither uncommon nor necessarily reliable. But the ancient traditions also tell us that what naturally occurring drugs are actually for is creating spiritual gateways through which mortals may view the realm of the immortals. So at least a small portion of drug-induced "hallucinations" are nothing of the kind; they are sometimes proof of concept that the ways of the spirit can open the way to the spirit.

The new Denver video is proof of a different sort: The objects the unknown witness has captured are clearly there, though what they are or where they come from is a different matter. The story from the Fox affiliate indicates that the video came from an anonymous man who states that the objects can be caught in transit on a schedule "around noon or one at least a couple times a week". The story goes on to include video shot around 1 PM by a photojournalist for the affiliate, Noah Skinner, apparently proving the man's claim.
KDVR Denver UFO image

Scientifically speaking, this appears to be a legitimate phenomenon. To the Vicar, the objects are less interesting than the background details, though. The anonymous videographer indicates that he believes the objects are originating in the area of 56th Avenue and Clay Street in Denver. The story notes that the area is mainly houses.

It's also mentioned that an aviation expert could not positively identify what is captured on video, and the FAA and NORAD had no records of any related activity within the time-frame described.

How exactly it should come about that an unknown, high velocity object can be zipping about in the skies over Denver - on a schedule - is anyone's guess. Let's consider a few hypotheses for love of the weird:

1.) The object is misidentified. This is possible, but terribly boring and hardly worth writing about. Three reasons immediately manifest why this answer is the least satisfying. First, it's unlikely in an age of our sort that something like this, if identifiable, would not quickly be seen by someone with enough know-how and acumen to tell us what it is. Images and stories get around, and there are as many skeptics reading about these things as there are believers... To say nothing of the large numbers of neutrally interested who also frequent the mysteries. Second, these kinds of reports are subject to scrutiny by government officials who are always interested in new ways to manipulate the populace and craft consensus where none exists. This is the business of government, so a sudden identification can be as suspect as the report itself. Third, the human mind is a finely calibrated tool, one that may be trusted, and one that knows weird when it sees it.

2.) The object is a craft or device of off-world origin. This is also possible, but it begs numerous questions. First, how is it that a species advanced enough for interstellar travel (because we find no sign of an advanced civilization in the Solar System - including our own) is not sophisticated enough to be undetectable by our technologies? The strongest argument that the Vicar has for the presence of aliens on our world is their complete and total absence in any verifiable and generally agreed upon sense. There are aliens here because they can be felt and their impact can be seen, but this information is limited to a select few that are capable of recognizing it - And we are not talking about the "men in black". Second, if a civilization wants us to detect them, then why not make contact in a public and official sense? This assumes that aliens would understand or recognize our cultural systems, but we can't reliably assume they would not, anymore than we can realistically conclude that they would. Third, if the origin of the object(s) is a residential neighborhood in Denver, why aren't the aliens renting a place more remote or more rural, if only for the cheaper leases and improved privacy?

3.) The Vicar's favorite: The object(s) are evidence of DEA spying devices keeping tabs on the marijuana industry so that a thorough crackdown can be made when the time is right. A handful of states possessed of high percentages of drug users in their populations does not mean that the almighty Imperial Presidency (no matter who holds the office) is done feeding sacrificial victims to the Drug War God to the delight of the faithful masses.
Prison management - A growth industry

4.) The objects are military or intelligence hardware being tested &/or actively engaged against the citizens for any one of a variety of nefarious reasons. The history of government is the history of lies, brutality, chicanery and periodic outbursts of enthusiastic Statesmanship. In all cases, spying on the people and finding ways to control the people are of equally great importance.

Any of these scenarios seems similarly possible. The weird and random guesswork of skeptics in these cases is just silly fun. The arguments that these are insects flying very near the camera, or toys flying close enough to seem very fast but far enough away to be unidentifiable are just ridiculous non sequitur propositions. We have heard this kind of dismissive "explaining" before.
The Santiago, Chile UFO
When the Santiago, Chile airbase encounter of November, 2010 popped up around 15 months later in the mainstream media, the skeptical community provided the same feedback. The object recorded on that video was found - by some - to be an "optical artifact". The only problem with labeling something in this way is that "optical artifact" amounts to saying, "unidentified". While artifacts of this sort are said to be the result of the digital medium processing the reality medium, this is an open door for skeptics to walk through. Anything anomalous and unclear can be so-labelled. This is a non-explanation, explanation: It's word trickery, and nothing more.
Image of a UFO sighted over the India-China border

And it's not as though these are isolated incidents without outside verification by sources unlikely to lie and disinterested in being trumped: China and India have been having bizarre UFO encounters of late as well. These are not countries without mythological and historical records of UFO encounters, of course. It is widely suggested by Ancient Aliens enthusiasts that the Vimana of Hindu legend are spacecraft, and their pilots and crews are not the Gods, but are rather alien beings. For the Vicar's money, when the alien beings can wipe your species out of existence, the use of the terms alien and God becomes a matter of equivocation and euphemism.
A relief depicting a Vimana (upper right)
A recent spate of sightings in China are even connected with the temporary shutdown of an airport. Optical artifacts do not cause all air traffic to cease. And while the Vicar is playing fast and loose with logic in so saying, the point remains: Just because one incident is "explained" doesn't render the whole concept of extraterrestrial visitation a fool's errand. Quite the contrary - one unexplained incident lends credence to others. Our world seems to experience these strange events on a regular basis. One wonders if perhaps there isn't some sort of schedule: The Denver UFO certainly seems to be operating on a time table.

It would be very interesting to see some statistical analysis in this regard. How often do generally "unexplainable" events occur? If we focus only on those that relate to UFOs, then we might be able to discern a flight schedule that tells us we are likely to be under observation by an organized, time-keeping species. In fact, something tells the Vicar that one or more of our planet's tribal governments have already determined this to be the case.

More locally, we should remember that the Denver area recently had another UFO event of significance: A private jet was "buzzed" by something that the pilot suggested was similar to a remote controlled aircraft - similar, but not the same in his judgment, since he didn't definitively state it was a drone or a plaything. Is this somehow connected to what has been seen in the past few days? A super-fast "toy" that eludes normal techniques for identification? The skeptics have already dug out and dusted off their "jump to conclusions" mats... This is all a matter of remote controlled model airplanes and gyrocopters filling our skies.
The "Jump to Conclusions" mat inventor
Of course - as it was in the days of the Vimana and Ezekiel's Wheel, too. Sometimes one is forced to wonder if it's not the skeptics who are the ones getting high.