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(MassLive)   Residents of Amherst, Mass. baffled by low-flying UFO that doesn't show on radar. In other news, Amherst is a college town and Massachusetts just legalized medical marijuana   (masslive.com) divider line 46
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2013-01-10 02:42:28 PM  
"It's Venusians. The government knows all about them."
7j2c6w.bay.livefilestore.com
 
2013-01-10 02:50:54 PM  
Must be some damned good weed to have you seeing UFOs.
 
2013-01-10 05:24:48 PM  
People say they see Jesus and God. I never have.

Therefore, must be good weed.
 
2013-01-10 05:39:01 PM  
I see it!

t2.gstatic.com
 
2013-01-10 05:40:13 PM  
Large, oddly-shaped and bright white: I'm going with lenticular clouds in combination with the aforementioned good weed.
 
2013-01-10 05:42:05 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-10 05:44:16 PM  
you ever seen a street lamp....on weed?
 
2013-01-10 05:50:14 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-10 05:50:37 PM  
I have one thing to say about this...

I do find it amusing though that Mr. Obama seems ok with allowing state and local governments to legalize weed even though it is against Federal law to smoke, yet my 15 round clip that never hurt anyone and is legal locally, will soon be subject to his personal ban hammer and I'll be branded the spawn of Satan for possessing it.
 
2013-01-10 05:55:08 PM  
I don't think the recent legalization of marijuana by the Massachusetts legislature has had any effect on the amount of the drug consumed in Amherst.

//I could be mistaken, but I don't think so...
 
2013-01-10 06:03:38 PM  

ka1axy: I don't think the recent legalization of marijuana by the Massachusetts legislature has had any effect on the amount of the drug consumed in Amherst.

//I could be mistaken, but I don't think so...


Amherst decriminalized weed years ago. And in fairness, it's the Hampshire botany majors that have supplied the good stuff in The Happy Valley for a long while...
 
2013-01-10 06:13:00 PM  
Decriminalized it, technically.
 
2013-01-10 06:16:20 PM  
It's so funny to see how often Amherst and Northampton make it onto Fark
 
2013-01-10 06:18:39 PM  

hdhale: I have one thing to say about this...

I do find it amusing though that Mr. Obama seems ok with allowing state and local governments to legalize weed even though it is against Federal law to smoke, yet my 15 round clip that never hurt anyone and is legal locally, will soon be subject to his personal ban hammer and I'll be branded the spawn of Satan for possessing it.


I thought it was called a "magazine."
 
2013-01-10 06:26:22 PM  

hdhale: I have one thing to say about this...

I do find it amusing though that Mr. Obama seems ok with allowing state and local governments to legalize weed even though it is against Federal law to smoke, yet my 15 round clip that never hurt anyone and is legal locally, will soon be subject to his personal ban hammer and I'll be branded the spawn of Satan for possessing it.


You guys had the first 250 years.
 
2013-01-10 06:26:25 PM  
that's it? must be weed? nobody out there looking for odd streetlights?
 
2013-01-10 06:36:46 PM  

Nabb1: Must be some damned good weed to have you seeing UFOs.


Yeah, I hate how weed is treated like a hallucinogen is a lot of bad comedies.
 
2013-01-10 06:38:11 PM  

hdhale: I have one thing to say about this...

I do find it amusing though that Mr. Obama seems ok with allowing state and local governments to legalize weed even though it is against Federal law to smoke, yet my 15 round clip that never hurt anyone and is legal locally, will soon be subject to his personal ban hammer and I'll be branded the spawn of Satan for possessing it.


You need 15 round clips for what? You must suck at shooting.
 
2013-01-10 06:38:59 PM  
Shaky iPhone clips or it didn't happen.
 
2013-01-10 06:57:39 PM  

MacWizard: Shaky iPhone Vertical video clips or it didn't happen.


ftfy
 
2013-01-10 07:00:29 PM  

hdhale: I have one thing to say about this...

I do find it amusing though that Mr. Obama seems ok with allowing state and local governments to legalize weed even though it is against Federal law to smoke, yet my 15 round clip that never hurt anyone and is legal locally, will soon be subject to his personal ban hammer and I'll be branded the spawn of Satan for possessing it.


Thanks Vicki Victim. While you wallow in your persecution complex, the rest of us will get back to the topic at hand.
 
2013-01-10 07:01:16 PM  
All those people seeing a low flying object , if only they had some way to quickly snap a picture or video , someday maybe that technology will exist.......
 
2013-01-10 07:02:44 PM  
Eh, there have been stories for years about strange lights appearing in the skies over the town of Arkham, home of Miskatonic University.
 
2013-01-10 07:03:17 PM  
Wait, random people are allowed to have radar now?
 
2013-01-10 07:06:23 PM  
I bet the the medical marijuana legalization was spearheaded by D.P. Dough and The Hanger

/Best wings ever
 
2013-01-10 07:15:58 PM  

Reverend J: I bet the the medical marijuana legalization was spearheaded by D.P. Dough and The Hanger


Dunno about The Hangar, but DP Dough is some bland stuff.

/double penetration dough?
 
2013-01-10 07:19:22 PM  
img.myconfinedspace.com
 
2013-01-10 07:20:01 PM  

Zul the Magnificent: Reverend J: I bet the the medical marijuana legalization was spearheaded by D.P. Dough and The Hanger

Dunno about The Hangar, but DP Dough is some bland stuff.

/double penetration dough?


Yeah, but it was cheap, I was more of a Bueno y Sano fan myself
 
2013-01-10 07:23:22 PM  
Low flying glowing mara ... whut ? I want to bel ... whut ? donuts
 
2013-01-10 07:39:03 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

Quadcopters are fairly common now, so is using it to tease the locals.

Doesn't have to be a quadcopter either, some people have put lights on their unusually-shaped winged aircraft and UFO'ed around at night too.
 
2013-01-10 07:56:51 PM  
Amherst is home to the Spirit Haus as well...
 
2013-01-10 08:07:05 PM  
You know who else saw low flying objects that didn't show up on radar?

observatoiredefense.files.wordpress.com

I'm not saying... I'm just saying.
 
2013-01-10 09:25:50 PM  
Mysterious object spotted over Amherst
By REBECCA EVERETT Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
(Published in print: Thursday, January 10, 2013)

AMHERST - It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... who knows?

That may be the question on many minds in Amherst, where numerous people reported seeing a UFO flying low over parts of town Tuesday around 6 p.m.

"It was like something out of a movie," said Kathryn McGill of Amherst, who said she spotted the mysterious object in the area of the old landfill on Belchertown Road. "I just thought, 'That shouldn't be there.'"

McGill said her friends laughed at her when she told the story later that night, but she's not alone. Wednesday on Facebook pages and a blog called

No crop circles or abductions were reported, and the area's cows seem to be doing just fine, Amherst police said.

Police said they received one call about "lights in the sky" in South Amherst around that time, but they didn't investigate. Westover Air Reserve Base officials, who oversee a radar tower in Amherst, said they have nothing in their logs about any aircraft moving through the area at the time.

McGill, 19, said she was driving to a friend's house on Belchertown Road when she saw something out of the corner of her eye. She looked up to see a "large aircraft" moving steadily across the sky, about 75 to 100 feet above her car.

"There were four or five cars ahead of me and everyone just stopped and looked at it," she said. "I rolled down my window, but I couldn't hear anything."

She said that within 10 seconds, the mystery object had disappeared behind the treeline. "I had an idea that I should take a photo, but by the time I thought of it, it was gone," she said.

The object was about the size of two or three cars, she estimated, and was roughly diamond-shaped. "But not a perfect diamond," she said. "In between the points it was kind of rounded."

It was dark at the time, but she could see the object because it had fairly dim white lights.

"It was unnerving," she said. "It kept the same perfect pace - it wasn't spinning or anything."

McGill said she is "not the kind of person that believes in this sort of thing," so she thought maybe there was a reasonable explanation for it.

"It was so large and low, I was sure I saw some kind of aircraft that had fallen and was going to crash," she said. When she got to her friend's house, she looked on the Internet to see if there was any news about some kind of military craft crashing in Amherst, but there was nothing.

When it disappeared, she immediately called her sister and her friends, telling them what she saw.

Later that night, McGill's mother took a drive over to the old landfill to see what her daughter was talking about. McGill said her mother, as well as another friend of hers, said they saw planes circling the area over the landfill, as though they were looking for something.

Northampton resident Beth Maciorowski was getting into her sister's car in downtown Amherst at around 6:30 p.m. when they both stopped to watch what she described as a triangular flying object moving silently across the sky.

"We were in my sister's car in the parking lot across from La Veracruzana and saw the thing come up over the building," Maciorowski said Wednesday. At first, she assumed it was a plane. "But it seemed way too bizarre for it to be flying so low. It was moving pretty slowly, too," she said.

"The strangest thing was how quiet it was," she said. "If a plane was flying that low, there's no doubt we would really be able to hear it."

She said it was triangular, but she couldn't see many more details. "As it flew over us, I tried to get a quick glimpse and just noticed quite a few lights," she said. "It flew over the common toward where the Lord Jeff is, in that direction."

She and her sister were left "dumbfounded" by the experience, Maciorowski said.

At Westover Air Reserve Base, Lt. Col. James Bishop said that the base's tower in Amherst would have observed any aircraft traveling in the area, but could have missed an object if it was close to the ground.

He said the command post controller reported that there was nothing in the logs around 6 p.m., but the controller added that while driving through Westfield at around that time, she observed "something flying really low."

"She thought it was maybe a low plane, like a Cessna," Bishop said.

On Nov. 29, 2012, a few people reported seeing a triangular aircraft with lights flying over the Andover and Tewksbury area, according to the Mutual UFO Network, which logs reported sightings.

According to the National UFO Reporting Center's database, five UFO sightings have been reported in Amherst in the last 27 years.

McGill said she wouldn't be surprised to find out that the object she saw in the Amherst sky was otherworldly because it was like nothing she'd ever seen before.

"I've been joking that I'm going to have to join a support group for people who've seen UFOs, because everyone's just been laughing at me," she said. "I know it wasn't a plane."

Rebecca Everett can be reached at r­evere­t­t­[nospam-﹫-backwards]tenette­z­ag*com.
 
2013-01-10 10:05:04 PM  
In other news, there's an airport right over the Coolidge Bridge and a lot of hot-air balloonists, including microlight balloonists.
 
2013-01-10 10:32:27 PM  
Dissonance of Geekdom: Alien life is definitely real (and really cool), but every UFO is a streetlight.
 
2013-01-10 10:43:21 PM  
Seriously 35 posts and no one posted this img.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-10 11:38:15 PM  

Meez: All those people seeing a low flying object , if only they had some way to quickly snap a picture or video , someday maybe that technology will exist.......


It's existed for years and always looks the same: a blurry, shaky blob of light that might be...something. If only technology would improve to the point that somebody, somewhere, could take a picture that looked like something ELSE.
 
2013-01-11 12:01:10 AM  
Having been stuck in the Armpit of Massachusetts Western MA for four years, I can firmly tell you, there's nothing to do there. Nothing. You can go and get stabbed/shot/violated in Springfield, listen to reggaeton and get shot/stabbed/hoochied in Holyoke, or live in a 1970s City of the Future movie filled with Brutalist architecture in State College in Amherst. Or live it up in Belchertown, which needs no explanation.

NoHo is a bastion of mostly failed (and cold) hipsters, who are so angry at their failed attempt, that you get a unique smear of sarcasm and self-loathing, rather that say, just being hipstered.

Some nice people, but overall, think terrarium. The best part was leaving.
 
2013-01-11 12:07:06 AM  
Slow flying. Where are all the pictures/videos?
 
2013-01-11 12:18:52 AM  

Znuh: Having been stuck in the Armpit of Massachusetts Western MA for four years, I can firmly tell you, there's nothing to do there. Nothing. You can go and get stabbed/shot/violated in Springfield, listen to reggaeton and get shot/stabbed/hoochied in Holyoke, or live in a 1970s City of the Future movie filled with Brutalist architecture in State College in Amherst. Or live it up in Belchertown, which needs no explanation.

NoHo is a bastion of mostly failed (and cold) hipsters, who are so angry at their failed attempt, that you get a unique smear of sarcasm and self-loathing, rather that say, just being hipstered.

Some nice people, but overall, think terrarium. The best part was leaving.


As someone who has lived in the Valley off and on for the last 20 years or so, can I say, you have got to be doing it wrong.

There are great bands. There are Mountain Sings. There is biking. Hiking. Skiing. Libraries by the score. Museums by the ton. Between my old digs at the Iron Horse, Pearl Street, and The Calvin, you can see acts up close, that you'd pay three times the price to see at any arena, and even have a chance at catching them at the bar after the show. There is dance. There is theater. There are more restaurants per capita in NoHo than ANYWHERE in the nation, and as a chef who's worked some decent sized markets, a good many of those joints are the equal of anything you're going to find in LA or Boston, or anywhere in between. Easthampton has a budding art scene, and some great local musicians. There are artists by the ton. There are local authors by the score.

Amherst? A bit on the pretentious side, but Amherst Athletics has one of the best MMA/security team gyms in the area--my old bouncing crew used to train there with not just Golden Gloves amateur boxers, but up and coming MMA fighters, State Troopers, and some fairly serious ex-military personnel. There is amazing sushi in the area. There is wine, there is fantastic beer, local coffee roasters in Hadley and Greenfield both supply amazing joe to the area.

Sports? You just have to pick one, and that even includes roller derby. Bike. Skate. Hockey. Basketball. Softball. There IS a league for it.

Springfield IS a hole, and Holyoke can get you stabbed or shot fast, but this is an area steeped in history. From Florence and the crazy old Universalists, to Amherst, to Deerfield, to even Westfield. Stanley Park in Westfield alone, in the summer, is amazing. Let alone Smith's Botanical Gardens. Let's not even get started on Smith's semi-infamous Immorality party near Halloween, which is a highlight every year if you like clothing optional gigs with hot, smart chicks in Jello/Pudding/Wesson Oil.

It sounds to me, like you were here, but never even tried to scratch the surface. Cripes, afterhours parties alone in NoHo are worth the pub crawls to find. Rolling into Silent Cal's to see who might be playing out at which after hours is WELL worth the time, since you never know who might be throwing a bash, or where. That, you were so sure that you were stuck, that you were pegged as stick in the mud and never invited to the good stuff.
 
2013-01-11 12:43:34 AM  
Opinions are opinions, and everyone's got one. Having negotiated Eric Seuer's (sp) stranglehold on most of the venues in NoHo and the surrounding area, it's amazing that those doors are even still open. I was on a first-name basis with his chief soundguy (who's left for greener pastures) and never in my life saw a worse-run series of bars and halls. Blown equipment, crap everything. As for exciting nights, no. And this is from someone who makes their living playing music.

Western MA does have the great outdoors, but huzzah, not my thing. History, again, it's cute, but not as intriguing as say, Salem, Boston, and well, the rest of Massachusetts.

When you're stuck in a place for 20 years, sure, I can get how it seems as the center of the universe. Having been elsewhere, I found Western MA to be a real dump. Much hotter women elsewhere, better music, much better bars, and a utter lack of being stuck in the middle of nowhere.

There's more variety if you drive 100 miles East. If you head up North, even bigger wilderness.

And that's the problem. Western MAers view their bubble as the center of the Universe. Here's hoping you get out.
 
2013-01-11 01:10:20 AM  
Znuh--I have been in and out of the Valley for over 20 years. I come back to the Valley often, because there are people I love here. And I love the Valley. The food. The beer. The people. The history.

I worked for Eric Suher--I was chef at the Iron Horse for four years. If you're referring to Bob Potter, his former engineer, I not only know the man, I know where he wound up, and he's actually only a hop, skip, and a jump from where my daughter and ex-wife live, which is actually my destination after this stint in the Valley. I know Eric, and Bob, and even both the Jerries, and have on more than a few occasions had them in my living room, and braved the gauntlet with Jerry Griffin's Bourbon Roulette.

I've done Boston. I've worked the circuit from Sugarloaf to Bar Harbor. Just finished a stint out in Phoenix and in Colorado, and then New Mexico. Boston is a town where you can be horribly alone in a city of millions. Phoenix can be the loneliest city on the planet if you let it. And that's the thing: if you let them.

LA has some hotties. Phoenix has amazing women. Boston is chock full of smart beauties and high standards, and yet, I keep coming back here. Not for the girls--the girl critter back in New Mexico is more than enough, though getting her horse out here is an issue--but because the place is a home. Friends, folks who are family--and by family, I mean folks who are my chosen family. Some of those folks are from the Iron Horse Entertainment Group, and while some have moved on--waiters and bartenders shift around--there are folks here who aren't "stuck" but have put down roots. Why? Because they've found something here that isn't anywhere else. That's the people. That's more than just the street performers, or having a glass with Claudio after hours, or playing craps with Felix and Tony before Tony bought out Mulino's. That's more than being part of the crew that broke in the Northampton Brewery when they expanded. I go down the streets in Northampton, and Amherst, and even Greenfield, or Deerfield, I see folks with history together.

There is a ton to do in the Valley. You just have to find it, and more importantly, find people to do it with. New York may be the most exciting city in the world, but if you don't make connections, it's just random experience, and without much meaning. You sound like you were looking for the door as soon as you set foot, and guess what? You found exactly what you were expecting.
 
2013-01-11 01:18:40 AM  
I hear that - and I agree that home is genuinely where friends are Family - and I also completely get that home is where things click on a deeply personal level.

Sigh. I think the vitriol is that man, it just didn't click with me, there. I just finished a stint performing in DC, now I'm off to Maine (Portland) to gig at the end of the month, and I still have a handful of friends in Easthampton, so I'll probably swing by on the epic drive north.

I found that loneliness is very much a state of mind; I can be alone in a club filled with 500 people, I can be alone in Boston, or Memphis, etc. etc. I can also be amazingly happy just hanging out with one good friend. I'd say that I do have Friends I consider family in Maine - but it's too damn cold during the winters.

My experience with Eric was that he was an absolute inflexible ballbuster. Your mileage may very, and I'm slamming the experience, the quality of the venue, not the man. NoHo gave the impression of almost stifling anything nightlife related, from the nonsense of Divas to the lampposts in NoHo itself being coated with tape-resistant paint, so you couldn't flyer.

So, if it works for you, more power to you. I'm never one to deny anyone happiness, particularly in this day and age. But man, it felt good to continue the journey (for myself) and GTFO. It reminded me of Las Vegas in a manner; an area with definite borders.
 
2013-01-11 01:51:03 AM  
Znuh--Eric is often a detestable little man. He holds contracts to be dear. And once it's on paper, he doesn't flex. In part, because when Jordie was running the club, he let things slide to the point of insolvency. Eric knows how to hold onto a dollar. He also has a lot of experience in dealing with musicians who like to slide around a contract, and try to cadge as many comps as possible, pawn off as much labor on someone else as possible, and his solution is simple: it's in the contract, or it's not.

Mind you, my experience is from the Horse, and the Calvin, and the clubs, from being part of that crew. There's good and bad there. Residency with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, cooking for Willie Nelson and his crew and watching Willie stop from getting on the bus, to have security clear the way for a feeble old gal who thought she'd missed her opportunity for an autograph, to watching Buckwheat Zydeco try to rook Eric for everything he was worth, AFTER he'd played a crappy set, and most importantly, after the night before Chris Ardoin and Double Clutchin' had blown the stage up with three amazing sets.

It might not have clicked for you. Not every place is going to resonate the same, but it sounds like you came in with some expectations of what the area would be, and when it wasn't that, you left disappointment. Expectation leads to disappointment.

Yeah, the lampposts are painted with tape resistant paint. Because folks used to sticker them up something fierce, and the city and town got tired of the mess, and folks just popping up signs willy nilly, and leaving them for someone else to clean up.

Is there bullsh*t in The happy Valley? Yup, and Boy Howdy is there. Homeless folks are routinely picked up, and driven to Holyoke, as opposed to a shelter in town. Protests happen at the drop of a dime, and how Amherst and NoHo handle their liquor licenses is highway robbery. There's good and bad, and for damn sure there is a lot of odd prejudices, in both the gay and straight community, in the black and Latino and the landed gentry whites as well. Eric, oddly enough, as a Jewish club owner, is one of the few who will let White Power bands book with him--in part, because he LOVES to take Skinhead money, and rook them for everything he can, and smile while he does it. There's a lot of odd grift in the city council and offices between NoHo and Amherst and Hadley and certainly in Springfield and Holyoke. Like much of Mass, there is corruption at the local level that is very much a part of the culture, from the University to the State offices, to the town and more. There is gang violence, there are a lot of joints that are not just a little corrupt, but outright mobbed up.

It's an odd area. It can grind on you, but only if you let it, and in the way that any area can grind you up if you go it alone. Open yourself up a little, and it's a warm little community, and it has become home to a lot of folks who wandered from all over, and it is a weird area, full of kookiness, cults, ghosts, and more. Weird is something that Western Mass does well, but it's not necessarily on the brochures, because the Chamber of Commerce gets embarrassed, and sometimes you have to dig a bit to get down to the fun stuff. ;)
 
2013-01-11 03:44:09 AM  

hdhale: I have one thing to say about this...

I do find it amusing though that Mr. Obama seems ok with allowing state and local governments to legalize weed even though it is against Federal law to smoke, yet my 15 round clip that never hurt anyone and is legal locally, will soon be subject to his personal ban hammer and I'll be branded the spawn of Satan for possessing it.


imokwiththis.jpg
 
2013-01-11 05:15:17 AM  

Seige101: Seriously 35 posts and no one posted this [img.photobucket.com image 270x304]


Poor forked, never gonna live that one down.
 
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