The Houston Chronicle and the MySA (San Antonio Express) are running the same story about a black cube UFO supposedly seen over El Paso at the end of June. Normally, we wouldn’t bother with giving additional attention to such a ridiculous piece, but when it hits the main news outlets, it’s time for a rebuttal.
According to Secureteam10, an online entity that posts YouTube videos of purported UFOs and similar phenomena, the cube was seen about mid-day June 29 in El Paso by two people.
A man who was leaving his office about 1 p.m. for lunch said it began to get very windy and he noticed that the center of some swirling clouds became “jet black,” Secureteam10 stated in a video made from photos the man took.
Just as the man snapped the photo, a massive, cube-shaped UFO appeared, “jetting out of this worm-hole type manifestation,” the video narrator said.
The source of the story is SecureTeam10, is a YouTube channel. That’s it. It’s this one guy apparently, “Tyler Glockner”, who says his team analyzes all this data and gets these photos of anomalies submitted to them. Their productions appear on the usual less than skeptical sites like Disclose.Tv and Mysterious Universe who stick with the typical “you decide” what it is gambit. But your best bet may be deciding that it’s a deliberate hoax not worth paying attention to.
A Speeddebunking video states that the resolution of the videos posted by SecureTeam10 is different than the “UFO” which is a clear indication that the object is inserted into the video. A report by dazzathecameraman notes that Glockner admits he faked the voice of an “astronomer” in one video.
The skeptical consensus is that SecureTeam10 is a serial hoaxer and is making up the “witnesses” and stories to go with them. Support for this is clear since no named credible sources have been listed in the news story that originated by SecureTeam10. Why did the major news teams or meteorologists see this “wormhole” and object? Glockner followed the original video (that got over 500,000 hits, with another that is over 200,000 hits as it’s being shared.)
The links, if you REALLY want to see them are:
“https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPquewvNAE4” and “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-PaHI10hXE”. Copy and paste.
Like the site “Cryptozoology News”, it’s obviously a case of fictionalized news. There is no corroborating evidence for the wild tales and the witnesses likely don’t even exist. These sites get significant hits because people WANT to believe outrageous, sensational stories and so pass them along. Thanks to mystery mongering sites, gullible media and weird news aggregators, like Fark and Reddit, these items get over half a million clicks and nonsense is propagated if only a small percentage of people think it’s real. And, trust us (or don’t), many people really DO believe this stuff.
Oh, wait, my psychic space sense is tingling, they are going to call us all disinformation agents…
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