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Archive for September, 2012

Readers may recall a few months ago when I announced I’d be interviewed for this documentary. That happened in August. Well, I’m happy to announce that the documentary is finished and online. It’s just over three hours, and free to the public. I haven’t had time to watch it yet, but having read all the scripts, I can tell you it will be well worth viewing. Make sure you visit the actual website, since other video that didn’t make it into the final product will be kept there for viewing, along with source documentation.

I’ve also created a Page on this blog with a link to the documentary so you can easily find it later and direct friends to it.

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Over the past month or so I’ve read several entries on a new blog I recently found. It’s entertaining, informative, and fills a void in the study of UFO religions.

I’m speaking of Emoluments of Mars (the URL includes the phrase “Dork Mission” so that may betray the nature of the blog). Emoluments of Mars is the work of someone who goes by “expat” and whose scientific background and expertise becomes quite evident in any given post. The blog is dedicated to debunking the work of Mike Bara and, since Bara is an associate of Richard Hoagland, the latter as well. It focuses on critiquing the “scientific” and photographic proofs put forth for monuments on the moon and, naturally, an ancient alien presence there. Due to the inclusion of Hoagland in the equation, a good deal of content on the blog is also aimed at his ideas about “hyper-dimensional physics” and artificial structures on Mars.

This blog is one of the few efforts I know of for the non-scientists (like me) to address the claims of Richard Hoagland and Mike Bara. I’d like to see more of a factual response from them, as most of what Bara does is mix sarcasm amidst profanity. Not real helpful and miles away from offering substance. But Emoluments would simply say that’s because there is no substance. I haven’t seen any posts yet where Richard responds, but I’ve only read a half dozen or so.

As a taste of the blog, I’d invite readers to take a look at the following:

The Emoluments of Mars: Point by point critique of ‘Ancient Aliens on the Moon’ – FULL VERSION

Ken Johnston’s photos show things that aren’t in the NASA versions” — Well, now we know why

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I’d encourage all of you to pay attention to Billy Cox’s blog, De Void. Billy is arguably the only mainstream journalist in the U.S. who pays serious attention to UFOs. He’s also a likable guy (I roomed with him at the X-Conference event I spoke at several years ago).

Billy recently posted a short review of the important new academic book entitled, UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry. The book is a serious attempt to sort through all the credible UFO documentation and create a narrative about the U.S. government’s involvement with, and assessment of, UFOs. It is edited by emeritus professor Michael Swords, whose name will be recognized by those with sustained interest in ufology. Billy writes:

“Swords, who taught the history of science technology at Western Michigan University and is an emeritus professor of environmental studies, has drilled deep into the vein of primary sources and — along with eight co-authors and contributors — produced an authoritative look at the high-level disarray, inter-agency tensions, and the military’s improvisational attempts at information management even as honest scientists struggled to give them the truth.”

Billy laments that few people will read the work due to its length (580 pp.) and distaste for material that will read like, well, an academic textbook. I hope many UFO Religion readers will tackle it, or at least purchase it for reference.

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Just a quick note. I was in Nashville this past week and weekend to be filmed for a documentary response to the ancient aliens show/series. Things went well; it was fun. Word has it that the documentary will be several hours in length. It sounded to me like it would be available (free) to the public toward the end of September or early October. I’ll keep you all posted here.