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Rob Sheaffer over at the Bad UFO blog offers a whimsical (and in places, disturbing) description of the goings-on at the “alternative knowledge” conference held this past August at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center.
Every UFO conference is a mixture of people (attendees and speakers), ranging from the serious to the sublimely ridiculous. I’ve attended several and by now am familiar with the taxonomic categories. But this one sounds especially cartoonish. Rob describes speakers who were all-white suits (Mommy, is that man God?) and brought human props (i.e., bodyguards) to reinforce the myth of their own self-importance. Some of them were wearing T-Shirts that said “Black-Ops.” Really? Are Black-Ops supposed to be secret? Oh . . . wait . . . I get it – they were hidden in plain sight.
This sort of P.T. Barnum-ish buffoonery (along with the incoherence of the research) is why such people shouldn’t be taken seriously.
Just a heads up. I’m scheduled to be Art’s guest on Monday, September 30 (the show runs (7pm-11pm, Pacific). You can get information on times how to listen via Art’s website. The topic will, I believe, be UFOs, MJ-12 documents, ancient astronauts, that sort of thing.
For those who listened to Art years ago, the show is very similar — even the same bumper music. It’s been wonderful to hear him again on the air.
In my novel, the UFOs at AREA-51 were powered by Element 115, which was unknown to the outside world. That idea (also know to people into ufology) came courtesy of someone named Bob Lazar, a self-proclaimed AREA-51 whistleblower. Lazar claimed to have worked as a physicist at S4, a Top Secret research facility just southwest of AREA-51, and at AREA-51 itself.
Lazar claimed that Element 115 had been discovered in conjunction with reverse-engineering alien technology at AREA-51. According to his Wikipedia entry, which quotes Lazar’s website (see footnote 12):
Bob Lazar claims that the atomic Element 115 served as a nuclear fuel. Element 115 (temporarily named “ununpentium” (symbol Uup) reportedly provided an energy source which would produce anti-gravity effects under proton bombardment, along with antimatter for energy production. As the intense strong nuclear force field of Element 115′s nucleus would be properly amplified, the resulting large-scale gravitational effect would be a distortion or warp of space-time that would, in effect, greatly shorten the distance and travel time to a destination.
In light of the above, it’s interesting (and I’m no physicist, mind you) that the Science Daily article notes that Element 115 has led to “new insight into the structure and properties of super-heavy atomic nuclei.” It doesn’t say anything about proton bombardment or “anti-gravity.” This link has the new element named ununpentium – as in The Facade, via Lazar’s claim. However, the same article notes that “this isotope has a half-life of 160 milliseconds.” No ununpentium pellets yet!
Lazar is, to say the least, controversial. While one would expect any service (of the sort he describes) at AREA-51 to be highly classified, but his academic credentials have gone unverified. He’s also been in legal trouble with respect to personal conduct and his business, United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies.
Anyone familiar with the Roswell incident knows the name Jesse Marcel. Major Marcel was the first officer on the scene of the crash – he was the guy who filled his trunk with crash debris and took it home before taking it to the base. Stanton Friedman’s interview with him ignited the modern Roswell mythic narrative. While the debris was at his home, his son, Jesse, Jr. got to touch it, an experience that has since become the stuff of legend.
The younger Marcel died of a heart attack on August 24. He was 77.
Thoughts on Jesse Marcel, Jr.’s passing have started to appear online. I thought readers might be interested in reading some of them.