Archive for the ‘UFO news’ Category
Yesterday I blogged about the upcoming Citizen’s Hearing for Disclosure. Trust me when I say I’m hoping something substantive comes of it. Stephen Bassett has assembled a lot of people I’d consider credible (but I wouldn’t say that about everyone on the witness list).
Also fast approaching (April 22) is the Sirius world premier that is the centerpiece of Steven Greer’s “Sirius Disclosure” project. Greer is a high profile researcher. There are some high profile people in ufology who I trust to be forthright and objective, and there are those I don’t trust that way. Dr. Greer is in the latter category. He’s controversial even within the ufological camp.1 My most current reason not to trust Greer is his touting of the “Atacama Alien” pictured below.
This “discovery” is not new; it’s actually a few years old. The specimen has also been examined by several specialists. No word on whether any of them will be featured in Greer’s film, though I wouldn’t expect that given the conclusions drawn prior to this world premier. (No doubt Greer will have his own “expert yes men” for the film). Here’s an excerpt from the report linked above:
“The second transcribed document is a forensic medical report written by Dr. Francisco Etxeberria Gabilondo, a professor of Legal and Forensic Medicine in the Basque Country University, and specialist in Forensic Anthropology with the Complutense University, who wrote the study at the bequest of the IIEE (probably for a fee, although that is not mentioned). Dr. Etxeberria wrote that, “it’s a mummified body with all typical the characteristics of a fetus. The body has a length of 14 cm and displays all the structures and anatomical links normal for the head, trunk and extremities. . . .
Taken as a whole, the proportions of the anatomical structures (skeleton and softer parts), the level of development of each one of its bones and its macroscopic configuration, allow us to interpret it without any shadow of doubt as a completely normal mummified fetus … Both based on the total length of the body as well as the length of the bones, it can be estimated that it’s a fetus in an approximate gestation period close to 15 weeks.”
This of course isn’t exciting enough for a world premier, so don’t expect to hear anything about it in the movie. The whole thing reminds me a bit of the bogus “nephilim skulls” that are out there. I blogged about that over on my PaleoBabble site many moons ago, complete with a picture from a medical supply catalog of these “amazing” skulls – the medical supply company has several models so their medical students can learn about human cranial deformities (which is good, so they don’t have to rob the Smithsonian of one of their hidden specimens from the late 1800s). Sad to say, I’ve seen these models at Christian conferences to promote various nuggets of nephilim nonsense (I normally hate alliteration, but I’ll let that one pass – truth be told, I was tempted to add “nattering nabobs” to that from the Aladdin movie).
It also reminds me of a book I’ve read . . . that had unscrupulous people using doctored human fetuses to create alien remains. . . . Oh yeah, that was my novel, The Facade. Funny.
Of course there will be those who think that because the specimen has a skeleton that it must be alien. To all you Einsteins out there on that point – a human fetus has a skeleton, too. All 206 bones of the human being are present by the end of the fifth week. (Please note that the 5th week would fall before the 15th week noted in the quotation above).
This whole world premier thing illustrates the poor thinking of many who want desperately to have aliens explain everything in world history and our origins (i.e., who want that as a religion). Just Google it. Or better yet, look at the name of Greer’s project: “Sirius Disclosure. The title plays off Robert Temple’s iconic but demonstrably bogus “Sirius Mystery.” Think about it. Let’s say this six-inch specimen isn’t human — how the Zeta do we know it’s from Sirius? Because that’s a narrative Greer likes – it “connects” (in the Land of Non Sequitur) to cool things like ancient Egypt (Temple had the image of Akhenaten on the cover of his Sirius Mystery book – we all know he was an ET, despite what the recent DNA research on the mummies in his lineage says).2
So where does this leave us? Well, if you’re like me who’d like to see serious people do serious thinking about a subject as serious as whether we’re alone in the universe, you’re embarrassed by this latest stunt (by the way, that sound rhyming on “Sirius” is called assonance – oh, crud, I ruined the aural subliminal). You all know that, if there are such things, I’m on the side of the public having a right to know (i.e., at least confirm the idea if it’s real – I do allow for legitimate national security issues). Stuff like this generates cash and sets tongues to wagging, but doesn’t really help credibility.
The indefatigable Stephen Bassett has come up with a new, creative idea to keep nudging American officialdom to disclosing its UFO secrets: a citizen hearing at the National Press Club, at which four former federal lawmakers will hear an anticipated 30 hours of UFO- and ET-related testimony from researchers, military personnel and witnesses.
It’s a pretty good idea in my view – really, a natural extension of what Steve’s devoted his life to for many years. Hopefully it will produce something one could call a positive result.
However, these sorts of things always make me wonder what I think is an obvious consideration. What if this event or some other effort *did* compel a confession or disclosure — and the answer was basically “We really don’t have any hard evidence of ET life; we just didn’t want the public to know we had no answers all these years”? Would anyone who desperately wants disclosure today believe them? Granted, I think there’s a little more to the issue than this hypothetical answer, and don’t imagine the government would tell the public lots of things they ought to, but the problem is potentially real: If the authorities really tell you what they can, holding nothing back, and their answer isn’t the one you wanted, then what?
According to the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure website, the event will occur April 29 through May 3 and “will be filmed as the basis for a forthcoming documentary-Truth Embargo - by Just Cause Entertainment.” The former federal lawmakers participating are:
The entire hearing “will be live streamed worldwide in English, Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, Japanese and Mandarin (archive only).”
Witnesses are listed on the hearing website under the appropriate tab.
Below is a pretty sweet video explanation for the “UFO” Russell Crowe captured on his camera. Credit for bringing this to my attention goes to Jason Colavito, via Twitter.
If you believe in this nonsense, then here is what else you must believe:
1. That everything we know about astronomy and celestial mechanics is wrong (I’d want to know how we put people on the moon, why Voyager was a success, and how we landed rovers on Mars if that’s the case).
2. That all amateur astronomers work for NASA and they are collectively lying — without a single exception or refugee of conscience . . . or maybe they are all in FEMA camps at NASA’s orders.
3. That the Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Egyptians, and Mayans – supposedly cultures with fantastic astronomical knowledge (per people like Graham Hancock and Zecharia Sitchin) — somehow unanimously never noted a single near pass of Planet X in their astronomical texts. You’d think if it happened it would have been important enough to include a least one line about it. There was no NASA back then to make them lie or put them in FEMA camps.
4. That Nancy Lieder really does talk to aliens, and the aliens don’t know anything about astronomy either . . . or they’re working for NASA and helping to silence the world’s amateur astronomers of the world.
5. That the Mesopotamian astronomical texts we have are lies — since they know of no planet beyond Saturn and never cite Nibiru as a planet beyond Saturn.
6. That if something’s on the internet, it must be true.
7. That the people promoting the Planet X 2012 Doomsday stuff aren’t interested in making a quick buck off you — they’re doing it for the children.
8. That Harold Camping was misunderstood.
9. That Hollywood movies are where truth comes from.
10. That science only matters when it confirms what you already believe.