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I just wanted to let everyone know in the wake of my interview on Art Bell’s show Monday night, that the special edition of The Facade is now in print. It’s also available in several ebook formats: Vyrso, Kindle, Nook, iBook, Google Play).

I should also mention that the special edition of The Façade is part of Amazon’s new Kindle Matchbook program -  everyone who buys The Facade in print book on Amazon can get the Kindle ebook for just $3. Amazon Prime users get free two-day shipping.

The special edition contains bonus content:

- the story behind The Facade and Mike’s first Coast to Coast AM appearance
- up-to-date annotated bibliographies for the plot elements
- the first 5 chapters of the sequel, The Portent

I mention all this specifically because of progress on The Portent. I’ll be finishing the draft of the sequel this weekend (for real). In a nutshell, if you haven’t read The Facade, you’ll get lost in The Portent. It truly is a sequel, not just a second book on similar subject matter. If you haven’t read The Facade yet, now would be a good time to do that so it’s fresh in your mind when The Portent becomes available.

A few hand-picked operatives out there will be reading the draft of The Portent for feedback this month. I’ll be making a last pass, too. Then it’s time to turn in the manuscript to the publisher. That should happen by November 1.


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Is the red rain phenomena of Kerala, India, proof of extraterrestrial life? Does it contain ET DNA? Does it demonstrate a panspermia mechanism?

The answers, in order, are: no, no, and no.

The red rain issue seems to come up a lot. I want to use it as an example of how research focused on UFOs and ET life sometimes annoys me.

It takes little effort to find peer-reviewed material on red rain. Scientists are aware of it. Here is a 2006 article, published in an astrophysics journal, that angles toward an ET origin explanation, but acknowledges there is no DNA in the red rain – just molecules similar to earthly biological molecules. The gist of the argument that the material came from space is its dissimilarity to terrestrial alternatives (like dust or volcanic ejecta). Sounds good, right? Well, hold on ….

A year later this short essay was published in Analytical Chemistry (2007, 79:9, pp 3238–3238). Its focus was isotope analysis of the red rain. It’s terrestrial as far as anyone can tell, but the essay doesn’t totally rule out extraterrestrial. There’s just nothing to support an extraterrestrial conclusion to this point.

In short: scientists aren’t completely sure where the red rain particles are from, though analysis to date points to terrestrial origin. They’ll keep working on it until they can be completely sure where the stuff came from on earth (that’s what’s needed to nail it down).

What annoys me is that so many UFO “researchers” simply take pull quotes from studies that angle for the ET origin (or worse, from other UFO websites) and then steer their readers to the conclusion they prefer. That falls somewhere between incompetent and dishonest, but that’s the sort of thing you see all the time in this field, unfortunately. I’m not an astrophysicist. I’m not a chemist. It took 15 minutes out of my day to find the above resources, which are high in quality. If I can do it, others can as well. It’s not magic.

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I recently received this URL from someone asking me to take a look – it’s a site about the NASA cover-up of alien bases on the moon. Familiar conspiracy silliness, new source (for me anyway).

The URL gives me the opportunity to direct readers to a blog that I follow called “The Emoluments of Mars,” written by someone (Expat) who has a deep knowledge of spaceflight, NASA photographs, and photographic analysis.

Basically, “Expat” is the “anti-Hoagland”. He’s intimately familiar with all of what Richard Hoagland, Mike Bara, and Ken Johnston have written and said to prop up the idea of alien base / artificial structures on the moon and Mars. News flash: there are piles of problems with their use/abuse of images, analysis, and thought processes. Since I have no knowledge of such things, Expat’s blog is a wonderful resource to get critical evaluation of these claims. It’s great knowing there are experts in such fields that bother to get involved (akin to my geneticist friend to whom I regularly send “alien DNA” hokum for expert opinion).

I decided to send the URL I received to Expat to see if he’d comment (I did so in the comments to one of his posts). He replied:

No, I hadn’t seen that page before, but I face-palmed as soon as I read this:

“photos revealing artifacts and structures are routinely modified by NASA higher-ups.” [the source of the photos at the aforementioned URL - MSH] doesn’t know what it’s writing about. As I’ve often mentioned on this blog, all data processing for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is done at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State Univ. “NASA high-ups” don’t even get to see it until the processing is done.

Use Google advanced search to pull out everything I’ve written about Ken Johnston, and you’ll read my opinion of him. Someone who claims expertise in NASA photography, and says the blue flare in AS14-66-9301 is a spaceship, IS NOT a reliable source.

So there you go, alien conspiracy fans – take Expat up on the search for a taste of what he does. Better yet, follow his blog!


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Exposing PseudoAstronomy is a podcast hosted by Stuart Robbins. (Stuart is a postdoctoral researcher in astronomy whose focus is on planetary geophysics). I highly recommend it. He just posted the latest episode:

Podcast Episode 83: David Sereda’s Claims Clip Show, Part 1


It’s not hard to believe there will be other parts. Here’s the blurb on the podcast episode page:

The purpose of this episode is to provide a background into how Sereda went from a UFOlogist to a more generic new-ager with a few specific claims of his own. I then go into two of his main claims (of MANY that I’ll go more into next time) and wrap up with when giving your professional background becomes an argument from authority logical fallacy. Actually, almost everything that Sereda says is a “Name that Logical Fallacy” exercise.

This episode “required” me listening to approximately 40 hours of Coast to Coast AM. I took nearly 10,000 words of notes. I think I may take up drinking …

Wow – that’s a lot of effort to put into a podcast series. I’ve long felt the same way about Sereda’s ideas, having read enough new age cosmology and metaphysics to see that David’s physics are hard to distinguish from that stuff (which is inherently religious). But since I lack a background in the hard sciences, I’m dependent on folks like Stuart who care enough to spend serious time hearing Sereda out (among others) and subjecting their thinking to relevant scientific data. I’m guessing lots of readers out there are like me in that regard.

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The Templeton foundation has awarded $200,000 to astronomer Geoff Marcy (UC-Berkeley) to see if he can detect alien spacecraft passing in front of distant stars. Before you laugh, Marcy is easily the most famous astronomer among those detecting extra-solar planets. He’s credited with discovering nearly 3/4 of the 100 or so found so far.

I really have to learn how to apply for grants.

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