Continuing on where I left on the last post, I know that I should've written more about the UMMO mythos, given how it's not a particularly popular topic among the English-speaking UFO enthusiasts.
To anyone really interested in the subject, finding information on UMMO online won't be difficult. Suffice it to say the 'corpus' of the case relies mostly on a number of letters that were sent to several recipients accross mainly Spain & France, and a famous b/w series of photographs of an alleged flying saucer taken in San José de Valderas (Spain) in 1967.
The authenticity of the San José de Valderas photos has also been put into questions by several researchers. In the 1990s a Spanish UFOlogists by the name of José Luis Jordán Peña came out & claimed to have orchestrated the fraud, and that he wrote & sent the letters, yet even prior to that many UFOlogists didn't take the UMMO affair seriously.
But even Jacques Vallee was schocked by the famous UFO landing case of Voronezh (Russia) in 1989, because the witnesses reported & drew the same UMMO symbol, which was already associated with a fraud in the mind of most serious researchers. Vallee alluded it to the self-negating nature of the phenomenon, but it's important to point out that the giant humanoids witnessed in that Russian park 24 years ago were completely unlike the 'Nordic' appearance ascribed to the 'Ummites' in the 1960s.
My interest in UMMO was rekindled by a book written by Juan José Benítez in 2007. In it, Benítez made the compelling case that the symbol has been observed in many independent sightings all around the world --and BEFORE the UMMO case became famous in the 1960s. Also, the symbol can be found in different ancient cultures --like the astrological symbol of Uranus, which I mentioned on my previous post.
So my current position is that, although the typewritten letters are likely hoaxes --and Jordán Peña may or may not have received help from some intelligence agency to carry out the deception for them-- I still think the UMMO symbol is authentic, and might become relevant once again in the future.
...Or, I may be just full of shit. It's up to you to decide ;)
[WARNING: Crazy rambling below]
By now everyone & his dog has watched or heard the news that a new Pope has been elected by a rather expeditious conclave. And contrary to the expectations of many, the cardinals elected a man from Latin America who chose --rather fittingly in light of the circumstances-- to be known as Francis I.
The fact that Jorge Mario Bergoglio is a member of the Jesuit order, is something that I'm sure will keep the students of St. Malachy's prophecies in overdrive in the days to come --The Superior General of the Society of Jesus is unkindly known as the 'Black Pope'.
Even the new 'vicar of Christ' during his 1st speech jokingly said that the cardinals had gone to the "end of the world" to choose a bishop --geographically speaking, of course...
But as I was following the news delivered at Twitterspeed, the 1st thing that came to my head was "is there some numerological/astrological significance that the new Pontiff was chosen on 13/03/13?"
Turns out there is (I think).
Thanks also to Twitter I learned that on a day like this, 232 years ago, the planet Uranus was discovered by astronomer William Herschel. Compelled by a discussion started at my friend Mike Clelland's blog --in which Woody Allen's film The Sleeper was mentioned, which prompted me to write the famous quote from Frank Herbert's Dune "the sleeper must awaken" (hold that in mind)-- I googled the astrological significance of the planet Uranus:
"Uranus is known in astrology as the "Awakener," [emphasis mine] since its aspects and transits bring sudden changes and shocks. It rules Aquarius, the quirky innovator, and sometimes these upheavals are a necessary break from restrictions in favor of a more liberated path."
But there's more: Turns out Bergoglio became a priest on December 13th, 1969. Another 13 in this man's life.
Yet the thing that made MY head go into overdrive is because somehow --don't ask me why-- I feel this is all connected to the controversial UMMO affair.
Perhaps it's just the similarities between the UMMO symbol & the astrological sibil of Uranus. But I think it's also the fact that the 1st book I ever read about UMMO --way before it was 'debunked'-- had been written by an Argentinian. The author's name escapes my mind though...
From a semiological point of view, my own personal interpretation of the UMMO symbol is of two separate worlds or realities --represented by the 2 curves or hyperbola-- which are somehow able to 'touch' through a threshold thanks to a third connecting element. The way interpret it --again, don't ask me why-- is that this represents a future event.
Other interesting synchro of the day: the ALMA radio telescope array --the largest in the world-- was unveiled in the Atacama desert, in Chile --Chile & Argentina are neighboring countries.
Oh, and 'Alma' literally means 'soul' in Spanish ;)
So what does this all mean? I haven't the foggiest, but I had to write this down anyway :P
[END OF CRAZY RAMBLING]
[UPDATE]: Pheew! the MU guys went easy on me during ep. 910 *relieved*
In the meantime, check out Loren Coleman's thoughts re. the Ultimate Black Pope. Turns out jokers --that would be me-- can get predictions right once in a while ;)
When it developed that the first Pope was a Jesuit, I (@CryptoLoren) then tweeted this: "Before #Pope named @red_pill_junkie's humorous comment ab #GuyFawkes mask was prophetic. Jesuits were associated with the Gunpowder Plot. #V"
[UPDATE II]: Tim Boucher proposed yet another interesting link between Bergoglio & the UMMO affair: the wolf.
In their infamous typewritten letters, the Ummites told their recipients that their planet orbitted a star our astronomers know as Wolf 424, part of a binary system approximately 14.2 light years away.
One of the most famous stories about St. Francis of Assisi --the saint in whose honor Bergoglio chose his papal name-- is that of the wolf of Gubbio, a terrible man-killer that was peacefully tamed by the grace of the future leader of the Franciscan order.
And of course, there's also the famous Capitoline Wolf (Lupa Capitolina), or she-wolf of Rome, which nursed the twin brothers Romulus & Remus and later became the symbol of the city.
What do these inter-species unions mean?
Last weekend I posted a review of The Other Side of Truth: Paul Kimball's first incursion as an author, in which the Canadian raconteur offers his personal speculations about those things we call 'the Paranormal.'
Overall, I highly recommend this book as a valuable addition to any Fortean's library.
My "Oh-S#!t-there's-no-F&%@ing-Internet-at-the-office--and-I-forgot-my-cellphone" expression.
That was me yesterday ;)
My latest contribution for the Intrepid blog is an all-too inadequate homage to one of my favorite characters in Mexican history: Francisco I. Madero, and the spiritualist practices which directed him to launch the 1st social revolution of XXth century.
After all, how many nations can say they had a medium president? ;)
Knock here to make your presence known.
In my latest post @ Intrepid, I explain why Marty & Doc Brown helped me questions the traditional notion of 'past lives'.
Hit the gas to 88mph to see some serious $#!t.
In a new development that will probably not surprise a whole lot of people, I will start lending a hand to my peeps at the Gralien Report as comment moderator. Because I believe that lively discussions is what makes great websites stand out from the rest.
So, be sure to drop by, as Micah & co. will keep bringing you plenty of great content to whet your Fortean appetite ;)
"Dreaming the American Dream is easy.
What's hard is crossing through Mexico"
The Precocious & Brief Life of Sabina Rivas is a movie the Federal government of Mexico does NOT want you to see.
The producer --Abraham Zabludovsky-- and director --Luis Mandoki-- had a really hard time finding the investment for this film. They received zero support from Mexico city's Dept. of Cultural Affairs, and many investors backed down when they were asked to finance the project.
And there's a good reason for that.
The reason is that this film, based on the novel La Mara written by Rafael Ramírez Heredia (1942-2006) portrays a rather embarrassment side of Mexico. An inconvenient truth, in light of how we are always complaining about the mistreatment our compatriots receive, when they try to reach that legendary promised land, known as the United States.
And yet what the Federal government often fails to mention when they raise the issue of new immigration policies with our powerful northern neighbor, is the things that happen in our other border: the nightmare experienced by the illegal immigrants from Central & South America, who try to reach the same promised land in search of a better life, while crossing through Mexico's territory.
A journey not unlike the fantasy scenarios written by the likes of Tolkien, for even though this is the real world, it's a trip filled with dangerous monsters.
Monsters like the gangsters of La Mara Salvatrucha, with whom the immigrants need to negotiate in order to reach the 1st stage of their travel: the southern border of Mexico.
Monsters like the beast, which is the name the immigrants give to the treacherous freight train they all need to ride, and claims the limbs and lives of many careless travelers.
Monsters like the Zetas, who are always on the hunt for the illegal immigrants, who are easy prey and can be used to demand ransom to their families in Nicaragua, Guatemala or Honduras. We also know that the Zetas sometimes force them to join their ranks, or suffer the consequences.
We know this because we've found the bodies of those who refused.
And finally, the worst monsters of them all: the very officers of Mexico's Immigration police force. Why the worst, you ask? Because once they arrest the illegal immigrants, instead of returning them safely to their countries of origin, they often sell them to the Zetas. They can do this because a) they have the law on their side; and b) nobody cares about these people --nobody outside their family, that is. And some kind souls like father Solalinde, who gives shelter and protection to some of these men, women and children. Truly, he is the kind of Catholic priest I still have respect for.
All this and more, it's what Sabina Rivas is all about. A movie which tells the story of a young Honduran girl, who tries to make her dreams of becoming a singer come true. She will try to reach for paradise, but will have to cross through hell to do so.
When it's released, go out and see it.
And when you do, always keep in mind that the images projected on the screen, are happening to someone in the real world, just while you're sitting comfortably on that dark movie theater.
Maybe that will help you have a different opinion of that Hispanic gardener or house maid you get to see from time to time, who seem always in a hurry to get on time while nervously looking behind their shoulders.
C'mon! Tell me you didn't think about it too! ;)
I've resisted it for as long as I could, but I guess I'm beat.
I hereby announce that I've created a Twitter account. So there.
If you wish to 'follow' me, you can find me @red_pill_junkie
Lord, have mercy...