News Briefs 04-11-2010

I’m looking for answers from the Great Beyond.

  • Die like an Egyptian: Book of Dead brought to life.
  • Binding climate change deal at Cancun summit “impossible” —after Obama’s defeat (there’s always next year life).
  • Exhibit “C” that Democracy is a sham: Jeff Peckman’s UFO proposal in Denver didn’t pass.
  • Fortean Fallacies: Micah Hanks investigates the myths surrounding the 1942 Battle of Los Angeles —not to be confused with this Battle of Los Angeles.
  • Chris Knowles shines new light on Project Blue Beam.
  • Ascending to the stars on a beam of light —Prot would be so proud.
  • One small step for a droid: NASA’s quest to send a robot to the Moon. (More)
  • Next Mars rover mission could find fossils.
  • Invisibility cloak closer with new ‘metamaterial’ —will it be ready to stop Voldemort at the Deathly Hallows?
  • Why the owls are disappearing in India: blame it on Harry —and NO, I’m not in the death eaters’ payroll!
  • New vulnerability discovered in viruses.
  • Wild dolphins walking on water —if they start turning water into wine it… really wouldn’t surprise me that much.
  • [AUDIO] The Paracast crew interviews renowned crackpot historian —& 23rd. degree Discordian— Adam Gorightly.
  • [VIDEO] Cameron discusses new technologies needed for Avatar sequels —one of them is how to device a bigger wallet.

Domo Arigato, Kat-san & Rick-san

Quote of the Day:

“There’s one that you people probably haven’t even heard of here, ’cause the U.S. government threw a blanket over it. It’s all over Canada though… happened about three, four weeks ago in Akron, Ohio. Same sort of thing that Prof. Carr is saying happened at Patterson Air Force Base. There was a decompression accident and they have a ship and four bodies: three feet tall, caucasian, although weathered all over to make up for it, same organic stuff: cocks and lungs and such, but different, bigger brains.”

“You know Barry Goldwater is resigning from politics to become President of a UFO organization… he’s not really resigning from politics, he just realizes they can’t keep it all secret much longer and he wants to be at the top when it breaks. It will break soon.”

David Bowie

  1. Here’s their sign…
    Re: Next Mars rover mission could find fossils.

    Of course, the question is whether NASA would recognize a Martian fossil even if it held up a sign for one of their rover’s cameras.

    http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/all/1/m/106/1M137593512EFF2208P2956M2M1.JPG

    Almost, not quite hardly, maybe or not…

    *sigh*

    I kind of agree with the argument that… while robots are great for some spacey things, fossil hunting and bug chasing on alien worlds is probably not among them… at least, not at this stage in our technology.

  2. 1942 Battle of Los Angeles
    For me the best thing about this investigation is that the original newspaper report has been checked and verified: the fact that there is no reference the a ‘butterfly’ shaped craft is not a problem as at least a craft was seen, albeit apparently indestructable!

    1. Yes, but…
      What we have here is a small snippet of the way an event turns into a story, and then slowly but surely into myth.

      It might be a bit trivial in this case, compared to the overall magnitude of the event; nonetheless it should be a warning that things we take for granted might be inaccurate, or maybe completely bogus.

      Another thing Micah indicates is just how hard it is to rebuke or revise false information in this field. No matter how much data or proof you present, some people will refuse to buy it; or some people might not be aware of your update, and will happily keep citing the known lore. And the problem worsens because newcomers keep arriving and they will not be aware of how to look for reliable sources.

      The Fortean realm is a very slippery slope, and before you know it, you’re up to your neck in Kool Aid.

    1. Good point
      They should go to Tabasco or Veracruz instead. People are starving because their crop fields are flooded.

      I’m probably gonna write something in my blog regarding why Cancun is a symbol of eco-cyde in pursuit of egotistical fortune. Stay tuned…

  3. Jeff Peckman’s UFO proposal

    Exhibit “C” that Democracy is a sham: Jeff Peckman’s UFO proposal in Denver didn’t pass.

    And this was the most reasonable proposal, amendment, or whatever-you-call-it on the ballot! First, it was briefly worded in normal English; and second, it clearly said it was to be funded by donations, rather than by taxpayers.

    All of which means, I was one of the 15% who voted for it! 😉

    1. Peckman
      Jeff Peckman is an attention-seeking flake who makes UFO research an easy target for mainstream ridicule. Any vote to lessen his public visibility or influence is a good vote.

  4. The Cloaked Room
    How many invisible people can you put in one room, I wonder? When will an invisible man first stub his toe on an invisible chair? How do you know if you have a closet full of invisible clothes or an empty closet? (I suppose this renders dry cleaning entirely out of the question.) If somebody buys you an invisibility cloak, do they like you, or do they just think you’re ugly? Are there really voices in your head, or is it just an invisible man with a lot of spare time?

  5. Laser Technology
    Red Pill,

    First of all, how is Senorita Garcia doing as a Police Chief? I hope that she is still alive!

    The idea of using laser techology for rocker propulsion is very interesting. It could revolutionize space travel.

      1. No News Is Good News!
        Red Pill,

        I’m happy to hear that she is still alive!

        I agree with you about chemical propulsion rockets. Furthermore, besides being boring, they polute the atmosphere; whereas, laser propulsion would be eco-friendly!

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