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News Briefs 07-07-2011

Guess what I’m designing right now: A casino.
I wonder how this will affect my Karma account…

Thanks Kat, Rick & Holly.

Quote of the Day:

“We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects, and it would take an act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity. Anything you can imagine, we already know how to do.”

Ben Rich (1925-1995), former Skunk Works CEO.

  1. Differing views
    I did not know who to post this to, I’ve been following this blog for a while and like it a lot, recently I found the video material of project camelot, and in particular the interviews with Bob Dean.
    If you want to know more about alien existence, reasons why they are not on the surface etc check out his video’s. Also I would love to find more info on the Vanderberg Space Base, which is the real deal vs the Mickey Mouse NASA.
    Further I like to advice anybody who wants deeper understanding of our existence the interview of David Icke with project camelot.
    Why does google earth show HD of Mars, but seems to be unable to give quality resolution of the moon?

    1. Bob Dean
      Nick Redfern wrote something about Dean in a recent article for Mysterious Universe.

      n 1994, Dean gave a lecture before an audience at the Civic Theater, Leeds, England, during which he elaborated upon his knowledge of the human-like aliens said to be present in our very own environment. Dean revealed that so similar to us was at least one race of extraterrestrial that “they could sit next to you in an airplane or in a restaurant in a coat and tie or a dress and you would never know. They could be sitting next to you in a theater like this.”

      Most alarming of all, however, were the ramifications that all of the above reportedly caused amongst the highest echelons of NATO. “Back in 1964,” stated Dean, “this was a matter of great concern to the admirals and generals at SHAPE Headquarters in Paris. Some of the discussions which went on in the War Room were kind of frightening and some of them were rather amusing. One officer said: ‘My God, man, do you realize that these [aliens] could be walking up and down the corridors of SHAPE Headquarters and we wouldn’t even know who the hell they were?’”

      Nick also linked this Youtube video. I see no reason why I shouldn’t include it here:

      I’ve always found what Dean says fascinating. That doesn’t mean I believe everything he says. it could very well be that the famous report he claims he found while working for NATO was nothing more than disinformation, or some kind of mind test, or even something to verify the staff’s loyalty or their capacity to keep a secret.

      But I still have a soft spot for Dean, ya know? his is a message of hope, and he transmits a vibe of peace of mind and benevolence that compels the audience to pay attention 🙂

  2. Ben Rich Quote – Source?
    “We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects, and it would take an act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity. Anything you can imagine, we already know how to do.”

    Ben Rich (1925-1995), former Skunk Works CEO.

    You wouldn’t happen to have a source for that quote, would you?

    An initial Google search leads me to believe it’s BS.

    1. Cornered I am
      It’s pretty much agreed —i.e. it’s part of the UFO lore— that Ben Rich did say those things during a college lecture he gave during the last years of his life. Now, whether this was just pure horse manure, disinformation or speculation on his part, or he was actually disclosing important revelations concerning the black world of R&D, we still don’t have definitive proof.

      Check this.

      I do not know if the UCLA keeps an archive on past lectures. Currently I’m unable to find anything.

      I’d recommend you to listen to this podcast show from Mysterious Universe.

      Richard Dolan also mentioned Rich on his second volume of the trilogy UFOs and the National Security State.

      1. I checked that link
        I checked that link first, saw that it was nothing but unsourced here-say and did a Google search. I found that the quote you attribute to Ben Rich is, as you describe, part of UFO lore.

        What it is not, however, is verifiable.

        1. UnFunded Opportunities
          How about this: John Andrews was a friend of Ben Rich. They corresponded with each other, and on several occasions Andrews inquired Rich about the subject of UFOs.

          In one letter, Andrews told Rich that he believed some UFOs were man-made, while others were from ‘elsewhere’.

          This is the response:

          “Yes, ” he wrote back to Andrews on July 21, “I’m a believer in both categories. I feel everything is possible. Many of our man made UFOs are Un Funded Opportunities. In both categories, there are a lot of kooks and charlatans – be cautious. Best regards, Ben Rich.”

          What did he mean by Un Funded Opportunities? Could it mean, perhaps, that the United States is in possession of the know-how to build (or recreate) an operational flying saucer, but that currently the project is being shelved or in an indefinite hold on?

          What if Thomas Edison had come in possession of a cell phone. Would he have been able to understand how it works? maybe. Could he have been able to build another one? that’s another matter entirely, because a cell phone depends on many different industries and technologies —rare materials like galium, indium, etc, for example— the fact that we currently have all these industries and technologies that support one another is the reason you can buy a cell phone for less than 100 dollars. But maybe building one from scratch would have cost Edison 100 billion!

          Maybe building ONE operational flying saucer, with our current level of technology, is possible, but economically prohibitive.

          I also remember what Michio Kaku says about civilizations; type 1 civilization is when you are able to harness the entire energy of your home planet. Type 2 is when you harness the entire energy of your home star. Type 3 is when you harness the energy of an entire galaxy!

          It could very well be that, even if you knew how, a type 0 civilization (that’s us) is not able to afford the development of a single operational spacecraft, the same way King Richard in the Middle Ages would not have been able to devote the resources of his entire kingdom in the building of one automobile 🙂

    2. Standing Reason on its Ear

      “We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects, and it would take an act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity. Anything you can imagine, we already know how to do.”

      I recall first reading that quote. It was quite a statement but the real shock comes after you’ve spent some time considering all the many and varied implications.

      If you dismiss it out of hand, there is no real answer for why, even after overcoming sails and wooden ships, coal and steam powered engines, horse and buggy, propeller-driven airplanes, the speed of sound, reaching Earth orbit, man landing on the moon, robots landing on Mars and a permanent space station, that we are still mired in a century-old method of locomotion (piston engines) fueled by petroleum that is undeniably, though slowly, poisoning our world.

      One step back, spin about and look at it. Every other aspect of human technology has advanced… except for our cars and our *medicine.

      One more step back, turn to look and you have to wonder where all the great discoveries went that you never heard about. Where is the cure for cancer? Where is the next generation of personal transportation? Where are the inventors that have been with us since we finally broke free from the dark ages?

      Okay, maybe we are stuck in a tough spot where the next great leaps will take more time. But… that still does not explain why we are still refining that goo from the dirt and ignoring the biggest source of energy in our solar system.

      It just demands more than a passing curiosity.

      * I wish I had not included that as I did. It should have read, ‘… except for our cars and some areas of healthcare’.

      My bad.

  3. Hood-winking
    Look at the continual messes, look at the clowns, look at the stupidity. Think that’s a sign that we’re in possession of anything but the same old shark-oil those good old boys have been peddling since they invented Sphinx-turds?

    Bill Rich was highly-paid for a reason. There’s no evidence of anything whatsoever except that by constantly prodding people about exciting imaginations with no substance, they’ll be distracted from the hundreds of billions going to the select few.

    1. Fair point
      You raise a fair point. It’s difficult to feel empathy toward a man who worked (and benefited handsomely) for a system that prefers to invest billions in expensive war deterrents, than in the health and education of the same people they claim to be defending.

  4. My best effort
    Re: Space shuttle’s last flight leaves Russia with space monopoly.

    I recall growing up in Florida in the 1960s, and seeing rockets being launched from a distance.

    I remember the night when we landed on the moon. I was allowed to stay up and watch.

    I also remember the Soyuz-Apollo event, the Skylabs, the Skylab II falling across the Pacific, the Viking landings on Mars…

    I have always associated American greatness with our ability to do things that did not include tanks and bombers… and all those other things that kill people by design.

    So, now with all but the bitter end of US manned space flight, the feeling is that we have simply run out of motive, of desire, of curiosity, of innovation, of courage, of daring, of effort to reach tomorrow.

    It really hits hard regardless of the official line that we will build this cute little capsule that will be capable of splashing down or bouncing on solid dirt.

    I feel like we have been vampired of spirit, robbed of opportunity and denied the chance to improve by the bean counters and bureaucratic neanderthals that we ourselves hired.

    I really wish there was something positive to say to this, the last space shuttle launch… but even with an effort to do so, this is what I wrote.

    It’s the best I could do.

    1. A great fighter
      A great fighter is not the one who has won all his fights by knock out.

      A great fighter is the one who manages to recover from a loss, and fights to reclaim his title.

  5. Casinos are fun!
    As long as you don’t get trapped in cliches, the extravagances can be liberating for the designer. In the customer spaces, whenever possible, think spectacle!

    You’ll have to post photos when it’s done.

    1. Thanks
      Yes, it really is fun when you’re allowed to be as over the top as you can, as long as the budget allows it 🙂

      We’re definitely not going to seek any inspiration from Vegas, that’s for sure! And when it’s finally over, I’ll definitely see a way to post some pics 😉

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