Should the Government be investigating UFO’s? No.

How could that be possibly be hanging in the air? It must be aliens!

The great joy of the Internet is that you can find the nonsense that comes out of just about any part of the world.  Prime example: this morning when looking for something to write about, I found letter written to a Malaysian paper called malaysiakini titled “Gov’t should investigate all UFO sightings.”

Before I just say “no they shouldn’t,” let’s look into the article a bit.  The author, identified as S Param discusses a number of UFO sightings that have happened before.  Param complains that they haven’t been adequately investigated by the local authorities and yearns for a day when they will be given the respect Param believes they deserve.  Param suggests that if there aren’t locals who can identify the UFO, money should be spent to bring them in from the US and Europe. … continue reading this entry.

MUFON head quits, calls UFOlogy “humans deceiving humans”

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James Carrion, the International Director for the Mutual Unidentified Flying Object Network (MUFON) has resigned from his position and decided to, if you’ll pardon the pun, ‘move on.’

But he didn’t go without explaining himself. And here’s where it gets very interesting. Carrion essentially denounces the entire “scientific” field of UFOlogy, which plays a central role in the alien visitation believing movement:

That in a nutshell is the sad state of Ufology today, humans deceiving
humans. If there is a real phenomenon, I have yet to see any evidence of
it that would stand under scientific scrutiny.

If you’d asked me to guess who said this quote yesterday I might have said Michael Shermer or Phil Plait. But no, this came from one of the leaders of the UFO/alien visitation community! That is unbelievable! … continue reading this entry.

Sheeple Think Aliens DIDN’T Kill Kennedy

John_F_KennedyThis week our nation saw the 46th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy – one of our most beloved presidents.  After Kennedy died, the conspiracies leaped out of the woodwork.  From magic bullets to grassy knolls, the nation was obsessed with how this great man could have been taken down by a single guy with a gun.

Now, many of the theories have been quite well debunked.  Why did JFK’s head move forwards instead of backwards?  Because the spray from the exit wound had greater momentum than the impact of the bullet.  How could one bullet do the amount of damage to as many people as it could without turning in midair?  Because there was an incorrect assumption of the relative positions of the different members of JFK’s motorcade.  But one question remained firmly embedded in everyone’s minds.

What about the aliens? … continue reading this entry.

What America’s greatest hoax has to teach us about memory

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From Flickr user tinchouse's photostream

It was just an ordinary Sunday evening in Grovers Mill, New Jersey. The date was October 30, 1938. But soon after 8pm, panic broke out. The reason was that radio newscasters were reporting that the Martians had landed in Grovers Mill… and they were out for blood.

The broadcast could be heard across the U.S. but it was those closest to ground zero of the Martian invasion who reacted most strongly, as they could immediately identify the locales mentioned in the reports. Then they decided to fight back against the unwelcome visitors. This was their town and they weren’t going to let the Martians take it from them. … continue reading this entry.

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