Thursday, August 03, 2006
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Words cannot adequately describe...
If THIS is what the "multiverse" really means...
Well, you get the idea. :)
[UPDATE: The image above was a photoshop job done by an enterprising graphics geek. This however, is not. :)
[h/t to I-Am-Bored.com]
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
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Spunky Lesley of The Debris Field is angry. She is...or has been...a regular listener of Coast to Coast AM for some time. At least since the earlier Art Bell days, she has suffered the more insufferable guests in the interest of the show's over-arching cause...to celebrate the quirky, the para-normal, and the bizarre with a sense of wonder.
This past weekend however, C2C has in her opinion, crossed the line. And Richard C. Hoagland is at the crux of the issue...imagine that! :)
At issue is a recent discussion between host George Noory and Richard about the status of UFOlogy today. Using the subject of a prior show involving Art and Disclosure proponent Steven Greer as a jumping off point, George and Dick launched into a "bash UFOlogy" party.
While any discussion of UFOlogy could be excused for pointing out the fields lethargic mode of "progress", this one then took the unfortunate turn. Richard Hoagland contrasted the field of UFOlogy...a bunch of kooks with no evidence for their pet theories...with his assertions on Moon and Mars ruins, "hyperdimensional physics", and explaining how he was different because he had plenty of hard evidence for HIS positions.
As Lesley points out, this is beyond the pale. But also expected from an opportunist like Dick. What got her dander up...in Bristol fashion...was the fact that George then joined in with the bashing!
She rightly points out that UFOs in large part have made C2C into the popular show that it is. From breathless "open lines" calls from truckers seeing odd things in the sky, to discussions with literally dozens of UFOlogical guests, C2C has greatly benefitted from UFOlogy, and this convenient "biting the hand" coupled with the faux contrast in legitimacy offered up by Dick Hoagland was just too much.
While I share the feelings of many with regard to Greer and his Disclosure carnival, to toss the "baby" of sincere UFOlogy out with the "bathwater" of its most egregious hucksters is in direct conflict with the supposed goals of C2C.
Regardless of ones position on the origin or intent of UFOs, there is ample evidence that they exist. Are they from other worlds? We cannot be sure. But there IS ample evidence that they in fact exist. From radar, film, video digital images, physical traces, eyewitness testimony and editorial reports, we know that sometimes very strange things appear up there. Determining what they are is the purview of UFOlogy.
With Dick Hoagland's position, we're in a completely different milieu. Dick looks at moon photos and sees things that others do not. He looks at the face on Mars, and perceives numerous mathematical congruences that do not fit when examined closely. He sees a mans face on Mars, but then...when the true asymmetrical nature of the face is brought to light, he claims not only that this is not damaging to his theory, but that the non-human side is a feline aspect predicted by him all along. Pardon me while I take a moment to bust a gut.
Dick is a charlatan. He always has been. He lied about his involvement with the Pioneer plaque. He lied about the circumstances surrounding his being a "recipient of the Angstrom Medal". He lied about the status of his "talks" at NASA conferences.
He has applied his dubious hyperdimensional physics canard to any and every event to come along...global warming, hurricanes, the shapes of moons, ad nauseum.
In short, Dick is a known quantity.
But for George Noory to join in the denigration of UFOlogy as if he has never thought anything of the field himself, is truly revelatory, hypocritical and reflective of what has become a rather common attitude among American media these days...
"What have you done for me lately?" Noble, huh?
I join with Lesley in crying foul on this ridiculous discussion.
While Dick Hoagland and his "unitary executioner" role will fizzle to irrelevency in due time (and rather soon, I predict), there will continue to be people seeing, recording, measuring and talking about things they observe...up there.
And there will be groups of educated, curious, imaginative, talented folk to gather that information and experiment and speculate on its content, its meaning, and perhaps determine the truth to be found therein.
UFOlogy lives on, despite the rantings of puerile pretenders and fairweather friends.
Dick and George represent the decay of paranormal studies, and bring it down to the level of sensationalistic fakery and convenient pseudo-science.
Luckily, there are better outlets these days for such subjects. Coast to Coast AM has indeed "jumped the shark".
[h/t to The Debris Field]
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Richard C. Hoagland has been singing the siren song of Cydonia for years now, so I guess it's about time a rock group (Muse) immortalized the place in a music video..."Knights of Cydonia". Yup. And what better name for a Hoagland anthem?
The video in question must be seen to be believed, but the driving beat, incoherent lyrics, and ethereal background singing seems most appropriate for the rather grandiose...if not "hyper"-bolic...Hoagland.
The only thing that would have sealed the deal would have been a cameo by "Richard C" himself.
What I found most weird...and there is PLENTY of weird in this video...was that the town of Cydonia has 143 citizens. Does this number have any "hyperdmensional" significance? :)
Only RCH knows for sure...
By the way, there IS another group and album named simply, "Cydonia", but it's not nearly as fun, or "Hoaglandesque" as this one, and they don't have an actual song with Cydonia in the title.
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Moscow's Persey Tours now offers "fake vacations". They will set you up with a complete record of your vacation...ticket stubs, landmark photos with your image added, and more...for around $500USD.
One oil exec actually paid for an artificial moon trip!
While it may seem odd to pay for such memorabilia that represent a trip you never really took, if you think about your own vacations, it is usually the photos and mementos that we turn to to remind us of the experience(s), so perhaps this kind of artificial "self-prompting" is the way of the future...at least for those with little time or money for such excursions.
Essentially, this is an...albeit less immersive...version of the "extra-factual memories" embodied in the Philip K. Dick story "We can Remember This for you Wholesale", from whence Total Recall was inspired.
How long before "Total Recall" and "Brainstorm" become "reality" (or vice versa?)...and how much longer before they are considered passe'? Frightening and exciting times ahead, indeed.
Monday, July 31, 2006
UFOR Babe of the Week...#4
This weeks Babe is "bound" to look a little familiar by now. Our saucy ma'am is dressed to maim, and blowing a kiss in a decidedly provocative outfit.
Luckily the kiss she's blowing is with her lips rather than the cat or crop...Ahem.
Redheads in leather definitely have more fun...depending on your definition of "fun". :)
Until next week!