Mike’s not a ufologist, but FATE Magazine named Mike to its 2005 list of the 100 most influential people in the field. Mike is, however, a scholar in the fields of ancient near eastern religions. He’s also devoted more of his life than seems advisable to the scholarly study of western occultism and alternative religions oriented around the belief in aliens. Religion is religion — it’s all the same? Not true.UFO Religions RSS
Hat tip to Terry the Censor for tweeting this link. Highly recommended.
So says Peter Griffiths, a former Scientology member. You can listen to Natalina’s fascinating interview of Mr. Griffiths here.
A friend of mine in Bellingham, WA – Rich Baker, who’s my co-host — decided it would be fun to start a small group that discussed the theological messaging of science fiction movies. We’re going to meet once a month (it’s open to the public, but we’ll no doubt start with people from church or work). We just had the first meeting. Everyone watched Star Wars (at least the original episode 4) and then we met to talk about it. I posted a few short readings related to the film and encouraged people to read those, too. When we met, I recorded the discussion. I just posted that audio file on the site. You’ll see it on the landing page, but it also lives here (with some notes and one picture).
Here’s the official “About” explaining what we’re doing:
Cinematic Theology discusses the theological and religious worldview messaging articulated by word and image in science fiction motion pictures and television series — the “scientific mythologies” of a modern, technological culture.
The episodes derive from recorded meetings of a group of Christian science fiction enthusiasts in Bellingham, WA. There will normally be one meeting/episode each month. Discussions take place on the scheduled date and recorded. The audio is subsequently posted in podcast form on the site.
Before each meeting, the movie or television episode that will be discussed is posted. Reading material is occasionally included for discussion. Meeting times and topic information can be found on the “Next Episode” page, linked in the upper right-hand corner of the podcast homepage.
Let me be clear about this idea: it’s an experiment. Don’t expect the audio quality that you get with the Naked Bible podcast if you subscribe via RSS or iTunes. Why? Because I’m doing it. I don’t have an experience person like Trey on this one. I don’t really know much of what I’m doing. It just seemed like a fun idea and something I should do.
So check out the site. Our next meeting time isn’t posted yet. It’ll likely be in early June. We’ll be talking about the Avengers and Jack Kirby’s influence/theological messaging.
Yes, the pun is intended.
As I (and of course others) suspected as soon as we saw the picture, the alleged alien is a mummy. OpenMinds TV has an expose here. Good work by Alejandro Rojas and, in particular, Isaac Koi.
Make sure you download the Anthronotes study of the mummy, linked in the above post. And yes, there was a number on the skull.
So what have we learned? Here are some thoughts:
1. Jaime Maussan should no longer be considered a reliable researcher in ufology. To be honest, I’ve thought for some years now that he’s amazingly gullible. If you didn’t think he jumped the shark before, he’s in orbit now.
2. Ditto the above for anyone who promoted this “discovery”. You might think it harsh, but deal with it. This is precisely the sort of thing that gives serious researchers in this strangeness field (and others) a black eye. People who are this gullible and so prone to uncritical thinking shouldn’t be given any air time for their pseudo-research.
3. People who donated money to this cause ought to contact lawyers and sue. Maybe if that happened we’d see less of this BS.
Gosh – I wonder if Edgar Mitchell’s looking for a TV camera now. He was an astronaut, you know.
For those interested, the Black Vault posted a good summary of the suspicious aspects of this “smoking gun” evidence for proof of an alien body from Roswell. I especially wonder (with the Black Vault) why the card at the leg of the “alien” wasn’t enhanced along with the rest of the photo. Probably because that would tell us what it is — a mummy — and what museum it’s in.
I left a comment at the Black Vault site that contains the following about the “alien”:
Notice that there appears to be a number between the eyes, just above the left eye socket. Numbering skulls is no uncommon for Egyptian (and other) mummies. I’ve sent the photo to several Egyptologists who specialize in mummies for opinion – and, hopefully, for leads. I’m hoping that they have access to database information that has such numbers in record. We’ll see.
Someone in the Egyptology community will know if such records exist. The problem, of course, is accessibility. A lot of this stuff isn’t digitized — it still lives in card catalogs or cardboard boxes in museum cellars.
Here’s the news item. This was teased at IUFO.
I’ve seen the Kodachrome slide. I thought immediately it was a child mummy (it’s in some sort of display case). I’ve shown the photo to several Egyptologists. They said the same thing. You can see why when you juxtapose the “alien” photo (on the right) with a child mummy photograph. Funny how they both have the tell-tale body cavity opening:
Tracking down which museum specimen it is would be quite difficult, though, if indeed (and I see no reason to doubt this part) that it’s a genuine Kodachrome image from 1947.
The above link also has those touting this image as an alien “analyzing” the shape of the eye sockets. Honestly, big deal. Big eye sockets in skulls are familiar — like with these “alien” specimens:
These specimens are human. The first two are fetal skulls at, respectively, 20 and 21 weeks. The last is a one-year old. They all come from the same site – a medical supply company that specializes in osteological reproductions. Hey, they even have elongated skulls models (like you’ve seen at UFO conferences I bet):
The point with offering these skulls is that the “features” that folks will say point to alien origin (in a slide no less!) are not unusual — especially if the specimen is a child mummy. None of the skull shenanigans put out on the web by ancient alien theorists are unknown. Anthropologists and medical specialists have been all over that stuff for years.
Prepare for the defense of this to get goofy. The above link already has this comment from from Anthony Bragalia:
‘What is depicted is really there, accurately reflected in the emulsion as an actual moment in time in 1947. Science has weighed in and has determined that these are real slides that are really from 1947.’ ‘
The Only Conclusion: This humanoid is not a deformed person, mummy, dummy, simian or dead serviceman.’
The Only conclusion? Play the goofy music now.
Pardon me, but child mummies were displayed in museums in 1947. And people using Kodachrome photography could have (and of course did) take pictures of them. Such photos were also real-time moments in 1947 (unless we’re in a Fringe episode now). Maybe Edgar Mitchell knows that no one took photos of child mummies in Kodachrome that year.
I can’t wait to see the data that rules out a mummy or the other options. If the “evidence” for ruling those out is “hey, the slide dates from 1947″ that doesn’t cut it – by a light year. If I sound jaded, it’s because I am. I’d love to see actual physical evidence for intelligent alien life. But after nearly two decades of engagement with those who do such research (and much of it is hardly careful — but there are exceptions), all such stories, leads, and breakthroughs have come up with nothing — and too many are just a hybrid (another pun) between speculation and bunk.
That’s the question raised in this article. And no, it’s not from a hair-brained source. There appears to be something to it (presuming the report is accurate that some of the chat comes from NASA engineers), though the testing has not been verified.
This possibility bears some relationship to the possibility (for me, “most plausible option”) that what we think of as UFOs (round or otherwise) are powered by human technology. Enthusiasts are invited to check out Igor Witkowski’s book on the Wunderwaffe in this respect: The Truth About The Wunderwaffe. The brief description of the essential ideas/components for this NASA warp drive can ALL be found in German science sources (de-classified items, science journals, etc.) that date back to WWII — subject matter covered by Witkowski. I get into all this in The Portent.
None of this, of course, means the Nazis had “anti-gravity” or gravity modification for powering wingless or delta craft. And I don’t believe for a minute they had a warp drive. The point is that they had tinkered with all the necessary technologies. Nuclear power (mentioned in the article) is all you’d need for (pardon the oxymoron) a conventional UFO, which doesn’t of necessity need to have any relation to a warp drive. But whether they achieved such applications is speculative.
Last weekend I was interviewed for the Conspirinormal Podcast. It was a fun show (a bit longer than an hour). We talked about the divine council, ancient astronauts, Zechariah Sitchin, and my new status as a government disinformation agent. Enjoy!
This news item if course isn’t the only such element in either of my novels that have made it to public discourse after publication. I’ve blogged a number of them before. Just thought readers would enjoy this:
Anyone who has read a bit on UFOs during World War II (especially any Nazi technology angle) has no doubt run into the story of how Admiral Richard Byrd “led 4,000 military troops from the U.S., Britain and Australia in an invasion of Antarctica called “Operation Highjump” . . . and encountered heavy resistance to their Antarctic venture from flying saucers and had to call off the invasion.”1 The story is bogus (the UFO part), but gullible researchers have perpetuated this myth. I’m not sure why when the real story is not difficult to find. I have the proof in The Portent.
Here’s the way the myth is usually told:
On 5 March, 1947 the “El Mercurio” newspaper of Santiago, Chile, had a headline article “On Board the Mount Olympus on the High Seas” which quoted Byrd in an interview with Lee Van Atta:
“Adm. Byrd declared today that it was imperative for the United States to initiate immediate defense measures against hostile regions. Furthermore, Byrd stated that he “didn’t want to frighten anyone unduly” but that it was “a bitter reality that in case of a new war the continental United States would be attacked by flying objects which could fly from pole to pole at incredible speeds.”2
This quotation is based on a deliberately manipulated translation of what Byrd really said. Here is the text of the interview in the original Spanish and an accurate English translation. One can see how misleading the above manipulative translation really is — designed to have Byrd talking about advanced flight technology when he said nothing of the sort. Anyone who can read Spanish can verify this.
Spanish text from El Mercurio:
El Almirante Richard E. Byrd advirtió hoy que es imperativo para los Estados Unidos de America el iniciar medidas de defensa contra la posibilidad de una invasión del país de parte de aviones hostiles provenientes de las regiones polares. El Almirante explicó que no quiere asustar a nadie, pero es una verdad amarga que, en el caso de una nueva guerra, los Estados Unidos podrían ser atacados por aviones que pueden volar sobre uno o los dos polos. Esta declaración se hizo como parte de una recapitulación de su propia experiencia polar, en una entrevista exclusiva con International News Service. Refiriéndose a la expedición de reciente finalización, Byrd dijo que el resultado más importante de sus observaciones y descubrimientos es el efecto potencial que tienen con respecto a la seguridad de los Estados Unidos. La velocidad fantástica a la que el mundo se está reduciendo – recordó el Almirante– es una de las lecciones más importantes aprendidas en su reciente exploración antártica. Debo advertir a mis compatriotas que terminó aquel tiempo en el que podíamos refugiarnos en nuestro aislamiento y confiar en la certeza de que las distancias, los océanos, y los polos eran una garantía de seguridad.
“Admiral Richard E. Byrd warned today that the United States should adopt measures of protection against the possibility of an invasion of the country by hostile planes coming from the polar regions. The Admiral explained that he was not trying to scare anyone, but the cruel reality is that in case of a new war, the United States could be attacked by planes flying over one or both poles. This statement was made as part of a recapitulation of his own polar experience, in an exclusive interview with International News Service. Talking about the recently completed expedition, Byrd said that the most important result of his observations and discoveries is the potential effect that they have in relation to the security of the United States. The fantastic speed with which the world is shrinking – recalled the Admiral – is one of the most important lessons learned during his recent Antarctic exploration. I have to warn my compatriots that the time has ended when we were able to take refuge in our isolation and rely on the certainty that the distances, the oceans, and the poles were a guarantee of safety.”
The Byrd myth-quote is terribly misleading. Only the lazy or dishonest will continue to foist it on people as fact. There are plenty of other more interesting and factual trajectories regarding Nazi wingless/saucer technology than this nonsense.
Here’s a link to the only peer-reviewed research article on this topic I know of. It’s quite good, with plenty of documentation:
Colin Summerhayes and Peter Beeching, “Hitler’s Antarctic Base: The Myth and The Reality,” Polar Record 43 (224): 1–21 (2007).