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Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on June 14, 2009

The reality is that GEIPAN, an official semi-government organization set up specifically to investigate the UFO phenomenon has enough evidence times ten to confirm that extraterrestrials are visiting our planet. A number of researchers within the group are keen to get the word out and they have backers in the wider CNES (Frances equivalent of NASA) structure within which they operate.

All that said, an announcement by France simply stating that they have concrete evidence that some UFOs are of ET origin is a far cry from Barack Obama standing next to an alien at a news conference on the White House lawn. It might also be great way to ease the world into any eventual reality: the future cannot be pushed off indefinitely.

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Extraterrestrial Space Ships to Rescue us out of the Energy Crisis?

Posted in News by Skepdude on May 19, 2009

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To most of us, UFO’s solving our energy problem will sound, at best, like wishful thinking, and most likely will be dismissed as insane.

A solution to our energy problems from out of this world, or is it just insane?

A solution to our energy problems from out of this world, or is it just insane?

But if energy lobbyist Stephen Bassett has his way, President Barack Obama will release information that the government is secretly hiding on “extraterrestrial vehicles” –according to Mr. Bassett’s claims– which can be used to solve the nation’s energy problem and limit climate change in one fell swoop.

The power source, he said, chronicled in a report Greenwire did on the subject, behind a flying saucer the weight of a tractor-trailer which hurtles through galaxies at 20,000 miles per hour is astronomical.

“What is the energy system operating that craft?” Bassett said. “They’re not burning kerosene. It eliminates oil. It eliminates coal. If it’s as good as we think it is, it transforms everything.”

Mr. Bassett is the founder of the Paradigm Research Group (PRG), which launched the “Million Fax on Washington” campaign, calling for the President to release all files, call for congressional hearings, and make available extraterrestrial (ET) derived technologies to the public domain.

Bassett claims that the government has flying saucers in its possession.

He is a firm believer in the cause, and is even working free of charge to lobby on behalf of the Exopolitics Institute, an educational organization which describes itself as “dedicated to studying the key actors, institutions and political processes associated with extraterrestrial life.”

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Alien skull still not found in Mars!!!!!

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on May 1, 2009

Even though some people will undoubtedly claim the exact opposite, based on the picture below.

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Ok, so before panic seizes your heart let me ease your concern. It’s just a damn rock. There, you can go to sleep now, and rest assured that no aliens will come to probe your butt tonight, not from Mars anyway!

The UFO Mystery Solved

Posted in SkepticBlog by Skepdude on April 23, 2009

It seems I’ve been getting ahead of myself here, posting all sorts of mysteries and puzzles, and never getting around to giving the answers. I pledge to tie up all the loose ends before continuing down this reckless path.

So, first on the hit list, is the UFO Mystery that I posted last week. I gave enough facts that I thought you’d probably be able to figure it out, and figure it out you did. (If you haven’t read it yet, check it out now, and then come back here for the spoiler.)

A number of you guessed it pretty much right on the nose. There are some power lines above those carports, pretty high up. They’re black rubber (or whatever they make power lines out of) so you wouldn’t think they’d look like a light in the dark. But somehow, car headlights on the road outside the complex are hitting something and reflecting 90 degrees into the condo complex in a thin vertical stripe. This vertical stripe of light hits the powerlines, and makes two or three (one cable was thinner) grayish lights appear in the sky. If the car turned into the complex, the lights would shoot off to the left.

And that security guard driving up? I mentioned him for a reason. Note that the appearance and movement of the lights correlated with his car coming up the road and turning into the complex.

We couldn’t find exactly what the headlights were reflecting from. There are a lot of buildings and stores and signs and stuff across the street from the entrance, and I think you’d probably need to climb up onto the powerlines to see exactly where the reflection is coming from. But a reflection it is, as even the most modest patient investigation clearly reveals. It happens whenever a car turns in, and doesn’t happen whenever a car doesn’t turn in. The condo complex is very quiet and isolated from the shops, and there’s no sense at all that you’re seeing an intrusion from that direction.

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Edgar Mitchell is at it again. Yawn.

Posted in Bad Astronomy by Skepdude on April 22, 2009

A lot of folks have been asking me if I heard that Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell has been talking about UFOs again, and CNN felt the need to carry the story.

The thing is, this isn’t a story. Mitchell isn’t saying anything new, and it’s certainly not surprising that CNN would write this fluff piece.

I’ve written about this before: Mitchell is an Apollo hero, but that doesn’t give him any authority at all when it comes to flying saucers. And, of course, he still has no real evidence at all for his claims. It’s a rehash of the same tired old stories, and there aren’t even blurry photos for this one.

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Holy crap, mass UFO sightings predicted for 2012…and beyond!

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on March 12, 2009

What is this fascination with the year 2012? Why is it that all kind of weirdos are latching on to it for dear life? Some say the world is supposed to end on 12/2012. Some say that mass UFO sightings over majorly visible areas will occur in 2011-2012 and beyond.

There is converging objective predictive evidence, expert opinion, exopolitical policy analysis, and extraterrestrial contactee communications supporting a hypothesis that large scale “wild card” event(s), involving mass extraterrestrial (UFO) sightings or landings over major urban or other visible centers on the planet for peaceful purposes may occur during the period leading up to 2011-12 or beyond.

Holy shit, somebody call Will Smith! Oh wait a minute, they’re saying “for peaceful purposes”. Well then somebody call Tom Cruise, he knows a thing or two about Xenu, or is Xenu supposed to be violent? I don’t know it all sounds like crap to me. Converging, Objective, Predictive Evidence. Now that is impressive evidence. I’m getting a little confused about the whole predictive portion of it though, I did not know evidence can be predictive. I guess we can make inferences based on the evidence available, but I must admit it’s the first time I hear the term. Oh and the objective portion doesn’t seem to apply either. I’ll give them the converging I guess,  great (and not so great) minds think alike.

Mass UFO sightings folks, over major urban areas. They’re not talking about a light here and a light there, they’re talking Independence Day like sightings. Tell you what I’ll believe it when I see it, but I won’t hold my breath. My own sources of converging, objective, predictive evidence tell me that this is a load of bullshit. And who are these experts whose opinion is converging so unanimously one might ask? I don’t know, let’s read through the rest of this article to see if we get a clue.

In future studies, John Petersen author of ‘Out of The Blue – How to Anticipate Big Future Surprises’ defines “wild card” events as “Low Probability, High Impact events that, were they to occur, would severely impact the human condition.  A low probability event does not mean, however, that the event cannot be identified and predicted within the parameters of scientific research or expert-based opinion”.

Well I guess, Mr. Peterson here is one such expert. Aparently he’s an expert on the future, after all he conducts “future studies”. Now what the hell is a “future study” and just how do you go about conducting a study about the future? I don’t know, I guess we’d have to read this book of his to figure it out, but I personally got better things to do with my money. Furthermore, for 5 bucks I can get a tarod card reading down the block and I’m sure I’ll get information that is just as accurate, that is to say not that accurate at all.

Exopolitics as the science of relations between human civilization and other intelligent civilizations in the Universe, draws on a number of data sources in arriving at conclusions or operating hypotheses about “wild card” events like mass extraterrestrial (UFO) sightings or landings over human urban centers.   Assuming it is not a “false flag” event created by a human military intelligence power, an authentic worldwide extraterrestrial (UFO) mass sighting or landing, when and if it would occur, would severely impact the human condition.   Extraterrestrial civilizations are stakeholders in the arena of our solar system and the galaxies, and the creation of such a “wild card” mass event is within their power.

Exopolitics huh? Sounds soo exotic don’t it? The problem is that the word exopolitics is not coming up at Answers.com. Instead what I am getting is a certain Exopolitics Institute. Well I guess they’re not mainstream yet. Either that or some sort of conspiracy is keeping them in the shadows. Nevertheless, what does the EI do?

Exopolitics Institute (ExoInst) is a UFO research organization that was founded by Dr. Michael E. Salla in April 7, 2005 and is headquartered in Kealakekua, Hawaii. The Exopolitics Institute supports study into the key actors, institutions, and political processes concerning extraterrestrial life. It comprises leading exopolitics researchers, educators, and activists from around the world, such as Alfred Webre, James Gilliland, and Dr. Carol Rosin.

Wow, pretty advanced stuff no? They study, no they support study into the “key actors, institutions, and political processes concerning extraterrestrial life.” So let me get this straight, we don’t even know that there is extraterrestrial life, we don’t know how advanced it would be even if it existed, we know nothing about their culture and traditions, yet we are studying their political processes? Am I the only one who thinks there’s something wrong with this picture? This is like studying the political system of Atlantis, in other words a useless, ridiculous adventure in fantasy! But maybe they “study” how our political system would react to UFO contact, but even then, this amounts to nothing more than a guessing game. Who the hell knows how humans will react under such circumstances, especially since you don’t know what the circumstances will be!

Exopolitics, like other sciences, can draws upon diverse data sources in reaching conclusions about “wild card” events.   Exopolitical data sources can include reports from extraterrestrial contactees with ethical extraterrestrial civilizations; policy analysis of relations between leading human military space powers (such as the United States) and ethical extraterrestrial civilizations now visiting earth; “web.bot” analysis using compilations of internet spiders; and even reports of reverse speech analysis of major announcements by significant human leaders, such as U.S. president Barack Obama.   Each of these involves “identifying and predicting an event within the parameters of scientific research or expert-based opinion”.

Well for starters they need to start drawing on the power of Microsoft Word’s check spelling engine (can draws??? What is this 2nd grade?). But no no, they draw on reports from “extraterrestrial contactees with ethical extraterrestrial civilizations”. God damn it, not only they know there is alien life, not only they know it is advanced enough to come to Earth, but they also know they are ethical. Aren’t we lucky not to have contacted an unethical alien society? I guess humans are alone in that respect! Aren’t these aliens starting to sound like the all-loving paternalistic God of the holy book, if he had lived up to his hype that is?

In this sense, the exopolitical study of a “wild card” extraterrestrial (UFO) mass landing is functionally similar to a futurist’s study of the UFO mass landing “wild card” event.  The only difference is that mainstream futurists do not yet include a “UFO mass landing” in their menu of significant “wild card” events because mainstream futurology paradigm excludes the existence the extraterrestrial presence, most probably because of the effect of the 1953 CIA Robertson panel, which excluded extraterrestrial affairs from public discourse under penalty of professional ridicule.

In other words our nonsense is even more nonsensical than yours. Ha ha, shove it futurists! You suck!

I can’t continue no more, the stupid is giving me a headache. Mass alien landings, exopolitics, future studies, reverse speech identification, aaaahhhh, I’m done! Go read the rest of this monstrosity on your own, you lazy bums. My head burns….IT BURNS!

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UFO attack ruled out

Posted in News, Skepdude by Skepdude on February 11, 2009

UFOs have been ruled out in the hunt for what caused the mysterious severance of huge wind turbine blade, experts said today.

The wind farm at Conisholme, Lincolnshire, became world famous last month after it was claimed the loss of one 72ft blade and serious damage to another was caused by a UFO.

Local residents reported seeing a bright light on the morning it happened, prompting speculation that a UFO caused the damage.

But today investigators said they had ruled out any aircraft – including a UFO – as a cause of the damage.

Wind farm operator Ecotricity said it could have been caused by “material fatigue”.

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SKEPDUDE SAYS – Of course it wasn’t a UFO, come on! How is it that these aliens have mastered space travel, but can’t avoid a freaking wind turbine? So the residents saw a bright light, maybe there’s wires in this thing, maybe there were sparks from metal on metal friction, maybe, maybe, maybe! Why jump to the UFO conclusion? What is it with lights and aliens? Beats me!


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Loony Tunes – Saturday 02/07/09

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on February 7, 2009

High quality UFO PHOTO Y’ALL – Oh wait, scratch high quality, but hey it’s a photo! Do we have any professional photographers here. Can someone explain how is it that the blow up is pinkish/redish but when I zoom in into the actual photo, all I get is a blue/dark blue blob?

Homeopathic medicine for tooth extraction – And be creful not to take the 30C but the 200C potency, because you know the shtick; the higher the dilution the more potent the solution.

Homeopathic weight loss treatments – Of course why not? There is a problem with the whole homeopathic idea of like cures like here. See obesity is not caused by anything other than lots of food and an inactive lifestyle. So how do you dilute that? So the food becomes no food, that alone is guaranteed to make you drop weight and is otherwise known as a diet. But how do you dilute an inactive lifestyle?

Introducing the accufacelift – Why can’t chi make you look younger you cynical skeptics. You’re just naysayers that’s all.


Credulous news – 02/02/09

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on February 3, 2009

12 year old girl puzzled by UFO sighting – but then 12 year olds are puzzled by simple math equations so go figure.

Huge, triangular shaped UFO sighted in Chicago – I wonder if these guys have been reading Scott Siglers “Infection”?

Homeopathy can treat infertility – In both men and women apparently. I cringe at the thought of just what they are diluting in the water. While I know that there would be basically nothing of the substance left, I still wouldn’t want to drink that thing.

Blatant lie of the day – “Therapeutic aromatherapy is a recognized medical profession“. I am unaware of any medical school that offers a degree in aromatherapy, at least in the USA. Please, if I am wrong in this assertion point me to the right place.

Ear accupuncture galore – Did you know that the ” ear is the record for past and present and future problems in the body” Holy cow! And all this time I thought it was the foot! Silly me! And look at the list of ailments it can help you with: infertility, asthma, allergies, insomnia, headaches and even weight loss.Isn’t that great you can become pregnant and not put on the pregnancy pounds? How fabulous!


Cheap UFO sighting

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on February 1, 2009

Are we supposed to be impressed by this?

At about 7:15pm this evening on the horizon in the North West, there they were 3 hovering bright red lights.

The reason I know these were not airplanes or jets is because just off to the North of the UFO’s was the path that airliners and other jets arrive at DFW, so I had an almost side by side comparison of the two different crafts as a point of reference to make my judgment call.

Ok so we have a few lights in the sky. And we have a “point of reference”. Of course it would be quite hard to judge the difference between two different sets of lights in the night (or dusk) sky no? What he consideres a “side by side” comparison may very well have been a side by few miles away side comparison. Furthermore, how does that disqualify the mysterious lights from being another plane? These sightings are getting quite ridiculous, I think. And the Department of Defense and the military agree with me as well.

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