There is a mysterious place where Peculiar lightning suddenly swarms the place,strange-shaped flying objects emerge out of nowhere, and even the ground below appears to be riddled with tunnels too smooth to be natural... This unusual place has an equally unusual name – the Medveditskaya Ridge.
2020.09.21 10:05 amazingfacts4321There is a mysterious place where Peculiar lightning suddenly swarms the place,strange-shaped flying objects emerge out of nowhere, and even the ground below appears to be riddled with tunnels too smooth to be natural... This unusual place has an equally unusual name – the Medveditskaya Ridge.
Among all the mysterious places where scientific laws seem to break down, there’s one that hides its bizarre secrets behind the mask of a modest appearance. Peculiar lightning suddenly swarms the place,strange-shaped flying objects emerge out of nowhere, and even the ground below appears to be riddled with tunnels too smooth to be natural... This unusual place has an equally unusual name – the Medveditskaya Ridge. At least, it may sound odd to anyone who doesn’t know Russian. But for locals, this name is just as good as any other, although it represents something much more hair-raising. It can be roughly translated as Bear RiverRidge, after the Medveditsa River that runs along the side of this chain of hills in western Russia. And they have good reason to stay far away from these hills… Upon closer inspection, you’ll see that this modest scenic appearance is anything but. Take a closer look at the trees – they’ retwisted and bent. Some of them have nasty burns and smooth round-shaped scars in their trunks. What’s creating these bizarre markings? What unearthly beast dwells in the MedveditskayaRidge? To find the answer to that question, you'll need to stay here past dark. Ha ha …Think you can handle it?... Ah, night has come and the darkness falls on the feared hills. As everything gets covered in blackness, something else will become much more visible. It’s the very thing that earned this area its poetic nickname: “The place where lightning lives.” But it’s not your standard crack of lightning, oh no! It comes in a mind-bending spherical shape! Ball lightning – there’s no other place in the whole world where it can be seen this consistently and in such numbers. These electric spheres floating here and there can be anywhere from half an inch to 6ft in diameter! In a single night, a lucky – or, perhaps, unlucky – observer might notice just a couple or up to dozens of these things! In certain parts of the ridge, ball lightning can be seen more often than in the rest of the world combined! The ball lightning phenomenon is one of the strongest there is. If the existence of UFOs, camera-shy creatures, and other pseudoscientific sightings are constantly under question, there’s no doubt when it comes to ball lightning, or fireballs as they’re also called. They’re real alright, yet modern science– with all its knowledge of the Earth and distant regions of outer space – still can explain it! The problem is that this phenomenon happens so rarely that it’s hard to collect any cohesive information about it. All we have to date are just some theories… One of them suggests that there’s no such thing as ball lightning – it’s only an illusion or hallucination. That could be induced by electromagnetic pressure of a lightning storm affecting people’s minds or putting a visual imprint on the sensitive part of the eye. This effect is similar to what’s called flash blindness – it’s happened to all of us at some point. When you mistakenly look at something too bright or catch a sunbeam in your eye, it stings and then you start to see a bright green or yellowish dot everywhere you look. Then, it gets darker and disappears, giving you your vision back. On a stormy night, that temporary blindness can be caused by a flash of normal lightning appearing against a dark sky. After that, the observer may see a bright dot moving incredibly fast and in strange patterns. You try to track it by moving your eye, but it keeps moving away. This gives the illusion of a floating ball of lightning. to continue reading visit my site https://amazingfactswebsite.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-mystery-of-medveditskaya-ridge.html it will be reward for my hardwork.
2020.09.03 04:01 leifericmFIVE HOUR DEEP DIVE into the Wilson UFO Leak Richard Dolan Show Special Edition
https://youtu.be/pY1XHQBqIY8 From Richard Dolan Description: By now most people following the field of UFOs and ufology are at least somewhat aware of the notes known as the Wilson Document, or the Core Secrets Document, or the Davis-Wilson notes. These are 13 pages of typed notes written by Dr. Eric Davis in 2002, after he met with a recently retired Admiral named Thomas R. Wilson. Wilson had recently been head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the DIA, and head of Intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The subject of their conversation concerned Wilson's failed attempt five years earlier to gain access to a deeply classified UFO program concerned with studying an intact craft "not made by man." Richard's guest for this program is an anonymous researcher known only as Mr X. This individual wants his anonymity and we are respecting that desire. Previously, Mr. X did a three hour interview on this subject at another Youtube Channel, Project Unity. The interview with Richard was initially intended to be a short one-hour version; instead they went for five hours, by the end of which Richard was starting to lose his voice. This is a very detailed breakdown of the document, with a great deal of engaging conversation throughout. This is a truly deep dive into the UFO Leak of the Century. Before the interview begins, Richard provides a 9-minute overview of what is to follow. Mr. X's interview at Project Unity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5P04... Read the Davis-Wilson Notes at Richard's site here: https://richarddolanmembers.com/artic... Join MEMBERSHIPS here on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnaI... Stop in at the Official Richard Dolan Store for autographed items, unique limited supply, and items not available anywhere else. http://bit.ly/DolanShop Richard Dolan is one of the world’s leading researchers and writers on the subject of UFOs and believes that they constitute the greatest mystery of our time. He is the author of two volumes of history, UFOs and the National Security State, both ground-breaking works which together provide the most factually complete and accessible narrative of the UFO subject available anywhere. He also co-authored a speculative book about the future, A.D. After Disclosure, the first-ever analysis not only of how UFO secrecy might end but of the all-important question: what happens next? #RichardDolan For the home of exclusive content from author, historian, and radio host Richard Dolan. Join his member site here: http://richarddolanmembers.com/ The Official Richard Dolan Store: http://bit.ly/DolanShop Sign up for the free newsletter and stay up to date on appearances and broadcasts: https://richarddolanmembers.com/newsl... Richard has dedicated the last two decades to uncovering the truth about UFOs and, more recently, the dark covert operations known as false flags Check out books by Richard Dolan at https://www.richarddolanpress.com/
2020.08.31 19:10 thebusiness7UFO humanoid encounter translated from Russian
https://itexts.net/avtor-marina-mihaylovna-popovich/271794-nlo-nad-planetoy-zemlya-marina-popovich/read/page-12.html This is translated from Russian into English (Google translate) from a book by Marina Popovich (Soviet Air Force Colonel): The report of the President of the UK UFO Association, Police Major Anthony Dodd on the Kalahari Phenomenon was listened to with special attention. I knew from information from the press, but here for the first time I heard in detail about a UFO over the Kalahari. The thousandth audience seemed to have frozen, only the rustle of tape recorders was heard, and every now and then the flashes of cameras penetrated the hall. The documents shown by Tony Dodd were of exceptional importance and top secret. They belonged to the South African Air Force and told about the tragedy of an alien ship (UFO) in the Kalahari Desert. The date of preparation of the documents is May 7, 1989. Judging by the behavior of Tony Dodd, his individual statements, I realized that some of the people who brought these documents to the symposium and, for obvious reasons, did not identify themselves, were here in the hall. After Tony's speech, I went up to him. When exchanging impressions about the symposium, his report, Dodd introduced me to a young man, tall, handsome, who introduced himself to the captain of the South African Air Force, helicopter pilot James Van Grunen - a direct participant in the mysterious events in the Kalahari Desert. We talked with him for over 3 hours. I do not know if he gave me his real name, but what he said did not cause me any doubts. Here is his story: "On May 7, 1989, at 13:45, an object reappeared over the ocean, which had been maneuvering over land for several days in a row, then abruptly with an ascent towards the ocean. The officers on duty on the radars of the Navy transmitted via communication channels to the headquarters about the flights of an unidentified (unknown?) Flying ball-shaped object. Locator screens tracking him noted that he most often "hangs" at high altitudes above submarines. The Minister of Defense was notified by the headquarters of the Navy that the object was being tracked by radars of the aviation and ground forces, as well as the radar station of the International Port of Cape Town. The Minister of Defense, the Air Force command decided to send 2 Mirage fighter planes to intercept UFOs. After aiming the aircraft with ground stations, the pilots first saw the object visually, and then on the screens of aircraft radars. Began to turn around him, trying to establish communication on the international channel at a frequency of 121.5 hertz, then swaying from wing to wing demanded: "Follow me." But the subject did not react. The pilots reported this to the commander of an airbase located near Botswana and received an order - in case of disobedience of the object - to shoot! As soon as this command passed through the communication channel, the object suddenly changed course and began to leave at high (approximately 3000 km / h) speed with a climb. The aircraft of the lead pair was equipped with an experimental microwave beam cannon (MVLP) and fired. A flash occurred on the object, and it began to lose altitude. Its rate of decline was extremely high. At the very ground, the object turned sharply, slowed down the fall and at 14.02 hit the ground at a slight angle. This ego took place 80 km north of the South African border in the Kalahari Desert. Having received a report from the pilots about the incident, the Air Force commander sent a helicopter on duty with medical personnel and a capture group to the UFO landing zone. The co-pilot on this helicopter was my interlocutor, Captain James Van Grunen. After 30 minutes, the helicopter crew discovered the object, and nearby a burning helicopter sent earlier to correct the coordinates of the UFO. As it turned out later, the object, turning on the protection, disabled all the electronic and radio equipment of the helicopter hovering over the UFO. The engine and other vital devices shut down. The helicopter hit the solid ground of the desert and exploded, killing the crew. James' helicopter, which looks like a huge air carriage, landed near the facility. The capture team donned body armor and masks. The medical staff brought themselves to "readiness number 1" - stretchers, medicines, gowns - everything was at hand. We got out of the helicopter and walked towards the object in a semicircle, moving slowly. James, asking permission from the commander, and, putting on protective clothing, ran after the capture group. A few meters remained to the object. Suddenly, one of the soldiers' metal-rimmed glasses flew off, spinning like a propeller, hitting the body of the object. The team stopped and waited. The commander in English spoke loudly: "Everyone on the ship, get out and surrender their weapons. You are surrounded!" The answer is silence. They began to look around. The UFO lay at an angle of 40 degrees to the horizon, on the edge of a crater 105 meters wide and 12 meters deep. It was silvery, disc-shaped. Boulders of soil lay around him. The capture group was waiting ... A few minutes later, everyone heard the grinding of a hatch opening. A slight gap has appeared. The team then expanded this gap using a hydraulic device. And everyone saw two humanoid creatures - one was sitting, the other was standing, covering his shoulder with his hand. They were dressed in tight-fitting suits of silver-gray color.The team noticed that one of the aliens was injured and as soon as the doctor decided to approach him, he immediately grabbed his chest and with his claws hurt not only the chest, but left scratches on his face. The aliens did not answer a single question ... Exploration of an unfamiliar ship began. Inside the ship, everyone was supposed to stay no more than 10-12 minutes, fearing the impact of uncontrolled radiation or any electromagnetic or torsion field on people. Everyone who visited the ship had to write down and sketch what they saw, what they felt ... The first thing that struck the researchers was that the gray-silver surface of the ship was thoroughly polished, no seams or rivets were noticed. A surprise awaited the crew inside the ship. At the very bottom, in one of the compartments, there was a special (like a fluoroplastic) bath in which an earthling lay! He was immersed in a yellow liquid, similar to honey or glycerin, and was in a lethargic sleep. The pulse was rare, one beat per minute. They deliberated for a long time how to extract a person so as not to interrupt life. Finally, after careful treatment, the doctors placed him in a chamber with an increased oxygen content (such as a pressure chamber). The further fate of this earthling is unknown to James. And what about the aliens? The humanoid creatures were very interesting in appearance. Big heads. Height 105-110 cm. Long arms to the knees with four fingers with membranes, ending in long claws, like birds of prey. The skin is gray, resembling the skin of lizards or snakes. The eyes are large and dark. There are no auricles. The mouth is small, without lips. The legs are short and racing, the feet end with 4 fingers like the hands, but without webbing. They were not in the medical center for long. On May 23, 1989, the aliens were transferred to the US Air Force Base. What happened to them then is a mystery sealed with seven seals .... " But the continuation of this story drags on from year to year. At a symposium in Dusseldorf in October 1990, Anthony Dodd told those gathered at the meeting that a second object appeared over the UFO landing site in the Kalahari Desert several times, but he did not undertake any aggression or any maneuvers. Antoni Dodd himself was harassed by American intelligence. They demanded the issuance of documents sent by Tony James by fax (in the amount of 80 pages). The scouts categorically forbade giving out information to anyone about what happened in the Kalahari. Several times he was interrogated in the department, they were interested in the texts of messages from South Africa, photographs. Anthony Dodd was fired from the service, he was forced to leave London. But he did not back down from the truth of what happened in the Kalahari. All people on Earth know about the secret operation in South Africa, from May 7 to July 29, 1989. And to keep silent about this is to commit an act of treason in relation to all of humanity. After all, not only contacts with other civilizations of the Cosmos are important here, but also the fact that new types of weapons have been created that are manufactured to destroy the people of Earth (in this case, this is a type of weapon - a beam cannon - which shot down the alien ship, apparently the so-called plasma weapon). It seems to me that the main thing for those who keep the secrets of the Kalahari are not the captured aliens, but the weapons with which they were shot down. That's what all the fuss is about. But this story has continued to this day.
2020.08.26 18:00 daprice82Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Aug. 12, 2002
Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives. PREVIOUSLY:
In one of the sickest and strangest stories in indie wrestling history, former XPW star Messiah was attacked in his home by men who cut off his thumb and also attempted to cut off his penis. Police are now investigating under the belief that the attack was connected to the wrestling business. Messiah described 2 large black men coming into his unlocked apartment while he was playing video games. He initially believed they were there to see his roommate but instead they locked the door behind them and began attacking him. One of them held Messiah down while the other one severed his thumb with garden shears. The thumb was never recovered. They attempted to then cut off his other thumb and his penis while he screamed for help. During the brawl, he was also hit with a chair and a fish bowl because they were trying to knock him unconscious. Neighbors heard the screams and called police and the attackers fled the scene. Police have a description of the vehicle and sketches of the 2 men based on Messiah's description, but that's it. Following the attack, Messiah was treated at the hospital but then checked himself out and is said to be in hiding out in another state, in fear of another attack.
Messiah was recently fired from Rob Black's XPW promotion, allegedly because Black found out Messiah was sleeping with his wife, XPW valet and porn star Lizzy Borden. After leaving XPW, Messiah had become a big star for CZW. The Lizzy Borden rumor was pretty much confirmed at another indie show this week that featured a lot of XPW names. During the show, New Jack cut a promo saying it happened and when Messiah came out, the crowd chanted "You fucked Lizzy!" to which Messiah got on the mic and responded with "And she fuckin' loved it!" No one is outright saying so, because it's dangerous to make accusations without enough proof to back them up, but the clear implication is that this attack on Messiah was retaliation from Rob Black. XPW acknowledged the incident on its website, basically saying no matter what happened in the past, this is a tragedy and sending thoughts and prayers to Messiah. Needless to say, not a lot of people buying it (I don't think this case was ever solved but to this day, the overwhelming belief is that Rob Black was definitely behind it. America's Most Wanted even covered it and they heavily implied the same thing, but we'll get there).
We have a big obituary for legendary Portland promoter Don Owen, who passed away this week at age 90. He was the longest reigning promoter in history, running his territory for 54 years, promoting his final show in 1992. Owen was the next-to-last surviving promoter from the regional territory days (Jerry Jarrett's Memphis being the last). Owen was beloved by most wrestlers who viewed him as one of the few fair promoters in the business, always paid fairly and treated his wrestlers fairly. Pretty much anybody who was every anyone during the 50s-70s in particular worked the territory. He promoted his biggest show in 1985, drawing a sellout 12,000 fans for Ric Flair vs. Billy Jack Haynes. It's worth noting that this show also featured Roddy Piper. Yes, in 1985, while he was working full-time for WWF, Roddy Piper also worked this NWA-branded show headlined by Ric Flair. In fact, Piper was so loyal to Owen that for years, he refused to wrestle on WWE shows in Portland because he didn't want to compete against Owen. It was the same territory where Art Barr made his name before the rape accusation derailed his career and he had to go to Mexico. Over the years, when Owen found out about former wrestlers of his who were down on their luck, he would often make anonymous donations to help them, which many of those people never found out about until after his death.
Dave notes that there won't be an Observer next week, so if you notice a big gap in the Rewinds, I didn't mess up. Dave is just lazy.
Update on the lawsuit TNA filed last week against Jay Hassman's marketing and accounting firm they claim defrauded them. Dave compares it to the death of Jarrett's old USWA promotion and he briefly recaps all the legal drama surrounding that (see previous Rewinds, it's a lot to cover here). It's also worth noting that Hassman's company worked with WCW in the past and was dropped before WCW folded because there were a lot of problems with them then as well. But TNA is using a lot of the same people and office staff that WCW used so that's how Hassman's firm got roped into this. A rep for the company dismissed the lawsuit as nonsense and claimed Jerry Jarrett was telling everyone they would get 150,000 buys per week while they were trying to keep him focused on more realistic numbers. He also claimed the lawsuit was a distraction from TNA's "inevitable implosion" and said that Jeff Jarrett recently told him the company is running entirely on credit right now. Dave says of course they're in debt and will probably be deep in the red for months even if this accounting mess hadn't come up. He claimed Jarrett was supposed to have $5 million in credit and $1 million in cash on hand for the deal with InDemand and he claimed to have it, but the accounting rep says they didn't because the sponsor of their first show pulled out because Jarrett didn't have the proper paperwork. I dunno, this is all a boring accounting mess. The rep claims TNA is "now in self-destruct mode" and says they are in breach of their InDemand deal in multiple different ways, and that the lawsuit is an attempt to distract from Jarrett's own failure with this company. So on and so forth.
The latest WWE Confidential episode aired and Dave thinks it was the WWE's biggest attempt yet to re-write history. The main focus of the show was about the decline and death of WCW. Now that they have Bischoff, Hogan, Jericho, Booker T, Big Show, etc. they can interview them all for it. The story opened saying, "Those who don't remember the past are doomed to repeat it," which is a pretty ironic way for WWE to be talking about WCW in 2002. Anyway, instead of focusing on what really killed WCW (running off their audience with a terrible product), the show threw out dozens of reasons, blaming faceless Time Warner execs, guaranteed contracts, and even painting the signing of Bret Hart as if that was what doomed WCW (which Dave finds laughable since 1998 was WCW's most successful financial year ever). They basically blamed the death of WCW on all the things that WWE doesn't do, and ignored all the real causes, which are things also plaguing WWE right now. In particular, Dave argues against the claim that guaranteed contracts were the reason. Reality is, even if every single wrestler on the roster had worked for free, WCW was still tens of millions of dollars in debt. The guaranteed contracts really didn't even represent more than a few drops in the bucket when it came to how much WCW was bleeding money at the end. And when they were successful, they were making tens of millions of dollars, despite those huge contracts. During the episode, not once did they acknowledge that awful writing and poor creative direction drove away fans by the millions. Bischoff once again blamed the death of the company on the corporate merger, but the reality is, if WCW was still drawing 6 million viewers per episode and was still one of the highest rated shows on cable, it would not have been canceled, merger be damned. All in all, it was another example of this Confidential show re-writing history to paint WWE and Vince McMahon as the conquering world beaters who nobly defeated all the evil-doers who dared challenge them. But as they say, the winners write the history books, so there ya go.
WWE announced plans last week to start WWE Films and expand into non-wrestling programming. Ever since the company went public, there's been talk of opening an office in Hollywood and doing movies and TV shows. But Dave thinks the timing is questionable, since WWE's core business is declining and the economy is suffering. Remember, WWE just made major budget cuts a few weeks ago and laid off a bunch of people, so launching a whole new division now when the wrestling side is collapsing is certainly an interesting choice. WWE hired TV and film producer Joel Simon to run the Los Angeles office of WWE Films. The goal is for WWE to finance some movies as well as get roles for WWE stars. This idea was first broached 2 years ago, back when the company was on fire and they had the finances to eat it if this venture didn't work out. No word how much money is being set aside for WWE Films, but TV and movie production is expensive and risky. Not to mention, WWE's track record outside of wrestling is.....let's just say "not good," to put it mildly.
According to a Charlotte newspaper, Ric Flair is once again considering running for governor of North Carolina as a member of the Republican party. Flair first talked of this back in 1998, after Jesse Ventura successfully ran for governor and it got a lot of publicity, but Flair ultimately decided against it. Among the reasons is because he apparently didn't want to have his personal life examined as closely as it would have been by the media (yeah, I suspect digging into Flair's past would be bad news for his political aspirations). Flair thought he'd have a better chance than Ventura because he's a bigger star in NC than Ventura was in Minnesota. But Ventura's election was based far more on how he campaigned as opposed to his wrestling celebrity status. Jerry Lawler is a god in Memphis, but he ran for mayor and didn't even crack the top 3.
NJPW's upcoming Budokan Hall show is weird because it doesn't feature most of the company's big stars, including IWGP champ Yuji Nagata. It's a bunch of freak show booking with MMA guys and rematches from PRIDE shows and inter-promotional matches with NOAH guys and shit. "More Inoki craziness" Dave notes. The show is also expected to feature the in-ring debut of 22-year-old rookie Shinsuke Nakamura.
Speaking of Inoki, he's putting on another one of his UFO-branded MMA shows. There's rumors that Inoki will referee the main event. Inoki is also claiming boxers Mike Tyson and Thomas Hearns will appear, so we'll see how full of shit Inoki is. Tyson is a huge name in Japan and the NTV network that is airing the show hasn't mentioned him in the promotion, which you'd think they would if they were trying to draw ratings. At press time, Dave says there's literally reporters at Narita airport in Tokyo, camped out waiting to see if Tyson arrives. This isn't the first time Inoki has claimed Tyson was making an appearance for him. Last time, Tyson's people had to put out a statement saying it was bullshit. They also claimed Chyna will be working an exhibition match on this show because why not?
Bret Hart was discharged from the hospital, after spending more than 5 weeks there following his stroke. He's doing 5 days-per-week of physical therapy and has made impressive progress. There's hopes that he can make a 100% recovery within a year, but doctors are also being realistic in that he might not ever fully recover.
Dave saw the 60-minute iron man main event to crown a new ROH champion and says the effort was impressive, especially considering there was no AC and the building they were wrestling in was a furnace. You could see all 4 men near total dehydrated exhaustion by the end of it and Dave thinks it would have been better as a 30 minute match. Dave says it was a great match but not the 5 star classic it was reported as.
Dave gives some clarification on the problems ECW faced with InDemand at the end. During the first several years, InDemand paid ECW on time for all its PPVs. But then in the final year, the payments started coming later and later and then when ECW lost its TV deal with TNN, InDemand held the money back, waiting to see if ECW would survive. Needless to say, that guaranteed that they didn't.
Heard enough about Rob Black yet? Well, he's telling people he's attempting to purchase the old ECW Arena in Philadelphia. Needless to say, this doesn't happen.
Various TNA news & notes: there will not be a show on 9/11 because of it being the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Don West's time on commentary may be limited, since a lot of people don't like his work, and there's talk of bringing in former WCW announcer Mark Madden. TNA has sent out tapes to multiple TV stations in an attempt to get a TV deal. Jerry Jarrett has reportedly been toning down a lot of Russo's creative ideas, although Dave isn't sure how a the gun angle got through if that's the case (more on that in a minute).
Ron Killings did a radio interview where he put over Vince Russo for giving him "The Truth" gimmick. Killings also said he would never go back to WWE ("write that one down, folks," Dave jokes). He says he was mad about the way he was released, claiming Johnny Ace gave him the news in a phone call with no explanation why. He said he later called Vince, Stephanie, Shane, and Jim Ross for an explanation, none of whom would return his calls (that is kinda some coward shit). Dave thinks WWE missed the boat on Killings, because he's got all the tools to be a star.
Jerry Lawler was apparently pissed about a line they said on a recent TNA show where they made a joke about Lawler hanging out in high schools offering girls candy. Lawler called up Jerry Jarrett and was mad about it. Speaking of, even though he's cutting all these heel promos in TNA on his father, Brian Christopher and Jerry Lawler are still working together doing local Memphis shows.
Notes from TNA Weekly PPV: hit and miss show. They had screens in the arena this time, so fans could see what was going on during the backstage segments. They also did the best job so far of building up to next week, so that's a plus. Downside is the arena they're in (Nashville Fairgrounds) is awful and they only had 550 in the crowd for this show and it looked small on TV. To make it worse, they were dead for the show. Ron Killings continued the racial angle, singling out one of the black TNA girls and calling her a ho and saying she was being exploited. In fact, Dave thinks just about every woman on this show was called a ho or a bitch at some point (another hallmark of Russo booking) and it led to Killings getting a title shot against Ken Shamrock next week (after cutting a promo trashing WWE's titles). And then the really stupid angle of the show: Jeff Jarrett beating up one of the little people until another one came out and pulled a gun on Jarrett for the save. Dave thinks this was utterly ridiculous.
Five days before the big Melbourne, Australia stadium show, WWE announced that Hulk Hogan won't be appearing due to "injuries" suffered in the Brock Lesnar angle on Raw. Hogan was by far the most heavily advertised name for the show and needless to say, pulling him off the card 5 days beforehand pissed off a lot of fans who have tickets. In fact, a lot of people have been trying to get refunds because not only is Hogan off the show, so is Triple H because it appears his elbow won't be healed up in time. That's 2 of the 3 big names that were most heavily promoted, and now Rock is the only one still scheduled to appear.
Speaking of, that angle on Smackdown (more later) with Hogan and Lesnar was to write Hogan off TV for a little while. Hogan asked for time off due to worsening knee and back problems. Exactly when he comes back is unknown, but when he does, it'll probably be to build for the match with Vince at Wrestlemania now, instead of at Summerslam. They wanted Hogan to still go to Australia and at least make an appearance, but Hogan asked off anyway because he knew 20 hours on an airplane to get there would cause him more back pain and he wanted to spend his birthday with his family.
Latest on Goldberg is that he's hoping to put together a deal with WWE where he can work some shows for them while also taking big-event bookings in Japan. WWE hasn't let anyone have that type of deal since Hulk Hogan in 1993 when he was working WWE and NJPW at the same time.
Regarding Steve Austin, the feeling among the wrestlers is that they expect him back sooner than later. Agent Jack Lanza believes Austin is bored at home and he's reportedly been training hard. Dave says dozens of big stars have made big money in the business and tried to walk away but they all come back sooner or later (only exception Dave can think of off the top is Jack Brisco). With Hogan out for the foreseeable future and Rock leaving after Summerslam to make another movie, and Monday Night Football starting back soon, they need Austin more than ever. But reportedly Vince is still going forward and making plans as if Austin no longer exists.
Brock Lesnar is being advertised to appear on the Raw after Summerslam, which pretty well gives away that he's winning the title from Rock at Summerslam, which everyone already knew anyway. Of course, plans can always change, but Lesnar is almost certainly winning his first world title in a couple more weeks.
Notes from Raw: whole show was built around finding out who attacked Shawn Michaels, even though it was obvious that it was Triple H. When that was revealed and Shawn announced he was coming back to face him at Summerslam, it got surprisingly little reaction. It got a pop, but not the big overwhelming one you'd expect. Triple H was repeatedly referred to as "the franchise player of Raw." Hardyz were back together again and nobody cared. Big Show is getting fatter by the week. The UnAmericans cut a promo trashing President Bush saying he couldn't defend the country after 9/11. With the first anniversary of the attacks approaching, Dave figured it was only a matter of time before they tried to exploit it, but he didn't think they'd go this far. Trish vs. Victoria was marred by Jerry Lawler on commentary quizzing Molly Holly about whether she was a virgin the whole time.The Island Boyz (still no name) attacked Lillian Garcia and she did a stretcher job. And the Shawn/Triple H promo at the end was excellent, but the crowd didn't seem to care.
Notes from Smackdown: Dave apologizes in advance because he knows he's going to sound like a Paul Heyman cheerleader, but this was one of the better shows of the year, hitting on just about every level, from storytelling, to character development, to in-ring action. It was the best effort to date in getting Lesnar over as a top guy. Stephanie is still getting booed despite being the babyface. Kurt Angle continues to be pushed as a serious bad ass after years of burying that under comedy gimmicks. Angle vs. Hogan was even better than their King of the Ring match and, despite the shitty ending, was probably Hogan's best match in years. Nidia and Jamie Noble are a great act. Benoit/Guerrero vs. Rock/Edge was excellent, with Rock tapping out to Benoit which made for a strong finish, elevated Benoit, and furthered the Lesnar storyline with Rock all at once. On and on and on. Just an all-around great show that Heyman is heading up here.
Random WWE notes: Chris Jericho signed a new multi-year contract. Jim Ross wrote about the recent developmental cuts and said that eliminating HWA was also a step towards improving the overall developmental system. Basically just streamlining everything down to one location (OVW). The Island Boyz attacking Moolah and Mae Young last week was edited off TV in both Canada and the UK. Josh Lomberger from Tough Enough was hired, but not as a wrestler, and instead will do TV production and announcing (later becomes Josh Matthews, current Impact commentator).
Most wrestlers in WWE are told nothing ahead of time about their upcoming feuds and angles. Most of them show up to TV and find out the day of the show what they're doing. For example, Benoit and Guerrero were recently switched back over to Smackdown and they had no idea until they arrived at Raw the day before and had to change their transportation and go to the Smackdown city instead.
Despite getting their asses handed to them in the recent lawsuit, the PTC is still around. This week, they listed Raw as one of the 10 worst shows on TV due to language, sexual content, and violence. The settlement that WWE won does not prevent the PTC from negatively criticizing WWE, but it does prevent them from targeting WWE's sponsors, among other things. But they're still free to go online and talk shit about them just like everyone else.
Wanna hear a joke? Here's something some guy wrote in 1988 that was published in the Observer Yearbook that year. It was a section featuring fake/spoof wrestling news predicting stories that would happen in 1989. Here's what was written: "The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in November 1989 that the World Wrestling Federation can no longer use the initials WWF to promote its business activities. A lower court injunction in favor of the World Wildlife Fund was upheld. A spokesman for the naturalist group expressed joy at the high court ruling. "Originally we didn't care about their having the same initials as us, but their heavy use of animals at their events, plus the naming of over half of their performers with animal nicknames was just causing too much confusion in the mind of the public. Attorneys for Vince McMahon and Titan Sports downplayed the court decision, saying, "We were previously thinking of dropping the wrestling part of our name anyway, since it has a lot of negative connotations and was not altogether appropriate given the nature of our product."
Jeff Hardy has taken time off from house shows because he's working on an album for his rock band PeroxWhy?Gen. Jeff is the lead singer, and Shannon Moore does background vocals. Jeff and Shannon were finding it impossible to work on the album while wrestling full time, so they took Jeff off house shows at his request. Jeff's not yet 25 years old and has said his body is already banged up from injuries, with constant lower back pain and bone chips in his elbow.
Speaking of elbow injuries, Triple H did an interview talking about his King of the Ring match and said he wasn't happy with his performance because he went into the match injured. Afterwards, he had surgery and they removed 8 bone chips from his elbow, some as large as teeth.
Regarding Steve Austin, Triple H had some thoughts on that too. "I have two contrasting reactions. One is for Steve Williams. I feel worried for him as a person and I hope whatever it is that's in his head can be sorted out. The stuff between him and his wife and what went down in San Antonio--who knows what happened? All those things, I feel bad for him and I hope things work out for Steve Williams the person. But as far as Stone Cold Steve Austin goes, it's hard for me not to be angry at what he did. He owes something to everyone here in this company from top to bottom, from the guy who answers the phone to Vince. If I was Vince McMahon, I don't know how I could look people in the eye, anyone who I have a responsibility to, like stockholders or employees and say, 'we're getting behind him and pushing him to the top.'"
Anyway, Dave has some thoughts on this. He agrees that Austin was absolutely in the wrong for walking out the way he did, with no notice, hours before a live show that was entirely written around him. He screwed up the show, and in particular, he left Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit hanging out to dry since they were just starting what was expected to be a major program with Austin, and which would have been the biggest program of Eddie's career. The company has a right to be mad. But this all started because they asked Austin to do a job to Lesnar on TV with no build-up, in order to help jump-start Lesnar's main event push. When Austin balked....they didn't ask anyone else. Dave kinda wonders why Undertaker or someone like that wasn't asked to do the same thing after Austin left, if it was really about getting Lesnar over. Dave seems to imply that there was more to the story about why WWE asked Austin to do it. It's sorta implied here that Vince knew Austin wouldn't want to do it but made the match anyway, almost like he was purposely pushing Austin's buttons. As noted, Austin and Vince weren't getting along at all prior to his walking out and the way they buried him afterwards probably wasn't a coincidence. There's still a lot of hard feelings on both sides.
The "Pile Driver" roller coaster ride at WWE's Niagra Falls location was shut down by safety officials just hours after its grand opening because they didn't have the proper permits and hadn't undergone safety inspections. They had shown the ride off on TV the day before during a big ceremony with Val Venis, Trish Stratus, and Benoit and apparently the safety inspector saw the segment on TV and realized it hadn't been approved and had it shut down. There's no timetable on when it will re-open (I just listened to a Bruce Prichard podcast episode talking about this and apparently it never re-opened. It just sat there dormant for years I think.)
NEXT WEDNESDAY:Observer Hall of Fame preview, Goldberg returning to wrestling in AJPW, Steve Austin arrested, XPW vs. ROH drama, and more...
2020.08.25 01:09 biggreekgeekFlatten the Curve. #52. Lance B Eliot. AI World Government President (Organization) Behind Lance? Oracle Solutions. S&P. Is Techbrium a Real Company? C3.ai Founder Claims We're at War With China Already. The WEF Great Reset & Prince Charles. Boom or Doom. It's Game On.
You have to read, Flatten the Curve, Part 51 first. Who is Lance B Eliot? Link Here After posting the article about Lance B Eliot yesterday, another video popped up on YouTube. u/D4W50N88 found it and provided the link, and I'm glad he did (Thank you D4). Why didn't it show up for me? No idea. But it did, and now the enigma has become worse. When I first stumbled onto this, I made a mistake. I went back through my notes and found that I had wrongly attributed the Lance persona as the judge sitting to the left of what was Lance at the table. How did I screw up that bad? I'm human. (No seriously, I'm human. I'm not AI. I'm not NSA. CIA. I don't have any affiliations to any Alphabet agencies. I am what I am. And what is that? A guy who grew up with an extremely skeptical father who always called BS on the news and political events, and tried to make me understand that it was self interest, not altruism, that guided the world around us. That will be expanded on at some point down the road.) I make mistakes. It's not the first time and it won't be the last. But sometimes mistakes happen for a reason. This is one of those times. So I watched the second YouTube video of Lance that was provided here;
I'm not sure if he's exactly an AI, seems to be a real person going off this video -
Really quick summary, he doesn't say diddly squat. Anyone could have regurgitated lvl 5 autonomous cars and insurance rates. My statement doesn't prove anything though. I realize that. But let me ask you something, He's been on CNN, he's written a ton of books, he's an angel investor, a venture capitalist, CEO of Techbrium, and not one other picture or (so far) any other videos of him exist? We're living in an age of near omnipresent and approaching omnipotent surveillance, they are screwing with DNA, the government has acknowledged UFO's, phenomenon like the Hum and Sky Quakes are being reported worldwide, we live in a pandemic for which we will need never ending vaccinations, so is it really out of the realm of reason that Lance could be an actor? I've looked for research papers from him and I've found maybe three to four. None of them are overly technical and mainly deal with AI and the law and ethics. That's strange. But before we dive further, I will concede the possibility that there is a Lance B Eliot, but I'm adamant that the articles and books are written by AI. No doubt in my mind, and by the time this post is done, you'll wonder what's really going on as well. Let's start with his name. Something about it grabbed my attention, as it did for others. I can't speak for them, but I remember just looking at it suddenly thinking, is that an anagram? u/agelesseverytime • Lance B Eliot is an anagram for antebellico - prewar. u/WhiteRabbitCaveCA also sent me the same anagram. Hidden in plain sight. But it's still a chess game. Your moves have to be deceptive and you need to look ahead a minimum of three moves. And all moves have multiple moves. Does this mean that the anagram doesn't apply? No. It does. And it points to the ability of having meaning hidden in meaning, all in the open. Now I will caution you, this post will be somewhat open-ended. I haven't been able to find anything definitive that could point to a possible origin of what I believe to be Lance B Eliot, yet those breadcrumbs do lead to loaves of bread, so to speak. So when I was sent the other YouTube link with Lance as a speaker, I looked around the web again. I had already found what I thought was a very strong link, but now the video threw a monkey wrench into my plans. This is what else I found when I Googled articles by Lance B Eliot. Eliot Weinman, executive editor of AI Trends, where AI Eliot seems to get published a lot. Relax, it's not just the name coincidence. It's also this:
Curiosity as a Core Cognitive Capability for Self-Driving Cars. By Eliot Weinman. aitrends.com — By Dr. Lance B. Eliot, the AI Trends Insider. • I live in a gated community that has a main gate for residents and guests, and provides an impressive driving entrance into the neighborhood that displays ornate iron gates and a spectacular water-sprouting fountain. There is a secondary gate at the back of the community.
President Trump Will Sign an Executive Order Promoting AI. By Eliot Weinman • aitrends.com — President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Monday meant to spur the development and regulation of artificial intelligence, technology that many experts believe will define the future of everything from consumer products to health care to warfare.
Source Here There is another example there, but this will suffice. So why is Lance B Eliot being headlined by Eliot Weinman? Doesn't make sense, does it? And what is muckrack.com?
Say hello to your one-stop, relationship-building platform and goodbye to outdated media databases: Muck Rack’s search engine lets you discover and pitch relevant journalists in a much more targeted way than legacy media databases.
Ok. Now usually top ranking scientists don't belong to an organization that is meant to find journalists paying work. Why would they? And why would a guy who has started multiple companies, is a CEO of Techbrium - and speaking of which, check out the website, powered by godaddy? Seriously? It doesn’t list any employees, no detailed company history, and while it does have job openings, it seems off. So I Googled mapped Techbrium, and guess what, no results found. Ok. Gotcha. Must be the New Normal GPS malfunctioning, right? SMH. Back to Eliot Weinman. Let me show you what he belongs to: Founder and Conference Chair, AI World & AI World Government (brought to you by the Cambridge Institute). Uhm. Keep Calm and Carry On? Don't Worry be Happy? And, Eliot Weinman is the GM and Founder at Cambridge Innovation Institute. Also, Eliot Weinman has had 1 past job as the President, Events and Publishing at Yankee Group. And. Research firm Yankee Group has acquired digital media and technology research and events firm Trendsmedia. The acquisition will “accelerate Yankee’s growth and expand its reach in global connectivity issues, helping network builders, operators and users navigate revolutionary change”, whatever that means. And when I clicked on trendsmedia, it led me to a clickfunnel company. And when I clicked on Yankees group, it was owned by 451 Research, which is owned by S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw-Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in Manhattan, New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of S&P Global Ratings, S&P Global Market Intelligence, and S&P Global Platts, CRISIL, and is the majority owner of the S&P Dow Jones Indices joint venture. "S&P" is a shortening of "Standard and Poor's". Cool, right. Now what? Glad you asked. S&P is into four different segments. S&P Global RatingsEdit • S&P Global Ratings provides independent investment research including ratings on various investment instruments. S&P Global Market IntelligenceEdit • S&P Global Market Intelligence is a provider of multi-asset class and real-time data, research, news and analytics to institutional investors, investment and commercial banks, investment advisors and wealth managers, corporations, and universities. Subsidiaries include Leveraged Commentary & Data. S&P Dow Jones IndicesEdit • Launched on July 2, 2012, S&P Dow Jones Indices is the world's largest global resource for index-based concepts, data, and research. It produces the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. S&P Dow Jones Indices calculates over 830,000 indices, publishes benchmarks that provide the basis for 575 ETFs globally with $387 billion in assets invested, and serves as the DNA for $1.5 trillion of the world's indexed assets. S&P Global PlattsEdit • Headquartered in London, S&P Global Platts is a provider of information and a source of benchmark price assessments for the commodities, energy, petrochemicals, metals, and agriculture markets. It has offices in more than 15 cities, including major energy centres such as London, Dubai, Singapore, and Houston, and international business centres such as São Paulo, Shanghai, and New York City. Ok. So what? So this. The McGraws and the George W. Bush family have close ties dating back several generations. Harold McGraw Jr. (deceased) was a member of the national grant advisory and founding board of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Source Here And who is the President and chief executive officer of S&P? Douglas L. Peterson. And what else does he do? Peterson is co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Centers’ Executive Council on Infrastructure, and advocates for public-private sector partnerships as a means of improving infrastructure in the US. For the World Economic Forum, Peterson is Co-Chair of the Stewardship Board of the Platform for Shaping the Future of Cities, Infrastructure and Urban Services; a Member of the International Business Council; and Governor of the Financial Services Industry Community. Peterson is also a boardmember of National Bureau of Economic Research, and the US-China Business Council. Peterson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee. Basically a Conspiracy Theorist's Doomscrolling dream job, am I right? WEF • Who are behind the Great Reset (later post coming soon), and to quote Prince Charles speaking (virtually, of course SMH) at the World Economic Forum, "We have a golden opportunity to seize something good from this crisis - its unprecedented shockwaves may well make people more receptive to big visions of change," said Prince Charles at the meeting, adding later, "It is an opportunity we have never had before and may never have again." Source Here Great. Perfect. Crisis. Reaction. Solution. CFR • The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), founded in 1921, is a United States nonprofit think tank specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. It is headquartered in New York City, with an additional office in Washington, D.C. Its membership, which numbers 4,900, has included senior politicians, more than a dozen secretaries of state, CIA directors, bankers, lawyers, professors, and senior media figures. Currently it has, • David M. Rubenstein (Chairman) – Cofounder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Carlyle Group. • Jami Miscik (Vice Chairman) She currently serves on the boards of EMC Corporation, In-Q-Tel and the American Ditchley Foundation, and is a member of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board. Before entering the private sector, she had a twenty-year career as an intelligence officer, including a stint as the Central Intelligence Agency's Deputy Director for Intelligence (2002–2005), and as the Director for Intelligence Programs at the National Security Council (1995–1996). • Thad W. Allen − Senior Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. • Laurence D. Fink – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer BlackRock. There are more, but you get it. And let's just top it off with, CFR has published the bi-monthly journal Foreign Affairs since 1922, and runs the David Rockefeller Studies Program, which influences foreign policy by making recommendations to the presidential administration and diplomatic community, testifying before Congress, interacting with the media, and publishing on foreign policy issues. And you may have noticed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which insures banks from going bankrupt. Yikes. Hopefully we don't have a cybersecurity attack on our banking systems. Maybe we should use Coalfire? OK, are you confused, me too. Let's recap.
Lance B Eliot shares article ownership with Eliot Weinman on muckrack.com, which was published on AI Trends. Eliot Weinman is the executive director AI World and AI World Government. Trends Media was also bought by the Yankees Group, where Eliot Weinman is the President. And when I clicked on the Yankess group, it was owned by 451 Research, which was owned by S&P, which was started by friends of George Bush, who belonged to the Carlyle Group, which has a co-executive on the CFR, and Douglas Peterson is a member of the CFR and the WEF, while aslo running S&P. Simple, right. Now, remember two things, Eliot Weinman seems to be associated with Lance B Eliot, and Lance is constantly produces articles about AI and business, while S&P has is all about business. Let's go.
Lance the Prequel.
So when I first found Lance, I started to ponder different anagrams. Why? Well, his last name. One guy who works for me is named Elliot, and Eliot stood out for the different spelling. After repeating a mantra of Eliot for a while, I stopped. Eliot. ElIOT. elIoT. IoT. Internet of Things. It had to be me looking for a pattern. HAD TO BE. Then I looked at the name again. The end was possible, so I looked at his first name. I repeated the same mantra, letting my unconscious do the work. And sure enough, it hit me again. Lance. LANce. LAN. Local Area Network. No. Effing. Way. Come on. LAN + IoT = Local Area Network of Internet of Things. Ok. It adds up. Makes sense. I don't know how, but it does. Yet that still left me with the rest of his name. CEBEL. Whelp, the mantra didn't help, it was time to dig. And dig I did. And found nothing. Well a couple of things, and one I thought that I was stretching logic too far, and the other, maybe not. Because it led me to OMG’s Artificial Intelligence Platform Task Force. A co-chair was Claude Baudoin, who has a company called cébé IT & Knowledge Management. And I almost went with it, and then something said NO. It was a gut feeling that I was wrong. There was no L in the company name. So I started digging all over again. And it wasn't easy. It took forever. It didn’t make sense. At all. I couldn't find anything that was an exact match. And then I saw this.
Thomas Siebel's software company C3IoT raised about $100 million from private equity investors in January 2018, at a $1.5 billion valuation. Today, C3.ai is focused on enterprise AI, but it started as a clean energy firm. It was briefly named C3IoT in 2016 to chase the IoT market. Siebel was a salesman at Oracle. He left in 1990, built software firm Siebel Systems and sold it to Oracle for $5.8 billion in cash and stock in 2006. Forbes
And he was attacked by an Elephant. (DID YOU KNOW. Siebel was attacked by an elephant on a 2009 safari trip in Serengeti; he barely escaped death and has undergone 19 reconstructive surgeries. Maybe the animal kingdom was defending the planet?) It was briefly named C3IoT. But the first program was sold to Oracle and • Oracle Siebel CRM is a sales force automation (SFA) and customer relationship management solution designed to assist enterprises to manage their customer experiences. It includes a range of sales, marketing and customer service applications tailored to various industries • focuses on businesses. Much like a lot of Lances articles. And Thomas Siebel's software • C3.ai is a leading enterprise AI software provider for accelerating digital transformation. The proven C3 AI Suite provides comprehensive services to build enterprise-scale AI applications more efficiently and cost-effectively than alternative approaches • advances AI to accelerate digital transformation, just like AI World Government, which is owned by Eliot Weinman. Is Cebel a play on Siebel? It sure seems like it to me. And Thomas also has this to say. High: What inning of the game do you believe we are in from an AI perspective, and how is that likely to develop going forward? Siebel: Julius Caesar considered Gaul as being divided into three parts, and I believe AI is divided into three parts. 1• Artificial general intelligence, which includes projects such as Google DeepMind. Here, the attempt is to build computers that have equal or greater intelligence as human beings. This gets to the malicious killer robots and the refrigerator that takes over your household theory, but I do not believe we need to worry about that in our lifetimes; 2• Social media systems. Here, social media vendors are using AI extremely effectively to manipulate people at the level of the limbic brain. I believe this is malevolent, and what we are seeing in social media is concerning. People are acting as servers to the computer instead of the opposite; 3• The application of AI to commercial, industrial, and government systems, which is where we play at C3.ai. This is building prediction to identify fraud, efficiency to the supply chain, and predictive maintenance for devices in the digital oilfields, the smart grid, the manufacturing industry, agricultural equipment, and precision health. This is about using AI to lower the cost of production and to deliver products and services with greater safety, with greater cybersecurity, and with lower environmental impact. Hmmm. It's starting to sound like my posts, isn't it? Yet he's not worried about killer robots, yet social media manipulation, that's a problem. But I can bet you all the tea that's left in China, those words shouldn't be taken at Facebook value. High: You have referred to there being a war with China based on artificial intelligence, and you have referenced how Vladimir Putin said the country that wins in AI will ultimately win in the world. As a citizen of the U.S., what do you think about this? How optimistic are you about the state’s ability to lead and the extent to which it is appropriate language? Siebel: This is a crucial topic. As you mentioned, in 2017, Vladimir Putin said, “Whoever wins the war in AI will be the ruler of the world.” I believe that is true, but I do not believe Russia will win. It is either going to be China or the U.S. I believe we are currently in a state of non-kinetic warfare with China. It is well-documented how great Russia and China are at infiltrating our power grid infrastructure, infiltrating our financial system infrastructure, and implanting viruses, bots, and malware so they can remotely turn off the grid. There are well-documented incidents where the Chinese have penetrated, say, the United States Office of Personnel Management and stolen the personnel records of up to 21 million people. This includes anyone who has ever applied for or been granted a security clearance. If this is not war, what is it? If you read the 13th five-year plan, it is extremely clear what they are doing. They are investing tens of billions of dollars a year in AI to win this battle and to dominate the use of AI for the purposes of defense and conducting warfare. In many ways, this is a test of two fundamentally opposed political philosophies. In the case of China, there is a totalitarian state with a top-down command and control economy where the NRDC writes the 13th five-year plan, invests billions of dollars, and mandates that this happens. They are extremely bright, competent, and educated, and they are hard at work. In the United States, we have a much messier process with a free-market economy and a capitalist system. Innovation does not take place from a top-down command and control government-mandated system, but in garages in Palo Alto and storefronts in theNew York. I do not know which system is going to win, but this is going to be the ultimate test of these political philosophies. This is not a war we want to lose, the stakes could not be higher, and it is game on. And then. High: What role do you see the government playing in all this versus private industries, and how do you see the balance between the two? Siebel: The people who work in the Pentagon are exceptionally bright and well educated. These scholar statesman warriors are not asleep at the switch, and they are adopting AI in many ways to prove the efficiency of the Department of Defense. As it relates to AI, the U.S. is going to advance through a free market economy, entrepreneurship, and through the creativity of individuals who are unbridled by the constraints of the stage. This system has always worked out for us in the past, and hopefully, it will continue to. If it does not, we are going to have a problem. Source Here Game on. If it doesn't work, there's a problem, because we're in a war with China, and the Pentagon states that the war will be fought in abrupt climate change which will cause drought and famine in China. And I've said it before, but the social discord and the riots, will be blamed on Russia and/or China. And maybe they are to blame. Who knows, because we have to trust our New Normal World Order narrative as it's filtered with fact checks and fake news, while the surveillance system makes sure we are safe from physical threats through AI data mining, and incorporating AI through the Great Reset, which apparently China has to get on board with. Uhm, and people are having a hard time believing that our world is about to get turned upside down? Really? Has the desensitization been that effective that everyone is numb? Short answer, pretty much.
BGG Final Words
NEW YORK (PRWEB) JANUARY 11, 2018 • Though various forms of artificial intelligence and machine learning have existed for nearly 60 years, it is only recently that this field of computing has developed to a level of accessibility that truly allows businesses to leverage this innovative technology. There are no blanket solutions in technological transformations. Artificial intelligence is no exception. Mediaplanet’s Cognitive Technology campaign, created in partnership with Melinda Gates, the World Economic Forum and Microsoft, will serve as an educational guidebook for business leaders to understand how to obtain the maximum benefits from cognitive technologies within their market —using artificial intelligence to improve employee workflow and efficiency, reshape customer experiences and take risk and fraud protection to the next level. This program was made possible with the support of Melinda Gates, the World Economic Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Microsoft, the National Security Agency, the National Retail Federation, Eliot Weinman, the Cognitive Computing Consortium, SCIP, AMT, HSBC, Forgerock, Feedzai, LogMeIn, Cognicor, Omron, The Nerdery and The Savo Group. Source Here
Hey! Look, NSA, Melinda "I hoarded food in my basement because I know how privileged we are" Gates, WEF, and Eliot Weinman. And his AI World Government did this press release. According to Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO of the Boston Global Forum (BGF), “We have been collaborating with Mr. Weinman and his team at AI World throughout 2018 to support the event as an International Host. We have several activities already underway at AI World 2018, and will continue our strategic alliance for all AI World 2019 events. We will present an AI-Government model at AI World Government.” Source Here Do you want Skynet Eliot, cause this is how you get Skynet. But maybe I'm suffering mass psychogenic delusions from Doomscrolling looking for mass surveillance examples and an upcoming war before environmental collapse. Maybe? Possible? Let's look and see if I'm justified in my paranoia. Lance B Eliot • Neanderthal and AI. Source Here • Could the acrimonious polarization in society today be simply due to chance alone, or might we be divided amongst ourselves by inherited Neanderthal DNA that has been triggered in recent times? Let’s hope that we can find a means to overcome the polarization, else we might become an extinct species and then, down the road, perhaps some surviving all-knowing AI might look back one day and snicker that we were ultimately and unknowingly doomed by our Neanderthal forerunners. You're gonna trigger me, you AI loving Neanderthal monster. Doesn't that sound crazy? Read the article and then tell me that it was written by a human (not that anyone has, it's just a figure of speech).
May 21, 2016 • As you can see, it seems like we managed to avert what could have been a massive economic crisis in the 2008-2009 time frame, and entered into what Mohamed in his 2010 Per Jacobsson lecture referred to as the “new normal” (now widely popularized). We have been somewhat languishing in this new normal and are seemingly trying to just keep ourselves in the new normal, sometimes now referred to as the new new normal. Believing that we are nearing the T-junction, the Figure 1 shows that we are upon a pivot point, perhaps in just the next 2-3 years, and will then swing either toward the boom or the doom, of which the Mohamed as odds-maker suggests are equally likely (50/50 chance). Source Here
Pivot? Boom or Doom? Thank God we don't have any pivots happening.
Obama, 2012, Pivot to Asia • There has been strong perception from China that all of these are part of US' China containment policy. Proponents of this theory claim that the United States needs a weak, divided China to continue its hegemony in Asia. This is accomplished, the theory claims, by the United States establishing military, economic, and diplomatic ties with countries adjacent to China's borders.
Aw crap. Pandemic. The Great Reset. Fourth Industrial Revolution. World Economic Forum. AI World Government. Pivot. Boom or Doom. Pivot to Asia. All good. Keep Calm and Carry On. There is nothing to fear, but fear itself, and environmental collapse, WW3, AI, Killer Robots, Big Brother, Pandemic, Economic Collapse, Asteroids,1. Magnetic Field Weakening, Famine, and Animal Mass Mortality Events. It's game on. Boom or Doom time. Cats and Dogs living together. Neanderthals worshipping AI. All the worst parts out of the Bible, except we don't get turned to salt. I hope. 2020 isn't over yet. And it probably won't be over in 2021, or 2023, or, 2030. After all, the agenda runs until 2030, doesn’t it? So is Thomas Siebel and Oracle Siebel Systems supposed to be a homonym for Cebel? Is Eliot Weinman involved somehow, or is it just a coincidence. Is Lance B Eliot gonna be AI President of the Techncracy? Just keep paying attention and stay aware. We might not what is happening, but we know something is, and possibly hidden actors involved in all of it. Heads up and eyes open. This hasn't even started yet. Talk soon and take care. 1. Trust me, u/arctic-gold-digger was right on the money about space rocks, and I'll show you why in a few posts. And also, thanks to u/WhiteRabbitCaveCA as well as u/UFOS-ARE-DEMONIC The extra dots being connected were a massive help.
2020.08.20 16:44 nefariousnick_The Aurora UFO Crash of 1897
https://preview.redd.it/iq67r0zr36i51.jpg?width=1280&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=cf52ca33621bc0da9d18f9a5e231d459019649d9 In April, 1897, mysterious airships were reportedly seen over Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, and Texas. The reports claim that they averaged about 300 feet long, and say that they had enormous wings and sails. It looked as though it traveled 60-80 miles an hour. Some people described it as a “cloudless tornado” with some residents running for shelter in their storm houses. One witness says he didn’t see a ship, only a small red light which he first mistook as a meteor. An unnamed investigator concluded that the airships were “aerial war cars” from Mars, and that the Martians had come to see how many reinforcements the United States would need if the armies of Europe invaded. On April 17th 1897, in the town of Aurora, Texas, it was reported that an “airship” crashed into a windmill belonging to a local judge, Judge Proctor. On April 19th, The Dallas Morning News reported that “The pilot of the ship is supposed to have been the only one aboard and, while his remains were badly disfigured, enough of the original has been picked up to show that he was not an inhabitant of this world.” The newspaper also talks about papers found on the supposed dead E.T., and claims these papers contained an “unknown hieroglyphic” writing. It goes on to say that the ship was to badly damaged to understand its construction and mode of propulsion and power. Some say the metal it was created with looked like a mixture of aluminum and silver. People came from all over to view the wreckage and collect pieces of the strange metal the object was constructed with. The newspaper claims that it seemed like the craft wasn’t working properly, as it was traveling at an estimated speed of 10-12 miles an hour, slowly descending towards the Earth. It descended over the town square, and crashed in the north part of town, destroying Judge Proctor's windmill. There was an enormous explosion, which scattered debris over several acres, and destroyed the judge’s flower garden. After the crash, the townspeople allegedly buried the alien with Christian rites in the Aurora cemetery. A resident of Aurora, Toni Wheeler, whose family has lived there for generations first heard of the crash from a neighbor. She came up with a name for the E.T. “Ned”. The original gravestone (depicting what looks to be a cigar-shaped object) was stolen around 1973, and was replaced with a three inch pipe in the ground. Another marker was seemingly constructed after this, with this marker disappearing in 2012, this time, being replaced with a boulder to mark the grave. People still come to the grave to bring gifts and write on the boulder. Researchers have tried to find evidence for the crash, including using radar to try and tell if there really is an alien body in the grave, digging up metal at the crash site, and testing water in the well where the wreckage was supposedly stored. In the 1970s, people tried to dig up the grave. Wheeler states that the cemetery association kept people from digging up the grave because by law you cant' exhume remains unless you notify next of kin, which Ned doesn’t have. At least, none that we know of. https://preview.redd.it/znx04wc666i51.png?width=259&format=png&auto=webp&s=2e5eca8218541c7355e3c38576bda807d1849ac1 Early in 1897, a slew of disastrous events plagued the small town of Aurora, including a boll weevil infestation that destroyed the towns cotton crop, a fire that killed several people and burned down multiple buildings, a railroad that was supposed to run through the town, but was cancelled, and a spotted fever outbreak that forced the town into quarantine. The former mayor of Aurora, Barbara Brammer, researched these events, and found that the man who wrote the article detailing the alleged crash, S.E Haydon, was apparently a known jokester, and concluded that Haydon was trying to keep the town alive with an exciting story about visitors from another world, hoping it would bring people, and with them, commerce, to the small town. This compliments the fact that Haydon never followed up with the story, and didn’t even cover the burial of the supposed extraterrestrial pilot. Time Magazine interviewed a resident of Aurora in 1979, who said that Haydon had fabricated the entire story, and that Judge Proctor never had a windmill on his property. A UFO Hunters episode investigated the case, and found that there were four windmill stops on the Judge’s property that could’ve held up a windmill. This case would’ve been the first reported UFO crash, taking place before Roswell, and even before the Wright Brothers first flight. There's evidence that suggests that something could’ve crashed in Aurora, but skeptic claims are compelling as well. Haydon lost his wife and two sons to spotted fever, while another son was left blinded. It could’ve been desperation that motivated him to make up a gripping story to save his town from decimation. The sightings of strange craft before the incident give some credence to a UFO explanation, but the fact that much of the supposed debris found at the sight was hauled off never to be seen again creates a blank spot in this theory. This case has interesting evidence on the skeptic side, as well as the believer side. Only the 19th century residents know what happened, and who knows, maybe there really is a small alien body buried in Aurora. Thanks for reading. Sources: -https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86088296/1897-04-22/ed-1/seq-5/#date1=1897&index=12&rows=20&words=Mar+Mars&searchType=basic&sequence=0&state=Texas&date2=1898&proxtext=Mars&y=0&x=0&dateFilterType=yearRange&page=1 -https://www.mufon.com/aurora-tx-crash---1897.html -https://www.keranews.org/post/nearly-120-years-after-alleged-ufo-crash-small-texas-town-all-about-aliens -https://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article207085784.html -http://www.auroratexas.gov/board-of-commisions/historic-preservation/ned/ -https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2018/04/16/fake-news-from-wise-county-brought-ufo-believers-to-aurora-eventually/
2020.08.18 15:05 dalf_rulesChile 1960s - what did my father in law saw?
Hi all, first time posting on this sub. I saw the post about the UFO on my hometown (https://v.redd.it/3hq8xptvinh51) and that got me thinking about a story from my father in law. I thought you might have an opinion on this. He lived in the countryside outside Punta Arenas as a kid during the 50s/60s. He told that once, when he was 8 years old or so (1964? He can't pinpoint the date), he was outside playing one afternoon, when he saw a flying saucer hover over his house. His dad came out to check it, but the saucer flew away very fast, without making noise, and crashed into a hill that was nearby. His dad started preparing a horse to go check the crash, but within a few minutes a bunch of military vehicles showed up and stopped him. Some went to the crash site, others stayed around to make sure there weren't other witnesses. They weren't rude, but you also got the impression it wasn't a good idea to argue. My father in law remembers that a lot of them were American, or at least not from the area because their uniforms were a bit different and they spoke English. They stayed for around half and hour and then left abruptly. When my father in law went later to check the crash site he didn't find anything interesting, not even a piece of tin. So, what exactly was that? For many years he thought it was an actual alien crash, but later he saw a documentary about experimental aircraft and now thinks it's most likely a case of the US testing some new vehicles in the middle of nowhere-- and you don't get more "in the middle of nowhere" than in the Patagonian pampas. I think that's also the most likely answer but cannot find any specific sources. Does anyone here have ideas, or suggestions about stuff I should read into? Thanks in advance!
Now that Declassified is well, declassified—reviews! As a personal note, I think the stories behind these names are pretty cool/eerie. For the ones I received, Probably Balloons seems like a reference to UFOs being "just weather balloons," and the Phantom of Flatwoods and Ghost Rockets have fun urban legends/conspiracies behind them. I have a toonnn more Stereoplasm to try, but it seemed good to get these out now that they're live (and I have to say, I want to try the other 3 in the collection too now)! I've got to express my gratitude for how generous (and honestly, faster than I was expecting) they were with this shipment. I had two orders around the same time (placed one, then added a second with a few things from the Cabinet of Curiosity), and they were combined and shipped about when I expected to get the first one. In addition to what I ordered, I got samples of:
The Ghost Rockets
Phantom of Flatwoods
Eye of the Beholder
Perchance to Dream
Flamingo (I requested Dolphin for the monthly animal and they sent both!)
So, wow. I wanted to try the Dimension of Imagination collection anyway, but thought I'd wait until I decided what to FS from my order. Plus something not even up on the site yet, so cool! The Declassified samples came with a little extra sheet with the notes and the date (8/15) they'd go live. A really fun extra, to me—so many freebie samples is above and beyond, but a getting a preview was really special. If it helps you going in to know what I like and don’t so far (mostly pasted frommy last reviewwhere I also made some notes about testing methods, how little I know what I'm talking about, etc) : Basically sweet/food/gourmand is a hard no, if it smells realistically like outside I probably love it, amber and florals on an individual basis, new age shop smells (incense, patchouli, smoke) are questionable. Sharp clean smells (laundry, soap, linen, some florals) are also a no. Powder is not my fave but negotiable if it balances something else out. Musk and I seem to be cool as long as it doesn't get too spiky/soapy. Not a big fan of typical "cologne" or "perfume" scents either. And adding: I'm still pretty new to this, I've only really been doing sample orders so far, but Stereoplasm is the 4th? or 5th? house I've tried. I think I can say at this point that I tend to amp any kind of sweet. It kind of drowns out a lot of other things (whether it gets stronger or it's just all I can concentrate on) and might come across sweeter than it would be on other people, based on reading other reviews. It's a bummer for me because I really don't like anything foody-sweet, fruity, sticky, syrupy, honey, etc. Some kinds of sweet floral or green are okay, but it’s really case by case. It's...relevant here. On to the reviews—Declassified first! ------------------------ Probably Balloons(notes: uranium, tobacco fields, sunset musk, splintered teak, geranium, and doll's eye) Wet: Teak, geranium for sure. Tobacco too, I think, in kind of a light spicy way. There's something almost plasticky/chemical, but it doesn't stand out in a bad way. It might only be reading like that because I'm looking for it? It's pretty light and fresh, kind of a dry non-foody sweetness. It has a feeling of coolness, but not really aquatic, and some depth too. This is really well blended—nothing individual's popping out—and pleasant. Dry: I love realistic outside smells, and I love the plants in this. Whatever the plastic/chemical note was, it's become this really elusive in-the-background thing. With the name, I'm imagining standing out in a field on a cool night and seeing something really odd up in the sky. It's sort of silvery, and just really...nice, in a clean but not boring way. After another half hour or so it almost, alllmost goes laundry, but that hint of sweetness keeps it from quite getting there for me. Now it feels white and starchy, clean but not soapy. Verdict? This absolutely makes me think of something that could be a balloon but maybe isn't. Shiny, floaty, ephemeral, with just enough weirdness to be intriguing. I'm so on board. ------------------------ The Ghost Rockets(notes: fresh marshmallow, candy rockets, cuckoo bread, meteor dust, lily of the valley, and hazel) Wet: I mean, there was no way this was going to be my favorite, with marshmallow and candy rockets. It's too sweet for me, as expected. Kind of surprisingly, I do get a hint of floral underneath the SUGAR. I can't pull much else out though. Dry: Marshmallow, yup. I get the light vanilla-y feel there. I'm guessing it's the candy rockets note that's going sticky-sweet on me. It dies down a little after 10-15 minutes, and I'm impressed, I am smelling some other things. Like every other sniff. The lily and something else (one of the more abstract notes?) add kind of a clean lightness, that I suspect might be balanced really well by the sweetness on someone else. I could see the marshmallow keeping it from going too soapy-clean. Verdict? Hard no for me. I can't do sweet smells so I'm not the best judge, but if you like the notes in this, you might be into it—they seem accurate, and again, there's kind of an unnatural floaty feel to it, which is pretty neat. ------------------------ Phantom of Flatwoods(notes: Virginia pine, honey locust, gray dogwood, maiden silvergrass, and mist flower) Wet: So fresh! It smelled very soapy in the bottle, to the point I was worried, but it's reading more realistic pine once it's on my skin—still very clean though. Gray, silver, mist—the descriptors are nailing it. A misty ghost in cold night air. Dry: Pine is still the main thing I can identify. Everything else blends together, but it's also a little (almost) sweetly floral—it makes me think of baby's breath. Like the others, there's a note in there that goes the opposite direction from everything else...after a bit, it's almost metallic. The longer this wears the more I like it. It's got a lot more depth than this, it's praise not a complaint—but it's almost a "my (clean) skin but better" scent on me by 20-30 minutes. Not in a funky musky way but like if you smell your shoulder or your arm and it's you but there's still the ghost of your body wash there too. Verdict? Way nicer and more subtle than expected from first sniff. I saved it for last because, soap, and it's just the nicest version possible of anything that reminds me of cleanliness. No sharpness, no laundry or Irish Spring. I'm trying not to FS everything I like because...I can only wear so many per day, but from this collection it'd actually be close between this and Probably Balloons. ------------------------ And Dimensions of Imagination! ------------------------ Eye of the Beholder(notes: soft white musk, ace bandages, rosewood, tears and bindweed.) Wet: I wasn't expecting this to be sweet at all from the notes, but it is—almost fruity, and floral underneath. Maybe too sweet for me. It's doing that kind of sticky thing (smell, not feeling) on my skin. Looking at the notes, I’m not really sure which note could be the problem child. Rosewood? Bindweed? Sweet sweet tears? Dry: Still very sweet. See my note in the intro—I'm gonna say YMMV pretty widely compared to mine. I'm having a hard time catching any other notes. There could be musk and bandages in there, but I'd never know. The tears are real though, and they're mine. After a while longer...where did all that sugar go?! I went for one more sniff before I washed it off and it's morphed. So, I do get a kind of bandage vibe now, and musk. A really light waft of sweetness is still there. Verdict? Despite the change at the end, not for me. That was enough to convince me to take this opportunity to put it away and see what happens with some more time though. This was the first trial from my whole order and it's only been resting for just over 3 full days. ------------------------ Mirror Image(notes: true moss, twinflower, freesia, tweed, crepe myrtle and fear) Wet: Sweetly floral. It's verging into syrupy territory on me, but not as strong as Eye of the Beholder starts out. I do get something clean and crisp too. There's more complexity to this one to my nose. The florals aren't rough in any other way, not sharp or cloying. I'd like this a lot if it were a hair less sweet. Dry: It stays pretty much the same. Still sweet, but it's actually pretty pleasant. The clean floral smell keeps pace, it's pretty well-blended as a whole. It's still not my thing, but it's not in the "omg get it off me" category, which is saying something. Verdict? A surprising almost for me, I did not expect to like this one. It's not my style, but if I were hard pressed to pick a sweet scent to wear for a day, this would be a possibility. Like the others there's a kind of mysterious ephemeral note lingering around the edges that's really hard to place. Mirror Image and Eye of the Beholder smelled really similar to me in the bottle, for some reason, but they have their own distinct personalities on me. ------------------------ Perchance to Dream(notes: blue amber, lute strings, dark patchouli, black cardamom seeds, mace and hourglass sand) Wet: Unhh yes mace and cardamom! So, part of my family is Norwegian, and both of these spices are used a lot in cooking and baking. I love love love the smell of them, it's super nostalgic for me. Some depth and softness from the patchouli and amber too. Very nice. Dry: Cozy, like being warm inside with something in the oven while it gets colder and darker outside. Without the sweetness or gourmand feel—actually, it's more dry and light. This is my kind of baking scent, just the spices I love without anything cloying or sticky. The patchouli and amber run backup really nicely without stealing the show. After a while longer, the amber (I think) gets a little lighter, the spices back off a bit, and the whole thing starts to feel almost...floaty. It's still got some strength though. Like Probably Balloons, there's a silvery feel to it, something I can't place shimmering at the edges. By about an hour there's more patchouli, but it's not overwhelming. I'd dab this on for some very zen yoga. Verdict? Yum, and I mean that figuratively and literally. A little bit spicy, light, ethereal—dreamy indeed. I was excited by the mace and cardamom alone, I'm so glad the rest of it plays so nicely on me. Favorite of these three by a landslide.
The recently published photos taken by Gabriel Zeifman from his Cessna of Area 51 have been posted previously here and in other subs. His flight path apparently took him almost directly over Papoose Lake, i.e. the site of the secret "S4" base according to Bob Lazar. The consensus according to many, including the author of the blog post Tyler Rogoway, seems to be "nothing to see here." This dismissal seems a bit premature to me. First of all, it's important to point out a factual error in the Rogoway's piece:
There isn't even an access road
This is obviously wrong. There are clearly visible roads to the North and South sides of the lake. Check Google Earth if you can't see them in the photos from the plane. Furthermore, if Lazar is correct, S4 isn't going to be some obvious facility with roofs and parking lots like the rest of Area 51. Anyway, on to my main point: Look along the east side of the lake bed. What are those two almost rectangular patches of land? You can see these in the title image of the TheDrive post. Someone posted the Google Drive source folder for these photos, where you can see a higher-resolution image taken from the similar (wide) angle. They are located at the approximate spot Lazar claimed for S4 (or perhaps immediately downhill from the location, it's hard to tell the exact topology). You can see from the more direct overhead shot that the barrier between the patches is almost completely rectangular. Incidentally, the length of the two patches together is ~600 feet, which matches the total estimated length of the nine hangars at S4. Looking at this area in Google Earth provides some interesting comparisons. First, in the current satellite image (dated 2017), you can see these two patches of land, but their contrast to the surrounding area is significantly less than what Zeifman shot. On the other hand, images before ~ 2014 and all the way back to 1984 (the oldest they have on record) clearly show the two discolored regions in high contrast, even given the low-resolution images of the time. Commercial satellite image providers such as eos.com also clearly show the two spots as high-contrast regions in contemporary imagery. So why are they so washed out on the Google Earth images from 2014-now? I don't know what this means, but it strikes me as something "unusual" at pretty much exactly the same spot he proposed, so I thought it was noteworthy. Could these be completely natural? Absolutely. (Did I spend way too much time on this? Probably.) But I just thought it was important to point out, to add to the general Lazar canon. EDIT: 37.114492, -115.842380 is the location of the feature.
Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives. PREVIOUSLY:
PROGRAMMING NOTE: Most of you know the homie SaintRidley has been recapping the Observers from the 1980s (and if you don't know, now you know). Anyway, he got blasted by storms in Iowa the other day and has intermittent internet and asked me to pass along word that he won't be able to post the latest issue of the 1988 Rewind this week. Hope everything's okay with ya dude!
Dave opens the issue with some high praise, a rare thing for the top story. But this week's episode of Raw was the first time WWE showed real effort in months, with a clear plan to build a Raw vs. Smackdown storyline and to make the brands as distinct as possible. Raw felt like a completely new show, starting multiple new storylines that hint at long-term booking (we're so used to WWE disappointing us nowadays that it's kinda cute to go back in time and see someone buy into the false hope of improvement like this). They also had a super hot crowd, which helped a lot. The ratings also saw a spike this week, due to fans wanting to see what Raw looks like with Bischoff in charge. The announcers were moved away from ringside and stationed near the stage, similar to the old Nitro set. During the matches, the arena was darkened to give it a more old-school feel. Things felt more spontaneous and less predictable than they have in ages. The European title was done away with, unified with the IC title. Dave feels the belt was useless the last few years anyway.
The show featured DX reuniting, but ended with Triple H turning heel and giving Shawn Michaels a pedigree. Dave expects it to lead to Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels at Summerslam, but we'll see. This also necessitated Triple H moving back over to Raw, and in exchange, they moved Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman over to Smackdown at the end of the show. Eddie Guerrero had a match with The Rock and also had a segment where they went back and forth on the mic. It was the most confident Eddie has ever been on the mic and he held his own with Rock and came out of the night looking to be a bigger star than ever. The show wasn't all good though. They had a segment where they put D-Lo Brown and Shawn Stasiak in the ring and Bischoff berated them for being boring and buried them for trying to wrestle, which Dave thinks sucked. The DX reunion followed by Triple H's heel turn blew through potentially weeks of storyline progression in only one hour, but that's typical these days. But Dave thinks of all the potential revenue they could have made on DX merch if they'd been given a chance to have even a short few-week run, but alas. He also thought the announcers playing dumb (like Jim Ross having to pretend not to know who the Island Boyz were during their debut, despite the fact that he's written about them a million times in his weekly WWE.com column). Also too much backstage stuff, which is fine for TV, but sucks for the live crowd when they bought tickets to watch half the show on the TitanTron. But overall, it was the best Raw in a long time and the first sign that maybe WWE's latest reboot is going to mean real change. And that's the top story. Raw was actually good for once and it's the biggest news of the week.
daprice82 Editor's Note:No one is going to care, but I have a story about this Raw. At the time, my girlfriend (now-wife) and I were in Peoria, IL for the 2nd annual Gathering of the Juggalos! We were 19 years old and drove there from Memphis in my shitty ol' Chevy Blazer and spent the weekend woop-wooping it up. Well, that Monday afternoon, we left Peoria to drive home. We got maybe 30 miles out of town when I realized that my previously full gas tank was almost empty. Pulled into a gas station, confused, but filled the tank again, and drove on. Watched the tank slowly drain as I drove along and within 30 minutes, I was on E again. I was losing gas somehow. Pulled off an exit and stopped at the single nicest truck stop I've ever seen. This place had everything. It was a gas station, connected to a Subway, with a lounge area that had recliners, full showers, washers and dryers, etc. If you're gonna be stranded somewhere, it was the best option. I ended up calling my dad and he drove 7 hours to come pick us up. So while we waited, my girlfriend and I spent the rest of the day into the night, hanging out in this lounge, sleeping in the recliners, and watching TV. And low and behold, they had the TV on Raw that night. I remember I was dozing in and out and I remember waking up when I heard the DX music hit and groggily staring at the TV like "wtf?" And then I saw Triple H turn on Shawn and was like "Whoa!" and then I fell back asleep and that's all I remember.
WWE announced that it's re-evaluating its quarterly and annual business efforts due to lower-than-expected revenue this year, stemming from PPV buyrates and live attendance plummeting. To keep the company in the black, WWE is making $20 million in budget cutbacks. Most of the cuts are coming from administrative expenses, but the developmental program is going to be hit hard (more on that in a bit). For next quarter, WWE is predicting an overall profit of $1.5 to $2 million. But that is a bit misleading because that figures in the $3.5 million settlement from the PTC lawsuit. If not for that settlement, this quarter would be the first money-losing quarter since 1997 (assuming you don't count the Q1 of 2001, when they had all the massive XFL start-up costs). Plus, they're running twice as many house shows now than they were the same quarter last year, and the numbers are still that bad. There's a ton of year-to-year comparisons here, which is super fun if you're a numbers person but TL;DR - business ain't great.
So what about Japan? Business there is an interesting story also. NOAH has surpassed NJPW in average attendance per show for the first half of 2002, which shows just how staggering of a collapse NJPW has had. The biggest success story of the year has been AJPW, which was on death's door a little over a year ago, with the entire roster jumping ship to form NOAH and the company lost its television deal. It's a miracle they survived at all, much less become as hot as they have this year. The reason, of course, is Keiji Muto (and to a lesser extent, Satoshi Kojima), both of whom jumped ship from NJPW at the beginning of the year and immediately gave the promotion a huge shot in the arm, spiking live attendance by nearly 70% and tripling merch sales. Meanwhile, NJPW is still stinging from those losses, plus they ran Riki Choshu out of the company, made Tadao Yasuda IWGP champion which was a huge flop, they have no good foreign talent, their junior division is stale as can be, and current champion Yuji Nagata is still trying to get his momentum back after a humiliating MMA loss to Mirko Cro Cop on New Year's Eve.
So about those developmental cutbacks. WWE cut ties with Les Thatcher's HWA promotion and also dropped the contracts of several developmental stars there. Among the names cut: Steve Bradley, EZ Money, Jon Heidenreich, Mike Sanders, BJ Payne, Horace Hogan, and several others you probably never heard of. HWA wrestlers Lance Cade and Charlie Haas are being reassigned to OVW, which will now be WWE's only developmental territory. Others, like Shannon Moore, Victoria, and Barry Buchanan are expected to debut on the main roster soon and were kept. In 2001 fiscal year, WWE spent $1.1 on developmental costs and had relationships with 4 promotions: HWA, OVW, UPW, and IWA Puerto Rico. Now we're down to one, with Jim Ross reportedly ordered to cut that developmental budget in half. Dave doesn't like this. With WWE being the only game in town and in need of new stars more than ever, he feels they should be expanding their developmental system rather than shrinking it. Creating new stars is vital to the future of WWE and limiting themselves to one promotion with a pool of only a dozen or so people seems short-sighted. He also disagrees with some of the people who got cut. Not everyone in developmental is going to be a star, but some of them at least deserved a shot (namely Steve Bradley, who had been there for 3-4 years, is still in his twenties, is a good worker and strong promo, but never got a chance on the main roster because he doesn't have the right look). Why some of those people were released while Jackie Gayda and Chris Nowinski are stinking up the ring on Raw is beyond Dave. He also thinks Les Thatcher had a pretty impossible job. He was given a roster full of wrestlers that were mostly leftovers from WCW. Young guys who came out of WCW's Power Plant and worked a fast-paced WCW style that doesn't apply to modern day WWE. Then they had Thatcher, Danny Davis, and Jim Cornette train these guys. A bunch of old school veterans training these young guys in the ways of 80s wrestling. So now they learn a whole new style....which also doesn't apply to modern day WWE. It's a broken system. Anyway, everyone who was cut has 90-day non-competes. Word is TNA is only interested in Mike Sanders, out of the names released.
WWE Vengeance is in the books headlined by one of those classic matches that can single-handedly make a show. The Rock defeated Kurt Angle and Undertaker in a triple threat match to become the first 7-time WWE champion, although Angle was clearly the one who had another star-making performance. Dave nitpicks the fact that Rock pinned Angle (rather than the champion Undertaker) to win the title, but he'll wait and see if it leads to anything storyline-wise first before criticizing it too much (it leads to nothing, turns out it was just a cheap way to get the title on Rock without Taker having to do a job). But it was an excellent match that gets 4.5 stars. Most of the other matches were good too, though some of the booking was weird and doesn't seem to make long-term sense. They teased a feud between the Raw and Smackdown announcers, which Dave thinks is fine so long as it stays verbal. None of us needs to see Jim Ross or Michael Cole in matches. Dave also gives Tazz credit for improving greatly in his commentary role over the last year. He sucked when he first started but he's the best color commentator they got now. They had the first face-to-face meeting between Angle and Lesnar, which is a subtle tease to what Dave expects to be a big time feud in the future. John Cena pinned Chris Jericho in a match that exposed how green Cena still is and Jericho wasn't able to carry him to anything good and the crowd couldn't have cared less about the rookie. RVD beat Brock Lesnar by DQ to retain the IC title. RVD was super over since they were in Michigan. Bad finish but I guess they didn't wanna give Brock the IC title since he's almost definitely winning the world title from Rock in a month. There was a forever long segment with Bischoff and Stephanie trying to woo Triple H to sign with their respective shows. Anti-Americans won the tag titles from Edge and Hogan. That's basically it.
We have a section called "Treatment of Minorities Within Pro Wrestling" by Todd Martin (presumably the same Todd Martin from the PWTorch?). The piece touches on wrestling's past portrayals of race and the false impression that things have gotten better due to the success of people like The Rock, when in reality, the racism is just more subtle. Martin takes a look at WWE's hiring processes. Very few minorities have come up through the developmental program, but it's hard to say if that's WWE's fault. Maybe there's just not many minorities trying to break into the business that way, there's no statistical evidence either way. But you can look at the wrestlers they chose to hire from WCW and how they fared in the WWE system. Midcard comedy wrestlers like Shawn Stasiak got a chance but not midcard comedy wrestlers like Norman Smiley. Nepotism got Horace Hogan a contract, but it didn't do anything for Stevie Ray. Examples like that. Or the Luchadores. Martin argues that, with all the talented Hispanic wrestlers WCW turned into stars, it's inexcusable that so few of them have even gotten so much a developmental offer from WWE. And the only ones who did were the ones fluent in English, which you can argue for. Can't argue size either. Someone like La Parka dwarfs over Crash Holly or Spike Dudley, but WWE has no interest. Wrestlers like Psicosis, Juventud, La Parka, Silver King, and others helped carry WCW through some of its most successful years and none of those guys even got a glance from WWE. Martin asks if Booker T's current jive-talking gimmick is any better than his early GI Bro or Ebony Experience gimmicks? Especially when they have him on TV hotwiring cars and doing stereotypical criminal shit like that? In regards to Eddie Guerrero's current Mexican stereotype gimmick, even Jim Ross recently said that it's taking Hispanic relations back 25 years. If the Booker T or Guerrero characters were portrayed on a normal network TV show with a majority-white cast, they would be seen for the racist caricatures that they are. Martin ends the piece by saying he doesn't believe WWE's decision makers are overtly racist. It's just that the company has created a hierarchy of implicit beliefs about how different types of people are portrayed and they may not even realize that they've built such a system.
Dave adds his own "editor's note" to the end of this piece and says he chose to publish it because of the detailed research and data used and found it a fascinating article that deserves discussion. Dave disagrees with some of it though and argues that some of it is just a difference in philosophy. For example, WWE tried the Lucha Libre experiment before with the Superastros show and crowds were dead for it. WWE and WCW had very different fanbases and presented different products because of it. So it may not be so much racism in that case as it is WWE fans have never shown any interest in that style of wrestling. He also argues against some of the examples Martin used (for instance, Stevie Ray was considered by WWE but he was already in his 40s and was never the caliber of worker as his brother, which is why they passed). But that being said, Dave thinks other parts of the piece make some interesting points that are well worth a read.
TNA week 5 felt like a whole new product due to the heavy influence of Vince Russo. We'll get into that later, but for now, buckle in, we've got a few paragraphs of TNA drama to get through. The first 4 shows presented a product with an emphasis on hard work and long-term angles. This week featured the classic Russo recipe of crash TV and constant, edgy swearing, in an attempt to market "to that 15-30 age group male demo that hates women because they can't get dates and enjoys seeing them harassed and abused." The show ended with a big injury angle to Scott Hall, which is all well and good and might get people interested in next week's show, except it came on the heels of multiple other "serious injury" angles during the same show and by the time Hall did it, it was something like the 3rd stretcher job of the night and it felt meaningless. Same with every promo being filled with curse words. The whole show was yet another example of why Vince Russo needs someone to filter his worst instincts. In this case, that should be Jerry Jarrett, but he was away from creative dealing with budget and legal issues all this week (gonna hear a LOT more about that soon). On that note, just based on very rough, preliminary PPV buyrate figures, production costs, etc. Dave estimates this company is already about half a million dollars in the red, and that's not counting the significant startup costs they have yet to recoup, with estimates that the company is currently losing about $120,000 or more per week.
As of this week, TNA's budgets have been slashed. They've also moved tapings to the smaller and cheaper Nashville Fairgrounds location and signed a 3-month lease. It's reported that switching buildings will save $27,000 per week. They're also eliminating pyro, cut new deals with the production crew, and will be flying in fewer stars, relying mostly on people that can drive. They also don't plan to use managers, will cut back on the TNA girls, and will be using Ken Shamrock and Scott Hall on alternate weeks, since they're the two highest paid guys and it's expensive to have them both on the same show. The Fairgrounds building has been used for wrestling tapings before and never looks good on TV, but TNA is insisting they can dress it up to look good. The budget cuts are expected to be so heavy that TNA's new break-even point for PPV buys will be 20,000 per week instead of 50,000. Dave thinks 20,000 is a much more attainable goal, but if it comes at the expense of the product looking minor league and low budget, it's gonna fail. The building also has no air conditioning and with TV lights, it's going to be brutally hot during summer months. Jerry Jarrett has been posting frequently on the wrestlingclassics.com message board and admitted that they weren't anywhere close to the 50,000-buys-per-week they needed. Here's a post Jerry wrote explaining their plans for the company and the new, Russo-iffic direction:
Jeff (Jarrett) and I are wrestling purists just as many fans here. The difference is that we have put up everything we have in our effort to present an alternative to sports entertainment. Our plan was simple. We believed that there were 50,000 wrestling fans who would pay $10 per week, or $40 per month to have an alternative to sports entertainment. This was based on the fact WWE has from 300,000 to one million fans of sports entertainment who will pay $35 per month to see their product. We were well aware that production values, talent, storylines, content, etc. were all factors that could negatively effect the buy rate. We still thought the market would support us enough to make the plan successful. We are finding that many of the wrestling purists did exactly as I did ten years ago, and that is, go on to something else. We are finding that there are many fewer fans who really want an alternative to sports entertainment than we anticipated. Therefore, we can either attempt to attract a few of the WWE fans, or pack up and go home. We have risked everything in our venture. Therefore, not because of our personal taste, but out of necessity, we are compromising our wrestling purist instincts and attempting to create a broader fan base. ECW did a great job of creating a product for the hardcore wrestling fan. The simple fact was that the base of their fans was not sufficient to keep them in business."
Ray Gonzalez, one of the top stars in Puerto Rico, shockingly announced he's leaving WWC and most expect him to jump to IWA. Gonzalez claimed WWC was late in paying him, which he says breached his contract (reportedly paying him $800-$1000 per week). As a result, his lawyers sent WWC a letter saying because of this, he was quitting the company. Gonzalez no-showed WWC events this weekend. This is going to badly hurt WWC's upcoming Anniversary show because Gonzalez was a major part of multiple top angles that the card was built around. Gonzalez has been the top heel in WWC and arguably has kept the company alive the past 5 years, and is most responsible for getting Carly Colon (Carlito) over as a big star. IWA has already started advertising a mystery wrestler to be the top heel in upcoming shows this weekend, and it's no secret that Gonzalez is expected to debut for the company and be that guy. Dave also mentions several other WWC wrestlers who no-showed events last week because they were late in being paid. Many of them are as much as 10 weeks behind on pay, but this week, they were summoned to the office where Carlos Colon paid them about 5 weeks worth of what they're owed. Lots of death-of-ECW vibes going on here lately.
Lots of rumors that AJPW star Genichiro Tenryu will be showing up at the NOAH show this week to challenge GHC champion Yoshinari Ogawa. Needless to say, this would be a big deal if it happens because AJPW and NOAH basically hate each other. No word on whether this is an angle or not, but given how much Motoko Baba hates NOAH, it seems unlikely. Of course, it also remains to be seen if Tenryu will even show up or if it's all just rumors. Tenryu is currently feuding with Muto over who should have become president of the company, so this could be just a kayfabed angle to make it look like Tenryu is really anti-AJPW (looks like it was just a work, he doesn't end up going to NOAH until 2005).
Dave recaps AJPW's latest Buddokan Hall show, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the company, which featured Keiji Muto wrestling 3 different matches under 3 different gimmicks. All told, Muto worked a total of about 36 minutes between the 3 matches and was banged up like hell the next day. There were also a lot of old legends on the card, like Abdullah The Butcher, Mil Mascaras, Dos Caras, and more. Stan Hansen and Motoko Baba came out to give speeches about the company, with Ms. Baba breaking down crying when talking about her husband, and more. I managed to find most of this show on Dailymotion, enjoy:
While we're on the topic, Dave saw a recent AJPW match with Tenryu defending the Triple Crown title against Satoshi Kojima in a match that many are calling the match of the year. Dave saw it and gives it 4.75 stars and calls Kojima possibly the best wrestler in the business when it comes to carrying the audience on an emotional roller coaster ride. He doesn't agree or disagree that it's the best match of the year, but he sure loved it.
Mitsuharu Misawa suffered a dislocated shoulder in a recent match. Popped it back in, worked the next day, still in pain, went to the hospital because that's what happens when you wrestle again right after dislocating your shoulder. Anyway, the doctors were like, "Hey, maybe don't do that for a minute" but he's Misawa so he vows he won't be missing any dates and then he hit the doctor with an emerald flowsion. Dave doesn't say this, I'm just assuming.
NJPW continues to decline. They held back-to-back shows at the 10,500-seat arena in Sapporo this week. The first night only drew 4,100 fans which was the smallest crowd they have drawn in that city in years. Second night was better, but still only 6,000 fans to see Yuji Nagata retain the IWGP title over Bas Rutten. In another era, this win would have been huge for Nagata but nobody cares when a wrestler beats an MMA guy in a worked match anymore because Inoki pretty much beat that horse to death.
There's talk of bringing back Chyna to work the August Tokyo Dome show for Antonio Inoki's UFO MMA promotion, presumably just to make an appearance (oh, if only). There's also talk of bringing her in for NJPW's September tour and having her beat male prelim wrestlers every night. Needless to say, there's a whole lot of people in the company against that idea. Especially because her loss to Joey Buttafuoco in a celebrity boxing match a few months ago actually got a lot of coverage in Japan, so coming off that and showing up to beat male NJPW wrestlers isn't a popular idea. But Inoki gonna Inoki, so we'll see.
Latest on the ECW bankruptcy proceedings. The trustee has filed a motion demanding that the InDemand PPV company pays them $724,456.40. That total is the money they owed ECW, minus $25,000 because ECW failed to produce the March 2001 PPV they were contractually obligated to produce. This case is a textbook example of why trying to run a PPV-only company like TNA is going to be so difficult. InDemand is still holding onto ECW PPV money from over a year ago. Anyway, of the $724k, a big chunk of it will go to attorneys, back taxes, commission fees, etc. Video game maker Acclaim, who owned a percentage of ECW, is expected to get a big chunk as well. Whatever is left over will be used to pay off existing creditors but there's not gonna be much. A lot of those creditors are just never going to get paid. It's also expected that Acclaim will end up owning the video tape library rights, since WWE hasn't yet made a bid to acquire it.
Former Crockett/WCW wrestler Chris Champion suffered a major stroke and is in critical condition. Champion also wrestled as Yoshi Kwan for a bit in WCW. A lot of people expected him to be a major star in the 90s, but it just never panned out, usually due to his own personal issues (I looked it up, he ended up surviving this go round, but he died in 2018 after suffering more strokes).
If you're wondering what Jim Crockett Jr. is up to these days, he works in real estate in Dallas. When Shaun Assael interviewed Crockett for his book on Vince McMahon, everyone in Crockett's office was shocked because they had no idea that their coworker was once the 2nd biggest wrestling promoter in the U.S. throughout most of the 80s. That's how much he's left the wrestling business behind.
Just gonna paste this quote here: "For whatever this is worth in case this becomes a major historical question down the line, the actual idea to make David Arquette WCW champion came from Tony Schiavone." Dave notes that Schiavone didn't have any decision-making power to make it happen, but he was the one who made the suggestion at a production meeting. According to those there, when Schiavone made the suggestion, Vince Russo's eyes lit up like it was the best idea he'd ever heard and the rest is history. (Vince Russo has confirmed this story himself. Last I heard, Tony admits he was involved in coming up with the idea but he refuses to take sole credit for it).
The Chicago-Sun Times interviewed Greg Gagne's son JP who is a pitcher for Notre Dame. In the interview, he talked about how famous wrestlers used to stay at his house all the time growing up and said that his friends love the story of how he once rode Space Mountain at Disney World with Ric Flair. Hehe.
Shane Douglas is now the booker for XPW and is involved in an angle where owner Rob Black's wife Lizzie Borden is leaving him for Douglas (don't get too close to her Shane, you might lose a thumb! More on that in a couple weeks...). Also, at the first show with Douglas as booker, there was a scaffold match where Douglas came out and shot the guy on the scaffold with a tranquilizer, causing him to plummet to the ring below, which then exploded. Don't worry, I wouldn't write all that without having a video for ya:
Notes from TNA PPV Week 5: Sabu debuted to face Malice in a surprise ladder match. It was fine. Sabu won, which earned him a contract to face Ken Shamrock for the NWA title next week in another ladder match. Don't worry, we have more ladders to come. Jeff Jarrett is being booked like the Stone Cold of TNA and Dave ain't here for it. Francine and Jasmine St. Claire had a shower scene together backstage, later leading to Jasmine in a wet t-shirt. K-Krush cut a promo complaining about being fired by WWE, just in case you weren't aware that most of this roster is full of WWE rejects, they make sure you know it. A 4-way match with a bunch of the young guys completely fell apart with everyone except Christopher Daniels looking totally lost and confused. Dave says rarely do matches even in OVW fall apart as badly as this one did. Another little person match that Dave says was one of the worst matches of the year and was highlighted by one of them breaking a watermelon over the other's head. Negative 3 stars. Even worse, the match went waaaay longer than it was supposed to, which cut into the time for AJ Styles vs. Low-Ki and a match that should have been great ended up being a huge disappointment. Plus a drunk guy in the crowd took away everyone's attention and they couldn't get the audience back. Jerry Lynn attacked AJ with a ladder afterwards because whooohoo ladders! Francine and Jasmine ripped each other's clothes off like every other time you've seen it in WWE. Then Blue Meanie DDT'd her and she did a stretcher job. Brian ChristopheLawlewhatever he is this week cut a long promo trashing his father to continue getting fans interested in a match they can't possibly deliver. Why not just challenge Austin or Rock while you're at it, Dave wonders. Fuck it, if you're gonna do dumb shit, at least go big. Scott Hall vs. Christopher in the main event was bad because Hall just returned from working IWA in Puerto Rico for several days and was pretty much on a drunken bender the whole time. And then Hall did a stretcher job to end the show, which was kinda lessened by Francine having done the same thing 30 minutes earlier. And there we go. After only 5 shows, this shit is already WCW 2000 all over again.
Despite all the publicity they got, TNA also barely made any mention of the angle last week with the Tennessee Titans football players. Apparently the players caught some shit from the Titans GM for it and since they aren't coming back and they can't do a match or anything with them, TNA decided to just forget it happened.
In case you're wondering why TNA hasn't made a play for Scott Steiner yet, apparently he and Jeff Jarrett had been friends for years, especially during the WCW days, but they recently had a falling out of some kind. Hence, TNA has no interest in using him.
The reason WWE is running back-to-back tapings for Raw and Smackdown next month in Seattle is to test the market. WWE did a site check last month at Safeco Field for next year's Wrestlemania, but there's question as to whether the Seattle market will be able to sell out a big stadium like that, so the decision was made to do this. If they have a double-sellout both nights, that'll pretty much guarantee that Seattle gets Wrestlemania. If the shows do poorly, they may reconsider and select a new city (I guess these shows end up doing okay).
The Rock is set to star in another major movie, this time a $100 million budget production based on the video game SpyHunter. The hope is to have the movie out around Christmas 2003, in order to cross-promote it with the new video game coming out around that time. This adds more to Rock's Hollywood plate and it's looking like he's going to be around wrestling even less next year (this movie ends up stuck in developmental hell for years and never gets made, but Rock ends up doing the voice for the video game in 2009 instead).
Dave isn't sure why yet, but the long-planned Hogan vs. Vince match at Summerslam is now off. Dave suspects they may be holding off until Wrestlemania, which is great if they have a long-term plan and now that they're doing the Bischoff vs. Stephanie storyline, Vince is planning to take himself off TV for a little while anyway. So we'll see. In the meantime, the whole mess last week with Triple H talking Vince out of getting slapped by John Cena because "nobody should be laying hands on Vince until the Hogan match" ended up being for nothing.
Notes from Smackdown: in talking about Stephanie McMahon trying to be a babyface, Dave says she's basically the wrong person for this gimmick but she's a McMahon, so what are ya gonna do? He also jokes that "when this thing goes down and I write the book, I think my title will be "Wrestling Promoters Should Be Banned From Having Children: Unless They Don't Allow Them To Work In Their Promotion." I dunno, seems wordy to me. They also did the bit with Stephanie as GM and all the wrestlers backstage watching on the monitors, leading Dave on a Cornette-style rant about how WWE can't even be bothered to separate heels and faces in different locker rooms and it takes you out of the show when they're all sitting around backstage together watching the TV and carrying on conversations. Sure, kayfabe is already dead, but can we at least try to create an illusion of it within the show itself? This was also the last Smackdown before the PPV and there was some discussion over the finish of the Rock vs. Angle match. Paul Heyman and Michael Hayes wanted Rock to lose clean to the ankle lock, since he was winning the title on Sunday anyway and Angle was doing the job. Pat Patterson and Triple H argued against it, saying Rock shouldn't be tapping to anyone, even though Angle's gimmick right now is that he can make everyone tap (even Hogan last month). So instead, we got the Undertaker run-in DQ finish and Dave says this kinda shit is why WWE is unable to create long-term storylines. There was also a bunch of bickering with Heyman, Triple H and Hayes over the finish of the Jericho/Cena match as well, which Jericho was apparently upset about.
In an online chat this week, Goldberg didn't rule out going to WWE but said he hasn't met with anyone in the company. He also said that if WWE had kept Vince Russo, then there's zero chance he would have gone. When asked about Japan, he only said he's considering all offers. Goldberg is said to have no interest in the WWE schedule and is content with the idea of working a few big shows a year in Japan. That's all well and good but Dave says the reality is that the biggest money opportunity for Goldberg is in WWE, where there's several dream matches that would do huge PPV business and earn him far more money than he can ever make in Japan. WWE also gives you the kind of celebrity exposure in America that can open up acting roles. But the problem is, giving Goldberg a reduced schedule could cause some issues in the locker room. Then again, Rock and Hogan are already working reduced schedules.
This week's episode of WWE Confidential was the best of the series yet, focusing on the Bischoff and McMahon relationship. It was weird to see these two, out of character, reminiscing about a time when they legitimately would have gladly killed each other. They even showed Bischoff's 1990 WWF audition tape.
Various WWF notes: Kevin Nash did an interview and said he has spoken to Steve Austin since the walkout and gave his opinion on why Austin left. "I think Steve was burned out. He's got a broken neck, bad knees and a bad back. I know what it feels like when I wake up every morning. And he's had a couple multi-million years. Maybe it just isn't worth it to him anymore." Bischoff did a radio interview and noted he's been in L.A. constantly pitching TV ideas and said there's no interest in wrestling anywhere in Hollywood right now. Vince and Linda McMahon have purchased a new vacation condo in Boca Raton, FL. It's an 8-bedroom 10,000 sqft. condo on the 7th and 8th floors of the Excelsior hotel. The double-unit condo recently appraised for 14 million.
DDP did an interview and admitted that the stalker angle was the most disappointing thing he's ever done in wrestling because he wanted so badly for it to work and it flopped. DDP also said that Steve Austin hasn't called him since he was forced to retire and admitted he was kind of hurt by it. He said he knows Austin is going through a lot right now, but they're friends and if Austin can't take the time to care about what's going on in his life, then he can't be bothered to waste time worrying about whatever Austin is going through either.
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2020.08.02 17:59 CuteBananaMuffinArchaeological Cover-Ups - A Plot to Control History ?
by Will Hart Extracted from Nexus Magazine April-May 2002 fromNexusMagazineWebsite The scientific establishment tends to reject, suppress or ignore evidence that conflicts with accepted theories, while denigrating or persecuting the messenger. "The Brain Police" and "The Big Lie" Any time you allege a conspiracy is afoot, especially in the field of science, you are treading on thin ice. We tend to be very skeptical about conspiracies--unless the Mafia or some Muslim radicals are behind the alleged plot. But the evidence is overwhelming and the irony is that much of it is in plain view. The good news is that the players are obvious. Their game plan and even their play-by-play tactics are transparent, once you learn to spot them. However, it is not so easy to penetrate through the smokescreen of propaganda and disinformation to get to their underlying motives and goals. It would be convenient if we could point to a plumber's unit and a boldface liar like Richard Nixon, but this is a more subtle operation. The bad news: the conspiracy is global and there are many vested interest groups. A cursory investigation yields the usual suspects: scientists with a theoretical axe to grind, careers to further and the status quo to maintain. Their modus operandi is "The Big Lie" -- and the bigger and more widely publicized, the better. They rely on invoking their academic credentials to support their arguments, and the presumption is that no one has the right to question their authoritarian pronouncements that:
there is no mystery about who built the Great Pyramid or what the methods of construction were, and the Sphinx shows no signs of water damage there were no humans in the Americas before 20,000 BC the first civilization dates back no further than 6000 BC there are no documented anomalous, unexplained or enigmatic data to take into account there are no lost or unaccounted-for civilizations.
Let the evidence to the contrary be damned! Personal Attacks: Dispute over Age of the Sphinx and Great Pyramid In 1993, NBC in the USA aired The Mysteries of the Sphinx, which presented geological evidence showing that the Sphinx was at least twice as old (9,000 years) as Egyptologists claimed. It has become well known as the "water erosion controversy". An examination of the politicking that Egyptologists deployed to combat this undermining of their turf is instructive. Self-taught Egyptologist John Anthony West brought the water erosion issue to the attention of geologist Dr Robert Schoch. They went to Egypt and launched an intensive on-site investigation. After thoroughly studying the Sphinx first hand, the geologist came to share West's preliminary conclusion and they announced their findings. Dr Zahi Hawass, the Giza Monuments chief, wasted no time in firing a barrage of public criticism at the pair. Renowned Egyptologist Dr Mark Lehner, who is regarded as the world's foremost expert on the Sphinx, joined his attack. He charged West and Schoch with being "ignorant and insensitive". That was a curious accusation which took the matter off the professional level and put the whole affair on a personal plane. It did not address the facts or issues at all and it was highly unscientific. But we must note the standard tactic of discrediting anyone who dares to call the accepted theories into question. Shifting the focus away from the issues and "personalizing" the debate is a highly effective strategy--one which is often used by politicians who feel insecure about their positions. Hawass and Lehner invoked their untouchable status and presumed authority. (One would think that a geologist's assessment would hold more weight on this particular point.) A short time later, Schoch, Hawass and Lehner were invited to debate the issue at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. West was not allowed to participate because he lacked the required credentials. This points to a questionable assumption that is part of the establishment's arsenal: only degreed scientists can practice science. Two filters keep the uncredentialled, independent researcher out of the loop: (1) credentials, and (2) peer review. You do not get to number two unless you have number one. Science is a method that anyone can learn and apply. It does not require a degree to observe and record facts and think critically about them, especially in the non-technical social sciences. In a free and open society, science has to be a democratic process. Be that as it may, West was barred. The elements of the debate have been batted back and forth since then without resolution. It is similar to the controversy over who built the Giza pyramids and how. This brings up the issue of The Big Lie and how it has been promoted for generations in front of God and everyone. The controversy over how the Great Pyramid was constructed is one example. It could be easily settled if Egyptologists wanted to resolve the dispute. A simple test could be designed and arranged by impartial engineers that would either prove or disprove their longstanding disputed theory--that it was built using the primitive tools and methods of the day, circa 2500 BC. Why hasn't this been done? The answer is so obvious, it seems impossible: they know that the theory is bogus. Could a trained, highly educated scientist really believe that 2.3 million tons of stone, some blocks weighing 70 tons, could have been transported and lifted by primitive methods? That seems improbable, though they have no compunction against lying to the public, writing textbooks and defending this theory against alternative theories. However, we must note that they will not subject themselves to the bottom-line test. We think it is incumbent upon any scientist to bear the burden of proof of his/her thesis; however, the social scientists who make these claims have never stood up to that kind of scrutiny. That is why we must suspect a conspiracy. No other scientific discipline would get away with bending the rules of science. All that Egyptologists have ever done is bat down alternative theories using underhanded tactics. It is time to insist that they prove their own proposals. Why would scientists try to hide the truth and avoid any test of their hypothesis? Their motivations are equally transparent. If it can be proved that the Egyptians did not build the Great Pyramid in 2500 BC using primitive methods, or if the Sphinx can be dated to 9000 BC, the whole house of cards comes tumbling down. Orthodox views of cultural evolution are based upon a chronology of civilization having started in Sumeria no earlier than 4000 BC. The theory does not permit an advanced civilization to have existed prior to that time. End of discussion. Archaeology and history lose their meaning without a fixed timeline as a point of reference. Since the theory of "cultural evolution" has been tied to Darwin's general theory of evolution, even more is at stake. Does this explain why facts, anomalies and enigmas are denied, suppressed and/or ignored? Yes, it does. The biological sciences today are based on Darwinism. Pressure Tactics: The Ica Stones of Peru Now we turn to another, very different case. In 1966, Dr Javier Cabrera received a stone as a gift from a poor local farmer in his native Ica, Peru. A fish was carved on the stone, which would not have meant much to the average villager but it did mean a lot to the educated Dr Cabrera. He recognized it as a long-extinct species. This aroused his curiosity. He purchased more stones from the farmer, who said he had collected them near the river after a flood. Dr Cabrera accumulated more and more stones, and word of their existence and potential import reached the archaeological community. Soon, the doctor had amassed thousands of "Ica stones". The sophisticated carvings were as enigmatic as they were fascinating. Someone had carved men fighting with dinosaurs, men with telescopes and men performing operations with surgical equipment. They also contained drawings of lost continents. Several of the stones were sent to Germany and the etchings were dated to remote antiquity. But we all know that men could not have lived at the time of dinosaurs; Homo sapiens has only existed for about 100,000 years. The BBC got wind of this discovery and swooped down to produce a documentary about the Ica stones. The media exposure ignited a storm of controversy. Archaeologists criticized the Peruvian government for being lax about enforcing antiquities laws (but that was not their real concern). Pressure was applied to government officials. The farmer who had been selling the stones to Cabrera was arrested; he claimed to have found them in a cave but refused to disclose the exact location to authorities, or so they claimed. This case was disposed of so artfully that it would do any corrupt politician proud. The Peruvian government threatened to prosecute and imprison the farmer. He was offered and accepted a plea bargain; he then recanted his story and "admitted" to having carved the stones himself. That seems highly implausible, since he was uneducated and unskilled and there were 11,000 stones in all. Some were fairly large and intricately carved with animals and scenes that the farmer would not have had knowledge of without being a paleontologist. He would have needed to work every day for several decades to produce that volume of stones. However, the underlying facts were neither here nor there. The Ica stones were labeled "hoax" and forgotten. The case did not require a head-to-head confrontation or public discrediting of non-scientists by scientists; it was taken care of with invisible pressure tactics. Since it was filed under "hoax", the enigmatic evidence never had to be dealt with, as it did in the next example. Censorship of "Forbidden" Thinking - Evidence for Mankind's Great Antiquity The case of author Michael Cremo is well documented, and it also demonstrates how the scientific establishment openly uses pressure tactics on the media and government. His book Forbidden Archeology examines many previously ignored examples of artifacts that prove modern man's antiquity far exceeds the age given in accepted chronologies. The examples which he and his co-author present are controversial, but the book became far more controversial than the contents when it was used in a documentary. In 1996, NBC broadcast a special called The Mysterious Origins of Man, which featured material from Cremo's book. The reaction from the scientific community went off the Richter scale. NBC was deluged with letters from irate scientists who called the producer "a fraud" and the whole program "a hoax". But the scientists went further than this--a lot further. In an extremely unconscionable sequence of bizarre moves, they tried to force NBC not to rebroadcast the popular program, but that effort failed. Then they took the most radical step of all: they presented their case to the federal government and requested the Federal Communications Commission to step in and bar NBC from airing the program again. This was not only an apparent infringement of free speech and a blatant attempt to thwart commerce, it was an unprecedented effort to censor intellectual discourse. If the public or any government agency made an attempt to handcuff the scientific establishment, the public would never hear the end of it. The letter to the FCC written by Dr Allison Palmer, President of the Institute for Cambrian Studies, is revealing:
At the very least, NBC should be required to make substantial prime-time apologies to their viewing audience for a sufficient period of time so that the audience clearly gets the message that they were duped. In addition, NBC should perhaps be fined sufficiently so that a major fund for public science education can be established.
I think we have some good leads on who "the Brain Police" are. And I really do not think "conspiracy" is too strong a word--because for every case of this kind of attempted suppression that is exposed, 10 others are going on successfully. We have no idea how many enigmatic artifacts or dates have been labeled "error" and tucked away in storage warehouses or circular files, never to see the light of day. Data Rejection Inconvenient Dating in Mexico Then there is the high-profile case of Dr Virginia Steen-McIntyre, a geologist working for the US Geological Survey (USGS), who was dispatched to an archaeological site in Mexico to date a group of artifacts in the 1970s. This travesty also illustrates how far established scientists will go to guard orthodox tenets. McIntyre used state-of-the-art equipment and backed up her results by using four different methods, but her results were off the chart. The lead archaeologist expected a date of 25,000 years or less, and the geologist's finding was 250,000 years or more. The figure of 25,000 years or less was critical to the Bering Strait "crossing" theory, and it was the motivation behind the head archaeologist's tossing Steen-McIntyre's results in the circular file and asking for a new series of dating tests. This sort of reaction does not occur when dates match the expected chronological model that supports accepted theories. Steen-McIntyre was given a chance to retract her conclusions, but she refused. She found it hard thereafter to get her papers published and she lost a teaching job at an American university. Government Suppression and Ethnocentrism Avoiding Anomalous Evidence in NZ, China and Mexico In New Zealand, the government actually stepped in and enacted a law forbidding the public from entering a controversial archaeological zone. This story appeared in the book, Ancient Celtic New Zealand, by Mark Doutré. However, as we will find (and as I promised at the beginning of the article), this is a complicated conspiracy. Scientists trying to protect their "hallowed" theories while furthering their careers are not the only ones who want artifacts and data suppressed. This is where the situation gets sticky. The Waipoua Forest became a controversial site in New Zealand because an archaeological dig apparently showed evidence of a non-Polynesian culture that preceded the Maori--a fact that the tribe was not happy with. They learned of the results of the excavations before the general public did and complained to the government. According to Doutré, the outcome was "an official archival document, which clearly showed an intention by New Zealand government departments to withhold archaeological information from public scrutiny for 75 years". The public got wind of this fiasco but the government denied the claim. However, official documents show that an embargo had been placed on the site. Doutré is a student of New Zealand history and archaeology. He is concerned because he says that artifacts proving that there was an earlier culture which preceded the Maori are missing from museums. He asks what happened to several anomalous remains:
Where are the ancient Indo-European hair samples (wavy red brown hair), originally obtained from a rock shelter near Watakere, that were on display at the Auckland War Memorial Museum for many years? Where is the giant skeleton found near Mitimati?
Unfortunately this is not the only such incident. Ethnocentrism has become a factor in the conspiracy to hide mankind's true history. Author Graham Hancock has been attacked by various ethnic groups for reporting similar enigmatic findings. The problem for researchers concerned with establishing humanity's true history is that the goals of nationalists or ethnic groups who want to lay claim to having been in a particular place first, often dovetail with the goals of cultural evolutionists. Archaeologists are quick to go along with suppressing these kinds of anomalous finds. One reason Egyptologists so jealously guard the Great Pyramid's construction date has to do with the issue of national pride. The case of the Takla Makan Desert mummies in western China is another example of this phenomenon. In the 1970s and 1980s, an unaccounted-for Caucasian culture was suddenly unearthed in China. The arid environment preserved the remains of a blond-haired, blue-eyed people who lived in pre-dynastic China. They wore colorful robes, boots, stockings and hats. The Chinese were not happy about this revelation and they have downplayed the enigmatic find, even though Asians were found buried alongside the Caucasian mummies. National Geographic writer Thomas B. Allen mused in a 1996 article about his finding a potsherd bearing a fingerprint of the potter. When he inquired if he could take the fragment to a forensic anthropologist, the Chinese scientist asked whether he "would be able to tell if the potter was a white man". Allen said he was not sure, and the official pocketed the fragment and quietly walked away. It appears that many things get in the way of scientific discovery and disclosure. The existence of the Olmec culture in Old Mexico has always posed a problem. Where did the Negroid people depicted on the colossal heads come from? Why are there Caucasians carved on the stele in what is Mexico's seed civilization? What is worse, why aren't the indigenous Mexican people found on the Olmec artifacts? Recently a Mexican archaeologist solved the problem by making a fantastic claim: that the Olmec heads -- which generations of people of all ethnic groups have agreed bear a striking resemblance to Africans -- were really representations of the local tribe. STORM-TROOPERS FOR DARWINISM The public does not seem at all aware of the fact that the scientific establishment has a double standard when it comes to the free flow of information. In essence, it goes like this... Scientists are highly educated, well trained and intellectually capable of processing all types of information, and they can make the correct critical distinctions between fact and fiction, reality and fantasy. The unwashed public is simply incapable of functioning on this high mental plane. The noble ideal of the scientist as a highly trained, impartial, apolitical observer and assembler of established facts into a useful body of knowledge seems to have been shredded under the pressures and demands of the real world. Science has produced many positive benefits for society; but we should know by now that science has a dark, negative side. Didn't those meek fellows in the clean lab coats give us nuclear bombs and biological weapons? The age of innocence ended in World War II. That the scientific community has an attitude of intellectual superiority is thinly veiled under a carefully orchestrated public relations guise. We always see Science and Progress walking hand in hand. Science as an institution in a democratic society has to function in the same way as the society at large; it should be open to debate, argument and counter-argument. There is no place for unquestioned authoritarianism. Is modern science meeting these standards? In the Fall of 2001, PBS aired a seven-part series, titled Evolution. Taken at face value, that seems harmless enough. However, while the program was presented as pure, objective, investigative science journalism, it completely failed to meet even minimum standards of impartial reporting. The series was heavily weighted towards the view that the theory of evolution is "a science fact" that is accepted by "virtually all reputable scientists in the world", and not a theory that has weaknesses and strong scientific critics. The series did not even bother to interview scientists who have criticisms of Darwinism: not "creationists" but bona fide scientists. To correct this deficiency, a group of 100 dissenting scientists felt compelled to issue a press release, "A Scientific Dissent on Darwinism", on the day the first program was scheduled to go to air. Nobel nominee Henry "Fritz" Schaefer was among them. He encouraged open public debate of Darwin's theory:
Some defenders of Darwinism embrace standards of evidence for evolution that as scientists they would never accept in other circumstances.
We have seen this same "unscientific" approach applied to archaeology and anthropology, where "scientists" simply refuse to prove their theories yet appoint themselves as the final arbiters of "the facts". It would be naive to think that the scientists who cooperated in the production of the series were unaware that there would be no counter-balancing presentation by critics of Darwin's theory. Richard Milton is a science journalist. He had been an ardent true believer in Darwinian doctrine until his investigative instincts kicked in one day. After 20 years of studying and writing about evolution, he suddenly realized that there were many disconcerting holes in the theory. He decided to try to allay his doubts and prove the theory to himself by using the standard methods of investigative journalism. Milton became a regular visitor to London's famed Natural History Museum. He painstakingly put every main tenet and classic proof of Darwinism to the test. The results shocked him. He found that the theory could not even stand up to the rigors of routine investigative journalism. The veteran science writer took a bold step and published a book titled The Facts of Life: Shattering the Myths of Darwinism. It is clear that the Darwinian myth had been shattered for him, but many more myths about science would also be crushed after his book came out. Milton says:
I experienced the witch-hunting activity of the Darwinist police at first hand - it was deeply disappointing to find myself being described by a prominent Oxford zoologist [Richard Dawkins] as "loony", "stupid" and "in need of psychiatric help" in response to purely scientific reporting.
(Does this sound like stories that came out of the Soviet Union 20 years ago when dissident scientists there started speaking out?) Dawkins launched a letter-writing campaign to newspaper editors, implying that Milton was a "mole" creationist whose work should be dismissed. Anyone at all familiar with politics will recognize this as a standard Machiavellian by-the-book "character assassination" tactic. Dawkins is a highly respected scientist, whose reputation and standing in the scientific community carry a great deal of weight. According to Milton, the process came to a head when the London Times Higher Education Supplement commissioned him to write a critique of Darwinism. The publication foreshadowed his coming piece: "Next Week: Darwinism - Richard Milton goes on the attack". Dawkins caught wind of this and wasted no time in nipping this heresy in the bud. He contacted the editor, Auriol Stevens, and accused Milton of being a "creationist", and prevailed upon Stevens to pull the plug on the article. Milton learned of this behind-the-scenes backstabbing and wrote a letter of appeal to Stevens. In the end, she caved in to Dawkins and scratched the piece. Imagine what would happen if a politician or bureaucrat used such pressure tactics to kill a story in the mass media. It would ignite a huge scandal. Not so with scientists, who seem to be regarded as "sacred cows" and beyond reproach. There are many disturbing facts related to these cases. Darwin's theory of evolution is the only theory routinely taught in our public school system that has never been subjected to rigorous scrutiny; nor have any of the criticisms been allowed into the curriculum. This is an interesting fact, because a recent poll showed that the American public wants the theory of evolution taught to their children; however, "71 per cent of the respondents say biology teachers should teach both Darwinism and scientific evidence against Darwinian theory". Nevertheless, there are no plans to implement this balanced approach. It is ironic that Richard Dawkins has been appointed to the position of Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is a classic "Brain Police" stormtrooper, patrolling the neurological front lines. The Western scientific establishment and mass media pride themselves on being open public forums devoid of prejudice or censorship. However, no television program examining the flaws and weaknesses of Darwinism has ever been aired in Darwin's home country or in America. A scientist who opposes the theory cannot get a paper published. The Mysterious Origins of Man was not a frontal attack on Darwinism; it merely presented evidence that is considered anomalous by the precepts of his theory of evolution. Returning to our bastions of intellectual integrity, Forest Mims was a solid and skilled science journalist. He had never been the centre of any controversy and so he was invited to write the most-read column in the prestigious Scientific American, "The Amateur Scientist", a task he gladly accepted. According to Mims, the magazine's editor Jonathan Piel then learned that he also wrote articles for a number of Christian magazines. The editor called Mims into his office and confronted him.
"Do you believe in the theory of evolution?" Piel asked. Mims replied, "No, and neither does Stephen Jay Gould."
His response did not affect Piel's decision to bump Mims off the popular column after just three articles. This has the unpleasant odor of a witch-hunt. The writer never publicly broadcast his private views or beliefs, so it would appear that the "stormtroopers" now believe they have orders to make sure "unapproved" thoughts are never publicly disclosed. Taboo or Not Taboo? So, the monitors of "good thinking" are not just the elite of the scientific community, as we have seen in several cases; they are television producers and magazine editors as well. It seems clear that they are all driven by the singular imperative of furthering "public science education", as the president of the Cambrian Institute so aptly phrased it. However, there is a second item on the agenda, and that is to protect the public from "unscientific" thoughts and ideas that might infect the mass mind. We outlined some of those taboo subjects at the beginning of the article; now we should add that it is also "unwholesome" and "unacceptable" to engage in any of the following research pursuits:
Does this have a familiar ring to it? Are we hearing the faint echoes of religious zealotry? Who ever gave science the mission of engineering and directing the inquisitive pursuits of the citizenry of the free world?
It is all but impossible for any scientific paper that has anti-Darwinian ramifications to be published in a mainstream scientific journal. It is also just as impossible to get the "taboo" subjects even to the review table, and you can forget about finding your name under the title of any article in Nature unless you are a credentialed scientist, even if you are the next Albert Einstein. To restate how this conspiracy begins, it is with two filters: credentials and peer review. Modern science is now a maze of such filters set up to promote certain orthodox theories and at the same time filter out that data already prejudged to be unacceptable. Evidence and merit are not the guiding principles; conformity and position within the established community have replaced objectivity, access and openness. Scientists do not hesitate to launch the most outrageous personal attacks against those they perceive to be the enemy. Eminent paleontologist Louis Leakey penned this acid one-liner about Forbidden Archeology:
"Your book is pure humbug and does not deserve to be taken seriously by anyone but a fool."
Once again, we see the thrust of a personal attack; the merits of the evidence presented in the book are not examined or debated. It is a blunt, authoritarian pronouncement. In a forthcoming installment, we will examine some more documented cases and delve deeper into the subtler dimensions of the conspiracy. References and Resources:
2020.08.01 09:47 Simple_Ask_9336UFO experience in rural california
I have wanted to ask someone about this for a long time but ive had no clue who to ask. I dont know anyone whos an expert on aircraft, me and my friend asked my dad and his brother who know a good amount about that stuff but they didn't have any clue just speculation. Ive mostly shut my mouth for fear of sounding crazy but these two events have been boring a whole my subcontious. I cant find an explanation for what me and my friend saw that makes sence to me. Im very glad my friend was there and we were both sober because i would have just assumed i was miss seeing something or hallucinating or dreaming. I can supply exact dates and locations for anyone whos interested. It was this summer. So here goes the story. My friend and I drive very deep into the california wilderness. Covid is happening so the camp sites and national forests are just opening back up to camping. we have plans and permits to backpack through the high mountains for a week straight and fish along the way. the first night we get to base camp which is at around 10,000 feet. My friend is an idiot and forgot his sleeping bag which can be disastrous even during the summer at that elevation. So all night he sleeps next to the fire. He is awake all night late just watching the fire when he starts calling my name. I have just gone to bed and its around 3 am so i dont want to move and ask him what the matter is thinking its something dumb. He says there something. I ask him to elaborarte. but dont really care because all i want to do rn is sleep. He says he doesnt know but its getting closer. I start to want to drift back but he becomes increasingly excited and panicked at the same time. At this point I assume theres a bear in our camp or something so i emerge from the tent rapidly and see nothing around us or in the trees. He just signals up to the sky. Theres maybe 20-40 lights strung together in a line moving across the sky. I think to myself how thats rather odd and ive never seen an aircraft with lights apparently strung all the way across and with so many. I thought maybe its a drone or something but nothing too out of the ordinary, then it stopped in the sky. Went from a decent track across the sky to still on a dime. I thought myself maybe it was one of those ospray or f-35b type craft that can fly like a regular palne and hover. the it began to decend into the vally. Its hard to guess the what altitude from the ground. The valley walls are very steep and we can see it pass inside the lip of the valley all the way to just over the trees maybe a few hundred feet in the air maximum now. We both comment to each other that theres no noise at all. You could hear every airliner that went over this valley was dead quite. You could hear a dear fart in this valley. It stops pretty much right overhead of us. Looking at the lights on the side they look like they are bouncing up and down, shifting much like string lights would while on lsd they didnt want to sit still, they were hard to focus on not because the light was overly intmecse, it wasnt they were just a vissible green, but still it was hard for my eyes to try and fix on individual lights. My phone is dead but my friend has power and is snapping photos. Its so close we can observe it esialy with even an iphoen camera at night. We also both notice a strange thing. The lights are not shifting in the photos. In fact they are not moving at all they look compleatly straight, almost perfectly. We both think this is strange. Then my dumbass friend trys to take flash photos, they dont work as its night but the thing we are looking at hover us unmoving and silent moves right after he does this. I think its too speculative to say the two things are related but this is the timeline. The object proceeds to move to a stand still across the valley. The best way i can describe what this mavuver was was some sci fi shit. It was just in one spot then the other. i couldnt persieve any time passing inbetween or any movement. We can now see it against the valley wall which gives us some perspective on size. Its about as big as a regular comercial aircraft. Its a rounded shape kinda like a tic tac or something. A rather large object to be doign this all silently. Then what it did just went against what i thought was possible for aircraft to do. It starts to spin end over end. the line of lights stayed straight the whole thing rottaded on every axix while hovering. It was fantasticle. i had goose bumps for weeks after watching it meander around the valley then down the hill spinning in this way. (I watch the blue angels a many times before and i hadnt seen any fancy maneuvers remotely approaching this) stopping and starting at will then it picks up many miles at once with seemingly little effort while slowly spinning in the same way. it did this until near a town vissible a few thousand feet below and 10 or so miles away as the crow flies out the front of the valley and disappears from sight. we both look at eachother and in shock just ask each other over and over again if we saw the same thing just then. We dont go back to sleep and just make breakfast and get on with the long hike to the next area. we have an killerrrrrrrrrrrrrr day of fishing, but my friend taps out of backpacking and just cant hack it. so we return back to basecamp and just plan to day hike and fish the rest of the days. I am still trippin about the last night staring a hole into the sky thinking about the night before next to freind whos fast asleep next to me. then almost exactly one hour after the same time as the event of the nigh before it comes BACK. i wake my friend up in a hurry and i buissaly start snapping pictures. Its farther this time behind a ridge about a half mile away from the map im looking at right now but thats how far the ridge is, i have no perspective of how far behind it it was. I tracked across the sky a little more rappidly, like a burst of tracer rounds at frist is what it looke like to me just slower, or a fleat of drones, they were very evenly stacke again drifting like the ones before from there straight formation. but also as the time before we observe that theres no deviation on camera. I am struggling to get my iphone camera to focus on this at night as it sucks but it gets one well focused one off before this thing disappears. We stay up the rest of this night too. My friend the next day more or less demands to go back the next day. I want to come back the next day with a very powerful telescope i have and better cameras incase a third times a charm but i was limited by the fact its many hours drive and my family obligations. I am very much trying to go back just out of shear curiosity but whos to say the odds of ever seeing that again. bet i could convince a more hardy fishing buddy to go or something but theyll have to accept ill just be nocturnal and stare at the sky all night every night. Anyways the drive back my buddy and I discuss what we saw a lot. we find the joe rogan podcast where he interviews that pilot and the other various people with interesting research into that kind of stuff. It was fascinating but im not very into that stuff and didn't believe any of it at all was more than a hog wash. I still dont think it was definitely a ufo of the alien or cia variety necessarily as a lot of ppl on the internet seem to immediately attribute anything of this sort, in fact my friend and I agreed the mostly likely or rather just as likely conclusion was a flock of birds got tangled in a jump rope and dripped in glow in the dark paint and were flung around by some crazy unstudied wind pattern or phenomena for all we know. I would still ben very interested to any and all possible explanation. It could very well be something simple or some kind of ball lighting i didnt know about. PLEASE SHOOT ANYTHING at me it would put my mind to great rest to have an explanation for what i saw and would accept any simple explanation. second night over the ridge first night direct overhead view
2020.07.19 17:55 olund94A comprehensive analysis on why Tom Delonge is right.
Good day to you all and how do you do? YEAH TL;DR I GET IT. Just read it, trust me. Save it and take breaks but dammit just read it. Right, today we're going to talk about Tom Delonge from the band Blink-182 and by the end of this post you will understand what the man is trying to achieve. First of all a few precursory videos I recommend you watch to set the scene if you’re not familiar with who Tom Delonge is and what he is know for. TD in 1999 talking about his obsession Tom talking about UFO’s in 2001 and his connection to Steven Greer Travis Barker, drummer of Blink 182, talking to Joe Rogan about touring with Tom Delonge in Blink 182 in the early naughties, getting high with him and listening to him talk about his UFO Obsession. Tom talking about his company, To The Stars and it’s ethos and why he is doing what he is doing. And without further ado.... ————————————————————————— POP PUNK: THE RISE OF A COUNTERINTUITIVE CULT ————————————————————————— It is in sunny California we begin our tale. Blink 182 came out of the Southern California Punk scene of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Inspired by bands like NOFX, The Descendants and Bad Religion ect they took liberally from these influences and created a more consumable version of this sound which came to be known as Pop-Punk. The scene or culture that developed around this genre of music is known for its themes of anti-establishment, goofy humour and a love for life on the edge. Extreme sports, mass consumption of narcotics and lots of baggy trousers with chains hanging off them all came hand in hand with this new phenomena that was the Pop-Punk explosion of the late 90’s. Although I’ll note there was a strain of defiantly straight edge punk bands that abstained from the chaos the scene had cultivated but they were a minority, at least in how the genre was represented. Blink were at the fore front of this craze and therefore are probably quite a good authority on the state of the scene today. They were one of the first bands to have a sponsorship from a clothing company, Billabong and subsequently Hurley. Any pictures of any members of Blink from 1998-2002 will attest to this. Their self titled 2003 album pushed what Pop-Punk meant to people and pretty much started the mass awareness of “Emo” and by extension went on to inspire many genres of music that still flourish today. Tom’s fringe caused waves back in the day. I Miss You is a watershed moment for the genre. This is the band trying to push what it means to be Pop-Punk and take it to a new place. Simply said, after their initial success they were labelled with the genre of Pop-Punk and showed an obvious desire to move away from said label and it is this attitude that at least one of the members has cultivated ever since. It is at this juncture that it seems relevant to talk about a band called Box Car Racer. Formed in 2002, the band featured Tom Delonge, David Kennedy and Travis Barker. Tom we know. David Kennedy was a friend of Tom’s from high school and knew both Tom and Mark growing up. The three of them were all part of the same group of friends. Travis Barker we also know. But hang on a second. Why are two members of Blink in this band and not the third member? Namely why was this project labelled with a new name and not Blink 182? I mean, Mark Hoppus is even featured on one of the songs, doesn’t that constitute it being credited as a Blink 182 song? The answer to these questions is simple. Tom, the songwriter of Box Car Racer, obviously thought these songs did not fit what Blink 182 was at the time of writing and obviously after years of writing with Mark Hoppus felt his contributions would be wrong for the project. Thematically the Box Car Racer album is a lot darker than Blink’s previous effort “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket” and showcases many of Delonge’s concerns about the world we live in. Song topics include War, 9/11,Drug Addiction and The Apocalypse. So it’s fair to say by 2003 Delonge was having a bit of a crisis regarding his platform and how it was being perceived. It was also during this period of time he visited the Middle East with the rest of Blink, went on a campaign trail with John Kerry and had his two children. A lot was happening. Now none of this would be relevant if BCR was just a standalone project and Blink went back to business as normal after the BCR project was over. But this is not the case as I stated above. They made their most diverse album ever and push forward what it meant to be Pop-Punk paving the way for Emo in the coming years. So what this allows us to say, is that Tom Delonge and Mark Hoppus had/have directly opposing ideas of what Blink 182 should be and mean to people. What’s that I hear you say? What about Travis Barker? He was in Box Car Racer too. Indeed he was but if you watch interviews where Tom talks about BCR he explicitly states that he wrote the songs on his own then decided to record them and simply for ease of use asked Travis to do it. There was no songwriting input from Travis from a thematic point of view, obviously Travis kills it musically but does not write songs. So we can confidently say that the beef is between Mark and Tom. This is confirmed upon glancing at David Kennedy’s resume post Box Car Racer. He has pretty much exclusively been a part of Tom’s post Blink band Angels and Airwaves which still continues today as an arm of Really Likeable People and To The Stars. (He also runs a cool coffee company) David and Tom don’t seem to butt heads in the manner that Mark and Tom do so what is different? This clip might be poignant here. Obviously there is more to it, but we know that Tom is inspired by the long term implications of the UFO phenomena. In 2002 Tom sets up Really Likeable People, a company he will use as a starting point for all his future companies all the way up to TTSA. Tom in 2005 talking about Really Likeable People, his first conglomerate company, which eventually will become TTSA. He also talks about his dissatisfaction with the conceptual basis on Blink 182 and how it restricted him to only talk about certain topics. Tom Talking about the “scene” problem within the music industry and how artists get pigeonholed into their own little niche. In 2011 Tom went on Coast 2 Coast AM for the first time. For those not in the know, Coast 2 Coast AM is “the” paranormal radio station. Famously hosted by former host Art Bell, C2C since its inception in the 1970’s has been an invaluable rabbit hole of fringe information. Tom outlines the entire history of his relationship with Ufology. An essential listen that consistently gets removed from the Internet now available at the MIPLTD YouTube Channel. Catch it whilst you can. All the people Tom Delonge has ever been in a band with talking about his obsession with Conspiracy Theories in 2011. In 2012 Tom starts StrangeTimes.com, a news website to keep you informed on paranormal topics. When it launched it was a basic news site for anything paranormal not dissimilar to this very sub. The website is only lived in this state for about a year until 2019 and we see it as it currently stands here when Delonge announced the revamp of the Strange Time brand complete with a TBS funded TV Show. The original site is lost unfortunately. During the next 3-4 years Tom is reunited with Blink 182 and they tour the world and reach similar success to what they saw a decade earlier. Trying to avoid frustrations of the past Tom is trying to steer Blink away from major record labels and affiliate them with his extra-curricular activities (Modlife, Strange Times etc) he’s set up in Blink’s absence. The other band members, Mark and Travis, are skeptical of Tom’s intentions and after a botched EP release that was initially meant to be handled through Modlife that ended up being released through traditional streaming services, they part ways with Tom for a second time citing him as “Ungrateful and Disingenuous”. At this point it makes sense to talk about Tom and Mark and what they bring to the table in terms of ideology. From the Angels and Airwaves song “Everything’s Magic” to his work at Strange Times to To The Stars Academy a common theme emerges. Tom is interested in the innovation and progression of the human race. Mark Hoppus is basically the Dad of the Pop Punk realm and he knows it. He is the gatekeeper that all other Pop Punks look up to. He was part of the rise of many of the scenes biggest bands like New Found Glory, All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, Tonight Alive and Neck Deep. He wears this badge of honour proudly and is seemingly comfortable where he is at artistically. Since Tom left Blink they have been working with a producer called John Feldman. Tom has openly condemned this decision. Most of you will know Feldmann as the singer of a band called Goldfinger that had a couple of famous songs on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series of games and a pretty successful cover of “99 Red Balloons”. Feldmann is also responsible for the past 5 years resurgence of the Pop-Punk genre with bands like 5 Seconds of Summer and The Fever 333 being produced by Feldmann. With Tom gone, Mark’s position in the Pop Punk sphere, Travis’s life long love of Hip-Hop and John’s production capabilities Blink 182 have managed to become of the biggest selling bands of the past few years and their two albums post Delonge California and NINE both saw much greater success than their Delonge-Reunion 2011 album Neighbourhoods. ————————————————————————— TOM AND MARK: THE MISINTERPRETATION OF A PURE INTENSION AND A FEAR TO INNOVATE ————————————————————————— So to re-cap, this is the situation. Tom sees the potential of an entity as large as Blink 182 and wishes to use it for good rather than harping on about The Warped Tour and drinking beers behind the mall with the skate rats. Mark is happy where he is, conscious of the Blink 182 brand and thinks Tom is disingenuous in his want to change what Blink 182 is. He doesn’t see a place for Ufology or Conspiracy talk within Blink and tries to keep the band relatable to what everybody know it for. So who is in the wrong, if anyone, and is anybody right? Well here is the issue. Tom spent his time reunited in Blink from 2009-2015 trying to convince Mark and Travis of his overall vision. This can be substantiated from social media posts made about a year before the split, the Dogs Eating Dogs EP launch fiasco and statements made by all three members of Blink post 2015 break up. It can be assumed that he was pitching to Mark and Travis that;
Blink be an independent entity with no major record label
Blink start releasing books and movies with their albums to create a multimedia release instead of just one medium
Through Blink 182’s global reach, he could spread a positive message on a massive scale.
Speaking of which, I’ve wrote all that and I’ve not even got to the part you’re here for. The nature and authenticity of Tom Delonge’s connections to the Military Industrial Complex and his claims regarding life within our universe. But to understand what Tom is saying in 2020 you need to have understood the above. ————————————————————————— DOWN TIME: DECIPHERING DELONGES DELUSIONS? ————————————————————————— Here we go. The scene is set. Tom has been long known to have an obsession with UFO’s, he has consistently shown problems sticking to release dates he has given fro projects and has been labelled “Disingenuous” by his former bandmates. He must be the dick, right? It was at this point that after years of following Delonge fairly religiously I stepped off the train. I had seen this happen 10 years ago with the first break up and it seemed obvious Tom was the issue. Hard to work with, had previous drug problems and he was always making outlandish statements. It was becoming tiring, his performances across the 2009-2015 reunion were incredibly sporadic and at times seemed forced. I awaited what Mark and Travis were going to do with Blink with bated breath and turned a blind eye to whatever Tom was doing. California came and went and I felt slightly bemused by the direction they had taken. Oh well, there’s still the old records and besides I myself was moving away from Pop-Punk as a genre anyway. Then I see, quite to my amusement to be honest, that Tom Delonge has released a book. It makes me laugh just typing it only because I remember how I used to view Tom and Blink. Definitely not authors upon first inspection. The book is called “Chasing Shadows” and I choose to ignore it for the first few months after it came out. I like reading but I mean, come on. I just couldn’t imagine what I’d gain from the experience. Surely it's just a fictional story that Tom has put together in his head for entertainment/financial purposes? Nethertheless I ended up hesitantly picking up a copy quiet late into its promotion cycle. I only did so after hearing the new Angels and Airwaves song that came out in conjunction with the book called; Overload which I enjoyed a lot more than what Blink had been doing with Feldmann so I thought: “Well if the music is good maybe I should give the book a go.” And by Jove am I glad I did and I’ll tell you why. ————————————————————————— THE CASE FOR THE LEGITIMACY OF THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN SEKRET MACHINES BOOK 1: CHASING SHADOWS ————————————————————————— At this point Tom had been on Coast 2 Coast a couple of times but it is his third appearance that piques particular interest. He states in this appearance that he has gained the confidence of serval members of the intelligence community, the military and the government and that they were trying to build a mechanism for the Government to talk to the vernal public about UFO’s. Typically, he says he cannot say much about it but it is in this interview that the well known Delonge line “There’s big things coming soon” begins. Well I remember hearing this about the first Angels and Airwaves album and just as I’m about to write this off as Delonge’s normal nonsense… the Wikileaks thing happens. On October 7th 2016 emails from Tom Delonge to Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta were leaked on the Wikileaks website. In these emails servile things can be garnered.
Tom was working with Vice on a documentary style show basically explaining what I have written above.
Tom was working with Dreamworks on movie projects.
Tom DID have contacts in the intelligence community namely General William Mcasland.
This surely gives us just cause to at least entertain the rest of the crazy things Tom has said no? And if they are true, I think the Tom might die of old age if each claim he has made takes as long these 3 videos took to be authenticated. ————————————————————————— LAST THOUGHT; RATIONAL SKEPTICISM, LEVEL HEADEDNESS AND THE NORMIES ————————————————————————— People like Mick West, Neil DeGrass Tyson ect have not made this process easy and have helped cultivate a stubborn skeptical attitude. Now I am not saying all scepticism is bad, obviously skepticism is essential to any balanced worldview. It just seems like a large part of the reason that this UFO stuff doesn’t reach our television screens is actually because of us. I am under the impression that there are people out there that know what is going on in this universe and I actually think the number is growing. I think since World War 2 we as a race has known the answers to some of the big questions but the answer may not have been what we wanted or expected and therefore have been on a need to know basis for a verity of reasons since then. It seems over the past 40 years or so we are now nearly ready to deal with the reality of this situation as a race and not just a room of politicians and scientists. SO with all that In mind, I propose we take some of the more outlandish things Tom Delonge has said with a more inquisitive eye. Namely,
I believe if we started to attempt to answer these questions with an open mind, great leaps may be made by us as a race. I will leave you with the names of the TTSA staff and individuals that have been affiliated with TTSA. If you really think that every person on this list is mentally unstable then I really think we need to start questioning ourselves as rational level headed individuals. Go look into who they are, what they have accomplished across their respective careers, what they believe in and then realise it is us, the common man, who is the odd one out. DR. HAL PUTHOFF, PhD JIM SEMIVAN MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM N. MCCASLAND STEVE JUSTICE RON PANDOLFI LUIS ELIZONDO VALDAMAR VALERIAN CHRIS MELLON PETER LEVENDA JACQUES VALLEE DR JACK SARFATTI BOB LAZAR GEORGE KNAPP DR KIT GREEN JEREMY CORBELL WHITLEY STREIBER IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT UFOLOGY THEN YOU KNOW THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE CREDIBLE BEACONS IN A SEA OF NONSENSE. THIS ISN’T WILCOCK OR GOODE. I WILL TOLERATE ANY QUESTIONS ONE MAY HAVE BUT ONLY IF THEY COME FROM A PLACE OF INQUISITION RATHER THAN SKEPTICISM. JACQUE VALLEE DECLINED TO BE PART OF THE SEKRET MACHINES PROJECT BASED UPON TOM’S SUPPORT OF BOB LAZAR. THEN THEY HAD A CONVERSATION. THEN VALLEE WROTE THE FOREWORD TO SEKRET MACHINES:GODS. IF YOU UNDERSTAND WHO VALLE IS YOU WILL SEE THE SIGNIFICANCE IN THIS. WE ARE ALL HAVING TO ACCEPT CONCEPTS WE MIGHT NOT BE 100% COMFORTABLE WITH. HOW OFTEN DO YOU DO THIS?
PREVIOUS ENTRY: https://www.reddit.com/nosleep/comments/hoxv2m/case_file_446a/ The following are transcriptions of a series of audio recordings taken from a set of tapes left on the doorstep of the transcriber on July 10th, following a request for more information pertaining to an unknown event referred to as Case Number 446-A. The tapes were held in an unmarked ziplock bag. A handwritten note was included with the tapes. It read: “Examine patterns of missing persons cases and reported animal attacks in the North Eastern United States, police fundraising in Toronto, and medical research into dreams and paranoid delusions in Dallas, Texas. Do not let them find you.” The note was unsigned. As before, the tapes were unlabelled and have been placed in order by the transcriber. These new tapes will continue the numbering system of the previous entry, the first of the new tapes being labelled as Tape #5. START TAPE 5 TRANSCRIPT [Tape recorder clicks] (Voice of Agent Carter Bennet): Check, check. This is Agent Carter Bennet, assigned to Case Number 446-A. The date is September 4th. This is a continuation of a series of fact-finding interviews pertaining to event-code 23. I am here with Mrs. Laura Davis. (Laura Davis): Yea, that’s me. I hope what I know can be some help for you guys. (CB): I appreciate that, Mrs. Davis. Now, is it true that you were the police dispatcher working on the night of August 28th? (LD): I was. This is a small town, so the police force isn’t very big. Just under a dozen officers. Small enough that we only have one dispatcher assigned to each shift, so I was in there alone. (CB): As police dispatch, you would have been among the first people to receive word of any occurrences around town, correct? Do you recall when any calls came into the dispatch center that struck you as odd? (LD): Well, it all started off slow, you know? There were odd calls here and there but I didn’t think much of it at the time. In hindsight, knowing what happened, it's all so painfully obvious that something was very, very wrong. Early in the shift the call came in for a wellness check for Eric Green, and not long after that was the request for a search and rescue team to report on site. I suppose you probably know all about that, right? (CB): Yes, I interviewed Sam Tailey yesterday morning. (LD): Yea, then you definitely know more about that call than me. Anyway, as the afternoon turned into evening and the storm started to roll in, that's when the calls started to pick up. Slow at first, just some check-ins here and there. But then the phone started ringing off the hook; I could barely keep up. I sent out a request for assistance at the station to keep up with all these calls but every officer we had was busy dealing with an incident that had been sent in or just flat out wasn’t answering their radio anymore. Officers McVernon and Homes in car #3 had radioed in that they were heading back to the station with a perp, but they never showed up. I was scared, Agent Bennet. Scared out of my mind. I was alone at the dispatch center listening to call after call about weird lights and sounds in the woods, people going missing without a trace? And all the while the storm was picking up and just slamming wind and rain against the windows. It was like a scary movie or something, you know? But then I got a call I will never forget, long as I live. I remember every word. Just thinking about it sends shivers down my spine. (CB): Please, take your time. Who placed the call? (LD): Uh, it was Mrs. Christy West. I knew her and her family from church, some of the nicest people in town. There were 3 of them: Christy, her husband Rick, and her son Peter. The call came in around, uh, quarter til midnight. I see the ID and address attached to the call, so I know who it is before I even pick up. I grabbed the phone and said my lines but there was just this heavy, panicked breathing on the other side. God, she sounded like she had been running for miles the way she gasped, but I could tell she was trying to be quiet. So I asked her, “Christy, are you alright? What is the situation?” She takes a long pause, still breathing heavy, and then she just finally says, “There’s something outside my house.” I ask her to describe what’s going on, what’s outside, but she won’t tell me. She just keeps whispering, saying that her husband didn’t come back from his friend’s house that evening, that the lights have been flashing over her house for over an hour. I ask her, calmly as I can, “Ok, Christy. Is everyone safe in the house? Are the doors and windows locked?” She just gives the smallest little whisper back. “Everything is locked. But Peter is outside. I turned off all the lights but I think he can still see me… He wants me to come outside.” I was so confused by what she was saying. I just remember saying, “Is he hurt? Can you bring him inside?” All she whispered was, “I don’t think that’s my baby anymore.” And then she started rushing through her words, like she was on the edge of a full-on panic attack. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t too. “He’s standing out there in the yard. I can barely see the shape of him through the rain, it's so dark. He’s standing like he’s hurt, like he can’t move his arms and legs right. Just beckoning with his hands for me to come outside with him. And there’s something big in the dark behind him.” (CB): And did she say what that something was..?” (LD): No. No, she didn’t know what it was. A big shape, looming in the blackness behind her son. She said it moved in ways no living thing could. That everything around had this sulfur stink, the smell was seeping into her house. She just knew the thing was wrong. I stayed on the phone with her for another minute or so, trying to calm her down and get some more information as to what was going on. Then Christy started screaming. “It's coming! It's coming towards the house! Oh my God! Oh my God! No, no no! Peter, please no!” [Laura begins to cry as she speaks] And then all I heard was breaking glass and wood. I heard these awful gurgling, coughing sounds like a child trying to scream through a mouthful of glass. I heard Christy begging her son to go away, begging him to stop hurting his mommy. And then the line went dead. I’m sorry. After that I couldn’t do it anymore. I locked the station doors and pulled the phone line. I’m so, so sorry. I couldn’t listen to any more calls, not like that. Nobody ever came to the station that night, nobody knocked on the doors or looked through the glass. I just sat there, watching the bright white lights that flashed in the sky. Watched the storm, and the dark thing inside it. [Tape recorder clicks] END TAPE 5 START TAPE 6 TRANSCRIPT [Tape recorder clicks] [Final chords of an upbeat pop song] (Male voice): Hey, hey everybody! This is DJ Mark McVeigh, and you’re tuned in to 96.4 “The Zone”! That’s the end of our 30 minute music blitz, time for the weather! I’m sure all you local listeners know by now that there’s a beast of a storm sitting on top of us! And if the weatherman is to be trusted, which I assure you he is not [laughs], it doesn’t look like this rain is going anywhere soon. Actually, the weather radar shows this nasty piece of weather sitting stock still right over town! It’s 63 degrees and with storm gusts of up to 50 miles an hour, so stay safe out there! And I can see tons of lighting here from the “The Zone”, lighting up the whole dang sky! Doesn’t this storm know Halloween won’t be here for weeks? [Laughs and hums the opening notes of the ‘Twilight Zone’ theme.] In any case, I’d say it’s about time to take some calls from you, our loyal listeners! Just give us a ring and tell us what you think about this weather, or toss out a request for your favorite song ‘cause DJ McVeigh is gonna be here all night! Hey, look at that! We got a call already! [click of a connecting line] Howdy! Welcome to “The Zone”, you’re live! What do you have to say to all the good people out there? (Male Voice): [Hushed, hurried] Don’t go outside. Don’t open the door. Stay off the ground floor. It’s in the storm and it’s- [click of disconnecting line] (MM): Yea alright, gonna have to cut that one off! We all love a good prank call but, frankly, that guy didn’t have that witty charm you know? And didn’t he hear what I just said about it not being Halloween yet? [Laughs]. Alright, well let’s pick up the line and talk to somebody else! [click of a connecting line] Welcome to “The Zone”! You’re live, lay it on me! (The same unidentified male): Please, listen to me… There’s something in the dark. It’s taking people and it’s- (MM): Hey, you again? What’s your problem, got nothing better to do tonight? I’m about to block- (?): No, no, no, please just listen to me! Do you see the lights? The flashes of white in the sky? See how there’s no thunder after them? This isn’t right, there’s something out there! (MM): Whoa, hey. Are you alright? I can call you an ambulance or something if you’re having some issues, my man. Just give the word, alright? (?): No! You’re not listening! Look outside! There is something in the sky and it is taking people! (MM): Alright, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s humor this nutty young man and take a look at his UFO out the studio window, why don’t we? [sound shuffling of papers and a roller chair] Let’s see what we got! Hmm… lots of rain, some flashing lighting, and.... Oh, what the fuck..? There’s, uh. I, I don’t actually know what that is… There’s a shape up in the clouds over town… Just, hanging there. It’s, uh… Hey, are you still on the line..? (?): You see it too, right? (MM): Uh, yea. I see it. Uh, loyal listeners, if you have any idea what’s going on please let us know here at the station, alright? (?): I mean it when I say it’s taking people. I’ve seen it happen. And then they come back different. They come back for the rest of us. (MM): What do you mean? Like, an alien abduction? Like, like a shitty old movie? (?): I don’t know. I’ve seen it. It reaches down from the dark to carry them away. Long, long arms or tentacles or tongues. I don’t know. Takes them up into the storm. Saw it take my neighbor, his wife too. He came back, she didn’t. He’s just standing in the street now, but he’s not the same. (MM): I… I, uh. I see some people in the street too, out in the rain. They’re swaying like they’re drunk, or hurt, or something. Can’t see very well through the storm. There’s something dark stretching up from their backs? Like a thin tendril of black up to the sky? I can’t really tell. It looks like a- [There is a muffled banging from somewhere in the radio station. Mark lets out a startled yelp]. Oh fuck, there’s someone banging on the station door. Listeners, stay safe, I think this is real. Something is very, very wrong. There’s a- [the banging continues, louder]. Oh, fuck me! Who the hell is out there? (?): My neighbor is still standing in the road but there’s something scratching on my back door now. I think it heard me. It wants in, wants to take me too. (MM): Wait, wait! Stay on the line and don’t go out there, we all have to stay safe together right? Maybe we can- [the banging on the station door becomes rattling and crashing, accompanied by breaking glass] -Oh Jesus fuck! Someone is downstairs… (?): It’s a cop. There’s a cop at my back door. There’s something out the back of his head, going up into the sky. And, and… he doesn’t have any eyes, just a cluster of black needles. Same as his arm; it’s off at the shoulder and these… These glassy black quills are pushing out from the meat… The thing in the back of his head is pushing out of his mouth I think… Looks like the spike a tick or mosquito uses to drain your blood. He… He’s in pain but he’s not stopping… Listen… [The caller can be heard holding out his phone. The sound of frantic scratching on wood and glass can be heard, as well as muffled, agonized screams from the other side of the door.] (MM): Oh God, oh fuck. You gotta get away, lock yourself in a room or something, OK? I’m pushing my desk in front of the booth door, I can hear someone walking downstairs. You gotta stay safe alright? (?): My neighbor is at the front door now. I don’t want to go. Don’t want to go into the sky like they did. I don’t want to go. Won’t go. Won’t go… [The caller can be heard placing the phone down on a hard surface. After a brief pause there is a loud gunshot and the sound of something heavy hitting the floor. The line stays live but the caller does not speak again.] (MM): Hey? Hey! Oh fuck, oh fuck, oh fuck… I have to get… I have to… Oh, fuck. [The sound of scratching and quiet sobbing can be heard beyond the studio booth door]. Please God, no. Please, everyone, if you can hear this… be safe. It’s coming for us. [Tape recorder clicks] END TAPE 6 START TAPE 7 TRANSCRIPT [Tape recorder clicks] (Agent Carter Bennet): This is Agent Carter Bennet, continuing fact finding interviews. This is the 6th interview conducted on September the 4th. Current interviewee is Mr. Brian Calhoun, biology teacher at Calumet County High School. (Brian Calhoun): Yea, used to be at least. (CB): So, Mr. Calhoun, you were at the school on the night of the incident? (BC): Yea, me and a dozen other faculty and about 40 students and their families. We were having an award ceremony for excellence in academia. All bunched up in the cafetorium and listening to kids give awkward acceptance speeches. The event was running pretty late, and I think everybody was itching to get home at that point. (CB): And do you remember when it started to become apparent that something had gone wrong? (BC): Yea, it was plenty obvious. The power to the school cut off, leaving the room we were in pitch-black. No windows, you know? Of course it doesn’t take more than 6 seconds before every teenager in the place has the phone converted into a damn flashlight. One of the mathematics teachers gets up on stage to keep everybody calm and orderly, while a few other faculty members and myself head off to get the generator going and check for any damage to the building. (CB): The building didn’t have an automatic starter for the emergency generator? (BC): No, no, it did. That’s what was so strange. In my 20 years of teaching there we’ve had plenty of outages, it’s old school, but I had never seen the generator not kick on. It’s located outside the back door in a chain link cage to keep kids from messing with it. With that nasty storm, the 4 of us going to check had assumed a damn tree had fallen on it or something. Anyway, we get to the back door; it’s this big entry area with 2 layers of glass double doors to keep the weather out. We can’t see anything through the driving rain and dark so we pile through the first set and are pressing our noses against the second, trying to catch a glimpse of the generator or anything else. Every once in a while some lighting will flash and we can see it silhouetted out in the storm; looks normal but it's impossible to tell from here. The school janitor, Mr. Haney says he’ll go out in the rain and check on the machinery. I personally have no objection to that, it’s pissing cats and dogs out there and I’d rather not get soaked. So Haney heads out, getting beat to hell by the wind and rain that’s crashing against the glass. After a few seconds he’s nothing but a dark shape in the night, fumbling with the lock on the generator cage. And then we see ‘em. More shapes moving in darkness, heading towards Haney. Couldn’t make out what they were or what they were doing, but they moved so strangely. They looked like people but I couldn’t tell. The 3 of us at the door are staring, trying to figure out what’s out there. Start getting this nasty sinking feeling in our guts, like we know something real bad is about to happen. I move to open the door and go get him but Mrs. Flowers, the PE teacher, grabs my shoulder and says no, no way. Saved my life. So we start banging on the glass, yelling and shouting trying to get Haney’s attention. But he’s focused on the lock. Can’t hear the things shambling up behind him through the storm, let alone us inside the building. And then they’re on him. Couldn’t see much, just dark shapes moving, you know? We saw him at the generator, saw five, six, seven things lunge out of the dark and take him to the ground. God, I could see him out there, just shaking and struggling in the mud. Those things were all over him, jerking their heads up and down towards him and flailing limbs around. Then this thing, this long sinuous black shape, comes down over them, like it’s just dangling out of the sky. I have no idea what it was, I can’t even start to guess… But it reaches down into the mess of struggling shapes and plucks one skyward. It just snatched Haney and carried him up into the storm. Couldn’t see very well, but we could tell by how his arms and legs shook and kicked that he was still alive, struggling against the tendril that was taking him away. There was nothing but the sound of the storm, but how he must have screamed. My coworkers ran when that happened. I just stood there frozen, couldn’t look away. Couldn’t even cry. (CB): Please, take your time. I know that these things can be difficult and- (BC): Don’t you fucking tell me how difficult it is! You weren’t there! You didn’t see what I saw! Don’t even pretend to understand. (CB): Oh, uh, yes. Absolutely. I’m very sorry. (BC): Yea. Yea, me too. Just thinking about that night, you know? (CB): Of course, I can’t imagine. (BC): No, no you can’t. Because after the thing in the sky took Haney? Those shapes came towards the door. They were people. People I knew. And they were twisted, suffering. All of them were soaked in rain and blood and this black ichor that oozed from every opening in their body. There was the postman Danny, Gina from the firehouse, Wendy from the library. Dozens of faces I knew pressing in from the rain. Their eyes were gone, black quills pushing out from shredded sockets. They reminded me of black glass, like the nasty, needley teeth that fill the mouths of deep sea predators. The same spines jutted from open wounds, like they had replaced the body’s ability to scab and heal. They all had these long, jagged proboscis spikes burst from their mouths. When I saw those I realized what they had been doing to Haney. And then I saw the tendrils, the dark writhing things like the one that had taken my colleague away. Thin and rubbery, they were black and grey, striated like torn muscle tissue and drenched in rain and ichor as they dangled down from the sky. They were embedded in the backs of these people’s skulls, invading their bodies. The tendrils carried them along, low enough that their shuffling feet just kind of skidded and glided over the ground. They all extended upwards into the storm, into the big dark shape that loomed in the black clouds, strobed with white light. The thing that dragged them around like puppets, hunting. And as they pressed in and started pounding and scratching at the glass I heard them. Each and every one of them trying to scream and cry through drowning throats and broken teeth. I didn’t bother going back to the crowd. What good would it have done anyway? Those things were all around the building. I went to my office, nailed the door shut and shutters closed and waited. The sound of those people, those kids, echoing down empty halls when those things made it to them. Jesus Christ. There were scratching sounds at my door a couple times throughout the night, but that’s all. I spent the rest of the night watching the storm and the black thing inside it through a gap in the shutters. Watched as it drew its hundred tongues back up into the sky, each one laden with a squirming body. Watched as it drifted away, down into the forest as dawn was starting to creep over the horizon. It’s still out there, somewhere. And let me tell you, if you don’t get a team out there to find it? Kill it? Wipe it off the face of the fucking planet? It’ll come for us all. Each and every one. [Tape recorder clicks] END TAPE 7 This is the end of the tapes provided to the transcriber. Anyone with further information should please come forward, but only through secure channels. The news has recently begun to report on a mounting series of missing persons cases and sightings of strange light-phenomenon from the Calumet Heights Nature Reserve and the surrounding areas. As of the present, these incidents are unexplained.
2020.07.10 12:02 RoseKMorganThere Are No Aliens In Roswell, New Mexico
“I think there’s something wrong with the door to my room. Number 12,” I fanned myself with pamphlets pulled from the motel lobby’s display. I hadn’t read them yet, but there’d be more than enough time for that once I was able to get back into the room. The man behind the counter —a sleepy-eyed fellow who would have been a dead ringer for Nic Cage had his skin been a shade or two lighter—shook his head as he pulled open a drawer. “Apologies, ma’am. My son—” He paused, shouting the word so it could be heard outside, “—was meant to take a look at it before your arrival. Breakfast is on us tomorrow for the inconvenience.” He withdrew a screwdriver set from the drawer. Tools in hand, the man shepherded me out of reception, through the parking lot and back to my room. Several minutes of tinkering and cut-off curse words later, Not-Nic-Cage had readjusted the knob. Two test runs of unlocking it and we were both satisfied. I waved him farewell as I headed in, the door locking behind me. The green, bug-eyed alien head mounted on the wall stared down menacingly at me. I smiled back up at it. After all, I’d chosen the room. Out of all the themed rooms at the motel here in Corona, New Mexico, I had to pick the alien room. They’d always been a love of mine. Aliens, that is, not themed motel rooms —although, to a point, those too. Growing up in Niagara Falls on the northern side of the border, I’d had an adoration for the cheesiest of tourist traps since the day I took my first steps. You’d think growing up next-door to all manner of cash-grabs would have made me resent them, as it did so many of my classmates. You’d have been wrong. I never tired of the bright colours and tacky decorations. My favourite had been a restaurant not too far out from the Falls. The building itself was shaped like a pair of flying saucers, and as far as I’d been concerned, it was the coolest place on Earth. My parents would confide in me years later that they’d hated the food since the first time we went, but seeing my face light up at the plastic aliens was worth choking down a cold burger, flat Coke and wilted bouquet of french fries. I’d brought Jim there on our first date. Unlike me, he lived south of the border. He and a group of his friends would travel up to bar hop the Falls every other weekend. (The drinking age in Canada, you see, is 19.) Only 18 at the time, Jim was the DD. Being the only two sober people in our respective groups of friends, we’d had automatic common ground. By the time 19 rolled around, legal drinking wasn’t the topic on either of our minds. We got married that summer. Everyone I knew, parents included, told me it was a mistake. They told me we were rushing it, things would never pan out, and that marriages at 19 end in divorce. I would have loved to prove them wrong and see how long it would have lasted. I would have loved to look back at age 50 and laugh, Jim by my side, about how everyone had told us we wouldn’t make it. A 48-year-old father of two, coping with his own failing marriage by keeping a bottle of Black Label behind the wheel of his pickup, had seen to it that we didn’t. I laid back on the motel bed, not bothering to remove my shoes. I hadn’t made a conscious decision to come to Corona. It just felt right. I had no desire to return to my parents’, and, without Jim there, I couldn’t get out of our apartment fast enough. Coming down here just felt like what I was meant to do. We’d always joked about it. “I’ll buy you all the obnoxious alien keyrings you can carry,” he’d once said, punctuating it with a kiss on the forehead. But now I was alone, and I’d have to buy my own obnoxious keyrings. — Though Corona was closer to the fabled crash site than Roswell itself, the latter was where the real action was. The trip to the city was just short of 2 hours but, armed with my free muffin from the reception desk, the drive didn’t bother me. I spent the first part of my day visiting the International UFO Museum and Research Centre, the real gem of the alien tourism scene. I took the odd photo, but it wasn’t long until I put my phone away. Who was I meant to show the pictures to? The bulk of the day wasn’t exploring aliens, but art. Roswell had a handful of little galleries that I’d looked up ahead of time. I walked through each in solitude, enjoying everything from pop art UFOs to graceful life drawings. The day ended the way that my love of the extraterrestrial had begun — with a disappointing hamburger. In this case, it was under a set of the golden arches; Though, to its credit, the chain restaurant was shaped like a flying saucer. For a McDonald’s, it was remarkably empty. I chewed in near silence. By the time I’d made my way out of Roswell, the sun was dipping below the horizon. My driver on the way back wasn’t much of a talker. I’d tried to ask him how long he’d lived in the area and what he thought of it, but he just grunted. The radio buzzed with static that should have been annoying. As the last rays of the sun sank out of view, it was instead hypnotic. For the first time, I understood the value of a white-noise machine. “Hey,” The voice echoed through the small car, shaking me from my ill-timed nap. “We’re here.” I paid the driver — tipping 20%, though he hadn’t been much in the way of entertainment — and let myself out. Back in my room, my first priority was a shower. I was sticky from a day spent in the summer heat. By the time I was cleaned up, it was only 9:00pm. I’d planned to sleep as soon as I got back to the motel, but after my impromptu cab catnap, I was revitalized. Dressed in an old pair of pyjamas and a surprisingly fluffy motel robe, I decided to help myself to a drink from the minifridge. A beer in one hand and the TV remote in the other, I settled into bed. I flicked between channels, no idea of what to watch. Reruns of sitcoms, infomercials and the news didn’t appeal to me. I settled on a religious service. Satisfied, I threw the remote onto the bed and picked up the UFO-shaped stress ball I’d purchased earlier in the day. I squished it absentmindedly as I watched. It was some sort of faith healing. I wasn’t religious, but something about so many people getting unreasonably excited about the same thing drew me in. It wasn’t a spiritual experience for me, but it was entertaining enough to make my way through two and a half bottles of a cheap beer I’d never heard of. As the man on-screen supposedly rid a 70-year-old grandpa of stage four cancer, something twitched in the corner of my vision. Instinctively, I turned. I liked having the natural light shine in on me in the morning, so I’d left the curtains on my room’s window wide open. All that lay on the other side of the window was a void of a parking lot. I squinted to see if there was anything out in the darkness. I could have sworn there was motion just moments previous. By the time I turned back to the screen, I’d missed a wheelchair user gaining the ability to walk. I cursed under my breath for not paying attention at this clearly accurate and not-at-all misleading/exploitative portrayal of the woman’s abilities. As I lifted my beer, another flicker of motion danced at my periphery. This time, I nearly snapped my neck to get a look. For an instant, I saw a man standing there in the darkness. At least...I thought I did. It was nearly impossible to know for sure. The night was darker than ink and the silhouette I (possibly) saw was just the same. Seeing a black shape on top of a black field was hard enough at the best of times, let alone seated on the other side of the room several beers in. I couldn’t focus my eyes on what I thought I saw. It was all just smooth darkness, uniform as the television screen that sat, powered off, on the wall across from me. I turned my head from the window back towards the television. I didn’t know when the faith healer had been silenced, but the vacuum left behind by his bloviating was filled with the pounding of blood in my ears. I had not turned the TV off; The remote still lay where I’d thrown it. It crossed my mind that there might have been a power surge, but my lamp remained glowing, as did the red power indicator at the bottom of the TV’s bezel. With a shaky hand, I raised my beer to my mouth, hoping the cold alcohol would be enough to drain away the tightness forming in my throat. When that didn’t work, I set the beer down on my bedside table. I squeezed the UFO stress ball like my life depended on it; When I’d bought it, I had no idea how practical a purchase it was. My free hand reached out for the TV remote. As my fingers brushed the grey plastic, before I’d had the chance to push the power, the dead screen leapt back to life, a crowd of worshippers loudly applauding the great works of the man on screen. Jesus, was it that loud before it went off? I turned the volume down. It was a balancing act: Loud enough to cover up the ragged, anxious breaths I drew, but quiet enough that if there was someone outside, I’d still hear. I gingerly placed the remote back on the bed, like moving it too quickly would spike the volume or kill the power once more. I could have stared at the TV. Could have watched the preacher continue to cure his congregation. In retrospect, I should have. Instead, I turned to look at the window again. Through the glass was nothing but the sunless expanse of the parking lot. Yet, a silhouette of a man stood there all the same. Rather, I saw the silhouette of a man, the way you see stars dancing across the backs of your eyelids when you push your thumbs into your sockets. It was indistinct, something I could not draw on a paper and which I am certain I could not catch on film, but it was the silhouette of a man nonetheless. Then it was gone. I blinked, trying to recapture what I had just seen — my brain still trying to process where the man had gone. If there had been a man outside my window, then certainly he must have gone somewhere. Logically, he must have walked, ran, something, or still be standing there. Eyes still locked on the window, I grasped for the room phone. I broke my single-player staring contest long enough to look down and punch in the code for the front desk, before refocusing on the darkness. The phone rang three times, then the line clicked off. Swallowing hard, I redialed only to be met with the same thing. The third time, it didn’t even ring once — clicking off as soon as I’d punched in the numbers. I hung up the phone, glancing at the snarling plastic alien on the wall. It felt less charming now. I hadn’t seen anything in the darkness for a few minutes at this point, and my heartrate had dropped back down to a level sure to burn less calories. Part of me was starting to believe I’d been imagining the whole thing. After all, I hadn’t come down to New Mexico in the best state of mind. I was fairly confident that “hallucination” wasn’t typically one of the five stages of grief, but hey. Everyone’s different. I rose to my feet, tossing the stress UFO I’d reduced to a pancake onto the bed behind me. I’d nearly forgotten I was holding it. I walked slowly to the window. If someone was out there, this would be my chance to get a good look at them. If no one was, then I could rest easy. As I crept towards the glass, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. It was dark, save for the delicate light of the motel’s main signpost. I scanned the nearby parking spaces. Empty as they’d been when I arrived. Except… Over by the reception area. Was...someone trying to get in? It was hard to tell. The reception area was poorly lit, and if there was a figure there, they were nearly impossible to focus on. No matter how I scrunched and contorted my face, I couldn’t get a good look. Maybe it was the alcohol that emboldened me. Maybe it was genuine curiosity. Maybe it was a repressed death wish. I couldn’t tell you what it was for sure, but the fact is that, now that the threat wasn’t in my immediate area, I wanted to get a better look. I opened my room door and leaned out into the night. I still couldn’t see. I leaned a little further out. I stumbled. My room door clicked shut behind me. I spun around, but it was too late — it was shut tight. I knew it was locked from the moment I heard it close, but that didn’t stop me from grabbing the handle and doing my best to tear the thing back open. No dice. Well, fuck. I turned back toward reception. At least out here in the night air I could see once and for all that there was no figure trying to bust in — clearly the result of an overactive imagination. In fact, though I felt nauseated at the thought, reception was exactly where a foolish, locked-out woman was going to have to go. I was walking before I could think about it too long. Apprehensive as I was, actually arriving at reception was a relief. There was no one standing out there. I grabbed the handle and pulled. The door didn’t open. I squinted and looked through the glass of the building. Not-Nic-Cage wasn’t there. Nor was the son he had mentioned. The reception desk was entirely empty. Wondering if they were in another room, I banged on the window. “Hey! Anyone in there? Could use a bit of help out here.” No answer. The apprehension was back. There was no one out in the parking lot, which was good — but there was also no one in the building, which was very bad. There was no way for me to get back into my room without them. Tears started welling up in the corner of my eyes. This was stupid. I was an idiot for going outside, and I was an idiot for coming down to New Mexico in the first place. What the hell was I expecting to happen? I rubbed my eyes to get rid of the moisture. I pulled my balled fists away from my face, then blinked, uncomprehending. Where the reception building had stood moments ago, there was nothing but blackness. I rubbed my eyes a second time, hoping that I was misunderstanding what I was seeing. I was not. There was nothing there. I spun around towards the parking lot — rather, to where the parking lot had once been. Stretching out around me in every direction was nothing but dark scrubland. It was difficult to tell what I was looking at. My only light sources were the celestial bodies hanging high above me, painting the land below with a faint glow. I scanned the horizon in all directions, and I found nothing. I thought, maybe, I’d somehow managed to walk in the wrong direction, but I hadn’t. The motel wasn’t visible in any direction — surely, were I anywhere near it, I would still see its glowing sign? As my pulse quickened, a thought popped into my mind. I don’t know why I’m here. It was my thought, but it felt wrong, like when an audio drama recasts one of the actors and expects you not to notice. The slightest quality of inaccuracy dripped off every word. It was in my head, but I felt like I hadn’t been the one to think it. I don’t know why I’m here. I didn’t know why I was here. I didn’t know why I was here in the middle of the desert when I had simply been trying to visit reception. Why was I going to reception, again? I don’t know why I’m here. It felt more like me this time. I was getting used to the thought because of how true it was and how right it felt to think it. Why was I here, in New Mexico? Why was I here, in the middle of the desert, on my knees, in the dirt? Wait, no. I knew the answer to that one. I thought I saw someone, didn’t I? I thought I saw someone outside my window. I thought I saw someone outside reception. I thought that I— There is no one out here. There was no one out there. There had never been anyone out there, had there? I thought I’d seen someone. I’d gone to see if there was someone out there, but there was no one, and there had never been someone. There is no one out here. As I turned my face skyward, tears were once again welling up in my eyes. There had never been anyone out here, but God, did I wish there was. Staring up into the dark blanket of night above me, watching the stars glimmer, I knew I was alone. There is no one out here. The hours crawled by, and I stayed exactly where I was. Where was there to go? The motel — had such a thing ever existed — was too far away for me to see, and I hadn’t the slightest idea which direction to walk to find it, or anything else. I stayed on my knees, digging my nails into the earth below me, and was still. Some day, the sun began to rise. I watched as it began to show from behind the horizon line, shining bright and burning my eyes and skin as it raised itself from the ground. Was anyone else watching this sunrise? “Ma’am?” I turned my head, my neck aching. When had the last time been that I’d moved it? A man stood behind me. He was next to his car in the motel parking lot. I said nothing. My gaze crawled over the man, the car, the parking lot, the motel. “What’re you doin’ out here, hon?” My words felt like dust; Ancient, unwanted. “I thought I saw someone out here.” The man, his car bearing out-of-state-plates, looked out to the desert. He squinted. “Trust me, there ain’t nobody out there.” A shower, a tea, and I was checked out of the motel. I found I wasn’t hungry. I was too nauseated. I was on my way back to Canada the same day. My parents were thrilled to have me back. I was not thrilled to go, but I had no idea what else to do. So I moved into my childhood bedroom, still adorned with plush toys, a tiny desk that I’d outgrown a decade ago, and bright pink curtains drawn over a second-floor window with a clear view out the backyard. I don’t know how to explain what happened to me in New Mexico. I tried, at first, to figure out how to describe that night, and how it had stretched out into eternity, but my head aches when I dwell on it for more than a few minutes at a time. All I do know is, when I look out my bedroom window at night, I can see the clear sky above me. And when I look at those stars and the black void they call their home, I know there is nobody out there. I know it with a certainty I cannot overstate. Just as I know that I am alive, that I know my own name, that I know my own age, I know that there is nobody out there. That scares me more than anything else.
the birth of the horrible US MIC (Military Intelligence Complex) the probable continuation of the Nazi regime likely ET visitation
As the year 2017 comes to an end, and we close out the 70 year anniversary of the year of 1947, it is worth briefly looking back on that momentous year at some of the events that transpired then which still have a profound effect on our world today. 1947 - Operation Highjump Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water… no, I'm not referring to Jaws, but rather the US-UK-Australian military expedition led by Admiral Richard Byrd in January and February of 1947. He thought it would be safe to go down to Antarctica, but he was overpowered and beat a hasty retreat. Byrd led around 4,700 troops in an invasion of Antarctica, but his forces encountered heavy resistance to their Antarctic venture from "flying saucers." The mission that was meant to be many months long ended abruptly after just 8 weeks! Some have speculated Byrd ran into ETs. However, given all the information we now have about the Nazis, it may be more likely he ran into the Nazis themselves. Was Byrd stalking the Nazis? This is an excerpt from a report (Hitler's Antarctic Base - The Myth and the Reality) in a local Chilean newspaper El Mercurio on Wednesday, March 5, 1947:
"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 is what Byrd is said to have testified before Congress:
"In case of a new war the US would be attacked by fighters that are able to fly from one pole to the other with incredible speed."
Those interested in further reading may like to delve into Genesis for the New Space Age by John Leith. Operation Highjump in 1947. What did Admiral Byrd encounter? Nazis? ETs? Or both? The above image shows the official German Antarctic Expedition of 1938-1939. 1947 - The Roswell Incident The theme of flying saucers, UFOs and antigravity craft, and whether they were of terrestrial (German) or extraterrestrial origin, was brought up once again in 1947 with the infamous Roswell incident or Roswell crash. On 7th July 1947, at least one (but perhaps 2 or 3) UFOs reportedly crashed in the small town of Roswell, New Mexico, USA. The military put out a bogus cover story of a crashed weather balloon. In 1978, UFO expert Stanton Friedman interviewed Major Jesse Marcel who was involved with the original recovery of the debris. Marcel stated that the military had covered up the recovery of an alien spacecraft, as well as alien lifeforms. Retired military officer Chuck Wade painstakingly compiled compelling evidence of multiple crashed UFOs in the New Mexico area. He believed there was not just 1 UFO in the Roswell crash, but rather multiple craft and multiple crash sites! Philip Corso Jr. was a person very close to the situation as it was unfolding in 1947 and afterwards. He knew about the reality of advanced extraterrestrial technology. After the Roswell incident, Corso was put in charge of figuring out what to do. He claims that Nazi scientists (via CIA Project Paperclip) worked for him, that Majestic 12 (see below) reported to him (and he reported to then President Eisenhower), and that later President Reagan often consulted him. He also claims,
that humans cannot go into space, biologically, and that NASA knows this that he was contacted by at least 2 ET groups through telepathy that the Cold War was mainly a war of UFOs, with Russia/US aligned against some groups of ETs that the Roswell UFO cover-up is a time travel cover-up that there would be a time capsule opened in Roswell in 2047
Of course, there has been much speculation and theorizing about what really happened at Roswell on that fateful day. Some such as Corso believe the most important piece of the puzzle was the military trying to cover up time travel, and even that the pilots and passengers of those craft were not necessarily Grey ETs but future humans. Another theory is described in the account of Matilda O'Donnell MacElroy (e.g. as found in the book Alien Interview by Lawrence Spencer), a female Army officer (nurse) who was purportedly brought in to communicate with the pilots of the crashed craft. She reveals her conversation with an alien, which called itself Airl, who was asexual, looked like a typical gray alien and operated by telepathy. Its body was not exactly biological or mechanical. It seemed its spacecraft and body was connected directly to it through some kind of electrical "nervous system" that it controlled with its thoughts. The 1947 Roswell incident: did the crashed UFO(s) have Grey Aliens as their occupants? The above image is an actual photo from John Edmonds. Image credit: JohnEdmonds.info 1947 - Truman Signs the National Security Act One way or another, Operation Highjump and the Roswell incident must have had a huge psychological impact upon Truman and the US ruling cabal, because later that year, Truman signed legislation that gave birth to what would become a domestic and international Monster:
the US MIC (Military Intelligence Complex).
The National Security Act took effect September 18th, 1947 and reorganized the US defense and intelligence agencies. The Act and its subsequent amendments, restructured the Intelligence Community reorganized the Department of Defense established the NSC (National Security Council) established the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) (see below) split the Department of War into the Department of the Army and Department of the Air Force (the American air force used to be part of the army) established the NME (National Military Establishment) established the position of DNI (Director of National Intelligence) who is the director of the entire Intelligence Community and the principal advisor to the President It was later amended in 1949 to further consolidate and centralize control of the military, by making the Secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force subordinate to the Secretary of Defense in the chain of command, and renaming the NME as the Department of Defense. 1947, the year of the National Security Act and the CIA. What was once a servant has become a vicious master. Image credit: Ben Garrison 1947 - Formation of the CIA, the Most Devastating and Destructive Intelligence Agency in World History As stated above, with the signing of the National Security Act, the CIA came into being on September 18th, 1947, arising out of the ashes of its forerunner the OSS (Office of Strategic Services). The OSS, run by "Wild" Bill Donovan, was a wartime intelligence agency during WWII which engaged in espionage, propaganda, subversion and post-war planning. It is difficult to aptly summarize just how nefarious, morally bankrupt, wicked and murderous the CIA has been since its 1947 inception. It quickly became an out-of-control agency, so much so that by the time Kennedy assumed office at the start of 1961, Eisenhower was already warning him that he better be careful of both the CIA and the entire MIC. JFK was the last person to seriously challenge the agency, and it is no coincidence he ended up dead just a few years later. The CIA is the "Company", responsible for countless assassinations and instances of gun-and-drug running. Ex-CIA agents such as Victor Marchetti who have worked there talk about the CIA as a Cult of Intelligence, such as former CIA chief William Colby, who said:
"They cliqued together, forming a sealed fraternity… they developed a rather skewed view of that world… they looked down on the life of the rest of the citizenry… an inbred, distorted, elitist view of intelligence that held itself to be… beyond the restraints of the Constitution."
The CIA spies, relentlessly and invasively, on all Americans and beyond. Wikileaks published the Vault 7 CIA documents (the biggest leak in CIA history) which were a shocking and damning collection proving that the CIA hacks all US electronic devices (phones, computers, smart TVs) to listen to conversations anywhere. Vault 7 also proved the CIA hacks vehicles to remotely control them, in order to carry out undetectable assassinations. The CIA's primary activities (aside from doing the job it's supposed to be doing, i.e. gathering foreign intelligence to help defend the US) can be boiled down to these 5 things:
arms/drug running mind control installation/assassination subversion/propaganda terrorist creating, arming, funding and training.
Let's take a brief look at each of these.
1 - Arms and Drug Running Arms and drugs have been a mainstay of the CIA since its 1947 inception.
CIA, the Cocaine Import Agency, has been drug running worldwide since 1947. The White House has always condoned the operations since it allowed the CIA to raise funds off the books for its "extracurricular" and "extrajudicial" activities (i.e. assassination, subversion, foreign meddling, etc.). Whether it's cocaine from South America or heroin from the poppy fields of Afghanistan and the Golden Triangle (Vietnam and other areas of SE Asia), the CIA are master drug runners. Former narcotics investigator Mike Ruppert was forced out of the LAPD in 1977 when he exposed evidence of drug trafficking by the CIA. Many ex-CIA agents have blown the whistle on CIA drug running. For instance, Chip Tatum, who worked in Black Operations, was involved in the drug smuggling trade between the US and Central American countries. He personally flew a plane with cargo which, he later discovered, turned out to be cocaine. Tatum was threatened not to speak out but despite that he exposed the lurid details of the Mena Arkansas cocaine smuggling ring, Bill Clinton's involvement, and how George H. W. Bush had Barry Seal and Manuel Noriega assassinated. Los Angeles was chosen as the distribution point for flooding the American streets with crack cocaine The early forerunner of the CIA (the OSS) began to investigate the use of mind-altering substances like mescaline, scopolamine and marijuana. It then famously moved into experimenting with psilocybin (from magic mushrooms) and Lysergic acid Diethylamide (LSD). The CIA was also behind the introduction of LSD to the American public in the 1960s, partly as a giant experiment, partly as an offshoot of its MKUltra/mind control programs (see below), and partly to weaken the population. CIA arms running or gun running has also been a consistent theme through the agency's history, including the Iran Contra affair or even Benghazi in 2012, when the CIA was using an American diplomatic compound in Libya to run guns to "moderate" Syrian rebels trying to destabilize the legitimately elected government of Bashar Al Assad. 2 - Mind Control The CIA pioneered invasive mind control. In the 1940s, it absorbed Nazi war criminals into its structure via Operation Paperclip. It then conducted operations such as Project Bluebird and Project Artichoke. Artichoke became Project MKULTRA on April 13, 1953. The "MK" stood for mind control using the German word (kontrolle) in deference to the Nazis scientists at the CIA who helped develop the program. CIA agent Richard Helms chose Dr. Sidney Gottlieb to run the TSS (Technical Service Staff) to develop what became MKUltra, with truth serum drugs and hypnotic techniques. Some of the techniques involved trauma to make the victim disassociate (split off) into multiple personalities (alters). The CIA killed biological warfare scientist Frank Olson, using drugs and chemicals to produce altered and vulnerable states in subjects - who they could mind control for various purposes. 3 - Installation/Assassination JFK, the most famous example of CIA assassination operations. The CIA has become synonymous with installation of foreign puppet regimes and assassination - and the list is far too long to spell out, but it includes,
Iran 1953 Guatemala 1954 Vietnam 1954-58 Hungary 1956 Laos 1957-1973 Haiti 1959 Cuba 1961 Ecuador 1963 Brazil 1964 Indonesia 1965 Greece 1967 Bolivia 1968 Uruguay 1969 Cambodia 1970 Chile 1973 Australia 1975 Afghanistan 1979 El Salvador 1980 Nicaragua 1981 Panama 1980,
...and more up to the modern examples of Libya 2011, Syria 2011 and Ukraine 2014. Additionally, in the late 1950s, President Eisenhower and VP Nixon created a super-secret team of assassins composed of around 40 crack CIA agents. Operation 40 as it came to be known was behind many of the most famous high-profile assassinations of the last 6 decades, including,
JFK MLK RFK John Lennon Che Guevara Bob Marley,
...and more. This assassination template is still used today, carried out against innocent citizens and peacemakers. The CIA had a hand in the infamous Operation Gladio, a US-NATO "stay-behind" military force in Europe which was there to allegedly stop the spread of communism. Horrific false flag attacks were carried out by Gladio operatives, who would bomb places such as train stations and make it look like far-left communists were the villains. William Blum describes the CIA's murderous activities as an American Holocaust: "This scenario has been repeated so many times that the CIA actually teaches it in a special school, the notorious 'School of the Americas.' (It opened in Panama but later moved to Fort Benning, Georgia.) Critics have nicknamed it the 'School of the Dictators' and 'School of the Assassins.' Here, the CIA trains Latin American military officers how to conduct coups, including the use of interrogation, torture and murder. The Association for Responsible Dissent estimates that by 1987, 6 million people had died as a result of CIA covert operations. Former State Department official William Blum correctly calls this an 'American Holocaust'." 4 - Subversion/Propaganda https://preview.redd.it/kyrcln87xv951.jpg?width=550&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=719968a4c7432bdc146e6803227f0f084a5d0255 The CIA has become a master at subversion and propaganda, both within and outside of the US. It took over the media in the 1960s and 1970s with Operation Mockingbird, a now declassified project whereby the CIA infiltrated the mainstream media and had its pieces inserted into TV, newspapers and journals everywhere as "news" when they were nothing more than lies and propaganda. The late German journalist Ufo Ulfkotte admitted that many European journalists were on the CIA payroll, and have been ever since the CIA rolled out its first European propaganda station, Radio Free Europe in 1949. Ex-CIA case officer Philip Agee worked in the CIA during the 1950s and finally left in 1968. He knew firsthand the CIA's subversive activities and terrorism in Central and South America. He became a whistleblower and author of several books exposing the agency. When the US revoked his passport in 1979, he first lived in Grenada in 1980 until Bishop was overthrown by the US, then in Nicaragua until 1990 when the Sandinistas were overthrown by the US, then Germany and Cuba. The CIA created the CCF (Congress for Cultural Freedom) in 1950 to counter Soviet influence. The CCF was the hidden weapon in the US Cold War arsenal. Whether they liked it or not, whether they knew it or not, there were few scientists, writers and historians in both Europe and America whose names were not in some way linked to this covert enterprise. The US Establishment operated a sophisticated spying program in the name of freedom of expression. All those things (including music and art) that you thought were just spontaneous were actually part of a hidden agenda. 5 - Terrorist Creating, Arming, Funding and Training Radical Islamic terrorists or radical CIAslamic terrorists?
The CIA has long gotten mercenaries to do its dirty work.
For a fuller history of the long and close relationship between the CIA and Islamic terrorism, see my article Radical Islamic Terrorists - The Best Bad Guys Money Can Buy. Whether they're called, mujahideen Al Qaeda ("the database") the FSA (Free Syrian Army) or ISIS, ...the CIA has created them, armed them, funded them and trained them. The CIA trained Osama Bin Laden in the 80s and the US Government allowed a fundamentalist Islamic network to develop in America prior to 2001. Both Bin Laden and Al Qaeda were the convenient bogeymen after the false flag attack on 9/11. Here is a list of the top 10 connections between the US and ISIS. Even all of this doesn't fully outline the extent of the CIA's crimes, for it has also been involved in various NWO agendas such as geoengineering. Evergreen was/is a CIA front company used to disseminate chemtrails.
1947 - Formation of MJ 12
On what some researchers claim was September 24th, 1947 (although there is a lack of clarity over the exact date), another hugely significant event happened. Truman created a secret governmental group that had never before existed, which was deliberately set up to be above and beyond the law. Known as Majestic, Majestic 12 or MJ 12 / MJ-12, it was an ultra secretive group who was entrusted with guarding the knowledge of the reality of the ET presence of Earth. It was so undercover that Congress didn't even know of its existence, let alone be empowered to subject it to oversight or accountability. UFO researchers Robert (Bob) Wood and his son Ryan Wood have put together the website MajesticDocuments which contains a collection of alleged MJ 12 documents over the decades. They rate each one on their authenticity scale. On one such MJ 12 document, Truman wrote to then Secretary of Defense Forrestal:
"…you are hereby authorized to proceed with all due speed and caution upon your undertaking.
Hereafter this matter shall be referred to only as Operation Majestic Twelve… any future considerations relative to the ultimate disposition of this matter should rest solely with the Office of the President following appropriate discussion with yourself, Dr. Bush and the Director of Central Intelligence." MJ 12 certainly, at one point, could have been considered to be the most powerful organization in Earth, in the sense that they were tasked with handling the alien affair, an issue of life-changing import that no one else was allowed to know. It is unknown exactly in what form Majestic 12 exists today. According to the testimony of Dan Burisch, MJ 12 are working for the Committee of the Majority, a Freemasonic organization which is coordinating alien contact with earth and furthering the agenda of the New World Order.
1947 - A Year of Infamy
1947 truly was an incredible year, with so many incidents happening and groups being created, that it changed the course of the future of humanity. 70 years later, we are still shaped by what went on in that fateful year. We are just on the verge of discovering, collectively, the shocking reality of a breakaway civilization, of a Secret Space Program (see William Tompkins and other whistleblowers for more details), that has been carried on behind our backs with our resources. The difference is that now the truth has leaked out, and there is a critical mass of people prepared to investigate these occurrences and confront their implications. MJ 12 was set up in an era where the authorities were terrified of sharing the truth in the belief that it would cause social upheaval and chaos. Now, things have changed; if our so-called rulers cannot reveal the truth to us, we will bypass them, find it out anyway and continue on a course of rendering them irrelevant... Sources
I looked up and noticed three gray objects hovering silently above me. They were so close I could have thrown a stone at them. The objects were pulsating as if they were breathing and I saw two dark lines on them. A bit further away, over the woods, another two objects were flotaing. They were bigger and darker then the ones above me.
Then Östen remember nothing more. When he wake up he in lying on the road freezing. It is now dark. No animals are in sight but in the direction of Västlanda lake he can see a pulsing light becoming smaller and smaller. Östen is feeling very tired and start walking the short distance to his home. The time is now 7.30 P.M. indicating a loss of four hours. He try to explain what has happened to his parents but they don´t believe him. When Östen didn´t come home they had sent his older brother Gustav to look for him. He had travelled by bicycle to the school only to find out that Östen had joined Holger at home. There he is informed that Östen left at around 3.30 P.M. so he return home, passing the place where Östen later woke up. As it was still daylight Gustav should have found Östen lying on the road. What happened to Östen Engström during the four hours? This old and unusual close encounter case was first mentioned in the Swedish newspaper Expressen June 15, 1996. UFO-Sweden ufologists Clas Svahn and Andreas Ohlsson contacted Engström and made several interviews and visited the observation site together with the witness. Here a few answers from the interviews: - Where was I during those hours? I estimate having been gone around four and a half hours. I didn´t arrive home until half past seven or eigtht o´clock in the evening. I almost got beaten because they believed I was lying. They sent me to bed and I was bedridden four days in fewer. Probably I had catched a cold lying on the road.
It looked as if the objects were pulsating simultaneously all three of them. Just like octopus functioning. They take in water and move by blowing it out. It looked like the objects used the same technique. They moved in a very elegant way, changed direction and appeared to steer with this pulsating.
Where was I? Gustav cycled this way while I was lying there, without seeing me. I have pondered on this so many times.
2020.07.05 08:43 ninjasaiyan777A historian's blog posts after reading an alien's pre and post contact journal.
When the CIA gave the public access to all the records at area 51 regarding UFO's and aliens I was ecstatic. Rarely did a civilian get to read pre-contact records like this, and reading about documents found at UFO crash sites, fully uncensored, was like a dream for a historian like me. But I while I thought my favorites were gonna be the government's documents regarding said UFO's, mostly to see just how many textbooks were gonna have to be rewritten, I found a little document that really drew my attention. "f̸͍̲̍͐̃͂̑͊ǹ̴̮̬̟̰̳̳̗̃̂̄͝͝ͅŭ̷̡̺̹͓̪̗̗̦̬͈̬̰̣̯̉̊̔̈́͠c̵͕̱̼̤̅̏b̶̢̧̤̏̌̉͂͝v̷̡̨̧̧̹̟̘̯̪̎͋̉̉͆͑́̆͝h̷̡̡̤͉͙͕̰͍̲͎͖͍̆̽ũ̶̲̳̜͔͉͕̻͊'s Journal, 1600-2100 in Local System's calendar." 0 downloads. The name was an untranslated mess, probably from the Old Axyrlian language, given that I can read some of those old runes. It was rather interesting that there's different translation rates on it though; it's the only document that has that. This must've been during their major transition period, like that old pre-unification country Turkey had at around the same time. I mostly skimmed through it at first. It was a lot of dry history lessons about Earth, and I had plenty of that back in class. But as the entries passed, and the language became more recognizable, I saw that the author had become more attached to the subject. He wrote more personally, and more freely. Like he was talking about a friend in his diary, except that those friends numbered from a couple to 20 billion. But the last entry was by far the most interesting. This one was post contact, and it was dated in the old Gregorian Calendar. The one used for daily life on Earth alongside the Galaxian Calendar. It used a mixture of old Human English and the New Axyrlian language, but the writer still wrote that mess of a name in the old runes. It was dated 2160, Gregorian Calendar. Proof that he became emotionally attached beyond his duty. And it was, well, I had to connect to that old system the world government uses. Sucks too. Had to get an analog computer and everything for that piece of crap internet to work, but it was definitely worth it. Here goes: "Before I write further, I must apologize if I mixed up ocurrences in this entry. This is not a chronological summary. This is just my opinion on the Human Observation mission. As one of only a few carbon based sentient species, my people had an advantage when observing the relative newcomers that called themselves "humans." They seemed rather superstitious, and when one of my observer drones went too deep into the atmosphere at a rather misadjusted angle and burned up, they seemed to take it as a sign of something. In one continent a war raged on for three decades soon after I arrived, and in another millions were slaughtered by disease and warfare. Countless religions and cultures disappeared from the planet while others took their place. But as time passed, these savage warmongers kept advancing. In what felt like a single blink they went from killing each other with sharp sticks and big pyrotechnic cannons to killing themselves with handheld "guns." They did not perform wars with the same weapons every other species did. Our maximum payloads were meant to painlessly end a planet and they were never used. They left countless amounts of pain and devastation with their maximums, only truly destroying a few hundred "miles." But they moved on. They quickly came to the wider space, and after that false alarm with one of their fission bombs sending a projectile too close to my main craft, it was a surprise. These barbarians were advancing mentally and technologically faster than any other recorded species. And it was beautiful. I believe I may have been recorded passing by one of their many ships near the turn of the century. But I could not help it. They are fascinating, and seeing them join the wider galactic community makes me feel like a proud ancestor watching their progeny succeed from across the Spectral Bridge. These superstitious warmongers were just as good at creation as they were with destruction. And when I saw members of other species fall into the planet and be captured I was worried. Learning they were still alive after and lived full lives for their kinds was quite the relief however. In fact, one of many human missions to space sent a few of them back to their homes. Regardless, I began contact with seemingly the most welcoming government on the planet, against Galactic Leadership's orders. Our kind can breathe rather nicely in earth's atmosphere, maybe even better than at home. I quickly learned the English language, although I was unable to bake some sounds without an implant. We did not trade technology, but I did ask them to influence media to attempt to familiarize the common people with peaceful aliens. It seemed to work, and a lot of scientists sent signals into deep space which I sadly was to ignore. But when the world government United in order to fix the damage done to their world, we made contact and assisted their mission. We learned quite a bit from them. A lot of culture and languages were exchanged. Interestingly, a large subset of humans are sexually interested in other species, and some species are genetically compatible with them. It must be their barbarism at work. I only say this in jest, of course. I simply find these creatures fascinating. Sadly, due to my rule breaking when I made contact, I was not allowed to be an official ambassador to the human species. However I was allowed to join as a civilian. And when I did, I had some of the best, most wild years of my long life. I do not regret spending all of my prime watching another species advance. If the multiverse theory they introduced to the Galactic leadership truly exists, as it remains unproven, I do not believe that there is a timeline where I gave up on their advancement. For these fascinating humans truly are my second, more wild family."
2020.06.25 17:25 PaulJPFallout 76: Inside the Vault – Kicking Off Season One!
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Welcome back to Inside the Vault! This week we’re celebrating the upcoming kickoff of our first Season, which starts when Update 20 arrives on June 30 and will run through mid-September. Let’s take a look at everything Season One has to offer, including the theme, challenges, and tons of rewards like new consumables, cosmetics, C.A.M.P. items, and the stellar Captain Cosmos Power Armor!
Image Introduced a few weeks ago, Seasons are a new account-wide progression system that overhauls the existing Daily and Weekly Challenges and gives you tons of opportunities to earn rewards. Seasons will be free for all players to take part in and enjoy, and everyone will advance on the same progression track. Each Season will last around 10 weeks, with themes, rewards, and challenges refreshing for each Season. For more information on how Seasons will work, check out this Inside the Vault.
Introducing Season One: The Legendary Run!
From the makers of Unstoppables Shindig, Blast Radius, and Catch the Commie comes The Legendary Run – an exciting new way to experience irradiated West Virginia. The Legendary Run is Fallout 76’s first Season and features a boardgame-inspired theme. As Captain Cosmos, you will race the evil Dr. Zorbo across the galaxy. Your progression through the Season will be represented as pieces on a game board. Can you beat Dr. Zorbo to the finish line? You have until mid-September to find out!
New Challenges and Earning S.C.O.R.E.
Each Season brings a new progression of 100 Ranks to reach, plus exciting rewards like Atoms, Perk Card packs, and unique cosmetics. By completing Daily and Weekly Challenges, you’ll earn S.C.O.R.E. which will allow you to rank up and claim a new reward every time you do! To help you rank-up, we’ve revamped our Daily and Weekly Challenges to provide easier everyday content for players. You’ll get rewarded just for doing things you already do as you play Fallout 76! Maybe one of your Daily Challenges will be scrapping junk to get a certain resource, or crafting ammo at a workbench. Or maybe it’ll even be a more social Challenge like using photomode while you’re partied up. We haven’t changed any of the Lifetime Challenges and they will not be updated with each Season, so you will still be able to complete them and earn their one-time Atom rewards. Each rank-up comes with its own reward, which you’ll claim directly from the game board. Keep track of your progress by accessing the new Legendary Run option in the Main Menu. There are 100 ranks in the first Season, so there are plenty of rewards to claim. If you want to jump ahead on the board, you may choose to spend 150 Atoms to gain individual ranks in the order they appear. This is completely optional and will be available starting two weeks after the Season kicks off (July 14).
You Mentioned Rewards?
Of course there are rewards! Each rank comes with its own reward, and you’ll get something special every 10 levels, and sometimes just if we think a number is fun (like rank 76). In addition to over 40 new cosmetic items, in-game currency, Perk Card packs, Atoms, and consumables like Repair Kits, you’ll also receive the following rewards for ranking up: Lunchboxes – Lunchboxes are a new consumable item that give a +25% XP bonus to you and all nearby players as well as a random social buff. * Social buffs can include things like +15% bonus damage to certain enemy types, 50% reduced hunger or thirst, enemies exploding into confetti instead of a bloody mess, etc. * These buffs last for one hour, and the XP bonus can stack up to +100% if multiple players open Lunchboxes at once. * Social buffs don’t stack with themselves, but you can have several active at once after opening multiple Lunchboxes. Ammo Converter – The Ammo Converter is unlocked at Rank 5, and it will allow you to exchange your unwanted ammo for ammo that you actually need! * Find the Ammo Converter in the Resources section of your C.A.M.P. Build Menu. Once placed, you can access the Ammo Converter through the attached Terminal. * In the Terminal, find the Ammo you want to convert and it will remove the specified count of Ammo and credit you with some AmmoPoints, up to a maximum. * Exchange your stored AmmoPoints for your preferred type of Ammo. * Other Players can use any Ammo Converter Terminal to access their stored AmmoPoints, so put one down for the convenience of your fellow Wastelanders! Vault-Tec Supply Packages – These are small bundles of crafting materials that will help give your scrap collection a little boost. Fireworks – Earn fireworks that you can set off anywhere in the world and light up the sky! Image * Build walls with Glow in the Dark Wallpaper to give your humble abode an interstellar aesthetic. Image * New weapon skins, like the Appalachian Thunder Pipe Image * New Power Armor sets, like the Atomic Onslaught Power Armor, and both white and black versions of Captain Cosmos Power Armor Image * Preview all of these rewards and much, much more by visiting our Fallout 76 Seasons page on Fallout.com! Reminder that The Legendary Run begins on June 30 and will run through mid-September. We look forward to seeing you at the finish line!
2020.06.19 06:09 Jock-OCost to Coast, Let's stay on the script.
Many moons ago, Coast to Coast grew in popularity from focusing on the paranormal and, well, that's all. It was a niche market with very few others taking the leap, and very few networks willing to take the risk. This show brought much value to the airwaves from the quality of the host to the informative, and always entertaining guests/callers. Indeed, C2C had the formula for good, late night talk radio, but over the years, C2C lost much of it's novelty due to continued growth of the topic scope. Instead of listening about UFO encounters, big foot, doomsdayers, secrets of area 51, and the like, Coast to Coast has become more of a generic variety show. I imagine that this is in an attempt to appeal to a larger audience base, and out of pure greed. Granted, they do still have many of the mainstay topics, but many shows bear little resemblance to what Coast once was. I suppose they looked at their demographics and determined that the listener base was too focused on intelligent people with sound critical thinking skills, so they had to broaden the topics to attract the average I.Q. This favors positively for the show as now they can advertise products like instantly ageless, carnivora, etc. to a crowd that it appeals to. The host also have more opportunities to monetize live events, books, and a dating site; it's about the money and less on quality/content. Here's the equation: Variety show = wider listener demographics = more advertising opportunities ≠ good radio for intelligent people like us. We have to suffer through non-relevant boring shows, ignorant callers, stupid mystery guest games, health misinformation, and other annoyances. Let's stick to the script Coast to Coast and raise the quality of the show up a few notches. You can start by excusing the current host and enlisting the help of someone that will breathe some new life into the show. Terrestrial radio, and especially the AM band, is becoming almost non-existent. In fact, some radios don't even have AM in them, leaving many of the younger than 30 crowd saying, "AM, what's that?" You're on life support right now and it's not the time to deviate from the original formula that made Coast to Coast worth losing sleep over.
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