The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Time ....for a review!


This Book is From the Future by Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman is a total delight.

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Sub-titled “A Journey Through Portals, Relativity, Worm Holes, and Other Adventures in Time Travel” the book is a virtual compendium of all the theories and stories about time and its vicissitudes.

Ms. Jones and Mr. Flaxman know their stuff.

The concepts they present are difficult to comprehend, even for those of us who have studied the hypothetical ruminations about “time” but Jones and Flaxman seem to understand those difficult ruminations and present clarification for those of us with limited faculties for understanding the ins and outs of time.

The 224 page book contains references that are obscure, esoteric, and, of course, well-known (such as Einstein’s theories about the relativity of time).

Time travel is the foundation of the book however. Going back or forward in time is the essential topic of the book.

The references about time are used to get at the idea(s) of time travel.

Quantum theory, multi-verses, string theory, parallel universes, ghosts, UFOs, and everything else that are impacted by time – which is everything it seems – are covered thoroughly by the authors, and provided in a way that readers can understand and appreciate…something most tomes about time fail to do.

I’m a time junkie and have dozens of books about the topic, but this book was, for me, a pleasure to read and I enjoyed its down-to-earth information and lack of authoritative hubris: the authors speak to their readers, not ivory tower residents. They cater to commonsense and clarity.

I’ve read no book – none – with so many references and insights pertinent to the subject matter.

The sources exploited by the authors are fecund. One will find leads to many, many writings and media generally (movies, television series, et al.): scientific, fictional, bizarre, and cutting edge.

Even Roswell is mentioned (Page 151 ff.); Nick Redfern and our own Anthony Bragalia are cited along with other current, relevant authors whose works are tinged by time and its mysterious aspects. (Even Lady Gaga gets a mention.)

But authors from long, long ago aren’t shirked, nor are those whose ideas have been shunted aside by the wash of time and tide of newer concepts: everything and everyone is touted.

Even the gone-viral clip from a Charlie Chaplin film of 1928 allegedly showing a woman using a cell phone, way back them, is noted (Page 132).

But its “time” and its weird, not-fully-understood affect upon us that get the completely thorough once-over.

No stone about time is left untouched, as far as I can tell. It’s all here, in this truly interesting and cogent book.

I loved reading it and having it as a rather complete reference book.

The book is published New Page Books, a division of Career Press, Inc., Pompton Plains, NJ.

The book sells for $15.99 and can be found at bookstores online and off: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell’s among them.

http://www.newpagebooks.com or http://careerpress.com 

RR

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

CIA Responds to Ex-Official’s “Roswell Happened” Claim: Not True

Robbie Graham has provided a response to the Brandon CIA-Roswell farce, with this clarification:


Press Release 11 July, 2012


For Immediate Distribution

By Matthew Alford, PhD

After a tense wait, the CIA has finally stated its position on the explosive “Roswell Happened” comments made by their former Entertainment Liaison Officer Chase Brandon.  Jennifer Youngblood of the Agency's Office of Public Affairs said that official historians have checked their files but “found nothing in the Agency’s holdings to corroborate Mr. Brandon’s specific claims.”
Brandon ignited an ongoing media furore following his appearance on Coast to Coast AM on June 23 of this year when he announced that he had seen evidence in a box marked ‘Roswell’ at the CIA’s Historical Intelligence Collection (HIC) which confirmed “100%” his belief that the government had recovered an extraterrestrial craft and its occupants near Roswell, New Mexico in July of 1947.
The CIA was responding by email to a detailed series of questions sent by a group of British and Canadian researchers: Robbie Graham, doctoral candidate at the University of Bristol and editor ofsilverscreensaucers.blogspot.com, Matthew Alford, Grant Cameron, and Victor Viggiani. The group’s email requested information about Brandon, specifically: his current relationship with the CIA; the possibility of researchers checking his claims; the vetting of his comments by the Publications Review Board, and whether his utterances disclosed classified information in any way.
Robbie Graham commented: “The CIA have done exactly what we expected they would do.  They’ve refused to address our questions and they’ve brushed aside Brandon’s claims without directly calling him a liar.” He added:  “It’s interesting that they say they actually
checked their archives for the ‘Roswell box’ Brandon described -- that must have been a weird library trip.”
The purpose of Brandon's statements remains unclear, with some pointing to him promoting his new book, The Cryptos Conundrum, and others speculating it could be part of a more sophisticated UFO disinformation or disclosure strategy.
Youngblood also pointed the researchers towards the Agency's 1997 supposedly definitive account of its role in UFO studies, which appears on its website:
Click HERE for the CIA response (a PDF).

Zee News is pushing the Brandon Roswell story. Why?

Click HERE for the "report"

Monday, July 09, 2012

The "God Particle" Explained (Not exactly)

Touch Mengheng explains (apparently) the Higgs Boson or "God Particle."

Click HERE for that "explanation"

Ufological Folly!


A New Yorker piece in the July 2nd issue about Editors and Publishers by John McPhee -- a wonderful piece -- had a paragraph telling what former NY editor William Shawn required his writers to consider when writing a fact piece:

"How do you know?" "How would you know?" "How can you possibly know that?"

Those questions should be at the forefront of everything written about UFOs.

But reading Kevin Randle's take on the recent Roswell Festival, one recognizes that "ufology" no longer is a research process but, rather, has become a vehicle for camaraderie and social interaction: a milieu of false companionship and inane mental stimulation.

The questions posed by William Shawn are not part of the UFO oeuvre, if they ever were.

And that UFO buffs would drag their long-suffering wives to such folly -- as the Roswell Festival or to a Socorro site, as David Rudiak did, is grounds for marital insensitivity, at least.

What fools these mortals be....as Shakespeare notes in his Midsummer Night's Dream.

RR