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The purpose of this blog is the creation of an open, international, independent and free forum, where every UFO-researcher can publish the results of his/her research. The languagues, used for this blog, are Dutch, English and French.You can find the articles of a collegue by selecting his category. Each author stays resposable for the continue of his articles. As blogmaster I have the right to refuse an addition or an article, when it attacks other collegues or UFO-groupes.
UFO'S - MET HET LAATSTE NIEUWS OVER UFO'S BOVEN BELGIË EN IN ANDERE LANDEN...
UFO's in België en de rest van de wereld In België heb je vooral BUFON of het Belgisch UFO-Netwerk, dat zich met UFO's bezighoudt. BEZOEK DUS ZEKER VOOR ALLE OBJECTIEVE INFORMATIE ww.ufo.be.
Verder heb je ook het Belgisch-Ufo-meldpunt en Caelestia, die prachtig, doch ZEER kritisch werk leveren, ja soms zelfs héél sceptisch...
Voor Nederland kan je de mooie site www.ufowijzer.nl bezoeken van Paul Harmans. Een mooie site met veel informatie en artikels.
MUFON of het Mutual UFO Network Inc is een Amerikaanse UFO-vereniging met afdelingen in alle USA-staten en diverse landen.
MUFON's mission is the analytical and scientific investigation of the UFO- Phenomenon for the benefit of humanity...
Je kan ook hun site bekijken onder www.mufon.com.
Ze geven een maandeliiks tijdschrift uit, namelijk The MUFON UFO-Journal. Since 02/01/2013 is Pieter not only president (=voorzitter) of BUFON, but also National Director MUFON / Flanders and the Netherlands. We work together with the French MUFON Reseau MUFON/EUROP.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND Returning To Theaters - And Here's The New Trailer
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND Returning To Theaters - And Here's The New Trailer
By Chris Arrant, Editor
Credit: Sony Pictures
Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind is returning to theaters nearly 40 years to the day it was originally released in 1977. Spielberg's own director's cut of the film was restored with 4k resolution, and will hit theaters this fall.
Here is a new trailer:
The 40th anniversary edition of Close Encounters of the Third Kind is scheduled for a one-week run beginning September 1 in select theaters.
The Night of Phelegethon! Strange Space Phenomenon observed in Australia and Hawaii
The Night of Phelegethon! Strange Space Phenomenon observed in Australia and Hawaii
The Night of Phelegethon!
In Greek mythology, the river Phlegethon "fire-flaming" was one of the five rivers in the infernal regions of the underworld, along with the rivers Styx, Lethe, Cocytus, and Acheron.
Image left: Gigantic Jet Hawaii - Image right: Sprites Australia.
Plato describes it as "a stream of fire, which coils round the earth and flows into the depths of Tartarus". It was parallel to the river Styx. It is said that the goddess Styx was in love with Phlegethon, but she was consumed by his flames and sent to Hades. Eventually when Hades allowed her river to flow through, they reunited.
Dozens of rare bright Sprites (space lightning) triggered by the discharge of positive lightning between an underlying thundercloud and the ground have been filmed by amateur astronomer David Finlay who witnessed the space phenomenon from Kiama in Australia on the night of July 18, 2017.
David who was really surprised by the strange space phenomenon said: “It was a Sprite Phlegethon.”
The strange sky phenomenon not only appeared in Australia, a cloudcam located at the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii captured another amazing lightning-like phenomenon known as a Gigantic Jet.
Gigantic Jets are related to sprites, but more powerful and they are true space weather phenomena.
Frankie Lucena of Puerto Rico, who processed the video said: The thunderstorm was north of the observatory on the night of July 24, 2017. There were several Gigantic Jets captured by the cloudcam but not all of them were complete. The ripples in the sky high above. ( Gigantic Jet around the 0.05 mark in the second video.)
Chester Bennington saw a UFO before he Died (Real Story - Linkin Park Video Interview
Chester Bennington saw a UFO before he Died (Real Story - Linkin Park Video Interview)
Chester Bennington saw a UFO at Arizona before he died. There are many conspiracies going on in this matter.
During an interview with a presenter from KIISFM.com, the 41-year-old Linkin Park frontman made the confession that he witnessed a UFO in the skies over Arizona.
When the presenter asked Chester Bennington if it was true, Chester said that it was a million percent true and although he couldn’t put a logical explanation together, he remembered what he saw knowing it wasn’t man-made.
It seems more and more celebrities begin to reveal their ‘UFO encounters’, what to think about the recent interview where Keshna an American singer and songwriter talks with the presenters of the Zach Sang show about her recently experienced UFO sighting.
We may wonder whether they speak spontaneously about their ‘UFO encounters’ or there's a reason behind their confessions.
It is known that celebrities are easy targets for mind control programs. There is a mind control program within MK Ultra known as ‘last days programming’ and it is said that celebrities are prominently involved in this MK Ultra mind control program.
It is believed Chester Bennington was facing some problems in his life after the UFO incident and God knows what was his reason to commit suicide.
Linda Moulton Howe: Alien Binary Code Contains a Shocking Warning for Mankind
Linda Moulton Howe: Alien Binary Code Contains a Shocking Warning for Mankind
Linda Moulton Howe translated some of the binary code from an Army Sergeant who had received a downloaded message from alien intelligence of which included a cryptic warning about star systems in Orion and Zeta Reticuli. Binary code symbols and codes have also been recovered from crashed UFOs.
It has been independently confirmed both by Linda Moulton Howe and another researcher (Dr. Horace Drew) that C.J.’s symbols are in fact a message written in binary code that can be translated via a standard ASCII table.
C.J.’s message reads as follows:
Continuous protection of humanity 49.27n 11.5e. Expose Hidden Knowledge to ALL ` citizens Advancement imperative for planetary survival Beware of Orion 1350.3 and Z Ruticuli 39.170 Avoid (signal) messages sent
Dr. Steven Greer, MD and founder of The Disclosure Project and The Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI), has been on a mission for decades to shed light on the fact that we’re not alone, that we’ve never been alone, and that an ET presence is currently engaging our planet and the human race.
This topic is so broad that it encompasses nearly every area of human study and endeavour, diving into the black budget world, a world that has no oversight from Congress, as well as science, technology, new energy, history, and much more. It’s a topic when, fully exposed, will definitely ignite a major paradigm shift for the human race.
So far, Dr. Greer has been very successful, having brought forth hundreds of military and political whistleblowers of all ranks, with verified backgrounds, to testify and share their experience in public. To compliment these whistleblowers, thousands upon thousands of page of UFO documents have also been released by dozens of governments.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Greer was also chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Caldwell Memorial Hospital in North Carolina.
The Disclosure Project movement began making noise when a groundbreaking National Press Club Disclosure event brought forth these whistleblowers. You can view that full conference here. More than 1 billion people worldwide have now listened to the testimony given at this conference, and it received coverage from several mainstream media outlets, as it was just too big to ignore.
Since then, multiple efforts have sprung forth, one being the Citizens Hearing on Disclosure that took place a couple of years ago. It was also held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and saw a number of professors, historians, scientists, and high ranking political and military personnel gathered to elaborate on the ongoing reality of the UFO phenomenon to several former congresspeople.
Dr. Greer also released a previous film, titled Sirius, where he revealed having high level meetings within the Pentagon regarding the UFO/extraterrestrial topic. This was verified by Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the Apollo 14 astronaut who accompanied Greer on his meetings.
He’s one of several astronauts to make numerous statements about the extraterrestrial issue.
“Yes there have been crashed craft, and bodies recovered. . . . We are not alone in the universe, they have been coming here for a long time. I happen to be privileged enough to be in on the fact that we have been visited on this planet, and the UFO phenomenon is real.” (source) (source) (source)
In Greer’s new film, Unacknowledged, you’ll hear military, government, intelligence, and corporate witnesses present compelling testimony on the existence of extraterrestrial life forms visiting the planet, as well as the reverse engineering of the energy and propulsion systems of these craft. It also goes into the possibility of a “false flag” alien invasion. You can read more about that here.
This is by far one of the best documentaries out there to bring ANYONE up to speed as to what is happening with the UFO coverup and the implications that come with it. I truly enjoyed what this film had to offer and I believe it will make huge waves in helping to open the general public up to the reality of UFO’s and ET’s.
If you have ever had trouble explaining this phenomenon to skeptics or non believers, this is the film to show them and you simply can’t deny it any longer.
Greer has also authored multiple books and put out multiple DVDs on the subject, and teaches people and hosts groups throughout the world focused on peaceful contact initiatives. They are out there, so why not try to make contact? He also continues to research advanced alternative energy sources that, as you will see in the documentary, go hand in hand with the UFO phenomenon.
This man has done a lot for this movement. Known as “the father of the disclosure,” he is no doubt responsible for the massive wave of information and awareness that’s being created on the subject today.
“There are objects in our atmosphere which are technically miles in advance of anything we can deploy, that we have no means of stopping them coming here … [and] that there is a serious possibility that we are being visited and have been visited for many years by people from outer space, from other civilizations. That it behooves us, in case some of these people in the future or now should turn hostile, to find out who they are, where they come from, and what they want. This should be the subject of rigorous scientific investigation and not the subject of ‘rubishing’ by tabloid newspapers.”
– Lord Admiral Hill-Norton, former Chief of Defence Staff, 5 Star Admiral of the Royal Navy, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (source)
By the way, by “unacknowledged,” Greer is referring to Special Access Programs (SAP). From these we have unacknowledged and waived SAPs. These programs do not exist publicly, but they do indeed exist. They are better known as ‘deep black programs.’ A 1997 US Senate report described them as “so sensitive that they are exempt from standard reporting requirements to the Congress.” (source)
The multiverse of science fiction is populated by robots that are indistinguishable from humans. They are usually smarter, faster, and stronger than us. They seem capable of doing any job imaginable, from piloting a starship and battling alien invaders to taking out the trash and cooking a gourmet meal.
The reality, of course, is far from fantasy. Aside from industrial settings, robots have yet to meet The Jetsons. The robots the public are exposed to seem little more than over-sized plastic toys, pre-programmed to perform a set of tasks without the ability to interact meaningfully with their environment or their creators.
To paraphrase PayPal co-founder and tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel, we wanted cool robots, instead we got 140 characters and Flippy the burger bot. But scientists are making progress to empower robots with the ability to see and respond to their surroundings just like humans.
Some of the latest developments in that arena were presented this month at the annual Robotics: Science and Systems Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The papers drilled down into topics that ranged from how to make robots more conversational and help them understand language ambiguities to helping them see and navigate through complex spaces.
Ben Burchfiel, a graduate student at Duke University, and his thesis advisor George Konidaris, an assistant professor of computer science at Brown University, developed an algorithm to enable machines to see the world more like humans.
In the paper, Burchfiel and Konidaris demonstrate how they can teach robots to identify and possibly manipulate three-dimensional objects even when they might be obscured or sitting in unfamiliar positions, such as a teapot that has been tipped over.
The researchers trained their algorithm by feeding it 3D scans of about 4,000 common household items such as beds, chairs, tables, and even toilets. They then tested its ability to identify about 900 new 3D objects just from a bird’s eye view. The algorithm made the right guess 75 percent of the time versus a success rate of about 50 percent for other computer vision techniques.
In an email interview with Singularity Hub, Burchfiel notes his research is not the first to train machines on 3D object classification. How their approach differs is that they confine the space in which the robot learns to classify the objects.
“Imagine the space of all possible objects,” Burchfiel explains. “That is to say, imagine you had tiny Legos, and I told you [that] you could stick them together any way you wanted, just build me an object. You have a huge number of objects you could make!”
The infinite possibilities could result in an object no human or machine might recognize.
To address that problem, the researchers had their algorithm find a more restricted space that would host the objects it wants to classify. “By working in this restricted space—mathematically we call it a subspace—we greatly simplify our task of classification. It is the finding of this space that sets us apart from previous approaches.”
Meanwhile, a pair of undergraduate students at Brown University figured out a way to teach robots to understand directions better, even at varying degrees of abstraction.
The research, led by Dilip Arumugam and Siddharth Karamcheti, addressed how to train a robot to understand nuances of natural language and then follow instructions correctly and efficiently.
“The problem is that commands can have different levels of abstraction, and that can cause a robot to plan its actions inefficiently or fail to complete the task at all,” says Arumugam in a press release.
In this project, the young researchers crowdsourced instructions for moving a virtual robot through an online domain. The space consisted of several rooms and a chair, which the robot was told to manipulate from one place to another. The volunteers gave various commands to the robot, ranging from general (“take the chair to the blue room”) to step-by-step instructions.
The researchers then used the database of spoken instructions to teach their system to understand the kinds of words used in different levels of language. The machine learned to not only follow instructions but to recognize the level of abstraction. That was key to kickstart its problem-solving abilities to tackle the job in the most appropriate way.
The research eventually moved from virtual pixels to a real place, using a Roomba-like robot that was able to respond to instructions within one second 90 percent of the time. Conversely, when unable to identify the specificity of the task, it took the robot 20 or more seconds to plan a task about 50 percent of the time.
One application of this new machine-learning technique referenced in the paper is a robot worker in a warehouse setting, but there are many fields that could benefit from a more versatile machine capable of moving seamlessly between small-scale operations and generalized tasks.
“Other areas that could possibly benefit from such a system include things from autonomous vehicles… to assistive robotics, all the way to medical robotics,” says Karamcheti, responding to a question by email from Singularity Hub.
More to Come
These achievements are yet another step toward creating robots that see, listen, and act more like humans. But don’t expect Disney to build a real-life Westworld next to Toon Town anytime soon.
“I think we’re a long way off from human-level communication,” Karamcheti says. “There are so many problems preventing our learning models from getting to that point, from seemingly simple questions like how to deal with words never seen before, to harder, more complicated questions like how to resolve the ambiguities inherent in language, including idiomatic or metaphorical speech.”
Even relatively verbose chatbots can run out of things to say, Karamcheti notes, as the conversation becomes more complex.
The same goes for human vision, according to Burchfiel.
While deep learning techniques have dramatically improved pattern matching—Google can find just about any picture of a cat—there’s more to human eyesight than, well, meets the eye.
“There are two big areas where I think perception has a long way to go: inductive bias and formal reasoning,” Burchfiel says.
The former is essentially all of the contextual knowledge people use to help them reason, he explains. Burchfiel uses the example of a puddle in the street. People are conditioned or biased to assume it’s a puddle of water rather than a patch of glass, for instance.
“This sort of bias is why we see faces in clouds; we have strong inductive bias helping us identify faces,” he says. “While it sounds simple at first, it powers much of what we do. Humans have a very intuitive understanding of what they expect to see, [and] it makes perception much easier.”
Formal reasoning is equally important. A machine can use deep learning, in Burchfiel’s example, to figure out the direction any river flows once it understands that water runs downhill. But it’s not yet capable of applying the sort of human reasoning that would allow us to transfer that knowledge to an alien setting, such as figuring out how water moves through a plumbing system on Mars.
“Much work was done in decades past on this sort of formal reasoning… but we have yet to figure out how to merge it with standard machine-learning methods to create a seamless system that is useful in the actual physical world.”
Robots still have a lot to learn about being human, which should make us feel good that we’re still by far the most complex machines on the planet.
Defying 70 years of fevered speculation, a sceptical scientist has dared to declare that the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle has been ‘solved’ – by claiming there was no mystery in the first place.
Karl Kruszelnicki has insisted the reason why so many ships and planes vanish without trace in the area between Bermuda, Florida, Puerto Rico is nothing to do with aliens or fire-crystals from the lost city of Atlantis.
Instead, the Australian scientist ‘revealed’, the high number of disappearances is explained by nothing more supernatural than plain old human error plus bad weather and the fact that lots of planes and ships enter that area of the Atlantic Ocean in the first place.
Mr Kruszelnicki told news.com.au that not only does the Bermuda Triangle - (aka ‘Hodoo Sea’, ‘Devil’s Triangle’, ‘Limbo of the Lost’ and other headline-friendly monikers) – cover a large, 700,000 square-kilometre (270,000 square-mile) swathe of ocean, it is also a particularly busy patch of sea.
“It is close to the Equator, near a wealthy part of the world – America - therefore you have a lot of traffic,” he said.
So, said Mr Kruszelnicki, when you then compare the number of disappearances to the large quantity of ships and planes passing through the Bermuda Triangle, you find there is nothing out of the ordinary about the area at all.
“According to Lloyd’s of London and the US Coastguard,” he said, “The number that go missing in the Bermuda Triangle is the same as anywhere in the world on a percentage basis.”
Sydney University for communicating science to the broader community, also said there were simple explanations for the disappearance that did the most to start the whole Bermuda Triangle speculation: the loss of “Flight 19.”
This was a flight of five US Navy TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that set off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on December 5 1945 for a routine two-hour training mission over the Atlantic.
After losing radio contact with their base, all five planes vanished. No trace of them or their 14 crew members was found.
Even more spookily, it was later claimed, a PBM-Mariner seaplane dispatched that night on a search-and-rescue mission to find Flight 19 also disappeared, along with its 13 crew.
In the absence of either knowledge or fact-checking, speculation about Flight 19 became a growth industry, especially after 1964, when the writer Vincent Gaddis advanced his theories in an article entitled The Deadly Bermuda Triangle.
“Whatever this menace that lurks within a triangle of tragedy so close to home,” he wrote, “It was responsible for the most incredible mystery in the history of aviation - the lost patrol.
“This relatively limited area is the scene of disappearances that total far beyond the laws of chance. Its history of mystery dates back to the never-explained, enigmatic light observed by Columbus when he first approached his landfall in the Bahamas.”
As well as pointing out that Lloyd’s of London would disagree with Gaddis’ statistical analysis, Mr Kruszelnicki also offered simple explanations for the loss of Flight 19.
For a start, he said, despite Gaddis suggestion the patrol vanished in ideal flight conditions, “It wasn’t fine weather, there were 15m (49ft) waves.”
Mr Kruszelnicki added that the only truly experienced pilot in the flight was its leader, Lieutenant Charles Taylor, and his human error may well have played a part in the tragedy.
“[He] arrived with a hangover, flew off without a watch, and had a history of getting lost and ditching his plane twice before,” said Mr Kruszelnicki.
Radio transcripts from before the patrol vanished, he added, made it clear that Flight 19 had become unsure of its position.
The transcripts show Lt Taylor thought his compass had malfunctioned and that he was above Florida Keys - a string of islands stretching to the southwest of the US mainland - when in fact later analysis by ground staff would show he was to the southeast, near an island in the Bahamas.
Mr Kruszelnicki said Lt Taylor overruled a junior pilot who said they should turn west, and insisted the patrol fly east, unwittingly taking them further into the Atlantic, above deep water where it might be harder to find sunken planes or bodies.
“If you read the radio transcripts,” said Mr Kruszelnicki, “Some of the junior pilots are saying, ‘Why don’t we fly to the west?’, and the pilot says, ‘Why don’t we fly to the east?’”
Even more damningly for the Bermuda Triangle ‘mystery’, said Mr Kruszelnicki, was the fate of the search-and-rescue seaplane that according to Gaddis and others also vanished.
“It didn’t vanish without a trace,” said Mr Kruszelnicki. “[It] was seen to blow up.”
There were several witnesses to the explosion; an oil slick and debris were found; and after the disaster, the US Navy grounded all other PBM-Mariner seaplanes. The aircraft had already gained the ominous nickname ‘flying gas tanks’.
It remains to be seen, however, whether Mr Kruszelnicki, a popular science pundit on Australian TV and radio, will succeed in his attempt to close down the Bermuda Triangle ‘mystery’.
Very similar efforts have been made in the past.
Lloyd’s of London has been saying that Bermuda Triangle disappearances occur at the same rate as everywhere else since at least 1975.
That, however, was a bad year for Bermuda Triangle debunking, because Charles Berlitz’s book The Bermuda Triangle, published in 1974, was on its way to selling 20 million copies in 30 languages.
Seemingly undaunted, Lloyd’s of London has regularly repeated its claims about the unremarkable nature of the Bermuda Triangle.
In 1997 a spokesman backed up the claim that “There are just as many losses as in other wide expanses of ocean”, by adding that insurance premiums for voyages through the Bermuda Triangle were no higher than for any other routine sea journey.
This, however, had little noticeable effect.
The theories have proliferated, despite the fact that Gaddis’ Deadly Bermuda Triangle article had been published in an American magazine that sometimes promoted itself as “the magazine of masterpiece fiction”.
And despite the fact that Berlitz’s bestseller linked the Mary Celeste to the Bermuda Triangle, even though the ship had been found abandoned off the Azores, on the other side of the Atlantic, and its New York-Italy route would have taken it nowhere near the triangle.
It is now possible to go online and find theories that dismiss such absurd notions as planes and ships disappearing into some sort of black hole or time warp within the Bermuda Triangle, and instead explain: “The Bermuda Triangle is situated more or less in the middle of an area of the Atlantic Ocean that once housed Atlantis.
“When Atlantis was destroyed it sank to the very bottom of the ocean. While the ruined temples now play host to multitudinous underwater creatures, the great Atlantean fire-crystals that once provided so much of the tremendous power and energy that was found in Atlantis still exist.
“And they are still emitting strong energy beams into the universe.
“From time to time, the force field emitted by these damaged Atlantean fire-crystals becomes very powerful and any plane or ship coming within the influence of this force field disintegrates and is transformed into pure energy.”
New theories are constantly being put forward, some with a kernel of scientific truth to them.
Some have attributed Bermuda Triangle disappearances to explosive releases of methane gas, trapped as methane hydrate inside an icy crystalline cage of water molecules beneath the cold seabed of the deep ocean.
Such blowouts, it has been suggested, could release a giant plume of gas that could cause the sea to bubble like it was boiling, sinking ships because the resulting foam was much less dense than the water on which vessels normally floated.
The gas could also rise into the sky, producing a mixture of 5-15 per cent methane that would explode on contact with a hot aeroplane engine exhaust.
One United States Geological Survey scientist consulted on this theory admitted a gas hydrate blowout could indeed sink ships in the manner described.
The only problem, he said, that the most recent naturally-occurring hydrate gas blowout off the south-eastern US “probably occurred at the end of the glacial episode … about 15,000 years ago or more, when the more technically advanced men's ships were probably nothing more than hollow logs.”
Area 51 may be the world’s most famous secret military base. Established on an abandoned airfield in the Nevada desert, the facility has fueled the imaginations of conspiracy theorists scanning the skies for UFOs for decades. But the truth about Area 51’s origins, while secretive, isn’t as thrilling as alien autopsies and flying saucers.
According to Business Insider, the U.S. government intended to build a base where they could test a top-secret military aircraft without drawing attention from civilians or spies. That aircraft, the U-2 plane, needed to fly higher than any other manmade object in the skies. That way it could perform recon missions over the USSR without getting shot down.
How the U-2 Aircraft Made Area 51 Synonymous With UFOs
Once our astronomers eventually determine that we aren’t alone in the universe, and we finally get to meet “real” aliens, I wonder if we’ll all sit down and have “The Great Cosmic Powwow” with them; an intergalactic meeting of the minds, of sorts.
Among other things, maybe we’ll finally address the issue of UFOs, and ask our alien neighbors whether the phenomena so many have seen over the years had been them all along.
“No,” I imagine the aliens saying. “That isn’t us, but we have those things (UFOs) too. We were hoping you guys might know what they are.”
Since the end of the Second World War, UFOs have been a cultural staple, both in America, and elsewhere around the world. Many argue that these objects—whatever they are—predate the war, and that for a variety of reasons, they became more apparent to us during the years after the conflict. Reasons for this might include the development of new technologies, such as radar, in addition to advancements in existing areas, like aviation, which could have made an existing phenomenon more apparent to us. Alternatively, it could also be the case that certain technologies harnessed by humans during the war—the atom bomb, for instance—might have garnered the attention of other forms of intelligence, resulting in an increased presence here on Earth in response to a perceived threat… if not to protect us from ourselves.
Whatever the case, humankind harnessing the power of the atom represents a fundamental turning point in the history and development of life on Earth. It’s no wonder then, that it has figured into pop culture as prominently as speculative scenarios pertaining to UFO origins. Perhaps there is no place in recent memory where this was more apparent than in David Lynch and Mark Frost’s seminal television series, Twin Peaks.
With the original 1990s Twin Peaks series, Lynch and Frost managed to work in a number of esoteric or paranormal themes. Project Blue Book, for instance, is introduced via the spiritually-developed character named Major Garland Briggs, as well as references to the SETI program. Toward the end of the original series’ first season, Major Briggs visits the show’s protagonist, Special Agent Dale Cooper, and shows him a message featuring his name, which seemingly came from otherworldly intelligences (while resembling a binary read-out featuring messages from space, it is later determined that this message actually came from a forest near Twin Peaks, in association with entrance points to a pair of otherworldly locations known as the White and Black Lodges). And of course, the symbolism relating to owls (“the owls are not what they seem”) seems ever-present throughout the original Twin Peaks series; this parallels imagery seen in books like Whitley Strieber’s Communion, and more recently author Mike Clelland’s The Messengers.
In the recent Showtime reboot Twin Peaks: The Return, we revisit several of the show’s original characters and themes, although much has changed, particularly in terms of style and atmosphere. A number of reviews have commented about how the new series is decidedly more “Lynch” than its 1990s incarnation, drawing from elements of Lynch’s other work that include Eraserhead, Mulholland Drive, and Lost Highway, to name a few.
Kyle MacLachlan portraying Agent Dale B. Cooper
Granted, being “more Lynch” has also made the new series very different from its predecessor, and thus, some have struggled to get into the world of characters like “Dougie Jones” and some of the other new additions; all the while waiting, hoping… praying that some of the old, familiar quirkiness of Special Agent Dale B. Cooper and his cohorts will soon begin to reappear.
A particularly strange addition to the new series is its eighth episode, in which the viewer is taken on a bizarre, black-and-white trip through space, time, and an explosive alternative post-war history of the United States. The origin of “Bob,” the demonic bodiless killer from the original series, is seemingly explained, in that we see his essence born out of the initial tests of a nuclear weapon at White Sands, New Mexico.
Again, the parallel seems to be one which is similar to Ufology, in that with the arrival of humanity on the nuclear playground, strange phenomena also begins to appear on Earth (whether or not such things are overtly apparent at first). In UFO literature, we first called these things flying saucers; but in the realm of Twin Peaks, we have Bob, and seemingly in response, otherworldly characters like “The Giant” and his companion, the “Glamorous Woman” who resides with him in the Black Lodge, which seem to take note of what they see happening on Earth. In response to the explosion at White Sands, this ethereal pair produce and send an orange orb toward Earth which bears the essence of Laura Palmer, the femme tragique and focal point of the Twin Peaks universe; thus Laura Palmer, whose death serves as the focus for the original show’s first season, is shown to represent a kind of balance against Bob, and more broadly, the forces of good and evil held in the balance.
Actress Sheryl Lee, who portrayed Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks.
In the final minutes of the new series’ eighth episode, we are further treated to the appearance of a bizarre “frog-fly”, a mysterious young couple… and perhaps my favorite, a demonic Lumberjack who asks his victims if they’ve “GOTTA LIGHT?” before temporarily taking over a radio station, where he grabs the microphone and lapses into a bizarre poem about water, wells, horses, and utter darkness as he murders the night shift employees by applying crushing force to their craniums.
The entire sequence described above, utterly bizarre though it is, made episode 8 one of my favorites of the new series (oh, and of course, a performance by “The Nine Inch Nails”, as they are called during their introduction. Very cool). And let’s be clear: while we can extrapolate further on the parallels between Twin Peaks, the Atomic Age, and UFOs, I’m not entirely certain that anybody really knows what the “symbolism” Lynch was going for may have been. Hell, maybe Lynch himself doesn’t quite know.
In other words, we can’t be sure that all of the visual elements he incorporated were intentionally symbolic. Sometimes, I think that it’s safe with the arts to try that old method of, “throw it against the wall, and see what sticks.“ But what often results is that people attribute their own meaning to what they see thereafter, which makes it all the more meaningful when they watch it. We assign our own symbolism to the unique palate of weirdness that Lynch and Frost provide. Assigning our own symbolism to what we see makes it deeper, and more personal, as a viewing experience.
While the new series is certainly odd, and has already become renowned (if you want to call it that) for taking its sweet time, If we know Lynch, we know that he is the master of the slow-build. So I’m certain this will all pan out as intended, and fairly soon… hopefully. We still have a lot to enjoy along the way, but in the meantime, it is good to see that the program’s use of history and pop cultural references still keep us thinking about the more subtle instances of weirdness in life.
Australian scientist and popular TV science commentator Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki had that to say about a famous disappearance in 1945 of a military aircraft over the so-called Bermuda Triangle and would probably say this or something similar about most unexplained vanishings of planes and ships in the triangular area of the Atlantic most often defined as the waters between Miami, Bermuda and San Juan, Puerto Rico. In a recent interview with news.com.au, Dr. Kruszelnicki claimed he had solved the mystery of the triangle.
“According to Lloyds of London and the US coast guard, the number of planes that go missing in the Bermuda Triangle is the same as anywhere in the world on a percentage basis.”
That’s the starting point for his argument that there’s no mystery to the Devil’s Triangle. The area is an extremely busy corridor for both ships and planes between ports in North America, Europe and the Caribbean. However, the people who have to pay when things go wrong – the insurance companies – say the statistics show that it is no more or less dangerous than any other busy transportation passageway.
Based on the numbers, Dr. Kruszelnicki says planes and boats disappear in the Bermuda Triangle area for exactly the same reason as they do everywhere else … weather and operator error. He uses the famous 1945 vanishing of Flight 19 as an example. The training flight of five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers disappeared on December 5, 1945, somewhere in the triangle area. Dr Kruszelnicki notes that radio transcripts show that the squadron most likely ran out of fuel due to the inexperience of the junior pilots and navigational and judgmental errors made by Flight 19’s leader, Lieutenant Charles Taylor.
“(Lt. Taylor) arrived with a hangover, flew off without a watch, and had a history of getting lost and ditching his plane twice before.”
The mystery deepened at the time when a PBM Mariner flying boat rescue aircraft with a 13-man crew also disappeared. Dr Kruszelnicki points out that the weather was bad, the waves were high and the Mariner was prone to vapor leaks when fully fueled, which caused the planes to explode. Guess what happened, according to a tanker in the area?
“The plane that went to rescue then went missing was seen to blow up.”
It didn’t vanish without a trace. Dr. Kruszelnicki blames many of the Bermuda Triangle theories on Charles Berlitz, author of the 1974 book The Bermuda Triangle, who said “the people and planes and ships that have reportedly disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle have been victims of some sort of electromagnetic disturbances that cause them to disintegrate and fall into the sea.”
Does the Bermuda Triangle mystery needle point to Kruszelnicki, Berlitz or somewhere in the middle? Many Triangle vanishings like Flight 19 and its rescue plane have been explained by weather or errors. But not all of them. Statistics, trend analyses and extrapolations are excellent tools and reliable enough that Lloyds of London bets vast sums of money on them. But are they foolproof?
Who would you rather have planning your next Atlantic crossing – an actuary or an actual Bermuda Triangle believer?
If you've been following social media posts from people in Cornwall over the last week, then you may think the alien invasion of Earth has begun in the English peninsula. Multiple seemingly unconnected people posted videos over Twitter and Instagram showing a strange, swarming formation hovering in the sky along with the hashtag #ufocornwall. But it wasn't aliens. It was likely the work of the Eden Project.
The Eden Project is a series of massive greenhouses in Cornwall with connected transparent domes filled with exotic plants. It's a visually stunning place and it's about to launch a new attraction called Journey Into Space, which includes an Astronaut Academy, an astronomy photography exhibit and something called "Alien Encounter."
The swarming UFO videos seem to have been orchestrated by the Eden Project as a publicity stunt tied into the alien-themed part of the experience.
The Eden Project describes the Alien Encounter as "An alien spaceship has crash-landed at Eden, and its inhabitants are stranded here. We're working on a way to communicate with these mysterious life-forms -- can you help us decode their signals and language?" It sounds a bit like the 2016 movie "Arrival."
A tweet on Monday with a short video showing the swarm-UFO beaming down to the Eden Project seems to confirm the origin of the social-media videos. The Eden Project has not yet responded to a request for comment.
As far as marketing stunts go, the UFO sightings is a decent one. The Eden Project had the good sense to create an interesting-looking alien presence that mimics natural phenomena like insect swarms or a starling murmuration. Some people will be disappointed to discover the hoax, but never fear, there will always be more UFO sightings to enjoy.
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A fleet of passenger aircraft is stabled at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport that it's impossible to buy tickets for.
They don't carry any company logos – they're plain white with a red band down the side - and anyone who boards one is sworn to secrecy about where they're going and what they do for a living.
The reason that the aircraft, mostly Boeing 737s, are so shadowy in nature, is because they serve America's most secret military base, Area 51 in Nevada, which conspiracy theorists claim houses UFO technology.
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At Las Vegas McCarran International Airport is a fleet of passenger aircraft (pictured) it's impossible to buy tickets for - because they fly to the US's secret Area 51 military base
Drone flying over Area 51 spots 'something odd'
They are run by the United States Air Force and operate from a private terminal at McCarran nicknamed Gold Coast, according to Flight Club.
The fleet does have a name of sorts – Janet Airlines, because that's the call sign the planes in it use while in civilian airspace.
From Las Vegas they fly north-west to a place that has what's widely regarded as the most restricted airspace in the world, the Area 51 base in the Nevada Test and Training Range.
In fact, Flight Club calls it 'restricted airspace inside restricted airspace'.
It claims that once the Janet aircraft approach this secretive area their call signs change from the likes of 'Janet 210' to 'bones 58'.
Once they touch down, the passengers disembark into a facility that's inspired countless books, TV shows and movies, but about which very little is known.
The Area 51-bound planes are run by the United States Air Force and operate from a private terminal at McCarran nicknamed Gold Coast (pictured)
UFO expert Nick Pope said: 'Area 51 [pictured] exists - it's part of a military testing range in Nevada - and because of the remote and sparsely-populated location, it's where various secret prototype aircraft and drones are developed and test flown'
Nick Pope, author of Encounter in Rendlesham Forest and the man who used to investigate UFOs for the British Ministry of Defence, explained to MailOnline Travel that Area 51 is the place where some of America's most hi-tech military hardware is built and tested – but he doubts any of it is extra-terrestrial in origin.
He said: 'Area 51 exists - it's part of a military testing range in Nevada - and because of the remote and sparsely-populated location, it's where various secret prototype aircraft and drones are developed and test flown.
'The UFO and conspiracy theory community think it's the place where crashed UFOs are kept and where the US military are trying to back-engineer this alien technology, and even Hillary Clinton has said that if she's elected President she'll look into the claims.
'Sadly, despite the rumours, I've seen no evidence that we've recovered any extraterrestrial technology.
'Having been namechecked in movies like Independence Day, Area 51 has become part of pop culture and the secret is out, so if there ever was alien technology at Area 51, I suspect it's been moved to a location we've never heard of.'
The origins of human beings according to ancient Sumerian texts
The origins of human beings according to ancient Sumerian texts
Sumer, or the ‘land of civilized kings’, flourished in Mesopotamia, now modern-day Iraq, around 4500 BC. Sumerians created an advanced civilization with its own system of elaborate language and writing, architecture and arts, astronomy and mathematics. Their religious system was a complex one comprised of hundreds of gods. According to the ancient texts, each Sumerian city was guarded by its own god; and while humans and gods used to live together, the humans were servants to the gods.
The Sumerian creation myth can be found on a tablet in Nippur, an ancient Mesopotamian city founded in approximately 5000 BC.
The creation of Earth (Enuma Elish) according to the Sumerian tablets begins like this:
When in the height heaven was not named, And the earth beneath did not yet bear a name, And the primeval Apsu, who begat them, And chaos, Tiamut, the mother of them both Their waters were mingled together, And no field was formed, no marsh was to be seen; When of the gods none had been called into being, And none bore a name, and no destinies were ordained; Then were created the gods in the midst of heaven, Lahmu and Lahamu were called into being…
Sumerian mythology claims that, in the beginning, human-like gods ruled over Earth. When they came to the Earth, there was much work to be done and these gods toiled the soil, digging to make it habitable and mining its minerals.
The texts mention that at some point the gods mutinied against their labour.
When the gods like men Bore the work and suffered the toll The toil of the gods was great, The work was heavy, the distress was much.
Anu, the god of gods, agreed that their labour was too great. His son Enki, or Ea, proposed to create man to bear the labour, and so, with the help of his half-sister Ninki, he did. A god was put to death, and his body and blood was mixed with clay. From that material the first human being was created, in likeness to the gods.
You have slaughtered a god together With his personality I have removed your heavy work I have imposed your toil on man. … In the clay, god and man Shall be bound, To a unity brought together; So that to the end of days The Flesh and the Soul Which in a god have ripened – That soul in a blood-kinship be bound.
This first man was created in Eden, a Sumerian word which means ‘flat terrain’. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Eden is mentioned as the garden of the gods and is located somewhere in Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
Initially human beings were unable to reproduce on their own, but were later modified with the help of Enki and Ninki. Thus, Adapa was created as a fully functional and independent human being. This ‘modification’ was done without the approval of Enki’s brother, Enlil, and a conflict between the gods began. Enlil became the adversary of man, and the Sumerian tablet mentions that men served gods and went through much hardship and suffering.
Adapa, with the help of Enki, ascended to Anu where he failed to answer a question about ‘the bread and water of life’. Opinions vary on the similarities between this creation story and the biblical story of Adam and Eve in Eden.
Featured image: Sumerian chaos monster and sun god. (Wikipedia)
Note: Ancient Sumerian translations were taken from William Bramley’s book, The Gods of Eden.
The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week
The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week
By Live Science Staff
Each week we uncover the most interesting and informative articles from around the world, here are 10 of the coolest stories in science this week.
One month from today, the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21 will make its way across the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. As the clock ticks down to the big day, the question is: Are you prepared?
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely blocks the disk of the sun. While partial solar eclipses are common, with two to five occurring around the world each year, a total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth only about once every 18 months. The last total solar eclipse touched the continental United States in 1979, and the last to cross from ocean to ocean occurred in 1918. [Read more about the necessary preparations.]
Losing a Son As the Father
The 6-year-old son of Cecil the Lion was shot and killed on July 7 just outside Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, meeting the same end his father did in 2015, according to news reports.
A private hunter in Zimbabwe reportedly led the hunt that brought down Xanda, though his clients' identities are not known, according to a statement by Lions of Hwange National Park. [Read more about the lost giant.]
A 9-year-old boy hiking in the Las Cruces desert in New Mexico recently tripped over what is now thought to be a 1.2-million-year-old Stegomastodon skull.
After realizing Jude had tripped on a fossilized tusk, the Sparks contacted Peter Houde, a biology professor at NMSU who is also the curator-in-charge at the university's The Vertebrate Museum. [Read more about the fossils.]
A newborn baby in Iowa died this week from an infection with the virus that causes cold sores, which she likely contracted from a kiss, her doctors say. But how does this happen?
In newborns, catching HSV-1 infection from a kiss is "unusual but not unheard of," said Dr. Otto Ramos, medical director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami. [Read more about the serious virus.]
Exactly 218 years ago today, on July 19, 1799, French troops in Rosetta, Egypt, uncovered a striking black stone carved with three ancient texts: two Egyptian texts and a Greek one.
The discoverer of the Rosetta Stone was a French military officer, Pierre François Xavier Bouchard, who spotted it while he and his men were demolishing a wall to extend Fort Julien in Rosetta, a port city now known as Rashid. The troops were part of Napoleon's Egyptian campaign, in which he (temporarily) conquered the country — and brought a bevy of scientists along who were eager to study what was to them unfamiliar land. [Read more about the discovery.]
In a surreal development almost worthy of one of his paintings, Salvador Dalí's grave is scheduled to be opened tomorrow (July 20) in an effort to collect DNA samples that could settle a paternity claim against the artist's estate.
A spokesperson for the Dalí estate told AFP that the exhumation was scheduled to proceed on July 20, but an appeal is being filed against the court's decision. [Read more about the family.]
The trillion-ton iceberg that broke off Antarctica last week will not go quietly into the night.
Satellite images from ESA and the European Union’s Copernicus Program show that the massive iceberg is splintering and a constellation of smaller icebergs are surrounding it. The vagaries of ocean currents and buoyancy of ice will dictate how long the pack of 'bergs travels together. It's possible the smaller chunks could be the first drift north toward warmer waters in the South Atlantic where they would meet their likely demise. [Read more about the iceberg.]
The world's first laser weapon — one that can "kill" threatening, airborne drones — is ready for action, according to news sources.
The LaWS laser beam is completely silent and invisible. It's also fast: The laser travels at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second, or about 300,000 kilometers per second), meaning it's about 50,000 times the speed of an incoming intercontinental ballistic missile, such as the one North Korea is testing, the Navy told CNN. [Read more about the laser.]
A Lost Continent
Scientists will soon venture to the world's hidden eighth continent, the sunken land of Zealandia.
Famed archaeologist Zahi Hawass and his team say they've found evidence of a tomb that could belong to King Tut's wife.
As for whose remains were buried there, Hawass said the tomb could belong to Ankhesenamun, who was the wife of Tutankhamun (reign 1336-1327 B.C.). Ankhesenamunmarried Ay after King Tut died, so it's possible that her tomb is located near Ay's, Hawass said. [Read more about the tomb.]
Two large UFOs have been seen flying over Chelmsford
Two large UFOs have been seen flying over Chelmsford
A man has described his surprise at seeing two large UFOs in the sky over Chelmsford.
The resident, who did not want to be named, saw the objects in the air over Manor Road where he lives on Monday afternoon (July 17).
The two UFOs, which were different shapes, were first spotted by a group of people in the street just outside the city centre.
The man who contacted Essex Live said he was in his garden when he saw a small group of passers-by staring up into the sky.
“I heard one of them say ‘is it a bird?’ but then the others said ‘that is no bird’,” he said.
No one who saw the objects had any idea what they were
“When I looked up I saw two large objects in the sky. They were jet black underneath. They were quite big and quite high up. They were sort of rolling over and over in the sky. At first I thought they were bits of a large balloon but they didn’t move like that.
“Then I wondered if they were bits of plastic that had got up into the sky but they were moving faster than the wind which didn’t make sense. One was almost a cylinder shape and the other was longer. It was very strange.
“There is no way they were aeroplanes. At this point I rushed indoors to get my camera and when I came back they had moved a bit further away but I managed to get a few snaps.
The objects were said to be moving ‘faster than the wind’
“I have never seen anything like it before. I have no clue what they were. They seemed to be almost linked together as they kept at roughly the same distance apart the whole time.
“I watched them move off into the distance as they headed towards the cricket ground but then I lost sight of them. I wouldn’t like to say what they were, I really have no idea.”
The man has since showed the photos to “six or seven” people and no one has been able to hazard a guess at what they might be.
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