Sunday, February 7, 2016

Nick Popes Looks At the Parallels in His MoD Job and The X-Files

Former MoD UFO & alien investigator Nick Pope
In the runup to the X-Files reboot, the CIA has posted various UFO files online. “Top 5 CIA Documents Mulder Would Love To Get His Hands On,” they teased. One contains the bombshell admission that “interplanetary aspects and alien origin are not being thoroughly excluded from consideration”.
Well, for 21 years I worked for the Ministry of Defence – and for much of the 1990s I ran their UFO project. My job was to investigate sightings and assess whether any were of “defence significance” – a phrase that was never defined, and thus meant whatever we wanted it to mean.
The X-Files began while I was doing this job, and the parallels weren’t lost on my colleagues. People would whistle the theme tune as I walked past, and I even acquired the same nickname as Fox Mulder – “Spooky”. Occasionally it seemed that life was imitating art: I did begin to think that weather balloons and aircraft lights might not explain everything that crossed my desk, especially where UFOs were tracked on military radar. But my bosses disagreed, which only highlighted the perception that I was some maverick given a weird job no one else wanted. I did have clerical support, though they never paired me with a sceptical Scully.
Despite what some people believe, we don’t have an alien spaceship squirrelled away in some remote RAF hangar. But we did downplay the department, telling parliament, the media and the public that UFOs were of very limited interest to us. When – in response to a vast number of Freedom of Information requests – the MoD decided to release its entire archive of UFO files, a rather different picture emerged.
To date, some 60,000 documents have been made public, including many classified “Secret UK Eyes Only”. One of the most intriguing was codenamed Project Condign, which explored the flight safety implications of UFO, or Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon as we called them: “No attempt should be made to out-manoeuvre a UAP during interception.” It went on to speculate that some UFO sightings might be explained as exotic high-atmospheric plasmas.


Duchovny and Anderson in the first series, 1995.
Duchovny and Anderson in the first series in1995. 

Another strange paper outlined the top explanations for extraterrestrial visitation when there was no evidence of hostile intent: a) military reconnaissance b) scientific study and c) tourism.
While investigating new sightings was the bread and butter of the job, every day was unpredictable. One moment I could be preparing “lines to take” for the press office to use with journalists (aimed at faintly mocking the subject by throwing in terms such as “flying saucer” and “little green men”), or helping a child with a school project on UFOs, while the next I could be researching geographical distribution of sightings, or drafting material for defence ministers to use in parliament, where the subject was – and still is – raised from time to time.
Naturally, I was fond of the show. I liked the monsters and human mutants, but I particularly enjoyed the central story about an extraterrestrial reality being kept not just from the public but from insiders such as Mulder and Scully. The gatekeepers of this coverup were a shadowy group known as the Syndicate, and the Smoking Man their best-known member.
That central idea of a conspiracy goes to the heart of the X-Files’ popularity. Conspiracy theories are fascinating and whatever the truth about Roswell, the moon landings or the deaths of 20th-century icons such as JFK and Princess Diana, everyone has a view.
It’s easy to forget that the X-Files was conceived before an event that has become the rallying cry for the conspiracy community – namely 9/11. When it was first broadcast in 1993, the Patriot Act, the war on terror, “surveillance society” and drone technology were all far off, as was the Occupy movement and the whistleblowing of Edward SnowdenJulian Assange and Chelsea Manning. All these events could be ripped straight from an X-Files storyline. Now, the show returns in a bumper year for conspiracies. The Oliver Stone movie Snowden is out in May, and this summer will see the publication of the Iraq Inquiry’s final report. 2016 also sees the completion of the project to release the MoD’s UFO files (and when no proof of aliens emerges, conspiracy theorists will no doubt claim that all the good stuff was withheld).
X-Files creator Chris Carter revealed recently that the FBI cast a close and critical eye over the series when he approached them for help with research in the 90s. He was worried it would be shut down, and even declared that during the initial run a mysterious government insider hinted he was edging too close to the truth.
As the US presidential election campaign hots up, UFOs may be a surprise issue too. Hillary Clinton has promised to uncover the truth about Area 51 – a top secret military base where UFO enthusiasts believe the US government stores crashed alien spacecraft. President Obama and former president Bill Clinton have previously joked about the same issue on US chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The CIA’s bombshell report about “aliens ... not being thoroughly excluded from consideration” was sent to the weapons and equipment division – proof, perhaps, of their obsession with the potential psychological warfare implications of UFOs. The theory went that the Soviets might exploit belief in UFOs to spread panic – an idea that morphed into the modern conspiracy theory of a “false flag alien invasion”, where the New World Order uses Hollywood SFX to fake an invasion and declare martial law – and yes, a lot of people really do believe this sort of thing!
Meanwhile, another of the CIA’s “top 5 Mulder files” details a 1952 sighting over uranium mines in Belgian Congo, marking one of the earliest references to a UFO/nuclear connection that is another favourite in the UFO community and one, they believe, that may explain much government secrecy on the issue.
The agency’s blurring of fact and fiction shows the cultural impact of the X-Files and will doubtless start a few new conspiracy theories. Because while the show can be seen as dystopian fiction, some people seem to think it’s a documentary.

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Here's Your Chance To Send A Message To Intelligent Alien Life In The Universe

You can now send a 'message in a bottle' that'll reach the North Star in 434 years

If you've ever wanted to reach out to potential life outside of our Solar System, this is your chance. A new project will beam people's text-based messages into space at light speed later this year, with the communications predicted to reachPolaris - or the North Star - in 434 years.

The messages will be transmitted as radio signals, and the researchers hope they'll form something of a 'time capsule' that will reveal insights into how we feel about the environment at this crucial point in our history. "This project will create a culturally inspired message in a bottle capturing global perspectives that will travel into space for aeons," explains one of the project coordinators, Paul Quast, from the University of Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.


This isn't the first time researchers have sent messages into space - back in 1974, something called the 'Arecibo message' was broadcast as a bunch of 1s and 0s towards the Messier 13 star claster.

The 3-minute binary transmission was put together by Frank Drake, creator of the famous Drake equation, and astronomer Carl Sagan, and contained a whole lot of encoded information about our DNA, a graphic image of a human, a map of the Solar System, and other information that aliens might find handy if they wanted to know more about us.

Since then, a range of other projects have beamed radio-wave transmissions towards distant planets and stars, mostly with the aim of providing any intercepting extraterrestrial intelligence with crucial insights into humanity. Or, if nothing else, asking them to hit us back with a message of their own.

This new project, titled A Simple Response, is a little different, because its aim isn't to speak to life outside our planet (although there's always the possibility of the transmission being intercepted). Instead, the researchers involved hope the messages will help them understand more about how people around the world think about climate change, regardless of geography or background.

To that end, the project is asking people to answer a simple question: "How will our present environmental interactions shape the future?" The results will be compiled and beamed into interstellar space as radio waves in August this year. That next step is something they're now working on with physicists and astronomers at the University of Edinburgh.

Thanks to the fact that radio waves travel at the speed of light, within 21 hours of transmission, the signal will have travelled deeper into space than one of our most famous message-carriers - Voyager 1, which was launched in 1977 and is now venturing through interstellar space.

Polaris was chosen as the target for the new message because of its significance as a reference point for navigators and stargazers throughout the ages, the project website explains.

It also allows us the emotional benefits of being able to track our tiny human time capsule as it makes it way out into the depths of space. And if that doesn't help to remind people that we're all just one species, living on lonely rock with the common goal of survival, I don't know what will.

You can leave your interstellar message at the A Simple Response website now.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Edgar Mitchell, Sixth Man on the Moon and Alien Disclosure Advocate Dies at 85

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Astronaut Edgar Mitchell died on Thursday night. 
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell died at the age of 85. He was the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14 and the sixth person to walk on the moon. Mitchell was a fascinating person who stayed right in the public eye long after his flight to the moon. He often discussed his theories about aliens, consciousness, and the paranormal with the media and the public at large.
Here’s what you need to know.

1. He Died Thursday Night at a Local Hospice

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 16: Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut, Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7, Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14, Al Worden, Apollo 15, Charlie Duke, Apollo 16, Jerry Carr, Apollo 8 & 12, Vance Brand, Apollo and Shuttle, Bruce McCandless, Apollo and Shuttle, (L-R) address the media in front of the Apollo 14 capsule during a pre-opening press conference of the Apollo Treasures Gallery at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 16, 2009. The gallery opening celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)
Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut, Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7, Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14, Al Worden, Apollo 15, Charlie Duke, Apollo 16, Jerry Carr, Apollo 8 & 12, Vance Brand, Apollo and Shuttle, Bruce McCandless, Apollo and Shuttle, (L-R) address the media in front of the Apollo 14 capsule in 2009. 
Mitchell died late Thursday night in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Post reported. He was 85 years old and passed away at a local hospice. Mitchell was born in Hereford, Texas, on Sept. 17, 1930. But he always considered his hometown to be in Artesia, New Mexico — ironically, near Roswell.

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2. Edgar Mitchell Was the Sixth Man to Walk on the Moon

A picture taken on February 6, 1971 shows Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 14 lunar module pilot, moving across the lunar surface while looking over a traverse map during extravehicular activity (EVA). AFP PHOTO NASA (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on February 6, 1971 shows Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 14 lunar module pilot, moving across the lunar surface while looking over a traverse map during extravehicular activity. (Getty)
Mitchell was well-known for being the sixth man to walk on the moon. He was part of a three-man crew on the Apollo 14 space mission, the eighth manned mission in the Apollo program. He was the lunar module pilot. Mitchell’s death occurred just about a week after the 45-year anniversary of the Apollo 14 launch on January 31, 1971. The mission lasted for nine days and ended on February 9.

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3. He Was Sued by the U.S. Government in 2011

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 16: (L-R) Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut, Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7, Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14, Al Worden, Apollo 15, Charlie Duke, Apollo 16, Jerry Carr, Apollo 8 & 12, Vance Brand, Apollo and Shuttle, Bruce McCandless, Apollo and Shuttle, address the crowd gathered underneath a Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex July 16, 2009 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The gallery opening celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – JULY 16: (L-R) Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut, Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7, Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14, Al Worden, Apollo 15, Charlie Duke, Apollo 16, Jerry Carr, Apollo 8 & 12, Vance Brand, Apollo and Shuttle, Bruce McCandless, Apollo and Shuttle, address the crowd gathered underneath a Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex July 16, 2009 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. 
Just last year, Mitchell was sued by the U.S. government, saying that he stole the camera that he took to the moon. Mitchell denied those charges and said the camera wouldn’t even be back on Earth if it weren’t for him. However, he went ahead and turned the camera over to the Smithsonian and ended the lawsuit, according to the Palm Beach Post.

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4. His Ex-Wife Is Jeb Bush’s Campaign Chairman

Picture taken during the Apollo 14 mission in February 1971 of US astronauts Alan Shepard (L, first row) and Edgar Mitchell (R). The Apollo XIV mission, the third mission to land on the moon, was launched on January 31, 1971 and landed on the moon on February 5, 1971. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken during the Apollo 14 mission in February 1971 of US astronauts Alan Shepard (L, first row) and Edgar Mitchell (R). 
Mitchell’s ex-wife, Anita Mitchell, is currently the campaign chairman for Jeb Bush. She was formerly the Republican Party chairman for Palm Beach County.

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5. He Was Known for Talking About Alien Theories

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 16: The capsule that safely delivered Apollo 14 astronauts Edgar Mitchell, Alan Shepard and Stuart Roosa back to earth is on display in the Apollo Treasures Gallery at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Saturn V Center July 16, 2009 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The opening of the gallery commemorated the 40th anniversary of the the launchy of Apollo 11, the first manned space mission to the moon. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The capsule that safely delivered Apollo 14 astronauts Edgar Mitchell, Alan Shepard and Stuart Roosa back to earth. (Getty)
Mitchell wasn’t shy about sharing out-of-this-world theories. He founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which studies the unexplained and the nature of consciousness. He said his experience in space was life-changing and he felt a sense of universal connectedness. He also talked freely about his theories about aliens. He has said publicly that he is 90 percent sure that UFOs belong to other planets. He also told Dateline NBC in 1996 that he met with officials from three countries who said they had personal encounters with extraterrestrials. He did an interview for the documentary “The Phoenix Lights, We Are Not Alone.” Here’s a clip:



Mitchell himself never claimed to have seen an alien personally.
Not every story told about him was true, however. In August, some media posted a story about Mitchell saying that UFOs came in peace to save America from nuclear war. Mitchell told The Huffington Post that he never said that and the publications had fabricated his quotes.

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NASA Prepares For Closest Ever Asteroid Approach To Earth

Close call? Asteroid could pass Earth by 11k miles, 95% closer than the moon

A recently discovered asteroid is scheduled to fly by Earth in March, but NASA can’t quite tell how far away it will be when that happens. One estimate is as close as 11,000 miles, about 95 percent closer than the moon.

The asteroid known as 2013 TX68, was first discovered three years ago, as its name implies, but the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey was only able to track its path for three days before it entered daytime skies, where monitoring is not possible. That short amount of time precluded scientists from getting a better understanding of what the asteroid’s orbit around the sun looks like.




What is known is that the asteroid is 100 feet (30 meters) in diameter and will be in Earth’s neighborhood for quite some time, but what is not known is whether that means 11,000 or 9 million miles away from our planet by next month. For comparison, the moon is 238,000 miles away.

"This asteroid's orbit is quite uncertain, and it will be hard to predict where to look for it," Paul Chodas of NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies said in a statement.

"There is a chance that the asteroid will be picked up by our asteroid search telescopes when it safely flies past us next month, providing us with data to more precisely define its orbit around the sun," 



The next flyby for 2013 TX68 will be in September of 2017, when it will have a one in 250,000,000 chance of Earthly impact. By comparison, the odds of winning the $1 billion Powerball jackpot last month were one in 292,000,000. NASA predicts the following flybys in 2046 and 2097 will be even less likely to end in collision.

"The possibilities of collision on any of the three future flyby dates are far too small to be of any real concern," Chodas said. "I fully expect any future observations to reduce the probability even more."

Friday, February 5, 2016

Tom Delonge Launches 'Sekret Machines' Bases On Source In Intel Community

Tom DeLonge Unveils ‘Transmedia’ SEKRET MACHINES Series

Tom DeLonge of Angels and Airwaves, posed for photos in the band's Carlsabd headquarters
On Thursday, the guitar-playing singer and songwriter announced the April 5 launch of “SEKRET MACHINES,” which he bills as a “new transmedia series.” The ambitious project will kick off with the publication of a 704-page hardcover novel, “Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows,” which will be published by To The Stars/Simon & Schuster).

It will be the first in a three-part series of fiction novels that DeLonge is co-writing with New York Times’ best-selling author A.J. Hartley, who is best known for his “The Darwen Arkwright” series. “Chasing Shadows” follows “Poet Anderson...Of Nightmares,” the 2015 Young Adult novel Delonge co-wrote with Suzanne Young.

“SEKRET MACHINES” will also include “an eye-opening documentary film” and new music from Angels & Airwaves, the San Diego band DeLonge co-leads with Ilan Rubin.

“Chasing Shadows” is described as “a complex and thrilling” book. It is based on “facts and actual events gleaned from” DeLonge’s sources within the military and intelligence community,” whom he identies as “8 elite advisores, each of whome has held the highest positions within the military, scientific and executive branch offices.” The focus is on UFOs and, by extension, life-forms from other planets and dimensions, with a government cover-up sub-theme added for good measure.

“I wanted to tackle the subject of Unidentifed Aerial Phenomena because it seems so unbelievable,” DeLonge said, in a statement released Thursday. “I knew the story was fantastic regardless if you believed it or not. This was one topic that could tackle religion, cosmology, science, history, politics, secrecy and more.

Added Hartley: “What makes this book unique, I think, is that it takes a skeptically researched, investigative and realistic approach to history and eye-witness testimony to open up a sensational story about the secret world of military intelligence and extraordinarily advanced technology.”
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