It’s been a busy couple of weeks for weird extraterrestrial news.
Former NASA scientist Richard Hoover has been on a media tour claiming that NASA is engaged in a conspiracy to suppress the truth about extraterrestrial life. Hoover claims to have found microfossils of bacteria-like creatures in several meteorites that landed here on earth. Hoover’s claims came in conjunction with the Open Minds 2014 UFO Congress from a couple of weeks ago. At the conference and in an interview afterward Hoover claimed that NASA used the Mars Opportunity Rover to destroy a fossil that resembled a crinoid, though as I understand it the claim that the rock was a fossil was actually made first by Richard Hoagland back in 2004, based on a bit of rock that Hoagland and Hoover seem to think resembles a living organism. All I see is a rock.
Hoover is outraged that NASA refuses to acknowledge his “discoveries” and he believes that the space agency is involved in a cover up of alien life.
I don’t really understand the cover up claims. Supposedly, according to ufologists, the U.S. government is terrified of public panic over cultural and religious verities should aliens be confirmed to exist. The NSA’s 1968 report on surviving encounters with UFOs doesn’t even mention cultural collapse and the end of religion as a possibility of alien contact, so it isn’t at all clear that this was ever a serious concern. It is also belied by history. Twice before, in 1835 and in the 1890s, large numbers of people around the world thought alien life had been confirmed to exist, first in the great Moon Hoax and then with astronomer Percival Lowell’s claim to have discovered an agricultural civilization on Mars. In neither situation did civilization collapse or Christians return to heathenism for fear that earth was no longer God’s only creation. Even today, somewhere in the range of a quarter or more of Americans already believe aliens are operating on the earth and yet somehow the country survives.
Novelist and ufologist Scott Waring of UFO Sightings Daily claims that ancient aliens have built structures on Mercury based on his utterly convincing methodology of blowing up infrared NASA photographs to twice their original resolution and then declaring the resulting computer-generated geometric artifacts of the enlargement as structures. Waring also accused skeptics and detractors of being paid operatives of the NSA, whom he views as being in a conspiracy to suppress the truth about ancient astronauts. Nevertheless, he offered these words about the Mercurial ancient aliens:
Time is of little importance to ancient aliens because they do not age like we do. Their anatomy is totally under their control allowing them to decide what age to be, alter their appearance and more. So building a structure so massive...although it may take a hundreds of years...its of little consequence too them.
In repackaging this for the Canadian National Newspaper (for which, disclosure, I wrote an article one time before severing ties after they got upset that asking a known skeptic to write for them meant I’d write skeptical articles), the publication tied this to the work of “metahistorian” John Lash, who has adopted, apparently wholesale, the Theosophical claim that all of the solar system’s planets are inhabited by what he calls “lower dimensional regressive aliens” answering to the Lords of Flame, Ascended Masters, and other assorted extraterrestrial spirit beings.
Here on earth, an apparently longstanding “mystery” about sand spirals in the Sahara Desert near the Red Sea is not, in fact, a series of portals to another dimension or landing sites for flying saucers. Despite the widespread popularity of these theories in the ancient astronaut and ufological web community since 1997, the spirals were revealed to be the work of “Desert Breath,” an art project created by the D.A.S.T. Art Team, a group of three artists who began the project in 1995 to explore how “one experiences infinity” through natural forms.
And don’t even try to read this piece by Gabriela Motroc which falsely claims that the Search for Extraterrestrial Life (SETI) has found extraterrestrial life. Motroc’s poor English created a false claim out of rehashed old material. Although the subject of the piece was supposed to be claims by SETI scientists that intelligent alien life might be vastly different than human beings, Motroc conflates this with the decades-old claim that microfossils were found in a Martian meteorite, which many scientists other than Richard Hoover have rejected for a number of reasons. At any rate, bacteria aren’t the same as intelligent life as we understand the term.
3/6/2014 05:37:07 am
Why on earth would any intellegent being build anything on the surface of Mercury? The sun would wash away anything that was built pretty quickly. Then again, maybe the aliens aren't too smart since the best thing they could teach us was how to pile up rocks and scratch lines in the dirt.
3/6/2014 06:18:39 am
This blog is starting to make more sense now. So just how much is the NSA paying you to hide/dispute all of the alien information? No wonder our government is so far in debt - it must take a lot of money to counter all the squealers that keep leaking top secret alien stuff to the public. BTW, the government is doing a crackup job. You can barely find anyone willing to share any info - other than the thousands of web sites/blogs/TV shows.
3/6/2014 06:31:49 am
Yes, and see what happens to THEM. Coppens is said to have died of "cancer" but we know better. He was offed by NASA or the NSA or something. There's also another AA talking head who died, but I can't remember his name. Obviously NASA is sending rays to my head to prevent my memory of that truth-teller. Oh yeah, and ALIENS!
3/6/2014 08:12:56 am
Mr. Star Child skull con man Lloyd Pye..I'm sure he's the one you mean?
3/6/2014 08:22:27 am
Sitchin follower Erik Poltorak also died after filming an interview for the show. He was murdered in November, but they used his footage anyway.
3/6/2014 07:01:01 am
My favorite Waring photo is the squirrel found on Mars. I sure hope he packed some acorns.
3/6/2014 07:28:16 am
I absolutely love how ancient alien mouthpieces, like Waring, can speak with utter certainty about extraterrestrial physiology. Neither he, nor any of the others, have ever met, interacted with or been able to provide evidence of these beings...but they "know" so much about their biology, motivations, etc.
3/6/2014 11:44:12 am
That's because the aliens left their whole freakin' life story in the form of the Dropa stones and Cuneiform tablets which, miraculously, only a handful of individuals can accurately translate. Thank goodness for the likes of Tsum Um Nui, Zecharia Sitchin, and James Spader, without whom we would know nothing about our extraterrestrial Godkings.
3/6/2014 10:13:37 am
Most countries in the world avoid society-shaking information about alien life on Mars by the simple expedient of not publicly launching multi-billion dollar space probes with cameras and other investigatory devices attached to them. You'd think cash-strapped Nasa would think of that option, which is cheaper and less politically charged than going through the many long years of development, launch, flight, landing, probing and analysis and THEN having to suppress the results.
3/6/2014 10:42:07 pm
What makes the believers in extraterrestrial life think that aliens are so clever building structures around the universe? If they were so clever why could they not get the relatively simple design of a pyramid correct first time? If the Giza pyramids were, according to the alien believers, built by or for aliens, then why did it take a hundred years of trial and error, and many failures, for the aliens to finally get the design correct for the great pyramids?
3/7/2014 02:06:39 am
The pyramids were nothing more than practice for the alien's single greatest achievement... Giorgio Tsoukalos' hair.
Snarky Von Snarkheimer
3/7/2014 08:38:05 am
3/7/2014 04:54:32 am
I stupidly got into a little tiff with a 9/11 truther yesterday and I realized how much that whole looney bin is cut from the same cloth as the alien conspiracy guys. Its basically the same model to create a cottage industry that preys on people with mental illness and a credit card.
3/7/2014 06:06:16 am
Where do I sign up to go around and call these guys frauds? I would make a good paid operative. I bet it comes with a gov pension too!
3/7/2014 08:42:47 am
I'm sure that Jason C can hook you up as he is the section chief of the anti-UFO branch of Homeland Security.
3/7/2014 08:45:43 am
Jason said, "At any rate, bacteria aren’t the same as intelligent life as we understand the term."
3/8/2014 08:11:52 pm
It always kills me when people swear that something--usually alien contact--will crush all societies across the entire planet at once, returning all of mankind to gibbering panic in caves somewhere. These are people who don't actually understand other people.
3/9/2014 01:18:56 pm
I honestly believe that if and when we have first contact with a Alien species it will be that we simply receive some sort of radio signal that took hundreds if not thousands or perhaps hundreds of thousands of light years to get here. All we will be able to do is say we received something. If it is like our own radio signals and how we have sent them out into space, perhaps over time we will receive more and more and slow be able to decipher them and understand them. I don't see the reception of these radio signals having a huge cultural impact beyond simply confirming what we already know, that somewhere out in the vastness of the Universe there is intelligent life.
3/11/2014 09:53:35 am
A new bill would be introduce in congress defining marriage as one Earthling to another Earthling
3/9/2014 02:38:03 pm
The ancient aliens are here; they never left. According to another reputable H2 show, Hanger 1, the aliens live in underground bases around the world. The UFOs pop up, do their thing, then drop back into their burrows. I used to watch these H2 shows for entertainment value, but they've become too absurd and ridiculous to watch sober. Since I continue to watch, I hope the producers will pay for my rehab.
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