The show opens with the Atacama Desert, about which I care nothing. I am, however, surprised to note that the show made no mention of the most famous “ancient astronaut” of the Atacama, the stillborn fetus Steven Greer has promoted as the “Atacama humanoid.” It is disappointing to see Seth Shostak of SETI appear on Ancient Aliens even after he literally testified to Congress about the damage the show did in terms of disrespecting ancient peoples. He admitted to Congress back then that he had appeared on the show several times, and here he is again! Apparently being an awful piece of anti-science propaganda isn’t enough to keep him off it. Also appearing is Michael Masters, an anthropologist at Montana Tech. It turns out that the show is hiding from us the fact that he’s a kook who thinks UFOs are time travelers from Earth’s future. The show discusses geoglyphs in the Atacama Desert, including the so-called “Atacama Giant,” and they repeat the usual spiel that geoglyphs were meant to signal space aliens. David Childress seems on the border of a manic episode as he rants that Chile is an “alien alley” directing UFO flight paths. We hear a repeat of the classic false claim from the 1960s that geoglyphs serve as an “airport,” though no one explains why flying saucers would need runways.
Nick Pope rhapsodizes weirdly about Chile’s geographic and cultural diversity, including this groaner: “There are modern, first-world cities and also indigenous people.” Then an apparent natural formation of eroded stone blocks at El Enladrillado is alleged to be an artificial UFO spaceport. The Sociedad Geológica de Chile calls it a natural formation created from volcanic activity, but ufologists refuse to believe it on the principle that the broken rocks look like large tiles.
The next segment describes the genocide of the Selk’nam people of southern Chile. Rather than respect the people who have died, the show alleges that having sky gods proves that they were visited by space aliens. Tsoukalos says rituals involving red-painted bodies and cone-shaped headgear represent “elongated skulls” on aliens. David Childress three times calls the Selk’nam and their practices “strange” in what is perhaps the clearest recent example of the show’s colonialist contempt for Native peoples and xenophobic ethnocentrism.
An old UFO report from the Sabado Gigante variety show is then used to make the case again that Chile is a UFO “flight path,” a claim that was popularized in the 2000s when UFO tourism became a lucrative trade in Chile. A large number of evidence-free UFO anecdotes follow, with claims that the aliens are mining the country for precious metals, but what is weird is that everyone pretends that it is amazing the Chilean UFO sightings occur in a roughly straight north-south line, as though the entire country of Chile wasn’t a narrow north-south band of land. Of course everything in Chile takes place on a straight line!
Ancient Aliens criticizes the American government for UFO secrecy but praises Chile for openly investigating UFOs after the fall of the Pinochet dictatorship. A catalog of Chilean government UFO research follows, amounting to some video artifacts and some anecdotes. A very long segment analyzes a 2014 UFO video released in 2017 when Chile claimed it could not identify the object. We hear that it is an advanced spacecraft from another world, though it has been explained as an airplane flying away from the camera. The show alleges that a geoglyph in the Atacama Desert exactly matches the UFO and its contrails, but they don’t even superficially look alike. To call it a stretch would be too generous.
The show ends with more blather about modern UFO sightings and claims from Chilean UFO researchers that space aliens are “waiting for our existential development” before revealing themselves. If Ancient Aliens is anything to judge by, they have a very long wait ahead of them.
Practically own South America
2/9/2020 09:29:14 am
All old-hat stuff repeated and what else can the believers do except to recycle, recycle, recycle, again, again and again.
2/9/2020 10:11:09 am
What caught me when they were reviewing the video was that they could only see it in the infrared spectrum. When they looked at it in visible light spectrum it wasn’t there. How then would the indigenous people see it to make the geoglyph? Doesn’t make sense but I guess it doesn’t have too for these ancient astronaut theorists.
time travelers from Earth’s future
2/9/2020 10:31:30 am
Oh no !! The totally rubbish stories found in The Terminator films. T-800 came back to actually kill John Connor that it was originally programmed to protect, thus killing John Connor eliminated the resistance of the future and therefore changing the future. So why didn't they kill Dani Ramos in Terminator Dark Fate for the same reason? James Cameron is turning more and more into Dan Brown.
2/9/2020 11:01:25 am
I fully agree that the cultures of the original South American peoples should be restored with their original religions and all evangelists should be thrown out (or at least cannibalised)
2/9/2020 11:40:40 am
I wonder if the geniuses who produce Ancient Aliens know or care what a monster Miguel Serrano Fernández really was?
2/9/2020 05:53:51 pm
"Serrano, writer of the occult and outre, was also very closely connected with Pinochet's Chilean secret police DINA (Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional) and linked to the persecutions, incarcerations, and massacres of the Mapuche"
2/10/2020 04:29:13 pm
It's in his Wikipedia entry.
2/10/2020 09:41:57 pm
No, it's not. What is there is:
2/9/2020 11:42:14 am
This much is obvious that whoever made the geoglyphs had the capability of flight. Meaning aliens or ancient advanced human civilization.
2/9/2020 01:04:49 pm
Not obvious at all. You might be able to make the case that they had tattooing, because all these thingamajigs are is landscape tattoos.
2/10/2020 01:14:41 am
capability of flight
2/9/2020 03:59:51 pm
Faster than the speed of light and having the capability to avoid crashing into meteorites, planets, comets, asteroids and into other space debris. And guess what, those aliens also breathe the same oxygen.
2/10/2020 05:04:03 am
By the time a ship was in danger from planets, comets and asteroids they would be inside the Solar System and already decelerating.
2/10/2020 08:31:22 am
When travelling much faster than the speed of light it would be impossible to avoid crashing into objects in the Universe. Note that in order for a spaceship to reach earth from another galaxy it would have to travel many more times than the speed of light bearing in mind the vast distances involved.
2/9/2020 06:02:45 pm
For once I find myself agreeing with Kent. There is no need to have flight to make any of the geoglyphs found around the world. It has been shown that you can duplicate them simply by carefully measuring using string and other such things. Here is one possible explanation for how they did it: https://www.machutravelperu.com/blog/how-were-the-nazca-lines-made
Did we need that
2/10/2020 01:41:00 am
Who doesn't know that?
2/10/2020 01:43:56 am
Mainstream scholars during the 1970s pondered over whether or not the ancient South Americans had invented and used Hot Air Balloons.
2/10/2020 02:01:24 am
This shit right here:
2/10/2020 02:40:23 am
_It has been shown that you can duplicate them simply by carefully measuring using string and other such things._
2/10/2020 04:21:17 am
You know where you can shove your ley line sewage
scientists have created
2/10/2020 04:23:55 am
It's all about explaining how it was done
2/10/2020 07:15:47 am
"What is the largest geoglyph modern scientists have created using strings and such?"
2/10/2020 07:45:05 am
I saw a TV show on the Nazca lines last summer and they demonstrated a 100 ft glyph using a scaling technique.
2/10/2020 07:52:47 am
_The Proof of Concept is every single crop circle ever._
Crop Circles sewage
2/10/2020 08:27:47 am
Hey, Crop Circles now
Flightpaths to the Gods The Nazca Lines
2/10/2020 08:35:17 am
Dave Chorley and Doug Bower
2/10/2020 09:13:57 am
Dave Chorley and Doug Bower confessed to having the crop circle hoax during the 1990s on a BBC magazine programme about farming. I remember watching the actual piece that featured them on the programme. This happened before the cottage industry of books about the subject matter took off.
2/10/2020 09:17:25 am
2/10/2020 09:38:52 am
Rope and a board remain the tools of the crop circle trade.
2/10/2020 03:35:49 pm
I think you meant that rope and a board remain the tools of the local dominatrix whom you patronize! Ha ha ha!
Joe Kent scales
2/10/2020 04:33:03 pm
Sick burn bro — and that’s a common everyday phrase regularly used by 75 year old nursing home residents. It’s almost cliché at this point. Google it and you’ll see.
2/10/2020 12:56:32 pm
I feel fat. Maybe if I grew a beard it would hide the fact that I don't have a chin. What do you think, Georgie?
2/10/2020 01:07:16 pm
I think that you need more of a brain than a beard
2/10/2020 01:55:47 pm
Replying to FACT:
2/10/2020 02:06:43 pm
Can you back that statement up with facts
2/10/2020 02:37:30 pm
I have some relevant facts. We don't have direct samples of asteroids yet - that's a work in progress. But meteorites are probably derived from asteroids or comets, and we know meteorites can contain useful amounts of iron, nickel, aluminum, silicon (for structures and electronics) and oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen (for biology).
2/11/2020 01:16:26 am
2/11/2020 02:40:04 am
“The AP Stylebook and The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage suggest beginning every paragraph of a multi-paragraph quote with quotation marks, but saving the concluding quotation marks for the end of the quotation.”
2/11/2020 06:28:00 am
What do they say to do if I don't give a fuck what http://jesse.istheguy.com on the internet says?
2/10/2020 06:07:34 pm
Replying to PLEIADEAN:
2/10/2020 10:18:52 pm
Met Shostack at two comic book conventions in the past decade. I wouldn't put it past him to appear on Ancient Aliens. His ideas were not as fringe as theirs, but he was kind of an aging hippie but clean shaven with short hair. He was known to speculate in lectures about aliens, but usually he bent it more scientifically, and he wouldn't have claimed that aliens built Chilean monuments.
2/10/2020 10:25:20 pm
They are not comic books, they’re “graphic novels.”
2/11/2020 11:46:56 am
Replying to FACT: I had forgotten about the Hayabusa mission. It was only a partial success, returning about 1500 dust particles and therefore not telling us much about the bulk composition of the asteroid. Samples of comets, the solar wind and lunar and Martian meteorites are irrelevant to my statement which was purely about asteroids.
2/12/2020 09:15:17 am
he Ufo the show in this episode looks like what I filmed here in Fresno ca The chem trail planes, there are a few different ones. During the day they fly high and would fly with like a skip to the left and right. At night they looked like satellites, no strobing lights, solid, and I did catch one of them flash one time as it traveled. I was able to stop it from moving and it hovered above me high in sky. I did something to get its attention. During the night they fly around imitating airplanes, the lights, but they strobe faster. But they seem to try to correct that problem but still something funny with the why they strobe. These crafts are disks that have arm that fold out to look like wings. When high in sky they fly sideways and to us they look like plans. https://youtu.be/L5NHHys8Bgk
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