I’m holding off on any major writing today until I review America Unearthed this evening. I just closed on a new house, and as you might imagine, there is a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it. As a result, I will be blogging intermittently for the next few weeks. I intend to continue reviewing America Unearthed and Ancient Aliens, but the days in between may be a bit spotty until I am set up in the new house. In the meantime, I thought that this week’s cover of The Week magazine was worth sharing. It points to the Navy’s recent revision of reporting guidelines for pilots who see unidentified objects in the sky, and it inflates that to the more grandiose idea of “Taking UFOs Seriously,” in keeping with the spin put on the story by the team at To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science in conjunction with their History Channel series Unidentified.
Perhaps the strangest part of the entire To the Stars story is that it its team of former mid-level government officials, former government contractors, and psychical researchers spent decades waiting for government UFO disclosure that never came, so, they got jobs in government or related industries, pursued UFO research, often at their own initiative, and are now telling us about it and claiming that doing so is “disclosure”—of their own activities!
But it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for the UFO crowd this past week. Against stiff competition from the NBA playoffs, My Lottery Dream Home on HGTV, and A&E’s Live PD, the one-two bitch-slap of Ancient Aliens and Unidentified trended down from last week, falling to 1.135 million live plus same day viewers for Ancient Aliens and 1.104 for Unidentified. The two shows respectively had 0.21 and 0.18 ratings among the advertiser-preferred demographic of adults 18-49.
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