Greetings, fellow Coppertops! Our exploration across the Matrix of Mystery will be a journey through Space and Time, from the deepest domains of the Solar System to the age of the mighty dinosaurs. We’ll find ancient sites being desecrated in any number of ways, along with strange secrets from past wars. And as we join hands in order to reach out to a celebrity from across the veil of death, we’ll stumble on a classic UFO case that refuses to go quietly into the night. Welcome to the Desert of the Real –you Aussies must feel right at home, ey?
(10) Our first stop takes us to Pluto, everyone’s favorite non-planet, who seems to have taken great pains to remain in the radar-screen of Astronomy, by way of obtaining a new moon –suck it Neil deGrasse Tyson! This is Revenge of the Nerds planetary edition *cue We Are the Champions song*
(9) But our geeky love for planetoid underdogs pales in comparison for our love with giant reptiles with teeth the size of bananas, and –now we’re told– dino-dongs that were 12 feet long! Now you know why Science is all about the hard facts.
BTW I just love it when news sites forewarn their readers that images of dinosaurs doing their thang might be NSFW —Wha?! do they think some visitors to their page are still living in Pangaea?
(8) Those mighty peenorexes sure would have needed a lot of blood to keep them um, tumescent. But blood obviously has other more important –though less fun– uses in the body, and now a group of researchers in Pennsylvania have managed to create a network of blood vessels using a 3D printer and sugar. Sweet!
The arrival of 3D printing technology promises a new revolution akin to the introduction of the personal computer in the home environment a generation ago. Combined with faster networks and virtual reality visualization, the sky is the limit.
(7) A future pupil of Dr. Frankenstein might be able to ‘print’ whole organs and then Tweet “ZOMG! It’s Aliiiive!” after the completion of his questionable project. But Lego-ing with human body parts seems to be a much older pastime than we realized. These Franken-mummies were discovered in Scotland back in 2001, and recent analysis has revealed the remarkable fact that the bones came from different humans. This necro mix-and-mash was apparently inspired by land rights, since back in those days (around 1,500 B.C.) communal ownership depended on ancestral claims; so having your ancestors “in the flesh” would replace the need to have a legal document –further proof that some people would just do about anything to avoid the hassle of reading.
“Merging different body parts of ancestors into a single person could represent the merging of different families and their lines of descent,” Parker-Pearson said. “Perhaps this was a prelude to building the row of houses in which numerous different families are likely to have lived.”
It’s a neat (and creepy) idea, but what if these assembled mummies represent some ancient religious belief instead, that all the member of a family lineage will join together in the afterlife and become one out of many? Viewed that way, the mummies turn into a poetic testament of fraternal love.
(6) Alas, most massive graves are not the result of fraternal love but hate and war. Which brings us back to a story we’ve mentioned a couple of times in our Weekly Pills: the Baltic Sea Anomaly –let the mainstream media keep referring to it as a UFO, we know better– that began its path to notoriety as an odd sonar scan vaguely resembling the Millennium Falcon; yet now some people speculate it might be the product of a war with a different evil empire. former Swedish naval officer and WWII expert Anders Autellus has proposed the theory that the underwater structure could be the base of a device designed to block British and Russian submarine movements in the area –which could also explain the strange electronic interferences the Ocean X team have previously reported.
‘The area was vital to the German war machine because most of the ball bearings for its tanks and trucks came from here. Without them the German army would have ground to a halt,’ explained one expert.
So it looks like we went from Star Wars to Space Balls in one swing of the Schwartz. Still, if this theory is confirmed, then we’ll have to recognize the huge achievement performed by the Swedish treasure hunters –despite the odious marketing methods they used to attract investors.
(5) The Nazis were fond of plundering the countries they invaded in search of valuable artifacts, but at least they preserved what they stole. Sadly, in our modern age vandals of antiquities seek only to destroy the past that doesn’t agree with their religious sensibilities. Like the group of terrorists linked to Al-Qadea who attacked an ancient mosque in Timbuktu, destroying a door that was supposed to remain shut until the end of the world —Knock knock knocking on Armageddon’s dooor! ♫
Some voices of concern have been raised to warn that the pyramids might be the next victims of religious vandalism, yet I want to think that even the Egyptian islamists are not THAT stupid. We’re talking about the nation’s main source of income here, after all.
(4) But, as we said at the beginning of our trip, there are many ways to desecrate history. Take Britain’s new plan for a “£27m facelift” on the area surrounding Stonehenge, arguably one of the most popular landmark’s in England, and its most famous prehistoric monument. With that pedigree, you’d think the Brits would make sure the plans for the new visitor center would manage to tie in with both the landscape and the historic site; yet as can be plainly seen by the computer renderings released by Denton Corker Marshall –the firm in charge of the project– it clearly doesn’t.
In this design webpage you can read all the critics against this new proposal. Will we also witness protests of raging neo-Druids defending a site their regard as sacred ground? Maybe I’m overreacting, but I only know that if I were a partner of Denton Corker Marshall, I’d not make my presence at Stonehenge be known –lest the tourists might get the chance to witness a rare Druidic ritual during the visit to the ancient henge.
(3) Stonehenge might have served many purposes: as a calendar, hallowed ground, and maybe a place to commune with the spirits of the dead. But nowadays if you want to contact your beloved departed, you need only to or go to a Spiritualist church if you reside in England, or seek the services of a ‘professional medium’. Which is exactly what the father of the late Amy Winehouse did to seek messages from his daughter, one year after her death:
“Some of the messages we’ve been given have been incredible – only things I would know, nothing they could have got from the internet,” he said. “I sat with a top psychic in America – I can’t remember his name. The FBI uses him on cold cases to help find missing bodies. The first thing he said to me was, ‘This is Amy: “Dad, there is a life after death’.” However, he conceded some skepticism. “I don’t want people to think I’m a deluded fool,” he state.
Sure, it’s easy to ridicule Mr. Winehouse if you believe, like Randy and his minions, that all mediums are nothing but frauds, seeking to profit from the grief of deluded individuals unable to overcome the loss of a loved one. And while I don’t deny that there are plenty of con artists in that field who rely on methods like cold reading to dupe their clients, I remain open to the possibility that some of those self-professed mediums are the general article.
But another question arises: are these messages a sign of communication with the ‘spirit world’, or are they obtained through a non-verbal (telepathic) exchange between the medium and the client?
(2) Some people seek evidence of an after-life, and some others seek evidence of alien life. Among the latter was a certain British citizen by the name of Nicholas Redfern –hmm… now why does that name sound familiar?– who decided to write a letter to Tony Blair while he still held the position of Prime Minister, and the missive expressed concerns of an official cover-up behind alien visitation, and urging him to consider making “all of the many and varied UFO reports and associated data” available to the public. Because of this, Blair demanded to be briefed by the MoD about their policy concerning UFOs.
In a lengthy reply, staff told him the ministry “has only a limited interest in UFO matters” but that they “remain open minded” about the existence of “extraterrestrial lifeforms”.
They added any release of information would require “substantial resources” they would be “reluctant to sanction”.
So Tony replied to this Redfern chap to assure him that there was no government-sponsored research to study the UFO phenomenon, and that information on cases could be requested to the MoD under the Freedom of Information Act.
If you want to know the rest, my advice is to go and get a copy of A Covert Agenda –well, whaddayaknow? looks like that Redfern guy wrote a book once!
And the reason Roswell keeps raising from its grave is because from time to time there are rumors and claims which keep injecting life to this aging story of crashed saucers and alien corpses. Now it was the turn of Chase Brandon, former CIA liaison with the entertainment industry, who in a couple of interviews intended to promote his new book, The Cryptos Conundrum, has openly acknowledged that Roswell did happen, that whatever crashed in New Mexico was “not of this Earth”, and he personally saw evidence that “cadavers” were recovered.
This is the first time that a senior CIA officer has stated on the record the otherworldly nature of the Roswell incident. But Brandon’s refusal to describe what he allegedly saw in the agency’s Historical Intelligence Collection has all the earmarks of a disinformation campaign. What, disclosing the content of the ‘Roswell box’ would be a breach of National Security, but revealing its existence isn’t? Does. Not. Compute.
To add further fuel to the conspiratorial fire, after a letter sent by a group of researchers –among them my buddy Robbie Graham, who owns the blog Silver Screen Saucers-– to request to the CIA their official position with regards to Brandon’s claims, the spooks responded in the customary manner:
“Our historians have found nothing in the Agency’s holdings to corroborate Mr. Brandon’s specific claims. The CIA has fielded numerous inquiries related to UFOs over the years, and the definitive account of the Agency’s role in UFO studies was published in 1997 and can be found — without redaction — on our website.
So it all looks like Brandon is well on his way to end up Santilli-fied for his brief rendezvous with Roswell. But hey! they say in Hollywood that there’s no such thing as bad publicity… in the meantime, we’ll keep our ears to the ground.
Until next time, this is RPJ jacking out, reminding you that there’s a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path –you’re either a pilgrim, or a poser.