Greetings, fellow Coppertops! You’ll be pleased to know the latest batch of Red Pills I’ve cooked just for you, has a pleasantly Fortean twist added just to spice them up a bit: From huge crop circles appearing (allegedly) over night in the English landscape, to a rather comical break-in to the most famous secret installation; we’ll then proceed to discuss the possible religious ramifications for the existence of alien intelligences in the Cosmos, along with a rather novel –though not environmentally-friendly– method to detect said intelligences; finally, we’ll conclude this week’s mission by analyzing a series of unfortunate tragedies which have been all around the news in search of possible synchronistic connections. If you’re fortunate enough to be reading this column while enjoying a much-deserved vacation, then may I suggest you head out to the nearest multiplex after you finish, because Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is effing EPIC!
July marks the time when the English countryside displays the beautiful green hues of the wheat crops. It’s also the time when most of the enigmatic crop circles will appear in some of those fields, much to the annoyance of most English farmers who don’t feel particularly lucky for having one of those ephemeral pieces of art adorning their property.
The Daily Mail informs us that the 1st crop circle of the year appeared in a field near Blandford Forum in Dorset. What’s striking about this stylish design consisting of circles and half-moons spiraling from a 5-pointed star, is that it apparently appeared over-night; quite a feat for such an elaborate & enormous formation, spanning some 400 feet in length.
So does that mean this is conclusive proof the circle couldn’t have been made by human artists working clandestinely under the cover of night? Not necessarily. The Mail interviewed Matthew Williams, who has the questionable honor of being the only person in history who has ever been arrested, and convicted, for making a crop circle:
Mr Williams, from Avebury, Wiltshire, added: ‘Last summer we didn’t get many circles, but this beauty certainly makes up for that.
‘The first circle of the season really does mark the start of great British summer.
‘I know farmers hate them, but you really do have to appreciate the amount of effort that went in to making a 400ft pattern in a field of crops.’
There is increasing rivalry between the circle makers to produce ever more complex, intricate patterns.
However Mr Williams is not a believer of the paranormal and has previously admitted to creating crop circles himself.
He is the only man in Britain convicted of making crop circles after admitting damaging a farmer’s crop in 2000 near Marlborough, Wiltshire.
Mr Williams, who was fined £100 by magistrates, was prosecuted after one of his crop circles was published on the internet.
He has since given up his hobby because he suffers from hayfever.
A crackdown by farmers meant that only 15 crop circles appeared in Wiltshire last year, compared to 50 in 2012.
Insiders claim farmers are fed up with crop circles and tourists looking to have an ‘out of body experience’ inside them.
If you want to know more about Williams, I suggest you listen to his Paracast interview of last year. In it, Williams discloses some of the high-strangeness occurrences he himself has experienced when he was involved in the crop circle, um… circle? Anyway, the point is that even if most crop circles are not messages created by non-human intelligences, that does not mean they’re devoid of magic in their own right.
Entrance into Area 51: The National Lampoon’s Edition
Since the 1990’s the crop circle phenomenon has turned into a burgeoning tourist industry, and as I explained in a recent article for The Daily Grail, the Crop Circle Access Centre is an ingenious win-win solution by which the farmers are compensated for their trouble, while allowing visitors a chance to visit the most recent formations in an attempt to raise their vibrations to the 5th dimension –satisfactions NOT guaranteed.
Indeed, for many, tourism isn’t meant to visit the same cliched sites you often find in a traveler’s brochure, but a chance to explore the ‘fringier’ side of a particular location. And what could be fringier that a chance to see first-hand the most X Files-esque site in the whole world? —Area 51.
Indeed, as my colleague Paul Seaburn commented upon last week, many thrill-seekers feel that checking out the warning signs in the perimeter of the infamous secret installation, is far more appealing than losing their children’s tuition at one of Sin City’s many casinos. Unfortunately for a group of tourists (an English couple, and a mother and son from the East Coast) who were aboard one of Adventure Photo Tours buses making regular trips near the base, they ended up experiencing more of the X-Files than they bargained for!
I dunno. Between you and me, I kinda suspect those British tourists just wanted to give the Yanks a taste of their own medicine…
Aliens Not Welcome in Heaven
In 1960, the legendary Brookings report warned NASA that in case evidence for the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence was ever found, one of the groups which would find it hardest to adapt to the new paradigm would be religious institutions. Recent news seem to indicate the report’s observations may still hold up even to this day.
Ken Ham is a supporter of Creationism, and an individual who seems to like to attract controversy. He recently attained a lot of notoriety in the US for having ‘debated’ Bill Nye on television earlier this year; an event I deliberately chose not to include in this column for 2 simple reasons: a) From where I stand as a foreigner, Creationism isn’t really that big of an issue outside the US; and b) I dislike fundamentalists in any field, be they of the religious OR the scientific kind.
But sometimes you just can’t escape to address the crazy, and this time Ham seems to have outdone himself: As the Huff Post and my fellow MU writer Tom Head report, the Australian-born Creationist recently made the bold claim that, even if aliens did exist –and he thinks they don’t– they’re doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the fiery pits of Hell:
“You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe,” Ham wrote on his blog on Sunday. “This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation.”
The post was driven in part by NASA experts saying that they expect to find evidence of alien life within the next 20 years.
“It’s highly improbable in the limitless vastness of the universe that we humans stand alone,” NASA administrator Charles Bolden said last week.
But Ham, president and CEO of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY., said we probably are alone. He wrote “earth was specially created,” and the entire hunt for extraterrestrials is “really driven by man’s rebellion against God in a desperate attempt to supposedly prove evolution!”
Taking aside the arrogant anthropocentrism in Ham’s ‘logic’ –which display a far lesser level of kindness than those made by Pope Francis, when he said he would be more than happy to baptize a Martian, as we mentioned in an earlier Pill— it was an interesting opportunity for speculation: As I pointed out in the comments section of Tom Head’s post, I don’t understand why we would need to assume other beings in the Universe are of need of salvation.
Take for example the fascinating account of the late Dr. Frank Stranges, a religious minister and member of that controversial group of ‘counter-culturists’ known as the Contactees, who claimed to have met a ‘Space Brother’ by the name of Valiant Thor inside the United States Pentagon. According to Stranges, when he asks Thor whether they had something like a Bible in his planet, this is what he replied:
“Why would we need a book, when we are still walking in unbroken fellowship with the Creator?”
Even if you consider Stranges and his tale a work of fiction, I still find that sentence interesting. Speaking of fiction, there are other examples dealing with the question of whether aliens would need our help for getting inside the pearly gates of Heaven. In Ray Bradbury’s book The Martian Chronicles, the short story The Fire Balloons deals with Father Joseph Peregrine, a priest who travels to Mars to perform his missionary duties among the new settlers coming from Earth to colonize this new space frontier; [Spoiler Alert] Peregrine learns of some mysterious blue spheres seen by the colonizers, and when he goes to the hills where the orbs are seen, he almost suffers a fatal accident but the spheres save his life. Convinced the spheres are sentient beings and capable of distinguishing between right and wrong, he goes once again to the hills, determined to build a church in order to convert the Martians; but the Martians appear before him to dissuade him of his noble, yet useless goal:
“We wish to tell you that we appreciate your building this place for us, but we have no need of it, for each of us is a temple unto himself and we need no place wherein to cleanse ourselves. Forgive us for not coming to you sooner, but we are separate and apart and have talked to no one for ten thousand years, nor have we interfered in any way with the life of this planet. It has come into your mind now that we are the lilies of the field; we toil not, neither do we spin. You are right. And so we suggest that you take the parts of this temple into your own new cities and there cleanse them. For, rest assured, we are happy, and at peace.”
I read these lines as an adult a couple of years ago, and they made me cry. Just as I cried when I was a little boy, and watched one of my favorite Sci-Fi movies: Enemy Mine. An allegory about tolerance, friendship, and recognizing yourself in the other; even if it happens to be incredibly different from you from the outside:
Maybe they should send a copy of that movie to Ham; and also to Hamas and the Knesset while we’re at it –just a thought.
Finding Aliens: The Dirtier, the Better!
But religious wackos are not the only ones who believe the aliens share our sins. A soon-to-be-published report in The Astrophysical Journal suggests that a way to detect extraterrestrial civilizations would be trying to use the James Webb telescope to search for signs of industrial pollution in the atmosphere of exo-planets.
“People often refer to E.T.s as ‘little green men,’ but the E.T.s detectable by this method should not be labeled ‘green’ since they are environmentally unfriendly,” Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb said in a news release describing one of the dirtiest tricks in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI. The presence of chemicals such as methane or oxygen in alien atmospheres could serve as potential evidence of life, but Loeb and his colleagues say it’d take industrial chemicals like CFCs to show that the life forms were more intelligent than microbes or mice (though not smart enough to avoid fouling their air).
Although this is an interesting proposal, I feel it shows two flaws: a) It suffers from the same kind of anthropocentric bias that keeps looking for signals of extraterrestrials which would follow our own technological evolution; and b) If we were indeed successful in finding Exxon-terrestrials who ended up messing their planet the same way we’ve done with Earth… why would we want to contact them??
Synchronicities and Twilight Links Between Aerial Tragedies
We finish up this edition of the Red Pills with a rather controversial topic, both for its timing as well as its implications. Last March we reluctantly covered the tragedy of Malaysian Airlines’ flight 730, along with the reckless speculation triggered by its eerie disappearance. And as everybody who’s not hiding under a rock knows, a new calamity has befallen unto the same airline, yet this time the biggest mystery involving the more recent tragedy is knowing who to blame for the loss of 298 lives aboard Flight 17.
Yet there seem to be other mysteries surrounding this disaster. My cosmic compadre Micah Hanks recently pointed out to a series of synchronicities involving the Malaysian plane. The fact that this recent calamity occurred on the 18th anniversary of the crash of TWA flight 800 might seem to some like a rather tendentious link, were if not for the fact that both planes were seemingly brought down by a missile.
On top of that, there are also hints of premonitions accompanying the victims of MH17, along with a series of fantastical coincidences from both the ruinous to the serendipitous: A poor Australian woman who lost family members on both crashes, and a Dutch professional cyclist who managed to avoid death not once but TWICE, by missing to be on board both doomed planes:
[Marteen de Jonge]: “What has happened is terrible, so many victims, that’s a horrible thing. I have my story done and I would like to leave it. How happy I am for myself and my family that I was on this flight and did not take it the last moment; my story is ultimately nothing compared to the misery in which so many people are paid. Attention should be paid to the victims and survivors. Wishing everyone affected by this disaster a lot of strength.”
But there’s also been a couple more of air accidents this past week, such as the crash of Air Algerie Flight AH5017, and the TransAsia Airways Flight GE222. Fortean researcher Loren Coleman has been hard at work pointing out how there seems to be an arcane connection between all these disasters –a connection involving the symbol of the Trident.
I am fully aware that these connections might seem like total lunacy for the materialist-minded, or a clear sign of a worldwide conspiracy for the paranoid-minded. For the Fortean-minded, like myself or Loren, these seems to be subtle connections informing those paying attention of a grander pattern, distributed according to universal laws we humans are not able to make sense of today.
But maybe, some day, we will.
Until next time, this is RPJ jacking out. Keep your ears to the ground, your eyes to the skies, and your mind clear of shadows.