Thursday, May 19, 2011

The USSR Cause for Roswell? - Muddled Disclosures

Supposedly. Could be. In UFO World, anything is possible. Journalist Annie Jacobsen, author of Area 51, acknowledges there's definitely insidious and strange events going on in Area 51 and the UFO realm generally, but it's not aliens. (No, it could never be aliens.) Jacobsen and her book is currently making the mainstream circuit, including a recent appearance on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. I knew before she came on that Stewart, who I adore, would mock any hint of alien/UFO reality, since it seems to be an affliction of the majority of the liberal-left-hip to sneer at fringe subjects. He didn't disappoint.

Jacobsen's contention is that yes, weirdness abounds but it's not aliens. It's the USSR and Nazi experiments behind the Roswell crash. And so much more, but all of these strange events have been orchestrated by humans. ET has nothing to do it, nor cryptids or vortexes or magick or anything other than human Dr. Evils.

Jacobsen has interesting ideas about what on, but there's no proof. As is admitted by everyone, but that seems to be all right, for Jacobsen is a legitimate journalist and not some tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist:
Still, lack of proof hasn't exactly stopped the book from sparking speculation on the media circuit and on the Web. In the last day, Yahoo! searches skyrocketed 3,000 percent for "area 51 book." And the tome is penned not by a crackpot conspirator, but a respected journalist.
I'm impatient and cynical with this distracting crap, because it's muddled disinfo. (Which is probably an oxymoron.) Jacobsen's story gets attention, while all the other UFO stories, including abduction stories sans Nazi bastards-Dr. Evils-government experiments, continue to go utterly ignored, utterly mocked. Meanwhile, journalists, writers, researchers, scientists -- those "respected journalists" and the like --  who know nothing of the esoteric world yet decide to take a swim in the sparkling waters for a look-see are blind to what they consider nonsense. They come out with one small bit, show it off as the latest in theory, and happily go back to their rational worlds. Everyone thinks something groovy-weird has just been revealed, and all has been solved: including the "nonsense" of UFOs. Because, as has just been proven, no such things exist. It was really Russia, or Nazis, or ...

We're not done yet. The fact is, there very well could be some truth to these theories. Nick Redfern's book Bodysnatchers in the Desert  brought explored the idea of human experiments and manipulations as the cause for Roswell. MILABS are a very real possibility, and some UFO witnesses and researchers have been writing about this for a long time. Ironically, among UFO researchers, the MILAB "conspiracy" doesn't get much attention.

It's not that Jacobsen's story couldn't be true, or, some of it could be's that once again, our attention from the reality of the UFO phenomena is trivialized and further pushed out to the edges. UFOs, the mainstream continues to insist, are entertaining and fun funny, but they're not real.

If Jacobsen's contentions somehow prove to be valid, (and/or Redfern's, etc.) that is horrifying, and the world needs to know. But what will happen in that event is that the many will accept that as the explanation for all of "it." Once again, we go back to clean dichotomies, something both the mainstream and many within UFOlgy are guilty of enacting.  It has to be this theory or that theory,  it's all aliens or it's all human psychopaths.

As I said, I'm impatient with this mainstream UFO denying stuff, but Nick Redfern has a calmer take on Jacobsen's book, giving us a bit of  background and data that is helpful, even if it does push us further down the rabbit hole. (Once you've fallen in, you just keep falling...:) You can read his review here.


Deirdre said...

I hate to use this term, but when it comes to Roswell (and other things, too, actually) Occam's Razor starts bouncing around in my head. Would the simplest explanation be that Roswell was a product of terrestrial military testing and experimentation, or that radar or a pigeon knocked out the navigational system of an extra terrestrial craft?

Of course, not knowing the level of technology and advanced ET civilization might have, it's not entirely easy to apply Occam's Razor. Maybe it's really fucking easy to travel vast interstellar distances when you're millions of years ahead of us. And maybe even with that advancement under one's belt, shit still happens -- like the breaks going out, or even bad judgement brought on by driving under the influence. *snort*

You are right, though. When it it comes to mainstream media, it could never be aliens. Which in itself is a little ridiculous. It still portrays us as the center of the universe, which we most definitely are not. If there are even a 100 advanced ET civilizations in the Milky Way, chances are they've noticed earth. Much like we notice planets such as Gliese 581d, and note it's habitable zone.

I mean, come on. We Earthers are looking for earth-like habitable planets, for a few reasons. One i search for possible life, two, for future Earth homes, because we're gonna need a second (or third, or fourth) home, if we keep multiplying. So, isn't it conceivable that at least a few extra terrestrial civilizations would need to do the same?

That argument is often brushed off easily, when I don't think it really can be. We're talking about hundreds of billions of stars in a single galaxy alone. If there are a large number of tech-savvy civilizations out there, yeah, many of them probably won't be at all human-like in nature or even in composition, but at least some will be. It's argued that you really can't anthropomorphize unknowns, which I often agree with, but just as it is improbable that we are the only life in the universe, it is also improbable that we are the only carbon-based life in the universe requiring similar ingredients, and composed of similar needs and emotions.

Whether anyone else has been here, or not -- that's the burning question. Despite arguments of why it is unlikely, it isn't impossible. Therefore, it's perfectly acceptable to consider it as a plausible reality.

Gary Haden said...

Sounds like Jacobsen mixed Dr. Carol Rosin with an episode of The Outer Limits entitled "The Architects of Fear."


I heard her speak on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. I was with her on the Atomic Energy Commission corruption stuff but then she apparently went into a psychotic break with Mengele and Stalin. Should be a hot book since she's apparently pissing off both sides of the fence.

But she went single-source on us at the end. Entertaining, but troubling.