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- New Alien Video Shines
(Photoshopped) Light on UFO Hoaxers -
- Vietnam Probes Mystery UFO Incident
- Dark Mysteries: Energy and
AND: Carcass Adds to Chupacabra Lore
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• Native Americans residing in the backwoods say they have not only
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- THE POLITICS OF SCIENCE
NASA'S Climate Findings Were Distorted
investigation by the NASA inspector general found that political
appointees in the space agency's public affairs office worked to
control and distort public accounts of its researchers' findings about
climate change for at least two years, the inspector general's office
The probe came at the request of 14
senators after The Washington Post and other news outlets reported in
2006 that Bush administration officials had monitored and impeded
communications between NASA climate scientists and reporters.
James E. Hansen, who directs NASA's
Goddard Institute for Space Studies and has campaigned publicly for
more stringent limits on greenhouse gases that contribute to global
warming, told The Post and the New York Times in September 2006 that he
had been censored by NASA press officers, and several other agency
climate scientists reported similar experiences. NASA and the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are two of the government's lead
agencies on climate change issues.
From the fall of 2004 through 2006, the
report said, NASA's public affairs office "managed the topic of climate
change in a manner that reduced, marginalized, or mischaracterized
climate change science made available to the general public." It noted
elsewhere that "news releases in the areas of climate change suffered
from inaccuracy, factual insufficiency, and scientific dilution."
Officials of the Office of Public Affairs
told investigators that they regulated communication by NASA scientists
for technical rather than political reasons, but the report found "by a
preponderance of the evidence, that the claims of inappropriate
political interference made by the climate change scientists and career
public affairs officers were more persuasive than the arguments of the
senior public affairs officials that their actions were due to the
volume and poor quality of the draft news releases."
The political interference did not extend
to the research itself or its dissemination through scientific journals
and conferences, the investigators said. "We found no evidence
indicating NASA blocked or interfered with the actual research
activities of its climate scientists," the report said, but as a result
of the actions of the political appointees, "trust was lost, at least
temporarily, between the agency and some of its key employees and
perhaps the public it serves."
Kristin Scuderi, a spokeswoman for the
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said in an e-mail
that director John H. Marburger III "would not comment until he's
reviewed the report, and he has not yet done so yet. Therefore, OSTP
has no comment at this time."
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), one of
the senators who pressed for the investigation, said in a statement
that the report showed that citizens had been denied access to critical
scientific information that should inform public policy.
"Global warming is the most serious
environmental threat we face -- but this report is more evidence that
the Bush Administration's appointees have put political ideology ahead
of science," Lautenberg said. "Our government's response to global
warming must be based on science, and the Bush Administration's
manipulation of that information violates the public trust."
Source: The Washington Post
- VERIFY, VERIFY,
VERIFY, DEPARTMENT -
New Alien Video Shines (Photoshopped) Light on UFO Hoaxers
life were anything like a sci-fi movie, Stan Romanek might just hold
the future of mankind in his hands. Judging from his own (now very
public) accounts, Romanek has had a staggering amount of contact with
extraterrestrials. He has photographed a so-called flying orb
emblazoned with what appears to be a face. He has met aliens in person,
and drawn sketches of their vast eyes and swollen craniums. And late
last week, Romanek stirred up a Web frenzy by showing a room full of
reporters in Denver a brief clip of what he says is an alien peering
into his window.
Clearly, this is no coincidence.
Many of the legions of UFO believers and
spotters—whether driven by publicity, paranoia or hope—have taken a
single suspicious photo. Some have reported an abduction or two. But
for one man to have such a voluminous (and diverse) history of close
encounters with nonhuman intelligence, you'd think Romanek had been
chosen as Earth's unlikely ambassador to the stars. That, or he's
coming out with a movie.
In what amounts to a bizarre new kind of
viral marketing, the footage screened on Friday—to be included in an
upcoming documentary about Romanek's experiences—is also part of a
ballot initiative to create a commission that would formalize contact
with aliens. The man heading that effort, 54-year-old Jeff Peckman, has
a curious political track record running parallel to his
extraterrestrial PR. In 2003, he campaigned for an initiative to reduce
Denver's collective stress levels, using such measures as group
meditation and the playing of sitar music in public buildings. But
Peckman's efforts to promote Romanek's footage have been considerably
more successful, garnering national headlines and an appearance on
Larry King Live. And the hyperbole is frustrating the already combative
cult of UFO followers, skeptics and believers alike.
"We saw this guy trying to pass off
things that looked paranormal as something related to aliens," says
Bryan Bonner, head of the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society,
which has been recreating Romanek's photos and videos for several
years—to disprove him. That's because the same type of evidence once
used by paranormal scientists to indicate the presence of ghosts is now
being doctored by amateurs as proof of alien life.
Neither Romanek nor Peckman responded to
requests for comment for this article, but their new footage—for now
reduced to a single night-vision still image they've made public—and
the ensuing fakes, headlines and hysteria have shed light on what
researchers monitoring the field say is an increasing trend of hoax
hype in a digital age.
Bonner and his team of investigators, who
specialize in reports of haunted houses, actually saw the video months
ago, when he says it was making the rounds in the UFO community as
Peckman was garnering interest for a 4000-signature ballot initiative
to start an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission in Denver. "It sparked
our interest, but he seemed like another nut off the street," Bonner
remembered. "Then he says he has evidence."
Bonner assumed that the Romanek footage
was that so-called evidence, and with Peckman's press conference
preview on Thursday confirming this, Bonner's team put together a mock
video of its own that night. To counter claims that it would have taken
thousands of dollars for Romanek to create a convincing, blinking
prosthetic creature, the investigators from Rocky Mountain Paranormal
rented a dummy alien from a costume shop, then spliced together
quick-and-dirty special effects to make its giant eyes appear to blink.
In a strange twist, Bonner's mock video
has been embedded on various blogs and linked on forums, mistaken for
the actual Romanek footage. But that's an increasingly common mistake
when so much can be made to look real with even an amateur's desktop
software. "The problem with any data—I don't care if it's a video, a
photo, electromagnetic readings—it can be faked," Bonner says. "And
because of the digital age, it can be faked easily."
One film, released in 1995 to some
notoriety in the geekosphere, purported to show a military autopsy
performed on an alien. More than a decade later, the filmmaker changed
his story, claiming that the video recreated footage he had seen, which
had degraded before he was able to gather the necessary funds to buy
it. And a few months ago, an anonymous source released footage of
another alien autopsy, although the corpse in question is a rubbery,
toylike thing, roughly the size of a baby chimpanzee. No explanation
has been provided for where the video came from, why the alien is so
small, or why there's such an obvious edit before the creature's
entrails are removed (they also change color). "Any evidence is only as
good as the reputation of the group that gave it to you," says Bonner.
By that measure, Stan Romanek is a
problematic source. The evidence he has presented since his first
reported contact in late 2000 is full of red flags. One photo posted on
Romanek's Web site shows what he interprets to be a UFO covered in
bubblelike pods. The next UFO he encountered had a classic
flying-saucer profile. Another one appears as a sphere with barely
visible facial features. According to Bonner, Romanek has also tried to
talk with aliens using the classic paranormal "Frank's Box" gadget,
which is generally a modified car radio that picks up random snippets
of speech from AM stations—often for attempted communication with the
dead. Even less consistent are Romanek's personal encounters, which
include mysterious wounds that glowed under a black light, a chair that
spun on its own, and an ominous black silhouette moving through his
At Friday's news conference, according to
a video on the Denver Post's Web site, Peckman deflected those
inconsistencies by citing public sentiment—a majority of Americans do
believe extraterrestrials exist—and saying the new footage would help
push awareness for his alien oversight board in the local November
election. "There's already quite a bit of information out there—there's
momentum, there's support, and I believe it will pass," Peckman said.
"I don't think it would pass today, because there's been too much
denial of information, too much misinformation."
In the sprawling community of hardcore
extraterrestrial believers, footage like Romanek's is not only rare,
but widely derided. Clark McClelland, a former Spacecraft Control
Operator at NASA who claims to have seen extraterrestrials firsthand,
called the Denver footage "a pathetic disclosure."
The central currency of this subculture
is evidence of "orbs," unexplained glowing balls that appear only in
photographs. James Randi, a professional magician and legendary
skeptic, whose foundation is still offering $1 million for verifiable
proof of the paranormal, receives a handful of orb photographs each
week. "Most of the photos aren't fakes," he says. "These are just
people who don't know how to operate a camera." The orbs themselves are
not only easily explained, but even more easily replicated. "The
majority are dust motes that are brightly lit. With an infrared camera
they show up particularly well," Randi says. Even with a standard
camera, spotters can create their own suspicious balls of light with a
particulate that's close to the lens and properly illuminated by the
Lens flare can also be easily
misinterpreted for the presence of an orb, particularly when the
apparent object winds up with something that could be described as a
face. Laying aside the ridiculous engineering implications of a
head-shaped spacecraft, there's nothing new—or mysterious—about seeing
faces where they shouldn't be. "It's a condition we all have, called
pareidolia," says Bonner. "It served an evolutionary purpose. When we
were out in the bushes, trying to fend for ourselves, it meant we
didn't get eaten by the big fuzzy thing trying to kill us before we
killed it. We still have those instincts, but we don't know how to
interpret it. So we look at clouds, or orbs, and we still see faces."
When they aren't deliberate hoaxes, the
oddly shaped spacecraft that populate so many UFO shots are often just
misinterpretations of digital artifacts. Tweaking an image in a program
like Photoshop can only exacerbate things, as an object is either
intentionally or accidentally crafted into a more intricate
vessel—deeper shadows, a more metallic sheen, even a more distinct
face. All of which can be—and has been—debunked or recreated by
photographers and video experts.
But in both Bonner and Randi's
experience, explanations and counter-evidence tend to fall on deaf
ears. "They need what we call a ‘woo-woo solution,'" Randi says. "They
resist all attempts to rationalize. They see the thing demonstrated for
them, replicated for them, and they'll just shake their heads and
smile—and walk away."
Source: Popular Mechanics
- UFO FOR NOW DEPARTMENT -
Vietnam Probes Mystery UFO Incident
It's a mystery
puzzling islanders in southern Vietnam: they heard an explosion, saw
something burning in the sky, and found shards of metal debris-but
quite what it was, no one knows.
A plane? Possibly. An official in nearby Cambodia
reported on Tuesday that a small plane had crashed in its southern
Kampot province, only to retract his comments later. But Cambodia's
civil aviation authority said that airlines denied missing any planes
and there was no trace of any crash.
Still, the reports from Phu Quoc Island-situated
within sight of Kampot-do point to something, according to military and
The state-run Vietnam News Agency, quoting the island
district's military chief Colonel Nguyen Van Qui, reported yesterday
that "an unidentified flying object exploded at about 10am on May 27
over the northern part of Phu Quoc Island."
When residents found metal debris, district
authorities said they contacted airlines in Vietnam, Cambodia and
Thailand but did not receive immediate news of any missing aircraft by
late Tuesday, said VNA.
"We have informed the ministry of defence," Dinh Khoa
Toan, deputy chairman of the island's people's committee said.
Lam Quang Chanh, the provincial People’s Committee’s
spokesman, told Thanh Nien metal pieces had rained down in Ganh Dau and
Cua Can communes on the island of Phu Quoc at about 10:20 a.m. on May
The Military Command of Phu Quoc District said
militias and residents had recovered 14 metal pieces allegedly
deposited on the island from the explosion.
Rumors in Phu Quoc also suggest that some individuals
have retrieved “dollars” or “very cold” metal pieces following the
Nguyen Thanh Banh, Kien Giang police deputy chief,
told Thanh Nien anyone found guilty of spreading rumors from the
incident that would negatively affect security on the island would be
dealt with according to law.
Banh also said the security on Phu Quoc Island has
been stable thus far.
When residents found the metal debris on Tuesday,
district authorities said they contacted airlines in Vietnam, Cambodia
and Thailand but did not receive immediate news of any missing aircraft.
Source: Thanhnien News
- WE DARE NOT GO HUNTING FOR FEAR OF
LITTLE MEN DEPARTMENT -
'Little People' E-mail Zips Through Rural Alaska
e-mail hit Bush Alaska in May. In it, a hunter from Marshall recounted
how he found a boy alleged to have been abducted by the ircenrraat.
Ircenrraat (singular: ircenrraq; say "irr-chin-hhak"
with a harsh hh and you're getting close) are a recurring theme in
traditional Yup'ik teachings and legends, "little people" who dwell in
the tundra, usually underground. They disorient, discomfort and trap
City folk usually dismiss ircenrraat as superstition.
Those who have lived in Yup'ik country for any period of time tend to
be a little more inclined to listen. For one thing, the stories are
persistent and often come from respectable observers. For another, when
you're by yourself in the middle of nowhere, things happen that are
hard to explain.
For instance, a few years back, on a very remote solo
kayak trip in the lower Yukon region, I swear I heard rocks tossed in
my direction by unseen hands or whatever. Big rocks. Whoosh. Plunk.
Weird. A little scary -- and not particularly on target, assuming they
were trying to hit me. A close inspection of the presumed point of
origin showed no evidence of anything. There was nowhere for anything
bigger than a squirrel to hide. I can't say it was an ircenrraaq, but
neither can I absolutely refute those who suggest it was.
Yup'ik descriptions of the "little people" resemble
those in widespread stories shared by many cultures around the world. A
conference on such creatures is held every year in Twisp, Wash.
Though accounts of sightings or of inexplicable
events attributed to ircenrraat are common in Western Alaska, they
seldom receive wide circulation outside the area.
The Internet age changed that.
I called Nick Andrew Jr. in Marshall, whose e-mail
started the latest excitement. He intended it as a private message to a
family member, he said, and was a little disconcerted that it got
forwarded far and wide.
He confirmed the details, however, and gave me
permission to use his name, requesting that I keep other names out of
Andrew was on a snowmachine hunting birds the evening
of May 7, some distance out of town -- three hours away if you had to
walk it, he estimated. Preparing to return home, he decided to check a
different location on a hunch.
"Stopping to look, I saw a small boy all alone in
middle of the marsh," he said.
He recognized the child as a boy from the village. "I
asked him where's his dad or hunting partners? I grilled him with
questions of who he was with and if he was alone. He was scared and had
been crying. All his answers were 'I don't know.' "
He described the boy as "disoriented, dazed, confused
and scared" with "no concept of time. He did not appear tired, nor was
he hungry or thirsty."
But the lad was lucky, it seems. He was found in a
spot frequented by large tundra brown bears.
Andrew took the boy home, noting that there were no
footprints in the spring snow to indicate anyone had walked into the
area. He found that puzzling. He counted at least 10 other
snowmachiners in the neighborhood, none of whom had spotted the boy.
After getting the boy back to the village, he left
his VHS radio on overnight, in case some other hunter reported a
missing child. No one did.
"It wasn't until the next day that the story started
emerging that he'd had what you'd call an out-of-the-ordinary
experience," he told me. "He'd had some missing time, just like people
who report being abducted by UFOs."
The boy said he was "brought into" Pilcher Mountain,
a site often associated with ircenrraat encounters. There, he was
questioned and saw other "little beings."
"He said he made contact with a little girl abducted
over 40 years ago," Andrew said. "She told him who she was and she
After that the ircenrraat decided to release the boy.
"And that's when he came to, I guess, a few minutes before I found him."
Andrew maintained calm perspective about the
experience. "Is this kid telling the truth?" he said, leaving the
Responses to the e-mail, by the time it was forwarded
to me, treated the news with gravity. "Ladies, please share with your
husband/partners," read one forwarder. "Please tell your children about
Ircinraqs (sic) and their deceptiveness," said another. "Thank God (he)
found this little boy alive."
If you have an experience with ircenrraat that you
wouldn't mind sharing, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Confidentiality will be
observed and nothing will be used without permission.
Source: Anchorage Daily News
WHERE THE DARK THINGS ARE DEPARTMENT -
Dark Mysteries: Energy and
It is the Roaring Twenties and the great telescopes of the day open a
new window to the universe revealing strange and unpredictable behavior
across the vast space of our cosmos. Astronomers discover entire new
galaxies as we come to realize our majestic Milky Way is no more unique
than a tree in a forest. Stranger yet, these great "island universes,"
as galaxies were once called, millions of light years away, are
speeding through space.
By the end of the decade, in 1929, the astronomer Edwin Hubble made an
extraordinary discovery, bringing some order to flying galaxies as they
rocket through space. He found that all of the distant galaxies are
moving away from us, and equally intriguing, the farther the galaxy,
the faster it moves. The only sensible interpretation of these bizarre
revelations is to assume the universe itself is expanding.
Before this, for century after century, it was believed that the
universe was a static, unbending framework. Although planets and other
celestial objects may move, the cosmos, on the whole, is as rigid as
granite. In the preceding decade Albert Einstein developed his famous
General Theory of Relativity. He even went so far as to apply his
equations to the entire cosmos, giving a mathematical structure for our
universe as had never been done. But he failed! Unable to let go of the
abiding model of a static universe, Einstein went so far as to alter
his theory, adding a "cosmological constant," so that his theory could
accommodate a frozen universe. But Hubble's observations destroyed this
age-old notion, as we finally came to understand our universe is
growing every day.
In the decades following Hubble's result, the evidence piled higher and
higher, and Hubble's ideas were validated. The only debate that
remained dealt with the rate of expansion. Since gravity is an
attractive force, it was realized that all of the countless galaxies
pull on each other, and so, the expansion was expected to be slowing
down. Astronomers were so confident that the expansion was slowing down
they coined the term deceleration parameter, which would describe the
quantitative rate of deceleration. The biggest remaining debate was
whether the universe, though slowing, would expand forever, or at some
future time reach a maximum size and stop, and then begin its
inevitable journey to final collapse - the big crunch.
Astronomers continued making careful measurements of the most distant
galaxies in the universe, using every scrap of physics and ingenuity to
calculate the speed of these distant worlds. Nothing shocked the
community more than a paper published in 1998, describing the results
of these meticulous measurements: the rate of expansion of the universe
All of the mass and energy in the universe should act like cosmic
brakes, slowing the expansion and pulling all of the galaxies together,
but now we had to wonder if some new, mysterious force could be pushing
everything apart. All of the mass and energy that we have ever observed
tends to pull things together, and no one has ever observed the kind of
energy that could push our far-flung galaxies apart at ever increasing
rates. This was so shocking that even the deceleration parameter was
misnamed, so now we find that this number is in fact negative, the
mathematical way of saying we are suffering a positive acceleration.
This is not the first time we were caught off guard. When astronomers
began measuring the speeds of galaxies in clusters, and later, when
they measured the speed of individual stars in the outer regions of
galaxies, they were hit with another bombshell - the outer stars were
moving too fast. These scofflaws were not just a little out of line,
like speeders ticketed on the freeway, they were zipping along at ten
times the speed limit, ten times what the theory allowed. This
precipitated an explosive program of experiment and theory, where the
basic laws of gravity were put under the microscope of scrutiny, and
our entire concept of what a galaxy is, and what matter is, were put on
To reconcile these extraordinary observations with our theories, we
have begun to believe that a galaxy is filled with another kind of
matter, a new kind of matter that does not interact with light as
ordinary matter does - dark matter. For decades we have been looking
for this baffling new form of matter, whether it be theoretically
predicted particles like axions, or remnants from string theory. For a
while, some thought this to be biggest problem in all of physics and
astronomy. But then came dark energy.
When we say dark matter, we are being literal: We do not see it, and
perhaps we can never see it. Dark energy is a bit metaphoric, we cannot
see what it is, but more, we cannot understand what it is. We
understand, through the famous formula,, that energy is equivalent to
mass, and from this we conclude that all forms of energy in the
universe, like mass, tend to pull our myriad galaxies together.
But recent observations are telling us this is false. Something is
causing the galaxies to push themselves apart like prisoners in a
jailbreak. Flying apart at ever increasing rates, the galaxies reveal
that the universe is expanding faster than ever before, but we cannot
understand why. In desperation, we invent the concept of dark energy,
an inscrutable substance that gives rise to a cosmological repulsion
causing the cosmos to grow faster than ever before.
So, what can dark energy be? Many believe this is the most pressing
issue in physics today, but gather up a horde of physicists in a room
and ask, "What is dark matter?" and we will argue like politicians at a
convention. One idea actually goes back to Einstein himself. His idea
of the cosmological constant seemed superfluous when we consider an
expanding universe, and Einstein even called it his biggest blunder.
But, one decade's blunder can be another decades salvation. This
term can act like a cosmic repulsion, but we no longer think it is
really constant, and we have no other evidence of its existence.
Another idea comes from vacuum itself. According to quantum theory,
vacuum is not the empty ghost town, as we used to think of it, lifeless
and devoid action. The vacuum is bustling with as much energy as a boom
town: Particles are created and then destroyed, and even the real
estate is changing, as space and time are whipped to a foam-like frenzy
at the very small scale. The "vacuum energy" may be part of the
solution, but there is a long way to go before we have sufficient
evidence to know.
Or, perhaps our theories are wrong. Long ruling theories of physics
have been dethroned before, when they are pushed to new realms where
they have never been tested. It is possible that Einstein's theory must
be modified again, or maybe a whole new theory is necessary. And
perhaps it is nothing we can think of, and we will have to wait until
future observations will give us the clues necessary to solve this
riddle. Time will tell.
Source: By Dr. Richard Hammond, author of Unknown Universe: The Origin
of the Universe,
Quantum Gravity, Wormholes, and Other Things Science Still Can't
STRANGE CREATURES FROM TIME AND SPACE DEPARTMENT -
Carcass Adds to Chupacabra Lore
The dread of south-of-the-border goatherds -- chupacabra means "goat
sucker" in Spanish -- became an Internet-fueled topic last summer when
three hairless doglike creatures became road kill south of Cuero in
Another met a similar fate May 8, this time north of Cuero. The man who
claimed it turned it over to Phylis Canion, whose ranch south of Cuero
is near where the original three were killed.
Canion, a nutritionist and owner of a retail sportswear shop, has
become known around the world as the "Chupacabra Lady," after selling
thousands of T-shirts to commemorate last summer's findings.
"The guy called me," she said, "and he said 'I got one, you want it?'
So he brings it in, and I'm saying, 'Whoa, dude, this one looks like
"Now we're talking."
The South Texas version of the chupacabra mystery might have ended late
last year when DNA tests requested by Canion stated that the creature
was Canis latrans, or a common coyote. A few skeptics have added that
sarcoptic mange probably caused the animals' hairlessness.
Perhaps, Canion said, there is no supernatural component to the legend
of the fanged monster with fiery red eyes, big claws, and distinct
ridge along its spine.
Maybe, she added, there's a scientific explanation for the mythical
creature, which would make it a cryptid -- an animal whose existence
has been reported but not confirmed.
"I never disputed that it did not have some sort of coyote in it,"
Canion said of the tests conducted at Texas State University at San
Marcos. "What I disputed was the tests were not involved or detailed
enough to tell me what else could have been in it.
"Or why it had no hair."
Another round of tests was ordered, this time at the Veterinary
Genetics Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, which
specializes in animal forensic science.
The UC Davis lab stated that the animal was a cross between coyote and
Wolves, Canion said, sometimes have blue eyes, as did her "chupe."
Peepers like that, she asserted, can reflect red in the glare of
goatherds' lantern or flashlight.
Canion, a nutritionist, said the animal's diet may provide an
explanation for its proclivity to suck blood. She said she lost dozens
of chickens that were sucked dry of their blood.
She suggested that the animals might crave blood because of a vitamin
deficiency that is being passed to their offspring.
The DNA tests did not explain why the creature had no fur except for
some wisps of hair along its back. Those strands, however, could
explain the back ridge in the chupacabra legend, she said.
Perhaps, Canion added, the animal carries a baldness gene.
"Could this thing be genetically hairless and it got passed on?" she
asked. A pathology expert at Texas Tech University Health Sciences
Center in Lubbock, however, had another explanation.
"Sarcoptic mange -- that's exactly what it is," Dr. Danny B. Pence
said, referring to an infestation of tiny burrowing mites in the skin.
Canion said she wants UC Davis to test the carcass she received May 8.
"I don't know," Canion said, "maybe now we've finally found the
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