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Your Paracast Newsletter — January 7, 2018

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  1. Gene Steinberg

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    January 7, 2018

    A Reality Check on the Pentagon UFO Study from Col. John B. Alexander on the Paracast

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    This Week's Episode: Gene and Chris present one of our favorite guests, Col. John Alexander. For this episode, he’ll deliver a reality check on that worldwide story about the Pentagon UFO project, and whether it takes us closer to learning something definitive about the phenomenon. As a cutting-edge theorist on UFOs and paranormal phenomena in general, his views stretch the boundaries of research. Alexander’s recent book is Reality Denied: Firsthand Experiences with Things that Can’t Happen — But Did. Alexander confronts conventional wisdom with events that, although quite real, seem to challenge the revered “laws of science,” proving them to be wrong or incomplete. He is a retired Army Colonel Green Beret with decades of experience with a wide range of phenomena. He has encountered events that defy common explanation and has met with shamans in the Amazon, the Himalayas, the Andes, East and West Africa, and Northern Mongolia.

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    Erica Lukes' UFO Classified: UFO Classified with Erica Lukes

    After The Paracast -- Available exclusively to Paracast+ subscribers on January 7: Gene presents special guest Erica Lukes, host of “UFO Classified.” The extensive discussion begins with what Gene calls “the MUFON follies,” about the failures of the organization and then veers into the national coverage of the Pentagon UFO study, which ended up outsourced to billionaire hotel and space magnate Robert Bigelow. Erica explains why she has a favorable view about what she’s heard about the study so far, and the work of former rocker Tom Delonge and the To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences that he heads. There’s also a brief discussion about whether government money was used to fund the failed UFO research deal between Bigelow MUFON before moving into opinions about the general state of UFO research.

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    This, Too, Shall Pass
    By Gene Steinberg

    Those of you who are hoping and dreaming for UFO disclosure mostly assume that the governments of our planet hold the secret to the enigma. Someday, somehow, all will be revealed for better or worse. But many hope it’ll be for the better.

    After all, ET is far more advanced than we are, and perhaps has learned a thing or two about protecting the environment and the folly of engaging in tribal warfare. But I hold the view that, if space visitors are here and care one whit about us, they are doing a poor job of showing it. In fact, they would seem mostly agnostic about the current state of our planet.

    It may well be that there is a “prime directive” at work in which the space people are advised to leave the local populace alone, particularly those inhabiting what is regarded as a primitive planet. Perhaps there are hidden motives afoot that we cannot understand, or we are not meant to understand.

    Obviously I hope that, if they are really here, they do not wish us ill.

    Regardless of what’s going on, disclosure advocates are no doubt feeling relief over the news about a Pentagon UFO study, named Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program. Some $22 million of defense funds were allocated and most of it was outsourced to billionaire hotel and space magnate Robert Bigelow. As things go, that sum is a pittance with a Pentagon budget exceeding $600 billion, and it all evidently fell under the radar until the powers that be put a stop to further funding by 2012.

    A Pentagon spokesperson was quoted as saying, “It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change.”

    So where did the money come from? Well former U.S. Senator Harry Reid, who instigated the study, told The New York Times that “this was so-called black money.”

    The government employee in charge, one Luis Elizondo, left his post last year and joined up with former rocker Tom Delonge’s To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences. So does he now exploit his presumed status as a whistleblower, or do the authorities care at all that he released a few sightings, including those involving gun camera photos of UFOs?

    Those who have been waiting decades for some official acknowledgement of UFO reality may still be waiting, even though the project received government funding. After all, it was passed on to a third party, which certainly gives the authorities a level of plausible deniability, and perhaps a way to avoid FOIA requests for further information. I’m only guessing, but perhaps they regarded Elizondo as just an eccentric who’d disappear in the fog of media coverage as the story faded from major newspapers and cable TV news.

    But is any of this meant as an early step towards disclosure?

    What about all the discoveries of extrasolar planets, some of which may be sufficiently Earth-like to spawn life as we know it? Does it all coalesce in the gradual revelation that we are being visited by ET? Are the governments of Earth already in touch with the space people?

    Yet the Pentagon study seemed to exist in a vacuum, not because it was outsourced, but because it appeared to have no relationship whatever to prior government UFO programs. While the often secretive Bigelow may be doing this privately, was any effort made to integrate his work with the cases recorded when Project Blue Book and its predecessors were functioning? What about other alleged UFO investigative projects over the years?

    What about reports that the U.S. has recovered crashed spaceships and their alien pilots? Have we been able to reverse engineer advanced technology, even a little bit?

    It’s almost as if decades of UFO history had little meaning in this new study.

    Was this project funded merely as a favor to a powerful politician, one who, at the time, served as majority leader? Even though congressional earmarks are generally frowned upon these days, somehow the money was approved anyway. But remember that $22 million is a very small expenditure even if it was meant to appease former Senator Reid. At the end of the day, though, is any of this going to advance the cause of UFO research? Have we really learned anything new about the phenomenon, or is this just an effort to deflect our attention from whatever really is going on?

    Certainly, after the initial flurry of publicity, which included coverage in the Times, the Washington Post, cable TV news and other media outlets, it has sort of faded away for now.

    Delonge’s fund-raising efforts for his organization also appear to have stalled. After initially raising over $2 million, that sum hasn’t increased in several weeks, despite all the publicity focusing on Elizondo and Delonge. Is it just that the site hasn’t been updated, or perhaps there aren’t enough people who want to spend $200 or more to invest in the so-far unproven venture?

    I wouldn’t care to guess.

    At the same time, you can understand why I’m jaded about such hopes and dreams. We’ve had UFO flaps — tremendous increases in UFO activity accompanied by plenty of press — but it all soon fades away and we’re back where we started. A quick search through the archives at the Times and Post reveal a few other UFO articles. Alas, the Post’s review of the Mark O’Connell biography of Dr. J. Allen Hynek in 2017 concluded with the usual trope about little green men emerging from a flying saucer.

    I suppose it is possible that some sort of disclosure program is in place. It may be felt that guiding the populace to become gradually accustomed to an alien presence may have less impact than revealing it all to us at once. So the image of a U.S. President bringing ET onto a stage, or a flying saucer landing in front of the White House, is just an image. It will probably will never happen.

    Through it all, I remain skeptical that the extraterrestrial hypothesis is the one and true solution to the UFO mystery. And, as usual, the main focus in recent coverage is just that, that we are being visited by ET. This meme continues to play out even though there are other possibilities that may be closer to the truth. But explaining that to a news media that’s steeped in ET and sci-fi lore may be a near-impossible task.

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  2. Han

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    London (UK)

    most expensive movie ever made:

    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides officially holds the record with a budget of $378.5 million

    final countdown movie budget:

    12 million $*

    *In 1980 Money!

    1 x Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet =

    Program cost Total procurement: US$48.09 billion (through FY2011)
    Unit cost US$70.5 million (2017 flyaway cost)

    USS Nimitz
    Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier
    Class overview
    Builders: Newport News Shipbuilding
    Operators: United States Navy
    Preceded by: Nimitz class
    Cost: Program cost: $36.30 billion(FY15) Unit cost: $10.44B (FY15)
    Aircraft carried‎: ‎85–90 fixed wing and helicopters (remember 1 x Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet = 70.5 million $)

    Below Sold for US$ 38,115,000 (£28,125,990) inc. premium

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    1 x Ferrari = 2 x ..........

    Still I suppose it is more than the MOD budget when Mr Pope was in charge of the UFO desk? ;)
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  3. Gene Steinberg

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    And don't forget toilet seats.
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  4. DaveM

    DaveM Paranormal Adept

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    Nick Pope wasn't in charge of anything. He was a clerk.
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  5. mike

    mike Paranormal Adept

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    Excellent summation Gene.
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