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Your Paracast Newsletter -- September 26, 2009

Gene Steinberg

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Your Paracast Newsletter

September 26, 2009

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Let me first apologize to progressive talk show host Ed Schultz for borrowing the label he uses when he refers to what he regards as the crazy statements from some of those who hold opposing points of view politically. I'm doing it for one reason, which is to point out why it's so damned difficult to focus on common sense and logic in the UFO field.

As a blatant example, there is an active movement called Exopolitics that has, to be perfectly blunt, polluted the efforts of serious researchers to get a handle on what's really going on. The theory behind Exopolitics is best summarized by a mission statement at one of the sites devoted to this misguided initiatives: "Exopolitics is the study of the key individuals, political institutions and processes associated with extraterrestrial life."

Now this statement of intent is somewhat ambiguous. Are they referring to Earthlings who are somehow in touch with extraterrestrials, or to the ET themselves? More to the point, if it?s the latter, what evidence is there that we even know who and what they are and their actual mission on Earth?

The answer is, of course, that we don't, which is why we still call those strange objects UFOs. If we know what they were, they?d be IFOs, and thus there would be no mystery to investigate.

In any case, you can probably regard Exopolitics as the direct descendant of the infamous contactee movement in Ufology.

And aside from jumping the gun big time, the Exopolitics people are not above making up absurd stories, such as the one that we are in contact with beings who inhabit secret underground bases on Mars. Worse, humans may travel there via teleportation, something way beyond the capabilities of the transporters in Star Trek. Oh well, maybe they're actually using stargates.

In any case, there may indeed be mysteries on the red planet that beg for sensible explanations, but we certainly have no facts to demonstrate that there is any life there beyond, perhaps, primitive microbes. Even then, the best our most recent probes can do is produce a few drops of water.

No doubt the Exopolitics cultists will simply provide the excuse that this information is being withheld by terrestrial governments and that's why we require disclosure. Only there isn't a scintilla of proof about what they know, let alone that they know anything at all. What would this movement do if they discovered that authorities are as mystified about the whole thing as the rest of us, that they are simply withholding much of their data, such as it is, because they don?t want to admit that they don?t have any answers?

Of course, if that turned out to be the case, there would be no Exopolitics movement, and all the donations they've received and courses they've sold will have been a waste of time and money.

I am not going to say that the people behind this movement or liars and thieves. It?s quite possible they believe what they say, and that, in itself, may be the most unfortunate fact of all. Perhaps they were simply looking for advanced beings to help give meaning to their lives and got caught up in a belief system that, itself, had no basis in fact.

These days, an amazing number of people are searching for answers. Compounding the situation is the fact that the current economic crisis and other uncertainties have made them more gullible, more willing to accept the words of people who claim they know the truth.

That might explain some of the more irrational protests and conflicts in the political world as well.

The best I can say about Exopolitics is that perhaps, over time, people will come to realize that they have no more answers than anyone else, and the movement will eventually die on the vine. Alas, it'll probably be replaced by something just as nonsensical if not more so.

Gene Steinberg
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