AUDIO VERSION of ORIGINAL POST:
ORIGINAL POST STARTS HERE:
“Are there alien civilizations in the universe, some vastly more advanced than we? It gives me chills. Fevers my brain. There are at least one hundred billion starts in our galaxy [Milky Way] and two hundred billion galaxies in the universe. There must be other intelligences, scientists assume. Why? There is nothing special about our Sun and our Earth. But if there are so many alien civilizations, why no evidence? No artificial structures anywhere in space. No communications. The Great Silence. That’s the “Fermi-paradox” – the hunting question asked by physicist Enrico Fermi.quote from – Robert Lawrence Kuhn, Closer To Truth – Transcribed by me – from intro to Episode 305 | “Where Are They, All Those Aliens?”
Alone. Not alone. Either way, changes us forever.”
I put out a question on Twitter asking people, “Do you believe in aliens?”
Almost 250 votes! Not bad.
There has been a general ‘buzz’ permeating social media this past year. People stuck inside for a year has had us online way too much. We’re reading blog articles and watching videos that we don’t usually explore.
Not only that, but the recent satellite and rocket launches that Elon Musk has been doing almost every week PLUS the Perseverance rover landing on the surface of Mars – has piqued people’s interest in aliens and UFOs (or the new popular term, UAP – unidentified aerial phenomena).
By the way, did you see those pictures that the rover took? And the video of it landing? Amazing.
Here it is:
My interest in aliens, UFOs, and UAPs…
My interest in the aliens, UFO, and UAP phenomenons went into overdrive, when the New York Times published their now famous (infamous?) article that revealed that the US government had funded and currently funds Defence programs to investigate UAP encounters from Navy pilots and other military service-people.
I first wrote about UFOs on this blog here Unidentified Inside America’s UFO Investigation Docuseries and here A Message From Outer Space.
Recently, like most ufo-newbies, I found myself over at #UFOTwitter. I don’t explore that hashtag that much. But I did find some interesting content creators and made my own UFO TwitterList.
One podcast I recommend for ufo-newbies like myself is called, Post Disclosure World (aka UFO Jesus).
He is skeptical, but leans towards the UAP phenomenon being extraterrestrial.
I on the other hand, am quite agnostic to the Alien/UFO/UAP situation. It’s entertainment for me.
For example, I saw a video from Lex Fridman with guest Diana Walsh Pasulka. She is a professor of philosophy and religion at UNCW and author of American Cosmic: UFOs, Religion, and Technology.
I read most of her book and it is interesting. In the book, she shares her story of meeting with a person who claims to have secret knowledge of aliens and UFOs from the famous Roswell incident back in the 1950 in New Mexico, USA. She remains skeptical but interested throughout the book. I did too.
I can’t write a blog post about aliens and UFOs, without mentioning Lue Elizondo. “Luis “Lue” Elizondo is the former director of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (ATTIP), the secretive Pentagon unit that studied UFOs.” (link)
In the last year, Lue has been making appearances on media everywhere. From CNN and Fox news to niche Ufology podcasts that you’ve never heard of.
Lue is getting the word out about UAPs (unidentified aerial phenomena). Because of Lue’s security clearance, he’s allegedly been made aware of some extraordinary evidence (visual, audio, eye witness, etc.) of UAPs.
I think this is how it works:
1. Military personnel observe an unidentified flying object, then they report it
2. Intelligence officers and heads of departments (Department of Defence, CIA, Navy. etc.) get briefed (small meetings in a closed dark room in an office building no one knows about) by other intelligence officers, on investigations into UAP reports.
3. Those intelligence officers who were briefed in the meetings about UAPs, leak information to people like Lue Elizondo.
4. Then Lue Elizondo (and others like him) reports to the public (at least what he’s allowed to report regarding his NDAs – non-disclosure agreement – meaning there are some things he cannot talk about, bummer)
5. Hopefully this will put pressure on the US government to release the info they have about UAPs (re: Disclosure)
Also, investigative journalists make FOAI requests to certain government agencies (Freedom of Information Act, USA). Agencies like the Department of Defence. People ask for all kinds of documents regarding UFOs.
According to the first page of the Google search results, “If the information you want is not publicly available, you can submit a FOIA request to the agency’s FOIA Office. The request simply must be in writing and reasonably describe the records you seek.”
Why aren’t we ALL making FOAI requests?
So you have people like Lue making public appearances and giving this topic media exposure (hopefully on the JRE podcast soon?). And you also have investigative journalists making FOAI requests regarding UFOs.
In addition, in an American ‘Virus Relief bill’ – buried under policy for funding for pandemic relief, is a “commitee comment.” Not sure what that is but, “US intelligence agencies have 180 days to share what they know about UFOs, thanks to the Covid-19 relief and spending bill” (link)
I’m trying to wrap my head around all this. It can be confusing sometimes. Heck, there is even a riff and disagreement between the OGs and young-guns of the UFO-niche community. It’s fun for a newbie like me though.
Which brings us to this question…
Do I believe in aliens?
I’m not sure yet. Maybe the UFOs are from another country or even some rich billionaire. Who knows. But we are going to find out by summertime 2021, (some of) what the heck the US government knows about UFOs.
Do YOU believe in aliens?
Let us know in the comments below!