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Archive for 2011

Ebert on the Universe

Monday, 4 April, 2011

One day last week Roger Ebert turned is mind from film to contemplate the immensity of things: … The universe is too large for me to comprehend how large that really might be. I’ve seen those animations where Earth shrinks to a pin point, and then the sun shrinks to a pin point, and then […]


Monday, 21 February, 2011

Carl Sagan was a hero to most of us who in one way or another like to watch the skies. The mellifluous-voiced, turtleneck-and-corduroy-wearing astronomer inspired my generation to care about space, about our planet, and about our future as a spacefaring civilization. He was not only a fashion plate but also a prophet of what […]


Saturday, 5 February, 2011

Much as I was eager to believe in the authenticity of the recent series of very convincing videos of a UFO over Jerusalem’s Temple Mount (previous posts), the growing feeling in the UFO blogosphere is that they’re probably fake, and the arguments are persuasive. To the untrained eye, the videos look very real, but they […]

And a Fifth…

Friday, 4 February, 2011

Rick Phillips (UFO Disclosure Countdown Clock) has found a fifth, intriguing video of the “Jerusalem UFO”: Unlike the other videos, I’m slightly suspicious of this one on first viewing: It reminds me a bit of Cloverfield — people pretending to act totally real and spontaneous for a hand-held camera, but ever so slightly overdoing it. […]

Fourth Jerusalem UFO Video

Wednesday, 2 February, 2011

[edit 2/5/11: The original version of this video had an audio track (voices, expressions of surprise, etc.), which has now been removed, and new added text explains that that audio track was fake and had been added to the footage as part of a UFO coverup plot somehow, to discredit it. I’m not sure what […]

UFO over Jerusalem

Monday, 31 January, 2011

If it isn’t an elaborate hoax, there was an astonishing UFO event in the Middle East this weekend that is generating a buzz on the UFO forums. At 1 am on January 28, a bright white orb was filmed by three witnesses directly over the Dome of the Rock on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. After hovering […]

UFO Coverup Primer

Saturday, 29 January, 2011

In our busy world, who has the time to read a thick tome covering the evidence about UFOs? Historian Richard Dolan has written three of them (the latest, After Disclosure, in collaboration with Bryce Zabel) that amount to over 1,300 pages. It’s a stunning volume of documentation. Well, here’s the answer to your problems: A […]

JFK, Marilyn, and UFOs

Thursday, 20 January, 2011

“Webb,” [Bill Clinton] had said, “if I put you over at Justice I want you to find the answers to two questions for me. One, who killed JFK. And two, are there UFOs.” Clinton was dead serious. I had looked into both, but wasn’t satisfied with the answers I was getting. (Webster Hubbell, Friends in […]

Noooooo!!! — An Open Letter to Ridley Scott

Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

The worst mistake a film (or any work of art) can make is to answer all the questions. “Prequels” are a particular hazard in this respect, because they tend to take away that wonderful feeling of being plunged into a world in medias res and then leaving it still with a few questions. Answering all […]

A Clear Signal From Outer Space

Tuesday, 11 January, 2011

For half a century we have been searching the sky for extraterrestrial intelligence, using radio telescopes. This is on the assumption (debatable) that advanced ETs would still be communicating in the radio band. But what if they are trying to communicate with us in some other way? And what if their message to us isn’t […]