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A Parliamentary UFO Conspiracy Theory


(This has been rewritten and reposted from 2010/08/02)

Here’s something from a short while ago:

Yet another UFO enthusiast, this time an Italian politician, and one already with a reputation as an extremist, allegedly in connection with a previous conviction in 2005, and he’s claiming that the European Union, indeed, national governments around the world, are not being up-front about classified documentation on UFOs, and demands that they should immediately declassify and release this data, which he seems to think is being wrongly concealed.

My thought is that even if this data exists, that it’s either too trivial to be worthy of serious investigation or too ambiguous to draw any conclusions from further inquiries into it.

He’s basing his claims and demands, this time not on his own experience, as is often the case with claims like this, but upon the anecdotal testimony of others — ‘highly credible witnesses,’ he asserts — and just a wee bit too uncritically to my eye.

He’s already written a declaration of disclosure, which some in the EU parliament have apparently signed onto, and seems to be taking this as agreement with his views.

This is becoming increasingly common for me to come across:

There are typically two general types of proponents of these claims — either that confirmation of their claims, and the imminent revelation of the Truth™ (of UFOs or anything else) by some (fill-in-the-blank) governmental authority is ‘soon to be released’ or those who upon noting the delay in or apparent lack of such revelation, demand that it must be produced when it fails to materialize on a schedule to their liking.

They’ve been claiming this about the ‘secret’ of UFOs for six decades now…

Both of these views involve a lot of conspiratorial thinking, and this is typical of the pseudosciences, whether it’s of UFOs or some other sort of claim.

This reminds me of the right-wing extremists in the U.S. who subscribe to the whole Obama citizenship conspiracy theories, who even after being presented with a legitimately certified copy of a birth certificate, no matter how many times, are never satisfied and who move the goal-posts ever further back.

Feh…Madness..!

Huge solar prominence caught by NASA’s SDO


TheBadAstronomer | April 28, 2010

This huge eruption of gas on the Sun was seen by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on April 19, 2010. The gas follows the Sun’s magnetic field lines, bursting upwards and then raining back down. The scale of this is vast: the Earth could nestle comfortably under the arc of this prominence.

For more info: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/…

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