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Mainstream News Coverage of UFOs Raises Alarming Questions About Disclosure



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It’s been a weird couple years for UFO research and speculation. We’re closing out a decade that has heard the drum beat for Disclosure—the long-sought declassifying of government knowledge of extraterrestrial visitations—grow intensely in certain “fringe” circles while the vast majority of mainstream scientists continue to express resolute skepticism. But is that facade slowly cracking? Recently, a series of puzzling and consistent reports began to appear in mainstream news outlets suggesting that our very own government’s employees may be far more interested in—and confused by—UFOs than previously thought.

First, there landed the now well-known December 2017 article in the New York Times about the Defense Department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which for the first time featured official government acknowledgment of ongoing Pentagon research into UFOs. This dovetailed with the declassification of a massive trove of hundreds of thousands of CIA documents detailing decades of Cold War-era government research into UFOs—or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), as they are more commonly referred to these days.

Even more researchers have come forward, including billionaire entrepreneur and UFO enthusiast Robert Bigelow, who had received funding from his friend and then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid so that Bigelow’s aerospace research company could investigate UAPs.

In a 60 Minutes interview, Bigelow stated: “There has been and is an existing presence, an ET presence.”

Luis Elizondo, who for years was the man in charge of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, provided further testimony that Big Think called “shocking” and a “historical inflection point in our attitudes regarding UFOs.”

If we rewind back to 2016, we can marvel over the Year of Oumuamua, the name given to “a mysterious, cigar-shaped interstellar object [that] fell through our solar system at an extraordinary speed.” The comet—the first known interstellar object to pass through our solar system—possessed such a confoundingly anomalous shape, size, trajectory and composition that scientists could not rule out its being an artificial extraterrestrial craft being propelled by solar sails.

Now, a newly published New York Times article reveals that, during the years of 2014 and 2015, Navy pilots were documenting daily UFO sightings and encounters. The article features these pilots making their claims on the record, a somewhat unusual feat. The article reads:

“The strange objects, one of them like a spinning top moving against the wind, appeared almost daily from the summer of 2014 to March 2015, high in the skies over the East Coast. Navy pilots reported to their superiors that the objects had no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes, but that they could reach 30,000 feet and hypersonic speeds.

“These things would be out there all day,” said Lt. Ryan Graves, an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot who has been with the Navy for 10 years, and who reported his sightings to the Pentagon and Congress. ‘Keeping an aircraft in the air requires a significant amount of energy. With the speeds we observed, 12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect.'”

Many are quick to point out that these sightings could easily be glimpses of man-made (possibly top-secret government technology) drones or other aerial craft. The Washington Post even points out that the New York Times reporters “are not saying that these UFOs are extraterrestrials, but they are trying to destigmatize the reporting of a UFO.”

However, as mainstream articles on UFOs—something that was unthinkable earlier this century—grow increasingly audacious with their claims, it’s worth considering what this trend is building towards. The more we learn about trained Navy pilots observing unidentified craft executing near-impossible maneuvers at hypersonic speeds, it’s worth considering what Disclosure would really look like in our media landscape, in which corporate news often acts as an echo chamber for the State Department.

If the government were trying to come clean about something utterly shocking and revolutionary that they knew was destined to become public knowledge, would they do it all at once or would they do it piecemeal, in a controlled drip over the course of many years—a slow-moving coup, so to speak—using their media levers to control the narrative and manage our reaction?

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Awesome New Infrared Goggles Could Help Blind People ‘See’ Surroundings



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People who are blind or deal with low vision face a unique number of challenges in their daily lives, ranging from accessing published material to holding a job or living on one’s own.

However, emerging infrared technology under research could help the blind and visually impaired navigate the world around them using a pair of innovative goggles.

In new research recently published and yet to be peer-reviewed, Manuel Zahn and Armaghan Ahmad Khan at Germany’s Technical University of Munich explored how their 3D camera and haptic feedback armband can assist people with low vision.

“Even in the present era, visually impaired people face a constant challenge of navigation,” the pair wrote. “The most common tool available to them is the cane. Although the cane allows good detection of objects in the user’s immediate vicinity, it lacks the ability to detect obstacles further away.”

The two students’ design deploys two infrared cameras placed in a 3D-printed goggles prototype to get a stereoscopic view that is transformed by a small computer into a map of the user’s surroundings. The infrared gear also works in the dark. The armband then uses 25 actuators arranged in a grid that vibrates when users come close to objects while also assisting them in their orientation. As users walk near obstacles, the vibration intensity of the actuators increases.

In tests, subjects enjoyed roughly 98 percent accuracy while getting through obstacle pathways, with all five participants completing the course in their first run. After two additional runs, the volunteers were able to navigate the obstacles more rapidly.

Zahn and Khan frequently cited Microsoft’s Kinect motion detection system for the Xbox in their study, but the pair are confident that their own setup will be far smaller, cheaper and less conspicuous than the gaming device.

The new headset could offer an interesting opportunity for blind and partially sighted people to clear the myriad obstacles they face when performing regular tasks or navigating the world around them.

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Toddler Goes On $2000 Furniture-Shopping Spree On Mom’s Phone



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A New Jersey mom learned that keeping your browser open may not be the best idea as children, and even infants, become increasingly tech savvy.

Madhu Kumar was browsing Walmart’s furniture selection on their website and had added some items to her shopping cart but never checked out. She was shocked and confused when she started to receive a steady stream of packages from the big-box retailer.

Madhu immediately turned to her husband and two older children to find out who ordered the packages.

“I need one or two, why would we need four?” Madhu asked.

As it turned out, her toddler Ayaansh Kumar – who, at 22 months old, was barely learning to count – had gone on a $2,000 shopping spree while playing on his mother’s phone.

“It is really hard to believe that he has done this, but that’s what happened,” Ayaansh’s dad, Pramod Kumar, told NBC New York.

Among the packages were some that could barely be squeezed through the family’s front door at their home in Monmouth Junction.

Purchases included accent chairs, flower stands and a range of other household items that arrived throughout the week.

“He’s so little, he’s so cute, we were laughing that he ordered all this stuff,” his mom remarked.

From birth, young Ayaansh had observantly watched his family members engage in a range of activities from home – including shopping, attending classes, and going to school. And as it the case for many kids of his generation, he knows the basics of operating a smartphone.

The parents are still waiting for all of the boxes to arrive so that they can return them to their local Walmart. The retailer has already told the Kumars that they are eligible for a refund, but the parents plan to save at least a few items to remind them of their son’s first e-commerce adventure.

“Moving forward, we will put tough passcodes or face recognition so when he picks up the phone he finds it in locked condition,” his father said.

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