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?
Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida
A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.
In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.
“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.
Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.
Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.
Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.
Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.
However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.
Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son
A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.
The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.
The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.
“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.
The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.
The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.
“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.
The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.
The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.
Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter
The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.
However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.
In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.
It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.
The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.
Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.
The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.
The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.
The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.