(TMU) — In an age when the zeitgeist synchronizes closely with Internet trends and viral social media hashtags, the most improbable and zany of memes can become obsessive movements virtually overnight. The newest example—a facetious campaign to “Storm Area 51” and unseal its alien secrets—originated as a playful Facebook event and has since ballooned into a pop culture phenomenon with nearly 2 million enlistees pledging to take part.
While the majority of the group members are unlikely to ultimately sojourn to the middle of the desert 75 miles north of Las Vegas, if even a small percentage of them turn up, it could flood the town of Rachel and create a tense scene for local and federal government officials.
The event’s creator, Matty Roberts, says it started as a “pure stroke of imagination” and that it was simply a satirical joke. He had no idea that his idea of a legion of UFO fanatics “naruto run[ning]” toward Area 51 to breach the top secret base and “see them aliens” would go viral in only a few weeks. In recent interviews he has admitted he now fears things have gotten out of hand and that there will be “slaughter.”
The engineering student said in an interview:
“It was meant to be funny. I want to do something cool out there, now that we have a bunch of people, but I don’t want anybody to get hurt.
“A few people are really serious and I’m kind of worried about that. I’ve had a couple people DM the page where they’re like, ‘I’m willing to die for the government. Let’s do this.’ And I’m just like, ‘Oh my God.’ They’re all like hardcore strength in numbers, that kind of thing, but if there’s only like two of those guys out there, I think we’ll be OK.”
There are signs the joke is being taken seriously by government officials as well. Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews stated:
“The Nevada Test and Training Range is an area where the Air Force tests and trains combat aircraft. Any attempt to illegally access military installations or military training areas is dangerous.”
Despite warnings, local owners of hotels and campgrounds say their properties are filling up with reservations. Matty says he now hopes to turn the event into an educational festival.
Area 51, long a staple of conspiracy theories and fringe pop culture, has resurfaced frequently in recent years. The CIA didn’t even officially acknowledge the existence of the base until 2013.
And while officials maintain the base is the home of experimental aircraft, weapons systems and logistical support for the USAF, some conspiracists insist there is more going on. Bob Lazar, who in the 1980s claimed he had worked on alien technology inside the base, recently appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast to reiterate his claims. A few years back, a fairly mainstream journalist named Annie Jacobsen, claimed in a book on Area 51 that the crafts which crashed in Roswell had actually been piloted by the victims of a Soviet eugenics experiment and were intended to introduce disinformation and confusion into the American imagination.
It is highly unlikely—bordering on impossible—that a critical mass of civilians could infiltrate a highly secure military base. The U.S. military almost assuredly has advanced technologies for non-violently neutralizing large groups of people, including sound beams, electromagnetic pulses and directed microwave energy.
The success of Storm Area 51 could lay more in presenting a proof-of-concept showing the impact of tens of thousands of people assembling in one area. The event states: “they can’t stop us all.” While this view is patently wrong, it is only because they’re talking about sabotaging the defense of a major top-secret military asset.
While we have seen mass protests and marches, very rarely have we seen over a million citizens converge in one spot demanding the truth. The sentiment behind storming Area 51 may strike many as juvenile or absurd, but if this same principle—mobilizing the populace to numerically overwhelm law enforcement and elites—were to laterally shift onto, say, storming the border detention centers, it might be taken more seriously.
Storm Area 51 has the potential to be a transferable movement that graduates from a giant party to a disruptive new form of mass civil disobedience… or more.
Florida Man Drives Eight-Wheeled Chevy Monster Truck Across the Ocean
A Florida Man has decided to drive his eight-wheeled Chevy monster truck across the ocean. That’s right, you read that correctly: he drove his truck across the ocean. For the TikTok views. And yes, it worked.
The legendary “Florida Man” has long been a favorite for news readers and writers alike, offering an entertaining potpourri of the insane, the impressive, and the grotesque, with stories covering topics including drugs, violence, alligators, and unbelievable feats of human wackiness.
In the latest chapter of the ongoing saga, one brave Florida Man decided to do what no sane man had ever considered: rather than take his monster truck to the demolition derby, he took it to a South Florida bay and sailed it alongside the yachts instead.
WhistlinDiesel can best be described as the Johnny Knoxville of American truck culture, or as he describes himself, one who does “basically everything you’ve ever thought of doing with your truck but you’d never ACTUALLY do … simply because someone says it’s impossible.”
And just like Knoxville and the MTV Jackass gang pushed the concept of extreme, physical challenges beyond the limits of basic common sense, WhistlinDiesel is willing to do anything to go viral and catch some likes. It’s a winning formula, if a bit unsafe.
With that in mind, the social media madman took his two-axle Chevy Silverado, filled its eight tires with a ridiculous amount of air, and drove it straight into the Gulf of Mexico between Longboat Key and Bradenton Beach, Florida, without any sort of propeller.
It wasn’t long before authorities intervened to cut his ludicrous stunt short. WhistlinDiesel had just barely driven into the water and smashed the throttle over the bay before he was forced to haul it out of the drink with a boat while completely surrounded by the local sheriff’s department, the Coast Guard, and the Florida Department of Natural Resources – who were quite likely peeved that someone decided to plunge his diesel truck into a protected body of water.
“Still can’t believe how smoothly this went. I woke up at 4am after 2 hours of sleep that day thinking wtf am I doing? This could either end really good or really bad. Our original plan was to set up at night in the dark and drive miles offshore to watch the sun rise but looking back we got much better reactions from the public this way.”
And good reactions he did receive, as the maniac managed to get tons of press attention and social media clout. It still remains unclear whether he faced any charges for the stunt, so it’s safe to say: Mission accomplished!
Officials Call Kimberly Guilfoyle “HR Nightmare” For Offering Lapdance To Highest Bidder
According to multiple senior officials with the GOP and Trump campaign, former Fox TV host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is currently the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., was an “HR Nightmare” during her work for the White House and even offered lap dances to the highest bidder to raise funds for the campaign.
This type of behavior would not necessarily be out of character Guilfoyle, considering that she was forced to leave Fox News after being accused of sexually harassing a female assistant. The network eventually paid the assistant a settlement that was more than $4 million, and broke ties with Guilfoyle years before her contract expired, according to an investigation by The New Yorker.
The assistant said that Guilfoyle frequently got naked in front of her, showed her naked photographs of her male sexual partners, and required the assistant to sleep over at her apartment. Many of these accusations were confirmed by The New Yorker report.
According to the report, Guilfoyle told the assistant to give into pressure for sexual favors from other employees at Fox, and encouraged her to sleep with rich and powerful men. The woman was hired in 2015, just out of college.
“Guilfoyle told her to submit to a Fox employee’s demands for sexual favors, encouraged her to sleep with wealthy and powerful men, asked her to critique her naked body, demanded that she share a room with her on business trips, required her to sleep over at her apartment, and exposed herself to her, making her feel deeply uncomfortable,” the report stated.
The victim also said that Guilfoyle attempted to cover up the harassment, and even offered hush money payments when lawyers were investigating the allegations.
A former Fox employee who had been friendly with Guilfoyle said that she “created an environment that was detrimental to young women.”
“It was worse than gross—it put other women at Fox in such a terrible position,” the source said.
According to a report this week in Politico, senior officials with both the GOP and the Trump campaign also felt uncomfortable about how explicit Guilfoyle was about her sex life. At an event in Jackson Hole, Wyoming earlier this year, Guilfoyle and Donald Trump Jr. joked about how she raised money while in hot tubs. Another witness at the event said that the joke was about “hot tub parties” for high level donors.
Guilfoyle was also the First Lady of San Francisco from 2004 to 2006. She married Democratic politician and future California Governor Gavin Newsom and was First Lady of San Francisco during Newsom’s first two years as mayor of that city.
Guilfoyle served as an Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco from 2000 to 2004. She also appeared in the 2004 film Happily Even After playing a public defender.
As of early 2020, the Trump campaign was paying Guilfoyle $15,000 per month through the campaign manager’s private company, Parscale Strategy.
In the Trump 2020 campaign, Guilfoyle managed a fund-raising division. The fundraising division managed by Guilfoyle was accused of irresponsible spending.
Kentucky Police Showed Cadets Slideshow Promoting Violent Tactics, Quoting Hitler, and Robert E. Lee
A slideshow that officials with The Kentucky State Police decided to show to young cadets promoted violence and used quotes from problematic figures such as Adolf Hitler and Robert E. Lee. The presentation was titled “The Warrior Mindset,” and encouraged cadets to become “the loving father, spouse, and friend as well as the ruthless killer.”
The slideshow was obtained by an attorney in Kentucky named David Ward, who filed an open records request on behalf of the Adams Landenwich Walton law firm as part of a lawsuit. The lawsuit was regarding the death of a man who was killed by police in Harlan County, but for some reason, the slideshow was included in the documents.
Ted Walton, one of the partners at the law firm, handed the documents over to his two teenage sons, who broke the national story in their high school newspaper The Manual RedEye. The fact that it was teenagers who did the initial reporting on this story is fitting, considering that these slideshows were given to teenagers with aspirations of becoming police.
The disturbing slideshow featured a line from Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf that reads, “The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.”
Hitler is quoted 3 times in the presentation, which makes him the most quoted person in the slideshow.
The slideshow also links to a Goodreads page for Hitler.
Confederate General Robert E. Lee was quoted in a slide titled “The Thin Gray Line,” which showed a group of white officers in the department’s traditional gray uniforms. Confederate uniforms were also gray, which makes Lee’s quote on this particular slide all that more suspicious. Lee’s quote instructs the cadets that “manliness will carry you through the world much better than policy.”
Another slide features an absurd quote about how the world can live without engineers and doctors, but not without warriors.
The phrase “Über Alles” is featured in large text on the final page of the slideshow, which is a German term that means “above all” or “above everything else.” The phrase was once in the German national anthem, but has since been removed because it emphasizes national superiority, and is associated with the Nazis.
In a statement emailed to RedEye, KSP spokesperson Lieutenant Joshua Lawson admitted that the slides were real, but defended them being in the presentation, saying that they were included because of their “relevance” to law enforcement, not necessarily because of the person who said them.
“The quotes are used for their content and relevance to the topic addressed in the presentation. The presentation touches on several aspects of service, selflessness, and moral guidance. All of these topics go to the fundamentals of law enforcement such as treating everyone equally, service to the public, and being guided by the law,” the statement read.
In a followup email, Lawson clarified that the presentation was seven years old. Morgan Hall, the Communications Director for the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, which oversees the State Police, later confirmed that the presentation has not been used since 2013.
The slides were put together by now-retired Lieutenant Curt Hall, according to a deposition given by KSP Captain James Goble on October 14. Hall’s name was also on the front page of the presentation.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear responded to the report by saying: “This is absolutely unacceptable. It is further unacceptable that I just learned about this through social media. We will collect all the facts and take immediate corrective action.”
Rep. John Yarmuth, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, also expressed his disgust with the leaked presentation.
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