(TMU) — By all indications, it looks like the moment of truth may finally be upon us as officials and alien enthusiasts alike brace themselves for a pair of events this weekend featuring the secretive Area 51 military base in Nevada.
Thousands of UFO fans are winding down their pilgrimage across Nevada, where the “Storm Area 51” Facebook event has morphed into multiple competing events in Last Vegas, Rachel, and Hiko after the Facebook event’s creator pulled out of a planned music festival near Area 51 in fear of “Frye Fest 2.0.”
“Alienstock” took place last night in Las Vegas. Announcing the move, a statement on the Alienstock website read:
“Due to the lack of infrastructure, planning, and risk management, along with concerns raised for the safety of the expected 10,000+ attendees, we decided to transition Alienstock away from the Rachel festival towards a safer alternative. We are officially disconnecting from the Little A’LE’INN, Rachel NV, and AlienStock’s affiliation with them.
We will no longer offer our logo, social media, website or Matty Roberts likeness or scheduled appearance. In short, the relationship has ended permanently. AlienStock will be moving to a safe, clean secure area in Downtown Las Vegas as an alternative. We are not interested in, nor will we tolerate any involvement in a FYREFEST 2.0. We foresee a possible humanitarian disaster in the works, and we can’t participate in any capacity at this point.”
Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change attended Alienstock last night before heading north toward Area 51.
Lol at the Area 51 Celebration which looks like it’s sponsored by $8 Bud Light limited-edition Area 51 beer cans,…
In a statement sent to the Mind Unleashed last week, the team representing the Little A’Le’Inn said, “Amidst false accusations and rumors, the residents of Rachel Nevada are excited to announce that Alienstock is, in fact, still happening at the Little A’Le’Inn on September 19 – 22nd. With thousands slated to attend and artists traveling in from all over the country, this is sure to be a once-in-this-universe experience.”
“Alienstock has been thoroughly planned, approved, and locally supported. All permits, permissions, and down-payments have been made and correctly filed,” the statement continued.
By all indications, it appears the true alien hunters began gathering last night in the desert of Nevada just north of where those simply seeking an out of this world party enjoyed themselves last night.
On Thursday, a news segment aired by local ABC affiliate KTNV showed an attendee practicing his Naruto run, named after Japanese anime character Naruto Uzumaki, who is known for running with his arms swept back as he runs face-first toward battle.
Even the U.S. Air Force has been briefing their ranks on the definition of the run, which has become a part of the Storm Area 51 meme.
By early Friday, dozens of people from across the U.S. began converging on the gate of Area 51 near Rachel in hopes to take selfies near the notorious site and its signs warning of how the military will violently defend the base, reports CBS News.
And if you’re a still a little confused about what exactly went down when it comes to planning these events and what is happening today and where, you’re not the only one. Even people there don’t seen to know exactly what is taking place.
Meanwhile, about 45 minutes down the “Extraterrestrial Highway” from Rachel, partiers and ufologists are getting ready to attend Storm Area 51 Basecamp, which is being held at the Alien Research Center souvenir shop in Hiko.
— Mick Akers (@mickakers) September 19, 2019
Organizers have already put together a medical team clad in t-shirt uniforms and entertainment offerings including films and music performances from the likes of DJ Paul Oakenfold.
Even the food and drink industry have jumped onto the bandwagon, with Bud Light having stepped up as the official sponsor of yesterday’s Area 51 Celebration in downtown Las Vegas, while fast food chain Arby’s plans to serve a “special alien-themed menu” at Storm Area 41 Basecamp that will include colorful “galaxy shakes” and “redacted on rye” roast beef sandwiches.
Indeed, authorities have been less than happy with the plans to “storm” the location, which is located within the US Air Force’s Nevada Test and Training Range. The military has issued stern warnings to use deadly force if civilians break into the base, while local and state officials have promised to make arrests if people make any such attempt.
In a warning that was equal parts menacing and tantalizing, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told reporters Tuesday:
“All joking aside, we’re taking it very seriously … Our nation has secrets, and those secrets deserve to be protected. The people deserve to have our nation’s secrets protected.”
Earlier this week, the Federal Aviation Administration also issued “temporary flight restrictions for special security reasons“—effectively a no-fly zone—banning any sorts of aircraft from the airspace surrounding the base, while authorities in Lincoln and Nye County have established “operations centers” that they hope will tackle any problems arising from the potentially tens of thousands of curious visitors expected to swarm the sparsely populated area.
Even local residents in Rachel are up in arms—possibly in the literal sense of the term—over the convergences. In forceful language, the town website announced:
“At this time we have to warn people against coming to Rachel for the botched [event] … We expect riots when those visitors that may show up and paid good money find out that the reality looks nothing like what they were promised.
People will get hurt.
STAY AWAY FROM RACHEL.”
University of Nevada – Las Vegas sociologist Michael Borer told CBS that the events are “a perfect blend of interest in aliens and the supernatural, government conspiracies, and the desire to know what we don’t know.”
Continuing, he explained:
“People desire to be part of something, to be ahead of the curve.
Area 51 is a place where normal, ordinary citizens can’t go. When you tell people they can’t do something, they just want to do it more.”
FBI Seizes Capitol Building LEGO Set From Alleged Rioter’s House
Many of us know, either from our childhood or even our adulthood, that building and collecting LEGO can be a fun hobby that allows us to tap into our creativity in a relaxing, stress-free way.
But what if someone’s LEGO hobby is something much more nefarious – or even seditious in the eyes of the government?
Such may have been the case when special agents with the FBI confiscated a fully completed LEGO set of the U.S. Capitol Building from the home of Robert Morss, 27, whom they allege participated in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, according to court documents published by The Smoking Gun.
The large LEGO set is comprised of 1,032 pieces and was released in 2016 and is no longer available for retail. The agents seized the finished set along with other items matching those they believe Morss had in his possession when he allegedly stormed the building – including a neck gaiter, a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, a military-style satchel, a black tourniquet, and military battle dress uniforms.
The documents also note that he “had three different firearms including a handgun, a shotgun and a rifle” in his possession.
According to LEGO, the United States Capitol Building set “focuses on the structure’s neoclassical style facade, steps and lawns” and is “finished with a decorative ‘US Capitol’ nameplate.” In 2019, the product was “retired” – which has less to do with politics and more to do with the limited availability of the company’s unique product lines.
Morss, who is from Pennsylvania, was arrested last month on a range of federal charges. According to the Department of Justice, his alleged crimes “include assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers; obstruction of an official proceeding; civil disorder; and robbery of personal property of the United States.”
An FBI investigator’s affidavit notes that Morss joined rioters in direct confrontations with officers guarding the Lower West Terrace doors of the Capital in “an intense and prolonged clash between rioters and law enforcement.”
Law enforcement officers claim that they also found a notebook in Morss car that had instructions on a “Step by Step to Create Hometown Militia” that included a list of names, equipment, and sections on “ambush,” “battle drills,” and “formations.” The notebook also contained notes that said “bring assault rifle,” “4 magazines,” and “bring kit/body armor.”
However, the court documents do not indicate whether the LEGO set was deployed in tactical drills prior to the botched uprising.
The DOJ says that roughly 465 individuals have been arrested on charges related the events of Jan. 6.
Neptune, the Roman God of Water, ‘Emerges’ From Waves in Photo During UK Storm
If we were to believe our eyes, it would seem that the ancient Roman god of water himself made an appearance on the shores of New Haven, England, on a day of especially rough surf.
What appears to be the “face” of Neptune was captured on Tuesday when photographer Jeff Overs of the BBC was taking photos of waves crashing over the harbor wall in the port city.
Of course, one is free to believe that the ferocious deity emanated from the depths of the sea to remind us puny humans of his wrath.
But alas, it was likely a simple example of pareidolia – the phenomenon of seeing faces and figures in otherwise random or ambiguous everyday objects.
The photographer snapped the shot amid high tide and winds exceeding 50 miles per hour (80km/h), namely because of the violent nature of the shore.
“It’s become a popular location for photographers because the sea ‘boils’ in high wind against the sea wall,” Overs explained.
“The waves splash into the high wind and when blown back occasionally make patterns that look like ghoulish faces.”
Overs added that one of the small foreground waves even resembles a hand – albeit a pareidolic one.
“It’s a straight shot and I haven’t manipulated the image at all,” he added.
Lunar New Deal: GOP Lawmaker Suggests Altering Moon & Earth’s Orbit to Stop Climate Change
Texas Republican Congressman Louise Gohmert raised the eyebrows of his Congressional colleagues on Tuesday after seemingly suggesting that climate change could be combatted by changing the orbit of the moon, or even altering “Earth’s orbit around the sun.”
Gohmert, who has been decried as the “dumbest member of Congress” for his past absurdly anti-scientific comments regarding the ongoing pandemic and a number of other issues, has been a vocal opponent of progressive legislators’ attempts to put a “Green New Deal” on the government’s agenda.
However, his apparent suggestion of a “Lunar New Deal” to mitigate global warming could take the cake as his most hare-brained idea yet.
The comments came during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on four pending bills while questioning Jennifer Eberlien of the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, reports NBC.
“I understand, from what’s been testified to the Forest Service and the B.L.M. [Bureau of Land Management], you want very much to work on the issue of climate change,” the Texas congressman began.
“I was informed by the immediate past director of NASA that they’ve found that the moon’s orbit is changing slightly and so is the Earth’s orbit around the sun,” he continued.
“We know there’s been significant solar flare activity,” Gohmert said. “And so, is there anything that the National Forest Service or B.L.M. can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun?”
“Obviously that would have profound effects on our climate,” the lawmaker added.
Responding, Eberlein said with a smile: “I would have to follow up with on you on that one, Mr. Gohmert.”
“If you figure out there’s a way in the forest service you could make that change, I’d like to know,” Gohmert responded, without any trace of irony.
Longtime critics of the conservative legislator were besides themselves with bewilderment and mockery over the out-of-this-world suggestion.
On the opposite side of the aisle California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu suggested that perhaps Marvel Comics superheroine Captain Marvel was up to the task.
“She can alter planetary orbits with her superpowers. I’m going to work on a bipartisan resolution asking for her help,” Lieu wrote on Twitter.
According to NASA, the Earth’s climate has changed throughout history for various reasons, including small variations in the planet’s orbit.
However, the agency’s website notes that this doesn’t discount the fact that anthropogenic or human-caused activities are the culprit of the current warming.
“The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over millennia,” the site says.