(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 ‘Aware Of’ Alleged Spotting of UFO by American Airlines Pilot Over New Mexico
New Mexico has long been considered the mecca for people interested in UFO incidents, with the southwestern state attracting tens of thousands of annual visitors to the alleged sites of close encounters in Roswell, as well as other sightings such as the Lonnie Zamora incident and the Aztec UFO crash.
With such a rich history of alleged sightings of unidentified flying objects in New Mexico, it should come as no surprise that another close encounter has been reported – this time by a commercial airline pilot on Sunday afternoon.
At around 1 p.m. local time on Sunday, an unidentified aerial craft reportedly whooshed past American Airlines flight 2292 in the northern part of the state, startling the pilot who expressed his shock over the strange object flying overhead at a breathtaking rate of speed.
In a 15-second recording that was obtained by self-described “stealth chaser” Steve Douglass of Amarillo, Texas, and published on his blog Deep Black Horizon, the pilot can be heard excitedly communicating with air traffic controllers about the strange sighting he saw above the clouds during the passenger flight.
“Do you have any targets up here?” the pilot asks the Federal Aviation Administration traffic controllers.
“We just had something go right over the top of us,” he continues. “I hate to say this, but it looked like a long, cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing moving really fast, and went right over the top of us.”
However, the response from Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center can’t be heard due to local air traffic in Amarillo interfering with the channel, Douglass said. The blogger and author of “The Comprehensive Guide to Military Monitoring” also noted that there was no “no significant military aircraft presence was noted on ADS-B logs” and that the flight proceeded to land without incident at its destination in Phoenix, Arizona.
While the FAA has yet to comment on the strange encounter, American Airlines has confirmed that the recording of the radio communications with the pilot is fully authentic.
“Following a debrief with our Flight Crew and additional information received, we can confirm this radio transmission was from American Airlines Flight 2292 on Feb. 21,” a spokesman for the airliner wrote in an email to Fox News. The spokesman added that any additional inquiries should be addressed to the FBI.
However, the FBI response was equally opaque.
“The FBI is aware of the reported incident,” bureau spokesman Frank Connor wrote in an email. “While our policy is to neither confirm nor deny investigations, the FBI works continuously with our federal, state, local and tribal partners to share intelligence and protect the public.”
Furthermore, authorities at the nearby Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque reported that they had been alerted to the supposed encounter through the media, but officials at the base were not discussing the matter.
“We have no knowledge of this. We’re not aware of anything,” Lally Laksbergs told Wall Street Journal. Officials at White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico have not yet responded to media inquiries.
However, Douglass has expressed doubt that the close encounter was with a military projectile.
“It was a Sunday. Basically, it’s a military’s day off,” Douglass told KVII News, where he works as a photographer. “When tests occur, the military notifies the FAA, aircraft are kept out of the area and their schedules and strict flight lanes as aircraft need to stay in to not interfere with these tests. That’s not what happened.”
“Whatever it was came fast, right at them and right over them, which gave them a big enough scare that they had to report it,” he added. “If the military can’t explain what it is, what’s flying out there that we don’t know about?”
In recent years, officials with the U.S. government have been increasingly vocal in its discussions of UFOs, which they prefer to refer to as unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs.
In September 2019, U.S. Navy officials admitted that widely-circulating video footage captured by Navy pilots purportedly showing UFOs flying through the skies did, in fact, depict actual “unknown” objects that flew into U.S. airspace. The videos had been released months prior by To The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences (TTS), a private “UFO research organization” founded by former Blink 182 frontman Tom De Longe.
Man Killed by Shrapnel at Baby Shower After Gender Reveal Cannon Explodes
A 26-year-old Michigan man was killed in an explosion over the weekend after the organizers of a baby shower deployed an artillery-like device to announce whether they are having a boy or girl.
Evan Thomas Silva was struck by a blast of shrapnel after a homeowner in Genesee County ignited a device similar to a cannon during the gender reveal celebration on Saturday night, according to Michigan State Police. Upon firing off the cannon, shrapnel was sent toward three parked vehicles and a garage where guests had gathered, killing Silva.
“(It was) Similar to a signal cannon,” MSP Lt. Liz Rich told WJRT. “The cast material exploded and sent projectiles in all directions.”
The device was similar to a signal cannon used for novelty purposes, and had been purchased in an auction, police said.
“The homeowner reported it had been shot several times,” Rich said. “If there aren’t regular inspections on a device like this, the cast material can wear away.”
The cannon was designed to simply set off a bright flash accompanied by a loud noise and smoke, rather than actually firing off projectiles.
However, investigators believe that “the gun powder loaded into the device caused the cannon to fracture, resulting in shrapnel being spread in the area.”
Silva had been standing 10 to 15 feet away from the cannon before he was blasted in the chest by the shrapnel. He was immediately rushed to Hurley Medical Center, where he died.
Some shards had even been hurled as far as 25 feet away from the cannon, while other pieces of the cannon pierced the garage where the mishap took place.
The incident was under investigation by Michigan State Police. The MSP Bomb Squad, Medstar Ambuance and Gaines Township Fire Department all responded to the scene.
In recent years, gender-reveal parties have grown increasingly elaborate as expecting parents have used devises that eject confetti, balloons, and other colored objects to announce the soon-to-be-child’s sex.
Since gender reveal parties have gained popularity, they have also taken a dangerous turn as event organizers have used pyrotechnics and, in this case, artillery to make their announcement, resulting in freak accidents.
In September, a California couple’s plans to reveal their baby’s gender with blue or pink smoke set off a major wildfire that scorched thousands of acres across San Bernardino County. The couple ignited the “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device” amid dry conditions and critical fire weather during a severe heat wave, according to authorities.
In 2019, a homemade explosive was detonated in Knoxville, Iowa, to reveal a baby’s gender. While the device was meant to simply spray colored powder, it instead blew up like a pipe bomb, killing 56-year-old soon-to-be-grandmother Pamela Kreimeyer.
In 2019, a plane crashed after a pilot dumped hundreds of gallons of pink water.
In April 2017, another major fire was sparked during a botched gender reveal party in Arizona. The fire eventually consumed over 45,000 acres across the state and caused over $8 million in damage over the span of a week. In 2018, a U.S. Border Patrol agent admitted he was guilty of a misdemeanor violation of U.S. Forest Service regulations for igniting the fire.
“People are very creative in the gender reveals, but remember safety is always number one,” Rich said.
Microsoft Wants to Reanimate You as a “Conversational” Chatbot After You Die
Black Mirror creator Charlie Booker made headlines earlier this year when he stated that the world was bleak enough without a new season of the infamously dark Netflix series. During the Trump and Covid years, many commentators have observed that reality seems to have matched and even outpaced the dire predictions of the world’s science fiction authors.
However, Black Mirror brought an especially sharp edge to the genre, so closely mirroring our own society’s disintegration into techno-dystopian chaos that at times it felt like a real-time satire that was a bit too on the nose.
Now, in a move that eerily invokes a number of Black Mirror plot arcs, reality seems to be trying to reclaim its monopoly on dystopia. The tech giant Microsoft has filed a patent for software that can “revive” a version of a person who has died and use that version as the basis for a conversational chatbot.
The patent describes harvesting “social data,” which includes images, voice data, emails, text messages, social media posts, written letters, user profile and behavioral data, transactional data, geo-location data and more, in order to “modify a personalized chat index in the theme of certain person’s personality. This personality may resemble anyone for whom enough social data can be found and could also be a historical figure, a fictional character, or a celebrity.
In other words, Microsoft plans to take the concept of data mining even further, imagining that even after we die it can continue to collect the digital breadcrumbs we’ve left behind online and on our computer devices. It further fancies reassembling those relics to construct lifelike character-versions of our personalities, mannerisms, and behaviors.
Obviously, not every patent leads to a finished product and many corporations, especially the Big Tech behemoths, file rafts of moonshot patents every year in the anticipation of future developments. But the very fact that Microsoft would see potential here strikes some as haunting, especially given our recent experience with the first generation of celebrity holograms.
It begs the question: would the average person want a chatbot themed off them guiding consumers through a user interface? Would consumers even want that? A chatbot themed on Elvis or Groucho Marx makes more sense, but a deceased friend or family member?
As noted by RT, Black Mirror‘s creative synergy has been oddly prescient, depicting the “social credit score” scenario before it was firmly on the public radar. There is also an episode in which a pop singer, played by Miley Cyrus, is algorithmically simulated by her record label so that when the real-life singer dies they can continue making money off her likeness forever.
Clearly, Microsoft is willing to invest in the R&D needed to explore the idea of chatbots themed off our personalities, but would such an idea fly? Even if they are able to elude the uncanny valley associated with machine simulations of humans, would the average person want to interact with a digital recreation of a dead loved one?
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