Sunday, March 07, 2010
Through A Mission Darkly
I'm skip-reading the book, "Dark Mission: The Secret History Of NASA," (2007) by Richard Hoagland and Mike Bara.
What do I mean by skip-reading? I jump around and read chapters or sections in my own sequence. For eXample, I'll read the last few chapters and then the first ones.
So while I haven't read the whole book, I've read enough to give some initial impressions. And I suspect if I ever finish the book, these impressions won't change.
Hoagland is known for fantastic claims about NASA and the great conspiracy to keep secret from the public at large the existence of ET ruins on the moon and Mars. He and other like-minded researchers take images from various space missions and then with special filtering processes -- plus highly subjective interpretations -- find the hidden details.
The detailed tech talk generally sounds reasonable but what makes his POV dubious are the photo examples of his research. A high contrast photo taken by an Apollo astronaut has some indistinct shapes in the background, probably lens flare or magnified scratches or some other defect. But to Hoagland those odd marking are evidence of an enormous glass dome on the moon.
Hoagland hasn't convinced me with any of his evidence in this book or at his website. Some of the images are so fuzzy that it's easy to find superficial similarities with man-made structures on Earth. It's like looking at clouds in the sky and seeing in the various shapes a bird or whale or even a flying saucer.
Hoagland goes on about dates and their "ritual" meanings related to Freemasons, Orion/Osiris and Nazis. He mentions different NASA missions that occurred on Hitler's birthday (pages 253 & 303).
Well, pick a date and you'll find all sorts of coincidences. Take January 30th. That's the birth date of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and former vice-president Dick Cheney. It's also the same day that Gandhi was assassinated. The "ritual" connection with this triad of historical figures is obvious.
I really have a problem with Hoagland's beliefs regarding some recent historical events. On page 463 he talks about President George W. Bush declaring a war on terror, why the primary target was Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Hoagland states: "...Saddam had sponsored and financed several attacks against the United States, including the first World Trade Center bombing. He was also strongly implicated in the Oklahoma City bombing of the Murrah Federal Building."
Where's the evidence? Did Timothy McVeigh -- who was linked to white supremacists -- work for Saddam?
Maybe. And maybe the Apollo 17 lunar module -- as mentioned on page 518 of "Dark Mission" -- had to carefully land and depart, avoiding the shattered remains of a gigantic glass dome built by aliens.
[ Revised, typos fixed: 3/8/10 ]
Posted by Ray Palm (Ray X) at 1:28 AM