Wednesday, March 14, 2012
But It Probably Wasn't The Ghost Of An Angry Santa
So what was banging away at night on the roof where Steve Volk lived when he was young? Was a ghost terrifying his family, trying to hack its way it, the same entity that yanked the covers off the beds of his sisters?
I don't know.
Volk describes the incident in his non-fiction book, FRINGE-OLOGY: How I Tried To Explain Away the Unexplainable —And Couldn't. As a reporter he couldn't write the typical joke article that laughed off the supernatural as the crazy delusions of fringe types. While tagging along with ghost-hunters, he could see that while many cases had earthly explanations, there were a few incidents that couldn't be dismissed so easily.
Unlike hard-core skeptics who create scientific justifications to dispel any paranormal ideas, Volk thinks some things are simply unexplainable.
Volk says that the supernatural and the paranormal are not the same. The supernatural is “of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe” which can involve God/gods/spirits/devils while the paranormal deals with "events or perceptions occurring without scientific explanation.”
He observes: "If we take these definitions, the supernatural seems to force us toward religion, while the paranormal merely forces us to say, 'I don’t know.' There should be no shame in that, but I think the faithful too often want to equate their beliefs with knowledge, while the skeptics fear that admitting a lack of a final answer opens the door to all manner of hoo ha, including God. The skeptics also tend to view the words supernatural and paranormal as if they are easily interchangeable, but whereas the supernatural seems to lie firmly beyond science, the paranormal waits patiently for the technology and the willing scientists necessary for its discovery."
At the same time Volk isn't totally anti-skeptic, mentioning he's a fan of Brian Dunning and Alex Tsakiris, two skeptical podcasters who try to bring together both sides to discuss issues. But there are those dogmatic/hard-core skeptics who want to stay inside their palaces of knowledge, not stooping to rub elbows with those they regard as intellectually inferior.
For example Volk describes the experience of Dr. Stuart Hameroff who spoke at the Beyond Belief Conference. Hameroff, a believer in human quantum consciousness, faced an unfriendly audience of atheist scientists and philosophers. Hameroff said the conference was like the Spanish Inquisition but in reverse, the skeptics attacking those who believed in religion with ridicule.
While Hameroff didn't have a problem with attacking organized religion, he thinks that there is room in science to explore spirituality. Why did he speak before such a closed minded crowd? Because hard-core skeptics want to replace organized religion with their own belief system.
Along the way Volk in his book investigates other topics as near-death-experience research, telepathy, and the Stephenville, Texas UFO flap.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Alex Jones: Stochastic Agent?
The hyperlogic razor can cut both ways. Ask Alex Jones.
Jones is a conspiracy theorist who rants on about the New World Order through his radio program and Websites. He angrily calls out certain political leaders and governmental officials for being masters of deceit. Imagine Milton William Cooper but without the charm.
The Website truther.org has run a series of articles implying that Alex Jones is a deceitful master. According to David Chase Taylor, there is evidence making it "likely" that Jones is really a double-agent working for Stratfor (Strategic Forecasting, Inc.), a private intelligence firm whose secret emails were recently published by WikiLeaks.
In his articles Taylor claims that Jones is really working for the Israeli Mossad, hiding the truth from his unsuspecting followers that the US is really under the control of the Zionists. Taylor also calls Jones a "stochastic terrorist," i.e., someone who uses mass communication "to stir up random lone wolves to carry out acts of terrorism."
So who is David Chase Taylor? He's described as "an American journalist, researcher, writer, teacher, media analyst and peace activist. He is the editor in chief of Truther.org, a false-flag and state-sponsored terror whistleblower website which serves as a conduit for worldwide peace related news and information."
In his criticism Taylor states that while Alex Jones terror predictions do come true (apparently thanks to his Stratfor connections), Jones "never cares to substantiate his predictions with hard evidence."
So let's look at the hard evidence (as such) Taylor uses to link Jones to Stratfor.
Taylor points out the fact that Alex Jones and Stratfor call Austin, Texas home base. In 1996 Jones started his radio career, the same year that Stratfor was founded. And then Taylor includes these details:
"The city also boasts other political intelligence operatives; namely: Karl Rove, top Republican Strategist, Steven Jackson, founder of the Illuminati card game, Jehmu Green, founder of Rock the Vote, and Silona Bonewald, founder of the League of Technical Voters."
The Illuminati card game? OMG!
Taylor also mentions that presidential candidate Ron Paul lives "only 199 miles" away from Austin. See how it all ties together?
While it's a private firm, Stratfor is known for its connections with governmental officials; it serves both corporate and US Military clients. Taylor uses this detail in comparing the Jones and Stratfor Websites, saying that they're the same. He quotes from the "STRATFORE WEBITE" [sic], outlining how it collects intelligence while Jones' sites, infowars.com and prisonplanet.com, mentions the names of intelligence officials who appear as guests on Jones' programs.
In fact, Jones has "elite" guests on his program like Charlie Sheen, Willie Nelson and Jesse Ventura. So how can Jones be a true conspiracy theorist, asks Taylor, while having such connections to the elite? The answer: Jones is working for an intelligence agency.
See how it all fits together?
But there's more. Stratfor was founded by an admitted Zionist, says Taylor. Jones' wife is an Israeli. What additional proof do you need?
Well, it would be nice to see more than hyperlogical reasoning. Maybe WikiLeaks will publish actual emails between "Israeli tool" Jones and his Stratfor bosses, showing exactly how Jones is taking orders from Stratfor, all the dirty conspiratorial details. Assuming such emails exist...
So far only one Stratfor email provided by WikiLeaks has popped up mentioning Jones. Regarding the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, the email says that photos of Bin Laden's corpse should be made available to "shout down the lunatics like Alex Jones and Glenn Beck.” Lunatic? Is that any way to describe a faithful double-agent/tool like Jones?
Or maybe someone will claim that email is disinfo, allowed to leak to cover up the true relationship between Jones and Stratfor.
But that's how it goes in the murky world of conspiracy theory. Jones has made some dubious leaps of logic and now the same kind of (un)reasoning by another conspiracy monger has come back to bite him in the ass.
"Is Alex Jones A STRATFOR Double Agent?"
"10 Reasons Why Alex Jones Should Be Tried For Treason"
"Is The Assassination Of Alex Jones Next?"
"Alex Jones STRATFOR Connection And The Murder Of Andrew Breitbart"
"Stratfor leak: Show Bin Laden body pics to shut up 'lunatics'"
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Earthling Or Earthding?
"Because all you of Earth are idiots... Your stupid minds! Stupid! Stupid!" -- Eros, Plan 9 From Outer Space
Are earthlings nothing more than a bunch of ding-a-lings who need ET visitors to bump up our collective IQ?
That's the POV of most true believers into the ancient astronaut/exopolitics meme. Take Roswell -- please. Like a bumbling Prometheus aliens crashed their ship into the New Mexico desert so that earthdings could reverse engineer the tech on board, thus resulting in miraculous devices like high def flat TV panels showing the same old crap but with superior resolution.
In fact, if you follow the reasoning behind AI (alien intervention), the people of Earth didn't have the brains to build pyramids. Aliens in saucers came down like the gods and used their advanced tech to lift and place colossal stone blocks. Forget the thousands of expendable human slaves under the whip using rope, rollers, and ramps to do the job. Hypersonic levitation gets all the credit.
But there's a problem with this scenario. If a planet's inhabitants are too stupid to figure out anything on their own, how did alien visitors to Earth get to be so smart? Did an advanced starship from another world crash on their planet, kickstarting their development through reverse engineering? If so, how did the ETs on that crashed craft become so advanced?
Is the impetus for civilization on various planets nothing more than the result of interstellar traffic accidents?