UFOs aka: UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) have been in the news a lot lately. Documented on-the-ground (or near-the-ground) presences would certainly change everything, beginning with the utter certainly that we are not alone, and that other beings’ technological knowledge vastly outpace any nation on earth’s. That epiphany in itself would likely cause mass panic and fear…for most people.
Would their ships have the capabilities to bend space to shorten travel time; would they use propulsion fuels unknown to us? Would they have cloaking technology and transporters such as the USS Enterprise did on Star Trek Next Generation as well a replicator technology that mooted the need for greed?
But the question most important to me is: Will they be weaponized marauders like The Borg, or those in the film Independence Day, or scientific explorers and benevolent and enlightened philanthropists willing to share some of what Planet Earth agrees it might require?
Depending on which locales/nations they might choose to visit, will the rest of the planet know?
Have you ever had a suspected sighting, or know anyone who has? Have you ever sat on a cliff and silently supplicated: ‘Come and Get Me; I want to travel the galaxies’?
Given the new ODNI report, the US would see any visitations as a national security issue’. Shoot first and sort it out later?
(A bit of background:)
It seems that 60 minutes had done due diligence due to the reports leaked by the military leaked to this bloke Jeremy Corbell; his oeuvre on youtube, some with his friend Bob Lazar/
Don’t hold me to this, but viewers seem to have been told to watch for the coming report from the Senate Intel (an oxymoron) Committee, and it wasn’t hard to find (smile.)
From the Office of the DNI: UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIEDOFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE; Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’, June 25, 2021 (a few bit of commentary elsewhere):
‘The US community’s long-awaited report examined 144 reports of what the government terms “unidentified aerial phenomenon” (UAP) — only one of which investigators were able to explain by the end of the study. From the Office of the DNI, this nine-page pdf.
One website had offered:
“Very inconclusive, Investigators found no evidence that the sightings represented either extraterrestrial life or a major technological advancement by a foreign adversary like Russia or China, but acknowledge that is a possible explanation. “We were able to identify one reported UAP with high confidence. In that case, we identified the object as a large, deflating balloon. The others remain unexplained,” the report says. A senior US official said that of the 144 reports, they “have no clear indications that there is any non-terrestrial explanation for them — but we will go wherever the data takes us.”
Bottom line: The report concludes “unidentified aerial phenomena” could “pose a challenge to US national security”
From the Report itself:
‘But Some Potential Patterns Do Emerge. Although there was wide variability in the reports and the dataset is currently too limited to allow for detailed trend or pattern analysis, there was some clustering of UAP observations regarding shape, size, and, particularly, propulsion. UAP sightings also tended to cluster around U.S. training and testing grounds, but we assess that this may result from a collection bias as a result of focused attention, greater numbers of latest-generation sensors operating in those areas, unit expectations, and guidance to report anomalies. And a Handful of UAP Appear to Demonstrate Advanced Technology In 18 incidents, described in 21 reports, observers reported unusual UAP movement patterns or flight characteristics. Some UAP appeared to remain stationary in winds aloft, move against the wind, maneuver abruptly, or move at considerable speed, without discernable means of propulsion. In a small number of cases, military aircraft systems processed radio frequency (RF) energy associated with UAP sightings. The UAPTF holds a small amount of data that appear to show UAP demonstrating acceleration or a degree of signature management. Additional rigorous analysis are necessary by multiple teams or groups of technical experts to determine the nature and validity of these data. We are conducting further analysis to determine if breakthrough technologies were demonstrated.’
(cross-posted at caucus99percent.com)
Ahh, aliens, uh? Here’s what a hacker says.
An MIT trained computer scientist and Silicon Valley video game designer gives 10 reasons for the “Simulation Hypothesis”: that our reality is a simulated, pixelated 3d world where we all have individual xp, levels, and quests run by some giant Artificial Intelligence.
Now, really, haven’t we already been colonized by aliens — Rockefeller, Rothchild, Bezos, Gates, Musk, Zuckerberg, Theil, et al? Are they friendlier? Shoot! You get the memo yet? Slave drivers, transhuman eugenicists? We got aliens already colonizing earth.
Reading list from, https://techwontsave.us/books/
Automation and the Future of Work by Aaron Benanav
Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener
Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China’s Countryside by Xiaowei R. Wang
Too Smart: How Digital Capitalism is Extracting Data, Controlling Our Lives, and Taking Over the World by Jathan Sadowski
Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and The Lives of China’s Workers (here for UK) by Jenny Chan, Mark Selden, and Pun Ngai
Lurking: How a Person Became a User by Joanne McNeil
Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism by Wendy Liu
Subprime Attention Crisis: Advertising and the Time Bomb at the Heart of the Internet by Tim Hwang
Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley by Rob Larson
Do Androids Dream of Electric Cars?: Transit in the Age of Google, Uber, and Elon Musk by James Wilt
Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code by Ruha Benjamin
Platform Capitalism by Nick Srnicek
Voices from the Valley: Tech Workers Talk About What They Do—and How They Do It by Ben Tarnoff and Moira Weigel
Marx at the Arcade: Consoles, Controllers, and Class Struggle by Jamie Woodcock
The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America by Margaret O’Mara
New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future by James Bridle
Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac
Platform Power and Policy in Transforming Television Markets by Tom Evens and Karen Donders
Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology by Lizzie O’Shea
Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life by Adam Greenfield
The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone by Brian Merchant
Riding for Deliveroo: Resistance in the New Economy by Callum Cant
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov
brilliant, paul haeder, and LOL! glad to see eugenecist gates made the list, too. i’ll peruse your fun link more carefully once i get this cross-posted and take care of some chores.
so nice to see you, as ever.
ta, paul. is there a bumper sticker:
NUKE silicon valley?
as there a-is: Come the Rapture, Can I have your Car? (only sticker i ever stuck on my fender)
hope your social justice work in portland (?) is going well. blessings on you.