Category: Aliens

Blood of the Gods?

As with most conspiracy theories, the Rh Negative conspiracy theory has been interpreted and absorbed into Christian, Secular, and New Age conspiracy worldviews. This is a typical example of scientific ignorance turning into mystical pseudoscience,  and of how any pseudoscientific claim can become proof of a “big conspiracy” when belief is met with facts. At the center of the crazed Rh Negative freakout are basic misinterpretations of simple science, a poorly chosen term that caught on, and, for many, simply the will to believe.

RH NEGATIVE BLOOD = BLOOD OF THE GODS”

Will Rogers, MT33, PhD, B.S., AA., CPT, CLC*

*credentials could not be independently authenticated.

The belief in a divine blood type is simple enough, but first, you have to believe in a few specifics; namely, divinity and its literal physical transfer by blood. Seems simple enough, but not all religious tenets hold to this and even fewer scientific tenets (none, to be exact). Rather than being a subset of fringe or theoretical hematology, this is a byproduct of lay research without the aid of an actual expert or historian to correct those faulty assumptions any researcher can make without proper guidance and insight.

The Facts of the “factor.” The Rhesus or Rh factor, is an antigen that exists on the surface of red blood cells in most people. When  discussing the four general blood types, A, B, O and AB, they are also labeled as being with or without the Rh antigen, positive or negative. This references the Rhesus factor of the blood, either with or without the Rhesus factor. 85% of people are Rh+ and the remaining are, thus, Rh-. Rh factor is most relevant medically with regard to blood transfusions and during pregnancy as an Rh factor mix-match between mother and child can cause Rhesus (or Rh) disease. The danger during childbirth is what gave Rh Factor its name. When the first serum to prevent this disease (which was at the time unnamed) was produced and tested it was done using blood from a rhesus macaque monkey, and the blood factor the serum was derived from retained the name rhesus (Rh). Though Rh disease can have severe consequences for infant mortality if untreated, this is where the known impacts of Rh negative disposition end.

It is not clear when the belief in a super extra-normal or metaphysical attribution was first given to Rh negative blood. The first mention I can find occurred in an October 1976 issue of UFO’s Ancient Astronaut Magazine, in an article titled Blood of the Gods. A concise synopsis of the article would be, ‘my family has rhesus negative (Rh-) in our genetics and very high IQs, we may have alien DNA.’ The author mistakenly claims the Rhesus Factor is so named due to the factor being present in rhesus monkeys, having not known the history that gave the antigen serum and, thus, the blood factor their names. The article continues to claim that the Basque region of Spain boasts a higher than average Rh- population and suggests this may have been an alien colony. Aside from some gentle boasting and subtle racializing, this article is the first known print example of claiming Rh negative’s spooky alien derivations.

Now, the premise Rh Negative blood being somehow superhuman, apparently means very different things depending on what you believe and whether you have the Rh factor or not. The Rh Negative Registry Website lists several “origin theories” (none of which they endorse, per se). These include alien and mythic racial bloodlines, and a bloodline descending from Jesus. There are theories that involve Cro-Magnon Man, Four Jewish Mothers, Ancient Egyptians, Nazis and Scandinavians. All this is fun nonsensical chatter … until someone gets hurt!

To those who are Rh+ (or anyone who has no idea what their blood type and factor may be but just hear weird stuff about bloodlines and aliens), the various origin theories have led to peculiar fears and suspicions. Namely, the fear that Rh- people are human/alien hybrids. This proves to be a concern for some people with Rh negative blood who are being accused of being hybrids. This produces the potential for a real modern-day witchhunt that is already playing out online in chatrooms of conspiracy theory websites. Hopefully, education can stave off the potential for such violence, which is part of the reason for the Rh Negative Registry Website.

This is not a hypothetical threat, this is a real life problem that has already resulted in violence. Remember the movie They Live? Kyle Odom did. Kyle Odom also wrote a 21-page manifesto in which he explained why he needed to shoot Idaho pastor Tim Remington. A week after Pastor Tim conducted a very public prayer invocation at a campaign rally for then Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz, Tim was targeted and and shot multiple times by Odom. Odom, a former marine, later sent out a Facebook post explaining his motive, Pastor Tim was a Martian.

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Odom’s thoughts on Rh factor are not immediately known, but his belief in Martian mind-control and manipulation were well documented in his manifesto. Odom was later arrested after a manhunt and Pastor Tim recovered and returned to his church in Idaho, but the threat of violence based on total nonsense still exists.

As an aside, folks that believe in alien origin often use this story as a way of describing racial and ethnic difference, sometimes in the same breath as misquoting Bible verse and Apocrypha.

There is a significant religious conspiracy theory that centers on Rh- as well, but it may be less dangerous and more nonsensical than the threat of folks like Kyle Odom. The quote from Dr. Will Rogers (again, his credentials could not be independently verified) appeared at the beginning of a long, rambling Facebook post, replete with loose-associations and various Bible verses taken out of context. Here is a bit more of his post (read if you dare or scroll past):

The Secret Book of John

IS THIS THE SOURCE OF RH NEGATIVE BLOOD???????????

IRON AND CLAY SHOULD NOT MIX…………but they did
(Celestial / Fallen Angels and Terrestrial / Homo Sapiens )
“And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” –Daniel 2:43(KJV)
Where did the Rh negatives come from? Why does the body of an Rh negative mother carrying an Rh positive child reject her own offspring?

If two Rh-Negative people try to have a baby it will usually die or be born a “BLUE Baby”, because it is not processing oxygen properly. That’s why they are called “Blue-Bloods” approximately 5% of the Earth’s population are currently Rh-Negatives.
From man’s primitive point of view, THESE creatures WERE gods! But that was early man’s point of view. Where they really gods? The ancient stories tell us, BUT, THESE STORIES WHERE TAKEN OUT OF THE BIBLE!

Rh-negative women and men have several”Unusual Traits” that Rh-positives don’t have. Some call these attributes…………….REPTILIAN!
Your blood type; A, B, AB, O / neg or pos is given to you so you can make an
ATONEMENT, TO COVER, TO PURGE, TO MAKE RECONCILIATION,TO PACIFY, ATONE OR PIT A TENT
OVER YOUR SOUL.
WHY?? What did your soul do that it needs make an atonement????????
That’s why the blood of Yahushuwah / Jesus was and is so important!
Rh-negative women and men have several “Unusual Traits” that Rh-positives don’t. Some call them “Reptilian Traits”.

WHERE DOES Rh Negative Blood come from? Most people with RH-negative blood have certain characteristics that seem to be common among the majority. Here is a brief list of the most common.
¨ Extra vertebra.
¨ Higher than average IQ
¨ More sensitive vision and other senses.
¨ Lower body temperature
¨ Higher blood pressure
¨ Increased occurrence of psychic/intuitive abilities
¨ Predominantly blue, green, or Hazel eyes
¨ Red or reddish hair
¨ Has increased sensitivity to heat and sunlight
¨ Cannot be cloned
¨ Alien Abduction and other unexplained phenomenon

A person with type O negative blood is considered to be a “Universal Donor”….ie….
UNIVERSAL BLOOD or original blood. It means YOUR BLOOD can be given to man, mankind (a kind of man) and human (hue=color or bent man),regardless of their blood type, without causing a transfusion reaction. “O” NEGATIVE BLOOD is………
OTHER WORLDLY ….IE …..NOT OF THIS WORLD!!!!!!!!

This collection of odd pseudo-science and pseudo-religious conjecture marks some of the more confusing claims about Rh- people and the Rh Negative blood factor. The belief that Rhesus Negative really means non-primate (which, again, was due to simple choice in nomenclature; read here and here) has led to several wild assumptions. The potential confusion that such a misnomer could cause, I am sure, they had not foreseen. Here’s hoping that the conflation of Rh Negative blood and extra-human origins ends or, at the very least, does not result in the harm of anyone, regardless of their blood type.

Full disclosure: I still have no idea of my blood type.

Alternate Reality. #1: Hillary Clinton and the Reptoids.

This is the first official entry in a series archiving the conspiracist worldview in their own words from interviews, from found documents, but predominantly from their own online publishing. Hyperlinked, and printed, just in case the original article is deleted.

The following, posted on Nevada County Scooper, gives an account of a very suspicious sounding alleged WikiLeak email, purported to be from Hillary Clinton campaign chair, John Podesta. Although Podesta’s interest in aliens and UFOs is well-known, the story still leaves quite a bit of room for skepticism.

Article publication was most likely Sunday, October 16, 2016. Reprinted invoking fair use for historical and sociological purposes.

Wikileaks: The Clinton Plan for Reptilian Control

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Hillary Clinton denies involvement with the reptilian conspiracy.

London, England — The international non-profit journalistic organization Wikileaks released a series of Hillary Clinton campaign emails yesterday that suggest the United States government is working with an alien reptilian force to both control and enslave humanity. The leak, which is a part of the “Podesta emails” obtained by Wikileaks via Russian Hackers, reveals that Vladimir Putin and the Russian government has been actively battling these reptilian forces for over 60 years. More troubling however according to the emails, is that western democracies have been infiltrated by these extraterrestrial forces and have a plan to enslave humans once they complete control after the 2016 election.

“Those of us who are awake have known this for years,” said North San Juan, CA alien DNA “researcher” Skyy Wolford in a Scooper telephone interview. “They’ve been here for a long time, but it wasn’t until after World War II that they started to take over our governments. Where do you think the United States got their nuclear technology from?”

According to Mr. Wolford, you’re not going to see full-sized reptilians walking around the grocery store as they’ve “cloaked” themselves in a thin, outer-human skin.

“They make themselves look like humans, but underneath their fake skin they are ‘Reptos,’” continued Mr. Wolford. “Reptos cannot ever hide from us on this world, I will expose you for what you really are. But please do not mistake them for the dragon or grays that are here also. Remember, the dragons are bad like Clinton and [George] Soros, but the grays are fighting for us. You can see that Podesta is really worried about the grays winning. And Putin and Trump are working with them to kick the Reptos and the dragons off Earth. It’s really a mess.”

The details of this conspiracy to enslave humanity is detailed in obtained in an August 3rd, 2016 Wikileaks Podesta email number 10284 obtained by the Scooper. In the email, which is between Center for American Progress‘ Neera Tanden and Podesta discussing the “rising threat” that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin pose to Reptilian plans.

Wikileaks Podesta email number 10284 obtained by the Nevada County Scooper.

The Clinton campaign has repeatedly denied any involvement with the Repto/Dragon conspiracy to enslave humanity, but when questioned about Secretary Clinton’s obsession with UFOs and Extraterrestrial life, media advisor Jim Margolis issued the following statement.

“We should not trust everything we read on the Internet. We should not trust a suspected rapist like Wikileaks’ Julian Assange with anything. There is nothing to suggest that Secretary Clinton is involved with, nor even believes such fairy tale things as a Reptilian takeover of Earth. As for her fascination with extraterrestrial life and UFOs, what American doesn’t share that curiosity?”

As for Skyy Wolford, he doesn’t like to tell everyone “I told you so,” but in this case he’s not making any apologies.

“Look, I told everyone about this over and over,” continued an exasperated Mr. Wolford. “And no one listened to me. They told me I was crazy and mentioned something about histrionics and Haldol when I warned people on Facebook. I’m instructing my followers in swing states to vote for Trump. Here in California, Hillary wins, so I’m voting for Jill Stein.”

(I am including another version of the “podesta email” in case the site takes down their host copy)

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Just in case you are wondering, there was a WikiLeak podesta email number 10284. It was another boring conversation between Podesta and a WHO representative with the header RE: CALL w/ Potus. Apparently, they were trying to set up a phone call with the President. Boring, also not related to aliens.

Why alien abductions are down dramatically

Written by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie (Boston Globe)

DENISE STONER WAS 2½ years old the first time she remembers the alien taking her. She was at home in Hartford with her grandfather. Her mother was at the hospital giving birth to her younger sister. She remembers staring out a large picture window and seeing an egg-shaped object in the sky, hovering over some power lines. “What’s Humpty Dumpty doing up in the sky?” she asked. She remembers the fear in her grandfather’s face when he suggested it was time for bed.

Later that night, as she lay staring at her nursery rhyme-themed wallpaper, an entity walked through her wall. “He looked like a monk, he had a robe, and he was carrying a light. I wasn’t afraid of him,” she said. “He put out his other hand for me to take it, and I did. We walked out into the hallway.” The alien pointed his light at the wall, and they disappeared through it; she remembers being in a large, dome-shaped room with a lot of other children, and they seemed to be learning something. In the morning, she was back in her bed.

Since then, she says, she has been taken more than 50 times, from her home, from the street, from her car, the last time only three years ago, driving through the mountains in Colorado. Each time, it’s the same being responsible. “He looks like your typical gray [alien], but he’s one of the tall ones. It’s just the very subtle shape of his face, his chin is a little wider,” she explained. She calls him her escort. “There’s no friendship. . . . He comes to get me, and I know I’m going to be safe,” she said. “He’s also going to oversee whatever is done.”

Stoner, 68, lives in Florida with her husband. Now retired, she works with fellow “experiencers,” people who feel they have had contact with intelligent nonhuman entities. She also conducts investigations on behalf of the Mutual UFO Network, or MUFON. Being an experiencer is very much part of her identity. Her story is coherent, she doesn’t ramble or get lost in the telling.

Do you believe her?

If you said yes, then you might be among the 77 percent of Americans, according to a 2012 National Geographic poll, who believe that aliens have visited Earth, or the 30 percent of Americans who believe that the government has covered up evidence of alien visitation, according to a 2015 YouGov poll. Or maybe it’s happened to you: There are few hard numbers, however, a 2014 survey for a British talk show found that one in 25 respondents believed they’d been abducted by aliens.

Belief that alien life exists on other planets is persuasive, sensible; nearly 80 percent of Americans do believe it, according to a2015 poll. But belief that the aliens are already here feels like something else, largely because it requires a leap of faith longer than agreeing that the universe is a vast, unknowable place. Abduction and contact stories aren’t quite the fodder for daytime talk show and New York Times bestsellers they were a few decades ago. The Weekly World News is no longer peddling stories about Hillary Clinton’s alien baby at the supermarket checkout line. Today, credulous stories of alien visitation rarely crack the mainstream media, however much they thrive on niche TV channels and Internet forums. But we also still want to believe in accounts that scientists, skeptics, and psychologists say there is no credible evidence to support.

The abduction phenomenon began with strange case of Betty and Barney Hill. On Sept. 19, 1961, the Hills were driving from Montreal to their home in Portsmouth, N.H. Betty spotted a UFO following them. Barney stopped the car on the highway, near Indian Head in the White Mountains, and got out to look at the craft through binoculars. Seeing humanoid figures in Nazi-like uniforms peering through its windows, he ran back to the car, screaming, “Oh my God, we’re going to be captured!” They drove off, but two hours later, they found themselves 35 miles from the spot where they’d first seen the craft (there is now a commemorative marker at the site), with little memory of how they’d gotten there. Soon after, Betty began having nightmares.

In 1964, the Hills underwent hypnotherapy. Under hypnotic regression — hypnosis with the intent to help a subject recall certain events with more clarity — the couple said that they had actually been pulled on board the vessel by aliens and subjected to invasive experiments. The Hills’ story, revealed to the public in 1965 with an article in the Boston Traveler and a year later in the book “The Interrupted Journey,” launched a flurry of public fascination with abductions.

Barney died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1969, but Betty went on to become a kind of sage of paranormal experiences. Their story became the blueprint for alien abduction experiences in the years that followed, especially after the airing of the 1975 made-for-TV film “The UFO Incident,” starring James Earl Jones as Barney Hill. Subsequent experiencers would describe similar missing time or have bizarre dreams and flashbacks of things they couldn’t understand. Many would use hypnotic regression to recall their experiences.

Over the next two decades, the alien abduction narrative wound its way into the American consciousness, fed by science fiction films like “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and breathless news reports of mysterious incidents. In 1966, a Gallup poll asked Americans if they’d ever seen a UFO; 5 percent said they had, but they meant it in the literal sense of an unidentified flying object — only 7 percent of Americans believed that the UFOs were from outer space. By 1986, a Public Opinion Laboratory poll found that 43 percent of respondents agreed with the statement: “It is likely that some of the UFOs that have been reported are really space vehicles from other civilizations.”

Some experiencers said the aliens were here to save us and study us, some said they were here to harvest our organs and enslave us. But by the late 1980s, people whose stories would have been dismissed as delusional a generation earlier were being interviewed by Oprah and “true stories” of alien experience, such as Whitley Strieber’s “Communion” and Budd Hopkins’s “Intruders,” were bestsellers. By the 1990s, those who believed in the literal truth of alien abduction stories gained an important ally in John Mack, a Harvard professor and psychiatrist who compiled his study of the phenomenon into a 1994 book titled “Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens.” He later told the BBC, “I would never say there are aliens taking people away . . . but I would say there is a compelling, powerful phenomenon here that I can’t account for in any other way.”

“These books sold really, really well, they were on book racks in airports and railway stations. You couldn’t really avoid it,” said Dr. Chris French, head of the anomalistic psychology department at Goldsmiths College in London and author of a study on alien abductees. And it wasn’t just books — one of the most popular television shows of the 1990s was devoted almost entirely to alien conspiracy theory: “The X-Files.” “All of these things influence people’s beliefs about what might be true, what might be plausible,” said French.

Other social currents, some of them peculiarly American, informed these stories and our interest in them. Space exploration in the 1950s and ’60s forced the country to admit that a vast unknown lay beyond our atmosphere — at the same time, the Cold War inspired existential fear of invasion. The 1960s and ’70s were attended by horizon-broadening mysticism, publicized experimentation with drugs — people talked about out-of-body experiences. The 1980s saw an explosion of angst around “stranger danger,” with a near-constant reports of child abduction and sexual molestation, and then, recovered and repressed memory. Alien abduction stories absorbed those strains, re-inventing them as anal probes and sinister hybrid breeding programs.

Meanwhile, psychologists like French were examining alien abduction narratives from a more skeptical perspective. And what they found is that the truth wasn’t so much out there as it was in our heads. “People have weird experiences in all societies, given that our nervous systems are the same the world over,” explained French. “It’s the interpretations that might differ.”

A small but stubborn percentage of alien abduction experiences defy clear scientific explanation, but many of the rest can have a number of different physiological or psychological explanations, including epilepsy, which can be preceded by visual disruptions, narcolepsy, or sleep paralysis.

In normal sleep, your body is relaxed nearly to the point of paralysis, presumably to keep you from acting out your dreams. Sleep paralysis is a disruption of lucid dreaming in which the mind partially wakes but finds that the body has not. It can be terrifying: Individuals report sensing entities in the room with them and being unable to move, pressure on their chests, out-of-body-like sensations coupled with intense, heightened emotions. In the past and in other cultural contexts, this experience was attributed to demons or evil spirits or a religious phenomenon. In America, science fiction was increasingly part of mainstream entertainment, and stories about alien contact experiences were covered as news, so aliens seemed like a plausible explanation for these experiences.

Then there’s the slippery nature of memory itself. The richness of a remembered experience is no guarantee of its objective reality, even less so if that memory was “recalled” through hypnotic regression. Though now largely dismissed by mainstream psychology, hypnotic regression remains popular with experiencers. Psychologists say that discerning true memories of actual events from true memories of imagined events is impossible, especially if the individual was predisposed to believe in paranormal or alien experiences.

Additionally, there’s old-fashioned hallucination. A recent international survey of more than 30,000 people, none of who were diagnosed with schizophrenia or other mental health issues, found that 6 percent of them reported experiencing a hallucination unrelated to drugs, alcohol, or sleep. Finally, Michael Shermer, prominent American skeptic and columnist for Scientific American, notes, “Sometimes people just make stuff up.”

By the end of the 1990s, the alien abduction bubble had burst. Ratings fell for the “The X-Files.” In April 2001, reports (later denied) circulated that the British Flying Saucer Bureau, 1,500 members strong at its peak, was shutting down after a long dry spell of no sightings. Five months later, two planes crashed into the Twin Towers and no one cared about little green men anymore. “X-Files” director Chris Carter, at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con, declared that after 9/11, the mood just wasn’t right anymore. In 2006, Ben Macintyre, columnist for The Times, declared that the Internet had undermined belief in UFOs and alien visitation: “The unidentified flying object has been identified, and cannot fly any more. ET has gone home.” Skepticism, it seemed, had killed the UFO.

Except that it hadn’t. Not really.

David Clarke is a UFO researcher who investigated the British government’s UFO files — a former believer, he’s now a skeptic and author of several books, including “How UFOs Conquered the World.” In his view, the Internet didn’t kill alien belief so much as offer up hundreds of echo chambers for it to thrive in. “I think there are just as many people who believe that these things happen, but I think that they’ve retreated from public view and they just talk to themselves,” said Clarke. “In order for you to be a party to that, you need to buy into that reality.”

Skeptics want to believe that fewer people believe, that more people are aware of explanations like sleep paralysis or false memories. “People are capable of these fantastic experiences without them being real outside of the brain,” said Shermer, adding, too, that the camera-phone age is increasing the burden of evidence on experiencers.

Experiencers want to believe that public skepticism is subsiding. Rosemary Ellen Guiley, a prolific American writer about paranormal and mystical experiences, explained, “More people are willing to talk about their experiences because media has opened the door, because there has been a lot of media attention on all kinds of experiences, positive and negative. . . . This is validating, that they can talk about it and not be ridiculed.”

Yet if periodic polls are any indication, Americans have remained consistent on the subject of aliens for the last three decades. At any given moment, roughly 10 percent of Americans believe they’ve seen a UFO. A Gallup poll from 1990 found that 47 percent of respondents believed UFOs were “real,” as in alien. A 2015 Ipsos poll found that 56 percent of Americans believed in UFOs. American disbelief of the government line on UFOs has also remained steady. In 1996, 71 percent thought the government was hiding something; it was 79 percent in 2012, according to a National Geographic Survey. In other words, more people believe that the US government is covering up evidence of alien life than believe that Jesus is the son of God (a 2013 Harris Poll survey found that 68 percent of respondents believed Christianity’s central tenet). That makes Hillary Clinton’s campaign promise to open up files on Area 51 look all the more canny.

It also points to a strange moment for us humans, for how our understanding of our place in the universe has changed over the last 50 years. “We’ve become more materialistic, scientific, secular, and yet we are exactly the same human beings . . . with the same physiological and psychological makeup. Our brains are hard-wired to believe in something other than ourselves,” said Clarke. “People will carry on believing it because I think it’s just a natural part of what we are.”

On that point, some skeptics and some believers agree. There’s a long history of anomalous experiences attributed to angels, fairies, gods, and monsters — nonhuman contact experiences made to fit a cultural context. Those experiences point to something common in human consciousness. “We have had experiences throughout history that demonstrate that we are connected to something greater than ourselves,” Guiley said.

Or maybe not. In 1979, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Merrill published “Mirabell: Books of Number,” a work transcribing the poet’s conversations with spirits using a Ouija board. “If the spirits aren’t external, how astonishing the mediums become!” he said in an interview. The implication is perhaps disappointing — it’s not spirits, it’s not aliens, it’s just us — but also beautiful. And useful. “Investing time and money into why people have these kinds of extraordinary experiences might help us to answer fundamental questions that we don’t have answers for, like why do we have consciousness? I don’t believe in aliens, but I do believe that something unusual is happening to these people and it ought to be studied,” said Clarke.

Solving those riddles takes a lot of serious work, leads to a lot of dead ends, and might not prove satisfying even if we arrive at answers. Which is why, in the end, it may just be easier to attribute to aliens all the many wonderful things that we simply do not understand about the condition of being human.

Narratives, Society, and the Self: the Case of Bill Cooper

 

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To further the conversation of the social causes and effects of conspiracy theories, it is important to consider how we as a species tend to create, adopt, and identify with various ideologies, worldviews, and modes of seeing the greater society at large. Social sciences often use the term social construction to describe this process. For the purpose of this discussion I want to use the simpler and more general term: narrative.

The narrative is a concept that nearly everyone can understand. A narrative is a story. When people talk about narratives, they think of drama, comedy, a novel, etc.

What I mean by narrative is essentially the same, except in social science is a story that is believed to be true. Narratives are the accounts of events that endeavor to maintain temporal and causal coherence and ascribe a meaning to the event. Just like the moral of a story, such as a fable, humans are ‘meaning-making’ animals, hard-wired to see meaning. According to Professor Emeritus Walter Fisher, meaning making is all humans (whom he suggests be called Homo Narrans, or ‘narrating man’) do.

 

Creating the Pale Horse.

A case study that can provide an example of narrative in terms of conspiracy theories is that of Milton William ‘Bill’ Cooper. Bill Cooper, born in may 1943, and served in the US Navy. Little more is known for certain about his formative years. He surfaced in UFOlogy circles in 1988 when he claimed to have seen top secret government documents involving extraterrestrials and a global cover-up. Before the publish of his 1991 book Behold, a Pale Horse, Cooper had already had his claims of Top Secret Naval Intelligence summarily debunked by the very UFOlogists he sought to convince; many finding that he had plagiarized their own works, or known hoaxes. Nevertheless, Bill Cooper persisted and expanded his claims. He eventually met his own self-fulfilling prophecy; shot in killed in a gunfight after shooting and injuring one sheriff and almost running over another while attempting to flee the service of a warrant in November, 2001.

 

 

Unfortunately for Bill Cooper, he created a narrative that he (mostly likely) believed whole-heartedly and led to his death. Fortunately, for anyone who wants to know the story of Bill Cooper, he has been recorded telling a narrative version of his life on several occasions. He tells how, at an early age, he heard stories of ‘Foo Fighters’ and play-acted UFO sighting scenarios out as a child (see video above). As we consider the life and death of Bill Cooper, let us consider the ways in which he came to create his narratives.

 

The Social Destruction of Reality?

According to Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann, authors of The Social Construction of Reality, argue that there are both objective and subjective aspects to reality. The various aspects of reality, specifically an institutionalized society, play out through processes called  externalization, objectivation, and internalization.

Such daunting terminology!

Simply put; we humans experience society as if it were an objective truth because it is experienced ‘in progress’ with various customs and roles already normalized, we then build our perceptions around this ‘objective truth’, and thus internalizes and finds meaning through this ‘objective truth’.

At least, that’s how the vast majority of people experience society. At least, that’s how they used to.

In considering reification, or the process of making an abstract concept to be concrete in the mind, this ‘social construction of reality’ is echoed. So it is with reification, the dominant narrative, too, was lost in American culture through an era of great social discord. Many Americans believed that conspiracies existed that caused, among other things, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. With the development of such a belief, that ‘institutionalized’ society lost its overwhelming agreement on any presumed ‘objective truths’.

As various counterculture movements of the 1960s and 1970s came to summarily reject the institutionalized society through internalizing their anti-war stance, or their greater class, race, gender, and/or sexuality consciousnesses, they began a dialectic process of reinterpreting the society at large.

Based on his own autobiographical accounts, Bill Cooper had begun this process as a young boy. Whether his statements are factual, fabrications, or delusions; Bill Cooper had likely spent his entire life believing in extraterrestrial life, in the U.S. Military and Government’s knowledge of their existence, and (at least by 1988) that the Government colluded with extraterrestrials for nefarious purposes. His detailed description of D.U.M.B.s (Deep Underground Military Bases) and the ‘secret Government agenda’ were taken to be ‘objective truth’ by some who were interested in UFOs, many in the growing American Militia Movement, and many others who rejected institutionalized society in need of an alternative narrative.

And why wouldn’t they? Bill Cooper both wrote and spoke of his beliefs with the utmost assurance of his evidence and his perception. Bill Cooper narrated his own audiobook version of Behold, a Pale Horse with the self assured tone which he wrote the book, and with the same pretense he assumed when plagiarizing Ufologists and hucksters in the 1980s.

 

Storybook.

For a more accessible understanding of the concept, maybe we should admit that there is little difference between social narratives and the stories we grew up reading or having told to us as children.

Stories have a beginning, a middle, an end. They have protagonist(s) and antagonist(s). There is a moral to the story.  Some stories, fables and parables, give prescriptions on how to live; a call to action.

If, for instance, as Bill Cooper claims, aliens will disclose themselves after a false nuclear terror attack permits the US Government to suspend the Constitution, forcing survivors into a lifetime of slavery; all aspects of a storyline have been achieved. The protagonists (Humanity, but specifically Americans), the antagonists (aliens and the Government), the stakes (Freedom or Slavery) and the moral (to ‘wake up’ from the deception before it’s too late) occurs only after, in Behold, a Pale Horse, the secret history of US Government involvement with extraterrestrials and significant back story work has been done.

According to Cooper, the beginning had been written, but we humans are capable of changing how the story ends. This is the unspoken narrative embedded in any conspiracy theory; a call to action to expose the conspiracy and restore Justice. With Cooper’s UFO conspiracy, as with any conspiracy theory, the narrative is a morality play en media res.

 

Your Story, a Vow.

Just like the narrative of society, we each have a tacit, modifiable, and suggestible narrative of the self. The various roles we play in our daily lives, the labels we are given, the affiliations we maintain; all become part of our conception of our self.

The narrative of the self is necessarily linked to our narrative of society.

If, for instance, you believe that 9/11 was either planned, or known and allowed to proceed, by members of the US Government; it would mean that you either feel compelled to state this due to a belief in your own honor or honesty, or you maintain your thoughts secretly for fear of negative evaluation by others.

The opinion of others can profoundly effect your view of yourself, as well as what you make known to the world. The opinion of a close friend, a spouse or relationship partner, or a family member (those ‘significant others’) can weigh more heavily and be a more profound influence than the opinions of members of the general public.

An ‘I am … ‘ or ‘I believe … ‘ statement ascribes a self identity to the person who makes the statement, whether it be out loud or in secret. Once such a statement is made out loud, others may hold a person to it, questioning when such a statement seems to be contradicted by a person’s actions. Even when held in secret, contradictions can lead to identity crises.

Bill Cooper went through several such self identity crises. Rejected by more well-established Ufologists, such as UFO Magazine‘s Don Ecker, Cooper gravitated more towards anti-government extremists. Cooper became a noted ‘Arizona Militia‘ figure according to his L.A. Times obit. His shortwave radio broadcast, Hour of the Time, was a daily diatribe; a favorite of Oklahoma City Bomber Timothy McVeigh and other extremists. Yet, towards the end of Behold, a Pale Horse, Cooper prescribed of all people to seek a paradigm shift that could lead to a healing of the planet; this did not seem like the words of a man who would later inspire Right-Wing extremists.

After years of avoiding a warrant for tax evasion, Milton William Cooper shot and critically injured Deputy Robert Martinez and was then killed as deputies were attempting to arrest him on an unrelated criminal menacing charge. U.S. Marshals claim Cooper vowed never to be taken alive.

 

Post Script.

The day before the shootout, Bill Cooper devoted his last radio broadcast to a wistful account his combat time in Vietnam along the Cua Viet River. Thoughts of a black widow spider outbreak, a typhoon, an invitation of the USMC Veterans Assoc.; all letters and emails solicited by Bill for an upcoming website and book, interspersed with old war stories.

This is one of the aspects of a narrative that vaguely ask the audience to imagine an aspect of the story that was not apparent throughout the rest of the story. The post script can be denouement or peripeteia. Less than two months after 9/11/2001, his friend Alex Jones initiating his own long-term radio broadcast, Bill Cooper was planning a book to reminisce and honor the valor of those who he fought with.

In the end, Bill Cooper’s story has no clear resolution.

Is Hillary Clinton the ‘Disclosure Candidate’ and Will it Matter?

13071826_1716937278586595_5941033600911971317_oHillary Clinton vows to put the truth ‘out there’

Apparently, it seems that the topic of Hillary Clinton has been repeatedly linked to UFO Disclosure, or the presumption that; there is something to disclose regarding UFOs and their connection with suspected extraterrestrial visitation to the planet Earth, and that someone in power can and will disclose it. Ignoring all those words in italics, the hopeful expectation of such a disclosure has been a topic of UFO lore for quite some time.

Likewise, Hillary Clinton has also been a topic of regular conjecture. Since her first Presidential Bid in 2008 and statements from her husband, Former President Bill Clinton, and her choice of campaign manager, Hillary Clinton has seemed to court the “disclosure conjecture.” Of course, it was my colleague, Miep Von Sydow, who may have said it most convincingly (if snarkily):

 

“It kinda makes sense, Bill and Hillary are old hippies and old hippies love UFOs.“

With that, I suppose it’s time to consider the possibilities and potential for Hillary to become our first ‘Disclosure President.’

John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager and one-time chief-of-staff for then President Bill Clinton has been a long-time supporter for disclosure on the topic of UFOs and Area 51. As an outgoing aide to the Obama Administration, Podesta both tweeted and said publically “The Truth is Out There” (an allusion to the television show The X-Files) and stated his greatest regret of his tenure with Obama was failing to succeed in attaining UFO disclosure.

 

If the employ of Podesta is little more than a coincidence, and Hillary has little to no interest in such extraterrestrial conjecture, circumstantial evidence should be minimal and Clinton would likely laugh off any suggestion thereof. That, however, does not seem to be the case. UFO Disclosure buffs, as well as the folks who believe in a secret power elite referred to as the ‘Illuminati’ point to this photo of Hillary Clinton as proof positive of every one of their beliefs from the existence of the Illuminati, to Hillary as the ‘heir apparent’ (disregarding the age of the photo).

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The book in question, is Are We Alone? by Paul Davies (See below).

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If you notice that the book was published the same year that the picture was taken, suggesting that this was a topic the then First Lady considered worthy of some of her time, even then. Are We Alone? considers the ‘Implications of the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life.’ Disclosure Lobbyists and UFOlogists largely, of course, believe that the discovery has already been made and the real question is ‘how long until we find out that we are not alone?’

Since the Fall of 1995, it appears that Hillary Clinton has stayed up on the subject of UFOs and has been both ready and willing to answer questions regarding UFOs on the campaign trail. Normally, these are the types of topics candidates try to shy away from. This is not so much the case with Hillary, as in the following visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live (3/24/16):

and with radio Deejay, Charlamagne tha God, on The Breakfast Club (4/18/16): here is an excerpt via Huffington Post:

Charlamagne: Do you believe?

Clinton: I don’t know. I want to see what the information shows. But there are enough stories out there that I don’t think everybody is just sitting in their kitchen, making them up. I think that people see things — what they see, I don’t know. But we have got to try to give people information. I believe in that.

Whether or not there is anything there has either yet to be seen, unless it has and Bill Clinton saw it and the evidence was nil. Worse yet, the evidence was and is there and is catastrophic in its enormity and implications. Can America, and the world, handle what may lie in wait for the right world leader to disclose the evidence regarding UFOs? I am almost certain that any confirmation will be met with denial, fear, divisiveness and terrorism at a level beyond the domestic or foreign terror we deal with today. If there is nothing, we all go on believing as we did before (whether we believed in no alien visitors or a massive cover-up). What then?

Hillary Clinton, despite her insistence that she will disclose the truth (whatever that may be) unless it poses a National Security risk will, necessarily, be silent if she is elected. Perhaps for the reason her husband gave, that there is nothing, or perhaps because what is there is far to volatile and dangerous to let out.

On a lighter note, if Clinton is elected, we may anticipate 4-8 more years of fake news stories like this!

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President Eisenhower’s great-granddaughter says vegan diets could attract extraterrestrial life

Via FoxNews

We’ve heard that vegan diets may be good for planet Earth.

But could what we eat have an influence on the entire universe?

Laura Magdalene Eisenhower, a spiritual healer and clairvoyant who just happens to be the great-granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, says food and drink on this planet could have a major impact on whether we ever come into contact with “sky beings.”

In an interview with Vice News, Eisenhower explains that “sky beings” can be anything from extraterrestrials, to UFOs, fairies, spirit guides, elves or even angels—since people are all different, the way we perceive non-human life varies.

“We have to understand that we are multi-dimensional beings and—based on our frequency, perceptions, and our vibratory levels that we are functioning from—we are going to see different things. It is not always going to be things that other people are capable of seeing,” explains Eisenhower.

The professional clairvoyant says she has always been interested in how people’s relationship to food effects their response to the environment. Eisenhowever even ran an organic food delivery business to bring products to people who were so sensitive to chemicals they couldn’t leave their homes.

“What I’ve discovered is that there are multiple factors—things like your emotional, physical, and mental reactions—and we are being affected by all levels. It is not just about looking after your diet,” says Eisenhowever.

Among the many factors that affect your sensitivity to alien life forms is your diet, according to Eisenhower.  While conventionally raised foods may contain “toxic energies” that can “link up to an artificial intelligence system,” vegetarian and vegan produce a “cleaner and purer energy.”

“When you are dealing with eating animals, it is a heavier density to process in our physical bodies,” she explains. When we eat veggies, we are lighter, so we can connect easier with higher beings. You don’t have to be vegetarian or vegan to experience sky beings, but it is a lot more appropriate for people.”

Eisenhower doesn’t follow a strict vegan diet herself. She admits to eating eggs. And though she doesn’t like to tell people what they can and cannot eat, Eisenhowever says blessing your meal is important no matter what because it allows you to honor the “sacred energies of food.” If you want to open your mind like the practicing tarot card reader, drink plenty of alkaline water and kombucha, keep your digestive tract flowing, try turmeric and eat raw when possible.

Eisenhower’s theories may not be proven but she appears to be carrying on the legacy of her presidential great-grandfather. In alien conspiracy theory circles, it has been rumored that President Eisenhower signed a treaty with extraterrestrial beings in 1953.

Shock claim: ‘Some dinosaurs left Earth before comet hit to become intelligent ET raptors’

Written by Jon Austin (Express UK)

Well, that is if you believe a madcap theory from a US “non-profit” organisation, which claims they evolved into intelligent beings that have returned to our planet and can speak English.

Supporters of the US-based Earth defence headquarters believe that several velociraptors, made famous by the Jurassic Park movie series, were rescued from Earth by aliens in space ships before the impact 66 million years ago.

Jo Ann Richards tours UFO conferences trying to convince the audience her husband, who is serving life for murder, was once a special forces agent who attended as a child with his father, a 1961 intergalactic conference about the future of the Earth, and met juvenile raptor aliens, who could speak English, and a string of other ET species.

Amazingly, conference goers pay money to hear the tall-sounding tale at conferences in the UK and Europe.

At a UFO conference in Watford she told of a story about how Richards and his father, Ellis Lloyd Richards Jnr, were both involved in secret research involving aliens.

She added as a young boy in June 1961 her husband had attended a covert conference in a castle in England, involving the “leaders of Earth and hundreds of species of aliens from all over the galaxy”.

Her story, which would defy belief to even the most ardent of alien believers, claimed among the alien species were the raptors, that looked exactly like those seen in the Jurassic Park movies, but who could speak English.

She said: “These originated from the dinosaurs on Earth. Some of them left Earth before the comet came and had occupied another planet.”

Mrs Richards also uses the platform to gain support for a campaign that her husband is innocent of the shocking murder he was convicted of planning 1n 1982, and, instead was farmed by the CIA, because he was about to expose the fact that aliens are real.

She claims he was previously covertly involved in secret space programmes involving several alien species, but he was framed by the so-called men in black when he was about to blow the whistle on everything.

Tall story: The Richards' claim a race of alien raptors can speak English

She opens her talks outlining why the man she married while he was in prison is “innocent” of the shocking crime of planning the murder of his friend before disposing of the body and spending his cash.

She claims Mr Richards is not the manipulative fantasist he was said to be when he was convicted of first degree murder and describes her husband as  a “political prisoner”.

She said: “My husband was framed for murder he had nothing to do with in 1982 so he would get out of the hair of the New World Order as he would be fighting their efforts at this time.

“My husband has been in prison for almost 30 years for something he had nothing to do with.”

She said in 1979, Richards led a squadron in a legendary alleged underground battle between humans and sinister aliens who had been experimenting on people in a secret base in Dulce, New Mexico, and rescued hundreds of people there.

The battle of Dulce is a myth within some UFO and conspiracy theory circles.

The truth about this battle was one of the key things Richards was about to expose to the world when he was arrested over the murder, she claims.

But records of the trial showed Richards used none of the fantastical story during his defence and never once claimed to have been framed in court.

In fact, the court heard about a very different fantastical story.

On July 13, 1982, the body of Richards’ friend, vintage car restorer Richard Baldwin, 36, was found weighted down by an outboard motor in water near the Sisters Island in San Pablo Bay, San Francisco, Marin County, California.

He was wrapped in plastic tarpaulin and a bamboo screen and bound around the neck and ankles by TV cable, rope and duct-tape.

Mr Baldwin had a fractured skull and was stabbed in the heart.

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Jo Ann Richards explains to UFO conference goers about her husband being in prison

Types of aliens at the JONAUSTIN

Types of aliens at the “secret conference” and its agenda, according to Jo Ann Richards