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The famed neuroscientist and prolific author has stated in three podcasts, including his own, that the government wants his help breaking UAP truth to the public

In recent weeks, the author and podcaster Sam Harris, in no fewer than three separate podcasts, has stated repeatedly and unambiguously that someone in or with connections to the U.S. government has personally reached out to him so that he can begin to wrap his brain around the fact that UFOs represent a non-human intelligence and think about how he might help prepare the public for that disclosure.

In more than thirty years as a working journalist, that’s not a sentence that I ever expected to write or even thought was within the realm of possibility, but here we are.

Think Different

It’s fun to imagine aliens making a dramatic Washington D.C. entrance. Asking why they don’t highlights a problem in the way we think about extraterrestrials.

On Sunday, The New York Times published a guest essay online by Dr. Adam Frank, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester who is active in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Declaring himself to be unimpressed by the UFO phenomenon, Dr. Frank asks rhetorically:

“If we are being frequently visited by aliens, why don’t they just land on the White House lawn?”

That they have not done so is one of his “common-sense objections” to the theory that extraterrestrials are behind those pesky Tic Tacs and flying pyramids.

Let’s unpack this, the UFO/White House Lawn Gambit —…

A Trail of the Saucers Investigation

Private emails published by Wikileaks — written by a former IT contractor and sent to Clinton/Obama insider John Podesta — refer to American tracking of UFOs arriving from ‘deep space.’

The recent U.S. government report on UAPs and comments from current and former intelligence officials repeatedly fall back on the refrain that those ‘Tic Tacs’ and other mysterious objects buzzing Navy warships may be advanced aircraft built by Russia or China.

They say that — but they know it’s not true.

In yet another example of a UFO puzzle piece hiding in full view and ignored by the mainstream media, emails published in 2016 by Wikileaks refer to regular tracking of UAPs that’s allegedly recorded them arriving from “deep space” and disappearing beneath the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of…

UFOs and History

Cold War-era physicist James E. McDonald argued that UFOs represented the most urgent scientific problem in history. Today’s Neil deGrasse Tyson is ‘fine’ with taking a pass.

While the Pentagon and Congress hide behind the fig leaf of “national security” on UAPs, it would be refreshing to have a respected, credentialed scientist go on national television — or better, formally address Congress — and just come out and say what Christopher Mellon and Lue Elizondo clearly want to, but can’t or won’t: We’re not alone.

Alas, that already happened — more than half a century ago.

Ufology occupies an unusual, contradictory place in American culture. It’s a relatively young discipline that has more in common with journalism than with science. It continues to expand, drawing new talent…

Man Overboard

As reality intrudes, the cultural commentator and mathematician apologizes to the UFO community. Can pal Sam Harris be far behind?

While we wait to learn who did or didn’t call Sam Harris about UFOs to help prepare the public for disclosure, one of the cultural commentator’s fellow so-called ‘Dark Web’ colleagues and friends, Eric Weinstein, appears to have had a Damascus-style conversion.

On Twitter this weekend, the mathematician, podcaster and managing director of Thiel Capital, basically wrote what amounted to an apology to the UFO community for his skepticism on the topic and treatment of them. …

The Media

The mainstream press has for decades remained ignorant of ufology and mocked those who take it seriously, but they have everything they need to break the biggest story of them all.

Late Friday afternoon, June 25 as predicted, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence spoon-fed the media nine unclassified pages of the UAP Task Force report, reporters’ appetites having already been whetted by Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s boilerplate comments about it being “an important first step,” etc.

Journalists need to start working on the next step.

To be sure, the new seriousness in mainstream media regarding UFOs is a refreshing change. Disclosure activist Steve Bassett reported today he’s archived more than a thousand articles in the last few years. Coverage by the New York Times, CBS News, Reuters, and…

Alien Disclosure?

In a sobering reply to a podcaster’s question, Lue Elizondo, the former AATIP head, appears to confirm the ET hypothesis in an interview live-streamed by a Canadian filmmaker on YouTube.

In a Canadian filmmaker’s podcast aired live Tuesday, the former head of the now defunct Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, Luis Elizondo, seemed to confirm that extraterrestrials — or some unknown non-human intelligence or life form — are the source of what the English-speaking world calls UFOs.

His extraordinary remarks, which represented a striking shift in tone from what had been a lively, free-wheeling conversation with host Curt Jaimungal, were made toward the end of the podcast Theories of Everything. The program was live-streamed on YouTube at noon Eastern time, Tuesday, June 22. A polished, edited version is now available.

The famed Chicago film journalist represented the comfortable cohabitation of the Geek with the Intellectual

I’ve been thinking about Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times who passed away in 2013. Settling into my still-early fifties inspires reflection on influences, and his go back to the late 1970s, when U.S. cinema was turning the corner from the occasionally thoughtful and subversive to basically the genesis of what we have now: spectacle and artifice.

Ebert and my love and appreciation for film are so inextricably bound up that I cannot think about one without the other. When great actor passes away — a Robert Mitchum or a Paul Newman — we remember…

David Bates


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