Another “What Is This” Involving the USS Nimitz

A couple days ago I posted a letter that Congressman Walker sent to the Secretary of the Navy. Here’s an excerpt:

Based on pilot accounts, encounters with these UAPs often involved complex flight patterns and advanced maneuvering, which demand extreme advances in quantum mechanics, nuclear science, electromagnetics, and thermodynamics. … They could also represent a tremendous opportunity for advancements in science and technology that can contribute to the public good.

I’m not well read on this topic but from what I’ve seen, the Nimitz incident, which occurred in 2004, illustrates the kind of technological advances to which Walker was referring.

From Wikipedia: USS Nimitz UFO incident

The USS Nimitz UFO incident refers to a 2004 radar-visual encounter of an unidentified flying object by US fighter pilots of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group. In December 2017, infrared footage of the encounter was released to the public.[1][2] The encounter also included an engagement with the UFO by the Commander of the squadron, VFA-41.[3]

I came across the Nimitz incident from this New York Times’ article:
2 Navy Airmen And An Object That ‘Accelerated Like Nothing I’ve Ever Seen’, New York Times, 16 December 2016

The photo below of Commander David Fravor accompanied the article. Fravor, a fighter pilot, appeared in the video in my previous post where he recalled seeing “flying tic tacs” over the Pacific Ocean. This is the story of those tic tacs.

An excerpt:

Cmdr. David Fravor and Lt. Cmdr. Jim Slaight were on a routine training mission 100 miles out into the Pacific when the radio in each of their F/A-18F Super Hornets crackled: An operations officer aboard the U.S.S. Princeton, a Navy cruiser, wanted to know if they were carrying weapons.

“Two CATM-9s,” Commander Fravor replied, referring to dummy missiles that could not be fired. He had not been expecting any hostile exchanges off the coast of San Diego that November afternoon in 2004.

Commander Fravor, in a recent interview with The New York Times, recalled what happened next. Some of it is captured in a video made public by officials with a Pentagon program that investigated U.F.O.s.

“Well, we’ve got a real-world vector for you,” the radio operator said, according to Commander Fravor. For two weeks, the operator said, the Princeton had been tracking mysterious aircraft. The objects appeared suddenly at 80,000 feet, and then hurtled toward the sea, eventually stopping at 20,000 feet and hovering. Then they either dropped out of radar range or shot straight back up.

The radio operator instructed Commander Fravor and Commander Slaight, who has given a similar account, to investigate.

The two fighter planes headed toward the objects. The Princeton alerted them as they closed in, but when they arrived at “merge plot” with the object — naval aviation parlance for being so close that the Princeton could not tell which were the objects and which were the fighter jets — neither Commander Fravor nor Commander Slaight could see anything at first. There was nothing on their radars, either.

Then, Commander Fravor looked down to the sea. It was calm that day, but the waves were breaking over something that was just below the surface. Whatever it was, it was big enough to cause the sea to churn.

Hovering 50 feet above the churn was an aircraft of some kind — whitish — that was around 40 feet long and oval in shape. The craft was jumping around erratically, staying over the wave disturbance but not moving in any specific direction, Commander Fravor said. The disturbance looked like frothy waves and foam, as if the water were boiling.

Commander Fravor began a circular descent to get a closer look, but as he got nearer the object began ascending toward him. It was almost as if it were coming to meet him halfway, he said.

Commander Fravor abandoned his slow circular descent and headed straight for the object.

But then the object peeled away. “It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen,” he said in the interview. He was, he said, “pretty weirded out.”

The two fighter jets then conferred with the operations officer on the Princeton and were told to head to a rendezvous point 60 miles away, called the cap point, in aviation parlance.

They were en route and closing in when the Princeton radioed again. Radar had again picked up the strange aircraft.

“Sir, you won’t believe it,” the radio operator said, “but that thing is at your cap point.”

“We were at least 40 miles away, and in less than a minute this thing was already at our cap point,” Commander Fravor, who has since retired from the Navy, said in the interview.

By the time the two fighter jets arrived at the rendezvous point, the object had disappeared.

There’s a more detailed account of the event on Wikipedia: USS Nimitz UFO incident.

Commander Slaight who accompanied Fravor described the object as a large bright white Tic Tac 30 to 46 feet long, with no windshield nor porthole, no wing nor empennage, and no visible engine nor exhaust plume.

Here’s an artist’s rendition of what witnesses saw, from Wikipedia:

Below is “the only official footage captured by a US N avy F/A-18 Super Hornet present at the 2004 Nimitz incident off the coast of San Diego. Like Gimbal, this footage comes with crucial chain-of-custody (CoC) documentation because it is a product of US military sensors, which confirms it is original, unaltered, and not computer generated or artificially fabricated. While there have been leaked versions on the internet, the CoC establishes the authenticity and credibility that this version is the original footage taken from one of the most advanced sensor tracking devices in use.”

It was flying faster than their Super Hornets which have a top speed of about 1,200 mph. This tic tac was estimated to be flying at speeds over Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound, over 3,800 mph) without an indication of a sonic boom, and with no exhaust plume. They (there were several of them), “would descend “very rapidly” from approximately 60,000 feet down to approximately 50 feet in a matter of seconds.” That last quote I pulled from a 2009 military report on the incident (pdf). The report was released by a CBS news affiliate in Nevada.

The report’s Executive Summary:

I imagine these are some of the technologies that Walker referenced in his letter to the Navy.

It’s not alien. Seven years after they investigated the Nimitz incident, the government said:

The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race.” [There is] no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.

The thing that draws me to all this is the technology. I don’t know how true all this is, I tried to find reputable resources, but … it’s fascinating.

For example, here’s some human-made cloaking technology (CNN, 2012). The invisibility part starts around 1:29. It uses a light-bending material from Hyperstealth.

Congressman Mark Walker’s Letter to Navy Secretary Requesting Information About UAPs

I’ve been talking about this letter so I thought I’d post it.


UAP is Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. Like UFO, it does not mean extraterrestrials. The government’s position as of 2011:

“The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race.” [There is] no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.”

So, someone on this planet has really advanced technology. It isn’t us.

“It Looked To The Pilot Like A Sphere Encasing A Cube.”

Several weeks ago, I posted about a New York Times’ article from May in which Navy fighter pilots described sharing airspace with objects that flew faster than their Super Hornets (which can fly over 1,000 mph) yet had no obvious means of propulsion.

At one point:

The pilot and his wingman were flying in tandem about 100 feet apart over the Atlantic east of Virginia Beach when something flew between them, right past the cockpit. It looked to the pilot, Lieutenant Graves said, like a sphere encasing a cube.

The near miss, he and other pilots interviewed said, angered the squadron, and convinced them that the objects were not part of a classified drone program. Government officials would know fighter pilots were training in the area, they reasoned, and would not send drones to get in the way.

“It turned from a potentially classified drone program to a safety issue,” Lieutenant Graves said. “It was going to be a matter of time before someone had a midair” collision.

I’ve been trying to find out what the objects were. I’m having no luck. I did find this clip of Lieutenant Graves describing them. Unfortunately it’s a clip from a television program so there’s a melodramatic announcer and suspenseful music. I’m going to talk about it anyway though because this was something that actually happened. In the clip, Graves is talking to another pilot, Commander David Fravor, and Luis Elizondo, the former head of the Defense Department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.

The clip includes a recreation of the “sphere encasing a cube” passing between two jets.

So, what are they? There was a whole fleet of them.

Before we can say something is not of this world, we need to eliminate everything it could be that is of this world. It looks to me like a drone, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), something of this world. But how is it being propelled? And controlled? I would say it’s not a US drone because why would the US risk US lives and $70 million aircraft?

I just read that the Ranking Member on Homeland Security’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism Subcommittee, Mark Walker, said, when asked about these objects, “We are concerned.” He wrote a letter to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer asking for more information. When asked yesterday what these objects are, Walker replied, “We don’t know for sure. The question that we’re wanting to get to is, is this something that’s a defense mechanism from another country?”

If it’s a drone, the technology that keeps it airborne at 30,000 feet is something else. Speaking of that technology, did you see Elon Musk’s test flight of his Starhopper yesterday? This is how we get to Mars? That’s a lot of fuel. I’d bet Musk would pay to get his hands on this sphere-encasing-a-cube technology.

It got up several feet. Even Musk said it looked like a flying water tower:

Walking After A Meal “Has No Beneficial Effects Over Resting”

Leopard resting after a meal. Tanzania. Source: Smithsonian

Moderate Postmeal Walking Has No Beneficial Effects Over Resting on Postprandial Lipemia, Glycemia, Insulinemia, and Selected Oxidative and Inflammatory Parameters in Older Adults with a Cardiovascular Disease Risk Phenotype: A Randomized Crossover Trial, The Journal of Nutrition, 18 July 2019

This study looked at four conditions: a Western Diet meal with and without a 30-minute walk afterwards (WD-W, WD-R), and a Mediterranean Diet meal with and without a walk (MD-W, MD-R).

Conclusions: In older adults with an increased CVD risk, the MD was associated with superior effects on several postprandial parameters (e.g., triglycerides), in comparison to the WD. Data revealed no relevant differences regarding the effects of postmeal walking and resting.

The Mediterranean diet actually wasn’t that superior. It resulted in lower triglycerides than the Western diet but it increased glucose:

Plasma glucose was higher after the MD than after the WD, as was serum insulin.

Both meals were high in fat though, so any carb is going to have a tough time being cleared, and the MD had more carb. It doesn’t mean carbs are bad, it means it’s not a good idea to eat them with a lot of fat. The traditional Mediterranean diet, as I discovered, was low in fat. Dietary fat contributes to insulin resistance which leads to high blood glucose.

If they had tested a low-fat version of the MD, they may have found lower triglycerides:

Previous intervention studies have shown that the ingestion of a high-fat meal induces a pronounced and sustained increase in serum triglycerides and that the postprandial lipemic response is directly proportional to the amount of fat ingested.

In the end:

On the basis of the present data, in older adults with a CVD risk phenotype, none of our 4 treatments (WD-W, WD-R, MD-W, MD-R) can be rated as superior regarding their acute effects on the measured postprandial metabolic, oxidative, and inflammatory parameters.

This isn’t going to make news because it shows the Mediterranean diet — the industry-promoted Mediterranean diet — as ineffectual.

These were big meals, over 1000 calories each, and as I said, high in fat. The Western Diet was 53% fat, the Mediterranean Diet was 36% fat. A low-fat diet is about 15% fat. The Okinawans and Cubans ate less than that.

What drew my interest was the walking aspect of this study. I thought that walking after eating would lower blood glucose but it didn’t:

Significantly higher plasma glucose concentrations were found directly after walking (1.5 h postprandial) for both meal types.

This was a surprise. But it makes me happy. I like to walk, but it’s the last thing I want to do after a big meal.

Free Grocery Delivery? Where?

Does anyone know what stores deliver groceries for free? I looked it up. Not even Walmart delivers for free. I can’t figure out what this person is referring to. Not only is there a delivery charge, but the cost of the products is higher if they are delivered.

The wealth gap in this country is growing. Statements such as this, if not true, will only alienate people. Getting healthy food to low-income communities, to anyone, is about assuring livable wages, affordable housing, healthcare, education, and transportation.

World Population: 7.7 Billion

Click to enlarge. For the interactive version, go to Worldometers.

Source: Worldometers

According to Worldometers, the current world population is 7.7 billion.

At the dawn of agriculture, about 8000 B.C., the population of the world was approximately 5 million. Over the 8,000-year period up to 1 A.D. it grew to 200 million (some estimate 300 million or even 600, suggesting how imprecise population estimates of early historical periods can be), with a growth rate of under 0.05% per year.

A tremendous change occurred with the industrial revolution: whereas it had taken all of human history until around 1800 for world population to reach one billion, the second billion was achieved in only 130 years (1930), the third billion in 30 years (1960), the fourth billion in 15 years (1974), and the fifth billion in only 13 years (1987).


The United Nations projects world population to reach 10 billion in the year 2056.

Two Things We Can Do To Stave Off Muscle Loss As We Age: Exercise And Eat Beans

Dietary Protein And Resistance Training Effects On Muscle And Body Composition In Older Persons, Journal of the American College of Nutrition, December 2007.

The regular performance of resistance exercises and the habitual ingestion of adequate amounts of dietary protein from high-quality sources are two important ways for older persons to slow the progression of and treat sarcopenia, the age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass and function.

Resistance training can help older people gain muscle strength, hypertrophy muscle, and increase whole body fat-free mass. It can also help frail elderly people improve balance and physical functioning capabilities.

Findings from controlled feeding studies show that older persons retain the capacity to metabolically adjust to lower protein intakes by increasing the efficiency of nitrogen retention and amino acid utilization.

Most of the limited research suggests that resistance training-induced improvements in body composition, muscle strength and size, and physical functioning are not enhanced when older people who habitually consume adequate protein increase their protein intake by either increasing the ingestion of higher-protein foods or consuming protein-enriched nutritional supplements.

So, protein is important as we age. But more protein than what we’ve been eating as younger adults isn’t necessarily better. In fact, if that protein is coming from animal foods, it’s a problem, for two reasons:

  • Animal foods contain more saturated fat and saturated fat increases inflammation.
  • Animal foods push tissues to a more acidic state owing to their greater amount of sulfur-containing amino acids.

Both inflammation and mild acidosis contribute to muscle wasting.

How to get protein on a vegan diet? Eat beans.

The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) for protein is 0.8 g/kg (grams of protein per kilogram of healthy body weight). That’s for someone who is relatively sedentary. Athletes, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or people with physically demanding jobs need more.

  • A 120 pound (54.4 kg) person needs about 44 grams of protein a day.
  • A 180 pound (81.6 kg) person needs about 65 grams of protein a day.

You would be hard pressed to find a non-animal food that provides the amount of protein that beans do, in typical serving sizes. (Click to enlarge. Data for the chart can be found at the bottom of this post.)

Lentils … 9 grams in a measly half-cup serving. Not even a large egg beats that (at 6 grams).

Wood Thrush This Morning