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Our Galaxy, The Milky Way, Is A Tiny Part Of The Observable Universe

If you hold up a grain of sand, the patch of sky it covers contains 10,000 galaxies.

There are at least one hundred billion galaxies in the observable universe.

This is our galaxy, the Milky Way Galaxy. It is just one of those 100 billion galaxies.

The band of the Milky Way stretching across the Wyoming sky in Grand Teton National Park. Photograph by Babak Tafreshi, National Geographic

The Milky Way Galaxy contains about 100-400 billion stars. Our Sun is just one of those stars.

What are the chances that life as we know it came about only on our one planet attached to our one star? What about intelligent life? How would you define “intelligent life”?

One Person’s Educated Take On UFOs/UAPs

In my quest to understand what these things are, I keep reading. This morning I read this:

The Villager And The F-18

It was written by Deep Prasad. Here’s his profile: “CEO of ReactiveQ, BASc. Industrial Engineering ’18, University of Toronto, Physicist and Entrepreneur. Building the world’s most advanced multi-physics system.”

This is just an excerpt. He goes into more depth than this, and his engineering background is on display. If you approach it with an open mind, you’ll find it fascinating.

2 questions. Why are frequent incursions happening in restricted Navy airspace in the first place? And more importantly perhaps, how has this problem of frequent UAP incursions not been stomped out by the world’s most powerful military already? I don’t have an answer to the first question, I don’t know why these incidents are happening. I do think I know the answer to the second question however. UAPs are doing the equivalent of flying a drone in and around the restricted parts of the Area51 base and getting away with it. To understand how they pull it off, let’s look at a real world example of what the Navy considers to be a UAP. Out of the incidents depicted in the 3 videos the Navy refer to, the incident with the most amount of publicly available data, witness testimonies and scientific papers is the 2004 Tic-Tac event. It involves extremely experienced fighter pilots, F-18 Hornets and the USS Nimitz and USS Princeton guided-missile cruiser. These vessels housed the world’s most advanced radar and threat detection equipment at the time. There was a group of anomalous objects being tracked by the USS Princeton, these things were demonstrating hypersonic velocities and would sometimes travel in groups of 10 or more at a time. After more than a week of observing this, radar operator Kevin Day decided it was time to intercept these things to figure out what they were. This is when commander Fravor in the video below stepped in and went with a squadron to the location of the objects that were currently being observed. All of them instantly disappeared and only one stayed behind by the time Fravor and his crew got there in their F-18s.

I’m updating this to include the paragraph with links to supporting analysis:

As you can see, he says the object looked like a Tic-Tac, except it was 40 feet long. Here is a link to a 270 page paper doing an extensive scientific analysis of every data point that the team could get their hands on in the public domain. Here is another paper, this time from Dr.Kevin Knuth, former NASA research scientist and currently a professor of physics. It is peer reviewed and analyzes a handful of UAP cases, with the Tic-Tac being one of them. Both papers are chock filled with mathematical models that attempt to calculate and infer the g forces and velocities the Tic Tac was able to reach during its interaction with Fravor and his team. This is where things get interesting. According to Kevin Day, he said he tracked the Tic-Tac commander Fravor intercepted go from 28,000 feet to sea-level in approximately 0.8 seconds. This means the Tic-Tac was capable of achieving a velocity of at least 23,864 mph, which is 31 times the speed of sound. The maximum speed of the commander’s F-18 is 1,190 mph. This means the Tic-Tac is 20 times faster than the F-18 (23864mph/1190mph = 20).

There Are Now Almost 20,000 Patients Suing Monsanto Alleging Roundup Caused Their Cancer

Monsanto Parent Bayer Said To Propose $8 Billion Settlement Over Roundup Claims, CBSNews, 9 August 2019

Monsanto parent company Bayer is said to be offering an $8 billion deal to settle about 18,000 claims that its weedkiller Roundup causes cancer.

In its most recent annual report, Bayer said it expects more lawsuits to emerge.

Only 3 cases have been heard so far, and Bayer/Monsanto lost all three, with unusually large pay-outs.

Will Litigation Over Roundup Continue? Reports Say Bayer AG May Propose $8 Billion Settlement, Forbes, 9 August 2019

1. Dewayne Johnson, a California groundskeeper, was diagnosed with terminal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that he alleges was caused by his regular use of the herbicide at his job. He won his case, eventually landing a finalized payout of $78 million. The jury in his case unanimously decided that the manufacturing company failed to warn consumers about the possibly carcinogenic cocktail of ingredients that make up Roundup.

2. The same occurred in the first federal trial regarding Roundup, in which Edwin Hardeman blamed the product for causing his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after years of consistent use on his properties. After reductions, his final payout totaled $25 million.

3. The second federal and most recent trial of Alva and Alberta Pilliod resulted in a payout of almost $87 million after its reduction, which was a whopping $2 billion at first. The California couple had also used Roundup regularly over the course of decades and had both been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Here’s a list of 38 countries throughout the world that have taken steps to either restrict or ban glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup.

Guess which country isn’t on that list. The United States:

Despite the IARC report’s 2015 conclusion that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans. As such, glyphosate is not banned by the U.S. government; Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides are readily available for purchase throughout the country.

However, the EPA is a captured agency, meaning it is dominated by the industry it presumably regulates. Internal company documents now public in the Monsanto Papers demonstrate that EPA prioritizes the interests of corporations like Monsanto or political groups over the interests of the public it is charged with protecting.

What I have learned from this:

  • Exposure to Roundup causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • If we’re not going to ban it, as Bayer said, expect more lawsuits.

Golden Slumbers, The Beatles, Abbey Road

Once there was a way,
to get back homeward.
Once there was a way,
to get back home.
Sleep pretty darling do not cry,
and I will sing a lullaby.

Golden slumbers fill your eyes.
Smiles awake you when you rise.
Sleep pretty darling do not cry,
and I will sing a lullaby.

Once there was a way,
to get back homeward.
Once there was a way,
to get back home.
Sleep pretty darling do not cry,
and I will sing a lullaby.

The Pentagon’s UFO/UAP Program “Recovered Materials From These UAPs”

Here’s a new article in Popular Mechanics. It scans the UAP landscape from 3000 years ago to present. You can imagine that comets and cloud formations became woven into religious experiences years ago. Now we have the tools to explain many of these things. Not all though, as the Navy just admitted.

Something towards the end of the article drew my attention. Materials.

Angels, Airships, and Aliens: The 3,500-Year History of UFO Sightings, Popular Mechanics, 24 September 2019

A review:

This past week, the U.S. Navy confirmed that several videos—two of which were first released by The New York Times in 2017 depicting so-called “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (UAP)—are authentic. The three videos, (another was later published by The Washington Post), each depicting quick-moving oblong-shaped objects, were shot by Navy pilots during training exercises in 2004 and 2015. The Navy has yet to identify the objects in the video, and along with the Department of Defense, said the videos should have never been made public.

So, they don’t know what they are. Remember, the Pentagon also said they stopped funding research into what they are:

A Pentagon spokesman did not respond to requests from The Washington Post for comment, but in December [2017], the military confirmed the existence of a program [AATIP] to investigate UFOs and said it had stopped funding the research in 2012.

Here they mention that program, AATIP, and suggest it continued to run. That makes sense to me however it isn’t the official Pentagon stance:

The $22 million Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program [AATIP] officially ran for about five years, from 2007 to 2012. This much was acknowledged by the Pentagon, but Luis Elizondo, who headed the program until his 2017 resignation, told the Times that it continued to run beyond 2012.

Here’s the part that caught my eye:

In that time, Elizondo said that the program had investigated a number of UAPs, including the ones that the U.S. Navy confirmed were authentic.

But the most jaw-dropping detail is one that’s a bit buried: the program recovered materials from these UAPs.

Kean [journalist Leslie Kean, who co-wrote the 2017 New York Times investigation into the Pentagon’s UFO/UAP) program] says she believes there’s a lot going on behind-the-scenes. She thinks research is being done on these recovered materials to understand what they are. Alluding to the fact that the U.S. may not be the only country in possession of these materials—that there is a secretive global race associated with them.

“From what I’ve been told, it’s a competitive thing. Whoever understands the technology first has a real advantage,” says Kean. “My sense of it is that there’s an undercurrent of competition among Russia, China, and the U.S.”

Here’s Elizondo speaking to investigative reporter George Knapp in December 2018, a year after he resigned. He mentioned the materials. He called them “tangibles.” At 4:08.

George Knapp: “Is there a form of physical evidence that’s indisputable, that we’re going to know about [in 2019]?”

Luis Elizondo: “I think there’s a lot of things out there that we’re looking into to include tangibles, tangibles in a real sense that will hopefully allow us to have a more comprehensive conversation. I don’t want to lead the cart before the horse. There’s a lot of analysis. There’s a lot of homework that needs to be done.

Elizondo is practiced at using many words to say little. But he probably signed a non-disclosure agreement when he left AATIP so he’s being careful. (By the way, AATIP was begun in 2007 with the encouragement of then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid said it was funded on a bipartisan basis.)

What to believe? Is there material or not? The head of the Pentagon’s program that used to investigate UFOs/UAPs said material was recovered. But the Pentagon says there is “no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.”


Update: Here’s another article, fresh off the New York Times’ press today. Elizondo was being interviewed. (NYTs gives Elizondo’s background as: “He was a career intelligence officer with the Army, the Department of Defense, National Counterintelligence Executive and the Office of Director of National Intelligence.” No wonder he doublespeaks!)

In July, the academy announced the ADAM (Acquisition & Data Analysis of Materials) Research Project, an academic research program focused on exotic material samples from U.F.O.s. How will the academy conduct research on the materials and what exactly is it looking for?

Mr. Elizondo: We’re going to do research employing the scientific method, first and foremost. What we have been doing is trying to find the most qualified individuals at the most respectable institutions to conduct scientific analysis. That scientific analysis includes physical analysis, it includes molecular and chemical analysis and ultimately it includes nuclear analysis.

Has the academy gotten its hands on any materials to review?
Mr. Elizondo: Certainly.

Are you able to share more about that?
Mr. Elizondo: Not at this point.

Eggs Increase Risk For Cardiovascular Disease

Eating even small amounts of egg, just half an egg a day, increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death from all other measured causes (e.g. stroke and cancer) in this recent study:

Associations of Dietary Cholesterol or Egg Consumption With Incident Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality, Journal of the American Medical Association, March 2019

Findings: Among 29,615 adults pooled from 6 prospective cohort studies in the United States with a median follow-up of 17.5 years, each additional 300 mg of dietary cholesterol* consumed per day was significantly associated with higher risk of incident CVD and all-cause mortality, and each additional half an egg consumed per day was significantly associated with higher risk of incident CVD and all-cause mortality.

Conclusions: Among US adults, higher consumption of dietary cholesterol or eggs was significantly associated with higher risk of incident CVD and all-cause mortality in a dose-response manner.

* One egg contains about 200 mg of cholesterol.

It was a dose-response association so the more eggs one ate the greater their risks. Eggs are often hidden in baked goods. And cholesterol is found exclusively in animal foods; there’s no cholesterol in plant foods.

I ran through this exercise (see also my previous post: Eggs Increase Risk For Diabetes) because when I did a Google search on eggs, page after page of returns had articles claiming that eggs were healthy. But that’s not what the science says. How can that be?

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine had the answer:

Unfortunately, Americans are on track to eat more eggs this year — about 279 eggs per person, on average — than they have in nearly five decades. Part of the problem is that the egg industry has scrambled the science, keeping Americans in the dark about the link between eggs and heart disease. In recent years, the majority of studies published on eggs and cholesterol have been funded by the egg industry itself — often resulting in misleading conclusions that downplay the dangers of eggs.

People are back to eating eggs. The egg industry won.

The Government’s Credibility Problem With UFOs/UAPs

UAP = Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon, the term the Navy now uses to describe UFOs.

Some inconsistencies:

1. The Pentagon said that they stopped funding research into UFOs/UAPs in 2012:

A Pentagon spokesman did not respond to requests from The Washington Post for comment, but in December [2017], the military confirmed the existence of a program* to investigate UFOs and said it had stopped funding the research in 2012.

But they also just said that they are investigating UFOs/UAPs. Which is it?

Navy spokesperson Joseph Gradisher: “The Navy and USAF [United States Air Force] take these reports very seriously and investigate each and every report.”

When you investigate, you spend money on equipment and salaries. What is the name of the program that oversees investigation (if no longer AATIP)? When did Congress allocate funds? It had to be after 2017 when the military said it had stopped investigating in 2012 … that’s 5 years of not investigating, right? Something doesn’t add up here.

2. The government said that these crafts do not come from non-terrestrial sources:

In November 2011, the White House released an official response to two petitions asking the U.S. government to acknowledge formally that aliens have visited Earth and to disclose any intentional withholding of government interactions with extraterrestrial beings.

According to the response, “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.” Also, according to the response, there is “no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.”

But they also said they don’t know where these UFOs/UAPs come from. The Navy has spent years investigating these crafts, 15 for the tic tac. They have been measured traveling over Mach 20 (20 times the speed of sound or 15,000 miles per hour), in controlled maneuvers, over periods of hours and days, without obvious forms of propulsion. From Walker’s letter:

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.

The Navy has now officially ruled out all known terrestrial sources by labeling these crafts “unidentified.” If you’re saying you don’t know what something is or where it is from but you know for certain where it is not from, the onus is on you to provide evidence for that.

3. The government said “there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.” Yet they also said that these videos weren’t supposed to be released:

“The videos were never officially released to the general public by the DoD [Department of Defense] and should still be withheld,” said Pentagon Spokesperson Susan Gough to The Black Vault earlier this year. Mr. Gradisher, on behalf of the Navy, confirms the Pentagon’s position this week by adding, “The Navy has not released the videos to the general public.”

So, there is no evidence hidden from the public eye and there is also evidence hidden from the public eye. You can’t have both.

About the first one, I was inclined to think they were being investigated. When you have strike-carrier groups, billion-dollar assets, being engaged by crafts with technology that can’t be identified or explained by current aeronautical knowledge, that you can’t defend against, why would you cut funding on research? It doesn’t make sense. But they said they did.

Here is a clip of a FLIR (Forward-Looking Infrared Radar) video that Navy fighters took in 2004, during the Nimitz incident. It’s the famous tic tac. This is one of the 3 videos the Navy just said contain images of an authentic UFO/UAP. The Pentagon said they are sure it is not extraterrestrial and also that they don’t know what it is. And even though they said no evidence is being hidden from the public eye, they kept this (and the rest of the video it was clipped from along with high-resolution images) from the public eye.