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"Human beings are under the control of a strange force that bends them in absurd ways, forcing them to play a role in a bizarre game of deception." ~ Jacques Vallee

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“As Ancient Astronaut Theorists Believe… “

Well, as an “ancient astronaut theorist” fan, I take exception.

The History channel’s Ancient Aliens program loves to invoke variations of the following:

“As Ancient Alien theorists believe…” as if all of us who accept that aliens from literal eons ago planted us here, or, messed with us, or, … well, there are endless possibilities. The point is, yes, aliens, as well as ultra-terrestrials and  — who knows what all non-human else —  had their way with us. This belief does not mean that I accept every answer/theory/opinion/belief put forth by the pundits on Ancient Aliens.

Some of those pundits are thoughtful, and simply offering up ideas and speculations. Others are intoning theories as facts. And, one of my personal pet peeves in all aspects of my life — regardless of the hat I may be wearing at the time —  being included in something I had no say in. As in, for example, work. “Well, we agree that staff should, from now on…”  Excuse me, “we?”  I don’t recall being asked, and I certainly don’t fucking agree. Passive aggressive manipulative tactic, that.

So, while I do believe the aliens have been around, and in fact, responsible, for the us that is now us, I also don’t believe every damn theory that comes along. And while aliens, as in from outer space, literal ETs, there are also entities about and afoot that are from right here. Within earth, parallel to us, co-existing in some sort of near-by dimension, and outer space has nothing to do with it. The two (or three or eleventh-hundred) exist at the same time, all playing their particular game.

 

MUFON’s John Ventre and Acceptance of the Repugnant

MUFON member — not just a member but “multi state director” John Ventre  posted fearful racist posts on his Facebook page. Sad to see anyone post such paranoid and ignorant rantings, and it brings up questions concerning UFO research when it comes to a public figure involved in this area.

Why would this concern anyone?  After all, he has a right to his opinion, his personal views are his and not reflective of MUFON. In fact, MUFON has issued an apology covering -one’s- collective -asse response.

To be fair, in the comments section, MUFON has posted that Ventre’s books have been removed from MUFON, and he has been disinvited from the 2018 MUFON Symposium, but, he has been “replaced as a Journal columnist” [MUFON.comSo it’s questionable how much MUFON cares. In fact, the following statement from MUFON smacks of an apologist stance on MUFON’s part, as author Robbie Graham pointed out on their site in the comments section:

Jan Harzan’s official statement here is an absolute disgrace. “Who is worse,” he asks, “the posters posting or the haters hating?” In the context of this issue, he’s actually implying that those who stand up to racism are as bad as (or worse than) the racists themselves, with the racist being merely a “poster” and the anti-racists being “haters.” He should be thoroughly ashamed of himself. Utter disgrace. If Harzan represents MUFON, then MUFON is a joke, and a sick one at that. (Robbie Graham, comments section, MUFON.com)

Ventre’s opions  affects research and MUFON as well as the rest of us living in the fringe, and we should care about this. (Many of us do care, for example, Lon Strickler, of Phantoms and Monsters, has spoken out about this, among others. ) This goes beyond someone’s hateful views on race. If Ventre feels this way, how do his feelings affect his research? When investigating a case involving people of a class, race, religion or gender one has bias towards, these prejudices affects the quality of research. 

David Jacobs, whose bizarre, off the rails misogynistic treatment of Emma Woods has been a wildly surreal contribution to UFO Land’s history, yet he is still accepted — including by MUFON — and support for Jacobs continues.

If these researchers want UFO research to be taken “seriously” by the mainstream and the infrastructure and institutions, these behaviors cannot continue. If certain professions demand that individuals within those professions be held up to a higher standard (and I do have issues with that assumption) , and, if some UFO researchers and pundits push for acceptability, then they should demonstrate those higher standards.

Of course, UFO research, like all aspects of paranormal/supernatural/Fortean things/conspiracy and other fringe dwelling topics will never be taken seriously by anyone in the mainstream.  That fact, however, does not give those who blithely show off their racist and sexist beliefs the excuse they’re looking for to continue to do so.

One last thought: it does not matter how long ago this took place; the discussion needs to keep going, (as with Jacobs and all the aftermath) — it is not a forgotten, “get over it” type of thing.

 

 

A Note About That Font

Yikes and good great Goddess, I hate the font for the header here. And I can’t seem to fix it. When I first set this up, the font was being reasonable. While in the midst of doing something or another with the customize section, the header literally did a sort of bleep-jump-jiggle thing, and switched fonts on me.

The current font style seems to mock the very essence of The Orange Orb. Which, by the way, you can visit the original “real” Orange Orb on blogger.

 

Ancient Aliens: Mystery at Rudloe Manor

Little update: After posting this, saw on Facebook from friend and UFO scholar Scott Santa, that Ancient Aliens didn’t discover this — the existence of Rudloe Manor has been known for a long time. Timothy Good, author of Above Top Secret, addressed this years ago. A book that I’ve read, of course, but many years ago, and clearly, forgot all about it.  Still, it was a good episode for those who have not read Good’s book, or, who simply suffer from occasional bouts of senior-moment brain.

Last night’s episode of Ancient Aliens:The Mystery of Rudloe Manor was pretty good. Nice to see an Ancient Aliens where there wasn’t a rehashing of the already rehashed ‘aliens from millions of years ago had seeded us’ … not that I don’t believe that, I do, (yes, I do) (in part) but enough already.

Refreshing and surprising. I hadn’t known of the underground chambers in Wiltshire, England at Rudloe Manor. From the Ancient Aliens site, a bit from the blurb:

In the southwest corner of the Wiltshire, England countryside lies the mysterious structure known as Rudloe Manor. On the surface, it appears to be nothing more than a quaint English manor house, but researchers have argued for years that it has been the epicenter of British research into UFOs since World War II. British Ministry of Defence (MOD) insiders claim that an astounding 2.2 million square feet of vast caverns divided into many smaller chambers lie buried underneath Rudloe Manor (Ancient Aliens)

Watching the program last night, it seemed to me a safe theory to suggest that crop circles are the work of some shadowy black ops faction. Not aliens, not earth fairies, not Doug and Dave. Not even mating hedgehogs. Many disagree with me on this including many a UFO researcher I respect. But I am still convinced that some governments — certainly including our own — have been manipulating technologies and energies of non-human origin for their own agendas.

Forgotten

 

I had set up this version of the Orange Orb on WordPress, in case blogger decided to eat my blog. I have several blogs over there, the Orange Orb being one of them, and the most active.  Forgotten all about this one here.

Do I cross post? A catch all? Something more specific? Or less? I don’t want it to languish.

Stay tuned.

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