Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The post-Kucinich UFO era has begun!

Jimmy Carter: No Truth to UFO Rumors

Former President Jimmy Carter, speaking candidly on a recent episode of "The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe," flatly dismissed claims that in 1969 he witnessed an alien spacecraft. Though he did see a mysterious light in the sky, Carter described it as a UFO only because "it was unidentified, it was flying, and it was an object."

That encounters with the unexplained have become embarrassments to be publicly renounced speaks volumes about the technocratic hegenomy that's all-but-consumed the public's capacity for informed debate.


Anonymous said...

Pols (and ex-pols) are smart to skirt the whole issue this way. Look what happened to Dennis Kucinich when he tried to give an honest answer to a dishonest (aka "trick") question.

The UFO experience is common enough that it shouldn't be regarded (as it is by the mainstream media) as just a sneaky way to trap someone into letting the "crazy" label be pasted on them. And you're right, Mac, what people typically see are UNIDENFITIED FLYING OBJECTS not "alien spaceships" or whatever. (This leap in logic -- again on the part of the mainstream media -- is both idiotic and breathtaking....)

--W.M. Bear

Anonymous said...


(I'm fit to BE tied!)

Paul Kimball said...

UNIDENFITIED FLYING OBJECTS not "alien spaceships" or whatever. (This leap in logic -- again on the part of the mainstream media -- is both idiotic and breathtaking....)

But it's a leap in logic for which ufologists are laregly responsible, ever since the days of keyhoe, when they pushed the twin concepts of the ETFact and a massive government conspiracy. The "evil" (ha!) mainstream media and the even more "evil" government (ha!!) didn't force them to do that.


dad2059 said...

That may be true, but the CIA helped things along when they "encouraged" these stories as a cover for black tech projects during the Cold War.

They (government) still use the stories as cover for military projects.

michael said...

I have to agree with dad 2059 on his point. The evidence is clear that the CIA fueled the "saucer" stories and that the ufologists are not solely to blame. The dishonesty of the "evil" government and "evil" media in regards to the question of what people report to have seen has been largely responsible for the backlash against them by a community of curious people who seek the "truth about unidentified objects", whatever that truth may be.

Elan said...

UFOs are actually tangential to this discussion.
The new McCarthysim his has more to do with what thought paradigms are going to be deemed acceptable as we move ahead on this runaway freight train called history.
Terence McKenna once said, “ We're playing with half a deck as long as we tolerate that the cardinals of government and science should dictate where human curiosity can legitimately send its attention and where it can not. It's an essentially preposterous situation.”
Or how about Robert Anton Wilson’s scathing reminder that the human brain, which loves to read descriptions of itself as the Universe’s most marvelous an organ of perception, is an even more marvelous organ of rejection…
Every paradigmatic thinker, be it a scientist or a priest, will seek to cover the planet with a single mimetic crop – call it the trend humans have exhibited throughout history to impose a universal mono-culture. One way, one truth, one God, one Royal Road to redemption…
Beyond the four corners of this little episode (UFO sighting denials and the completely predictable rush to salvage political careers), there is a deeper and more troubling pattern that seems to be emerging: the marginalization of anyone who strays from the stifling boundaries of acceptable discourse – and, as we approach the festive season, let’s not forget that this perceptual impasse stems from a culture whose dominant belief system has something to do with a redeemer of the Universe dying on a cross to assuage our sins.