Conspiracy culture in America and its social impact

The growth of America’s conspiracy culture seems to be quite significant.

It is an alarming trend, fomented by many through the use of the social media.

Unsubstantiated “facts” often give births to conspiracy theories and modern myths.

But the sad fact is that such beliefs seem to be accepted by an increasingly gullible sector of the population, regardless of the level of education.

Moreover, it could easily be manipulated by some exploitative folks with certain agendas  (including some politicians)  and can even cause the nation to be divided, fomenting fear and paranoia.

We must never forget that the birth of Nazi Germany started by such propagation of fear and paranoia and pointing the blame to a certain group of people.

Here is a quote from Edward Epstein, WSJ – – December, 2015):

Conspiracy is a word derived from the Latin “to breathe together”.

It has been a salient part of the darker side of recorded history ever since some 60 conspirators in the Roman senate, including Brutus and Cassius, plotted together to assassinate Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.   

Nowadays the “C” word does not always sit well with journalists, who commonly employ it in conjunction with “theory” to describe paranoid distortions of reality.

Even so, a criminal conspiracy is not a rare phenomenon.   

Not only was a foreign conspiracy responsible for the monstrous 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center  (as well as the previous attempt to blow it up in 1993)  but, according to the Center on Law and Security at Fordham University, over 90% of routine federal indictments for terrorist attacks since 9/11 contain at least one conspiracy charge. 

The government’s pursuit of conspiracies is by no means limited to terrorism. 

Conspiracy charges are the rule rather than the exception in cases brought against businessmen accused of fixing prices, evading environmental regulations, using insider information or laundering money.


But there are also pseudo-conspiracies that exist only in a delusionary or misinformed mind.…..such as well-orchestrated global conspiracies, simply because no major secrets can be kept forever from the public.

Conspiracies are easily disproved by a wealth of evidence and some basic, sound reasoning, and yet sizable portions of the population continue to believe in absurd ideas such as the following:

The moon landings are claimed to be hoaxes manufactured by large-scale government collusion.

Aliens in UFOs are claimed to have visited earth but their presence is concealed by malevolent agencies.

(As I stated many times elsewhere, I personally believe in the reality of the UFO phenomenon.  However, I also believe that the UFO phenomenon does not constitute conclusive evidence whatsoever that we have ever been – or are being – visited by physical extraterrestrial biological entities in physical extraterrestrial spacecraft of any kind.  For a good item on this, please go to the bottom of this article and read about the Roswell Incident – – the creation of a modern myth, how it all started)

Modern medicine is claimed to be toxic and “alternative” medicine is claimed to be miraculous, but a global conspiracy involving greedy drug companies conceals these facts.

Trails of ice particles left by airplanes in the sky (“contrails“) are claimed to really be toxic chemicals (“chemtrails“) being sprayed on the whole earth by a secret group intent on destruction and domination.

The AIDS virus was allegedly constructed in a laboratory and is deliberately used by a secret society as a tool of destruction.

Fluoride is claimed to be added to drinking water by secret government programs in order to exert mind control.

A New World Order of elites is claimed to be secretly controlling all governments for malevolent purposes.

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and other terrorist attacks are claimed to be carried out secretly by the people’s own government in an effort to foment war.

Free energy devices are claimed to successfully create energy out of nothing, but their widespread use is suppressed by powerful conspiracies involving energy companies.

Genetically modified crops are claimed to be dangerous and a vast conspiracy is claimed to be suppressing evidence showing this fact.

Despite the fact that conspiracies such as these run completely contrary to a giant body of evidence, and indeed go against logical reasoning itself, such conspiracies continue to be believed by many people.


Here is latest one.

The QAnon Conspiracy theory, which the FBI has called a domestic terrorism threat, is based on unfounded claims that there is a “deep-state” apparatus run by political elites, business leaders and Hollywood celebrities who are also pedophiles and actually working against Donald Trump.  Trump, they say, is waging a secret war against the deep-state, globalist, elite Satan-worshipping pedophiles in government, business and the media.

QAnon believers have speculated that this fight will lead to a day of reckoning where prominent people such as former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be arrested and executed.

That’s the basic story, but there are so many offshoots, detours and internal debates that the total list of QAnon claims is enormous – and often contradictory.  Adherents draw in news events, historical facts and numerology to develop their own far-fetched conclusions.

It has accused many liberal Hollywood actorsDemocratic politicians, and high-ranking officials of being members of the cabal.  It also claimed that Trump feigned conspiracy with Russians to enlist Robert Mueller to join him in exposing the ring and preventing a coup d’état by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and George Soros.


The QAnon Conspiracy – – take it with a “massive grain of salt”

And from Dr. Christopher S. Baird, SCIENCE QUESTIONS WITH SURPRISING ANSWERS – – August, 2013:


People are all different, so the reasons for them believing in conspiracies cover a broad range of factors.

In general, though, people tend to believe in conspiracies because of helplessness.

Ted Goertzel, professor of sociology at Rutgers University, found that belief in conspiracy theories is strongly linked to insecurity about employment, alienation, lack of interpersonal trust, and minority status – all forms of helplessness.

Despite the fact that conspiracies such as these run completely contrary to a giant body of evidence, and indeed go against logical reasoning itself, such conspiracies continue to be believed by many people.


The main reason people believe in conspiracies despite their absurdity is helplessness.

Unemployment, under-employment, lack of education, substance addiction, chronic illness, dysfunctional families, and failing relationships all contribute to a person feeling helpless.

In order to cope emotionally with such situations, many people blame their helplessness on conspiracies; giant secret societies with amazing power that control everyone for sinister purposes.

The belief in conspiracies gives those in hopeless and destitute conditions something to hope for.

“If the conspiracy can just be exposed”, they think, “I will no longer be destitute”.

The belief itself becomes empowering to many in helpless situations.

They see the rest of the world as mindless sheep controlled by the elite, and themselves as the enlightened few.

The belief in conspiracies also enables such people to emotionally cope with the chaos that surrounds their life by believing there is an overall ordered society of elites that controls the world.

Even though they see this society as secretive and evil, the belief itself in an ordered, controlling society is enough to offer comfort to one who feels surrounded by chaos and helpless to their situation.

Although a person may be safely employed in a rewarding career, a lack of education can be enough to render him subconsciously helpless and therefore susceptible to conspiracy theories.

When a person does not understand the basic physical laws that govern the universe, daily events seem random and nonsensical.

Being confronted day in and day out with a jumble of incomprehensible events is harrowing.

To deal with this mental commotion, many people see conspiracies as the driving forces behind the seemingly random string of events.

In reality, the laws of science run the world.

But it is much easier to believe a secret society runs the world than to try to understand the laws of science if you have a poor education.

Helplessness can take many other forms.

Even wealthy, educated people get cancer.

The miserable, ongoing, and terminal nature of serious diseases can make even the richest and smartest of people feel helpless.

When modern medicine fails to help them (or just takes too long to help them), many people turn to conspiracies to cope.  It’s more comforting to believe that a miracle cure is available but is kept just out of reach by a conspiring pharmaceutical industry, than to accept the reality that some diseases simply do not have cures.

It’s more comforting to believe that your cancer was caused by chemtrails, water fluoridation, genetically modified crops, aliens, western medicine, tooth amalgam, household cleaning supplies, or power lines than to accept that cancer is a natural part of life that just happens.

Goertzel states, “…during periods of insecurity and discontent people often feel a need for a tangible enemy on which to externalize their angry feelings.

Conspiracy theories may help in this process by providing a tangible enemy to blame for problems which otherwise seem too abstract and impersonal.

Conspiracy theories also provide ready answers for unanswered questions and help to resolve contradictions between known ‘facts’ and an individual’s belief system.”

Note that some conspiracies are real.

But the real conspiracies are quickly dismantled by the justice system and are well documented by mainstream scientists, journalists, and historians.

Also, real conspiracies tend to involve only a handful of people and are rarely successful.

Most real conspiracies fall apart before they even get started, while the rest are eventually exposed and dismantled.

Giant, powerful, successful conspiracies do not happen for the following reasons:

It only takes one whistle-blower to bring down an entire conspiracy.

The more people there are in a conspiracy, the more potential whistle-blowers there are, and the shorter the conspiracy lasts.

The most successful conspiracies (such as Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme) involve only a handful of people, and they still eventually fail.

Sustaining a global conspiracy among medical doctors would require convincing every single one of the millions of doctors from all religions, nations, and cultures to participate in a coordinated cover-up.

People are inherently independent minded.

Sustaining a global conspiracy would require making millions of people from all walks of life have the exact same goals and motives, and be willing to do what ever they are told to perpetuate the conspiracy.

In the business world, people quit their job, move, start their own business, and campaign for reform whenever faced with too little independence.

These types of actions would doom a conspiracy.

History teaches us that the level of authoritarianism needed to sustain a global conspiracy leads to violent revolution by the masses.

A large conspiracy would be doomed by internal warfare before it ever got off the ground.

People are inherently decent.

The vast majority of people on the earth are ethical, law-abiding citizens that pursue careers and causes in order to benefit society.

A giant conspiracy would require a large number of people to lie, cheat, and purposely harm their family, friends, neighbors, and country.

We are all human.

Doctors get sick too.

Doctors therefore have a strong personal incentive not to suppress medical treatments that succeed.

Government employees live under the same sky and drink the same water.

They have a strong personal incentive not to poison the water or fill the sky with chemicals.

Large organizations are inherently too inefficient, cumbersome, and complex to carry out a large, coordinated plan of evil secrecy.

Even the most successful large-scale secretive agency in the world – the CIA – has security leaks (such as the Snowden affair).

The difference between the CIA and a conspiracy is that the CIA’s mission is supported by the will of the people and is seen as generally beneficial, so it survives its security leaks.  A large-scale conspiracy would not.

Note that this website, Science Questions with Surprising Answers, does not attempt to disprove conspiracies.

I believe such an exercise is pointless and futile.

Presenting conspiracy theorists with logic and evidence won’t change their minds as such people are not thinking logically to begin with.

Because helplessness is the root of belief in conspiracies, the best way to dispel their paranoia is to help them get out of their destitute situation.

Improving the general educational level, career prospects, community involvement, and family relationships of conspiracy theorists will do more to dispel their myths than arguing directly against their myths.

Something as simple as participating in a town hall meeting can help a neighbor realize that the world is not as evil and colluding as he imagines.


By the way, for those of you who are into UFOs, here is a good example of how UFO conspiracy theories start, i.e., through the propagation of unsubstantiated “facts”, as exemplified in the ROSWELL CONSPIRACY….click the following and read about:


However, what I describe as paraphysical phenomenon does seem to exist and has nothing to do with conspiracies:




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Exposing the true nature of the UFO phenomenon – – quotes from Charles Upton

Interesting quotes made by poet and metaphysician Charles Upton in 2012.


I believe that the powers that be are playing a game of both debunking the reality of UFOs and covertly planting evidence of their reality as a method of mass mind-control, using a technique I call “subliminal contradiction.”


The Disclosure Movement has many sponsors who have military or intelligence backgrounds.  It is dedicated to pressuring the government to come clean on what it knows about alien contact.  Apparently this is what government wants them to do.


Pioneer rocket scientist Jack Parsons was a follower of black magician Aleister Crowley and an associate of L. Ron Hubbard, another follower of Crowley, who founded the Church of Scientology and had a background in Naval Intelligence.

Parsons identified himself with Antichrist, dedicated himself to the destruction of Christianity, claimed to have met a “Venusian” in the Mojave Desert, performed Pagan rituals at his launching, and went on to co-found the Aerojet Corporation and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  He produced some of the first designs for the Pentagon; a crater was named after him on the dark side of the Moon.”



Someone admitted to an American Air Force base catches a glimpse of an object resembling a UFO through an open hangar door.  As soon as he sees it, the door is closed and he is told  “You weren’t supposed to see that”.  Then, a few days later, the “men in black” arrive at his house, threatening reprisals if he tells anyone what he saw.  This is a classic case of psychological manipulation, where an event that might have made little impression on him suddenly, through the use of terror, assumes the status of a dark revelation: “If these people are desperate enough to threaten to harm me or my family if I reveal what I know, THEN WHAT I SAW MUST BE REAL.”


Retired astronaut Edgar Mitchell  (a Freemason),  in a 2008 interview, made a “startling new revelation” about UFOs, claiming that the U.S. government has been trying to hide their existence for years but that the truth finally leaked out despite their best efforts and revealed that he had been briefed by the Pentagon on several occasions that the UFO phenomenon is real and the government is in ongoing contact with the extraterrestrials.  Why would the Pentagon reveal information to him that they hoped would never be made public when, judging by his past statements, he was all but certain to make it public, as he in fact did? Mitchell has a long-standing involvement in paranormal research; he was the one who welcomed Uri Geller to the Stanford Research Institute.


A nuclear physicist named Jack Sarfatti, a colleague of Uri Geller, and also of psychic investigator Andrija Puharich who advised the Pentagon on the paranormal–Sarfatti was involved in the “remote viewing” experiments at the Stanford Research Institute  (a group that also studied the powers of Geller), experiments that involved the U.S. Army, the CIA, the NSA, the DIA and the National Security Council — on one occasion introduced Uri Geller to Steven Spielberg, producer of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.


The UFO phenomenon has three separate yet related aspects:

1) It produces real material-world events, detectable by radar and sometimes leaving behind physical traces.

2) It is a psychic phenomenon that profoundly alters the consciousness of those exposed to it.

3) It is apparently surrounded by deception activities which mimic it, produced by human groups.  We tend to consider these elements as mutually exclusive, but they’re not; all three are explainable by demonic activity and invocation.

Demons are subtle beings who can temporarily materialize themselves and various objects in this world, but who cannot remain on our material plane for very long.

And the deception activities of human groups, besides being attempts to piggyback on a phenomenon that the deceivers didn’t originate and can’t control, may be designed not simply to imitate the “aliens” to influence mass belief, but to actually invoke them.

This suggests the possibility that elements of the intelligence community and various arcane technologists are involved in Satanism.




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Paraphysical phenomena seem to exist in Dulce, New Mexico

by Norio Hayakawa – – January 12, 2018

I began my research on the UFO phenomenon around 1961.

That’s more than 58 years of continual study.

After more than 58 years of research on this topic, I can clearly state that the UFO phenomenon seems to be real, even though I have personally never observed what I can confidently say is a UFO, so far.

But I believe in the reality of the UFO phenomenon.

However, I can also state that the UFO phenomenon does not constitute conclusive evidence of actual physical ET visitations by physical extraterrestrial biological entities piloting or maneuvering physical extraterrestrial spacecraft of any kind.

There is more to this phenomenon than the physical ET hypothesis.  I am also highly skeptical of the existence of authentic UFO artifacts.

In fact, there is not a single physical, tangible, solid as well as credible documentary evidence whatsoever that we have ever been visited by physical extraterrestrial biological entities in any physical extraterrestrial spacecraft.

Yet I believe in the reality of the UFO phenomenon itself.

By the way, Area 51 in Nevada and Dulce, New Mexico are two of my favorite topics.

I can confidently state that there seems to be no evidence of any UFO or “alien” connections to Area 51 in Nevada  (which I have continually researched since around 1988).

To me, Area 51 is a very important US Air Force’s research, development and testing complex for advanced military weapons systems integrated with avionics and aeronautics and continues to expand every year.

It involves our hard-earned tax dollars and rightfully deserves its role in protecting our nation from global threats, domestic or foreign.

As far as Dulce is concerned, there is no evidence at all that there is a physical US/Alien collaborative biological underground facility or base in Dulce, New Mexico.

Yet, reports of sightings of strange objects seem to continue in the Dulce area, indicating that paraphysical phenomenon itself is active in that area:



According to a testimony given by former Dulce, New Mexico resident Darren Vigil Gray, it was in the late 1960s that this amazing incident took place on Hwy 64 between Dulce and Lumberton:

At that time Darren was a fourth grader on the Jicarilla Apache reservation in northern Rio Arriba County.

At around 6:30 a.m. that particular morning, he claims he saw a flying saucer on his way to a parochial school which was located in nearby Lumberton.

A “dirty metallic colored” disk about 20 feet in diameter passed about 50 feet in the air over his school bus between Dulce and Lumberton, he said.

“It created all this chaos on the bus,” Gray said.  He said his brother, then a sixth-grader, yelled, “It’s a flying saucer!”,  but the priest driving the van didn’t stop to investigate the phenomenon and instead stepped on the gas.

Gray said the disk appeared to come from Archuleta Mesa and continued for several miles over the low hills south of the highway.

He said cattle mutilations soon began to be reported in the same area, and the mesa was said to be a sort of UFO base.

“The experience really changed my whole scope,” said Gray, now a well-known artist in Santa Fe:

This incident was also confirmed by a former Dulce rancher Edmund Gomez, who was also among more than a dozen students in that school bus:

(The Gomez family had the largest ranch in the Dulce area at that time.  Beginning around 1975, the Gomez family began to report many incidents of cattle mutilations in their ranch, which were soon investigated by State Patrol Officer Gabe Valdez, who was assigned by the State of New Mexico to find out what was actually happening.

To this date, the cattle mutilation incidents in the Dulce area of those years still remain unsolved.  – – both Edmund Gomez and the late Gabe Valdez have expressed their belief that it was the government, and not the aliens, that were perpetrating these incidents and that it may have had something to do with the government’s attempt to covertly investigate the radiation effects on local cattle resulting from the 1967 underground nuclear experiment – Project Gasbuggy, December 10, 1967 –  which took place about 22 miles southwest of Dulce):

But, getting back to that incident involving a “flying saucer” in Dulce, Edmund Gomez stated that he was also in that bus and was a witness.

“There were more than a dozen students riding in that bus”,  he stated.

This incident was mentioned in Albuquerque Journal by Tom Sharp on April 5, 1996:


Yes, as I stated earlier,  the UFO phenomenon seems to be real.   There is no question about it.

By the way, the phenomenon itself is not new.

It has existed since time immemorial.

There are historical records of people seeing strange objects in the skies, throughout history, such as “flying shields”.

The depiction of the objects seen seems to correspond to the cultural as well as technological understanding of the people of each era.   In modern times, the objects seen seem to be more aerodynamic in form.

In the late 1700s and early 1800s, people reported seen strange objects that appeared to be huge, rather crude-looking airships.

Later on, actual airships and other dirigibles were built by the U.S.

In the early 1980s when the U.S. was testing prototypes of stealth aircraft, there were many reports of humongous flying triangular craft over the East coast, which had nothing to do with prototypes being tested by the U.S. Air Force.

Reported humongous triangular craft  (sometimes reported to be 3 or 4 times the size of a football field)  hovered absolutely silently in the night skies:

No, they did not belong to the U.S. Air Force.


To me, here is the bottom line – – and it may sound stranger and stranger:

The phenomenon appears to me as a temporary paraphysical intrusion into our physical dimension by an unknown intelligence or unknown sentient entitities, paraphysically materializing themselves to a pre-selected observer (or a group of observers) and presenting to the observer as a physical phenomenon.

The pre-selection also seems to include a particular location as well as a particular time.

The phenomenon seems to be able to materialize and de-materialize at will.

(Great researchers such as Dr. Jacques Vallee, John A. Keel and Dr. J. Allen Hynek all seem to be in agreement here).

However, the phenomenon does not seem to be able to survive in our physical dimension except for a few seconds or a few minutes at a time.

The phenomenon seems to be able to temporarily affect our physical parameters  (such as radar, etc.)

Yet the phenomenon also seems to be incapable of being photographed with clarity.

Here comes my personal belief(No matter how strange this may sound, it is simply my personal belief.)

It is my belief that in this incredibly vast universe  (better yet, multiverse),  there exist what I describe as paraphysical sentient entities, both benevolent and malevolent types, (with a ratio of 2 to 1,  i.e.,  two out of every three entities are of benevolent nature).

They have co-existed with us since time immemorial.   It seems that the benevolent types are seldom seen in their temporary materialized form but it is my personal belief that they are doing good works (without being visible), often giving us protection from perilous situations.

On the other hand, the “malevolent”, deceptive entities could be the ones that are paraphysically materializing themselves and presenting themselves as physical “alien” entities from advanced extraterrestrial civilizations originating from outer space and piloting or maneuvering their extraterrestrial spacecraft.

Weird as it may sound, this is strictly my own personal belief.



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Flight attendants needed in Las Vegas, Nevada by Area 51 defense contractor, AECOM – – January 10, 2018

Flight attendants needed by Area 51 defense contractor, AECOM – – January 10, 2018   – –  Career opening posted:    This URL was just taken down by AECOM immediately after this was posted, but here is another link to the story:

Business Line:  Government

Position Title:  Flight Attendant

United States of America – Nevada

Las Vegas

Job Summary:

Performs Flight Attendant duties aboard Company operated aircraft.  Reports to Operations one (1) hour before scheduled flight or as otherwise assigned by supervisor.

Post/Pre-flights aircraft as assigned.

Briefs passengers on aircraft emergency equipment and procedures and ensures passenger compliance with all safety regulations.

Manifests flights as necessary and ensures security practices and procedures are followed.

Must be willing and able to provide leadership, direction, and assistance during an emergency, including aircraft evacuation.

Attends all company meetings and training classes as required by supervisor.

Must be level-headed and clear thinking while handling unusual incidents and situations (severe weather conditions, including turbulence, delays due to weather or mechanicals, hijackings or bomb threats).

Must be willing and able to assist and administer first aid to ill or incapacitated passengers or crew members.

Perform light cleaning of aircraft interiors.

Performs other Flight Attendant duties on board aircraft as necessary, to include but not limited to passenger comfort items, passenger health, safety and related matters.

May perform additional duties as directed within the terminal area, or at other company office locations.

Minimum Requirements:

High School graduate or equivalent.

Must pass Company operated jet aircraft Emergency Training and Initial Flight Attendant Training and maintain currency as a Flight Attendant.

Must be able to effectively perform all assigned physical duties without difficulty and without assistance.  Must be able to push and pull heavy hinged aircraft doors weighing up to 80 lbs.

Must comply with Company specified dress code and uniform guidelines.

Must possess effective oral communication skills, including good public speaking abilities.

Possess basic math knowledge and basic computer skills.

Must qualify for and maintain a top secret government security clearance and associated work location access.

Possess a current State issued driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

Local Candidates Preferred

Prior Flight Attendant Experience Preferred

Some College Preferred

Associates Degree Highly Desired

Active Top Secret Clearance Highly Desired

What We Offer:

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people.

It’s a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world’s most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide.

It’s a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people.

It’s what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow.  AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

At AECOM, employee’s safety and security are our top Safeguarding core value.

All employees are expected to set the highest level of safety expectation in their work, display the highest level of safe behavior, and actively participate in AECOM’s Safety For Life Program.

SH & E is a part of our company culture and participation is required for all employees.


Please note that AECOM does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, AECOM will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee.

In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, AECOM explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency.

Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of AECOM.

Job Category Administrative Support / Secretarial

Country United States of America

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 173982BR

AECOM Headquarters:   1999 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 2600, Los Angeles, CA 90067  – – 

Tel. (213) 593-8100    (213) 593-8000



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AREA 51 NEWS UPDATE – – land grab of public land around Alamo Road – – January 6, 2018

(Getting ready for B-21 and other upcoming projects?)

AREA 51 NEWS UPDATE – – January 6, 2018:

Please see the notice below regarding the land grab of over 200,000 acres of public land around Alamo Road by the United States Air Force.  Public hearings will be held in January.

To whom it may concern:

The Air Force has published a Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Draft Legislative Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Nevada Test and Training Range Land Withdrawal.  The publication of the NOA began a 90-day public comment period which will end on 8 March, 2018.

The Draft Legislative EIS and supporting documents are available on the project website at  The Draft Legislative EIS is also available at various libraries and repositories – a list of locations is also provided on the project website.

The Air Force plans to hold five public hearings from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the dates and at the locations listed below.  During the meetings, the Air Force will provide information on the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed action and solicit public comments on the Draft LEIS.

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018: Caliente Elementary School, 289 Lincoln Street, Caliente, NV 89008
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018: Pahranagat Valley High School, 151 S. Main Street, Alamo, NV 89001
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018: Aliante Hotel, 7300 Aliante Parkway, North Las Vegas, NV 89084
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018: Beatty Community Center, 100 A Avenue South, Beatty, NV 89003
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018: Tonopah Convention Center, 301 Brougher Avenue, Tonopah, NV 89049

The agenda for each public hearing is as follows:

  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – Open House and written comment submission
  • 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Air Force Presentation
  • 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Public Hearing/Oral Comments

The project website ( can be used to submit comments on the Draft Legislative EIS or comments may also be submitted by mail to the 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs, 4430 Grissom Ave., Ste. 107, Nellis AFB, NV 89191.  Please direct any requests for information or other inquiries to the 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs, 4430 Grissom Ave., Ste. 107, Nellis AFB, NV 89191, by e-mail at, or by phone at (702) 652-2750.

Thank you,

Michael Ackerman

Program Manager


(CLICK ABOVE MAP FOR ENLARGEMENT — the blue spot just above the center is Groom Lake – Area 51)



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UFO believers got one thing right – – here’s what they get wrong, by Seth Shostak

by astronomer Seth Shostak, January 3, 2018, MACH Newsletter:

January 3, 2018:


“The past few weeks have been good for UFO believers.

For decades they’ve clamored for “disclosure” — an admission by the government that it knows of galactic gatecrashers, and that aliens are irrefutably here.

This always struck me as a classic argument from ignorance – – We lack good evidence to prove our case because it’s been hidden.

That wouldn’t work in the courts or in science, but hey, it kind of sounds good.

Well, it turns out something was hidden.

In 2007 Senator Harry Reid initiated a secret Pentagon program to investigate strange aerial phenomena.  It ran for five years and cost $22 million.  Finally, the skeptics — those who doubt that we’re hosting extraterrestrial visitors — had been shown the error of their disbelieving ways.

Pentagon was running a multi-million dollar program to investigate UFOs.

Except that the Pentagon study seems to have found no good evidence for visitors.

Yes, there was an intriguing military video purportedly showing a cluster of alien craft.

But when I watched it, I noticed that the cluster was always in the center of the field of view — which suggests that these “craft” were actually caused by the instruments aboard the plane rather than something in the airspace in front of it.

Experts will undoubtedly weigh in.

What would be good evidence of alien presence?

Nearly every day I receive an email or phone call from someone who claims to have seen “something very important”  (which I’ve learned from experience is code for “UFO”).

They want to chat.

So what do I do?

First off, I generally dismiss witness testimony, or, put another way, stories.

It’s not that I think people are lying.  But if someone tells you he saw a ghost at the mall, you’ll have a hard time doing much with that information unless ectoplasm hangs out there on a regular basis.

Witness testimony isn’t terribly reliable in criminal court cases.

It’s even less useful for science.

So I ask about physical or photographic evidence.

There never seems to be any of the former, but often there is imagery.

Some folks won’t send it, apparently afraid that I’ll sell their pix and deprive them of a Nobel Prize or a photo royalty.

The photos I do see tend to show obvious optical effects — often bright lights caused by internal reflections in the lens or color fringes resulting from the workings of the camera’s chip.

Other photos show diffraction patterns caused by “hunting” of the camera’s autofocus system.  Many people interpret these patterns as spacecraft markings.

A lot of the images are shot at night, making them particularly hard to interpret.

Perhaps daylight is too dangerous for aliens, because then it might be possible to see detail in photos taken of them.  I wonder if, when the sun is shining, they hang out underground like bats.

I’m also wary of anthropomorphic touches — for example, when someone says, “They seemed friendly and just want to establish contact” or “They’re buzzing our missile silos.”

The latter is particularly goofy.  Any aliens who come from the stars are way ahead of us.

If you could visit America 150 years ago, would you spend time inspecting the Union Army’s cannon-making factory at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Arsenal?

Hoaxes — and of course there are some — don’t seem to be common.

The people who contact me all sound pretty sincere.  But the one UFO claim that has zero worth for me is:   “I know what I saw.”  After all, if that’s what someone asserts, there’s no room for discussion.

More than anything, I ask myself if the extraterrestrial explanation is compelling — or merely possible.  Is the evidence proof-positive or only puzzling?  The latter isn’t good enough.

Personally, I’m mystified by the stage illusions of David Copperfield.

Did he really walk through that giant fan, or is that only a possibility?

Just because I don’t know what really happened is hardly reason to conclude that he can saunter through whirling metal blades without chopped Copperfield flying into the audience.

The Pentagon study is certainly interesting, but not because it proves alien visitation.

Of course, you can be sure that the “disclosure” folks will soon be claiming that UFO evidence is still being covered up.

Conspiracy theories never end.

In the era of Google Earth, when every square yard of the continents has been photographed and put online, it’s hardly surprising that we have an unsatisfied craving to explore the unknown, to do what Columbus, Magellan, Cook, and others did a half-millennium ago.

Of course, in the 21st Century, a sailing vessel may no longer satisfy that need.  A sailing saucer just might.”




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Why I believe in the reality of the UFO phenomenon – – but it may not be what you think

by Norio Hayakawa, January 1, 2018:

I have answered the following questions more than a hundred times so far – – my answers are always the same:

My answer:
The UFO phenomenon seems to be real.

My answer:
“It seems to me that alien abductions are absolutely real to the experiencers”.

My answer:
“Are we talking about sentient, physical, extraterrestrial biological entities?
If that is the case, the UFO phenomenon does not seem to constitute conclusive evidence of ET visitations by physical, sentient, extraterrestrial biological entities in physical extraterrestrial spacecraft of any kind, so far.”

My answer:
We just do not know yet.  – – and, this is the best answer we can give for now.

Of course everybody, including myself, thinks it sounds ridiculous to believe that we are the only instance of physical, sentient, intelligent biological life anywhere.  I couldn’t agree more.

But for right now the answer is “We just do not know yet“.

But is “life” limited to just physical, sentient, intelligent biological existence in this cosmos?

Maybe there could be countless number of sentient, paraphysical entities of extradimensional origin in this huge cosmos – – that could include both the benevolent and the malevolent kinds.

The following is simply my personal conjecture which I had written elsewhere before:

“The UFO phenomenon appears to me as a temporary, paraphysical intrusion into our physical dimension by an unknown intelligence or unknown sentient entitities, paraphysically materializing themselves to a pre-selected observer  (or a group of observers)  and presenting to the observer as a physical extraterrestrial phenomenon and visitation.

The pre-selection also seems to include a particular location as well as a particular time.

The phenomenon seems to be able to materialize and de-materialize at will.  However, the phenomenon does not seem to be able to survive in our physical dimension except for a few seconds or a few minutes at a time.

Some researchers claim that the phenomenon seems to be able to temporarily affect our physical parameters  (such as radar, etc.).

Yet the phenomenon also seems to be incapable of being photographed with clarity, if at all.

And on many occasions, it seems to me that these “UFOs” only deceptively appear  (to the observer)  to be utilizing some type of a propulsion system as they seem to take off into the distant sky at an unimaginable rate of speed.

Finally, by  ‘phenomenon’  here,  I would like to include both the  ‘craft’  as well as the  ‘entities’  and their seemingly paraphysical capabilities.”


By the way, Area 51 in Nevada and Dulce, New Mexico are two of my favorite topics.

I can confidently state that there seems to be no evidence of any UFO or “alien” connections to Area 51 in Nevada  (which I have continuosly researched since around 1988).

To me, Area 51 is a very important US Air Force’s research, development and testing complex for advanced military weapons systems integrated with avionics and aeronautics and continues to expand every year.

It involves our hard-earned tax dollars and rightfully deserves its role in protecting our nation from global threats, domestic or foreign.

As far as Dulce is concerned  (which I have also continuously researched since around 1988)  there is no evidence at all that there is a physical US/Alien collaborative biological underground facility or base in Dulce, New Mexico.



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