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John B. Alexander, Ancient Aliens, and the up to no good but beautiful sun

May 12, 2012Comments No comments

The connection? None, unfortunately. Just three unrelated stories I thought were worth sharing with you guys.

I’m reading John B. Alexander’s UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities at the moment, and found the recent Electric Politics interview with Mr. Alexander quite interesting.

John has had a unique experience looking into the UFO question from a government insider’s point of view and has a lot of extremely helpful, and extremely thoughtful, things to say — both about the reality of the phenomena and about our ignorance regarding what’s happening.

Download the 50 minute long interview in MP3 format here, or listen below.

If John Alexander represents one spectrum of the UFO field—the more down the earth—History Channel’s seriess Ancient Aliens are far, far off on the other end of the scale. Their latest episode Aliens and Dinosaurs get thouroughly debunked by Brian Switek over at the Smithosnian Magazine (The Idiocy, Fabrications and Lies of Ancient Aliens). I quote:

Ancient Aliens is some of the most noxious sludge in television’s bottomless chum bucket. Actual experts are brought in to deliver sound bites that are twisted and taken out of context while fanatics are given free reign. Fiction is presented as fact, and real scientific research is so grossly misrepresented that I can only conclude that the program is actively lying to viewers.

Ouch.

But at the end of the day, one need only gaze up on the sun to realize that all this is petty bickering in the grand scale of things. Sunspot AR1476 is pointing straight at us and NOAA forecasters estimate a 75% chance of M-class flares and a 20% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours. While we might not see another Carrington event, I mean, just look at these photos of the sun and AR1476 and, well, who needs aliens when we have such beauty just 1.496×108 km away?


(Credit: VegaStar Carpentier)


(Credit: Stefano de Rosa)


(Credit: William Parker)


(Credit: Jett Aguilar)

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