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Running over Aliens


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If ufology is just a “modern mythology”, then where are all the reports coming directly from Hollywood movie fantasy? Well, the answer is that they are actually quite widespread, though they are normally covered up. By ufologists themselves. But sometimes, they do let some things slip, like the following intriguing case.

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Mondex anti-FARC

There’s a war right now in Colombia between the government and the FARC guerrilla, and among all the casualties and the drama, NYTimes quickly reported a Fortean detail:

Other files offer insight into the methods employed both by the FARC and Colombia’s government in their four-decade war. In one letter by Mr. Devia dated Jan. 5, 2007, to Manuel Marulanda, the most senior member of the FARC’s secretariat, he described a woman in their ranks who was discovered to be a government spy.

“The new thing here,” Mr. Devia wrote, “was that she had two microchips, one under her breast and the other beneath her jaw.”

Mr. Devia went on to describe the reaction to this discovery, explaining in the rebels’ slang that she was given “a course.”

“Yesterday they threw her into the hole after proving what she was,” he wrote, “and giving her the counsel of war.”

Did the Colombian government really implant microchips on a spy? It’s possible, and I profess no knowledge on warfare tactics and gadgets, but this does seem dubious. What for? Implanted chips can only store a limited amount of data, and currently they necessarily need a dedicated reader and writer placed at close distance to function at all. They don’t even have batteries.

You wouldn’t be able to remotely track the spy’s position, or make any other kind of communication, unless the microchips were “megachips”, with several centimeters in size, including batteries, which I doubt would have been practically implanted under a woman’s breast or jaw.

Small passive implanted chips with limited range of communication could be useful for a spy to verify an identity, perhaps, but good old codewords seem more practical, and much less detectable. There could be other uses which I can’t imagine, but implanting microchips on spies seems a basically flawed idea because they can be found. As they allegedly were.

Which all suggests a very sinister look at this bit of news. And it would be related with ufology.

The unfortunate “spy” microchip implants may not have been implants at all. They could have been common foreign bodies, like pieces of metal, or even coagulated fat under the skin. Exactly like alleged alien abductee implants, prosaic things found on almost anyone’s body may be mistaken for something else. And the “government spy” may not have been a spy at all, if all evidence for it was these alleged microchips.

If so, there’s another parallel, perhaps more relevant. The witch hunts. FARC may be hunting witches, and they sure may find all the “government microchip implants” they want, if they look close enough.

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Yet Another Alien Autopsy

A new “alien autopsy” video which you can see above has been doing the rounds on Youtube for a few days already. Amazingly, more than a dozen years after the Great Alien Autopsy Fiasco, about which Ray Santilli has finally confessed used sheep’s brains (on the alien, not his), some “ufologists” are still discussing if this is not real.

Or, if it’s fake (it is), if it’s not too elaborate to be the work of some misdirected artist. Disinformation, psyops, MIBs, etc. And if the alien is too small, rather than assuming this is because of limited resources, why not consider how detailed the thing is, then? Could it be real?

Let us claim that no, it can’t be real. “Of course that’s a model”, Brazilian artist Philipe Kling David told us. Besides his digital creations, David also excels exactly on the creation of small model figures, like this “Sinister Werewolf“. He noted some of the problems he saw on the new alien autopsy:

– The things is humanoid. The structure suggests it walks on two legs. But then, how come the bones are flexible? You can see the head changes its shape with pressure. Besides, the head is visibly sculpted.
– This is a nice model, created with silicon, latex or make-up gel. There is a strong possibility that it’s latex foam, the stuff used in professional stop-motion figures. Latex foam is relatively easy to use and was very common in Hollywood in the 1980s for make-up. It has this consistency we can see in the video. The main characteristic of latex foam is that it has no transmission, that is, light doesn’t penetrate the “skin” layer like it does in real skin. Our skin is not opaque. And this detail, noted by make-up effects legend Dick Smith, revolutionized the area when the first translucid silicon for make-up was introduced.
– See how it’s hard to cut silicon. Real flesh is easily cut. We may assume that alien flesh would be similar to ours, since it follows a physiology so much like ours.

This recent video is yet another one on the long series of Alien Autopsies, and Mexican researcher Luis Ruiz Noguez compiled almost all of them on Perspectivas (in Spanish). Of special note is the “Autopsia Trucha“, and Argentinian reproduction of Santilli’s footage, done with a very tight budget, and the 20/20 Alien Autopsy, perhaps the best one ever made. Because they are all fake, of course.

Philipe Kling David himself has created some admittedly fictional alien scoops, like the Tasso Fragoso alien photos or the Uberlandia captive alien. All digital, all created by talent and with a slight provocation to the strange world of ufology, where finding our place in the Universe involves seriously discussing Youtube videos.

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