Friday, October 14, 2005

Bark: Close Encounters

I watched UFOs: The Secret Evidence on Channel Four tonight. It was quite compelling viewing, and nice to have a program looking to give an objective and non-sensationalist view of the UFO phenomenon. It ended up hedging its bets a little at the end, declining to side completely on the very convincing argument that UFOs can be explained by misinformation from the CIA to cover for clandestine aviation projects, and still leaving the door open to an extra-terrestrial explanation - for some cases, at least.

There wasn't too much in the program that I didn't already know, as I was fairly deep into the whole UFO scene in the latter part of the 1990's. There were a couple of interesting things in there, though - the Ion Wind Lifter in particular looks fantastic. In case you don't have a clue what one of those this, take a look at this video. It certainly makes the whole Belgian Triangle incident a whole lot more interesting, anyway.



I don't think that it's a coincidence that the whole UFO phenomenon has died a death in the media and the general public conscience since the advent of The War On Terror. The CIA doesn't exactly need to find fanciful stories to try and scare the public to death and blind them to what they're doing behind the scenes in Black Programmes. Shame, really, because behind all the abduction and cattle mutilation horror stories, the UFO phenomenon's really about mankind's aspirations to reach the stars, and in this day and age, we really need something positive to keep hoping for...
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