Dear Readers:
I think it’s time for a bit of “debunking” again!
We occasionally like to expose all the conspiracy theorists for what they are ………….., a bunch of hysterical, paranoid and misguided zealots who see shadows at every turn.
This latest story concerns UFO’s and little green men! (The most famous couple, as far as aliens are concerned, was Betty and Barney Hill, who claimed they were abducted by little green men with huge heads and bulging eyes! Betty and Barney got the required dose of anal probes and brain scans, along with other stuff to horrible to speak about here.)
Needless to say, a lot of people believed them, but the more level headed among us put it down to mental problems or drugs.
But then we had the serious types, who said: “Pilots ….., what about Pilots? They are professionals and not inclined to make stuff up on a whim. Pilots keep telling us they see UFO’s!”
Well!
Let’s look at this in a rational manner.
As far as “best of 2014″ lists go, the CIA has a pretty irresistible one: On Dec. 22 it started tweeting links to the 10 most popular articles of the year that it shared on Twitter, and the agency arrived at No. 1 yesterday, tweeting: “Reports of unusual activity in the skies in the ’50s? It was us.” The accompanying link directs readers to The CIA and the U-2 Program, 1954-1974, a 272-page document from 1998 the CIA tweeted a link to in early July, reported KAKE at the time. The upshot of the report is that the CIA was the culprit behind more than half of the UFO sightings logged in the 1950s and 1960s. As VentureBeat reports, the CIA tested its U-2 spy planes at 60,000 feet, an altitude that seemed impossible for man to reach at the time—leading observers, specifically pilots, to suspect it wasn’t man up there at all.
VentureBeat highlights a portion of the report that explains that in the mid-1950s, most commercial airliners stuck below 20,000 feet; military aircraft kept it below 40,000 feet. “Consequently, once U-2s started flying at altitudes above 60,000 feet, air-traffic controllers began receiving increasing numbers of UFO reports.” The CIA actually cross-checked the UFO reports with its flight records, it noted in the document, but in instances when it verified the UFO was really a U-2, it stayed mum. The report was part of documents declassified in 2013 that famously detailed the existence of Area 51 in Nevada. As for the rest of the CIA’s top 10, it includes a look at a day in the life of a “not yet burned out” CIA Operations Center officer and a confirmation that pigeon missions remain classified.)
WE WILL GET BACK TO YOU ON THIS PIGEON STUFF! -Ed.
http://www.newser.com/story/200614/cia-all-those-1950s-ufo-sightings-it-was-us.html?utm_source=part&utm_medium=clearchannel&utm_campaign=story
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For all you idiots that keep saying “no” to global warming, get a load of THIS:
You remember the Iditarod …………………,?
That’s were a bunch of guys on dogsleds race about a thousand miles across Alaska for some God unknown reason!
WELL, this year they did it with no snow!
That’s right kids, most of the route was mud and swamp, but little or no snow!
snowlessiditarod
Even with the planet gunning for new global heat records, not all regions sweltered year-round in 2014. For instance, parts of North America suffered from extreme cold in January and February. That said, there were plenty of places where heat records fell this year. Here is a look at five places that will help push 2014 into the global warming record books.
• Australia: For the second year in a row, Australians saw heat records topple from the Gold Coast to the Coral Coast. The country kicked off January with an extreme heat wave; temperatures soared higher than 120 F (49 C). Heat waves in the autumn (March to May) and spring (September to November) also drove temperatures into the record books.
• Eastern Pacific Ocean: Toasty temperatures developed in the eastern Pacific Ocean, despite an El Niño that never appeared. The heat was especially notable off the western coast of the United States. Fishing boats spotted species well north of their range, such as a giant ocean sunfish offshore of Alaska. For the global ocean, the September to November sea surface temperature was 1.13 F (0.63 C) above the 20th century average of 60.7 F (16.0 C), surpassing the previous record by 0.11 F (0.06 C), according to NOAA.
• Siberia: Central Siberia defrosted in spring and early summer under temperatures more than 9 F (5 C) above its 1981 to 2010 average. Ice on the Ob River began to break up two weeks earlier than normal. The heat may have unleashed methane gas trapped in previously frozen permafrost, triggering underground explosions that formed spectacularly deep holes.
• California: The long-running drought in California was made worse in 2014 by record heat. The first 10 months of 2014 were the warmest in California’s history since 1895, further burdening the state’s water demands.
• Northern Europe: The same weather pattern that froze North America in early 2014 brought an unusually warm spring to countries including Denmark, Norway and Turkey. The sultry spring was the warmest in a century or more in these countries. In addition, January to October was the warmest 10-month period on record for Central England since 1659, and the warmest such period for the Netherlands since 1706.
http://www.livescience.com/49295-2014-hottest-year-countdown.html
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Well folks, it’s 9 o’clock in the morning here in Ontario, and I just read that Auckland, New Zealand is already celebrating New Years as we speak!
(That makes them 15 hours ahead of us! Well, not really ahead, because we’re all on the same planet, and it’s only the “time-zones” that ………., it’s because they count the time from ………………, there has to be a dividing line between yesterday and ……,. NEVER MIND!)
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In the small village of Meliandou, in Guinea, stood a tall, hollowed-out tree where children loved to play. But thousands of bats lived in the tree, and one toddler — a 2-year-old named Emile Ouamouno — may have contracted Ebola from playing there.
Emile, who died in December 2013, was “patient zero,” or the first person known to have contracted Ebola in the current outbreak that has now claimed at least 7,600 lives in the region.
In a new study, researchers looking for the source of the outbreak found that free-tailed bats lived in the tree.
These bats are likely a reservoir of the disease, the researchers concluded.
(Well, at least this time it wasn’t from fucking monkeys!!!)
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Liam Neeson’s particular set of skills don’t seem to extend to promoting Europe as a travel destination.
The Irish actor revealed he had received letters from Americans put off by the thought of traveling to Europe after watching the Taken franchise that has hostage taking as its core theme.
Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, Neeson said: “Just the other day I got a letter from a school teacher in Texas who had tried to take 60 students to Europe and the families of 40 of them got the kids out of it because they had seen Taken 2.”
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“And then this year she wanted to take 20 of them and the parents all said, ‘No, because we’ve seen that movie!'” he added.
Neeson was on the show to promote the third installment of Taken, but he admitted he wouldn’t have signed on for the threequel if the same ideas were revisited. “I said I wouldn’t do a third one if someone got taken.. It’s insulting to an audience as well as me. It’s a good storyline and I’m the hunted instead of the hunter,” he said.
Neeson also made a rather funny yet scary promo for the The Graham Norton Show, which you can see below.
Taken 3 hits theaters on Jan. 9.


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