Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Millionaire, Chess Champion, Politician, UFO Abductee

 By Chris Capps


When you look through the history of Chess, few countries take the game more seriously than Russia. And when you look at the Russian chess world, few players are quite as well known worldwide as Kirsan Nikolayevish Ilyumzhinov. Ilyumzhinov has been the president of the World Chess Federation since 1995. And like chess, Kirsan played the game of politics quite successfully as well, holding office as the president of Kalmykia from 1993 until he retired in 2010. But it's not until you hear his story of the time extraterrestrials took him aboard their vessel that Ilyumzhinov's story becomes truly remarkable.

There's little room to debate the man is as brilliant as he is eccentric. But just as it takes a superior ability to plot moves and process information when playing world class chess grand masters or while jumping fluently from Kalmyk to Russian, Chinese, English, Mongolian, and Korean, it takes a sharp mind to run the crucible of the volatile and unpredictable Russian political machine. So it's all the more incredible to skeptics who have listened with interest to his claims of an encounter he first talked about in 1997 during an official interview.

Kalmykia's president of over a quarter of a million people found himself in his apartment when suddenly a beam of light entered his window. Walking out onto his balcony, he found himself standing face to face with a trio of strange beings clad in yellow suits. As they took him aboard their vessel, he recalled how they looked and how they behaved. They were humanoid - looking almost exactly like us. Kirsan casually chitchatted with them and recounts how he was taken to a distant star where he became nervous and asked to be taken back to Earth. Then, casually, the creatures informed him that they had plenty of time and brought him back so he could continue business as usual back on Earth.

When he first revealed the story of this incident, not everyone was as thrilled as he had been. Some questioned whether he may have revealed important military and technological secrets with the mysterious beings that had taken him aboard. The idea of aliens casually strolling up to leaders taking them on voyages throughout the cosmos gives more than international chess societies reason for concern. Among the things Kirsan has lamented over the years since that time is not the fact that he was chosen for the trip, but that so many leaders around the world have found it impossible to share their own experiences for fear of criticism. And Ilyumzhinov did endure his own share of criticism.

Even in 2010 as he vied to maintain leadership of the FIDE World Chess Federation, he was still recalling the incident which he never later denied even when it would be politically advantageous for him to do so. He never doubted the veracity of his own memories.

UFO Scout Ship Lands In New Mexico? (Video)

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Possible leaked footage of a UFO arriving then landing at an unknown location in New Mexico. Could be one of ours, CGI, or could be the real deal. As Always You Decide."

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Cryptic Communication from the Cosmos: Proof of Extraterrestrials in Radio Signals?

For many, a recent “We the People” petition, aimed at getting U.S. President Barack Obama and his Administration to acknowledge extraterrestrial presences here on Earth, fell just short of the long-sought “disclosure” so many in UFO circles advocate today. The idea here is, of course, that not only has Earth been visited by neighbors from distant star systems, but that government organizations have been hiding the information from the public for years… and that it’s high-time for them to stop.
And yet, world governments have already acknowledged a number of UFO-related incidents over the years, many documented in old declassified files that have been expunged from bulging file cabinet drawers in the basements of organizations like the CIA, FBI, and the NSA. The latter of these three groups drew particular interest in this regard as recently as April of this year, when a large batch of UFO-related files appeared at their website; that said, here is a direct link to the NSA’s portal to all disclosed UFO documents for your browsing pleasure.
Browsing the NSA site’s collection of UFO documents, among the files listed one will see links to documents titled, “Key to the Extraterrestrial Messages by H. Campaigne,” and “Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Howard H. Campaigne.” Looking at the PDF documents these links provide access to, one will find that a rather intriguing bit of information is disclosed: what appear to be references to a series of “alien” radio signals recorded decades ago via satellite are described, in addition to an attempt by the author of these articles at deciphering the ET messages! Could this really be “the smoking gun” so many have hoped for, or is there more to the story than meets the eye?

If one digs around on the web a bit, there are indeed a number of blogs and other sites showing where people came across this information, discussing the apparent references to radio signals from deep space that these articles, first featured in an NSA technical journal, appear to describe. However, among these various sites, I also managed to uncover this piece, which after careful study, alludes to a slightly different account regarding the origins of the alleged communications.
While lecturing at an IEEE Conference on Military Electronics held in Washington, D.C. on 23 September 1965, Dr. Lambros Callimahos, a famous NSA cryptology expert who had authored a number of innovative studies on deciphering coded messages around the same time, seems to have made references to the very same series of “ET” communications as follows:
As an illustration of how much information could be conveyed with a minimum of material, and as an example of facile inverse cryptography, let us consider a message I have devised to be typical of what we might expect of an initial communication from outer space.”
Indeed, it seems obvious here that Callimahos not only knew of a series of alleged “ET messages,” but admits to having designed them himself as an exercise! Furthermore, looking back at the roundup of articles released at the NSA’s website, among them one will also find the appropriately titled, “Communication With Extraterrestrial Intelligence” by none other than Lambros D. Callimahos. While it seems obvious to us, looking at the series of documents in this order, what the intentions and goals of the two men were, we are left with a number of websites that do make the assertion that Campaigne’s lone documents were, in fact, addressing actual signals collected from outer space. So why, if information exists that contradicts this, has the myth of ET contact been perpetuated here?
First of all, it is obvious that Campaigne’s documents were read by many enthusiastic researchers at the time of their release earlier this year, but probably in the absence of being cross-referenced with the earlier articles of Dr. Callimahos (funny enough, Campaigne’s own articles even make direct reference to the earlier publications, but still removed from context, this was obviously fairly easy for many to overlook). Second, although the NSA documents in question were apparently cleared for release by around 2004, it took seven more years–and a lawsuit filed against the agencey by an Arizona lawyer–before the documents were finally made available to the public.
The third factor is far less conspiratorial, however; it seemed that Campaigne tended to sport a rather dry wit at times. For instance, on page 18 of the second document (Key to the Extraterrestrial Messages), the author’s subtle humor begins to help make evident that what is being detailed is, in fact, a sort of game, as he states the following: “The later messages of this group have the mysterious sequences ABCD, ABCDE, DEFG, etc, each ending with STV.” The obvious tongue-n-cheek references to the human alphabetical sequence as “mysterious” begin to allude to the nature of Campaigne’s “game.” But the real icing on the cake appears at the very end of his “analysis,” where Campaigne states the following:
Looking back over the exercise we see we have penetrated the meaning of the basic symbols, and even more important, have learned some of the syntax rules of the notation, and have caught mistakes in the process… The concepts used here are the basic ones of number, sets, and physical constants which any cultures must share. How bizarre the syntax and values of a culture could be I cannot conjecture, but any civilizations capable of sending a message across space must have many things in common.”
Of course, if the good doctor can’t conjecture how bizarre the coded language structure of an alien race may be, it suggests what should already be obvious by now: that in stating this conclusion following what he calls an “exercise,” he also confirms that he has not, in fact, had access to any such coded language of extraterrestrial origin… he had indeed been working all along with the previous document, issued by his colleague Dr. Callimahos.
So despite there being high hopes that Campaigne’s analysis had been dealing with real extraterrestrial signals from space–a myth still perpetuated by a number of websites–when taken into context, his articles only show one thing: that at least a handful of individuals within the NSA during the mid-1960s did in fact take the idea of extraterrestrial communication seriously (this approach to the entire story served as the focus of a similar article I discovered shortly afterward, which appears at the Open Minds TV website). While it’s good to know there was genuine interest in how mankind may go about deciphering alien messages in the eventual sense, almost half a century later it looks like we’re still waiting for that fabled and cosmic long-distance call from the deeper cosmos… hey ET, why dontcha phone home, already?

Two Alien Structures On Moon Have Evidence Of Movement (Video)

By Scott Waring

What is so incredible about this is that these giant towers (which make massive shadows as evidence) leave a trail in the moons surface of where they have been. What I mean is THEY ARE MOVING! The first object that seems to be moving is in Schiller T crater. The second object found has no location posted, but is probably in the Schiller area. The structures look as if they hovered low over the surface and that displaced the sand leaving a trail. Our next question is WHERE ARE THEY GOING?

Silver Screen Saucers - John Carter Sequel (Video)

Though it has not even been released yet, Disney's $300 million Mars-based adventure John Carter may already be spawning a sequel. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, John Carter producer Jim Morris, revealed that the movie’s director Andrew Stanton and his co-writer Michael Chabon are already in discussions to plan and write a sequel, which would tentatively be called John Carter: The Gods of Mars, based on the second of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom series of novels.

Whether or not Disney will green-light the sequel, though, is entirely dependent on the success of the first movie, which hits cinemas March 9.

On the subject of John Carter, here’s a new video promo for the movie, followed by new clip...

Our Father Who Art In Space

By Ray Palm

Let's talk about religion and ETs – or advanced beings (ABs) if you will.

Author Paul Von Ward is apparently a member of the exopolitics crowd. In his book, We’ve Never Been Alone: A History of Extraterrestrial Intervention, he takes the exopolitical stance that otherwordly beings are here, no argument about it, so we better start thinking about mankind’s relationship with those visitors.

Von Ward accepts evidence of AB reality through the works of such writers as Zecharia Sitchin, the whole ancient astronauts were the basis for the gods/God shtick.

Yup, YHVH was only an alien with superior technology that he used to control his faction of humans. Apparently in ancient times advanced beings showed up and each one had his own share of the mankind market. They fought among themselves and then left, leaving behind the structure of what Von Ward calls “god-cults.”

The reason why many nations and religious groups are fighting among themselves, says Von Ward, is because of the ABs’ meddling in our affairs in the dim past.

I wouldn’t mind it if he presented his argument mainly as speculation. The trouble I have with the exopolitics crowd is their evidence is dubious. Yes, there are strange things in this world, UFOs in the sense of unidentified phenomena, but to take a leap of faith and say it’s all part of a grand scheme by aliens/ABs as Von Ward and others lay out – sorry, I don’t buy it.

Just because someone claims he was contacted by otherwordly beings, receiving messages warning mankind to avoid great disasters – that’s at best an anecdote without any hard evidence to back it up.

Saying something doesn’t make it so.

By the way, I’m a genius.

Klass act, no principles

A blast from the past animated the blogosphere earlier this month when a buddy of famed “Fire in the Sky” UFO abductee Travis Walton accused a dead debunker of attempted bribery. Steve Pierce said he — Pierce — had been offered $10k to say Walton had hoaxed the whole thing back in 1975. 
De Void has no insight into this moot and meaningless kerfuffle. But De Void knew Phil Klass, the target of the allegation. Or rather, De Void talked to Klass on a number of occasions, because Klass was always the go-to guy journos contacted whenever they drew the short straw and had to write about UFOs. He seemed the logical choice. As senior editor for Aviation Week & Space Technology, Klass was Mr. Insider, the establishment’s sensible “reality check” authority you could always count on for “balance.” Klass never met a UFO he couldn’t explain, and he made it his life’s calling to reassure the Fourth Estate they were wasting their time, that they’d be better served chasing rocs and griffins.
Klass was a prolific writer who dismissed the Walton controversy as confabulation in his 1983 book UFOs: The Public Deceived. De Void was just beginning this forlorn and dreary journey back then. No reason for a newbie to doubt him. Except for, well, maybe this one case in Klass’ book concerning three people who suffered acute UFO radiation burns in Texas in 1980. Klass’ take on what became known as the Cash-Landrum incident stopped me cold. Because I’d actually done my homework on that one. And that’s when I got that first queasy feeling that the American press was routinely quoting a man who had a pathological disregard for truth.
I’d gone to Texas and interviewed the victims — Betty Cash, Vicki and Colby Landrum — as well as other witnesses who’d seen the military helicopters that were either escorting or pursuing the UFO. Cash and the Landrums authorized MUFON investigator John Schuessler to share their medical records with me, which he did. The story was complex and gruesome.
For years, Klass had badgered the victims, and Schuessler, for access to their hospital records. Aware of his proclivities, they refused to comply. “I said, look Phil, why don’t you come up with what you think happened, publish it, and after you do that, we’ll be happy to supply you with the records,” recalls Schuessler from his home in Colorado.
Klass condensed Cash-Landrum into a single page. Rather than posit an alternative scenario, he simply ascribed the whole thing to a hoax founded upon pre-existing medical conditions. Even the Army’s own Inspector General investigation specifically cited a lack of evidence for a hoax.
“Klass was a low-life and a bully who used his Aviation Week credentials to hold himself up as an expert,” says Schuessler, retired project manager for space shuttle flight operations at Johnson Space Center. “He just made up stories any way he saw fit.”
De Void had one face-to-face encounter with Klass in 1987, during a MUFON symposium at American University. Whitley Strieber’s first-person abduction epic, Communion, had just rolled and was making bestseller lists in the nonfiction category. Klass, who attended Strieber’s keynote speech, had written that Strieber was probably suffering from brain damage.
The next day, I met Klass at a deli for lunch. He repeated his assertion that Strieber was plagued with frontal lobe epilepsy. Then he lowered his voice, drawing yet another reporter into his sage confidence, and said he wanted to go off the record. “Whitley Strieber is a troubled man,” he said. He produced a sad smile, like some wise old avuncular Yoda. “Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be surprised if he tries to take his own life.” Goosebumps.
We know the rest of the story. Klass died in 2005. Whitley Strieber is alive, well and continues to write. But one thing we’ll never know is the full extent of the damage Phil Klass did to American journalism’s tepid inquiry into The Great Taboo. The first word that comes to mind: Irreparable.