First UFO related Wikileaks?

Skip the introduction and go straight to Afterposten’s alleged cable leak In a December 3 article of The Guardian, Julian Assange answered readers questions. To one question on UFOs he answered: Many weirdos email us about UFOs or how they discovered that they were the anti-christ whilst talking with their ex-wife at a garden party over a pot-plant. However, as yet they have not satisfied two of our publishing rules. 1) that the documents not be self-authored; 2) that they be original. However, it is worth noting that in yet-to-be-published parts of the cablegate archive there are indeed references to UFOs. So realistically speaking some cables may mention UFOs, but its unlikely any claim direct contact with extraterrestrials, disclosure, or anything beyond UFOs simply being Unidentified Flying Objects. There some interesting gems in the Wikileaks cables such as Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi parties hard like Andrew WK, Saudi King […]

UVB-76, Secret Soviet Number Station, Dramatically Increases Activity

UVB-76 is a number station from Soviet days. Its purpose still remains a mystery. Rumors claim its a dead man’s switch to automatically launch nuclear weapons in the event of the Kremlin being destroyed– but that seems like sheer speculation. Today, August 24 2010, there has been three audio transmissions. What is odd is that in its 20 years of operation the station has only broadcast vocal transmissions five times– two of which were this week! Normally it sounds like a buzzer pulsating a coded message to unknown agents. Whatever purpose the station serves it still receives funding as is staffed. Anything else is a mystery. The message repeated three times says in Russian: UVB-76, UVB-76 — 93 882 Naimina 74 14 35 74 — 9 3 8 8 2 Nikolai, Anna, Ivan, Michail, Ivan, Nikolai, Anna, 7, 4, 1, 4, 3, 5, 7, 4 UVB-76 from Satellite Possibilities abound. […]

Coke Subs and Chris Elliot

(Rest of the episode here and here.) Any, any, ANY excuse at all to post an episode of Get a Life, the how-the-hell-did-he-get-a-show Chris Elliot sitcom fondly remembered by grown up awkward youth and ex-convicts alike.  (Check the comments on that clip: “Dude I saw this while I was in jail like 20 years ago. Thanks for posting it. It is one of my favourite episodes of any show.”) And that excuse would be… On Friday, the police in Ecuador, acting on intelligence gathered by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, raided a secret jungle shipyard near the country’s border with Colombia and discovered what American officials called “a fully operational submarine built for the primary purpose of transporting multiton quantities of cocaine.” … According to the D.E.A., the fiberglass submarine, about 100 feet long and 9 feet high, was the first of its kind to be seized and was […]

Why Prevent an Oil Spill Salvage Cash-In?

Yesterday, Andrew Revkin over at the New York Times’ Dot Earth blog asked the sky, the ether or whatever great beyond you’re shouting into when you end a blog post with ‘what are your thoughts?’: Why is salvaged oil going to BP instead of US reserves? Taken at face value, the answer is fairly obvious: well, because that crude sucks.  While it appears that this gushing black stuff is some high-grade light sweet Louisiana crude, the fact that it’s being captured by some jury-rigged piping installed by a chainsaw-wielding robot under a tight deadline or by whoever has the Dawn soap and the scrub brush on the beach indicates that maybe this stuff just might be half seawater and beach trash. However, this does raise an interesting point: is there money to be made in gleaning tarballs and filtering slicks, then selling off what you grabbed?  To explain a bit, […]

Kevin Costner Saves the Gulf Coast from Oil Spill, The Movie

From the LA Times article “Kevin Costner may hold key to oil spill cleanup“: The “Kevin Costner solution” to the worsening oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may actually work, and none too soon for the president of Plaquemines Parish. Wow. I had no idea Kevin Costner held the key to anything, let alone solving an environmental disaster. Or that the abysmal movie Waterworld might save the world. I couldn’t stop myself from firing up Photoshop to make the movie poster for this affair.

Times Square NYC Bomber Faisal Shahzad a Ron Paul Fan?

According to Faisal Shahzad’s resume he has a background in finance and has the email address The Daily News reports that he is 30 years old. Curiously a YouTube user going as fshahzad1 last signed on 6 months and says in his profile he’s 29. This YouTube user commented on the video “Peter Schiff vs the Federal Reserve – LIVE! – Part 1 of 5” the following: “oh we still have dollar? I thought we were done with it in 2001, who owns FED RES, 300 people. not US GOV” Maybe another user who also has the same username of “fshahzad1”– however given the users age, Google/GMail/YouTube Accounts are often the same username, and this video’s subject of finance it seems we are dealing with the same Faisal Shahzad. A man who interestingly enough shared values with Conservatives, Libertarians, Tea Partiers, and Ron Paul supporters that seemingly in American […]

Down the Paranoia Hole: Snopes’ Rumors of War

For anyone looking to take a trip down the memory lane of rumors and hearsay past, Snopes’ “Rumors of War” section provides an excellent resource for digging through what happened, didn’t happen and was said to have happened, related to 9/11 and the subsequent spasms compiled into the narrative of the American “War on Terror”.  The anecdotes like “Time magazine is considering designating Osama bin Laden their Man of the Year for 2001″ (true) and “Hospitals experience a sharp increase in births nine months after September 11″ (false) are given the critical eye, providing for interesting reading. What a valuable resource for recreating the mood around these events.  By providing a record of the sort of urban legends, misinformation and anecdotes that were passed around, Snopes brings back the emotion of those times in a way that a straight factual record fails to do. It’s also a great starting place […]

Founder of Taco Bell, Dead at 86

Amidst a million other things going on this week, I thought I’d take a moment to note the passing of the man behind Taco Bell, Glen Bell, Jr.  I grew up waiting with barely contained excitement for taco night, which in my gabacho household meant the ritual spooning of meat, colby-jack cheese and lettuce into a crispy tortilla.  Later, it became the first meal I ever figured out how to make myself (with help from a kit), starting me down the road of culinary self-sufficiency I walk today. According to the New York Times’ obituary page, I have a man to thank for this glorious innovation of the pre-crisped taco shell: … Mr. Bell, a fan of Mexican food, had a hunch that ground beef, chopped lettuce, shredded cheese and chili sauce served in the right wrap could give burgers a run for the money. The problem was which wrap. […]