Daily Archives: April 15th, 2009

Uncle Seth’s “Cult of SETI”

After reading Paul Gilster’s post today on Centauri Dreams,  I felt I had to blow off some steam and out of respect for Paul at the risk of getting carried away with myself,  I decided to write a little piece here concerning Seth Shostak’s op-ed in the New York Times instead of commenting there.  Here’s the item that got my short-hairs lit-up:

IT’S a birthright proffered by science and prophesied by “Star Trek,” “Battlestar Galactica” and a thousand other space operas: We’re destined to go to the stars. Our descendants will spread beyond this nondescript solar system and seek adventure and bumpy-headed pals in the stellar realms.

Well, cool your warp jets, Mr. Scott, because we’re not about to breach the final frontier. Piling into a starship and barreling into deep space may long remain — like perfect children or effort-free bathroom cleaners — a pipe dream.

The fastest rocket ever launched, NASA’s New Horizons probe to Pluto, roared off its pad in 2006 at 10 miles per second. That pace would be impressive in the morning commute, and it’s passably adequate for traversing the solar system, something we’ve done and will continue to do. Combustion rockets, like New Horizons, can deliver you to the Moon in a matter of days, Mars in a matter of months, and the outer planets in a matter of years. But a trip to Proxima Centauri, the nearest star beyond the Sun and 100 million times farther from us than the Moon, would consume a tedious 800 centuries or so. You’ll want to upgrade.

First of all, what makes this guy think that we’ll still be using chemical rockets to launch space probes by the end of the 21st Century?

Unless he’s pretty certain that research into advanced propulsion systems won’t be funded. Not very heartily anyway. He does concede that some form of nuclear rocket is needed to launch nano-sensors in order to have his ‘Google-Interstellar.’

And what of the weight of technical advances itself?

Granted, government funded enterprises like the ‘civilian’ NASA might come to an end because of no more printing press money, but certain individuals like Branson and Elon Musk will put money into research for advanced propulsion technology, simply because not everyone is tied to funny money like us slaves are.

No, Uncle Seth’s reasons for down-playing manned space exploration beyond the Solar System is economic IMHO. He may make logical arguments that sound real good to his true believing green-tech, human caused global warming, Gaia worshipping, the Google-Plex will save us crowd, but I’m not buying into it.

SETI requires funding that may soon become real scarce. And competition for the resources will be fierce.

Get the picture?

But hey, I can’t blame the guy and the others that work with him, this is a dog-eat-dog world man!

And he might actually believe his memes.

But I’m reminded of this quote by the late, great Sir Arthur C. Clarke:

If a[n elderly but] distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

Sorry Seth, Sir Arthur gets my vote here.

And besides, why not Star Trek?


Note: The term “Cult of SETI” is attributed to Stanton Friedman, nuclear physicist and UFO researcher.


Geitner of the CFR and Interdimensional Pest Control

Tim Geitner, the Secretary of Treasury appointed by Barack Obama and the architect of the Stimulus Package, has been under fire recently because of the economic package and ‘not knowing’ about the AIG executive’s bonuses. Despite the criticism, Mr. Obama says that Geitner is still his ‘boy.’I suspect the reason Geitner still has his job is because of this:

Both Mr Geithner and Mr Obama are 47. Both lived a large part of their youth abroad (Mr Geithner in India, Thailand and Zimbabwe) and both relax by playing an aggressive game of pick-up basketball.

Unlike Mr Obama, he has a gift for languages and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, after a year in what is the emerging economic superpower while a student.

Now speaking Mandarin Chinese in of itself isn’t indicting, it just happens to be the the main language the ruling technocrats of China happen to speak.

Coincidence? Doubtful.

Who better to go to China to persuade (beg?) the Chinese to buy up more American debt to fund the Stimulus and other goodies to run the Empire?

Now, there happens to be something in it for the Chinese, one wouldn’t expect them to do this out of the goodness of their cold technocratic hearts.

We’ve already ceded Africa to them and we have a trade imbalance that stretches from here to Alpha Centauri. 

I wonder what else was thrown in the pot for good measure?

Timothy Geitner is a basketball playing pressure junkie

Geitner and the “Group of 30” (CFR ties and cronies)


From the “strange even for me” department:

We know that insects seen everywhere on Earth today are simply the descendants of ancient life forms dating back millions of years ago, to the first life on Earth. Communication may exist between certain everyday insects we see all around us and giant, highly developed insects we don’t want to see. Perhaps even that Mantis I teased standing on the edge of the curb was in communication with a Giant Mantis somewhere else that day. Could the small Mantis have flitted in from another dimension? Some of the strangest things on Earth are those which are invisible and remain unknown.


Existing mainly in another dimension safe from human extermination, these giant insects would have progressed over eons of time and would have become highly intelligent. These insects may have developed highly advanced technology (or stolen it?) and developed a very sophisticated means of communication, even a form of language.


Abductees have witnessed very tall Mantises communicate with clicking sounds. Sometimes they have overheard telepathic communication. Whether an abductee was intentionally allowed to hear it or not is not clear. A good guess would be that it was intentional, as it would seem statistically highly unlikely that English would be the very same language these creatures would develop or adopt.

There’s quite a lot of discussion on how to fight these interdimensional beings and people who have actually fought them!


You learn something new every day!


Grays and Reptilians may be interdimensional