Pentagon Report Said to be Inconclusive Regarding Nature and Origins of UFOs

All the people that claim the U.S. government knows more about UFOs than they are letting on are wishful thinkers. To put it simply, they don’t know what the hell these things are.

Those hoping for answers to the UFO mystery in the forthcoming and highly anticipated Pentagon report on unidentified aerial phenomena will undoubtedly be disappointed as the study is said to be largely inconclusive regarding the nature and origins of these puzzling objects. Although it will not be released to the public until sometime later this month, a blockbuster New York Times piece published late Thursday evening provided a glimpse into the report’s contents by way of “senior administration officials briefed on the findings.” Said to have examined more that 120 UAP cases from the last 20 years as well as foreign military encounters with unidentified objects, the study apparently fails to answer the all-important question of what these UFOs are.

Specifically, the report indicates that the government found “no evidence” that UFOs are “alien spacecraft,” while also ruling out the possibility that they are secret technology developed by the United States military, though whether or not the Pentagon would reveal such a thing is up for debate. Another often cited suspect, weather balloons, was dismissed in many cases due to the manner in which the objects behaved. One troubling scenario raised by the report is that the UAPs are a display of some kind of “hypersonic technology” harnessed by Russia or China. Ultimately, however, the study offers no definitive conclusion and indicates that the Pentagon simply cannot explain some of the more fantastic cases in which objects accelerate at tremendous speeds, perform hard-to-fathom maneuvers, and submerge into water.

The Times’ reporting was subsequently confirmed by CNN, who quoted a Congressional aide as saying “most people would be hoping for visual evidence of little green men, which is almost certainly not going to be the case.” To that end, UFO enthusiasts can take some solace in the fact that the inconclusive nature of the study at least leaves open the possibility that perhaps some of these cases are extraterrestrial in nature, especially since one is left to wonder, short of the recovery of an actual ET or one of the vehicles, what the government would consider evidence for these objects being alien spacecraft. That said, it would sadly appear that the report will not be the ‘disclosure moment’ long yearned for by the UFO research community and that the same questions that have perplexed investigators for decades will continue to go unanswered.

Perhaps the most intriguing question arising from what are said to be the report’s findings is what might happen next as it does not appear that the study offered any recommendations for subsequent steps of inquiry from the United States government. Given that these objects cannot be identified, it stands to reason that further investigation would be warranted, especially since they could be exotic technology developed by adversarial nations. Additionally, some have suggested that the report could lead to Congressional hearings regarding the phenomenon, though it is doubtful that such an exercise would be fruitful as far as finding out answers regarding the phenomenon since it would presumably be more political theater rather than an earnest inquiry. And so, as is so often the case with the UFO phenomenon, the answer to the mystery remains maddeningly out of reach.

And no, these are not Chinese or Russian aircraft. Both of these countries didn’t have 5th generation fighter aircraft until recently. The Americans have had this technology for over 25 years.

One of the Worst Movies Ever Made

Robot Monster (or Monster from Mars) is a 1953 independently made American black-and-white 3D science-fiction film, remembered in later decades as one of the worst movies ever made. It was produced and directed by Phil Tucker, written by Wyott Ordung, and stars George Nader, Claudia Barrett, and George Barrows. The production company was Three Dimension Pictures, Inc. The film was distributed by Astor Pictures.

Robot Monster tells the story of the alien robot Ro-Man’s mission to Earth to destroy humanity. He manages to kill all but eight survivors, who have become immune to his death ray. Ro-Man runs afoul of the Great Guidance, his leader, when he becomes attracted to the human Alice. She is the eldest daughter of a surviving scientist, and he refuses to harm her. The Great Guidance must now come to Earth and finish what the Moon robot started.

China elephants: Herd on mammoth 500 km trek reaches Kunming

A herd of elephants that packed its trunks for an unexpected 500km (300 mile) trek has arrived at a Chinese city where millions of people live.

The 15 elephants have been hoovering up crops and poking their noses through doors on the march from the south of Yunnan province to its capital Kunming.

A big effort – with tonnes of food – is under way to try and keep them safe.

It is unclear why they left their habitat to embark on the journey, which has captivated residents and experts.

Some have suggested an inexperienced leader may have led the herd astray, while other believe the elephants could be searching for a new habitat.

The Asian elephant is an endangered species. China has only about 300 wild elephants, mainly in the south of Yunnan province.

Scientists say this is the furthest any of the wild elephants there have travelled from the habitat.

The Kunming Daily says the cities of Kunming and Yuxi deployed almost 700 police and emergency workers armed with 10 tonnes of corn, pineapples and other food. They were backed up by trucks and drones to try to divert the animals on to a safe path.

Don’t gawk or leave corn or salt out; keep your distance and don’t disturb them with firecrackers, residents have been told.

The journey has comprised a mixture of farms, tracks and asphalt and has continued night and day

Animal experts say the herd appears to have gathered pace, possibly because the heavier human population has increased its fears, and it is unlikely the elephants would try to enter Kunming.

Efforts to turn them around have failed, and scientists may have to try and find them a suitable place to live nearby.

Tale of the journey

It’s not exactly clear when the herd left home, which was probably the Mengyangzi Nature Reserve in Xishuangbanna, in south-west Yunnan.

Officials appear to have been first alerted to their movements when locals spotted the herd about 100km north of Xishuangbanna in April.

There were thought to be 17 elephants initially, but two appeared to turn back when reaching Mojiang county. Other reports say it was 16 originally but a newborn calf helped the number back to 15 once the two abandoned the trek.

As for the journey, it has comprised a mixture of farms, tracks and asphalt and has continued night and day.

At one stage the group took a main road through the village of Eshan and apparently banged on residents’ doors.

A video on social media showed people running down the street shouting “they are coming”, followed soon after by a police car and the elephants, the South China Morning Post reported.

A Yunnan government notice said the herd had “caused trouble 412 times” there.

Stories abound, including of one elderly man who the Jimu News channel said had hidden under his bed in his retirement home as trunks were poked into rooms.

At least one elephant got drunk on fermented grain in a report that is – naturally – quite difficult to confirm.

And more than $1m (£710,000) worth of crops has been pilfered along the way. Fortunately, no one has been injured.

One report says the herd is made-up of six female and three male adults, three juveniles and three calves.

Why did they leave?

There was some dry humour on social media in China. One post on the Weibo social media site said the animals probably wanted to attend the UN Biodiversity Conference meeting in Kunming. They are a bit early, as it isn’t taking place until October.

The herd took a main road through Eshan

But this is a serious issues too – involving habitat loss and increasing altercations between elephants and farmers in Yunnan.

Li Zhongyuan, a Xishuangbanna forestry official, told the Global Times that the traditional diet of the elephants had depleted in their habitat, with the animals now changing to agricultural crops like corn and sugar cane.

There could be similar treks if the habitat is reduced further by the planting of rubber and other cash crops.

Erupting Volcano Devours Drone

A mesmerizing video captured by a drone flying over an erupting volcano in Iceland shows the moment when the UAV gets too close to the action and winds up being devoured by lava. The amazing piece of footage was reportedly captured last week by photographer Joey Helms as he was filming the ongoing eruption of Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall volcano. Over the last few months, the site has become something of a proverbial hot spot for drone operators looking to capture amazing footage. This particular flight, however, provided a previously unseen and rather destructive perspective.

Flying over a river of lava, Helms’ drone eventually hovers atop the volcano’s central crater as massive plumes of lava are ejected into the air. Suddenly, the UAV begins to sound as if it is in distress and then it is quickly devoured by the molten rock. Explaining what caused the downfall of his drone, Helms said that “around the volcano where you have the hot gases emitted they cause turbulences all around it and hot rocks raining on to you, flying these things is even more tricky.” While the daring flight may have cost him his drone, it did provide the photographer with what we presume he hopes will be a one-of-a-kind piece of footage.

An Outdoor Observation Deck in NYC like no other

30 Hudson Yards (also the North Tower) is a super-tall skyscraper in the West Side area of Manhattan. Located near Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, and the Penn Station area, the building is part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project, a plan to redevelop the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s West Side Yard. It is the sixth-tallest building in New York City.

The building has a triangular observation deck jutting out from the 100th floor, with a bar and event space on the 101st floor. This observation deck, at 1,100 feet, opened in March 2020 and is the second highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere, after Toronto’s CN Tower Outdoor SkyTerrace (342m or 1,122 feet). (New York’s One World Trade Center has an observation deck on floors 100-102, at 1,268 feet and Chicago’s Willis Tower has an observation deck on its 103rd floor, at 1,354 feet; however, they are both enclosed.) It offers new skyline views to the south and east of Manhattan, the surrounding boroughs, and New Jersey.

The observation deck is called Edge NYC.

Mars: Nasa’s Perseverance rover’s first 100 days in pictures

Mars landscape acquired by Nasa's Perseverance rover, using its left Mastcam-Z camera, on 27 March 2021

Nasa’s Perseverance rover is celebrating 100 Martian days (sols) since landing on Mars, where it is hunting for signs of past microbial life, and seeking to investigate the planet’s geology and past climate.

Since touching down on 18 February, the robot has captured some amazing images from around its landing site, Jezero Crater, a 49km (30 mile) wide impact depression just north of the Red Planet’s equator.

A small helicopter, Ingenuity, has also returned aerial images, having made history with the first powered, controlled flights on another planet.

Here is a selection of pictures sent back from the mission so far.

Self portrait of Nasa’s Perseverance Mars rover with the Ingenuity helicopter, on 6 April 2021
image captionOn 6 April, Perseverance used the Watson (Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operations and eNgineering) camera to take this selfie next to the Ingenuity helicopter. This photo is made up of 62 individual images which were stitched together once they were sent back to Earth.
Nasa's Ingenuity helicopter can be seen with all four of its legs deployed below the Perseverance rover, on 30 March 2021
image captionDays earlier, Ingenuity had been deployed from underneath the rover.
Nasa’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter is seen here in a close-up taken by Mastcam-Z, on 5 April 2021
image captionThe 1.8kg (4lb) helicopter is regarded as a technology demonstration for the potential of aerial mobility in the thin Martian atmosphere.
Nasa's Ingenuity Mars helicopter on its first flight, on 19 April 2021
image captionOn 19 April, Ingenuity made history with the first powered, controlled flight on another planet. The chopper, which is visible near the centre of this image, rose to about 3m (10ft) above ground and hovered for several seconds, before touching back down.
An aerial image captured by Nasa's Ingenuity Mars helicopter during its second successful flight test on 22 April 2021
image captionIngenuity captured its first colour aerial image while on its second flight. The drone hovered about 5m (16ft) above the ground, tilted and moved laterally 2m (6ft), before returning to the spot it took off from. Perseverance’s tracks and Ingenuity’s shadow are visible on the Martian surface below.
Rover viewed on Mars
image captionIngenuity photographed Perseverance while on its third flight. At the time, the mini-helicopter was about 85m (278ft) from the rover and flying laterally at an altitude of 5m (16ft). One of Ingenuity’s feet is also visible at the edge of the image, just below the rover.
Nasa’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter airborne on its fifth flight, on 7 May 2021
image captionOn 7 May, Ingenuity reached a height of 10m (33ft), before flying 129m (423ft) to a new landing spot.
An image of part of the rover and its tracks on the ground, taken during Perseverance's first drive on 4 March 2021
image captionTwo months earlier, Perseverance went for its first drive since it landed in Jezero Crater. The one-tonne rover is carrying an advanced payload of instruments to gather information about Mars’ geology, atmosphere and environmental conditions.
A rock photographed by Nasa's Mars Perseverance rover's right Mastcam-Z camera, on 28 March 2021
image captionPerseverance is equipped with a laser that is designed to help it collect data on the planet’s geology. While investigating this 15cm (6in) rock, the instrument left the faint row of dots that is visible near its centre.
Rocks photographed by Nasa's Mars Perseverance rover's right Mastcam-Z camera, on 13 May 2021
image captionThe rover is also equipped with a variety of different cameras. This image was taken by the “right eye” of Perseverance’s Mastcam-Z, one of a pair of cameras that provide a stereo view similar to what human eyes would see.
Mars landscape photographed by Nasa's Perseverance rover's left Mastcam-Z camera, on 22 March 2021
image captionThis image was taken with the left Mastcam-Z camera and was selected by public vote to be featured as “Image of the Week” for Week 6 of the rover’s mission.
Santa Cruz hill photographed by Nasa’s Perseverance Mars rover's Mastcam-Z imager, on 29 April 2021
image captionThis image shows Santa Cruz, a hill about 1.5 miles (2.5km) away from the rover. The entire scene is inside Mars’ Jezero Crater; the crater’s rim can be seen on the horizon line beyond the hill.

The Perseverance rover has initial funding to operate for one Mars year, roughly two Earth years.