Risky Business: Rolling the Dice

People are terrible at risk assessment. They commonly overestimate the risk based on factors that have nothing to do with the issue. Studies have shown people are more motivated by unreasonable fear or peer pressure to see risk in some activities than by rationality. https://www.cogencyteam.com/news/2018/02/why-are-humans-bad-at-calculating-risk/

This may explain the anti-vaxx phenomenon, particularly the resistance to getting the Covid-19 vaccine, despite overwhelming evidence of the efficacy and benefit of receiving vaccinations and their effect on staying healthy and preventing death.

The reality of the risk is in stark contrast to media outlets — on both sides of the political spectrum — crafting attention-drawing headlines distorting the actual risk.

Less than 0.004% of people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 experienced a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization, according to CDC’s latest data, and less than 0.001% have died from the disease.

Breakthrough cases occur when the virus infects fully vaccinated people, but the severity of the case is mitigated by the vaccine thus reducing the morbidity potential. Put simply, unvaccinated you can get very sick, require hospitalization, and have a higher risk of dying than if you are vaccinated and the risk of death is greatly diminished.

The CDC reported a total of 6,587 breakthrough cases, including 6,239 hospitalizations and 1,263 deaths as of July 26. At that time, more than 163 million people in the US were fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

By comparison, if on the recommendation of a physician one were to take low dose aspirin, as millions of Americans do, studies found some startling information,

 For 50-year-old men, taking a full-sized, 325 mg aspirin every day to prevent heart disease and stroke carries a risk of 10.4 deaths per 100,000 men per year over and above their overall death risk.

This is comparable to the risk of driving a car or working as a firefighter.

Thus the risk associated with the commonly used aspirin, of which there is no cry of outrage over the recommendation for using such medication, is higher than the vaccine, which prevents Covid-19 in the majority of cases or mitigates the severity of the virus in virtually every case.

It calls into question the ability of Americans to have empathy for their fellow Americans. Instead, out of some warped sense of personal choice smoke-screened by unreasonable risk assessment, they demand “rights’ where they should feel a sense of responsibility.

I find it ironic that Americans are so willing to demand the right to bear arms to protect themselves against a potential but unlikely threat, yet when presented with a genuine and often deadly threat, they prefer to wallow in ignorance.

I need a gun to protect myself from something unlikely to happen but have the right to refuse to protect myself and others from something with a much higher probability.

It makes little sense.

If one were to accept the CDC data for the sake of argument—and no one has ever refuted the data with any level of scientific reliability—and if every American who could be vaccinated were, then we would expect 128,000 hospitalizations and 32000 deaths from breakthrough cases.

While any death is one too many, the unvaccinated are being hospitalized and dying at a much higher rate yet the solution to the problem is right in front of them.

But then again, in a country where a significant number believe the Q-Anon myth and that the election was stolen, I suppose we should expect no less. Maybe we should just defer to nature and natural selection.

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Bikini Bottoms and Dog Days

Under the heading—Just When You Thought It Could NOT Get Any Stranger—there’s this story.

“The Disciplinary Committee of the European Handball Federation (EHF) fined the Norway team 1,500 euros ($1,768), or 150 euros per player last Monday, for “improper clothing” after they wore shorts in their loss to Spain at the European Beach Handball Championship. 

Clothing has long been an issue in beach sports, with some women players finding bikinis degrading or impractical. While bikinis have not been compulsory for beach volleyball players since 2012, International Handball Federation (IHF) rules state “female athletes must wear bikini bottoms” and that these must have “a close fit,” be “cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg” and a side depth of no more than 10 centimeters.”
Men wear shorts.

Read story here

Perhaps if they required men to wear banana hammocks, it would make for even more exciting spectacles.

Joe Broadmeadow

I have lived all these years under the mistaken impression that Sports were about sports, but obviously they are also about attire. I wonder if this will apply to the Tokyo Olympics? It should. If they can’t have spectators how else are they going to get people to watch?

This is not a story from the original Olympics, where women didn’t compete (although some listed women as the owners of horses used in the competition.)

This is not a story reflecting a realization that the described clothing somehow levels the playing field.

This lays bare—pardon the pun—that objectifying women when it increases the bottom line (I can’t help myself) is acceptable.

Look how far we’ve come.

Perhaps if they required men to wear banana hammocks, it would make for even more exciting spectacles. The ball (I know, I know) is in the hands of the Olympic Committee

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Under the heading, I Didn’t Know That we have this. Now are the Dog Days of summer. Such an expression suggests images of panting dogs, tongues hanging from their mouths, desperately seeking shade from the hot summer sun.

It is an example of how something that had one meaning when it first appeared has transmogrified (such a great word) into something different.

“Dies Caniculares” Latin for Dog Days or in the original Greek κυνάδες ἡμέραι kynádes hēmérai, concerns the star Sirius in the constellation Canis Major (Great Dog.)

Sirius, known as the Dog star, is at its closest proximity and alignment to the sun. Ancient Greeks believed this alignment added heat from Sirius to the sun during this period — generally July 24th through August 24th.

Thus the Dog Days of Summer.

So instead of looking in the shade for hot and sweaty tongue-drooping dogs this time of year, look up. Find Canis Major, spot the bright star Sirius, and realize that many of our “beliefs” aren’t what they seem to be.

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The Secret of Life

It occurred to me that on reaching the age of sixty-five (which required little effort, merely accepting the course of fate, paying attention, and going along for the ride) I should have gained nuggets of wisdom, some benefit of the experience of living life over these six- and one-half decades.

Or to put it more poetically, three score and five years.

So I thought about it for a moment—several actually as I am easily distracted with thoughts racing to and fro in myriad directions touching on an almost infinite number of topics and leading me down pathways, dead ends, and seemingly endless connections to other subjects… but I digress.

Bringing things back into focus, I came up with the one thing, the most important thing, the key to a happy life so simple, so obvious, yet so easily ignored as to cause most drama in our lives.

Here, in a few simple words, is the secret to life learned over sixty-five years of living since my appearance on this planet on July 25, 1956.

Put the toilet seat down.

It is that simple because the simple things matter. The simple things that give us the most joy. The simple things we can do for each other that make life worth living.

It’s taken me sixty-five years to understand this. Now I plan on practicing it for another who knows how many days.

The simple things in life are not free, they are priceless.

K.I.S.S. Explanation of the Difference Between Truth and a Lie

Apparently those who remain blinded to the defeated former President still cannot differentiate between truth and a lie.

We are forced to use the Keep It Simple Stupid approach to explain this rather obvious yet critical difference.

The DFPOTUS (Defeated Former President of the United State) said this, which is an example of a lie,

“I will tell you they know who shot Ashli Babbitt. They’re protecting that person. I have heard also that it was the head of security for a certain high official, a Democrat. And we will see because it’s going to come out. It’s going to come out.” — on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”

Fox News

Here is the truth.

No, the officer who shot and killed Babbitt was not head of security for a Democratic official. He is a police lieutenant on the 2,000-member Capitol Police force that protects the buildings and grounds. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ap-fact-check-trump-stokes-jan-6-conspiracy-theories

Here’s another example of a lie from DFPOTUS on another Fox Show

“The defeated president’s comments come as he and many of his supporters recast the pro-Trump insurrection as a patriotic display of “spirit and faith and love,” as he put it Sunday on Fox News Channel.”

Fox News

“There must be some way outta here, said the Joker to the Thief”

All Along the Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix version (written by Bob Dylan)

Here are a couple of images from the Capitol that infamous day which illustrates the truth, unless your idea of “spirit, faith, and love” is quite different than most rational Americans.

NBC4 Washington Image

Image Rolling Stone Magazine

Here’s an image from EDM.com which shows a gathering of almost 400,000 Americans at a true celebration of America’s “spirit, faith, and love” as comparison.

Woodstock Image EDM.com

At Woodstock, there were less than a dozen police officers for the enormous crowd and none were injured.

On January 6th, where several officers died and hundreds were injured, the DFPOTUS would have you believe this was a celebration of “spirit, faith, and love” in the finest tradition of American patriotism.

From Woodstock we got the most memorable music and one rather crude but harmless chant.

“Gimme an F…Gimme a U…”

From January 6, 2021, we got this gem.

“Hang Mike Pence, Hang Mike Pence.”

I’ll leave it to you to choose which chant you want to recall with some sense of fondness, and which one comes closest to reflecting the worst of America.

The truly sad part about the DFPOTUS rants is that not one leader of the Republican Party called him for what he is, a liar.  Not Mitch McConnell, not Kevin McCarthy, none of the so-called Republican leadership has the courage or the sense of honor to call the DFPOTUS to task for his lies.

So, Mr. DFPOTUS, I have a new chant for you.

Gimme a S… Gimme a T…Gimme a F…GImme a U…”  What’s that spell? STFU! What’s that spell? STFU!

Please, Mr. DFPOTUS S.T.F.U. (Cue Jimi Hendrix “There must be some way out of here, said the Joker to the Thief”)

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A Letter to my (Future) Sixty-five-year-old Grandson

As I approach my sixty-fifth birthday, my mind (what is left of it) wanders as it often does into the future. When you reach this milestone, I will be one hundred and thirty years old. I will probably either be dead or a regular on TV—if that even exists, it was in its infancy when I arrived on the planet.

What your world will look like we can only imagine.

I thought it might be interesting to compare the differences between the world I was born into, 1956, and the world you were born into sixty-five years later, 2021.

In 1956 the world was in the very midst of the arms race, as the US, Russia, and China sought to build as many nuclear weapons as possible to kill each other 1000 times over.

Elvis Presley had his first hit, Heartbreak Hotel

We elected Dwight David Eisenhower President and Richard Nixon became Vice-President. Nixon would lose a Presidential election to John Kennedy in 1960 then become President in 1968 then resign from office in 1974. He was a lesson in perseverance and arrogance.

Watch out for people like him, they arise periodically and wreak havoc with government and society.

Color TV was technically possible but uncommon.

There were three TV networks, and none operated 24 hours a day

Most telephones, if you were fortunate enough to have one, were hard-wired party lines, so you had to wait to make a call or listen in to others if so inclined.

The movie “The Ten Commandments” was a blockbuster with what were considered amazing special effects. Something you could do on a cell phone today with better results.

Rocky Marciano retired as the only undefeated world champion with 49 victories in boxing.

IBM invented the first computer hard drive. It weighed over a ton, was sixteen square feet in size, and could store 5 megabytes of information. It was astounding technology. The device I am writing this on has 100,000 times that capacity.

The Supreme Court in the case Browder V Gayle ruled racial segregation on public buses was illegal. (Yes this was 1956 not 1856, unbelievable I know.)

Fidel Castro incited the Cuban Revolution.

On the day I was born, July 25, 1956, the Andrea Doria collided with the S.S. Stockholm at sea off Nantucket, killing 52 people.

Not one manmade object had yet made it into space. (It happened in 1957 with the Russians launching Sputnik)

Average cost of a new house $11,700

Minimum wage $1.00

Average annual salary $4,450

Cost of a new car $2,050

Gallon of gas: $0.22

World Population: 2,835,299,673

You came into a much different world.

While we have reduced the number of thermonuclear weapons, there are still enough around to obliterate the entire population which now stands at 7,614,450 (and rising)

We have had our first Black President and First woman Vice President. Hopefully, in your lifetime, this will no longer be considered newsworthy.

Racial discord and discrimination still exist, but at least we are taking notice.

Above the earth there are thousands of active and inactive satellites, a permanently occupied space station, rovers on the surface of Mars, plans to send humans to Mars (which is likely to happen in your lifetime, perhaps with you on the trip), and we have discovered almost 5000 exo-planets in the galaxy.

Average cost of a new house: $408.800

Minimum wage $7.25 ( I know, right?)

Average annual salary $51,168

Cost of a new car $37,851

Gallon of gas: $3.143

But more important for you and your generation, you’ve been born into an existential crisis predicated on a fundamental disregard for truth.

I think it an easy prediction you will study the politics of these times as part of your education. No doubt much future research and analysis of what happened between 2016 and 2020 will offer insight into the troubling phenomenon of why we had a crisis of truth.

Somehow, truth and facts became not only malleable but open to interpretation. We somehow forgot the difference between opinion and fact. Instead of accepting facts that may differ from what some wanted to be true, they simply ignored them, claim they resulted from conspiracies, and just propagated “alternative” facts.

There are no alternative facts. A fact is a fact. A lie is a lie. And any attempt to conceal or alter facts to suit one’s own position is not only wrong but also dangerous.

One can hold opinions on food, music, art, and baseball but not truth, justice, or fairness.

When you are sixty-five, in the year 2086, I hope you are part of a society that recognizes and accepts facts and works toward insuring truth, justice, and fairness always win out over opinion.

I hope you play a part in making such a world better than the one you were born into.

When you look back, as I have done, on sixty-five years of life, I hope you take comfort in the fact you always sought the truth no matter what it may be and did your best to support it.

And I hope you live to at least one hundred and thirty so you can have this conversation in person with your sixty-five-year-old grandchild.

Tell them I said hi.

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Rethinking Intelligent Design

Intelligent design, a version of religious creationism camouflaged as science, has many adherents but little actual science to support it. It is a hypothesis essentially premised on ignorance—we cannot explain something, say the origin of life on the planet, so it must have some intelligent design (aka an omnipotent being) behind it.

Up until recently, the success of trying to teach such babble in public schools has failed and been unmasked for what it is, religion with a fake college degree.

However, I think the time has come to revisit the idea of Intelligent Design because of a recent scientific discovery about the makings of a comet named 46P/Wirtanen. (Link to story)

So why would the appearance of a rather common phenomenon such as a comet support the concept of Intelligent Design? The answer is as simple as it is startling.

You see, Comet 46P/Wirtanen contains a high level of Alcohol in its tail. The comet is a cosmic happy hour streaking across the solar system. Such a phenomenon can only have one explanation, Intelligent Design.

As is with many things in life, there is a misquote attributed to Ben Franklin about God and beer. The actual quote, while a bit long to fit on a t-shirt, still invokes the divine nature of alcohol.

Franklin wrote—the original was in French as he was Ambassador there—to his friend, the theologian, economist, philosopher, and writer André Morellet (1727–1819):

“We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana, as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy!”

Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin, by his grandson, William Temple Franklin, 1819

While Franklin may have seen a comet in his lifetime he couldn’t have known such a celestial phenomenon would be trailing across the solar system the very essence of what he saw as proof of a superior being.

While we may never be sure if this is the proof many seek, it is certainly an encouraging sign.

I wonder if I will live long enough to raise a class of comet-infused alcohol to the infinite mysteries of the universe.

It would seem to be the intelligent thing to do.

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Q2-Anon: Uncovering the Real Deep State Plan

This is Q2-anon ( a new and improved Q-anon with most of the bugs worked out) and your Q2-anon tip of the day.

It has taken us time, but Q2-anon has uncovered the truth behind the Vaccine conspiracy. We all suspected how evil the Deep State could be, but even your Q2 -anon wasn’t prepared for what we have uncovered.

The Vaccine does contain tracking bots, but we are loathe to report they are there to identify the Q-anon believers. By inoculating the masses, with the side benefit of preventing COVID, the deep state will have an easy way to cull the herd of the Q2 -anon faithful.

The dark lord B’ha R’oc O Ba Mah decreed his acolytes Fah’ucci and Ga’tes to spread the word among the faithful by – and this is truly evil- spreading the truth about the disease.

They wanted us to think it was evil, so they could find out who we were since we would believe it was evil when all it along it wasn’t evil but their plan was evil and they knew we would fight against them despite the facts which was even more evil and this evil was really not evil which made it more evil by not really being evil.

Such sinister not evil evil was never before unleashed upon the world and we missed it.

It should have been evident from the beginning. But we failed to understand the level of depravity the evil ones would sink to in their quest for dominance.

The rise of the evangelists—those in whom we saw hope—should have been a clue. For why would such clueless ones be so successful?

Marjorie Taylor Greene? Come on, think about it. Deep state plant. Who else could think someone so intellectually challenged would be a good fit for Congress?

And Gaetz? With an appetite for the young stuff he could only be a plant (although most plants are brighter and at least rot and return something to the earth.)

Isn’t it obvious? Trump received the vaccine.  He who pretended to be our leader is among the inoculated. Perhaps he knew and bravely took the shot to preserve our cause once the culling began, but such courage has never been shown by this obvious stooge.

The deep state has out-conspiracy-theoried the conspiracy theoried and we have almost fallen for it.

But, alas, your Q2 -anon—in our new and improved format—have uncovered the truth. So burn your Say No to the Prick T-shirts, remove the aluminum foil from your heads, and run to the nearest vaccination location and get the shot.

Let’s beat them at their own game.

And to Marjorie Taylor Greene we say, nice try moron. Here’s a bit of advice for you as well, you are way too old for Gaetz..

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Excerpt Divine Providence: The Mayor, The Mob, and the Man in the Middle

Here’s an excerpt from the book Divine Providence: The Mayor, The Mob, and the Man in the Middle. The book takes you inside the world of mob-controlled nightclubs, backroom deals, and political corruption in the times of Buddy Cianci and his turbulent administrations as witnessed by the man in the middle, Pat Cortellessa.

Divine Providence: The Mayor, The Mob, and the Man in the Middle release date August 16, 2021. Order it here.

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In the 1950s, Providence, Rhode Island, a gritty, working class city striving to compete with its big brother, Boston, and not-so-distant cousin, New York, had one thing neither of those cities could claim.

Providence had Raymond L.S. Patriarca, the head of the New England Mob and one of the most respected (among those in the organization) and feared (among those who crossed him) bosses in Organized Crime.

Nothing happened in Providence, at least in the criminal underbelly and backroom politics, that Patriarca didn’t know about, manipulate, control, or profit by. All one had to do was invoke the name, Raymond. No last name or further explanation was needed.

Into this world, two men, Vincent Albert “Buddy” Cianci, Jr. and Pat Cortellessa grew up. While Buddy was fifteen years older, their paths worlds apart—Cortellessa came from the West end of Providence and went to public schools. Cianci was born into an upper middle-class family and went to Moses Brown—their lives would be intertwined in ways neither could have imagined.

And the organization controlled by Raymond would cast a shadow over both men.

Pat Cortellessa was born in 1956 and lived on the corner of Chapin Avenue and Messer Street in Providence, Rhode Island. It was a neighborhood of mostly Italian families, triple decker houses, and neat yards. Where the grandparents were on one floor and their kid’s families lived above them. Even if the family outgrew the house, they didn’t move far. Staying in the surrounding streets of the west end of Providence. 

When Pat was a kid an older neighbor, Joe Paris, would load up his car and take the neighborhood boys to the Rhode Island Red’s hockey games at the R.I. Auditorium on North Main Street. The Red’s played in the old AHL (American Hockey League), the original feeder system to the NHL. The days of the Red’s playing at “the Arena”—as the place was known—offered kids and adults a chance to see hockey played in all it’s original, often bloody, glory.

No masks, no helmets, few pads. Lots of action between big men on skates and the only thing separating them from the crowd was a short wall and chicken wire.

But before there was the politics of Cortellessa running against Cianci, there was the Providence Club scene, the payoffs and bribes of liquor licenses, the “rent” paid to the mob for protection, and the always volatile mix of alcohol, pretty women, and testosterone-fueled muscle heads with too much brawn and too

Joe Broadmeadow, Divine Providence: The Mayor, The Mob, and the Man in the MIddle

No one worried about letting their kids go to the arena. It was a different era in a city and country where World War II was still a powerful memory, the Korean Conflict became the forgotten war, and Vietnam was a place few Americans had even heard of let alone find on a map.

The West End of Providence in the 1950s and 60s was a world away from the East side where Buddy Cianci, already fifteen years old when Pat was born, would attend private school, followed by college and law school. Pat would take a more pedestrian public-school path. Yet their respective careers, politics for one and running restaurants and clubs for the other, would culminate in first a business association, then a friendship, then a break that would drive them both to face each other in the political arena.

One would end up in prison, the other would dance a fine line between the world of the wise guys, the seductive lure of the nightclubs and bars, and the world of politics. Their unlikely association would forever intertwine them in the history of Providence.

But before there was the politics of Cortellessa running against Cianci, there was the Providence Club scene, the payoffs and bribes of liquor licenses, the “rent” paid to the mob for protection, and the always volatile mix of alcohol, pretty women, and testosterone-fueled muscle heads with too much brawn and too under-utilized brains.

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Your Assignment, Should You Accept It

I hereby present an open invitation to someone, anyone, who can articulate, present, or show one iota of verifiable evidence that voter fraud had any effect on the outcome of the Presidential Election.

I will put it here and shout it to the world should anyone succeed in this effort,

Here’s your chance to prove the allegation and rehabilitate the floundering, sniveling, lying, Carnival barker, former President of the United States who, lacking the bully pulpit of the Presidency and the implied (although in his case, misplaced) credibility of the office, now wanders the country seeking out his fellow “delusionistas” and wailing how the election was stolen.

Show me one scintilla of evidence fraudulent votes changed this election.

The Greek Chorus

I’ll wait.

Until then, muzzle the former POTUS (Prevaricator of the United States.) He is an international embarrassment acting like a spoiled child.

Bonus points if you can explain Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz, the maniac and the molester tag team running amuck in Congress. Trump, Greene, and Gaetz are a boil on America’s rear end and they need to be lanced.

When we teach kids that anyone in this country can go to Congress or become President, I am certain this is not what we had in mind.

Shining a Light on an Enigma: Are We Alone in the Universe?

Are we alone?

It would seem unlikely given the latest estimates for the number of galaxies in the universe may exceed two trillion. That is 2,000,000,000,000 or 2×1012

When one considers that each galaxy on average may contain trillions of  stars (1011 or 1012) you get 2 X 1023 or 1024 or 2000000000000000000000000 stars in the universe.

Now, of course, not every one of these stars would have planets. Of those that do, not every planet is capable of sustaining life, and even those that can sustain life may not develop intelligent life. One might argue as to whether or not we are intelligent life given our history, but I digress.

So if we assume, arguendo, that somewhere in the Universe there are civilizations who have developed faster-than-light travel, able to traverse immense distances between stars and galaxies—to boldly go where no man has gone before (pardon the split infinitive)—then the only question remaining is have they come here?

A better question might be Why come here, but I am willing to bet curiosity is universal.

There was a time when the US government went to great lengths to deny the existence of such phenomena, let alone consider that they might be extraterrestrial. But recently, there has been a juxtaposition of the government’s policy on what we used to call UFOs and now refer to as UAP (Unknown Aerial Phenomena) in as much as they are now actively investigating rather than trying to debunk or explain them away. They even formed a Task Force (UAPTF) to study these UAPs.

I wrote an earlier piece about the release of video shot by US Navy pilots tracking a UAP and the question of are we alone in the universe. But now there is more information coming forward. (Click here to read the earlier piece)

Per a provision in a Congressional mandate, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) was required to file a report with Congress on what the government knows about UAPs and their origin. The report was filed this month.

The UAPTF holds a small amount of data that appear to show UAP demonstrating acceleration or a degree of signature management

DNI Report to Congress

I, of course, have read the  nine-page unclassified report and would love to read the classified one but I did find some things they reported in the public report to be startling.

https://www.dni.gov/index.php/newsroom/reports-publications/reports-publications-2021/item/2223-preliminary-assessment-unidentified-aerial-phenomena

Here are a few excerpts

“Most of the UAP reported probably do represent physical objects given that a majority of UAP were registered across multiple sensors, to include radar, infrared, electro-optical, weapon seekers, and visual observation.”

“144 reports originated from USG(US Government) sources. Of these, 80 reports involved observation with multiple sensors.” (Meaning radar, targeting systems, imagery, and human observation.)

“In 18 incidents, described in 21 reports, observers reported unusual UAP movement patterns or flight characteristics. Some UAP appeared to remain stationary in winds aloft, move against the wind, maneuver abruptly, or move at considerable speed, without discernable means of propulsion. In a small number of cases, military aircraft systems processed radio frequency (RF) energy associated with UAP sightings. The UAPTF holds a small amount of data that appear to show UAP demonstrating acceleration or a degree of signature management.

I bolded this last sentence because it is rather shocking once one translates the government technical jargon. At least the way I interpret the language, “a degree of signature management” means somebody or something was flying them.

Nowhere in the public report does it definitively identify any of the UAPs as alien. They classify them into more terrestrial, if as yet unexplained, origin due to lack of evidence. They postulate the possibility they may be technologies of a foreign government so far advanced as to be inexplicable within our own technological level or that they may be some private or government domestic research as yet not available to the writers of the report.

But here’s the rub. They lump some into the “other” category. They don’t know what it is, where it is from, who is flying it, or why they are here.

I’ll leave it to your imagination as to what that implies, but I can think of a few possibilities given the immenseness of the universe.

And if anyone onboard a UAP is reading this, I’d love to take a ride. I wouldn’t tell a soul, they probably wouldn’t believe me anyway.

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