Rocky Mountain (too) High
Denver and the surrounding cities are an enclave of lunacy, as the home of evangelist and exorcist Bob Larson, Frank’s Box inventor Frank Sumption, “Telephone to the Dead” proponent Chris Moon, balloon boy hoaxes, and that infamous pseudoscientist ‘Dr’ Phil Plait.
Must be the altitude…
Further to Jen’s Quickies link today, a proposal to create an E.T. Commission in Denver will go before voters at an election to be held on August, 10, 2010.
This proposed commission would establish a group of (amateur and biased) people to study UFOs and aliens.
Clearly, Peckman, Romanek and their MUFON minions are unaware that a legitimate organization already exists to search the skies scientifically, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). SETI aims to “explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe”, not to prove the existence of spaceships and little green men, and welcome them with tea and cucumber sandwiches.
The ordinance change required almost 4000 signatures and Peckman acquired these, proving that the stupid is mightier than the pen. However, some additional 6000 signatures collected by Peckman were invalid (read: some falsified, some purchased).
This para-ridiculous story began with claims that Romanek had an alien encounter in Nebraska back in 2003. Initially thinking an alien doll was a “peeping Tom”, he captured this visitation on film. Romanek supposedly sat on this remarkable evidence until early 2008, when the footage was released, providing “evidence confirming the existence of extraterrestrial life”. The shitty footage is certainly evidence of a poor hoax, but Romanek claims that NASA can’t even explain his film…
Now the pair claim to be harassed by alien encounters, and they have produced videos of UFOs (airplanes) and received curious messages from aliens.
Thus began Peckman and Romanek’s campaign for fame an E.T. Commission.
Fortunately, two people have been skeptical thorns in the arses of Peckman and Romanek. Bryan and Baxter of the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society have been staunch opponents of these men, trailing their movements and challenging their claims.
When Stan Romanek released his alien ‘evidence’, Bryan and Baxter replicated the footage in a viral video so superior to the original that it was touted as the original!
Unfortunately, the proposal will now appear on the ballot, but that’s a different matter to the plan being accepted by the citizens. The biggest concern is that the proposal could pass by default, if sufficient skeptics fail to vote. People are often pissweak when it comes to tackling paranormal claims, but are more inclined to do something in the face of social embarrassment and the loss of taxpayer’s money. Fortunately, there’s a strong contingent of skeptics in Denver, and Bryan and Baxter’s tireless work to expose these tossers.
To paraphrase Baxter, let’s hope Peckman and Romanek are abducted by aliens.
Anal probe, anyone?