STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
NASA Arsenic Life Paper Is Fraud?
By Staff News & Analysis - December 09, 2010

"This Paper Should Not Have Been Published" … Scientists see fatal flaws in the NASA study of arsenic-based life … On Thursday, Dec. 2, Rosie Redfield sat down to read a new paper called "A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus." … Redfield, a microbiology professor at the University of British Columbia, had been hearing rumors about the papers for days beforehand. … As soon Redfield started to read the paper, she was shocked. "I was outraged at how bad the science was," she told me. – Slate

Dominant Social Theme: What? Anything NASA announces is the truth. You can take it to the bank.

Free-Market Analysis: NASA is at it again; exaggerating results to make a point. We've speculated it has to with funding. The days of wine and roses are over even in Washington DC and NASA – one of Washington's largest white elephants – is no doubt trying to raise its profile.

Enter the Internet as always. In the 20th century, such a strategy might have worked. It would likely have been difficult to get out the word about NASA's apparent deception. But in the 21st century, NASA is exposed in days. Redfield (see article excerpted above) was not even the first to be suspicious about NASA's announcement. Here at the Bell, we commented on the paper right-off-the-bat, finding a skeptical item posted on a website called "Scienceblog," as follows:

"Oh, great. I get to be the wet blanket … I finally got the paper from Science, and I'm sorry to let you all down, but it's … an extremophile bacterium that can be coaxed into subsisting arsenic for phosphorus in some of its basic biochemistry. It's perfectly reasonable and interesting work in its own right, but it's not radical, it's not particularly surprising, and it's especially not extraterrestrial. It's the kind of thing that will get a sentence or three in biochemistry textbooks in the future."

You can see the full Bell article here: Costly Promotions of the Military.

At the time, we didn't get into the other issue: Space aliens. We're generally suspicious of extra-terrestrial news stories (as regular readers know) because elite publications seem to be far more hospitable to them than they used to be. We've written numerous articles about this phenomenon, and the NASA announcement fit right into that pattern.

Yes, it seems almost like a … promotion. As if the powers-that-be are using the mainstream press (which they control in our opinion) to prime the pump as regards some kind of space-alien meme. We recently came across a mainstream AP article that reignited our suspicions:

Evidence for ET is mounting daily, but not proven … Lately, a handful of new discoveries make it seem more likely that we are not alone – that there is life somewhere else in the universe. In the past several days, scientists have reported there are three times as many stars as they previously thought. Another group of researchers discovered a microbe can live on arsenic, expanding our understanding of how life can thrive under the harshest environments. And earlier this year, astronomers for the first time said they'd found a potentially habitable planet. …

What last week's findings did was both increase the number of potential homes for life and broaden the definition of what life is. That means the probability for alien life is higher than ever before, agree 10 scientists interviewed by The Associated Press. Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in California, ticks off the astronomical findings about planet abundance and Earthbound discoveries about life's hardiness. "All of these have gone in the direction of encouraging life out there and they didn't have to."

See, there are plenty of articles floating around the blogosphere on the questionable nature of the NASA press release. But that's not what the AP story focuses on. Instead it is a summary of "news reports" about the feasibility of alien life and UFOs. It could just as easily have been a story debunking NASA's ridiculous announcement about arsenic-based life; but we won't hold our collective breath.

We've explained our suspicions about this seeming elite promotion plenty of times. The Anglo-American elite is all about social (mind) control through the use of dominant and sub dominant social themes – for more on this, read Anthony Wile's High Alert. These memes are used to frighten the middle class (mostly) into giving up wealth and power to globalist institutions the very same elite has created. And this smells like a dominant social theme to us. And then there is this from the Straits Times a few days ago:

WikiLeaks may release 'UFO' files … WikiLeaks has unreleased documents about UFO, sparking concerns about the existence of the second form of life … In the short question-and-answer session, Assange talked about WikiLeaks' future course of action and vision, as well as the alleged threat to his life. He also indicated that WikiLeaks has unreleased documents about UFO, sparking concerns about the existence of the second form of life.

We mentioned the WikiLeaks/UFO story recently and it was right in line with our thinking that WikiLeaks itself might be a promotion of sorts. Much of what WikiLeaks has leaked seems to us to comfort the Anglosphere (including Israel) while discomfiting the enemies or quasi-enemies of the West – specifically countries like Iran, China and Pakistan.

After Thoughts

The jury is likely still out on WikiLeaks, but we feel on much firmer ground in making our points about NASA. Whatever NASA announces these days within a scientific context ought to be looked at skeptically – as a budgetary promotion. Especially if it has to do with alien life forms.

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