Mystery shiny objects floating over Manhattan spark UFO frenzy … A mysterious shiny object floating high over Manhattan's West Side set off a flurry of reports and wild speculation Wednesday that a UFO was flying over the city. Police and the FAA said they began getting flooded with calls starting at 1:30 p.m. from people reporting a silvery object hovering high over Chelsea. Law enforcement sources said they believed the object was likely some sort of balloon, but as of late Wednesday they had not confirmed exactly what it is. – Daily News
Dominant Social Theme: Calm down. It is clearly not a UFO. (Or is it?)
Free-Market Analysis: A feedbacker sent us an email yesterday, pointing out that "Well, here it is October 13th, 2010 and there IS indeed, a UFO hovering over NYC." We thank the feedbacker for the alert. The news was all over the Internet and YouTube, in fact, when we checked: Huffington Post, the NY Post and the New York Daily News, etc. the mainstream consensus seems to be forming the perspective as we write that the sighting was of weather balloons. Sub dominant social theme: "Get worked up if you want, but we will explain it OUR way."
The idea of a UFO appearing on October 13 over a major city, as our feedbacker was pointing out, was not exactly unexpected. We had presented the following report only a week ago: "UFOs in Worldwide Revelation on Oct 13 … A newly-published book by a retired NORAD officer predicts October 13, 2010 as the tentative date for a fleet of extraterrestrial vehicles to hover for hours over the earth's principal cities. Author says the event to be the first in a series intended to avert a planetary catastrophe resulting from increasing levels of carbon-dioxide in the earth's atmosphere dangerously approaching a "critical mass." (Yahoo).
Perhaps the most thrilling initial report was placed on Youtube by SuperKeithyGeorge. It was an extensive report apparently created with his cell phone and then uploaded to Youtube, entitled: OCTOBER 13 DISCLOSURE NYC PEOPLE PANIC OVER UFOS. He begins his report with by noting that "OK, so it's pandemonium 2010 right now. There are UFOs flying above the city right now …" Later on he relates relief at still being alive. What is curious about his posting on YouTube is that "blurb" he uses to describe his posting is … you guessed it … the same language we use above from Air Force officer, Stanley A. Fulham's press release. When we flip to SuperKeithyGeorge's "personal" site, we find the headline "Time's up! We're all fu—ed." He presents a blaring video of "The Final Countdown" by the band Europe. It is quite catchy.
But SuperKeithyGeorge was not the only one to film the UFOs (or weather balloons) flying high above New York yesterday. We kept tracking YouTube and clips kept being posted from various individuals. However, ABC TV reported on it and the report was posted on Youtube with Fulham's release as well! We also came across this comment in the body text of one of the postings: "This is being done by a fringe enviromental group based in Canada, and it is actually part of a larger planned media stunt, but it also could be considered to be form of eco-terrorism."
This strikes us as possible, though we are not sure that Fulham himself is an "eco-terrorist." On the other hand, he does seem quite concerned about carbon dioxide levels approaching a "critical mass." It is also possible that the eco-terrorism speculation is a kind of "beard" designed to further obscure what could be an evolving "power elite" fear-based promotion. In the previous article we wrote:
As we have noted before, we have no direct evidence that the "aliens among us" meme is a fear-based promotion of the Anglo-American elite … But when trying to divine the tea-leaves regarding such efforts, we look for coordination of messaging, timeliness, authoritativeness and, often, a combining of different promotional elements together. To say we have noticed an uptick in this particular promotion – what we consider to be a promotion anyway – would be something of an understatement. In the case of "Challenges of Change," Fulham cleverly combines the global warming meme together with his overarching "aliens among us" theme for a kind of promotional "twofer."
The jury is still out, obviously in the sense that an elite promotion cannot be directly "proven" unless one is an insider. Certainly, signs are there from our point of view. The Aliens Among Us meme has been gathering momentum since the Fabian H.G. Wells began to write science fiction. Orson Welles claims his great Mars Invasion radio hoax was sponsored (or so we have read, somewhere) and that is how the elite works, by repetition, advancing usually at a fairly slow pace and offering various promotional elements to see how they are received.
As we pointed out yesterday, we are meme watchers not investigative journalists. We have not reached a firm conclusion about the Aliens Among Us meme anymore than we have about the NASA "moon hoax." There is always (in many of these seeming promotions) Hayek's spontaneous order to consider.
Editor's Note: As all 1,000 of us were shutting down for the evening (quite a sight to be sure), we found a couple more reports on UFOs beginning to turn up on the Net. One posted along with a video at naturalplane.blogspot reads: "Very interesting video of orbs over the Golden Gate Bridge some time after midnight Weds. October 13th. I would appreciate any further information." And our hyperactive feedback friend Weeble sent us a link to a story entitled "Chinese Village Disappears In Blue Ball Of Light" (Wednesday October 13). We watched part of the video, and it shows a bright blue over the horizon and features some Chinese voices (we presume) that seem mildly upset. We would be upset too if a blue light ate our village. Have alien attacks begun? And in China of all places?
On the other hand, something does seem to be going on that is out of the ordinary in terms of elite messaging. The UN has set up an office for "outer space affairs" and scientists, according to news reports, are apparently adopting "protocols" dedicated to rationalizing alien investigations. The UFO-sightings phenomenon that used to be relegated to fringe publications is rapidly become mainstream. If the elite has decided to use aliens as a full-on fear-based promotion, we would argue the implications could be significant. As a final note, it is October, the month of market swoons.