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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Aliens visit Bulgaria

It's been a while since we've had any interesting reports of UFO or alien sightings, so I was tickled to find a post yesterday on Paranominal that claims that some hikers near Plovdiv, Bulgaria snapped a photograph of an "alien Grey" while walking through a forest.

The photograph is put into a sort of montage format on a video in the post, but I'll post the photograph itself here:

What I find interesting about this photo is that it shows the alien, who appears to be about five meters tall, clearly visible between two trees maybe ten meters further on in the woods, and yet the hikers are still walking toward it in an apparently unconcerned fashion.  I don't know about you, but if I were hiking through the woods and stumbled upon a scary-looking alien creature who was over twice my height, I would not just stroll right on up to it.  At the point this photograph was taken, I would already be running in a comical, Looney Tunes manner in the opposite direction, with my feet only visible as a circular blur.

If I had not immediately died of a brain aneurysm when I spotted the thing.  Which is probably more likely.  I may be a skeptical scientific type, and all, but I am also a great big old coward.  I believe that it is our duty as rationalists to evaluate claims of the paranormal, but I am much more comfortable evaluating them from a safe distance, which in this case would be about fifty miles.

Be that as it may, I'm a little skeptical of this claim.  For one thing, if you watched the video, you'll notice how the alien face becomes way scarier when they isolate and magnify it.  While this may seem like a "duh" statement, part of the reason that alien and ghost photographs become more convincing in close-ups is because they get grainier when you do that -- the image "pixillates."  (For a creepy example of how the brain imposes meaning on grainy data, take a look at this optical illusion.)  Now, as we've seen many times before, humans are great at imposing meaning on patternless images, and we especially like to turn those images into faces (a phenomenon called pareidolia, about which I have written many times before).  But the fact that we become more convinced as the data gets grainy is a little suspicious, and exactly the opposite of what should happen to a scientist.  We should be convinced by precision, not by imprecision.

The last nail in the coffin, for me, came at the end of the video, when I saw who had put it together.  The creator of the video -- and probably the photograph as well -- was one Stephen Hannard, of England, who is also the one who claimed that the Martian probe Curiosity found a fossilized shoe, human finger, and woodchuck on the surface of Mars, and that the International Space Station had captured footage of a giant space slug.  It's not like this guy has any kind of solid track record for veracity.  So I'm perhaps to be forgiven if I find anything coming from Hannard a little suspect from the get go.

So anyhow, I doubt this is really a photograph of an alien, which is kind of a shame.  I'd love it if there was, during my lifetime, incontrovertible evidence of intelligent alien life.  I realize that's easy for me to say sitting here safely in my office thousands of kilometers from Plovdiv, Bulgaria, but I really do mean it.  If an alien spaceship landed in my back yard, I'd even try to overcome my urge to run away or die of fright in order to be the first human to shake their gray, seven-fingered hands upon their arrival on Earth.


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  3. I would say in the video I saw u would expect a lot of running and screaming to occur. And that didn't seem to happen. The government has way to make holographic images of aliens Giants dragons etc in the black budget mic world. Many people who have shot Bigfoot say he disappears in a light like a spirit or demon orb as seen by gun pilots in wwii. This giant et in this pic is about 15 feet tall. The bible speaks of giants coming in our future in the end days. Our government also interacts with 10 foot Giants according to the Mufon files. We have cases of three eyed Giants landing in Russia during the Cold War. They greeted the crowd as earth brothers. The bible says not to trust them. Gods angles travel in ufo saucers. There spirits do. But the ones we are seeing now are the ancient enemy or fallen ones. See Enoch's book of watchers. Google it. They are abducting 1000s of people. See Mufon files. Then the army re abducts many of us. To see what the e.t.s want with us. They abduct generations of families. Why. I suspect they have a hybrid project going on to merge us and them. Aliens wouldn't come so far or need us some scientists and researchers say but they have been living with us before God made men. Since the beginning I believe . So few planets have life and supplies in the universe that they don't hesitate to plunder our minerals and human,plant,animal life. They may have taken man to other planets to develope as well for thousands of years. Many reports tell of Nordic human like aliens here in the hollow earth. See admirals Byrds, message from them to the government that was never told to the public. See Byrds diary. I believe these things I speak of are the truth behind many lies. Our government does not want another war of the world panic on its hands. I've studied this subject for thirty years and have seen an et. I saw a flying disk up close. I know what's inside some of them. I saw a bright light. E.t. Voices. They can switch from balls of light to being as real as u and I. Some are robotic clones that work for our government. There tech yes they can be summoned easily. They are demons. Now called aliens by today's wording. They appear friendly to suck u in. See the Betty and Barney hill abduction. Steven Greer says they don't abduct and torture people huh. Then why does the alien he has in a photo look exactly like the ones in the hills abduction story. I smell a rat here. That being in his pic resembles most of the ones that do torture humans and do cattle mutilations. See skin walker ranch story on you tube. Freighting evil demonic stuff people. Only Jesus Christ can deliver us from this power. Jesus was God in human form. The aliens are gods enemy and they are here to hurt and destroy us. Thousands of people and children are missing. See 411 Davis politus, story. Major news going on. Few are covering it. Bazzare disappearances in this 411 book. Very truthful. Ufo hoaxes are few and far between. Dna. Has been verified that Bigfoot exists.
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    1000s of declassified fib and cia released papers on the subject of crashed et saucers with Giants taken away by military. Yes people I have the document few knew exists about what really crashed at Roswell. They were e.t. And are Giants. Not the same old weather balloon story they admitted to lieing about.

  4. nology is based on light and polarization of light as we have copied there crafts for sixty plus years. I understand the physics of how there ships work. They have zero g forces built into there ships. It's all about manipulating light and electricity. Bob lazar is no fraud. Watch our for that Sirius dr. Steven gay dare, guy he's been caught in several lies. He's in with the e.t.s ,