Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Here are a few leftovers from today. Grieving parents speak out against anti-vaccination extremists | thetelegraph.com.au. “I never have and never will harass or hurt a grieving parent” – Meryl Dorey | reasonablehank. Dolphin assisted therapy offers a controversial treatment for disabled children. From global warming to fluoride: Why do people deny science? – Salon.com.
Modern tech strikes again. Lovely blue lights… It’s Not a UFO! A Strange Solar-Powered Plane Is Crossing the U.S. – Businessweek. Shortly after midnight in early May, a strange aircraft approached Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport. It had the wingspan of a jumbo jet but flew at only about 40 miles per hour; 16 bright, bluish-white lights shone along the leading edge of its spindly wings. Concerned Phoenicians called the police to report an alien landing. Sky Harbor’s air traffic control explained to Phoenix police that the ostensible UFO was really a solar-powered airplane: the Solar Impulse. Very cool craft! And only temporarily unidentified. When you see just lights (and these are strange-looking LED lights that we aren’t really used to seeing in the sky, you can’t really tell what is holding the lights. But, it is another lesson on UFOs – there are SO many strange things in the sky these days, we will certainly see more people reporting such sightings. But there are less reasons to think they are otherworldly. Thanks to man-made technology, they are futuristic flying objects. Check out the Solar Impulse here (Note: Having trouble with this website). And see the story on how the [...]
We don’t typically link to Openminds.tv but this was a good story that resulted in a good lesson. You can be fooled. Easily. Fake California UFO photo fools Ohio TV news | Openminds.tv. The Camera360 phone app strikes again. Ohio’s WMFD News recently featured the story of a man who said he captured a UFO in a picture he took with his tablet while vacationing in California. However, the UFO image is one that comes with the Camara360 photo app for smartphones. Camera360 is a smartphone app that allows the user to manipulate photos taken on their phones. Among other effects, it lets the user add aliens and UFOs to their images. Unfortunately, it makes hoaxing a convincing picture very simple. However, WMFD should not feel too bad. News agencies across the world have been fooled by these pictures recently, including as far a Thailand and Indonesia. This has been happening a lot. I admit I’m confused why news stations post such things – they are dubious, likely to be hoaxes and REALLY NOT NEWS. No picture taken on a cell phone can be counted as credible evidence. They post it anyway and make fools out of themselves. Oh, theses [...]