More fuel for the UFO mystery fire

If you recall, in May a number of alleged UFO photos started showing up on the internet. These pics were given coverage here, at Boing Boing and elsewhere. I thought the story had faded away until I encountered this site today: My experience with the CARET Program and Extra-Terrestrial Technology.

The entire affair is, in my own humble opinion, a brilliant hoax. The story that is told is worthy of some of the best science fiction and the document scans and photos that accompany it look and feel "real" for the most part. If there is one standout flaw within the scanned documents it is in the introductory passages in the "QA-86 Research Report" which comes off to this former technical writer as a bullshit vehicle for seeding buzzwords into the story and not as anything truly informative.

Your opinion may differ. What do you think? [Link to site]

[Link to Digg! removed]

I thought this had been exposed as a hoax weeks ago. It was quite obvious in the CG community that these were nothing but CG renderings of a 3D model passed off as a UFO. The quality of the rendering and compositing are spottable from a mile by anyone with any knowledge of the rendering software and its particulars.

So why does it keep coming back from the dead? The viral campaign explains a lot.
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Only a google cache link, the original seems to have been removed (conspiracy!) :P

Through one of the links on that page, there is a link to this:

Which is pretty obvious.

Even this particular neatorama post seems contrived, particularly with the digg link and all. Viral marketing is a wonderful thing, you trick other people into promoting your product for free.
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Disclaimer – I have no religious affilation
The web site's name is a lot like the last name of the guy who turned on that jesus fellow - or so the bible states. You think the author would pick a different name. Enough with the biblical allusions

looks like a _ _
smells like _ _
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OK, very tired of anything asking to be "dugg". You want advertisement, pay for it.
Matter of fact, I've removed a few sites from my bookmarks for that reason. If a request for a Digg is made, check into what that blogger gets in return.

A whore by any other name, is still a whore.
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Fair enough re: the Digg link being lame. I'm going to remove that. Rest assured that my including it was only because I thought that this post was particularly interesting and thought it might be useful for bringing new traffic to this site.

Viral marketing for Halo 3 makes sense, I suppose.

Neither I nor Alex placed this post knowingly for viral marketing purposes (although Alex may have exercised some sort of MIND CONTROL over me without my knowledge and manipulated me into posting it from afar - but I doubt it).
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I'm with Adam on this one; brilliant hoax. Anything associated with Coast To Coast AM & Art Bell is for the off-the-charts tin-foil-hat crowd. In other words, it's purified BS.

What I don't get is how elaborate this whole thing is. I can see coming up with a good story, but somebody has done a huge amount of work trying to make the gullible believe it's true. And for what? A guest spot on Art Bell's late-night radio show, or maybe a book deal that'll sell a couple thousand copies?

I just don't get the motivation for some of this crap.
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I'm not convinced that "Halo 3" is the answer here. The discussion you and others have pointed to doesn't make that case a slam dunk. I'm also not convinced that that flash animation thing is necessarily associated with the UFO pics.

As I mentioned before, by no stretch of the imagination do I believe that these UFOs are real or that there was actually a secret company established in Palo Alto to research extraterrestrial technology.

Regardless of the source of all this information, it's a brilliant hoax.
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I am convinced this is a hoax - and suggested it on Digg when the story first came out - for two reasons:

1) The "Quarterly Reports" sounded more like "evidence" and "proof" of said crafts rather than actual reports on the gains made in that period. Meaning, they used the "reports" to make the story work, citing history, technology, etc.

2) The photos show the craft near power poles or satellite dishes, which plays easily into the "disrupted invisibility" thing.

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artbot is 100% right. I'm not sure how people can look at any of these images without knowing they are CG renderings. It astounds me that this has gone as far as it has and people are still commenting that it could be real...
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I had access to a laser printer in 1986. They certainly would have access to one at a well-funded Silicon Valley operation. (That's not to say that I don't think this is a hoax - I most certainly do.)
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