We’re getting a politico on the payroll to keep an eye on UFO’s

When President Donald Trump signed the $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government funding bill into law in December, so began the 180-day countdown for US intelligence agencies to tell Congress what they know about UFOs.

No, really…

It should…describe in detail “an interagency process for ensuring timely data collection and centralized analysis of all unidentified aerial phenomena reporting for the Federal Government” and designate an official responsible for that process…

The submitted report should be unclassified, the committee said, though it can contain a classified annex.

1. My position on UFO’s is unchanged. Especially in light of the behavior of Looney Tunes like Trump. Given the science required for travel between solar systems much less galaxies, why would we expect species that advanced to want to deal with human beings?

2. If the choice of political hack falls before Trump leaves, we only get someone the Fake President can beat on the golf course. Daffy Duck, maybe?

John Podesta still wants to reveal the truth about UFOs – whatever that means

John Podesta, former senior advisor to Barack Obama, former Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton, and future chair of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is offering some reflections on his most recent stint in the White House.

Number one on the list — aliens.

Podesta was out of the big-time politics game briefly early in the Bush years, and lent his considerable prestige to a coalition pushing the oddball cause of greater disclosure of federal information about UFOs.

Soon afterwards, he founded the Center for American Progress which quickly emerged as a key pillar of center-left infrastructure in Washington. I worked for a while at CAP, and can testify that while there were a lot of in-house jokes about Podesta and UFOs (including an alien-themed holiday party one December) there was approximately zero institutional effort expended on the cause.

But in a personal capacity, Podesta continued to lend a hand. He participated in a couple of UFO-themed TV shows and wrote the forward to a book about UFOs that was published in 2010.

Then he went back to the White House where, once again, there was no progress on the UFO disclosure front. It’s genuinely too bad. As a former Chief of Staff, Podesta presumably has had access to highly classified information and knows what he’s talking about when he says the public deserves to know what’s in these files. I hope — though I don’t actually expect — that he’ll use his influence in the emerging Clinton campaign to push this in a more serious way.

I wouldn’t expect that either. There are more relevant questions to consider for a presidential election.

There have been a few straight-arrow pilots, military and otherwise, in my life’s experience who share Podesta’s views about UFOs. I have no reason to doubt them. But, current science is all I have to go on – and the Fermi Paradox among others convinces me these folks bumped into something other than extra-terrestrial intelligence.

Chess bureaucrat who visits space aliens declares Gadhafi in fine mental shape. Huh?? Wha??

“Are you kidding? We’re probably the only two sane people left in the world.”

Moammar Gadhafi… appears to be in a razor-sharp mental state, says [Kirsan Ilyumzhinov], the head of the World Chess Federation

Mr. Ilyumzhinov said he found the Libyan leader mentally alert, and that he betrayed no sign of apprehension as they played chess and chatted for about two hours on Sunday.

He produced video footage of himself bantering with Mr. Gadhafi, who was clad in black and brown and wearing sunglasses although the two men sat indoors. The meeting took place in a government office building in Tripoli, he said.

He said that Mr. Gadhafi shrugged off international demands for him to resign, and that the NATO campaign appeared to have hardened his resolve to stay…

Mr. Ilyumzhinov, whose own eccentricities paved the way for his loss of a regional governor’s job in Russia last year, said he took the trip to Tripoli on his own initiative, promoting chess in Africa for the World Chess Federation.

Some suggest that Mr. Ilyumzhinov is too unstable himself to judge anyone’s mental state. He has claimed that he communicates with fellow Russian citizens telepathically, and insisted in several interviews last year that space aliens abducted him from his apartment in Moscow and took him to a spaceship parked above the city. After an “excursion” to a distant solar system, they brought him back in time for a business trip the next day, he said.

You can see why I am not worried about FIDE. It is too late to worry.