Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Conference That Won't Go Away

The arbitrary nature of comment moderation on UFO websites is often a curious thing.  Especially when the commenter - in this case, yours truly - isn't a serial author, self-proclaimed authority or servile conference monkey heaping praise on the post du jour.  God forbid I comment anywhere else using a URL to a pertinent post on this blog.
Arvin Hill says:
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Okay, let me try this once again.

Hussein’s comment provides a refreshing contrast to the myopic, obsequious cheerleading that has surrounded the Global Competitiveness Conference since its announcement.

The lack of critical commentary on this and other UFO websites reflects a shocking lack of awareness regarding the dynamics of power on this planet – who wields it and to what ends. “Global competitiveness” is THE paradigm in a which a tiny minority – the ones with the most money – is able to justify the relentless exploitation of humanity and the environment.

It is difficult to understand how it is people who decry “The Powers That Be” with such frequency and volume as those in ufology – and exopolitics, in particular – can be so blinded by celebrity and the prospect of validation.

Apparently, some public figures, and the institutions they serve, are simply above reproach in “respectable” public venues.
Maybe I'll have better luck this time than I did on the first attempt to comment on this story.   That one disappeared into the moderation ether.  Considering it included neither profanity nor a hyperlink to my Zazzle store, I'm starting to second guess my earlier praise for Open Minds Magazine - not to mention my subscription.  Here's hoping I won't have to put on my Toady Hat just to offer a comment there.

Celebrity worship is one of the more unpalatable aspects of the whole paranormal/UFO subject.  Anyone who thinks Jacques Vallee, Michio Kaku, Nick Pope, Stan Friedman, et al should be exempt from public criticism is in the bottom of a very deep well.  UFO aficionados who prefer vicarious experience to the real thing, like cats that eat and puke the same hairballs, again and again and again, are depressingly content to lap up whatever is being dished out at the ufology cafeteria.


Mike Clelland! said...

Hi there,

I like listening to Jacques Vallee talk about UFOs and their implications. I've read (almost) all of his books, and i get a lot out of what he has to share.

I quite like his short little talk given at the convention in Saudi Arabia. I was genuinly curious what he had to say to that crowd.

Also - I responded to your comments (somewhere on the internet) and I added a few sentences to my posting (on my blog) where I embedded the video with Dr. Vallee. These extra sentences state: "The implications might be that these evil controllers wanna be a few chess moves ahead of the unwashed minions concerning these unknown things in the sky."

There is something creepy about the berzerkly-rich and powerful. No matter what the situation. And maybe this crew of UFO researchers was on-hand only as entertainment. Or maybe their presence was a sinister chess move on the big board.

All I know for sure about the creepy elite is that there ain't many of them.

Mike C!

Arvin Hill said...

Hi, Mike. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

While I could wax poetic on the implications of what the GCC *explicitly* represents, it probably wouldn't add anything beyond the napalm of criticism I've already released.

In my original post in this blog, I asked whether the speakers would still be attending the Global Competitiveness Conference had Raytheon been one of the sponsors. It was a rhetorical question. Waterboards-R-Us could sponsor next year's GCC and ufology's biggest brand names would still be lining up for the gig.

I've always had a very big problem with courtesans and patronage. Powerful people and institutions are often sustained by co-opting the actual and potential threats they cannot otherwise eliminate.

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To anyone who isn't familiar with Mike Clelland's fascinating blog, Hidden Experience, Mike has an admirably unique way of dissecting ontology by examining synchronicity. If I wasn't behind on blog-rolling and neck deep in three unfinished essays - and, more urgently, the smokey grill I'm manning on this humid, breezy, overcast Sunday - you would find a link to it in my sidebar. :•)