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Poll probes Americans' belief in UFOs, life on other planets
Submitted by SHNS on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 17:33 By THOMAS HARGROVE and GUIDO H. STEMPEL III, Scripps Howard News Service national ShareThis Most Americans say it is very likely or somewhat likely that humans are not alone in the universe and that intelligent life exists on other planets.Only a third of adults, however, believe it's either very likely or somewhat likely that intelligent aliens from space have visited our planet, according to a survey of 1,003 adults conducted by Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University. The poll revealed that one in every 12 Americans has seen a mysterious object in the sky that might have been a visitor from another world, while nearly one in every five personally knows someone who has seen an unidentified flying object.America's fascination with UFO sightings has been robust, dating at least back to 1947 with the discovery of unusual objects near Roswell, N.M., that many claimed were the remnants of an extraterrestrial craft that crashed.Among the ranks who have seen something strange in the sky are former President Jimmy Carter, the late Beatle John Lennon and the late comedian Jackie Gleason.One of the largest mass sightings on record -- the so-called "Phoenix Lights" that hovered for several hours over two or three Southwestern states on March 13, 1997 -- was even seen by then-Arizona Gov. Fife Symington.
Originally posted by Monts
Thanks OT! Great thread!
There is no doubt in my mind that more and more people are relying on information sources rather than the government and MSM to gain insights and formulate theories about the true nature of events.
I think this is mostly due to the internet.
The Greatest Conspiracy of the Last Century
At the time of our entry into World War I our citizens and soldiers were told that "The War to End All Wars" was being fought to "Make the World Safe For Democracy." Later historians pointed out the root cause of World War I was trade rivalry between Great Britain and Germany. I.e., World War I was fought over money.
Shortly after our entry into World War II our citizens and soldiers were told that the War was being fought to "stop Nazi aggression" and to "stop the monster Adolf Hitler." Over sixty years later we are still being told the same thing.
As the historians who dissected the root cause of World War I proved, wars are not fought over ideology. Wars are fought over money.
What if World War II was fought to preserve oil company profits? Sound far-fetched? Let’s look at some of the evidence.
The Rockefeller-controlled Standard Oil
John D. Rockefeller got his start selling crude oil as a cure for constipation. Out of that humble "snake oil" beginning evolved our modern pharmaceutical industry.
The cotton gin had been invented in 1791. Up until that time a lot of clothing had been made from the hemp or marijuana plant. Hemp was and is 26 times more durable than cotton. The cotton could be processed by machine. Hemp couldn’t. Then, in the early 1930s, International Harvester built a machine that would process hemp. It was in the early 1930s that the petroleum industry introduced synthetic fabrics, such as nylon and rayon. Then, in 1937, Congress passed the Marijuana Stamp Tax Act. If you wanted hemp, even for clothing, you had to pay a $100 a pound tax. This was in the days when a brand new car cost $900.
Prior to World War II petroleum had competition for use as a fuel. Chrysler was shipping cars to New Zealand equipped to run on alcohol. In the Philippines everything up to and including locomotives ran on alcohol made from sugar cane. Europeans ran a tank full of alcohol through their automobiles on a semi-annual basis in order to clean the carbon off their cylinder heads.
The Chinese were running their diesels on tung (vegetable) oil. Every farm in America had a steam engine. The fuel for the boiler was wood, corn stover, or the like.
On December 7, 1941 we were dragged into World War II. Supposedly the Japanese had previously invaded Manchuria, a program we allegedly interfered with, in a search for oil. At least, that’s what we’re told.
However, when our Marines opened drums marked "Aviation Fuel" written in Japanese at Guadalcanal, what they found was alcohol. The Japanese Zero, a wooden airplane with a nine-cylinder radial copied from our Pratt & Whitney engines, ran on alcohol. The Zero could outrun and outclimb anything we had at the beginning of the War. Alcohol allows the use of a higher compression in the engine, runs cooler, and permits higher rpms.
During the War the government sent people around to collect steam engines from farms in order to melt them down into planes, ships, tanks, and guns. Whether this was actually necessary was a dubious proposition. Henry Ford, for example, unloaded iron ore in one end of his factory and spit completed machines out the other. Ford’s Willow Run plant alone produced 1,000 B-29 bombers a month. It is unlikely that an occasional melted-down steam engine would have provided that much extra iron for the war effort.
The War ended in 1945. By 1946 a steam locomotive had reached such a level of efficiency that it took only a cup of water and a pound of coal to move one ton one mile on the rails.
That same year the rest of the world was using petroleum products for fuel exclusively. The last steam locomotive was built in the United States in 1947. The conversion to diesel, a petroleum product, was in progress.
Today steam is used only in large municipal power plants. A handful of people run their diesel cars on vegetable oil or their spark-ignition car engines on alcohol.
Was World War II fought to make the world safe for petroleum? And is the interest in alternative fuels partially responsible for the planned invasion of Iraq?
Originally posted by JaxonRoberts
reply to post by OldThinker
Hey, OT! Been awhile!
Anyway, as to what conspiracy I would just love to see proven true this year, I would have to pick the existance of UFO's and Extraterrestrials being made public... Maybe in the form of giant motherships floating above major cities of the world... wait, that never works out well for the human race on TV and in the movies... OK, maybe just a couple of small ones at the UN in New York City...