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2019-09-19 10:05 by Karl Denninger
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Since It's 'Storm Area 51' Day....
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Oh, why not....

After all, apparently a bunch of people are going to head into the high desert and see what they can see.  The Little Ale-Inn (get it?) will get a lot of business.  So too will a lot of people selling ridiculously overpriced gas cans, if my prediction holds out, and probably some ridiculously overpriced water too.

See, it is the high desert out there -- and most people have exactly no clue what that means.  You know, like no water -- and no gas -- for a hundred miles?  That can get dicey, and it gets both quite hot and cold there too.  Because there are very few people who live there you will find there is also very little in the way of infrastructure and support (think cops, firefighters, EMS people, etc) -- so if a large number of people who are ill-prepared show up out there the odds of very bad things happening, including people dying, go way up simply because there is no infrastructure or support available to help more than a handful of individuals at any given time.

In other words if you're going to go you need to not only be prepared personally but also be prepared for the probable stupidity of others, and to mitigate or at least survive it.

But I want to talk about the underlying "thing" here a bit, which is the "discovery" that our Air Force and Navy have apparent "evidence" of UFOs doing things in the air that turn physics on their ear.

If you're in a craft moving at some speed and direction and wish to change that Newton's Laws of Motion govern what you have to do.  For that matter flight is pretty basic too -- you have lift, gravity, thrust and drag.  All are in balance at a given time in level flight.  These are physical laws, not suggestions.  If you're hovering (e.g. in a chopper, VTOL aircraft, etc) same deal -- the laws still apply.  The laws of conservation of momentum mean that the more your "thing" masses the more force you must apply to get a given acceleration vector (that is, change in velocity) and since the air offers resistance to movement you must overcome that too -- and that air resistance goes up at the square of your velocity.

As you displace air you both make noise and produce heating of both the air and your craft.  The extreme example, of course, is a spacecraft on re-entry, which is why you need a heat shield -- otherwise your spaceship burns up!  Incidentally this is a very good thing too otherwise small asteroids and meteors would kill people all the time and destroy things as they'd fall unimpeded all the way to the ground and hit us at 25,000 mph+.  Since once again the energy carried goes up at the square of the velocity (Ek = 1/2mv2) this would get very bad.

There is apparent video and radar tracks that appear to show craft violating all of these laws.  They appear to show instantaneous changes in velocity that would require obscene amounts of energy and tear the ship and its components apart, never mind killing anything inside, yet there is no evidence of said energy being expended (and I remind you, you can't expend energy without it being able to be sensed in some form.)  They appear to show craft entering and leaving water without displacing it (e.g. plumes of water as the craft goes into or departs from it at ridiculous rates of speed.)  They appear to show craft maneuvering (never mind ignoring gravity) without expanding energy either; there is no visible means of propulsion and no heat signature.

The obvious explanation is that these things aren't happening.  They're "ghosts in the machine" or optical illusions of some sort -- whether we're creating them or not. 

And incidentally, that's not impossible, at least not at close ranges.  We can create holographic images.  They're not real.  But because they're not real they don't have to follow the laws of physics.  We can make an image appear in one place and then another with no evident means of getting between the two points and without any behavior that follows the laws of physics, because nothing actually was there.

But let's assume that's not the case -- these phenomena are real, the craft are real, and what is being seen is real.

In that case the implications are profound because the laws of physics are not in fact laws.

Nobody has ever demonstrated a way to get around Ek= 1/2 mv2, never mind all the other laws of physics and thermodynamics.  Conservation of mass and energy is just one other example, but hardly the only one.

If such violations of the laws we considered to be sacrosanct, or some means of cheating has been discovered by some other, alien race then any premise we might have at being able to defend against that sort of thing is nothing more than a wet dream.

Consider this -- some of these alleged "encounters" involve a craft above an ocean that suddenly submerges into it without a splash, visible displacement or acceleration vector.  In other words it more-or-less "teleports" into the water.

If I can do that I can "teleport" a bomb into the middle of your aircraft carrier's ammunition magazine with the timer set to 1 second later.  Or I can do the same thing into the middle of the Pentagon, the White House or Congress.  Or, for that matter, anywhere or anything else -- like the middle of an operating nuclear reactor!

We have utterly zero defensive posture against such a capability and couldn't even pretend to offer an effective defense.  You can't shoot such an enemy with any from of kinetic weapon because it can teleport itself away from the projectile and prevent itself from being hit, no matter what the projectile is.  It could even teleport itself away from a nuclear blast that is expanding toward it.

Even more-interesting is the other conundrum from such a "demonstration"; it violates the basic principle of physical matter that two things cannot be in the same place at the same time.  Specifically, if you can teleport "into" the water what happened to the water that was present in that location?  These alleged "incidents" show no displacement of said water occurring, strongly implying that the craft and the water both occupied the same space at the same time.

Do I believe this technology exists?

My answer is this: Does it matter?

Not really; we don't even have theoretical physics that explains any of that sort of phenomena.  I've personally never seen evidence of it and what which appears to violate the laws of physics is subject to my highest requirement for rigor when claimed.  I most-certainly do believe our government has every interest in trying to figure out a means of projecting the appearance of such phenomena toward others; the military implications of your opponent thinking that that they are facing down weapons that are not subject to the laws of physics are profound indeed.

The problem of course is that until one of those weapons is proved to be real -- that is, it actually blows something up -- the proper response of any military command or thinking person for that matter is going to be to disregard it as an elaborate hoax -- that is, an intentionally-created mirage.

And... until I see evidence that it's not..... that's where I am as well.

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