For my latest contribution to the Intrepid blog, I tackle on what I think is the most serious malady in the XXIst century: the scarcity of Trust.
Jump in, you'll like it --Trust me!
Disney has withdrawn their intentions to trademark Día de Muertos. Good job, everyone!
Criticism exploded on social media in recent days as word spread of Disney’s efforts to trademark the name associated with the November holiday. Although the studio still is moving forward on its Pixar project inspired by Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations, it has withdrawn its application to trademark “Dia de los Muertos” for various merchandising applications.
According to Stitch Kingdom, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) has filed several trademark applications in attempt to secure ‘Dia de Los Muertos’ across multiple areas. Dia de Muertos, or ‘Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican festivity with roots going back to pre-hispanic times.
This move is apparently related to a new Pixar project inspired by Día de Muertos.
The move could indicate that Disney is simply hedging its bets or that Pixar has indeed settled on simply calling its film Dia de Los Muertos, though they have yet to file for films that will precede it, such as Inside Out (2015), though trademarks have been filed for The Good Dinosaur (2014).
As a Mexican, I find this completely outrageous. What gives Disney the right to appropriate our culture & put their stamp on it? What would Walt think of this when, back in the day, he was involved in a good-will mission to strengthen the relationship with the United States' neighbors south of the border, the fruit of which were classic films like 'The Three Caballeros' & 'Saludos Amigos.'
It's not nice stealing from your friends, señor :(
[UPDATE]This is the legal document Disney submitted to the US Patent Office to register Día de Muertos: http://es.scribd.com/doc/139984449/Disne...
(h/t Pájaro Político)
Here's an interesting new viral video for the upcoming Man of Steel movie, with general Zod —played by Michael Shannon— giving a message to the people of Earth:
To any seasoned UFO buff, this should immediately remind you of the infamous Vrillon transmission, broadcast on the Hannington transmitter of Southern Television in the United Kingdom for six minutes at 5:10 PM on Saturday November 26, 1977. Vrillon claimed to be a representative of the Ashtar Command, and his message is consistent with the typical 'space-brotherly' tone of peace & a call to disarmament.
Although many people consider it to be nothing but a hoax, to this day the identity of the perpetrator —who at that would have needed considerable technical expertise to hijack the signal of a TV station— has never been discovered.
A rather interesting plot element, which helps to enhance the tone of 'authenticity' to this new installment of the Superman story —although I don't think Zod will show the same benevolent intentions than his buddy Vrillon had 35 years ago...
Man of Steel comes to theaters in June 2013.
(via I Watch Stuff)
Leave it to yours truly to start a personal rant about a Mexican prohibition against salt shakers, to end up combining Mahatma Gandhi with V for Vendetta! ;)
Continuing on where I left on the last post, I know that I should've written more about the UMMO mythos, given how it's not a particularly popular topic among the English-speaking UFO enthusiasts.
To anyone really interested in the subject, finding information on UMMO online won't be difficult. Suffice it to say the 'corpus' of the case relies mostly on a number of letters that were sent to several recipients accross mainly Spain & France, and a famous b/w series of photographs of an alleged flying saucer taken in San José de Valderas (Spain) in 1967.
The authenticity of the San José de Valderas photos has also been put into questions by several researchers. In the 1990s a Spanish UFOlogists by the name of José Luis Jordán Peña came out & claimed to have orchestrated the fraud, and that he wrote & sent the letters, yet even prior to that many UFOlogists didn't take the UMMO affair seriously.
But even Jacques Vallee was schocked by the famous UFO landing case of Voronezh (Russia) in 1989, because the witnesses reported & drew the same UMMO symbol, which was already associated with a fraud in the mind of most serious researchers. Vallee alluded it to the self-negating nature of the phenomenon, but it's important to point out that the giant humanoids witnessed in that Russian park 24 years ago were completely unlike the 'Nordic' appearance ascribed to the 'Ummites' in the 1960s.
My interest in UMMO was rekindled by a book written by Juan José Benítez in 2007. In it, Benítez made the compelling case that the symbol has been observed in many independent sightings all around the world --and BEFORE the UMMO case became famous in the 1960s. Also, the symbol can be found in different ancient cultures --like the astrological symbol of Uranus, which I mentioned on my previous post.
So my current position is that, although the typewritten letters are likely hoaxes --and Jordán Peña may or may not have received help from some intelligence agency to carry out the deception for them-- I still think the UMMO symbol is authentic, and might become relevant once again in the future.
...Or, I may be just full of shit. It's up to you to decide ;)
[WARNING: Crazy rambling below]
By now everyone & his dog has watched or heard the news that a new Pope has been elected by a rather expeditious conclave. And contrary to the expectations of many, the cardinals elected a man from Latin America who chose --rather fittingly in light of the circumstances-- to be known as Francis I.
The fact that Jorge Mario Bergoglio is a member of the Jesuit order, is something that I'm sure will keep the students of St. Malachy's prophecies in overdrive in the days to come --The Superior General of the Society of Jesus is unkindly known as the 'Black Pope'.
Even the new 'vicar of Christ' during his 1st speech jokingly said that the cardinals had gone to the "end of the world" to choose a bishop --geographically speaking, of course...
But as I was following the news delivered at Twitterspeed, the 1st thing that came to my head was "is there some numerological/astrological significance that the new Pontiff was chosen on 13/03/13?"
Turns out there is (I think).
Thanks also to Twitter I learned that on a day like this, 232 years ago, the planet Uranus was discovered by astronomer William Herschel. Compelled by a discussion started at my friend Mike Clelland's blog --in which Woody Allen's film The Sleeper was mentioned, which prompted me to write the famous quote from Frank Herbert's Dune "the sleeper must awaken" (hold that in mind)-- I googled the astrological significance of the planet Uranus:
"Uranus is known in astrology as the "Awakener," [emphasis mine] since its aspects and transits bring sudden changes and shocks. It rules Aquarius, the quirky innovator, and sometimes these upheavals are a necessary break from restrictions in favor of a more liberated path."
But there's more: Turns out Bergoglio became a priest on December 13th, 1969. Another 13 in this man's life.
Yet the thing that made MY head go into overdrive is because somehow --don't ask me why-- I feel this is all connected to the controversial UMMO affair.
Perhaps it's just the similarities between the UMMO symbol & the astrological sibil of Uranus. But I think it's also the fact that the 1st book I ever read about UMMO --way before it was 'debunked'-- had been written by an Argentinian. The author's name escapes my mind though...
From a semiological point of view, my own personal interpretation of the UMMO symbol is of two separate worlds or realities --represented by the 2 curves or hyperbola-- which are somehow able to 'touch' through a threshold thanks to a third connecting element. The way interpret it --again, don't ask me why-- is that this represents a future event.
Other interesting synchro of the day: the ALMA radio telescope array --the largest in the world-- was unveiled in the Atacama desert, in Chile --Chile & Argentina are neighboring countries.
Oh, and 'Alma' literally means 'soul' in Spanish ;)
So what does this all mean? I haven't the foggiest, but I had to write this down anyway :P
[END OF CRAZY RAMBLING]
[UPDATE]: Pheew! the MU guys went easy on me during ep. 910 *relieved*
In the meantime, check out Loren Coleman's thoughts re. the Ultimate Black Pope. Turns out jokers --that would be me-- can get predictions right once in a while ;)
When it developed that the first Pope was a Jesuit, I (@CryptoLoren) then tweeted this: "Before #Pope named @red_pill_junkie's humorous comment ab #GuyFawkes mask was prophetic. Jesuits were associated with the Gunpowder Plot. #V"
[UPDATE II]: Tim Boucher proposed yet another interesting link between Bergoglio & the UMMO affair: the wolf.
In their infamous typewritten letters, the Ummites told their recipients that their planet orbitted a star our astronomers know as Wolf 424, part of a binary system approximately 14.2 light years away.
One of the most famous stories about St. Francis of Assisi --the saint in whose honor Bergoglio chose his papal name-- is that of the wolf of Gubbio, a terrible man-killer that was peacefully tamed by the grace of the future leader of the Franciscan order.
And of course, there's also the famous Capitoline Wolf (Lupa Capitolina), or she-wolf of Rome, which nursed the twin brothers Romulus & Remus and later became the symbol of the city.
What do these inter-species unions mean?
Last weekend I posted a review of The Other Side of Truth: Paul Kimball's first incursion as an author, in which the Canadian raconteur offers his personal speculations about those things we call 'the Paranormal.'
Overall, I highly recommend this book as a valuable addition to any Fortean's library.
My "Oh-S#!t-there's-no-F&%@ing-Internet-at-the-office--and-I-forgot-my-cellphone" expression.
That was me yesterday ;)