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And the flying saucer accessories?

………… Love?the flying saucer accessories?

The 1950s Flying Saucer Conventions at an Underground Rock House

Remembering, George Van Tassel’s Annual Giant Rock Interplanetary Spacecraft Conventions in the Mojave Desert in the early 1950s. For 25 or so years, other worldly inspired Americans and the great names of Contactee Ufology gathered there to commune with Space Beings…

The speaker’s makeshift platform stood high against Giant Rock itself. The interminable preparations came to an end and George Van Tassel climbed up to speak. Shortly, he was heard to say, “Yes, we are here. Who am I talking to?”

For several minutes listeners heard only a one-sided conversation. “NOW who am I talking to? Well, somebody else keeps butting in! CONFOUND IT, YOU KEEP SWITCHING AROUND ON ME! Let’s settle on who is to do the talking tonight!”

Suddenly, Van Tassel began speaking in a loud, harsh voice which identified itself as ‘Knut’.


Knut proceeded to tell the assembled party that he was stationed in a “300 foot supply ship, approximately 200 miles to the south, and 5260 feet high.? When the group stepped outside to look for this miraculous craft, they were rewarded with nothing more than the beauty of the desert night and a few shooting stars.

This typical channelling session at the Giant Rock Spacecraft Convention in 1958 was recalled by UFO chronicler Gray Barker in his Gray Barker At Giant Rock (1976). The story of these open-air conventions near Yucca Valley, in California’s Mojave Desert, is really the story of the American flying saucer contactee movement. For over 25 years ? from the 1950s through the late ’70s ? friends of the alien saucerians met and channelled and sold their wares in the comfortable company of the true believers.

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Green energy bludgers put their hand out for more corporate welfare


As if blinding pilots and frying bird life isn’t enough the corporate bludgers who built the solar plant at Ivanpah with a cheap Federal loan are now trying to line up a Federal grant to pay off the Federal loan.

There is literally nowhere in the world where these green energy projects can survive without running to the government to?be bailed out with loans or subsidies or grants.

Worse still the plant is owned by Google…who have more money than a bull can poop…I suggest they cough for their stupid project themselves.

After already receiving a controversial $1.6 billion construction loan from U.S. taxpayers, the wealthy investors of a California solar power plant now want a $539 million federal grant to pay off their federal loan.

“This is an attempt by very large cash generating companies that have billions on their balance sheet to get a federal bailout, i.e. a bailout from us – the taxpayer for their pet project,” said Reason Foundation VP of Research Julian Morris. “It’s actually rather obscene.”

The Ivanpah solar electric generating plant is owned by Google and renewable energy giant NRG, which are responsible for paying off their federal loan. If approved by the U.S. Treasury, the two corporations will not use their own money, but taxpayer cash to pay off 30 percent of the cost of their plant, but taxpayers will receive none of the millions in revenues the plant will generate over the next 30 years.

“They’re already paying less than the market rate,” said Morris, author of a lengthy report detailing alleged cronyism and corruption in the Obama administration’s green energy programs. “Now demanding or asking for a subsidy in the form of a grant directly paying off the loan is an egregious abuse.”

NRG doesn’t see it that way, telling Fox News the money is there for the taking.”NRG believes in a clean and sustainable energy future and therefore participates in available government programs to develop and expand the use of clean energy to accelerate America?s energy independence.” In 2013, the Obama administration handed out $18.5 billion in renewable energy grants, with $4.4 billion going to solar projects.

Ivanpah is the largest concentrated solar power plant in the world. It was unveiled in February with great fanfare. Dr. Ernest Moniz, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, justified taxpayers’ investment at the time, saying, “We want to be technology leaders. It’s good for our economy and it?s also good for helping stimulate the global transition to low carbon.”

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They fry birds now they are a hazard to aircraft…welcome to green energy

Birds are being fried by the new solar plant in California and now the massive plant is blinding pilots…not sure this green energy malarky is working so well.

Airplane pilots cruising over southern California have been complaining about a ?nearly blinding? glare emanating from a massive government-funded solar thermal facility.

The Ivanpah solar energy plant in San Bernardino County is the world?s largest solar thermal plant and has 173,500 large mirrors that reflect sunlight onto boilers in three 459-foot towers. A feat of modern engineering ? to green energy advocates, but a flying hazard to pilots.

The Federal Aviation Administration?s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) got two anonymous complaints in August that mentioned a ?blinding glare? coming from the Ivanpah solar facility. One complaint came from a Los Angeles air traffic controller and the other from a small transport plane pilot that took off from an airport in Boulder City, Nevada.

?The FAA is aware of potential glare from solar plants and is exploring how to best alert pilots to the issue,? an FAA spokesman told The Daily Caller News Foundation.? Read more »

If solar power is the answer it must have been a bloody stupid question

Now don’t get me wrong, I know solar power on a small scale works very, very well but when you scale that is when things go wrong.

A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world.

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, sprawling across roughly 13 square kilometres of federal land near the California-Nevada border, formally opened Thursday (NZT Friday) after years of regulatory and legal tangles ranging from relocating protected tortoises to assessing the impact on Mojave milkweed and other plants.

”The Ivanpah project is a shining example of how America is becoming a world leader in solar energy,” US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a statement after attending a dedication ceremony at the site.

”This project shows that building a clean-energy economy creates jobs, curbs greenhouse gas emissions and fosters American innovation.”

The US$2.2 billion (NZ$2.5b) complex of three generating units, owned by NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy, can produce nearly 400 megawatts – enough power for 140,000 homes. It began making electricity last year.

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Non-Hippie Green Power

This is the sort of non-hippie green power solutions I can get behind.

US marines go to war in Afghanistan with solar cells embedded in their rucksacks, efficient enough to recharge lithium-ion batteries for radios and greatly lighten loads.

Field patrols will soon have almost weightless solar blankets as well. These will be able to capture a once unthinkable 35pc of the sun’s light as energy with thin membranes, a spin-off from technology used in satellites.

This new kit is a military imperative. Taliban ambushes of supply convoys are a major killer. The Pentagon says the cost of refueling forward bases is $400 a gallon. ? Read more »

Confirmed: Green Taliban are the worlds best bird killers

Oh I just love stories like this, more…er…if you pardon the pun…sunlight on the stupidity of the Green Taliban, and their ‘green policy’ of alternative energy being forced upon the world, just like the global warming fraud being rammed down our throats by climate change scientists. Not only do the Green Taliban love the push the world famous bird mincers (more commonly known as wind turbines), but they love the idea of erecting mass arrays of solar panels to trick birds into thinking there is an existing water body.


Over a dozen birds that normally live by the water have been found dead at the construction site of a major solar power plant in the Mojave Desert,?The Desert Sun reports.

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Green on Green – Friendly Fire

There is nothing better than watching supposed allies tear each other apart publicly. Witness the green on green bitch fight happening in the US over one of Google’s solar plants. This is a case of the Green Taliban taking on the Green Illuminati:

Aerial view north of Ivanpah Solar showing all three solar fields with heliostat installation complete in Solar Field One in the foreground, 27 October 2012

Aerial view north of Ivanpah Solar showing all three solar fields with heliostat installation complete in Solar Field One in the foreground, 27 October 2012

One big problem with renewable energy projects is that they have to go?somewhere. They have to occupy a part of the very environment that their proponents are often trying to save.

Photographer?Jamey Stillings?beautifully captures this tension in his images of the?Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System?(ISEGS). Located in Southern California?s Mojave Desert, the plant aims to eventually be the largest?solar thermal power plant?in the world ? making enough electricity to run 140,000 homes all by focusing the sun?s energy to create steam.

Problem is, the system is located?smack in the middle of the threatened desert tortoise habitat?and the companies that built the system have already had to allocate $56 million to care for and relocate these ground dwellers. At least one major environmental group has argued the plant should have never been built on its current location.

If it isn’t tortoises it is bloody snails. Guess how many tortoises have been saved for $56 million?

To date Hunter says 144 tortoises (77 adults, 67 juveniles) have been found on site and all 77 adults have been relocated.

?Caring for the tortoise is something we take very seriously,? she says.