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Wednesday, January 19, 2011


I am not quite sure who the Paradigm Research Group are, but they keep sending me their press releases. I always thought that the CFZ were doing rather well to have the patronage of Col. John Blashford-Snell, but it seems that one conference this summer will have King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, عبد الله بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques as a patron. Bloody hell! Can anyone top that?

PRG Press Release - January 18, 2011

Washington, DC - On January 23-25, 2011 over 100 international speakers will present at the 5th Annual Global Competitiveness Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

According to the conference website at www.gcf.org.sa "The Global Competitiveness Forum (GCF), the only event of its kind, is an annual meeting of global business leaders, international political leaders, and selected intellectuals and journalists brought together to create a dialogue with respect to the positive impact organizational and national competitiveness can have on local, regional and global economic and social development. It was founded in 2006 by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), and is held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia under the patronage of HM King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques."

Paradigm Research Group notes with considerable interest the inclusion of the following panel: Contact: Learning from Outer Space - Psychological and socio-cultural assumptions and preconceptions constrain us to a large extent, and shape our views of the universe so that we are inclined to find what we are looking for, and fail to see what we are not. Using knowledge gained from research in the fields of Ufology and the search for extraterrestrial life, what might we possibly learn about hindrances to innovation in other areas of inquiry?

The panelists have not yet been formally announced but will likely include Nick Pope, former head of the UFO desk at the UK Ministry of Defence; Stanton T. Friedman, nuclear physicist and extraterrestrial phenomena researcher; Dr. Jacques Vallee, researcher and venture capitalist; and theoretical physicist, Dr. Michio Kaku.

According to PRG executive director Stephen Bassett, "Political leaders and political journalists in the United States might want to ask themselves how it is a subject the United States Government claims has no validity is being addressed under royal patronage at a conference in the capital of the planet's greatest oil exporter. He added, "They might also note Saudi Arabia is a nation which will be hugely impacted by the inevitable end of the now 64-year old UFO/ET truth embargo and likely subsequent introduction of extraterrestrial derived technologies."

"Last September retired Air Force officers testified at the National Press Club to the direct interference with U. S. nuclear facilities by extraterrestrial craft. These men all held high security clearances. The political media, in particular the Washington Post, did not even bother to ask the Department of Defense for comment. One nation after another is proactively releasing thousands of UFO/ET related files. The Vatican and the Royal Society of London are holding conferences addressing the implications of extraterrestrial life. It's time for the U. S. Congress and the political media to grow up and wake up. It's time for the Obama administration to speak to this issue or be left behind."


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1 comment:

Dr Dan Holdsworth said...

Well, pitching for one certain Royal person, you could always claim that UFOs do not contain little green men, but rather little green plants, which are sentient and superhuman in intelligence and which know the secret of why homeopathy doesn't always work right...