Yesterday I blogged about Mr. Nick Pope's curious comments about the possibility of an extra-terrestrial "event" occurring during the London Olympic games. There I noted that his remarks were a form of cognitive dissonance, not only merely an example of it, but a parade of it. And I implied the possibility that, in the end, it was this cognitive dissonance which was the real motivation behind his making the remarks in the first place. In other words, I suggested that the intention of the remarks was to reinforce the cognitive dissonance in the UFOlogy community.

That dissonance is illustrated by the polarization within that community over the question of whether or not the putative ETs are "friendly and benign" or "unfriendly, aggressive, and warlike". This question has provoked a kind of "response" within the UFOlogy community, with whole taxonomies of "friendly" aliens vs. "unfriendly" ones, a veritable extra-terrestrial zoo, a pantheon, of "species" and "races" and "home planets or systems." In short, the attempts to answer a profoundly important question has itself been obfuscated, and the cognitive dissonance reinforced yet again.

Well, continuing in that vein, there is this analysis forthcoming from Jurriaan Maessen over at Alex Jones' Infowars:

The Aliens Are Coming”: Psychological Programmers Versus The Alternative Media

As noted in the article, this blogger is not the only one seeing the cognitive dissonance in the alternative research community, nor who is ultimately behind it.

So why the cognitive dissonance in the first place? Why foster such a thing within a specific community (in this case, the alternative or "truth" community)? For two reasons, both of which I covered in more detail in Saucers, Swastikas, and Psyops. In the first instance, such dissonance serves as a distraction from real events, a kind of magician's sleight of hand to misdirect attention to one hand, while the card or coin or whatever, is palmed by the other. "Look up there," while they do something else down here.

But this does not explain the use of the cognitive dissonance. Regardless of where one stands on the interpretation of the Roswell Incident - and I rather suspect most readers of this site would be inclined toward the extra-terrestrial interpretation of the event - I suggested in my book Roswell and the Reich that one of the chief and most important things about the incident was the creation of what I called "the Roswell dialectic," i.e., two mutually contradictory and exclusive interpretations of the same data, being put forward from the same source(the US military). This dialectic was created, I argued, precisely in order to exclude other possible interpretations. In short, cognitive dissonance is used when investigators, for whatever reason, get too close to an inconvenient truth. And the Infowars article implies an important corollary of the use of this technique, namely, that the lamestream media are not interested in genuine research, but only in promoted one or the other pole of the cognitive dissonance. Another typical example is the way the lamestream media continues to treat of the Kennedy assassination: shows abound about proving the Warren Report with clever computer animations of the Lone Assassin theory, or, conversely, about the latest conspiracy theory.

The only way out of such cognitive dissonance is, as I see it, through research. Individual researchers may and will disagree over the interpretation of this, or that, fact or dataset, but such disagreements are not cognitive dissonance, but the reverse: they are the indications that a consensus is in the process of being formed, which is the exact OPPOSITE of the purpose behind cognitive dissonance.

See you on the flip side.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Hal Hichler on July 18, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I heard a couple of tv zombies in the supermarket talking about an alien attack on the olympics. That really sent me for a loop and I was trying to figure out for days what that psyop was all about. I think this blog clarifies it perfectly. Thank you.

    I was so bored with television that i finally got rid of it some years ago but now i will definitely climb up on the roof and hook up my antenna once again. There is no way in hell i’m going to miss a televised alien attack on earthmen and woman, even if there is only an outside chance it may actually happen. This would be bigger than finding out who shot JR Ewing, the last episode of MASH, and Fonzie jumping the sharks. I’d have to say it potentially could be the biggest tv event of all time.

    I believe the first tv broadcast took place at the 1936 Nazi hosted Berlin Olympics. Is this potentially blockbuster televised broadcast of an alien attack coming from escaped space Nazis against their chief adversary based in London? The Nazis trumping the Brits and getting revenge by making themselves the impromptu stars of the London olympics while ruining them and London as well? Hitler’s revenge?

    For a good revisionist study of the ’36 Berlin olympics, may I suggest the original unexpunged autobiography of Jesse Owens. He talks about what a great chap Hitler was for having him to lunch and offering Mr. Owens the job as track coach of the German National team. In contrast, Roosevelt wouldn’t invite Mr. Owens to the White House for fear of angering the southern redneck voters and lawmakers. Mr. Owens also talks about receiving a standing ovation from the passengers on a Berlin public bus and then the shame of coming back to the US with his four gold medals and having to sit at the back of a bus.

    Maybe the Nazis really did declare war on the US to end the Jim Crow laws among other things?

  2. HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    who’s flippin’

    Who’s NOT?

  3. HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Your wrap-up paragraph was [almost] perfect, Joseph.
    I cannot add to it except to say that you have now
    advanced to the Flip Side and in the midst of the non-event
    called by some, the apococalypse.


  4. HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    The double negative that “nor” presents is OK now
    because it IS canceled out………………..

    What can I say (?)
    Things DO change, after all.

  5. Steve Campbell on July 17, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Engineering Armageddon, The Luciferian Agenda – Author Unknown

    Released on March 31 2012

    Found through

    • HAL838 on July 21, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Lucifer, the ‘lightbearer’
      was brought in to be extinguished
      by the light and not the other way around.

      Anne Rice wrote a good novel about that.
      Not one of my favorite authors by a longshot,
      particular book was recommended to me…………
      that maybe Lucifer was right.
      Can it !
      He was wrong!

  6. lee on July 17, 2012 at 7:06 am

    BUT….if thise alien/olympics event happens, dont forget what JPF said Von Braun’s secretary said WVB said on his death bead about such things.

    • HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      What did you said?

      Yes, he did. ON his death “bead”

  7. MattB on July 17, 2012 at 3:34 am

    I am yet to see a credible, or for that fact plausible rebuttal of ‘Roswell and the Reich’.

    Even Stanton Friedman’s attempt was 99% ad hominem-lots of elephant hurling and almost no factual rebuttal.

    ATS was even worse (surprise surprise). All i saw there was ‘Farrell cherry picks’ “Farrell works for the Government”, ‘Farrell hasn’t accounted for new documents”……more whistleblowers and ‘anonymous’ witnesses and ‘CIA’ agents.


    • HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm


  8. Johnycomelately on July 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Concerning Roswell and area 51 what is the good doctor’s opinion of Douglas Dietrich and his take that it involved Japanese aircraft.

    • LSM on July 17, 2012 at 6:13 am

      Hi Johny-

      I think we’ll be “Waiting for Godot” on this one…

      hope you are well-


      • HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm

        Does anyone ever wonder why ‘god’ is ‘dog’ spelled backward (?)

        My 1st husband would say “god-dog” in leu of swearing
        [so he thought-he thought so]

        He’s a keeper 🙂

        • HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm

          Ya gotta be a dog owner/lover to get that one

          • Jedi on July 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm

            ever notice Eve goes both ways

          • HAL838 on July 21, 2012 at 11:26 am

            Ever see the RED exit sign?
            Yours is only one way.

            Some ‘people’ may not be salvageable…….
            how sad

  9. Heartstreams on July 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    so… What would be a good term for the opposite of cognitive dissonance? Cognitive resonance? Truthful resonance? Is the Tower of Babel moment (to use a physics term) the promotion or suseptibility to dissonance?

    • HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      covers it all

      The “Tower of Babel” is the resonance of all
      language in any form

      Want to take a crack at what IS the 1st language ?

      wise cracks OK

      No, I’m not cracking up;
      just starting to feel better

      • HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm

        and horsing around with all the yahoos

  10. p on July 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I find it interesting that Nick Pope came into the public eye around 2006 I guess, after he left the DoD. the DoD released its UFO files in 2008.
    Now, Pope has stated he used to be a skeptic, till he started work on the english “x-files” which made him a believer. When asked what were the most interesting cases he always comes up with some already known and only vaguely interesting case like the Rendlesham one. Supposedly cases like that made him a believer.
    So to me it seems that he is reinforcing the idea that the cases that were released to the public were all the cases they had. That they don’t have any more interesting ones because otherwise Pope wouldve said so.
    Maybe that’s his function. My two cents.

    • HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      You sound like you may be at a function junction
      as Condi might say,

  11. Robert Barricklow on July 16, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Again your analysis is spot on.
    For me they are going to do another theatrical presenation(9/11 was brought to you by the govt. w/in the govt., with a little help from their friends – the mossad).
    Look up there, while they do something down here is a great analogy.
    The Rosewell dialetic is along the same vein as Fetzer’s “Peeling the 9/11 Onion: Layers of Plots within Plots(google article).
    Also the dissonance is attributable to Mr. Warmth, Dick Cheney’s famous: “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality-judiciously as you well-we’ll act again creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors …and you, all of you, will just be left to study what we do.

    • HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Hi Barricklow

      conspiracies within a Conspiracy

      I love science!
      Dam good writer, that Mother Nature,
      or whatever you want to call it
      same stuff

      DICK likes being called that, you know.
      I must say, it suits him

  12. SDRII on July 16, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Given the prmis eof your BaB Banker Book – temples, bankers, gold – could you comment on what you think might be occuring as regards the Vatican Bank beginning with the US putting it on the money laundering list and continuing with the emerging scandels. Is this about the holy sea? Or is it about broader western banking unwind?

    • HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      It’s poppycock and you know it

  13. LSM on July 16, 2012 at 8:29 am

    ““Look up there,” while they do something else down here”- absolutely- or let’s take it a step farther: don’t even DARE to look what’s below “down here” (start with Admiral Byrd’s diary if it has credulity- or if William Cooper’s testimonies in “Behold a Pale Horse have credulity)-

    “I rather suspect most readers of this site would be inclined toward the extra-terrestrial interpretation of the event”-

    not neccessarily so- otherwise I don’t think most of us having an interest in your research/commenting on your website would be here- your “Roswell” book is very convincing not to mention it corroborates slightly with the testimony of Douglas Dietrich (if, IF he has any credibility whatsoever)-

    you state the Roswell craft was Nazi- Dietrich states it was Japanese (and we all know the Germans and Japs were playing in the same sandbox: question is: how much info did they share with each other?)- in any case the craft definitely appears to have been of terrestrial origin

    • HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Indeed it was, no matter where or when it came from.
      ET is, according to the quanta in quantum physics,
      Extra terrestrial is another [time] quanta.
      The pre-ancients
      [it might be a good idea to ‘toss’ the last 5000 years and just study it]
      are us …!……….
      when there is HARMONY throughout.

      Is anyone catching that “many amount”
      for lets say maybe, ‘infrequently’ going to the gas station,
      Is it a hint or a crime?
      Who has really become that dumb?

      • LSM on July 18, 2012 at 8:08 am

        Hi HAL,

        I just wish you would be a bit less cryptic with your comments- I can’t speak for everyone on this website (don’t want to) but sometimes I can’t make heads or tails about what you’re getting at- but I bet more than a few will agree- could you please at some point correctly put one grammatically cohesive sentence together that somehow coheres with the next one?- then maybe I’ll understand what you’re getting at- I want to understand what you’re getting at but you’re making cohesive understanding as elusive as an eel…

        • HAL838 on July 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

          It is the complete shebang, head to tail and there’s a reason for that.
          “Apocolypse” is nothing but an unveiling and “Revelation” is just
          that, revealing..usually a secret of some kind, so it’s
          appropriate that they go together, yes?

          But there are still some things behind the curtain of
          this very strange ‘theater.’
          It might be to some the difference between a snowflake
          or a good sized hail stone falling on your head.
          It is really very weighty, you see….
          and best not to free fall all at once.

          To you, the best I can do, for now.

          You are ultimately, only answerable to yourself,
          so take care…………..

      • HAL838 on July 21, 2012 at 11:34 am

        Watching some of the old black & white westerns,
        written when there was a moral [to stories] and
        with morals and mor(t)als, I’ve figured how
        that / this cycle can be played out;
        in fact must be to prevent harm.
        “Collateral Damage” has been so over-used.

      • HAL838 on July 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm

        I’m sorry.
        That was, “…… …such a small amount…………..”

        You’ll have to forgive me, I am now in unceasing
        misery for my altruistic sins………….
        However, I am looking at the light-I-can’t-stand-
        the-brightness-of, at the end of this very long tunnel.

  14. r. murray on July 16, 2012 at 8:26 am

    …if I ever was to genuinely be visited by a true E.T. and it said “Take me to your leader”…I would be seeking out Mr. Farrell 🙂

    • HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Well that’s kinda dum

  15. Eddie88 on July 16, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I’m surprised at the intense negativity toward Mr. Pope from people who routinely utter equally speculative statements, such as your own warnings about Nazis under virtually every bed and your willingness to believe obviously phoney slideshows about Nazis in Antarctica. Cf. “I (MAY) STAND CORRECTED! NEW VIDEOS OF THE GERMAN EXPEDITION TO ANTARCTICA, 1938-1939”

    You may be right about some of the things you say, but you, like Mr. Pope, are in the business of writing about fringe subjects, and you cannot fault him for grabbing some headlines where he can with some imaginative musings. He is, like you, an entertainer as well as a serious thinker.

    • p on July 16, 2012 at 8:22 am

      if only his musings had been imaginative. then I wouldve forgiven him. but alas, this was not the case. he only spouts cliché’s.

    • HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      I, for one, can’t wait to find out THE TRUTH about that !

      Oh pooh, p

  16. Daniel Jones on July 16, 2012 at 7:17 am

    It’s much easier to ‘manage’ people if you are having them fulfill a dialectic.

    • HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Are you a ‘manager(?)’ or just dying to become one.
      “dialectic’ is just a word.
      There’s no/thing good or evil about it.
      THAT is a matter of what is still free-will and your choice.

  17. Jedi on July 16, 2012 at 5:44 am

    all you need to know about the JFK thing, is covered in a Gestalt psychology paper on the net…The Z film….like Mr Xs character in JFK said, it is a palour game of who did it….thats the trap. The reality is the Govt has not been for the people since the American not so civil war, and a short while afterwords the human cattle gates appeared to enslave the lot of us. Income tax, federal reserve, military industrial complex, stock market shanigans etc. etc. until the Baby boomers ended…it has been all downhill since then.

    also a little knowledge in esoteric symbols and the concubines well over in the forbidden city should get you going in the right direction in the Rose well incident and its purpose.

    …keep in mind that some say the last free men on the planet went down in the Russian revolution….the cossacks.

    • Robert Barricklow on July 16, 2012 at 9:07 am

      I really liked ‘Z’, about a Greece coup d’etate.
      It spoke volumes to me then, and has never left me.

      • Robert Barricklow on July 16, 2012 at 9:12 am

        Today it has come stalking again in the form of a financial coup d’etat, which is striking countries down in dominoe fashion. But again this is a series of financial attacks that start with weapons of mass destructive derivatives and end with the buying up of Earth herself.
        Then comes the enforcement of those devilish financial ‘bargains’.

        In short, a worldwide ‘BANKTATORSHIP’.

        • Jedi on July 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

          We are the serfs, they are the Lords, knights, his majesties, blah blah….they create the nightmare, then come in as knights too destroy the monster, and we slave away in thanks for generations….in the future your debts will be passed down to your sons, accumulated of course, and so on.

          Get ready Sir Robert, it is gonna be a “really big show”

        • HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 4:21 pm

          Don’t be such a pessimist, Robert

          • Robert Barricklow on July 17, 2012 at 9:52 pm

            If you think this Universe is bad,
            you should see some of the others.
            – Philip K. Dick

          • HAL838 on July 18, 2012 at 12:09 am

            They’re all in the same time/place/singularity,
            because no/thing IS every/thing.

            Does it sound better if every/thing iS no/thing?

            Frankly, I don’t give a dame,
            it’s just the origin-all chicken and egg thing.
            Or does it SOUND better as
            “spontaineous generation” rather than
            as “universal wave function collapse?”
            Pick or choose your own verbage.

            I’ve explained this a zillion times..
            a googleplex………….

          • Robert Barricklow on July 18, 2012 at 9:28 am

            The concept of time derives from the fact that we have divided reality up in bits & pieces. In doing so, we create a subject and a object w/space in between, we experience these objects, these aspects of reality, in a piecemeal manner and thus create a linear succession in time. The spceless infinite, removes the space between subject & object. The timeless now, removes linear succession. Instead of knowing the universe from a distance, your being knows the universe by being w/o the need of spacetime.

          • HAL838 on July 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

            Are you willing to learn, Robert?
            Or do you want to get up in front the whole school
            and simply regurgitate “lamestream?”

            [Nice one, Joseph]

            Anyway, I dreaded the first and did not ‘throw up”
            again until my first hangover.

            I would actually like to see you define just
            some of those words.

          • Robert Barricklow on July 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

            When re rely on experience, we risk solving today’s problems w/yesterday’s solutions. Habit holds the miner in his darkness & keeps the poor from rising up.
            Rather than have experience inform our choices, too often experience defines our choices. Experience is our best teacher, unless we give it roo much heed.
            Unlearning old habits is the real key to learning.

          • HAL838 on July 21, 2012 at 11:40 am

            Not surprising you got that backward, Robert.

            Going BACK to old habits will be our salvation.

    • HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks for the his-story lesson, Jedi

      • Jedi on July 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm

        …nice to know something about nothing

        anytime IBM

        • HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm

          Or maybe no/thing about something
          anything (?)

  18. Ted Torbich on July 16, 2012 at 5:39 am

    It’s also simply called “framing the debate”. You defend one or the other side of a preconceived conclusion. The implication, as you noted, is that the preconceived conclusion is established; aliens are here or coming here. This is sadly a norm in our so-called reporting. People who don’t bother to think too deeply below the surface (a lot of people) just take it in which subconsciously reinforces a “belief” that they may never have even expressed. It’s magic with words.

    • HAL838 on July 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      The TRUE linguist always holds the MOST clues.
      language IS magic

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