OK, by now, you've probably all seen the pictures of the cloud plumes on Mars, and the perfectly rectangular icerberg(s) in Antarctica. So, before we crawl out to the end of the twig of high octane speculation about either one, let me just go on record ab initio as being very skeptical of the explanations for both stories, particularly the cloud plume on Mars. Do I think it's "terraforming"? No. Do I think it's more evidence of life? Maybe. And so on and so on. Similarly with the rectangular iceberg(s) or ice cubes in Antarctica. Part of me thinks "This is just too perfect and someone is having a bit of fun by planting a fake story in the media." Well, to be honest, I wouldn't put it past "them" to have a little fun like that from time to time. After all, the infamous British Alternative 3 ITV/East Anglia TV "documentary" started off as an elaborate April Fools' Day joke.

So, here more than usual, my approach is "let's speculate on 'what does it mean?' as if both stories are genuine." I don't doubt both are, I just have that bit of mental reservation about the Antarctic ice cube thing.

So let's look at that Mars cloud plume and at RT's presentation of the story in particular(and thanks to all of you who sent this story):

‘NASA is hiding life on Mars’: Here’s what’s really going on in red planet ‘explosion’ IMAGES

Most regular readers who've been following this site for a few years know that I'm very skeptical about almost anything NASA ever says about Mars, much less when it shows us pictures and offers explanations (remember the "Litter Box" view of "the Face" and the "explanations" for that one?).  "It's not really a fossil, it just looks like one; that's really not rectilinearity with perfectly formed cylinders like a motor; it's merely a happenstance appearance due the angle of the camera and blah blah blah." Oh, and let's not forget Iapetus. "We have no explanation for how geological processes could lead to the formation of three perfectly parallel ridges around the equator of that Saturnian satellite... but we're working on it!"  Of course, NASA didn't really say those things, but they might as well have, because their explanations were almost as ridiculous as the "ice particles" explanation for the space shuttle 48 video of all those UFOs flying around, and someone apparently shooting at them.

And then there's the other side, wherein every strange or odd thing about Mars is taken as stunning proof that someone is up there doing strange and odd things, like having cloud plumes  appear near Martian volcanoes which  are supposed to be inactive. Now, what's interesting to me about the cloud plume story is RT's rather bland, slightly tongue in cheek, but ultimately non-committal approach to the story:

Conspiracy theorists went into overdrive after spotting a ‘mysterious plume of smoke’ near a dormant Martian volcano, with many claiming this as proof that alien life exists on the red planet and we’re being lied to here on Earth.

Allegations of a NASA-led cover up spread like wildfire online, with popular conspiracy theory YouTube channel secureteam10 producing an eight-minute long exposé entitled, ‘Something MAJOR Happened On Mars.. Are They Hiding It?’

One commenter(sic) on the video drew upon his welding experience to lay bare the terraforming operations already underway on Mars, citing craters formed by lightning strikes as evidence of alien technology reshaping the planet’s atmosphere. “Too many coincidences here to ignore any more. NASA needs to stop being the police of the scientific community.” (Boldface emphasis added)

Now, obviously, RT is not of the view that what is taking place is terraforming.

But, it is also apparently willing to admit that something strange is taking place. When I was first told about the strange plume, my first thought was that the volcano may not be so inactive after all, and that we were looking at outgassing. But of what? One colleague told me she thought that mere steam would seem to be quite improbable, given the thinness - and dryness - of the Martian atmosphere. A 2000 kilometer-long plume probably couldn't form because it simply couldn't last that long. I had to agree. And so, apparently, does RT:

To spoil the fun and settle the debate, RT.com contacted the ESA for an explanation of the contentious images of the red planet.

“No ground or space based observations of Mars or its atmosphere have produced any credible evidence for active volcanism occurring in the present day or recent history,” party-pooper and planetary scientist Elliot Sefton-Nash, who works on several ESA projects including Mars Sample Return, ExoMars and Mars Express, told RT.com.

Oh... wait... no good evidence for active volcanism? Well, that leaves essentially two options: (1) either were looking at that evidence now, which means that Mars is still geothermally and geophysically active, or (2) the plume is the result of something else. Then there is (3) the "Nothing to see here move along" explanation:

“Clouds are known to form seasonally in this region, and are associated with the volcanoes because their topography influences atmospheric conditions,” he continues. “This is a well documented phenomenon and several scientific articles exist documenting and explaining the process and highlight the seasonal regularity of the occurrence in this region.”

But wait, clouds forming on Mars? How? Why? What are they made of? How do they form in such a thin atmosphere? Or is it as thin as we've been told?

What we're left with is a mystery any way one slices it, and the mystery might just be due to the fact we may not have been told everything about Mars' atmosphere itself.

After all, it took some time before we saw actual real color images of the planet, you know, the images that were not run through the "red filter" that we were all exposed to during the 1960s' through the 1990s.

The bottom line is: it does appear that we're not being told everything, and in that vacuum, the conspiracy theories abound. And "they" have no one to blame but themselves.

Which leaves the Antarctic ice cubes...

...but that's for tomorrow...

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. Peter Sazonoff on October 31, 2018 at 4:42 am

    Someone once threw me a curve by pointing to the sun as we ate breakfast outdoors on the terrace and asking, “The sun – WHERE is it?”

  2. marcos toledo on October 30, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    We are lied to about everything be it climate, history, the true nature of the solar system-universe, anthro-paleontology. So the idea that Mars may have a thicker atmosphere should be considered after all what is the real mass and gravity of the Moon. By the way, the eight hundred gorilla in the solar system is how old is Venus.

    • goshawks on October 30, 2018 at 9:13 pm

      Yes, Venus is the real anomaly in the inner Solar System (if you don’t count Earth). Far, far too much atmosphere – especially, without a planetary magnetic field to shield that atmosphere from the more-intense solar wind at Venus’ orbit. And the far lower than expected number of asteroid/comet craters…

      • Kahlypso on October 31, 2018 at 4:24 am

        Apart from it spinning backwards on its head? The Russians have found Scorpions on Venus I heard….
        I’d suggest that the gravitional force of Venus just isnt strong enough that close to the sun to suck in the asteroids. They’d just make a bee line for the big sun not too far away (relatively speaking)
        (Rotational axis of Venus 177.3° (half of a circle 180…) compared to Earths 23.5 with a wobble.. and venus rotates clockwise as seen from above)

  3. Robert Barricklow on October 30, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Is alien technology[reengineered through old texts/artifacts] terraforming Planet Earth?

    “NASA stop being the police… ” LOL!

    Look at Planet Earth and what’s going on under our very noses. Yet, most are ignorant of the geoengineering taken place on a massive scale.

    If I were to bet, I’d place my money on the Volcanic side.

    Stirred not shaken, about those Giant Antarctic Ice-Cubes.

  4. Laurent on October 30, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    I would be interested to see if there is some kind of planetary alignment. This phenomenon seems indicative of a high intensity plasma discharge à la Electric Universe. Plasma discharge could raise the Martian floor making it seem like a volcano is there and an active plasma discharge would create a cloud of volatilized soil particles. There may be water in the plume similar to cometary plumes. What is pretty neat is that the picture shows 3 distinct discharge sites in alignment which means this particular phenomenon might be recurring over long stretches of time. Anyway, that’s my read of it.

    • zendogbreath on October 31, 2018 at 11:04 pm

      wish we had a thumbs up button. laurent, that discharge can cause a volcanic eruption. and the discharge sites in line probably are of progressive size growth as the discharge shrinks and grows. your model of reality works better than you realized.

  5. Lost on October 30, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Well, the plume on Mars, if a cloud, sure suggests the atmosphere of Mars isn’t what we’re told, and it contains water.

    Into the early 1960s, big earth-based optical telescopes regularly took colour photos of seasonal changes to the Martian surface–big areas becoming greenish during Martian summers.

    These photos were published in standard academic books and papers of the era–in the USA, so not hidden in some untranslated Soviet journal.

  6. anakephalaiosis on October 30, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Going outside door of perception, the only way to understand is angelic. Because universe folds its wings at the edge.

    Does there exist a continuous narrative, that is unaltered by deception? The answer is yes, and its characteristics is geometry.

    Patristic exegesis is framework of ancient mindset, that explains pyramid, as multilayered and multidimensional.

    Tir is tiny light,
    showing travellers their way.
    It will never fail.

  7. WalkingDead on October 30, 2018 at 6:18 am

    It’s the “why we’re not being told he truth of the matter” that makes little sense. I seriously doubt the religions would collapse and everyone would freak out explanation.

    • sagat1 on October 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      Maybe Mars is where all the Earthly missing money disappears? NASAs lied about so much it wouldn’t be a stretch to believe they’ve lied about the Martian atmosphere and the dead planet is actually a lush paradise. Perhaps NASA have been assigned the role of gatekeeper here on Earth by our global overlords to keep the masses ignorant of the truth while filthy rich earthlings who make it to the higher echelons of the insider establishment are offered the opportunity to purchase one way golden tickets (at considerable expense) in order to escape our prison planet and the plebeians that inhabit it. Those that remain are done so to be farmed, shipped only to Mars for their entertainment and servitude.

      • zendogbreath on October 31, 2018 at 11:00 pm

        that’d splain all the famous people who died in highly unlikely timing and ways. so you’re saying ken lay has a condo overlooking vallis marinaris?

  8. goshawks on October 30, 2018 at 6:10 am

    As someone who journeys up-and-down the I-5 interstate of WA/OR/CA, I am familiar with the Cascade series of volcanoes, from Mt Lassen to Mt Baker (including Mt Rainier). All tend to erupt more from side fissures than from the summit caldera. Looking at the photos of Arsia Mons, this is exactly where the ‘plume’ originates.

    Arsia Mons is the southernmost mount of the three Tharsis Montes volcanoes. Note that this area is directly antipodal (opposite side of planet) from the huge Hellas Basin, a catastrophically large asteroid impact. As such, the shockwaves from the impact spread out from that point and re-converged at the antipodal point – right where those volcanoes rise. The crust was highly fractured in that region. So if there was any chance of mantle heat rising to the surface, it would be in that area. (Note that the Tharsis Rise is likely resultant from general fracturing of that region and later lava rising.)

    Finally, the plume is very long and highly concentrated. This is much more likely to be a particulate-laden eruption plume than an easily-dissipated stratus cloud or lenticular cloud (or even a steam vent). Plus, note that the other two volcanoes in the chain show no evidence of a cloud. Weather conditions should be similar for all three; so?

    “Vested interests” have proclaimed Mars to be a geologically-dead world. Nature has just thrown them a curve ball…

    • Kahlypso on October 31, 2018 at 4:43 am

      Interesting.. Claim that its a dead unlivable world, like claiming that the world was flat and sailing west would send you off the edge of the world even though they knew that the vikings had gone to amercia about 600 years before. Dont go there, nothing to see.. lol. They lost me with the ‘colour’ images of blue sky on mars. You cant have the colour blue unless there are micro particles in the atmosphere that are reflecting blue light waves.
      Everyone talks about Mars not having a magnetosphere to protect it from solar winds. Its not exactly true. They’ve found strong magnetic crustal areas that havent been explained yet… (its the russians…) I’m fully expecting CERN magents to be behind it, or its the remnants of the Igiggi technology left up there by Samyaza and his motly crew when they came down to Earth to get funky with the eath ‘clay’ women..


    • zendogbreath on October 31, 2018 at 10:57 pm

      i’m thinking electric universe theory. electric discharge machining doesn’t have to be done by humans and/or aliens. pretty much each planet/brown dwarf/moon/star/whatever is electromagnetic and works like liquid/solid electromag motors. powered by and shaped by plasma both visible (glow mode) and invisible.

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