Bob Shell: ‘Alien’ Artifacts and Fungus on Mars

Artwork by Dean Rosenzweig. Copyright 2021

Text by Bob Shell, Copyright 2021

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‘Alien’ Artifacts

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Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that he heard for decades that Lockheed Martin, the aerospace giant, was in possession of ‘retrieved materials’ from crashed extraterrestrial spacecraft. Reid, now 81, says ‘they’ would not approve it when he requested access to the material. I have read credible reports that there are levels of secrecy that not even the President can access. 

I have to wonder just who ‘they’ are who can deny a prominent Senate leader’s request. 

The late Senator Barry Goldwater told a somewhat similar story. On a visit to Wright-Patterson Airforce Base, Goldwater asked his old friend General Curtis LeMay, who was in command of the base, to see the alien materials kept in the ‘Blue Room’ there. The general became angry and told Goldwater that even he could not see it, and said he would never speak to his old friend Goldwater again if he ever raised the issue again. 

Why this extreme reaction to simple requests from prominent senators? 

Another question I’ve always asked is this; if some spacefaring intelligence could create the technology to travel many light years to visit our humble abode, why would they be crashing once they got here? We’ve managed to land delicate rovers on Mars with our ‘primitive’ technology. It just doesn’t make sense that beings with the technology to travel billions of miles through space would come here only to crash in our deserts. Something is very wrong with that picture. 

Now for the latest news: 

An independent government watchdog is now investigating the Pentagon’s actions on UFOs following complaints by leaders of Congress. 

Luis Lue Elizondo, a former Pentagon official who headed the Pentagon’s program investigating what they call UAPs, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, has come forward, comparing the Pentagon’s dealing with the UAPs to the intelligence failure before 9/11. This would imply to me that he believes UAPs pose a threat to national security. 

The new investigation will seek to determine the extent of the DOD’s actions regarding UAPs. 

The investigation became public with the release of a letter signed by Randolph R. Stone, Assistant Inspector General for Evaluation of Space Intelligence Engineering, to heads of military agencies and government departments giving them five days to provide a point of contact to answer the Inspector General’s questions. Hopefully, this signals a big chink in the wall of official secrecy. 

The IG’s investigation is separate from a mandated federal report to be released before the end of June about UAPs. 

Elizondo headed the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program from 2010 to 2017. He says he tried to get the government to take action on the reality of UAPs once he realized they were real. “It was a holy sh** moment,” he says. “Oh my gosh, it’s real! Well crap, now we have to do something about it.”

But, when he tried to get the government to take action, he says all he got were evasions and roadblocks, leading him to believe the government doesn’t want to acknowledge the reality of UAPs because of “religious objections,” or the fear of public panic. He eventually resigned because of this stonewalling. 

He speaks of credible reports he saw of objects going 11,000 miles per hour, making right angle turns at speed, instantly reversing direction, submerging in water with no loss of performance, etc.. 

Our fastest airplanes can barely exceed 2,000 miles an hour, and can make none of the other maneuvers these things have been observed making. The implication is of technology hundreds of years more advanced than ours. 

Now that the cat is out of the bag, Elizondo says, it would be like putting toothpaste back in the tube to cover it all up again. 

My comment is that I believe it is time to knock down the wall of secrecy surrounding UAPs, UFOs, and tell us what our government knows. 

It is our right as citizens of the USA, nay, as citizens of the World, to know what our governments know, even if it scares the hell out of us.

SCIENTISTS SAY ROVERS HAVE FOUND FUNGI ON MARS 

Dr Rhawn Gabriel Joseph, Dr. Xinli Wei, and Dr. Rudolph Schild, have said they see signs of life in Mars photos. Wei is with the Chinese Academy of Science and Schild is with the Harvard-Smithsonian Observatory, while Joseph runs the brainmind.com website. 

NASA says what the three are seeing are just rocks. Scientific skeptics agreed with NASA. 

The images are certainly odd, photos taken one day showing only a scattering of nine of what looks like puffballs, those taken three days later showing twelve more. Rocks that grow? 

https://www.daily mail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9546225/scientists-claim-evidence-FUNGI-Red-Planet.html

In certain conditions rocks can do strange things, witness the area in Death Valley where rock crawl at night, leaving trails in the smooth sand. Or rocks in one area in New Jersey that ring like bells when struck with hammers. But rocks growing out of barren Martian soil in three days? I’m not sure what to think of that. 

I very firmly believe there was life on mars billions of years ago when the planet was warmer and wetter. Even today there are areas on Mars that have 40° F daytime highs and only -9° F nighttime lows. Places in Antarctica have similar temperatures and support bacterial and fungal life. 

The big question: is anything still alive there today. Since it took billions of years for the planet to cool off and dry up, life had plenty of time to adapt. Will our rovers find it? I somewhat doubt it because I think life would have retreated underground, and our rovers can’t dig deep. I hope I’m wrong, though, and there is some life on the surface. 

Just as with UFOs, resistance is largely religious, the ridiculous idea that this planet is somehow special, not just one of many. The Church burned Giordino Bruno at the stake for saying there were other worlds with life on them, and made the executioner a saint. Far too many still think that way.

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About The Author: Bob Shell is a professional photographer, author and former editor in chief of Shutterbug Magazine. He is currently serving a 35 year sentence for involuntary manslaughter for the death of Marion Franklin, one of his former models.  He is serving the 13th year of his sentence at Pocahontas State Correctional Facility, Virginia. To read Bob Shell’s, first essay on civil war, click here: https://tonywardstudio.com/blog/bob-shell-226-or-anything-you-want-it-to-be/

Editor’s Note: If you like Bob Shell’s blog posts, you’re sure to like his new book, COSMIC DANCE by Bob Shell (ISBN: 9781799224747, $ 12.95 book, $ 5.99 eBook) available now on Amazon.com . The book, his 26th, is a collection of essays written over the last twelve years in prison, none published anywhere before. It is subtitled, “A biologist’s reflections on space, time, reality, evolution, and the nature of consciousness,” which describes it pretty well. You can read a sample section and reviews on Amazon.com.

Abby Harris: Get Vaccinated!

Get Vaccinated. Photo: Abby Harris, Copyright 2021
 

Photography and Text by Abby Harris, Copyright 2021

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Get Vaccinated!

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As the world slowly opens and things improve each day I wanted to highlight vaccination and the pandemic on campus. As we pass the one year mark of the pandemic impacting everyone’s lives, getting vaccinated is a simple way to protect yourself and help life return to normal. The joy and relief that come with being vaccinated is an effervescent feeling. I almost cried out of happiness and exhaustion when I received my first dose. Not only did I want to spread a message about getting vaccinated I also wanted to show off the happiness people experience once they are vaccinated.

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Get Vaccinated. Photo: Abby Harris, Copyright 2021

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Simple portraits outside with just my friends and their vaccination cards felt like the best way to display these feelings. The pandemic has been difficult to navigate while being away at college for all of us, but we have persevered and are hopefully close to the end. Being at college during the pandemic has been very isolating and lonely. We spend all day in our dorms on zoom and see each other only occasionally. This is why I chose to shoot each of my friends individually.

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Get Vaccinated. Photo: Abby Harris, Copyright 2021

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When I took these photographs I didn’t direct my friends at all besides asking them to hold the card. I think it is very powerful that in each person’s eyes you can see them smiling while holding their card proudly. Even though this past year has been horrible we are on track to being okay again. My friends and I are very lucky to be vaccinated. I hope everyone who is eligible right now goes out and gets vaccinated. The weight that gets lifted off your shoulders once you are vaccinated is enormous. Vaccines should be the least scary part of the entire pandemic, they save lives and help protect yourself and others. The sooner everyone gets vaccinated the sooner life can resume. 

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Self Portrait by Abby Harris, Copyright 2021

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About The Author: Abby Harris is a sophomore enrolled at Bryn Mawr College, Class of 2023. To access additional articles by Abby Harris, click here: https://tonywardstudio.com/blog/happier_than_ever/

 

Aaron Graybill: Merion Botanical Park 2021

 

Photography and Text by Aaron Graybill, Copyright 2021

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Merion Botanical Park 2021

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Waiting for time to pass is the feeling of quarantine.  Waiting for good or bad news and waiting for days to pass.  Nature can both accentuate or soften the passage of time.  Leafless trees in winter make time feel static, but new blooms bring a feeling of renewal.  

The Merion Botanical Park series was created to capture the anachrony of the quarantine experience.  This takes a normally familiar scene, a public park, and magnifies its details to recontextualize the park experience and offers a refreshing look into the beauty in the austerity that late winer is known for.

The portfolio juxtaposes life and death, takes the big picture and the small details, and acknowledges that focus must be selective.

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About The Author: Aaron Graybill is a junior enrolled at Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania. Majoring in Economics. To access additional articles by Aaron, click here: https://tonywardstudio.com/blog/tenant_farmers_wife_exploration/

 

The Future Of Education: How New Technologies Will Affect The Way We Learn

Professor Tony Ward Lecturing at Haverford College
 

Text by Artur Meyster, Copyright 2021

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The Future Of Education: How New Technologies Will Affect The Way We Learn

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During the coronavirus lockdown, organizations face a challenging situation. Since they needed to close their offices, most couldn’t operate. However, several leaned on tech professionals and new technologies to survive. Because remote work became the new normal, the way we live, work, and learn has changed. Tech tools like smartphones and laptops are now a must-have, and the need for technical skills has increased.

Day after day, more companies are investing in emerging tech inventions not only to improve their processes but to offer better products and services. In the education sector, e-learning is leaving traditional education behind. However, many other new technologies are reinventing teaching and learning. If you want to know how the future of education will look like, you should read this article. It will provide you with a better idea of how new technologies will affect the education sector. 

Video-based Learning

In the digital era, video-assisted teaching is playing an essential role in making students feel engaged. Several companies have implemented it to enhance their courses and provide even better services. Video-based learning enables companies to analyze offered curricula and set new strategies to improve their teaching methods. 

Video-based learning makes the learning process much more enjoyable. Everyone can have fun while playing and learning. For example, Youtube Kids is a top-rated app that almost every kid loves. Since young children can watch visually appealing videos, learn new songs, and play, learning while playing will no longer be challenging.

Other companies like Udacity offer excellent video-assisted coding courses for those who seek to break into the tech world. Its courses are very engaging and enable students to repeat every lesson as many times as they want. If a particular lesson becomes a challenge, you can watch it several times until you feel you’re able to move on. 

Video-based learning will shape the future of education because it helps companies provide more personalized services. Students can learn faster and provide even better results. Video-assisted programs also give individuals schedule flexibility. For that reason, no matter how busy your schedule is, you’ll always have time to learn. After all, who hasn’t learned how to repair something by watching a five-minute Youtube video? 

Online Classrooms

Cloud computing is taking online education to a whole new level. Years ago, if you weren’t able to attend a class, you probably needed to ask your classmates what the teacher said and taught. However, with online classrooms, education is becoming more accessible. Online classrooms enhance the interaction between students and teachers. By simplifying teaching and learning, you can set up classes in only minutes. Furthermore, communication isn’t a barrier, and you can send updates to parents or any individual in real-time.

Online classrooms also make providing feedback much more comfortable. Teachers can store frequently used comments, and, as a result, providing fast and personalized responses isn’t a struggle. Online classrooms provide organizations with data security. Hence, no matter what they need to keep protected, they can stay calm and focus on the important thing—reinventing the market. 

The increasing demand for online platforms like Google Classrooms has encouraged organizations to hunt for tech professionals with software engineering and cloud computing skills. Therefore, if you’re looking to attract employers’ attention, you should consider becoming a software engineer. According to Bootcamp Rankings, there are over 19,200 open job listings and 1,000 hiring companies.

Artificial Intelligence: the Key to Personalized Education

These days, artificial intelligence is transforming everything, from mobile applications to manufacturing procedures and learning. Personalized education is key to increase students’ engagement. Hence, many companies have invested vast amounts of money in AI and machine learning to offer more customized services. 

Personalized education wouldn’t be possible without the help of data scientists. Consequently, companies are offering exceptional salaries and perks to skilled candidates. After all, they can analyze and interpret gathered information to meet students’ needs.

AI chatbots are also playing an important role in education. By automating administrative tasks like grading, the job of teachers is now more comfortable. AI chatbots can also track student performance. Consequently, teachers and companies can adjust the curriculum provided to meet the requirements of any student.

Conclusion

Generally speaking, the need for digital tools will grow in the next decade. In that case, if you seek to stay relevant, you should get familiar with new tech inventions. Also, more companies will invest in tech to improve in-class and out-of-class experiences. As a result, education will become much more engaging and comfortable. Traditional education will probably become obsolete in the following years. Nevertheless, there’s still a long way to go before that happens.

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About The Author: Artur Meyster is the founder of Career Karma.  To access additional articles by this author, click herehttps://tonywardstudio.com/blog/career-karma/

 

Kenneth Taylor: Film is Definitely Back

New York Camera & Video
 

Text by Kenneth Taylor, Copyright 2021

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Film is Definitely Back

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Some say the return to film is a reaction to a world where everything has become digital, fast and easy. It is certainly true that shooting film requires you to slow down and this makes it a very enjoyable experience.  Perhaps the reason is even more simple than that. The main reason for the resurgence of film may simply be because it’s beautiful.  That’s what got me hooked.

At New York Camera & Video we’re seeing our film lab get filled with orders on a daily basis. It’s all types of orders too.  Color, black & white disposable cameras, even slide film.  We also sell film cameras and many don’t last on the shelves for more than a day.  There’s also an increasing level of connoisseurship for it.  Many customers know which cameras and lenses are of quality ore even collectible. They can speak in great detail about the differences between film stocks. This has a lot to do passion film seems to bring out in people and the vast amount of knowledge now available on the internet.  We’re seeing customers of all ages. In fact, our older customers are shocked when I tell them our largest demographic of film shooters is roughly between the ages of 18-30.

Our film connoisseurs are a joy to speak with.  However, the most enjoyable aspect of my job is helping someone who wants to get into film for the first time.  They usually start out with something simple like a point and shoot camera. Within a few months after they’ve had some decent results they’re back in the store asking about trading up for a fully manual 35mm camera. Many even take it a step further and get into larger format film cameras. It’s thrilling to see their knowledge expand and the quality of their images progress over time.  It’s  not long until they’re coming in and giving us tips and pointers.

This isn’t just a fad like when fashion from a past decade briefly makes a comeback.  The apps on our phones like Instagram have been trying to emulate film for years.  The look of film never stopped being beautiful.  Kodak and most of the other film manufacturers are doing so well that they’re figured out ways to resurrect discontinued films back to market.

More are on the horizon in the next year or so.  That’s not a venture a company would take on for a fad.  Even our professional digital photographers are beginning to add film to their wedding and portraiture packages.  They tell us their customers are beginning to request it.  Nothing beats the soft look of skin tones shot on film.  We now have to process color film every single day to keep up with volume and we’re constantly getting new regular customers.  If you’re interested in dusting off your old film camera and getting back into it or perhaps trying it for the first time, stop by our store.  We have everything to get you started.  A knowledgeable staff, cameras, hard-to-find batteries, developing, printing, even home processing materials.

About The Author:  Kenneth Taylor is a professional photographer and employee of New York Camera & Video.  To visit his website, click herehttps://www.expoterrestrial.com

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Editor’s Note: New York Camera & Video address: 1139 Street Road. Southampton, Pa. 18966.  Phone: 215-357-6222