OH LET ME BE MORE ACCURATE THEN MR. SNARK. HE DIDN'T BEFORE HE DID HIS STUDY. HE DISCOVERED THAT WAS THE ONLY REASONABLE EXPLANATION. I DON'T KNOW IF HE USED THAT TERM EITHER, "SUPERNATURAL," BUT HE WAS REFERRING TO THE "BEINGS" DESCRIBED IN "FOLKLORE."
Re: Big news on UFO disclosure by U.S. government (see 60 minutes 5/16/2021 report)
60 Minutes May 16 Graham Messick
The report, thankfully, had multiple experts focus on the issue of MULTIPLE perspective observation views/recordings of objects. High tech observation that goes beyond the already impressive (if not decisive) duo of infra red & radar observations of the same event.
quote:The segment opens with an interview with a familiar character, Luis Elizondo, reputedly the former head of a $22 million program instigated by Senator Harry Reid called AATIP: the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. Ostensibly this was created to study possible future developments in aerospace. Elizondo claims the program was actually created to study UFOs (or, as they prefer to call them now, UAPs, or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.) Put out to tender in 2008, the budget was awarded to Harry Reid’s friend, Robert Bigelow, a UFO and paranormal enthusiast.
quote:Elizondo opens with the startling claim that “the Government has already stated for the record that [UFOs] are real.” Startling, that is, until you remember that “UFO” does not necessarily mean alien visitors, but rather something unidentified in the sky, something about which the observer lacks sufficient information to identify. Obviously, the government would admit such things are “real.” A mylar balloon floating into the range of a Navy jet’s camera is “real”, but the U in UFO and UAP does not mean extraterrestrial, or even necessarily an aerial technology beyond any known physics and aerodynamics.
quote:We then are shown a series of familiar videos as evidence of this amazing technology—all of which have been in the public domain for some time (over a decade in one case) and all of which have been analyzed (by several people, myself included) and found to almost certainly not represent objects exhibiting incredible abilities, and instead more likely signify very ordinary human technology.
First, we see “Go Fast”, a video presented as showing an incredibly fast craft skimming low over the ocean. But if you do the very simple trigonometry invited by the numbers on screen, it turns out to be something far above the surface and moving at a speed that matches the wind at that altitude, making it almost certainly just a balloon. Yet the 60 Minutes host, the highly respected journalist Bill Whitaker, repeats Elizondo’s baseless claim that it’s “fast moving.”
It looks like 60 Minutes' journalistic skepticism was lacking.
What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python
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In German, we had Dialekt. For example, when I went to work in the Black Forest area of West Germany in 1973, I was pretty proficient in German class and could understand. First day on the job I was hit with Schwäbisch, a Dialekt that even most native Germans cannot understand (though still not as bad as Bayrisch or Schwyzerdütsch, Bavarian and Swiss respectively). I would have been willing to bet everything I had that that was not German! As it turns out, the standard German, Hochdeutsch, is pretty much an artificial language constructed out of Southern German consonants with North German vowels.
German also has "Heimatsklänge", "sounds of home." That's a person's accent when they speak Hochdeutsch.
BTW, decades later my German still has a Schwäbischen Heimatsklang. I can never say "Pretzel" but rather "Pretzele".
Decades ago, PBS had a series, The Story of English (1986). In the episode about the various English dialects/accents inside of England they had to subtitle all the examples so that the audience could understand what they were saying.
Do you remember the scene in Hot Fuzz where they are talking with a farmer (and obtain that sea mine)? The only one who can understand the farmer is an older constable and the only one who can understand the older constable is another one (Nick Frost). So the chain of translation goes from farmer, older constable, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg (and us, so Simon Pegg is kind of our audience surrogate, the newbie who has to have everything explained to him and hence to us).
Netflix used to have a Scottish comedy show, Chewin' the Fat, which included some segments (eg, with Argyle sock puppets) completely in Scots that nobody could understand. Another Scottish show had a skit where two Scots become trapped in a lift that uses voice recognition:
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