Feeds

MoD stokes media-paralysing UFO feedback loop

Getcher old govment loony files here! They're luvverly!

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Fans of enormous government files will be overjoyed today as the National Archives release the third tranche of accumulated Ministry Of Defence (MoD) UFO-sightings bumf.

The compiled MoD documents are available free here in glorious pdf for one month, after which period downloaders will be charged "a small fee".

The files cover many sightings reported in 1996, a bumper year for people thinking they'd seen alien spacecraft - and, not coincidentally, the year that alien-invasion blockbuster flick Independence Day came out.

Movie buffs will doubtless recall that in the film dauntless American flyboys, after a bit of haxploitation virus action by Jeff Goldblum, eventually manage to destroy the alien ships using conventional fighter jets and missiles. This appears to be a case of art imitating life, as the new files reveal that Belgian fighter jockeys tried to tackle some UFOs using F-16s in 1990 - though without success in that case.

Journalism prof David Clarke, Blighty's Mister UFO, said:

"It's evident there is some connection between newspaper stories, TV programmes and films about alien visitors and the numbers of UFO sightings reported to the MoD".

Now, of course, we have newspaper stories about the UFO sighting reports, which will presumably lead to more sightings, thus even more stories and so on in a terrifying media feedback loop which will soon see all human communication paralysed by a horrendous glut of self-generated UFO cobblers.

We're doing our bit, obviously. ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies
Gummy pterosaurs outlived toothy competitors
Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run
Still in one piece, but we're going to need MORE POWER
TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P
Probe will be just 10km from Space Duck in October
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race
ELMOFO rakes in two wins in sanctioned race
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS
No sign of Ziggy Stardust and his band
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.