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  • Scott Waring Stupidity Level: Legendary

    In March of 2016, online turd factory The Inquisitr indulged another Scott Waring hoax in which Waring claims to have spotted missing flight MH370. For this to be possible, the plane would have to be dragged 4,000 miles underwater across two mountain ranges, and end up on the Cape of Good Hope. In one piece. And TRANSPARENT.

    Obviously Waring is pretending that two converging waves found on Google Earth is the missing plane. One would assume there was a level of stupidity below which The Inquisitr and other third rate news sites wouldn’t publicize Waring’s work, but no such luck.

    Now again in March 2017, Waring’s scheme to shake down the corpses of the MH370 for loose change has been reborn as part of an article carried by the hoaxer’s best friend, Jon Austin of the Daily Express UK. They have no shame, so pay no attention.

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  • Speedebunking: WTF Flow

    One of the videos from WTF Flow has been making the rounds, and I was challenged to look them over. Not impressed. They add some camera shake to obscure their handiwork, but their “original” UFO videos are hoaxes. Some of the camera movement is digital trickery; the most immediate indication is that no matter how jerky and extreme the shaking, there is no motion blur in any frame. One of the shots is so badly composited it may cause you to rub your eyes and make squeaky noises. WTF Flow should probably stick to reposting other people’s videos, which they do frequently.

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  • Speedebunking: Secureteam 10-10

    The debunking video Secureteam 10 doesn’t want you to see:

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    Originally on Youtube, this was removed today because Securteteam 10 made a complaint that the video violated their copyright. Use of their footage and logo are clearly allowed under Fair Use (criticism, parody). This debunking includes their video “BUSTED! NASA EDITS GIANT SAUCER UFOS ABOVE EARTH IN LIVE FEED” in which they state “Secureteam continues to raise the bar and lead the pack in both groundbreaking new discoveries and reputable underground news reporting.” Really? Then why so scared of us, sport?

    UPDATE 8/28/2014: Secureteam 10 made a claim of “copyright infringement” against the video, and as a result Youtube has removed it according to policy in copyright disputes. It is perfectly legal to use portions of copyrighted works for criticism or parody (known as Fair Use), but Youtube has its own guidelines regarding copyright. I was sent a notice of the claim via email, which I rebutted, but a day later the entire UFO Theater channel was removed without notice, and Youtube has been unresponsive so far. I have moved everything to Vimeo, regardless of what Youtube decides.

    On the upside, this has inspired a brand new parody, coming soon.

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  • Hoax channel NDestination Unknown Removed from Youtube

    Almost simultaneous with the release of our parody of the NDestination Unknown hoax UFO channel, it has been removed “as a violation of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content.” The parody:

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    And now when you go to watch one of their videos:

    Success? Hard to say exactly why the channel was removed, but considering it has existed for years and featured hundreds of posts, this is rather epic. NDU was a bit of an anomaly in the UFO hoax genre, in that their work was so completely devoid of plausibility, one can only wonder why they had a single subscriber, let alone seventeen thousand. Perhaps hoax channel Section51 should pay attention.

    On another note: FUCKIN’ HOORAY.

    UPDATE 7/10/2014 – 4pm PST: NDestination Unknown has regrouped as “iUFO Sightings” and is populating the new channel with the same junk. I encourage you to flag all their posts and let Youtube know what’s going on. They’ve also formed a new Facebook identity, created on 7/7/2014. The subscribers appear to be extremely loyal for some reason, as the page has over 12,700 “likes” in just 3 days.

     

     

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  • The Alien Video You’ll Never See

    dulce_alienYou’ll have no trouble finding supposed “alien” videos on the net if you spend a couple of minutes searching. There’s some purported old Soviet KGB footage, and a bit of video from abductee Stan Romanek, to… well, lots more. Some of the attempts, like this one, are laughable. Supposedly this is footage of an actual interview with an estraterrestrial held at S4, however conveniently we don’t see the guest of honor walk in the room, there’s no audio, and the room is “kept dark for the comfort of the aliens.” How convenient. The creature appears to end up in some sort of medical distress, yet looks about as animated and emotive as Robert Mitchum on codeine. Whoever created this hoax video is catering to people who are as dim as his interview suite.

    All the images and videos have something in common: you never see a full-body extraterrestrial walking or interacting with objects in the environment. The reason is that a video clip of that kind would be extremely difficult to fake.

    As human beings we are very attuned to particular characteristics of our own humanoid kind. We are experts at reading facial expressions (absent of any special mental challenges). We have a keen sense body language, and even if we interpret incorrectly, we are acutely aware of it. These abilities make us extremely difficult to fool, so up to now nobody has even dared make the attempt. Continue reading  Post ID 559

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