9th Annual Bay Area UFO Expo

I’m so bummed I missed it.

This weekend past was the 9th annual Bay Area UFO Expo, the self proclaimed ‘world’s most well attended UFO conference’. As I’m sure you can guess, no actual UFOs were expo’ed. They did have aliens though – Gary Busey was billed as the Guest Entertainer, and if he’s not a lizard alien I’ll eat my copy of Why People Believe Weird Things. I’m sure Wiolawa will back me up on this.

According to the bill there were delvings into the (presumably) related topics of Cabalistic Healing, Time Travel and the Sasquach. The list of exhibits included aura photos, tarot readings, magnetic jewelry, crystal jewelry, geometric jewelry, occult symbolism, astrology, numerology and essential oils. The list of vendors and speakers was a veritable Who’s Who in Woo, speaking on topics ranging from the Hollow Earth theory to Time Travel to Human Devolution (a Vedic Alternative to Darwin’s Theory). There were also workshops on Lucid Dreaming, Remote Viewing and the Near Death Experience/Alien Abduction. And let’s not forget the piece de resistance – the meet and greet with Coast to Coast AM’s George Noory!

Oh, and some stuff about UFOs.

There are days when I am very, very sad I do not live in the US, so that I could attend conferences like these. I can’t think of anything more entertaining to do with a weekend.


8 Responses to “9th Annual Bay Area UFO Expo”

  1. http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_2172882,00.html
    The irony, oh the irony. Its just such a cliche the biggest gay bashers are really just denying their inner queen.

  2. Con-Tester Says:

    On a boring Saturday or Sunday afternoon, I sometimes find amusement (alternatively, annoyance) by visiting a “Spirit Fair” if there’s a handy one about. These things are usually advertised ahead of time here, which is the companion website to the “Free Spirit” TV programme that airs on SABC 3 on Sundays โ€“ probably a case of pagans’ revenge.

    Their latest call is for support for a protest against the 2007 Witchcraft Suppression Draft Bill on the grounds that it is supposedly unconstitutional.

    If the protest is successful, we can all safely go back to living in the Middle Ages and enjoy the finer delights of muti murders & mutilations, stonings, burnings, and sundry other atrocious stupidities, all tolerated in the name of preserving cultural diversity. I can hardly wait because I’m cooking up a few schemes that otherwise would be illegal and that involve a certain health minister’s body partsโ€ฆ

  3. @Con-Tester: I don’t mean to burst your bubble, but technically the 2007 Witchcraft Suppression Draft Bill is unconstitutional. I understand what they are trying to do, and agree with the general idea. But stating

    “Professes a knowledge of witchcraft, or the use of charms, advises any person how to bewitch, injure or damage any person or thing, or supplies any person with any pretended means of witchcraft;”

    as an offence, is obviously unconstitutional. Witchcraft, like any religion, has it’s very own retards that mess it up for the rest, but as a religion should not be discriminated against! I would say the same for Christianity, Judaisme, Islam, Hinduisme, etc….

  4. Con-Tester Says:

    Liesbeth: You may well be right concerning the alleged unconstitutionality of the proposed Bill but that’s for the relevant experts, and possibly the Constitutional Court if it is ever challenged in that forum, to decide. However, it seems to me that the intention of the clause you cite is targeted at those who promote “witchcraft” in cases where actual material harm results โ€“ sort of like being prosecuted as an accomplice or instigator for urging someone else to commit an unlawful action.

    As for the “retards” you speak of and the likening of witchcraft to a religion, it further seems to me that you are sadly innocent of the extent of the deaths, injuries, misery and damage that are directly attributable to a belief in things witchcrafty in the southern African region. Calling them “retards” doesn’t even begin to address it.

    moonflake: Thanks for fixing my prior post! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I would agree that the Bill needs some rewording… shockingly poor spelling (haha) and grammar aside, I’m uncomfortable about any document of law that makes use of a term like ‘etc’…. but the basic idea is extremely necessary in this country: to outlaw muti killings, witch murders and fraudulent practitioners of witchcraft. Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    The problem is that no self proclaimed witch, african or european, is going to be able to get over the fact that ALL practition of ‘witchcraft’ is fraudulent, because it doesn’t bloody well work. Any ‘witches’ who disagree with that point are welcome to take up the Randi Challenge and prove me wrong.

    What I think is really funny is that the Pagan Associations and the Traditional Healers Organizations both have totally different takes on why the bill needs rewriting. Frankly, the confusion between what is meant by ‘witch’ in Africa and in Europe is the root cause of the issue, and the reason this Bill will never pass in its current form.

    Con-Tester: no problem… figured you didn’t mean for it to be that way!

  6. Being european myself I am more well acquainted with the european version of ‘witchcraft’ which I maintain is a religion and therefore should not be discriminated against. However, as I stated earlier, but maybe not clear enough, I do realise witchcraft here is different. Therefore I do agree with the general idea of the bill, but as moonflake says it is just horribly written. It contradicts itself several times and imho basically is just a (bad) joke….

    And even if it is meant to keep people from harming each other in the name of witchcraft, as it is stated now, somebody could be convicted for simply lighting a candle (in the name of witchcraft) for a friend, to help them pass an exam or whatever… Besides anything resulting in death, injuries or damage can be considered a crime and convicted no matter what anyway.

    And as for “retards” not being strong enough… I was simply trying to avoid Bushisms such as ‘evil-doers’ ๐Ÿ™‚ But you are right that calling them retards doesn’t cover it.

  7. Darth_Morbius Says:

    Moonflake> I wonder if Danie Krugel had an exhibit at the expo – I mean just imagine, if he was actually to get his hands on some of the “implanted” material removed from alien abductees, he can save SETI billions of dollars by pinpointing the origin of said alien artifacts! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hang on…maybe THEY abducted some of the missing people…my word, he could kill two birds with one stone….

  8. residentRsole Says:

    Changing the topic a little bit, I watched yet another documentary of the Valentich Disappearance. Personally, I always thought that it was a suicide where Valentich wanted to go out with a bang and leave a kind of legacy. The “weird” scraping noises ? Anybody can do that in a plane. Take two coins out of your pocket and rub them together next to the mic. I am delighted to find out that others share the same opinion. Valentich was, after all, quite a UFO enthusiast.

    On the other hand, maybe he was telling the truth. Why shouldn’t there be highly exotic experimental aircraft tested by various superpowers ? A few years ago a bunch of american aerospace engineers and scientists who worked on black projects (“Special Access Programs” for the politically correct) wrote an open letter to Janes Weekly stating that they had worked on technologies that would give USA a significant economic advantage except that these programs (mix of corporations and military middle management) held on this knowledge very tightly using the unlimited resources at their disposal to do so. Talk about a dog in a manger. A maths lecturer at UCT told us once that homogenous coordinates and transformations were classified top secret at one stage for use in artillery. I have never been able to confirm that.

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