It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas
Isn’t that cute? Yes, you too can get a kiss under the mistletoe from a whale if you travel to Hakkeijima Sea Paradise on Yokohama Island. Read all about it plus look at other cute pics of whales in Christmas hats here. Unfortunately though the article is more or less a diatribe against Japan and the Japanese people. Granted I am neither a big fan of whaling or performing animals in captivity, but the article to to great lengths to “blame” everyone in Japan for these activities, and even goes so far as to claim that the Japanese people are completely ignorant about the activities of Japanese whalers. I dunno, I’m pretty sure that if someone walks by a fast food place selling whale burgers, they can figure out that the whale meat must come from actual whales.
The thing that makes me mad about the whole “controversy” over the Japanese penchant for killing and eating whales, is that it obscures the far more destructive activities by almost every fishing nation on Earth. The damage being done by overfishing, baited lines, and rock hopping bottom trawling gear, etc dwarfs by several orders of magnitude the damage done by a handful of Japanese whalers. A good case can be made that the governments of the world are if anything hypocritically attacking Japan over this issue to draw attention away from their own far more serious ecological crimes. As I tried to point out in a comment to the above linked article, unless a government has outlawed meat eating and performing circus animals…criticizing Japan over this aquarium and whaling is the pot calling the kettle black. I note that my comment wasn’t approved oddly enough, the Daily Mail apparently only want comments sanctimoniously condemning Japan.
In other news from Japan, a government spokesman claimed he personally believed that UFOs of extraterrestrial alien origin do exist, even though the government has no proof of same. He was laughed at by reporters, and by some accounts his response was tongue in cheek. The topic in question was UFOs though, the opposition party in Japan had asked that the government investigate UFOs and/or reveal any information they might have. Some in the UFO community parlayed this in to a breathless announcement that the Japanese government had confirmed the existence of UFOs, but a quick read of the articles in question says no such thing. This is not the first time something like this has happened, a few years back at a UFO conference an enthusiast from Japan announced that his home city was building a “UFO Museum.” It created quite a stir at first, UFO enthusiasts very much want to be taken seriously, but sadly it turned out that the museum in question was to be an Air and Space Museum, and the idea that it had anything to do with UFOs was wishful thinking at best.
As for my position on UFOs, as someone who has seen them and had classical close encounters with aliens, damned if I know. I think it’s a fascinating phenomena and worthy of further investigation for any number of reasons, but any serious researcher has to start from the baseline that currently there is no empirical evidence for the existence of aliens on Earth. There has never been a sighting that didn’t have any number of perfectly prosaic possible explanations, and none of the physical proof ever offered has passed the laugh test. I mean, it would be easy for an alien visitor to prove he was an alien, even a rock from another solar system would have unmistakable chemical and physical properties that would send the scientific world into a tizzy. Scorch marks on the grass doesn’t cut it unfortunately.
It’s all kind of sad and droll in a way, the world would be more interesting if there were aliens flitting about doing mysterious alien things. My favourite conspiracy theory not only explains the whole alien thing, but explains why the US government is so completely paranoid about concealing all existence of them. The theory states that the US government was indeed contacted by aliens in the fifties, and that in their greed they made a secret agreement with them. The agreement was that the aliens would give us technology in exchange for permission to do a few experiments on the occasional unsuspecting American citizen. Reason enough already to be a bit secretive about the whole thing. It gets worse, the aliens cheated us! None of the technology they gave us proved to be of any real use, and the aliens are still secretly abducting and then conducting bizarre medical experiments on thousands (or millions!) of US citizens. Definitely something to keep quiet about, nu?
Have a great weekend everyone!