Thursday, May 22, 2008

UFO’s, Magic and Mysticism in Hollywood – May 17th, 2008

Thanks to Jay Weider and Christian Meoli of Sacred Mysteries Live, I was invited as a special guest to their panel discussion entitled "UFO's, Magic and Mysticism in Hollywood" last Saturday night. Officially, I was an "invited guest" along with Yvonne Smith (an expert on UFO abduction cases) and Harijiwan Khalsa, an expert in kundalini yoga. The panel itself consisted of Coast to Coast AM host George Noory, who did a masterful job in moderating the panel, Jordan Maxwell, the patron saint of conspiracy theorists, Dr. Roger Leir, the doctor who has removed scads of alien implants from his patients, Whitley Strieber, the author of "Communion" and numerous other books on the abduction phenomena (and a variety of fictional tales of horror), and Jay Weidner, who runs Sacred Mysteries and is the co-author of The Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye.

I got there a bit after 7:30, mostly because I had to park almost a half mile away because the hotel parking lot was full. When I got there, the place was already quite full (they had over 300 attendees) and buzzing with anticipation. The first person I saw was Tom Danheiser, George's producer on Coast to Coast. We've met before and had a nice chat, and I began to notice it was pretty hot in the room.

After that, I circulated a bit and talked to George. He commented that he didn't remember me having a goatee the last time we met. I thought I did. Oh well.

I was glad to reconnect with Harijiwan, who I first met at the Sacred Mysteries 2012 "Shift Happens" conference last March. He's a really joyful and funny guy, much different than you'd expect him to be given his evolved state of consciousness. As we posed for a picture, I pointed out to him that if I studied with him and became a Yogi, my name would be Yogi Bara. He liked that. I definitely have to attend one of his workshops someday soon.

The start was delayed a few minutes because Christian wanted to give those that had to park far away a chance to get in the door. Strieber, who I had not met, was having none of that. After just a few minutes of waiting, he marched up to the podium, took the microphone and announced to everybody that it was time to start. We all kind of took our cues from him and got into our seats.

What followed was a very interesting and free flowing discussion about the state of the world in general, 2012, and the alien presence, such as it is. I found Dr. Leir to be thoughtful and insightful, Jordan to be a master storyteller as always, and Strieber to be relentlessly grim. Jay could hardly get a word in edgewise, but I got the impression he was having a great time just listening to the others talk.

The only real problem I really had with any of them was with Whitley Strieber. He's firmly convinced that world is going to hell in a hand basket; that we're running out of oil, that we're running out of food, that the weather is getting worse and spiraling out of control, that we're all about to die in some unimaginable calamity. Now, to be fair, I think something really bad might happen around 2012 or shortly thereafter myself, but most of the rest of what he said was just plain wrong.

For one thing, the world is not running out of oil. Our current inflationary problems are with energy production, not energy supply. There remain vast reserves of oil all throughout the world, enough for centuries yet if choose to continue to be an oil based economy. That's not to mention all the reachable shale oil, coal for liquefaction, and many other means of energy production at our disposal.

As Jack Kemp famously said in the early 1980's, when inflation was far worse and the world was experiencing the Keynesian impossibility of stagflation, "the answer to inflation is production."

The issues we face today are solely of our own making. For three decades, the Democratic Party in this country has done everything it could to stifle the production of new domestic energy, be it drilling for oil in the so-called "Alaskan Wildlife Refuge," loosening the restrictions on safe and clean nuclear power, or "protecting" land where the aforementioned coal liquefaction plants could be built. Bob Brinker, the host of the syndicated radio program "Money Talk," has some great ideas about how to increase our energy supply cheaply, efficiently and with virtually zero impact on the environment. This latter point is important, because environmental impact is the most commonly used excuse for not allowing nuclear plants, oil platforms or gasoline refineries to be built. Check out his monologue from last week's program at It was a real eye opener for me.

One other point on this; there is a growing belief amongst geologists that the whole concept of oil as a "fossil fuel" may be wrong. Led by the late Dr. Thomas Gold, there is mounting evidence that oil may in fact not be a byproduct of biological degradation, but rather a naturally produced component of the Earth itself. If this is true and the Earth is constantly manufacturing new supplies of oil, then the reality is that we will never run out of it, and the perception of scarcity is a major component of the high prices we are seeing today. Gold's theories deserve a fair hearing and an honest test.

The point is, contrary to what Strieber and so many in the anomalist community seem to believe, the world is not crashing down around us. We feed and house more people every year, infant mortality rates decline every year, life spans increase every year, and every year we discover new and effective treatments and cures against the diseases that used to ravage us. In short, the human condition gets better every year that goes by, not worse.

If you're getting the impression I didn't care for Strieber too much, you're correct. Not only did I feel he was misinformed on the state of affairs in the world today, I also felt he hated being up on stage and couldn't wait to get out of there. As soon as George started to wind down the panel, Strieber bolted from his chair, collected his wife and was out the side door so fast he left a vapor trail. Anybody who thought they might get a chance to talk to him during the break was probably disappointed. He struck me as having contempt for his audience, which is something I've never seen from George or Richard, or from most of the authors and researchers I've met over the years. They are always gracious and giving of their time and happy to meet their fans.

To be fair, everybody has bad days, and maybe he just wasn't feeling well or was exhausted from a long trip. I don't know. But he could have done a better job of acting like he cared about being there.

After a short break, we reconvened the panel without Whitley and George, but with me, Harijiwan and Yvonne. We took about 20 questions before the night was over, and I felt bad for kind of dominating the mic at times. It's just that there were a bunch of questions that were right up my alley, so I couldn't just sit back and not say anything.

Afterwards, a bunch of us went out to grab a bite, and I didn't actually get to bed until about 4:00 AM. Still, it was fun night and I'm glad I went.

The only real disappointment is that we didn't get too much into the messages in Hollywood films angle, which was actually the advertised subject of the panel. This happens sometimes with panels.

Richard and I are discussing holding a Hollywood themed event ourselves this fall, and we'll definitely keep it more on the subject if we do.


road_slayer said...

Hey Mike,

I have a lot of respect for Whitley Strieber and all the crap he's had to endure. Maybe he should have dropped some of that callous shell he built up over the years. I remember a comment he made awhile back and from that I know he respects what you and Richard do. It's too bad you got such a negative vibe from him.

I also have a lot of respect for David Wilcock, and on a lot of things I find they have basically the same message. But on 2012, he and Whitley seem to be at odds. Whitley is definitely more gloom and doom, while David claims it will be all good.

Hearing the opinions of one "researcher" or "camp" about another is always interesting and thought provoking, so thanks man and keep it coming...

Mike Bara said...

Again, to be fair, everybody has bad days, and I could be completely wrong about what was going on with him that evening.

I respect Streiber and what he's gone through as well. But I also think he's just wrong about the state of the world right now. Yeah, we have some issues, but 2012notwithstanding, they are solvable.

Even if Obama wins.

Carol Maltby said...

Plenty of people are having problems with Whitley these days. Take the fact-checking that's recently been done regarding Whitley's contradictory (and/or flat out wrong) stories about Dr. Robert Sarbacher.

Things originally began to unravel when DM Duncan was reading Communion and Breakthrough, and noticed a detail that was inconsistent in the retelling. Whitley changed his story about Sarbacher on a very important detail -- like Schrodinger's Cat, in one version Sarbacher was alive, and in the other one Sarbacher was dead.

I supplied some analysis of the UPS component of Whitley's Sarbacher stories. Absent any explanation of the contradictions, Whitley's claim looks totally bogus. If he's going to make up fantastic nonsense about a mundane UPS delivery, how can we trust him to tell the truth about anything more exotic?

Räfa said...

So Mike, are we going to see a "Dark Mission" book translated to the brazilian portuguese? Here in Brazil there are lots of people whou would really like that. Come on, at least as an e-book?

Mike Bara said...

I hope so. Send an email to Adam Parfey @ Feral He's handling all the foriegn rights sales.

robert said...

I'm Glad you had a good time and also got time on the panel for questions up your alley.

I never read much of Strieber's material mainly because of the doom n gloom.

Well ya, I KNOW I'm going to die at some point...but do NEED to keep repeating it to me?

That kind of vibes I got from the material I've come across his site.

Glad the Mars Lander is the intermitable wait for a 3D color panoramic and then not much more...unless a snow rabbit defecates in the shovel :D Give them something REAL to analize LOL.


Gort said...

"Phoenix" confirmed landing on Mars at 7:53 pm (19:53) EDT. That's 23:53 UTC. (actually landed 15 minues earlier, but it took that long for the signal to reach earth from mars)

At 23:53 UTC Sirius was at altitude 33 degrees at Goldstone Complex, CA.(NASA tracking station)

All three stars of Orion's belt were at alt. 39 degrees at Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA (near JPL-Pasedena)

And Sirius was at alt. 33 degrees at PHOENIX, AZ.

(all within the +/- 0.5 degrees
specified in "Dark Mission," chapter 5)

Nice "co-incidences" :)


Mike Bara said...

Gee, what a surprise Gort. Looks like I'll have to double check your numbers when I get home and post on it later tonight.

marsandro said...

"WOW! MARS really ROCKS!!"

"In fact, all we SEE up there is rocks!"

"Sleep tight tonight. Your NASA is awake."



(And now, back to DARK MISSION....)