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At Least NORAD Is Tracking Santa Claus

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2007 12:38:10 -0500
Archived: Sat, 22 Dec 2007 12:38:10 -0500
Subject: At Least NORAD Is Tracking Santa Claus




Source: Billy Cox's Blog | De Void - Sarasota Herald Tribune,
        Florida, USA

http://tinyurl.com/34yy9v


Friday, Dec. 21, 2007

At Least NORAD Is Tracking Santa Claus

By Billy Cox

billy.cox.nul

In light of this week=92s government-level UFO banter in Tokyo,
it=92s kinda fitting that the 100th Monkey Effect was conceived in
Japan.

You remember that one, right? Scientists studying simian
behavior on Koshima Island in the 1950s supposedly noticed how
an 18-month old female monkey started rinsing off sweet potatoes
in a stream before eating them.

She teaches a few adults to emulate her; more join in. Next
thing you know, the numbers indulging this new activity reach a
critical mass of, say, 100, and =97 bingo =97 the entire population
is washing its sweet potatoes.

But it doesn=92t stop there. Suddenly, without coming into
physical contact with each other, monkey colonies on remote
islands begin adopting the same behaviors. Depending on what you
read, it=92s either the observational basis for a paradigm shift
or a bunch of hokum from New Age fact-fudgers.

Either way, De Void couldn=92t help thinking about the 100th
Monkey Effect when Reuters covered a Japanese exchange on UFOs
on Tuesday.

Setting the stage was last month=92s milestone press conference in
Washington, D.C. That=92s when pilots and retired military
officials from nations whose governments sponsor UFO research
(France, England, Chile and Peru, among others) called on the
U.S. to join them in their official studies.

So, the other day, Japanese lawmaker Ryuji Yamane, of the
opposition Democratic Party, challenged his government in kind.

"This is an issue that the nation is interested in. It is a
defense issue, and a confirmation operation needs to take
place," Yamane said. "But the government does not even try to
collect information necessary for confirmation."

That prompted a headline-making statement from Chief Cabinet
Secretary Nobutaka Machimura. "I definitely believe they exist,"
he said to laughter from the peanut gallery. Which obliged Prime
Minister Yasuo Fukuda to weigh in as well, saying "I have yet to
confirm" that UFOs exist.

On Thursday, Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba retorted,
"There are no grounds for us to deny that there are unidentified
flying objects and some life-form that controls them."

But he wondered if a military response to UFO violations of
Japan=92s airspace would be justified in the absence of hostile
intent. "Would that be mobilization for an act of defense? That
would not be the case if they say, =91Everyone on Earth, let us be
friends,=92 " Ishiba told Kyodo News. "Or what can we do when we
can=92t figure out what they=92re saying?"

So the dialogue gets under way in Japan. For a few minutes,
anyway.

Meanwhile, back in the States, the 100th Monkey Effect is
profound. Responding to calls for more UFO transparency, the
North American Aerospace Defense Command will be tracking Santa
Claus in real time at www.noradsanta.org.

On that sad note, De Void is signing off. This exercise in
futility will resume on the other side of Christmas.



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