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Time Change Chronicle

General Trends Impacting the Paradigm Clock

The following are developments which cannot be assigned specific time changes, but clearly affected the Paradigm Clock and the overall time values assigned to other specific events.

Toward midnight  >        <   Away from midnight

1990 on

The extraordinary, exponential expansion of the World Wide Web


1980 on

Rise of the "politics of nothing" in which endless debate over inconsequential or intractable issues becomes commonplace.


1980 on

Expansion of talk radio and other layers of media outlets


1980 on

Growing commercialization of news organizations along with large corporate ownership.


1969 on

Policy of the largest national organization, MUFON, to maintain a generally non-assertive, non-confrontational, non-political posture.


1947 on

The unavailability of funding commensurate with the issue’s importance


1947 on

Multi-decade campaign by elements of the federal government of misinformation, disinformation, obfuscation, misrepresentation, denial, and deceit.


1945 on

Creation of a vast secret empire within the government with excessive levels of classification surrounding people, documents and programs.


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Toward midnight  >        <   Away from midnight


The Paradigm Clock is reset

Based upon the items listed below, the Paradigm Clock is reset 60 seconds closer to midnight.


Crisis in America.

> 45 sec 11:59:45

After several false starts Air America Radio begins to make headway as a counter balance to conservative radio, approaching 100 markets.  This is facilitated by access to some stations owned by syndicate giant Clear Channel Communications, chastened in the aftermath of the Michael Powell fiasco at the Federal Communications Commission - the failed attempt to expand conglomeration of media via new regulations.  The effort brought an intense scrutiny of Clear Channel Communications and its business practices.   The dominant theme on Air America programs becomes the consequences of government lying.  Abuse of power and excess secrecy are also featured.

> 10 sec 11:59:00

The Institute for Cooperation (ICIS) in Space requests Canadian Senator Colin Kenny, Senator, Chair of The Senate Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, “schedule public hearings on the Canadian Exopolitics Initiative, so that witnesses such as the Hon. Paul Hellyer, and Canadian-connected high level military-intelligence, NORAD-connected, scientific, and governmental witnesses facilitated by the Disclosure Project and by the Toronto Exopolitics Symposium can present compelling evidence, testimony, and Public Policy recommendations.”

> 5 sec 11:58:50

In a speech at University of Toronto's Convocation Hall, Paul Hellyer, Canada’s Defence Minister from 1963-67 under Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prime Minister Lester Pearson and Deputy Prime Minister under Pierre Trudeau, publicly states, "UFOs, are as real as the airplanes that fly over your head."     Hellyer further states, "The secrecy involved in all matters pertaining to the Roswell incident was unprecedented  The classification was, from the outset, above top secret, so the vast majority of U.S. officials and politicians, let alone a mere allied minister of defence, were never in-the-loop."

> 5 sec 11:58:45

Brazil Releases Classified Data - Recognizes UFO Research  - The Brazilian Air Force (FAB), almost certainly with the approval of  Minister of Defense and Vice President, José Alencar, enters into an agreement with civilian researchers to release information and jointly investigate UFO incidents.

> 10 sec 11:58:40

X-Conference.  The first two conferences devoted specifically to the political implications of extraterrestrial-related phenomena and disclosure are held just outside of Washington, DC.   X-Conferences 2004 and 2005 attract considerable media attention, new government witnesses and launch numerous projects and documentaries.  At the 2005 conference former Vatican official, Monsignor Corrado Balducci, speaks in the United States for the first time regarding the truth of an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.

> 5 sec 11:58:30
11/2/04 President George W. Bush is reelected. < 30 sec 11:58:25
9/27/04 Dr. John E. Mack is killed in London in an automobile accident. Details. < 5 sec 11:58:55
July 2004

Producer, director, writer and actor Dan Aykroyd becomes the first A-list celebrity to allow his or her name and image to be used to support extraterrestrial-related phenomena research.  He publicly endorses the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).

> 5 sec 11:59:00

Mexico's DoD Releases Video to UFO Research Team - The Department of  Defense of Mexico, with the approval of Mexican Secretary of Defense, General Clemente Vega Garcia (and almost certainly Mexican President Vicente Fox), holds an international press conference at the Hotel Sevilla Palace in Mexico City.    The Department of Defense releases air surveillance evidence of an unusual sighting to a civilian research team headed by  researcher and journalist, Jaime Maussan and confirms a joint investigative effort. 

> 10 sec 11:58:55
3/8/04 The Paradigm Clock is reset 11:58:45

John Kerry essentially locks up the Democrat Party nominee, thus creating the prospect of two alumni of the Yale University based secret society, Skull and Bones, facing each other on the November presidential ballot.  Recent books by Alexandra Robbins Kris Milligan and Steven Sora begin receiving national attention.  While the top-tier political media predictably treat this as a joke, this notable circumstance, coupled with the actions of President Bush listed below, places the issue of government and cabalistic secrecy as a societal detriment more prominently on the nation's radar.  

> 5 sec 11:58:45
November -

A political firestorm develops over the quality, source and veracity of U.S. intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.  The matter of government propaganda and possible misrepresentation of facts to the America people regarding major issues is elevated to a degree not seen since Iran Contra in the mid 1980's.  Secrecy reformers and reform organizations such as Steven Aftergood and the Federation of American Scientists begin receiving greater attention.

> 5 sec 11:58:40

For the first time an orbiter circled the planet Mars (the Mars Express) which was not under United States control (European Space Agency).   [The only other non-US attempts - six  Soviet and one Japanese - all failed.]   Consequently, barring secret side agreements, the matter of Martian exoarcheology is now not solely in the control of NASA, JPL and the U.S. government.

> 10 sec 11:58:35
October 2003

October 2003 Numerous newspaper articles covering the opening of the Center for American Progress mention millions of dollars of financial backing from George Soros, thus placing the billionaire financier just one degree of separation from the issues of extraterrestrial phenomena and disclosure.

10/28/03 Just seven days after the Sci Fi Channel/CFI second NPC press conference, a new liberal think tank headed by John Podesta,  Center for American Progress, opens it doors.

10/21/03 The Sci Fi Channel and the Coalition for Freedom of Information hold a second press conference at the National Press Club announcing their intentions to file law suits to pressure the Department of Defense and National Aeronautics and Space Administration over documents pertaining to the 1965 Kecksburg, PA events.

> 10 sec 11:58:25

9/17/03  President George W. Bush issues an order under Executive Order 12958 of April 17, 1995, as amended extending "Top Secret" classification authority to the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

9/16/03  President George W. Bush issues Presidential Determination No. 2003-39, which continues to "exempt the Air Force's operating location near Groom Lake, Nevada, from any Federal, State, interstate or local provision respecting control and abatement of solid waste or hazardous waste disposal that would require the disclosure of classified information concerning the operating location to any unauthorized person."

11/01/01  President George W. Bush issues Executive Order 13233 significantly altering the Presidential Records Act and placing the disposition of Ronald Reagan's Presidential papers and George H. W. Bush's Vice Presidential papers under his control

< 15 sec 11:58:15
11/13/02 The Paradigm Clock is reset 11:58:30
The main advertising campaign begins for a massive production, Taken, from Steven Spielberg. > 10 sec 11:58:30
11/5/02 The Republican Party gains control of the House and Senate in the mid-term election.   > 5 sec 11:58:20
11/5/02 A milestone is reached, when independent candidate, Stephen Bassett, becomes the first person to appear on a November ballot in a federal election, while speaking directly to the reality of an extraterrestrial presence. > 5 sec 11:58:15
10/22/02 John Podesta, former key advisor and White House Chief of Staff during the Clinton Administration, presents at the SCI FI press conference as a principal in the retained public relations firm, PodestaMattoon > 5 sec 11:58:10
10/22/02 The SCI FI Channel, owned by multi-billion dollar, multi-national Vivendi Universal, launches a set of disclosure advocacy initiatives. > 10 sec 11:58:05
to Present
A national and international effort to motivate Iraq to disarm or undergo a regime change is conducted.  < 15 sec 11:57:55
10/1/02 The Data Quality Act takes effect.   > 5 sec 11:58.10
A year of images from the Mars 2001 Odyssey orbiter Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) plus new images from the Mars Global Surveyor are intensely scrutinized.   The anomalies controversy remains alive. > 5 sec 11:58:05
1/16/02 The Paradigm Clock is reset 11:58:00
The United States undergoes a significant transformation which extends to domestic and foreign posture as well as public demeanor. > 1 min 11:58:00
9/11/01 The United States is attacked by terrorist squads working on behalf of foreign organizations. < 2 min 11:57:00
5/17/01 The Paradigm Clock is reset 11:59:00
The media coverage of the Disclosure Project press coverage is extensive and international.   Further, the webcast of the press conference [archived at the Disclosure Project website]  receives several hundred thousand log-ins.  Other news entities indicate further coverage is pending.  > 10 sec 11:59:00
5/9/01 The Disclosure Project [www.disclosureproject.org] holds a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC where the testimony of 75 witnesses, mostly former military and government agency employees, to UFO/ET evidence and events was presented to the national and international press. > 15 sec 11:58:50
5/5/01 Yale educated astronomer Thomas Van Flandern presents a compendium of evidence for artificial structures on Mars at a press conference held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. It is webcast worldwide and archived at www.connectlive.com/events/metaresearch by Connect Live.  The PowerPoint presentation itself can be found at:  www.metaresearch.org > 5 sec 11:58:35
2/25/01 Arthur C. Clarke meets with astronaut Buzz Aldrin in Sri Lanka with Andrew Chaikin, editor of Space.com’s Space Illustrated Magazine, listening in.  He states, “I'm fairly convinced that we have discovered life on Mars. There are some incredible photographs from [the Jet Propulsion Laboratory], which to me are pretty convincing proof of the existence of large forms of life on Mars!  Have a look at them.  I don't see any other interpretation."   [www.space.com/peopleinterviews/clarke_believe_010227.html > 5 sec 11:58:30
1/20/01 George W. Bush becomes the 43rd President of the United States. > 15 sec 11:58:25
7/12/00 The Paradigm Clock is reset 11:58:10
7/6/00 On Coast to Coast AM with Mike Siegel, noted legal/social activist, Daniel Sheehan, and former Stanford Research Institute futurist, Alfred Webre, come forward with important personal testimony.  > 5 sec 11:58:10
6/25/00 MSNBC airs a substantive one-hour news documentary on the UFO/ET issue. > 5 sec 11:58:05
6/23/00 Internet entrepreneur, Joseph Firmage, who has publicly stated his belief in a extraterrestrial presence, launches an integrated media network, Project Voyager, with Ann Druyan, widow of the late Dr. Carl Sagan.   Firmage also states that his venture capital firm, Intend Change, has amassed $225 million. > 5 sec 11:58:00
6/22/00 NASA holds a press conference to announce photographic evidence pointing toward active subterranean water on Mars. > 5 sec 11:57:55
June 00 Lt. Col. Philip  Corso comes under intense attack by researchers when FBI files on him are released to and then partially published by Larry Bryant.  These files contain much negative material written up by FBI agents over a span of several decades. < 5 sec 11:57:50
5/23/00 The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) releases 27,000 new Mars photos onto the Internet which immediately come under close scrutiny by a host of Mars researchers.  The archive covers one Mars year, 687 Earth days, beginning in September 1997 and extending through August 1999. > 5 sec 11:57:55
5/21/00 Leslie Kean, an accomplished freelance journalist, publishes in the Boston Globe an extended piece on the UFO/ET issue, focusing on the  COMETA report soon to be published in the U.S. in English.  The Globe is one the top ten dailies in America.  The Minneapolis Star-Tribune (May 29), Memphis Commercial Appeal, Irish Independent (June 27), and VSD Magazine (July) follow up with versions of the story. > 7 sec 11:57:50
Heather Ann Harder includes the extraterrestrial phenomena issue in her Democratic primary campaign for President.   Receives substantial votes in New Hampshire and Texas. > 3 sec 11:57:43
4/26/00 Art Bell steps down as host of Coast to Coast AM and is replaced by Mike Siegel.   Siegel and Premiere Radio Networks make it clear the program will remain devoted to the program's past subject matter, including, of course, the UFO/ET/Disclosure issues.   Siegel, who has a Ph.D. and a law degree, demonstrates keen interest in the politics of disclosure. > 5 sec 11:57:40
4/5/00 The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) release new photographs of the Cydonia region of Mars which had been held back in violation of an agreement to publish such photos quickly. > 5 sec 11:57:35
3/11/00 A Canadian cable television technician reveals he has taped thousands of hours of direct NASA Shuttle mission videos.  Martyn Stubbs comes forward with some anomalous imagery and thousands of hours of more tape to examine. > 5 sec 11:57:30
3/10/00 Touchstone Pictures releases Brian DePalma's provocative movie, Mission to Mars, and introduces the Cydonia/Face controversy to millions of Americans. > 5 sec 11:57:25
Nov 99 Dr. John Mack publishes Passport to the Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters his long awaited follow-up to Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens. > 5 sec 11:57:20
7/21/99 The Paradigm Clock is reset 11:57:15
7/21/99 X-PPAC, the first political action committee in history targeting the politics of  UFO/ET phenomena and the government cover-up is announced on Art Bell's Coast to Coast late night talk show. > 10 sec 11:57:15
7/16/99 In France a study conducted by COMETA, former high ranking members of the French government, indicates high likelihood for the ET hypothesis. > 10 sec 11:57:05
June 99 Clark C. McClelland, an aerospace engineer and former NASA employee, goes public with personal testimony regarding NASA/UFO related events during his tenure. He is a significant addition to a growing list of government employees willing to come forward with such testimony. > 5 sec 11:56:55
6/7/99 The National Institute of Discovery Science (NIDS) releases results of a new Roper Poll on public awareness of the UFO/ET reality. > 5 sec 11:56:50
4/3/99 The MUFON Board of Directors votes to formally support the UFO State Ballot Initiative.

> 5 sec

11/25/98 Entrepreneur Joseph Firmage announces the publishing of his internet book The Truth and begins a complex process of engagement with the issue and the media.

> 8 sec

Francis Emma Barwood includes the extraterrestrial phenomena issue in her Republican primary campaign for Arizona Secretary of State. > 2 sec 11:56:32
7/25/98 The Paradigm Clock is reset 11:56:30
7/16/98 Col. Philip Corso, author of  The Day After Roswell, dies of a heart attack in Florida. < 10 sec 11:56:30
6/29/98 The Society for Scientific Exploration publishes its analysis of major UFO incidents and calls for new investigation. > 10 sec 11:56:40
In spite of pressure from  the public and activist organizations, no further Cydonia photos are to be taken until the spring of 1999 by the Mars Global Surveyor. < 15 sec 11:56:30
6/1/98 Col. Philip Corso, author of  The Day After Roswell , signs an affidavit in support of the CAUS FOIA lawsuit.

> 5 sec


May 1998 The major media fail to thoroughly cover the three MGS photos, dismissing the artificiality hypothesis based upon the very first, low resolution image of the "Face." < 20 sec



The Paradigm Clock is published to the World Wide Web



Rephotographing of the Cydonia region on Mars by NASA begins and three decades after the Viking mission, three new photographs of Cydonia are published to the internet by NASA and JPL.  > 10 sec



Sarah McClendon, White House Correspondent to eleven Presidents, publishes, "Lid Coming Off Government Cover-up of UFOs"and "Pressure is Building for Congressional Hearings on UFOs." > 10 sec



Dr. Tom Van Flandern presents his findings on the Mars "Face" to the American Astronomical Society > 10 sec



Dr. Steven Greer of CSETI states publicly on the Art Bell Radio Talk Show he briefed sitting CIA Director James Woolsey for 3 hours on the UFO evidence. > 10 sec



Cable Television: Discovery, Learning, Arts and Entertainment and History Channels begin airing and re-airing a stream of documentaries on extraterrestrial related phenomena. > 30 sec



Publication of Phillip Corso’s The Day After Roswell > 25 sec



The movie, Contact, opens. > 10 sec



Alien Autopsy film is heavily debunked and does not advance < 10 sec



Mexico City video is taken of near saucer. Witnesses are eventually found. > 10 sec


July 1997

Major conference and media event is held in Roswell, NM. 17 nations send 200 journalists to cover the event. > 1 min


April 1997

CSETI holds a press and Congressional briefing at the Shorham Hotel in Washington, DC > 20 sec



UFO sighting over Phoenix and the state of Arizona > 30 sec



The Rockefeller initiative ends < 30 sec



Airing of the NOVA video on alien abduction on national television < 10 sec



The Project Watchfire/UFO Forum website is launched by Microsoft Network. > 5 sec



Alien autopsy film is aired for the first time on national television > 10 sec


Aug 1995

Harvard’s investigation of Dr. Mack closes without censure > 10 sec



Harvard’s "Special Faculty Committee" assesses Dr. John Mack’s work < 10 sec



Publication of Dr. John Mack’s Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens > 10 sec



The Rockefeller initiative to persuade President Clinton to release UFO/ET related documents begins.

> 15 sec


11/03/92 George H. W. Bush and the Republican Party lose the presidency to William Clinton. < 25 sec 11:53:25

June 1992

Abduction Study Conference is held at MIT > 10 sec


The Soviet Union dismantles into separate republics.  The Cold War is officially over. > 80 sec 11:53:40


Perhaps the largest and most sustained UFO sighting flap in modern history begins in Mexico City with disk sightings during a solar eclipse. > 10 sec



Linda Cortile (Napolitano) is abducted through the window of her New York apartment.   The event is witnessed by several people from the Brooklyn Bridge. > 5 sec



Publication of Whitley Strieber’s Communion > 5 sec



Publication of Richard Hoagland’s Monuments of Mars: City on the Edge of Forever > 5 sec


Dec 1984

Majestic-12 documents are delivered to Jaime Shandera > 10 sec



The film E.T. opens. > 10 sec



Strange Harvest is aired for the first time on national television > 5 sec


Dec 1980

Bentwaters/Woodbridge RAF Bases encounter in Rendlesham Forest > 10 sec



Vince DiPietro rediscovers the Mars "Face" originally noted by Toby Owen in 1976 in a Viking Orbiter 1 photograph. > 10 sec



Close Encounters of the Third Kind opens > 10 sec



Crop circles come to the attention of the general public. > 15 sec



The abduction of  Jack and Jim Weiner, Chuck Rak and Charlie Foltz takes place in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway in Maine. > 5 sec



Travis Walton is abducted in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in northeastern Arizona while doing logging work   Six fellow loggers witness the event. > 10 sec



CUFOS (Center for UFO Studies) is founded. > 15 sec


July 1974

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) becomes law. > 15 sec



NICAP, possibly from being heavily infiltrated by the CIA, is dissolved. < 20 sec



Atmospheric physicist Dr. James E. McDonald commits suicide.  Details. < 10 sec 11:50:20


Dr. J. Allen Hynek publicly changes his position on UFOs by 180° > 30 sec


Dec 1969

U. S. Air Force’s Project Blue Book is closed down. < 90 sec


May 1969

MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) is founded. > 30 sec



House Committee on Science & Astronautics holds symposium on UFOs < 30 sec



Betty and Barney Hill case is published in Look Magazine > 20 sec



House Committee on Armed Services holds hearing on UFO evidence < 30 sec


March 1966

Ann Arbor, MI sighting leads to Dr. J. Allen Hynek famous "Swamp Gas" explanation. > 20 sec



Brookings Report entitled "Proposed Studies on the Implications of Peaceful Space Activities for Human Affairs" is delivered to NASA < 2 min



NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena) founded. > 10 sec


Jan 1953

The CIA convenes the Robertson Panel and the era of official debunking begins. < 20 sec 11:53:10


UFO sighting over the city of Washington, DC > 40 sec



The Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO) is founded. > 10 sec


Mid 1950s

The Space Brothers - revelations by George Adamski and others. < 60 sec



Paul Trent takes two pictures of a metallic disk over his farm in McMinnville, Oregon. >20 sec 11:53:00


The first government study of the UFO phenomenon, the Air Force's Project Sign, submits its "Estimate of the Situation" which endorses the extraterrestrial hypothesis, and the report is rejected by General Hoyt S. Vandenberg. < 20 sec 11:52:40

July 1947

The Paradigm Clock initial setting is pegged to the press announcement of a crashed "saucer" outside Roswell, New Mexico and matches the initial setting of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Doomsday Clock.



Modern era of extraterrestrial-related phenomena begins with the sightings of "saucers" by Kenneth Arnold - neutral time set


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