The Monolith In Utah

New York Post

2020 just keeps getting weirder.

The latest incident began when a group of officers from the Utah Department of Public Safety's Aero Bureau spotted something strange. The group was flying over rural Utah and counting bighorn sheep when they noticed a gleaming, alien-looking entity in the middle of nowhere.

"One of the biologists...spotted it, and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it," said pilot Bret Hutchings. "He was like, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!' And I was like, 'What.' And he's like, 'There's this thing back there—we've got to go look at it!"

The "thing" was a metallic, prism-shaped monolith, standing about 12 feet high and reflecting the desert sun.

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2020 has offered such a dramatic flurry of news stories that one topic in particular seems to keep getting lost in the fray: aliens.

There was the confirmation of the Pentagon's UFO sightings and its special top-secret UFO task force. The potential alien life on Venus. And of course, the abundance of civilian alien sightings.

Now, some high-profile people are coming forward with stories about their own alien encounters. Miley Cyrus recently came forward with a wild story involving drugs, UFOs, and eye contact with an actual extraterrestrial.

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"I was driving through San Bernardino with my friend, and I got chased down by some sort of UFO," the 27-year-old told Cyrus told fashion designer Rick Owens in a recent Interview Magazine profile. The two were on the subject of Area 51 after Owens began discussing his recent birthday, which included a visit to the alleged alien prison. This prompted Cyrus to launch into a story about a recent "experience."

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Forget Area 51: People Are Now Storming the Loch Ness

The time is now for us to find dat big boi

Area 51 is old news.

Today, a new Facebook event has emerged—this one based in Scotland—entitled "Storm Loch Ness, Nessie cant hide from us all." As of July 24, over 60,000 people have RSVP'd to the event.

They're doing this in order to find Nessie, the legendary long-necked cryptid who supposedly inhabits a deep freshwater lake in the Scottish highlands.

Nessie, via CNN

Scotland's water safety organization, the RNLI, was not amused. It warned potential raiders that they are at risk of hypothermia and drowning if they actually go through with the plot to find Nessie.

The RNLI does not have the same resources as the US military, which essentially promised that any invaders of Area 51 would be shot. Instead, the Scottish water guardians relied on good old common sense, reminding the battalions of potential Loch Ness warriors that the Loch is very difficult to swim in and waves can reach up to 10 feet. "Our Atlantic 85 lifeboat has an impressive survivor carrying capacity, but even that will be stretched by the 'attendees' of this event," the organization said.

Still, the number of RSVPs is growing by the hour. In light of the success of the Area 51 and Loch Ness Facebook groups, the pressing question is: Why? Why do so many people claim to be going to conspiracy theory-related, potentially life-threatening events?

According to the all mighty, all knowledgeable, always correct Wikipedia, there are five types of conspiracy theories:

  • "The "Enemy Outside" refers to theories based on figures alleged to be scheming against a community from without.
  • The "Enemy Within" finds the conspirators lurking inside the nation, indistinguishable from ordinary citizens.
  • The "Enemy Above" involves powerful people manipulating events for their own gain.
  • The "Enemy Below" features the lower classes working to overturn the social order.
  • The "Benevolent Conspiracies" are angelic forces that work behind the scenes to improve the world and help people."

Judging by that list, these raids could fit into the "Enemy Below" category, as perhaps the raids are subconscious uprisings against the horrific wealth of the super-rich.

Perhaps the millennial/Gen-Z death drive is to blame. Twitter certainly made the case for that during the Area 51 craze.

As the news about climate change grows worse and worse, these raiders are possibly seeking distraction from the reality of the state of the world. Or maybe it's the fact that since relatively few of us practice an organized religion, we're forced to seek communion with divine forces in occultism and conspiracy theories.

Really, though, it's hard to say. Are these raiders seeking God? Death? Revolution? Regression back to the days when Harry Potter was the hottest thing next to your new flip phone? Dadaist, performative absurdity as a medium through which this world might be comprehended? Alternative forms of community and love to combat the bleakness of the past and the unbearable darkness of the future? Time will tell. Or maybe it won't. For now, no mythical creature or military base is safe.