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Jun 22 2011

It’s a Conspiracy! Episode 1

This is the first of what I hope to be a continuing series of blog posts about certain conspiracy theories and the joyous laughter I get from perusing them. I enjoy conspiracy theories in the same way that I enjoy certain other types of fiction. I’m not implying that there are never conspiracies between people or organizations. Many conspiracies, though, exist only in the minds of some very special people.

A slideshow called 13 Places Google Doesn’t Want You To See was highlighted recently at truTV.com in their Featured Conspiracies section. The web site and associated television network, formerly known as Court TV, are products of Turner Broadcasting.

The slideshow and descriptions of the images indicate that some people think Google is hiding things from them, prompting them to believe there is a conspiracy behind it. I guess some people imagine conspiracies everywhere. Let’s take a look a what Google is “hiding” from us.

Alien Technology in Hiding

The first image shown here is from an area near Kaminak Lake, in Canada’s Nunavut Province. The image below was taken from Google Earth. Note the black rectangular area. It’s about 45 kilometers long and 2.3 kilometers wide.

Region near Kaminak Lake, NU, from Google Earth

Dr. Richard Boylan seems to think this is where an extraterrestrial beacon was located.

These 30-mile-long black rectangular Beacons look somewhat like the “Monolith” in Arthur C. Clarke’s novel/movie, “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

In 1972, the Cabal, covetous of the advanced technology these Beacons utilize, had secret military astronauts go into space and retrieve first one, and later the other two Space Beacons. These they ultimately placed in remote snowy locations in Nunavut Territory, Canada, in Greenland, and astride the Alaska-Yukon Territory boundary.

On 9/09/07, Colonel Shadow and his Counter-Insurgency Team (CIT) helped provide security for an operation in which the Zeta came down and extracted the Third and final Space Beacon back into space. They did so amid withering fire from Cabal mercenaries ordered to prevent the Beacon from leaving Cabal grasp. The Colonel sustained a superficial flesh wound, which he minimized, as well as many rounds to his chest, (but protected by body armor.) Others in his CIT also took hits to their bullet-proof vests.

Now that these Beacons are back in their natural positions in space, the equilibrium of electromagnetic forces in local space and on Earth is restored.

What the fuck am I reading?

Dr. Boylan seems to have a rather vivid imagination. The idea that he believes his imaginings to be factual opens up other possibilities. He could also be just a run-of-the-mill con man, of course.

Keep in mind that “Doctor” Boylan had his license revoked by the California Board of Psychology in 1995.

What’s Really Going On?

If you look at the same area near Kaminak Lake using a different mapping service, as I did with Microsoft’s bing Maps, you get a slightly different view.

Kaminak Lake, NU, from bing Maps

Where did the black strip come from in Google’s image? The strip is a gap in coverage between the image sources used to generate their map. Google (like other map service providers) uses images from a variety of sources. Some of these images come from satellite imaging, while others are from standard aerial photography.

The image you see on the web sites are often a mosaic of images from different providers. When there is a gap in coverage, Google leaves a small black strip. When better, more complete imagery is available to Google, they integrate it into their maps.

It’s a much clearer (and much saner) explanation than the idea of a 45-kilometer-long alien artifact being placed there and subsequently removed back into space.

3 comments

  1. Matthew

    Bravo, my friend! We need more posts like this (a call to sanity).

    Dr. Boylan’s “supposition” would seem to plague a lot of people. It comes across as a combination of vivid imagination, laziness, and a lack of interest in pursuing alternate theories and (dare one say it) facts.

    Mysteries are always intriguing to us. We love to imagine what the answers to them are. But sometimes, all it takes is a little research to uncover them. But then that’s not as exciting as monoliths from 2001.

    Oi.

  2. lyle

    hey i looked at the lake on google maps and there was a black strip, so i looked at other map services like bing and discovered that the black strip is gone, but if you look closly you can see where the black strip WAS… look at the water you can clearly see the black line still. i say that there is somehting there like the other 2 but someone has edited it out like many other places.

    1. Dan Johnson

      Nothing has been “edited out” of the satellite imagery. The area of mismatch is the result of an incomplete scan adjoining an area where there was a scan made with greater resolution. There simply was no imagery of that particular resolution available to the vendors selling the data to places like Google and Bing. Google has chosen to simply ignore the gap in data by showing nothing (the black strip). Bing maps has chosen to use imagery of lower resolution (probably from an older source) to fill in the gap. The difference in resolution is quite easy to see.

      The simple fact that you are unable to see something from a particular satellite mapping survey doesn’t automatically mean someone is trying to keep you from seeing what is there. That particular area doesn’t seem to be of great interest to Google or other mapping services at the moment, so they have no desire to spend money for more detailed coverage.

      Kaminak Lake was the site of commercial fishing, but the fishery has moved upriver due to above-ground mercury levels being found to be somewhat high in that area. Gold has also been found around the lake, as well as on an island in the lake.

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