Friday, December 20, 2013

Mexico Releases Proof of E.T.'s? No.

Has Mexico released proof of E.T. contact and ancient aliens? Not exactly. And by "not exactly" I mean not at all. But this hasn't stopped various blogs and other media from reporting it as such. If it's not true... Why are people saying it is?

Let's dig into this mystery and see if we can't find the culprit!

Raul Julia-Levy
This story starts with Raul Julia's son, Raul Julia-Levy, and his documentary Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond. While promoting the film in 2011 Julia-Levy made this extraordinary statement:
"Mexico will release codices, artifacts and significant documents with evidence of Mayan and extraterrestrial contact, and all of their information will be corroborated by archaeologists,"
Augusto Garcia Rosado, the tourism minister for the Mexican state of Campeche, seemingly backed Julia-Levy's claim:
"... [new evidence has emerged] of contact between the Mayans and extraterrestrials, supported by translations of certain codices, which the government has kept secure in underground vaults for some time."
(Source: TheWrap)

Amazing claims, no? If true, this would blow the lid off the ancient aliens hypothesis, and I wouldn't be able to use one of my favorite memes on this blog anymore.

Alas, at some point in 2012 production of the documentary fell completely to hell. Julia-Levy and his partner on the project, Elizabeth Theriot, became embroiled in a legal dispute regarding the film. Also, during this mess it came to light Julia-Levy might not actually be the son of a famous actor.

But before you get too caught up in all of that, let's focus on one important point:

Nowhere in any of this did the Mexican government actually release any evidence of Mayan and extraterrestrial contact. The source quoted above seems to be original outlet where Julia-Levy makes this claim. The Mexican government itself has released no such evidence, nor have they acknowledged or backed up Julia-Levy or Rosado's claim.

Got that? Good, hang onto it - that context is important for the rest of this post. Let's continue...

That bring us to the now, 2013. Despite the fact that the Mexican government hasn't released anything on the subject, various blogs and other outlets are just going with it and saying Mexican disclosure has happened.

Take Intellihub, for instance, who ran an article titled Mexican Government Releases Proof of E.T.’s and Ancient Space Travel. Wow! What a title! You had me at "government releases proof"!

Intellihub asserts:
Newly released Mayan documents, i.e. artifacts, dating back at least 1300-years reveal that the human race is not alone and highly advanced technologies including space travel have likely existed for quite some time.

Not only does this documentation released by the Mexican government show the existence of an explorer race, it may also reveal the roots of mankind.
I find the "Mayan documents, i.e. artifacts" part particularly amusing.

Anyhoo, their claim that the Mexican government has released documents confirming E.T.'s is pretty huge. To paraphrase something someone once said - extraordinary posts requires extraordinary sources.

The Intellihub article does have sources, three to be exact:
  1. Le gouvernement du Mexique dévoile des pièces mayas prouvant le contact extra-terrestre (English: The Mexican government reveals Mayan documents proving extraterrestrial contacts)
  2. Mayan documentary to show 'evidence' of alien contact in ancient Mexico
  3. Aliens and UFOs Depicted In Mayan Artifacts Released By Mexican Government [video]
If you follow these sources, and their sources, and their sources sources, they eventually lead to two items:
  1. The same article by TheWrap, and an article from Reuters, featuring the same quotes from Julia-Levy presented earlier.
  2. A claim that Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH, National Institute of Anthropology and History) has released some artifacts depicting flying saucers, E.T.'s, and other amazing things. One such artifact is pictured here.
The first item can be dismissed outright. They're just claims from 2011 that the Mexican government will eventually release "significant documents with evidence of Mayan and extraterrestrial contact".

The second item is dubious as well. There is no provided source to confirm these artifacts came from the INAH. Nor can you find one. It's as if this statement just materialized, which is a nice way of saying, "probably bogus."

Speaking really quickly about these artifacts themselves: Even if we decided to believe the statement that they came from the INAH, there is no further evidence that they are authentic Mayan artifacts. If they were real you might want to, you know, put that sort of information front and center.
So the TL;DR version is this - None of Intellihub's three sources cite anything actually from the Mexican government. They tout unproven artifacts, and they quote a filmmaker who makes an unsubstantiated claim.

In times like these I have a quote, or mantra if you will, of my own that I always rely on:
A mountain of bullshit... is a mountain of bullshit.
To be fair to Intellihub, other outlets/bloggers/crackpots have picked up the the story and run with it too. See here, here, and here. All make the same general claim, "Mexican government releases proof of E.T.'s! ZOMG!!!11". It's so bad that if you Google 'mexican government release' you get inundated with more of the same.

If you happen to be behind any of these blogs, or wrote a similar story on your blog: First - thank you for coming, and reading. I know I probably seem like I've been dogging your work. As a peace offering, here's a skeptic bingo card I made for you.

Second -  please, please, pleaseplease check your sources. I sinceely mean this in one of those constructive criticism type ways. If you haven't set a New Year's resolution yet, let "check my sources before posting" be it.


Updated at 4:44pm: I wanted to give a quick plug for /r/Alien_Theory and /r/UFOs where I originally saw Intellihub's and other similar posts. Without these subs, you wouldn't have had to endure this awful rant - pop over there and say hi!

Also a user by the name of Ahhuatl left a comment about the "Mayan" artifacts which you might find interesting.

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