Wednesday, March 8, 2017

"Ken's Moon" Comes Crashing Down

"Dr." Ken Johnston is a very colorful character. He represents himself as a former "civilian astronaut," "astronaut trainer," and "NASA Scientist," although he was none of those things. He tells all kinds of wild tales about 'alien structures on the moon' supposedly found in NASA photos that are airbrushed out of the photos that NASA releases, keeping the aliens hidden from public view (although Ken supposedly has the unretouched photos showing the alien bases).

In fact, Ken now claims, after hypnotic regression, that ETs "trained him" to make disclosures of ET presence not only on the Moon, but also on Mars: "ASTRONAUT WHISTLEBLOWER KEN JOHNSTON REVEALS HOW ETS TRAINED HIM TO DISCLOSE UNTOUCHED NASA PHOTOS OF OPERATING MOONBASES AND ANCIENT RUINS ON MARS LONG BEFORE ARMSTRONG ARRIVED."

Ken is photoshopped into astronaut Michael Collins' space suit for a little Cosplay
In early February, 2017,  Ken went to India to speak at several science organizations. Here he seems to have represented himself as an actual astronaut. On February 12, the Indian newspaper The Hindu carried the story, "NASA astronaut visits BM Birla Science Centre."


 "A test astronaut, who is also chief trainer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States of America, Ken Johnston was bowled over by the enthusiasm that hundreds of students showed during a visit to the B.M. Birla Science Centre here on Saturday."
Perhaps Ken was thinking that being thousands of miles distant from the U.S. would result in "what happens in India, stays in India." Not a good assumption in this Age of the Internet!  
 
At the UFO Congress, 2017
Ken returned from India to the U.S. to speak at the International UFO Congress near Phoenix, Arizona (which I attended) on February 19. His talk was "Exclusive NASA Photos of Alien Bases on the Moon," with his colleague Bret Sheppard. (Sheppard's major contribution is  to have found a giant UFO in photos of the surface of Mars,  in addition to those pesky alien bases on the moon.)

As has been my recent custom, I reviewed the talks at the Congress, including his. I also contacted space writer and skeptic James Oberg, who I knew had been tracking and refuting Ken's wild claims. The resulting review was highly damaging to Ken's credibility:
  •  Ken has a "Doctor of Metaphysics" diploma from a diploma mill, not an actual school. It does not have a campus, or instructors, or offer courses. Just diplomas. He was never an "astronaut trainer," or "scientist," let alone any kind of astronaut.
  •  Ken claims that he projected for a group of NASA scientists a 16mm film from Apollo 14, showing a pentagonal cluster of alien domes in the crater Tsiolkovsky. The scientists made knowing comments about the bases. Within 24 hours, NASA had altered the film, removing the alien bases.
  • Johnston says that "professional debunker" James Oberg was wrong in claiming that Apollo 14 never filmed the Tsiolkovsky crater, and claims to have documents to prove it. Oberg replies that Apollo 14 never filmed Tsiolkovsky with its 16mm movie camera, which is what Johnston claims to have seen, although the Apollo 14 astronauts did photograph Tsiolkovsky late in the mission using a hand-held still camera.
Within a few days of that being published, emails were circulating among some of the more 'serious' UFOlogists associated with the UFO Congress concerning Ken's credentials and background. For some reason, the job of defending Ken's background fell not to Ken himself, but to his colleague Bret Sheppard. (Perhaps it was because Ken was on his way to India.) Sheppard's defense of Ken's bogus "PhD" was so absurd that it made matters worse. I am genuinely impressed that Alejandro Rojas of Open Minds Productions (organizer of the International UFO Congress) and others were concerned with Ken's misrepresentations. If a speaker comes to the UFO Congress and spins absurd tales about government UFO conspiracies, that's basically OK. Everyone expects that. But if a speaker comes and represents himself as something he is not, then this reflects badly on the UFO Congress, and they are right to be concerned.
  
 At the end of Ken's talk at the Congress, he said, "tomorrow I leave for India." However, this time the result of his trip would be very different from the fawning enthusiasm he received the last time.

Ken is Kicked out of India

 
February 7, 2017: On his first trip to India, the pretend astronaut lectures at Hindustan University

As explained on the Blog The Emoluments of Mars,
It seems that James Oberg was annoyed enough by Ken's imposturing in India that he informed NASA, who in turn informed the State Department that someone was posing as an astronaut and "chief trainer at NASA." Quicker than you can say "Glass domes on the Moon," Ken became persona non grata and was quite firmly asked to go home last Saturday. 
As reported in The Telegraph of Calcutta, March 7, 2017:
Guwahati/New Delhi, March 6: An Assam government science agency has found itself embroiled in a row kicked up by a former NASA associate who was invited to attend a conference here but was sent back the day he arrived.

Ralph Kennedy Johnston Sr, who says he was formerly associated with the US space agency's Apollo lunar missions, has complained to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Assam Science Technology and Environmental Council (Astec) "deported" him without giving him a chance to defend himself.

Johnston, in a letter to the Prime Minister's Office, has said he had attended educational meetings in Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore and had been listed as a "distinguished speaker" at a conference in Guwahati on February 28, National Science Day.

But when he reached Guwahati on February 25, Johnston wrote, he was allegedly sent back to New Delhi the same day by Astec organisers. "I was sent to New Delhi without even being given a chance to defend myself. I had to purchase my own ticket back to the US for over $1,200, even though I had been brought to India (Assam) and had been promised airfare home," Johnston alleged.
It looks like the Space Chickens have finally come home to roost.

No wonder Ken's hosts in India were upset - they are stuck with this embarrassment.

13 comments:

  1. A wonderful job, it's a pity the people who invited him there didn't do the research before hand. As to the plaque hopefully they'll make up a new one with his name removed.

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  2. Just another UFOlogical black eye. One wonders why the UFO congress does not vet their speakers before allowing them to appear. Lots of red flags here to justify such an effort. Of course, they do have to fill the list with speakers, no matter how crazy they sound. And they wonder why the media does not take them seriously!!!!!!!

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  3. As someone remarked earlier, perhaps Ken Johnston ought to be reminded that NASA never went to the moon in the first place.

    It was all a giant con trick. At least that is the view of certain people who claim to have photographic evidence of the fakery.



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  4. To be honest, I'm not sure what purpose this bit of debunkery serves, outside a weird little clique of a few old men sitting on opposite sides of a line shouting at each other.

    The number of people who can in any meaningful sense claim to be a "NASA astronaut" or anything resembling one is very small, and who they are is a matter of public record. I could tell you that I'd won the Nobel Prize for Physics, the Oscar for Best Actor, and Mister Universe, but you could check in a minute or two whether or not I was telling the truth. If you chose not to, I would have to assume that either you were an idiot, or you preferred not to check my claims for reasons best known to yourself.

    As usual, you're asking the wrong questions and claiming a cheap victory. Ken Johnston is a possibly deranged hoaxer who tells absurd, transparent lies about himself. That much is obvious. Any fool can invalidate these claims instantly by pressing a few buttons. You've accomplished nothing by telling some people in India that they've been lied to.

    A more pertinent question would be: how official is the "college" that invited such a person to speak and acclaimed him in various ways without checking his credentials at all? India is one of the world's fastest-developing nations, and they're not exactly in the Dark Ages when it comes to space technology. Wouldn't they know the difference between real and pretend astronauts if it really mattered?

    And what, in the end, did Ken Johnston actually do? The newspaper story you link seems to say that he pretended to be a bigger part of America's space program than he actually was, and a bunch of Indian students got quite excited about this. So, a number of people in another country were thrilled to be in the same room as an astronaut who subsequently turned out not to be a real one.

    And your problem is...? OK, he's lying. He's Walter Mitty. He's a bit sad. But as far as I can tell from the information you've given me, either he made students in a developing country feel more enthusiastic about space exploration, and you've just ruined that for them, or you've researched this story very badly. Show me the part where Ken Johnston tells the entire population of India that space aliens colonized the Moon and everything they know about science is a lie. Or the part where it becomes obvious that the institute that hired him to talk has some bizarre agenda and isn't really about science at all.

    Go on. Show me that. Because if you can't, you're a bad skeptic. I don't think you're wrong, I just think you're at at best lazy, and at worst a bully like the evil old man you've worshipped as a figurehead for far too long. Consider that a thrown-down gauntlet, because if you're up to the job, you ought to be doing it properly. Four words: "magical thinking" & "Donald Trump". Or is that five? Whatever. I'm just saying that maybe you should be looking at the bigger picture.

    PS - I got into MENSA too. Give me a shout when all those supermen accomplish anything whatsoever; I might even renew my subscription.

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    1. What's the bigger picture then? I can't pick one out of all that rambling.

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  5. COB: You do have somewhat of a point, in that it's totally surprising that nobody at those lectures in .in asked Ken "By the way, what missions did you fly?"

    But it wasn't Robert Shaeffer or even James Oberg who "ruined it for" those Indian students. It was NASA. NASA's view is that you just can't have shipping clerks with fake doctorates going around saying they were astronauts, most particularly _Apollo_ astronauts. I must say I agree with them.

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  6. This will help "Confirm" his story. He's being "Silenced" by the government. Anyone who believes this stuff, will now believe it more

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    1. Everything confirms his story to the pathological believers out there. Remember, any photograph clear enough to show there's no alien mini-malls on the Moon are 'doctored' according to these guys.

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  7. Ken's discovery that ETs trained him to make disclosures is one more reason why hypnotic regression should not be used as a basis for factual statements. Kathleen Marden and other presenters at the IUFOC should make a note of that.

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  8. LOL, James Oberg!!?? ..He is a paid government shill!! How do I know this you may ask. Well, I have been researching these moon photos for years, and not only are there intelligently made anomalies on the Moon, but they are being covered up by NASA! James Oberg has done everything he could to tell me that I was wrong and that these anomalies didn't exist. After showing him one of Ken's photos,James would come back with a NASA photo (same photo ID's) that was clearly manipulated and obfuscated! Ken's Moon photos are FAR less manipulated and have much greater detail. I have been round and round with James and I can tell you that he totally choked when I asked him why are there discrepancies between Ken's Moon photos(much greater details) and NASA's Moon photos that were completely washed out. After beating around the bush countless times, he just stop responding to me! Even if Ken was a total fraud, and for the record, I believe he is telling the truth, pictures say a thousand words. NASA, as well as other space agencies around the world, are NOT telling the public the truth. Period! I wouldn't believe anything that James Oberg had to say. He is doing everything to attack Ken's character, but
    as I said earlier, photos say a thousand words and James cannot disprove what's in these Moon photos. So who is James working for? James feels that if he can make Ken look bad, nobody will believe a thing he says nor the photos he shows and that's just the way NASA wants it... Notice in the article is says: " It seems that James Oberg was annoyed enough by Ken's imposturing in India that he informed NASA," .....Hmmm, kind of strange that NASA would act on Jame's word to shut Ken down? Hmm, doesn't that sound a little strange? Yeah, as I said, James is a NASA paid shill!

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  9. Chris M.

    Can you provide any actual evidence that James Oberg is a paid government 'shill' or is this just your imagination working overtime?

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