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Joe Firmage...A "Believer" Case Study

Postby ryguy » Sun Jan 06, 2008 6:05 pm

Interesting article on Firmage:

http://www.forbes.com/1999/09/02/feat_print.html

USWeb/CKS is flying high

A scrum of reporters jockeyed for position at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art recently to cover a marginal news conference for a middling Internet startup. Journalists from newspapers, computer magazines and web sites strained to get a glimpse of the proceedings.

The star attraction? Not a hot new technology or landmark business partnership, but a slight, unassuming 20-something who happens to believe in aliens.

The neck-craning attention didn't phase Joe Firmage, the Fox Mulder of Silicon Valley, who has parlayed infamy into fame and fortune for himself and USWeb/CKS uswb (nasdaq: uswb), the billion-dollar Internet consulting firm he cofounded. Despite (or because of) Firmage's controversial views on extraterrestrial life and its impact on history, USWeb/CKS is soaring higher than one of the spaceships that Firmage swears by.

The company has moved its headquarters from the South Bay Area to San Francisco's tony Multimedia Gulch and is in the midst of its biggest recruitment drive. The 3,000-person company has added more than 1,000 employees worldwide in the past year. By September, its workforce will approach 4,000. Sales, meanwhile, reached a record $101 million in its latest quarter, and USWeb/CKS is adding corporate clients faster than you can say "ET."

Firmage displays the panache that helped him start a high tech company in Utah at 18 and become a millionaire shortly after he started shaving.

Funny. This doesn't appear to be a company reeling from the self-inflicted public relations wounds of an alien-believing executive. In fact, the company is prospering. Or was this all part of a carefully orchestrated PR stunt? Did Firmage deceive a gullible press into unwittingly making him and his otherwise pedestrian company into major names in the Valley?

"UFO Joe's" otherworldly views about extraterrestrial intelligence earned him sensational headlines--and a pink slip from USWeb/CKS in January. At the time he made news promoting his 600-page online treatise, "The Truth" (www.thewordistruth.org), which linked many of history's major religious and technological events to visits from aliens. He even recounted a close encounter of the third kind in his Los Gatos, Calif., home in 1997.

Firmage has steadfastly defended his unconventional views. "Why would a young, successful CEO risk his reputation on something this fantastic?" he once asked. "Because I believe so much in this theory. And I am in a unique position to communicate an extremely important message. I have the money, credibility, scientific grounding and faith."

Firmage, who has since softened some of his more off-the-wall comments, insists that he is not trying to cash in on the enduring UFO craze. Rather, he has sunk more than $3 million into establishing Project Kairos (derived from the ancient Greek word meaning "the right or opportune moment") to prepare mankind for aliens. "There is no money to be made--just to be lost," he says.

But Firmage never really left USWeb/CKS. He maintained a modest office there as a consultant and frequently contributed to corporate strategy. While technically away from the company, he did the rounds in national TV and print interviews that established him as a cult figure and thrust his company into the klieg lights. Was it all calculated? Perhaps we should expect nothing less from a shrewd individual who cofounded a firm that specializes in brand marketing.

A prime example was this summer's MOMA fete. In his first public appearance since the UFO flap, Firmage promoted a more down-to-earth venture. He unveiled Intend Change Group, a consulting company for Internet startups in need of expert advice on writing business plans and schmoozing with venture capitalists. USWeb/CKS is a major investor in the startup.

The publicity surrounding Firmage is all well and good, company officials reluctantly acknowledge, but they maintain that USWeb/CKS is leading an e-commerce revolution. "There is a huge push across all industries to have an online presence. The emerging digital economy has reached a point where absolutely nobody can ignore it," says Ian Small, USWeb/CKS chief strategist and knowledge officer.

To that end, USWeb/CKS is adding a veritable Who's Who of Forbes 500 firms to its core of customers. In the past several months, it has signed up America Online aol (nyse: aol), 20th Century Fox fox (nyse: fox), Walgreens wag (nyse: wag) and Williams-Sonoma wsm (nyse: wsm). Meanwhile, a long list of wannabes--Viant vian (nasdaq: vian), Razorfish razf (nasdaq: razf) and iXL iixl (nasdaq: iixl)--are mimicking USWeb/CKS' formula of Internet strategic consulting services and web design in hopes of striking it rich.

"The fact that [Firmage] opened up the issue required a lot of courage. He stuck his neck out."

USWeb/CKS executives are reluctant to talk about Firmage. Still, it doesn't hurt to have the mug of a company figurehead on network and cable TV. NBC's Dateline, A&E Television Networks and Fox Family Channel filed reports on Firmage this year. Additionally, documentaries are in the works to promote a hardcover version of his book, The Word is Truth.

Truth be told, Firmage is an extremely persuasive speaker. He is witty, articulate, believable and charming. He coolly and easily displays the panache that helped him start a high tech company in Utah at 18 and become a millionaire shortly after he started shaving. In many ways, he is the ideal spokesman for USWeb/CKS--whatever his unorthodox views.

And the public's overwhelming verdict? The clean-cut Firmage is an earnest, brilliant individual who has put the truth, as he sees it, before his career. He seems to have touched a common chord.

"These are certainly speculative and provocative theories but, on the other hand, he's not a crackpot," says Harold Puthoff, a respected physicist at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Austin, Tex. "As far as whether we'll meet up with E.T., the jury is still out. The proof is yet to be found. The fact that [Firmage] opened up the issue required a lot of courage. He stuck his neck out."


Jim Marrs, a journalist in Dallas who has written extensively about UFOs and the John F. Kennedy assassination, says: "Firmage is a brilliant guy. He picked the brains of top researchers to come up with his ideas. There have been dozens of works on the Roswell-technology connection."

The authoritative 1997 book, The Day After Roswell, is one of them. Coauthor Bill Birnes says: "Joe is right on." Like Firmage, he contends the origins of high tech inventions such as lasers and the microchip can be traced to a purported alien spacecraft crash in 1947 in Roswell, N.M.

USWeb/CKS' recent meteoric rise, in part, can also be traced to that spaceship.
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Postby Access Denied » Mon Jan 07, 2008 3:24 am

Some more data for those who may not be familiar with the emptying of Firmage’s deep pockets by the “core scammers” in the following select quotes from the SUN…

The Skeptics UFO Newsletter (SUN) #56, March 1999
http://csicop.org/klassfiles/SUN-56.html

[emphasis added]

Millionaire Software Expert Joe Firmage Sees Link Between UFO/ET Technology, Biblical Miracles, And Today's "Psychic Phenomena"

IF Joe Firmage, the 28-year-old Silicon Valley Internet expert and multi-millionaire is correct--that UFOs and their ET occupants have been visiting earth for thousands of years (possibly appearing as angels) and that ET advanced technology can explain "miracles" reported in the Bible--Firmage could have the greatest impact on religion since Jesus and Mohammed. (If Jesus was a "hybrid," created with ET sperm, this could explain the "virgin birth" and advanced ET technology could explain the "miracles" Jesus reportedly performed.) Firmage's views on the relationship between UFOs, religion and "psychic phenomena," are detailed in a 240-page report he posted on the Internet in late November, (modestly) titled "The Truth."

In "The Truth," Firmage reveals his belief that a crashed saucer was recovered near Roswell in 1947, that the U.S. government is engaged in a massive UFO coverup and that an MJ-12 group exists. He believes that if the "new MJ-12 papers" recently made public by Dr. Robert Wood and his son Ryan are bogus, then the papers were intentionally created with factual errors by a U.S. or Soviet intelligence agency to discredit belief in the reality of MJ-12. [Some of the many flaws in these papers were detailed in SUN #55/Jan. 1999.] Firmage reportedly has spent 2-3 million dollars in promoting "The Truth," including advertising in major newspapers and on radio. Firmage may see himself as the "New Messiah of UFOlogy."

[snip]

Highlights of Firmage's views were reported in a lengthy feature article by Michael Learmonth in the Dec. 10-16 edition of Metro (Silicon Valley's weekly newspaper), which carried the headline: "SILICON VALLEY CEO MEETS THE ALIENS!" The article provided a few details about Firmage's youth and religious training which offer insights into the genesis of his current views: "Firmage was raised...as a Mormon but he abandoned the faith as a teenager when he `began to have questions about the more dogmatic aspects of the religion.' Mormonism, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, requires followers to believe in direct human-angel contact. According to Mormon doctrine, the founder of the sect, Joseph Smith, was contacted by the angel Mormoni in 1827 and guided to the sacred golden tablets from which the Book of Mormon was written." When Firmage briefly recounts the tale of Mormonism's genesis, he comments that Smith's "encounters with brilliant, white-clothed beings are almost indistinguishable from many modern-day accounts of first-hand encounters with `Visitors,'" i.e., ETs.

Here we see some more of the usual suspects mentioned…

DID DR. STURROCK'S JOURNAL PROVIDE THE LINK TO DR. WOOD AND MJ-12?

Firmage does not disclose how he learned of the "new MJ-12 papers" and made contact with Dr. Wood. Possibly the link was provided by the quarterly journal published by Dr. Peter Sturrock's Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE), which devotes considerable coverage to UFOs and which Firmage praises as a "mind-expanding and rigorous publication." (Sturrock has long been interested in UFOs and SSE conducted the recent nine-man scientist panel evaluation of the best UFO evidence [SUN #53/Sept. 1998].) The spring 1997 issue of SSE's journal carried a very favorable review by Dr. Wood of Stanton Friedman's book on MJ-12: "Top Secret/Majic." In Wood's review, he refers to Friedman's chapter dealing with "three [new MJ-12] documents from Timothy Cooper...who has been sending Friedman material from unknown sources. These three documents are supportive of the existence of an MJ-12 Majic project."

In fact, Friedman's book reports that his investigation showed at least several of the first and subsequent Cooper-supplied papers to be counterfeit, and he was suspicious of others. Several Letters-to-the-Editor commenting on Wood's review were published in the next issue of SSE's journal, including one from Friedman. However, Friedman did not correct, or even mention, Wood's significant error about Cooper's "new MJ-12" papers being "supportive of the existence of an MJ-12 Majic project." (Wood is a long-time friend of Friedman and once arranged for McDonnell Douglas to hire Friedman briefly in the late 1960s where his covert assignment from Wood was to try to "reverse-engineer" UFO propulsion systems.)

When reporter Learmonth sought an appraisal of Firmage's views on UFOs, MJ-12 et al. from the editor-in-chief of SSE's journal, Dr. Bernhard Haisch (an astrophysicist employed by Lockheed Martin), for the article in Metro, Haisch was in an awkward situation. Dr. Wood is a member of SSE's nine-person executive council and wealthy Firmage reportedly contributes funds to support SSE. Learmonth's article quoted Haisch as saying that Firmage is "one of the brighter people I've ever met. He's quite capable of carrying on sophisticated conversations in areas where he's not a trained researcher." The Metro article added: "While Haisch is open to compelling evidence of a UFO coverup--including the new Majestic 12 documents contained in The Truth--he has a hard time going where Firmage went with his analysis."

Now this should sound familiar to RU readers…

FIRMAGE CLAIMS MJ-12 HAS BEEN "PRIVATIZED," NOW CONTROLLED BY INDUSTRIALISTS, NOT MILITARY OR CIVIL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

In "The Truth," Firmage claims: "I have personally sat across the table from top leaders and brilliant minds of the military and science, on multiple occasions, who have confirmed the basic truth of the UFO phenomenon....Based upon what these leaders have told me, I do not believe that most elected officials or military intelligence officials have much more knowledge than the general public on the subject of UFOs....The organization responsible for managing the domain is comprised of less than 1,000 people and was long ago privatized and pulled entirely outside of the machinery of political and military command structure. It reports to no publicly elected or appointed leader, but rather a self-selected governing body which today is composed of a larger number of industrialists than military or civil officials." Firmage does not discuss how such a group could obtain the cooperation of unfriendly governments, such as Iraq, North Korea and the Soviet Union, which would be needed to maintain a global UFO coverup.

For obvious reasons I find this particularly amusing…

"THE TRUTH" FALLS FAR SHORT OF ITS TITLE--IN SUN's OPINION

"The Truth" includes two (partially redundant) chronologies of important UFO cases beginning with the Kenneth Arnold June 24, 1947, incident--each authored by one of Firmage's two UFO experts. Those provided by Howe are the more "colorful." For example:

- The egg-shaped UFO that policeman Lonnie Zamora reported seeing land on the outskirts of Socorro, N.M., on April 24, 1964, "was an extraterrestrial vehicle on its way to an official meeting arranged through the MJ-12 group..." which mistakenly landed near Socorro when its intended destination was Holloman AFB, N.M. Howe said she later learned that when U.S. officials met with ETs, one of them "had a very large Arabic-style nose, wore Egyptian-looking armor and had a high-peaked helmet...holding a rod in its left hand." The ETs reportedly gave a rod/wand to the U.S. commander. When an ET spoke into its wand, its words were auto-matically translated into English and emerged from the U.S. commander's wand, and vice versa.

- In describing the UFO incidents that (allegedly) occurred at the USAF air base at Bentwaters, England, in late December of 1980, Howe reported as fact the claims made by Sgt. James Penniston. According to Penniston, as he approached a disc-shaped craft he saw sym-bols. When he reached out and touched them he "received binary coded information in his mind. The essence of the communications was that the intelligence behind the craft and the binary code were time-travelers from the Earth's future. Their mission was to gather chromosomes, genetic materials from humans and animals and return to their time-line several thousand years in the future where their civilization's ability to reproduce has a serious problem and faced extinction." Two other examples of the many inaccurate claims made in "The Truth" include:

- In reporting the "Top Secret" UFO Estimate of the Situation submitted to USAF Chief of Staff Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg in 1948 which said that some UFOs might be ET craft, Firmage quotes Capt. Edward J. Ruppelt as saying: "Vandenberg squelched the report, saying he just couldn't accept the idea of interplanetary spaceships." FALSE. Ruppelt wrote on page 45 of his book that Vandenberg rejected the ET hypothesis because: "The report lacked proof."

- Firmage quotes portions of Lt. Gen. Twining's "Secret" letter of Sept. 23, 1947, which provided the Air Force's Air Materiel Command's then-current assessment of what UFOs might be, including: "The phenomenon reported is something real and not visionary or fictitious." Omitted was Twining's statement in the same letter, written more than two months after the "Roswell incident," which referred to "the lack of physical evidence in the shape of crash-recovered exhibits which would undeniably prove the existence of these objects."

Of course we all know who LMH is linked to. :roll:

Anyway, there’s some more interesting tidbits at the above linked article.
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Postby ryguy » Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:32 pm

Does anyone know what ever became of Firmage's "Motion Sciences" tax-exempt organization?

It was supposedly founded in 2001 - yet the website provided in Joe's 2001 email is defunct.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Firmage [mailto:joefirmage@firmage.org]
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2001 10:39 AM
To: firmage_bulletin@firmage.org
Subject: Engaging the Future

Hello friend,

You subscribed to my e-mail list at some point in the past three years, and I’ve rarely taken the liberty of sending you a message. But this week marks a special time. It is my pleasure today to formally introduce Motion Sciences, a not-for-profit advanced physics research and development organization dedicated to pioneering breakthrough technologies for 21st century life. After decades of theoretical and experimental physics research, parts of which I’ve had the honor to help sponsor over the past three years, scientists around the country are converging to help catalyze a brighter future for all life on Earth. And today, I am asking for your help in this mission. Learn more about Motion Sciences at http://MotionSciences.org , and how you can help advance our work at http://MotionSciences.org/joinnow.html.
Ad astra,
Joe Firmage


ABOUT MOTION SCIENCES
After several years and millions of dollars invested in preparatory work, scientists in several research institutions across the United States have come together. The people and partners forming Motion Sciences believe that significant discoveries in physics may be made within 10 years, discoveries of great significance to the future of life on Earth. Explore with me a hypothetical future.

Imagine that we discover by 2005 a breakthrough in energy generation—a device that can produce electricity with almost no fuel, cost, or waste. Imagine limitless conversion of seawater to fresh water by 2015. Imagine that by 2025 we no longer need an electricity grid. Imagine a pollution-free atmosphere by 2030. Imagine a permanent end to the growing snarls of freeway traffic by 2040. Imagine a society which recognizes a human right to move about as freely as the goods of its economy—across any border, any time; or a reusable transportation vehicle that can take you into Space, driven by a field of force rather than ejection of propellant. Finally imagine a green Africa with a vibrant society of human and natural life in 2051.

Sounds like science fiction, doesn’t it? In fact, the vision described above portrays precisely the kind of future emerging from the implications of some of the best physics research underway in the world today. A group of talented scientists and engineers began quiet collaboration a few years ago, and have now publicly joined forces in and with Motion Sciences, bringing essential collaboration to a very challenging set of research and development projects, a collaboration that we hope can soon extend to engage complementary teams around the world.

In the process of forming this particular organization, we considered for many months what kind of structure it should have. Should Motion Sciences be a commercial, venture-capital backed company? We tested this idea briefly, but more important in our considerations, however, is the principle of what this mission is all about, and it isn’t about an IPO. Our mission is about the possibility of sharing with the world one day tools that could reverse environmental decline, end starvation and poverty, and make wars a horror of the past.

Our mission is about helping to enable a renewal of human civilization, and Nature as a whole.

Our mission is about the possibility that we will someday be able to explore the Milky Way Galaxy in an interstellar spacecraft.

Our mission is about scientific knowledge that shouldn’t be owned by a commercial corporation.

Motion Sciences Organization is therefore truly a public enterprise—and if we’re successful, the proceeds yielded from technologies sponsored by Motion Sciences will be given back to humanity through select philanthropies. As a not-for-profit 501©3, our success in these missions will be dependent upon the support of visionary institutional sponsors and citizens of Earth. People like you. We have a goal for the 2001 calendar year: engaging the support of 100,000 citizens of Earth, becoming members of the Motion Sciences Community.

On behalf of a rare and talented network of highly credentialed and rigorous scientists, engineers, and the teams assisting them, I invite you to join with the people and institutional partners of Motion Sciences in an historic attempt at a vital mission. I cannot imagine a better way for the physics of the 21st century to be pioneered, than for citizens from all nations to come together and make it so. Let’s join hands around the planet!

Joseph P. Firmage
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Motion Sciences Organization
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Postby David Griffin » Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:03 am

Hi all - meandering on this thread whilst waiting for the update I got emailed about...

So far I've had 2 cups of cocoa but shifted to filter coffee to keep me vaguely alert. Hope it arrives soon.

http://www.realityuncovered.com/forum/v ... 5520#15520

Anyway:

Of course we all know who LMH is linked to. :roll:


Who? Mr Doty? Gotta be. Why does this/*that* episode write LMH off in some ppl's eyes?? She's always getting stick from a certain set of moaners in this community. I think she's great! She's even once grumped at me for copyright and I still think she is great... !

Want to watch a presentation of hers I've uploaded to google video but not made public in the default settings?? It's from a set of conference DVDs I got.

Guarantee 90% of you who repeatedly claim LMH is 'a dupe' or 'naive' will still bother clicking and watching this one :P

http://tinyurl.com/2pbvht

Actually - I'll check the update tomorrow. Night. :arrow:

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Postby You Can Call Me Ray » Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:38 am

David,

David Griffin wrote:
Of course we all know who LMH is linked to. :roll:


Who? Mr Doty? Gotta be. Why does this/*that* episode write LMH off in some ppl's eyes??


Perhaps because it reinforces OTHER episodes from her reporting where she was less than diligent in either investigating or reporting ALL the facts? And you act like it is ONLY one episode, David.

She's always getting stick from a certain set of moaners in this community. I think she's great! She's even once grumped at me for copyright and I still think she is great... !


For the simple reason that she supports the beliefs you choose to believe. Is that not blatantly obvious to you? Do you not see how you are selective in what you choose to face? We went thru this with a different LMH video, David, remember? I showed you PRECISELY where and how she OMITTED facts presented to her by a scientist that SHE had initially made contact with for mineral analysis. Then, even though she received that information, she proceeded to NOT report that information and instead LIE (yes, that is precisely what she did) by telling you that "no one could explain" the bisimuth layering. Wake up David, THAT WAS A LIE. And you seem to not be at all troubled by the fact that an alleged "reporter" not only did not report all the facts to you, but purposefully omitted facts that she had available, and then out-and-out lied to you! And I am sure you consider yourself to be a prudent person...

Guarantee 90% of you who repeatedly claim LMH is 'a dupe' or 'naive' will still bother clicking and watching this one :P


Well I am not in that 90%. I am not going to bother looking at another of her presentations for the simple fact that I have already caught her in a lie, not to mention being connected to a known liar. But if I DID watch, I would bet you that I could find at least one place in her presentation where she is either lying or not telling the whole truth.

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Postby ryguy » Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:45 pm

David Griffin wrote:Guarantee 90% of you who repeatedly claim LMH is 'a dupe' or 'naive' will still bother clicking and watching this one :P

http://tinyurl.com/2pbvht


I've resisted the apparently insurmountable (according to you) desire to click the link....and hopefully....with a good dose of anti-anxiety medication and meditation - I will be able to continue resisting the urge to waste my time.

I get my fill of the useful idiots from the various email lists that I've found myself on.

We went thru this with a different LMH video, David, remember? I showed you PRECISELY where and how she OMITTED facts presented to her by a scientist that SHE had initially made contact with for mineral analysis. Then, even though she received that information, she proceeded to NOT report that information and instead LIE (yes, that is precisely what she did) by telling you that "no one could explain" the bisimuth layering.


Ray has the patience of a saint.

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