If a red flag is flying, brazen bold against the blue…

Taking a minute from the grind of analyzing the April Nevada gaming revenues, I figured I’d post this story, which surprisingly hasn’t really been picked up by the Vegas blogosphere. From KLAS:

The Raelian Movement is announcing plans to build a UFOland in Las Vegas where visitors can attend a Happiness Academy and see a full-size replica of a UFO.

Raelians believe that humanity was created by extraterrestrial scientists and they want to share their belief with visitors to Las Vegas. They will also host a museum and a 1000-seat theatre where their spiritual leader, Rael, will give lectures.

"The museum will display all the evidence weve gathered for the past 35 years that shows we were indeed created by scientists — highly advanced human beings from another planet," said Ricky Roehr, leader of the North American Raelian Movement.

He said he expects the UFOland to become one of the most popular destinations in Las Vegas within the next five years.

There is no word on where UFOland will be built.

The Raelians Target Las Vegas for a UFOland – Las Vegas Now |.

If I recall correctly, these are the same folks who announced that they’d cloned a human being several years ago.

I wonder if they’ve spent much time in Las Vegas, though. Unless Rael is going to do impressions, magic, ventriloquism, comedy, or all four, I can’t see him filling the room.

I’m not entirely convinced that calling their spiritual center “UFOland” and putting it in Las Vegas is the best way to establish their legitimacy. Slot machines did pretty well for the Fosterites, so maybe I’m wrong here.

Author: Dave

Director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and author of several books, including Roll the Bones: The History of Gaming. Also Gaming and Hospitality editor for Vegas Seven magazine.

2 thoughts on “If a red flag is flying, brazen bold against the blue…”

  1. Well Dave. It’s good to see you take well-deserved time away from your daily grind.

    This UFO-Land will likely become another undone-project placed in the Vegas Dreams’ Junkyard, right next to Stupak’s Titanic.

    Though, I DID think the Titanic Hotel would have been a great place to stay.

    This UFO place could be crazy enough to appeal to lots of people. If these Raylians can just find some Extra-Terrestrial sponsorship maybe their dream will come true.

    I’m always baffled by people that imagine higher life forms are flying around outer space, across 40 billion light-years, so easily.

    It would take about 10 milion light years, just for visitors from the closest galaxy to arrive on Earth.

    That’s just on a one-way trip, not counting the turn-around flights.

    It took 100 years before humans were finally convinced there are no Martians or Venuvians.

    Scientists can’t even find one micr-organism in the entire solar system, much less something as complex as, (what we consider a simple) insect anywhere.

    And they waste billions of dollars searching for ancient radio waves pulsating across the Universe and other inconsequential, jack-ass research.

    It’s time us Earthlings start realizing what an amazing planet we live on. We have billions of life forms and millions of species to examine and tend to right here.

    The Multi-Billion Dollar Quest to find a distant microbe or radio signal makes as little sense to me as this UFO-Land idea does.

    But, the Jet Propulsion Lab and every other Outer Space Agency has to justify their research grants somehow.

    They may as well join the Raysters and all set up shop in Las Vegas together. They could probably get easy research grants to search for the possibility of Panda Bears living in the Valley of Fire.

    With the excess funds, I’m almost sure they could back these Rayleans
    enough to build an Outer Space Casino.

    With gaming’s great spread across our nation it might not be long before we have a NASA Casino and slot machines in the White House to give those tourists, waiting in line, something to do.

    I’m a little surprised that Ellis Island isn’t being used to its maximum potential. A few slot machines in there couldn’t hurt much either.

    If we are going to Save America Thru Gaming, we may as well go all the way.

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