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OKLAHOMA CITY – If you have kids, it's hard to ignore the popularity of the Despicable Me films. They are entertaining, for sure. And after a recent viewing of the first film, some things became clearer to me.

But let's hold off before I jump into that.


While I’m on the fence when it comes to the research of “Rods” investigator Jose Escamilla, I have caught a few of his UFO-related documentaries on the Gaia Channel, including the Moon Rising film which is part of a film trilogy called UFO: The Greatest Story Ever Denied. The Escamilla films are odd in that the flow is somewhat herky-jerky, with random "expert" interviews offering their insights, strange photographs of space-related anomalies from unknown objects on various moons and planets, odd spacecraft by the Sun and the suggestion that some of the things seen in space are "critters," in that they are alive and have been seen by our astronauts over the years. The photos are indeed strange and, in some instances, chilling. It gives you a new perspective on the nature of the universe if any of it is true - and something tells me there is something to it. Now, they are repetitious in spots and the music is annoying. And yes, they could have been edited down, but Jose Escamilla seems sincere.

Anyway, the portion of the second in the trilogy, Moon Rising, that caught my attention involved the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) logo, which, from 1959 to 1975, and again from 1992 until the present, featured a blue space background, white stars, an orbital path and a red vector. This is known as the “meatball” insignia.

From 1975 until 1992, the much-despised NASA red “worm” logo was used, but the classic logo was brought back after employee complaints. It's not that bad. It's the one I remember from childhood.

In any event, in Moon Rising, Cary Martynuik, allegedly an Apollo Moon program historian (and who has reportedly gone “missing” in recent years), explains that the “vector,” this swooshing, arrow symbol, is featured in various forms on mission patches in the form of the number “7” and on the logos of space agencies around the world.

(Above) Gru and "Vector" - Pyramid and Moon-stealing supervillains in Despicable Me. (Below) The "vector" designs used by NASA and other int'l space agencies, noted in Jose Escamilla's Moon Rising film.

But what is the significance? Is it something that NASA is keeping hidden from the public? Perhaps some “vector”-shaped entity that appears in NASA footage, including the reflection of an astronaut’s suit visor? Are space agencies paying homage to an extraterrestrial entity of some sort? That seems to be in the implication in Moon Rising, a somewhat ponderous documentary film not without its flaws.

As Martynuik says in Moon Rising: “If you ask NASA’s public affairs office, that this symbology is so heavily featured in the symbols of the seal, they’ll give you what really amounts to the standard, facile cover story for the unilluminated.”


(Above) The Illumination Entertainment logo at the beginning of Despicable Me. (Below) Vector's mushroom-shaped spaceship as it rises over the stolen Great Pyramid of Giza. Lots of symbolism here. 

As Martynuik kept repeating the word “vector,” it suddenly hit me that the younger villain in the 2010 computer-animated comedy Despicable Me is named “Vector," as noted in the earlier above image.

Vector finds himself on the Moon's surface after "heist" goes awry. (Illumination Entertainment)

Oh, and the film company that created the enormous Despicable Me/Minions franchise? Illumination Entertainment, founded by Chris Meledandri.

The film begins with tourists stopping off at the Great Pyramid of Giza. But it is soon revealed that the pyramid on display is an inflated fake and that the real pyramid has been stolen – by an up-and-coming villain (who looks like Jerry Lewis with a bowlcut and Buddy Holly glasses) named Vector. All this is irritating the older villain Gru, voiced by actor Steve Carrell.

From here, Gru (surrounded by impish "Minions," hatches a greater heist – stealing the Moon. And shrinking it down to fit in the palm of your hand.

Gru tells his "Minions" of his Moon-stealing plot. (Illumination Entertainment)

There is a lot of Moon-related strangeness in Despicable Me (a third Despicable Me film is coming out this year) and it makes me think there is more going on here than we are led to believe.


We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.”

President Trump included those words in his inaugural address, indicating he was going to commit America to a more bold vision of space exploration than we saw under the past two or three presidential administrations.

And we support that vision (unless of course you believe the revelations by “insider” Corey Goode and his talk of a decades-long “Secret Space Program” as noted in the recent “Cosmic Disclosure” documentary with dupe David Wilcock).

If anything, the Moon has been in the news and on the minds of many – much more so than I’ve heard in years, and I’ve followed the NASA space program since I was a child and incorporate many space-related themes here at Dust Devil Dreams ("Just curious" was a favorite). 

And now there is an urgency, amongst Trump "insiders," that we are to return to the Moon "in three years." Pretty ambitious, it would seem.

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