The Alien Threat Lurking Among Us

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On July 9, 1947, the Roswell Daily News read: “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch In The Roswell Region”. Reports of peculiar aero- nautical debris was recovered from the crash site in New Mexico. News of this event was allegedly being kept under the radar. Several indescribable limp bodies were removed from the site and one was taken away by ambulance, leading to much local conjecture.

On the previous day, the Los Angeles Studio City Star featured a different but equally as tragic headline. “Freak Tornado Rips Through Hollywood” filled the front page but once the story was continued, it ran out of gas and reader's excitement waned and it became an effort to follow.

The beginning of the story held people's interest as It described, in vivid detail, the "terrifying black twister" that roared through 5 movie sets. Among the destroyed studios was Warner Brothers whose total loss was estimated at over a quarter million dollars. One entire warehouse filled with thousands of stage props was leveled and its contents were sucked up by the insidious funnel cloud as it zig-zagged through Tinsel Town.

But by page 3 the reader's interest had moved on to other things so only a handful of people even noticed or read what had happened on the set of Space Invaders inside the Warner Brothers studio. It was shortly after 3PM when the twister ripped through the studio and caused so much damage that nothing was recognizable. It was unknown at this time whether Warner Brothers would continue its production of Space Invaders or can the project. The main prop, the life-size flying saucer, was sucked up into the sky and the tornado could have dumped it anywhere. For all they knew it could have landed somewhere in New Mexico.

In the weeks ahead, conspiracy theorists had a field day blowing whistles and spinning yarns about odd-looking spacecraft and short, thin, insect-like grey men with large praying mantis eyes but unfortunately they had nothing solid to go on. Rumors sprouted, from the few civilians that worked on the Roswell Army Air Field, that a space craft had crash landed and while this fueled imaginations, there was still no real evidence to back anything up. Gradually, however, rumors surfaced that these mysterious objects that had fallen to the ground were actually recovered and were being stored at the base. Speculation about tangible evidence spread like wild fire. People with too much time on their hands and too much imagination in their heads began watching the skies and have been spotting mysterious objects shooting through the stars and performing aeronautical stunts like making ninety degree turns at high speed or instantly vanishing.

We can and must continue this investigation. Contact with extra-terrestrial life will change a lot. For starters, it will change our way of thinking. Absence of proof is not proof of absence. If we have been visited, in all likelihood, these visits will continue. We should prepare for the worst and hope for the best. We're looking in all the right places but maybe that's the problem. We aren't looking in the wrong places. Maybe these aliens are expecting us to look in all the right places so perhaps we should be looking in the wrong places. Maybe they aren't coming from outer space. Maybe they're coming from inner-space.

Some years ago, I took an Astronomy class in college taught by a professor who was frequently assigned to work on NASA projects. Several weeks into the semester, someone asked his opinion of the existence of alien humanoid life, and as he started to answer, you could hear a pin drop.

He detailed all the ingredients necessary to spawn life as intelligent as any you’d find in downtown Philadelphia. The first requirement was an atmosphere rich in oxygen, but there’s an actual laundry list as long as your arm.

He explained that a planet that could sustain life as we know it, would have to be the correct size and density to produce an appropriate gravity; a force that would keep us grounded, but without crushing us. Too little, and inhabitants would float away like balloons; too much, and they’d be crushed under their own weight the moment they stepped out on their front porch.

A planet providing such life-support would also need to be in orbit around a star like our Sun, and always at precisely the right distance; too close and inhabitants would all be 'crispy critters' on day 1 and sunburn would be the least of one's headaches; too far, and one would need heated underwear in July.

The planet would have to spin at just the right speed as it rotates in a perfect eccentric orbit at an acceptable velocity around this star in order to have daytime, nighttime, and all 4 seasons. If the planet spins too fast, both day and night could each be sixty minutes long forcing us to go to bed and get up 12 times a day. Conversely, too slow and 5 o'clock would 'never' get here.

The velocity, or speed of the planet as it travels in an eccentric orbit around a sun at the proper distance would have the same expansion-contraction-accordion-affect on the seasons; too fast and we'd usher in a new season every week and at the end of each month we'd be filing our tax returns, too slow and we'd be shoveling snow for eons and then mowing the lawn for ages.

Everything falling into its correct place, and I mean everything coming together in perfect harmony that allows for life as we know it to exist, would be as likely as growing pot on the White House lawn. To put this another way, this would be like playing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata with your feet while patting your head with one hand and moving the other in circles on your stomach; now switch what each hand is dong.

Having a 7-day work week is enough for me; who would want a six year work week? But without everything falling into perfect synchronization, and with Murphy's Law in mind, most planets would be as hot as a blast furnace or as cold as a Moscow winter.

Oh, and let's not forget about the role of the magnetic field. This invisible force fends off the sun's deadly radiation. Ever notice how x-ray technicians assure you how harmless x-rays are and then they go hide in another room and hit the switch? Take away the magnetic field that shields us and it would be like getting a full body x-ray a thousand times a second. Would anyone be able to afford health insurance? In addition, those all-important 4th Grade experiments all kids are forced to endure employing iron filings and the magnet hidden beneath a sheet of paper wouldn't work either. In fact, the entire chapter on magnetism would be conspicuously missing from all text books. Imagine that.

Okay. Now clear your mind. Forget everything we just covered. Think about space. Think about infinity. I'd be the last person on earth to wish anyone harm from trying to wrap their mind around such a concept but you have to realize that the universe is infinite. It has no beginning or end. There is no up or down, left, right, clockwise or counter-clockwise. It goes on and on forever in every direction like a drive through Texas. And please, do not grapple with this mind-bending concept if you are operating heavy machinery. Since space is infinite, it stands to reason that somewhere out there planets just like ours are thriving. Maybe they're inhabited by dogs. Maybe all the people look like Rodney Dangerfield. That's a thought.

Once a planet is born you simply throw in water, add a sprinkling of a few billion years, stir, and if some rogue asteroid as big as Boston doesn’t ram into the planet and kill off the dinosaurs and whatever else later life has been "proven" to develop from, maybe intelligent (or not so intelligent) life would develop and build Wall-Marts, and go on Facebook and Twitter like we have on Earth. That's maybe. Then again they might get stuck in the 1920’s and have to live with Prohibition for a few hundred years.

Then the professor did the math for us. What a revelation! Using the most conservative estimates science dictates for the conditions we enjoy here and creating the same ones elsewhere in the cosmos, well then, yes, humanoid, and possibly intelligent humanoid life could exist. Further, for many scientists around the world, this is an established certainty. There are said to be hundreds of thousands of planets that could support life as we know it. Everyone in attendance that day exhaled loudly. Even the janitor in the back of the room smiled.

The bad news, however, comes when you factor in the holy-mackerel-bigger-than-a-Buick distance that separates these many hundreds of thousands of planets, Within our universe, the speed of light, (186,000 miles per second downhill), is accepted as the natural speed limit according to Einstein. It’s assumed that nothing can (or should) exceed this speed, except maybe Obama’s astronomical deficit spending. You could probably go 5 mph over this limit but likely not without getting nailed by an intergalactic speed trap. To help wrap one's mind around this, imagine a beam of light circling the earth seven and a half times in one second without ever getting out of first gear or losing its breath. Even with today's technology, building a space vehicle that could travel this fast is still impossible, even though I'm told engineers at Volvo are beginning work on this as we speak.

But practically speaking, if someone could build a space ship that could go 400,000 mph, even after traveling 4.365 light years toward our nearest neighbor, Alpha Centauri, we couldn’t put a dent in the total distance. We cannot conquer, let alone imagine, such distance. And by the time the descendents of the space craft's on-board inhabitants reached their target destination, our earth would only be a legend and we’d wonder where we came from. And it's certain everybody would be sick of watching The Three Stooges reruns. Further, they’d be in no condition to go meet another species even if they managed to figure out how to land the craft,

Psychologists predict a grim consequence of such an interminably long journey and suggest mass murders and cannibalism would result when repeatedly confronted with the words “Are we there yet?”

And what if we chose the wrong destination? What if we shlepped all the way across the great void only to find a gigantic New Jersey and no humans there? So just turn around and pick a new destination? That's assuming the humans on board have even a tiny inkling how to re-launch the ship. But isn’t performing the same task repeatedly while expecting different results, the definition of insanity?

After hearing that Santa Claus is real but he’s too fat to make it down the chimney, many students considered transferring to Art History. Wouldn't it have been easier if the professor stuck a pin in the balloon earlier to give us time to set a different course? Our inquiring minds wanted answers; and only once we found them, was it was time to move on. As Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and it is us.”

Since January 1st, in the year 1, mankind has produced countless scientific ideas, inventions, and schemes, and some of these brainiac scientists were beyond brainless. Many “less than perfect” ideas were swept under the rug either by accident or were omitted on purpose. The predecessor to the greatest invention of the 1st Century was nothing more than a square stone block. Although no one found a use for these blocks, various companies competed to manufacture as many of them as they could. Finally, One enterprising individual (I think his name was Alley something- oops), took four equal-sized blocks and fastened one on its edge through it's center, to each corner of a square level platform and took the world by surprise. People brought their families from miles around to marvel at this stunning invention, but a decade later (in the year 10), another scientist with an inventive mind worked for years to file all the corners off the blocks, and only then did things finally get rolling.

Square blocks became obsolete overnight and nobody knew what to do with them. Four-walled buildings hadn’t been invented yet, they were only up to three, so builders constructed the first big “three-walled something” and stacked all these blocks up as high as they could. Architects didn’t make the scene until well into year 25, so the concept of straight walls was as yet unknown. Out of desperation, they piled the blocks leaning inward so they rested on each other near the top for support. Several of these structures still exist today and are believed to have been places of worship. People would solemnly pray while thoughtfully peering amid these piles of blocks, and over time these odd constructions became known as “Peer-amids.” There is so much our history books don’t cover.

Archeologists speculate that what we know today as Stonehenge, in Wiltshire, England, was In pre-historic times, little more than a popular Neanderthal college prank of moving around huge stone blocks in different patterns on the night preceding Cave Coming, which hosted the Boulder Tossing Match, and the Crowning of the Cave Woman.

Through the millennia many hare-brained plots were hatched in the name of science, but thankfully fell by the wayside. Still, some of these flawed concepts are still stumbled over and mistakenly labeled as “breakthroughs” today. Although 'necessity is the mother of invention', it comes clear that 'greed is the nanny'. Science and technology have given wings to our dreams, but some of these dreams have turned out to be nightmares in disguise.

One such dream involves an ever evolving ‘lab process’ called Trans-humanism. Advocates of this movement believe it embodies daring, courage, imagination, and idealistic aspirations for humans by combining attributes of lower animals with those of humanity by introducing computer technology to our DNA. Leave it to science to experiment with gene-splicing, cloning, implanting computer chips into our bodies or brains, and even the clever use of super-glue, to exploit such avenues under the guise of 'enhancing our lives' while lining their pockets.

It may have begun with the idea that acquiring night vision like that of the house cat and the swimming abilities of the brook trout could certainly help our troops in combat, and we could probably save money by feeding them sardines. Navy Seals could really become Navy 'seals'. Creating an I.Q. thousands of times greater than we now possess could eliminate road hogs on our freeways and aisle hogs in our supermarkets. The multi-vision eye of the praying mantis would enable a human to see many things simultaneously and to multitask like never before.

Never mind the impact this could have on limited minds with unlimited bank accounts, once the door to Artificial Selection is opened, it could be impossible to close, and who knows what might get in (or out). H.G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau, like much today's science fiction, would become a gruesome reality. At that point, there would be no telling what might be seen strolling down the Boardwalk in the future.

In truth, large corporations are currently funding research programs with the intent to secure patents that will give them the green light to “improve” our world and change the course of evolution by creating zombie-like clones (part human, part animal, and part personal computer) to replace the military, our work force, our teachers, even our pets. While under some legal control in this country, it is being practiced without any legal restraint in many European countries. Jaja Bing is on his way. This could give a whole new meaning to the term “windfall profits.” Spiritually, our children’s DNA will be contaminated and their minds stripped of free will. It’s happening right now.

Little so-called 'scientific gene modification' has yielded the desired results and some of these “failed experiments” have spawned ghastly mutations. Many speculate on the origin of the "Montauk Monster" and numerous other unidentifiable creatures that wash up on our shores. UFO believers are the best allies of these experiments as they unknowingly divert people’s imagination in what is perceived to be the "correct" direction. Bigfoot has become a national joke, and continued sightings keep us off balance. People are always bumping into these alien creatures, but their assumptions couldn’t be more wrong.

Grey men with large heads and almond-shaped eyes are as real as earthquakes, but they likely didn’t get here in spaceships; they escaped from Wisconsin. Mutants like this can go unnoticed in California and Arizona where both geographically illegal and “biologically illegal” aliens mix. “Political Correctness,” which has a ludicrous foothold in California, helps mask this phenomena, but yes, they walk among us and have their own secret agenda, most of which doesn’t include us. Others leave trails of litter from our border before getting into cars to change lanes without turn signals (and usually without licenses) and cutting us off on the freeway. We’re lousy with aliens of all types.

People look to the world leaders, elected or not, and expect them to guide us to a better tomorrow. That’s how some of them got here in the first place, right? We trusted them to represent us so we voted for them. The problem is, they no longer represent us as the plan intended; they represent the moneyed interests who inserted them in office, and now we’re the problem. Fooling us into believing our vote counts was just one step in the process. We’re well beyond that now.

When this system fails, as it undoubtedly has, we automatically fall back on mob control which we’re seeing now in the form of worldwide riots. Liberals and Conservatives, white, black and purple, are jumping up and down like self-important monkeys and pointing fingers at elected officials, which is exactly what the 'power-that-be' behind this tool we call the “government”, relies upon. It’s called a “diversion”, and the smoke screen called "aliens" is working even better.

While armchair generals are wisely quoting the Constitution and struggling to support what our founding fathers intended, others manipulating technology are stealthily plodding along, taking advantage of the situation and sporting an agenda that is establishing a life of its own that leaves us out of the equation. Once our free will is removed, government won’t even be necessary. Technology will be running the show and we’ll just be 'in the way' of their progress.

Albert Einstein said “A perfection of means and confusion of aims seems to be our main problem.” By this, he meant building a faster, more efficient car is not as important as the roads that lead us places. There’s more to life than living in physical comfort from cradle to grave.

Technology has historically improved our lives, therefore we are taught never to question it. It has been granted carte blanche, which was a fantastic idea for a long time, until the day it begins messing with our hearts and minds - then it’s time to take a second look. Improving medicine, curing disease, and eradicating famine is a noble pursuit, but the imperceptible process of handing our minds blindly over to "technology experts" is simply a bad idea.

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Raelene Bauer 5 years ago

Interesting and a funny view of mankind. After all we are only human.

Al Snyder 5 years ago

Who says I'm human? Once, a long, long time ago... but now... Read Sam's excellent story everyone. See if you pass the litmus test.

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KwameG 5 years ago from MS you know where all of those weird looking aliens come from on Star Trek. Nice hub. Thanks

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cerey_runyon 4 years ago from Galax Virginia

cool read, You are a very good writer;intense,thorough,you must be a professional writer? I like your humor.

I am self taught... I have a great desire to write. Do you think I have a chance?

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wltw 4 years ago from Northern Maine Author

Sure! Keep up the excellent work and believe, KNOW everything you write is better than the previous piece. Thanks for kind words.

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