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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Social Distancing

Funny, what a difference a few days make.  Last week I said I had not made any major changes in my life, in light of the Coronavirus.  Then on Thursday, everything changed.  Sports practices for the weekend were canceled.  Two separate overnight trips my kids had planned were canceled.  Religious services for the weekend were canceled.  Wait, what?  Then, that night, I finally received the cancellation my family had been watching for.  I got a text from my kids' school district.  It instructed me to check my email for an important update.  The email was curt and pointed.  It read:

Dear Parents,
As a precautionary measure, Ridgefield Public Schools will be closed until further notice. Additional information will be forthcoming.
JeanAnn C. Paddyfote, Ph.D.
Interim Superintendent of Schools

And that was that.  We were homebound from there forward.  We are now trying to figure out how to deal with Social Distancing.  One of my boys asked me how long school would be closed.  I told him, "Indefinitely."  He asked what that meant.  I told him, "Forever and ever."  He did a Fortnite dance and bounced out of the room.

Fortunately, we were prepared.  I am a bit of a Prepper.  We have staples, including toilet paper.  We also had the milk, bread, and bananas Mrs. M. and I bought last week.  We were low on eggs, though.  I made cheesy omelets on Saturday but then made pancakes on Sunday so we could make four eggs feed five people.

The weekend was quiet.  There was nearly zero traffic on our road.  We watched TV.  We played video games.  One of my kids and I took the dog for a long walk around the property.  Then we played HORSE for an hour.  It has been cold lately so we could only stay out for so long.

Home Schooling with Coronavirus

Our plan for this week is to hold classes for the kids in the morning and then find something fun to do in the afternoon, each day.  Mrs. M. is a teacher.  She will handle the academics.  She has been home from work for a week, now.  She provides support to her students, online.  Her school district is next door to the first virus case in Westchester County and close to New Rochelle so they were one of the first districts to close.

I am the one who always practices sports with the kids.  I will be the gym teacher.  Lifelong friends of mine who read this will find that ironic.  I was extremely uncoordinated as a kid, all arms and legs.  Picture the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, when he first comes down off the post.  I sat the bench in Little League baseball and in high school soccer.  In pickup sports I was always picked last.  But these days I work out and run several times a week.  I am an expert skier and snowboarder.  I practice each of my kids' chosen sports with them.  I will be their gym teacher for the next few weeks or months, however long we have to do this.

Rule #18 Limber Up
Rule #18, Limber Up
We were fairly well stocked on supplies before this thing hit.  No need to run out and buy 80 rolls of toilet paper.  But we did run out of eggs over the weekend.  Also, my wife wanted a cabbage for Saint Patrick's Day.  We are not Catholic (though we each have one Catholic parent) but Mrs. M. grew up eating corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's every year so that is what she does.  Also, people say, "Everyone is Irish on St. Patty's Day."  I do not protest this.  Who can say no to a nice corned beef?

Caraluzzi's Parking Lot
Lotta cars for 8am at the Mom & Pop

Coronavirus Food Shopping

I ventured out of the house, just before 8:00 a.m.  Traffic was lite for a Monday morning.  People seemed to drive faster than normally - about 15 miles (24km) over the limit rather than 5-10 miles over.  I went to the "mom & pop" grocer rather than the big chain store grocery.  It is closer.  I also thought they may have a better selection, with all the hoarding going on.  Since it was early I thought there would not be many people.  I am not very good at predicting the future.  (If I was, I would have won the Powerball a long time ago.)  The parking lot was packed!

There was one open parking spot.  Someone had left a shopping cart in it.  I pulled up to the spot to block it so no one else would take it.  I got out and moved the cart to the side.  I parked my car.  I walked out into the parking lot.  On the ground were two blue surgical gloves.  I may not be able to predict the future but I am pretty good at reconstructing the past.  A self-centered person raided the store.  They loaded up their giant SUV with toilet paper.  Then they ditched their personal protective equipment right on the ground for someone else to deal with.

Blue Surgical Gloves
Really?  Slobs...

As I was taking pictures of the gloves, a guy walked up and offered to return the shopping cart for me.  I told him thanks but I was going to use it.  Those were probably his gloves.

Despite the scene in the parking lot the store was not as crowded as expected.  The shelves in the produce section, as you walk in, were fully stocked.  I had no problem finding a cabbage.  I also picked up some bananas - they are very popular in my house.  I got them green because I did not want to clean them with bleach.  I figured I would just put them in the sun on the counter at home and tell everyone not to touch them for two days.

Beaucoup produce
Beaucoup produce

I walked to the back of the store, where the cold stuff is kept.  That was where I began to notice we are in a pandemic.  The sushi cooler was almost completely empty.  This is Fairfield County.  The store had tons of red meat that no one was touching but the sushi cooler looked like the toilet paper aisle.  There was something packed on the left side of the cooler - probably California Rolls.  Why do they always make so many of those?  And there was some seaweed on the right side.  I am always dubious of seaweed, since Fukushima.  But sometimes I close my eyes and eat it anyway.  It is delicious.

No Sushi
Where all the sushi at?

They had milk.  I probably should have gotten some, just in case, but I know that dairy cows are not getting the Coronavirus.  There will be more milk.  The same could not be said about the eggs.  I do not believe that chickens will be contracting the virus either but eggs keep longer than milk.  People must have bought up as much as they could carry.  Maybe that is what they are buying all the toilet paper for - to protect forty dozen eggs on the way home.

There were a few cartons of egg whites on the shelf.  I did some quick math and figured the amount of food in one of those cartons was equivalent to less than a dozen eggs.  However, it costs 4-10 times the price of whole eggs, depending on what kind of eggs you get - organic, free-range, college educated non-smoker, etc.  I took one carton.  I briefly contemplated getting two but thought I would leave the rest for someone else.  We can eat other food for breakfast for a day, or two.

Brontosaurus Steaks
Brontosaurus Steaks?

The checkout line was stretched all the way across the store.  All the shopping carts were overflowing.  More quick math - looked like a 30-45 minute wait to get out.  I am the kind of person who always looks for a better way.  Usually this causes me to get in the checkout lane behind the person whose debit card stopped working, or they need a price check on something, or the cash register just ran out of receipt paper.

This day was better.  I walked the length of the store looking for an express lane.  I only had three items.  There were no express lanes.  There were plenty of lanes with short lines - I guess the people at the back of the long line did not realize that on the other side of the store other people were making there own lines.  I got in a line with only a few people, with overflowing carts.  Then a store manager told me I could go to the Customer Service counter, with my three items.

No Eggs
The one thing I went out for

The woman behind me overheard this.  She ran ahead, essentially cutting me.  I let it go.  If it was a man I might have called him out.  But it really was not worth it.  Also, I was trying to avoid close contact with other people.  I was already exposing myself more than I had wanted to.  I will definitely wear a mask and gloves, the next time I go shopping.  I will not discard them in the parking lot, though.

On the way back home I stopped at a pharmacy to look for eggs.  Some pharmacies have coolers for milk and eggs - not sure why milk and eggs go with cheap "cheater" reading glasses and men's diabetes compression socks.  But then I also do not understand why folding lawn chairs and thneeds go in a pharmacy either.  These stores are turning into mini flea markets that seem to sell whatever they can get a deal on.  At any rate, the moment I walked in, the cashier called out from a distance of thirty feet (10m).  She asked what I wanted.  Eggs!  Sorry, no - maybe later, when the milk comes.  I left.

Check out line
Check out line at the Mom & Pop

As I approached my house I rolled up behind the chain store delivery truck.  It was bringing groceries to one of my neighbors.  I wondered if they would deliver just eggs...

I returned home and wiped down my carton of eggs and cabbage (the cabbage was wrapped in cellophane) with a Clorox Wipe.  I washed my hands for twenty seconds.  I told everyone not to touch the bananas.  Later in the day I saw that someone had moved them from the counter to the island.  We are all going to die.  On my gravestone, please write, "He tried.  Someone moved the bananas."

Grocery Delivery
Grocery delivery by my house

It is now Tuesday.  The first school day had some ups and downs but went mostly well.  I took the kids out for "gym" class.  We started with three laps around the pond.  The pond is about 3/4 of an acre.  I am guess-timating three laps is about a half mile (800m), the route we took.  We have one neighbor whose house is close to our property.  His dogs went nuts when the four of us ran by.  He was jovial, as always.  We have nice neighbors.

I let the kids take turns leading.  I kept telling them to slow down.  It is not a race.  They are not used to distance running.  They did not listen.  I think they also thought, "Listen to the old man, telling us to slow down, ha ha!"  Halfway through, the older two were tired out.  They began walking.  My little guy and I kept running.  Ha ha!

I had each kid practice their primary sport with one other kid while the third kid helped me with yard work.  They all switched off, every fifteen minutes.  My daughter plays travel softball, my middle son is crazy good at football, and my youngest son is getting into basketball - he is also a fantastic wrestler but the ground was wet and it was cold - just below freezing.  Also, he could hurt someone.  I did not want to go anywhere near a hospital.  We finished with another three laps around the pond.  All in all, gym class went well.

Math class was... animated today.  One of the kids kept asking our Google machine the answers to math questions.  This was supposedly because they are not allowed to use scrap paper.  My wife and I both shouted BS at the same time.  We said to use scrap paper.

I am feeling a little sick today.  That is likely just springtime allergies.  We have all felt it for about a week.  If this is the virus then it is not too bad.  But I highly doubt that.  None of us have fevers.  Most likely, it is just from the pollen.  It will get worse in April.  I will have to get some new filters for the heating system and turn on the blower for a few minutes every day.

I spent the rest of the day yesterday doing some business and catching up on email.  I got a fire going, in the fireplace.  It was a fairly normal work day.  Mrs. M. asked me to go out and grill some chicken.  I would have liked to pour a martini and sip it outside, in a heavy coat, but I had a meeting with the Finance Committee for an organization I volunteer for.  We did it online for the first time.  The technology worked well.  Then I played Minecraft with my daughter while eating cold chicken and rice.  I had my martini here at my desk.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Should We Panic About Aliens?

This week, here in America, things began to take a turn regarding the Coronavirus.  Schools are closing, all over, especially here in the Northeast or New England, as we like to call it.  Where I am, it is also on the fringes of The New York City Metropolitan Area, also known as The Tri-State Area.  It is a no-man's land, of sorts, caught between The Yankees and The Red Sox, The Jets/Giants and The Patriots, The Knicks/Nets and The Celtics - you get the idea.

Coronavirus Panic

The city of New Rochelle, NY has been placed under a loose quarantine - people can come and go but no large gatherings are permitted and residents are encouraged to stay home, though not required.  Churches and synagogues in the Tri-State Area are voluntarily cancelling services.  After-School activities are being suspended.  Overnight sleep-away trips are being postponed.  Parades are canceled.

Coronavirus panic
Coronavirus Panic closes New Rochelle, NY
Some people are asking, "Why all the panic?"  Others are asking, "Why are we not doing more!"  Who is right and who is wrong?  If the precautious actions we are taking turn out to be correct, we may never be able to appreciate their effectiveness because the virus will not take hold.  If they are incorrect then we have a bigger problem.  It may be better to err on the side of caution, bearing in mind this will never abate the venom of the nay-sayers.

In times like this, I think of aliens.  Also, in normal times, I think of aliens.  How does this relate?  What follows is a corollary.

War of the Worlds

In 1897, science-fiction writer H.G. Wells began writing War of the Worlds.  The story is better known for the first airing of War of the Worlds on the radio.  Orson Welles narrated the story on his radio show as a Halloween special.  Many people who tuned in late did not understand that this was a work of fiction.  They thought they were listening to a news broadcast. 

As the story unfolds, a UFO crashes on a farm in New Jersey and Martians emerge from the aircraft.  An actor playing a news reporter describes the aliens zapping people with a ray gun and is then himself zapped.  Further "news flashes" describe the military confronting the aliens, only to be repelled by this superior force.

Common folklore says that what followed was pandemonium on "biblical proportions," people jumping from buildings, cars crashing in ditches, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria.

Historians have discredited this depiction of panic, saying the panic was small and isolated.  The situation had been exacerbated by sensationalistic newspapers whose advertising revenue had been decimated by the rise in radio listening, just as the Internet further damaged newspapers in modern times.  The papers were eager to discredit this newer medium in an attempt to lure back advertisers.

Nonetheless, some people did indeed panic.  This is an example (false, as it were) that today's politicians can point to in an attempt to keep reports of alien visitation under wraps.  We do not want people to panic over reports of "Martians" so we will simply not tell them.  Others say the public needs to know, panic notwithstanding.  Again, who is right and who is wrong?

Should we panic about aliens?

As the world plunges deeper into our current pandemic we have an opportunity to see what happens when people begin to panic.  Store shelves are being cleared of cleaning products and cold remedies.  My wife and I went to BJ's yesterday to pick up bread and milk (not because we are hoarding, just because we were out of them - we also bought bananas).  Every customer other than ourselves was buying multi-packs of Clorox Wipes and mega-packs of toilet paper.

Should we panic about aliens?
Panic at my friend's Walmart
Everywhere we went, people were pushing open doors with their feet.  If someone had to touch a door with their hands, they kindly held it for the person after them who then held it open with their elbow.  People were being cautious everywhere we looked.  But no one seemed panicked.  No one was driving around like a maniac.  No one was screaming hysterically, waiving their arms in the air.  It was a calm day in Danbury.

A calm day in Danbury
A calm day in Danbury
(Not actually Danbury, but feels the same on a Friday afternoon)
This reaction of buying up staples is not much different from what happens in New England when a big snow storm is on the way.  Generally, one to two days before the storm hits, all the supermarket shelves are cleared of milk, bread, and toilet paper.  Why those three items?  I am guessing people like to eat french toast when snow is falling.  I don't know.  The toilet paper must be because most of these people are lactose intolerant?

The point is, there is mild panic but then people get over it and life goes on.  I suspect the same thing will happen with the Coronavirus.  For now, people are stocking up on supplies they think they will need, to get them through the current crisis.  In a few weeks they will realize that milk only keeps for a week or two, and bread, not much longer.  Toilet paper keeps indefinitely but storage space becomes an issue.  Things will soon return to normal.

Disclosure President

With that in mind, what is the harm in announcing other potentially panic-inducing news?  If the president got on the air tonight and announced, "There is intelligent life on other planets (not as intelligent as me...) and some of these people come to Earth and observe us," there would be some panic.  Some people would race to the stores to buy bread, milk, and toilet paper.  Added to this apocalyptic shopping list would be guns, ammunition, generators, and other survival gear.  And then things would return to normal, just like it always does.

Some would say our president lacks the courage to make this announcement because he fears the Stock Market would drop.  Yes, the Market probably would drop.  But if you believe in a "perfect market" this drop would then encourage bargain-hunters to swoop in and again, things would return to normal, just like it always does.

Perhaps our next president will go down in history as the Disclosure President.  I am not endorsing any candidate.  I would recommend that everyone interested in Alien Disclosure keep an eye on this subject.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Personal Updates

Today is the first unofficial weekday of spring, here in New England.  Officially, spring does not start for another ten days but we set our clocks ahead last Saturday night.  For me, that makes it springtime.  I also heard a morning bird whistle and chirp, precisely at 6:35am today and the other day I heard ducks in our pond.  I just heard geese.  Yup, it is spring.

Much has happened in the first few months of this year.  This seems like a good time for me to provide my readers with an off-topic update.

Coronavirus in the US

The big news around the globe is the Coronavirus or COVID-19 as many are calling it now.  I am O.G. and sticking with Coronavirus.  Locally, people are concerned but not going far out of their way to disrupt their lives.  That may change over the course of the next week.

My wife received an email last night saying to stay home from work.  She is a school teacher in Westchester County, just north of New York City.  That is kind of a big deal.  It is a wealthy school district comprised of people like investment bankers and other finance employees, doctors, and a bit of old money.  It also has a large international community of diplomats who commute to the United Nations in The City.  One teacher in the middle school tested positive for Coronavirus - just one.  So, "out of an abundance of caution"  🙄  they closed down the entire school district.

Fortunately for my family this does not change much.  I work at home so my wife will be around.  I probably will not get as much done as I normally do but it will be nice to have some company, for a change.  Maybe we will go to the gym together and inspire each other to be healthier.

On that note, I have been going to the gym quite a bit over the past year.  A year ago, I would be sitting in my recliner at this time, staring at the walls, as I recovered from abdominal surgery.  I was able to walk around within a few days of the surgery but it was a full month before I put a pair of skis on.  Afterwards, it felt like I was kicked in the stomach by a horse, until the next day.  Everyone knows what that is like, I am sure.  It was a good two months before I was really back in the thick of it.

Once I was able to, I began going to the gym.  At first, I did a little yoga and some mall-walking on the treadmill.  Over time, I amped it up to heavy weight lifting and running.  I really kicked it into high gear after my family went back to school in the fall.  If you saw me in September and did not see me again until March you would think I lost 25 pounds (11kg).  It was actually more like 10-15 but I put on a lot of muscle so I look much thinner.

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O.G. and G-minor on a diamond
Other than my wife being home, Coronavirus has not been a big disruption for us, yet.  I let my daughter play hooky last week and took her skiing on a school day - I will do the same with each of my two boys, over the next couple weeks.  Then, Saturday I took the whole family skiing.  We were careful not to touch doors with our hands, as much as possible, and we washed our hands a lot.  We wore ski gloves and masks, so that helped - if nothing else it gave us peace of mind. 

The only thing that I was a little sketched out about was pouring myself a cup of water from the community pitcher on the bar.  That probably was not the wisest move.  Sometimes in life, you roll the dice.  On that note, we all went out for all-you-can-eat sushi the other night.  Say nice things about me when I am dead.  Ha ha!

Coronavirus in the US
We ate all we could eat
I am not too worried.  Yesterday, I ran into a friend who is a doctor, here in town.  She confirmed the word amongst the medical community is that sooner or later we will all get the virus and children and healthy adults have nothing to worry about.  Part of me feels like I should just get it over with.  I am not afraid of it.  At this point, I have beat influenza, salmonella, pneumonia, and cancer.  I think Coronavirus should be afraid of catching me

Seriously, I am not purposely trying to get Coronavirus.  That would be asinine.  But I have resigned myself to the strong likelihood that the virus will spread to my area, like the flu and the common cold do all the time, and I will catch it.  Especially with three kids in school and a wife who teaches little kids, I am doomed.  I will let you all know how it goes when I catch it.

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You, the reader, may notice it is odd that I am speaking directly to you rather than sticking to a more newsy, Associated Press type of writing, today.  That is because this is also an update on this blog, a meta-blog article, if you will.  By the time most of you read this, my blog will have surpassed 30,000 page views.  That blows me away.

When I started writing this blog, about a year and a half ago, I only told a few friends about it.  I do not advertise the blog or actively promote it other than via my small social media following and on a scientific-based UFO discussion group I participate in.  Yet, I am getting over seven thousand page views per month now.  Wow!

I Saw One Too Page Views
Page views in the past 30 days

Thank you for reading and for sharing this blog.

Most of my readers, these days, come from overseas, with about half coming from East Asia.  That also blows me away.  I wonder how people over there are hearing about me.  I would love to know.

Should I take a trip to Hong Kong and make an appearance?  That would be a trip!

My kids think I should do a YouTube channel because, according to them, only "Boomers" read blogs.  Ha!  I am not a Boomer, though it does not bother me to be called one - not sure why that is an insult.  Kids... 

I do not know what I would do differently on YouTube.  I have been considering creating some type of tiered membership where I could provide premium content to subscribers but I have not yet determined what that may consist of (this blog would remain free, though).  Please send me some suggestions via the contact form or the comments section.

I will try to increase the rate of postings, over the next few weeks.  Lately, I have been putting more research into my articles, which takes some time, but I feel like for people around the world we are at an inflection point on a number of topics.  It is important for the level of truthful communication to increase.

Stay tuned, folks...

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Are we ready for alien contact?

Aliens visit Earth.  They observe us.  They may not all be from the same civilization.  What if aliens from one of these societies decided that today was the day to make Contact?

Are we ready for contact?
Are we ready for  alien Contact?

  • Are we ready for alien contact?  
  • How do you prepare for alien contact?  
  • What steps must we take for contact with aliens?

I always have more questions than answers - like a little kid.  One time when my middle kid was two years old he asked me, "Daddy?  Why is fire so hot?"  I could not answer the question in simple terms.  So I said, "I know!  Right?"  This then became my Go-To response for most inane toddler questions.  But without questions you have no answers.  The questions must be asked.

Are we ready for alien contact?

The methods and tasks for preparing to meet alien explorers would differ slightly depending on whether or not they came in peace.  In a dream scenario, aliens are benevolent creatures who travel the Universe bestowing gifts of technology upon those ready to receive it.

Shrek like that's ever gonna happen
Ya, like that's ever gonna happen!
This premise is a human construct.  It is irrational to believe that just because humans would want aliens to share their technology with us that this would indeed happen.  They are not human.  But let us suppose for a moment that aliens were somewhat human in terms of motives.  When, in history, have humans encountered technologically inferior humans and benevolently brought them up to a higher level?

European God Overlooks Brazil
Thanks, Europe!
When Europeans encountered Africans they made slaves out of the Africans.  They were a little nicer to South Americans.  Yes, many were slaughtered, mercilessly.  However, missionaries also brought food, clothing, medicine, and education to Latin America.  But there was a catch.  The indigenous people had to give up their belief systems and follow the European God

Would either of these options be acceptable to humans if we encountered aliens?  Obviously we would not want to be enslaved - unless, that is, if the aliens paid for half of the single rate for medical insurance and provided at least 4% matching on the retirement plan.  Plus, casual Fridays.

On the whole religious conversion thing, would the people around the world abandon thousands of years of religious doctrine and learn the ways of an alien civilization if it meant taking a technological leap forward of, say, a million years?

People camp out overnight in front of the Apple store for the next iPhone, boasting marginal improvements over the previous year.  I am leaning towards Yes on that last question.

Are we ready for alien contact?
Idiots camping out for a minor upgrade
Certainly, if aliens were benevolent, humans would accept whatever upgrades aliens provided us with.  We would even jump through some hoops to get it. 

What if that technology was more than just the next hot gadget but rather something currently unimaginable.  Even Einstein would not have imagined all the uses we have created for the smartphone in the past decade.  It was out of his frame of reference. 

Einstein Instagram
Einstein's Instagram Profile Pic?
It is difficult for us to imagine where we will be fifty years from now.  It is impossible to imagine what types of devices a million-year-old civilization will be carrying around in their pockets.  Maybe pockets themselves are obsolete in an alien world.  Have you ever seen an artist's rendition of an alien standing around with his hands in his pockets?  Me neither.  Maybe they just like to look busy. 

When I was 18 I got fired from a job as a DJ at high school dances because the owner of the company saw me standing with my hands in my pockets while awaiting my next orders.  (His loss.)  Maybe, after a million years, aliens figured out it is just better to make pants without pockets.   Then again, maybe they have just done away with pants all together.  It is always Sunday afternoon on their planet.

Now, where was I?  Oh yeah, if you took an adult from the time of Christ and showed him our world, in time he would adjust.  He would learn to drive a car, dial a phone, use indoor plumbing, operate a remote controlled TV, and click 'Like' on cat videos.  Perhaps we modern folks would quickly adapt to advanced alien technology.  But we cannot say for sure because we simply do not know what we do not know.

How do you prepare for Alien Contact?

Continuing under the premise that aliens may have some human-like motives (unlikely but let us go with that for this particular article) rather than cruising the Universe looking for weak, barbaric worlds like ours on which to bestow gifts of eternal youth and flying cars it is much more likely they would come here to conquer us.  It is human nature.  If aliens have any human-like qualities, they will probably want to come here and take over. 

They may not initially want to.  But they may not be able to help themselves.  It would be like the time you invited a friend over and he mentioned it to the guy who always invites himself everywhere and then that guy comes in and changes the music and has food delivered and gets everyone gathered around him to hear his self-indulgent stories.  He basically makes you feel like a guest in your own home.  He does not mean to be an ongeblussen bulvan.  He just cannot help being in charge of everything, everywhere, all the time, and he lets you know it.

ongeblussen bulvan
Ongeblussen Bulvan
If aliens intended to subjugate or exterminate humans then we would need ensure that each country's militaries were at their peak, in terms of readiness and capabilities.  Every country would need to cooperate and coordinate with each other to ensure mutual victory.

It does not appear like the major powers of the world are ready for that.  Who knows what goes on behind closed doors - perhaps military leaders around the world already have joint plans for mobilizing against an Extra Planetary Force (EPF) or an army from outside our planet.

Given the public rhetoric of animosity between the major powers one would think that the increasing level of sophistication of military capabilities is part of a modern arms race by each country to be technologically superior to all other countries.  I am leaning that way. 

Conspiracy theorists would say the US government already knows aliens are visiting and they are keeping that information from us so as not to cause a panic among the people.  If that were true then it is possible that military escalation between world powers is indeed part of the plan to prepare for the arrival of an EPF.

At the end of the last US administration NATO forces had been built up to the highest levels since the Cold War.  This alliance has helped to maintain the balance of power throughout the world for the better part of a century.  Under the current regime the US president has vowed to withdraw from NATO.  It has been said that doing this will embolden the more aggressive countries to attack smaller, weaker countries.  It will also take the entire world in the wrong direction in terms of our abilities to work together to fight off an EPF.

If aliens did indeed come here with malintent, there would be great levels of casualties, both on the battle field as well as within civilian population centers.  Most hospitals currently are barely able to handle small surges in demand.  They have surge plans in place to handle unexpected increases in the demand for services.   These plans are more easily implemented in urban areas because hospitals can simply divert patients from one hospital to another.  It is harder in rural areas where each hospital may be several hours apart.  But what if the surge was not a few dozen people?  What if it was a few hundred?  What if 100,000 people needed medical care at once?  Could they be treated?

In war it may be better to wound a soldier than to kill him.  A wounded soldier needs to be carried off the battle field and treated.  It may take two other soldiers to carry the wounded soldier away.  So in effect you have taken out three enemy combatants with one shot. 

The same philosophy could be used by alien attackers on civilian populations.  If aliens were to somehow injure or sicken large populations of humans, say with some novel variant on a virus, this would quickly overwhelm Earth's medical infrastructure rendering treatment impossible.  Left with no alternative, patients would be forced to remain quarantined at home under the care of a family member.  This then removes these caregivers from the workforce.  The worldwide economy soon grinds to a halt.  Chaos ensues.

This is probably not the case with Corona Virus.  But what about the next Corona Virus, the next SARS, the next Ebola?  We should be more prepared.

Peace, Brother
So what if they did come in peace?  How would we know?  We would have to take aliens on their word - assuming they use words.  We would not know if their word is any good but we would also not have much choice in the matter.  They are certainly technologically superior to us. 

Typing Chim
Are... you... sure... this... is... a... life... guard... ini-tia-tion... thing?
We do not know if they are intellectually superior.  It is said that if you gave a bunch of monkeys a bunch of typewriters they could construct the complete works of Shakespeare or the Bible.  Anyone who has ever watched even a single episode of Baywatch knows there is some truth to this theory. 

Nosotros Golden Eagle Award winning show, Baywatch
The point is, if another civilization had a million year head start on us, they would not need to be smarter than us to figure out how to get from there to here.  They would just need time.  A million years ought to do it.  So it is possible that if aliens tried to pull a fast one on us we could adapt and overcome.  We might want to extend a symbol of peace to them.

While the white dove is known worldwide as a symbol of peace, this may confuse aliens.  Imagine if we went to their planet and suddenly thousands of winged beasts swarmed our diplomatic delegation.  The doves look nice to us but maybe to aliens doves look like the face-hugger from Prometheus

Face Hugger from Prometheus
What doves might look like to aliens
We would be scared to death.  All it would take is one trigger-happy commando who is afraid of birds and all hell breaks loose.  Amadou Diallo was shot at 41 times by four officers because one of the cops thought Diallo's wallet was a gun.  The first cop fired a shot and then all the other cops opened fire.  They were armed and scared.  What if it was not a wallet but a thousand peaceful birds that look like face huggers?  Bad news.

So the doves are out.  What would tell aliens (who may not understand Earthan languages), "Hi!  Welcome!  Let me give you the grand tour.  Can I get you a drink?" 

When Europeans encountered Native Americans ("Indians") it did not take the Europeans long to see the value in Wampum.  This then caused the Europeans to begin mass producing the Wampum and using it as a currency.  We need to be careful not to offer aliens Justin Bieber's latest album.

Justin Bieber Wampum
Wampum Man, Justin Bieber
The Hawaiians offered Western visitors floral wreaths called leis.  Aliens might be allergic.  But the leis are pretty and they smell nice.  I wonder if aliens can smell.

Aliens could also be lactose intolerant so we had better not offer them milk.  This was an error Europeans made with Indians here in the New World.  The Indians were lactose intolerant.  They were not used to drinking cows milk.  When it was offered by the first European settlers the Indians got bad gas, bloating, and diarrhea.  They thought they had been poisoned.  Although with the number of cattle abductions reported, maybe aliens do like milk - hard to say.

Most other symbols of peace could be misconstrued by alien visitors.  We need to find something they would like and would not misunderstand.  If it were me, I would appreciate if someone gave me a package of Archway Molasses Cookies.  Not everyone likes molasses cookies, I know.  It is an acquired taste.  But there is no mistaking the intent behind someone who gives you one.   You may grimace a bit as you swallowed.  But you would know you were loved.

Archway molasses cookies
Molasses cookies, the ultimate symbol of peace?

An accompanying glass of milk would be optional.

What steps must we take for contact with Aliens?

If aliens were to make contact with Earthans at some point in the next few years we would need to err on the side of caution and be prepared for an armed conflict.  We should, of course, approach our visitors with open arms and attempt to form diplomatic relations with them.  It would be foolish to strike first at anyone who can get from there to here (wherever that is).  But we should also be ready for whatever they may unleash on us.

In order to be prepared, militarily, the major powers of the world need to develop joint force operations plans.  I am not saying that all militaries should become one unified force, overnight.  This premise is unfathomable to the most nationalistic amongst us.  But 70 years ago, a unified Europe was unthinkable to Europeans.  They started small, with simple trade agreements and contributions to NATO, and escalated the cooperation over the course of decades until reaching the point where they are now interdependent.

This is a good recipe for the rest of the world to follow.  If we can work out better (equally fair to everyone) trade agreements and increase military support for the United Nations, perhaps in another 70 years all the nations of the world will be prepared to battle an Extra Planetary Force.

What steps must we take for contact with aliens?
Excavators in China build a Coronavirus hospital in record time
Could we handle the casualties from a fight like that?  Right now, no.  But the world can learn something from what began recently in Asia (and is now spreading around the world).  In an effort to combat the rapidly spreading Coronavirus the Chinese are building hospitals faster than anyone in the West could think of doing.  Because officials there are able to plow through bureaucratic hurdles with a snap of the fingers they can muster the forces to complete massive building projects in a fraction of the time it would take here. 

Certainly, this effort could be replicated elsewhere.  But in order to do so new laws would need to be passed enabling a Construction Corps to assemble the engineering and building teams required to complete such projects.  Then you need a place to build these facilities.  Strengthening Eminent Domain laws is anathema to Western beliefs on property ownership.  Indeed, I myself would not want my property taken, "for the good of the people."  I built my house and I do not want to leave it until my kids put me in a rest home - hopefully it is a nice facility where the orderlies do not beat me too often.  It would also be nice if it did not smell like a preschool - not sure why nursing homes and preschools both have the same stink.

You will go to sleep or I will put you to sleep!
But back to my point, these Construction Corps would need to acquire land ahead of time in order to speed up the building process.  Maybe they could build parks on these vacant properties until we needed the land for medical facilities.  That would be nice.

Are we ready for alien contact?  In a word, no.  But if I were able to speak to Congress or to the President, either in person, or via this blog, or some TV show about UFO sightings, I would advise them to have the courage to address this issue seriously and do what is right for not only the American people but also for all the people of the world - like it or not, we are all in this together.  Let us put some funding behind planning for what to do.  Let us hope for the best but prepare for the worst.  Let us know that, while there is no need to panic, we need to begin the necessary legwork for what is an unstoppable eventuality.

We are being observed.  Soon we will be officially contacted.  What will we do then?

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