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26/09/2010

Me and the Superman guy

Startling news from the UN. It seems the UN are preparing for the earth being ‘swamped’ by Aliens (thank you Pauline Hanson you throwback from White Australia you).

An admission of sorts some will say. Others will say that this is the reason the UN is a joke.

But what if it is no joke. What if, there are Aliens? And I’m not talking about boat people or illegal immigrants here but real live Nanu Nanu, take me to your leader, ET go home Aliens.

Now I am not one to go for the far flung conspiracy theories.

However I do like a dose of Sci-Fi at bedtime. This is not the first time that the the “A” word has been mentioned in the UN. Ronald Regan, in a much ridiculed speech to the UN, posed the question that would not the world’s differences be totally turned on it’s head if we discovered a common enemy.

It would be funny except, he repeated it five times in that and other speechs.

Now although this got the crazies all up in a sweaty lather, one should note that this speech was given when a certain movie about a certain ALIEN was doing big business in the cinemas.

And we all remember that Ronald liked to talk like an actor.

Now it seems the UN has taken pre-emptive steps to put away the gun, and stick out the hand of welcome. A new paradigm if you will. God I love that word.

Mazlan Othman, the head of the UN’s little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa), is to describe her potential new role next week at a scientific conference at the Royal Society’s Kavli conference centre in Buckinghamshire.
During a talk Othman gave recently to fellow scientists, she said:
“The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that some day humankind will receive signals from extraterrestrials.
“When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination.”
Professor Richard Crowther, an expert in space law and governance at the UK Space Agency and who leads British delegations to the UN on such matters, said: “Othman is absolutely the nearest thing we have to a ‘take me to your leader’ person.”

During a talk Othman gave recently to fellow scientists, she said: “The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that some day humankind will receive signals from extraterrestrials.

“When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination.”

Professor Richard Crowther, an expert in space law and governance at the UK Space Agency and who leads British delegations to the UN on such matters, said: “Othman is absolutely the nearest thing we have to a ‘take me to your leader’ person.”

She is scheduled to tell delegates that the recent discovery of hundreds of planets around other stars has made the detection of extraterrestrial life more likely than ever before – and that means the UN must be ready to coordinate humanity’s response to any “first contact”.

WTF? Unoosa? Is that like some kind of Unified Noosa council?

I bet you are worried, right? Well relax humanity! Or so says the UNs spokes person for the  ‘take me to your leader’ person.

However, he [Professor Richard Crowther] thinks humanity’s first encounter with any intelligent aliens is more likely to be via radio or light signals from a distant planet than by beings arriving on Earth. And, he suggests, even if we do encounter aliens in the flesh, they are more likely to be microbes than anything intelligent.

Phew! Maybe they are not here here. But still. One has to think why would a body such as the UN even condone to take such a proposal seriously? Think about the mess our planet is in right now. While some in this world pay $500 for a meal that you would need a microscope to see when plated, others starve to death. While we make movies celebrating war and war heroes, real and fictional, we only hear about peace makers once they are dead. While they are alive we mock them.

I don’t know if any intelligent life will want to visit us. There really isn’t anything we can teach them. And anything they could teach us will only be a  waste of their time because we would be too busy trying to rip off their technology to bother to learn anything. And then once we have ‘learned’ everything we could, we would try and kill them and then take over their planet.

We come in peace (shoot to kill)

Now while I am all for preparation and all that, I can not help but think we have to clean up our own mess and not resort on some possible hand of rescue from God or god (depending on how you feel about divine entities) or even neighbours from the star system next door. Even if we do really need to borrow a cup of sugar.

Thankfully, they think that any such life is less likely to be flesh based and more inclined to be non intelligent microbes.

They will fit right in.

A. Ghebranious  2010   All Rights Reserved

Sources:  Yes that is me in the SUPERMAN RETURNS  trading card. (Copyright Warner Brothers)

Link to the story:  http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/un-to-appoint-earth-contact-for-aliens/story-e6frfku0-1225929498742

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