MOSCOW, August 20, 2011 –Now we have have another good reason to curb our environmentally irresponsible ways: If we continue polluting our planet, we may be annihilated by angry space aliens.
This is not a joke, but a serious idea put forth by a NASA affiliated scientist. His name is Shawn Domagal-Goldman and he belongs to NASA’s Planetary Science Division.
Goldman’s latest work examines possible scenarios that may occur when extraterrestrials visit this earth.
The British Guardian, which today reports on Goldman’s research, describes one possible scenario in chilling terms:
“Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth’s atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat.”
This makes one wonder. In 1987 a supernova explosion occurred in a neighboring galaxy that produced dust and gases equivalent of about 200,000 earth masses. That’s some pollution.
Scientists tells us that such explosions are quite common throughout the universe. One would think that aliens would first try to take care of these polluting supernovae before killing off mankind for a bit of SUV emissions.
Be that as it may, there is also potentially a bright side to possible alien encounters. Goldman and his team tell us that there is a possibility that we may encounter favorably disposed aliens who may help us “solve global problems such as hunger, poverty and disease.”
That would be wonderful. Let’s hope that these good aliens show up soon. But if they don’t, we can still go with socialists who have always claimed to have a solution to these global ills.
All joking aside (about socialists), if wise aliens ever come to earth, we should not forget to ask them for guidance on our debt problem, which – unlike man-made global warming – is very real. So real, in fact, that it is destroying the dollar and with it the world’s economic order.
Hopefully, they are not Keynesians. When Richard Nixon said “we are all Keynesians now,” he did not seem be speaking on behalf of space aliens. But when a politician speaks, one can never be sure.
But since the debt problem is so pressing, and aliens may well not show up for thousands of years, let me offer my advice for what it’s worth: Let us not spend more than we have.
The most wise and sensible among aliens would, I think, readily agree with this simple approach. After all, it is just common sense. And even though common sense has seemingly disappeared from this planet, one would hope that it still exists somewhere in the universe.
I, for one, have little doubt that the plea not to overspend would be endorsed by aliens, regardless of the color of their skin or the galaxy of their origin.
Do you hear, politicians of both parties? Why don’t you at least consider that for a change?
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