Alien encounters of a close kind

Now we have have another good reason to curb our environmentally irresponsible ways: If we continue polluting our planet, we may be - according to a NASA scientist - annihilated by angry space aliens. Photo: Lewis Francis

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.

Polluting Trabant: Scientists think that space aliens may take drastic measures to deal with mankind's earth-polluting ways

High-emitting Trabant: Scientists think that space aliens may take drastic measures to deal with mankind’s earth polluting ways

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.

Supernova explosion can produce pollution equivalent to 200,000 earth masses. Scientists don't know whether aliens plan to do something about it (Photo NASA)

Supernova explosion can produce cosmic pollution equivalent to 200,000 earth masses. Scientists don’t know whether aliens plan to do something about it (Photo NASA)

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.

Some scientists believe that favorably disposed aliens may help us solve problems of global poverty and disease (Photo Tama Leaver)

Some scientists believe that favorably disposed aliens may help us solve problems of global poverty and disease (Photo Tama Leaver)

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.

Most space aliens would probably agree we shouldn't spend more than we can afford.

Most space aliens would probably agree we shouldn’t spend more than we can afford.

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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Born and raised under communism, Vasko Kohlmayer is a naturalized American citizen. He has lived in several countries under various forms of government, but he still marvels at the goodness of God and the wonder of life. He has discovered that no matter how many places you've been, there is always something new to learn wherever you go.

Having started with sciences, he earned degrees in philosophy and literature. He has written for a number of newspapers, magazines and internet journals on subjects ranging from Russian politics to the gold standard. Vasko currently lives in Europe with his long-suffering wife and two beautiful daughters. He is the founder of The Christian Writers Foundation.  

 

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