Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Truth Is Out There...Maybe

You may have read of the annual "X-Conference" which recently wrapped up here in Washington. Sponsored by the Paradigm Research Group, the X-Conference, in the words of its website, "…bring(s) together in the Washington metro area a powerful group of speakers to focus on the governmental, political and media aspects of 60+ years of extraterrestrial engagement and societal denial - exopolitics." It goes on to say that, "the X-Conference speakers hold enough knowledge of extraterrestrial-related phenomena and government involvement with this phenomena to end the government imposed truth embargo tomorrow." The highlight of this year's X-Conference was an address by former astronaut Edgar Mitchell, in which he claimed that extraterrestrial life exists, and that the truth is being concealed by the U.S. and other governments.

Are we alone in the universe? Beats me. I would say that the odds are good that we aren't, but it's rather like trying to identify principled statesmanship in suspect it may be there somewhere, but there's really no good evidence.

When I was in high school, I was a UFO buff. I had a large collection of books about flying saucers, extraterrestrial life, alien abductions, and all that related stuff. I knew all about Project Blue Book, and about Barney and Betty Hill's tale of being kidnapped by aliens (as documented in their book, The Interrupted Journey). I loved the original Star Trek (cheesy special effects and all), and still enjoy movies like "The War of the Worlds," "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (original version only), and "Independence Day." I watched "The X Files" on TV.

And I have yet to see an actual flying saucer, an alien on an autopsy table, or anything else.

Are we alone? I doubt it. But I have to believe that if we aren't, and if there are planets out there more advanced than we are, they'd probably avoid us like the plague. If you could travel through interstellar space and visit any world you wanted, why would you come to a place that offers tourist joys like genocide, radical, violent, and intolerant religions, and widespread environmental pollution? Me, I'd look for a planet with quiet mountains, nice beaches, and a laid-back population.

Is the government hiding the truth about extraterrestrial life? Oh, come on, now...if you can believe the US government could keep a secret that big since, oh, say, Roswell in 1947, I have a bridge to sell you.

Yes, there's probably intelligent life out there. I really hope there is. Because I often despair of finding it down here.

Except, of course, among the members of my little blogging circle. You guys give me hope. Even you, Mike.

Have a good day. Don't accept rides from strange aliens. More thoughts tomorrow.


P.S. - Yesterday, I passed on the Friendship Award I received from Jersey Girl to several of my female blogging friends.
Today, it's the men's turn. I hereby bestow the Friendship Award on (drum roll, please)...

Mike, at Billions of Versions of Normal (normal, he isn't...but he's fun);

John, at Out of My Hat (after all, how many preacher/magician/air traffic controllers do you know?)

Gilahi, at The Gilahi Blog (another cranky fellow like me); and,

Daniel, at Tales of a Media Addict (the only one of this group I've actually met - and a nice guy to boot).

Gents, a tip of the hat to you. And if a rabbit falls out, please give it back to John.


P.P.S. - I will be leaving very early tomorrow morning to drive up to Pittsburgh to visit my father, who is unwell. Those of you who are used to my early morning posts should know that tomorrow's post will not go up until sometime in the evening, assuming the Internet connection in my hotel works. See you then.



Gilahi said...

Wow. Given the sparseness of my output of late, I'm even more flattered than I would have otherwise been. Many thanks, Mr. Bilbo!

Wv: prowynt - 1) What years of wynt training and minor league wynt can lead to; 2) The opposite of antiwynt.

The Mistress of the Dark said...

Have a safe trip up here :) Hope everything is ok with your dad.

Amanda said...

What a coincidence! I finally watched the X-Files movie on TV last night. Bit disappointed that it wasn't about aliens though :)

I hope your father is OK. Drive safely.

Leslie David said...

I'd settle for intelligent life on this planet, which I sometimes doubt. I think there is other intelligent life out there, unless we were created as God's cosmic joke. I love those movies--watched them with my dad (except for Independence Day--I liked the idea of a President who knows how to fly a fighter)and was also an X-Files fan.

I'm sorry that your dad isn't well--I hope things go well, and have a safe trip. I did take your hour at the studio. I might as well get the extra hours now to make up for the month I won't be dancing in September and the 3 months I'll be out next year when I have surgery on the other foot.

I'll think of you tonight when I go to see Walmartopia.

anOCgirl said...

i'm not much of an alien junky, but i did enjoy the x-files! did you hear about that earth-like planet they recently discovered? maybe something really is out there.

i hope you're father is ok. :(

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Thank you for the post!
Our best to your dad!

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Mike said...

I would watch reruns of the original Star Trek for years after the series went out of production. And speaking of movie theaters, the remake of 'the day the earth stood still' was the latest theater visit I've done. It was surround sound heaven (or not).

And an AWARD! I’m beside myself. This is like the third blogger award I’ve gotten since ...... ever.

John said...

Thank you for the award. I am honored. I really enjoyed linking to the ladies' blogs from yesterday.

Safe travels and well wishes for your dad.

wv: term for the little Gideon New Testament with Psalms. Now New Testament consalms.

SusieQ said...

My husband is a Star Trek fan. Me? No. But I do think there is intelligent life beyond our planet. It is an interesting subject.

Blessings to your father. Have a safe trip.

fiona said...

I AM an alien! A legal one though ;-)
Have a safe trip darlin and hope your dad gets better soon.

Mike said...

We need a father report.

Amanda said...

Yes, I came to see if there was a father report too.