SAG-AFTRA and WGA are on strike and we’re here talking about aliens.
Earlier this week, the House Oversight Committee held a public hearing on unidentified flying objects (UFOs), or as government officials refer to them, unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), where retired Major David Grusch testified under oath that the United States is in possession of alien spacecraft and that he knows first-hand of people who have been hurt or injured when trying to cover up this extraterrestrial technology.
Grusch also confirmed that the US has been aware of extraterrestrial activity on our planet since at least the 1930s, and that there is a program in place to reverse engineer this technology, saying:
“I was informed in the course of my official duties of a multi-decade UAP crash retrieval and reverse engineering program to which I was denied access.”
Sue Gough, a spokesperson for the Pentagon denied in a statement that the Defense Department task force would have any “verifiable information to substantiate claims that any programs regarding the possession or reverse-engineering of extraterrestrial materials have existed in the past or exist currently.”
In a vacuum, allowing sworn testimony of this magnitude to go into the public record of the United States should be the biggest news story in the history of the world. However, the purpose of the session was not to bring “little green men or flying saucers into the hearings”, as Representative Tim Burchett, Republican of Tennessee, put it, but to ask for more government transparency in their research for alien life and studies of unidentified flying objects. As Grusch argued during the hearings, this is a pressing matter that must be studied further:
“If UAP are foreign drones, it is an urgent national security problem. If it is something else, it is an issue for science. In either case unidentified objects are concern for flight safety.”
This is the heart of the issue — that pilots up there are encountering objects that are accelerating at speeds that they didn’t think were possible. This is also not the first time we’re hearing about such an issue; in 2017, two Navy Airmen told The New York Times that they had seen an object that “accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen.”
The World Is On Fire… Why Are We Talking About UFOs?
Not everyone on the committee was eager to meet green people with antennas. Representative Eric Burlison, Republican of Missouri, said that “the concept that an alien species is technologically advanced enough to travel billions of light years and gets here, and is somehow incompetent enough to not survive Earth, and crashes, is something I find a little far-fetched.”
That is one of many science-based arguments that can be made against this testimony, not to mention logic-based ones. Have movies really led us to believe that if an alien spacecraft came to Earth, the United States would be the only country to notice? Outside of our own galaxy, the closest planet to us is four lightyears away; there is no evidence of any livable world within our scope, and even if there was, it would take a ship hundreds of years to get here, at the very least.
Remember that being four lightyears away only means that light can travel that distance in four years; massive objects are not allowed to reach lightspeed under our current understanding of the universe, and even to approach it requires an exponential amount of energy that tends to infinity. What about wormholes? Well, that is a possibility, but not one we have seen and one that would require a technology we are at least a thousand years away from acquiring.
Like SAG-AFTRA And WGA We should be more concerned with AI
But the fundamental question here is this: Why are we talking about this like it’s a real possibility? First of all, if we’ve been in touch with aliens since 100 years ago, why is this a pressing matter now? The answer is, this isn’t something worth talking about outside of the confines of a coffee shop table. There is a reason why The New York Times and The Washington Post have not featured this story anywhere near their online front pages, and why they have barely covered it at all. Associated Press did an under-600-word article on it. Doesn’t that tell us anything?
But even putting all of that aside, the big question here is why are we investing time and money into researching alien life, at a time when our planet is literally in flames and we are on the verge of engineering our own demise through the expansion of artificial intelligence? We are so focused on the possibility of Independence Day becoming a documentary that we’ve forgotten about Terminator or Dune. Every dollar the United States spends on finding alien life in our skies, programs to start working from the Moon in the next two decades, or setting foot on Mars, is money we are not investing where we actually need it — in ourselves.
The United States, the epitome of Western civilization, is suffering from economic inequalities like practically no other first-world country. Look no further than the financial segregation of any of its major cities and the number of people that are living on the streets because of the lack of affordable housing.
Turn on the news and watch Greece and Italy burn down because of global warming, or see out the window how the Canadian wildfires generated a Blade Runner 2049-esque sky all over North America. Research study after research study confirms that all of the weather anomalies we are experiencing would have been but a remote possibility if climate change wasn’t real. Every major scientific organization has warned us that we are reaching a point of no return for our planet, and that the next fifty years could be defined by the lack of drinkable water or breathable air.
And that will happen if artificial intelligence hasn’t taken over yet. President Biden held a meeting last week with seven of the major tech companies to address the issues and generate some guidelines about what to do and what not to do. Every executive in the room reportedly seemed concerned about the dangers of the technology which we can’t control and of which practically know nothing.
Our livelihood is being threatened by corporations having an irrational desire to replace humans with robots. If you think AI is coming only for SAG-AFTRA and WGA, think again.
Didn’t Tom Cruise just warn us about this two weeks ago? But it was all left in a handshake, no legislation was passed, and executives can say whatever they want; we all know they will be back in their offices within two hours trying to dissect where their competitors are at and how they can one-up them—all of that as we approach another point of no return.
SAG-AFTRA and WGA can’t be the only ones fighting AI.
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