And now for something completely different . . . .
Finally a topic comes up in which everybody is as skeptical as I am -- the invasion from outer space. Space Goons, for crying out loud! Little Green Men and Women or whatever the genders are Out There. One of those things like witches and yetis and zombies -- the Space Goon is a familiar image in our culture, a mythic impossibility that just might turn out to be a real live ray-gun shooter.
Since even the most certitudinous devotees of "objective reality" will join me in having a good chuckle about the possibility that Independence Day was prophecy rather than Hollywood schlock (damn good schlock, by the way imho), I feel comfortable in just skipping over the possibility of extraterrestrial visitors. I already know the right way to deal with them, if and when they show up -- Will Smith slugged the fucker in the nose and said, "Welcome to Earth. That's what I call a real Close Encounter!"
Of course it was the bookish white guy who recalled his HG Wells and came up with the virus to kick ET's ass. Ah, Hollywood, but I digress.
The more interesting question raised by this little ripple in the News Cycle is why is the government now promoting rather than suppressing this story?
The Science Fiction answer in our 1970s Dystopian Movie Nighmare is for the invaders from Inner Space and Outer Space to cancel each other out. That is no more absurd of an interpretation than whatever we are going to hear out of our government.
CBS gave us a hint in the story Sunday night.
Mellon says he grew concerned nothing was being done about UAPs, so he decided to do something. In 2017, as a private citizen, he surreptitiously acquired the three Navy videos Elizondo had declassified and leaked them to the New York Times.
Chris Mellon: It's bizarre and unfortunate that someone like myself has to do something like that to get a national security issue like this on the agenda.
He joined forces with now civilian Lue Elizondo and they started to tell their story to anybody who would listen: to newspapers, the History Channel, to members of Congress.
Chris Mellon: We knew and understood that you had to go to the public, get the public interested to get Congress interested, to then circle back to the Defense Department and get them to start taking a look at it.
And now it is. This past August the Pentagon resurrected AATIP, it's now called the UAP task force; service members now are encouraged to report strange encounters; and the Senate wants answers.
So some brave Insiders went Outside. Unlike Snowden and Assange, they were not charged with treason, but instead they have succeeded in getting their agenda to the United States Senate. Is this a great country or what?
I have no earthly idea what any of this shit means. At least we should be able to agree that the invasion from outer space is difficult to understand, even if the invasion from the infinitismal is easy for anybody to understand by diferring to Science.
Nope for Space Goons -- our only insight comes from Science Fiction.
Aside from this kidding around, anybody have any thoughts on why this has suddenly become a Respectable Issue.