Saturday, August 20, 2011

Important Information for the Green Committee

We have come across a greenhouse gas related report that should be of particular interest to the Green Committee. Concerned as they are with our driving habits, the manner in which we construct our homes, controlling carbon footprint generating activities in general, along with modifying various other behaviors, I thought it was important to share the following information with them. It is indeed an edifying lesson in the possible dire consequences of lives foolishly led.

Available through the Cornell University Library (link here), a report entitled "Would contact with extraterrestrials benefit or harm humanity? A scenario analysis," describes the work of three renowned astrophysicists regarding the consequences of contact with civilizations not of this world. Here is an abstract of that paper:

While humanity has not yet observed any extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI), contact with ETI remains possible. Contact could occur through a broad range of scenarios that have varying consequences for humanity. However, many discussions of this question assume that contact will follow a particular scenario that derives from the hopes and fears of the author. In this paper, we analyze a broad range of contact scenarios in terms of whether contact with ETI would benefit or harm humanity. This type of broad analysis can help us prepare for actual contact with ETI even if the details of contact do not fully resemble any specific scenario.

I am certain that this must be important work, and apparently it has been received and considered by various national defense and NASA related organizations. We should always be prepared for all kinds of eventualities, even those widely considered to be unlikely.

Unfortunately or not, this body of work has now fallen into the hands of the popular culture, and while the popularizations of its more positive themes may be beneficial, some of this has taken on an unnecessarily alarmist tone. At least in my opinion. This from the British newspaper The Guardian:

Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilizations, say scientists: Rising greenhouse emissions could tip off aliens that we are a rapidly expanding threat, warns a report - It may not rank as the most compelling reason the curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a preemptive alien attack, scientists warn.

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, the researchers explain.

This highly speculative scenario is one of several described by a NASA-affiliated scientist and colleagues at Pennsylvania State University that, while considered unlikely, they say could play out were humans and alien life to make contact at some point in the future.

Shawn Domagal-Goldman of NASA's Planetary Science Division and his colleagues compiled a list of plausible outcomes that could unfold in the aftermath of a close encounter, to help humanity "prepare for actual contact."

If there is a recurring theme to Dr. Domagal-Goldman's paper, it is that humanity's global warming and greenhouse gas production habits could easily appear as an alarming and degenerate practice to ETIs, something viewed as a willful disregard for the delicate nature of our precious planetary sanctuary. And therefore making us seem like a threat. This from the Guardian report:

The authors warn that extraterrestrials may be wary of civilisations that expand very rapidly, as these may be prone to destroy other life as they grow, just as humans have pushed species to extinction on Earth. In the most extreme scenario, aliens might choose to destroy humanity to protect other civilisations.

"A preemptive strike would be particularly likely in the early phases of our expansion because a civilisation may become increasingly difficult to destroy as it continues to expand. Humanity may just now be entering the period in which its rapid civilisational expansion could be detected by an ETI because our expansion is changing the composition of the earth's atmosphere, via greenhouse gas emissions," the report states.

"Green" aliens might object to the environmental damage humans have caused on Earth and wipe us out to save the planet. "These scenarios give us reason to limit our growth and reduce our impact on global ecosystems. It would be particularly important for us to limit our emissions of greenhouses gases, since atmospheric composition can be observed from other planets," the authors write.

While this danger is quite obviously remote, we think that because of the potential danger to residents, no matter how slight, it is important that Mayor John Buchanan and his Green Committee consider this material sooner rather than later. To do otherwise could result in harm to this community that would make even the nastiest schemes of the Downtown Investors Club look like child's play. So to speak.

A 24 hour surveillance of the skies from the roof of City Hall by members of the Green Committee could be a good place to start. And if these aliens are as "green" as Dr. Domagal-Goldman's paper suggests, perhaps they should be invited to a Green Committee meeting in Council chambers to address the members during public comment on the importance of following green practices.

Hopefully residents would want to attend as well.

Sunday Update: MSNBC has now jumped into the fray as this story continues to gather headway in the world media. In a piece called "What if E.T. thinks we're evil?" they examine some of the issues involved, plus NASA's attempts to distance themselves from the story.


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31 comments:

  1. Hot air from Buchanan is known to rise into the ionosphere. If the ET's exist and they detect it they might have to cancel the city council meetings in order to save the universe.

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  2. Good point, Carl. Due to Mayor Buchanan's propensity for florid speaking, on any given Tuesday evening Council chambers can become a greenhouse gas hot spot.

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  3. Billions and billions of self-important pauses . . .

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  4. Since nobody goes to city council meetings anymore, perhaps the seats could be taken out and replaced by wind driven turbines. Once Buchanan and his little buddy Joe Nosca get to talking the electric power produced could run city hall for a month.

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  5. If extraterrestrials were to speak to the Green Committee at a City Hall meeting, I would hope that it would be carried by SMTV3.

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  6. Will the extra terrestrials live on East Montecito?

    Do they drink Coffee at Beantown or Starbucks?

    Do they sip tea on Elvis' birthday with Michelle, and read Christine's book but not dare to ask real questions about content she wrote, and wait for Sarah the wanna-be movie star to make a grand entrance with criticism and no policy.

    Do they question the men who claim to be honest and true to their wives but post for women on the internet, have affairs with household help, cross state line to have sex with prostitutes and pay by check, and watch Govenors go missing and discover they return with the "love of their lives" announcing to the whole world with their real wives standing next to them gracious and quiet.

    Do we have an exchange rate set up for their money? Which bank gets their deposit?

    Can we get Dr. Spock to translate for them and if they they learn english quickly then raise your hands if you vote that they are true Americans!

    Will they run for City Council and pose with Joe's dog?

    Will they attend the Episcopalian's and join the fire Dept?

    Most of all do we want them to go to school with our children and which religion gets to convert them?

    ET go home. Anything is better than our crazy hypocrites who really do not care about who you are as a whole person. You are just a pawn on a checkerboard.

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  7. I seem to remember, vaguely, hearing this one morning around 2:00 am when I left my radio on Coast to Coast KFI 640.
    Have any of you Tattlers ever seen a UFO?
    I did speak to a couple of ladies up in the canyon, years ago, who claimed they were abducted by aliens who have a base up near Mt. Wilson!

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  8. Here it is:
    This country's economy is in free-fall....

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/getting-ready-for-a-wave-of-coal-plant-shutdowns/2011/08/19/gIQAzkZ0PJ_blog.html

    Thanks, Greenie, global warming lunatics!

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  9. Cowboys and Aliens.....a lot of symbolism, great metaphor about the state of politics in America today.

    Somewhat predictable but very well written. I predict will be a cult film about how crazy this generation of "crazy" political movements did not work.

    Always a little truth in fiction....

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  10. So 10:37, what part of Edison do you work for?

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  11. I believe the COG handles all of Edison's PR needs these days.

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  12. Are you kidding, 10:56

    Or just uninformed?
    You don't get it.

    This is the establishment Washington Post, they are the official American Pravda.

    Pay attention, this is government propaganda

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  13. Edison is the government. Just look at our City Council.

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  14. Good one, 11:10

    Btw, I like to remind all you greenies as often as I can:

    Global warming is not caused by human beings and industy, it's caused by magnetic solar flashes on the sun, it is a normal cycle, appears every so often and has been going on for eons.

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  15. It's true. Government and corporations work hand in hand. Our phony Mayor yaps endlessly about green this and that, but all he's doing is selling the services of the utility corporation he works for.

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  16. All I can manage to say is..The world,nation,state ,city is completely MAD.How did this happen?HELP!!!

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  17. Anyone see the PSN headline this morning.

    Unemployment in Los Angeles County is over 12%.

    Mostly, young people, especially young black and hispanic people.

    So much for "hope"

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  18. Global warming is being caused by nuclear uranium use. While studying about Fukushima, rereading the scientific documents of the time, scientists observed the first big hole in the ozone. It is the repeated use of atomic bombs and blasting, that has cause us to wear down our protective overcoating from the sun. Years ago I read there was a hole as large as the United States, of course it moves. Imagine now that the meltdown in Fukushima has hit the water table, announced a few days ago. They let it sink into the ocean, gives new meaning to "as above so below".

    Besides as far as inviting them to green meetings, I hope you have seen the Phil Schneider interview with Al Bielek, video on you tube, because he swears he observed the heads of the UN in a meeting and taking orders from 4 tall greys. Millenium, Agenda 21, dripdown redevelopment to cluster housing to the new shade of fungal green.

    You know if I close my eyes I can imagine Buchanan, and Mosca, morphing into reptilians like Arizona Wilder says the royal family does. Reptilians like green, and greys are grey green bluish. There is a rare gem, green called "Demontoid" I say bring it.. little green guys, cause my property rights are mine, I don't care what color you are.

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  19. Crazy about Sierra MadreAugust 20, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    That does it for me, I am going to start wearing camo clothes so the aliens can't see me,camp up above Stonehouse, and only come down to take a shower at the new homeless shelter that is to go on Montecito, and use the side of a building as my toilet.
    I will be living off the public dole, and you will see me pan handling in front of Beantown for lattaes.

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  20. Maybe Bamberger's church will open up a feeding station for homeless aliens.

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  21. At least now we know who the Kodiak was purchased for. Sierra Madre's many newly arriving homeless residents.

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  22. All Sierra Madre government officials should be required to take DNA tests to ascertain their planetary origin.

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  23. Should City Councilpersons who appeared in town the year before they ran for office be checked first to see if they don't have lizard skin first?

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  24. The first thing you check is the shoes, 1:00. Do they have room for 5 toes, or just two.

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  25. Hi...whew!!!! The rip tide left me no choice but come back to my homebase back at my shanty here in the balmy blarney of sharktown,91024. Yes, there ARE aliens here, cleverly disguised as leftwing loonies trying to get intelligent people to believe in global warming & wind machines. I personally know a doctor that actually invented one of the first of these bald eagles death machines. If there is anything we must know it's the Al Gore's of the world that are pushing this green idea should be captured by aliens & probed back to reality. Just another way to get greenbacks in their bank accounts. They traded up from wagons & snake oil remedies to private jets & high profile government jobs. Maybe they should just go up in hemp smoke, wear tie dye & lose they way in a forest with the aborigenies & rocks. Yeesh, think I'll go drumming!!!!!

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  26. Either the world is mad or I am...I'm retiring now!

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  27. The world is only interesting if you laugh at it.

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  28. does John Buchanan believe the cow methane that he speaks each council meeting?

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  29. Mod Hope there is a definable post on Monday. Today did not elicit a thoughtful response. Too many agendas populate todays comments. Didn't mean much.

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  30. Whenever national politics enters our discussions, it all goes to hell. Nationally we are an extremely diverse group, holding views far right, far left, everything in between, and with a sprinkling of anarchists. What unites us is our desire to preserve our hometown as the beautiful and unique place that it is. On that point, we agree.

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  31. Dear faithful reader....you are so right!!! Would you ever want to run for council..or, maybe for the fleet of foot...we could actually have a run & get people to fund it & then get this gang of four of the city council. Is there another toxic waste event. We could invite the gang of four to it, bag them & donate them & forever be free of the toxic waste every Tuesday night. Wouldn't that be better for this political environment i Sierra Madre? Just get rid of it???

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