Just to add icing to the cake, what we need next is an alien invasion. Sure, we have mass immigration, but that is humans. How about alien spaces craft from other worlds? Or, perhaps, the latest fear, space germs, sent here specially to wipe us out. Far fetched? Well, the truth is out there, somewhere.
“Despite Pentagon statements that it disbanded a once-covert program to investigate unidentified flying objects, the effort remains underway — renamed and tucked inside the Office of Naval Intelligence, where officials continue to study mystifying encounters between military pilots and unidentified aerial vehicles. Pentagon officials will not discuss the program, which is not classified but deals with classified matters. Yet it appeared last month in a Senate committee report outlining spending on the nation’s intelligence agencies for the coming year. The report said the program, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force, was “to standardize collection and reporting” on sightings of unexplained aerial vehicles, and was to report at least some of its findings to the public every six months. While retired officials involved with the effort — including Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader — hope the program will seek evidence of vehicles from other worlds, its main focus is on discovering whether another nation, especially any potential adversary, is using breakout aviation technology that could threaten the United States. Senator Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican who is the acting chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told a CBS affiliate in Miami this month that he was primarily concerned about reports of unidentified aircraft over American military bases — and that it was in the government’s interest to find out who was responsible.”
“Former Senate majority leader and retired Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), who led the push to fund the earlier UFO program, also believes that the studies should see the light of day. “After looking into this, I came to the conclusion that there were reports — some were substantive, some not so substantive — that there were actual materials that the government and the private sector had in their possession,” Reid said. So far, none of the alleged crash artifacts have been subject to public scrutiny or verification by independent researchers. However, some of the retrieved objects such as strange metallic debris were identified as being manmade – raising the possibility that they could be related to the military of U.S. rivals such as China or Russia. However, astrophysicist Eric Davis – who served as an advisor for the Pentagon program since 2007 – said that he had briefed the Pentagon in March about material retrieved from “off-world vehicles not made on this earth.” The Department of Defense subcontractor also said that he had concluded that the objects found were of the type “we couldn’t make … ourselves.” In an interview last month, President Donald Trump told his son Donald Trump Jr. that he had heard some “interesting” things about supposed aliens as well as the secretive Area 51 base near Roswell, New Mexico, that some theorists claim is a UFO crash site. The U.S. government has been increasingly open in its discussions of UFOs since last September, when U.S. Navy admitted that widely-circulated video footage captured by Navy pilots that purportedly showed UFOs flying through the skies did depict actual “unknown” objects that flew into U.S. airspace. While officials admitted that they have been baffled by the unknown flying objects, they also admit that past encounters with them have been frequent. They also said that rather than calling them “UFOs,” they prefer the term unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs. While it remains yet to be seen what information the once-secret UFO unit plans to lay out for lawmakers, acting intelligence committee chairman Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is intent on finding out who or what precisely is behind the apparent UFO activity over U.S. military bases.”
Well, if it is not the Russians and Chinese, then it is unlikely to be a friendly species wanting comic multicultural harmony. It is more likely to be similar to the contact between the Spanish and the natives of south America. Even if there was less than hostile intent, there is still the issue of space germs, which humans would have no immunity too, and thus be wiped out.
“Here’s something you never realized you need to worry about: space germs. New research suggests that our immune systems would have an extremely hard time detecting and responding to germs from other planets.
Of course, this is all hypothetical. Your chances of coming into contact with an extraterrestrial microorganism in the near future are slim; scientists have still never gathered any direct evidence of life outside of Earth. However, the research does hold some important implications for space missions and humanity’s bold plans to colonize other planets. "The world is now only too aware of the immune challenge posed by the emergence of brand new pathogens," Professor Neil Gow, deputy vice-chancellor (Research and Impact) at the University of Exeter, explained in a statement. "As a thought experiment, we wondered what would happen if we were to be exposed to a microorganism that had been retrieved from another planet or moon where life had evolved,” he added. “Would our immune system be able to detect proteins made from these non-terrestrial building blocks if such organisms were discovered and were brought back to Earth and then accidentally escaped?” Reported in the journal Microorganisms, scientists from the universities of Aberdeen and Exeter in the UK looked to see how mice, whose immune cells function in a similar way to those of humans, respond to components that are likely to be found in so-called exo-microorganisms from beyond Earth. The researchers examined the reaction of T cells, important soldiers of the immune system, to peptides containing amino acids, such as isovaline and α-aminoisobutyric acid. These amino acids have been found in high abundance on meteorites, but are extremely rare in the tissues of organisms on Earth, so the researchers argue these would be a good proxy to understand how a mammal’s body might react to alien microorganisms. The immune response appeared to be notably weaker to the exo-peptides. Although T cells were still activated by the exo-peptides, their response was less efficient compared to their reaction to more typical Earth-bound peptides. Activation levels of 15 percent and 61 percent were seen against isovaline and α-aminoisobutyric acid, compared to 82 percent and 91 percent activation levels when exposed to peptides made entirely of amino acids that are common on Earth. "Our investigation showed that these exo-peptides were still processed, and T cells were still activated, but these responses were less efficient than for 'ordinary' Earth peptides,” added Dr Katja Schaefer, lead author from the University of Exeter. "We, therefore, speculate that contact with extra-terrestrial microorganisms might pose an immunological risk for space missions aiming to retrieve organisms from exoplanets and moons."
Something more to worry out, this time the problem is out of this world, but could really be soon in our world, with disastrous consequences.