Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

A Bit Of A Ramble

I'm not feeling Christmassy yet but it's early days and perhaps I will. Today I did my first Christmas posting- to Mike and Su-Young in Tokyo. Maybe tomorrow we'll put up the Christmas tree.

The weather has been very changeable. Early this evening we had a thunderclap right above the house. Usually you can hear thunder creeping up on you, but not this time. There was just the one boom with nothing before or after. 

I've been looking at a lot of UFO stuff- hence the earlier post. It's frustrating how these things evade hard science. I was watching a recording of the meeting chaired by Steven Greer at the Washington Press Club in 2001. It was an attempt to force the authorities to come clean. He had a platform of witnesses- most of them old men who'd brushed up against UFOs when they were in the military- who stood up one after the other to say their say. One of them had been guarding a missile site when an orange-red throbbing UFO turned up at the compound gates and switched off the launch systems, another claimed to have helped retrieve the debris of crashed craft- including alien corpses. Tantalizing stuff- but like the evidence for yeti and lake monsters and thunderbirds- not quite good enough. Where are the artefacts? Where- dammit- are the aliens themselves? Afterwards I researched Greer and it turns out he's a guy who takes groups of true believers out into the desert to summon UFOs by telepathy. And there you have it. Every conversation about UFOs- if it goes on long enough- eventually wanders off into parapsychology and new age spirituality.

Talking of which, it hasn't evaded my notice that the end of the world (according to the Mayans) is due in less than three weeks time- at the solstice. Perhaps that's why I can't get that excited about Christmas- because it isn't going to happen. I don't really believe that, of course, but there's a part of me that would sort of like it to be sort of true. There's a website I was browsing through yesterday where they think the world is about to move to a higher dimension (whatever that means) and enter the golden age. 

"When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendours fling
And the whole world give back the song
Which now the angels sing"

Now wouldn't that be grand!
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