Thanks to Einstein, colonizing space may be possible

It stands to reason that planet Earth’s life-sustaining resources are not infinite. The fact is, they are slowly but surely being depleted. Eventually, there won’t be enough resources left to sustain human life.

Long before that point is reached, we’ll have to think about colonizing space. One big barrier to doing so is the colossal distance we’d have to travel to reach the nearest habitable planet. Such a planet could be thousands, even millions of light-years away. And as we all know, nothing can go faster than the speed of light.

So does that mean inevitable, eventual extinction for humankind?

Well maybe not.

Einstein’s theory of relativity could offer a ray of hope. Those of us who have watched Star Trek are familiar with a thing called warp speed. And it may not be science fiction fantasy. Some scientists believe it’s not only possible, but that we will have the technology to make it happen in about a hundred years or so, leaving plenty of time before planet Earth runs out of life-sustaining resources.

But first they have to figure out a way to harness ‘dark energy,’ a repulsive force that can be used by futuristic spacecraft to surf something scientists call a spacetime wave which shrinks the space between our spacecraft and the target planet thus effectively bypassing the speed of light. Once they achieve that, they can go about actually building such a spacecraft.

Sounds cool. For the sake of our descendants, let’s hope they get it right.

Astronaut who walked on the Moon claims UFOs are real

I saw a UFO back in 1952. I was seventeen at the time, living with my parents on a twenty-acre smallholding about ten miles out of a town called Fort Victoria in the then Southern Rhodesia (now Masvingo, Zimbabwe).

It was early evening, we had been eating slices of watermelon after dinner, and now we were having our customary watermelon-skin fight (that’s when rowdy family members like ours throw pieces of watermelon skins at each other for laughs). I got carried away and hurled a sizable piece of skin at my stepfather with a lot more force than was advisable. It hit him full in the face. He took exception and tried to grab hold of me with the intention — I had no doubt — of doing me a grievous injury. I ran out of the house and into the night for quite some distance, to wait for his wrath to subside.

I happened to look up and there it was, a huge orange-glowing sphere hovering low in the night sky. For long moments I stood transfixed. Then the object began slowly to descend until it dropped out of sight behind the tree line. I was completely mystified. I knew about “flying saucers,” but the object I’d seen wasn’t at all saucer-like.

The next day, Fort Victoria was abuzz with talk about the mysterious “orange ball in the sky.” Some claimed to have seen it descend beneath the surface of the Umshandigi Dam.

These days, the more I think about the UFO phenomenon, the more I don’t know what to think about the UFO phenomenon. I’m skeptical of claims people make — Betty and Barney Hill, for example — of having had encounters of the third kind with UFOs. At the same time I realize that were I to have a similar experience and were I to tell people about it, they wouldn’t believe me either. And you can’t discount all claims of UFO sightings, particularly when coming from people of the highest integrity.

For instance, during the aerial dogfights in World War II, pilots of British and German planes saw UFOs which appeared to be watching the action. The British nicknamed them “foo-fighters.”

Here’s the thing. The pilots on both sides would have been preoccupied with trying to outwit each other in their deadly aerial duels. Flying machines from another planet would have been the last thing they’d have expected to encounter; it was the sheer intrusiveness of the UFOs that caught their attention. So I’m inclined to think the “foo-fighters” were real enough.

Now I’m trying to decide what to make of an article I just read concerning the claims by Dr Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, that “high-ranking military officials witnessed alien ships during weapons tests throughout the 1940s.” And that “aliens came to Earth to stop a nuclear war between America and Russia.”

He says high-ranking military officials witnessed alien ships during weapons tests throughout the 1940s and that other officers told him their test missiles “were frequently shot down by alien spacecraft.”

Dr Mitchell also says the Roswell UFO-crash cover-up was real. In fact, in 2012 Chase Brandon, a former CIA agent and veteran of 35 years, also said the cover-up was real, and, moreover, that he had actually seen proof of it.

Also in 2012, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Richard French told The Huffington Post that there were actually two UFO crashes and that the first UFO was shot down by a U.S. experimental plane with an electronic pulse weapon that disabled the UFO’s controls and caused it to crash.

Like I said, the more I think about the UFO phenomenon, the more I don’t know what to think about the UFO phenomenon.

It’s sugar, not saturated fat, that’s bad for you

For almost as long as I can remember, we have been led to believe that saturated fat is the biggest dietary villain of them all. Now, in a complete about-face, we are told that the experts have been wrong all along.

Now they are saying that saturated fat is actually good for you, and sugar is the real villain:

Another food myth bites the dust.

Conflicting assertions about alcohol consumption and health

According to one article in the Daily Mail, moderate drinking is good for your health.

But then again, according to another article in the Daily Mail, just eight months later, even moderate drinking is bad for your health.

So which article has got it right? I don’t know.

For a number of years, I used to drink beer sometimes — and I hardly ever got sick.

Then, about 25 years ago, I turned teetotal — and I still hardly ever get sick.

Maybe it’s more about horses for courses than anything else.