Unavoidable? it's Inevitable. But it may not look like what you're expecting. Sorry - no shock-jock landings on the White House lawn. That's just
for Hollywood. The reality is much more subtle...
This is just the initial phase period. You're being "softened up". What's next? Bacteria. Microbes.
NASA and other planetary scientists will announce that they have confirmed the existence of microbes on Mars or some moon of Saturn. That is the
whole motivation for funneling millions of tax dollars to set up a pseudo-official 'organization' called the
NASA Astrobiological Institute.
That's where the ET news will come from. When? Now that's an interesting question:
The 'word' on the streets of Houston is that the scramble is on because Russia and China both consider this "announcement" equivalent to the manned
space-race of the late '50's and early '60's. The US has the know-how, the Russians have the willpower, and the Chinese have the money. None of
these three 'big players' have all three but all three will be needed to pull it off (meaning establishing peer-reviewed, globally accepted,
scientific validation of ET life).
As with the earlier space race, there is tremendous mistrust among the players. Each has something the other wants. The Chinese can afford to do
almost anything, but have to resort to theft, graft, and cowardice to accomplish their objectives. The Russians can bulldoze their way through almost
any engineering, physical, or mental problem, but are dirt poor and becoming increasingly unstable politically. The Americans have the experience and
a can-do approach, but have little public support and are considered a bit selfish on the world stage.
So what does this all have to do with disclosure? There are kinks to work out, but a 'hybrid' or compromise solution is likely imminent. What will
it look like? Who knows. An educated guess might be something like this: American remote sensing instruments funded by the Chinese and operated by
Russian cosmonauts aboard the ISS detect microbes on some celestial outpost. Everyone is a hero, all parties get partial credit.
Wait. Gauge global reaction. Are the religious zealots rioting? Is MSM ridiculing? Any new Harry Space-Potters getting popular?
If it looks like a benign transition, go to the next phase: Plan, fund, equip, and launch a mission to confirm, sample, test, and look for "more".
More what? More Complex Life, silly!
Oh it's out there all right. Some on this planet may already be intimately aware of it. Maybe. Shhh... You didn't hear that here...
NASA's ABI is close though. The other shoe will drop from their HQ. My bet is within a year...
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