In the wake of the release of a stunning report by US government officials assessing sightings of UFOs in restricted airspace over the past several decades, speculation has heated up as to whether humanity is on the verge of the first contact with extraterrestrial lifeforms. While the report issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) does not confirm that the countless UFO sightings over the past half-century are connected to alien beings, it does not deny it. That has sparked speculation as to whether human contact with alien beings has already taken place, and what it could mean for the future of mankind.
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Has First Contact Already taken Place?
The recently released report from the ODNI comes after decades of silence from US government and military officials about the existence and origins of what the US Department of Defense refers to as unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP). While few definitive details are provided, the report expects individual UAP incidents to fall into one of five categories. These include airborne clutter, natural atmospheric phenomena, USG or U.S. industry developmental programs, foreign adversary systems, and a catchall “other” bin.
The U.S. govt has released a report on UFOs — here is what we know so far:
▪️143 sightings since 2004 remain unexplained
▪️18 of the sightings “appear to have some sort of advanced propulsion or advanced technology”
▪️The Pentagon has not ruled out alien origins 👽 pic.twitter.com/eJyjeUVc5e
— AJ+ (@ajplus) June 25, 2021
The unclear nature of the “other” bin has created a buzz, with some observers now suggesting that first contact has already taken place. However, confirmation of that anytime soon remains a longshot, with any past contact between humans and aliens being confirmed in 2021 sporting lengthy +2500 odds at Bovada.
UAPs a National Security Risk
Of greater concern is the suggestion within the ODNI that UAPs may present a national security risk. Humans have debated for decades over aliens would come in peace, or seek to conquer and plunder our resource-rich planet.
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Hollywood has made billions of dollars from the production of movies like Independence Day, War of the Worlds, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, which depict the dire consequences of the first contact with aliens. However, the likelihood of such an invasion happening anytime soon is low, with the odds of an alien attack taking place in 2021 pegged at a distant +10000 at Bovada.
|Who will Aliens Abduct First?|
|Donald Trump Jr.||+1600|
|Donald Trump Sr.||+2500|
|Kim Jong Un||+5000|
Space Exploration Pioneers Top Candidates to be Abducted
If the countless reports of UAP sightings in recent decades are in fact aliens observing us from above, it likely only a matter of time before they attempt to abduct key members of human society. The question that begs, however, is for what purpose? It has been almost 52 years since Apollo 11 landed on the moon, an event that was followed by a spike in the number of reported UFO sightings.
Mars colony concept. Would you stay here? pic.twitter.com/IzpV9GeW99
— Latest in space (@latestinspace) June 23, 2021
In the past, the charge into deep space has been led by government agencies like NASA. But with private interests like SpaceX now leading the way in space exploration efforts, Elon Musk has emerged as the favorite to be the first human abducted by aliens, sporting short +1400 odds. Musk’s dream of sending humans to Mars has steadily gained steam, with the SpaceX Mars program featuring plans to build a colony of one million humans on the red planet.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 24, 2021
If it is of interest in humanity’s plans to explore the universe that motivates aliens to arrive on Earth, it is tough to overlook Jeff Bezos as a candidate to be the first human abducted. The Amazon founder’s vision of creating a space tourism industry is likely to get a big boost from his plans to be among the astronauts who blast off on a Blue Origin New Shepard spacecraft later this summer for a trip 62 miles into space. Those efforts could pique the interests of the aliens among us, making Bezos a lucrative +2000 bet to be the first abducted.
Will the Invasion be Televised?
While we don’t know whether aliens have seen humanity up close or only from a safe distance, it remains unclear just how much they know about us. Indeed, it remains a real possibility that aliens are learning about humanity from popular culture, particularly television. And if, as the odds suggest, the first contact turns out to be peaceful, abduction efforts by the aliens may be part of a larger plan to communicate their non-aggressive intentions.
— Page Six (@PageSix) May 12, 2021
That adds considerable value to the +2500 odds of Oprah Winfrey being the first human abducted. One of the most recognizable faces on Earth, Winfrey is a favorite interviewer of the celebrity class. She made international headlines with her recent sit-down with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that shook the foundations of the British Royal Family, while also fueling short +900 odds at MyBookie that the couple will be stripped of their royal titles before the end of 2021.
|Who will Win the Next Human/Alien War?|
However, as has been the case throughout human history, miscalculations can have devastating consequences. Should the aliens elect to abduct Chinese leader Xi Jinping, the response could lead to an unwanted conflict. But even in that case, humanity remains the best bet as -150 favorites to prevail in any future human/alien war.
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