How Low Can They Go? Extreme Drought Reduces Western Lake Levels To Historic Lows

Finally, a shortage of something we can’t blame on the pandemic. What don’t we have enough of now? WATER. While we may be able to survive, although perhaps not comfortably or healthily, without toilet paper and Lysol wipes, humans simply must have water to live. Extreme drought conditions in the western United States are concerning as they have reduced levels of water bodies to historic lows. What’s going on and how bad is it really?

The fact that a drought is occurring does not in and of itself spell doom. Droughts are recurring climate events in most parts of the world. In fact, droughts are among the earliest documented weather events in human history. For example, the story of Joseph in the Bible is tied to agricultural shortages due to drought. Unfortunately, droughts are becoming more unpredictable and more extreme due to climate change.

Some folks may not be able to spell drought (HINT: Don’t rely on phonetics) much less be able to define it. So what exactly is a drought? A drought occurs when there is a prolonged period of abnormally low precipitation, either rain or snow. Effects of a drought include crop damage, water shortage, diminished water flow, and reduced soil moisture. Whether you look to water for drinking, growing crops, or a recreational venue, a drought spells bad news. (At least “bad news” is easier to spell than “drought.”)

The length of time a drought may last is one of its unpredictable characteristics. First of all, it is hard to tell when a drought commences because its effects don’t appear until after a prolonged period of low precipitation. Once underway, it can last for months or even (GASP!) years.

When asked to identify a devastating weather event, people are likely to say a hurricane or tornado. Nevertheless, according to the National Geographic Society, droughts are the second most costly weather event after hurricanes. A big part of that cost is agricultural losses. Why? Because water is needed to grow crops. While “agricultural losses” may not seem a daunting phrase, read that effect as meaning food production takes a hit. There will be less food to put on the table, and the food that is available will be more expensive.

Over 150 million acres of crops in the western U.S. are touched by at least a moderate drought right now. What specific agricultural losses could result? This year’s spring wheat harvest is 41% below the 2020 level. Producing almost half as much of this grain as the previous year’s output is a steep drop. Add oats to the drought’s hit list as well. According to Bloomberg.com, this year’s U.S. oat crop is expected to be the smallest since 1866. Yes, that’s 1866, over a century and a half ago. Yikes!

OK, but that’s just grain. But wait; there’s more! One hundred percent of the State of California is experiencing drought conditions at the present time. The Golden State produces 1/3 of the country’s vegetables and 2/3 of its fruits and nuts. Without sufficient water for the state’s crops, the entire country will suffer from the greatly reduced bounty from the land.

According to scientists, climate change intensifies drought conditions. What the western U.S. is now undergoing has been referred to as a “megadrought.” This time last year only about 20% of the West was experiencing “severe drought.” That number is up to 80% this year, and the area affected comprises nearly half of the continental United States and affects over 70 million people.

Utah is especially hard hit with more than 99% of that state classified as in extreme to exceptional drought, the two most severe levels on the U.S. Drought Monitor. Utah’s Great Salt Lake, the largest natural natural lake west of the Mississippi River, has seen water levels plummet to a historic low, breaking a record set over 50 years ago in 1963. Even scarier? It’s not even the point of the year when that water body typically hits its lowest levels. Thus, water levels are likely to continue dropping. How low will they go? We probably don’t want to know.

The Great Salt Lake is not the only water body getting slammed by the drought. Water levels at Lake Powell, the second largest reservoir in the country, have also reached a record low. As of Sunday, the lake had fallen to 33% capacity. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said last week it expects the lake’s elevation to drop another two feet by the end of this month. This declining water level threatens the Glen Canyon Dam’s capacity to produce hydropower for a number of states including Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Uh, oh! Less water, less food, and now less power.

Back in June, the nation’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead which is located near Las Vegas, hit a record-low water level as well. I’m betting that’s not a good omen for Western residents. Both Lake Mead and Lake Powell are fed by the Colorado River and provide a critical supply of drinking water as well as water for irrigation for farms, ranches, and Native American communities. The two reservoirs are part of a river system supplying over 40 million people over seven states and Mexico. The handwriting on the wall is that people are going to have no choice but to institute water conservation measures.

These drought conditions should be a splash of cold water in our faces. We must realize our existence is tied to our environment. We have to recognize that water is a valuable resource and grasp just how dependent we are upon its availability. We need to give some thought to the future, both near and distant, and how we might better utilize and conserve what water is available. Turning a blind eye to droughts won’t solve the problem, and if you think it will, you’re all wet.

Just WONDER-ing:

Do you take the availability of water for drinking and other uses for granted? Did you realize the drought in the West was so severe? Do the current extreme drought conditions affect your thinking about the impact of climate change in any way? If so, how?

A Cigar To Whomever Can Unravel The Mystery Of The Havana Syndrome

Hear the word “Havana,” and you probably think of palm trees, cigars, and rum. But these days the Cuban capital is known for being the first place mysterious attacks on U.S. intelligence officers, diplomats, and government officials were reported. In fact, the result of such attacks bears the city’s name; it’s called the Havana Syndrome. But the Havana Syndrome has spread to other countries around the world causing enough concern for a U.S. Government inquiry to be commenced.

Unlike COVID-19 which strikes any and all people regardless of race, creed, or country of origin, the Havana Syndrome is found in a narrow group. The typical victim is a U.S. citizen who is a government employee. Over 200 Americans have come forward with symptoms of Havana Syndrome. Almost half of these individuals were CIA officers or their relatives; another 60 cases involved Department of Defense officials with an additional 50 being connected to the State Department. This target group seems pretty suspicious to me and to many others as well. And the more you know, the more suspicious it becomes.

The Havana Syndrome is a set of medical issues reported by U.S. embassy staff in Cuba dating back to 2016. Its symptoms include sudden vertigo, nausea, headaches, and head pressure. Those affected experienced an abrupt onset of health problems. The victim hears strange, high-pitched grating noises from a specific direction which continue for anywhere from 20 seconds to 30 minutes. Besides the sound, feelings of pressure or vibration might accompany the debilitating symptoms. These events always happen at home or in a hotel room. So much for staying quarantined at home to avoid health issues.

The physical consequences of such incidents do not end when the strange noises end. Victims have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries. For example, Marc Polymeropoulos, the CIA Deputy Chief of Operations for Europe and Eurasia, suffered a round-the-clock migraine from a brain injury and was forced to retire at age 50.

The vast majority of Havana Syndrome cases reported have occurred overseas. Besides Cuba, such cases have also appeared in China, Russia, and Uzbekistan. Marc Polymeropoulos, for example, suffered an attack leading to symptoms while on a brief visit to Moscow. In 2018, about a dozen staffers were evacuated from the American consulate in Guangzhou, China due to medical incidents. Most recently, a Vienna, Austria cluster of cases affecting around 24 Americans has come to light; this number of cases is second only to those documented in Cuba.

More alarming is the fact such incidents are occurring in or near our nation’s capital. In 2019, a White House official walking her dog in a Virginia suburb was attacked and suffered Havana Syndrome symptoms. Another incident took place in November 2020 on the Ellipse, the lawn adjacent to the south side of the White House; the victim was an official of the National Security Council. Several weeks later, another incident happened near the entrance to the White House. What’s next? The Oval Office?

So these incidents are being described as “attacks.” This word choice indicates the events are not randomly occurring; the victims are being targeted. But by what?

To date the specifics are unclear, but reports indicate the symptoms experienced arise from direct energy attacks. The symptoms are consistent with the effects of directed microwave energy which Russia has studied for a long time. American biologist Allan H. Frey’s work back in 1961-1962 found high-intensity microwave beams can produce a sensation of an odd loud noise and cause brain damage without any head trauma. The plot thickens!

During the Cold War, the U.S. feared Russia was using microwave radiation as a secret weapon that could produce “neural impact.” In fact, in 1976 the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency warned back that microwave research by the Soviets show much promise for disrupting the behavior patterns of military or diplomatic personnel. To my non-scientific mind, this sounds like a plot in a James Bond movie.

But a December 2020 report by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concluded “directed, pulsed radio frequency energy appears to be the most plausible mechanism in explaining these cases….” According to the scientific experts, a “directed” action indicates the energy was not simply randomly dispersed by something like a cell phone. One possibility is that a satellite dish mounted on a small van could have been used to direct microwave beams at a target through walls and windows from as far away as a couple of miles. So, Mr. CIA Guy can’t simply look out the window and determine the coast is clear from enemy interference or attack.

The top Democrat and the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee have warned that the pattern of these attacks appears to be increasing. So do we know who is behind these attacks in order to stop them? In 2017 President Trump accused Cuba of perpetrating these attacks. Consequently, the U.S. reduced staff at the embassy in Havana to a minimum. However, once the attacks began occurring globally, a new villain was identified. Both the Trump and the Biden administrations see Russia as the actor likely responsible. (Did you get that? Trump and Biden AGREE on an issue.) Makes sense to me. Putin has been known to poison his opponents such as Alexei Navalny, so aiming microwave bursts at U.S. intelligence officers isn’t a big leap.

But since the attacks have hit so close to home (home being Washington, D.C. for our government’s leaders), inquiry into these mysterious attacks is moving forward. The Biden Administration is encouraging U.S. officials to come forward if they are experiencing symptoms so help can be given to them and additional information obtained. Also, a new panel of experts was established in July to look into the matter. Serving on the panel are senior CIA officials, outside scientific and medical experts, and senior officials from the Office of Director of National Intelligence. Here’s hoping that those in intelligence will use theirs to get to the bottom of what and who is causing people to suffer from the Havana Syndrome. It couldn’t hurt to see if James Bond is available for an assist since he’s on hiatus from the movie theaters due to COVID-19.

It’s scary enough to think our enemies might be out to harm us by tangible, visible means such as guns and bombs. But invisible threats are are even scarier. I’d have never thought of microwaves as a dangerous thing. I’ll approach my microwave to pop popcorn way more cautiously now. While I’d love to visit Havana one day, I don’t care to experience the Havana Syndrome in the meantime.

Just WONDER-ing:

What’s your guess as to who is behind these attacks? How concerning to you is it that these attacks are occurring in the United States and near the White House? Does the use of microwaves as a weapon sound like something out of a James Bond movie to you?

Don’t Sink Our Battleships!–China Threatens U.S. Naval Presence

Enter at your own risk, China has declared to the ships of other countries seeking passage in the South China Sea. And enter the U.S. did on Monday with the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold navigating in waters around the Paracel Islands. China claims its military chased away the American warship. Uncle Sam retorted, “No, you didn’t.” Well, better volleys of “Yes, we did” and “No you didn’t” than volleys of ammunition.

What’s all the fuss about who gets to sail their ship where? The key part of that question is the “where.” That “where” is the South China Sea. Sure, we’ve all heard about the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, but the South China Sea wasn’t at the top of the list of water bodies discussed in any geography class I ever took. In fact, I can’t recall it ever even being mentioned.

To refresh your recollection (or perhaps clue you in), the South China Sea is located in the Western Pacific Ocean and covers approximately 1,400,000 square miles. To put this number in perspective, the sea is larger than the area of India. It is bounded on the north by China–hence the name South China Sea. Other countries bordering the sea include Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Brunei.

The South China Sea is area of immense economic, strategic, and ecological importance. One-third of the world’s maritime shipping passes through it; in fact, it is the second most used sea lane globally. Approximately $3 trillion (that’s trillion with a “T”) in goods are shipped this way each year, and it is a significant trade route for crude oil from the Persian Gulf and Africa. This sea also boasts lucrative fisheries, and huge oil and gas reserves are believed to be underneath its seabed. Additionally, the water body is is estimated to hold one-third of the world’s marine biodiversity.

Who wouldn’t want to control a major trade route rich with natural resources? Unsurprisingly, several countries have made competing territorial claims to the South China Sea. (“It’s mine!” “No, it’s mine!”) Both Taiwan and China claim almost the entire sea as their own with China using a demarcation line, the nine-dash line, assigning it approximately 90% of the disputed waterway. Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, and the Philippines take issue with China’s claim saying it contravenes their right to sovereignty and maritime rights as set forth in the United Nations’ Convention on the Law of the Sea (“UNCLOS”). Disputes among the countries bordering the South China Sea are regarded as Asia’s most potentially dangerous point of conflict.

To bolster its claim of ownership of much of the South China Sea, China began building military bases on island chains and reefs in this waterbody. Its claim and its military installations threaten offshore resources and pose a security threat to other nations bordering that waterway. But because the sea comprises much of China’s southern border, it has been a doorway for invasion of China in the past and raises security concerns for that country.

China is specifically uneasy about the presence of American forces in the South China Sea area. This concern is well founded as the U.S. has five major military bases in the Philippines and forty bases in Japan and South Korea. America’s largest naval force, the 7th Fleet, is based in Japan, and it operates in the South China Sea on a daily basis. We’d be nervous if the Chinese Navy was hovering around Hawaii, so you can see why China is on edge with the 7th Fleet hanging out on its southern border.

China’s solution has been to make excessive maritime claims to keep other countries from sailing in its backyard. It requires that it be given advance notification or that it provide approval before foreign military vessels may pass through the sea. China has even threatened Philippine aircraft and vessels in the South China Sea area. While talk is cheap, the danger is real. The United States has a 70 year old mutual defense treaty with the Philippines, so if China makes good on its threat, the Philippines could invoke the requirement that the U.S. come to its aid militarily.

International recognition of China’s expansive maritime claims does not exist. Instead, those claims were specifically rejected by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague on July 12, 2016 in the case of Philippines v. China. The decision found China had no legal or historic claim to the South China Sea as the country has asserted. China’s view of this ruling? It was a “waste of paper.” The Trump Administration likewise rejected nearly all of China’s significant maritime claims. And, are you sitting down? The Biden Administration agrees with the prior administration’s rejection of such claims. (Are pigs flying somewhere?)

Fast forward to Monday. The USS Benfold entered the waters of the Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands without receiving China’s permission to do so. (Imagine tense music playing.) The Chinese ordered them to scram. The U.S. Navy responded that it had consistently sailed unhindered in these waters and that it would continue to do so. Its presence in the South China Sea was characterized as a “freedom of navigation” operation. Of course, it was purely coincidental (wink, wink) the USS Benfold undertook this operation on the fifth anniversary of the denial of Chinese claims by the international court.

Scrapping over who controls what part of the South China Sea is not simply going to go away. That region depends heavily on ship transportation since the transportation infrastructure of the countries adjoining this sea are underdeveloped. Other areas of the world will also be affected by the resolution of the territorial seas issue since the South China Sea is a primary global trade route.

One way this simmering problem will NOT be resolved is by China playing “Battleship” (remember that fun board game?) with other countries whose military vessels ply the South China Sea. Diplomats are much better suited to resolving thorny problems without anyone getting killed than the military. At least we know diplomats won’t arrive at the negotiating table on a boat with lethal firepower. Let’s get the military off the front line of dealing with the issue of whose territory the South China Sea is and let cooler and less volatile heads resting on diplomatic shoulders try to work things out.

Just WONDER-ing:

Do you blame the Chinese for being edgy with military ships of an unfriendly superpower sailing off their southern border on a regular basis? Are the Chinese being unreasonable for claiming such a vast portion of the South China Sea? Before you read this post, were you even aware this waterway was so important and such a point of conflict?

Fireworks For The Fourth–Boom, Boom Or Bust?

The pandemic brought with it shortages of various items such as toilet paper and cleaning supplies. While TP and Clorox wipes are back on the shelves, something else is now in short supply–fireworks. As a result, the ability to celebrate our nation’s birth in fitting fashion, i.e., lighting up the sky with dangerous pyrotechnics that produce smoke, noise, and color, was an iffy proposition this year. Would it be boom, boom or bust for John Q. Citizen on the Fourth?

When threatened with a scary coronavirus, it makes sense folks would need to disinfect their homes; thus, cleaning supplies sold like hot cakes. But why on earth would fireworks be a hot ticket item? The short answer? Boredom and lack of entertainment. After a quarantinee (is that even a word?) has watched every Netflix movie and series (perhaps more than once), what else is there to do? Why go out in the backyard and shoot off some fireworks for fun.

Statistics reveal the skyrocketing (pun intended) popularity of things that go boom boom The fireworks industry experienced record sales in 2020 with revenue nearly doubling from $900 million in 2019 to $1.8 billion in 2020. With public fireworks shows cancelled thanks to COVID-19, in 2020 Americans were forced to produce their own light shows.

During the pandemic, the demand for fireworks was not, however, limited to the Fourth of July. Customers bought them for various occasions including Halloween, New Year’s, and the Super Bowl too. Nothing releases pent up pandemic frustration than making something explode.

Typically fireworks inventories carry over between seasons. Vendors, however, faced empty shelves and the inability to replenish them after 2020. The shortage of fireworks was not just a problem in the United States; the dearth of available fireworks became a global issue. So, everyone in the world found themselves in the same boat–facing a deadly virus without the ability to set fireworks off as they awaited their fate.

Why was there such trouble keeping shelves stocked with fireworks? Several factors contributed to their scarcity. First, due to the pandemic, fireworks factories in China were shut down. So what if the Chinese cannot produce fireworks? Let’s just say Americans rely on products stamped “Made in China.” More than 95% of the fireworks imported to the U.S. have come from that country for years. In fact, the U.S. obtained 255 MILLION pounds of fireworks from the Asian country last year. That’s lot of bang being bought with American bucks.

While American manufacturers do produce some fireworks, imports have outstripped domestic made for a long time. Uncle Sam isn’t the only one ordering things that go bang from China. That country, which originally invented fireworks, is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world.

In addition to Chinese factories being shuttered, shipping issues add to the inability to get what fireworks are available to the U.S. Global container shortages hamper the ability to ship the fireworks, and only about 70% of ships are currently in operation. Fireworks are classified as dangerous goods (ya think?) and given less allotted space on the freighters which are operating.

Once fireworks arrive in the U.S., hurdles still exist to getting them on the shelves for sale to the public. An insufficient number of dockworkers has led to port delays. Labor shortages in this country in the supply chain, specifically of truckers, further adds to the end result of limited fireworks inventory.

Even if fireworks reach a vendor’s shelf, the product may still not be available in the sense that it is too expensive for purchase. Prices in the U.S. this year were projected to be up 15% to 20% over the cost of fireworks last year. Why the increase? Raw materials in China have risen 5% to 8%. Shipping costs have increased 250% to over 300%. Costs going up may mean Americans can’t afford to send fireworks up to celebrate the event of their choice.

And perhaps a bust with a low supply of fireworks is a good thing. If buying fireworks strains the budget, people will opt to attend public fireworks displays presented by professionals trained in shooting fireworks off safely. But who wouldn’t take care when setting fire to something meant to explode with a big bang? Answer? THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 18 fireworks related deaths not connected with a pyrotechnical company in 2020. Injuries from fireworks sent approximately 15,600 to emergency rooms that same year, an increase in the number of injuries from 2019. So, Americans may be getting older, but they aren’t getting safer when handling things that go boom boom.

Sadly, 2021 brought a high profile death to the news as the result of a fireworks mishap. Twenty-four year old professional hockey player Matiss Kivlenicks, a goalie for the Columbus Blue Jackets, died from chest trauma from a fireworks mortar blast. One minute Matiss was relaxing and enjoying the holiday in a hot tub. The next he was headed to that big ice rink in the sky.

While Kivlenicks’ death received great media attention as it occurred while the Stanley Cup Finals were underway, thousands of others undoubtedly injured hands and fingers, heads and faces, eyes, ears, legs, and arms while shooting off fireworks. While we’ve all heard to watch out for things that go bump in the night, Americans aren’t doing a good job of be careful with things that go boom in the night sky.

Fireworks are universally loved. People are thrilled to watch explosions overhead in the night sky which display light and color. But the current fireworks shortage may be a blessing in disguise. Does every man, woman, and child need to shoot off these dangerous items themselves? Maybe fireworks are best and most safely viewed when set off by professionals. Let’s keep away from the boom boom makers and save ourselves from the bust of physical injury so we can live to celebrate the next occasion calling for pyrotechnics. And if less Americans buy fireworks, less money ends up in the pocket of a large communist country which is at odds with our country. That result may be an occasion to celebrate. Fireworks, anyone?

Just WONDER-ing:

Did you set off any fireworks this year or did you simply attend a public display? Have you or anyone you know been injured by fireworks? If you knew not buying fireworks would reduce the profit to dangerous country, would that affect your purchasing decision?

Government Releases Long-Awaited Report On UFO’s That’s Short On Answers

Mystery solved with the release last week of the U.S. government’s investigation into numerous reports of UFO’s, right? Uh, no. Citizens will glean as much insight into the origin of these strange occurrences by looking to the sky as they will into the report released on June 25th. Just another example of our taxes dollars hard at work bringing fruitful results–NOT!

Didn’t hear of the much-anticipated report’s release? What a surprise. One would think a report on such an intriguing topic would be top news. But that’s what happens when the government issues the results of the investigation on a Friday night during the summer.

And why wouldn’t the government want the findings of months of digging and research to be trumpeted to the masses? I’m guessing because little to nothing was found as evidenced by the voluminous NINE-page (sarcasm font in use) report summarizing the findings. I’m sure Uncle Sam was trying to conserve paper, but he could’ve done a better job with a one-page report concluding simply, “We don’t know.”

The entity doing the actual investigating was the UAPTF which, duh, was tasked with investigating UAP’s. But wasn’t it UFO’s to be investigated? The government prefers the fancy acronym UAP, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, over UFO. So the UAPTF, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, adds yet another acronym to the government’s ever-growing list of them.

Floridians can thank Sen. Marco Rubio for getting this investigation started. As acting chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee (SIC?), he inserted a demand for transparency about UFO/UAP’s (use your acronym of choice) into a federal appropriations bill. As a result, the government was required to turn over its full assessment of UFO’s by the end of June 2021. August 2020 saw the establishment of the UAPTF which released its 9-page report (representing less than a page for each month of work) almost a week before the deadline.

Anyone expecting a detailed explanation of what’s been happening up in our skies was sorely disappointed. Of the 144 reported incidents reviewed by the UAPTF, 143 could not be explained due to insufficient information. According to my cell phone’s handy dandy calculator, that’s 99.3% of the incidents selected for review. The one object which could be explained was determined to be a large, deflating balloon.

Just what were the incidents which the task force reviewed? Most of them were incidents from the past two years and were reported by military aviators. Presumably military members were deemed to be reliable sources as opposed to the average Joe who spots a strange object in the sky while out walking his dog one night. But the scary conclusion about this pool of reports which were researched is that there were 144 reports in a two year period, and they were typically from only one source–the military. Who knows how many UFO’s have actually been seen over time by the citizenry as a whole?

The number of UAP sightings by the military is certainly lower than the number of actual incidents which have occurred. Why? The military had no standard reporting mechanism for observing UAP’s until the Navy established one in 2019. The U.S. Air Force just instituted one a mere six months ago. Even had there been a reporting system in place, it is likely many reports would not have been made. Military members cite disparagement for pointing out, reporting, or discussing UAP’s. Now that the issue has been brought to the forefront by the UAPTF investigation and news coverage of it, incident reports are likely to rise.

The brief task force report, while not pinpointing the cause for these sightings, did offer five basic categories of explanations which are likely resolutions of the issue: airborne clutter; natural atmospheric phenomena; U.S. government or industry developmental programs; foreign adversary systems; and “other.” Well, that about covers the possibilities, doesn’t it?

The report confirms what was sighted was not part of any U.S. military operations. (And we all believe what the government tells us, so I’m still not ruling that one out.) Of course, the most interesting, and scary, possible explanations are the last two. While the report doesn’t mention aliens, extraterrestrial beings would certainly be categorized under “other.” Highly advanced aircraft developed by other nations would be the “foreign adversary systems.” By insufficient information to determine the origin of a UAP, the task force might mean the videos didn’t zoom in close enough to see if “Made in China” was stamped on the UFO.

Given that UAP sightings tend to cluster around U.S. training and testing grounds, the foreign adversary system explanation is troubling. The UAPTF report declares the obvious when it states UFO’s “clearly pose a safety of flight issue and may pose a challenge to U.S. national security.” Because of these threats, lawmakers both before and after the report’s release are demanding the government do more to investigate.

John Ratcliffe, the former Director of National Intelligence under President Trump, reacted to the report shortly after its release. This man, who oversaw the nation’s 18 spy agenices and presumably know many things the general public does not, noted, “There are technologies we don’t have and frankly that we are not capable of defending against.” That’s comforting, huh? This assessment was made with the knowledge some reported sightings involved aircraft that appeared to remain stationary in winds, which could move against the winds, and that could maneuver abruptly or move at considerable speed and without means of propulsion. Sounds like advanced technology to me, right ET? Along those lines, the New York Times reports American intelligence and military officials are worried “China or Russia could be experimenting with hypersonic technology.”

The inconclusive report produced by the UAPTF after months of work and who knows how many millions of dollars simply doesn’t cut it. Something’s out there, and, for the safety and security of our country, we must figure out what it is and how to deal with it. Whether it be little red men from Mars paying a visit or technology from China’s Red Army being used for sinister purposes, answers are needed so we can be prepared to take appropriate action. I’d like to think UFO’s are not threatening, but it’s better to be safe than sorry and identify what so far is still unidentified.

Just WONDER-ing:

Have you ever spotted a UFO or know someone who did? If you saw a UFO, would you be reluctant to report it? Does the lack of an explanation for these incidents in the UAPTF report concern you?