Earth Day

According to the Wikipedia article on the subject, the first “Earth Day” held on 22 April 1970 was an environmental “teach in” scheduled during Spring break so more students could attend. The mastermind behind it was apparently US Senator Gaylord Nelson.

However, six months earlier, an Earth Day to be observed on the Spring Equinox was proposed to UNESCO by Christian peace activist John McConnell. The idea was supported by U Thant and subsequent UN Secretaries General, and March 20th is still the official date for the UN’s version of Earth Day.

In the United States, the April 22 observation date persists.

Steven Greer

Steven Greer is a medical doctor from North Carolina (licensed to practice in Virginia) who for some reason got involved in the subject of visitors from outer space. He had at least two childhood experiences along this line.

Greer has been working for quite some time to establish some sort of sensible dialog between the various persons or groups who might actually know something about this subject. He has had marginal success. But last year he raised money from several hundred private donors and made a documentary about these issues which he calls “Sirius” after the closest star to the sun (and the most likely source of external visitors).

This film was released to the public at a showing on US Earth Day in Santa Monica. I purchased a copy on DVD via the internet. Greer is concerned that various government-connected groups may be hoarding ET technologies for military use that could help us solve the energy crisis and other technology-related situations. He also follows a meditation practice and would like to see the planet get a little more hip to the spiritual truth.

Stephen Bassett

Academically, Mr. Bassett is a physicist. Professionally, he was a business consultant. He got involved with the subject of ET in 1995 via Dr. John Mack, a Harvard psychiatrist who studied “alien abduction” experiences. He went on to establish his own organization, Paradigm Research Group.

Considered by some to be more commercially-motivated than Greer, Bassett yet seems earnest about this subject. Bassett scheduled a set of public “hearings” in Washington DC to start a week after Greer’s release of Sirius. They have to do with supposed official contacts with ET representatives, and why officials remain dismissive on the issue.

Not surprisingly, these events have not received much coverage by news organizations.

Dream House

When I am not working, thinking about work, working on my own projects, or trying to follow the news that NPR does not want to touch but which I think is important, I am probably trying to rest.

When I rest I often experience light dreams. These often involve buildings, and recent dreams have been no exception. It could be that one reason I don’t much like to sleep is that I don’t much enjoy this type of dreaming. The images or thoughts can be disturbing or scary. They sometimes swarm in, but in a gentler way than when I am sick or passing out. Have you ever had a fever or passed out, and experienced a kind of mental noise that can seem like a rather large chattering crowd?

But like when I have been sick, these dreams often carry with them the suggestion that there is some important problem to be figured out. Yet the data or images that arise make no real sense and are basically just confusing. It is a very interesting experience, and basically mimics the experience of being suppressed by a criminal.

I have had dreams that were quite tolerable. But these odder and more confusing episodes are more common. Many have involved rather large inside spaces that seem to go on forever and tend to present odd surprises and changes. After a recent one, I resolved to write a bit about this, and call the section “dream house,” a play on words connected with my occasional interest in designing architectural spaces.

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