REPORT FROM GALACTIC SURVEY VESSEL ABRAXAS

Stardate 56998714.6

We recently completed survey of system G6701-1478-9 in the Belos quadrant. It has been approximately 7000 standard since this system was last surveyed. As expected, the neolithic, bronze-age culture existing at the time on planet 3 of the system has progressed considerably.

Upon entering the system we detected the signals of multiple small, unmanned planetary reconnaissance vessels and per standard procedure ship immediately went into cloak mode.

Upon arrival at planet 3, we noted extensive early atomic civilization had arisen since last survey and had spread across the surface. Attendant atmospheric and environmental pollution was widespread.

Monitoring audio and video signals arising from the planet revealed increasingly violent territorial disagreements among nation-states over god-myths and resources. Societal norms are splintering, causing widespread civil unrest. Currently limited to chemical-based explosive weaponry, biologic and atomic-based weapons are held at the ready and are at the stage where the dominant species possesses the ability to destroy entire planetary ecosystem should more widespread conflict break out.

Without outside intervention, we estimate species’ chances of survival and progression to interstellar travel within the next hundred standard at less than 5%.

For that reason we recommend a bio survey ship be dispatched immediately to begin covert acquisition of DNA for preservation and study pending Survey Oversight Committee decision whether or not to assist overtly.

END REPORT.

Autumn Arrived in Phoenix

Last Friday. Leaving work I noticed it was different: the quality of light, the temperature, that hazy-overcast so indicative of autumn in Phoenix. It was like someone flipped a switch and summer was finally gone. It’s one of the things I’ve always liked about this time of year in Arizona. One day it’s summer, the next it’s not.

Monday

5-1/2 hours sleep, 42% sleep quality. I simply could NOT fall asleep last night. I finally got up at 12:30 and took a Benadryl. That knocked me out, but I’m comatose this morning.