UFO Buster Radio News – 289: Lufthansa UFO and Special Language to Talk to Aliens?

Manny/ November 6, 2019/ From Manny

German cabin crew union UFO calls for two days of strike at Lufthansa
Link: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lufthansa-strike/german-cabin-crew-union-ufo-calls-for-two-days-of-strike-at-lufthansa-idUSKBN1XE1FL

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Flights attendants’ union UFO on Monday called for a two-day strike at Lufthansa’s (LHAG.DE) German operations later this week, citing an ongoing labor dispute with Germany’s largest airline.

UFO said a 48-hours strike would be held from Nov. 6, 2300 GMT until Nov. 8, 2300 GMT (Nov. 7, 0000 CET until Nov. 9, 0000 CET), adding that all Lufthansa flights starting in Germany during that time would be affected.

“Just as with the last warning strikes the whole company will be affected by this new dispute. We are pointing out to our colleagues and customers that further announcements are possible at any time,” UFO deputy chief Daniel Flohr said.

Lufthansa, on Twitter, said it strongly condemned the move and would examine legal steps against it, adding that the group was working on a special flight plan to minimize the impact on its schedule.

In addition to a dispute over pay and pensions, UFO has also fought with the airline in court for months over the union’s legal status.

Do We Need a Special Language to Talk to Aliens?
Link: https://www.wired.com/story/do-we-need-a-special-language-to-talk-to-aliens/

Scientists have tried contacting extraterrestrials with a number of bespoke linguistic systems. But we might be better off using our own languages.

In May 2018, a radar facility in Tromsø, Norway, trained its antennas on GJ237b, a potentially habitable exoplanet located 12 light years from Earth. Over the course of three days, the radar broadcast a message toward the planet in the hopes that there might be something, or someone, there to receive it. Each message consisted of a selection of short songs and a primer on how to interpret the contents.

This was the second iteration of Sónar Calling GJ273b, an interstellar messaging project by the nonprofit METI International that began in 2017. Although both transmissions were billed as a “music lesson for aliens,” the second broadcast was notable for rehabilitating an extraterrestrial language developed by the physicists Yvan Dutil and Stephane Dumas in the late 1990s.

This custom symbolic system begins by introducing ET to numerals, and then progresses to more complex topics like human biology and the planets in our solar system. An earlier version of the language was first sent into space in 1999 and again in 2003 as part of the Cosmic Call messages—a crowd-sourced interstellar messaging project that marked the first serious attempt at interstellar communication since Carl Sagan and Frank Drake sent the Arecibo message into space 25 years earlier.

There is a good chance that ET’s planet will be quite a bit different from our own, and the species there will adapt accordingly. But the course of evolution on ET’s planet will still be bound by the same physical laws, and ET will face the same fundamental constraints on time, energy, and resources. So it is reasonable to assume that extraterrestrial evolution might arrive at similar solutions to these common problems, such as a brain capable of wielding hierarchical, recursive languages.

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