Introduction to the 2nd Edition of *Star Family Excursions*

by Ted Denmark Ph.D.

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As I began to finish the major new additions, mainly Julie’s portrait sketches of the ‘regulars’ and the Longer Summaries of all the chapters in Appendix II by me, and edits for this new 2nd Edition of our Star Family book … and began to think of writing a new introduction for it, now more than “ten years after” the original sessions had been recorded as with the Star Table 2nd Edition book, I finally decided to re-read the original introduction, which I hadn’t looked at for at least 5 years or so—if only because it was so long (16½ pages in 6×9 format!). I was preparing my internal resolve to cut it back to maybe half that length, feeling a bit embarrassed to have included such a possibly over-long ponderous essay to delay and possibly confront the reader with before launching into the main chapters.

But to my pleasant surprise I found myself actively engaged with the presentation at the half way point when I got up and walked around for a short time to reflect on how time was seemingly neutralized by my feelings of identification and agreement with what I felt and had been moved to write at the time. The second half of the essay, seemingly even more dramatic than the first, also went by in a similar timeless fashion as I reached the end and wondered how all those pages could have simply melted away so quickly and seamlessly into my current stream of consciousness without any of the self-critique I had anticipated (?). The most notable aspect in having gotten through the full re-reading of the introduction after crawling over all the details during the months-long re-editing process, was how powerful the experience had been for both Julie and myself, which had not lost its savor, and how strongly the feelings still resonated about what we had been told by our … as I now say with ease … “dear friends and family.” So, I left the original introduction as it was.

In addition certain of the more controversial aspects of themes brought up in the original, possibly over-long introduction, seemed even more urgent and poignant—and even prophetic—now with the most recent outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine war, following on the still cautiously proceeding resolution with punctuated flare-ups of the world-wide Covid tragedy. Of course there is also the great disappointment of how these tragic events will delay what our conference participants had mostly been so upbeat about with us in the book—now to be appended to the earlier generation of disappointments of the first two “disaster decades” of Century 21. The only thing that was “for sure” was the serious and nostalgic loss of “normality” that everyone could feel so grievously.

What made the particular period covered by the contents of this volume of the newly rebranded *J&T Five Star Series* 2nd Edition of Volume 2 of Star Family Excursions, Sirius, dating from late 2011 to early 2012, was its coincidence with the closest approach of Astraea, the brown dwarf star aka ‘Planet Nine’ or ‘Planet X’ to our main solar system, which had been promoted so extensively in the book as what would become the greatest astrophysical discovery for Century 21 as Pluto had been for the 20th Century—or probably even more so. At the time of writing, now in late March of 2022, Astraea has still not been discovered (at least publicly, even though the geniuses of computational celestial mechanics at Cal Tech like Mike Brown already know it has to be there), but the James Webb Space Telescope, designed for searching the infra-red segment of the electromagnetic spectrum, has safely arrived in its secure Lagrange position a million miles out in space from Earth … and has been turned on and calibrated (and it works!), awaiting full research assignment duties expected by midyear. We can now feel more confident that it will be a spectacular triumph of exotic space science and engineering, both for itself and the imagery it will soon be transmitting back home as the next generation of exo-planet discoveries (!).

In the meantime the world struggles with the lengthening dark shadow of what is now mostly euphemistically referred to as “climate change,” which is wholly attributed by standard science establishment modeling to burning of fossil fuels and human exploitation of the environment (and some flatulent large herbivores), even in this period of a very “quiet sun.” Several shocks to this theory have now more fully emerged with documented discoveries that the heating process is coming, not only from atmospheric regions, but from inside the Earth itself, evidenced by unexpected increased temperatures in the deep oceans and stunning recent increases in volcanism! This is the previously missing unassessed evidence of gravitational coupling between the main solar system generally and Earth in particular—in tow with the nearest approach of the massive dark companion star (not a gas giant planet!) we have called Astraea.

Of course the role of weather modification warfare and how this has secretly proceeded unabated, as uncovered by commentators in our book, has also gone unnoticed in the standard science model in an era in which news has become routinely almost fully managed—everything contrary to controlled reporting is now referred to as “conspiracy theory” in mainstream media—and anything like the real truth that can’t be hidden in spin has been relegated to secrecy for “intelligence” use by security agencies and their secret assets. These are the latest wrinkles in the aging paranoid style of American politics increased by an order of magnitude by the double-bladed digital axe of greatly expanded creativity with the simultaneously increasing tyranny of eavesdropping software with little more left of a rationale for national identity than the simplistic goal of “freedom.” There is still a wide berth for a spectrum of alternate opinion (as long as you don’t attract too much attention), but this is a rather disturbing state of affairs in any event.

It has all become a very volatile situation in the USA with conflict between the increasingly influential West Coast hi-tech, Internet and social media platforms and lifestyles challenging the traditional government and legacy financial and commercial-based East Coast establishment. And now with the flare-up of war rumblings in Eastern Europe as the next phase of the long-smoldering Cold War turning into a hot one like a flashback to WW II with conventional weapons substituting for the deadlocked nuclear confrontation, once again pushing partisan politics into the arena of public warfare reporting to dominate the news channels and driving truth even further into the depths as censorship with the usual “patriotic” rationale. We have learned in our most recent Telepresence Conference sessions that our ET family familiars and their cohorts are shocked and disappointed at these new twists and turns on the road to a golden New Age of free energy and a negotiated world peace that have been mentioned in our pages; but as we know, they have “seen it all before” and will be on duty monitoring and looking for the next best approach for continuing support of worthy causes and innovative initiatives in any event.

But there is a substantial new-ish element in the wind as reactions of some of our BETA (Benevolent ET Alliance) crew to the events now transpiring in this multitudinous East-West conflict being seen increasingly across the world demonstrates … between the US-UK-NATO axis and the Russia-China treaty pairing in the largest frame as well as in the USA itself as noted and in the Russia-Ukraine war on a smaller if yet shockingly more explosive scale: the possible end game of nationalism itself (?). Is what could arguably have been started during say, the Hundred Years’ War between French and English late feudal monarchies which led up to more-or-less democratic European national states during the Revolutionary Romantic Era preceding the Great World War, now be seen to be flaming out—even if the Russia-Ukraine conflict will turn out to be merely the latest episode of the new Hundred Years’ Petroleum Wars? It’s too uncertain and complex to try to fathom any further here and now, but this has been hinted at several times along the way by both Hilarion and Phindar; that very little advantage remains in the longer run for continuing to maintain the nostalgic glory of “modern” nation states themselves and all their overhead of administrative measures preserving arbitrary borders, confining ethnic groups to their historical locales, controlling commercial activities particularly through fiat money exchanges, and preserving tax structures that have already escaped national boundaries, etc. Do we as yet have enough intelligent maturity as an international population to take care of ourselves riding the bicycle of economic and social survival without the trainer wheels of big brother government decree enforced by military means? I, at least for one fractured outsider observer, feel forced to take a more serious look.

Perhaps this will be the most intrusive aspect of the current secondary effect of the Internet wave on the fully international level: its unexpected solvent properties of disintermediation undermining government itself. Are we seeing the withering of the national state that can no more be reversed than the rising tides of meltwater oceans in a cycle of worldwide warming? This would appear to be the question for upcoming generations the world over—and I must say it frightened me too much even as a confirmed “high strangeness” advocate in the pre-Covid era, but as a member of a modestly privileged American elite, I find I’m beginning to prepare for at least acquiescing to the requirements of this major new inevitable generic “globalist” transformation in some sense. Of course, many will resist with kicking and screaming and god-fearing protests as we now see happening in conservative populist reaction. For my part in the short run I am just happy to be sitting here on a cold rainy day in the office of my comfortable off-grid house (with a new well, so I am at least “water wellthy” {;-) for as long as I can manage it—hope being that the whole forest around me isn’t all slated to burn down at once—watching the world wag by and hoping for the best for all who can manage to bend without breaking before the increasing storm which won’t be over for a while … but won’t last forever either.

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New 2nd ed. book covers of *Star Family Excursions* (available for purchase in paperback & e-book by clicking on image to go to Ted Denmark Amazon Author Page)