Man says he traveled through time to warn of an alien invasion

Are aliens invading earth in 2018? Only time will tell, but chances are it is unlikely. (Shutterstock)
Updated 06 October 2017
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Man says he traveled through time to warn of an alien invasion

DUBAI: A man in America was arrested after claiming he had traveled back in time from the year 2048 to warn of an alien invasion – sometime next year.
Police were called after Bryant Johnson demanded to speak to local government officials, having claimed he had just arrived from the future – although he claimed he arrived a year earlier than intended.
Johnson told officials – according to an arrest report obtained by the Huffington Post — that “aliens were coming next year and we needed to make sure to leave as fast as possible.”

He told police he had been able to time travel because aliens had filled his body with alcohol.
He added that he used a “giant pad” to transport him through time.
Johnson refused to speak to medical personnel, but demanded to meet with the “president” of the town.
It is understood that police were not entirely convinced by Johnson’s claims and it was later reported that he had “watery bloodshot eyes.” Police also said they could smell alcohol and that Johnson’s speech was slurred and he had a blood alcohol content of 136 percent.
While it doesn’t appear law enforcement believe Johnson’s claims hold water, commenters had plenty to say on Facebook.
No one commented on whether Johnson’s story was confirmed, but he was arrested for public intoxication.


Pressures and pains that tear a couple apart

A still from the film.
Updated 19 July 2018
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Pressures and pains that tear a couple apart

DENVER: Like a gallery wall-sized enlargement of a microscopic image, “Scenes from a Marriage” is all about size, space and perspective.
Directed by Ingmar Bergman — whose birth centenary was marked this week — at 281 minutes long, its unwieldly length presents an intimidating canvas, yet the claustrophobic intimacy of its gaze is unprecedented: The two leads are alone in nearly every scene, many of which play out for more than a half-hour at a time.
Premiered in 1973, the work is technically a TV mini-series, but such is its legend that theaters continue to program its nearly five-hour arc in its entirety. A three-hour cinematic edit was prepared for US theater consumption a year later (it won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was ruled ineligible for the corresponding Oscar).
Not a lot a happens but, then again, everything does. Shot over four months on a shoestring budget, its six chapters punctuate the period of a decade. The audience are voyeurs, dropped amid the precious and pivotal moments which may not make up a life, but come to define it.
We meet the affluent Swedish couple Marianne and Johan — played by regular screen collaborators Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson, both of whom clocked at least 10 Bergman credits — gloating about ten years’ happy marriage to a visiting reporter. This opening magazine photoshoot is the only time we see their two children on camera, and inevitably the image projected is as glossy, reflective and disposable as the paper it will be printed on.
The pressures, pains and communication breakdowns which tear this unsuited pair apart are sadly familiar. The series was blamed for a spike in European divorce rates. It may be difficult to survive the piece liking either lead, but impossible not to emerge sharing deep pathos with them both. Sadly, much of the script is said to be drawn from Bergman’s real-life off-screen relationship with Ullmann.
It’s a hideously humane, surgical close-up likely to leave even the happiest couple groping into the ether on their way out of the cinema.