Nareed
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November 6th, 2011 at 2:14:26 PM permalink
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy posted this statement in response to petitions to acknowledge communications with extraterrestrials.

I don't know what's sadder. That there's a government flunky somewhere with the leisure to answer such things (rather than throwing them in the waste basket), or that the flunky working in the science and technology policy office doesn't seem to know SETI uses radio telescopes.
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rxwine
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November 6th, 2011 at 2:50:42 PM permalink
You mean optical vs radio telescope? Nobody says optical either. Or am I missing something?
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rxwine
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November 6th, 2011 at 2:55:28 PM permalink
Also, this reminded me, the official librarian for the CIA was here with Roadrunners. (Former Area 51 workers.)

He confirmed that the government didn't have a problem with the alien stories and even encouraged the disinformation it created.
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November 6th, 2011 at 4:26:33 PM permalink
Yeah, but when we find them- those green goblins will need a starbucks and McD's on every spaceship.
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November 6th, 2011 at 4:36:57 PM permalink
Quote: Scotty71

Yeah, but when we find them- those green goblins will need a starbucks and McD's on every spaceship.



That's only slightly more realistic than Obama's latest jobs plan. :)
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Scotty71
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November 6th, 2011 at 8:40:14 PM permalink
Quote: Nareed

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy posted this statement in response to petitions to acknowledge communications with extraterrestrials.

I don't know what's sadder. That there's a government flunky somewhere with the leisure to answer such things (rather than throwing them in the waste basket), or that the flunky working in the science and technology policy office doesn't seem to know SETI uses radio telescopes.



Did you notice out of say 150MM non brain dead citizens less than 20,000 have signed the petitions. Talk about squeaky wheels getting some grease, they must have swing vote potential!
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Nareed
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November 7th, 2011 at 8:42:56 AM permalink
Quote: rxwine

You mean optical vs radio telescope? Nobody says optical either. Or am I missing something?



Commonly telescope means optical telescope. Other types of telescopes have their peculiar spectral band identified, be it a radio telescope, an infrared telescope, an X-ray telescope, etc.
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s2dbaker
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November 7th, 2011 at 9:54:16 AM permalink
Quote: Nareed

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy posted this statement in response to petitions to acknowledge communications with extraterrestrials.

I don't know what's sadder. That there's a government flunky somewhere with the leisure to answer such things (rather than throwing them in the waste basket), or that the flunky working in the science and technology policy office doesn't seem to know SETI uses radio telescopes.

"Your tax dollars at work". The first amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees the right of its citizens to petition their government. Petitions, no matter how silly, require a response. This was probably the least expensive way to address the grievances contained within this particular petition. I think my tax dollars are working just fine, thank you very much!
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November 7th, 2011 at 10:04:41 AM permalink
"A telescope is an instrument that aids in the observation of remote objects by collecting electromagnetic radiation".
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November 7th, 2011 at 11:14:12 AM permalink
Quote: Nareed

the flunky working in the science and technology policy office doesn't seem to know SETI uses radio telescopes.



Huh?
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