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11:32 AM on 08/19/2011
See Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for the real end game.
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FanaticRealist
Romney's Dog: 21st Century Schrodinger's Cat
12:15 PM on 08/19/2011
I live in Guildford. But I'm really from a planet near Betelgeuse.

OK. The last part's a lie.

But I am a cool frood who knows where his towel is.

It's in the bathroom.
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Tao-Chan
Making you feel smug & superior since 1949
10:31 AM on 08/19/2011
There are no aliens from outer space.
Scott1560
Proud Reagan Republican to Indy and Back!
09:49 AM on 08/19/2011
One can only pray that Al Gore will do the right thing and arrange for a shuttle flight to the alien stronghold and convince them that we are worth saving. Our worst nightmare is that he does nothing due to pride, allowing the aliens to prove him right.
A letter campaign must be started immediately.
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Chris Berman
08:51 AM on 08/19/2011
What idiot put that up as factual? First of all, "global warming," is a natural cycle. 14 million years ago, the Antarctic was ice free aand global average temperature was 18 to 22 c. Now the poles are frozon over and the average global temperature is 12 c. Just 15,000 years ago, New York was under 2 miles of ice. GIVE ME A BREAK!
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canuckhoser
Don't mind the man behind the curtain
10:05 AM on 08/19/2011
white noise
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chrisd3
Excelsior!
08:39 AM on 08/19/2011
Hey, HP:

THIS IS NOT A NASA REPORT.

Please verify the things you copy from other sources before you copy them.
This American
An end to all this nonsense
08:21 AM on 08/21/2011
You guys are becoming a joke.
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chrisd3
Excelsior!
08:47 AM on 08/21/2011
Yeah, I know you think people who point out obvious facts are a joke. What else is new.
08:05 AM on 08/19/2011
I don't see technologically advanced extra terrestrials devoting time and energy to wipe out a species that is incapable of inter-stellar(between stars in a reasonable amount of time) travel as such a civilization poses no threat to anything other than themselves.

But if we were to develop inter-stellar travel and had not progressed beyond capitalism and po dump pissants looking to provide for their useless families, humanity is so dead as at that point we would pose a threat to other civilizations.
07:55 AM on 08/19/2011
In the movie, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" Keanu Reeves plays an alien whose race aims to exterminate Humanity in order to save all of the other species on the planet and preserve Earth itself as a planet that can harbor and support life. These aliens were sufficiently advanced that preventing them from accomplishing their goal was impossible. As devout disciple of Sun Tzu I already understand that militarily this is always a possibility. But if your enemy cannot be stopped from accomplishing their goals, your aim then must be to take away their reasons for pursuing that objective. By threatening to unleash every biological, chemical and nuclear weapon on the planet simultaneously--which would render the Earth permanently uninhabitable and destroy all of the species they supposedly seek to save--these aliens would have 3 choices: 1) Exterminate us anyway and thus expose their own hypocrisy, 2) leave us alone and hope for the best, 3) Join Humanity in friendship and guide us providing the necessary technologies to become better stewards of the planet. War is a business. Like any business, it needs a profit. It may not be possible to prevent such aliens from applying the tools of their trade but, by denying them the profits they anticipate, they must question the feasibility of the venture.
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Chris Berman
08:52 AM on 08/19/2011
Taht movie sucked. No comparison to the original. Besides, I can never see Reeves in any movie without the image of Bil and Ted coming to mind.
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FanaticRealist
Romney's Dog: 21st Century Schrodinger's Cat
12:20 PM on 08/19/2011
No.

Sucking was a level of awfulness to which it aspired.
06:14 AM on 08/19/2011
"The most ambitious and unrealistic space project cannot of itself generate a believable external menace. It has been hotly argued that such a menace would offer the “last best hope of peace,” etc., by uniting mankind against the danger of destruction by “creatures” from other planets or from outer space. Experiments have been proposed to test the credibility of an out-of-our-world invasion threat;.."

"… the “alternate enemy” must imply a more immediate, tangible, and directly felt threat of destruction. It must justify the need for taking and paying a “blood price” in wide areas of human concern. In this respect, the possible substitute enemies noted earlier would be insufficient. One exception might be the environmental-pollution model, if the danger to society it posed was genuinely imminent. The fictive models would have to carry the weight of extraordinary conviction, underscored with a not inconsiderable actual sacrifice of life. … It may be, for instance, that gross pollution of the environment can eventually replace the possibility of mass destruction by nuclear weapons as the principal apparent threat to the survival of the species. Poisoning of the air, and of the principal sources of food and water supply, is already well advanced, and at first glance would seem promising in this respect; it constitutes a threat that can be dealt with only through social organization and political power. "
-REPORT FROM IRON MOUNTAIN, 1966

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwii-6xrCfU
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05:52 AM on 08/19/2011
"For anyone hoping that the first spaceman to land on Earth is as friendly as E.T., they could be in for a shock."
Anyone hoping to second guess Alien intent, probably thinks their cat reads the newspaper its shi**ing on.

"a risk of a pre-emptive attack"
Get a life…Better still, get a brain then get a life… Better yet, get a brain, get a life, then use that new found intellect and freedom to ensure the continuity of human life. If the intention was to interfere directly, don’t you imagine they possess the power to have done that by now?

"When observed from afar the changes in Earth's temperatures could be viewed as being a civilisation that has grown out of control"
So, a boil on the backside of a minor solar system, itself lost in the midst of an insignificant galaxy, is going to endanger the entire universe is it?

"Pennsylvania State University"
is in urgent need of psychiatric assistance.

"we could swap information"
Send our top scientist along to the zoo, and see what the chimps can suggest that’s of practical value. Then perhaps we’ll appreciate what Aliens would think of our abilities.

"Galactic Club."
A device used for beating some sense into the skulls of human scientists.

"type of ETI we are dealing with"
ET, a form of alien intelligence. Humans, a form alien to intelligence.

"atmospheric composition can be observed from other planets"
where self-induced atmospheric decomposition is an anathema.
04:16 AM on 08/19/2011
Little green men might kill us all for not believing Al Gore.

And monkeys might fly out of my butt.
03:12 AM on 08/19/2011
Really? The Daily Mail? Have climate change deniers actually reached this desperate level?
03:51 AM on 08/19/2011
Deniers? What about NASA that issued the report? Seriously, aliens will kill us all if we don't buy into the AGW scam.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!
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Matthew Harrold
Huzzah!
05:27 AM on 08/19/2011
It's a theory, not a scare story. It's like the fact that the US army has war gamed every conceivable scenario, including alien invasion, but they're not waving their arms and shouting "Fund us, it might happen!". Besides I'd imagine an alien species is more likely just to watch us hang ourselves with our own rope, rather then step in and try to exterminate us.
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chrisd3
Excelsior!
08:38 AM on 08/19/2011
This is NOT a NASA report.
02:43 AM on 08/19/2011
I will bet my left leg that no aliens will be contacted within the next 38 years, or the next 5,000 years for that matter. SETI was recently closed. After 31 years of scanning millions of stars and waiting for a signal of intelligent life guess what ? Nada, zip, nil, niente, nothing. Sorry for all the "Aliens will save us !" crowd but this beautiful blue planet in space that is a gift from G-d is the lone place of intelligent life in the vastness of space. If more people realised this they may just feel humbled about their purpose, mission and raison d'etre.

P.S. I quite like walking so don't want to be one legged. I'm sure my wager is safe however.
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Matthew Harrold
Huzzah!
05:24 AM on 08/19/2011
Yes, because a Sphere with a radius of 31 light years is a HUGE chunk of the galactic rim. /sarcasm.

In a galaxy that is 100,000 light years across, we've scanned a pittance of the sky in a pittance of the time this galaxy has existed for. I honestly don't get why you G-d squad types have trouble grasping the enormity of it all, and in turn the chances that we're not alone in the vastness of space. Our galaxy has between 200–400 billion stars, and there's hundred of billions of galaxies. The chances are that intelligent life has arisen somewhere in the universe, but the utter vastness of the cosmos means that if it's in another galaxy then we're unlikely to ever meet it. That's if it's managed to pass through their own technological bottlenecks and that FTL travel is indeed possible.