Percy Q. Shunn
We didn't get the answer we wanted! Do it again!
11/8/2011 4:51:10 AM
I'll say it once, I'll say it again. Aliens are only coming to this planet to do the abducting, probing, crop circling, and cattle mutilating jobs humans simply won't do.
11/8/2011 5:00:11 AM
Raised by Horses
And what's to stop these highly advanced aliens from simply revealing themselves to the public? They sign a non-disclosure agreement or something?
11/8/2011 5:16:05 AM
They're not going to admit it just because you asked officially.
11/8/2011 6:50:04 AM
Ya...if aliens are gonna travel light-years across space, why would they bother talking to the politicians of all people? If they're gonna talk to someone, it'd probably be someone smart and interesting.
11/8/2011 7:19:33 AM
50% of Americans believe extraterrestrials exist & are contacting humans, and 80% believe the government is covering it up (how the heck do you even get those numbers? More people believe that the government is hiding evidence of extraterrestrials than people who actually believe they're here?), yet only a few thousand could be bothered to sign the petitions. 17,000 people out of 300 million. I don't even know why the White House even bothered with this, because every single one of those people who signed the petitions now takes the White House denial as further evidence of a coverup.
11/8/2011 7:32:37 AM
I was recently at the World Fantasy Convention, where Connie Willis spoke about an upcoming book of hers that features alien abductions. When doing research for the book, she expected to find some kernel of truth. But she concluded otherwise.
11/8/2011 7:52:38 AM
You are aware that, if aliens have never visited Earth (and they almost certainly haven't) then the government had to answer truthfully, didn't it? Oh wait, you believe that the government is ALWAYS lying... so why bother? I'm sure that if the government confirmed that every last one of your pet conspiracy theories were true, that you'd suddenly claim they were spreading "disinformation" to cover up the REAL conspiracy which you only just came up with.
Also, you're astroturfing. Even if we do not dispute the assertion that 50% of Americans believe there is life on other planets, that just means that half of them believe it is possible for life to have arisen on other planets just as it did on Earth. (That isn't too unreasonable a proposition, actually.) Only a paranoid conspiracy theorist would interpret that to mean that 50% of Americans believe that aliens have already visited us. That's absurd.
11/8/2011 8:21:32 AM
Ahh, Statistics. Righteous sword of the intelligent and informed, cudgel of the retarded.
Just because 50% of Americans believe in aliens, I among them, does NOT mean they believe that they visit the Earth in flying saucers. Similarly, just because 80% believe the government is hiding something about UFOs, which I also believe to a certain capacity, does not mean it's ALIENS they're hiding. Think more "classified aircraft", a la Oxcart and other stealth planes.
11/8/2011 8:45:31 AM
I'm not sure the people can handle the truth. If they could, they'd have accepted it years ago.
11/8/2011 10:11:38 AM
I believe that aliens exist. The universe is too damn big to assume otherwise.
However, I do NOT believe that they have visited us, for a number of reasons. These guys are nutjobs.
11/8/2011 10:31:17 AM
While I believe it's likely that there's life SOMEWHERE out in this big ol' Universe, and that there's every reason to believe some of it might be intelligent in the same ways we are, it's kinda laughable to think that they'd have been able to visit us without EVERYBODY knowing. Or, assuming they have sufficient 'cloaking' technology to hide them from every sensor and sky-pointed eyeball, that there'd be some SPECIAL people who just happened to catch them out.
(And considering that most people with alien abduction stories are cud-chewing fuckwits, I really doubt they have sensory abilities greater than that of NORAD or the Arecibo radio telescope.)
11/8/2011 10:52:44 AM
@Doubting Thomas: From elsewhere in the article:
"These petitions were sparked by an Obama administration initiative called "We the People." Initially, the White House said staffers would respond and consider taking action on any issue that received at least 5,000 online signatures within 30 days. The requirement has since been raised to 25,000 signatures."
11/8/2011 11:34:31 AM
The U.S. government can only withstand so many petitions before they cave in completely.
11/8/2011 12:26:23 PM
That "low-level staffer" has far better access to stuff that would make your trousers fill with pure joy than you will ever have.
11/8/2011 1:39:28 PM
Aliens? You can't even throw a frisbee over a border without several agencies and radars spotting you.
11/8/2011 2:02:58 PM
Translation: We won't accept anything other than an affirmation of our beliefs on this matter.
11/8/2011 6:00:34 PM
I do know for a fact that aliens have visited the United States in the past and continue to do so now. They're called tourists.
Some of them are friends of mine.
11/8/2011 10:38:01 PM
A new petition has been started because the first answer didn't meet our needs for verification that we are insane. Goddammit.
11/9/2011 9:38:24 AM
We all know that, even if we showed you even the very last of the governmental top secret files and you saw absolutely nothing, you'd still believe that the truth is out there. For the millionth time, the X-files and Independence Day are not documentaries. The former, the script writer admitted that "based on true cases" was a commercial catch.
11/12/2011 10:52:28 AM