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  1. #51
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    No such thing as friendlies
    Colonizers win, the colonized lose

    Also, please reconcile your claim of life elsewhere with the Fermi Paradox
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    Ouamuamua was on a foraging mission from the pancake galaxy. Thank god they didn't find our maple syrup.

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    So they are flat earthers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ötzi View Post
    Ouamuamua was on a foraging mission from the pancake galaxy. Thank god they didn't find our maple syrup.
    We should be so glad that Canadian maple syrup heist ring safely squirreled away the excess syrup in a hidden location.

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    Right? We thought whoever took all that were just thieves but it turns out they are heroes for all mankind

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    He doesn't think it's a probe, more like a piece of space junk.
    Don’t let it hit you in the . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by TBS View Post
    No such thing as friendlies
    Colonizers win, the colonized lose

    Also, please reconcile your claim of life elsewhere with the Fermi Paradox
    Define "life elsewhere"

    Microbes: Probably totally ubiquitous and everywhere. There's multiple locations just in our own solar system where it's likely.

    Macrobiotic multicellular organisms: Probably also quite common, though much less so than microbes.

    "Intelligent" life capable of manipulating it's environment to the degree humans do: Probably pretty rare, though even if it's 1-in-a-billion probability it's still happened a hundred times or so just in the Milky Way.

    Organisms capable of interstellar travel: I'm unconvinced it's ever happened. Space is really, really, reallllly fucking big.


    If the last scenario has happened, besides the colonizer scenario there is the anthropologist scenario. Some humans travel around the world at great expense and personal risk to study obscure species of ants and shit. It's plausible that there are aliens out there who find Earth interesting for purely scientific purposes. The colonizer/anthropologist scenarios also are not mutually exclusive and both could be happening simultaneously. Maybe Earth isn't a rich source of whatever resources they desire so it's been left to the scientists, or maybe the scientists are being allowed to study it for a while before it's erased from existence.

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    Wiki literally lists two dozen hypothetical explanations for the Fermi paradox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobMc View Post
    The common thread among these sightings is that they all are occurring within or near American airspace. Of course it could be that our media doesn't pick up much outside of US markets. Makes me think these sightings are more likely to be new military tech that just hasn't been disclosed to the public yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tetzen View Post
    The common thread among these sightings is that they all are occurring within or near American airspace. Of course it could be that our media doesn't pick up much outside of US markets. Makes me think these sightings are more likely to be new military tech that just hasn't been disclosed to the public yet.
    In 99.99% of cases, yes. However, Tic Tac was 2004 and we have yet to hear of anything remotely like it from the military. Not that it isn't/wasn't unknown military tech, but 17 years is a long time to keep something like that secret.

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    In most cases a long cylindrical object that loos like a cruise missile is a cruise missile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExPowderSnob View Post
    I just hope our real first contact comes from friendlies, not enslavers...
    I just hope Fognl doesn't cancel the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blurred
    skiing is hiking all day so that you can ski on shitty gear for 5 minutes.

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    A new paper posits that Oumuamua was a lense of nitrogen ice ejected from a Pluto-like planet/object: https://phys.org/news/2021-03-scient...-oumuamua.html

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