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My SETI Post

From: Greg St. Pierre <StrmNut@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 1998 22:01:11 EDT
Fwd Date: Wed, 08 Jul 1998 07:59:11 -0400
Subject: My SETI Post

Dear list,

I received the following two messages from SETI in response
to one I wrote, and was asked to post the responses
here (fair enough). I have deleted a whole bunch of "forwards"
and "CCs" and the like, because their quantity was beginning
to frighten me.

>Animosity and/or envy are, IMO, justifiable in the case of
>SETI. That project has been the proud recipient of millions
>dollars in funding, and has, to my knowledge, never had to
>produce results to maintain that funding.



Perhaps your knowledge of the status of Government-supported
SETI is not current.Congress terminated the NASA HRMS (High
Resolution Microwave Survey) program in 1993. For the past five
years, SETI has received no public funding whatever. The SETI
League is a self-supporting, grass-roots nonprofit effort
involving over 800 members in 45 countries on five
continents. Our members pay for their own equipment, conduct a
credible scientific search, have already had results (albeit not
necessarily the ones they had sought initially), and are not
asking you or anyone else for a dime. Please respect our freedom
to waste our own time and money any way we wish, and refrain
from accusing us of being "the proud recipient of millions
dollars in funding. "In invite you to visit our website,
<http://www.setileague.org/>, to learn more about the true
status of SETI. I would greatly appreciate it if you'd post my
comments to the lists on which yours were posted.Thank you.

H. Paul Shuch, Ph.D.
--Executive Director, The SETI League, Inc.
433 Liberty Street,
PO Box 555,
Little Ferry
NJ 07643 USA
voice (201) 641-1770;
fax (201) 641-1771;
URL http://www.setileague.org/
email work: n6tx@setileague.org;
      home: drseti@csrlink.net

"We Know We're Not Alone!"


>Besides, what do you do with a ten thousand year old signal
>anyway.. respond to it?


How about be utterly thrilled to learn for certain that there is
at least one other intelligent civilization in the Universe, for
starters? Then we can analyze the signal to try and learn more
about it, who sent it, etc.

Responding -- at least if one is hoping for a quick reply -- may
be out of the question in this case, but it is not the most
important thing to do,

as is sometimes thought.

Larry Klaes <lklaes@zoomtel.com>