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Third world debating society elects itself world’s envoy in case of alien contact
Because we all know that ET would much prefer to speak with an “obscure Malaysian astrophysicist”, for sure:
THE United Nations was set today to appoint an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist to act as Earth’s first contact for any aliens that may come visiting.
Mazlan Othman, the head of the UN’s little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa), is to describe her potential new role next week at a scientific conference at the Royal Society’s Kavli conference centre in Buckinghamshire.
She is scheduled to tell delegates that the recent discovery of hundreds of planets around other stars has made the detection of extraterrestrial life more likely than ever before – and that means the UN must be ready to coordinate humanity’s response to any “first contact”.
You’ve got to love the UN deciding to glom on to this. Hey, another reason to increase dues.
Can you imagine a worse institution to have represent humanity than the UN? And frankly, if intelligent aliens ever turned up here and were first greeted by representatives of the UN, my guess is we’d be a cinder fairly quickly after that, being deemed by the aliens as not intelligent enough to warrant further survival.
However, in Dr. Othman’s case, I have to profess some admiration. She certainly has established herself in a secure job for, well, millennia if she can figure out how to stay alive that long.
And yes folks, your tax dollars, in the form of UN dues, will indeed go toward paying for her new duties.
Live long and prosper.