I'm disappointed that someone for SETI would say such a thing, because it is totally relevant.
If humans showed up to the Galapagos and the iguanas lined up flies in a row, tried to offer them flies, or other signed of intelligence then they would of treated them much differently then if they acted like any other non-sentient animal.
I'm not saying they would have treated them the better, just different.
Your letter could end up going to an ass hat who has some power and no idea about technology. This could spiral out of control to end up with you looking at their private financial records and the sending them "veiled" threats about "identity theft". Who knows maybe you even hacked it so the email would come to you!
Even if these ridiculous accusations are found to be untrue it could be a major pain to deal with.
Unfortunately doing the right think like this, especially in the United States, is not worth the risk.
No, the second gulf war was a complete and utter failure. We sent troops in to prevent Al Qaeda from gaining WMDs from Saddam. We lost thousands of lives on our side and they lost at least 10x as many and the objective turned out to be completely pointless, as Saddam didn't have any WMDs and he wasn't in any sort of talks with Al Qaeda.
While I don't disagree with your statement, it assumes that the stated goal (i.e. the one above) was the same as the real goal.
I completely 100% agree that what they advertised is a scam, but if I step back a couple of years, it's completely amazing that we are complaining about only getting 8Mbps.
Were the Fort Hood shootings really an act of Terrorism?
I only ask since it was an attack on military personnel at a military base?
Yes civilians were killed and wounded, but there are many documented instances where civilians are killed or wounded in attacks by the US military and most do not consider those attacks terrorism.
Don't get me wrong I in no way condone the attack, but I'm starting to think the word terrorism is being used for too many things.
Here is a great site that tracks the more then 500 promises that Obama made during the campaign. While obviously breaking some promises are a bigger deal then others, it's the only place that I have seen that it pretty subjective on the matter.