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Re: SETI Summary

From: Peter Davenport <director.nul>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2011 10:24:51 -0700
Archived: Sat, 30 Apr 2011 07:41:13 -0400
Subject: Re: SETI Summary

>From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:27:23 +0000
>Subject: Re: SETI Summary

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <post.nul>
>>Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2011 08:58:19 -0500
>>Subject: Re: SETI Summary

>>>From: Eleanor White <ewraven1.nul>
>>>To: post.nul
>>>Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 19:46:38 -0400
>>>Subject: Re: SETI Summary


>>>I think there is a good chance SETI has produced some very
>>>worthwhile data, and that such data was never intended to be
>>>made public, so the project looks to _us_ like a bust.

>>In common with conspiracy theories in general, no evidence

>Here's the deal, plain and simple. One of the primary funders of
>SETI was businessman Paul Allen. It was obvious that SETI was
>not fulfilling its mission statement - i.e., finding signals
>from other civilizations. To a business man like Allen, he was
>cutting his loses with SETI and putting his money where there is
>a promise of a healthy return for his investment.

>Before everybody gets bend out of shape, why not take a look at
>what is happening in Chile with the new telescopes. The complex
>looks like something out of this world and the place is - so far
>- fulfilling its mission statement. I would say Allen has put
>his money on a winner.

Kathy, Eleanor, et al,

Your observation about Paul Allen's objective, with regard to
his participation in the SETI project, may have merit, but he
has a reputation for throwing large quantities of money at
projects, with little chance of return. Many of the large
projects he has participated in, and many of his acquisitions,
had little chance of generating a financial return. His
situation appears to many in Seattle as being a classical case
of someone with a great deal of financial clout, who was looking
more for investment "larks," rather than projects intended to
generate even more wealth for the investor.

What I find tragically ironic is that Allen was prepared to fund
the SETI project, to the tune of tens or hundreds of millions of
dollars, but he would not provide the quarter or half million
dollars required to build a prototype "passive" radar system,
which would allow, unambiguously, the detection of UFO's in the
near-Earth environment.

I corresponded with the Paul G. Allen Foundation on three
occasions, the first time in April 1995, pointing out that we
could end the debate over UFO's, once and for all, by building
such a system. The foundation responded to my first request for
funding, but did not do so to subsequent missives. In fact, the
only way that foundation will even consider proposals in the
arena of science is if the foundation first requests the
proposal. They do not even consider unsolicited proposals.

If you have not read my paper, published in the 2004 MUFON
Symposium proceedings, I invite you to do so. I believe what I
have proposed, if constructed, would obviate the need for
"disclosure," and, for the first time, would allow us ufologists
to show, definitively, that UFO's visit our planet, and that
they are solid objects, which reflect electromagnetic energy.
Here is a link to my paper:


If anyone has a suggestion as to potential sources of funding, I
am all ears. I have approached Allen, Gates, Rockefeller,
Bigelow, MUFON, and the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, in addition
to many others. To date, I have nary a penny of support... or
even encouragement.


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