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Re: SETI Summary

From: Albert Baier <albertgbaier.nul>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2011 15:00:33 -0500
Archived: Sat, 30 Apr 2011 07:44:31 -0400
Subject: Re: SETI Summary


>From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
>Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:27:23 +0000
>Archived: Fri, 29 Apr 2011 12:37:47 -0400
>Subject: Re: SETI Summary

>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.

Paul Allen's Foundation contributed ~$25M (coffee money for him)
for the initial construction of the telescope array. He's not a
trustee, and he's not involved with day-to-day operations,
AFAIK.

He's moved on. Besides, most of the $18M/year budget comes from
the government. Once seti.org is gone, I'll bet the ATA will be
running again.

I'm sure a university could operate it for a mere fraction of
what the entrenched SETI bureaucracy costs, and they won't be
using it to find ET radio signals. Once I read the tax return, I
know _I_ won't be contributing.


Albert



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