For years now, Jeff Peckman*, self-proclaimed “promoter of cutting-edge technologies” (including clean energy technologies), “teacher of transcendental meditation,” entrant in an Aspen competition “for something energy related,” and all-round interested person in “anything that connects [him] to the rest of the universe,” has been trying to find a way to legitimize his passion for UFO’s and alien visitation accounts.
Now he’s done it.
On the November ballot this year, Peckman presents Initiative 300. What the U.S. Government refuses to do, the people of Denver can do. Iniative 300 will set up a commission which will basically do what UFO and alien abduction clubs do now, only with the support of the city government.
The initiative calls for the creation of an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission (club/support group) which will have space on the City of Denver website where “evidence and witness testimony regarding extraterrestrial visitors on Earth” will be documented. The ETA Commission will be a hub for all people who have had contact with extraterrestrials, a place where they can go and not be laughed at or called crazy. The ETA Commission is ready to believe you!
The commission will also “evaluate potential risks and benefits of interacting with extraterrestrial visitors.” It is here that Peckman and his commission threaten the very existence of the human race.
The earth does not need a group of so-called alien “experts” who have blurry pictures of aliens peeking through their windows, or nightmarish stories of being taken aboard spaceships and being probed by far-superior beings, to plan for a visitation. Absolutely not. What the world needs is really, really smart people to handle this.
Stephen Hawking, for instance, is a pretty smart guy. And he says that “instead of seeking [aliens] out, humanity should be doing all it that can to avoid any contact.”
And here is the city of Denver considering setting up an extraterrestrail commission with all the backing and support of local government with the intention of discussing interaction with the aliens! That is a very bad idea. If Hawking says stay away from the little green men, stay away!
But more than that, the audacity of Denver voters to think they can supercede the United Nations when it comes to planning how to handle contact with the aliens is bordering on absurd. The UN has already appointed Mazlan Othman, “the Official United Nations Ambassador in charge of greeting the aliens when they make contact with humanity.”
So the next time you see an alien outside your window, or a ship lands in your back yard, tell it to talk to Othman.
Citizens of Denver, this columnist and thinking people everywhere implore you: do not allow yourselves to become the laughing stock of the nation. Tell Peckman to start a club and beg for donations like everyone else with a wacky idea. Because that’s the real issue here.
One of the core purposes of Initiative 300 is to establish a fund “to accept grants, gifts, and donations to support the activities of the commission.”
Using the city of Denver to fund your hobby is pretty sneaky. Denver should tell Peckman to find a real job.
Update: November 2010. Denver overwhelmingly rejected Peckman.
Mission Aborted for Denver’s UFO Initiative
*Did anyone else immediately think of Walter Peck?