Perhaps spurred by the recent news that a purported United Nations initiative on extra-terrestrials was a hoax, citizens in Denver have arranged a ballot initiative which, if approved, will create an extra-terrestrial affairs commission.
The wording is straightforward:
"Shall the voters for the City and County of Denver adopt an Initiated Ordinance to require the creation of an extraterrestrial affairs commission to help ensure the health, safety, and cultural awareness of Denver residents and visitors in relation to potential encounters or interactions with extraterrestrial intelligent beings or their vehicles, and fund such commission from grants, gifts and donations?" Yes___ No___
However, the full text betrays Denver sensibilities:
The creation of an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission will help to ensure the health, safety, and cultural awareness of Denver residents and visitors and, ultimately, facilitate the most harmonious, peaceful, mutually respectful, and beneficial coexistence possible between extraterrestrial intelligent beings and human beings.
Personally, I think that the best way to ensure my personal safety is to have the residents of Denver slow down the chortling brain-devouring leech-creatures of Proxima Centauri by lining up obligingly to give them handcrafted dreamcatches in touching friendship ceremonies whilst I'm joining the resistance and determining how to fight them with nukes, computer viruses delivered via MacBooks, or possibly crippling litigation. So Denver: vote yes.
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