Help build an embassy for Aliens!
December 29, 2001 11:58 AM   Subscribe

Help build an embassy for Aliens! It's good to know that even in the 21st century humanity hasn't lost it's taste for bizarre causes and mindless superstition.
posted by MidasMulligan (9 comments total)
 
Bizarre causes and midless superstition is a matter of taste. I'm sure a lot of people running SETI@home look down on these people. I'm a bit familiar with the Raelians, articles about them eventually make it to my site.

The only issues I take with Rael is his Clonaid projects which look like scams especially clon-a-pet. The fact that he regularly visits VIPs and recently Congo's president is a bit unsettling. From what I can tell Rael is trying to woo some governments with the promise of clone money for the exchange of little or no oversight.

For a cult they're pretty mild and considered something of an hendonistic group, but their business end of things especially regarding cloning is very shady. They even have their own themepark UFOland, check out their UFO.
posted by skallas at 12:26 PM on December 29, 2001


humanity hasn't lost it's taste for bizarre causes and mindless superstition.
heard the one about the guy nailed to a cross?
posted by quonsar at 3:54 PM on December 29, 2001


they have a clone army in the Congo, if you don't believe me you'll be sorry later.
posted by rhyax at 4:13 PM on December 29, 2001


I've heard the Israeli representives of this cult talking on a local talk-show, they were really self-assured, and all they wanted was to buy land with the cult's money, (it's said to have more than 30 million dollars, or 30 billion) get an exteritorial status on that land, and build the alien embassy on it. then, they said, all acts of violence will stop, and all of humanity will be better. I say, in these crazy times, why not let them try ?
posted by martz at 4:41 PM on December 29, 2001


For more raelian hilarity, it was discussed here, here's their take on Sept. 11th in case you missed it.
posted by bobo123 at 5:22 PM on December 29, 2001


I say, in these crazy times, why not let them try ?


Legally, it doesn't make any sense. The land on any embassy and the embassy buildings themselves belong not to the country its located in, but is in the sovereignty of the nation the embassy belongs to. So if something happens on the grounds of the alien embassy who is the legal authority? Obviously any advanced race with even minimal knowledge of how things work on planet earth would never ask for an embassy because of the stupidity of the situation.

So if something resembling an embassy is built but is not recognized by the international community will the aliens recognize it too? You can't exactly start handing out land and priveldges before first contact. There is no reason why they can't retrofit their UFOland and call it an embassy then and wait for the big mothership or whatever.

Putting on my tin-foil conspiracy hat here, a country that will actually give an embassy to the inhabitants of the planets that circle Sirius or whatever would be giving up its legal authority and would let the Raelians do whatever they pleased. I don't see why the Raelians don't just buy or built a Sealand like structure and build their silly embassy there. I think this could be a power-play to get their own little country of sorts.

This is all an old sci-fi concept which was very well illustrated in Will Eisner's brilliant Life on Another Planet. I think Rael's been reading too many comic books.
posted by skallas at 8:06 PM on December 29, 2001


" ... heard the one about the guy nailed to a cross? "

Yep ... that's another good one. And quite a bloody one at that.
posted by MidasMulligan at 10:18 PM on December 29, 2001


Maybe I've got this all backwards, but let's assume for the sake of discussion that we discover a new extraplanetary governmental organization. Wouldn't we open and normalize diplomatic negotiations toward official recognition before the ETs needed an actual embassy?
posted by alumshubby at 6:10 AM on December 30, 2001


It's good to know that even in the 21st century humanity hasn't lost it's taste for bizarre causes and mindless superstition.

Good. I thought for sure the 21st century would be the Age Without Mindless Superstition.
posted by ktheory at 6:35 AM on December 30, 2001


« Older Two men are flying a Cessna from South Africa to...   |   African fantasy coffins Newer »


This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments