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Burning Questions

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Sometimes, you read something that sends you down an internet rabbit hole of information that you had no intention of landing in.

That’s what happened when I read this piece from the AP on the daily rundown of story ideas Channel One’s VP for education, Dr. Paul Folkemer, sends out every morning. The headline, “White House says no evidence of extraterrestrials” immediately caught my attention. Why on earth, ahem, was the White House spending time addressing the non-existence of aliens, as far as it knows, when there are so many other critical issues facing the country right now?

Turns out, there’s a pretty good reason. The White House has a section of its website called “We the People” that invites people to petition the Obama Administration to address any issue they can get 25,000 people to agree on. There are 120 active petitions (that’s the time killer — I was curious about what other people are curious about) listed on the site and so far, nine have been addressed — including the one about aliens.

Topics range from a request to recognize the “contributions of Flemish Americans” to a request to replace Gil Kerlikowske (who is that?) to more immediate concerns about banking reform. At the end of the day, however, I love the idea that if enough people really want to know the truth about aliens, or lack thereof, the government has provided them with a forum to explore that.

My real question now is what do YOU want to know? If you could petition the White House about any one thing, what would it be? Tell us in the comments! Better yet, just head over to the site and post a petition.

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