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¤¤¤¤¤.¤.¤. ON  EARTH (THE PLANET WHERE  I  LIVE)  A ¤¤....¤.¤.
¤....¤¤¤¤¤ LOT OF  US  HAVE ANTENNAS  ON OUR HOUSES ¤.¤...¤¤¤¤
.¤...¤.... OR  BALCONIES,   WE  HAVE  BUILT   LARGE ¤¤¤¤..¤...
.¤¤..¤¤... ANTENNE  FOR LARGER  BANDWITH,  WE  HAVE ....¤.¤¤..
.¤.¤.¤.¤..     BUILD SPECIALIZED ANTENNAES FOR      ¤...¤¤¤.¤.
.¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤.    SPECIFIC WAVELENGTHS (AND SENT THEM   ¤¤..¤..¤¤¤
¤¤.......¤ INTO ORBIT),  WE'VE BUILT  LARGE AS FUCK ..¤.¤¤.¤..
¤.¤......¤              ANTENNA ARRAYS              ..¤¤¤.¤¤¤.
¤¤¤¤.....¤ WE'VE VIRTUALLY  BUILT AN ANTENNA WITH A ¤.¤..¤¤..¤
....¤....¤         DISH AS LARGE AS EARTH.          ¤¤¤¤.¤.¤.¤
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.¤..¤.¤..¤ WE'VE LEARNED ABOUT OUR POSITION  IN THE ....¤.....
.¤¤.¤¤¤¤.¤      SOLAR SYSTEM, OUR SOLAR SYSTEMS     ....¤¤....
.¤.¤¤...¤¤ PLACEMENT  IN   THE   GALAXY,   AND  OUR ....¤.¤...
.¤¤¤.¤..¤. GALAXYS PLACEMENT  IN THE LOCAL CLUSTER, ¤...¤¤¤¤..
.¤..¤¤¤.¤¤ AND ~OUR~  LOCAL  CLUSTERS PLACE IN  THE ¤¤..¤...¤.
.¤¤.¤..¤¤.          GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS          ¤.¤.¤¤..¤¤
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¤.¤¤..¤¤¤¤ AND  WE'RE  MOVING  AROUND  THE  SUN  AT ¤....¤¤¤¤¤
.¤¤.¤.¤... VELOCITY  AND THE SUNS MOVING AROUND THE ¤¤...¤....
.¤.¤¤¤¤¤.. CENTER  OF THE  GALAXY  AT VELOCITY  AND ..¤..¤¤...
.¤¤¤....¤. THE GALAXY  IS  MOVING TOWARD  ANDROMEDA ..¤¤.¤.¤..
.¤..¤...¤¤   AND WE'RE BOTH MOVING ANTICLOCKWISE    ¤.¤.¤¤¤¤¤.
.¤¤.¤¤..¤. AROUND THE GALAXY.  AND  WE AS A SPECIES ¤¤¤¤¤....¤
¤¤.¤¤.¤.¤¤ HAVE LEARNED TO TAKE ALL THAT IN ACCOUNT .....¤...¤
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¤.¤.¤¤...¤ AND DESPITE ALL THIS,  DESPINTE ALL  OUR ¤....¤.¤.¤
.¤¤¤¤.¤..¤    (CLICHE) BEAMING OF FUCKING STELLAR   ¤¤...¤¤¤¤¤
¤¤...¤¤¤.¤ RADIO  PROGRAMMES  OUT IN FUCKING  SPACE ¤.¤..¤....
¤.¤..¤..¤¤ AT  THE  SPEED  OF LIGHT  (LIGHT IS  OUR ¤¤¤¤.¤¤...
¤¤¤¤.¤¤.¤.  MEDIUM! GOODSPEED YOU, BLACK EMPEROR!), ....¤¤.¤..
¤...¤¤.¤¤¤      DESPITE GHOSTS HELPING AND THE      ¤...¤.¤¤¤.
¤¤..¤.¤¤..     COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS LOWPASS     .¤..¤¤¤..¤
..¤.¤¤¤.¤.    FILTERING, DESPITE OUR VERY OBVIOUS   .¤¤.¤..¤.¤
¤.¤¤¤..¤¤¤ BEAMING OF  ALL  OUR  SECRETS  IN  EVERY ¤¤.¤¤¤.¤¤¤
.¤¤..¤.¤..          DIRECTION KNOWN TO US,          ¤.¤¤..¤¤..
.¤.¤.¤¤¤¤.                                          .¤¤.¤.¤.¤.
.¤¤¤¤¤...¤ NO   .    ONE   .    HAS    .   ANSWERED .¤.¤¤¤¤¤¤¤
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¤¤¤¤..¤.¤¤     ####.~~ FERMI'S PARADOX ~~.####      ¤.¤.¤¤....
¤...¤.¤¤¤.             #...~~~~~~~~...#             .¤¤¤¤.¤...
¤¤..¤¤¤..¤                                          ¤¤...¤¤¤..
¤.¤.¤..¤.¤              SO WHY IS THAT?             ¤.¤..¤..¤.
¤¤¤¤¤¤.¤¤¤                                          ¤¤¤¤.¤¤.¤¤
......¤¤.. MOST  OPPONENTS  TO  INTELLIGENT LIFE IN ....¤¤.¤¤.
......¤.¤. THE UNIVERSE SAY IT'S  BECAUSE  YOU NEED ....¤.¤¤.¤
¤.....¤¤¤¤ A  CLASS ONE-OR-THE-OTHER  STAR  AND THE ....¤¤¤.¤¤
.¤....¤... PLANET  NEEDS  TO  BE  AT  A  SEE-AND-SO ¤...¤..¤¤.
.¤¤...¤¤.. DISTANCE AWAY FROM THE  STAR (LIKE THERE .¤..¤¤.¤.¤
¤¤.¤..¤.¤.           HAS TO BE A PLANET!)           ¤¤¤.¤.¤¤¤¤
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..¤..¤¤... BUT  REALLY   ISN'T  THAT   KEEPING  THE ¤..¤...¤..
..¤¤.¤.¤..      DEFINITION OF LIFE REALLY LAX?      .¤.¤¤..¤¤.
..¤.¤¤¤¤¤.                                          ¤¤¤¤.¤.¤.¤
¤.¤¤¤....¤ I THINK EVERYONE  AGREES THAT WE HAVE NO ....¤¤¤¤¤¤
.¤¤..¤...¤ IDEA  WHAT WE'RE  DOING (AND IT PROBABLY ....¤.....
.¤.¤.¤¤..¤                  SHOWS)                  ....¤¤....
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.¤¤...¤...      ####.~~ FERMI'S PARADOX ~~.####     ¤.¤.¤...¤.
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¤¤¤¤¤.¤.¤.                                          ¤¤....¤.¤.
¤....¤¤¤¤¤ I'M GONNA GO SMOKE  MY  THIRD  CIGARETTE ¤.¤...¤¤¤¤
.¤...¤.... THIS YEAR AND  TRY  TO SNATCH SOME BEERS ¤¤¤¤..¤...
.¤¤..¤¤...        FROM THE LOCAL BEER THING         ....¤.¤¤..
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