Apparently xenophobia is at least part of the reason for a recently-announced budget cut to the US Office of Science and Technology Policy. Science Insider reports:
Dr. Keir Waddington, reader in History and Head of History and Welsh History at the Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University, Wales, is in the process of examining the cultural position of the sausage.
The aliens have arrived, and they want to initiate cultural exchange...starting small at first. Our extraterrestrial visitors want a few humans to go live with them, and in return, a few aliens will come live among us. They're seeking volunteers.
There's a small group of science fiction authors who call themselves SIGMA and offer the U.S. government advice on futuristic scenarios. Many of them are invited to conferences and events where they dispense wisdom to security types, and just recently one of them — Larry "Ringworld" Niven — offered the Department of…