Over on reddit all these fucking hipsters are all jazzed about "We are not alone" and we need faster than light travel now!
How fucking ignorant of history let alone human nature not to mention just nature itself do you have to be to not realize that if there IS sentient life on any of those planets and we meet them anytime soon. Either we are gunna kill them or they are gunna kill us.
I can't think of a single nation or tribe that was contaced by a technologically superior society that wasn't fucking massacred and usually exploited or outright enslaved. I mean shit look at how smart some other mammals are and what we fucking do to them right here on earth...
Isn't there some famous qoute about sending out messages to the universe would be a horrible fucking idea? I mean if those planets are unihabited GREAT. Let's fucking get there. But if not our best bet is to stay the fuck away and try and gain some intel on who and what lives there and what there technology level is.