Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Running Hot and Cold

Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
--Friedrich Nietzsche
Could the global warming theory issue be the modern-day equivalent of the Inquisition, The Crusades, and The Dark Ages--all rolled into one greasy, oily, carbon-glob?

The National Journal took a poll that reveals only 13% of Congressional Republicans believe Global Warming is caused by man...

Meanwhile, Al Gore says the Bush administration is paying scientists to dispute the theory, and for some who do, they’re in danger of losing their jobs.

Talk about an inconvenient truth...

The Governor of Oregon is planning to fire a state Climatologist for being publicly skeptical of warming theories. Could the next pc-phrase be “s-i-p,” for being skeptical in public?? Are thought police just around the corner?

Meanwhile, China blames the West for climate issues--nevermind the fact that China’s belching emissions place that country as the second most flagrant emitter of carbon…while Canada is experiencing temps of 50-below, and Cambodia is having its coldest winter in 27-years.

Speaking of nutjobs…the screaming headlines surrounding NASA’s amorous astronaut have been pretty entertaining.

By now you know the story…Lisa Marie Nowak tracked down a romantic rival at an Orlando airport, and was charged with attempted kidnapping, among other things.

The “Astronaut Avenger” and “Lust in Space” are two of the more colorful story titles. You watch--this will either be a made-for-TV movie this Fall, or wind up as a full-blown mini-series.
"Desperate Astronauts," anyone?

The judge in Florida told her to wear a tracking device and get out of his state.

Is it just me, or does the idea of putting a GPS device on an astronaut seem a little…futile?

Sooner or later someone’s going to work “space balls” into this story…probably as a reference to the celestial lothario in this series of close encounters of the three-way kind…

Too bad this embarassing publicity has besmirched NASA's image at a time when Congressional bean-counters are slicing and dicing budgets and cutting funding for the space program. The timing could not be worse for an incident so easy to lampoon and imprint upon the public an image that is wholly incongruent with the gravitas of Space exploration.

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