Saturday, January 28, 2012

Fly Me to the Moon

"All your base are belong to us!" 

In this latest episode of his weekly science show Explorations, Dr. Michio Kaku covers the danger of solar flares, the forty year struggle ahead of Japan to deal with the nuclear disaster, how global warming will bitch slap the U.K. (and Scotland, too), and welcomes special guest Dr. Michael Shermer to debunk conspiracy theories. Unfortunately, he doesn't touch on reactionary bully Newt Gingrich's recently declared dark dream of outer space imperialism. Gingrich, a politician who constantly demonizes "secular atheists", is blissfully ignorant of the irony of his naming Isaac Asimov, a signatory to the Humanist Manifesto, as an inspiration. Hopefully one day Earth will have a colony on the Moon -- an international colony established for peaceful, scientific purposes.

Explorations

4 comments:

School Master said...

Gingrich, a politician who constantly demonizes "secular atheists", is blissfully ignorant of the irony of his naming Isaac Asimov, a signatory to the Humanist Manifesto, as an inspiration.

I don't think Nuke knows or cares about the late Dr. Asimov's views on religion and politics. He's just dropping the name of a noted "smart guy" in an attempt to make himself look "smart." But not too smart, of course. We wouldn't want to sound like one of those godless, pinko-commie, America-hating, INTELLECTUALS, would we?

It's like Mitt Romney trying to appeal to African Americans by invoking "Who Let The Dogs Out."

Jerry Cornelius said...

That's about the size of it. I just wish the TV pundits knew enough about Asimov's legacy to call him on it. Wishful thinking, I know.

ThirteenthLetter said...

"An international colony." You unfortunately have an enormous blind spot. What makes this colony better just because Vladimir Putin gets a say in how it runs, and Saudi Arabia pitched in to write the blasphemy laws?

Jerry Cornelius said...

Specious straw man arguments like that just demonstrate the hollowness of your argument. Your alternative is to have an authoritarian nationalist like Gingrich dictating the policies and writing the blasphemy laws. In other words, those patriotic autocrats you cite epitomize exactly the kind of odious nationalism that you yourself are espousing. One of us certainly does have a blind spot, but it's not me.

Hopefully one day our political systems will evolve beyond that kind of stupid tribalism to ensure justice and equality for all the people of Earth.