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Eminent Domain Stuff

New London Update (2/24/06)
Coverage of the Rally at New London's City Hall (w/ pics)

Thursday, August 04, 2005


Smoking Crack In Space

Seriously, either astronaut Eileen Collins is smoking crack in orbit or the CO2 scrubbers on the shuttle are on the fritz:

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Commander Eileen Collins said astronauts on shuttle Discovery had seen widespread environmental destruction on Earth and warned on Thursday that greater care was needed to protect natural resources.
"Sometimes you can see how there is erosion, and you can see how there is deforestation. It's very widespread in some parts of the world," Collins said in a conversation from space with Japanese officials in Tokyo, including Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

"We would like to see, from the astronauts' point of view, people take good care of the Earth and replace the resources that have been used," said Collins, who was standing with Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi in front of a Japanese flag and holding a colorful fan.
"The atmosphere almost looks like an eggshell on an egg, it's so very thin," she said. "We know that we don't have much air, we need to protect what we have."
Ah yes, Commander Eileen Collins, on this her 4th trip into space, is just now realizing that "we don't have much air" down here on Earth. How much did NASA spend for this insight? Amazing. Oh, and Commander, just exactly how should we "replace the resources" we use? Should we melt down the guardrails on our highways and stick the metal back into the ground? Oh, but that would require burning the remains of many, many dinosaurs. Ah, I know. The answer is so obvious.

Putting the absurdity aside from just a moment...Why didn't she (or the article, depending) mention where this environmental damage could be seen? I'll bet it wasn't in the Koto-less US of A.


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