Posts Tagged ‘Space’
“Black hole” apparently is an offensive racial term or How Race Baiting Can Get You Places in AmericaJuly 10, 2008
Dallas County officials spar over ‘black hole’ comment
A special meeting about Dallas County traffic tickets turned tense and bizarre this afternoon.
County commissioners were discussing problems with the central collections office that is used to process traffic ticket payments and handle other paperwork normally done by the JP Courts.
Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections “has become a black hole” because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.
Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud “Excuse me!” He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a “white hole.”
That prompted Judge Thomas Jones, who is black, to demand an apology from Mayfield for his racially insensitive analogy.
Mayfield shot back that it was a figure of speech and a science term. A black hole, according to Webster’s, is perhaps “the invisible remains of a collapsed star, with an intense gravitational field from which neither light nor matter can escape.”
Other county officials quickly interceded to break it up and get the meeting back on track. TV news cameras were rolling, after all.
Check out a video interview of Dallas Commissioner John Wiley Price defending his comments and elaborating on other common terms that are apparently racist. Just beautiful.
About three weeks after it landed on Mars, the Phoenix lander has collected particles that offer a snapshot of millions of years of life on the Red Planet, the team behind the probe said Friday.NASA’s 420-million-dollar lander has also possibly located ice and is half way to offering scientists on Earth a 360-degree view from its landing site in the Martian polar region, with rocks and hills fading into the dusty distance.
“We’re getting about twice the data volume we were told to expect,” said Peter Smith, Phoenix principal investigator at the University of Arizona.
The team is hoping to find evidence of the existence of water and life-supporting organic minerals in the polar region, on the basis that the similar areas on Earth preserve traces of climate change and signs of life.
This is exciting, but are we really so arrogant that we forgot what happened the last time NASA received images from Mars? We never learn….
I hate moon Nazis. Ck. out the production home page and trailer.
The international space station has one toilet. That one toilet isn’t functioning properly now. Fortunately for the astronauts aboard the station, the solid waste part of the toilet is still working. NASA is going to try and send the replacement part to fix the toilet on an upcoming shuttle launch…if they can fit it on the shuttle.
Check out a NASA official explaining how the space toilet works. I wouldn’t recommend this immediately before eating.