Your “Science” Dollar At Work

NASA “scientists” have skipped past holding “Nuremberg Trials” for “denialists”, have gone directly to invoking Krugman’s alien attack:.

It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.

Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth’s atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain.

No, you read that right. NASA.  Not Art Bell.

Isn’t that how your smug atheists describe religion?  “Do what we tell you or some extra-terrestrial pseudo-mystical being will smite you?”

Just saying.

13 thoughts on “Your “Science” Dollar At Work

  1. One facet of beauty in small government: fewer stupid people in government.

    This ranks up there with the CDC “zombie apocalypse” plan, but neither is as bad as the years of research and writing kicked off there because someone used the phrase “gun epidemic”.

  2. Apparently folks at Obama’s NASA think the Keanu Reeves version of The Day the Earth Stood Still was a documentary.

  3. I worked at NASA. In one of their research divisions.

    Trust me, they’re not all rocket scientists by any stretch of the imagination.

    The core problem is that it’s rare to get a government employee at NASA who’s anything other than a program manager these days. That’s simply because with all the Civil Service rules, procurement rules, diversity regs and whatnot it’s the contractors who can get anything done in finite time, so they’re the ones who get to do anything while the skills of NASA folks quickly get obsolete.

    Given all that, it seems that the government Internet porn filters are getting better so now the employees are entertaining themselves writing enviro porn soap operas and playing politics.

  4. No, no, the aliens are really an evolved form of space-traveling flora that thrives on carbon dioxide and are allergic to ozone. They’ll see our planet as a great new vacation spot and will bring millions of tourism jobs. They also excrete oxygen Unfortunately, their favorite food is caribou from the ANWR.

  5. Our unbiased, studiously fair media portrays as a Keeper Of Odd Knowledge any person who says anything positive or perceived as non-negative in re: E-Z Credit Government Loans Create Higher Education & Housing Bubbles; Locking Up Criminals Leads to Lower Crime Rates; Lower Tax Rates Produce More Tax Revenue.
    Let Krugman or NASA ‘Scientists’ let loose with hopes of an alien invasion to punish us (USA) for our wicked ways and it’s just another reasonable point of view to consider.

  6. I know someone who worked as a civilian in the Pentagon for a while. I can confirm Nerdberts words on what it is like to work for the government. You’d think NASA and the Pentagon would be the exception to loony tune government, but no. He talks about the incredibly high pay for unskilled work. Impossible to fire anyone. The diverstiy quotas. That sort of thing.

  7. But hey, if ALF didn’t mind being here, why would other space aliens be upset with out planet.

  8. Thanks for the link, Golfdoc!:
    I don’t think that NASA had much to do with the paper. It’s published by Acta Astronautica, which ain’t exactly on par with Astrophysical Journal.
    The paper’s bibliography is a long list of works of pseudo-science and pop-science.

  9. Damn! This means that I need to get some bigger speakers and buy some Slim Whitman CDs.

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