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Not from The Onion - from NASA (correction - not exactly NASA itself but NASA-affiliated scientists): Rising greenhouse emissions could tip off aliens that we are a rapidly expanding threat, warns a report.
So now we have the boy who cried "Aliens!" You really just have to laugh and, anyhow, I kinda like aliens. Bring 'em on!
"This wasn't just your run of the mill bunch of loons.."
How do you know that? None of the authors is a professional astronomer, one is a geographer, another is a meteorologist, and the third is apparently a recent post-doc with a slim publications record in astrobiology, but not in the major astronomy journals. I have no problems with informed speculation, but this is science fiction of the first order, which even the authors might be willing to admit if pressed.
More to the point, this work is not the main research these folks publish and for which they are paid. I suspect it's just a spin-off of their daily drudge, something they probably did for fun and amusement because they CAN, instead of spending their weekends and evenings in front of the boob tube like most scientifically uncurious Americans. Cut 'em some slack.
I stand corrected (so does the article since its headline was corrected:
• This article was amended on 19 August 2011. The subhead said the report was "for Nasa". This has been corrected.
). If they weren't payed with my tax dollars, I'm ok with it. but since it was done FOR NASA, I assume tax dollars were a part of the deal. We spent a lot of money trying to detect and contact other civilizations and I don't think we got anything for it. This seems to be an even worse way to spend money - not to mention the political nature of it.
One of the two junior authors, the post-doc by the name of S. Domagal-Goldman, has now posted a statement at paleblueblog.org that confirms my previous contentions, namely that their speculative article was written outside of official duties during the authors' free time, and was written mainly for the fun of it. Those are his words. The problem is that The Guardian noticed the publication, ran with it without contacting the authors for their comments, followed then by other lazy media who ran amok with the story, also without doing any checking of their own. I guess The Guardian doesn't have any of those tough editors who are supposed to elevate the work of professional journalists above that of "mere bloggers" like the crew here at MF.
I can't claim there's anything inherently wrong with three guys spinning some sophomoric speculative BS on their own free time, but I do have to wonder what a supposedly respectable peer-reviewed scientific journal like Acta Astronautica was thinking when it published this stuff.
It's getting harder these days to take seriously any argument to authority along the lines of "but it's settled science among published peer-reviewed scientists."
More ecobaloney from those folks who brought us bird-shredding wind turbines and solar panels which, hello, don't give us power unless the sun shines. As those folks who live in the misty Northwest and the often cloudy other parts of the U.S., "sometimes the sun don't shine, baby, sometimes the wind don't blow."
Okay, who watched "The Day the Earth Stood Still" for their homework assignment and did they watch the original or the bad remake?
And what about the aliens who want to increase our CO2 and warming to accommodate their species?
Or the ones that want to live peaceable with us and drink our soured milk?
Dear youngsters at NASA, some of us spent our childhoods mulling these exciting questions in the Saturday matinee. Late night Sci Fi channel offerings are not research no matter what your fine tenured professors let you do for your papers in school.
Um - this wasn't a NASA report - the article in question has been corrected.
The scientists involved were NASA affiliated, but this was not done at the behest of NASA. They were just having some fun speculating on "Contact" scenarios. Nothing that any science fiction fan hasn't seen before in all sorts of context.
In fact, some of it is rather unimaginative and has been written about in science fiction shorts, novellas and novels since the Golden Age of scifi starting in the late '40s, early '50s. I can give you any number of story references positing the same things - I've been a fan for over 50 years.
Ain't nobody nowhere better than me with scifi trivia.
Moore will kowtow to them about how none of them ever get sick, so their healthcare must be superior to ours. He will completely gloss over the fact that they eat humans. Fortunately for us, when he goes to visit them and decry how bad OUR system is, they serve him and we never have to listen to his blather again.
Did you guys see Stossel take him apart on Sick in America?