Friday, May 06, 2005

---Underpass stain defaced, Crews may have to evacuate ISS, The Iraqi Information Minister has a job, NASA starves out RTF committee 

Underpass stain defaced
Chicago’s “Virgin Mary” underpass stain revisited. A Mr. Gonzales has been arrested for writing “Big Lie” over the revered stain.
How is this going to work? Will they take him down for arraignment to the local courthouse, which has presumably been meticulously sterilized of all religious references, and file criminal charges for defacing a ground-water seepage?

NASA is considering Space Station evacuation plans:
From Oberg at MSNBC, dated 4-6 (I’m a little late in my blogging duties). It's indeed one of the 3-D's ( de-commission, de-man, de-orbit). NASA is finally being forced to seriously consider de-manning the ISS, not because of the repeated serious equipment and supply failures, the repeated extremely hazardous requirement for the 2-man crew to venture outside with no backup on board, or the fact that the ISS has no discernable mission of measurable worth, but because the Russian space program is on the brink of financial collapse. Then there’s the ironic possibility that the imminent, historic grounding of the human race may all be Lance Bass’s fault.

Still here?! The Iraqi Information Minister has a new job!
I didn’t even suspect that this web site was still in business. The loveable scamp is now apologizing for SH on Abu Dhabi TV! So that’s what it takes to stay employed these days….

STS return-to-flight committee argues about NASA safety compliance
From Oberg at MSNBC, dated 4-6. The Stafford-Covey Return to Flight Task Group is apparently in a state of near civil war about NASA’s less-than-forthcoming attitude toward meeting CAIB safety goals before STS returns to flight. It appears that NASA is doing what is does best: obfuscate, maneuver, mangle the statistics, and mismanage its responsibilities. As I noted earlier, NASA management has already announced that it will ignore the Stafford-Covey committee in its final RTF decision at its sole convenience. After all, the only thing that matters is the press release.

Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
Proverbs 17:12

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