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UN to appoint Earth contact for aliens

Posted in politics, travel on September 26, 2010 by saramurray

THE United Nations was set today to appoint an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist to act as Earth’s first contact for any aliens that may come visiting.

Mazlan Othman, the head of the UN’s little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa), is to describe her potential new role next week at a scientific conference at the Royal Society’s Kavli conference centre in Buckinghamshire.

She is scheduled to tell delegates that the recent discovery of hundreds of planets around other stars has made the detection of extraterrestrial life more likely than ever before – and that means the UN must be ready to coordinate humanity’s response to any “first contact”.

During a talk Othman gave recently to fellow scientists, she said: “The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that some day humankind will receive signals from extraterrestrials.

“When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination.”

Professor Richard Crowther, an expert in space law and governance at the UK Space Agency and who leads British delegations to the UN on such matters, said: “Othman is absolutely the nearest thing we have to a ‘take me to your leader’ person.”

However, he thinks humanity’s first encounter with any intelligent aliens is more likely to be via radio or light signals from a distant planet than by beings arriving on Earth. And, he suggests, even if we do encounter aliens in the flesh, they are more likely to be microbes than anything intelligent.

via UN to appoint Earth contact for aliens | News.com.au.

Newspaper Famous

Posted in New York, NYT linking, politics with tags , , , on June 15, 2010 by John

Rafi Kam and Dallas Penn are “Internet Celebrities” so much so that the NYT gave them a write up. I like them too. The video above is a good reason why.

VIA

Grind Down the Laboring Man

Posted in America, books, New York, poetry, politics with tags , , on March 19, 2010 by Thomas

well i note you
put me back into nonpareil
again monday after raising me
to brevier all right boss
all right grind down
the laboring man there will come
a day of reckoning i don’t have
to do this you know as far
as the  food is concerned that
you have been giving me i lived before
i ever got into your column must close now
as mehitabel the cat is
scratching her claws against
the desk in a meaning sort of way
yours hastily

– Archy the Free-verse Cockroach

new york i love you, but you’re bringing me down

Posted in 2009, activism, America, EAST COAST, politics with tags on December 2, 2009 by kevin

We can’t even pass this shit in New York? Embarrassing.

China Details Incentive Plan for Electric Cars

Posted in politics on April 10, 2009 by Micah Gordon

While I don’t consider Obama my personal savior, I was extremely excited about his candidacy, certainly voted for him, and am very happy to see him in office.

Now, it’s been quite difficult for me to asses his first months in office because I’m rather ignorant on the economy, and that’s been almost the entire focus of his presidency so far (unfortunately). On the whole I think I’m slightly less-than-impressed about any kind of promised inovation and change in the area of economic recovery.

I just read this article from NYT about China’s plans to become the world leader in electric car production by giving monetary incentive to consumers, importantly NOT to the car companies. This is exactly what I’ve been saying we need to do here in Les Etats. If anything is going to re-establish our place atop the economic powerhouse leaderboard it’s green automotive tech (and green tech in general). And sorry, but you stupid oil companies and car companies who have been just about the most stubborn and irresponsible public entities of the last 20 years, you don’t get the government’s money for running yourselves into the ground. The best way to get out of this mess is to FORCE the change that capitalism is honestly way too slow to address– and that’s that our Earth is dying, as is our economy, and both can be fixed with the same simple solution. Consumers are dumb and will buy what’s out there even if they’d rather have something that’s way more expensive and way harder to get ahold of–thus, as long as the major car companies are keeping electric cars from the consumers, we won’t “demand” them.

Our government needs to enforce strict fuel economy guidelines for any cars manufactured from this point on, IMMEDIATELY. As in today. And then they need to set in motion legislation to force a turnover to alternative energy vehicles within the next 10 years. Then they need to offer consumer incentives to buy these vehicles, driving up the demand, which will a) help get our oh-so-stubborn-and-failing capitalist auto companies  running again, and force them to manufacture the cars the world wants and needs.

That’s my (rather uneducated—–again I really know very little about economics) rant. Go green. Change. Yes we can.

Hey Paul Krugman (for John, really)

Posted in 2009, America, blogs, NYT linking, politics, tubes with tags , on March 23, 2009 by kevin

I generally love this. I was reading Krugman’s Blog for about an hour the other night and I came away terrified. If you want a jolly good scare, give it a gander. It does beg the question asked by this video though. Who knows if Krugman is actually correct, but at this point its worth a shot. Some one needs to muster up the mana, play the Paul Krugman spell and pray that Geithner or reality doesn’t have a counter. (this, a weak MTG reference, was also for John)

Title Fight Tonight

Posted in balls, celebrities, politics, tubes, white people with tags , , on February 3, 2009 by John

None of you guys like David Letterman.

I think you’re wrong about it.

I found this online yesterday.  It’s all about interviews where Dave shines.  When he has no respect for the person he’s interviewing, Letterman has no qualms about letting everyone know about it.  The thing that I love most about him is that this is a man that truly doesn’t give a fuck sometimes.  Guests include Paris Hilton, Gummo director Harmony Korine and an insane interview with Madonna.

This is all fine and good, all this is but a preface to tonight’s show.  Tonight, Dave’s guest will be Rod ‘the Blagosphere’ Blagojevich.

Just sayin’.