President Obama’s “foremost” mission for NASA isn’t going to Mars or colonizing the moon. No, it’s to reach out to the Muslim world. Seriously. Here;s NASA Administrator Charles Bolden:
“When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering,” Bolden said in the interview.
Many Muslim nations may seem to belong on another planet, but this is a ridiculous mission for a space agency.Read full article » No Comments »
Glenn Reynolds posted something this morning that reminded me of a photo I took in Austria last week. Here’s the quote he posted from Robert Heinlien:
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
And here’s the photo I took in the city museum in the town of St. Johann im Pongau (I added the red underlines):
Max Weber famously wrote that the spirit of capitalism rose out of the Reformation. St. Johann, it seems, paid a heavy price for expelling entrepreneurial Protestants, that despised and condemned minority of which Heinlein spoke.Read full article » 2 Comments »