Leave it to those fat cats in the International Astronomical Union, with their ivory observatories and staggering clout, to tell the common man how he should classify the satellite formations in his own solar system. The Bush administration always does the bidding of science, and it looks like that power has gone to the IAU's head.
Because now, they've decided Pluto isn't a planet anymore. Excuse me? Sorry, IAU fat cats, but return to sender.
How are you going to tell me Pluto isn't a planet? You went and put it in every textbook going back to the second freaking grade, you named it after one of our most beloved animated personalities, and now you up and say it's not a planet? Did you want to make the children cry, International Astronomical Union? Do you have any idea how many difficult dinner table conversations you've created for the rest of us? Come on, guys. Get your heads out of the clouds.
How can you not love this irrepressible
mischief maker of a planet? How?
So now, it looks like Pluto will have to shoulder on somehow with the temporary tag of "dwarf planet." Well, why don't you just move Pluto's desk down into the basement, guys? Just do what you've been itching to do all along and tell Pluto it has to sit at the back of the bus. I, for one, am not coming along for the ride. I'll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I recognize Pluto's sub-planetary status! But hey, that's just me. I'm righteous like that.
- For Pluto, a Smaller World After All [Washington Post]
- Scientists and Bush administration at odds [U.S. News and World Report]
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