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A Rough Day, Belatedly, for a Science {Fiction} Geek

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Feb. 3rd, 2003 | 03:56 am
mood: numbnumb

I don't watch TV, and I happened to skip the newspaper on Saturday. So, around 1400 CST Sunday, I saw the extra-bold headline of the Austin-American Statesman in its vending machine. I felt my world get just a little smaller.

As almost always happens in such moments, the Universe sent a single, anonymous witness. A slacker, this time. He followed my gaze; saw my silent tears. "It's a real shame," he offered, aloof. "Yeah," was my understatement. "We're not gonna make it if we can't get off this planet."

"Maybe that's the point," he muttered, as he walked away.

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from: tragemorph
date: Feb. 10th, 2003 05:56 pm (UTC)

you know how after sept. 11, george bush has really stepped up doing all this global powerhousing the terrorists no doubt would have hated? and you know how a lot of people believe that some the ways he is conducting the war on terrorism, and especially the coming war on iraq in general, are likely to breed more resentment and future terrorism?

well, i think that by a similar mechanism, the space shuttle tragedy is going to lead to renewed interest and momentum for the space program. so i think those men and women did not die in vain.

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