Thursday, August 24, 2006

Goodbye cruel solar system

Hesiod on The Daily Kos has posted Pluto's concession speech. You may be aware of the ongoing controversy in whether to demote Pluto as a planet, or keep it on as the whip bringing up the rear. Well, today...

"...the International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto from its status as a planet in our solar system.

The solar syatem is now comprised of the eight remaining, "classical" Planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus.

Supporters of Pluto were extremely disappointed with the outcome of today's vote.

AP has a transcript of Pluto's concession speech:

Just before coming down to speak with you, I called Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus and congratulated them on their success today. As I see it, in this campaign, we've just finished the first half and the Classical Planet team is ahead, but in the second half, our team -- Team Pluto -- is going to surge forward to victory.

I am, of course, disappointed by the results, but I am not discouraged. I am not disappointed because I lost my planetary status, but because the old politics of scholarship and intellectual integrity won today.

I expect my opponents will continue to do in the future what they have done today: Belittle me instead of coming up with ideas to avoid having to rewrite science textbooks.

I will continue to offer the astronomers a different path forward to make my Solar system and orbit a better place to live and work, and that's what I want to do for another six million more years.

I know a lot of people in this system, and not just "classical planets", are angry about the direction in which the Solar system is moving, and so am I.

Tomorrow morning, our campaign will file the necessary petition with the International Astronomical Union so that we can continue this campaign for a new astronomy of unity and purpose. I will always do what is right for my orbit and Solar system regardless of what the political consequences may be.

Tomorrow is a brand new day. Tomorrow we launch a new campaign -- Team Pluto -- Asteroids, non-conforming celestial objects and planets.

Hopefully someone will post a video of Pluto's speech on YouTube.

UPDATE: Dick Cheney has issued a statement: "Pluto's demotion today is a victory for the terra-ists."

Original (and I mean original) post here

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