Illinois Laughs in the Face of the Scientific Community

pluto-planetI was very very sad when Pluto was demoted from being a planet.  It has always been my favorite of all the planets (being the smallest and the cutest of course) so when I heard it was no longer one of the original nine I was mad at all the scientists.  I imagined them sitting in their big lecture halls coming up with ridiculous new things they could announce that would make people pay attention to them, all the while laughing their “evil plan laughs”  mwahh hahhhh hahhhhh.  (No offense to any scientists who read this blog……I love you Lindsay!!!)

Well, that was over two years ago, and I have comes to terms with the fact that “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas” will no longer help me remember all of the planets with all the new dwarf ones floating around out there.  I am currently weeding our science collection at work and getting rid of all the space books that focus heavily on the makeup of the solar system that were published pre-Pluto’s demotion.

Well……..them Illinois had to go and declare that Pluto is STILL A PLANET……..if only in the state of Illinois…………what??

I’m sorry, but with all the problems that are happening in Illinois right now (thank you governor with a name I can’t spell) not to mention what is happening in the rest of the country, the Illinois Senate is wasting their time on THIS!!!!  Not a wise move guys……….it kind of makes you look like idiots (as evidenced by the tone of this article in Scientific American) and it will only confuse the poor students and teachers (not to mention librarians) of this great state.

Yes, I was sad when Pluto’s status of planet was harshly taken away, but I am going to have to agree with the scientists on this one.  When people, especially politicians, try to mess with scientists, they just end up looking stupid.

Anyway, rant complete.  I’ve got to figure out what I am going to do with all the space books now.  Ugh.

Jen

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16 Responses to “Illinois Laughs in the Face of the Scientific Community”


  1. 1 Jill March 11, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Oh my gosh, just think of how confused Illinois kids are going to be now!

  2. 2 ngtjennifer March 11, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I know, right!!! I mean, are the schools going to have to teach the “Illinois” version of things?? Because kids are not going to understand how it can be both a planet and not a planet. Sheesh!

  3. 3 Abby March 11, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Blagojevich (and no, I didn’t have to look that up!)

  4. 4 ngtjennifer March 11, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I am very, very impressed Abby. That isn’t spelled at all like it sounds, no wonder people couldn’t pronounce it.

  5. 5 John Farrell August 5, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I’m sorry but the scientists r crackheads Pluto has been a planet since Sumerian times just because the hubble telescope can’t see it does’nt make it a none planet Pluto is also sometimes represented as Kether the divine kingdom in the tree of life do u think the creator would let us see heaven through a telescpe I think not so the scientists are peeved because they can’t distinguish Pluto so to saveface they right it off

  6. 6 katelyn December 15, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    i know hi i am new i saw your replys and i agree with u guys how are scientest saying it is not when other people saying they are

  7. 7 tommy-lee January 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    puiiot i like you lolololo

  8. 8 Marc February 2, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Stupid scientists. I agree with you guys. Hey, maybe we should develop a strike to get Pluto back to a planet!!!

  9. 9 bobby February 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    ur weird????

  10. 10 dian March 5, 2010 at 12:57 am

    waw. , funny. , and interesting. ,

  11. 12 Laurel Kornfeld April 14, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Please, please, do NOT throw out all the books that include Pluto with the planets. Illinois is not wasting its time rejecting the IAU decision, which was not done by a consensus of scientists but a tiny group promoting its own agenda. Only four percent of the IAU voted on the controversial demotion, and most are not planetary scientists. Their decision was immediately opposed in a formal petition by hundreds of professional astronomers led by Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. One reason the IAU definition makes no sense is it says dwarf planets are not planets at all! That is like saying a grizzly bear is not a bear, and it is inconsistent with the use of the term “dwarf” in astronomy, where dwarf stars are still stars, and dwarf galaxies are still galaxies. Also, the IAU definition classifies objects solely by where they are while ignoring what they are. If Earth were in Pluto’s orbit, according to the IAU definition, it would not be a planet either. A definition that takes the same object and makes it a planet in one location and not a planet in another is essentially useless. Pluto is a planet because it is spherical, meaning it is large enough to be pulled into a round shape by its own gravity–a state known as hydrostatic equilibrium and characteristic of planets, not of shapeless asteroids held together by chemical bonds. These reasons are why many astronomers, lay people, and educators are either ignoring the demotion entirely or working to get it overturned. I recommend you read a great book by Alan Boyle called “The Case for Pluto” which does an excellent job of showing why science does support Pluto’s planet status.

  12. 13 sk8ter gurl May 3, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    i love your blog.i can find almost anything on here. its cool!

    from your fellow nerd (even though my nickname doesnt sound like i am 1),
    sk8ter gurl

    (p.s. i think you should blog about luke benward cause he is not to known and he is so HOT!)

  13. 15 amber May 31, 2010 at 5:21 am

    pluto should be a planet … just cause its a dwarf planet does NOT mean it cant be a planet

  14. 16 david sanchez July 20, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I DON’T CARE WHAT THE SCIENTISTS OF THE NEW ERA HAS TO SAY. ACCORDING TO OTHER SCIENCE BOOKS- PLUTO IS SILL A PLANET, LIKE IT OR NOT- THESE NEW ERA SCIENTIST WILL DO ANYTHING POSSIBLE TO MAKE MORE MONEY – LIKE SAYING THAT PLUTO IS NOT A PLANET- IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PLANET SINCE THE BEGINNING- WHAT DO YO THINK FOLKS?


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