Thursday, August 24, 2006

Pluto is Demoted

Scientists decide Pluto is no longer a planet
Planet definition approved

By Robert Roy Britt
Senior science writer

Capping years of intense debate, astronomers resolved Thursday to demote Pluto in a wholesale redefinition of planethood that is being billed as a victory of scientific reasoning over historic and cultural influences. But the decision is already being hotly debated.
Officially, Pluto is no longer a planet.
"Pluto is dead," said Mike Brown, a planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology who spoke with reporters via a teleconference while monitoring the vote. The decision also means a Pluto-sized object that Brown discovered will not be called a planetcounteroffensive

I don't know about you but this messes me up royally. Just how high up does one have to be to make a decision like this??

As many of you know I have an alter ego named Nova in my second life. I really haven't the foggiest what I am doing and it took me half an hour to change my skin color and my t-shirt but with a bit of practice it looks like fun. It definitely weirds me out when total cyber strangers talk to me though.........What is that? I should have no inhibitions but surprisingly I do. I actually moved when some cyber guy came right up on me to read the same sign, Yes my comfort zone comes with me too. Anyhow it is cool and free to try just go to my last name is Brannan look for the girl doing circles and looking down.

An additional note sent on by Marybeth up in PA seems that my city has made it to the top ten list .......of angriest cities that is we almost topped the charts Damn Orlando who the hell do they think they are!!! ARGH@!!!!!

Seems I have an excuse to be pissed that Pluto has been demoted which knocks my tried and true 20 year old mnemonic devise right out of our steaming gulf!!!

The last time an entire U.S. city got monumentally mad was back in 1864, when a guy named Sherman paid a little visit to Atlanta. This isn't to say that it takes 100,000 invading troops to make a town lose its temper—Orlando has never been a strategic military target, and yet the folks there are furious. Yes, Orlando, home of the Magic Kingdom and mandated happiness. Who knows? Maybe living in Goofyville wears thin after 35 years.
Our search for evidence of urban anger began with the percentage of men with high blood pressure, from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (as calculated by Sperling's BestPlaces). We then factored in FBI rates of aggravated assaults and Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers on workplace deaths from assaults and other violence. And because rage and the road often go hand in hand, we also included traffic-congestion data from the Texas Transportation Institute, as well as speeding citations per state from the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Does your city's rank rankle you? We kind of figured it would.

Hey that didn't copy and paste well sorry also find the link.
(From most to least angry cities)
Orlando, FL

St. Petersburg, FL
Detroit, MI
Baltimore, MD
Nashville, TN


marybeth said...

poor Pluto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just think if that applied to people we would be in trouble.
need to get together on second life
Name is Starla Brannan, got to go to work be home later.

Anonymous said...

Does Mickey Mouse know about this Pluto bashing ?

maggie said...

I think Mickey Mouse and all of Orlando are aware and they are pissed. Please note they are the number one pissed off city.