Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Who Asked For My Opinion On the White House Astronomy Night 2015?

Oh, thank you for asking. I tuned in for the WH Astro night back in 2012. What a mess. Online schedule was absolutely inaccurate; scheduled to start at 7 didn't start till 7:42. None of the 100's of demonstrations were shown on camera. As soon as King Obama made a speech riddled with science errors, the static WH cameras showed people milling around aimlessly holding adult beverages with the WH in the background for 45 F'in minutes! WHAT? So, this year, I told all my kids to tune in because the famous Mythbusters (TM) were the hosts and how bad could it be with them there? Well. What a mess. Online schedule was absolutely inaccurate; scheduled to start at 7 didn't start till 7:37. None of the 100's of demonstrations were shown on camera. As soon as King Obama made a speech riddled with science errors, the static WH cameras showed people milling around aimlessly holding adult beverages with the WH in the background for 45 F'in minutes! WHAT? (SOLILOQUIE) This will tell you how "with it" I am. One of my students had a home-made posterboard with pasted-on pictures and such and glitter-laden lettering. I sat at her lab desk to help her with a Fizzix question. I looked at the poster and asked what the word "Fing" meant... All 4 or 5 kids within earshot giggled and peed a little. It was "F'ing" and meant to pervey exactly what my previous "F'in" means. sigh... So, back to my current rant. Are you telling me that the White House and Discovery Channel (Sponsoring site) can't get their act together to not only start on the advertised time, but to actually CARE about all the invited science folks? WHO was in the physical audience at the Astronomy Night 2015? Oh, let me guess. Bill Nye. NASA Administrator, Charles Bolden. All of the Mythbusters; Adam and Jamie. Rob Sparks, astronomer from NOAO. Mae Carol Jemison, the first black female astronaut. Several other unnamed and un-introduced experienced astronauts of the Shuttle program. Several members of Congress. Yet, the most buzz on Twitter was the young Texas kid, Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested for making a homemade clock, bringing it into school, getting questioned about it, then playing coy about it. Let it be known now that if he walked into my physics/asto classroom carrying a briefcase with strange looking wires hanging out of it and then NOT being straightforward about what EXACTLY it was, David Muir of ABC News would have been showing cellphone video from my students of me tackling and covering him in an attempt to protect my own kids. Just sayin'. So, after Obama made references to Carl Sagan, a man he probably has no clue about, I shuddered just a little. Speech-writers have a lot of leeway. However, when Obama claimed that, "Recently, NASA announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet in a far away galaxy", I broke my small LCD screen.

No comments:

Post a Comment