Saturday, August 16, 2003

Well it's 1969, okay / Got a war across the USA / There's nothing here for me and you / Just sitting here with nothing to do.

If they can put a man on the moon, why can't they cure Third-World hunger? India seems to be approaching the problem by tackling one job and then the other, having announced plans for an unmanned moon mission by 2008. China's way ahead of them, of course, and has pledged to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. To quote Tina Fey: On behalf of all of us, welcome to the 1960s, China.

It would be a lot easier to laugh, of course, if we were doing anything of note in space right now. Aren't we supposed to be living on Mars in domes now? If we leave now, we can catch it while it's close. It's pretty sad that our space program peaked in 1969.

Other things that peaked in 1969:

- Upstate New York actually being a happening place instead of merely "the land that house paint forgot."
- Manson Family murders and Dennis Wilson wiping his brow with relief.
- Beatles performing on rooftops
- Ted Kennedy driving off bridges
- Skeet Ulrich being born.
- The U.S.S. Enterprise blowing up and killing off crew members.


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