The President Finally Speaks A Language Scientists Can Understand
People, I wrote a whole book on politics so I can tell you it's darn refreshing when politicans come right out and say what they mean. Nothing drives scientists battier than talk about stern letters or vague sanctions from bureaucrats because most scientists are more in the Bismarck school of thought; "blood and iron" and all that stuff.
We were pretty forgiving on the 'nucular' thing and we smiled at statements like, "Wow! Brazil is big" but we're over the moon about President Bush letting this one fly at the G8 conference in Russia:
"See, the irony is what they need to do is get Syria to get Hizbollah to stop doing this s--t and it's over," he said to Tony Blair, talking about year 4,500 of insanity in the Middle East.
Forget for a moment that he knows even less about irony than Alanis Morrisette. What it says is he understands terrorists. Now, I don't know how to stop terrorism completely but I know we should try bold new ideas to squash it. We could, for example, lift this gem of an idea from the North Koreans: we could get Jean-Claude Van Damme to do the fighting for us.
Yes, that was the idea put forth by Kim Jong Chol, son of resident North Korean crazy-man-in-power Kim Jong Il.
It was Van Damme's work in Sudden Death that convinced young Kim that he would be the perfect guy to end terrorism and I can't figure out why his dad says he is too "girlish" to run the country. That is some bold thinking, baby.
Maybe I should change the name of this to "Scientists Know Their Politics" ... because when I write about this stuff on my blog, I am invincible.