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Comment: Re:um... ok (Score 1) 171

by TangoMargarine (#48186611) Attached to: The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Yeah, I was a bit confused at that "She still deserves to go" comment as well.

[...] Glenn lifted off for a second space flight on October 29, 1998. He took flight on Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-95. At age 77, Glenn became the oldest person to go into space. Glenn states in his memoir that he had no idea that NASA was willing to send him back into space when NASA announced the decision.[17] According to the New York Times, Glenn "won his seat on the shuttle flight by lobbying NASA for two years to fly as a human guinea pig for geriatric studies", which were named as the main reasons for his participation in the mission.[18]

Glenn's participation in the nine-day mission was criticized by some in the space community as a political favor granted to Glenn by President Clinton.[citation needed] Others noted that Glenn's flight offered valuable research on weightlessness and other aspects of space flight on the same person at two points in life 36 years apart—by far the longest interval between space flights by the same person—providing information on the effects of spaceflight and weightlessness on the elderly, with an ideal control.[citation needed] Shortly before the flight, researchers learned that Glenn had to be disqualified from one of the flight's two main priority human experiments (about the effects of melatonin) because he did not meet one of study's medical conditions; he still participated in two other experiments about sleep monitoring and protein use.

Comment: Re:Why is the school involved? (Score 1) 319

This "third" option is really just the 2nd option.

While I sympathize with your sentiment, wouldn't that mean that free speech societies exist nowhere on earth? I would imagine every jurisdiction at least has a "fire in a crowded theater" clause. In which case, arguing one toe over the line disqualifies it as free speech means that free speech itself doesn't exist as a concept.

It's the same problem as "no true communism has ever existed." Maybe technically true, but just makes conversation more difficult.

If there's one thing I would really like to believe in, it's radically free speech. But as I get older, I have a harder and harder time finding things that I can label with absolutes.

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