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July 5th, 2005
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Russian Astrologer Sues NASA for Deep Impact
From the please tell me this is just a joke department, we get this story at CNN.com.  The first paragraph reads:

MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) -- A Russian astrologist who says NASA has altered her horoscope by crashing a spacecraft into a comet is suing the U.S. space agency for damages of $300 million, local media has reported.

Even in the U.S., I wouldn't expect a case this stupid to go far, and I doubt that the Russian courts are more tolerant of utterly frivolous suits than ours, but the fact that it could be reported at all as "astrologer is suing", rather than as "astrologer and lawyer arrested for wasting court's time and trying to make court look stupid" is a sad commentary on our (global) society.

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Date:July 5th, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
Yup. This is what happens when capitolism infects the Eastern Block. Keep the world pure. Bring back the cold war. Something tells me the plaintiff has no intention of actually winning the case, but it is a great way to gain some publicity. That, too, is a sad commentary on our (global) society.
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Date:July 5th, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC)
It's like they're running capitalism exactly they way they learned about it -- in schoolroom Communist Propaganda classes back in the '80s. "Remember, everyone, that capitalists are gangsters, cheats, and bullies!" :-)
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Date:July 5th, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
I heard it on the radio this morning, too. Unbelievable. But funny.

My question is, would you go to an astrologer who admitted she couldn't give you a correct reading (because the heavens were messed up?) Isn't she more likely to LOSE business from this lawsuit?

Never mind that all those take-offs and landings on Earth and the Moon probably caused greater perturbations. So she should have complained years ago.

Hmm. I'm also wondering about comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, only who would she sue on that one?

Get your chuckles any way you can, my friends!

Date:July 5th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
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