Tuesday, March 18, 2014


I was thinking yesterday of a great SciFi book series "Cities in Flight" by James Blish.  It was about the far future where entire cities could be sent into space to look for work in the expanding human colonies.  Most of the Earth cities were impoverished and had to compete for work on other planets.  They were willing to do just about anything in order to find revenues to feed their populations.

This reminds me of the fight over the Tesla battery factory by the states.  They too are willing to do just about anything to get those jobs.  The big difference here is that New Mexico is in the crapper economically while its competitors are in pretty good shape.  So, Governor Martinez, who has been asleep at the switch for three years on economic development, has finally stirred and said she is willing to call a special session of the legislature to do whatever she can to get the plant located in the Land of Enchantment.  It is about time.

Bobbi and I were captivated by the original Carl Sagan series "Cosmos" back in the 70's.  The new version airing on about half a dozen channels is excellent also.  It is my hope that every school in America show this series in Science classes.  And if the fundamentalists who believe the earth is 6000 years old don't show it in their schools it shows the weakness in their beliefs.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Regarding Cosmos: Perhaps it is a fine show, and perhaps Neil DeGrasse Tyson is the one to do it.

But -- and this is a big but -- remember the role the nefarious Mr. Tyson played in ambushing the planet Pluto.

Especially considering the name of your blog, please remind your readers and Mr. Tyson that under state law Pluto is the 9th planet everywhere in the State of New Mexico.

R. Langsenkamp
Clyde Tombaugh Society, Emeritus