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White House Briefed On "Potential For Life" On Mars

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the spin-the-wheel dept.

Mars 610

Veeoh writes "FTA: It would appear that the US President has been briefed by Phoenix scientists about the discovery of something more 'provocative' than the discovery of water existing on the Martian surface. This news comes just as the Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer (TEGA) confirmed experimental evidence for the existence of water in the Mars regolith on Thursday."

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Big and black (5, Funny)

florin (2243) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447623)

It's always provocative when you hear they spotted a big black monolith in the regolith.

His first response was probably to ask if this meant Jenna was pregnant.

Re:Big and black (2, Insightful)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447723)

Is it really any wonder that elected officials care nothing for the opinions of the masses?

Re:Big and black (1)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447889)

Yes.

Re:Big and black (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24448109)

No no!
They found WMD's there so we'll have to invade.

woo (5, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447635)

How fortunate that a potentially major scientific discovery happens on President Bush's watch. His keen intellect, intense curiousity of the natural world, and scientific rationality has been such a boon to our country and indeed our world.

Re:woo (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24447649)

Let's hope he doesn't attack it like he does everything else he feels like.

Re:woo (3, Insightful)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447665)

Would you pass up such a golden opportunity for a large-scale, manned mission to Mars?

Re:woo (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24447829)

Yeah, Bush'll never have a plan to get back to Earth!

Re:woo (0, Flamebait)

hitmark (640295) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448023)

to do what? invade to liberate the oil fields there from those muslim terrorists of mars?

or could it be that mars is holding large quantities of biological weapons, ready to be unleashed on usa?

Re:woo (2, Insightful)

YttriumOxide (837412) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448085)

Well, in the VERY unlikely event that Mars ever had large scale life, there could be oil fields under the surface.

I'd actually be in two minds about it were to be the case though and we considered sending people to go get it. On one hand I'd hope not - we need to get off oil for more than just the reason that we're running out. On the other, it'd SERIOUSLY pick up the world's space programs.

2008 just called... (-1, Flamebait)

pallmall1 (882819) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448107)

...to let you know that Bush is on his way out. All this Bush hating is getting as tiresome as all that Clinton hating that Rush Limbaugh kept spewing after 2000.

New evidence of life on Mars may be coming in the near future, and all some people can do is keep hating the past.

Grow up.

Re:2008 just called... (4, Insightful)

spud603 (832173) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448207)

ummm... Bush is still in office, and still causing damage [slashdot.org] .
Impeaching the bastard [cnn.com] would do wonders for our political system, regardless of how much time he's got left.

Re:woo (1, Flamebait)

GBC (981160) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448219)

I knew it! WMD = Weapons of Martian Design. Countdown to US-led invasion of Mars in 10, 9, 8...

Re:woo (0, Flamebait)

Deadfyre_Deadsoul (1193759) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447667)

Bush 'quick, nuke them, so we can keep our oil rights there."

Re:woo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24447679)

Yep. Not since the Great Gordo [wikipedia.org] have we seen a sharper mind.

Re:woo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24447685)

How great would it be to post that seriously about a president of ours?

Re:woo (5, Insightful)

pitchpipe (708843) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447791)

Imagine briefing unintelligent life about the discovery of unintelligent life.

Re:woo (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24447817)

Broken clocks, twice a day... NASA is pretty much the only thing he HASN'T ruined in the past eight years. I believe Obama wants to gut NASA and McCain will only be happy if the space programme is used to put missiles on the moon. So, it's possible that it IS fortunate it happened now.

cite? (2, Interesting)

Yaur (1069446) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447935)

Do you have a source for that?

Re:cite? (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448019)

He doesn't need a source ... he just said, "I believe." Therefore he was simply spouting an unsubstantiated opinion and expected it to be taken as such.

Re:cite? (1)

WhiteWolf666 (145211) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448027)

http://www.spacepolitics.com/2007/11/20/obama-cut-constellation-to-pay-for-education/ [spacepolitics.com]

The plan is to "delay" the constellation program in order to fund education. The claim is this is a "temporary delay", however, the way government funding works it is fairly likely that allocation would become permanent.

Re:woo (1)

Devout_IPUite (1284636) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448173)

Bush has been doing just fine job of gutting NASA. No one cares about NASA so they have to fight for budget all the time. I'm sure if Bush was in their corner they'd get more funding. He's not. They're not.

Obama isn't in the pocket of fundamentalists and as such might actually realize science is important, and no just something that gets in the way of religion.

Re:woo (4, Insightful)

gregbot9000 (1293772) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447867)

Seriously, why the run around. Did they go to the president when the viking Labeled Release [space.com] results ended up positive?

Maybe the life forms are some sort of stem cells and they're checking on the legality of bringing back samples?

Re:woo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24448223)

Oh ho! Yes! Is funny because Bush has none of those things! Ohhh!

are the muslim? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24447657)

That's what Bush asked because between 5pm and 7pm he listens to the cries of tortured Muslims at Gitmo while languidly masturbating his ivory scepter. The cries of "La! La!" grow tiresome and sound alike after a while. Martian Muslims would be a whole new form of erotic ecstasy for him.

Too bad Mars doesn't have oil.

Re:are the muslim? (0, Offtopic)

DoktorTomoe (643004) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447715)

> Too bad Mars doesn't have oil.

Says who?

Re:are the muslim? (5, Funny)

neongrau (1032968) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447803)

NASA Scientist: Mr. President we have confirmed there is water in the martian soil!

Bush: What? The Martians have oil? Can we still extract the water to produce gasoiline?

they found osama? (2, Funny)

Lilo-x (93462) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447659)

damn, he hid good!!

Already? (5, Funny)

koma77 (930091) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447663)

Wow, are they already out of funds? That was fast.

Right to (Kill) Life (2, Funny)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447677)

If there's life, we can kill it. If there's been life for a long time, it's probably left an oily residue somewhere.

Prepare for the Space War I! Spreading democracy throughout the Solar System!

Re:Right to (Kill) Life (1, Funny)

Cylix (55374) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447841)

Don't worry, I'm making the call to the Republican Space Rangers at this very moment!

Re:Right to (Kill) Life (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24448151)

You have my lightsaber!

Amazing discovery (2, Funny)

Sebilrazen (870600) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447695)

It's probably some form of Martian Lichen growing on one of the equipment arms that is kept above freezing by the waste heat from the nuclear batteries. They'll let us know that it's some sort of f'd up moss that has been causing some of the problems with doing their experiments.</wishful_thinking>

Sheesh (5, Funny)

Davemania (580154) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447703)

For a moment I though NASA discovered intelligent lifeforms in the white house.

Re:Sheesh (1)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447743)

Barney and Miss Beazley?

Re:Sheesh (1)

dtml-try MyNick (453562) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447777)

Unlike on Mars there isn't even potential for that in the white house.

Colour me confused (5, Interesting)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447729)

Heed my word, my brothers, for I have RTFA! It says that there's no way it has confirmed the presence of life right now or in the past on Mars. So what can be the big story they want to tell the President first?

Or if it's no bigger than "we found something that may or may not indicate the possibility that Mars may or may not have probably potentially hosted a form a life, maybe eventually?" then why the secrecy?

Re:Colour me confused (5, Funny)

Random BedHead Ed (602081) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447929)

Heed my word, my brothers, for I have RTFA!

Mod parent down! Parent read the linked article and has an informed opinion. Alert! Alert!

Re:Colour me confused (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24447967)

Exactly. I'm taking this to mean that they've found something like carbon chains on Mars. It's something that doesn't indicate life in itself, but that is necessary for there to be life.

That's Easy (4, Funny)

Mateorabi (108522) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447997)

They got some grainy camera shots of Decepticons right before they lost the signal.

Re:Colour me confused (0, Funny)

pz (113803) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448033)

Duh, they've discovered OIL on Mars!

Re:Colour me confused (5, Insightful)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448135)

Duh, they've discovered OIL on Mars!

I'm not sure if you meant that as a joke or if you were serious. Either way, it's been modded Insightful by someone. Oil would be too big of a discovery. If there were oil, then that would be definitive proof that Mars once did have organic life.

Re:Colour me confused (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448045)

Or if it's no bigger than "we found something that may or may not indicate the possibility that Mars may or may not have probably potentially hosted a form a life, maybe eventually?" then why the secrecy?

They found alien turds maybe?

Re:Colour me confused (3, Insightful)

lena_10326 (1100441) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448101)

They said they found water and they said they found something else. I'm guessing the something else is a material that's associated with life on Earth: whether it be building block that life needs or the byproduct of biological processes.

My guess is the latter: complex organic molecules.

Phoenix capabilities? (1, Insightful)

Iphtashu Fitz (263795) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447733)

Does Phoenix have the ability to detect the building blocks of life in the water samples it's apparently found? Will it be able to detect the presence of complex molecules or even microbes within the water?

Re:Phoenix capabilities? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24448213)

RTFA

Obama for Mars? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24447735)

If there is life on Mars, will the Martians vote Democrat or Republican?

Re:Obama for Mars? (2, Funny)

twotailakitsune (1229480) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447961)

Here is a hint. [slashdot.org]

that seems rather consistent (3, Insightful)

pha7boy (1242512) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447751)

they have always said that the existance of water would make the discovery of life more certain. if indeed they confirmed the existance of water, it seems to me very likely that they will also find at least the building blocks of life if not evidence that basic lifeforms once existed on Mars. It's still a long way from confirming the existance of advance life forms, and even a longer way from confirming the existance of civilization.

i would find it incredible if, after finding life, they did not find any traces of aminoacids or any other building blocks. frankly, i think not finding any evidence of life even though water existed on Mars would be a bigger discovery then finding that some single cell life existed once. but that's just me.

Not much life on Mars. (4, Informative)

Animats (122034) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447769)

The Viking lander [spherix.com] checked for microscopic life on Mars back in 1971. It wasn't a very sensitive test; the lander shot out some "sticky strings" and wound them back in. The lander had a unit which tested whether anything collected assimilated any of a few simple compounds. It didn't.

This established that Mars isn't teeming with microorganisms, like Earth. That doesn't eliminate all possibility of life, or something like it, but it did establish that there's no pervasive ecosystem there.

Re:Not much life on Mars. (2, Insightful)

AmericanInKiev (453362) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447925)

Absent an ocean - which provides a gradient of temperatures and protection from Solar radiation for early unsophisticated life forms, it may be difficult for life to get started.

Sure we may be surprised by some new means of self-reproduction, but on our own planet - how many organisms got their start outside of the petri dish of vast body of water? AIK

Re:Not much life on Mars. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24447955)

At least, not in top one centimeter of regolith near the Viking lander, whose landing spot was specifically chosen for its uninterestingness (i.e., flatness).

You can't really take ONE test of this nature and extrapolate it to an entire planet. That's sorta like landing a probe in the Sahara desert and concluding that the entire Earth is a desolate wasteland based on the tests you conducted on a few grains of sand.

Re:Not much life on Mars. (1)

jav1231 (539129) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448231)

Well, beyond that you can't necessarily say that conditions on Earth provide the blueprint for life on other planets. There may be organism on other planets that can breathe, say hydrogen for all we know.

Potential life? (4, Funny)

NetSettler (460623) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447789)

Finally an iron-clad reason to keep the Republicans from aborting Mars missions...

At least until we find actual life, when I guess they'll stop caring and start suggesting that such life invest in its own individual retirement plan.

Re:Potential life? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24448139)

Finally an iron-clad reason to keep the Republicans from aborting
Mars missions...

At least until we find actual life, when I guess
they'll stop caring and start suggesting that such life invest in its own
individual retirement plan.

Potential life or historic life=OIL!

Martians should expect freedom and democracy very soon ;)

Short briefing (0, Flamebait)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447799)

Why would Bush bother to listen to somebody talk about life on Mars when there's clearly no mention of it in Genesis?

Re:Short briefing (1)

nih (411096) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447851)

there is, its in the small print, honest!

Re:Short briefing (4, Insightful)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447917)

While i realize you are just bush-bashing, that same statement holds true for a surprisingly large number of humans.

How little we've changed. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24447953)

While i realize you are just bush-bashing, that same statement holds true for a surprisingly large number of humans.

Which shows how little humanity has progressed in the last 2,000 years. The human race is just a bunch of superstitious bald apes with better tools than their cousins with fur.

Re:Short briefing (4, Insightful)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448037)

While i realize you are just bush-bashing, that same statement holds true for a surprisingly large number of humans.

Yes ... that concerns me a lot more than the possibility of microbes on Mars.

Re:Short briefing (1)

wonkavader (605434) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448123)

What if the microbes on Mars have been confused for a long time that there's no mention of them in Genesis?

You think on that whole darn planet there isn't ONE Gideon bible?

Re:Short briefing (1)

DFENS619 (1008187) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448163)

While I realize you are making a statement of your personal observations, the statement "Many people consider penguin feces a delicacy" has just as much validity.

Re:Short briefing (2, Insightful)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448067)

Genesis also neglects to mention life anywhere else but earth, doesn't mean it isn't out there.
The deepest part of the ocean floor has never been seen firsthand by human eyes without cameras, but it doesn't mean it's not there.

Re:Short briefing (5, Interesting)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448089)

Bush is a member of the Methodist Church, which is a mainline Protestant denomination that does not take a literal reading of Genesis. People tend to paint bush as some kind of Christian Fundamentalist, but that's just the company he keeps, not his own beliefs to judge from his denominational affiliation.

Re:Short briefing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24448095)

You haven't studied the Bible much, have you.

It hints in several places of life, especially intelligent life, existing in other places besides our world.

It certainly doesn't rule out extra-terrestrial life forms.

So finding life on Mars would not contradict biblical teachings, but in fact actually reinforce the biblical accounting of things.

Re:Short briefing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24448183)

Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory don't really count though...

"Have you ever really read this thing? Technically, we're not allowed to go to the bathroom." - Rev. Lovejoy

If there is water...... (1)

3seas (184403) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447811)

.... they will come...

Re:If there is water...... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24447853)

Or 18 year old girls in compromising positions.

Please! Someone post a moldy Mars bar.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24447819)

so that we can see life on Mars!

First question by the President (2, Funny)

Puffy Director Pants (1242492) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447823)

How do we deport these Illegal Aliens?

Re:First question by the President (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447975)

How do we deport these Illegal Aliens?

That's the second question, since right now they're not illegal, they're just alien. The first question would be, how do we prevent them from crossing the border?

so which is it ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24447833)

Unless there is a threat to national security there is really no excuse for briefing the president and not releasing the information.

So what is the deal here ? are the martians ready to invade or does someone deserve to be fired ?

Re:so which is it ? (4, Insightful)

Myria (562655) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447939)

Unless there is a threat to national security there is really no excuse for briefing the president and not releasing the information.

So what is the deal here ? are the martians ready to invade or does someone deserve to be fired ?

President Bush is the CEO of a large corporation called the Executive Branch. Failing to tell the CEO before a major announcement is bound to get you in trouble. I'm more worried about Mr. Bush quashing or modifying the announcement for religious compliance.

And we all know that someone does deserve to be fired; unfortunately, we have to wait until January for that.

Re:so which is it ? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24448199)

President Bush is the CEO of a large corporation called the Executive Branch.

Back in the Middle Ages, they had to make some governing decisions (e.g. whose head to chop off). At the time they focused on trying to find the best possible person to make the decision. In order to attract the best possible person they let them eat off gold plates and such. But it didn't work. For one thing, they attracted people who liked to eat off gold plates rather than people who were good at deciding whose head to chop of.

More fundamentally, though, it turns out that you don't want one guy at the top making the decisions - no matter how good that guy is. What you want is a system. For example, you want a system of laws and judges and lawyers and juries to decide whose head to chop off - rather than some lone king or dictator.

This was the fundamental idea behind the American Revolution that rejected the English monarchy. Unfortunately, Bush (and a great many Americans) seem to forget this. Bush's flaw is not that he is inadequate to make good decisions. Bush's flaw is that he makes the decisions himself rather than allowing the system to make the decisions.

Should NASA have to check with Bush before they announce their findings? No, there should be a system that decides how to announce important or controversial discoveries. This system should take input from a variety of experts, among others. Bush himself should only be involved if there is reason to suspect that the system is not functioning properly - and then only to repair the system (in accordance with the Constitution that specifies how the system is supposed to operate). On no account should Bush himself decide how to announce important or controversial NASA discoveries.

Obligatory (1)

Beau6183 (899597) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447861)

I for one welcome our microbe overlords.

Republicans Forever: +1 Despotic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24447921)

with a 10,000 year WaR AgAiNsT ALiEnS.

Meanwhile... (4, Funny)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447923)

...The President of Mars was briefed about the improbability of Intelligent Life governing the Earth.

Oil? (1)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447933)

They've said that this does not prove the existence of life... the only thing that I could think of is some sort of hydrocarbon that does not definitely come from life.

So chalk one up for abiotic theory?

Oh Honey....... (1)

SkyDude (919251) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447971)

Where is my tinfoil hat? I know I left it right near the computer. Did someone steal it???

I hope it's DNA (or RNA) (2, Interesting)

wisebabo (638845) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447981)

Since Phoenix can find organics and (I think) has a mass spectrometer perhaps it has found DNA? If they just found some carbon compounds that wouldn't seem that noteworthy, they find them everywhere in space (like carbonaceous meteorites). Of course if it's DNA (or RNA) then the possibility of contamination comes in (of course it if uses a totally different "code" that would make me believe at least it wasn't deliberate. A really sneaky scientist could put some DNA in there that didn't bear any resemblance to Earthian DNA thus leading one to believe it was martian. I say this in reference to some experiments where scientists are adding some new "letters" to the alphabet of amino acids that DNA codes for, the triplet codons in nature redundantly code for only 20 amino acids, not the 64 it could.)

Reminds me of the scene if "E.T." when during the capture of E.T. someone announces "he's got DNA!".

Of course this is completely idle wishful speculation on my part, the discovery is likely much more pedestrian. Feel free to ignore this post. ;)

Re:I hope it's DNA (or RNA) (1)

wisebabo (638845) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448069)

Oops got tangled up in my own logic there. If it uses a totally different code then it is either (maybe) life-but-not-as-we-know-it-jim or a deliberate contamination. Of course I would NEVER expect (really no sarcasm) any scientist to do such a thing but having the nation/entire world launch a massive effort to investigate this newfound life on mars would be so funny if it were based on a hoax! I'm sure there are safeguards (right NASA?) to prevent the probes from being deliberately contaminated.

Really I'm bored here sitting late on a Saturday night in VIetnam so I have nothing better to do than to contribute(?) to slashdot.

Re:I hope it's DNA (or RNA) (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448105)

I would be surprised if a MS on a lander would have the capability of structural determination of DNA. Amino acids, though should be possible - I would hazard a guess that they have detected amino acids on Mars.

 

Illudium Q-36 (0, Offtopic)

hucke (55628) | more than 6 years ago | (#24447983)

What they found is Illudium Q-36, a key component of the "Explosive Space Modulator". The president needed to be briefed so he could begin an invasion - it's an election year, after all, and Republican chances depend on a quest for fictional weapons of mass destruction.

EPA staff join the NASA rewriting team. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24447985)

Shortly after NASA officials briefed the White House, a number of key political appointees from EPA were detailed to NASA to rewrite the scientific results.

will this also mean... (0, Troll)

CaptainNerdCave (982411) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448007)

that mars must be protected at all costs because of its potential for life? (yes, a lightly veiled conservative/abortion joke)

Re:will this also mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24448099)

It means Mars should be protected at all costs from evil humans who might have just landed atop the one Marsian spotted dirt owl. (Yes, a lightly veiled environmentalist hippie liberal joke.)

Bill 2 remove fed crim penalties for marijuana (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24448049)

Too bad Slashdot didn't post the submission I made for this news item:

"Rep. Barney Frank -- shown here at a July 30 press conference with MPP's Rob Kampia -- has introduced a bill to remove federal criminal penalties for small marijuana violations. Take a minute to urge your member of Congress to support this commonsense bill now."

Now that's something worth passing! A lot of geeks smoke cannabis, I'm sure this news item would be interesting to a lot of geeks, but Slashdot passed on the news:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo78L3ZFGKk [youtube.com]
https://secure2.convio.net/mpp/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=177 [convio.net]

Other items of interest:

http://tv.mpp.org/shorts/profiles-in-marijuana-reform-milton-friedman-part-1/ [mpp.org]
http://tv.mpp.org/shorts/profiles-in-marijuana-reform-milton-friedman-part-2/ [mpp.org]
http://tv.mpp.org/shorts/profiles-in-marijuana-reform-rick-steves/ [mpp.org]
http://tv.mpp.org/shorts/profiles-in-marijuana-reform-john-newmeyer/ [mpp.org]
http://tv.mpp.org/shorts/the-human-cost-of-marijuana-prohibition-part-2/ [mpp.org]
http://tv.mpp.org/shorts/the-human-cost-of-marijuana-prohibition-part-1/ [mpp.org]
http://tv.mpp.org/shorts/profiles-in-marijuana-reform-jim-hightower/ [mpp.org]

Bush Briefing - Mr. President, we found them (-1, Troll)

terjeber (856226) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448051)

...all the WMDs that Sadddam had, he had them stashed away on Mars.

The entire world is shaking now, they all know for sure that whatever country The Bushman is talking about next will be accused of ferrying Saddam's WMDs to Mars and thereby a part of the Axis of Evildoers. I have it on high authority that the most likely candidates are, in a particular, but very secret, order - Belgium, Ecuador, San Marino, Togo, Bhutan and Sweden.

Currently the Bushman is strategizing with his buddies trying to find out which of these are most easily reached by bombers. Obviously, whichever is more convenient to bomb must be the guilty party. God in is infinite retardedness wouldn't have created the latest country to join the Axis of Evildoers in an inconvenient location. So, whichever is closer to our bombers it is - res ipsa loquitur

Am I the only one? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24448075)

Am I the only person who, quite honestly, is not that fascinated about this prospect? Yes, it would be exciting to some to discover life on other planets, but Mars just doesn't seem to be such a major leap...it's our neighbor. We quite obviously have life here on Earth (though some would question how intelligent it is ;), so it just doesn't seem to be such a monumental thing to discover some pre-microbes in the neighborhood. In fact, I somewhat expect it.

I think what we _really_ want to investigate is if there's some earth-like planet (and, possibly, earth-like life) outside our "comfort zone" -- I want to know if there's a more (or less) advanced civilization somewhere out there looking for us. That's the monumental discovery and the world-changing realization. Finding some bacteria on Mars doesn't really help answer that question at all, IMHO.

Re:Am I the only one? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24448087)

Oops forgot to log in...re-posting...

Missed opportunity (5, Funny)

MadFarmAnimalz (460972) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448093)

This news comes just as the Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer (TEGA)

If they'd just spent a little more time thinking it through, they could probably have come up with something more appropriate like Field Aerosol Recognition Thermal Sensing Nonionic Interference Failtested Frankly Erotic Robot. The resulting acronym would, I am sure, have been more memorable.

Am I the only one? (1, Interesting)

nlh (80031) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448097)

Am I the only person who, quite honestly, is not that fascinated about this prospect? Yes, it would be exciting to some to discover life on other planets, but Mars just doesn't seem to be such a major leap...it's our neighbor. We quite obviously have life here on Earth (though some would question how intelligent it is ;), so it just doesn't seem to be such a monumental thing to discover some pre-microbes in the neighborhood. In fact, I somewhat expect it.

I think what we _really_ want to investigate is if there's some earth-like planet (and, possibly, earth-like life) outside our "comfort zone" -- I want to know if there's a more (or less) advanced civilization somewhere out there looking for us. That's the monumental discovery and the world-changing realization. Finding some bacteria on Mars doesn't really help answer that question at all, IMHO.

I'd be more amazed... (0, Redundant)

toby (759) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448137)

If they discovered intelligent life in the White House.

NASA Tried To Brief Nancy Pelosi (1)

strelitsa (724743) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448157)

Hmmm, looks like the lights are off at work. Lets try her cell.

The mobile customer you are trying to reach ... is no longer in this service area. Press 1 ... to page this number. Press pound ... to (crackle) a (crackle).

1

The mobile customer you are trying to reach ... does not accept pages. Press star to hear the previous menu. Press 1 ... to page this number. Press pound ... to leave a message.

*

Press 1 ... to page this number. Press (crackle) ... to leave a message.

#

The mobile customer you are trying to reach ... has not configured their voice mail to (crackle). Good Bye!

Gore will be dancing (1, Funny)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448171)

The found evidence of Martian Global Warming.

Speculation Time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24448177)

So if this news story is true and the president has been briefed, then what could the discovery be?

Well, if NASA had found bacteria would they feel the need to brief the president first? Unlikely. It would be pretty easy to just give a press conference and go from there.

And if NASA discovered say a monolith or something unambiguously artificial would they brief the president? Probably, but you would never hear about it.

So it's probably something between those two possibilities. And my guess is that they probably discovered small fossils indicating past life.

Officially means nothing now (1)

Ultimate Statement (1185123) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448189)

I would be indeed please me if my government had the common sense to acknowledge that something ET is flying over our heads, causing disturbances in air traffic control (what? a disc-like object is hovering over the tarmac? O`Hare airport Nov. 7 2006), and seen by thousands of people. It is as if the current waves of sighting were there to force us awareness of their presence.

The matter of UFO`s was officially closed after blue book, but who, in his right mind now, believes our government anymore? And they say hooray! we found water in mars, or potential for life as if that was an ephifany? give me a break.

We need more people who is willing to go all the way (for ex. the cracker Gary McKinnon) and get the information through as many (legal) means as possible. Let`s get serious about the end of secrecy. Governments, open your archives, stop being so ridicule, it is all right now, it is 2008, and you do not have much time left. The 08-08-08 is the day to send our best wishes that this information may find its way out to the street. For good.

False flag alien encounter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24448235)

We're expecting a false flag alien encounter since we've slowly been bumped up to accepting potential alien arrivals. Seti@Home is probably a black project too.

Organic molecules (2, Informative)

damburger (981828) | more than 6 years ago | (#24448237)

My bet is on some kind of organic molecules, perhaps amino acids. Certainly interesting, probably not of interest to the non-scientist. Bush is probably not enjoying his briefing.
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