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Politically Correct Astronomy

By on 8.25.06 | 10:32AM

Those insensitive astronomers are at it again, writes the New York Times:

Pluto, with its small size and oddball orbit, should never have been deemed a planet in the first place. Henceforth there will be eight planets, at least three dwarf planets, and tens of thousands of "smaller solar system bodies," like comets and asteroids. Our only regret is that the astronomers chose the name "dwarf planets" for Pluto's new category instead of abandoning the word entirely when discussing these less-than-planetary bodies.
They're not dwarves! They're little planets!

Nothing is safe from liberalism's speech codes. When is someone on 43rd Street going to realize that Gail Collins is a enormous embarrassment?

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