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Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy Independence Day!

Today, July Fourth, is the day that we citizens of the United States usually celebrate our independence. As a sop to the Bush administration, let's just all pretend for a moment that we don't know just how large a role the French played in this.

Okay, seriously, fuck that, to all French citizens the world over: thanks a bunch. For all that we keep giving each other statues and helping out in wars you'd think we'd be on much better terms.

In any case, today is the day that U.S. citizens commemorate our political division from England. And how do we do this, you ask? Well, we over-eat, we go to movies, we have carnivals, and we enjoy fireworks.

This year, however, that last practice is unusually impressive. Our brave little probe, Deep Impact, has ended its life by colliding with a comet in deep space. As a side note: anyone who is aware of the irony of naming a human probe that is crashing into a comet "Deep Impact" is probably as convinced as I am that NASA scientists have senses of humor. In any case, this impact has produced one of the most singularly remarkable fireworks displays ever.

Congratulations to the Deep Impact team on their stunning achievement.

And Happy Fourth of July to everyone! Much of the world may not be so pleased we won our independence right now but, like all democracies, we're a work in progress. We've just been enjoying a little less progress of late than we'd like.

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