Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MushroomPrime, Sep 28, 2009.
William Safire's Finest Speech - William Safire - Gawker
Kinda morbid, eh?
That's interesting. However, the moment this thread goes political, I'm closing and infracting. Just a heads up.
Bah, Primes was better in TF: the Movie...
I like the comment somebody posted asking if Safire had used a D20 to write the speech!!
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No different from newspapers writing it before a celebrity dies. One example: Britney Spears.
Only a fool would be in a position such as Nixon's and NOT take the precaution of being prepared for the worst.
There's no harm in being prepared in case something like that would happen. Though I personally wouldn't wanted something that feels generic read about my death, but hey what could they've done if it did happen? You know how creepy-ish it would have been, say, in a thousand years or so to find their bodies?
Without getting too political, the Soviet Union's response to a situation like this (and according to many, situations like this DID occur in the early days of the space program), was simply to cover up the mission and not announce their failures.
Its certainly prudent to have speeches like this prepared, and its a good thing this is the speech we were never meant to see, rather than its alternative.
I'd seen this a while back somewhere and it really hit me like a ton of bricks then. But really in that era of little to no saftey factor equipment using some things that hadn't been tested it shouldn't be that surprising that level of failure was a considered outcome.
I just saw it on Seth Buzzard's Twitter this morning
Then why are you?
Maybe you shouldn't have brought it up then.
So you were around during his presidency in the late 60s/early 70s? That's wild; I thought the upper echelon of Transformer fans were in their mid 30s.
Even more amazing is that he's only 13!!
I'm amazed that a thirteen-year-old knows who Richard Nixon is, apart from the grumpy head in a jar on Futurama and guy who decides to blow up the world in that Watchmen movie.
The Saturn V rocket is a marvel of brute force engineering. It has the computing power of a modern pocket calculator, and was basically designed to hurl three men seated in a tiny sealed cone to the cold reaches of the moon by affixing them to several stories of explosives. That it worked is amazing, that it worked so well is a testament to the genius and hard work of the men who designed it.
Or the unbelievable laziness.
Pure truth. However if you follow the paralell of the Ares/Orion system you can see just how far the NASA system has come since then. Not the boom of development from the Apollo days, just a slow plod. I know that slow and steady wins the race, especially when human life is involved, I just wish that the current generation of spaceflight didn't seem so uninspired.
I guess I just want shiny things that go woosh or zoom...
Shut your gorram heathen mouth... or fingers... or whatever. Those oldschool engineers knew those systems front and back because the guys flying them had a part in building them. Hell look at what they did to get Apollo 13 back. Square peg into round hole with only junk parts? Recalculate and force a burn with sliderules to do the math, in the course of a few hours?
I am sorry for insulting the greatest minds the aeronautics industry has ever seen.
The same thing may have been done after Apollo 13 went south.
Cuban Missile Crisis was so close that i bet Jack had a set of speeches on his desk, waiting for confirmation.
As practical it is for presidential speechwriters, news outlets did it for only one reason- to be first with the story.
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