NASA = Democracy Fail

β€œIt makes no difference who you vote for – the two parties are really one party representing four percent of the people.” -Gore Vidal

I know this story, from MSNBC, is old, but it I heard about it again the other day, and it really rubbed me the wrong way. From the article:

“NASA earlier held an online contest to name a room (or “node”) at the space station. With write-in votes, the name “Colbert” beat out NASA’s four suggested options: Serenity, Legacy, Earthrise and Venture.”

What does NASA end up choosing?

“Instead, Node 3 will henceforth be called Tranquility, the eighth most popular response submitted by respondents in the poll. The node’s name alludes to where
Apollo 11 landed on the moon β€” the Sea of Tranquility.”

What the fuck? Why even fucking have a contest if you’re not gonna use the results? I could even give NASA not calling it the Colbert, but to chose the 8th most popular? That’s just a fail NASA. We got stuck with Bush for 8 years because of democracy. NASA should get stuck with naming its node Colbert.

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