NASA Woke

NASA is working hard to put The Babylon Bee out of business by making parody impossible:

Distant cosmic objects such as planets, galaxies, and nebulae are sometimes referred to by the scientific community with unofficial nicknames. As the scientific community works to identify and address systemic discrimination and inequality in all aspects of the field, it has become clear that certain cosmic nicknames are not only insensitive, but can be actively harmful. NASA is examining its use of unofficial terminology for cosmic objects as part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Please read the whole thing for a list of “actively harmful” terms.

4 thoughts on “NASA Woke”

  1. Be careful what you say about the “wonders of the universe” and how you speak of them
    …say one thing that can be construed as “disparaging” and you’ll have to answer to God himself and His Court of Divine Judgement.
    Maybe that’s what NASA is afraid of(?????).

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  2. “‘Eskimo’ is widely viewed as a colonial term with a racist history, imposed on the indigenous people of Arctic regions.”

    There’s no end to this kind of wokester nonsense.

    The authoritative Oxford English Dictionary notes the fashionable stupidity behind this nontroversy: “Eskimo – A member of any of several closely related indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic coasts of Canada and Greenland, and parts of Alaska and the Russian Far East. In Canada and Greenland, and more generally, the word Inuit (Inuit n.) has superseded the word Eskimo, which has come to be regarded as offensive (partly through the associations of the now discredited etymology ‘one who eats raw flesh’). Eskimo, however, is the only term which applies to the Eskimo peoples as a whole, including not only the Inuit of Canada, Greenland, and Alaska, but also the Yupik of Siberia and the Inupiaq of Alaska. Eskimo is still widely used, especially in Alaska and in anthropological, archaeological, and linguistic contexts.”

    So let’s cancel the OED for being a racist, colonialist POS. After all, the word Eskimo culturally appropriates without permission multiple origins in Cree, Spanish, and French.

    In the early 1980s, Canada’s first elected Inuit Member of Parliament proudly rode around the federal capital with a motorcycle helmet that proclaimed “Eskimo” stencilled in prominent letters.

    There are real problems in the world and then there’s the word “Eskimo.”

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