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Rogue Scientists Railroad Vote to Demote Pluto:

 

I Support an electronic vote of all eligible IAU members to set aside the current Pluto definition and develop a new one
   
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How the Vote was Hijacked
 


The IAU President and a small committee clandestinely and materially changed the naming resolution, kept it secret from dissenting members and the press, distributed the proposal just before the vote, rebuffed dissenters and concluded with a show of hands without an official count.

View the actual video of the discussion leading to the vote is under the title column heading “Planet Definition, Closing Ceremony, Resolutions”.

Summary:

The vote was scheduled at the end of a 10 day conference in Prague when almost everyone had left. Only 424 of nearly 10,000 members remained.

IAU President, Ronald d. Ekers, opened the session stating that the IAU was asked to act on the planet definition issue. He stressed that prior proposals were delayed because cultural and popular issues needed to be considered.

Ekers stated that this was not just a scientific debate and that the issue cannot be resolved by science alone. “This is not just a scientific issue of what is correct. There is no correct answer to this question”.

“The question is what is a sensible compromise that will not just work for the professionals in the field but will work for everybody who is interested the sky, the planets, is curious, is educating and so on”.

After Mr. Ekers and a panel member read two overwhelmingly positive and zero dissenting messages from colleagues on the pending resolutions he called for a show of hands however; 15 IAU members stepped forward to speak. The first 14 speakers were dissenting, and generally cut of by Mr. Ekers. The contentious and angry dissention included not being properly consulted and receiving the changed resolutions just now as entering the session,

The response from Ekers; “the last step of the proposals was done in secret to keep them from the press.” It seems that a lot of people were interested in this outcome and were getting in the way of the desired outcome of the rogue scientists.

These IAU members strongly dissented stating that the decision to vote was rushed, more debate needs to take place, the vote should be postponed and that “what was being presented was an insult to the entire astronomical institution.” 

The 15th and final speaker was recognized and stated that he was no scientist but that he wanted to say that the committee was doing a great job.

There is a movement by prominent scientists to meet mid 2007 to organize an electronic vote by the full membership

Savepluto.com’s goal is to support this movement and record and submit 1,000,000 support votes to the IAU during their next full membership global meeting. This vote will demonstrate the global, cultural and popular desire for an electronic vote of the entire IAU body on the issue of Pluto’s planetary status.

 


 
 
Support Alan Stern
 


Support Alan Stern the leader of the U.S. space agency's New Horizons mission currently on the way to Pluto.

One of thousands, who did not vote at the IAU session, Stern characterized the new definition to BBC News as awful, sloppy science, not capable of passing peer review and embarrassing.

Stern is leading a fight back campaign against the highly controversial action by a limited group of rogue scientists in the final moments of the IAU international assembly last August to demote Pluto.

A web petition circulated to astrophysicists and high level scientists days after the vote immediately resulted in 300 signatures and was deemed enough, (more than voted on the original issue), to begin the fight back effort to set aside the vote. The protest, placed on the Web states. "We as planetary scientists and astronomers do not agree with the IAU's definition of a planet, nor will we use it. A better definition is neeeded".

Mark Sykes, director of the Planetary Science Institute in Tuscon, Arizona Organized the petition and said the IAU definition of a planet "does not meet fundamental scientific standards and should be set aside.

"A more open process, involving a broader cross-section of the community Enganged in planetary studies of our own Solar System and others should be undertaken," Sykes said.

 
CULTURAL AND POPULAR CONSIDERATIONS TO SAVE PLUTO
 
 
School Children
 

 

SCHOOL CHILDREN; Think back to when you were a kid and how fascinating it was to gaze into the starry sky at night. School kids all over the world feel this way. Students in Clyde Tombaugh’s home town, he discovered Pluto when he was 24 years old, have twice used a letter writing campaigns to save Pluto’s planetary status. Taking away will confuse and sadden children, where adding could cause expanding wonderment.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Planetary Society in an opinion written for Natural History Magazine stated that, in his planetarium shows of the solar system to over 10,000 junior high school students, Pluto was the overwhelming favorite among the 9 planets. “They consistently cheered the loudest for Pluto, especially when I recited the planets in sequence, aided by the time-honored mnemonic My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas”.

Tyson also stated on Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert Show that he never wanted to “kick Pluto out of the solar system”. However; Mr. Tyson now supports the demotion.

So much for time honored.

 

 
93 Year Old Widow of Pluto Discover
 

 

93 YEAR OLD WIDOW OF PLUTO DISCOVER “SHOOK UP”

Patricia Tombaugh was quoted in the nations newspapers as being “shook up” by the demotion news. She said that her husband Clyde resisted earlier attempts to demote the planet and she, despite her age, reportedly took part in a recent demonstration against the demotion. Ms. Tombaugh personally attended the launch of the New Horizons Mission launch. The space probe, containing ashes from Clyde Tombaugh, will arrive to explore Pluto in 2015.

Help restore Clyde and Patricia’s family legacy.


 
Scorpios Unite
 


SCORPIOS UNITE; THEY DEMOTED OUR RULING PLANET.

You know yourself, focused, Intense, perceptive, kind and supportive until you are crossed or disrespected. The rogue scientists have demoted our ruling planet and should experience the scorpion sting.

Your immediate forecast: Take action now and place your vote on this site to set aside the rogue scientists’ hi-jacked vote. Support the scientists who are taking action to reverse the insult. Buy a T shirt to support the effort and tell your friends.

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