It could have been a truly great occasion.
A group of Canadian kids getting a chance to talk to a real Canadian hero, Chris Hadfield.
But of course he HAD to be there.
Hundreds of school children have chatted live with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield as he orbits the earth, and now Prime Minister Stephen Harper has had his chance, too.
To get his picture taken with Hadfield and the children, to try to make it look like he's a Great Space Leader, and that at least in space we're STILL number one !!!! Even if we aren't on Earth.
And of course to moderate the questions he asked his loyal subjects to submit:
Only to discover that some are more loyal than others...
But then who can blame those galactic rebels eh? When although the space station is an orbiting laboratory, in his congratulatory message to Hadfield Harper never ONCE used the word SCIENCE.
He is on a demented crusade to muzzle scientists.
Federal Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault is being asked to investigate the “muzzling” of Canadian government scientists in a request backed by a 128-page report detailing “systemic efforts” to obstruct access to researchers.
So crazy is his desire to control and suppress information, he is now going after librarians.
Federal librarians and archivists who set foot in classrooms, attend conferences or speak up at public meetings on their own time are engaging in “high risk” activities, according to the new code of conduct at Library and Archives Canada.
The code, which stresses federal employees’ “duty of loyalty” to the “duly elected government,” also spells out how offenders can be reported.
And him and his sinister Con regime are the worst enemies of science this country has ever seen. Ghastly right-wing teabaggers who would put faith before reason in the name of Big Oil, rule by fear, and shame this country in the eyes of the world.
Oh boy. When you think about it, it's almost unbelievable to think that such a thing could happen here.
And when you think of what Great Space Leader might do to what's left of our scientific establishment in his next budget...
It's enough to make you shudder. Or pick up your light sabre.
But since it's Friday, try to think of the bright side eh?
Canadians know a hollow photo-op when they see one.
Harper will NEVER be a Canadian hero like Chris Hadfield.
In his twisted parallell universe he is going nowhere...
Just heading for a smelly end in the next election.
And high above the horror of Harperland, where Harper can't muzzle him, Chris Hadfield is no doubt singing this song...
And reminding us that Canada isn't Harperland. It's better than that eh?
And we WILL get it back.
Simon to Major Tom: Thank God it's the weekend.
Have a great one everybody !!!!
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