Saturday, July 28, 2007

Oh The Times We Live In!

I always knew that Cicero was right when he said, “O’Tempora, O’Mores!”

There are two items in this weeks cyber-birdcage liner that were deemed newsworthy by those that say so.

A panel reviewing astronaut health issues in the wake of the Lisa Nowak arrest has found that on at least two occasions astronauts were allowed to fly after flight surgeons and other astronauts warned they were so intoxicated that they posed a flight-safety risk.

The panel, also reported "heavy use of alcohol" by astronauts before launch, within the standard 12-hour "bottle to throttle" rule applied to NASA flight crew members.

NFL star Michael Vick was indicted today on a federal conspiracy charge for his alleged role in a dog fighting venture that operated from a Virginia property owned by the Atlanta Falcons quarterback. A copy of the indictment, filed today in U.S. District Court in Richmond, can be found below. The 27-year-old Vick, whose nickname is listed as "Ookie" in the indictment, allegedly established the Bad Newz Kennels in early-2001 in Smithfield, Virginia.

These news items raise a couple of questions.

First of all, will we need to have Astronaut sobriety check points? What laws are on the books to prevent Shuttle flying while intoxicated? How are Breathalyzer tests administered in a flight suit?

Will modern science come up with a test that can
determine if a football player has been dogfighting?

Oh these times! Oh the morals!

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