Why Russian? Spending cuts.

NASA searching for future astronauts after budget boost | The State Column http://www.thestatecolumn.com/science/budget-boost-hiring-spree/

NASA said applicants should have diverse background. The agency said applicants should focus on math and science, as well as engineering and astronomy. Applicants must also have at least a bachelor’s degree —most astronauts have a master’s or a doctorate —in engineering, biological science, physical science or math. Applicants are required to know or to learn Russian.

That’s what’s all the instruments are written in, after all…since they are the only ones who can afford it.   Zombie Reagan, I would think, is appalled at our lack of brains. 

Some News Leaves People Knowing Less

Some News Leaves People Knowing Less.

“Because of the controls for partisanship, we know these results are not just driven by Republicans or other groups being more likely to watch Fox News,” said Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson and an analyst for the PublicMind Poll. “Rather, the results show us that there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at all.”

I’m pretty sure it’s the fact that News Corp is, in a fact, an international criminal enterprise.  That tends to explain why folks exposed to their style of “news” tend to know less than those who aren’t exposed to anything.

It’s actually quite difficult to be “worse than nothing” in many areas, that Fox News Channel is worse than nothing when it comes to news, should be all anyone needs to know about them.