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Gates Joins Buffett Chorus to Tax the Rich More

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Bill Gates (richest American) noted “taxes are going to have to go up” and thus he’d prefer that they “go up more on the rich than everyone else. That’s just justice. There needs to be “a sense of shared sacrifice,” he said, adding, “right now, I don’t feel like people like myself are paying as much as we should.”

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America Ignores Pluto Day Recognition March 13th

There is still time to throw away the old crusty con­ven­tion one more time and be con­tro­ver­sial — just like the once Planet Pluto was de-​moted by The Inter­na­tional Astro­nom­i­cal Union (IAU), on August 26 2006 from world rec­og­nized Planet sta­tus to NOT even a mere star, but a dwarf planet — yes a dwarf.


But dwarf planet Pluto is mak­ing a con­tro­ver­sial come back. Dwarf Planet or not, a Pluto renais­sance is tak­ing place in Illi­nois (maybe the entire nation), even dur­ing these dif­fi­cult times. At last some relief — even for a day would give the ol’ psy­chic some recharge time. Good god it has been tough lately!

Illinois Statehouse

Full Plan­e­tary Sta­tus
The state of Illi­nois plans on March 13, 2009, to rein­state Pluto back to a full, mature and glo­ri­ous planet again. All things aside, this is the same state that elects gov­er­nors and then impeaches them more than any­one else. See
Illi­nois Sen­ate Res­o­lu­tion 46

March 13th des­ig­nated as “Pluto Day“
March 13th could be an enchanted day world­wide — imag­ine that? It is only two days before the Ides of March which either is a fes­tive cel­e­bra­tion, or the remem­brance of Julius Caesar’s assas­si­na­tion, depend­ing on your perspective.


It was Feb­ru­ary 18, 1930, when 24 year-​old Clyde Tombaugh noticed a blink­ing point that became known as Pluto the planet — not the goofy Walt Dis­ney car­toon char­ac­ter dog. See Pluto’s wikipedia cita­tion here.


pluto NOT Plutodog

The vote that shook up the entire solar sys­tem… is it hap­pen­ing again?
“Pluto is dead,” said Cal­tech researcher Mike Brown, who spoke with reporters via a tele­con­fer­ence while mon­i­tor­ing the con­tro­ver­sial Planet demo­tion vote by 424 astronomers (out of some 10,000 pro­fes­sional astronomers around the globe), at their meet­ing in Prague — and after eight days of con­tentious debate that involved four sep­a­rate pro­pos­als. That deci­sion also means a Pluto-​sized object that Brown dis­cov­ered will not be called a planet. Astronomers world­wide wran­gled over Pluto since the late 1990s — to demote Pluto or NOT !

“Pluto is not a planet,” Brown said. “There are finally, offi­cially, eight plan­ets in the solar sys­tem.”

That ambigu­ous deci­sion estab­lished three main cat­e­gories of objects in our solar system.

  • Plan­ets: The eight worlds from Mer­cury to Nep­tune.
  • Dwarf Plan­ets: Pluto and any other round object that “has not cleared the neigh­bor­hood around its orbit, and is not a satellite.”
  • Small Solar Sys­tem Bod­ies: All other objects orbit­ing the Sun

Illinois Ex-Governois Rod Blagojevich

Illi­nois plu­tonic procla­ma­tion by Gov­er­nor Rod Blago­je­vich: “WHEREAS, Dr. Tombaugh is so far the only Illi­noisan and only Amer­i­can to ever dis­cover a planet…“ok this is incor­rect, but the effort was put forth ?

Con­fus­ing and Unfor­tu­nate
That pro­posed def­i­n­i­tion — dwarf planet, has been lam­basted as “con­fus­ing and unfor­tu­nate” by Owen Gin­gerich, his­to­rian and astronomer emer­i­tus at Har­vard who led the commit­tee in decid­ing Pluto’s fate.

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