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‘The Dumbest Guy in Congress’ Asks U.S. Forest Service If It Can Change Moon’s Orbit

Old 11th Jun 2021, 02:34
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‘The Dumbest Guy in Congress’ Asks U.S. Forest Service If It Can Change Moon’s Orbit

I heard this this morning on the radio while driving to work - I had to pull over because I was crying with laughter. The morning radio jocks were merciless in their piss taking of this poor congressman. He is going to be ridiculed for the rest of his career.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politic...te-1180092/Rep.

Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who admitted recently that some consider him “the dumbest guy in Congress,” appears intent on proving those people right. On Tuesday, the Republican congressman asked a representative of the U.S. Forest Service, tasked with managing America’s national forests and grasslands, if the agency might consider branching out, so to speak.

“I understand from what’s been testified to, the Forest Service and the [Bureau of Land Management], you want very much to work on the issue of climate change. I was informed by the past director of NASA that they’ve found the moon’s orbit is changing slightly and so is the Earth’s orbit around the sun. We know there’s been significant solar flare activity, and so — is there anything that the National Forest Service or BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit, or the Earth’s orbit around the sun?” Gohmert inquired. “Obviously that would have profound effects on our climate.”

It’s true that the moon is currently drifting away from Earth at rate of roughly 3.8 centimeters per year, a speed that has fluctuated for the last, oh, 4.5 billion years or so. And, though Gohmert didn’t say it outright, it’s also true that the speed of “lunar retreat,” as scientists call the phenomenon, has at times coincided with major changes to the Earth’s climate, like the melting of the glaciers. But it’s changes to the Earth’s climate that cause fluctuations in the rate of lunar retreat, rather than lunar retreat causing fluctuations in the Earth’s climate. Which is another way of saying: If the Forest Service’s efforts at combating climate change were so wildly successful that they managed to stop the melting of Earth’s glaciers in its tracks, those efforts could, theoretically, have an impact on the moon’s orbit, per Gohmert’s request.

But it was unclear what Gohmert hoped the Forest Service might be able to do, at this juncture, about the complicated gravitational dance the moon and Earth have been locked in for several million millennia. Still, Jennifer Eberlien, associate deputy chief for the National Forest System, did her best to humor Gohmert’s inquiry, very nearly keeping a straight face as she answered. “I would have to follow-up with you on that one, Mr. Gohmert,” Eberlien said.

Eberlien had been invited to testify before the House National Resources Committee about the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act (SOAR Act) and the Ski Hill Resources for Economic Development Act (the SHRED Act), and to generally voice the agency’s “strong support” of the committee’s efforts to encourage the recreational use of federal lands, so one can understand why she might have been unprepared to field Gohmert’s query about the moon.

The Texas Republican, for what it’s worth, seemed open to waiting for an answer. “Yeah, well, if you figure out a way that you, in the Forest Service, can make that change, I’d like to know,” Gohmert said.
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Old 11th Jun 2021, 02:59
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This is what you get when just any-old person can be elected to congress
March 25, 2010:
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) is raising some eyebrows with a comment he made about the U.S. territory of Guam during a House Armed Services Committee hearing last Thursday.In a discussion regarding a planned military buildup on the Pacific island, Johnson expressed some concerns about the plans to Adm. Robert Willard, head of the U.S. Pacific fleet.

"My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize," Johnson said.

Willard paused and replied, "We don't anticipate that."
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Seriously? You guys don't get his meaning?
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Seriously? You guys don't get his meaning?
Seriously, no.
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Old 11th Jun 2021, 06:56
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Just for once it's not the congressman I am worrying about.
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I’m in heated agreement with you ChrisVJ.
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Just for once it's not the congressman I am worrying about.
There are people out there who vote to elect (and re-elect) these morons.
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The correct answer to Gohmert's is that yes, there is a relation between global warming and the Moon's orbit. Fix global warming and the Moon will return to its correct orbit.
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Originally Posted by MarcK View Post
The correct answer to Gohmert's is that yes, there is a relation between global warming and the Moon's orbit. Fix global warming and the Moon will return to its correct orbit.
There's a 'correct' orbit for the moon? Wow, who knew.
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Thje correct answer is "That's very funny sir, I get the joke." If you missed it you might not get to be a senator but could maybe work for the Forest Service.
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is there anything that the National Forest Service or BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit, or the Earth’s orbit around the sun?” Gohmert inquired. “Obviously that would have profound effects on our climate.”
It reminds me of the 1970s UK TV series “Space 1999”, there was a base on the moon and also a storage depot for the world’s nuclear waste. The waste exploded and blasted the moon out of earth’s orbit.

Exploding a few nukes on the moon might be enough to change its trajectory.

BTW Everyone know the sun revolves around the earth, that’s why it goes down on one side and up on the other.
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I just learned something. Never use irony in front of the public, it is lost on them. Perhaps I will try something softer, maybe Aluminiumy.
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@ ChrisVJ Thanks for restoring my faith in humanity, a bit. Learned something new today: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filibuster

The unraniumony on how the global warming affects the moon's orbit after it ceased to exist in favour of climate change is lost on me, however.

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Surely we just need to turn up earths gravity.
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Hold on, just a second ..
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no, THIS is the dumbest guy in Congress....Asking the Navy Chief if increased personnel on Guam will cause it to capsize...

this is NOT made up!

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Rather than arguing whether or not a Republican or Democrat made the more scientifically illiterate comments in Congress, shouldn’t it be a wake up call that levels of knowledge in the United States are shockingly bad (especially on science and matters outside their nation) that it’s being reflected in the caliber of their leaders?
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Originally Posted by dr dre View Post
Rather than arguing whether or not a Republican or Democrat made the more scientifically illiterate comments in Congress, shouldn’t it be a wake up call that levels of knowledge in the United States are shockingly bad (especially on science and matters outside their nation) that it’s being reflected in the caliber of their leaders?
Spot on. And exactly why the US is in such a state - there was no third choice in the last presidential election. 😳😳
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A show recently gave the quote that 40% of people in the Rarely-United States still believe that dinosaurs roam some parts of the Earth. They don't roam, they sit in Congress.
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Originally Posted by dr dre View Post
Rather than arguing whether or not a Republican or Democrat made the more scientifically illiterate comments in Congress, shouldn’t it be a wake up call that levels of knowledge in the United States are shockingly bad (especially on science and matters outside their nation) that it’s being reflected in the caliber of their leaders?
Without a doubt.
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