logy versus nomy - fight!

(This sounds like a hoax, but a lot of news sites have picked it up.)

Astrologer can sue NASA over comet project

MOSCOW: A Russian court ruled that an astrologer could proceed with a lawsuit against the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration for plans to bombard a comet whose destruction would "disrupt the natural balance of the universe," ITAR-TASS said Friday.

Star-reader Marina Bai's case was thrown out of a lower court because Russia has no jurisdiction over NASA, but the ruling was overturned when her lawyer, Alexandra Molokhova, was able to show that the agency's office in the US Embassy in Moscow does fall under Russian jurisdiction.

"My client believes that the NASA project infringes upon her spiritual and life values as well as the natural life of the cosmos and would disrupt the natural balance of forces in the universe," Molokhova was quoted as saying.

Molokhova said Tempel 1 had sentimental value to Bai because her grandparents met when her grandfather pointed the comet out to his future wife.

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22 Responses:

  1. violentbloom says:

    Yeah and I have a lot of sentimental value to every tree in the national forest but that doesn't stop bushco from clear cutting it.

    • jwz says:

      Well sue them then! It's fun for the whole family.

      • violentbloom says:

        I don't have money for a retainer fee or enough free time... I think you should do it.

        • wilecoyote says:

          Now that you mention it...

          A few months ago I read an article in Slate mentioning that, under current law, SUVs are *already* illegal in most places in California (since they have laws preventing vehicles weighting more than X tons from crossing their streets), but that nobody has realized it yet. Since then, I keep waiting for someone rich and with a hatred of SUVs to bring a lawsuit...

  2. lars_larsen says:

    "infringes upon her spiritual and life values as well as the natural life of the cosmos and would disrupt the natural balance of forces in the universe"

    Doesn't the very existance of the human race disrupt the universe?

    • ciphergoth says:

      Or, alternatively, surely anything that happens in the Universe, including anything we do, is in accordance with natural law and therefore perfectly in harmony with the Universe and its balance?

  3. ellyjonez says:

    well. she's probably right, but how is it any different than everything else humans have destroyed, to the detriment of mankind?

  4. susano_otter says:

    Star-reader Marina Bai's case was thrown out of a lower court because Russia has no jurisdiction over NASA, but the ruling was overturned when her lawyer, Alexandra Molokhova, was able to show that the agency's office in the US Embassy in Moscow does fall under Russian jurisdiction.

    Show how? It's been my understanding that the whole frickin' point of an Embassy was to have a safe haven on foreign soil that was not under the host country's jurisdiction.

    It seems to me that putting NASA inside the Moscow Embassy would be legally equivalent to putting it in Huntsville or Mountain View.

  5. jayrtfm says:

    According to the NASA site, the comet was seen on July 8, 1879, then not seen again untill 1972.
    So, unless Marina Bai's parent had her at age 16, and she's 16, then her grandparents must have seen it in 1879. Assuming they were 16 at the time, and didn't have her parent until age 45, who also waited until 45, then she would be at least 51. A little bit of googleing didn't find anything about her besides the lawsuit

    If she's lying about how her grandparents met, then I'm really disinclined to believe her about the whole "disrupt the natural balance of the universe," thing.

  6. merovingian says:

    Am I missing something?

    I mean, I don't think the big headline is "astrologer does something weird and courts make a counterintuitive ruling about it." That basically happens always.

    The big headline, unless I have just been totally head-in-sand lately, is "NASA starts blowing up comets. What the fuck?"

    Or maybe this is a hoax.

  7. anarqueso says:

    I hope you don't mind that I posted one of your website pictures on my LJ. I needed a "BEFORE" picture of my boyfriend to complement the horrible/funny one taken AFTER he broke his back at that show.

    • jwz says:

      Awesome t-shirt!

      Now, see, this is exactly the sort of anecdote that I'd love to post on the DNA site, but won't, because I know that our insurance agent would just use it as another excuse for why he can't find a carrier who won't rape us.

      (He claims that we've become known in the insurance world as "that place that hangs people from meat-hooks.")

      • ronbar says:

        Insurance people read your web site but not your livejournal?

        Maybe the insurance rates are karmic tartar buildup from the "Dear xxxx People, Please Stop Posting Pictures of xxxx" posts you make after posting the meathook pictures.

      • anarqueso says:

        Oh, like there aren't a million other bars that hang people from meat hooks? Your agent needs to get with the times. Your agent should pay you to hang people from meat hooks and break backs. Everybody's doing it. Tell him the T-shirts are as common and popular as Prozac.