Friday snippets

NASA to proceed with shuttle launch despite objections. The objections come from the company that manufactures a misbehaving fuel cell. Does this sound familiar? What odds on another accident due to schedule pressure before ISS is completed?

Here in Queensland, tomorrow is state election day.

one of the most curious points is that many people are dissatisfied with both parties

Most curious? Surely least curious. Can you think of a single government who are in power because people like them, rather than because people think that they’re less rubbish than the opposition?

Finally, it’s a dangerous week to be a famous Australian. In the past 10 days we’ve lost Steve Irwin, Peter Brock, Don Chipp and Colin Thiele. Overseas readers probably know at least one of those.