Category Archives: Copernicus

Hot, Heliocentric Air

A Joke?

The interwebs went all blazooey yesterday after folks learned that Capt. Janeway is narrating some documentary movie about how the sun really revolves around the Earth.

If you don’t know who Capt. Janeway is, I don’t know what to tell you. I’ve never seen a single episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I know who Capt. Janeway is.

From Star Trek: Voyager

ZZZZ…, Oops, Sorry, I Fell Asleep

Anyway, Raw Story, Happy Nice Time People, Jezebel, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and scads of others are gurgling in dismay that the movie, The Principle, due out later this spring, sez, essentially, that Galileo (as well as, presumably, Copernicus) were wrong. (BTW: the link directly to the left is to the producer’s website,, but when I tried to access it at about 10 last night, it’d had been swamped and was unavailable for viewing. IDK how successful you’ll be in getting on it.)



As you know, it’s pretty well established that we take a year-long merry-go-round ride around our big brother Sol. Anybody who says it’s the other way around is either a lunatic or trying to pull our collective leg.

I’m shying away from the latter explanation for this upcoming film-thing. The producer, some jimoke named Robert Sungenis, has already made a name for himself as a Holocaust denier. He has publicly “reasoned” that the number of Jews in Europe in 1939 was the same as the number after WWII, ergo the whole Final Solution scare story is a pack of lies.


Our Satellite?

So how did he get actress Kate Mulgrew (Capt. J.) and — get this — noted physicists Michio Kaku and Lawrence Krauss to participate in his movie? The K boys are pretty much the most renowned scientists of our day, up there in the Q-rating heaven with Bill Nye, Stephen Hawking, and Neil de Grasse Tyson.

Scifi geeks are flummoxed because, in conflating a weekly TV drama with reality, they’d been operating under the impression that Captain Kate Janeway Mulgrew was a knowledgeable scientist. I’m weirded-out by Kaku and Krauss’s participation.

I’ve gotta assume they were somehow buffaloed into appearing in the movie.

This whole thing stinks and if this news tidbit had come out on April 1st I’d understand, but A. Fool’s D. was a week ago.

I await further developments.

Who Loves The Sun

Great, great song from the Velvet Underground and the High Fidelity film soundtrack.