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Lowell Observatory Pushes To Name an Asteroid "Trayvon"

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the victim-belt dept.

Space 588

Flash Modin writes "The observatory where Pluto was discovered is pushing to name an asteroid after a black teenager killed in a controversial confrontation in Florida last year. William Lowell Putnam III says his family has identified with the cause of African American rights, and thus an asteroid named after Trayvon Martin is perfectly appropriate. Putnam is the sole trustee of the observatory, which was founded by Percival Lowell during his search for canals on Mars. Astronomers at the observatory discovered the asteroid in 2000, but it has not been formally named. Putnam has already asked the Minor Planet Center once to designate the asteroid 'Trayvon,' but they told him the designation was 'premature.' Now that there's been a verdict, the observatory is reapplying in hopes the naming body will see things different."

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Hope and change bitches! EAT MY SHIT!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771383)

Trayvon Martin could have been me

-Glorious Leader and Messiah Obummer

Re:Hope and change bitches! EAT MY SHIT!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771437)

Taste the rainbow!

Trayvon Martin can Life Forever (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771453)

Trayvon Martin may have been killed by a racist vigilante, but his memory can live on forever, despite the racist dumbfucks who hate black people, even in asteroid form.

Re:Trayvon Martin can Life Forever (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771549)

Trayvon Martin referred to his intended victim with the racists epithet, 'Creepy-Ass Cracker' before attacking him. George Zimmerman defended himself from the racist. Trayvon died because he was a racist thug on drugs.

Re:Trayvon Martin can Life Forever (2, Insightful)

the_Bionic_lemming (446569) | about a year ago | (#44771565)

Zimmerman should of laid down and taken his beating - cause that's what "keeping it real" means.

(I donated to zimmerman, because that could of been me)

Re:Trayvon Martin can Life Forever (-1, Flamebait)

globaljustin (574257) | about a year ago | (#44771867)

this won't ever happen, but I'd love to have a legal reason to kick your ass

you're a bully...bullies are shirveled little half/men deep inside...they have to push others down to make themselves feel worthy

i pity you, for sure, but be that as it may you need to be humbled and beat down yourself...you need to see what the reality of all the words you talk feels like...

that's the start for you...if you are *lucky* a real man will kick your ass into next Tuesday and start you on the path to true manhood...

good luck ;)

Re:Trayvon Martin can Life Forever (1, Insightful)

hsthompson69 (1674722) | about a year ago | (#44771903)

Your macho, thug tirade just convinced me to donate to zimmerman *again*.

If every thug who ever ambushes a stranger and does the "ground and pound" dance gets shot and killed, the world will be a better place.

b/c of AC trolls like you... (-1, Troll)

globaljustin (574257) | about a year ago | (#44771841)

this definitely needs to happen.

At least something like this can give Trayvon's murder some significance and maybe someday a long time from now people will look up the Trayvon Asteroid for some random reason and read about what happened and how it got the name.

They will be astonished that morons like you still existed in 2013...but at least we will have done *something* permanent to let the universe know we all aren't sub-moronic sociopaths like you ;)

DCT tv (2)

harvey the nerd (582806) | about a year ago | (#44771715)

So now the Discovery Channel Telescope wants to get into TV race baiting politics and "entertainment"? Time to let them go full commercial or nonprofit, and defund any public monies.

Why does everything (0, Flamebait)

publiclurker (952615) | about a year ago | (#44771493)

have to boil down to your hatred of the black democrat that is fixing your crap with you bigoted losers?

Re:Why does everything (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771539)

What is Obummer fixing?

1) Adding more to the national debt than even Monkey Boy Dubya did - Check
2) Failed to end wars in Iraq/Afghanistan despite campaign promise - Check
3) Didn't shut down Gitmo despite campaign promise - Check
4) Signed the extension to the warrantless wiretapping programming despite claiming to be against it before becoming president - Check
5) Enormously expanded the scope NSA surveillance over the general public - Check
6) Starting even more skirmishes in the Middle East that the US has no part in being in - Check

Care to chime in what exactly he's supposedly fixed?

Still scapegoating the black democrat (-1, Flamebait)

publiclurker (952615) | about a year ago | (#44771647)

for everything I see. You must be one of those birthers that thinks that he has a time machine if you think you can blame him for stuff that occurred before he was even president. Still, nobody expect any sort of integrity in a bigots arguments. All they see is their own hate.

Re:Still scapegoating the black democrat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771737)

1) Adding more to the national debt than even Monkey Boy Dubya did - Check
2) Failed to end wars in Iraq/Afghanistan despite campaign promise - Check
3) Didn't shut down Gitmo despite campaign promise - Check
4) Signed the extension to the warrantless wiretapping programming despite claiming to be against it before becoming president - Check
5) Enormously expanded the scope NSA surveillance over the general public - Check
6) Starting even more skirmishes in the Middle East that the US has no part in being in - Check

Still scapegoating the black democrat for everything I see. You must be one of those birthers that thinks that he has a time machine if you think you can blame him for stuff that occurred before he was even president. Still, nobody expect any sort of integrity in a bigots arguments. All they see is their own hate.

Everything in that list happened after dubyah left office. The GP chose carefully.

Re:Still scapegoating the black democrat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771855)

So your response is substance-less ad homs? Yep, typical Obummer defender.

Care to address my points?

Re:Why does everything (2, Informative)

the_Bionic_lemming (446569) | about a year ago | (#44771607)

well, my latest beef is that the dude is trying to support people that do this

Syrian Rebels behead 40 people including a 40 day old infant [alalam.ir] ..

AQ vows to slaughter Christians as soon as Obama weakens Assad [raymondibrahim.com]

Syrian "Freedom Fighters" rape, [raymondibrahim.com] brutalize, and disfigure an 8 year old child..

Add these to the COUNTLESS other stories of "Rebels" and "Freedom fighters" who are roving in packs.. Capturing, sodomizing, and beheading Christians all throughout the ME and these are the people Obama wants to support. These are the people he want's to give billions of dollars to. These are the people he wants to give fighter jets to. These are the people he thinks should running things in the ME.

But hey.. So they raped a bunch of children to death.. Big deal.. At least they didn't use chemical weapons right?

just like a bigot (-1, Troll)

publiclurker (952615) | about a year ago | (#44771637)

anything that gets more dead furriners is OK by your book. So much for a good christian. Funny use of BS sources too.

Re:just like a bigot (1)

the_Bionic_lemming (446569) | about a year ago | (#44771665)

Nice Dodge.

Course, we're not discussing cars here right?

Re:just like a bigot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771691)

His sources were biased but weren't dishonest. You can be slanted while telling the truth, but then it's merely the "truth". Still, not a lie.

no (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771391)

injecting stupid political games into space has got to be a new low in astronomy

Re:no (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771415)

couldn't conventional naming be seen as an equally stupid political game of propagating formality and tradition?

Re:no (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771519)

No, otherwise I'd be a freaking circus. Remember, the names of these planets/asteroids will have to be used by the Scientific Community for serious work. I'd be a distraction to have deal with writing reports on planet LoLKatz6990 and asteroid belt CASH$MON$YHitlerBabez8888

Re:no (1, Insightful)

The Last Gunslinger (827632) | about a year ago | (#44771457)

Agreed.

Even if the kid hadn't been a dope-smoking, fight-starting, gangsta-wannabe thug who lacked the foresight to consider the lack of wisdom in physically attacking a random stranger in a southern state with both concealed-carry and stand-your-ground laws in effect, what scientific potential did he embody (forget actually accomplish) to warrant his name being carried into astronomic posterity?

Well he showed the problem (0, Flamebait)

publiclurker (952615) | about a year ago | (#44771505)

of trying to stand your ground when dealing with bigoted stalkers that don't like it when their blacks get all uppity.

Re:Well he showed the problem (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771543)

Re:Well he showed the problem (1)

cold fjord (826450) | about a year ago | (#44771621)

.... don't like it when their blacks get all uppity.

I don't think Trayvon was "George Zimmerman's black."

uppity [úppitee]
adj
presumptuous: behaving in a way that is considered presumptuous and more suited to somebody belonging a higher social class or position (informal)

Hmmm, I don't see physical assault as part of the definition of "uppity." And the only time Trayvon was in a "higher position" was when he was on top of Zimmerman, beating his head into the ground, so that doesn't really work. You must not be using that right. Maybe because you are trying to be incendiary?

Right... (2, Troll)

publiclurker (952615) | about a year ago | (#44771653)

When an unarmed black kid is being stalked by someone like you they are just supposed to say yes sir massa sir or you feel entitled to kill them for not knowing their place. I hope that you tell any women out there that if they are being stalked by someone like you that they should just lay back and enjoy it. Otherwise you'll have to kill them and claim you were just standing your ground.

Re:Right... (3, Informative)

cold fjord (826450) | about a year ago | (#44771731)

The "stand your ground" law never entered into the Martin-Zimmerman situation on the street, or in the courtroom as a matter of law. You seem to be fixated by the idea of it despite the fact it is irrelevant. You may want to consider counseling if you can't stop thinking about it. The thoughts you are expressing don't really seem appropriate.

Re:Well he showed the problem (2, Insightful)

BenJeremy (181303) | about a year ago | (#44771633)

I might be wrong, but I don't think Zimmerman even knew what race Trayvon Martin was before Martin jumped him.

Whatever might be said of Zimmerman, he didn't follow the kid because he was black. People made poor choices and somebody paid with their life. It's a tragedy, but to turn it into a race issue does a tremendous disservice to all the great people who have worked hard and sacrificed so much to advance civil rights in this country.

Re:Well he showed the problem (2, Insightful)

publiclurker (952615) | about a year ago | (#44771663)

Funny how the recordings don't seem to indicate that.

Re:Well he showed the problem (3, Insightful)

BenJeremy (181303) | about a year ago | (#44771769)

Checking the transcript, it seems Zimmerman identified him as "looks black" - nonetheless, I believe the testimony was that he didn't know Martin's race when he started following him. He only knew for sure when Martin turned to confront him the first time as he was on the phone with the dispatcher.

Re:no (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771571)

You show a wondrous ability to withstand the fact that he was accosted and provoked by an armed man older than him. You can assault his character all you want, it does not change the established fact that he was defending himself against an unknown armed assailant. Maybe if he'd had a gun to blow his assailant away with, he would've been one of the first blacks to actually be accounted for by the SYG law.

Re:no (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771617)

"assailant"

explain this use of verbiage?

Re:no (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771645)

You can assault his character all you want, it does not change the established fact that he was defending himself against an unknown armed assailant.

From all the evidence which was produced during the trial, it was Martin who
attacked Zimmerman, and Zimmerman who needed to defend himself.

The jury agreed that Trayvon Martin attacked an armed man. It doesn't get much
more stupid than bringing fists to a gun fight.

'

Re:no (2)

khallow (566160) | about a year ago | (#44771721)

You show a wondrous ability to withstand the fact that he was accosted and provoked by an armed man older than him. [...] defending himself against an unknown armed assailant

A good part of the reason Zimmerman was acquitted was because of the lack of evidence for all these lazy-ass assertions.

Also, this is the first claim I've heard of age being a dominant (much less a useful) factor in a fist fight. I'm even older than Zimmerman. Does that mean I'd trounce Trayvan or for that matter Zimmerman? Doesn't look like it to me. I think I'd be smoothing concrete with my face.

Instead, I think I'd be using what wisdom I've managed to scrape up to try not get into situations like that.

Re:no (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771639)

I have read the Trayvon v. Zimmerman case fairly extensively. I can't pick sides because I found bad judgement in the actions of Martin and Zimmerman.
What I really dislike about the whole thing are these agent provocateurs who have nothing to do with it and who are using this as a political indictment against Black or White people. Racism is still a big thing in America. People have died because of it. They will stop at nothing until they light up the fire of another bloody racial conflagration.

Re:no (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771759)

This exemplifies the popular science related phrase "the two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity".

Naming an asteroid 'hydrogen' would be silly... But trayvon works well for the stupid part...

Re:no - Astronomical Events' Namesakes (-1, Flamebait)

Bob_Who (926234) | about a year ago | (#44771831)

what scientific potential did he embody (forget actually accomplish) to warrant his name being carried into astronomic posterity?

Um... martyrdom need not merit scientific basis, hence the immaculate conception and Star of Bethlehem (an astronomical event)

Re:no (1)

quantaman (517394) | about a year ago | (#44771859)

Agreed.

Even if the kid hadn't been a dope-smoking, fight-starting, gangsta-wannabe thug who lacked the foresight to consider the lack of wisdom in physically attacking a random stranger in a southern state with both concealed-carry and stand-your-ground laws in effect, what scientific potential did he embody (forget actually accomplish) to warrant his name being carried into astronomic posterity?

Even if your ugly characterization is accurate that doesn't actually make his death something other than a tragedy.

Though I agree that giving asteriods politically charged names is generally a bad idea.

Re:no (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771881)

what scientific potential did he embody (forget actually accomplish) to warrant his name being carried into astronomic posterity?

Maybe you haven't seen the names already assigned to asteroids, there is no scientific merit requirement because there are a fuck ton of them. There are asteroids named after candy, people's pets, actors, and comedians. The more surprising thing to me is that there isn't already an asteroid with that name.

Re:no (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771591)

Yeah, because that's NEVER happened before, there's no controversy whatsoever about the naming of any celestial body.

What if... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771395)

What if it then heads towards earth and could destroy our planet... But we intern build ships to fly and land on it and blow it up before it can? is that deja vu?

Re:What if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771423)

Obviously the ship sent to intercept it would be named Zimmerman

Re:What if... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771587)

Obviously the ship sent to intercept it would be named Zimmerman

The ship was only supposed to survey the asteroid. The crew had no way to know the asteroid would change course and attempt to destroy the ship.

Okay, but... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771403)

as long as they also name one Nicole Brown Simpson, I will go for it!

Re:Okay, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771495)

as long as they also name one Nicole Brown Simpson, I will go for it!

... and one for Shorty Belton.

How about that (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | about a year ago | (#44771413)

It's being followed by a pale asteroid named Zimmerman.

Re: How about that (1)

ObliviousMnd (960424) | about a year ago | (#44771473)

dark asteroid being followed by a sketchy comet. seems legit.

Re: How about that (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771563)

only a nation of illegal aliens would confuse a spic with a white man.
a spic killed a nigger and the truth is the rest of you slaves regardless of your color are the only ones that care
the rich don't care

Re: How about that (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771893)

I care!

Those Silly Asteroids (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771419)

They're a bunch of L'il Rascals. Spanky, Alfalfa or Buckwheat would be way better. After all, wasn't Pluto, now no longer a planet, named after a Disney dog?

Re:Those Silly Asteroids (1)

Bob_Who (926234) | about a year ago | (#44771885)

After all, wasn't Pluto, now no longer a planet, named after a Disney dog?

Right. And wasn't Uranus, no longer an asshole, named after a black hole?

A dead rock in space? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771421)

Yes, that is appropriate.

Re: A dead rock in space? (1)

Badblackdog (1211452) | about a year ago | (#44771489)

You sir, are the man.

Crazy fools. (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771425)

You've got to be kidding me. Lets name some stuff after Hitler too.

Re:Crazy fools. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771555)

You've got to be kidding me. Lets name some stuff after Hitler too.

I agree it is pretty stupid. Whether you name it after Hitler or some stupid nigger kid.

Victim Belt (4, Insightful)

meerling (1487879) | about a year ago | (#44771429)

I don't really think naming celestial bodies after victims is a good idea.
Astronomers usually want to inspire hope, and looking up at things named after victims just doesn't seem right.

Re:Victim Belt (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771485)

I don't really think naming celestial bodies after victims is a good idea.
Astronomers usually want to inspire hope, and looking up at things named after victims just doesn't seem right.

He's obviously not a victim if the person who killed him was acquitted by a jury of justifiable homicide.

Too bad reality (-1, Flamebait)

publiclurker (952615) | about a year ago | (#44771523)

doesn't depend on the failed logic of a bunch of southern trash on a jury.

Re:Too bad reality (0)

khallow (566160) | about a year ago | (#44771659)

It did in this case.

Re: Too bad reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771847)

i never get called for jury duty any more. I ALWAYS start right out by telling the judge i am a racist. - But, he says- this is a corporate patent case?
And I say - sure it is and i haven't even eaten yet, d'jou? 'cause like, i can't get rid of this brooklyn accent i got. Do you realize how stupid you have to be to get on a jury?
besides i like my justice from smith and wesson. only lawyers i ever liked.

Re:Victim Belt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771551)

I don't really think naming celestial bodies after victims is a good idea.
Astronomers usually want to inspire hope, and looking up at things named after victims just doesn't seem right.

He's obviously not a victim if the person who killed him was acquitted by a jury of justifiable homicide.

A victim of the system that produced him, as is the shooter.

Re:Victim Belt (2)

Desler (1608317) | about a year ago | (#44771557)

Logic fail. Numerous innocent people have been convicted (and some executed) of crimes they haven't committed.

Re:Victim Belt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771765)

Acquitted by a jury of justifiable homicide?

Wouldn't that mean he was found guilty of non-justifiable homicide?

Re:Victim Belt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771851)

victim: noun 1. a person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action.

Re:Victim Belt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771503)

I don't really think naming celestial bodies after victims is a good idea.
Astronomers usually want to inspire hope, and looking up at things named after victims just doesn't seem right.

The hope is there won't be enough to name each body in the Belt.

Re:Victim Belt (1)

jalet (36114) | about a year ago | (#44771581)

> Astronomers usually want to inspire hope, and looking up at things named after victims just doesn't seem right.

Then let's all look up at Uranus !

Re:Victim Belt (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about a year ago | (#44771845)

Or Mars, the God of War.

Re:Victim Belt (2)

MightyYar (622222) | about a year ago | (#44771657)

And, I mean, let's get our higher profile victims up there first. Where's asteroid Anne Frank?

Re:Victim Belt (5, Informative)

MightyYar (622222) | about a year ago | (#44771669)

Sigh. Found it. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Victim Belt (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about a year ago | (#44771857)

Astronomers usually want to inspire hope, and looking up at things named after victims just doesn't seem right.

If you name a comet "Synergy", I'll kick you in the necktie.

*sigh* (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771431)

good job squandering your reputation. How about a peace prize while you are at it.

 

yay thug life (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771445)

Makes you wonder what sort of mentality is controlling our science assets.

It is heading straignt towards Earth! (3, Funny)

locopuyo (1433631) | about a year ago | (#44771447)

Blow it up!

a hero (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771449)

Homer: That Timmy is a real hero!
      Lisa: How do you mean, Dad?
      Homer: Well, he fell down a well, and... he can't get out.
      Lisa: How does that make him a hero?
      Homer: Well, that's more than you did!

Fine. (0)

argStyopa (232550) | about a year ago | (#44771465)

As long as another is named Zimmerman.

Obviously a killer asteroid (0, Flamebait)

frovingslosh (582462) | about a year ago | (#44771469)

Yes, let's name all of the asteroids after attempted murders who got justice. Nothing political or controversial about that. I'm looking forward to smoking some illegal drugs, putting on bulky clothing and going out an shoplifting some stuff, then attacking the first cracker that gives me a dirty look. All the evidence of my motivation can be suppressed, and I'll get a space rock named after me too.

Re:Obviously a killer asteroid (-1, Flamebait)

publiclurker (952615) | about a year ago | (#44771535)

I don't think klan fuckhead is an appropriate name for a planetary body, so you will never get one named after yourself, boy. Funny how even a pathetic excuse of a being like you had to make up so many lies in an impotent attempt at blaming the victim. How about you just come out and say that you think you should be able to shoot unarmed blacks whenever they get too uppity and forget their place.

Re:Obviously a killer asteroid (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771789)

If a white/black/asian/polka dot guy is trying to cause me or my family bodily harm in a fit of rage? Yeah, I don't care if he's got a gun or not. I'm going to shoot the piece of shit. Multiple times. And I don't what laws you try to get passed to try and stop me.

Once you initiate physical force against me and make me think you aren't stopping you are a threat to my life and therefore...... a subhuman meat sack that needs to leak as much as possible in a short period of time.

I don't have to allow myself to be beaten, raped, robbed or killed so you can feel better. F**k you. I have the right to bear arms. And I'll do so. Attack me at your own peril.

Re:Obviously a killer asteroid (3, Informative)

quantaman (517394) | about a year ago | (#44771829)

Yes, let's name all of the asteroids after attempted murders who got justice. Nothing political or controversial about that.
I'm looking forward to smoking some illegal drugs, putting on bulky clothing and going out an shoplifting some stuff, then attacking the first cracker that gives me a dirty look. All the evidence of my motivation can be suppressed, and I'll get a space rock named after me too.

Wow. I hope you realize your version goes a lot further than the court verdict.

The court found that there wasn't sufficient proof that Zimmerman initiated the fight, or that he didn't have reasonable grounds to fear for his life.

That's a long way from determining that Martin, initiated the confrontation, tried to kill Zimmerman, shoplifted (first I heard of this), or was going to smoke drugs that evening (irrelevant even if true).

Is that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771593)

Is that the asteroid we're going to have to shoot down?

Look At This objectively (4, Insightful)

Guy From V (1453391) | about a year ago | (#44771595)

Putting aside the fact that Martin was a racist thug who got killed by someone in self defense...and that merely bringing his name and media/court situation up he was involved in that is currently still getting people across the country all pissed off at each other if its even discussed...and that this is probably just an attention-whore publicity act...and that I doubt he had much to do in the field of the sciences...what was I talking about? Oh, yeah let's name an asteroid after him. Whatever.

zimmerman stalked the poor kid (0, Flamebait)

circletimessquare (444983) | about a year ago | (#44771879)

you can't condemn martin's behavior, it only happened because martin was stalked by an asshole with a gun looking for trouble. zimmerman's behavior made the situation happen

how can you possibly look at martin's behavior and not at all consider zimmerman's behavior? zimmerman's behavior was the behavior that created the whole situation. then, when martin got upset with a creepy weirdo stalking him, as many of us would, the creep killed him

trayvon martin should be in jail for assault

but the reason he is dead is because some mouth breathing moron thinks he has a right to walk around with a gun and play cop on innocent civilians going about their business. that's the problem, that mentality, and that is the reason why an innocent man is dead. that we have laws that somehow support this disgusting behavior represents the downfall of this otherwise great nation

stand your ground laws, carry/ conceal laws: they have to go

and they will go

because one thing is true about wannabe tough guys: they look for trouble. there will be more trayvon martins. and eventually american society will wake up to the vile precedent this case represents. no civil society can tolerate wannabe tough guys walking around with a gun thinking they have a right to profile and stalk innocent people going about their normal business. trayvon martin is dead only because zimmerman had a hard on for confrontation and a gun

losers like zimmerman, empowered, represent nothing but cases of senseless pointless death in general society. no matter how many raging asocial scumbags like you see commenting all over this thread, and in society, who think and act like zimmerman: thinking they have a right to arm themselves and confront innocent civilians going about their business, the logic of what this precedent represents will dawn on the rest of us who can think clearly here

you don't arm cowards and let them police general society according to their prejudicial whims and feeble perceptions

not acceptable

this is a crazy way to bypass nukes in space laws (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771599)

they obviously want to drum up support for shooting these things down.
i mean, planets have RIGHTS you know.

Y does not follow X. (3, Insightful)

Stickerboy (61554) | about a year ago | (#44771619)

"William Lowell Putnam III says his family has identified with the cause of African American rights, and thus an asteroid named after Trayvon Martin is perfectly appropriate."

So a teenager whom a jury said was shot in self-defense (or there was no convincing evidence otherwise) is perfectly appropriate? Might as well name the asteroid "Al Sharpton".

How about a black scientist, like George Washington Carver? Or Mae Jemison or Guion Bluford, since this is space and asteroids we're talking about? Maybe a Rosa or a Frederick or a W.E.B. might have done a thing or two for civil rights and African Americans?

“As I see it, the social fairness showed to Trayvon Martin was very sadly lacking.”

Oh, I don't know, dominating the cable news cycle for months on end, hundreds of thousands of people taking selfies wearing hoodies and national black leaders/celebrities calling for a Double Jeopardy trial and/or punishment for George Zimmerman seems to show some kind of social backing.

Why don't we start enshrining every person that gets shot in a bar fight next?

Re:Y does not follow X. (3, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year ago | (#44771875)

How about a black scientist, like George Washington Carver?

That's the best idea so far. Not so much because of his race, but because he's a scientist.

Possible Ironic Outcome (1, Interesting)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | about a year ago | (#44771629)

Name Asteroid after Trayvon. A few weeks later it collides with a smaller rock, that nudges it into a path such that it turns Miami into a large smoking hole in the ground.

we should pick a name that honors all victims (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771631)

Like - notherdedniger. that way many more people could identify with it and claim it was theirs

Trayvon Trolling (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771649)

Since the article was simply to troll Slashdot... I'll add my two cents... The evidence shows that Trayvon was HIGH at the time he shoplifted his drug making supplies from the store and laid the beat down on a Hispanic individual. Trayvon was a bad apple and paid for his crime with his life. HE CHOSE THAT LIFE... It is unfortunate that he was a druggy and was on the fast track to jail, as he could have looked up to so many of the success black businessmen all around us... If they are going to name a space object after him, might I suggest the Unibomber instead...

Christ...really? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771655)

Gezz... if someone told me that this was in "The Onion", I probably would have believed it.

Next two asteroids: Edwards & Luna (2, Interesting)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year ago | (#44771679)

Perhaps these two [cnn.com] will get even bigger asteroids!

We can name some ice chunks in Saturn's belt after all of the black kids beating up [examiner.com] and killing [theblaze.com] white people over Treyvon.

Re:Next two asteroids: Edwards & Luna (2)

roninmagus (721889) | about a year ago | (#44771861)

I clicked on that examiner link. I was greeted with 2 (that's T-W-O) banner ads at the top of the screen for a stupid Steve Buscemi show that I never got past the first episode of. These banners then expanded *themselves* to fill the entire screen, twice. I contracted them. I began reading the article. About one paragraph in, a video advertisement swooped in from the bottom and began playing itself. It had a little "X" at the top, so I clicked that X. As soon as I clicked the X, a popup advertisement appeared in the center of my screen. I then closed down that website entirely. It's almost like they didn't want me reading what they had typed at all.

Lowell Observitory, Scientific Community (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771689)

Universities, America.

You have completely lost my respect. It was pretty done for now. But I am certain you lack any integrity whatsoever at this point.

US population = 80% white, 13% black. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771699)

Think about the numbers for a minute and then consider that if you
were in the 13% whether it would be more intelligent to try to mesh
peacefully with society or whether it would be a good idea to act like
a thug such that society realizes you need to be "dealt with".

Smart blacks choose to work hard and fit into the larger society.
Stupid blacks choose to behave in an antisocial manner and then
complain that they are persecuted when society objects to their
behavior. For anyone with a brain, the lesson is clear. It has nothing to
do with whether you are black or white, and everything to do with whether
it is wise to fuck with people who have more money, power, and influence
than you will ever have.

Fuck with the bull, you get the horns. And that is true whether you are white, black,
yellow, pink, brown, or polka dotted.

Only fools have sympathy for the likes of Trayvon Martin. Martin was a thief and a thug
and was headed for bigger trouble but fortunately he was stopped before that happened.

Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771767)

For as smart as most modern Astronomers appear to be, they can sure suggest some dumb ideas. Travyon? REALLY?

Discovered in 2000 at Lowell Observatory. How about naming it LO-2K?!? Was it really that difficult?

disturbing (5, Insightful)

stenvar (2789879) | about a year ago | (#44771809)

Regardless of the details of the case itself, it's pretty clear that Martin was a racist (he used racial insults against Caucasians). He does not deserve to have an asteroid named after him, and if the civil rights movement picks him as a symbol, it will only hurt their cause.

Space is already black enough (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44771825)

The last thing it needs is a dead nigger.

IndieGoGo In 4..3..2.. (1, Troll)

BlueStrat (756137) | about a year ago | (#44771837)

If these fools name some hapless piece of drifting interplanetary space debris "Trayvon" in their misguided attempt to glorify a dead, racist, drug-abusing, violent criminal thug, how long until there's an IGG funding drive for development of a "Zimmerman" missile to destroy it?

Kind of a long way to go (in multiple senses of the phrase) to get people interested in space again, isn't it?

I think these people have had far too much time on their hands for far too long.

"Space Madness" has obviously taken hold of this group. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZCiZpph9jo [youtube.com]

Strat

Careful what you wish for (0)

redmid17 (1217076) | about a year ago | (#44771839)

If it gets named Trayvon, it will probably be the first asteroid ever shot down by NASA

Other Space Object to be Named (1)

BBCWatcher (900486) | about a year ago | (#44771877)

In related news, and in a fitting analogy, the Observatory is recommending that a newly identified black hole be named "Zimmerman."

Does it come with a framed plaque register book? (0)

RubberDogBone (851604) | about a year ago | (#44771901)

Do they realize that the asteroid does not care, with even one atom, what the hell humans call it, or whether we classify it as an asteroid or just as a shoe tree?

And if it had sentient life on it, they'd probably have their own name for it and they would not care either what humans wanted to call it. Shoe tree or not.

This is a lesson for the future humans who will be the first human people to land on another inhabited planet: you don't get naming rights if there are already beings there. They get to name it. Not you. And you don't get to own/mine/wreck the place either. Natives or LGMs who got there first get to do that.

BTW: the search for life in Goldilocks is dumb. A sufficiently advanced civilization would have total control over their environment and could choose to change their habitat to make it more suitable, or they could live in space, or they could develop their species one place and move to another place to live (or live in multiple places), or maybe they all live in another dimension. The way humans have settled on this limited idea of where water exists life could exist and nowhere else... just shows we have no imagination at all. The LGMs are laughing at us like we might laugh at a caveman trying to make sense out of a tax form. But he is at least likely to eventually try to eat the tax form or figure out it makes a good fire. We're too busy naming asteroids. Carry on, human race!

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