One of the best lines attributed to, though not actually said by, Winston Churchill is, “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." The line sprang to mind when The Scrapbook read of the plight of the U.K.'s new polar research vessel (presently referred to as NPRV), which risks being saddled with the moniker "Boaty McBoatface," courtesy of an online poll.
A project of the Natural Environment Research Council, the $300 million state-of-the-art research vessel is set to be completed in 2019. It will be "the UK's largest and most advanced research ship yet," equipped to prowl Arctic and Antarctic waters, aiding in climate research. To mark the start of construction, NERC decided to invite the public to vote on name suggestions using the hashtag #NameOurShip.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
More Proof That Idiocracy Is Documentary
5/2/16 Weekly Standard: