The Gravity of the Situation
The current situation in Asia reminds me of a problem faced by JeanLuc Picard's Enterprise. (Yeah, I know, my geek is showing... what's it to you?) They were racing to the rescue of an inhabited planet which was right in line for a comet strike. Also on board was the Omnipotent and Annoying Alien, Q, temporarily de-powered and quite impotent. As the scientists and engineers looked for a solution to save the people on the planet (far too many to be evacuated), we have this exchange:
Q: It's simple. Just change the gravitational constant of the universe.
Q (slowly, as if speaking to someone incredibly dense): Change the gravitational constant of the universe.
Geordi (exasperated): We can't DO that!
Q: Oh. Well then. Never mind.
I can't say Q reminds me of anyone in particular... just that the arrogance rings a bell.
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