Re: Good lord...
"Not everyone is as petty minded as you, it seems. Celebrating a shared goal is not a lack of emotion, nor is jealousy the pinnacle of human greatness."
You misunderstand me.
Nowhere did I suggest that a shared goal shouldn't be celebrated. Nowhere did I suggest that jealousy is "the pinnacle of human greatness" - nor, indeed, anything at all, because I didn't mention jealousy at all.
First, being upset that you didn't have the opportunity to do something is not the same as begrudging it being done by someone else. Relying on baseless assumptions to conclude that I hold a negative belief, and then condemning me for having it, is unfair, to put it mildly. From your readers' perspective, you're clearly right - the belief is indeed terrible. It's just that I don't actually *have* that belief. This is similar to the logic which causes people to become angry when a defendant is acquitted.
Second, characterizing my support of someone being upset at being unable to complete a task as jealousy at all just flat out doesn't make sense. Again, you're whipping yourself into a fury over an opinion I don't hold. Continuing by jacking things up until I not only excuse jealousy but celebrate seems to have purpose only if your goal is to become as angry as possible; it's obviously untrue, and your wording has no suggestion of facetiousness.
And, most importantly:
Third, I would think it's fairly obvious that above all, the statement was politically tuned to bite at the bible-thumping, America-exceptionalizing, right wing, Fox-gobbling cock chompers who shut the thing down in the first place. If you want to trick a bunch of jingoists into supporting science, you do NOT do it by saying, "Oh well, the better men won, and it's really all about the science anyway!" This is what's known colloquially as being fucking stupid.
No. If you want to get the military-industrial types to throw money at you, tie it to the big, fat steak of American Exceptionalism. Make sure they can't oppose it without opposing America's God-given greatness, and hot damn, stopper the sink 'cos the cash faucets are gonna open up.
Read the statement for what it is. Yeah, I get it, it's an opportunity to hate on the United States. We done some bad shit. Oil, war, Fox news, terrorism, etc etc. Fine. I get it. But don't rag on some poor bastard who's trying to do his job, who values it, and who's playing the game as best he can to try to keep doing it.