Originally Posted by squealpiggy
I got the information from the James Randi Foundation forum. The MSNBC was the link posted in that thread. This is a bit of fun speculation. The article itself said that they were not announcing anything for three weeks.
For the record my first thought about it was that they were going to announce the discovery of some sort of organic chemical residue. I was not expecting little green men.
I wasn't so myopic and distorted as to think that Mitt Romney was going to get elected. So that's got me one up on you.
I don't read HuffPo in general as it's more like a series of blogs than a reliable source of information, the only reason MSNBC was involved at all was as explained above it was linked to on the forum I found the information, and I don't know what NPR is.
I just find it illustrative that instead of actually looking at the claim and discussing it you instantly revert to your reactionary tribalism that infects every post you make and said "Ugh ugh MSNBC bad. Me eat liberal. Ugh."
At least Shawn was discussing the topic.
NPR is biased to the point of making Foxnews and MSNBC look like non-partisan sources of information.
The discovery of organic residues would not really be a discovery "for the history books" in the sensational way they are portraying.
I mean organic in a scientific context just means that it is a molecule that contains carbon. Jupiter's moon Titan contains probably more organic compounds that the entirety of the earth... doesn't have the existence of life, life once existing.
Similarly, the discovery of water, or evidence of past water would not be particularly notable either. Its expected. I mean especially considering that we already have already discovered water on mars with the Phoenix lander.
So we are left with two possibilities. Live organisms, or media sensationalism of a minor, insignificant confirmation of existing theory.
I would go with the latter, and you should have as well.