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2012-07-11 10:26:27 PM  
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Dwight_Yeast: JohnAnnArbor: There's an asteroid named after Karl Marx. So much for apolitical.

Marx wasn't a politician. He was a historian and economist who happened to write a political pamphlet.

/the further from the 20th century we get, the less Marx will be remembered for the Communist Manifesto.

I think a philosophy used as the justification for killing a few tens of millions qualifies as "political."
2012-07-11 10:03:31 PM  
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Isn't the Aztec language called Nahuatl, not Aztec?

Anyway, I think they should stick with a specific pantheon for each Solar System. Like Sol should be all Roman. Maybe Alpha Centauri could be Mayan, and Tau Ceti Shinto. I mean, a lot of people still practice Shinto, but from what I've seen of Japan they'd be more flattered than anything else.
2012-07-11 09:31:29 PM  
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If you want to get your name on something astronomical, lobby for a minor planet. There are still thousands unnamed, and they don't seem to have any particular rules for naming them. You don't even need to be dead.
2012-07-11 07:48:35 PM  
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9. Unless it's old politics. Or old gods.

How about Elder Gods?

/Come on, planet Azathoth...
2012-07-11 07:10:55 PM  
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some_beer_drinker: does this include all languages and cultures on earth?

And many that are not from earth...

/Notice that the author really doesn't like Mike Brown....killer of Pluto.
2012-07-11 05:14:43 PM  
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I don't think "stay apolitical" is exactly weird. I really don't want to see some Kuiper belt object being named "Your chance at being wealthy under 0bama is just like this cold and remote rock lol"
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