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That's the only way that enough money could be made available for such a project all at once -- and that the mission would involve sending people to Mars to settle and thrive rather than to die. Furthermore, as was true of the build-up to the Apollo missions, the economy would boom gloriously, and for once we might have an economic surplus. Go Neil! :-)

And while the idea of an internationally cooperative Mars mission is nice, it has to entail *cooperation* -- which the Great Nations of the world aren't very good on. Putin's Russia cooperate with America? China cooperative with India? Pakistan cooperative with India -- or Israel? You have GOT to be KIDDING me! And somebody needs to do this NOW, while we still can -- and why not us? We have all that data from our Apollo and Mars missions under our belt, so why not put it to use?

Good news, for a change :-)

Back in the late 1990s I received a diagnosis of mild emphysema/COPD. COPD, however milk to start with, ultimately kills if nothing else does. A couple of weeks ago, I went through a battery of tests at Pacific Medical Center, First Hill, Seattle, WA, and the doctor who oversaw the tests diagnosed me as having only asthma, which isn't generally fatal in and of itself, and not COPD. So who knows? Maybe I'll live to be 120 after all. :-)

Eulogy for a Dying Planet

(With apologies to Dylan Thomas)

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieve it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, our Mother, floating in that starry, all-encompassing night,,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Story in a Jugular Vein

Has anyone seen this movie or a book associated with the movie?

The other day, I ran across some notes for what seemed to be a horror novel or movie. I wonder if any of you, dear readers, have encountered something like this.

It starts with a junior congressman from Maryland, Lee Boyleston, who has received an alarming message from one of his constituents, Johhny Blackwater, living not far from Washington, DC in the town of Queens Revenge whose founding took place before the reign of Henry VIII of England. The message, which arrived in the form of an email that morning, begged Boyleston for help concerning a terrible matter which Blackwater had serious trouble describing -- his email was nearly incoherent. But he did say that the matter involved covert slavery, human sacrifice as part of black magic rituals, the theft of mail from government agencies addressed to men and women living in Marys Revenge, and hacking of government computers for the purpose of creating fake accounts checks drawn on which were sent to individuals living in Marys Revenge. There was more, though it was so nearly incoherent and full of what seemed to be paranoid ravings that Boyleston was extremely hesitant to believe any of it. But as the email described what clearly were computer crimes, theft of government money, and other federal crimes, all of these taking place in Boyleston's own congressional district, Boyleston decided to go to Marys Revenge, meet up with Johnny Blackwater, and investigate whatever was going on there. If the email wasn't merely a prank, and if Blackwater wasn't lying through his teeth or raving mad, Boyleston would turn the matter over to whatever agencies had to do with such things -- the FBI, Defense Intelligence, or the like -- so that they could get to the bottom of it all and try to set things to rights.Read more...Collapse )

Southwest US drought is a fraud?

Those who believe global warming is a fraud are now saying that the severe drought conditions in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas are likewise frauds. Here's what California has to say about that:

Oh, and by the way, this is all about denial -- the way that people who have politicized this issue (which no one should do; it's a matter of survival, and what must be done to achieve it, and no one should politicize matters of survival!) resolutely refuse to look at evidence of any kind that contradicts their political beliefs. The point is that California is now under a drought worse than any that has taken place since record-keeping of such things began. And back-Eastern "conservatives" simply refuse to believe that there is a drought in the West. "Show me the evidence!" "Okay, here it is." "I don't want to see your stupid crud! Go away!" Now, that's denial!,manual

If you wanted to go visit Mars, you'll really have to save up your vacation days. Currently, a single trip to the Red Planet takes somewhere in the region of 6 months. However, that might not be the case for long.

Ad Astra Rocket Company, a private corporation which conducts research and development into space rocket systems, claims to have created a theoretical propulsion system that could cut the New Rocket System Could Send You To Mars In Only 6 Weeks | trip to Mars down to a measly 6 weeks.. . . .

It continues to be revealed to the public that the only legitimacy Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry tout comes from payoffs, censorship, and bullying. On March 26th, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), an advocacy group for local, state, and federal researchers, filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to stop the “political suppression or alteration of studies and to lay out clear procedures for investigating allegations of scientific misconduct.”

According to Reuters, PEER’s Executive Director Jeff Ruch said that at least 10 USDA scientists have been investigated or faced other consequences arising from research that called into question the safety of certain agricultural chemicals. Ruch goes on to say that his organization had received mounting complaints over the last year from USDA scientists claiming they have been ordered to retract studies, water down findings, remove their names from authorship, and experienced delays in approvals for publication of research papers. . . .


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