Archive for February 19th, 2014

Life on Mars

First, the British version rocked, and I had zero desire to see an Americanized version.

Second, Muslims are being told to not live on Mars.

Bowing to Mecca would get wicked complicated, I imagine.

Then, too, Islamic Rage Boy would scream something like, “Ooooh, you have made me very very angry. I am going to cause an Earth Shattering Kaboom.”

That would be a huge ginormous suicide vest and IED’s would get ridiculous.

The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) in the United Arab Emirates said that anyone making such a “hazardous trip” is likely to die for “no righteous reason”.

So accidental death or natural causes would also be unrighteousness, right?

They would therefore be liable to a “punishment similar to that of suicide in the Hereafter”, the Khaleej Times reported.

Oh, of course. I get it.

The Fatwa was apparently issued in response to the proposal from the Dutch company Mars One last year to send four people on a one-way journey to the red planet in 2022.

Can anyone just make a fatwas thing whenever one pleases? What are the rules about edicts like this? Does everyone have to follow them or can a person pick and choose? Is there a Fatwa Registry of some sort?

“Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam,” the committee said. “There is a possibility that an individual who travels to planet Mars may not be able to remain alive there, and is more vulnerable to death.”

So… Risking one’s life is kind of a given if you blow other people up, have wars with each other, get up in the morning… Do you just lie down and wait for the end?

Oh.  If you are into Steam/Valve (think Portal 2) then check out The Stanley Parable.

No, I cannot explain it.  I have no idea how to do so.  No, I cannot explain why I found it fascinating.  No, I have no idea if you will like it.

It was whimsical like elements of Portal, it was edge-pushing like Dear Esther, and… weird.  But I enjoyed it.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to try out Slender: The Arrival.

I can’t claim I am a Snowden fan. He stole secrets. He broke laws. But at the same time he did us all a favor by waking people up to the dangers of government getting too large, having too much reach. And yet that lesson still has not sunk in, not really. It has died down rather than gaining steam just like all the other revelations under this Admin. (Yes, I know this is not all Obama’s fault)

But that isn’t what I am talking about in this space…

Why is snowden’s every utterance printed as if he were now the world’s most authoritative authority? He stole huge amounts of data. Does that make him worthy of pontificating on all things security?

Former US security contractor Edward Snowden on Wednesday spoke out about the use of state secrecy privileges as he presented an Oxford University award to fellow intelligence leaker Chelsea Manning.

Snowden, who is in hiding in Russia, presented the prestigious British university’s Sam Adams awards for integrity and intelligence to the jailed former US Army intelligence analyst via YouTube.

Snowden recorded a four-minute message, in which he warned of the dangers of “overclassification”.

He said the term described governments’ use of state secrecy privileges “to withhold information from the public that’s not related to national security”, adding it had become a “serious problem”.

This is like a reckless driver suddenly being considered NTSB top-level expert on car crashes after wiping out a farmer’s market with a semi.

Yeah the analogy broke down, but do you get my point?


From Cruel Wife.


This, I post to be cruel, just like when I posted that pic of Helen Thomas years ago.

President Clinton!


Oogh. I am such a bastard.

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