Posts Tagged ‘mars’

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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About all I watched of the Olympics was Curling (men’s and women’s).  My daughter and I sat there all through the women’s with Sweden and Canada.  Men’s with Norway and Canada.

Laconic Pup (co-worker) sent this to me and Black Lab on Crank added his observation “You’ll notice they don’t bother to list Venus.”

Proving that the Olympics are really for men, because Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus (or even further away, like another galaxy).

(just trolling for outraged female comments – if I truly believed that statement Cruel Wife would kill me in my sleep)


Chile’s earthquake shifted the earth’s axis and shortened our day by 1.26 microseconds.  Great.  Can we sue Chile for lost time?


Go see SteamedGlass’ work!  Nice work, dude!  Steampunk terrariums… awesome.

Sorry… botanical vasculum.


Be careful… you could poke an eye out with that flashlight.

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Will the person who did this pic step forward so I can buy him/her lunch?


This doesn’t strike me as a particularly brilliant terrorist. Fowl play, certainly, but still not very bright.

Conn. police find pipe bomb stuffed inside chicken

SIMSBURY, Conn. – Authorities in Connecticut are wondering who stuffed a raw roasting chicken with a pipe bomb and left it on a roadside.

Simsbury police Capt. Matthew Catania says a motorist noticed the chicken Friday morning. He says the bomb was large enough to harm a person if it went off.

The road was closed while the Hartford Police Department’s bomb squad came and blew up the chicken.

Nobody was injured. No arrests had been made Monday night.

Why’d they blow up the chicken? It was the pipe bomb that was dangerous. I mean, sans pipe bomb, I have never heard of a chicken spontaneously exploding. Helloooooo?

~~~~~~~~Warning: Justifiable Rant Ahead~~~~~~~~~~~~

And now for something that is going to…


On NPR (I listen to know mine enemy) I caught a blurblet from an interviewee talking about the issues with ISP’s blocking child pornography. Essentially what he said was:

  1. US ISP’s have not been blocking sites in say, Russia. I didn’t hear enough to know if that was an example or a true problem area
  2. In order to force them to do so will likely become a Supreme Court issue – because – “It’s a Freedom of Speech” issue (WTF???)
  3. France has beat us to the punch in telling ISP’s to block this vile filth. Got that? FRANCE beat us in “doing the right thing”. I’m ashamed.


This isn’t about free speech! It’s about enforcing laws in trafficking utter shit. In case anyone forgot (and sometimes I think most everyone has) “Freedom of Speech” meant freedom of POLITICAL SPEECH. It was meant so you would be able to speak freely for or against your government without fear of reprisals from your government, which was a big problem in England back then and still is in a lot of places. It was and is critical to the right of self-determination in a Representative Republic (remember, we’re not a democracy and never were – go look it up).

Pictures in this context are not “free speech”. Smut involving small innocent children is an atrocity and there ought not be a single soul that could argue for not blocking it.

I’m so irritated by those who twist the law to the utter last letter to get away with things that were clearly never intended in the first place. ARRRRRGH!

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