Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Friday, January 30, 2004
Allah on a RollComments
Allah Is In The House
Spew alert with this link! Allah has been very busy with Photoshop on Dean and Clark campaign photos!
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Thursday, January 29, 2004
Primal Purge: How I got in touch with my inner Lara Flynn Boyle by huffing baconComments
Anna is on the Atkins Diet, and I am scraping myself together after ROTFLMAO, reading about it!
Like most, I'm enjoying the rich, culinary diversity Atkins has to offer; fried bacon for breakfast, for lunch I have a bacon sandwich consisting of ten pieces of bacon wrapped around five pieces of bacon, a bacon shake slurped through a hand-rolled bacon Crazy Straw for a mid-afternoon snack, and slow-cooked Crock Pot bacon simmered in bacon glaze for dinner followed by a bale of bacon-scented Metamucil to facilitate the marble-sized turd that's manufactured once every seven days.
My insides feel like one of those giant gumball machines at the grocery store that are about 5' tall with the see-through, lucite spiral guts. I don't think I need to mention the anticipation and fascination as you hear that tiny, hard ball roll like an aggie down the spiraling chute, spinning and whirling and churning and turning and twisting and gliding down and downward until the little shiny hinge flap opens and the spherical goody rolls out. And as for the gumball machine...who knows. I have no idea how they work.
Now if you've clicked on my Primal Purge link before, and returned saying something like "ew" or "wtf", then by all means, do not click on it now and come back later complaining. Otherwise go enjoy the rest!
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Things You Can Never Say Out LoudComments
I've been dealing with a public agency with a set of plans I am trying to get approved. I am multiple iterations into the process now, dealing with a tech-level lackey who is apparently on a power trip, or at least seems to delight in requesting absurd and ignorant changes to my plans.
I have thought to myself, "If I send her a vibrator and a tube of KY along with the next plan submittal, maybe she'll get her jollies that way, and leave my plans alone..."
I didn't say that.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2004Comments
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Sunday, January 25, 2004
Spaceflight Now | Destination Mars | Mission Status Center
Apparently the flash memory is ok. They are looking into other possiblities, including a software glitch in the file management module, temporary problems with the flash memory due to solar radiation particles, to possibly a hardware issue with one of the motor control boards. In any case, the prognosis is looking good.
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Pictures from Meridiani Landing SiteComments
Mars Exploration Rover Mission: Multimedia: All Raw Images: Opportunity
More of that very fine, cohesive soil at this site, but much darker. The marks from the airbags shows up prominently around the site. NASA thinks the Opportunity rover is sitting in a crater. It looks that way to me. It'll be interesting to see when one of the satellites gets a picture of this landing site. That picture of the Spirit site really put things in perspective, and made it clear that the hill seen in the rover pictures is the edge of the crater seen from space.
That first color image from NASA doesn't look color-balanced to me. So I took the liberty of adjusting it, using the black and white grid on the lander panel as a reference white. Here is my effort:
NASA's uncorrected image can be found HERE
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Two For Two!Comments
Spaceflight Now | Destination Mars | Mission Status Center
Opportunity has successfully landed on the plains of Meridiani!
And Spirit's status has been upgraded, now that the problem has been isolated (flash memory problem).
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Saturday, January 24, 2004
BLOGinality: weblogger personality typesComments
I have taken this test manually before, and I am an INTP, otherwise known as the "Architect" or "Thinker". I could also be an INTJ, or "Mastermind/Scientist", because I am very ambiguous on that last letter (Perceiving vs Judging). As a Civil Engineer, either one fits me to a tee!
My Bloginality is INTP!!!
My Bloginality is INTJ!!!
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Friday, January 23, 2004
Spirit landing site from Mars Global SurveyorComments
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Vox on Bush and the Republican PartyComments
Why are Republicans supporting this man? He's a Clintonite Democrat in conservative clothing, except that even Clinton never dared anything like the Patriot Act. Just wait until the next Democrat gets into office and starts wielding the expanded central power that this Republican Congress and Administration have created. Then, I expect conservatives will start crying foul. The president rightly compared the Patriot Act to the drug war last night... how much more clear does he have to make his intentions to violate civil rights and American liberties before those who profess to care deeply about such things will disavow his actions? Yes, he's a better Commander-in-Chief - did you really doubt that our military forces could beat Iraq and the Taliban?
Does being a Republican truly mean never have to say you're sorry for reducing American freedom? Clinton would never have gotten a pass on this from conservatives. Bush shouldn't either.
The people running the Republican Party right now are not conservatives. Let's not confuse ideology and party.
Bush & Co. appear to be in the middle of attempting to crush the Democrat Party by sitting hard on them--straddling the political "middle" in a (so far) successful effort to push them to the extreme left, where they may be more easily swept away in the next election. I really do believe there is some long-term strategy here that just looks awfully ugly in the short term.
It doesn't mean I like it, particularly the most egregiously statist moves such as the Patriot Act, attempts to ratchet up the drug war, massive new (unneccesary) domestic spending, etc.
I will however continue to vote Republican. The choices are between "not that good" and "really awful". If Bush continues to steamroller leftward, crushing Democrats in his path, he may yet leave a vacuum on the libertarian right quadrant that can be filled by a third party. But right now, in a close race a third party vote is a vote for "really awful", unless your choices are honestly between voting third party or not voting at all. Then I'd say by all means show up and vote your ideology.
Because of the way the electoral system is set up in this country, the real answer has to come by regaining control of the Republican party and bringing it back to a conservative and libertarian perspective. The country needs to be brought along too, by education and persuasion, otherwise the statists and socialists will just recapture the majority.
Vox Popoli: "There is a hoary old excuse that claims as soon as the Republicans achieve power, we'll see their true colors. This has actually proven to be true. A Republican House, Senate and White House have combined to create the most expansionary central government since LBJ. Just as no honest capitalist would see any need to choose between a Stalinist or a Trotskyite candidate, no supporter of small government and individual freedom should feel any pressure to support the lesser of two evils presented by the two major American parties.
If the American people have no principles, pragmatism will only slow, slightly, the national decline into full-blown socialism. And if no one offers them a principled alternative, this decline will be inevitable."
As a matter of advancing my principles, I am more interested in supporting the Republican efforts to crush the left than I am in undercutting those efforts by prematurely running to a third party that may emerge from the wreckage.
If the Democrat party becomes sufficiently marginalized that they have little chance of major electoral victories in the foreseeable future, I will be glad to join in a new movement to restore liberty and constitutional government to this nation. Until that happens, there is no room in the political landscape for a libertarian party of any stripe to gain a foothold.
I could stick to principles by abandoning the Republicans now, and end up doing nothing more than carping from the sidelines. Or I could help crush Stalin with Trotsky, then set Locke against Trotsky once Stalin is finished. The desired ends are the same. It is only the means that differ.
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Spirit Phones HomeComments
Spaceflight Now | Destination Mars | Mission Status Center:
"Mission Control has received actual data from Mars Exploration Rover Spirit after commanding the craft to transmit the information.
'The spacecraft sent limited data in a proper response to a ground command, and we're planning for commanding further communication sessions later today,' said project manager Pete Theisinger.
Officials have not yet said what the data indicated or other details.
The data was received in a communication session that began at 8:26 a.m. EST (1326 GMT) and lasted 20 minutes at a data rate of 120 bits per second."
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Thursday, January 22, 2004
And here is why we need Al Sharpton to stay in the contest:Comments
Excite - News "But civil rights activist Al Sharpton used the explanation to remind Dean of his paltry numbers in Iowa.
'I wanted to say to Gov. Dean, don't be hard on yourself about hooting and hollering,' Sharpton said. 'If I spent the money you did and got 18 percent, I'd still be hollering.'"
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And now a word from the opposition: Gut Rumbles: why i don't like catsComments
Ahem. In answer to the above:
1)A cat knows when it is loved and wanted, and unless it has been abused previously in it's life, it will reciprocate with loyalty and affection. Just not like a dog will. Thank goodness (yuk!!)
2 and 3) I have two extremely well-worn scratch posts, and the same set of furniture from ten years ago, still intact.
4) Both of these are the result of stress, not a need to urinate or defecate. Remove the source of stress and this behavior will often disappear. In my case this meant making one of my boys an indoor-outdoor cat to reduce the rivalries in the house.
5) Cats are hardwired to kill to survive. An overstuffed housecat is still hardwired to kill but has no use for the results. A hungry cat will not toy with it's prey, but will go straight for the kill. The playing with prey is partly a hardwired training routine for the benefit of teaching kittens the finer points of hunting.
6) There might be something to this, but usually it's a two way street, and a pretty good exchange. Which explains me.
I have five full-time indoor cats, one indoor/outdoor, and four more that I feed in the backyard. The indoor ones are my babies, and they are just as convinced that I am one of them. Jasmine "owns" me, and will sometimes sit on my head and gnaw on my scalp just to drive the point home. She is by far the smallest of the group, but the rest usually give way before Her Highness.
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Spirit Rover Most Likely in "Safe Mode"Comments
Spaceflight Now | Destination Mars | Mission Status Center: "Controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory believe the Mars rover Spirit has placed itself into 'safe-mode' after experiencing some sort of problem, and officials remain hopeful that engineers can coax the craft back into operation."
Wow. I felt like I got socked in the stomach earlier today when I heard it stopped communicating. I'm worried but hopeful now.
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Monday, January 19, 2004
Spaceflight Now | Destination Mars | Mission Status CenterComments
I have to bump this back to the top where it belongs. This is a great site for mission updates.
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The Dante's Inferno Test has sent you to Purgatory!Comments
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test
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Saturday, January 17, 2004
The virtuous seed of freedomComments
Vox has another great article here on the topic of Christian Libertarianism. He is responding to a conservative Christian critique of Libertarianism, and in the process he notes some of the distinctions between Libertarianism and Christian Libertarianism. This critique charges that Libertarianism does not take into account the Founding Fathers understanding that the government they formed would be unable to govern if the moral fabric of society, based in Biblical precepts, was not maintained. In fact Libertarianism is accused of being corrosive to this moral fabric.
But the key that critics seem to miss often, and which makes the philosophy workable, is the right of free association and the power of social ostracism. In a scenario where the right of free association is unfettered, societal norms are not imposed by government, but are naturally formed by individuals choosing with whom to associate and who to shun. In this manner communities of shared values are formed, and deviants are either excluded or are forced to conform to the community norms in order to participate in the community.
What we have right now are two camps, Republican and Democrat, Conservative and Liberal, both attempting to use the power of government to impose a different set of virtues on society. We need neither, and instead government needs to get out of the business of doing anything other than what it is constitutionally mandated to do. That includes attempts to mandate tolerance of the intolerable as a modern substitute for real virute.
Dang I like this ideology, and Vox's thinking! If I could write half this good...
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Friday, January 16, 2004
"Wimps and BarbariansComments
The Sons of Murphy Brown"
The Claremont Institute: Wimps and Barbarians:
via Kim DuToit
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Thursday, January 15, 2004
Mars Rover Completes First Maneuvers on Martian Surface - Reuters:Comments
"PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) - The robotic rover Spirit rolled off its landing platform on Thursday for its first spin on Mars and project managers, declaring that 'Mars is now our sandbox,' spoke of possibly extending the planned three-month mission.
The 78-second outing took Spirit only about 10 feet straight ahead, but was hailed by scientists at the Pasadena-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a flawless prelude to the six-wheeled craft's quest for signs of life-sustaining water.
'Mars is now our sandbox, and we are ready to play and learn,' lab director Charles Elachi told reporters."
The rover then stopped and extended it's sensor arm as it tentatively scratched at the Martian surface with it's front wheel. It proceeded to dig a larger hole using both front wheels, then spun in place and squatted on it's rear wheels, doing some "business" out of view of the cameras.
NASA mission controllers whooped and hollered and gave each other high-fives when confirmation of the successful completion of the maneuver was beamed back to the command center.
"We are proud to see how quickly the Mars Spirit rover learned to use the sandbox!", said an unidentified member of the NASA team.
NASA radio commands directing Spirit to make its initial excursion were beamed to Mars, and elated mission controllers later received the first pictures taken by the rover looking back at the now-empty lander and showing a pair of tracks left in the dusty martian soil.
The pictures also revealed that the hole had been carefully covered again by the rover.
"To me, this is the most significant milestone in the history of the project," said Steven Squyres, the mission's principal investigator.
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It's Winter, What Do You Expect?Comments
What is with all the pathetic whining in the Northeast? It's fifteen degrees below zero in Portland, Maine and the governor has declared a "state of emergency"?! WTF?!
The last winter I spent in Minnesota, it was thirty degrees below zero every single frickin' morning for almost two weeks straight. Geez people! If you are going to choose to live somewhere like Maine or Minnesota, bear down and deal with it. We don't need this national media hysteria, like it's somehow Bush's fault (yes I know, Gore is planning to make a speech accusing Bush of causing cold weather...but that's just Gore, remember?)
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Spirit Rolls All Six Wheels onto Martian SoilComments
Woo Woo! Let the science exploration begin! I wanna drive it!
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Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Christian libertarianism is derived from the postulate that God places a strong inherent value on free will. Since God, who has infinite power, elects not to use such power to control individual behavior, humans and human law should do likewise in imitation of the Divine, drawing a firm line at where one individual's behavior exerts a direct and inarguable effect on another individual.
More brilliance from Vox. Click to read the rest, and there is much more to read.
I have been trying to formulate my thoughts around this concept, and have posted a few things on the topic in the past, particularly as it relates to drug use, before I discovered Vox Day's writing. But this piece gives a very succinct definition of just what Christian Libertarianism is.
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Monday, January 12, 2004
Mars 360 degree Color PanoramaComments
mspan_2X_final-A10R1_br2.jpg (JPEG Image, 3200x397 pixels)
At last it is available! But it is too big to fit on the webpage, so go click and see.
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"Marijuana Analogue" Pushed by US Government for Decades, Study ConcludesComments
Reuters AlertNet - Marijuana buzz linked to "runner's high"-US study: "ATLANTA, Jan 9 (Reuters) - The same family of chemicals that produces a buzz in marijuana smokers may be responsible for 'runner's high,' the euphoric feeling that some people get when they exercise, U.S. researchers say.
High levels of anandamide were found in young men who ran or cycled at a moderate rate for about an hour, according to a study made public this week by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of California, Irvine.
Anandamide is a cannabinoid, or lipid molecule, that is naturally produced in the body. It is known to produce sensations that are similar to those of THC, the psychoactive property in marijuana."
Well now isn't this interesting? I wonder what the President's Council on Physical Fitness and the Surgeon General will have to say about this...
Not to mention His Highness the Drug Czar.
Will the DEA now be empowered to stake out jogging paths in order to bust runners who are producing their own intoxicating chemicals? Are we going to see rehab programs started for recovering exercise addicts? What do we do with Richard Simmons? Twenty years to life for his ilk!
This is also interesting from a personal perspective. Daisy Cat and I hiked up a local hill a couple of weekends ago for exercise. Right after the hike we hopped on our scooters to head home, and she promptly wiped out unexpectedly on the first corner, injuring her shoulder. I wonder if she had a bit too much anandamide in her system?
Looks like the police will need to give extra scrutiny to drivers leaving the gym after a workout. Maybe we need new laws against driving while exercise intoxicated?
Either that, or we need to come to our senses on the drug war.
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Friday, January 09, 2004
I have not wanted to wade into this fray. It is a bit jarring, finding myself suddenly feeling like a fish in a pond of sharks, when I thought I was in the company of like-minded individuals. There are an awful lot of knees jerking in conservative circles over the President's immigration reform proposal. An awful lot of visceral reaction that seems like an unwillingness to face the fact that we have a problem that is not so easily wished away with such dismissive rants as "seal the border, track down the illegals, tag 'em, handcuff 'em and throw 'em back over the fence!!" See, I live in Arizona and I see the situation a bit more up close than much of the country. I also know these people a little better than folks in much of the country. And I can tell you, I am ashamed to admit that much of what I hear coming from many "conservatives" sounds awfully xenophobic, and maybe, yes, a bit racist. I get the sense that those who are arguing in favor of militarizing our borders and imposing draconian measures on border crossers, are the same people who argued successfully in favor of the militarization of our police forces and draconian mesures in the "war on some drugs". The folly of that "war", and the resulting carnage and wreckage, is becoming more apparent every day.
In Arizona we are already familiar with the concept of a guest worker program. You may have noticed how many members of the Arizona delegation are onboard with the President's proposal. There is a reason for it. We've spent more time thinking about it rationally than many of the folks in the rest of the country, and the President's proposal seems like a sensible starting point and a reasonable compromise between the realities of the border and our national security needs. One thing that I think needs to be added to this to make it more equitable for US taxpayers, is that employers of foreign nationals should be required to buy into some sort of emergency health care pool, to help defray the costs to hospitals for emergency room care for foreign nationals. Right now hospitals are required to give emergency care without regard to ability to pay. Along the border, this is pushing some units to bankruptcy. It would be fair that those who benefit from foreign labor help pay the social costs of that labor. I mean it could be a private insurance pool--maybe even an experimental program that could later be applied to the privatization of Medicare and Medicaid. This would go a long way toward silencing the knee-jerks who think they're only crossing the border for our social services.
I would rather see them working in *this* country at jobs that contribute to the success of *this* economy, rather than seeing some of the jobs they do take off to some third-world location. I would rather see a factory emploing a thousand Mexican nationals set up in South Tucson, than to see that same factory set up in Bangladesh. It's our economy that benefits by their labor and their economic activity. And don't tell me they're taking jobs from American workers. The reason these jobs are ending up in Outer Mongolia is that American workers are not willing to do the job at a wage that makes the end product competitive. I have worked in various factory jobs, mostly assembly work. It is grueling. The average pampered American teenager is *not* looking forward to taking his place on the assembly line, come graduation from high school. Why not compete with the third world on their terms? Let people come here who are willing to do the work for competitive wages, so that it benefits our economy instead.
I hear a lot of talk about how we could get by without foreign national labor. Sure we could. At the cost of a lower standard of living for everyone. Wages would rise for the type of work they do, but that means higher costs for you and me. Restaurant meals will be more expensive. Hotel rooms will be more expensive. Landscape work will become unaffordable, except for the rich. A lot of construction work, including new houses, will get more expensive. That means we can afford less than we can now. It also means that some things will simply be out of reach, except for the rich. Some jobs just won't be done at all. Sure it might mean innovation will be spurred to find new ways to get the jobs done with less labor, but how is that better than letting the work be done by real people instead of machines? If it really was more efficient to build a machine to do the job, it would be done already. This is a free-market economy--that's how it works.
Little Miss Attila has a very good piece on the topic. Please give a click and read. I like her analogy, and I agree with her conclusions. Now if she will just up and write part II...
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Marijuana Blog - Spiritual, Psychological, Physical Benefits - Cannabis LegalizationComments
The title of the blog pretty much says it. She is focused primarily on the medical uses of marijuana. This is a new blog and there are only a few posts so far, but there are some interesting links. Go take a look.
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Thursday, January 08, 2004
Allah on the Mars MissionComments
Allah Is In The House:: "You know what is nice about your country, kufr? Wait, did Allah say 'nice'? He meant 'dumb'. Two things. First, there are no lengths to which you will not go to get a really good picture of rocks. "
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Wednesday, January 07, 2004
Funny. Vox Day is happy to make The Corner, and I am happy to get a mention on Vox Popoli.Comments
I guess that's what being a "Slimy Mollusc" in the TTLB ecosphere means. :D
Update: Er, well I was last time I checked. "Flippery Fish" at the moment, until I roll off a couple people's front page...
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Man, I like the way this guy thinks!
I am a Christian, but I absolutely prefer that the State be limited to matters of defending its citizenry and the private property rights of those citizens. If the State is allowed to play God and define sin, then sin will be defined by the most active special interest groups in the quasi-democratic West, leading to situations where men are convicted for the hate crime of publishing Bible verses as happened recently in Canada, or, conversely, women are sentenced to stoning for getting pregnant out of wedlock. What the State can give, the State can take away; it is an amoral enterprise.
The only question that remains is do we structure our society with laws in accordance with our best understanding of God's Will or not? Since God appears to be the ultimate champion of free will, I do not think we should, but rather imitate Him in allowing people the maximum freedom and responsibility possible. I suggest that history and the failures of every attempt to force God on individuals through the State supports this stance.
Rousseau did not trust such an arrangement. He argued for a "common will" expressing the collective moral intent of society, (presumably to be enforced by government). The practical results of this approach include National Socialism, Communism and Socialism--and oppression, terror, brutality, anf poverty. These are the hallmarks of government attempts to enforce morality.
See this "morality" is not limited to that which has its basis in religion. Is meat murder? Are Hummers an immoral affront to nature? Are sexist comments a moral crime? Are cigarette smoking, overeating, or public flatulence offenses that should be regulated or banned by government?
If you are willing to go partway down this path, where do you draw the line? The Left loves to portray fundamentalist Christians as being the equivalent of the Taliban, but they have plenty of blood on their own hands. Save the whales, wear your seatbelt, extinguish that cigarette, recycle, buy a Toyota Prius--it's all "for the children", and therefore a moral "good" that "ought" to be enforced by government.
There is another reason Christianity is under assault. Liberal democracy in pure form requires a moral fabric to exist in society independent of government regulation, for it to be successful. Those who have a Rosseauian vision of Socialist Utopia in mind, need to destroy that fabric in order to demonstrate the need to replace it with their own vision of public morality, enforced by government. As long as Christianity (or any other socially responsible moral system, for that matter) is able to moderate the base nature of humankind, the need for government control cannot be as effectively demonstrated.
Unfortunately over the last fifty years, these socialist utopians have made substantial headway in unravelling the moral fabric of the nation.
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Proof of Life on Mars Found!!Comments
Image: link here
Don't miss this one, click the image link! This image proves three things:
1) Life did exist on Mars at one time.
2) The Martians were litterbugs.
3) Coke had *another* exclusive vendor contract...
"Coke adds life..."
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Tuesday, January 06, 2004
The Volokh Conspiracy: Strategy for the Libertarian PartyComments
David Bernstein has a positive idea for Libertarians and Republicans alike--rather than running against each other and throwing elections to statist Democrats, negotiate a truce for specific elections, based on Republican committments to advance more libertarian judicial nominees. This gives Libertarians some clout without actually being elected, and gives Republicans the edge they often need to win against Democrats.
It is very much in line with my advocacy of working for libertarian changes within the major parties. The problem with the Democrats is that the statist voices--those dragging them into socialism--are much stronger than the libertarian voices in their party. Now and in the foreseeable future, the natural allies of libertarians will more often be those in the conservative wing of the Republican party.
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First Hi-res Color Photo from MarsComments
Spaceflight Now | Destination Mars | Early Images
Click HERE for more photo links and info on the mission.
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Monday, January 05, 2004
Digital Angel CorpComments
Aha! I'm not the only one who thinks this is the "mark of the beast".
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Sunday, January 04, 2004
Spaceflight Now | Destination Mars | Early ImagesComments
First images from Spirit:
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Saturday, January 03, 2004
Spirit Has Landed!!Comments
Spaceflight Now | Destination Mars | Mission Status Center
Click the link for a continuously updating timeline. As I write this, NASA expects that Spirit may send back a few photographs yet tonight (local Martian time).
In other good news, the Stardust spacecraft successfully passed through the tail of a comet yesterday, collecting stardust and snapping dozens of pictures of the core of the comet. This craft is scheduled to return its sample of stardust to Earth.
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Thursday, January 01, 2004
Happy New Year!Comments
Hey, I haven't seen you all since last year!
>>snrk!<< >>snrk!<< Huh huh huh...
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