May 2008

I have a cold coming on. And tomorrow’s a concert with St Jacobs CC. I need a whisky.


What could we pay for with the $$$ poured into the war in Iraq? Charlie Stross makes some calculations:

Going by Stiglitz’s indirect estimates, the picture is even more ludicrous; for $3Tn, assuming a crew of four per expedition, $20Bn per flight, and a basic $450 start-up price, you could send 510 astronauts to Mars. That’s not a Mars exploration program, that’s a battalion! It’s a small colony!

Seriously, war is such a bad idea. Even though we may argue about the necessity of a Mars trip, investing the money in renewable energy (or even nuclear power plants), global education, water resources etc. would be A. LOT. BETTER. THAN. WAR.

I don’t know if I need say no more: All rise!


Daylight Atheism is written by the man behind Ebon Musings, and it is a very enjoyable weblog, about and for atheism. Well written, thought out and careful; I like it. Here’s three pieces for your Sunday reading:

Catholic-bashing might be considered an easy target, but the morality of those swines really are disgusting. How about this gem from Mother Theresa:

I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot, to share it with the passion of Christ. I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people.

I’m sorry, but that’s just downright evil.

If I had another chance, or simply a few, say 15, years on my hand with nothing in particular to do, I’d probably study. And.. maybe astronomy. I mean, exactly how cool is it? Very, very much cool. So, without further ado, here’s the link of the day,

Cool? Hell yes!

Ok… Er… Ask what I want to be when I grow up? Ok? Please? Er…

Everyone with normal IQ and access to internet or TV knows that Scientology is a cult. It is a cult, ok? A cult, as in an ugly damn cult. And if you wonder why I keep on calling it a cult, it is because of this:

  • Teenager in UK faces prosecution for calling Scientology a cult, here.

Of course, this may just be an up-strung police officer, but considering Scientologys normal tactics… Frigging nasty moronic idiots are what they are.

So here’s something for you, link the word cult to Wikipedia, and Scientology Operation Clambake. Let’s google bomb the assholes.

Three odd pieces:

  • Climate skepticism: The top 10
  • Reprogrammed skin cells. Hell yes.
  • Aayan Hirsi Ali Security Trust: FAQ.