Category: History & Culture

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A philosophical conundrum

Douglas Adams’s conundrum:

Due to the dust cloud, the sky above Krikkit was completely black, and thus the people of Krikkit led insular lives and never realised the existence of the Universe at large. With the population thus prepared, Hactar, disintegrated but still functional, built and crashed a model spaceship onto Krikkit in order to introduce its inhabitants to the concept of the Universe.

Secretly guided by Hactar, the Krikkiters built their first spaceship, Krikkit One, penetrated the dust cloud, and surveyed the Universe before them. Unbeknownst to the Krikkiters, Hactar had been subliminally conditioning their minds to the point where they could not accept a Universe into their world view, with the intention of putting them into a similar mindset to that of the Silastic Armorfiends.

Sooner or later, they would require an Ultimate Weapon, and this would allow Hactar to finally complete his purpose, something he had felt considerable guilt about not doing before.

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Son of Concorde

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Spike is competing with NASA and Virgin Airlines to develop a commercial supersonic jet capable of breaking the 767 mph sound barrier.

Last month NASA revealed that it had carried out breakthrough tests of its version of the supersonic jet.

Experts working on the £289million ($390million) project tested the latest prototype inside a massive wind tunnel at NASA’s Langley Research Center.

Now Spike have gone one step further by carrying out seven short flights to examine the design and flight controls of the jet.

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This is wrong …

so, so wrong:

Not good enough, the BBC report. How did they get there? Why? Why were they not at school or why had the teachers not reported them missing or where was the mother?

Yesterday, as we were driving away from a shopping centre, there was a girl of about that age walking entirely by herself towards McDonald’s along the path – she was preoccupied with music and had not the faintest idea she could be in trouble.

What insanity lets girls out on their own, especially today? At a minimum they should have their mates with them as a group. And no, it’s not the same for boys. And at least if she’d been on a bike there’d have been some chance of escape.

Though with Muslim gangs – probably not.… More here ...

Multiple gunmen in Vegas

Now this is most interesting.  Sackerson sent this:

… with the note:

Weird – as you know I’m very cautious about conspiracy theories but …

It’s about the Vegas massacre and she goes into quite some detail, concluding there was more than one gunman:

Suchomel posted key details about the shooting to Facebook contradicting the official narrative that Stephen Paddock is a lone gunman.

“From about 50 feet in front of us, and a little to the right, fire crackers were set off. Let me repeat that… FIRE CRACKERS WERE SET OFF. I verbally stated “some asshole just shot of fire crackers in close proximity to so many people”. I was literally pissed off. You could see Jason Aldean look to his left kind of startled by it, but he was also clearly irritated. I would say about 15 seconds later, the first volley of gunfire was released,” the eyewitness wrote.

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The narrative cake

On how it’s baked:

Strange contracts pre-dating us would suddenly surface, book deals with no deadline attached authored by attractive or nearly famous women, one I recall was by the stewardess on a private plane. It was startling — and professionally mortifying — to discover how many hacks writing gossip columns or entertainment coverage were on the Miramax payroll with a “consultancy” or a “development deal” (one even at The New York Times).

It’s interesting to speculate what percentage of tendentious liberal media projects exist mainly to pay off insiders who know too much. On top of that, what percentage of the projects that never come fully to fruition but for which somebody got paid are, basically, bribes/rewards for staying on Team Liberal despite learning about your teammates?

So much energy and effort expensed on what is wrong.  For money.  And predictably:

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Annette takes us out

This will be my last jazz post for a while using searches. I’ve found that I’m now repeating myself over and over and am struggling to find new pieces … though the music of course is fine.

So, it will be Annette this evening [if only she were speaking about us personally]:

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Is this a bit too good to be true? One would like to think it will become possible:

Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have discovered the first compound that directly makes cancer cells commit suicide while sparing healthy cells. The new treatment approach, described in today’s issue of Cancer Cell, was directed against acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells but may also have potential for attacking other types of cancers.

“We’re hopeful that the targeted we’re developing will prove more effective than current anti-cancer therapies by directly causing to self-destruct,” says Evripidis Gavathiotis, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and of medicine and senior author of the study. “Ideally, our compounds would be combined with other treatments to kill cancer faster and more efficiently—and with fewer adverse effects, which are an all-too-common problem with standard chemotherapies.”

At this very moment, heart complications caused a few more tests to be done yesterday and changes made, it continues Monday, I’m not all that well. … More here ...