Monikers

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Let me fix this for you CBSNews. Aaron Tucker skips job interview, takes shirt off his back to save car crash victim. 

Thats better.

I resist the urge to go off the deep end about this since I’ve already done my TL;DR post for the day. So let me just say, ‘Kudos to you Mr. Tucker’.

No true Scotsman

No true Scotsman or appeal to purity is an informal fallacy in which one attempts to protect a universal generalization from counterexamples by changing the definition in an ad hoc fashion to exclude the counterexample.

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Buddhism has a lot to teach us, you know. It has been shown to have real psychological and cognitive value. You mean like those Buddhists monks who helped the Burmese Army ethnically cleanse the Rohingya to the point of genocide? Oh, but they weren’t proper Buddhists. – The Four Horsemen, Foreword by Stephen Fry. (I think he’s quoting the above from somewhere, but I’m not sure of the source)

Stuff of nightmares

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You know in 1984 when Winston is tortured with his biggest fear? Having something crawl into my ear canal and lay its eggs there is definitely mine. Okay, top five at the very least…. because I just imagined something crawling up my urethra and laying its eggs. Seriously, you don’t really even have to torture me, I’ll tell you anything you want to know (for a cheeseburger).

Okay, off to dip my junk in a complex mixture of  antiseptic and turpentine. Gotta be sure.

 

Enemies

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I thought this was quite good and perhaps somewhat salient in today’s climate of perceiving enemies where there are actually none.

Death of a pamphleteer

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On this day, 22 February, 1943, Sophie Scholl was executed by the government of Nazi Germany. She was convicted of high treason after being arrested for distributing anti-war leaflets at the University of Munich along with her brother Hans five days before. She was 21 years old.

Her last words were:

‘How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause? Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?’

Her head was then chopped off with a guillotine.

Dark side of the moon

The solar system began to form about… 4.6 billion years ago. Give or take a couple of million…

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Our moon was potentially ‘habitable’ for about 500 million years after its formation… about 3.5 billion years ago. During its ‘brief’ tenure as a satellite capable of supporting life it had enough water to maintain an atmosphere (of about 1% of earths current atmosphere) which would have been enough for pools of water to form. The volcanic action also helped replenish the atmosphere.

Perhaps most importantly is that there is evidence to suggest that the Moon had a magnetic field which would have protected it from solar and cosmic radiation.

It is unlikely that life would have gotten past the single cell organism phase in that ‘brief’ window, but still, there was potential there.

Perhaps instead of a tidal locked hunk of rock we should consider the moon more like a giant microbial graveyard circling round the earth… a testament that life in the universe is harsh and unforgiving, a portent of things to come.