Sunday, March 25, 2007

dodge this....

Apparently NASA is researching the effects of high-speed collisions of tiny meteorites on the moon's surface. The concept is pretty disturbing, since some of the rocks are travelling at up to 35 kilometres per second when they hit the ground. At those speeds, a spacesuit isn't going to stop you from being turned into a smear instantly... so how are we going to survive in space?
As NASA explains it, you might dodge a bullet but still get caught by its shrapnel. Among the questions they want to answer: Are you more likely to get cut off at the ankles by debris spattered along the horizon, or hit from above by material on high, ballistic trajectories?

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

consequences of blind faith

BBC: Indonesians jailed for beheadings

This really makes me wonder how people can possibly be that vicious and remorseless. This guy and his two friends beheaded 3 schoolgirls because they were students at a Christian school, as revenge (or something) against the Christian community for some previous violence against Muslims.

How could their made-up rubbish (religion) be more important than the lives of innocent civilians? He said at the sentencing that he didn't care about going to jail either, demonstrating a total absence of remorse.

As far as I see it, religion offers only the "blind faith" needed to murder innocents in the name of God and brotherhood. This is the same kind of conditioned psychotic mentality exhibited when fanatical Muslims burned down embassies and basically violently wrecked the place over those Muhammad cartoons. Idiots.

The old Christian phrase "love of money is the root of all evil" is inaccurate. I think the correct one should be "blind faith in religion is the root of all evil", because it allows apparently normal people to dehumanise and then horrendously butcher and murder other civilians.

Friday, March 16, 2007

China's new property law

A quote from a Chinese net user on the new property law passed in this year's "National People's Congress", which turned up on the BBC's news site.

"With the property law, finally, I won't be afraid of losing my bicycle. If I lose it, if it is still in China, it still belongs to me according to the law."

Sarcastic bastard. I love it!