The Watering Hole, Monday, September 29th, 2014: Intelligent Life…Please?

Although I’ve only been back online since the beginning of the weekend (my home computer crashed early last week, and access from the office was hit-or-miss, too), my search for intelligent life in American politics found little. So for today’s post I’m turning to the infinite wonder and majesty of “space, the final frontier”, in the hopes that maybe, just maybe, there could be a civilization out there that isn’t aiming to destroy itself through its own arrogant stupidity.

The following are just a few of the more recent Hubble Deep-Space images from a photo gallery that I found at

"All-sky-view of Magellanic Stream"

“All-sky-view of Magellanic Stream”

"A Selection of Hubble's planetary nebulae"

“A Selection of Hubble’s planetary nebulae”

"...two galaxies interacting. NGC 2936, once a standard spiral galaxy, and NGC 2937, a smaller elliptical, bear a striking resemblance to a penguin guarding its egg."

“…two galaxies interacting. NGC 2936, once a standard spiral galaxy, and NGC 2937, a smaller elliptical, bear a striking resemblance to a penguin guarding its egg.”

This is our daily open thread – feel free to discuss intelligence, life, whatever you want.


45 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Monday, September 29th, 2014: Intelligent Life…Please?

  1. The space program is a passionate issue with me.
    We need a heavy lift program and we cannot rely on the FSSR to shuttle our scientists back and forth from the ISS.
    Which brings about another facet of the stupidity I face almost daily.
    I had to explain to a person that the ISS is the International Space Station and is in no way even remotely similar to ISIS.
    This came about during a lopsided discussion of the cancellation of the shuttle program and what a bad man Obama is for shutting it down.
    Ummmmm…… Hello? Anybody in there?
    Obama didn’t cancel funding for the shuttle program. Bush did.
    Hell is the absence of reason.

    • Lucky for them Obama’s predecessor was a stupid and incompetent nutcase of their own, one who screwed up every single thing he touched. Gives them someone to blame it all on ten yrs down the road after all the consequences are finally apparent, the stupid one is retired to a bathtub paint shop,and a smart and capable black man is in the WH. Their irrational fears and hatreds finally have a place to land.

  2. The butterfly nebula is one of my favorite screen saver/wallpapers…Currently I have an up close in your face picture of sol, in all it’s glazing bory.

  3. Once again, a FauxNuuze contributor plays out irrational FEAR!
    I think I’ll invest in Burkha manufacturers, seeing as how ISIS(L) is coming to get us…
    h/t Raw Story

    • “What does the ordinary viewer do at this point?” Pirro wondered.

      I would change the channel. That’s the easy answer.

    • Jeanine Pirro is the former Westchester County District Attorney. It is the county immediately south of Putnam County (where Brewster is, and where Jane and I grew up), and two counties down fro Dutchess County (where Jane and I live, just over the county line.) Westchester is also one of the most affluent counties in the country.

      When a high school kid died after being punched, falling, and hitting his head on the concrete around a swimming pool, all the other underage drinkers fled the scene then lied to the cops afterwards. The parents of the teen who threw the party were out of town at the time. They were also personal friends of DA Jeanine Pirro.

      She never brought any charges against the parents, though I think they knew the party was going on. She also never charged any of the kids with obstruction of justice because, in her words, “It is not against the law to lie to the police.” I think they reached some kind of plea deal with the kid who punched the one who died.

      I have zero respect for her.

      • She was a judge?! Oh, stars above – Pirro comes across as having made up her mind before facts have been introduced.
        A perfect match for the stupidity that is FraudlyFox.

  4. It doesn’t speak very well of a country when the positive aspects and result potentials of a strongly-funded space program are dismissed as “too costly” (and projects are delayed or cancelled in result) in order to free up cash to invest in military incursions and/or in stupid wars. I saw that happen in the late sixties — when I was employed by aerospace firms — during the Vietnam idiocy, and the trend hasn’t changed since. Course, war’s is good cuz there’s lotsa right-now profit in ’em and space not so much. Ask Dick Cheney (among many others).

    Such a screwy world where all that EVER counts is accumulation of money and power, and to hell with knowledge.

    • Reminds me of the main premise of Star Trek… that we have evolved past needing ‘things’, including accumulation of wealth.
      Seems we are heading in the opposite evolutionary direction.

      • Yep. That’s part of why I’m a Socialist and NOT a Capitalist. Far as I’m concerned, this country’s obsession with money, wealth, and power accumulation at any cost has become criminal.

  5. The “moderate” Syrian rebels aren’t happy about us bombing their extremist allies:

    “Thousands of civilians and rebels across Syria protested allied airstrikes against extremist militants that continued on Saturday, underscoring the challenge the U.S.-led campaign faces in dealing with complex ties among rival rebel factions.”

    The friend of our friend is our enemy. Fuck these people. Get the fuck outta there NOW.

    • Amen. It still puzzles the shit out of me as to why we give a crap about anything in that region anyway. I’m guessing it’s all about the MIC profits, and nothing more.

      • First, it was the oil. Now it’s that and about Israel, as if they can’t take care of themselves.

        We should have had an electric car 3 decades ago. Oh, we did, and GM killed it due to Big Oil pressure.

        • Don’t forget — ISIS is coming for us. Both of them. And we’re all doomed cuz them guys is hard-asses and they’re really mean.

          Heard that on Fox, so it’s obviously true.

  6. So proud of my baby who is literally and figuratively moving up. She’s going from Earth & Planetary Sciences Dept. Head at UCSC to Astronomy & Astrophysics Dept. Head at UCSC.

    Love that she’s around science nerds and geeks.

    • Congrats to your talented daughter. Every time I despair of the ignorance and lack of desire to learn in our citizenry, someone I care for posts something about the accomplishments of their bright, or kind, or artistic, or just plain willing to advance the cause of humanity, child and I go to sleep confident that we can leave our world in good hands.

      • Thank you OIMF, and to everyone else too.

        Even bmmdaughter’s hair looks like a Nikola Tesla experiment!

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