Sunday, June 28, 2015

SpaceX



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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke up in a fiery blast on Sunday just minutes after its launch with a robotic Dragon cargo capsule headed for the International Space Station. It was the third failure of a space station resupply mission in eight months.
June 28, 2015
RELEASE 15-140

NASA Administrator Statement on the Loss of SpaceX CRS-7

The following is a partial statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the loss Sunday of the SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services 7 (CRS-7) mission.

“We are disappointed in the loss of the latest SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. However, the astronauts are safe aboard the station and have sufficient supplies for the next several months . . .

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Friday, June 26, 2015

TV Selection

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At noon today I tuned through the news channels (ABC. CBS, NBC, FUX NEWS, CNN and the rest) but they were all showing the same tear-jerking entertainment program which featured a somewhat familiar big-eared black guy giving a boring eulogy in a church. It seemed to me a crappy piece of political posturing and my attention wandered along with my channel selector until I finally found, on AMC, a rerun of the fine old movie, Caddyshack, which I viewed with much pleasure.

'nuff said?

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Islam



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After having bgeen subjected to all the media hype about ISIS (or ISIL, or IS... all meaning Islamic State), I thought I should read up on this subject of Islam.


According to Wikipedia: Islam is a verbal noun originating from the triliteral root s-l-m which forms a large class of words mostly relating to concepts of wholeness, safeness and peace. In a religious context it means "voluntary submission to God".

Then, on another website, I found: "There are two main branches of Islam: Sunni and Shi'a. Sunni Islam is by far the largest group, although in some countries it is a minority."

Sunnis have their historical roots in the majority group who followed Abu Bakr, an effective leader, as the successor of Muhammad, instead of his cousin and son-in-law Ali.

Shi'ites are those who followed Ali, the closest relative of Muhammad, as Muhammad's successor.
source: Compare Shia vs. Sunni Islam

The difference between Sunni and Shia sects

The difference between Sunnis and Shi’a is more of a political nature than creed. There are no dogmatic differences between the two sects. Both, Sunnis and Shi’as, believe in the one God (Allah in Arabic) or Tawhid (monotheism), in the angels, scriptures, prophets and messengers, the hereafter, and the divine decree, destiny. They share the same scripture, called the Qur’an. Although there may be a difference in the way Sunnis and Shi’as worship, nevertheless, both pray five times a day, fast the month of Ramadan, pay the zakah (or the obligatory charity) and go to Mecca for pilgrimage. During daily prayers, both Sunnis and Shi’as direct their faces toward Mecca.

After the death of Muhammad, Muslims disputed over the prophet’s successor. Muhammad’s successor, Abu Bakr, and the other three Caliphs (Omar, Uthman and Ali) after him were accepted by Muslims as the rightful successors of the prophet and were later known as Sunnis. On the other hand the Muslims who thought Ali Bin Abi Talib, the prophet’s cousin, is the legitimate successor of the prophet became to be known as Shi’a. The Shi’a believes that the prophet’s successor has to be from the family of the prophet Muhammad. Whereas Sunnis believe that the successor of the prophet must be from the tribe of Quraish, the prophet’s tribe. This political discord continued for centuries and the divide between the two sects remains to this day unresolved. Another major difference between Sunni and Shi’a is that Sunnis believe that no person after Muhammad is infallible while the Shi’a believes in the infallibility of the twelve Imams (leaders) who are descendants from the family of prophet Muhammad.

The word “Shi’a” in Arabic literally means a sect or a faction. The followers of the Shi’a sect belong to the faction or followers of Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law, Ali who, according to the Shi’a sect should have been the direct successor of Muhammad and is considered divinely appointed and the first Imam.
source: Difference between Sunnis and Shi’a

More on differences between Sunni and Shia sects

One (and one only) statement in what I read made some sense to me. Here is that statement: In Islam, God is beyond all comprehension and Muslims are not expected to visualize God.

After reading all the nonsense and after exploring the related links listed above, I found nothing at all to change any of my previous thoughts and judgments -- I still believe that all organized religions are, quite obviously, ludicrous crocks of human offal.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Just Checkin' In



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Another presidential candidate.

When will it all end?


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It's too damned hot to work my brain here in Tucson. About 105 degrees when I went out to check my mail just a couple hours after noon. Thank the universe for reliable air conditioning.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Watching CNN



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"I want to be very wealthy, and I'll be glad to tell you when I've accomplished that goal."
-John Ellis Bush
source:

I was surprised to learn that Jeb is the nickname, not the true name of Jeb Bush. His first name is John, his middle name is Ellis, and his last name is Bush. I first heard that on CNN.

Live and learn

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Heat Of The Day



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I am still streaming (free-of-charge) the complete run ofThe X-Files, about two episodes per night. Episodes 5, 6, and 7 of Season 5 are real stinkers.

This morning an amiable young man named Matt came and installed my TV to  Cox Cable. Now I can watch CNN and Fox News,...along with lots of other stuff.

The weather report calls for over 100 degree temperatures all week here in Tucson... one day at 112 degrees. I plan to stay inside with the AC running. I walked over to CVS Pharmacy a few minutes ago to stock up on those handy-dandy 1 Liter bottles of Diet Coke -- and it was already hot out there.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

What To Do



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It seems that I have nothing meaningful to contribute to this generation of human beings. I despise cell phones and do not own one... and do not intend to ever change that state of affairs. I have nothing to add to the Facebook society and will continue to merely sit in the background and follow the postings of my family and friends. There seems to be nothing for me to write about. I suppose I could go back to the radio and listen to Rush Limbaugh as I used to do. His opinions had a way of stimulating some of my own.

Or I could just sit back for the rest of my life and do nothing more than read books and watch TV.


Word For Today

deodand [dee-uh-dand]
noun
A deodand is an item of property that, however coincidentally, has caused the death of a human being.


Did You Know?

63 Earths could fut inside Uranas, and 1,321.3 Earths could fit inside Jupiter.
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This Day In History

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on this day in 1811. Stowe studied at private schools in Connecticut and worked as a teacher in Hartford for five years until her father moved to Cincinnati in 1832. She accompanied him and continued to teach while writing stories and essays. In 1836, she married Calvin Ellis Stowe, with whom she had seven children. She published her first book, Mayflower, in 1843.

While living in Cincinnati, Stowe encountered fugitive slaves and the Underground Railroad. Later, she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin in reaction to recently tightened fugitive laws.

The book sold some 300,000 copies and did much to galvanize public opinion in the North against slavery. Stowe traveled to England in 1853, where she was welcomed as a literary hero. Along with Ralph Waldo Emerson, she became one of the original contributors to The Atlantic, which launched in November 1857. In 1863, when Lincoln announced the end of slavery, she danced in the streets. Stowe continued to write throughout her life and died in 1896.
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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS




Donald John Trump Sr. (born June 14, 1946) is an American business magnate, investor, television personality and author. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Trump's extravagant lifestyle, outspoken manner, and role on the NBC reality show The Apprentice have made him a well-known celebrity who was No. 17 on the 2011 Forbes Celebrity 100 list.




Marla Gibbs (born June 14, 1931) is an American actress, singer, writer and producer. Gibbs is best known for her role as Louise and George Jefferson's feisty maid, Florence Johnston, in the long-running CBS sitcom, The Jeffersons (1975-1985), for which she received five Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nominations.




Yasmine Amanda Bleeth (born June 14, 1968) is an American actress. Her television roles include Caroline Holden in the long-running series Baywatch and Lee Anne Demerest on the soap opera One Life to Live.




Stefanie Maria "Steffi" Graf (born 14 June 1969) is a German former world No. 1 tennis player. In 1988, she became the first and only tennis player (male or female) to achieve the Calendar Year Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam singles titles and the Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year.

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