Wednesday, June 5, 2013

To Mars And Beyond?



A pair of woodpeckers have built a nest inside a hole they pecked in a Saguaro cactus out on the back deck a few feet west of the swimming pool. There are some cheeping chicks inside the cactus. I took about a dozen shots of the parents entering and leaving the nest. But they are cautious and they are fast.

My task was made more difficult because Eva does not want any birds in her territory, and she growls and roars out her loudest and most bass snarls and barks whenever they fly near. I suppose I could have left her inside while I took the pictures, but that would hurt her feelings terribly. And I try not to do that to her.

I got one pretty good one, though. I cropped it and posted it below.

The Science Channel (SCI) is presenting a series on the upcoming mission to Mars. It is titled MARS RISING and it comprises several hours of documentary style programming describing all the dangers and challenges that might arise to plague the astronauts on their long, long journey.

I watched the first three fascinating hour-long episodes.

I suppose I am the eternal pessimist, but it seems to me that the perils, both known and unknown, are too numerous for such a journey to succeed. And human beings, no matter how proud and intrepid, are still just that... 'human beings.'

If astronauts ever do survive a trip to Mars and if they then succeed in finding indications pointing to the possibility of biological life having once been able to inhabit the planet, then beyond this 'possibility' remains the fact that biological life is no longer capable of surviving on Mars. And we already knew that before Man began the trek.

What would have been gained?


You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.



On June 5 in 1968 Senator Robert Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the California presidential primary. Immediately after he announced to his cheering supporters that the country was ready to end its fractious divisions, Kennedy was shot several times by the 22-year-old Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan.

Senator Kennedy died a day later.

Sirhan, who was born in Palestine, confessed to the crime at his trial and received a death sentence on March 3, 1969. However, since the California State Supreme Court invalidated all death penalty sentences in 1972,

Sirhan has spent the rest of his life in prison.

More details  . . .



Resolutely courageous; fearless.


Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg
(born June 5, 1971)
Mark Wahlberg is an American actor, producer, model, and former rapper. He was known as Marky Mark in his earlier years, and became famous for his 1991 debut as frontman with the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Wahlberg is well known for his roles in films such as Fear (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), Three Kings (1999), The Perfect Storm (2000), Planet of the Apes (2001), Rock Star (2001), The Italian Job (2003), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Four Brothers (2005), The Departed (2006), Invincible (2006), Shooter (2007), Max Payne (2008), The Lovely Bones (2009), The Fighter (2010), Date Night (2010), Ted (2012), Pain & Gain (2013) and Transformers 4 (2014). He has also served as the executive producer of the TV series Entourage, Boardwalk Empire, and How to Make It in America.

Susan Lynn "Suze" Orman
(born June 5, 1951)
Suze Orman is an American author, financial advisor, motivational speaker, and television host. Orman was born in Chicago and received her B.A. in social work. She worked as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. In 1983 she became the vice-president of investments at Prudential Bache Securities and in 1987 founded the Suze Orman Financial Group. Her program The Suze Orman Show began airing on CNBC in 2002. In 2006 she won a Gracie Award for Outstanding Program Host on the The Suze Orman Show on CNBC. She has written several books on the topic of personal finance.

Bill D. Moyers
(born June 5, 1934)
Bill Moyers is an American journalist and public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He worked as a news commentator on television for ten years. Moyers has had an extensive involvement with public television, producing documentaries and news journal programs. He has won numerous awards and honorary degrees. He has become well known as a trenchant critic of the U.S. media. Since 1990, Moyers has been President of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy.

Mary Kay Bergman
(June 5, 1961 - November 11, 1999)
Mary Kay Bergman, credited on the first season and the first half of the second season of South Park as Shannen Cassidy, was an American voice actress and animation voice-over teacher.
Bergman had previously acted in plays in high school and also studied theater at UCLA. In 1989, she began voicing the Disney character Snow White and is now perhaps best known for her roles in South Park, which she voiced from its 1997 debut until her death, and The Fairly Odd Parents. She also did voice work for over 400 television commercials.


For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.
--Lao Tzu

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