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Space Colonization Update

The space odyssey of 2001 never came to pass. The Jetsons were just a cartoon. Nonetheless, some people are still trying to create human colonies somewhere off the Earth. There’s a lot to do for people who want to make these colonies a reality.

So, what are the aspiring space colonists up to? Not [...]

Mars Expedition Has Trouble Staying In Orbit

Part of the Mars One plan is to keep colonists alive by sending them regular packages of supplies to supplement their own colony-based projects to create and maintain supplies of water, air and food. What happens if one of those resupply missions is delayed by two years? [...]

Two Days to the March Against Surveillance: Give a Ride, Get a Ride

Two days from now, an unknown number of Americans will march to the U.S. Capitol in a demonstration against massive unwarranted surveillance.

The number of people showing up will be taken as an indication of the strength of the movement against government surveillance, which makes it important for as many people as possible to [...]

Protest Against NSA Spying On October 26

Barack Obama was elected President under a promise to restore respect for Americans’ constitutional rights, and to reform the FISA Amendments Act and Patriot Act, laws that had created an extreme surveillance state under George W. Bush’s Homeland Security mania. As President, Obama has broken these promises. Obama has moved to prevent reform of the [...]

Lecture

And listen well!

(“Winston Churchill” by Oscar Nemon on the grounds of the Halifax Memorial Library in Halifax, Nova Scotia)

United Airlines Tosses Passenger Carry On Bags For Credit Card Profit

With Priority Boarding, you have to give up your bag, because United Airlines cares more about making quick profits from credit card late fees than it cares about providing reasonable service for most of its customers. [...]

International Spy Museum Fails The Test On NSA SPying

The International Spy Museum has demonstrated that it’s not willing to provide an honest representation of the profession of spying. I suppose, given the museum’s enthusiasm for lies, that we should not have expected better. [...]

Protecting America From Beach Shirts

I just had a strange man rub his hands all over my upper body. It was not a physical encounter I had requested.

I was checking in at the airport, for a flight to return home from a vacation at the beach. I was wearing a loose shirt I had on me to keep cool [...]

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

Guns, wedding gowns, cold beer. I think one of these things at Hussey’s General Store in Windsor, Maine does not belong with the other two, but I can’t decide which it is.

This is the opposite of what happens in the big cities, where specialty shops like Filipino groceries or antique travel book shops [...]

At The Airport

Slab City, Maine

If you head westish out of Lincolnville Center, Maine, as I did today, you’ll run into a place named “Slab City” on the map. As you can see from the photo I snapped over an open field, it’s not really a city and I couldn’t find anything like a slab. This whole part of [...]