indicator of life

A team of NASA and university scientists has achieved the first
definitive detection of methane in the atmosphere of Mars. This
discovery indicates the planet is either biologically or geologically
active.
Not enough is known about Mars’ geology or the presence or
absence of life to make a definitive theory on the source of methane.

Huh..

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hard working mom

Dear Mrs. Lockheart,

I wish to clarify that I am not now, nor have I ever been, an exotic
dancer. I work at Home Depot and I told Sarah how hectic it was
last week before the blizzard hit. I told her we sold out every single
shovel we had. Then I found one more in the back room, and
several people were fighting over who would get it. Sarah’s picture
does NOT show me dancing around a pole. It’s supposed to depict
me selling the last snow shovel we had at Home Depot. From now
on I will remember to check her homework more thoroughly before
she turns it in.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Bennet

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U.S. history in the making

Today history was made as Barack Obama was sworn in as
America’s fourty fourth president. The crouds outside the
Capitol and streched out to the Washington Monument were
estimated to be around 2 million strong.
These high resolution pictures were taken by GeoEye-1, the
most powerful commercial imaging satellite in the sky, from
423 miles above the National Mall.
The three pictures that comprise the big picture were taken
about 40 minutes before the swearing in ceremony.
Click the link and have a look.

popsci.com

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big picture

Enjoy some more earth pictures as taken by earth orbiting
satelites.

boston.com

This is a two kilometer long landslide that occured in Guatamala
on Jan 4th, 2009.

If you download the picture from the nasa website and look
in the upper left corner you’ll see the landslide and, if you
enlarge the picture and look to the right of the landslide you
can see a little town. Compare the landslide to the size of the
town to the right of it… Damn.

earthobservatory.nasa.gov

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disorder in the court

This should make you laugh. These are from a book called Disorder in the
American Courts, and are things people actually said in court, word for
word, taken down and now published by court reporters who had the torment
of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.

ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget.
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, “Where am I, Cathy?”
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!

ATTORNEY: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo?
WITNESS: We both do.
ATTORNEY: Voodoo?
WITNESS: We do.
ATTORNEY: You do?
WITNESS: Yes, voodoo.

ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he
doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: Uh, he’s twenty-one.

ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Were you present just now?

ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Uh…. We were making love!

ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
WITNESS: None.
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: You’ve got to be kidding! Your Honor, I think I need a different
attorney. Can I get a new attorney?

ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death.
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Now whose death do you suppose terminated it?

ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard.
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Guess.

ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition
notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead
people?
WITNESS: All my autopsies are performed on dead people. Would you like to
rephrase that?

ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
WITNESS: Oral.

ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 P.M.
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an
autopsy on him!

ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Huh….are you qualified to ask that question?

And the best for last:

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a
pulse?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began
the autopsy?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing
law.

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nuclear fusion almost here

While it has seemed an impossible goal for nearly 100 years,
scientists now believe that they are on brink of cracking one
of the biggest problems in physics by harnessing the power of
nuclear fusion, the reaction that burns at the heart of the sun.

It is science’s star experiment: an attempt to create an artificial
sun on earth – and provide an answer to the world’s impending
energy shortage. Good luck to ya.

sott.net

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the ascent of money

A facinating interview with Niall Ferguson regarding our
global financial crisis. It’s about time people start to get
a grip on just how F*&#ed up our situation really is. Niall
seems to know just what, where, how and why things have,
did, are and will regarding our nation’s banking institution
and everything it will effect. A very interesting 12 minute
video from PBS TV’s the Tavis Smiley show. Take the time
and watch the video.

pbs.org

Once you have a taste for what’s possibly in store for we
Americans as well as the rest of the world, get ready for
Niall’s two hour special called, The Ascent of Money:
A Financial History of the World
. This show will take
us back around Five hundred years and chronicle money’s
influence on humans from then to now. I think it will be
riviting.

The Ascent of Money will air on PBS this January 13th.
Check your local air time with the link below. After all
this, if you are left still wanting more, PBS will air a four
hour special later this year. Personally, I think this should
be mandatory viewing for all Americans.

pbs.org/tvschedules

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