Category: Opportunity

The Rovers still rove

Some good news from NASA regarding the Mars Rovers.

I still find it amazing that those rovers were only supposed to be on the surface of Mars for 90 sols (Martian Days). They’ve now been up for 1,271 sols, or 14.1 times longer than they were supposed to be active.

Those rovers are a testament to engineering at its very best. It is nice to see that it still exists somewhere in the U.S. and NASA still pulls it off.

What I can’t imagine is the excess data being sent by the rovers. They had their hands full with 90 sols of info, now they’ve got much more than that. While the Viking landers may have found life, the rovers Opportunity and Spirit may help us get a much more focused picture of what that life on Mars actually happens to be.

So kudos to NASA and Steve Squyres on the re-starting of the rovers. For a while there I thought all was lost but it isn’t.

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Racism – still alive and kicking

Even here in Rhode Island we still have racist mother fuckers out there. Tonight for example, I got a call from my landlord about people ‘lotterying’ on the porch. It took a minute for me to connect it, he said loitering.

Here’s the thing, we’ve been ‘loitering’ since we moved in. But this week Keyron’s family is here and it’s an overflow space. I also looked at the definition of loitering and by definition what we’re doing isn’t loitering. The relevant definition is: a : to remain in an area for no obvious reason b : to lag behind

Sitting and talking on a porch is not loitering. The obvious reason is to communicate. If I challenged our lease in court I’d win. But then relations with the landlord would suffer. I know the true reason of course, I’m not stupid. It’s because there were too many black people on the porch. The stupid son of a bitch doesn’t realize that the only difference between we who have slightly olive colored skin and those who have brown skin is a genetic change. That’s all. A small number of base pairs get switched around and your skin is brown, vs. white, olive, or what have you.

I was talking to Keyron’s brother Cory and his girlfriend Michelle. I said I was a bit surprised that we’ve not seen another Dr. King, Malcolm X or the like? It is almost as though the black community has given up.

Maybe the next crusader against racism will be an Italian boy, namely me. Why the hell not? Granted, I’d find it hard to gain acceptance in the black community because my motives would be in question.

But what are my motives? It’s quite simple in reality. I want to see an end to racism and full and equal treatment for everyone. I’ve seen far too many instances of outright and blatant racism.

The time Keyron met a client for the first time I was with him to assist in measuring, etc. The womans face dropped when she saw that Keyron was black. Then there was our former landlord, Lynn Bruso. Mrs. Bruso was this blond bimbo type who didn’t know her ass from her elbow, but she treated me with utmost respect and Keyron with utmost disrespect. And now this guy.

So join me in denouncing discrimination of any form. It is counterproductive and annoys me to no end.

Racism is still alive and well Pt. III

Well, maybe racist is the wrong term. I think idiots might be better. The police got all bent out of shape while Moore was shooting the video below, as evidenced by the district commander showing up at the scene.

Lets face it, cops aren’t known for being enlightened thinkers. Lets face it, policing is a profession where one simply has too much time on ones hands, and when that happens the demons of the mind come out to play.

But this Michael Moore video makes a good point, particularly toward the end with the cell phone example. I shudder to think how I might react were my SO ever to be attacked /killed by police for such a nonsense reason. Over mistaking a wallet or a cellphone or even a candy bar for a weapon.
Anyhow, watch the video.

Racism is still alive and well Pt. II

Racism is still around as is evidenced by this clip from TV Nation. One notable fact is that there wasn’t a single white driver, which in itself I find interesting. But for black and Latino to pass up a black man waiting for a cab is ironic when you think about it.

When are we going to learn? Racism doesn’t pay off, and sets us back instead of moving forward.