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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Oh Kep. Look up Gehlen and his post WW2 activities.
    Not sure what you're referring to. I see that he was Our Man in Bonn to spy on the East German weight lifters. If he was anything like the other Paperclippers he was probably a psychopath in his Hitler days. I get that.

    I was talking about Canaris who seems to have been able to sabotage the Nazis somewhat from inside while working for their state apparatus. As we descend further into Naziism, American Style! we're going to need people who "can smile, and smile, and be a villain." We are going to need to take those f-cks, and by those f-cks I mean... well... you... down from the inside.
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    The Byrds went 8 Miles High. SpaceX is aiming for 12.

    https://www.space.com/amp/spacex-sta...elon-musk.html

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    Poop.

    India's attempt to become the first nation to land a spacecraft near the Moon's unexplored south pole has apparently ended in failure.

    The Chandrayaan-2 approached the Moon as normal until an error occurred about 2.1km (1.3 miles) from the surface, officials said.

    India's Space Research Organization (Isro) said it lost contact seconds before the ship was expected to land.

    India would have been the fourth nation to make a soft landing on the Moon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    There is a secret base there manned by the Zaphods. They shoot down any intruders.

    #ProveMeWrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    There is a secret base there manned by the Zaphods. They shoot down any intruders.

    #ProveMeWrong
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py_IndUbcxc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    Made a bit over $100K in the USA but $8 million+ worldwide.

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    Another visitor.

    An amateur astronomer named Gennady Borisov of Crimea (so I’m calling him Ukrainian), just discovered what is likely (but not yet certainly) the second known visitor to our Solar System from outside of it. The first one, as you might recall, was ‘Oumuamua.
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    Also this week.

    Its size and surface gravity are much larger than Earth’s, and its radiation environment may be hostile, but a distant planet called K2-18b has captured the interest of scientists all over the world. For the first time, researchers have detected water vapor signatures in the atmosphere of a planet beyond our solar system that resides in the "habitable zone," the region around a star in which liquid water could potentially pool on the surface of a rocky planet.

    Astronomers at the Center for Space Exochemistry Data at the University College London in the United Kingdom used data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to find water vapor in the atmosphere of K2-18b, an exoplanet around a small red dwarf star about 110 light-years away in the constellation Leo. If confirmed by further studies, this will be the only exoplanet known to have both water in its atmosphere and temperatures that could sustain liquid water on a rocky surface. Liquid water would only be possible if the planet turns out to be terrestrial in nature, rather than resembling a small version of Neptune.

    Given the high level of activity of its red dwarf star, K2-18b may be more hostile to life as we know it than Earth, as it is likely to be exposed to more high-energy radiation. The planet, discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope in 2015, also has a mass eight times greater than Earth's.
    Getting there; it's only a matter of time.

    Stir the soup and you get chemistry.

    Randomize the chemistry and you get reproduction.

    Reproduce with natural selection and you get the tree of life. A different tree, sure, but nonetheless.

    Make life complex enough and you get consciousness, awareness, intelligence, and directed will.

    There are Venus-sized spacefaring ladybugs out there somewhere, folks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    Another visitor.



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    " it needs to back to its own star system and apply for a visa. Otherwise Drumpf will send ICE... If it is small, Drumpf will try to put it in a cage and neglect it. If it is big, he may try to buy it in a shady real estate deal, install crappy facilities, overcharge visitors or tenants, inflate its value for tax write-off purposes, deny any scientific data acquired by NASA probes on or around it, sell it to the Russians so he can launder more of their money, complain about the Russian military base built on it, and finally, use a Sharpie to draw a trajectory on a pilfered NASA map aimed at [insert ENEMY OF THE WEEK].
    Seems accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    Also this week.



    Getting there; it's only a matter of time.

    Stir the soup and you get chemistry.

    Randomize the chemistry and you get reproduction.

    Reproduce with natural selection and you get the tree of life. A different tree, sure, but nonetheless.

    Make life complex enough and you get consciousness, awareness, intelligence, and directed will.

    There are Venus-sized spacefaring ladybugs out there somewhere, folks.
    Star Trek and the giant planet eating amoeba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Star Trek and the giant planet eating amoeba.
    I was thinking the phallic Doomsday log. How come they all thought that was a machine? It moves, hunts, and feeds. Sounds like life to me.

    Another fun candidate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    I was thinking the phallic Doomsday log. How come they all thought that was a machine? It moves, hunts, and feeds. Sounds like life to me.

    Another fun candidate.
    Or it is just obeying its programming. Crush. Kill. Destroy. (oops,that was Lost In Space)

    Should a self aware machine be considered for census purposes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Or it is just obeying its programming. Hunt. Kill. Destroy.
    What do you think we're doing?
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    Should a self aware machine be considered for census purposes?
    Only if it's white.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Or it is just obeying its programming. Hunt. Kill. Destroy. (oops,that was List In Space)

    Should a self aware machine be considered for census purposes?
    The Constitution indicates "persons" so no

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    Nothing regarding out galaxy's balloon center?

    A pair of towering, hourglass-like balloons have been discovered at the heart of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, according to a new study. They are some of the largest features ever observed at the galactic center and researchers were able to detect them because they're emitting radio waves.

    A new study describing the balloons published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

    To understand the scale of these giant bubbles, they extend for hundreds of light-years above and below the center of the Milky Way. But how did they get there?

    Researchers believe that an energetic burst occurred near the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy millions of years ago, resulting in these structures. The twin balloons likely formed after an explosion or eruption blew through the interstellar medium in opposite directions. The interstellar medium is the space between star systems in a galaxy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Clown View Post
    Nothing regarding out galaxy's balloon center?
    But how did they get there?
    Astronomers have released this photo of the suspect

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    I wonder who did the programming.

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    Live feed of the first all-female space walk.

    https://youtu.be/WTHJnd0voLs
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    Don't, mookie. Just this once. For me.
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