"I’ve been a deep believer my whole life. 18 years as a Southern Baptist. More than 40 years as a mainline Protestant. I’m an ordained pastor. But it’s just stopped making sense to me. You see people doing terrible things in the name of religion, and you think: ‘Those people believe just as strongly as I do. They’re just as convinced as I am.’ And it just doesn’t make sense anymore. It doesn’t make sense to believe in a God that dabbles in people’s lives. If a plane crashes, and one person survives, everyone thanks God. They say: ‘God had a purpose for that person. God saved her for a reason!’ Do we not realize how cruel that is? Do we not realize how cruel it is to say that if God had a purpose for that person, he also had a purpose in killing everyone else on that plane? And a purpose in starving millions of children? A purpose in slavery and genocide? For every time you say that there’s a purpose behind one person’s success, you invalidate billions of people. You say there is a purpose to their suffering. And that’s just cruel."
June 30, 2014 Monday
Driving to greenbrier with Declan and Danny. Car is packed to the readers with luggage. The others are probable ahead of us, but winning this race, which seems to be a priority, will gain you nothing on the other end.
Life is pretty good today. I am handling the stress of travel and proximity to these guys pretty well.
I am not as happy as I loo in this picture, but much happier than I used to be. Working with Dave in 18 tower is a lot easier on me mentally. I look forward to being done with golf, but am enjoying my time. On Wednesday of this week I am playing in a golf tournament. Turtle is my partner and I look forward to hitting some golf shots instead of watching endless golf shots by others.
With Declan at the wheel, I move forward.
Missed it by five minutes. Boo Kyle, you are a bad person.
June 23. 2014 Monday
A first in a long time, I have missed my flight, and have rescheduled. Looks like I will make call, but it will be close. Not looking forward to the abuse I might get upon my arrival, but that is the life I have chosen.
Road weary, and still feeling the effects of Duffy’s tavern, I move forward.
Amazing Night Sky Photos | Space.com
In order of appearance:
- Corona Arch At Night by © Mike Taylor - Taylor Photography
- 'Flower Moon' by Greg Diesel Walck
- Milky Way Over the Grand Canyon by Ed Suarez
- M3 Globular Star Cluster by Chumack
- Night Sky of Rural Maine by Steven Coates
- Comet Panstarrs K1 by Chris Schur
- Night Sky Over the North Carolina Mountains by Scott Ramsey
Waterbears can go without food or water for more than a decade. They can survive temperatures from zero to above the boiling point of water, pressure six times stronger than the deepest ocean trench, radiation hundreds of times higher than the fatal dose for a human, and the vacuum of space.
but everything comes at a price
son of a bitch looks like a dick
Guys you don’t know the half it. Tardigrades, or waterbears, (or moss piglets, how cute is that?) are the coolest things in the entire world.
They pretty much live everywhere on earth, and all they do is amble around drinking water. But if their life is in danger, they shrivel up into this little raisin thing and they can survive practically anything.
There was a piece of moss sitting dry in a museum for a century. Some scientists wetted the moss, and they woke back up. Just started drinking the water again.
They have survived as near to absolute zero as science has allowed us to get.
They’ve woken up after being subjected to 6 times the radiation lethal to humans, even though they are about 3 millimeters in length on average.
NASA sent them into orbit and they were released into the vacuum of space for ten days. They woke up.
So what does this mean? Scientists believe this may help to prove the existence of live elsewhere in the universe, and how life came to Earth. If there are creatures that can survive the emptiness of space, who’s to say an asteroid didn’t carry some from one planet to ours?
So cool…..still looks like a penis.
Cute as fuck