From AstroBiology Magazine:
The Earth has a large moon, making it unique in the inner solar system. Mercury and Venus have no moons, and Mars has only two small asteroid-sized objects orbiting it. In this essay, the father of the SMART-1 lunar mission, Bernard Foing of the European Space Agency, looks at the effect the Moon has had on the Earth, and explores how different our world would be if we had no planetary companion. Would life have evolved differently, or even appeared on Earth without the Moon?
(via Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily)
From Rawstory which has vid from Fox News about the latest movement toward the eventual, if not already, police state.
News Corp. is reporting that firefighters are being asked by the Department of Homeland Security to spy inside peopleâ€™s homes and businesses while in the line of duty of putting out fires.
My sister and her husband had to have their cat, Mr. Dixie, put to sleep last Friday. It seems that he had kidney failure although nobody is really positive on how that could have happened since it is unlikely that he got into anything poisonous and he was never fed any of the recalled cat food. He was an extremely sweet and friendly cat and I’m sorry that he died so young.
Only 7 crucifixes out of 100:
Offense to God (O)
An unholy demon, a witch/dragon, [Eph. 4:27] praising and praying to the false god Odin [Ex. 20:3], faith in false gods [Jer. 13:25] and evil power saturate the film as well. At one point, the king’s advisor, I think it was Unferth (John Malkovich), suggested they seek the assistance of the “Christian God, Jesus Christ” which the king dismissed as tripe. Unferth, the only “Christian”, was attacked by a flying demon and his family incinerated as a Cross and church were destroyed, the optics suggesting that Christians are useless puppet weaklings and God no more than one among many. My how “entertainment” mocks [Gal. 6:7]. And these are not to mention Beowulf (Ray Winstone) exchanging his soul for power and riches.
In one case Grendel murders one of Beowulf’s men by biting off and chewing the man’s head. Chewing, crunching and slurping are heard as the demon eats the man’s head. Grendel murders another man by crushing the man’s head between his hands. All in all, all of Beowulf’s men except one, as much as I could tell, are murdered by Grendel.
And there is a suicide. A fine element of content for the middle school age stratum. The king decides to murder himself by jumping off a high wall after passing on the kingdom … and the curse … to Beowulf.