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2004 VD17 Update March 7, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Asteroids, Space.
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Keeping tabs on Near Earth Asteroid 2004 VD17 and still and finding that its chance of Earth impact continues to inch upward.

The MSM picked up the story after New Scientist published a piece on March 1 about the increased risk of a 2004 VD17 Earth impact in 2102. (Ahem. Five days after I blogged about it.) (more…)


New address March 6, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Space.
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From the Gonzo has moved. UPDATE your bookmarks or don’t.

New addy: https://fromthegonzo.wordpress.com/

Some of the Dharma March 6, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Politics.

I think it would be fun to draw ignorant, biased, offensive cartoons of the world’s spritual icons, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, God, Jupiter, Zuel (harhar). Then after I drew cartoons disparaging them all, I would summon them.

How would I summon them?

My magical prowess of course, hell, if people can pray to God and get answers I should be able to conjure just about any diety I want to. And once I conjure the various dieties in one place, provided that they don’t immediately descend into the bloodshed that taints so many of their followers, we will talk. (more…)

Everytime I close my eyes . . . Lies, Lies! March 5, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Iraq, Politics.
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Does the MSM enjoy making things up? I am beginning to wonder.

Media reports this morning that the U.S. and Britain have set an Iraq withdrawal date for the Spring of 2007 are being roundly denied by the U.S. military

Both The Sunday Mirror and The Sunday Telegraph reported the story. Reuters was on it and the U.S. military told them that no such plans existed and that the stories in the media were “completely false.”

Mirror Story (The only mention on the Mirror site of the story was in a Reuters wire story).
Telegraph Story
Reuters Story

The story in the Telegraph quotes an anonymous source for the meat of the article, so obviously it is of dubious veracity.

The changing of the blogs? March 5, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Space.
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I am still of the mindset that I would like to switch this blog over to WordPress. If you have not voted down below, in the sidebar, do so. Input would help.

Check out the new format before you vote at: https://fromthegonzo.wordpress.com/

I think its pretty slick and unless a lot of people tell me they don’t want me to switch I probably will. So change your bookmarks now I suppose, for the time being I will still cross post on both interfaces.

The grand Iraq failure March 4, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Iraq, Politics.

It has been awhile since I have written about the disasterous war in Iraq. (Rest assured, it is a disaster).

Since I looked at the Strategy for Victory in Iraq the situation on the ground has continued to evolve. A wave of sectarian factional (I'm sick of the word sectarian). violence is sweeping the country (see news story about one of many events) following the destruction of the Golden Mosque in Samarra.

Many in the media and in the military openly speculated about the possibility of a civil war erupting. A danger that has lurked in the shadows since day one of the conflict anyway. The upsurge in violence has many, including me, wondering what this is all going to accomplish. (more…)

Kava time March 3, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Science.

Oceania has always been a land of enchantment in my mind. My stumbling upon Jon Frumism just played right into that image.

I think it all goes back to the first time I heard about the mysterious statues on Easter Island, or maybe the annual Christmas Island crab migration. Something about the South Pacific just captures my imagination.

A big part of the Melanesian culture (which includes Vanuatu–think Jon Frum) is a psychoactive pepper plant called kava. (more…)

The cult of a man named John March 2, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Miscellaneous.
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Next Feburary 15, take a look around you, while nothing about the day is inherently special (other than the fact you may be nursing a post Valentine’s Day chocolates stomach ache) this day is sacred to a small band of South Pacific islanders in Vanuatu.

Februrary 15 is Jon Frum Day in this tiny island nation.

Who is Jon Frum? Why does he have a day? What the hell is going on in Vanuatu? (more…)

Deciding March 2, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in BlogNotes.
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This blog is meant to be a test for my blog. Right now I use blogger, I was thinking of switching to word press. Any commments would be greatly appreciated. My blogger blog is at inorganicallygonzo.blogspot.com.

From the desk of a dirty mick March 2, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in BlogNotes.

It’s been about 3 months since I started this blog, one random December morning. So far I have noticed quite a few return visitors, which tells me one of two things. Either sometimes what I write is intrguing or people are just blindly curious as to what kind of nonsensical dribble will pour forth from my cranium next. Either way is fine, hopefully you’ll keep reading. (more…)

Postcards from Venus March 2, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Art, Space.
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The Planetary Society announced winners to their “Postcards from Venus” art contest. Their are some really cool images in their online gallery. These aritists span all age groups and some of them are really talented.

Check out the online gallery here. That’s the winner, up above.

The contest is meant to coincide with the European Space Agency’s Venus Express orbiter, which is scheduled for an April 11 rendevous with the cloud-shrouded planet.

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Look up March 1, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Crime.
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This all really happened, except for the bit from American Gods.


Sometimes you just gotta be slick.

A man walks into the gas station, he doesn’t have any purchases but he approaches the register anyway.

He needs change and he asks the attendant politely, if he could exchange a $50 dollar bill for a couple twenties and a ten. It’s an off-ramp gas station, a big truck stop, the attendant obliges, why not help him out, he thinks. (more…)