The US Has No Option But To Use Russia’s Soyuz Craft
After 2010, the United States will likely be unable to deliver its astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on its own. For several years Russia’s Soyuz craft will remain the only vehicle available to do that, and the U.S. may find it hard to do without Russian cooperation.
On Tuesday, September 23, the U.S. Congress considered an amendment, supported by President George W. Bush, allowing NASA to buy Russian Soyuz spacecraft and launch services.
The Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000 had banned the purchase of Russian space technologies. The act said the ban would be in effect as long as Russia cooperated with Iran in nuclear technologies.
Wednesday September 24th 2008, 6:47 am
Filed under: porpoisebooks
“God knows, thought I, if looking for employment will ever again avail me aught. The frequent re pulses, half-promises, and curt noes, the cherished, deluded hopes, and fresh endeavours that always resulted in nothing had done my courage to death. As a last resource, I had applied for a place as debt collector, but I was too late, and, besides, I could not have found the fifty shillings demanded as security. There was always something or another in my way. I had even offered to enlist in the Fire Brigade. There we stood and waited in the vestibule, some half-hundred men, thrusting our chests out to give an idea of strength and bravery, whilst an inspector walked up and down and scanned the applicants, felt their arms, and put one question or another to them. Me, he passed by, merely shaking his head, saying I was rejected on account of my sight. I applied again without my glasses, stood there with knitted brows, and made my eyes as sharp as needles, but the man passed me by again with a smile; he had recognized me. And, worse than all, I could no longer apply for a situation in the garb of a respectable man.” Hunger(etext)@projectgutenberg.org
“When Tiresias was walking in the woods one day, he came upon two great serpents copulating; he struck them with his staff, and was thereupon transformed into a woman. Seven years later, she/he passed by the same place and came upon the same two serpents copulating; she/he struck them again with the staff and was turned back into a man. Some time later, Zeus and Hera were arguing over who had more pleasure in sex, the man or the woman: Zeus said it was the woman, while Hera claimed men got more pleasure from the act. To settle the argument, they consulted Tiresias, since he had experienced life as both sexes, and Tiresias sided with Zeus. In her anger, Hera struck Tiresias blind. Since Zeus could not undo the act of another deity, he gave Tiresias the gift of prophecy in compensation.” Tiresias@pantheon.org
Monday September 22nd 2008, 8:22 am
Filed under: porpoiseart
“Refused an interview at the local art school he entered the Naval Dockyard at Chatham as an apprentice stonemason. During the following six months (the artist’s only prolonged period of employment), he produced some six hundred drawings in the tea huts of hell. On the basis of this work he was accepted into St Martin’s School of Art to study painting. However, his acceptance was short-lived and before completing the course he was expelled for his outspokenness and unorthodox working methods. With no qualifications and no job prospects Childish then spent some 12 years “painting on the dole”, developing his own highly personal writing style and producing his art independently.” Link@bc.com
The Wheels On The Bus
Wednesday September 17th 2008, 6:50 am
Filed under: porpoisestuff
Wowie Zowie You Look So Fine
Este es el primer disco editado por Frank Zappa y The Mothers of Invention y uno de los primeros lp’s dobles de la historia del rock. En su lanzamiento fue destrozado por la crítica, que erroneamente lo catalogó como álbum únicamente apto para drogadictos; comentario que llamó la atención de muchos melomanos de la época y de generaciones posteriores. A la marsopa le parece un disco fenomenal y lo recomienda ampliamente.
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention – Wowie Zowie (mp3)
Tardigrade (hypsibius dujardini)
Wednesday September 10th 2008, 7:03 am
Filed under: porpoisezoo
A Summer Of Madness
“The onset of mania is sudden and explosive: Sally, the fifteen-year-old daughter, has been in a heightened state for some weeks, listening to Glenn Gould’s Goldberg Variations on her Walkman, poring over a volume of Shakespeare’s sonnets till the early hours. Sally has also been writing singular, Sylvia Plathâ€“like poems. Her father surreptitiously glances at these, finds them strange, but it does not occur to him that her mood or activity is in any way pathological. She has had learning difficulties from an early age, but she is now triumphing over these, finding her intellectual powers for the first time. Such exaltation is normal in a highly gifted fifteen-year-old. Or so it seems.” Article@nybooks.com
Monday September 08th 2008, 7:16 am
Filed under: redporpoise
“On January 31 1949, when the Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army came marching into Beijing â€“ heralding the imminent demise of Chiang Kai-shekâ€™s Guomindang regime in mainland China â€“ Sidney Shapiro, a bespectacled 33-year-old lawyer from Brooklyn, New York, rode his bicycle up to Xizhimen, the cityâ€™s north-west gate, to take a look at the soldiers. There, he remembered years later, he saw a parade of â€œclean, smartly stepping, smiling young menâ€ being welcomed by cheering crowds, and a line of American-made vehicles that the Communists had captured from Guomindang forces. Shapiro, who had spent the last year and a half in China but had been in Beijing for only a couple of months, was enchanted. â€œParents held their kids higher on their shoulders for a better view,â€ he later wrote. â€œThe streets were gay with flags and bunting.â€ The Mao era had arrived.”
True Romance (1993)
Wednesday September 03rd 2008, 7:47 am
Filed under: porpoisefilms
The Myth Of The Tragedy Of The Commons
Tuesday September 02nd 2008, 6:43 am
Filed under: redporpoise
“Will shared resources always be misused and overused? Is community ownership of land, forests, and fisheries a guaranteed road to ecological disaster? Is privatization the only way to protect the environment and end Third World poverty? Most economists and development planners will answer “yes” — and for proof they will point to the most influential article ever written on those important questions. Since its publication in Science in December 1968, “The Tragedy of the Commons” has been anthologized in at least 111 books, making it one of the most-reprinted articles ever to appear in any scientific journal.” Article@monthlyreview.org