9/29: Morning Communique

THESE DAYS

The space shuttle and International Space Station -- nearly the whole of the U.S. manned space program for the past three decades -- were mistakes, NASA chief Michael Griffin said Tuesday.

As global warming melts the world's ice sheets, rising sea levels are not the only danger. Viruses hidden for thousands of years may thaw and escape - and we will have no resistance to them.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Join Laurie Richardson this Friday for the start of the Minnesota Rollergirls' roller derby season! She'll be blogging about it at chicken lady loves life.

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TIME WASTERS

The Smoking Gun has Tom Delay's indictment papers. Heh, heh, Dale.

Boston.com has chosen their Top 50 Sci-Fi Shows of All Time and placed each one on a separate webpage for maximum page views as well as maximum annoyance. Stargate SG-1 ahead of The Twilight Zone? Jesus.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"If I did die, I wasn't going to heaven and say, 'Oh, excuse me, God. Let me wipe my nose, because I just did some drugs before I got here.'"

-- Ashley Smith, in the Augusta Chronicle, discussing the fact she gave suspected courthouse gunman Brian Nichols methamphetamine during the time he held her hostage, and how the ordeal convinced her to quit taking drugs


"The crew and Maria and I just sat and watched while he and his wife got into something comfortable -- nothing -- and they started to say, 'We want you to (do this).' Maria and I were both going, 'OK, we get it.'"

-- actor Viggo Mortensen, discussing the explicit displays of affection director David Cronenberg and his wife performed on the set of A History of Violence to show Mortensen and co-star Maria Bello how to act in an upcoming sex scene


"In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion in the prosperous democracies."

-- Gregory S. Paul, in the Journal of Religion & Society


"I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down."

-- Former Reagan administration Secretary of Education Bill Bennett, on his radio program Bill Bennett's Morning in America


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