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Journal: Mars, Ho! Chapter Forty Two

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Me and Bill hauled ass out of there towards Mars as fast as his crippled boat would take him. I did another inspection because first, I hadn't done a full inspection yet that day, second because I'd pushed her pretty hard, and third because I sure didn’t need any new surprises. We were at a third gravity because of Bill, and he was having a hard time keeping up. A third gravity? On batteries? I need to have him teach me some of that nerd

Comment: Sad. (Score 1) 14

by mcgrew (#47684267) Attached to: ONION: Tips For Being An Unarmed Black Teen

Three anonymous racists trolls in one JE. Brown probably had a slashdot account, the kid was a nerd. He'd just graduated high school and was enrolled in college to study engineering. He'd never been in any trouble with the police, and those who knew him said he was a peaceful young man with a good sense of humor.

Now heartless racists, like the Ferguson police chief, are trying to demonize him.

This hits close to home for me, I have family and friends in the St Louis area and grew up in Cahokia. And yes, there are a lot of racists there. Idiots, if you ask me. The Ferguson government was the stupidest of all, they were begging for riots and still are.

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Journal: Mars, Ho! Chapter Forty One

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I had the computer wake me up at six so I'd be ready for the pirates. Of course, when the alarm went off I thought "damned whores" until I looked and was reminded that I'd set the alarm myself. I started coffee, took my shower, and ate a quick breakfast. Huh? Steak, egg, and cheese wrap. A small one.
Then I went downstairs to do a quick inspection of the engines and generators. Thankfully, nothing was broken o

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Journal: Mars, Ho! Chapter Forty

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I woke up a little early, maybe ten or fifteen minutes after seven. I started coffee and did my morning bathroom... oh, shut up, head, bathroom, what difference does it make? "Head" is a dumb name for a room you take a bath in, anyway, almost as stupid as bow, stern, port, and starboard. At least those make sense in an ocean ship even though they don't on a space ship. "Head" don't even make sense in an ocean boat. What? Well, that's a good reas

Comment: Re:Calling Obama a Socialist (Score 1) 21

by mcgrew (#47641485) Attached to: What No True Scotsman means in the real world

No, it doesn't say that at all. The conservatives were trying to "to catch him in his words" and get him to say something against Roman law, and asked him directly if one should pay taxes. "Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? Shall we give, or shall we not give?"

Roman tax collectors were corrupt, they were thieves, and people hated them. The Jewish religion demanded animal sacrifice.

"But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it. And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar's. And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." (Mark 12:14-17) There wasn't a word about the futility of life (That would be the Kansas song "Dust in the Wind")

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Journal: Mars, Ho! Chapter Thirty Nine

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I woke up about seven, maybe a little earlier. I laid there a while before I got up and started coffee.
I did my business in the head, and Destiny was just getting up. We had eggs over easy, sausage and toast. It was hard to hold the fork; I had blisters on my fingers from the plug on that stupid damned robot.
They were trying to worry people even more about the Venus virus; someone ha

Comment: Re:Calling Obama a Socialist (Score 1) 21

by mcgrew (#47637401) Attached to: What No True Scotsman means in the real world

I'm not going to deny that people have been herded for centuries in the name of Christianity; however, I would point out that a reading of the actual words of Jesus of Nazareth (a Jew's Jew) does not require such. In fact, the Gospel, as written, drives quite a different direction.

Indeed. I, for one, don't understand "conservative Christians" because Jesus was decidedly liberal, while the men who demanded his torture and execution were conservatives.

Examples of Jesus' politics...
Taxes: "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's"
Free health care: He supplied it himself.
Free education: He supplied that as well.
Free food? Ditto. All things that today's conservatives rail against.
"The Meek shall inherit the Earth" but I have yet to see a meek televangelist. Those guys are exactly like the Jewish church leaders who hated Jesus for exposing their hypocrisy.

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Journal: The coldest Night

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It wasn't in the nineties when we had a series of very cold winters in central Illinois. Not even that frigid day when the high temperature was ten below (-23C) and I was trying to replace a heater hose in my old car. I finally wound up taking it to a mechanic, because my fingers were too cold to work.

No, the coldest I ever was was in the month of August, forty years ago sometime this week; I don't remember the exact date, although I'm pretty sure it was today or tomorrow.

Comment: Re:I'm lazy (Score 1) 5

by mcgrew (#47629923) Attached to: ePub Blues

Thanks, just did a little checking and it appears the Kindle doesn't support ePub, so I've added Amazon's AZW3. Actually, it looks like since Mars, Ho! will be an Amazon eBook, AZW3 will probably be the "officially" supported version.

Here are AZW3s for the two finished ones:
The Paxil Diaries

I just now updated my web site to add these.

Amazon gets $.99, so I'll get a dollar and a penny from each sale. It will probably be quite a while before I'm done editing "Mars", though.

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Journal: Mars, Ho! Chapter Thirty Eight

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It was only a little after seven when I woke up. Destiny was asleep, so I put on a robe, started coffee, and went to the head to take a piss. I turned on the video; nothing on but the news. Nothing new, some "special report" about Martian piracy. I finished my cup and took a shower. Destiny was waking up as I was getting dressed.
"You're up early again! Another alarm, sweetheart?"

"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet." -Ambrose Bierce