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Mars – You Have To Laugh

Posted in America, Britain, British Humour, Canada, England, Environment, European Union, News, Space, UK with tags , , , , on 01/12/2015 by floroy1942
Alien Woman Shouting To Her Family - "Sweetheart - Supper's Ready!"

Alien Woman Shouting To Her Family – “Sweetheart – Supper’s Ready!”

Humankind is supposed to have developed into a super intelligent species here on Earth, but it’s amazing how many loonies still live among us. Ever since the Mars Rover landed on the planet and started driving around the surface all sorts of people have come up with the most ridiculous stories and theories the world has ever heard.

These people are the so-called UFO hunters, and they have been busy filing reports of alien life, animals, statues and spacecraft on the surface of Mars. According to them there has been and still is life on Mars, even though scientists have proven that it is a dead planet.

As more photos of alien beings, animals and even spacecraft emerge on the web I have to admit that some people can be very inventive, and are probably very good at using Photoshop. Just because the sun’s light catches a rock at a certain angle they immediately jump to the conclusion that it is a statue or an alien, or even an animal. There is no end to the inventiveness of some of these people. Take a look at the following and see what you think:

 

A Mars Inhabitant With Child Out To Get A Suntan

A Mars Inhabitant With Child Out To Get A Suntan

A Mars Rat

A Mars Rat

 

A Mars Lizard

A Mars Lizard

Ducks On Mars?

Ducks On Mars?

Mars Family

Mars Family

See what I mean! Scientists have proven that Mars is a dead planet but that does not stop the weirdo’s among us from coming up with all sorts of wild theories.

All you can say about them is that it does give you a chance of a chuckle now and then.

Mars Message

Mars Message

Until next time.

Roy

The Hypocrisy Of India’s Space Programme

Posted in America, Britain, Children, England, Europe, Health, News, Politics, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 09/11/2013 by floroy1942

India Mars MissionYesterday India launched a spacecraft to Mars which is due to arrive at the Red Planet on the 24th September next year. The project is said to have cost £45m, and is in my mind a total waste of money when an estimated 25 million people are starving to death, with around 3,000 children dying every day. It is mind-boggling how callous some governments can be in the face of such hardship.

Last year the UK government gave £280m in aid to the Indian government, and apart from the £45m spent on the launch, the entire space project has cost somewhere in the region of £600m in total, and all the while their poor, and in particular children, starve to death. Britain has been giving the Indian government money in aid for decades, and you have to ask what they spent it on. Certainly nor relieving the suffering of the poor and malnourished.

First Shipment Of India's Poor To Mars

First Shipment Of India’s Poor To Mars

Apart from being among the first nations to send a space vehicle to Mars, what does the Indian government hope to achieve? Perhaps once they have spied out the planet they intend to ship all their starving population there as the first astronauts to Mars! Otherwise, apart from the ‘prestige’ of being one of the first there I fail to see what they have to gain. When it comes down to it, what does any country have to gain by sending these craft to Mars. In my view, nothing!

What with the poisonous atmosphere, and the extreme dangers of the 10 month journey, I doubt very much if man will ever colonize the planet because life there is unsustainable in the long term. With our current state of knowledge on space travel there is no way anyone who goes will ever get back to Earth.

A Poor Family

A Poor Family

But this detracts from the main problem of how money is spent in India. I fail to see what such a venture will do for the people of India, no matter what the aspirations are of the government. The country is split down the middle with the wealthy and the poor, and what is sad is that the wealthy seem to feel no compunction to help the poor.

The poor are the poor, and every society on the planet has them, and they are often that way because of one major thing, a lack of education. This factor allows people to get jobs, climb the ladder into higher paid jobs, and develop into useful members of society, but because the poor never get this chance they remain trapped, and usually end up starving in the streets. On top of that is drought in many areas of India that have decimated crops necessary to feed those who have nothing. The rich have no problem putting food on the table, and in fact this is often at the expense of the poor.

Corruption in India

Corruption in India

In August 2012 the massive theft of $14.75 billion worth of food over the last decade was uncovered. Politicians and criminal syndicates systematically looted food stocks destined for the starving people of the Uttar Pradesh region. Not a single person has been arrested for this massive crime because all those that could do something about it are corrupt themselves, and so the poor and children continue to die.

It makes you wonder how the British government among others can be so blind as to continually send aid money to this country when all it does is pay for the space programme, their nuclear arsenal, and go into the pockets of corrupt government officials and businessmen. Thankfully, the British government has finally seen the light, and all aid payments to India will stop as from 2015. That donation will go a long way to helping our own people.

India's Population Growth

India’s Population Growth

India has the second largest population of any country in the world after China, and it continues to grow day by day. The government know this, but does nothing to curb the runaway birth count by introducing measures to reduce it. If you mention contraceptive to most poor and starving women in the country they don’t even know what it is.

The current population of India is estimated at 1.27 billion, and at its current rate of population increase, in 40 years time it will be 10 billion, which is way more than the total world population of 7 billion in 2013.

A Starving Child In India

A Starving Child In India

China introduced the one child per family policy in 1978 to curb its rampant population growth, which despite being extremely unpopular, has shown results. In India not a single measure has been tried to curb population growth. The government appear to have become so hardened to the plight of the poor that they do not even care if 25 million people die of hunger every year, at least they have a space craft on the way to Mars, and I suppose starvation is a rather grotesque method of population control!

So my message to the government of India is: Stop this ridiculous waste of money and effort, and concentrate on getting help to the poor and starving children. Do something to drastically cut the birthrate by introducing whatever measures are necessary to educate poor people that to churn out babies like rabbits in  killing the country, and will eventually destroy mankind.

Roy.

Ending Aid To India – About Damn Time!

Posted in Britain, Children, David Cameron, England, Government Spending, UK with tags , , , on 10/11/2012 by floroy1942

I read yesterday with some joy that at last the UK government is to end financial aid to India. In my opinion, this should have happened soon after they began creating a nuclear arsenal and a space programme. I am well aware that children are dying of hunger in the poor areas of the country but pumping in millions of pounds over the last few decades seems to have done little to improve their plight.

The sad thing is, India has received an average of £272m a year from the UK over many years which was originally intended to help those in desperate need, but sad to say, most of it has disappeared in the wrong direction. Corruption is rife in the land, and there is no doubt that many people have become very rich by siphoning off much of the money into their own accounts.

India's Population Growth

India’s Population Growth

To its credit, India has made some progress in feeding the country’s poor but it’s not enough. The population has trebled since 1960 and currently stands at around 1.25b. As the second most populated country in the world after China it’s perhaps time the government started doing something to curb the rampant birthrate, for the current situation is getting them nowhere.

India's Nuclear Weapons

India’s Nuclear Weapons

It is a great shame that the Indian government find it more important to have a nuclear arsenal and a space programme, than use the money to feed their people, give them an education and a reasonable standard of living. From the latest report, India spends £70bn on its social welfare budget, compared with £2.2bn on defence and £780m on space exploration. These figures may seem to be in the right proportion but you have to ask, why does this country need a nuclear deterrent and a space programme? I understand their wanting to protect themselves from Pakistan which also has a nuclear arsenal, but there the same problem exists, people are starving while the government rattles its missiles. As for the space programme, that in my opinion is a waste of space – forgive the pun!

A Starving Child

In these times of hardship in the UK I have to applaud the actions of David Cameron and his Liberal partners in making this decision. The money can far better be used to help the people in dire need in our own country, rather than make a select few in India richer every year.

Aid will not stop completely for India, but the British government has finally decided that they should concentrate more on technical aid and not financial. The heartening fact about that is it is harder to siphon off technical knowledge and machinery than hard cash!

India is fast becoming one of the major powerhouses in the world alongside China, but in my opinion, a land as wealthy as India should look closer to home when deciding how to spend the nation’s wealth.

Roy.

Moon Colonisation-No Way Jose!

Posted in Britain, Environment, Life in the Universe, Modern World, Nuclear Weapons, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , on 19/06/2009 by floroy1942

NASA has today revealed that its Lunar Programme is in jeopardy due to a lack of funds. It seems the United Sates Government wishes to save billions of dollars by slashing the budget.

Ever since the Russian Sputnik was launched in 1957 there has been a race to get into space by the major powers. So far as the moon is concerned, both Russia and the USA spent trillions of dollars in moon exploration culminating in the first moon landing in 1969. Since then of course moon exploration has continued with a myriad of unmanned satellites being launched at it with a view to finding out more about our nearest neighbour.

Speculation has been rife about the possibility of moon colonisation, and various attempts have been made to see if there is water there, a prerequisite of any eventual habitation by humans.

This week NASA launched a new satellite to study the craters and do a reconnaissance which will enable a manned return there at sometime in the future.

However, I have to ask why we continue to imagine people living on the moon? It may be well and good for scientists and perhaps astronomers, but outside of the scientific community I can’t see anyone mad enough to want to go and live there! I certainly wouldn’t. I wouldn’t even be able to watch the F1 Grand Prix season each year, and as for an occasional fish and chips or pizza, forget it!

Can you, even for a moment, envisage people living in a dust-bowl with no trees or plants, birds, insects or animals, in fact not a bit of green or life anywhere?

And apart from that obvious hardship, there would be no cinemas, no cars as such, and probably no jobs. So how would you live. How do you build a house when all the bricks keep disappearing into the ‘sky’ because there is only 1/6th gravity on the moon.

The thought of having to wear such a huge bulky space-suit every time you want to go out for a meal or a drink is unthinkable, that’s presuming there will even be bars and restaurants! There will be no romance in the moonlight either. Shucks!

There could be advantages to living there however; no police, no pollution, no terrorists, some will say no TV, no parking fines and no traffic lights, no jails, no mosquito’s, and no politicians. However, on second thoughts it would not be long before they gained a foothold!

Can you imagine the constant complaints from the wife at all the dust that continually gets brought into the house? What would she do without her makeup, without a washing machine and hairdryer! How on earth (sorry about the pun) do you wash a space-suit? What would her reaction be when she cannot run down to the shops to buy herself a new pair of jeans or knickers? What would she do about her hair; Oh my goodness! Life would become unbearable in minutes!

Of course, the only good thing about moon colonisation would be getting away from any future nuclear holocaust here on Earth if it should happen.

But to me the downside is a lot bigger than the upside and I for one will be staying right here.


The only ‘Moon-walk’ I want to see is from Michael Jackson!


Roy.

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