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East Boston cat called to jury duty

Posted on January 9th, 2010 at 10:51 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


Someone is getting called for jury duty…but it’s no human.

A family is trying to figure out how their pet cat was summonsed for jury duty.

“I said, Sal, what’s this? You know, I don’t believe it I was shocked,” said Guy Esposito, Sal’s owner.

Sal’s owners, Guy and Anna Esposito, think they may know the source of the mix up: Sal really is a member of the family, so on the last Census form, Anna Esposito listed him under “pets”.

“I just wrote ‘Sal Esposito’, scratched out the ‘dog,’ and wrote, ‘cat,’” said Anna.

Anna filed for Sal’s disqualification of service. However, the jury commissioner was unmoved and denied the request.

Sal’s service date at Suffolk Superior Court is set for March 23. Anna said that if the issue isn’t cleared up by then, she will simply have to bring the cat to court.

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We would be better off without religion

Posted on January 9th, 2010 at 10:42 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News, Quote

Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man—state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d’honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion. Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.

— Karl Marx

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  1. Are atheist going to have a disagreement about the interpretation/translation of Karl Marx, like christians do about the bible?

  2. No, but Christian will reject it without question because it was, after all, Karl Marx.

  3. Good God (yes, I realize the irony), I hate Christopher Hitchens. Seriously, if there’s any one person who’s doing more and more to set atheism back, it’s that bastard. I just started reading Good Without God by Greg Epstein (Humanist chaplain at Harvard — REALLY awesome guy, who ran (and might still run, I don’t know) the Harvard Secular Society meetings and who introduced me to Humanism), which is about, you know, showing that religious people and nonreligious people have morality in common — a good way to win people over — but Hitchens’s confrontational and insulting style, in contrast, almost makes me want to believe in God just to spite him.

    That said, he almost sounds reasonable in this video. Huh.

  4. For the most part, Mauro, I agree with you but I have to give Hitchens props for a couple of things. First, after Jerry Falwell died, he was on CNN lamenting the fact that there is no hell because that’s where Falwell belongs. He also allowed himself to be waterboarded and walked away convinced that, if anything can be defined as torture, that procedure can be.

Images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Posted on January 9th, 2010 at 9:37 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was launched in June, 2009, and is currently orbiting the Moon around its poles at a low altitude of just 50 kilometers (31 miles). The primary objective of the LRO is to prepare for future lunar exploration, scouting for safe and compelling landing sites, potential resources (like water ice) and more. The high-quality imagery used in the mapping of the lunar surface is unprecedented, and a few early images have included detailed overviews of the landing sites of several Apollo missions, some 40 years after they took place. LRO is now on a one year mission, with possible extensions up to five years. Collected here are several recent LRO images, and a few then-and-now comparisons of Apollo landing sites. (18 photos total)

A portion of a larger image of the eastern rim of Rozhdestvenskiy W crater at sunrise, showing the surface in stark relief on July 4th, 2009. More (NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University) #

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  1. Awesome image. The craters look ominous!