The Family (Or most of them)

The Family (Or most of them)
The Family

September 18, 2006


I had fully intended on writing a post detailing my constant laughable battle with blogger and other sites which prompt me to allow them to "remember me" and my password, but which never do.

Then, on Monday, I was going to post about this news: four Canadian soldiers, all of them from a military base about two hours' drive from where I live, blown to smithereens by a suicide cyclist in Afghanistan.

A suicide cyclist? Four lives, snuffed out, by a cyclist with a bomb attached to his body? And we're in Afghanistan, a place that should be left to its own devices, FOR THIS?

But no, that insanity would just be more of the same, like those stupid reality TV shows that are about anything other than reality, which if actually shown on TV would result in mass suicide.

Then I found this: something that's truly novel, that encapsulates our primal need to escape what is REALLY happening on the planet and the answer to all of our quests for a peaceful existence:


World's first female space tourist blasts off for ISS

A Russian Soyuz spaceship carrying the world's first female space tourist and a two-man crew of the International Space Station (ISS) lifted off on Monday from its launch pad in the Kazakh steppe.
Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, U.S. astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria and Iranian-born American Anousheh Ansari, who will visit the station as a tourist, rode aloft aboard the Soyuz TMA-9 vessel.
The Soyuz capsule entered orbit about 10 minutes after launch, according to the Mission Control outside Moscow. It will dock with the ISS on Wednesday after hurtling two days in space.
Ansari, 40, who runs a telecommunications company in Texas, will conduct a series of blood and muscular experiments for the European Space Agency during her eight-day stay on the orbiting outpost.
Previous space tourists reportedly paid about 20 million U.S. dollars for a ride aboard the Soyuz. Tyurin and Lopez-Alegria will replace Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov and U.S. astronaut Jeffrey Williams, who have been working on the space station since April. Ansari will return to Earth on Sept. 29 with Vinogradov and Williams.
Source: Xinhua