Space Vitamin

A study by NASA researchers suggests life on earth may have received a cosmic kick start. Vitamin B3 or Niacin has been found in meteorite samples, a discovery that may help in understanding the intricate balance of circumstance responsible for life.

B3 fuels metabolism – without it, life would not exist. Karen Smith of Pennsylvania State University co-authored a paper with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and published her theory in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. Smith believes some B3 may have existed as part of Earth’s ancient beginnings, but it was meteoric injections at just the right time that started life. B3 molecules are compromised by prolonged exposure to water – she believes we needed an extra little push from the cosmos to get things going.

Smith doesn’t think space vitamins support a connection to extraterrestrial life – not a dismissal of possibility, rather a scientific observation of how B3 molecules attached their atoms to other molecules.

At this point, all we can do is ponder a theory. I’ll take that with a smile – another step closer to science proving the origin of life.

Biblically Hostile Mindblower

I see Barrack Obama as a great American – a man of conviction, integrity and desire to move America into the future. Duly elected in spite of a convoluted system, he swore an oath of office to uphold the Constitution and protect America. A Constitution guaranteeing separation of church and state, promising religious freedom and individual rights.

What he got was a hysterical “conspiracy” ass kicking, hand delivered by knuckle headed fundamentalists. Fundamentalists crying foul and pointing righteous fingers at the man responsible for destroying America. Red faced whiners claiming Obama hated God – people anesthetized by years void of independent reason. People convinced the only good American was a God fearing one. People claiming to fight for the same Constitution  Obama apparently loathed. People like those who author this site…

I didn’t want to include the link, but it had to be done – if for no other reason than to state; I now understand why America is doomed. It lists in chronological order – attacks on religious persons or organizations, hostility towards biblical faith in the military, attacks on biblical values, and preferential consideration towards the Muslim faith. A few examples…

February 2012 – The Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion. [4]

April 2009 – When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name be covered when he is making his speech. [16]

April 2008 – Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they “cling to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” [19]

October 2013 – A counter-intelligence briefing at Fort Hood tells soldiers that evangelical Christians are a threat to Americans and that for a soldier to donate to such a group “was punishable under military regulations.

July 2012 – The Pentagon, for the first time, allows service members to wear their uniforms while marching in a parade – specifically, a gay pride parade in San Diego. [62]

January 2009 – President Obama’s nominee for deputy secretary of state asserts that American taxpayers are required to pay for abortions and that limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional. [80]

April 2010 – The Obama administration requires rewriting of government documents and a change in administration vocabulary to remove terms that are deemed offensive to Muslims, including jihad, jihadists, terrorists, radical Islamic, etc. [87]

The list is long, I’ll spare anymore examples. Here’s the thing America – separation of church and state is a constitutional right. Abortion is legal. Homosexual soldiers are no different than any other soldier, they’re recognized by the military and given equal rights.

Undermining America because someone had the balls to respect all Americans – throwing tantrums because your “God” has to sit beside Allah, or perish the thought – a Lesbian atheist soldier who had an abortion after she was raped in the barracks – put your money where your mouth is and start acting like an American.

Obama isn’t an enemy of the American way of life, he hasn’t a secret agenda, or any desire to take away your bible. All he wants is a nation of people willing to respect and honor freedom. Get off your high horse and understand once and for all – your God isn’t the nation’s God. Religion is no longer a matter of state, religion can’t bully the courts, dictate lifestyle or poison democracy simply because you say so.







Ponder This

Boycott Sun News Network's photo.

Every last one of us should read these words by Tommy Douglas – then ponder long and hard. While no secret I have a soft spot for this great Canadian, I want to make it clear – my admiration has nothing to do with political affiliation. Decades later, truth resonates and deserves a moment of reflection.


Bovine Militia

The other night I wrote about understanding America, professing a maturity capable of calmly accepting dead end logic. Sensitive to perceptions of preachy over reactive rants,  my resolve stood firm for almost 48 hours before withering in the face of bat shit crazy shenanigans.

America is not well. What’s more – the diagnosis is further complicated by America’s affliction – an all encompassing mental illness akin to paranoid schizophrenia. Insidious delusions of patriotism morph into outrageous displays of anti-government chest beating – oblivious “patriots” certain it’s for the good of the nation.

Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy has spent the last few decades squabbling with the Federal government. In dispute is cattle grazing on Federal land – Bundy claims his family’s cattle have grazed there since the 1860s, the government wants a million dollars in restitution for land use taxes. Last Saturday a judge ruled if fees went unpaid, Bundy’s cattle could be seized. When officers showed up and started removing cattle – the stand off began.

Armed supporters flocked to Bundy’s side – Jim Lordy, a self proclaimed “militia” member from Montana said he and other militia were not afraid to shoot if necessary, they had guns to defend themselves against a tyrannical government. The siege ended on Saturday following a government decision to back down, fearing an escalation and probable violence. Bundy, a Mormon father of 14 claimed victory…..

The people and citizens of America will win this fight. We have God on our side and we will be better prepared for them next time.’ – Cliven Bundy.

Long after the official retreat, supporters dressed in camouflage patrolled the area with semi-automatic weapons brazenly displayed. Insisting government drones lurked above, vowing to prepare themselves for the next battle. Supporters displayed placards – “Putin took Ukraine. Obama couldn’t be outdone so he took Nevada” . Another claimed anyone born after 1980 could have a chip implanted in them by the U.S. government.

My apologies America – you’ve taken leave of your senses. How is it that you’re blind to this disease? America erodes faster than chalk on a sidewalk and still you manage to look away. Armed militia with anti-government mandates will bite you in the ass. I beg you – snap out of it before civil war destroys what’s left of your precious nation. Surely some of you are in control of your faculties.

An armed civilian waits nearby in some bushes




Habitable Zone

Never mind that you would have to travel at the speed of light for 500 years to reach it – an earth like planet has been discovered in the “habitable zone” of a distant star. NASA’s Kepler telescope has identified “Kepler-186f” as the first concrete proof “habitable” earth size planets orbit other stars.

The habitable zone describes a cosmic sweet spot – not too hot, not too cold, but just right – a planet orbiting at the proper distance from its star to support liquid surface water. Kepler 186f, slightly larger than Earth, orbits its star once every 130 days. In the “zone”,  but with a more distant orbit than one our planet enjoys, 186f is handicapped by a sun’s brightness at noon shining as ours would an hour before sunset.

As for probability it supports life, at least as we know it? Science reserves opinion until we’re able to determine mass and atmosphere. My guess is that within the next few decades, proof positive of extraterrestrial life will become a reality.

Veterans Transition Network

When we least expect it clarity, compassion and understanding sneak up and slap us in the head. Moments like this are hard to define, lacking framework of anticipation or reference they vanish in the blink of an eye. We recognize it changed us but need to digest it for a day of two.

Yesterday was one of those days. I ran an event at the Foster Eastman Gallery in Vancouver, a fundraiser for Veterans Transition Network (VTN).  Having many military events under my belt, I arrived void of the slightest inkling this cocktail party would enrich my core. Expecting to see some familiar faces, looking forward to a new venue, interested in the art – I walked inside and was greeted by Foster.

I’ve never given much credence to auras but if Foster Eastman has one it radiates pure joy. Instantly at ease – dare I say under a spell powerful enough to wash your troubles away, my attention turned to the gallery walls. Blissfully unaware Foster Eastman was the artist , not simply a name on the door – I begged those walls to stop distracting me.

Setting up the party, the next hour allowed time to absorb my surroundings. Little by little, layers of comprehension set in. Foster Eastman wanted to honor Canadian soldiers – inspiration became the brainchild of his mural project,  Lest We Forget CANADA! a poignant installation covering an entire wall. 162 paper mache panels, each with the name of a fallen soldier and how they died. The first layer of each panel are pages torn from military “pams” – pamphlets with instructions on hand to hand combat or how to carry a wounded soldier to safety.

His mural now the centerpiece for Veterans Transition Network fundraising. VTN is a non profit organization supporting “transition” from military to civilian life. A three month program, with support, counseling and coping mechanisms for PTSD sufferers, employment and education strategies or simply a shoulder to lean on.

Eastman’s multi -media vision of IED explosions play out along the gallery walls. Cheeky, layered, practically sculpted compositions of individual ketchup packages stamped Afghanistan form Canadian flags beneath thick lacquer. Canvases literally blown up, peppered with rusty nails – uneven edges, imperfections, nasty fall out – all coated in impossibly thick lacquer.

By now a few young men have arrived – it takes a moment to realize they’re soldiers. Dressed in civilian clothing, good looking, cheerful – about the same age as my children. One carries a few boxes of packaged military meals, opening one and carefully displaying the contents on a table. I start a conversation with another who arrived with a dog wearing a vest reading “service dog in training-do not pet”. He tells me he’s been training it for 3 months and has had the dog for 5 years. Like an idiot I blurt out ” wow-it’s going to be tough to give him up”. His matter of fact response was “I’m training him for me-I’m the one with PTSD” The dog knows to walk in front of him in crowds, forcing people to move aside – he doesn’t do well in crowds. The dog knows to check a room before this young man enters and can sense oncoming panic attacks. When speeches began I learned this soldier was the subject of one of Eastman’s pieces – a mural of soldiers carrying the coffin of his close friend.

We’ve all heard of post traumatic stress – I can’t begin to imagine what these young men witnessed or form any reference point to the reality of war. I do know that meeting these young people gave it a face. My heart went out to them but it wasn’t pity, it was pride and gratitude. As Foster Eastman said “Where is our Canadian patriotism? Do we not want to talk about it? Oh, I don’t believe in war. Well, nobody believes in war”.