Monday, December 31, 2007


This man is Buzz Aldrin.

I once had a conversation with him about why he administered communion to himself shortly after landing on the moon.

He told me he thought SOMETHING should be done to mark the event, and he never did figure out what would be appropriate, so he borrowed from a ritual he had learned as a deacon in the Presbyterian Church.

There are those who believe he never walked on the moon.

There are those who believe that the photograph above was constructed via special effects.

One such person aggressivily accused Buzz Aldrin of never landing on the moon and Buzz Aldrin decked him.

But should such people be silenced by law?

Our favorite Conspiracy Nut has stumbled across a story that the EU has outlawed Holocaust denial.

Now, are these guys that say we never landed on the moon and that Hitler never exterminated millions of Jews whatck jobs?

You betcha'.

Do they give you somethign to think about though?

Oh, absolutely.

For instance - notice there are no stars in the picture above. You might have never noticed that if it hadn't been for the nuts that say this picture was taken on a sound stage.

It takes a moment even for a brilliant photographer like myself :) to figure out - oh - this was a Hasselblad camera using conventional film to capture an image that was illuminated at the level equivalent of a SUNNY DAY WITHOUT A CLOUD IN THE SKY ON MIAMI BEACH or something of the sort. With ISO 100 speed film, you'd have to set it at - what? - about 1/250 and f11 to get a decent exposure.

Just try it - take a camera with manual settings - get a good exposure on the beach, then lock those settings down, take the camera out at midnight, point it straight up in the air and take another picture at those settings and see if you see any stars.

However, as Carl Sagan once mentioned with speaking of Immanuel Velikovsky, what is really signficant is not that he came up with some whoppers about Venus being spat out of Jupiter and so on, but rather that The Powers That Be at the time tried to supress him.

Similarly, if I crash into interesting alternate interpretions of certain observations, unless those observations are completely stark raving insane, I'm generally going to be inclined to cover them.

I'm PARTICULARLY going to be inclined to cover them if there is traffic flying around saying, "Oh, for the love of God, don't print THAT!" Unless it's some utterly totally personal BS about someone getting their plumbing rotated or something of the sort, if I hear, "Please, please, please don't repeat this ...", I tend to lean towards the possibilty that the person trying to cover something up of some considerable IMPORT.

On the other hand, considering my personality, I'm beginning to come to the distinct conclusion that when I hear, "Please don't repeat this ...", certain people know DAMN well it's going to be repeated so they must actually be trying to broadcast something they would be too embarrassed to say themselves, so they give it to me so they can later feign, "Axinar did it!"

Now, back to this bizarre phenomenon of these Malaysian Indians and African-Americans having it in for the Jews ... :)



At January 1, 2008 at 12:59 AM, Blogger Crankshaft said...

Bizarre phenomenon of Indian Malaysians having it in for the Jews eh?

Ax baby, you ain't seen nothing yet. Perhaps you ought to fly your ass down here sometime and meet some nice Muslim people who REALLY hate the Jews.

At January 1, 2008 at 1:16 AM, Blogger Crankshaft said...

I couldn't give a rat's ass about Buzz Aldrin or his supposed moonwalk (no, not the Michael Jackson kind).

But if push comes to shove, I would uphold freedom of speech to question what really happens. Outlawing Holocaust denial sounds silly. Then again, the situation in Europe is much different from that of the USA.

And I would much prefer people questioning, and being given the opportunity to weigh the pros and cons and decide for myself than the decision being made on my behalf, thank you.

At January 1, 2008 at 3:41 AM, Blogger Axinar said...

"Perhaps you ought to fly your ass down here sometime and meet some nice Muslim people who REALLY hate the Jews."

Oh no ... it's no SURPRISE that the Muslims hate the Jews.

How YOU got in the boat with them on that issue is what blows my mind ... :)

At January 1, 2008 at 5:13 AM, Blogger Crankshaft said...

Oh, I assure you I'm hardly in the same boat as them on that issue. It just appears YOU on the other hand are unable to form a rational opinion on anything pertaining to the Jews - either due to herd instinct (where everyone in America sees fit to 'protect' Jews) or a wish to appear publicly Jew-friendly.

If you really had to compare, you'd find that South Asians in any part of the world are closest to Jews when it comes to habits, character, occupations, trade and probably annoying habits.

At January 1, 2008 at 4:16 PM, Blogger Axinar said...

"If you really had to compare, you'd find that South Asians in any part of the world are closest to Jews when it comes to habits, character, occupations, trade and probably annoying habits."

How do you figure?

At January 2, 2008 at 9:21 PM, Blogger Crankshaft said...

Didn't realise I put in 'habits' twice. I must really be trying to prove a point there. :)

I can't explain why we're so similar. I do know Indians are hated everywhere we go, especially in Africa and in the Pacific (Fiji, Samoa, other misc islands).

It's probably because some of us tend to have business acumen and then start dominating the scene. We're also happy to fill in the odd niche like newsstands, money-changers (currency), food, carpets, software and in extreme situations, the steel industry, telecommunications, travel etc.

Sometimes, when we get to a new country we also tend to have issues shedding our traditions and hold on to them like an old smelly blanket. We are loud and noisy, occasionally like to bhangra, know virtually all our cousins (the first, second, once and twice removed) and god forbid, even intermarry within.

I heard the Jews are somewhat similar.

At January 5, 2008 at 12:07 PM, Blogger Axinar said...

You may have a point there ... :)


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