Magick and Rocketry (that covers everything!)

When the history of the American space program is finally written, no figure will stand out quite like John Whiteside Parsons. He became a vital link in two mighty chains in human history: rocketry and ritual magic. His science was built on intuition, and his magic on experiment. An acolyte of Aleister Crowley, an employee of Howard Hughes, a victim of L. Ron Hubbard, and an enthusiastic phone buddy to Wernher Von Braun, he was an unorthodox genius, poet, rocket scientist, devotee of the black arts, sci-fi junkie and the host of epic orgies on Pasadena’s stately Millionaires’ Row. In other words… a perfect role model!

More news on the Skylon space plane – UK Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts confirms the government’s £60m investment in Reaction Engines Ltd.

No mention of rockets is complete without a look at the history of jetpacks, rocket belts and other creative ways to achieve total immolation! Sing along, now: “I want to live a life of danger, I want to fly a ‘Space Ranger’!”.

“Have you heard the good news?”. This may be the fastest way to clear a Border Patrol checkpoint, ever!

Good news, everyone! For the first time since Moses chatted up the burning bush, Orthodox Jews can buy sexual lubricants that have been declared kosher.

A conservative Christian political consulting firm nearly gifted Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) with a vibrator. In hopes of helping with her migraines, CEO of Strategy Group for Media, Rex Elsass, intended to purchase an electronic head massager for the conservative congresswoman. He sent an employee off to buy the device, but the employee purchased something a bit different and mailed it to Bachmann. Sources familiar with the incident said that the Christian group intercepted the gift before Bachmann was able to open it.

Beach says the best guess on the end of Roman Britain is the same as it was a generation or a century ago: it was nasty, brutal and quick. “Think a very fat man, sitting down hard on a sack full of kittens”.

A woman describes her horror at having flesh eating maggots burrowing inside her head. Don’t jump to conclusions, this isn’t about Michele Bachmann this time!

A Mountie shot his wife dead after she attacked him with a knife because he welshed on a bet to have sex with her after losing a game on the Wii. Whos says Canadians are boring, eh?

Thank goodness for Ted “I shit myself to dodge the draft” Nugent, he’s found the solution to racism forever! No, I shouldn’t rephrase that, because blaming the victim always works.

Tavis Smiley: I’m waiting to hear the NRA say if Trayvon Martin had a gun, he might still be alive. Ouch!

And here’s the first photo of the Zimmerman jury:

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In bonobos, attractive females are more likely to win conflicts against males. Sorry, Paula!

Tested at the Orwell Federal Penitentiary? Brain scans of inmates turn up possible link to risks of re-offending.

Graphene makes optical switches that are one hundred times faster.

Catholic priests vs. The Boy Scouts of America: a fight these guys really want to pick?

On March 21, 1976, David Bowie was on his “Isolar” trek around America (aka “The Thin White Duke tour”) and “Golden Years” was high on the US pop singles charts. But when the tour pulled into Rochester, NY for a concert at the War Memorial Arena his golden years could have been derailed when the singer and Iggy Pop were arrested on marijuana charges for an impressive amount of herb, about half a pound. Dangerous Minds has the rest of the story and the most elegant mugshot ever.

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