Help – I need a break!

It becomes obvious that I need a break from work when I can’t find my coffee mug.

I forgot to put it away in my drawer yesterday afternoon, so I knew the office cleaners would have found it and put it in the dishwasher.

I checked the dishwasher but it had been emptied.

I looked in the cup cupboard and it wasn’t there.
We have a lot of visitors today, so I checked all of their desks to see if anyone had used it, but it wasn’t on anyone else’s desk.

I looked in the cupboard again.
Then checked the desks again.

I looked in the conference rooms, and even the stationery room.
Nowhere to be seen.

I mentioned it to a colleague and he told me he’d emptied the dishwasher.

I checked the cupboard and the desks – again. No sign of it.
It had to be somewhere.
It wasn’t in the garbage bin, so no one had broken it and thrown it out.

I checked my manager’s desk and rechecked my own drawer.

Then back to the cupboard…

And there it was!

It had been there all the time.

mugAnd I recalled seeing it earlier – but for some reason, even though I saw the company logo printed on it, in my mind, for some reason, I pictured it having a different shape.

Mine tapers inwards towards the base, but seeing only the top of the mug, “hidden” behind others stacked in front of it, I’d pictured it as having straight, un-tapered sides.

I need a break.


There IS life beyond earth

Further to my post Life Beyond Earth found here:

In which I ask:

Can it be guaranteed that on all of that space-borne equipment not a single element of biological contamination has taken place? That every mission sent from various nations hasn’t transported a viable population of bacteria to the planets that were being explored?

No it can’t be guaranteed.

That last sentence is further confirmed by the following.

Tardigrades may have survived spacecraft crashing on moon
Scientists believe the Beresheet’s unusual cargo may be alive and well on the moon.

What else has the space program left on the moon dating back to Apollo days?

Beyond the crashed, the ditched and the broken down are pieces of equipment and personal effects that astronauts left behind. The least charming are 96 bags for poo, urine and vomit…


Kjell N. Lindgren (M.D.)
NASA Astronaut

Lindgren is described by Scott Kelly in his book Endurance, as being “religious but tolerant and respectful of other people’s beliefs.”

I’ve so far been unable to find out anything about his religious beliefs, but it seems they must have been expressed in some way for Kelly to make that observation.



Lindgren in “the cupola”, a seven windowed observation module looking down on earth.

ISS Expeditions 44/45


As American as apple pie.

Trump has spent the past month stoking racial resentments, tweeting that four US congresswomen of colour should “go back” to their countries, holding a rally where the crowd chanted “send her back!” and deriding the majority African American district that contains part of Baltimore as “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess”.

Inflammatory words matter in a country that has more guns than people. Tragically, shootings have become as American as apple pie. Dayton was the 22nd mass killing in America this year, according to an AP/USA Today/Northeastern University mass murder database, which tracks all attacks involving four or more people killed.

I’m not sure where this cartoon came from. I saw it on ABC’s News Breakfast this morning. I found a copy online, but could find no information about where it had been published.



Why do I post this?

Because I’ve seen far too many American “evangelical Christians” who have too great a love for their guns and their “right” to bear arms. And far too many Christians who see Trump as a saviour figure.

Simple question:

God. Gospel. Guns.

Which of the above does not belong?


Not Today

Not Today is another Christian film I’ve seen recently, about a rich young man’s struggle with his conscience and his discarded faith, when confronted with the poorest of the poor and their daily fight for survival in India.

The film also exposes the realities of children trafficking.

Some of the dialogue is in an Indian dialect, but is imaginatively and effectively subtitled in a very appropriates and appealing way.

I saw this not long after seeing the Oscar nominated film Lion. which also touches upon poverty and the danger to poor children in India. While telling two entirely different types of stories, I’m glad I saw the films so close together.

It doesn’t hurt to be made aware of the vast gulf between our own western lives and the lives of the majority of the world’s population. But the value of that awareness depends on what we do with it.

I Am Not Ashamed

Too many Christian films I’ve seen have been very disappointing, with poor acting, weak writing, and dodgy theology.

I Am Not Ashamed is an exception.

It focuses on the faith of Rachel Scott, a student at Columbine school at the time of the shootings in 1999.

Like many normal teenage Christians, she faced difficulties balancing her faith with the societal pressures of peer acceptance: until she chose to not be ashamed of her faith in Jesus, whatever the cost.

The film shows the various relationships, the loyalties, the prejudices, the cliquiness, and the bullying within the school, but without making any individuals, even the eventual perpetrators of the violence, into one dimensional characters.
It even gets the Christian characters right. They come across as real people, facing real life struggles, with faith but no instant, glib solutions to the problems they face.

Belief? Based on Politics or Reality?

Climate change denial.

Based on Politics or Reality?

Christian climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe:


Recently in the comments section of my blog, a video was posted that made an extraordinary comparison.
While the video was primarily about the early space program, the interview guest, clearly wanting to defend the contribution of former Nazi rocket expert Werner von Braun, insisted the rocket scientist’s help of the Nazis was self-preserving pragmatism.
That is quite possibly the case.
However, the guest continued with a comparison: that von Braun’s pragmatism was the same as scientists today having to endorse climate change to avoid being ostracised by the wider scientific community.

How do we count the problems within that comparison?

The man making that comparison was William Federer, a professing Christian who I’ve seen described as “a nationally known speaker, best-selling author, and president of Amerisearch, Inc., a publishing company dedicated to researching America’s noble heritage”.

Putting aside the ignorant offensiveness of his comparison, the suggestion that climate change deniers are being pressured to conform, when denial is the expressed stance of the current White House administration, is at odds with examples like this:


I was a climate scientist in a climate-denying administration – and it cost me my job

The US President chooses not to believe in climate change while 97%+ of scientists are reported as recognizing its reality.

1) Depending on exactly how you measure the expert consensus, it’s somewhere between 90% and 100% that agree humans are responsible for climate change, with most of our studies finding 97% consensus among publishing climate scientists.
2) The greater the climate expertise among those surveyed, the higher the consensus on human-caused global warming.

Those denying that percentage tend to have links to the fossil fuel industries, or see political advantage (fossil fuel $$$) from climate change denial (refer to Donald Trump at the beginning of the video above)

I have to wonder why so many “evangelicals” choose to climb into bed with fossil fuel industry interests?

Why do Christians reject scientific evidence in favour of political, money focused dogma?