[Milo, Melissa, Zack and Bradley are waiting in a police interrogation room]
Do you guys know why nobody else at school likes hanging out with you?
[the others look at each other]
Because you're always doing stuff like this. You're always coming up with some stupid idea to do something, and then it backfires, and then you end up in some foreign country, or in outer space or something. [pause] That's why no one likes hanging out with you guys.
...You're being extremely negative, Bradley.
I’d like to put something by you: a broad dry thudding day with the clouds cladding down. Now the universe wants to be known when doing so keeps me from you. On summer evenings, you feel a blankness flooded with the stuff of sump and dumpsters, with frescoes, memoires and confetti while the world turns to glittering with light, the impounded soul looks down. Your thoughts like a clingy rayon casing, deflating almost to absence. You and I, walking towards this silent house: the landscape cluttering with incapable machinery, acres of vacant airplanes and school buses explode and the earth split open like a corpse’s gassy stomach and the full moon grows red with blood swollen inside it. What if I did not mention death to get started and you listen to music in the morning - the notes nervous as light reflects off from your eyelashes.
A voice that seems to come from outer space, a city that burns behind us; by June the city seems to grow neurotic but I am the canals behind your forehead paddling. One day I will clutter the street corner and you’ll judge me behind the friction and pretense of indifference. A conception of life as infinitely far away. In dreams, or in these moments of distraction that derive from dreams, summer is ending with the imagery strewn everywhere like fragmentary objects exhausted by my desires. In a silent room surrounded by sand I sleep other times, the dead on their milky shore rock in unison in marble chairs - by then, love and blasphemy could be the same thing.
This week, a meteor penetrated the Earth’s atmosphere and exploded over “fireball” over the territory of Khakassia, as officially stated by the officials of Sayanogorsk:
“According to the Emergencies Ministry office in Sayanogorsk, a celestial body, presumably a meteorite, fell to Earth in the Beisk district.”
Yet another reminder of how blind our Spaceship Earth is flying within our own solar system. Although you may not have heard of this incident amongst the myriad of other headline-catching “news” stories this week, one of the more important developments for our biosphere didn’t involve exploding celestial debris overhead, but rather, our increasing awareness of it and our societal imperative to unite toward the common goal of mitigating these threats.
“The United Nations General Assembly proclaims June 30 as International Asteroid Day. We founded the annual event to raise awareness of the asteroid threat and opportunity to unite the human species behind a simple goal: Protect our planet from asteroid impacts. It is the only natural disaster we know how to prevent if we work together towards a global solution. We are all crew of Spaceship Earth.”
— Dr. Brian May (Queen guitarist, astrophysicist), Danica Remy (COO of B612), Grig Richters (filmmaker) and Rusty Schweickart (Apollo 9 astronaut).
All United Nations Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, will be invited to observe International Asteroid Day.
The date of International Asteroid Day commemorates the anniversary of the Tunguska asteroid impact over Siberia, Russian Federation, on 30 June 1908.
The first official observance of International Asteroid Day will take place in 2017.
I encourage all of you (yes, all of you who live on this planet and care about everything living under its atmosphere) to get involved with both AsteroidDay.org and the B612 Foundation by signing up for their newsletter, staying up to date with the latest research/development and Sentinel mission planning, as well as what all the collective nations and signatories are doing to #FightforSpace.
As uncertain as our future has always been regarding human society and the instability of governments, this is a cause we can all agree upon.
Carl Sagan said it poignantly and much better than I could:
“The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is determined only by our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life’s meaning. We long for a parent to care for us, to forgive us our errors, to save us from our childish mistakes; but knowledge is preferable to ignorance. Better by far, to embrace the hard truth, than a reassuring fable. If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.”
The apostle Paul was “caught up to the third heaven,” but he was prohibited from revealing what he experienced there (2 Corinthians 12:1-9).
If a third heaven exists, there must also be two other heavens. The first is most frequently referred to in the Old Testament as the “sky” or the “firmament.” This is the heaven that contains clouds, the area that birds fly through. The second heaven is interstellar/outer space, which is the abode of the stars, planets, and other celestial objects (Genesis 1:14-18).
The third heaven, the location of which is not revealed, is the dwelling place of God. Jesus promised to prepare a place for true Christians in heaven (John 14:2). Heaven is also the destination of Old Testament saints who died trusting God’s promise of the Redeemer (Ephesians 4:8). Whoever believes in Christ shall never perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
The apostle John was privileged to see and report on the heavenly city (Revelation 21:10-27). John witnessed that heaven (the new earth) possesses the “glory of God” (Revelation 21:11), the very presence of God. Because heaven has no night and the Lord Himself is the light, the sun and moon are no longer needed (Revelation 22:5).
The city is filled with the brilliance of costly stones and crystal clear jasper. Heaven has twelve gates (Revelation 21:12) and twelve foundations (Revelation 21:14). The paradise of the Garden of Eden is restored: the river of the water of life flows freely and the tree of life is available once again, yielding fruit monthly with leaves that “heal the nations” (Revelation 22:1-2). However eloquent John was in his description of heaven, the reality of heaven is beyond the ability of finite man to describe (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Heaven is a place of “no mores.” There will be no more tears, no more pain, and no more sorrow (Revelation 21:4). There will be no more separation, because death will be conquered (Revelation 20:6). The best thing about heaven is the presence of our Lord and Savior (1 John 3:2). We will be face to face with the Lamb of God who loved us and sacrificed Himself so that we can enjoy His presence in heaven for eternity.
[There’s much more that others have shared about heaven who have had supernatural experiences going to heaven and coming back due to near-death experiences. Their stories are interesting. If you want to look into them please pray first. Pray for wisdom and discernment before watching any youtube videos on this or reading anyone’s stories. Some people are truthful but unfortunately not everyone.]
“The mold in which a key is made would be a strange thing, if you had never seen a key: and the key itself a strange thing if you had never seen a lock. Your soul has a curious shape because it is a hollow made to fit a particular swelling in the infinite contours of the divine substance, or a key to unlock one of the doors in the house with many mansions.
Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it – made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand.” - C.S Lewis
“ —umm… “ regulus’ tongue flicked out across his lips, soft flesh cracked from the cold weather, before shaking his head firmly. “ not even slightly? but i wouldn’t expect y o u to have much familiarity with muggle academia. “ he may not be too knowledgable about the non-magical world either, given his blood-relatives and their dogmatic values, but he’d slipped close enough to learn, both in his past life and now, and he felt definitely sure that chemistry was very similar to p o t i o n s. ( though maybe it was definitely the subject that dealt with outer-space? there were too many subcategories to be certain, and so he laid down no specifics.. )
megalodon: “This Pokemon ruled the seas 100 million years ago - even the ancient whale Pokemon feared it. With just one bite from its immensely powerful jaws it can easily cleave a ship in two.”
tardigrade 1: “When threatened, this Pokemon tucks its four arms into its body and shrivels up. When it no longer senses a threat, it reabsorbs water and carries on as if nothing happened.”
tardigrade 2: “This Pokemon can survive in nearly any environment by expelling all water in its body and entering a stasis-like state. In this state, it can withstand any attack, and even outer space.”
“Although rarely seen, it leaves a trail of destruction in its wake. People will hunt for it by following this trail. It sucks up various objects and even small Pokemon with its funnel arms and then fires them out at high speeds.”
Okay so @pollypeaches asked me what a Mario/Little Shop of Horrors crossover would look like, and this is a very important question and I have to share it with the world. So:
Seymour - Luigi
Audrey - Peach
Audrey 2 - Waluigi
Dentist - Bowser
Seymour’s boss - inexplicably, Shadow the Hedgehog
Luigi is a humble plumber, working day and night in a plumbing shop on Skid Row and trying to put up with the whims of his overly demanding boss, Shadow (Skid Row). He wants to win the love of the beautiful Peach, but unfortunately, she’s already dating Bowser. One day, he happens upon a mysterious creature who claims to be from outer space (Da-Doo) and seeing nothing wrong with his logic, decides to bring him home. Unfortunately, Shadow has a strict no-pets policy, because he wants to be the Top Hedgehog, so Luigi must keep his new friend a secret. Waluigi is grateful for this, and in return, offers him a good life if they can help each other out (Dinnertime!), and Luigi agrees. One day, Peach is lamenting her lack of a love life, and wishing things could be better (Somewhere That’s Green) when she stumbles in on Luigi talking to Waluigi. She thinks Waluigi is charming, and they soon become friends. Bowser is suspicious of this, so after work one day (Dentist), he follows her to Luigi’s apartment and sees Waluigi. Waluigi doesn’t like him, so he uses his Wah powers and blasts him off to outer space (Dinnertime reprise). Luigi and Peach are astonished, but pleased. They ask if Waluigi can do the same for Shadow, and he happily does. Unfortunately, things soon get out of hand. Waluigi, frustrated by how things are progressing, and sick of living in Skid Row, Wah-blasts Peach and Luigi off to space as well, and decides to turn to greener pastures (Don’t Feed the Plants).
And uh ,, that’s the end
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