Sunday, August 30, 2009

"Rock of Ages"

("Moon Rock" given to Dutch in 1969)

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Dutch museum officials are caught between a rock and a hard place -- over a moon rock.

The bit of stone was supposedly returned to Earth by Apollo astronauts.

But museum officials now say their moon rock is a phony.

An investigation by the national museum has revealed the prized possession is just piece of petrified wood. But the museum isn't getting rid of its now debunked moon rock.

It's being kept as a curiosity.


(NASA on way to Moon!)

Mind you I actually believe we went to the moon. Still I'm not surprised that we handed out snake oil, slight of hand bate'n switch three eyed monkey's to the rubes.

Oldest trick in the book.

P.T. Barnum is smiling in Paradise to see that his legacy is being upheld. No surprise that them phony moon "rocks" was handed out during the Nixon administration.

Actually I kind'a smelled a rat when I was a kid. They was hand'n these fakes to every tropical cutthroat president for life Nixon was butt buddies with.

They seemed to give out more rocks than they officially brought back from the moon!

In fact they even gave one to my radio station I always thought there was something 'odd' about that "rock",...see below.

...thing is it still works. Even after 40 years.

It may not be from the moon, but it ain't from here.


Zaek said...

OMG! That head: it's the Monolith! The aliens left it On Luna for us to find, and now they're talking to us through it. Any moment now we'll be wafted up in the Chariots of the Gods and spirited away to a higher level of post-chrysalis evolution and become Omega Men like the friendly superintelligent aliens always knew we could be. This is what I've always been waiting for!

Charming said...

From the S & M news today:

Two young brothers who lured two boys, aged nine and 11, to a South Yorkshire ravine before carrying out a brutal attack have admitted the assault.

At Sheffield Crown Court the brothers, aged 10 and 12, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

One of the victims also had a sink dropped on to his head during the attack in Edlington, near Doncaster.

The brothers were arrested on 4 April after the younger victim, covered in blood, escaped and raised the alarm.

Attempted murder charges over the attack were dropped by prosecutors.

Reports are being prepared on the boys ahead of a sentencing hearing, expected to be held in November.

The victims met their attackers as they played football in a park.

They were lured away by the brothers, who promised they would show them a toad they had found, but instead they were subjected to a horrific assault.

The older boy had a sink dropped on his head, one had a noose put around his head and one was burned with a cigarette on his eyelids and ear.

The younger boy had a sharp stick rammed into his arm and cigarettes pushed into the wound.

He also tried to ram a stick down his own throat after he was told to "go away and kill himself" by one of his attackers.

Charming continued said...

The pair, who were both seriously injured, had bricks thrown at them and were repeatedly stamped on.

The nine-year-old managed to stagger to a nearby house to raise the alarm, covered in blood from wounds to his head and arm.

The 11-year-old boy was later discovered unconscious in the nearby wood.

The brothers have each pleaded guilty to robbing one of the boys of a mobile phone and the other of cash.

They also admitted two counts of intentionally causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

The brothers were later charged with attempted grievous bodily harm with intent and making a threat to kill in connection with a separate attack on another 11-year-old boy in Doncaster a week earlier.

The pair had denied these offences, but each have pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The court heard the brothers picked a "discreet" location for the scene of their first attack, in trees by a stream.

But they were interrupted by a passer-by.

The victim of that attack said: "They got me into these bushes, and then the fat one punched me.

"They stamped on my head. After, like, twenty minutes of them hurting me, this man came and said 'Oi, what you doing?'... and they said 'You've got twenty seconds to run' so I ran as fast as my little legs could carry me.

"I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die. That's what I kept repeating in my head."

A week later the brothers chose a "more isolated" place for the attack on the two boys.

The boys were led to a large mound of timber, described as a "den", which was hidden from public view, where some of their injuries were inflicted.

The brothers then moved their victims to a second site, at the foot of a 15ft ravine. It was here that a broken sink was used to inflict the more serious head injuries on the 11-year-old.

Det Supt Mick Mason said the victims suffered a "traumatic experience" but were "recovering well".

"The victims are still suffering, certainly mentally, and also recovering from the physical wounds," he said.

The mother of the eldest victim said she was "pleased" with the guilty pleas.

She said the families were not upset about the decision to accept pleas to lesser charges and she was happy the boys did not have to be put through a trial.

Nicholas Campbell QC, prosecuting, described the offences as "grave crimes".

The prosecutor said on the day of the second attack, the two brothers should have been at the police station being questioned about the earlier assault.

He said: "Instead, they went out and attacked [the two boys]."

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the decision not to pursue the attempted murder charges was taken in consultation with the victims' families.

Doncaster Council said a serious case review was now under way to establish if there are lessons to be learned by any agency involved.

Uncle 2012 said...

I fear that despite all of our dreams of a better way of living people like to hurt each other.

Nothing will make them stop doing it or having fantasies about it.

To save myself from despair I've made a world when Angels, and faeries are real.

A place where loving kindness is not a cruel joke.

R K W said...

Ahhh, Flash Gordon on the middle picture. I can actually see the strings!

R K W said...

And why is that grevious report from Charming stuck in the middle of the Rock of Ages post?

Uncle 2012 said...

'cause he's a troll.