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apep talk

By now you've all heard about the comet that could maybe hit Earth sometime down the line and kill us all but probably won't.  I hadn't heard that they'd named it Apophis, though, until Amanda Downum pointed it out.  Are these astronomers actually hankering for an apocalypse?

Fortunately, Wikipedia's entry on Apophis/Apep contains ancient clues on how to defeat the asteroid, in case Bruce Willis isn't around:

The Egyptian priests even had a detailed guide to fighting Apep, referred to as The Books of Overthrowing Apep or (in Greek) the Book of Apophis. The chapters described a gradual process of dismemberment and disposal, and include:

    * Spitting Upon Apep
    * Defiling Apep with the Left Foot
    * Taking a Lance to Smite Apep
    * Fettering Apep
    * Taking a Knife to Smite Apep
    * Putting Fire Upon Apep

Citizens of Planet Earth, gather together, and get ready to spit and defile!  I don't think NASA has the technology to hock a loogie into outer space, so here's hoping that collectively, we have a very long left foot.
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molly ivins

Molly Ivins died today at the age of 62.   She was one hell of a lady, one hell of a writer, one hell of a fighter.  I was hoping she'd be around, shining her light into the dark places, for a long time to come.

I guess this means it's left for the rest of us to step up our game, make our voices count for something.