Depart for new earth AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Professor Stephen Hawking said recently that for the human race to survive we must gain a foothold on another planet, and as if by divine intervention our astronomers soon found another earth-like planet in the heavens.
It has a mass five times that of earth and is probably made of the same sort of rock with enough gravity to hold a substantial atmosphere. It orbits its sun in what is known as the Goldilocks zone, not too near to boil and not too far to freeze, just the right distance to support human life.
Unfortunately this new earth is 20.5 light years away, not exactly on our doorstep. Even with the latest technology it would be physically impossible for anyone to make such a long voyage.
So should we just keep searching space for a nearer planet, hoping technology will advance faster than global warming? I think not. The world today is a very unstable place, nuclear weapons are being developed by many countries and states, some of them very unpredictable .
It is only a matter of time before genetic engineers release some germ or bacteria that may cause a major epidemic.
Genetic altering of cereal crops could lead to significant crop failures, resulting in widespread famines.
We cannot wait until tomorrow if the human race is to survive. We must depart for this new earth a.s.a.p.
Using today's technology we could launch spaceships packed with human DNA to seed this new earth in the future, hopefully creating a humanoid civilisation not unlike our own. This could be our only chance to colonise space.
Could human DNA survive in space for hundreds, possibly thousands of years? The answer is yes. DNA has successfully been recovered from insects trapped in amber millions of years ago. It should be possible for scientists to do the same, preparing human DNA to survive very long space flights.
If mankind pulls together and survives a few more decades I'm sure we'll find even more earth-like planets out there. Every planet found capable of supporting human life must be seeded.
Future technology well probably solve the problems of travelling great distances in space so human beings could actually reach these planets in their own lifetimes, but we must not wait one day longer to start this journey.
Tomorrow may never come, so we must depart a.s.a.p.
Opinions - Trees Are Bastards By Sally Satan
Now amidst all the current chatter of climate change inevitably being a Bad Thing, the still small voice of calm must be heard.
How many people do you know who have died recently as a direct result of climate change?
And yet we go on, beating ourselves up for being human and not animal or mineral, and for ruining the planet. But we should
Opinions - The Reception of Wisdom By Kenton Hall
There is a story that I tell. I likely tell it far too often and one of these days, a friend or family member is going to sneak up behind me and garrotte me with a length of fishing line.
No, it's not the one about that. Or that one, either.
Now that I think about it, there are many stories that I tell too often.
However, the story I am referring to today recalls the moment
Opinions - Divided We Fall By Lee Cassanell
"The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular
representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them" Karl Marx
So Tony Blair's pledge to end poverty has taken a kick in the teeth after the news that 300,000 (or 200,000 or 100,000 depending on which paper or website you read) more children have slipped below the line.
Opinions - Real Men Do Not Need Real Doll.com By Jo Allison
At age 12, little girls and boys should put Barbie and Ken back to sleep safely in their plastic boxes, as adults move on from pretend friends, to actual ones.
But for a select group of scary cyborg-lovers who prefer plastic to flesh, life size Real Dolls made from 100% silicone are the next step up from Barbie dolls. They make the perfect playmates, so I'm told.
But who exactly
Opinions - Goody, Goody, Yum, Yum - Racism and Jade Goody By Lee Cassanell
We all decry prejudice, yet are all prejudiced; Herbert Spencer
The problem with racism is there is currently no well known or vicious enough word that another race can use to discriminate against white people.
In fact during an extensive search of the internet the only even mildly offensive term I could find was
"Honky" and if you are white and offended
Opinions - In Response To Fiona Carr's Hands On Our Arts By Esther Windsor
I am writing in response to Fiona Carr's recent article Hands On Our Arts in
the Opinions section of thisisull.com :
to say that Hull Time Based Arts is alive and well.
In the article discussing funding of art and cultural services in Hull she says
'We have seen the collapse of Hull Art Lab, we saw Hull Time Based ArtsRead more...
Opinions - In Response to The Mental Alchemist's Save Our Free School Meals
Mental Alchemist shows an unerring ability to turn gold into lead with the mixture of inaccuracy,
sloppy thinking, and basic political illiteracy.
To start at the most basic there is not a Liberal Party Cabinet on Hull City Council.
Indeed, despite all the treachery and re-branding exercises, there is not even a Liberal on the Council.
Opinions - Hands On Our Arts By Fiona Carr
ThisisUll has good arts coverage and a clear interest in the vibrancy of the cultural scene,
even if it seems a bit indie/ethnic leaning.
It may well be that nobody is interested in the Art galleries and museums, or the
City Hall/New Theatre though there was a time events were featured on these pages around 2004.
However it is astonishing not one
Opinions - In support of Jack 'Last' Straw By Pablo Luis Gonzàlez
I watched in disbelief as people walked around dressed in a most shameful and
obscene diversity of clothes:
A young woman in faded blue jeans, brown boots and low cut yellow top.
A man in a dark blue suit and tie.
A woman wearing the niqab.
A young woman in dark blue jeans, green jacket and sporting a disdainful smile.
A man in a dark suit and red tie.
Opinions - Response to Michelle Dee's Gigging in Hull By Darren Bunting Music HQ
I enjoyed your article on thisisull about the local bands / promoters / scene at the moment and as a musician and promoter I agreed with 99% of what you said. The only thing I would argue/add would be that there are some promoters and venues who do try and make the effort for the artists (my gigs being one I hope LOL)
where acts get
Opinions - Response to Michelle Dee's Gigging in Hull By Dj Mak
In response to my good friend Michelle Dee's
Gigging In Hull
piece on ThisisUll.com
I thought it be right for me to explain the stance and ethos of The Sesh at
The Linnet & Lark on Princes Ave.
The night was started nearly four years ago - 4th Birthday Celebrations in
October -and was set up by myself with the help of Martin Knight of
The FavoursRead more...
Opinions - Gigging in Hull By Michelle Dee
First up, I think that bands should limit themselves as to how many local gigs they play.
Who is going to pay pounds to see a band at Adelphi or Piper when you can see them at the
Sesh for free?
Some of the bands are limiting themselves to only playing two or three local gigs a month which makes sense.
Don't forget the old adage; absence Read more...
Opinions - Response To Michelle Dee's Review Of Phonic Voices At Urban Artz Festival By Paul Rush
I just read your review of Phonic Voices at the Urban Arts Festival:
'Today it came in the form of Nicky a didgeridoo player from Phonic Voices
music collective, with a uniquely special sound.
It was a moment not to dissimilar to the one in the town of Hamlyn when a
certain piper enticed all the rodents away, from the town.
Nicky began to play her instrument
Opinions - Things Can Only Get Bitter By David Sloan
I'm sick to death of listening to people moaning about New Labour. They've only recently been voted in for a third term in office with a large credible majority. So just what do people want? Yes, things have got better under New Labour. If you're a burglar, mugger, paedophile, illegal immigrant, rapist or terrorist, things have definitely got better.
Under New Labour,
Opinions - It's Only A Game By Dave F
Question - What do you call an Englishman in a World Cup Final???
Answer - Referee.
Like most people in the country, I'm asking myself why...
Why didn't we get through to the final?
Why didn't Sven take better strikers?
Actually, I'm asking myself why the England team turn to jelly at the mention of the word
Penalty, and why we have to listen to excuses like
Opinions - Save Our Free School Meals By The Mental Alchemist
Q. What do you get if you cross neo-liberal economic policy with a liberal party city council?
A. No bloody change and the end of free school meals in Hull.
I sat in stunned belief whilst watching Look North today, as it was announced that Hull City Council have put a price on the health and wellbeing of all our children, and it's less than £4 million.
It actually cost the council a
Opinions - Response To The Grim Reaper's Article By Chris Wolds
Hello thisisull team,
I have just finished reading the piece written by the Grim Reaper titled
Response To Arts Council Article.
I read with interest what was there, just as I did the original article and the follow-ups.
It puzzles me that these other comments have been published and those persons responsible for
them have had their opinions aired.
I have always seen this site as
Opinions - Money, School and Red-Tape: Education for Kids in Hull By Margaret Ryan
Education in Hull is changing. Almost a third of our secondary schools are being demolished.
Nearly £200m is to be invested in new schools.
So let us not mince our words - the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project proclaims that
this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive reform of the secondary system and improvements in educational
Opinions - Response To Arts Council Article By The Grim Reaper
We can guess it's a guy that wrote the anonymous letter regarding Lou Duffy Howard receiving
money from the Arts Council for the Grassroots festival.
As a matter of fact Duffy Howard and 'Full Flava' David Okwesia set up the Grassroots
thing and we all work together in making it happen to benefit the local community.
So to whoever wrote the letter I would just like to say
Opinions - Fickle Voters By Mark Pollard
I watched a TV programme the other night about the seemingly endless, unaccounted and under-investigated murder of scores of young women by street gangs in Guatemala. As a father of three girls myself it was heart-breaking stuff that made me thankful to live in the UK; the 'scandal' of John Prescott shagging his secretary hardly seems to matter by comparison.
Opinions - If The Council Won't Sort This Out, We Will By Pete Stitt
I felt it was only fair to give the readers of thisisull an update of non-events since the issue of
Arts Council grants, Council and other funding for multicultural events was raised by one anonymous writer and half of the Kurdish community in Hull.
I think we have waited long enough for 'stage two' of this saga.
I sent several emails to Ken Branson, who I know to be an
honourable man, and he
Opinions - Blair Is No Churchillian Statesman By David Sloan
Every day now we read more and more New Labour sleaze stories.
Cash for knighthoods, offshore accounts for ministers, weapons of mass destruction
which never existed to name but a few.
I could go on with tough on crime, and the causes of crime.
When magistrates have now been told not to even jail offenders.
You can rob, rape or kill by dangerous driving and expect no
Opinions - Hull City Council 2006 - Changing Or Caging Us? By Margaret Ryan
Hull City Council is changing. Having recently improved its rating infinity percent -from zero
stars to one star - a new council seems to be evolving. Into what, you may ask?
An aggressive political powerhouse to empower the people? Or an experiment of existential dustbin policy?
Whatever this nameless Hullian perceives the council's policies to be, recent history
says one thing is
Opinions - Wanadoo Offers Schadenfreude at 10p a minute By Margaret Ryan
Do you find junk mail bellicose nonsense? Same here. Amusing? At times, yes. Annoying? Always, I agree. So are you yet to experience the silent delight of receiving Wanadoo's broadband advertisement through your letterbox? Do you want to know how junk mail could make you smile? Read on.
An established internet company, Wanadoo proclaim
Opinions - Response To Criticism Of The Night Shift And The Hull Blokes By Ian Ahmed Newton
Regarding Steven Greendale's criticism of the Hull Blokes which I understand included
some comments about one of my books, The Night Shift.
I would say to Mr Greendale, that if you live in Hull, we have enough people outside
this city who like to take a knock at those who are trying to promote the city.
I also believe that we have many in power within this city who have also done little
Opinions - Response To Arts Council Article - People Rewriting Our History In Their Own Image By Pete Stitt
I would like to thank the Editor of Hami Kurd magazine for waking me from a sort
of self-imposed coma this week.
I had walked away from the local asylum situation, completely disillusioned, as
loads of middle class white (and ethnic minority) English individuals and
organisations came flooding into the 'industry' when it became clear
there were funding opportunities.
Opinions - Praise For Ian Newton's The Night Shift By Andy Brown
I am formerly from Hull and my daughter still lives there.
I keep up with events going on with help of your website. It's great.
I saw that stuff about The Night Shift book by Ian Newton.
My daughter sent me a copy for Christmas and all I can say is that this book
almost gave me a hernia with laughter.
I have never read a book so funny and so spot on about working night shifts.
Opinions - In response to Joe Hakim's Opinion: The King is Dead ... Again. By Kay
Well, this post reminded me of a railway station at midnight, where the only inhabitants
are drunken tramps spitting out a string of semi-coherent invective.
I really don't see how you can criticise anyone else Joe, when you come off
sounding like an unbalanced style-less dumbfuck.
I bet your keyboard took a hammering there as you released your ultimate weapon . . .
Opinions - Response To Steven Greendale's Article By Mark Pollard
To Steven Greendale: You're a bright lad, aren't you?
Firstly, you accuse Anthony Newlyne of taking a poke at Ian Newton's book
The Night Shift, when Newlyne's enjoyment of and respect for Newton's work is
made quite clear despite the article being somewhat ironic in parts.
How could you not have understood this, Mr Greendale? Can't you read properly?
Secondly, you have a
Opinions - The King Is Dead...Again By Joe Hakim
Well, I've just read Steve Regan's latest column, and I'm glad to see that the old
cigar-chomping fuckwit hasn't let me down.
I can still remember seeing his mug leering out from the top of his shitty
sub-Gary Bushell column in the Hull Daily Mail, and by the look of it he
hasn't managed to land his dream job as a Sun hack, but then again, even
people who write for the tabloids need