Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – October 20, 2010

There is a lot of talk these days about the world coming to an end in 2012 because of the Mayan calendar supposedly “running out” on Dec. 21, 2012. But Mayan Indian elder Apolinario Chile Pixtun tells us it’s not the end of the world at all and that all the hype is meaningless. Pixtun says the doomsday theories spring from Western, not Mayan ideas. ***MARLAR: And you know our predictions are screwed up. People thought the end of the world was coming with Y2K, yet they still have food supplies and generators in their backyard bunkers.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan vowed that his department would work to make American children into “good environmental citizens” through federally subsidized school programs beginning as early as kindergarten that teach children about climate change and prepare them “to contribute to the workforce through green jobs.” ***MARLAR: They’ll be taught through a new method of teaching called “newspeak”, and will be held in detention if they commit “crimethink”.

For just $200,000 you can go into outer space! Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson said recently that Virgin Galactic is on track to offer commercial space travel within 18 months, and that space hotels are next on the drawing board. The project’s SpaceshipTwo, is designed to carry paying customers into suborbital space, and airfare will start at 200,000 dollars. ***MARLAR: Unfortunately, oxygen is considered extra baggage and is charged accordingly.

The Obama administration is developing plans that would require all Internet-based communication services — such as encrypted BlackBerry e-mail, Facebook, and Skype — to be capable of complying with federal wiretap orders. National security officials and federal law enforcement argue their ability to eavesdrop on terror suspects is increasingly “going dark,” as more communication takes place via Internet services, rather than by traditional telephone. The bill, which the White House plans to deliver to Congress next year, would require communication service providers be technically capable of intercepting and decrypting messages – raising serious privacy concerns. ***MARLAR: Plus, it makes it easier to find and take out anyone telling truths about Obama or Pelosi. (I’m sorry, did I say “take out”? I meant “defriend”.)

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