1. Post #1
    HUGE NERD
    Dacheet's Avatar
    November 2007
    6,304 Posts
    Here we go again...
    You may recall, NASA recently announced that a strange rock had somehow "appeared" in front of its Mars Opportunity rover. The explanations for the mystery rock were straight-forward: maybe some kind of nearby impact sent a rock toward the rover, or, more likely, the rover knocked the rock out of the ground and no one noticed until later.

    Not so, says self-described scientist Rhawn Joseph, an author of trade books on topics ranging from alien life to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (Sample article: "Dreams and Hallucinations: Lifting the Veil to Multiple Perceptual Realities.") The rock was a living thing, and he's filed a lawsuit to compel NASA to examine the rock more closely. Joseph is involved with the Journal of Cosmology, online publisher of some very controversial papers. In fact, this isn't the first report of alien life to come out of the journal.

    For the record: NASA has identified it as a rock. A very special rock, with rare properties, even. But definitely a rock.
    Source, complete with stupid fucking lawsuit

    I'm reading the lawsuit, and it seems that this nutjob is saying that the rock is a fungus which sprouted right in front of the rover. It also contains such amazing quotations as:
    As stated in an initial 2 page report published at Cosmology.com, by Petitioner, the obvious conclusion is that the structure in Sol 3528 (Exhibit B) was alive and it grew into the structure depicted when NASAís rover team took photos 12 Martian days later (Exhibit A), i.e. Sol 3540.
    Edited:

    The refusal to take close up photos from various angles, the refusal to take microscopic images of the specimen, the refusal to release high resolution photos, is inexplicable, recklessly negligent, and bizarre. Any intelligent adult, adolescent, child, chimpanzee, monkey, dog, or rodent with even a modicum of curiosity, would approach, investigate and closely examine a bowl-shaped structure which appears just a few feet in front of them when 12 days earlier they hadnít noticed it. But not NASA and its rover team who have refused to take even a single close up photo.
    Excuse me, I need to go take my head and put it firmly into my hands.
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  2. Post #2
    aurum481's Avatar
    November 2008
    2,413 Posts
    You gotta hand it to him, the mushroom idea is quite inventive, it could pass as a movie plot.
    Too bad he's still a nutjob.
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  3. Post #3
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    RearAdmiral's Avatar
    May 2010
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    Don't magic microscope cameras come standard on martian rovers?

  4. Post #4
    Falubii's Avatar
    May 2010
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    Journal of Cosmology isn't a scientific journal.
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  5. Post #5
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    Kazumi's Avatar
    March 2006
    2,655 Posts
    How can one be a "self-described scientist"? Isn't that a legally protected term?
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  6. Post #6
    R R E R R R
    01271's Avatar
    October 2009
    5,076 Posts
    Don't magic microscope cameras come standard on martian rovers?
    Yes, they do.

  7. Post #7
    Gold Member
    BrainDeath's Avatar
    April 2007
    4,165 Posts
    How can one be a "self-described scientist"? Isn't that a legally protected term?
    no of course not

  8. Post #8
    Starpluck? More like StarFUCK!!
    Starpluck's Avatar
    September 2008
    11,301 Posts
    How can one be a "self-described scientist"? Isn't that a legally protected term?
    It's not illegal to call yourself a scientist.
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  9. Post #9
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    Kazumi's Avatar
    March 2006
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    no of course not
    Just asking.

    Looked up the Rhawn guy. Turns out he's a neuropsychologist turned cosmologist involved with some really strange ideas.

    Edited:

    It's not illegal to call yourself a scientist.
    Alright, just making it clear.

  10. Post #10
    Falubii's Avatar
    May 2010
    3,435 Posts
    Looked up the Rhawn guy. Turns out he's a neuropsychologist turned cosmologist involved with some really strange ideas.
    AKA full of shit
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  11. Post #11
    Sableye's Avatar
    October 2009
    8,905 Posts
    but it was a jelly doughnut in shape? what evidence do you have to suggest that it was not a jellydoughnut?

    seriously though opportunity does not have the power nor time to turn around and dig into the rock, its got to get to its wintering spot before they loose the damn rover

  12. Post #12
    fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart
    Kinglah Crab's Avatar
    November 2007
    7,773 Posts
    what happens when this dude turns out to be right
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    Falubii's Avatar
    May 2010
    3,435 Posts
    what happens when this dude turns out to be right
    Then he was right for unsound reasons.

  14. Post #14
    CAPT Opp4's Avatar
    August 2011
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    Does this mean Bronies can also sue USEF for failing to investigate the existence of talking horses?
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    Sableye's Avatar
    October 2009
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    Does this mean Bronies can also sue USEF for failing to investigate the existence of talking horses?
    its OK though, NK has already confirmed the existance of unicorns as the great great great....grandleader rode one into battle many centuries ago to purify the continent and they found its skeleton in his tomb last year
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  16. Post #16
    theevilldeadII's Avatar
    January 2011
    4,435 Posts
    what some people don't get that our Galaxy alone is 100,000 Light Year's long and that 's fucking huge and it take's a long ass fucking time for life to form on any planet never mind a Civilization
    and never mind one that can go to other Star/Solar System's that would even take longer like yea there most likely out there just very fucking rare.

  17. Post #17
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    Zonesylvania's Avatar
    February 2012
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    I wonder if Giorgios on Ancient Aliens gave some inspiration to this guy. Or if he's from that era where UFO sightings were all the rage and he bandwagoned on as a result of that.

  18. Post #18
    Facepunch's #1 Huskybutt
    James xX's Avatar
    July 2011
    2,092 Posts
    You gotta hand it to him, the mushroom idea is quite inventive, it could pass as a movie plot.
    Too bad he's still a nutjob.
    The problem is, it sounds exactly like a movie plot (The film Apollo 18 jumped to mind)

  19. Post #19
    CAPT Opp4's Avatar
    August 2011
    1,162 Posts
    what some people don't get that our Galaxy alone is 100,000 Light Year's long and that 's fucking huge and it take's a long ass fucking time for life to form on any planet never mind a Civilization
    and never mind one that can go to other Star/Solar System's that would even take longer like yea there most likely out there just very fucking rare.
    The Fermi Paradox already kind of clarifies that with the size and scope of our galaxy alone, even ignoring the vastness of the universe, it becomes incredibly unlikely that we could be the only sentient species out there. Especially since our star is relatively young in comparison to the billions of others already in existence.

    It's really kind of arrogant to think we're the only sentient species out there. It's like believing again that the universe and all other celestial bodies revolve around the earth. It takes a massive, underlying ego to believe that we're the only, and most important thing in such a large picture. Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot speech really puts this into perspective.