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June 6, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Unauthorized fiddlin’. Party on.

people in balloons. !913 Italian scifi film: Le avventure straordinarissime di Saturnino/

Watchers. Waiting for what? (1913 Italian sci-fi film: Le avventure straordinarissime di Saturnino/ USPD/

Just ’cause ya’ can, does it mean ya’ should?

Ignore the gorilla in the room, and be a party to this unhinging:

What if there was a dead planet – no matter if it died from natural causes or tragic error by inhabitants,

What if there was an easy way to fix it?

Perhaps seeding clouds or sprinkling the ground with some basic substance once common to the planet Like baking soda, iron, nitrogen, or even sugar.

Should it be done?  

Possible to understand the all consequences. Questionable reasons.

Little thought given to natural progression.

A life cycle: beginning, middle and end. For all.

Unpleasant messy truth mostly brushed aside.

man and horse by domes. 1913. Italian SciFi film. (

“Well, NASA didn’t predict this, pony. How do you feel about developing gills?” (USPD/

Everything alive destroys something else in the process of living.

Uses environmental resources, water.

Gives off various by-products and gases.

Even plants with their pushy roots and tendency to crowd out other species.

Mending or meddling. Upping the ante.

Ever watched a big ant bed when water is poured on it?

All ants on deck to save the children.

Some ants selflessly sacrificing themselves so others can crawl in top of them and survive.

Uncomfortably like people fleeing floods.

Squirming yet?

Colorful universe. Orion Nebula with fledgling star at left bottom/NASA/ESA/JPL-Caltech:RAM/ USPD. by NASA/

“Oh, Honey, look. There’s already a line at the entrance lane. Once school’s out, skies get less friendly and more crowded at the newest exhibits.”  Orion Nebula with fledgling star at bottom left. (USPD/NASA/

Wouldn’t it be funny if spaceships of tourists were coming by to gawk at Earth and the inhabitants’ antics?

Observing safely at a distance. Buying t-shirts. Taking selfies.

A transparent “natural habitat barrier”, the atmosphere, keeping the Earth’s creatures back.

Any chance there’s one determined  to slip through and get that daring video that might go viral?

Oh, dunderheaded thought.

The road goes on forever and the party never ends

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge



  1. easyweimaraner / Jun 6 2016 7:25 am

    we probably could need another planet where life is possible… but I’m afraid we will do not only good things there…. maybe it’s possible to repair Melmac, I would like to have a guest like Alf once …

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 6 2016 10:24 am

      We think RC Cat is related to Alf – only not with as good a sense of humor.
      There’s an old saying “The first rule of tinkering is to save all the pieces’ (Leopold?). Sometimes people aren’t real good at seeing how everything fits together and rushes in – making things worse. Maybe Alf can offer some guidance.
      Thanks for adding a star-struck comment (Hope the water/rain has moderated there – we have sun today and not a drop…yet. 🙂 )

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      • easyweimaraner / Jun 6 2016 10:30 am

        there is a new thunderstorm on the way, but we hope it calms down before we get it :O)

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 8 2016 7:34 am

          Molly is so thrilled we got the hayfield/backyard mowed…she was compalining about “tickles and too wet”. Hope it’s calmer there, too!


  2. Kate Crimmins / Jun 6 2016 7:58 am

    I must remember not to pour water on anthills. Sounds so cruel.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 6 2016 10:10 am

      Sigh. Ants. Fire ants especially are much too hardy. If it’s a choice between poison or flood, I’ll go with a wash-out to encourage them to move into a neighbor’s yard that’s drier. But it is distrubing to watch all those little pale babies blanketing the surface (wash over that way – that way- under the fence…). Hot water I draw the line at, though. So difficult to live without destroying. Thanks for adding a comment of wondering

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  3. Jay E. / Jun 6 2016 9:30 am

    I thought of Jurassic Park as I was reading this.

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  4. Paul / Jun 6 2016 9:33 am

    The more I ponder this the curiouser and curiouser it becomes. It has only been a few years since we have figured out a way to identify Earth like planets around other star systems. In those few years we have identified thousands of earth-like planets just in a very small sampling of systems. It would seem that in the universe there are too many to count. Now it is our experience with life that it has a very few common qualities – one being the drive to reproduce, grow and expand – all forms of life have that same quality. No reason to expect life else where would be any different.

    That said we would be megalomaniacs to believe that we are the only intelligent life in the universe = so there are others out there. That said, in 100 years of flight we have progressed from 100 foot hops off the ground to visiting the furthest reaches of our solar system. Now consider that this little blue ball we call Earth is in the Milky Way, a galaxy that lies on the edge of the universe – a suburb of the universe if you will. It coalesced into being about 5-6 billion years ago and as such is a newcomer to the universe, which has been around for about 10 billion years since the Big Bang. Almost all of the universe is older than The Milky Way, meaning there are planets that have had 2 billion years more to develop life than the Earth.

    We have gotten hints in particle physics, that it is possible for the speed of light to be broken – or perhaps circumvented (for instance spin pairs). It surprises me that planets that are 2 billion years more advanced, some of which surely contain intelligent life, haven’t produced space faring species that have solved the interstellar flight problem. And if they have, why have they not come to visit their country relatives out here in the Milky Way? My guess is that they have and have chosen not to show themselves to us perhaps for reasons you mentioned Phil – that they have progressed to the point where they want to just allow species to develop unsullied by advanced technology. And it may also be that we are only one fairly uninteresting species amongst millions and so didn’t get much attention – because we are not special in any way.

    Whatever the case, I am very skeptical about UFO’s as a species advanced enough to get here would not show itself unless it chose to. Their technology and hopefully their ethics will have advanced far beyond our ken. But there is no doubt in my mind that others are aware that we are here and have perhaps spent some time observing. That said there isn’t much of anything we can do about it until they chose to say hello.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 6 2016 10:00 am

      Astute considerations.
      It could be that another planet just has a faster drive-through?
      In the line of thought of Horton Hears a Who, I’m beginning to wonder if earth isn’t a spec on a giant vehicle going through a very thorough car wash. Thanks for staring in an out of this world comment. (will rocket over shortly to catch up with you)

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  5. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Jun 6 2016 3:52 pm

    If we’re part of an Intergalactic Zoo, I really should get on being more interesting for our extraterrestrial viewers.


  6. PiedType / Jun 6 2016 11:36 pm

    We’re somebody else’s terrarium. Wouldn’t surprise me, but I think I’d rather not know.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 8 2016 7:30 am

      It’s bugged me since childhood….all those stars over the clear mountain skies. Art and science – how can we hope to surpass? Thanks for wandering along


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