Monday, July 28, 2014

#GoGetThoseGeckos

Wars and killing and death dominated the news. No wonder Bill Maher decided to open his Real Time with Bill Maher show (episode 326) on 7/25/14 with a mention of copulating lizards lost in space. We all needed a giggle, and the image of geckos going to town on a Russian space satellite that the Russians had lost control of was just the thing to bring on the giggles. 

I thought that was the end of it, but John Oliver, on his HBO Sunday night show (7/27/14 at 11:00 pm), devoted the final five minutes of his thirty-minute show, Last Week Tonight, to talking about the geckos. He asked everyone to use the hashtag,  #gogetthosegeckos, to increase awareness of the plight of these reptilian spacefarers.

No one is talking about why those geckos are floating around in space. Why did Russia want to study the mating habits of geckos in space. I’m asking the question and answering it.

I recently learned that Russia wants to do a manned moon landing. Perhaps their ultimate goal is the colonization of the moon and other planets. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Maher's guest on the 7/25/14 Real Time show said that Jupiter’s moon ,Europa, was quite lovely this time of year. Maybe the Russians want to know how reproduction works off-Earth.  Maybe the Russians are planning to send “Adam and Yeva” to colonize other worlds.
 
Enjoy this film clip of John Oliver getting all worked up over the fate of the geckos and then read my full review and recap of episode 326 of Real Time with Bill Maher.  I titled the review, Realityville, because we all have to live there now. 

 
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7/31/14 Good news! the geckos are lost no more. Russia has reestablished contact with the space satellite. Read it HERE.  So it's back to the happy humping grounds for our little space sexplorers. Thank you twitterverse for saving these little creatures.
 
9/8/14 Bad news. The geckos have gone to the happy humping ground in the sky. John Olivier reported that while the satellite was malfunctioning, the gekckos froze to death.
 

Bill Maher’s Guests #326 July 25, 2014

 
Richard D. Wolff: Economist, author of Democracy at Work: The Cure for Capitalism

 
Neil deGrasse Tyson: Astrophysicist, Director of the Hayden Planetarium, author of several books, including Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries, host of TV show, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
 

Hogan Gidley: Senior political advisor for Republican consulting firm BraebenderCox
 

Amy Goodman: journalist, columnist, radio host of Democracy Now, author of several books including The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them and The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope (with Denis Moynihan and Michael Moore) 
 

Matt Kibbe: Economist, President and CEO of Republican think tank, FreedomWorks, author of Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto