Zuma's glory

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brianvds (May 29, 2012, 20:22:26 PM):
Latest twist in the saga: after a mass rally to the gallery by ANC supporters, the gallery has apparently now been intimidated into removing the painting from its website. Well, good thing then that I made a copy before they removed it. I will now proceed to spread that copy all over the web, as far as I can, and I would urge everyone here to do the same. Let's see of the petty fools can shut down the whole internet.
Mefiante (May 29, 2012, 21:31:08 PM):
With over 60,000 hits already, they’ve got a, uhm, stiff task ahead of them…

What’s interesting is that a prior painting by a black artist, perhaps more provocative, didn’t raise anywhere near the stink that Murray’s did. Is it too much to think that the ANC’s brain trust carefully orchestrated the furore in preparation of Zuma’s bid for a second presidency term?

'Luthon64
Rigil Kent (May 30, 2012, 06:21:01 AM):
...proceed to spread that copy all over the web...
Two of the Voyager spacecraft famously carry with them into the depths of the Milky Way golden disks on which a collection of man's greatest achievements were recorded. The hope is that it may be found by some civilization in possession of a turntable. What a pity that The Spear missed this boat by a mere three decades. It could have shared a few grooves between Jimmy Carter and Chuck Berry.

Still, I wonder if the SKA will have broadcasting capabilities...? >:D

Rigil
cr1t (May 30, 2012, 08:31:46 AM):

Still, I wonder if the SKA will have broadcasting capabilities...? >:D

Rigil

No it's just a receiver. It's interesting to note that our TV broadcast and other radio signals are probably detectable as far away now as 60 light years. I know there was a purposeful transmission made the other day to a star group but that was more a stunt than a real attempt. Interesting to note if there is intelligent life around 50 light years away and they picked up our radio source and decided to send us a hello, we would only get that around 2040 - 2060, at my guess.

Also check out SETI who is dedicated to searching for Alien signals.
brianvds (May 30, 2012, 09:02:05 AM):
With over 60,000 hits already, they’ve got a, uhm, stiff task ahead of them…

What’s interesting is that a prior painting by a black artist, perhaps more provocative, didn’t raise anywhere near the stink that Murray’s did. Is it too much to think that the ANC’s brain trust carefully orchestrated the furore in preparation of Zuma’s bid for a second presidency term?

'Luthon64


Yup, that is my suspicion too. Huge numbers of ANC supporters are probably naive enough to believe in the "victory" the party was crowing about after the march to the gallery. The leadership surely knows better, so what was the point then? One perfectly legitimate guess is that they were out fishing for sympathy votes for the Dear Leader.

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