Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

Random noise as the election approaches

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Well, Friday I have my Halloween post. Monsters. Real Monsters. What could be better than monsters for Halloween? However, this means that today I am going to rant about random or not so random things. First, the most important election in decades, or a farce? I’m taking flak from my friends and family, but I still think McCain is going to win, and I still thinks it’s the best possible result. I also still think it really doesn’t matter, the government has been so badly mismanaged the last eight years I don’t think any mortal could pull us out of this nose dive. And that might even be a good thing, being a global superpower is a bad idea that only profits the rich.

While I appreciate comments, I never know quite what to say when someone leaves a comment that’s longer than the post. WordPress as yet doesn’t appear to have any setting that allows me to limit comment lengths. So once again, readers please limit your comments to a few paragraphs. I won’t delete overlarge comments or anything, but I often can’t respond to them. While maybe writing Doug’s Darkworld looks easy, each post takes me four or more hours to write. And what the hell, sometimes a long comment does inspire me to write a long answer, so if the gentle reader feels compelled to comment at length, pixels are free. I’m flattered that my ramblings inspire people to words. Now if I can just inspire them to send money…

Moving right along, a new report is out about an approaching “eco crunch.” Basically way too many people are living beyond their means in a ecological sense. This has been the case for a long time, so nothing new here. Humans continue to treat natural resources as profit instead of capital, and even a shallow study of history shows that has pretty much been the case for all humans throughout history. So no point losing sleep over it, sooner or later climate change will destroy this civilization as it has countless others before. Assuming we don’t blow ourselves up first, always a back burner possibility. When either happens, I will continue to blog as long as possible, no worries.

In world news the USA launched a raid into Syria. The Syrians are rather upset about this, as would almost anyone. The Americans called the raid an “expanded version of self defense.” I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at that. Defining every military action, especially an attack inside another country,  as “self defence” is logically bankrupt and doesn’t pass the laugh test. Millions of Americans will fall for it though, but what scares me is that the people running the country might actually believe it. In any event, it’s militarily insignificant, so one has to wonder what the real reason for the raid is. The claim is that it is a warning to Syria, but that seems almost pointless. The Syrians have lived with Israeli raids for decades, they aren’t about to change their tune because now the Americans have joined the party. And the damage this does to America’s international reputation, not to mention the propaganda bonus for our enemies, is significant. Maybe it’s for domestic consumption, but that doesn;t even make much sense. Maybe it’s just stupidity, which is always a safe guess when talking about military operations.

I’m thinking of changing the name of the blog, though It’s not really a blog anymore. Well, the tag line to be more precise, it’s always going to be Doug’s Darkworld. I’m thinking of “War, Science, and History in a Fractured World.” The philosophy part has always bugged me because technically I don’t really discuss much philosophy at all, so I’m using the word in the vulgar vernacular. And I’ve really emphasized the history aspect of this non-blog in the past year or so, I like writing about it, they are fun posts to read, and they often illustrate points I am trying to make in subtle or not-so-subtle ways.

As always, comments are appreciated, especially feedback on the possible tag line change.

(Speaking of random noise, the above is a picture of Japanese War Tubas being inspected by Emperor Hirohito in World War Two. No wonder they lost the war. OK, that was a bad joke. They are acoustic aircraft detection devices, basically they were used before radar was invented to detect the sound of approaching planes. They are Japanese though, and the Emperor is indeed in the picture, but the pic was taken in the 30s. The British used a similar device, some of them can still be seen. I just stumbled across the image, had never seen such a thing before, and wanted to share. No matter how much history I read, there’s always stuff I’ve never even heard of.)


Written by unitedcats

October 29, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Posted in Politics, War, World

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  1. short comment: content matters more than titles.

    Alex J. Avriette

    October 29, 2008 at 12:58 pm

  2. Really, I d0n’t see a path to a McCain/Palin victory that doesn’t amount to a massive disenfranchisement and dirty tricks, they are well behind in the polls and early voting has locked in the Obama/Biden advantage. The Republicans would have to do a lot better than draw even on election day to win. As for it being prospectively a good thing for the Republicans to get another four years to destroy America, I don’t agree.


    October 29, 2008 at 1:05 pm

  3. I agree, Obama would likely win a fair election, I just don’t see that happening. America is already hosed, an Obama win would allow the right to blame the onrushing disaster on the liberals. If McCain wins the Neocons will pretty much have to take a fall. Going to be an interesting ride no matter what.


    October 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm

  4. I came across this article which nicely covers various possibilities re the recent US attack in Syria:
    US Attack in Syria


    October 29, 2008 at 9:54 pm

  5. Your reasoning would have the same application in 2012 to keep the Republicans, and in 2016, and in 2020, or until the country and/or the world is destroyed.


    October 30, 2008 at 12:53 am

  6. No, my reasoning is based on my belief that Bush has been the worst president in US history, and that the damage he as done is almost incalculable. They have basically spent the last six years trying to stave off complete catastrophe that their actions of the first few years caused (by borrowing and spending trillions of dollars.) Domestically and in foreign affairs the situation is going to implode in the next few years (the economy/dollar is already hosed,) and I want a Republican in the White House to take the blame. This is a unique situation, and my argument does not apply to other elections.

    In any event, I already have my “Don’t blame me, I voted for Ron Paul” bumper sticker. :)


    October 30, 2008 at 6:09 am

  7. Is everyone noticing a stock market that is moving up like crazy just before the election, in spite of the worst news yet.

    Or notice that gas prices are almost back to ‘normal’, just before the election.

    Now you can see what they are doing with your 850 billion! It is in effect a campaign contribution for McCain…

    but it won’t work, and they are setting us up for a major downspike in the market after the election.

    how disgusting it is.


    October 30, 2008 at 11:01 am

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