Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

Through Thick and Thin: Do we really want to cure senile mice?

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Another week gone, another week older. Still, another week without World War Three, another stroke, or a gunfight outside my door. Not complaining, still blogging. Hopefully I didn’t alienate too many readers this past week, but there’s always a few. And hell, if I’m not occasionally pissing someone off, I have failed at my task. I learnt as a young man that if something pissed me off, not  a bad idea to examine my preconceptions about the topic. Sometimes I’m mad because in my heart I know my thinking about something is screwed up, and my annoyance is about being forced to confront and admit the error of my ways. This is how I went from being in a right wing militia to being a blogger for peace and tolerance.

Moving right along, no war in the Middle East yet. On the one hand the US and its allies love the endless war scares, brought to us non-stop since 1979 by the annoying folks in Iran and Washington. On the other hand, they don’t really want or need a war. Israel on the other hand would love to have the right war, a war that would give them the pretext to “transfer” the Palestinians out of Gaza and the West Bank. The rest of the world would call it ethnic cleansing. Or worse. Still, not happening yet, maybe cooler heads will prevail. And in Syria, I have become so suspicious of what we  are being told that I don’t want to comment at this juncture.

A US appeals court struck down California’s prop 8, a proposition that limited marriage to a man and a woman. And they did so in a way that will likely make it though the Supreme Court. I don’t really grasp why anyone would care about two people they don’t even know getting married, but humans get their dander up about all sorts of  stuff other people do that really is none of their business whatsoever. I’m pretty sure religion is involved. Times change people. Does anyone know what they call gay marriage in Canada now? Marriage. People got used to mixed race couples, they will get used to this. And the minority that doesn’t, I’m sure there’s people who still foam at the mouth when they see an interracial couple, their problem. Chillax people, you will be able to better deal with it when one of your kids says: “Um, mom and dad … “

I’m considering post about Ayn Rand. A child murdering sociopath was one of her idols, so it’s going to be a tough row to hoe. The submarine conspiracy is coming up. I have another mystery picture. I might just do an Expanding Earth post, it really is kind of an interesting theory with some fascinating historical antecedents. More space exploration posts. Oh, yeah, I don’t have a grammar checker on my computer. If I make egregious grammatical errors, I would be happy to have them pointed out. Conceptual errors too, but of course those are extremely rare. Snort, I wish. Spelling errors, check your Canadian dictionary first.

In last late breaking news, a cure for senile mice as been found. Um, why are scientists trying to cure senile mice? Wouldn’t it make more sense to give mice senility? Kidding aside, this is a very promising study, and might lead to a cure for senility. Hopefully at a minimum it will lead to a better understanding of the condition. At worst it will accidentally release some senile zombie mouse plague that will jump the species barrier and kill 99.99% of the human race before Christmas.

Have a great weekend everyone!

(The above image is being used legally in accordance with the copyright holder’s requirements. Credit and copyright: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA; Colour Composite: Gordan Ugarkovic It’s an image of Saturn’s Moon Enceladus, lit by the reflected light of Saturn, giving it the golden hue. At the lower left ice volcanoes are visible, an indication that Enceladus may have liquid oceans under its icy surface. It’s only a little over 300 miles in diameter, with a surface area somewhat larger than Texas. Click on the image for the full size version. Why did I use this image? Because the fact that humans have had a nuclear powered robotic camera platform orbiting  Saturn for years is still mind blowing, and under appreciated I believe. When it comes to space exploration, human’s rock.)


Written by unitedcats

February 10, 2012 at 6:47 am

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  1. Looking forward to a blog on Ayn Rand. She is one of my most favorite authors to demean.
    Watch out for stray bullets and have a nice weekend.


    Lee A Whittaker

    February 10, 2012 at 7:04 am

  2. Always look forward to your future posts!

    Carol Day

    February 10, 2012 at 8:59 am

  3. Im looking forward to the Rand article. Obviously as my name is John Galt.

    She especially despised democracy, she wrote that, “Democracy, in short, is a form of collectivism, which denies individual rights: the majority can do whatever it wants with no restrictions. In principle, the democratic government is all-powerful. Democracy is a totalitarian manifestation; it is not a form of freedom.” ..

    It has been also said that pure democracy is ‘two wolves and a sheep, voting on what to have for dinner’.

    As for Rand herself, who knows? I do not know her. Her think tank members include Alan Greenspan. They were quite close and she was standing next to him when he was sworn in as the chairman of the Federal Reserve.. that bank that is not federal nor does it have a reserve. Greenspan created the largest credit bubble in history which is now destroying the global economy and literally killing people, families, and countires.

    So yeah, she apparently got along with sociopaths..

    We must be careful though, as even sociopaths can apparently have a single good idea. Please dont get me wrong. Im not supporting Rand, or Hitler. Hitler created the highway system, a car for regular folks. Greenspan understood that gold was money and wrote in 1966 that:

    “In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value. If there were, the government would have to make its holding illegal, as was done in the case of gold….. The financial policy of the welfare state requires that there be no way for the owners of wealth to protect themselves.”

    Its too bad he chose the term ‘owners of wealth’, it should just say ‘any citizen who has ANY money’

    So then Greenspan, Ayn’s buddy, goes on to completely turn his hat around and help the money changers steal the value of our dollars ! Thats quite a shift.

    John Galt

    February 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  4. Hey Doug, if we aren’t overrun with a senile zombie mouse plague before you get this, I just wanna put in a vote for the Rand piece, I liked her books and some of the concepts of individualism, whats the deal? I think she is right about a lot of things, but I’d love to hear what you think.



    February 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm

  5. As Lisa Simpson would say, “Eep.” OK, Ayn Rand post coming up. Since I read “Atlas Shrugged” in 1989 or so, I have some remedial study to do first. Agree, the person and the message are two different things, it irks me when I recommend some current events reading to someone and they say “Oh not, I won’t read anything by them.” The old folks called this sort of attitude “closed minded.”


    February 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm

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