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War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

Sliming Towards Babylon

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I’ve been involved in a  work project the past four days that has kept me tired and covered in sawdust. Neither is terribly conducive to blogging. I did get one post sort of written, but it stalled. So here I am, churning out a random post. Well, not entirely random I suppose. In fact generating a post by random would just yield gibberish in virtually all cases. No, these are the disjointed and tired thoughts of an aging hominid on the surface of an unremarkable planet orbiting an unremarkable star. OK, mostly gibberish.

Well, Romney looks like he’s going down in flames. He can’t even make a joke anymore without getting pilloried. He does seem to have a way of putting his foot in his mouth. I’m back to my original 2012 election analysis of some time ago, The Repubs will field a weak candidate because no one in their right mind wants to take on Obama. And the Repubs are also paying for four years of obstructionism; I mean, for four years, if Obama did it, they were agin it. Their programmed core voters of course all know Obama is a socialist who is destroying the country, the same way Liberal core voters think Obama is some sort of liberal humanitarian, but to win the election the Republicans needed to appeal to middle of the road voters and just in general people who don’t strongly identify with either party. And not only have the Repubs failed to do this, they seem to have gone out of their way to alienate a number of demographics. Right now I’m calling the election for Obama.

In science news, scientists have been studying how slime mould might take over the world. Helpful illustration above. Yes, scientists really did cover a globe with agar and corn flakes to see how a slime mould would spread. For those unfamiliar with slime mould, it’s a mould that grows branches in search of food. Is there any practical use for this research, or are scientists just wasting money? Of course there is! People who think scientists should study useful things are idiots. Idiots in the sense that their opinion shows they know dipsquat about science. There’s nothing stupider than someone who holds an opinion about something they are ignorant about. Why is it idiocy? Because there’s simply no way to tell in advance what research may lead to useful advances. In this case scientists are interested in slime mould’s pathfinding ability, and this research someday might contribute to designing transportation systems. That’s a pretty practical application from growing mould on a globe.

Speaking of the global scene, the chances of war have gone down, though it’s still ugly. And it’s already war, so I mean a bigger war. It is fascinating to me how we have drifted from being more or less at peace to being in constant war. In the eighties if a US serviceman died overseas, it was front page news. Now they die all the time and no one cares. (Political posturing doesn’t count.) Syria is in full armed insurrection. It’s not really a civil war, but the media’s use of war terminology is muddy at best. Ahmadinejad showed that his international diplomacy skills are on par with Romney’s. A lot of what he says makes perfect sense, but if he’d leave out the egregious insults to Israel and Jews he’d make a lot more headway on the world scene. His term is almost up, that should be interesting. Afghanistan: We’ve surrendered to the Taliban, but aren’t going to admit it until after the election. IE all joint training and exercises with the Afghan army have been halted. It’s over folks.

BS aside, world drought and climate changes are the elephants in the room. My contacts in the Midwest say they’ve never seen anything like it before. There’s been serious global drought issues for a number of years now, and it may get worse. Arctic ice is at unprecedented lows this fall as well. World wide bacon shortage unavoidable at this point. Some sort of secret plot of Obama’s no doubt. I think humanity may survive, but the global civilization we have built has foundations of sand. And a Wind is Rising.

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It’s not being used for profit and is being used for educational purposes. The fine scientist who holds the copyright: Professor Adam Adamatzky. I’ll end with a science nerd joke: We don’t allow faster than light neutrinos in here, said the bartender. A neutrino walks into a bar.)


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  1. Nah, you said it all…

    mary s. jackson

    September 26, 2012 at 10:52 am

  2. You just mentioned at the end the real problems facing the United States and the world. It has very little to do with who wins a political election. There is talk about a tipping point but I think the real tipping point was when America and most of the world decided to be purposely ignorant and greedy. The real problems have been ignored in favor of immediate gratification. The amazing expanse of media should have brought real problems and answers to everyone but instead, the media has been used to facilitate consumer gluttony and pour money into the coffers of the already rich.
    It is very unlikely that the US will ever have employment under 8% again. There are too many people for too few jobs. The best scenario would be that we will adapt to less and less and find happiness in simplicity but I don’t really expect that.

    Lee Whittaker

    September 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm

  3. Dude, that story was awesome. So, so awesome.


    September 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    • It was one of the first stories I read as a teen, has always stuck with me. Glad it’s still appreciated. —Doug


      September 26, 2012 at 9:47 pm

  4. Another person living in the Midwest to chime in to say people around here claim the weather over the last year is seriously strange. We had a hot, dry summer and a relatively warm, dry winter before that. Not sure what to expect next myself.

    I think of Romney as another McCain — a candidate offered up because there’s little chance he’ll win. Because he’s not supposed to. Because Obama is the candidate of choice for whatever powers that be behind the scenes. It’s not as if Obama were really a liberal, not with a cabinet stacked with Goldman Sachs executives, increasing interest rates on federal student loans and catering to big banks. What liberal and conservative mean to us down here on the ground (the majority of Americans) and what it’s considered at the top of the political parties are two different matters. At the top they look pretty similar, at least from my vantage point. Taking us to similar places through the passage of similar legislation anyway. Romney is a Mormon, which turns off plenty of the conservatives I personally know, some because they’re either Methodist or Catholic, others because they’re atheists uninterested in promoting theocracy dressed in a business suit. And I can’t blame them. Romney isn’t supporting what conservatism means to me, not by a long shot. Besides, Obama, Romney…what really would likely be the big difference between their presidencies? What’s the big difference between Obama’s and G. W.’s? More transparency? Ha, yeah right.

    I don’t rightly know who’s worth voting for anymore. Why can’t “none of the above” be an option? :P Maybe I’ll scrawl in Ralph Nader or Elizabeth Warren or “other.” Sucks to feel like it’s no longer worth voting.


    September 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm

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    • Hey is that slime the same as the red slime in the ocean I read about a couple of years ago? It was taking over all of the ocean and killing all kinds of fish and plants. Is this the end of us, death by slime. Oh no you have been slimed.
      The idea of war always brings out the fear of nuclear winter. I remember being taught to hide under my desk if the missles were dropped. At least we know now that won’t do a damn thing.


      October 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm

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