Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Irony, The Irony

In an advanced piece of concern trollery, the AP reports concerns about windfarms presenting confusing images to the Doppler radar used to watch for tornadoes- and the possibility that adopting wind power too quickly might lead to false alarms being sounded by the weather service.

Wow, what if we had adopted that cautious approach to energy development when oil was discovered? I'm guessing the world might be a lot cleaner, and already be using a lot more wind power.

It's a little late now, though, to get hyper-cautious about developing a much cleaner and infinitely more renewable energy source. AP fail.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hunting Down The 'Militia'

With the closing of the borders, pot production in the woods has soared. With Mexican mafias providing the muscle, police are increasingly focused on gaining the upper hand. The jackboots are coming to a forest near you.

I'd always wondered how America would deal with the nutcases who would hide in the woods. Now I plainly see that, after legalization, you turn the police on the 'militia'. If there's anything left of the 'militia', that is, after they have a few run-ins with the Mexican mafia.

The irony, of course, would be the role the so-called 'militia' are playing in the demands to close the borders.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Things To Come

Mike McGinn wants to be mayor of Seattle, and in the process, people are going to get a close-up and personal look at Sierra Club politics. It's about the worst thing that could have happened to the Sierra Club.

I say that as one with an heirloom fondness for the Sierra Club, but increasing questions as to how much of my life I would want them to control. More and more I'm thinking it would be, like, None.

People have wondered for a long time why we get old and die. Right now I'm leaning towards the "build-up of toxins" train of thought.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dick Cheney and Jack Kennedy

John F. Kennedy famously read the NYT in ten minutes every morning. Of course, he used a trick- his knowledge that the NYT, aside from leaning far to the right, was simply a mish-mash of the conventionall knowledge from unattribued sources. Knowing the topic, Kennedy could synopsize the story as though he'd read it.

Cheney operated in much the same way. Having learned that almost everyone around him was poorly educated and almost brain-dead, he easily bullied and manipulated them, confident in their inferiority. Almost nobody felt sure enough of themselves to contradict him or quit in disgust.

That's the secret of the upper classes. They're stupid and got their positions the old fashioned way- their fathers called in favors. And a giant among them is, for better or worse, a giant.