Well, when the author of a blog named “Doug’s Darkworld” gets depressed, pretty good bet the posts aren’t going to be filled with lightness and mirth. I’m depressed. Brace yourselves. These are various sad and depressing things I have found on line and in the news recently. From a depressing point of view. Just one day of this, I promise, then we can get back to all the fun in Iraq and elsewhere.
Gamma Ray Bursts. Ever hear of gamma ray bursts? When certain types of star collapse, apparently they concentrate radiation into two giant jets and spray them across the galaxy like a billion Star Trek phasers from hell. Recently it was thought Earth was safe from this sort of unpleasantness, new studies indicate we might not be safe after all. It has seriously been suggested that gamma ray bursts are the reason we don’t see aliens flying around, because most planets get sterilized by gamma ray bursts every few hundred million years, and life simply doesn’t have time to evolve intelligence. Earth has just been very very lucky. On the plus side, the odds of this happening in our lifetimes is extremely low, we wouldn’t see it coming, there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it, and it would be over fairly quickly. There, I feel better already.
Stock Markets Continue Slide. World stock markets have continued to slump going into a second week. This is not a good thing, though it’s not a disaster yet. Personally I believe the “global economy,” IE economies based on the shipment of resources and materials willy-nilly (instead of encouraging as much local production as possible) is a recipe for disaster in the long run. Is the long predicted global economic meltdown underway? I hope not, but time will tell.
China Gets Pumped. China has announced a huge increase in its military spending. This is both depressing and amusing at the same time. It’s depressing because arms races have a nasty tendency to lead to wars sooner or later. It’s funny because it shows once again just how stupid the American policy of trying to maintain absolute global military superiority is. At a very modest cost, and even by the highest estimates China’s military spending is nowhere near that of Americas, the Chinese both dramatically improve their military…and force the US to spend fabulous amounts of money it doesn’t have to stay ahead of China! Heck, the US is going to have to borrow money from China to do this! And since we know the Bush administration couldn’t modify their “strategy” under any circumstances, China can be sure that like Pavlov’s dogs, the USA will now spend itself even further into debt buying exotic military gadgets.
Troubling Stories. And just in case readers got the impression from yesterday’s blog that problems with health care for veterans was limited to one Army hospital…they’re not. There are problems across the board in veteran’s health care as Bush has privatized it and generally ignored the problems. Thank God this story is finally getting out, the veterans of Bush’s wars are finally realizing just how hollow Bush’s “support our troops” mewling really is. Now can we start talking about impeachment?
There, I’m glad that’s out of my system. I hope everyone had a great weekend, or at least a better one than mine. Snarl.
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