Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

Dark Days

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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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Written by unitedcats

March 5, 2007 at 10:29 am

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  1. I agree with your trade concept that more local and less “global” is a better % mix.
    PRC military build up is not as big a story as many think it is since modernization on their behalf means they are departing from the “we have more bodies than you” mentality. Much like the world markets sliding any arms race will be because of corruption and speculation.
    Lastly it is not Bush’s War but real conflict that regardless of the Oval office occupant we all bear some responsibilty for. The active military hospitals are woefully inadequate for the cause they face currently and hopefully something can be done. The VA system is an antiquated and inefficient system to provide care to anyone and the healthcare aspect of the VA should be phased out. VA benefits ($$) should not be tied to a patients healthcare status.If we would modernize the healthcare delivery system in this country everyone would benefit.

    in2thefray

    March 5, 2007 at 11:11 am

  2. Doug,

    I know about dark days. Sometimes I don’t want to think about the news but I also want to know what’s going on, so I’m torn up about it.

    Gas prices have gone up again, it’s been so cold this winter.

    Bush is all talk…he should never have been re-elected. Why does Pelosi and the other Democrats have to try to be civil with him? They should be more assertive NOW.

    lightcontrast

    March 5, 2007 at 9:12 pm

  3. Why and how the Democrats evolved into a pack of spineless “Republican lights” is one of the mysteries of our time. I wish I knew, but lack of a real opposition party is not a healthy development in a republic. It’s like a marriage where one partner always bows to the other partner’s wishes, not a recipe for a healthy marriage in the long run.
    JMO —Doug

    unitedcats

    March 6, 2007 at 9:01 am

  4. Although GRBs are nasty, it has to be pointed out that they only last a very short time (seconds), and a few meters of water / rock /etc would offer protection. So at most half the earth would be partially sterelised..

    Given that life has only really emerged from water in the past 450ma or so, you would only really expect one or two to have hit, and the effect would be very variable depending on distance and angle.

    Andrew Dodds

    March 7, 2007 at 7:35 am

  5. […] I wrote the preceding last night the total is now seven, the following comment was just left on my Dark Days […]


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