Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

Grand Canyon wall to be carved in 100 storey likeness of George Bush, will be visible from the Space Shuttle

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Yikes.

Another rainy day, but at least it’s warm enough so that the door can be left open. Thus the cats can outside to check on the weather every five minutes without my having to get up and let them out. They aren’t happy about the water falling from above, and they haven’t completely given up on the idea that, dammit, can’t our can opener do something about this? In fact one of the little baggins is now helping himself to my oatmeal, out of frustration no doubt.

Moving right along, I think we set a new record for comments with my recent global warming post. I’ll re-marshal my arguments and post again soon. Though as I said in a comment myself, I don’t really expect governments to do anything about global warming. I mostly think that most of our problems come from government doing too much as it is. More on point, the amount of money it would take to provide the world’s poorest billion people with basic things like food, clean water, and shelter is trivial. A few tens of billions a year would make an enormous difference, numerous studies have suggested such. Since the world’s governments haven’t managed to get together to fix this obvious and simply remedied problem, expecting them to be serious about global warming is optimism bordering on insanity.

And I’m not just blaming rich governments either, most of the world’s poor governments are complicit in this. For example, the UN a few years back allocated some huge sum of money to fighting AIDs in East Africa. Last I heard, none of this money had been distributed? Why? Because the UN set two conditions for a country to get this aid. They had to promise that they would not cut their own government public health budgets if they got the aid, and they had to let the UN disburse the money. So far, no takers. Kinda sums up what governments are all about, doesn’t it? Also sums up why the west works so hard to keep governments like this in power around the globe, but that’s another story.

In keeping with the more or less miscellaneous thread I have going here, the Hualapai tribe has has opened their glass skywalk over the Grand Canyon. It’s a glass bottomed walkway jutting out 65 feet (20M) over the edge of one rim. It’s completely enclosed of course, otherwise everyone would be dropping pennies to see if they made a crater after falling 4000 feet (1200M.) I’m not sure I would be comfortable standing on a glass floor with the ground 4000 feet below me. And I certainly wouldn’t be comfortable paying $25 for the privilege. Sounds kinda kitschy too, but hey, the tribe could have built a Casino. Other attractions they did build include an Indian Village and a Cowboy Town. Yes, this may indeed be another sign of the End Times.

And in some final good news, scarce though it is these days, searchers found the missing Boy Scout alive and well in North Carolina, just a mile and a half from where he vanished. So many troubles in the world, nice to see at least one family getting good news. Sometimes there are happy endings. Maybe it’s trite, but to me that’s proof there might be a God after all. I’d say I wished he worked a little harder, but for good or for ill he made us a world where we have to make the happy endings. Still, Thank God for small favours.

He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
Daniel 6:27

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit, is central to illustrating the post, and is an historically important image. Thank goodness the Crying Indian guy didn’t live to see this day. And finally, for any new readers who may be unfamiliar with my warped sense of humour, carving George Bush into the Grand Canyon was a joke. Knock on wood.)

Written by unitedcats

March 20, 2007 at 11:00 am

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  1. Please. Let’s not give him any ideas.

    notfainthearted

    March 20, 2007 at 3:07 pm

  2. Hi Doug,

    Great post.

    I would like to go visit that walk at least before I die.

    -Jack

    bereans

    March 21, 2007 at 8:42 am

  3. I just wonder if the engineers designed in human nature. IE there will be some people who will want to test the glass floor by jumping up and down on it. How much of that can the floor take before a panel fails? Like the guy in the CN tower who demonstrated the strength of the ceiling to floor windows to new hires and guests by leaping into them. Turned out if you jumped against one enough times, the glass would indeed pop out of its frame…

    unitedcats

    March 21, 2007 at 8:59 am

  4. Hey Doug, you just about killed me with your headline!
    I don’t think that Bush is the worst President we’ve ever had, but he’s losing ground fast.

    I liked that part about the UN money not being distributed. I wonder what has become of it? Likely quite a bit has been siphoned off into salaries for the folks who are supposed to be “administering” the program. I’m starting to get the impression that you are as thrilled about ‘government’ (in general) as I am.

    I’ve been away from Hidden Dragon Politics for a while working on a new project. Check it out when you get a chance.

    Stephen/Shoulung

    March 21, 2007 at 10:42 am

  5. Ugh! Indian Disney Land. Sad. Leave nature alone.

    floatingclouds

    March 21, 2007 at 6:35 pm


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