60 million dollars shot into space
OK, I have to go to work early today and deal with the house from hell, so instead of a dedicated post I will catch up on the news. Plumbing problems in the house from hell more specifically. Teams of plumbers have been baffled as to why the pipes keep backing up, today more experts have been called in. I’ve seen it all before. I warned the tenants that if today’s task force doesn’t fix the problem…the next step involves a pentagram and candles.
Moving right along, from sewage and Satan to…politics. (How’s that for a segue?) Well, looks like Obama vs McCain. I guess Hillary will have to deal with having been first lady to an infamous president, instead of seeking her own infamy. She’ll live, I’m pretty sure Bill and her are set for life. Not really surprising, most Americans may be ignorant of what is really going on in the world and the United States, but they are at least dimly aware that something isn’t right and we need new answers. By that token, Obama represents change, Hillary the old guard. Will Obama make a good president? Beats me. Then there’s McCain. Yeesh. Talk about damaged goods. If this was the best the Republicans could come up with, maybe I need to reassess my opinion of the state of the republic. If there was ever an election with no one good running, this is it. I also can safely predict that the election season mud-slinging and swift-boating has barely begun.
Ah, the satellite shoot down. Let’s see, the Bush administration has spent 60 million dollars to shoot down an imaginary threat, scaring Americans unnecessarily so they can claim they “protected” them, all with a complete disregard about what the rest of the world thinks. Pretty much par for the course for the Bush administration. Is there anyone or anything the Bush administration doesn’t claim is a terrible threat to Americans…so they can claim they have the cure? Talk about snake oil sales. To be more accurate, the chance of being hit by falling satellite debris is essentially zero. The fuel tank would only be dangerous if it hit you or it landed nearby and you ran up and bathed in the liquid squirting out. If it exploded in the air the cloud of “toxic gas” would be so diluted that it might make your eyes run. As for “sending a message” to China or whatever, I’m pretty sure at this point that the rest of the world has noticed that the US spends more on weapons than everyone else combined and has few qualms about using them.
Moving right along, there has been more alarming news about the changes to our planet being wrought by global warming. I think I’ll save that for a stand alone post though. The global warming deniers are fighting a desperate rearguard action, but it really doesn’t matter. At this point the die are cast so to speak, we have crossed the Rubicon, what will be will be. (Sorry, got away from myself there.) What I am saying is that at this point the changes wrought by human activity are so far reaching that even if we stopped everything we are doing tomorrow there’s no telling what would happen. So many feedback loops have been engaged and so many pollutants dumped into the air and water that it would take decades to get back to pre-industrial levels.
Looks like war with Iran may not be imminent, though I’m not going to fully relax until Bush is out of office. Maybe I’m being petty, but Bush the Elder sent us into Somalia right after he lost his reelection bid in 1992, I wonder if his son might do the same in Iran…knowing he could take credit if it worked out and if it failed, it would be the next administration’s problem? Certainly something to think about if Obama gets elected. And at least some people are still making wild claims about Iran, an Iranian exile group is claiming that Iran is speeding up its attempts to build a bomb. Exile groups always make outrageous claims to try and enlist foreign armies to reinstate them in power, so they generally only make the news when some foreign power needs a pretext to invade. Since this latest report isn’t being spread around the world, maybe we can relax a bit.
It’s not like there aren’t other things for Americans to worry about. Oil at a $100 a barrel has to be a mixed blessing for the economy. Things continue to decline in Iraq, even if the “surge” succeeded in its primary mission of driving Iraq out of American’s minds and off the mainstream media. There’s problems in Kenya, Kosovo, Pakistan, Darfur, and Somalia. And what’s Congress doing? Investigating steroid use in Major League Baseball. The distance between perception and reality in the USA gets greater every day, it’s like watching cattle stampede off a cliff. “This can’t be good” my grandfather would have said.
(The above image of our tax dollars being wasted is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is an historically important image, it’s not being used for profit, and its use here does not interfere with the copyright holder’s commercial use of the image. Credit: AFP photo. It would have been just as safe and a hell of a lot cheaper if we all just wore tinfoil hats.)