The Other Georgia in the News
Enough about the recent war in Georgia, today other news including breaking news from the other Georgia, where some bigfoot hunters claim they have located a living group of bigfoot, and even obtained a corpse. The story has been bouncing around the cryptozoology circuit for weeks, and has now gotten into the mainstream news. So at this point, whether it be a hoax or the greatest scientific discovery in decades…it’s already made the history books one way or the other. The smart money says hoax, but there is an outside chance (very outside) that this is the real thing, and biological history will be made. A den of bigfoot living in Georgia, I’m sure there’s some cheap shot jokes in there somewhere, but I’ll leave those to others. Suffice it to say, I will follow up on this story in another post after the truth is revealed.
There’s been another terrorist attack in the USA, the Chair of the Arkansas Democratic Party was shot to death by a man who blamed liberals for the loss of his job. This is following the Church shooting some weeks back, where a Unitarian Church was attacked for its liberal views. While attacks like this aren’t a pattern, yet, it’s still disturbing. For one thing, these are clearly acts of terrorism and would be labelled and trumpeted as such if the perpetrator had been Muslim and he had attacked conservatives for their political views. That alone is food for thought. And while I defend the right of people to express their views, I think a case can be made that some of the anti-liberal hate speech in America goes over the top. For some choice examples click here. I’m not sure what the solution is, but I’m pretty sure telling people to wish their fellow Americans were dead because of their politics is about as un-American as it gets.
Bush has gone ahead and signed a deal to build a missile defence system in Poland, purportedly to defend against missiles from “rogue states” like Iran. That’s like building a missile defence system in Canada to defend the USA from missiles from Mexico. That Bush can say “We’re building military bases in Poland to defend Europe against Iran” with a straight face is remarkable. It means he is either a really good actor, or he’s truly as dumb as some say. This missile “defence” system has nothing to do with Iran and everything to do with threatening and pressuring and surrounding Russia with hostile intent. Yes, like some zombie that can’t die, the American Cold War military industrial complex continues to shamble on. On the plus side, this is mostly about shovelling ever more money into the ever widening maw of the American arms industry, so there’s little chance these weapons will ever be used. They’ve already performed their intended use once the check clears.
In the Beijing Olympics Michael Phelps has won record numbers of Gold Medals. Good for him, go team. I hope they were legit, some incredibly expensive and sophisticated machines are being used to examine his blood in minute detail. It’s a shame that doping has become such an issue, but the megabucks the top tier people can make in endorsements must be an awful temptation, so it’s no wonder that some cheat. Speaking of cheating, there’s fairly credible claims that some of the Chinese gymnastic stars are underage. Sadly in the case of nations, and certainly in China’s case this year, the political benefits of a high medal count can be astronomical, and it would be a wonder if they didn’t cheat. I hope this particular allegation isn’t true, because it would be a terrible thing to do to little girls. They would be heroines for their entire lives, always knowing that they cheated to get their laurels. In some positive Olympic news, India won their first Gold Medal ever. Go India.
Speaking of the Olympics and politics in the same breath though, it’s been pointed out that this may be the most heavily politicized Olympics since the 1936 Berlin Olympics, certainly in terms of the host country going whole hog to make the games a reflection of the glory of their great nation. There were no 1940 Olympics, so I hope 2008 isn’t a harbinger of things to come. And on that note, next week I will get back to practical advice on how best to skewer post-apocalypse mutants with common garden implements and other practical topics. Unless another war breaks out somewhere.
Have a great weekend everyone.
(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It’s not being used for profit, and one way or the other it’s already an historically important image. Credit and Copyright: Searching for Bigfoot, Inc. The fact that this discovery is being brought to us by a group devoted to making a profit from such discoveries pretty much says it all…I’m going with the thing in the freezer is latex and buffalo fur.)