Gaza Nightmares, Undocumented Cats, Arizona Torpedoes Itself, Life Discovered on Titan, and Other News of the Week
Another week, and once again I didn’t get around to explaining how the Universe created itself. I know, I know, it’s an important topic, but I got all distracted by aliens and lost cities and such, such is life. Or such is my life, I guess most people don’t get distracted by aliens all that often. Speaking of aliens, a brief comment on the new law passed in Arizona. I don’t comment on things like immigration too often because it’s a hot button issue. By that I mean people feel very strongly about their positions on the topic, and for the most part are simply not interested in rational discussion. This tendency of course is wildly encouraged by both politicians and religious leaders, because when you’re running a con, the last thing you need is for your victims to think rationally about issues. I suppose I could even expand this thinking into a post someday when I feel like being called names by people still operating under the fantasy that the Pope or the President gives a hoot about the common man.
Moving right along, this Arizona law is stupid. It’s stupid for at many reasons. For one it does nothing to address the issue, people risk their lives and families to sneak in the country, because local cops are now looking for them isn’t going to make a bit of a difference. And the tiny number of illegal immigrants this rounds up isn’t going to make a whit of a difference either. It’s also going to cost Arizona cold hard cash, both due to tourist and convention cancellations. And lastly, having illegal immigrants being afraid of the local police … is stupid. It means that they will both be victimized by criminals, and more importantly, they will be afraid to call the police when they witness a crime. Yeah, let’s turn the illegal immigrant population into a haven for criminals, that’s a good idea. Yes, illegal immigration is a serious problem, but this law makes about as much sense as trying to put out a fire with a flamethrower.
The Gaza thing. Sigh. Piracy, murder, and kidnapping on the high seas, and our government tunes a blind eye. An American is shot dead with multiple gunshots to the head by Israeli commandos, and apparently our official policy is “we don’t give a shit.” If Iran or North Korea had attacked a flotilla on the open seas like this, the USA would be bombing them already. If anyone needed more proof that the our government is Israel’s bitch, this is it. And this wasn’t an accident, apparently Israel bent over backwards to do this in the most illegal and violent way possible. What’s the word for “stupid” in Hebrew? It was either amazingly dumb, or they were trying to hurt their standing with other nations, hurt their standing with moderate Muslims worldwide, and encourage terrorists and violent extremists. Even sadder, it’s entirely possible that this is exactly what they were trying to do, in order to force some sort of war or crisis that will allow them to ethnically cleanse the occupied territories once and for all. Moses wept.
In other warmongering news, the sabre rattling in Korea continues. Not much else to say other than the usual. The idea that the Cheonan sinking was a North Korean attack is becoming more doubtful all the time, but you’d never know that in the American press. And the fact that the South Korean government’s official policy towards the North is hostility and confrontation. Guess what North Korea’s officially policy is, has been for years? Peaceful co-existence. North Korea, like Iran, has tried the past decade to be a responsible player in the international community. Despite, in both cases, endless confrontation and double dealing on the part of the USA. Again, our comic book, government propaganda sycophantic press in the USA never mentions this. Yes, I know, they have terrible human rights records, as do many of America’s staunch “allies,” obviously our government doesn’t give a tinker’s damn about human rights. Once again I am reminded of what a Russian visitor said about the US media some years ago, to paraphrase: “It’s amazing, in the Soviet Union we had to shoot people to get the press to spout government propaganda, yet here in the USA the press does it voluntarily!”
Sigh. In science news, life may have been discovered on Titan. Turns out Mars may have been even warmer and wetter in the past than was thought. Another impact has been spotted on Jupiter, the second in less than a year. It was once thought that such impacts on Jupiter were very rare, it’s now becoming clear that the Solar System is a much more dynamic place than was thought just a decade ago. And part of this knowledge has been gained by legions of enthusiastic amateurs. It’s nice to know that there’s branches of science where amateurs can still make important contributions. I myself have thousand of pages of notes on the evil behaviours of housecats, but alas every one I have documented so far has proved to be incredibly common.
Have a great weekend everyone.
(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It’s not being used for profit, it’s, well, peripherally related to the post, and its use here in no way interferes with the copyright holder’s commercial use of the image, arguably the opposite. Credit and copyright: WarNet.ws It’s a mysterious Russian (I think) site. I chose it because I thought it was funny. Funny is good as the “Summer of Rage” begins.)