Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

From Memorial Day Hangovers to Mitt Romney the Coward

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I don’t mean literally a post Memorial Day hangover, it’s more an emotional thing. All the sheep and their masters burbling about “sacrifice” and “honour” and how our boys are defending our freedoms overseas. Patriotic drivel. Our troops overseas are simply the legionaries or conquistadors of our time, pretending they are spreading goodness and light in the name of God is what imperialists have done throughout history. The idea  that one can conquer and rule other peoples for their own good is an incredible conceit, and a terrible insult to both the founders of this once great nation (now an empire in its death throes) and the Americans who have served in just wars. It’s also insane, since the overwhelming majority of the time such efforts cause far more damage than they supposedly fix. In fact imperialism is about domestic politics, war profiteering, and making the world safe for corporate exploitation. Such as it ever was, Smedly Butler had it right decades ago, and it’s gotten worse since. It’s actually turned into a dystopian nightmare at this point, with the UN being blatantly an agency of colonialism and NATO effectively its enforcer.

Speaking of domestic politics, I see that Mr Romney is telling Americans that the world is a “scary place,” and so we need to spend ourselves blind to protect ourselves from it. He didn’t mention the spending ourselves blind part, that just an assumption, I mean, he does understand what we are spending on our military? I’m so sick of the fear mongering, it’s racist crap and has seriously damaged the heart and soul of this country. The world is not a scary place, it’s a wonderful place filled with wonderful people. Because our leaders and the media concentrate on the bad things that happen (conveniently ignoring/justifying the ghastly things the west does and ignoring the role the west played in destabilizing whole continents,) many Americans think foreigners are all bad people out to kill us. I remember in a chat room some years back where someone defending our invasion of Afghanistan said that “try parachuting into Taliban territory” and see what happens to you. I can answer that. If you came as their guest … they would treat you with the utmost hospitality and die to protect you. If you came as an invader, why shouldn’t they do whatever they can to kill you? I know people who travelled their before the Russians invaded, it was a wonderful country. Will be again … when the foreign armies leave.

Still, when a country is destabilized, it can take decades or generations to settle down. That’s what is so insane (and sick)  about the west’s efforts to use people’s longing to be free to try and get our satraps into power in Africa and the Middle East. A dozen countries or more have been turned into horrible messes by western invasions/interventions the past decade. It’s like the Vietnam War never happened. It’s been going on for awhile though. It was forty years before the Confederacy achieved pre-war levels of industry and agriculture. That generally doesn’t get mentioned in US history classes.

Anyhow, enough ranting for the moment. I thought the above picture was really cool. It’s a comparison of Earth and Europa, a moon of Jupiter. And Europa actually has (probably) more water than Earth! It may in fact have a globe spanning ocean that is a hundred miles deep, capped with a thick layer of ice a mile thick or more. Ice that would be as hard as granite at the temperatures on the surface. Just as slippery though, ice remains slippery no matter how cold it gets. Last I heard it’s still not fully understood why ice is slippery. In fact there’s a number of mysteries about ice that have yet to be solved, like why does it melt from the bottom up on rivers and ponds for example? Heck, there’s all sorts of scientific mysteries still, most of which are unfortunately way too arcane to write an interesting blog post about.

Coming soon, a post about liars. A new epiphany about God and his minions. Purported minions more accurately speaking. I’m still working on a post about one of America’s greatest monsters: Abraham Lincoln. Then there’s his legacy, flying death squads. And there are at least two “What the hell is that?” mystery photo posts in the works. As always I am open to suggestions. Well, if they are anatomically possible. Someone did leave a rude comment here, should I delete it?

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law, it’s not being used for profit etc. I got it from the fine APOD site, credit & copyright: Kevin Hand (JPL/Caltech), Jack Cook (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), Howard Perlman (USGS.) I used it becasue I think it’s an incredibly cool image.)

Written by unitedcats

May 31, 2012 at 5:44 pm

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  1. Does it matter if you delete the comment? Anyways the europa thing was a nice new treat. and if you were to parachute into some country, it depends on the people you run into. some people are genuinely nice, while others have their own plans, and some just dont like new people.

    Ryan

    May 31, 2012 at 6:53 pm

  2. When you post about liars-keep in mind- lying liars always lie.

    Lars

    May 31, 2012 at 7:15 pm

  3. Under pressure (an iceskate, or a foot) ice phase changes to a liquid, and refreezes immediately after the load is removed.
    Water expands when frozen, so by forcing it to ‘shrink’ in volume, forces the phase to liquid.

    John Galt

    June 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

    • That theory has been long disproven, even an ice skate doesn’t exert enough pressure to force a phase change, let alone a shoe. And if it was true, ice would get less slippery the colder it got, it doesn’t. There are some newer theories, but they involve physics that are Greek to me. I did look this up. :)

      unitedcats

      June 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm

  4. Smedley Darlington Butler??? Wow… Now THAT was a toughguy. Btw he won one of his TWO CMH citations as a ‘legionnaire’…
    I suppose you think the world would have been a better place if the Romans HADNT gone out and conquered the known world (in self defense, the argument can be made)…
    Here is a question- what would have happened if the Romans had capitulated to the Carthiginians in 217 BC after the battle of Cannae? You think things might be a little different? You think we’d even be here?
    The Romans were brutal to be sure… but they did create the foundations of Modern civilization. Trying to improve the conditions of 4th world shitboxes like Afghanastan and Iraq are simply part of the human condition… Besides, it gives us something to do until Iran goes nuclear (literally) and China decides ot wants to be considered a superpower… Read Cormac McCarthy? War and humanity are inseperable– so true…

    Steve

    June 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm


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