Gut Feelings

2007-Jul-17

Chertoff, our Homeland Security czar, has a “gut feeling” that we will have a terrorist attack:

Chertoff indicated to the Tribune that the assessment is “not of a specific threat, but of increased vulnerability”

And sure enough, here come the terrorists with a virtual free pass across our southern border:

The FBI is investigating an alleged human smuggling operation based in Chaparral, N.M., that agents say is bringing “Iraqis and other Middle Eastern” individuals across the Rio Grande from Mexico. … A spokesman in Albuquerque said the FBI had “no viable information” that could lead to a case.

What was that we heard about fighting them over there so we wouldn’t have to fight them here? I’d have a gut feeling too if my incompetence at doing my job let all the terrorists come here just so we can keep on getting that supply of illegal cheap labor.


Dieoff and the Olduvai Gorge

2007-Jul-13

There are about six and a half billion people in the world. In the next few decades there will be about nine billion, far more than the earth can hold. Just about the time when the loss of cheap oil and water and global warming kick in to sharply reduce the amount of food in the world.

I do not expect to live long enough to see eight billion people in the world or one to two hundred million people in this country die of famine, pestilence, and war, but I expect to see quite a few go as we go back to where we came from.

So if I come across as a bit cynical…sure, I’m cynical. I believe we could stop the die-off, but I don’t think we will. Have a nice day.


Teachers and Administrators

2007-Jul-12

I meant to be a professor. Until they instituted the “adjunct professorship”. I did spend eight years as a corporate trainer. And I loved it. And the students loved me. Because I was a good teacher. I was not nearly as good at dealing with the drones at the top. Because they didn’t have a clue. Except for collecting money.

Now how does that refrain go?

Those who can, do.
Those who can’t do, teach.
Those who can’t teach, administer.
Those who can’t administer, administer.


History

2007-Jul-10

“Those of us who do read history are condemned to watch it repeated by those who do not.”

— Some professor on the Medieval History list


Have a Merry July 4th

2007-Jul-04

As I watch the parades, the frantic waving of flags and cheering anyone who looks like a military type, I see people frantically denying what they see coming for them… looks like Joe Bageant sees it too

The power of population is so superior to the power of the earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race. The vices of mankind are active and able ministers of depopulation. They are the precursors in the great army of destruction, and often finish the dreadful work themselves. But should they fail in this war of extermination, sickly seasons, epidemics, pestilence, and plague advance in terrific array, and sweep off their thousands and tens of thousands. Should success be still incomplete, gigantic inevitable famine stalks in the rear, and with one mighty blow levels the population with the food of the world.
— Thomas Malthus, 1798

The Population Bomb…global warming… Homo sapiens hath shat, frolicked, killed and exceeded their MasterCard limits upon the earth, which is less than a second in geological time. Already we are on the way out because we did not have the common sense of lizards, which lasted tens of millions of years longer without so much as a calculator, much less computerized eco models.

If mankind were discovered on a dog’s hide the owner would give the dog a mange dip. Or if the earth were a Petri dish, we would be called pathology. Problem is though, mama earth tends to shed pathogens off her skin, which for us pathogens, is the ultimate catastrophe.

When forced to look at catastrophe on this order of magnitude, we either go numb in shock or look in delusion to something bigger, or at least something with more grandeur than Mother Nature flushing humanity down the toilet. Otherwise, one must accept the both ugly and the weirdly beautiful prospect of oblivion. Meanwhile, we begin too late to “make better choices.” Grim choices that do nothing but postpone the inevitable, which are called better ones and sold to us to make ourselves feel better about our toxicity. Burn corn in your gas tank. Go green, with the help of Monsanto. But not many can be concerned even with the matter of better choices. Few can truly grasp the fullness of the danger because there is no way they can get their minds around it, no way to see the world in its entirety. The tadpole cannot conceive of the banks of the pond, much less the wooded watershed that feeds it. But old frogs glimpse of it.

And wave our flags, and go to our political rallies and try to find something to like in the “first tier” candidates because the good candidates just can’t win because they can’t get enough corporate cash, and we buy our energe efficient florescent bulbs and try to ignore the mercury inside…and we pretend our feeble half-efforts will stave off what we have wrought. And pretend we have independence to celebrate.