Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bits and Pieces for June 2017

Hawking, Hawking, Hawking -- see what happens?  You make a movie about somebody and he thinks he owns the universe.  Now, Stephen Hawking warns that Earth will be overpopulated and pretty much wrecked in a few decades, insisting that humans must colonize Mars.  My question is, why -- so we can export our trashy ways to yet another unsuspecting planet?  And just exactly who will be The Chosen to set up new digs as the Martian atmosphere is somehow rejuvenated and pumped back into, at least, a favorable existence?

Suggestion:  No lawyers!  Because ambulance chasing won't be fashionable for quite some time on Mars, about the only affairs lawyers can pursue initially will be land claims, simple wills for pioneers guaranteed to perish under harsh conditions AND those damnable class action lawsuits.  You think you're any more likely to get tort reform on Mars than on Earth?  Skip the suit-and-tie encumbered humans and opt instead for killer robots to settle legal disputes and contractual matters.  Eventually, I suppose chapters of the ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Center could go to Mars, but leftist attorneys must be accompanied at all times by killer robots, the ultimate case-by-case determinants.

Apparently, Hawking believes our species is out of control, and I agree with that.  I'm still much too conflicted about the human-caused climate change issue (climate is climate, changing always without our assistance) and because the scientific "consensus" is not a consensus.  Scientists are not "all in" on the cause, but the international political agenda driving this monster sure is.

However, it doesn't take much more than open eyes to witness our environmental crimes down here on the surface, be it water, land and forest abuse, animal abuse or, yes, human overpopulation.  Voices assuring us that all the humans in the world could fit in some U.S. state fail to add that each of those will require a substantial amount of acreage to be self-sustaining throughout a rather cramped lifetime.

Once we finish decimating animal populations as we destroy rain forests and other crucial land areas to accommodate growing numbers of humans doomed to have no function or place in society, should we really take an unstoppable human fornication circus on the road to Mars so we can repeat our stupidity all over again? 

Of course, we may well have come from Mars, anyway.  If so, did we leave any bad habits there last time around?  Were I a member of the first human Mars expedition, first thing I would do is get out a shovel and dig for evidence of beer bottles, candy wrappers and condoms -- sure signs of ancient human activity on the red planet.

Camille Paglia, author and university professor, always highly opinionated in her contacts with the media, appeared on Sean Hannity's radio show June 20.  While I tend not to quote from broadcast programs too often, her comments (per Breitbart of June 21) in this particular instance are worth repeating:

Paglia called what she said the Democratic Party had done to journalism “absolutely grotesque” and warned it would take decades to recover.

“It’s obscene,” she said. “It’s outrageous, OK? It shows that the Democrats are nothing now but words and fantasy and hallucination and Hollywood. There’s no journalism left. What’s happened to The New York Times? What’s happened to the major networks? It’s an outrage.”

“I’m a professor of media studies, in addition to a professor of humanities, OK?” she continued. “And I think it’s absolutely grotesque the way my party has destroyed journalism. Right now, it is going to take decades to recover from this atrocity that’s going on where the news media have turned themselves over to the most childish fraternity, kind of buffoonish behavior.”

"Social justice" reaches out:  Looks like Ferguson settled with the family of deceased thug, thief, and attempted cop murderer Michael Brown, probably for substantial money. How is this possible? To some rational minds, kinda appears as though one can be rewarded really, really well -- with sympathetic media publicity to boot -- for raising a child who turns into a monster, with or without family assistance.

But absurdity seems to blossom everywhere.  We're a bit tardy in thanking The Blaze (May 21) for a story about academics Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay, who used fake names to submit a seemingly scholarly paper to an academic journal in a wildly successful attempt to expose the nonsense inherent in gender studies. "The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct" was the name of their paper, submitted to and published in the May edition of Cogent Social Sciences.  Citing 20 sources -- many of which they either made up or did not read -- to support their bogus report, these gentleman took a giant step in exposing the joke which often goes by the name, academia.

Tale of the tapes:  President Trump admits, there are no tapes from the Comey conversation, and he let the drooling media ponder the "what if" illusion for days and days.  Joke's on you, main-streamers.  Sadly, the left has no sense of humor when the pie hits THEIR faces, a rare occasion indeed in the world of managed (political right-hating) news.