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Bye Bye, Stanley

June 23rd, 2010 No comments

Now that I’m blogging with greater frequency, I have to make predictions about the near future. My prediction that Obama wasn’t going to fire McChrystal, as it turns out, was wrong.

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Let this be a precedent–I’ll admit when I’m wrong, and I was wrong on this. I’d thought that Obama saw the Rolling Stone article as a mere nuisance, that he didn’t have the appetite for making any kind of major change to his approach in Afghanistan, and he’d only recalled McChrystal for the sake of public perception.

There is, however, another theory floating around that’s worth considering: McChrystal deliberately made those remarks in order to get himself relieved because he saw the writing on the wall–that the war in Afghanistan is a lost cause–and he wanted to get out now before the loss could be blamed on him.

Looks like it’s all on you now, Petraeus.

Scientist: The End is Near

June 23rd, 2010 No comments

Thanks to a tweet from @EcoInteractive, I now have even more reason to believe that the fate of humanity is in dire peril. According to this article from Physorg.com, Australian scientist Frank Fenner predicts that humans will be extinct within the next 100 years thanks to climate change, dwindling natural resources, and the exploding population growth.

Wow, that's a lot of procreation.

According to the article, other scientists including retired professor Stephen Boyd are more optimistic because they are hopeful that “awareness of the problems will rise and the required revolutionary changes will be made to achieve ecological sustainability.”

Yeah…good luck with that, Professor Boyd. Call me a pessimist, but I just don’t think awareness of the problem (which I’m trying to help spread) will be enough to stop it in the face of the overwhelming levels of ignorance and apathy that mankind has regarding its own fate.

Best of Times, Worst of Times

June 23rd, 2010 No comments

A very illuminating piece at the Daily Kos informs us that:

The world’s millionaires and billionaires — now totaling 10 million — saw their overall wealth jumped 18.9 percent last year, to $39 trillion.

While when it comes to the rest of us:

It’s been a full three weeks since lawmakers failed to reauthorize extended unemployment benefits, to prevent a 21 percent pay cut to doctors who see Medicare patients and to provide states with $24 billion in Medicaid assistance. The House passed a bill at the end of May, but the Senate adjourned for its Memorial Day recess without acting. Since then, Senate Democrats have been unable muster the 60 vote supermajority needed to get the legislation done.

It’s no wonder the Tea Partiers are so pissed off at the government. They’re getting absolutely nothing done for the average American. Ironically, it’s the Tea Partiers who insist that the government should be doing nothing.

You’d have to be blind not to see that the world’s most powerful people are engaged in a calculated effort to funnel all of the world’s wealth from the lower to the upper classes, thus ensuring that they and their families remain at the upper echelons of power for generations.

Yet they must be blind too if they think they can get away with it. America had a strong middle class for decades–we know what it’s like and we notice that it’s slipping away. My generation will grow up to enjoy a lower standard of living than our parents and grandparents did, and that pisses us off. Not only that, but my generation uses the internet, where we can obtain information without the filter of corporate-propoganda you get on TV news.

Let’s hope the internet remains neutral, that this kind of information keeps spreading, and we somehow figure out a way to use this technology to take the power back.