Exploring for Life Takes a Back Seat to Killing for Oil.
I heard the announcement the other day, and I was a little upset, but for some reason it really hit me tonight. What does this say to others about our society, about our moral compass heading? We as a country value killing innocent people for oil, rather than exploring the heavens for life. SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Life) has been shut down, for lack of funding. There are bankers on Wall Street stealing billions of dollars, there is a military industrial Complex that is a $1 Trillion dollar a year business, and for some reason, we cannot even find a measly $50 Million. I am disgusted, and appalled as an American that killing is more important that life.
It's not just the search, its the technology that was invented, the people who dreamed, the people who would rather explore than kill. Where have we gone so wrong?
Do you think that police have just started to beat up suspects? Or maybe the fact that almost all of us now have a camera on us all the time makes a difference?
There are more states now repealing the laws that made it a felony to record a police officer.
Is That a Cucumber in Your Basement?
Are you aware that it is crime to grow cucumbers in your basement? When will the madness stop? The people must rise up at some point.
Did you know that dolphins are dying by the thousands in the Gulf of Mexico? Not only dying, but the amount of still births and mutations are going through the roof. The autopsies have been done, and our "TRANSPARENT PRESIDENT" will not allow the results be made public. There are people dying in the gulf, and that is not being reported either.
Whats 18 Years Worth?
John Thompson served 18 years in prison, and 14 of them on death row. Just now it has come to light, that the prosecutors in the case "held back blood evidence" that could have cleared him during his trial. With that stunning revelation, nothing is being done to the prosecutors who broke the law, just sickening in my book.
U.S. Customs Agent Brian Terry was killed by weapons that the ATF allowed to cross the border into Mexico. This was done so that the ATF could tell Congress that thee amount of GUN RUNNING was up, and that they would need more funding. There are ATF agents now coming forward and exposing this CRIMINAL CONDUCT BY ATF. One ATF just knew in his heart that one day, one of those guns would come back to kill one of their own.
The continuing radiation being emitted from the Fukushima Plant in Japan could be a Global Killer. What is not being reported is the rapid exodus of people withing 100 miles of the plant. There is a real possibility of "The China Syndrome" The core in increasing in temperature. I have no idea how they are going to cool it down. BTW- Yellow Rain is not Pollen.
Yesterday to Me
I was 16 years old. I had driven to the Elm Theater in West Hartford. This was one of those old ornate theaters, with the big chandelier in the center, and gold leaf encrusting the walls. There was a balcony that was always open, but the best feature was the enormous screen. This was a movie theater with the 70 mm screen. it required 3 movie projectors for many of the movies in that day. For this particular showing, I had not given it that much thought, but I was in for a shock later.
I had heard from friends in school, that this movie "was not as good as Star Wars", and in the papers and radio, there were comparisons made. I was young, and was not really aware of the "hype" machine that Hollywood is, and quite frankly, this was a simpler time, or so it appeared to me. I really had no expectation, and I believe that is why I was so shocked that when it was over, as I look back on life, it was the movie that changed how I look at the world, and the the universe beyond it.
There are images of sitting in my seat, and the movie starting that are fuzzy 32 years later, but when I saw this HUGE ship the "Cotopaxi" in the Gobi Desert, I had a feeling this was going to be something special.
It is hard to put yourself back in "time" and remember that CGI was basically in its infancy at this time. To pull off some of the effects, left me awestruck. It was not until "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" was over, that the full effect of the film hit me. I felt like yelling at "Roy" to look at the damn television when Howard K. Smith was reporting on the news in Wyoming. Then he saw that image of Devils Tower, and we saw him put the pieces together. That is one of the great moments in film for me, so simple, and so informative. The movie told a great story of hope, of fear, of the future, and then, our past. Who can forget the first words "Are we the first?". Finding the WWII Fighters, in Mexico, the imagination just runs with the possibilities.
When the ending credits started to roll, and the lights came on, it was the only time in my life, up until that point, and since that I was so immersed in a film that I "forgot" I was in a theater.
It was not just the size of the screen, or the incredible music, those 5 tones that we all know now. It was the possibilities, and the hope that there is something out there, and that maybe, just maybe, they will help us out. Because, right now, we on this little planet, sure could use it. As I sat there and looked to my left and right, there was a woman two seats over, who, if I had a mirror, probably had the same look on her face that I did. We made eye contact for that millisecond in time, and there was that recognition, that we had just witnessed something pretty cool.
I walked out of the Elm that night, and I have never looked at the night sky the same. I always look for those small white points of light to converge, and move around the stars. Then the "mothership" will come over the house, and take me "there", to explore the stars. Its not to late to dream, is it?
Fair Game My Ass
Valerie Plame is a patriot. She worked as a covert agent in the CIA. Her job was gathering intelligence, and getting scientists out of Iraq, when her name was "leaked" to the press. Her husband Ambassador Joe Wilson, went on a fact finding mission to Niger, at the request of the most evil man on earth, Dick Cheney. His report on Yellowcake Uranium did not jibe with the Bush Administrations wishes. There was no Uranium. What Bush/Cheney did to Plame/Wilson was Treason. Plain and Simple. Now that we have history on our side. We know that Bush/Cheney lied about WMD in Iraq. We know they "whited out" words in intelligence reports, we know they started two illegal wars, and before long we will know, that Cheney planned 9/11. Irving Libby was Cheney's Aide, and he took the rap for "leaking" Plames name to the press. Do you think that Irving Libby could take a crap without Cheney's permission? This is outrage that this country is paying for now, and the foreseeable future. The leaking of her name as a way to 'Payback" Joe Wilson for not playing ball cost many lives, and that has been under reported.
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