Friday, November 21, 2003

Meteor blamed for second mass extinction

Washington — A massive asteroid may have collided with the Earth 251 million years ago and killed 90 per cent of all life, an extinction even more severe than the meteorite impact that snuffed out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

A new study, based on meteorite fragments found in Antarctica, suggests the Permian-Triassic event, the greatest extinction in the planet's history, may have been triggered by a mountain-sized space rock that smashed into a southern land mass.

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Massive outflows of lava, called flood basalt, occurred around the time of both the Permian-Triassic and the dinosaur extinctions. The outflow continued for thousands of years and thickly covered hundreds of kilometres. Dr. Basu said it is possible that asteroid impacts triggered both eruptions of lava, but the connection has yet to be proven.

Some experts are skeptical that Dr. Basu and his co-authors have found 251-million-year-old meteorite metals, although nobody questions that the material did come from outer space. The surprise is that the specimens survived the weathering on Earth for so long.
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I guess what I find surprising is not the question as to whether there is extra-terrestrial life, but rather what were the odds of intelligent life ever forming here on Earth.
OTOH, maybe this just prooves that life is endemic and cannot be stopped.
Either way, having large chunks of Pangea scattered throughtout the atmosphere is going to have an impact on your lunch hour no matter how you look at it.
There is no snarky comment when extinction is what's being posted.

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Smith Barney?

I just remember "This is who we are and this is what we do from some old jingle. Honestly had no idea what it was all about.

Class warfare, appealing as it is to College Sophomores, street people in Madison and the British Media just ain't ever going to cut it here on earth. Identity warfare is where its at.

Just look at the amount of violence committed in the former Soviet Union by commies as compared to Kazahks and Chechens. Hell, the Ukranians and the Georgians just wrote off Mother Russia all together and haven't been heard from since. If there are socialists, Trotskyites or commies in thsoe non-Russian countris/regions, we just haven't heard from them. Apparently when it all came down, the classless society discovered it had had an identity crisis all along.

True tales from the Latifundia

The concern that the rest of the world should have is not whether we are an "imperial power" or whether we are merely a global presence, but rather what form will the world take when we are no longer maintaining the fences and weeding the garden.

I give you Europe in 452 A.D. Not a pretty place, no government, no rule, no nothing - and it lasted for damn near 600 years. Am I concerned that the fall of the American Empire will lead to another dark age? I think the evidence clearly suggests that that's what happens whenever our cheerful, clean shavem, well manicured people turn their backs on a society or a peoples. Afghanistan after the Russians? Eastern Eurpoe after the second war? Cuba since 1962? Iraq? Iran? In all these countries, we lost interest or failed to act in some significant way - the result was invariably bad for the "common man" (i.e., the peasantry who know bring pitchforks and torches to the gates)

If not us, then whom? The NGOs showed us how much spine they've got in Baghdad. The U.N. showed us in Rwanda what they were capable of not stopping. The EU was perfectly content to allow Milosovic to continue raping and pillaging the former Yugoslavia. Except for the Italians. I still remember Flight 22, guys.

Since nobody else is going to act in the interest of others to the extent of us, then we are the only ones. And if saving Iraqi children through programs like those instituted by the Feds to this date line the pockets of Halliburton, Smith Barney, Enron, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny, then so be it.

I'll let College Sophomores, street people in Madison and the British Media explain to a country where one in eight children died before the age of five that we're going to have to stop the vaccination programs because the IRS has some sticky accounting questions. Oh, and the UNCHRA left last week and took all their vaccinations with them.

If not now, when? If not us, who?

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

All you blog are belong to me!

Love the "This is who we are and this is what we do." It only indirectly references the other, looming threat with Americans. After all, why do people hate us? Because Americans are overpaid, oversexed, and over here.

Oversexed is pretty well documented. I had to move a couple of my tamer, less necessary porn MPEGs off to CD because I couldn't justify running out of disk space because I couldn't decided which was worse: my 7GB of digital porn or my 7GB of illegal music. I decided to compromise: move to CD Elvis's rendition of "America the Beautiful" and the clip where Lillia still has all of her clothes on.

Over there was cited by Osama bin Laden as the source of his hatred. At the request and behest of the Saudi family, our armed forces were their guests. Sure, it's holy land, but they were, like, miles away. All the same, Italians know they can spot the Americans because they're the ones dressed like 6 year olds. Germans can spot us because we're the ones who are just as loud as them, but not speaking German. And, I presume, the French can discern us by our fresh, clean scents.

Overpaid, though, remains largely unaddressed. But we really do overthrow governments so the Pepsi Bottling Company won't have to pay more for glass. Kids at Harvard sat in the admin building because employees there had to work multiple jobs in order to afford to live. The gap between the rich and the poor has never been greater. Advocate class war? Hell, yes I do! If a family hasn't "worked" in three or four generations, they need to be siezed and thrown in jail. To preseve their lifestyles, the rich keep the poor in intolerable living conditions.

{deep breaths}

Whew, I don't know what came over me there. Sorry for my Chomsky-essness.

Can't believe you quoted the ad that's supposed to help us forget that the scandal-tainted Smith Barney (nee Solomon Smith Barney) likes to take your money and redistribute it among the even wealthier.

Time to make the donuts.

"This is who we are and this is what we do."

From Mark Steyn in The Telegraph:
The fanatical Muslims despise America because it's all lapdancing and gay porn; the secular Europeans despise America because it's all born-again Christians hung up on abortion; the anti-Semites despise America because it's controlled by Jews. Too Jewish, too Christian, too Godless, America is also too isolationist, except when it's too imperialist. And even its imperialism is too vulgar and arriviste to appeal to real imperialists: let's face it, the ghastly Yanks never stick it to the fuzzy-wuzzy with the dash and élan of the Bengal Lancers, which appears to be the principal complaint of Sir Max Hastings and his ilk. To the mullahs, America is the Great Satan, a wily seducer; to the Gaullists, America is the Great Cretin, a culture so self-evidently moronic that only stump-toothed inbred Appalachian lardbutts could possibly fall for it. American popular culture is utterly worthless, except when one of its proponents - Michael Moore, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon - attacks Bush, in which case he or she is showered with European awards and sees the foreign-language rights for his latest tract sell for six figures at Frankfurt. The fact that the best-selling anti-Americans are themselves American - Moore, Chomsky - is perhaps the cruellest manifestation of the suffocating grip of the hyperpower. [More . . . ]

This Blog is mine! Nobody shall post here but me!

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Colorado Studying Eliminating 12th Grade

DENVER - High school without seniors? Colorado lawmakers have asked education officials to study the possibility of eliminating the 12th grade and establishing a year of preschool instead. They said it would better prepare students for college by giving them an early start and possibly save money. [More . . . ]

This actually makes sense. In preschool, I learned to take naps every afternoon, play nice with the other kids and to go to the bathroom when I was told. As a senior in High School, I learned how to fake a term paper, smoke and enjoy beer. The lessons learned in preschool have been much more valuable in the long run.

Colorado is the same state that instituted a four day school week for the rural areas a few years ago. Mostly the rural areas with ski lifts, tho.