Saturday, January 01, 2005

You Mean "Odyssey"?


Its the right word to use.
First Blog Entry of the New Year!

Friday, December 31, 2004

2005


Inteesting tidbit about the use of the term "odessy": the New York Times (love them or hate them) requires that the term only be used when a long journey ends where it began.

So, 2005 could be the year the odessy concludes. This could be the year that the Enlightenment officially ends. How can I say such a thing?

  • The ironically named "intelligent design" returns us to pre-Darwinian understanding [source]
  • "Jurisprudence" is again for sale [source]
  • Democracy is no longer on the march, it's on the run [source]
  • 5 million people live in the Stone Age [source]
  • Torture is somehow found acceptable by "civilized" "Christian" (as desired by some) governments [source]
  • Governments have to be yelled at and outshone by the generosity of their citizens before helping in the face of tragedy [source]
  • Steam engines are the hope of the future [source]
  • Political "winners" seek to completely disenfranchise political "losers" [source]

I want my hoverbike, lunar resort, and artificial intelligence, but they're not around the corner. We're closer to 2010 than 2001 in more ways than one.
One could argue that the Segway combines the best of hoverbike and AI

The News from the Future:


Welcome to 2005. From my futuristic Australian vantage point, I can exclusively reveal that 2005 is very similar to 2004; except, of course, for all the hover bikes.

And the Sha'ria law. Where the hell did that come from?
[More . . .]

Well, I guess we all saw that one coming.
Still, the demand for flying cars goes unanswered

Please to Show Me This "Liberal Media"


Identify the following costs:

  • $177 million per day [source]
  • $30-40 million for the event (not including security costs) [source]
  • $15 million with an additional $20 million thereafter [source]

If you said the "war" in Iraq, the "Presidential" "Inauguration", and the US aid response for the tsunami, respectively, you'd be right!

We were going to spend twice as much for pomp and circumstance than to save lives? We were going to spend ten times as much per day on a war of our choosing (yeah, go ahead and trot out the long-discounted erroneous argument; I have a link to Bush saying that Iraq had nothing to do with September 11th)? You're kidding, right? A liberal media would have pointed this out, as BuzzFlash does. That's a liberal media. Yahoo? AP? Hardly. Nobody's going to the Daily Cardinal, which I understand is quite peeved, as well.
Dude, I'm right here. Harangue me in person.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

What Liberal Media?


Although U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland yesterday withdrew his earlier comment, domestic criticism of Bush continued to rise. Skeptics said the initial aid sums -- as well as Bush's decision at first to remain cloistered on his Texas ranch for the Christmas holiday rather than speak in person about the tragedy -- showed scant appreciation for the magnitude of suffering and for the rescue and rebuilding work facing such nations as Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Indonesia.

[But scroll down the next few paragraphs and you'll learn . . . ]

Bush's deepened public involvement puts him more in line with other world figures. [More . . . ]

Okay, we get it. Unless W uses his amazing feats of superstrength to personally go into the earth's molten core and fiddle with the plates like Christopher Reeve would've done, he's doing nothing. If you scroll even deeper into the story, you'll learn that the Abraham Lincoln and the 3d Marine Expeditionary Unit have also been dispatched to help with relief efforts.

Former President Bill Clinton, OTOH, appeared on the BBC to feel their pain. Thank God. I was worried that our former presidents wouldn't step up to the plate to do some good old fashioned pain feeling.

Where is Saudi Arabia? Where is Egypt? Where is Iran? Where in the bloody hell is China?
In other news, the Kerry vote total in Ohio is now 450 votes closer to W's Just another 180,000 to go!