High Noon In The Age Of Bacteria

December 24, 2007

It occurs to me that the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old and will be engulfed by the sun in another 4.5 billion years. Bacteria have been around since almost the beginning. The oldest fossilized bacteria being from around 3.8 billion years ago. I do not know whether bacteria will continue to survive right up until the sun goes nova. So, we’re roughly at the mid point for life on this planet.

So what? (Please keep reading. I’m coming around to a very important point in my long-winded way.)

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Stuff for the Holidays

December 21, 2007

I’m probably a tad late on this one. However, as you do your last minute shopping for the holidays, please consider this. This is just a short piece of a twenty minute video, which I highly recommend, called The Story of Stuff. Please take the time to view the full length version, It’s really worth it.

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Bush Shatters 2000 Year Old Record

December 20, 2007

Biblical scholars agree that Samson killed 1,000 people with the jawbone of an ass. This number has stood the test of time, being uncontested until the present day. In 1997, the The Guinness Book of Records recognized Samson’s triumph with an entry in the book. Today, no weapons of mass destruction have been discovered in Iraq. Intelligence reports show a decreased level of safety from terrorism in the U.S. since the war began. The current death toll since 2003 in the Iraq war is 28,629 Americans and 78,743 – 85,813 Iraqis, or well over 100,000. This week, no longer in book form, Guinness World Records has recognized President Bush‘s prowess in shattering the two millennia old death toll record by two orders of magnitude using exactly the same weapon.

Best Nigerian 419 Scam Ever!!

December 19, 2007

Wow!! Just noticing my site is getting just a tad depressing at the moment, even more so than usual. Time to add some more humor again. Check out this Plea For Help. It’s a classic.

Life After the Tipping Point (i.e. Today?)

December 19, 2007

If this article, Beyond the point of no return, is correct, we’ll be seeing even more really bad effects of climate change very soon. I’m still hoping to live out my life before the start of the Great Human Die-Off. This article gives a number of reasons not to be so hopeful. However, it also advocates some real and significant changes to the human mind-set.

This is not something I had considered previously.

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Toxic Ocean Resembles the Precambrian

December 17, 2007

You’ve probably already heard that the ocean fish stocks on which we depend are already 90% depleted. Well, this L.A. Times article, A Primeval Tide of Toxins, not only confirms that, but also discusses the effects of this on the rest of the ocean. The chemical and biological content of the ocean is even beginning to make people sick just from getting hit by a nice sea breeze. What the hell are we doing to this poor planet and the rest of its inhabitants? Is the current mass extinction so bad that we are reverting the planet or even just large swaths of it to their Precambrian state? Read the article and find out.

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Black Balloons for the Holidays

December 13, 2007

I’ve tried to keep my blog from becoming one big current events show and tell type blog. I’m going to break that rule here and just post a good video. Enjoy. Feel free to comment, of course.