Sue the sun for global warming: Part Two

11 03 2008

NewsRecently I posted Sue the sun for global warming, in which I observed the growing trend of people suing for damages caused by things completely out of their control (like the Sun). In just a few weeks, however, things have worsened much more quickly than I expected. Three conservation groups are now suing the U.S. Government (specifically the Department of the Interior) for not deciding whether polar bears should be listed as endangered or not quickly enough.

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They aren’t suing because the Government promised to help an endangered species and have failed to do so; The Department of the Interior is literally being sued for not deciding whether an animal is, in fact, endangered, thus (I suppose) endangering it. “Doing nothing means extinction for the polar bear,” the groups have said, backing their actions. Likewise, if a doctor initially said he would know whether a patient has cancer or not in a week, and if when that date arrives, he says he needs one more day, he’d better just give up now, because the patient will die of cancer.

Speaking of patients, what about patience? Putting polar bears on an endangered species list won’t automatically cause them to survive longer. Research must be done anyway, and research takes time. Deadline dates for decisions to either put or not put an animal on an endangered species list seem trivial.

Most important of all, suing? They are suing the government for money? “You told me that you would know whether one of the millions of animal species was endangered by today! But you still don’t know. Give me a million bucks to cope with the trauma you have caused.” Yes, I admit conservation is expensive, but this just seems like a scheme to steal from the government when they slip up a little. Give the government a break and let them decide if any of your efforts to save an animal from extinction are even necessary (and in effect, if your suing is necessary). That is, after all, what you asked them to do.

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Saving the world one extinct species at a time

10 03 2008

NewsI try not to focus on politics too much in the blog, but it seems I completely failed last week. Politics are just so controversial.

So to lighten up the mood a little bit, I have very exciting news. Pygmy hippos, previously feared extinct, have been rediscovered in the wild. Thanks to the Zoological Society of London, hidden cameras were planted in Liberia and successfully taped the adorable little animals (you know you want one).

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The area has been ravaged lately by civil wars, poaching, and habitat degradation. Luckily the animals are elusive and secretive enough to stay out the public eye and survive in isolated swamps and rivers. Because they are listed on the endangered species list, conservationists are keen on assisting the animals.

However, in this instance, I would recommend just leaving them alone. Clearly the only reason they have survived so far is by pretending to be extinct. That’s probably the cleverest of tactics in world full of people crying to interfere.  Once humans are involved, their gig is up and no doubt they’ll go extinct for real.  No one would wish that upon those cute animals.





Downside of Obama strategy

8 03 2008

ArticlesThis article in The Washington Post analyzes the implications of losses in some of the most important states come the November elections.  The subtitle of the article states that these losses are “spurring general-election fears.”  I don’t believe this is the downside of Obama’s strategy though.  I think the downside is that the strategy attracts writers like the author of this article who casts doubt into the minds of millions by declaring to them, “You are afraid.”

People rant and rail against the press all the time for shaping the minds of voters.  They’re like modern brain washers, only no one seems to realize the gravity of the impact they’re making on the general public.  People get almost all their knowledge of the events outside their homes from the news.  Likewise, their own reality is shaped accordingly; they have no reason to believe most of that which is stated confidently to them might not be true.

To be fair, they’ve been casting unnecessary doubt on Hillary’s campaign for months now.  Both candidates have been in a near-tie since the beginning, and yet writers keep “unintentionally” insisting that people should or should not vote for someone based on possible outcomes of strategy.  These journalists are pulling conclusions from their behinds, publishing to the masses, and resultantly causing the conclusions to be just one step closer to coming true.

And why complain about strategy anyway?  We will see whether or not strategies is working or not based on which candidates are doing better than the others.  If assuming certain strategies will work better in the future is only going to affect the way the strategy is working now, I’d say the whole process is better just left alone.  Let the people just vote for once.





Barack Obama the true winner of Texas?

5 03 2008

NewsIt seems I may have been a little quick to corner the Democrats for supposed Satanic activity. As the results of the Ohio and Texas primaries rolled, a collective “Wha?” could be heard across the country. Someone’s sneaky little plans are finally working out for them and an abnormally large amount of people seem completely oblivious.

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In a twist only made possible due to the present bizarre circumstances, many Republicans have started fighting dirty in an attempt to hijack the Presidential elections. Reports across both Ohio and Texas indicate that unreasonably large numbers of Democratic primary votes were pouring in from high-density Republican areas. This finally exposed a hole in the two-party system that should have been destroyed years ago; because the primaries aren’t party exclusive, supporters of John McCain can actually choose to vote in the Democratic primaries for Hillary Clinton. But why would they do this?

Because John McCain had already all but clinched the Republican nomination, a vote for him seemed a wasted vote. However, recent polls have suggested Barack Obama would win the Presidency over John McCain, but Hillary Clinton would not. Therefore, basic logic says to vote for Hillary in the Democratic primary so that she can earn the Democratic nomination and ultimately lose to John McCain.

In my previous post, I stated a Democrat would win the Presidency unless something significant and unforeseen occurred. Who would have thought that it would have happened mere hours later? It seems that some Republican supporters are demons after all, leaving speculation as to whether there is a God-loving candidate left. Mike Huckabee? Oh wait… darn, he’s out…

I swear that if the Democratic party doesn’t see through this and allows Hillary Clinton to go on (even though it’s near impossible anyway) and lose the John McCain, they deserve the loss.





The Antichrist for President?

4 03 2008

ArticlesThere is an odd little buzz going around drawing attention the Barack Obama’s similarities to the Biblical Antichrist. There are even blogs being created for the sake of pondering this question. It struck me as odd because I was under the impression that Hillary Clinton was supposed to be the butt of all jokes Satan-related. Now I’m supposed to believe both Democratic candidates are apostles of evil?

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This worries me only because I’m still confident of my assertion that a Democrat will be the next President of the United States. George W. Bush’s approval ratings are still pushing for new lows, so I don’t see how the percentage for his Republican successor, John McCain, could go above 50%. Then again, unforeseen events always have the potential to completely change the direction of anyone’s campaign.

I maintain that if nothing substantial happens in the U.S. or the world between now and the Fall, the Democratic candidate will win the Presidency. Therefore, it’s extremely important what happens in the Democratic Primaries today, primarily in Ohio and Texas. We could be choosing quite literally the lesser of two evils, either Satan or the Antichrist. We’ve been faced with campaigns that deliberate non-issues like Health Care, Iraq, and immigration. It’s time we look at the real issue.

Teachings suggest that the Antichrist will rise to power via the same path as the true Chris, with great charisma and messages of peace and hope. He will be given spiritual powers by dark forces as well as by people who see him as a modern messiah. Finally, he will obtain authority over the entire Earth and become untouchable by all mortals who oppose him.

Satan, on the other hand, has had a much broader spectrum of meanings for people. Generally, it is used to describe either Lucifer, the Fallen Angel, or to any of many embodiments of evil and temptation. Many believe we are dealing with the works of Satan on a daily basis.

Between the two, one path is obviously much more bleak than the other. However, when people rally so fervently for “change,” change will come, whether it be good or bad. We have dealt with Hillary’s kind before, but are we really prepared for what change may come with Barack?





You can’t handle the truth

1 03 2008

NewsRecently, the Belgian author, Misha Defonseca, admitted that her best-selling auto-biographical work, Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years, is actually not auto-biographical at all. The story tells of her orphanhood during World War II, her adoption by a pack of wolves, and her slaying of a Nazi soldier in self defense. Many people had questioned the validity of the tale long before now, but anyone who had seen her in person and heard the tale as she told couldn’t do anything but believe.

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“This story is mine. It is not actually reality, but my reality, my way of surviving,” she has said. It is true that her parents will taken and killed by Nazis when she was a young child. She was forced to live with her adoptive uncle and grandfather, who treated her as the daughter of traitors. Her memoire is meant to recount her real story, perhaps in a metaphorical manner. “There were moments when I found it difficult to differentiate between what was real and what was part of my imagination.”

Her story reminds me of the acclaimed fantasy movie, Pan’s Labyrinth, about a mistreated girl in war-ravaged Spain escaping via her own imagination.

Personally, I think more people should write fictional works under the guise that they are non-fiction. For many people, this book was inspirational, poignant, and captivating. Why would we want to rob people of those? The only failing here was letting the guise fall. Misha had a rare chance to completely change the reality in which we all live. She had the power to change history as we know it and get away with it, for the good of all.

I truly believe that her determination to make this book auto-biographical deserves commendation. The dedication it must have taken to live your life as you wish it had been is unbelievable.

Unfortunately, now the only word that will continue to be used with this book is “fake.” I linked to the book on Amazon.com earlier in the post. Notice the first review reads “Too bad it’s not true,” and gives one star out of five. That is probably the worst reason to dislike a book I have heard in my entire life. Last time I checked, fictional does not equal worthless. Furthermore, the book can still be read as somewhat metaphorical non-fiction, although clearly most people can’t handle that. So the author made a mistake. Why can’t it be seen as a good mistake?

The most important thing is that the story comes from the author’s heart. Why can’t people find value in that?





Look before you hack

28 02 2008

NewsA new and horrible past time known as SWATting has recently increased in popularity. A step above normal prank calls, SWATting involves informing the police of a volatile hostage situation at random residences. As a result, hundreds of people have been confronted by SWAT teams charging into houses yelling and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

However, a recently arrested gang of SWATters has labeled a mastermind 17-year-old hacker as one of the co-conspirators. The catch: he’s blind. Often in the cases of people born without the ability to see, other senses become much more acute, and memory becomes much more important. As a result, Li’l Hacker, as he is popularly called, can identify types of computer modems on the phone by ear as well as dial-tones and other sounds, and has had a great interest in telecommunications for years. He also owns a screen reader, a newer technology spreading in popularity that can convert text into either braille or speech.

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He also asserts that he was not involved with the calls. Li’l Hacker claims that he helped turn the men responsible in to the authorities and would never help them due to personal conflicts in the past. Friends of his family are worried, because he turns eighteen soon and could potentially be tried as an adult for the crimes. Personally I hope he gets off the hook. I do not see how a blind teenager still in school would ever make such a ridiculous choice unless he was somehow blackmailed, which is not yet out of the question.

I also fail to see how a blind teenager could be so adept at hacking, so there is plenty of potential for this case to only get weirder and more convoluted.