Monday, June 25, 2012

Are Americans Screwed?

We don't have much of a choice in terms of the candidates presented to us in this upcoming presidential election. We have to choose between a corporate sellout who pretends to care and a corporate sellout who says we don't need to care.

Then there's the third party candidates that no one has ever heard of, and that no one is ever going to vote for, because no one wants the OTHER corporate sellout to be elected to such an extent that they are going to vote for the corporate sellout. It really is a sad situation.

The economy is going down the pooper, and the challenger sellout is blaming the incumbent sellout for it.

Each one of the sellouts is promising fantasies they will never fulfill. Meanwhile, we the working serfs are stuck paying taxes to support corporate welfare and probably pre-funding the next foreign war of aggression, while the ultra-rich pay a lower effective tax rate. As a result the wealthy are getting wealthier and the rest of us are getting poorer.

What can we do? Not much. We are just screwed.

Bread and games. We need bread and games.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Been lazy

Wow, I've been lazy. My last post was over a month ago.

I saw Prometheus a few days ago. It was good.

SPOILER ALERT! Do not read any further unless you have already seen the movie!

The idea that humankind is not native to Earth, but that it instead descended from an alien species is not a new one,  but it's probably not true.

We have ample genetic and fossil evidence to support the idea that we instead share common ancestors with apes, and with many other species on Earth. In order to be descended from aliens, pretty much life on Earth would have to also be descended from the same aliens, because we share DNA with reptiles and fish, and that wasn't the implication of the movie.

I would love for us to be an alien species. I would love for our long-lost cousins to land on planet Earth and give us super-advanced technology that would change the course of our civilization. But the truth is, if there are aliens out there, they are most certainly not related to us, and will most likely try to do to us what Europeans did to native Americans; that is to say exterminate our kin so they can steal our natural resources, and force us onto reservations where we can sell discounted gasoline and cigarettes at tax-free casinos a few hundred years later. That's a joke of course.

The point is, yes, the movie is entertaining; go see it now. However, I must disagree with the posited theory contained therein that homo sapiens is not native to Earth. We most certainly originated on Earth, and did not have designers. We evolved from ancestral species, that much is for sure.