Tuesday, October 10, 2023

War of savages

In the world right now we have an example of war as fought in the 1940s and war as fought in 1 CE. They aren’t all that different. Atrocities, civilians as collateral damage, completedestruction of buildings and homes. 

It’s been said that while we can’t predict what sorts of weapons will be used in WWlll, we can be sure WWlV with be fought with stone spears.

Battle sword fighting


Humans are a savage race. We’ve had to invent gods or elect despots to keep us from killing each other daily. Unless we continue to evolve mentally we will always be like this. Of course it’s not likely we’ll survive long enough to overcome our base tendencies. 

Thursday, October 05, 2023

Who are the Americans?

Even though I use the terminology myself, lacking an accepted alternative, isn’t it time to stop calling people Native Americans and simply call them Americans? The rest of us are European Americans, African Americans, or South Americans. 

But the only people with a right to the un-hyphenated name Americans are those who were here before the colonization of the continent. 

Friday, September 22, 2023

Research

“In order to conduct our studies into what was killing the subjects, we had to kill several of the subjects to study them closely. After thorough tests and investigations, we have concluded the primary cause of death of the subjects are scientists who kill the subjects in an attempt to discover what was killing the subjects. Studies will continue in an effort to substantiate those findings.”

Tuesday, August 01, 2023

Las Vegas shouldn’t exist

Every day I see and hear people talking about the environment and how our society is failing to address important issues. 

Let’s look at Las Vegas, one of the most popular tourist destinations in America. 

Las Vegas is a city in the middle of a desert. No one with any sense would have considered building a house, let alone a city, in the middle of the Nevada desert in the 19th century.

Las Vegas strip at night


Yet in the 20th century, a group of mobsters needed a way to launder their illegal gains, and gambling, already a popular addiction, was an easy way. All they needed was a friendly legislature and a sufficiently remote location that law enforcement was unlikely to bother them. 

Once Nevada realized the potential income from gambling and the mob, they were all in. In fact, brothels became legal as well. Las Vegas became a one-stop-shop for nearly all human vices.

These days Las Vegas is home to another American addiction, electric lights. Every day the Las Vegas strip consumes enough electricity to power a small town for a month. According to Utility Smarts, the Strip uses approximately 8000 megawatts of power every day. The MGM hotel alone spends $100,000 a month on electricity.

It’s not just the lights. Homes have been built around Las Vegas, and because it’s a desert community, air conditioning costs nearly equal the cost of lighting. 

On the face of it, Las Vegas shouldn’t exist. It’s a city built in an inhospitable desert by criminals exploiting human weaknesses to garner millions of dollars a day and demanding more power from the grid than can be justified.

And none of this occurs in secret or dark alleys. We all know about it. It’s legal while at the same time being frequently called immoral. The power and water wasted to support this can’t be justified as a social necessity. 

So while the West fights water wars, Las Vegas tourists and residents enjoy fountains and golf courses. While major cities suffer power outages, Las Vegas produces enough light to be visible from space day and night. While politicians lament the decline in morality, they thank god for the money that taxes and gambling provide the local economy. 

Las Vegas exposes the hypocrisy of Americans when it comes to the climate and social issues. We aren’t serious about changing our ways, not as long as there’s profit to be made.

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

I asked ChatGPT to expound on “chaos”

 And this is what I got 

Chaos: Unraveling the Tapestry of Disorder

In the vast tapestry of existence, chaos stands as a compelling thread woven into the fabric of our lives. It manifests in various forms, from the turbulent dance of atoms to the intricate complexities of society. Chaos is a profound and pervasive force that defies simple comprehension, an enigma that challenges our perception of order and unpredictability.

At its core, chaos denotes a state of disorder and unpredictability, where seemingly random events unfold without discernible patterns or rules. While the concept of chaos may conjure notions of confusion and turmoil, it is essential to recognize its role as a potent catalyst for change and innovation. Chaos acts as a crucible of creativity, birthing novel ideas and transformative breakthroughs when traditional structures fail to suffice.

In the natural world, chaos is evident in the chaotic beauty of fractals, where infinite patterns emerge from the simplest equations. The delicate butterfly effect, a cornerstone of chaos theory, exemplifies how a seemingly insignificant event can trigger a cascade of consequences with far-reaching impacts. Chaos lies hidden beneath the surface of seemingly ordered systems, waiting to emerge when conditions reach a tipping point, causing avalanches, stock market crashes, or even drastic weather changes.

Human society, too, is not impervious to the allure of chaos. In times of great social upheaval or revolution, chaos serves as a catalyst for transformative change. The dissolution of established norms and institutions opens the door for new ideologies and social structures to take root. However, unchecked chaos can lead to anarchy and destruction, highlighting the delicate balance required to harness its potential without descending into the abyss of disorder.

Creativity thrives in the realm of chaos, as artists, writers, and thinkers often draw inspiration from the cacophony of life's unpredictability. Chaos unleashes the power of imagination, freeing minds from the shackles of routine and predictability, and enabling the birth of revolutionary ideas that shape the course of human history.

Yet, for all its allure and potential, chaos remains an elusive concept to grasp fully. Attempts to predict chaos have led to complex mathematical models and simulations, but its innate nature resists definitive comprehension. Embracing chaos requires a willingness to surrender control, to accept that some aspects of life lie beyond the confines of our understanding. In this acceptance lies the potential for growth, adaptability, and resilience in the face of uncertainty.

Moreover, chaos is not an isolated force but interconnected with order, creating a dynamic dance of opposites. Order and chaos coexist and intermingle, each giving rise to the other. Life itself emerges from the delicate interplay of these opposing forces, where chaos provides the raw materials for evolution, while order imparts stability and structure.

In conclusion, chaos stands as an enthralling force that weaves through the fabric of existence, challenging our perceptions and inviting us to explore the boundaries of knowledge. Embracing chaos is an acknowledgment of the limits of our understanding and a testament to the ever-changing nature of life. When we learn to dance with chaos rather than resist it, we discover the hidden symphony within the chaos, and therein lies the potential for growth, creativity, and transformation.”

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

No race but the human race

 My friend over on counter.social, @BrianHjelleVirologist, posted

"Our "races" are social, not biological constructs."

If every person on the planet could get that through their thick skull half the world's problems would disappear. But religion and our egos keep us from admitting that simple truth. 

It's the human race, Homo sapiens, period.

women of all colors, the human race


Friday, July 14, 2023

Guidestones to the Future

 Remember the Georgia Guidestones? They were a mystery until some conspiracy nutters decided to bomb them. But the inscriptions survive. 

The Georgia Guidestones


  1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
  2. Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity.
  3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
  4. Rule passion – faith – tradition – and all things with tempered reason.
  5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
  6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
  7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
  8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
  9. Prize truth – beauty – love – seeking harmony with the infinite.
  10. Be not a cancer on the Earth – Leave room for nature – Leave room for nature.

Some will say that’s all utopian idealism. But many of us understand that we’re seriously in danger of seeing the extinction of human beings. We’ve caused extreme damage to the only home we have through greed and ignorance. Earth cannot sustain an ever increasing population. 

I suggest we consider heeding the advice on the Guidestones. We’ve gone too long in the wrong direction.