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As much as I (along with Ben) enjoyed the Neil deGrasse Tyson version of Cosmos, the original version still stands the test of time and holds my fascination. In the early 1980’s I consumed the book while underwater aboard USS Michigan. In an era before easily available videotapes, I tried desperately to catch reruns on PBS while in port. Today, the DVD’s stand proudly on my shelf, one of the designated “Most Important” items that I never pack away when I move about. The set is a prize and while it will no doubt, eventually be replaced by streaming versions (as yet not available), it remains one of my “go-to” watches when I am feeling contemplative.

In one of the episodes, Sagan talks rather extensively about astrology and its impact in both history and science. It is remarkable, that today, in the 21st Century, when we are knowledgeable enough to understand that the positions of stars and planets cannot possibly impact our lives, astrology not only remains but flourishes. Much like the mid 16th Century when, for a coin, a street astrologer would cast a horoscope, we pay for internet access to get the same thing.

Why do we do this? Is it really as simple as “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose?


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It’s a nuclear meltdown!

Apparently, it’s the end of the world because Justice Kavanaugh was confirmed. It’s not, and it’s really just a very small portion of the population that’s tweeting that he should be murdered. they are loud and they are obnoxious, but there’s only a small number of them.

Meanwhile, Conservative activists are just as stupid. Stop with the post about Justice Ginsberg “forgetting” the 14th amendment. She didn’t, and if you had actually watched the video instead of just reading the headline you would know that not only did she NOT forget it, you don’t know the relevant text word for word either.

Stormy Daniels brought her “act” to Sacramento. In addition to the usual collection of creepy old dudes giving her money to “dance” for them, half of the audience was women. They came (Phrasing!) to “support” her for having been paid for having sex with the President when he wasn’t the President.

A new United Nations report says that we must double our efforts to combat Climate Change. In Five Billion years nobody will care.


All Those Years Ago

Sorry I am late today. Thanks to my great friends at Verizon Frontier for making sure that the standard crappy internet service we get was extra-crappy today!

vote-kanye-copyNoted political guru and 2020 Candidate, Kayne West, announced that “if he had voted, it would have been for Trump.” As the crowd in San Jose booed, he explained that it was not because he supports anything he believes Trump supports, but because by supporting Trump as an African-American, he was could feel persecuted. Now he feels “vindicated.” Even though he didn’t actually vote for Trump. And there are spurious and unconfirmed reports that he and his mega-wife Kardasshian are leaving the country. I don’t believe them because they travel so much anyway.

Let’s be absolutely clear about this, while there is much discussion that can be had about both undocumented illegal immigration and PLRI refugee influx, the idea that ejecting anyone – ANYONE – is “supported” by the Supreme Courts ruling in Korematsu is ridiculous. While one could argue that the ruling still stands because it has not been reversed by the Court or overturned by Congress, there is no Court in the land that would buy that argument today. And before you go off and blame Trump for this one misguided individuals understanding of the law and the 14th Amendment, recall that it wasn’t that long ago that another Candidate for President explained to us that Dred Scott was still “the law of the land” because the Court had never reversed itself on that one either. Idiot. Read the rest of this entry

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