Post and move on. It feels very unfinished, but it’s just a fucking blog. Just slap some edits in later if needed. Posts hanging in draft for days, weeks, months- are a waste of time.
The United States Used Depleted Uranium in Syria. Let’s not kid ourselves…. this is a war crime. ISIS had no armor that needed to be pierced with DU and it’s not worth it anyway.
Colin Wilson, overpriced at nothing. Heh. Poor old Colin Wilson. I used to check out The Occult at the Amite library several times over as an adolescent. Almost totally over my head. Same went for The Outsider. At least he’s still less embarrassing than goddamned Piers Anthony.
Woolly mammoth on verge of resurrection, scientists reveal. I lacked the imagination to see why they’d bother, aside from curiosity. The planet is warming up too fast for them to have habitat. However, they point out putting mammoths in the tundra would keep it from thawing quite as fast.
Church, a guest speaker at the meeting, said the mammoth project had two goals: securing an alternative future for the endangered Asian elephant and helping to combat global warming. Woolly mammoths could help prevent tundra permafrost from melting and releasing huge amounts of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.
“They keep the tundra from thawing by punching through snow and allowing cold air to come in,” said Church. “In the summer they knock down trees and help the grass grow.”
However, John Hawks on Twitter pointed out that an artificial womb is bigger news that a cloned mammoth. He also points out that this wouldn’t really be a true mammoth anyway, but a hairy elephant with CRSIPR’ed genes. I’ve no idea what to make of Chruch’s prediction of age-reversal in 10 years.
How Islamic scholarship birthed modern astronomy. This yet another reason is why that Sam Harris bullshit on “Islam needs a Reformation” is facile bullshit.1 Islam took a very different path than Christianity as it became more progressive earlier. The new Dark Age of Islam springs directly from the helping the Saudis spread Wahhabism to crush leftist movements in Muslim countries. Many of the New Atheists are just racist assholes. It’s weirdly analogous to how the American middle class became radicalized towards fascism, isn’t it?
White House dismisses 6 over failed background checks. Heh. They were walked out by security after they failed FBI background checks. They’ll be back in some form or another if the world doesn’t burn down first. I just perused SF86. It doesn’t seem that harsh. There are a lot of questions of foreign financial interests, drug abuse, criminality, etc. and most of them only pertain to the last seven years. I may be a total fuck-up in some ways and I could probably still pass it easily. What is wrong with these people?
Among those who won’t be working at the White House was President Donald Trump’s director of scheduling, Caroline Wiles, the daughter of Susan Wiles, Trump’s Florida campaign director and former chief of staff to Governor Rick Scott. Wiles, who resigned Friday before the background check was completed, was appointed deputy assistant secretary before the inauguration in January. Two sources close to Wiles said she will get another job in Treasury.
Anti-Trump protesters don’t care about his Russian ties. They’ve got a much bigger agenda. Good. It’s fun to see how many ties there really are between Trump and Russia, but none of us want a deep state coup. Hillary and her surrogates rambling about that shit is how Trump became president. No more geopolitical games. Fuck the elites. We need true reform. Until the quickly widening economic injustice is corrected, fascism will continue to spread. That said though… Trump fully briefed on Flynn’s calls with Russian ambassador, source says. (Even Fox is turning on Trump.)
Hillary Clinton suggests Americans read the Constitution under Trump at Oscar de La Renta stamp unveiling. Hillary sucks. She makes no effort whatsoever for causes championing the poor and the marginalized, but she shows up for a ceremony for a fucking postage stamp for a fucking fashion designer. Oh ho ho! Oscar was an immigrant?! No better example of the meritocratic Clintonian vision is honoring a dead rich person who secured recognition from the elite. I bear the man no ill will but knowing this is what Hillary finds worth her time demonstrates why she lost to a corrupt fat oaf who will destroy the nation. She’s completely out of touch and inept. (Oh, Bloomberg was there too. Lovely. Just lovely.)
Betsy DeVos’s Brother Is Setting Up A Private Army For China, Sources Say. Erick Prince is at it again. Blackwater redux. It’s old news that he’s been working with China in Africa, but this is a new wrinkle.
- I probably said or wrote something like this over a decade ago, sadly. Fuck past me. Fuck future me too, probably. [↩]