Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
a champion of civil rights, advocate for the poor, race relations, and a fierce believer that health care is a right for all americans, including children...
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
on august 25th, 1609, observational science, not religion, ushered in a new way of understanding the world around us.
what reward did this individual receive for such towering achievements?
house arrest by the catholic church. his crime? by stating that the sun is the center of the solar system, not the earth was "false and contrary to scripture".
and contrary to popular belief, galileo DID NOT invent the telescope.
excellent wiki page can be seen here:
amazing that 400 years later, i am writing and posting this blog using a computer that operates under the absurd 'reality' of quantum mechanics.
400 years ago there were no lighbulbs, no electricity, no tv's, no cars, no cell phones, no computers, and not even a fucking pen that you didn't dip in ink. and no internet! imagine the horror if we were disconnected from the internet for even a week...
no fast food, no fast-food chains, no burgers or hot dogs, no supermarkets, no gasolene, no united states of america, and no motorcycles. no plastic, no human-induced climate change, and 50,000 people didn't die each year because of guns.
it's quite impossible to imagine living in such a world, although i would happily like to see a night sky free of light pollution. i would also like to live in a world without guns, but that is a daydream. luckily, i can ride my ducati, and i have no thoughts of killing anyone because they differ from me.
there was plenty of culture 400 years ago though, and italy was dripping with it.
Monday, August 24, 2009
is when you don't possess any...
and americans are outraged over the release of the lockerbie bomber. who has cancer.
exactly what moral authority is it that the united states demonstrates to the rest of the world?
actions always speak louder than words.
strange that a nation with such strong 'christian' beliefs so quickly refuses to show any mercy to a man that was convicted so conveniently readily.
i actually drove past the crash site not long after that terrible event.
Monday, August 17, 2009
UPDATE: Investors Business Daily has corrected its editorial, removing all mention of Stephen Hawking. And Hawking himself has responded, telling the UK’s Guardian:
"I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the NHS," he told us. "I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived."
Perhaps the Investor’s Business Daily has the same sort of prophetic insight on health care reform as they showed leading up to the financial collapse…
Where did they think he lived, Cambridge Massachussetts?
and the best bit is that anyone living in britain suffering the same disease, who was not stephen hawking would receive exactly the same medical treatment.