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Seeing the World from Both Oculars-- a Bananaslug's Journal

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Three celebrity deaths make me wonder...
In the last few days, Ed McMahon,longtime sidekick to Johnny Carson, host of Star Search, and recently, pitchman for old gold buyers; actress and sex symbol Farrah Fawcett; and Michael Jackson, the soi-disant King of Pop have died. And shortly before that, actor David Carradine died in Thailand under somewhat sordid and mysterious circumstances.

What I find interesting is the media, and the blogosphere, and the twittersphere have gone nuts over each death, and have remained distracted from the real serious issues facing the world: continuing economic difficulties, destabilization in Iran, potential political problems in China, continuing conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan...well you get the idea.

At the same time, Congress and the President have been concerned with killing the tobacco industry, which employs thousands of people, encouraging problematic "green" technologies...problematic because how "green" they actually are is in doubt, and other peripheral silliness instead of solving real problems. And all of this, while collecting the money we're paying them to govern us. Parenthetically, I wonder how much money Elon Musk donated to the election of Barack Obama. Musk, you may recall, is the majority stockholder and chairman of the board of Tesla Motors, the nearly defunct electric vehicle maker, which was the recipient of over a billion dollars a couple of days ago to "tool up aged factories to build more energy efficient automobiles." The only vehicle Tesla builds is a $120,000 electric version of the Lotus Elite sports car. And they do it in a factory in Northern Ireland, mostly.

If you haven't been following the knife fight over who controls cyber security lately, it is incredibly instructive. Remember, part of the booty is the bazillion dollars earmarked for Smart Grid. Watch the weasels, excuse me, I mean cyber security experts, ooze out of the cracks in the DC sidewalks.

Sheesh. It is said that we get the government we deserve. If this is what we deserve, I'm afraid for my daughter and any children she may have.

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"This is Genocide! The complete and deliberate destruction of ALL life on Arakis" Alas..at this point in the human races evolution I'm all for it. Individual persons are cool..the human race as a whole is so stupid they make sheep look like super geniuses.

or to quote another favorite. This time from Babylon 5 "Weep for the future N'toth, weep for us all"

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