Who speaks for the Earth

Did My Heroes Take A Little Dramatic License?

The clip below is from the “Who Speaks For The Earth” finale to the original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage series (and was later restated, essentially unchanged, by Neil DeGrasse Tyson in the “Unafraid of the Dark” finale for the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey series). For reasons to numerous and personal to go into, I’ve always thought of it as being among the most profound statements I’ve ever heard. Well, leave it to my son, the ancient history nut, to point out a few “errors” in that segment…

Eat Your Dirty Laundry!

Eat Your Dirty Laundry!

Okay, I admit that this time of year does little to ease the growing cynicism eating away at my soul. But seriously, it’s hard for me to see how anyone can feel happy after today’s CIA brutality revelations are layered on top of all the police brutality revelations we were already drowning in. Oh wait, I can think of one group who might…

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My Adventure In Hostage Land!

A funny thing happened over the weekend, that is “funny” as in “embarrassing.” You see, I’d been experimenting over the last week or so to gradually reduce the number of things running in the background on my PC to see if I might get a better picture of what might be behind the recent increase in freeze-ups I’ve been experiencing. Well, I got tired and, worse yet, I didn’t think to turn my security settings back up before allowing my son to use my PC to do a little social networking. Nevertheless, I was still shaken to the core when he called me to come see the strange “pop-up” that had suddenly appeared on my screen announcing the horrible truth that my PC was no longer under my control!

Alas Ferguson

Alas, Ferguson…

Well my friends, to the surprise of almost no one I’m sure, a St. Louis County grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, thus sparking – again to no one’s surprise – yet another addition to the already horrendously long list of American incidents of civil unrest.

I’ve been having flashbacks all night of other civil unrest nightmares that have occurred within just my memory, and I, for one, am pretty damned sick of all the madness. To tell you the truth, I’m pretty damned sick of America right now too. And yet… I’ll be damned if I can think of any place else I’d rather live…