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Ramblings and Digressions from out of left field, and beyond....

Location: Piedmont of Virginia, United States

All human history, and just about everything else as well, consists of a never-ending struggle against ignorance.

Monday, October 26, 2009


President Obama has declared the swine flu epidemic a National Emergency.

I am surprised that the FNN (Fox Neo-Nazi News) and all who subscribe to their snake oil prescriptions have not yet, as far as I know, thereupon declared swine flu to be a hoax.

Shortly before death silenced him for good a few years ago, Jerry Falwell, the former famed conservative, had an article published in a newsletter put out by the conservative college that he founded, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, in which he maintained that global warming, now more often called "climate change," is a hoax.

You wonder what he would say now, if he knew how fast the ice at the poles is melting, to the point where scientists, somewhat more reliable in predicting catastrophes than are religionists, are now saying that no more than 10 years from now, the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free in the summers, thus giving the sun's rays even freer rein to soak into our planet instead of being bounced back into space by the reflectivity of the icecaps, and so heating up things considerably for us all. And meanwhile the famed Northwest Passage, which had defied the passage of ships sailing through the north of Canada for so long, is now a reality.

Now everyone is convinced that the Heene parents of the boy who didn't take the balloon flight over Colorado a few weeks ago perpetrated a hoax and therefore, for some reason not clear to me, should be nailed to the wall. But I am not sold on the idea that it was a hoax. Even if the parents admitted to it, I wouldn't be surprised if the Heenes do, in fact, welcome all this notoriety as perpetrators of a hoax, since this one didn't lead to any damage done to anyone or anything, aside from the egg left on a certain number of faces.

Free publicity, no matter what it may be, is the name of the national game, isn't it? And any pair who would appear on a TV show called "Wife Swap" -- twice -- has demonstrated that they are not averse to becoming household names.


Blogger LeftLeaningLady said...

I heard they were going to do jail time. The Mom and Dad. Those poor kids though.

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