Saturday, June 30, 2012

Take an extra breath

You had a long day today, so you deserve a break. The people in charge of Astrophysics decided that it was appropriate to add an extra second to the year, and today got the honor of being a second longer. It's because the moon drags on the earth, you know, that tidal forces thing. This is the kind of science right-wingers like to pretend doesn't exist. The "round earth" theory is in dispute after all.

We have a serious "village idiot" problem, they cluster together and make a lot of noise. This convinces people who are working too hard to pay attention, that they, the idiots, have something meaningful to say. This wouldn't be a problem if not for massive amounts of money poured into the right-wing talk machine. Eisenhower belittled these people, none of this is new, but in his day they didn't have the kind of money to throw around that billionaires have now.

Lincoln had to deal with these people, so did the founders of this country. It's a fundamental belief that they are chosen by god to control the rest of us. Or as is more common, those individuals who grasp that people who believe that can be controlled by clever language.

The only antiseptic that works against this infection is knowledge. (feel free to buy a subscription, or at least get off your ass and spread the truth yourself).