Posts tagged ‘Paris’

Tue 22nd March 2016

Again some people blew themselves up in an urban area killing innocent people.
Again it was done by people who did it because they have an infirority complex about their god.
Again.
Just like a few days ago (or was it a week already?) in Turkey.

Again.

Now I’m not particularly sad about people losing their lives, although it is a tragedy and the victims, survivors and relatives have my sympathy.
I’m not in fear or terror that some insecure lunatic with a bomb might blow himself up in my face.
I’m not even all that enraged that all this is still a thing in this day and age – what ever stupid and arbitrary scale of measuring time (a.k.a. caldender) you adhere to – although admittedly I do feel a sizeable amount of anger.

Mostly, I’m just disappointed.

We have discovered/proven fucking gravitational waves just now!
We have unlocked the once indivisble thing (the atom) and discovered that the stuff that makes it up (protons, neutrons and electrons), is made up of even smaller things (quarks, etc.).
We KNOW that evolution is a thing – we can see it on a day to day basis with germs and even pests that develop immunity to our pesticides and antibiotics.
We KNOW that the earth is a sphere (I know it’s a bit bumpy, but a newly minted billard ball has deeper cravices than anything the earth has to offer, so STFU), orbiting the sun, which is in turn oribiting the center of the galaxy, which in turn is but one of hundreds of thousands in the observable universe.
We know the big bang is a thing, and we know almost everything that happened in those first moments after it occured.
We have deciphered our genome, and we KNOW that we share 98.9% of our genes with our closest relative in the animal kingdom – the chimpanzee!
We have technologies that allow us to communicate with people on the other side of the planet as if they were in the room with us. We have devices that fit in our hands that can store more information and perform more calculations than what was necessary to land people on the fucking moon and bring them back a few days later.

And STILL!
STILL people kill each other based on some trivial shit such as skin color or the even more retarded thing to get upset about – INVISIBLE FRIENDS!

If god exists – and you morons keep insisting on that – he or she or it is not proud of any of you (or me). He/she/it is disappointed.
Once you die, none of you fuckers is going to heaven. You’ll go to the pearly gates, where you will be greeted by god, slowly shaking his/her/its head showing the utter disappointment in your conduct in life. (Whether you’re a radical religious nut, xenophobe or nationalist doesn’t matter.)
And off you go. He whisks you off to someplace else. Wherever that may be.

So no.
I am not mad.
I am not sad.
I am disappointed.

Here’s to hope that all these differenfes will be forgotten or overcome soon, and that our shithead politicians, religious leaders and economic leaders will either be burned publicly to make an example, so that we will stop bloodshed over NOTHING, and stop burning coal and oil while we can make electricity out of daylight and wind.
Maybe we can create a clean and sustainable future for ourselves, launch ourselves into space and spread out.
So we will survive the inevitable desaster that WILL one day smash into our planet potentially killing close to everything on the planet.

But that is the delusional hopes of a hopeless romantic and optimist, my realistic side tells me that the random GRB or stray asteroid wipingnus out would be a relief…

Take care,
B.

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Star Trek #1

First off, let me tell ypou that I’m a huge Star Trek Fan! I got a lot of the toys as a kid, action figures, phasers and tricorders, models, disruptors, ships – and as you might recall, the original show was giving me plenty of role models as a kid and teen!

You might think if someone said anything negative about Star Trek, I’d get (a little) pissed?
Wrong.
The inconsitencies of these god awful TNG Movies aside (see redlettermedia.com – Plinkett Reviews – Star Trek Reviews, for more on that) there is something that bugged me.

TOS – coming from a cold war mindset, Kirk was at the frontier between Russians Klingons on one side and Chinese/Japanese Romulans/Vulcans on the other.
Good.
He was a hero, he called the shots, he made the policies and politics, and all things aside, next episode was reset to the static line up of the first episode.
Great.

TNG – it was a lot more realistic. Picard followed orders and conscience, more the orders though. It was not as static, there were recurring characters and story archs. He didn’t make policy. He didn’t make politics.
Great..ish. The admiralty and rulers of the federation called the shots and made politics.

DS9 – almost back to form. Sisko and his crew made the politics that influenced both Alpha and Gamma quadrants. Not alone, there was still a lot of admiralty and hirarchy, but it was getting closer to the original.

Voyager – thank you Captain Janeway.
For everything.
There was no admiral, little political hickhack or spy stuff. Just plain and simple Kirkesque policy making.
I loved it. Still do.

But here comes my problem. And I ain’t referring to the failure that was “Enterprise”, no it’s DS9 and VOY.
Did the admiralty and Sisko and his merry men (and women) ever consider the consequences for the Delta Quadrant that would follow the destruction of the dominion?
I picture renegade Jemhadar(sorry if misspelled) forming “micro nations” ruled with guns and violence. Other factions rising from the ashes of the Dominion stranglehold and fighting for power, wielding weapons left behind by the dominion, that were unrevealed and/or dangerous for everybody!?
Holy shit, it’s the fall of the Soviet Union all over, just bigger and way more dangerous!! The power vacuum left by the Dominion could be an entire new series, let’s call it “Star Trek – We fucked up” (ST-WFU).

Still not done, still not done.

The Borg know, by the process of assimiliating Federation personell and ships, about the Dominion, and by extention, of the founders/changelings.
Isn’t anyone, ever concerned they might show up in the Gamma Quadrant, caputre at least one Changeling and “add his biological distinctiveness to their own”?
They could invade every corner of the universe, look like who- or whatever lived there, assimiliate them (technology is stored inside the “Changeling units”) and become the most dominant thing in the entire fraking universe!
The Game is over!
Let’s call this show “Star Trek – We are Fucked” (ST-WRF)
Don’t give me that crap about “the changeling could evade teh assimilation, by forming around the injected nanites!!11oneone” – I’m looking at you nerds, I’m one of you, stop it. Think for a moment.
Capture a changeling, (or) wait for 18 hours until he HAS to rest, drop a bunch of nanites in the sludge and wait for the magic to happen! It would be the T-1000 of the Star Trek Universe that stands up from that jar afterwards.

There are plenty of other instances that made me raise an eyebrow and scratch my head.
But those two are the major problems I struggle with. For now at least (Hence the “#1” at the end of the post title.)

To end this, all I can say is:

Live long and prosper!