The Big Think

November 4, 2004

Environment

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 11:45 pm

This chart gives me some hope that we’re not fouling our nest at quite the rate I had feared. Between new technologies and population growth, to see our emissions down fifty percent in the last thirty years is amazing.

Opposition, Pt 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:04 pm

Then again, sometimes I have hope.

Opposition

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:37 pm

A healthy opposition is a good thing, etc, etc. But…
Now I have several friends who voted for Kerry. I respect their opinions and have had good conversations with them regarding the issues. These are not people who would sell their grandmothers for a policy decision, or hold kittens under hot water to get a federal judge appointed. These are people of sound mind and considered opinion who see aspects of our world differently than I do, and I respect them for it. As I’ve said before, I disagree with many of their positions, but if they want to sit and have an open-minded discussion, I’ll listen. And maybe change and opinion or two.

But some of the hateful drivel I’ve seen in the past 48 hours regarding the election has been disappointing. Amidst all the post-election talk of healing the country, building bridges, and working together to keep our country great, there are a few disappointing voices full of anger and bile. Xeni Jardin and Cory Doctorow over at boingboing are prominent among them, and I hate to say it, but their childish conspiracy-mongering has made me much less apt to listen to them in the future. I got to meet Cory at SXSW last year (almost tripped over him in the hallway while he was semi-legally swiping *gasp*! ELECTRICITY!!!), and he seemed like a decent enough fellow, but if you read some of his posts the last few days, it’s very clear that he’s struggling deep in the fever swamps dragging a bloated Mooreian corpse. Here’s hoping he can cut that gangrenous mass loose soon.

Speaking of which, what did that patriot Moore do when our wonderful electoral process was completed and over 100 million people voiced their views-and his side lost? He posted a photomosaic of President Bush made up of the pictures of the 1000 men and women who have died in Iraq. Seems Moore just can’t keep himself from co-opting our military for his purposes when it suits him.

Some of the behavior I’ve seen online and on television the last few days by some members of the faithful opposition has made me wonder if there really can be healing in our country. Maybe the political middle will have to lock the Left and Right in a little room one day and let them fight it out until they’re completely out of energy. That or kill each other. Either way…

Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:19 pm

Sorry for the dearth of blogging lately. I’ve been busy with work. That and the fact that most news the last few days has been election related, and I find I don’t have much to say.

Arafat

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:54 am

Yassar Arafat has been reported dead by French authorities. Denied by Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie. link

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