We didn’t even look for things to interest us but the flow of information and misinformation from the media compels further review…..
Wow, Mother Nature revealed again how puny our doings on earth are in the grand scheme of things with that asteroid display over the Urals mountains Friday. The reports are of hundreds of injuries and some relative severe damage to windows and structures from the sonic boom caused by the explosion of the descending asteroid. Ironic that the news has also been ripe in the last week with the information about the passage of that large asteroid some 17,000 miles away today which in astronomical terms is whisker close. Of course what we never remember is that each and every day we are bombarded by thousands of smaller asteroids which in turn shower us with hundreds of tons daily of debris from space. It pollutes our atmosphere and the EPA is doing anything about it!
The blooms on the Bradford Pear trees are going to burst out today or at least by tomorrow; they are on the verge. At our latitude you can about set your calendar by them; they come out within 48 hours either way of Valentine’s Day each year.
Noticed several news items this year critical of the whole concept of the State of the Union address as a relic that should be radically changed. It has become pure political pageantry. I have said it should be eliminated for several decades now. The President should issue a formal written report to Congress and have a serious working meeting for a day with top Congressional leaders where in fact they question him about the current concerns and issues of the day and the actions he purposes. We get enough campaign speeches during the election season there is no need for another. This should become the norm regardless of the party in power in the future. The Congress can control this if they have the will. After all it is they who have to invite the President to make the address in such a formal setting. They can change the rules of the delivery of his report.
Once we got the cell phone it was only a matter of time til we reached the Dick Tracy stage of a communication device like he had. Yep, the news now is that a couple of outfits in the biz are thinking of a “watch” smartphone. You can phone with it, send messages, see videos and pictures and receive everything you get on the smartphone your carry in your pocket. It was bound to happen.
Those people much smarter than me are finally also talking about the problem of our debt/money printing style of economic planning and policy and its effect on the value of the dollar. A few decades ago well over 70% of all international transactions were denominated in dollars, today the figure is just barely over 60% and declining steadily. Have a very strong and esteemed currency is good for our US economy even though it makes our exports a bit more expensive. There are many more off-setting advantages to having the world standard currency. More and more the yuan, Swiss franc and Japanese yen are used for those international transactions. Factually, the Chinese have stopped buying our Treasuries already. For a couple of years now they have bought them but at the same time have sold off other that matured and thus there net holdings have held steady at about 1.1 trillion. The world markets (think Singapore, Australia, the Middle East, Japan) will one day soon turn on our debt (Treasury bills and notes) and stop buying them because they will fear even more Federal printing to cover our debt and deficits. The interest we have to pay on those bonds will skyrocket. You ask what does that have to do with Joe Blow–plenty, all his credit card, car loan and mortgage debt will go up even more and the Feds will likely demand even more taxes at the same time to cover the increased government expenditures. The ONLY reason our Treasure debts are so low right now is because the Federal Reserve is buying over 80% of all of them with freshly printed made-up money on that money tree they have out in the back yard.
Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense or Surrender?
Some watch the science or history channel and see those episodes about how the Earth is doomed in the long run because our Sun will someday go nova and literally devour us as it expands. Yep, that is true. But we will already by long gone anyway. The outer core of the Earth is molten iron that rotates around the inner solid core. That movement of the iron is what gives us our electromagnetic field. You know, the magnetic north pole and south pole. Well, it is what also protects us from the Sun’s radiation now, today. Without that protection we’ll not survive. Mankind and all other forms of life worth discussing with be fried. Just as Man doesn’t live forever, Mankind will not last forever. We would have to leave the Solar System for another world. That ain’t likely for lots of reason not the least of which is we won’t find another earth-like planet and it would take millions of years to get there unless you can find one of the time warp thingies.
The good and bad in man, the noble and venal haven’t really changed since recorded time. The nature of Man is so poignantly revealed in the Bible stories. The worst of evil, Satan, and lots of heroes but most of them as to be expected have their faults too–David, he slew Goliath, was a hero but he also had Uriah slain just so he could have his wife. We haven’t and won’t fundamentally change regardless of modern secularist theories and that isn’t all bad because we each still have the choices to make that direct our life. We have plenty of examples of the choices we should make even when they are the harder ones. You just don’t go wrong doing the right thing even when you are pummeled by others at the time for doing it.
“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil” Proverbs 3, 7. Good advice then and now. http://www.olcranky.wordpress.com