Friday, August 17, 2007

Mountain Bumps

Well, Anderson on CNN owned up that they hadn't delved into things enough. I explained to a friend today at break, after watching the marathon last night that pushed all other news to the side, notably those buried in Peru, that these seismic bumps, mountain bumps, aren't natural things, like earthquakes, but rather cave ins in the mine. The miners have made the mountain into Swiss cheese, and the salvage mining weakening it more, and there are cave ins that cause the little earthquakes. Tonight CNN had someone explain with a graphic showing the cluster of 'bumps' that indeed this is the case.

The whole thing is a good example of the media being bamboozled by bamboozelers. What they sought out was the emotions, not the nuts and bolts of the stories.

I've seen it all before, elsewhere...jfk.

Anyway, Bush has passed a new executive order that puts the Iranian Republican Guard, their elite army branch, on the terrorist group list. This means any funds going their way can be stopped, and companies dealing with them persuaded to stop, and this is somewhat unique, as this army is the government's. The story I read said the army has many business interests as well, and in that regard is like China's army.

Well, finally someone articulated what I've been carping about. It was Eisenhower's warning, that the military industrial complex would be a danger. What he didn't point out however, the danger isn't so much are own, which is a concern to be certain, but "theirs".
I always like this part of Ike's speech...
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

Tree in the Door
August 17, 2007

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