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shadowboxing the apocalypse

Updated on June 5, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Recent Comments

Re: “Showdown at the Arkansas corral

pity this busy monster, manunkind,

not. Progress is a comfortable disease:
your victum (death and life safely beyond)

plays with the bigness of his littleness
-electrons deify one razorblade
into a mountainrange; lenses extend

unwish through curving wherewhen until unwish
returns on its unself.
A world of made
is not a world of born-pity poor flesh

and trees, poor stars and stones,but never this
fine specimen of hypermagical

ultraomnipotence. We doctors know

a hopeless case if - listen: there's a hell
of a good universe next door; let's go

- e. e. cummings

Posted by Amanita on 12/09/2010 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Obama's 'plan to govern' UPDATE

So for you, Republicans and Democrats represent just slight variations of the same political platform?

Noam Chomsky:
Of course there are differences, but they are not fundamental. Nobody should have any illusions. The United States has essentially a one-party system and the ruling party is the business party.

Posted by Amanita on 12/07/2010 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Beebe the leftist

This "gub'mint bureaucrat" puts in 50 - 60 hour work weeks and hasn't had a raise since 2007. I'm glad to have a job, I do it well, and I'll happily take the raise. Thanks, taxpayers! I won't let you down.

Posted by Amanita on 12/04/2010 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Mike Huckabee's $3 million home

I'm sure that all 8,000+ square feet will fit throguh the eye of a needle.

7 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Amanita on 12/04/2010 at 8:24 PM

Re: “The carless culture

The UN will not coax or coerce the American people out of their cars and into buses and trains, nor will "green" education or other incentives. Our society has based every almost every public priority on the availability of cheap oil- our aspirations, our definitions of prosperity, where we live, where we work, what we eat, where we eat, our financial priorities, the roads we travel, how we plan for the future, and our political and military strategies.

When something completely out of our control causes the price of oil to skyrocket, whether from overconsumption or something more catastrophic, THEN we will get out of our cars. The day will come -probably within our lifetimes, certainly this century- when the automobile will be a luxury most of us cannot afford, and a liability for most.

Posted by Amanita on 11/22/2010 at 2:42 PM

Re: “The carless culture…

The question of when oil production will enter an era of permanent decline is not an "if" but a "when." Of course, the amount of oil available for extraction may not be much of an issue if, say, Iran and Israel start lobbing nukes at one another. (Just joking! Such a thing could happen in such a stable part of the world.)

It's especially rich that this brain-dead twit sees bikes and public transportation as a Muslim threat. Last time I checked, Mecca sits adjacent to (if not ON) the largest remaining oil reserves in the f*cking world. Without oil, few of us would think about that part of the world very much, Islam or no Islam.

Our last war for oil didn't make it any cheaper. The next one could double the cost per gallon in a few week's time. How might this affect the lives of folks with 40, 50, or 60+ mile daily commutes from Cabot, Conway, etc? At 20 mpg, that commute would cost $20-ish bucks a day, or $5,000 a year. Might a bus or train be an attractive option in such a situation?

Silly me. I keep forgetting that it is our God-given right to live in an age of permanently cheap energy, and with nary a negative consequence.

Posted by Amanita on 11/22/2010 at 1:10 PM

Re: “An opportunity for state nickname trivia

"The Natural State" always reminds me of Thomas Hobbes, who famously described the State of Nature (no big jump there) as "nasty, brutish, and short."

I fear that this is at least 2/3 accurate.

Posted by Amanita on 11/21/2010 at 2:23 PM

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