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I don't know why I do these things, but I watched the second Bush-Kerry debate. We had taped it since we were involved in birthday celebrations while it went on, so I am just getting to it today. I guess I can't really think of anything nice to say about it and what it says about humans and what it says about our political process. I think the saddest thing is that it isn't even a particularly important election, so it feels stupid to get worked up about how bad it is.


When faced with events like this, I can't help recalling that our Sun will eventually become a red giant... that it will grow to include Earth's orbit. That is somehow a comforting thought. Either we someday get our act together at least enough to be somewhere else when that happens, or it is all wiped clean. My guess is that it will be the latter. If we haven't wiped ourselves out through some other method by then I expect there will come a time when people will have to face the fact that the end is near. Candidates of the future will make political hay of the impending destruction. They'll all say they have a plan. They will all criticize their opponent's position on the issue. And then the Sun will become a red giant, it will grow to include Earth's orbit... and that will be that.

In the meantime... be sure to rock the vote, kidz!

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trancendenz
Oct. 10th, 2004 09:30 pm (UTC)
we'll all be dead before that though..humans I mean. What with no protection from solar wind becuase we have very little electromagnetic field for a time.
noisyparker
Oct. 10th, 2004 09:45 pm (UTC)
boo... don't spoil the imagery for me!

They may be able to eek out some more time by burrowing underground but, regardless of the schedule, the basic process of seeing the thing approaching but waiting until it is too late, and then spending their time playing short-term games until they are wiped out, should still apply in any case.
noisyparker
Oct. 11th, 2004 08:36 am (UTC)
On a more positive note...
For the ain't kids cute department:

My daughter saw the questions at the bottom of the screen and would say things like, "Don't they have time limits on their answers? That's a yes or no question... why don't they just give them like 2 seconds?"
jepthah
Oct. 11th, 2004 07:01 pm (UTC)
Re: On a more positive note...
2 seconds would still be too long for most short attention span americans.
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