What really freaks me out is that repeated actions tend to blend together. Much like how Daniel Radcliffe always wears the same outfit every day to throw off paparazzi, my memory can no longer distinguish locking the door today and locking the door yesterday. It’s frightening when one realizes that to your brain, there is no difference between actual and perceived experiences and when experiences repeat themselves ad nauseum without anything to identify a specific instance, then actual experiences can easily get confused.
Basically, I’ve always had the problem in life that I’m never sure if I am actually remembering something that happened at the specific moment I remember it, or if the same thing happened on another day and I basically fucked up today, or, and this is the worst case scenario, I actually dreamed of that situation and it never happened and I am getting it confused with reality.
I think I just might need help… too much existentialism… too much nihilism.
This a picture of Delta IV havey rocket that launched mars science laboratory (curiosity rovers) to mars. On its back is a microchip with my name etched on to it. The official certification from NASA can be on viewed here. Here is a picture of curiosity (continue reading…)
This is probably how Bella‘s hand looked after giving Sparkles the vampire a hand job. And since Hollywood has apparently taken my advice on why the breaking dawn must be made into a movie [click here to read the post] this really seems appropriate
The R-7 rocket was originally designed as an ICBM. When America unexpectedly invites you to a friendly game of global thermonuclear war, it’s not acceptable to say “Not today thank you, it’s cold outside.” So they built a rocket with enough margins that it could launch in all weather conditions.
Ultimately the R-7 was a military failure since it required a day of prep on the pad before launch (compare with one month for the shuttle). So it was replaced in its ICBM duties with instant-launch rockets like the R-36 (known to the West as “Satan”).
The shuttle had so many moving parts/components that it was frail. It required ideal weather conditions. Even a slight wind would cause delays and God help you if it drizzled or a little rain — grounded for a week.The fact Soyuz launch regardless of weather conditions tells of unglamorous, pragmatic Soviet approach is the clear winner when it comes to space programs. As demonstrated with their ability constantly and reliably loft humans to LEO which Americans have lost
A third threat comes from the potential social backlash. To use Rawls-ian analysis, the invisible hand stops working. Perhaps one reason that societies allow plutonomy, is because enough of the electorate believe they have a chance of becoming a Pluto-participant. Why kill it off, if you can join it? In a sense this is the embodiment of the “American dream”. But if voters feel they cannot participate, they are more likely to divide up the wealth pie, rather than aspire to being truly rich.
Could the plutonomies die because the dream is dead, because enough of society does not believe they can participate? The answer is of course yes. But we suspect this is a threat more clearly felt during recessions, and periods of falling wealth, than when average citizens feel that they are better off. There are signs around the world that society is unhappy with plutonomy – judging by how tight electoral races are. But as yet, there seems little political fight being born out on this battleground.
A related threat comes from the backlash to “Robber-barron” economies. The population at large might still endorse the concept of plutonomy but feel they have lost out to unfair rules. In a sense, this backlash has been epitomized by the media coverage and actual prosecution of high-profile ex-CEOs who presided over financial misappropriation. This “backlash” seems to be something that comes with bull markets and their subsequent collapse. To this end, the cleaning up of business practice, by high- profile champions of fair play, might actually prolong plutonomy.
Our overall conclusion is that a backlash against plutonomy is probable at some point. However, that point is not now. So long as economies continue to grow, and enough of the electorates feel that they are benefiting and getting rich in absolute terms, even if they are less well off in relative terms, there is little threat to Plutonomy in the U.S., UK, etc.
But the balance of power between right (generally pro-plutonomy) and left (generally pro-equality) is on a knife-edge in many countries. Just witness how close the U.S. election was last year, or how close the results of the German election were. A collapse in wealth in the plutonomies, felt by the masses, and/or prolonged recession could easily raise the prospects of anti-plutonomy policy.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” — Steve Jobs
Rest In Piece Mr Jobs you truly were a visionary and had the courage and the skills to change the world the way he wanted it to be.
Most of you who know me well knows my stance on religion. But things has gone far enough that i cant remain silent any more. This is the proper way to deal with assholes who want to take us back to the middle ages. These uneducated miss guided fools wants power and using religion as a tool to get it nothing more. Islam is in the current state that it is in is because loud mouth asshole mullahs suppressed independent thought. This is what lead to the down fall of Islamic golden age nothing else. We should all be brave like this women and stand up for our beliefs and make sure these murderous perverted assholes don’t speak for you. For the worst we can do is to remain silent.