Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Witnessing the True Power of a Tsunami

The thing about a tsunami is that it isn't just a big wave that crashes onto the beach. Rather, it's a relentless, seemingly never-ending surge of water that just keeps coming and coming and coming. This particular video, perhaps more than any of the others that have been making the rounds on the internet, really drives that point home.

Monday, March 28, 2011

What's the Government Done for Me Lately? Well....

I'm not sure who wrote this, but I first saw it on Jeff Parker's Facebook page.

This morning I awoke to my alarm clock, powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US Department of Energy. I took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) determined the weather was going to be, using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). I watched this while eating my breakfast of US Department of Agriculture inspected food, and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

At the appropriate time, as regulated by the U.S. Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the US Naval Observatory, I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved automobile and set out to work on the roads built by local, state, and federal Departments of Transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of the quality level determined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the U.S. Postal Service and wave to the the kids being taken to the public school.

After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the USDA, I drive NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to a house which is not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire marshal’s inspections, and which not has been plundered of all its valuables thanks to the local Police Department. Finally, I can log onto the internet, which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration, and post on forums about how socialism in medicine is bad because the government can't do anything right.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Why I Miss Carl Sagan

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Religion: Based on
Worshiping a Grotesque Monster Out of Fear

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The Space Oscars

"O-Dor of Uranus?" Good grief. Even I wouldn't stoop THAT low for a cheap, immature laugh.

Oh, who am I kidding? Of course I would!