Thursday, September 27, 2007

Fact, Fiction And Disdain

Fiction was my reading matter of choice when I was younger with an emphasis on science fiction. The internet changed all that by extending relatively instant access to all the geek articles one could want on almost any subject. No more dusty stacks or hefty subscriptions to read one or two articles. What fascinates me is how much of fiction actually comes to pass. This morening two stories illustrate the wildly different futures that could be in store for us. One is about space exploration, using technology that used to be considered fiction (ion engines) to reach new worlds. The other is about using technology to control, restrict and censor a particular point of view, which is reminiscent of a certain numerical work of fiction. Unfortunately for me, Verizon is my cell and internet provider and I'm not in a position to switch to the one with the cool phone and have them listen in on my calls and report to the government. Now it seems that the bad publicity has made Verizon change its official position. They're just sorry they got caught.

One more reason why I don't think that the 2008 elections are going to happen. Everyday that passes by, the GOP shows more and more that they don't care about their constituents or any consequences, such as unemployment. David Broder thinks they are lemmings who just can't help themselves, it's more likely to be a little more sinister than that. They had to be promised something to once again publicly reveal their contempt for those who need help the most. This is in addition to funding a war that the voters don't want. They. Just. Don't. Care. And they don't care who knows it.

No. See above.

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