Monday, December 26, 2016

The Basics

Look, it's simple really. We've got this planet with a few billion people and assorted plants and animals living on it. So the most obvious rules are:
  1. Don't screw up the planet, because that's where everything comes from. Got that? EVERYTHING!
  2. Every human being, every single one including the ones born just now .... and now ... and now ... deserves a share of what that planet has to offer. 
Sure some people are smarter, or more adventurous, or sexier or better at hitting a ball with a stick, but we're all human and we all deserve to live comfortably. Maybe some people deserve to be wealthier because of their talents and abilities, or even because they had the good sense to be born to families that were wealthier, but that should be the icing on the cake.

The basics for survival and comfortable living should be for all.

It's just that simple.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

SCIENCE: More Things Suck Than Not

Scientists at the joint NASA/NSA/NAS/SNA/ANS research project revealed that in November, we crossed a tipping point at which more things suck than not. Their findings, to be published this month in the JOURNAL OF VICISSITUDINAL OUTCOMES, reflect the convergence of several independent indicators, including voter turnout, consumer confidence, cultural climate, opioid use, plate tectonics, maximum absorbancy, recommended daily allowance, mortgage interest rates, average life expectancy and chocolate consumption. These factors, which are generally regarded as notoriously difficult to correlate, provide a disturbing picture of the general suckiness of things, the scientists said.

The scientists applied a variety of sophisticated information visualization algorithms derived from work done for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Using these techniques, the research team were able to produce computer graphics, many in 3D, showing sharply declining trends and downward spirals. The scatter plot, in particular, shows a widespread range of data samples with no compensating pattern or arrangement.

Scientists were unable to comment on whether this trend was likely to continue or to reverse itself, but expressed confidence that they would continue to mine the data as thoroughly as possible.