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October 12, 2010

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Michael, what a change from when I was boy at the beginning of the space race after Sputnick when science and the pursuit of knowledge was held in such high esteem in the USA. Now it seems that some of our populace takes great pride in willful ignorance, intellectual laziness, being satisfied with mindless pop culture and believing in fundamentalist nonsense.

How ironic and depressing that while we have established a sophisticated global communication system with real knowledge and facts at our finger tips, and made great strides with technology, so many would be drawn to darkness, mediocrity, irrationality and utter stupidity.

Our species is capable of so much more excellence and long term vision however lately we are so myopically self-absorbed with short term thinking and instant gratification, we are willingly destroying the beauties and higher forms of our cultures and seriously compromising the biology of life that sustains us.

I did not imagine such a perplexing and deeply frustrating era for our society when I witnessed in awe the first moon landing in 1969.

Well said, Jules! I feel the same way - sounds like we were boys around the same time....

Speaking of fresh water, have you seen what they propose to do over the Ogalalla aquifer? A huge pipeline pushing corrosive Canadian oil sand and oil shale, suspended in a matrix of natural gas, from Alberta to Houston, in pipe built to tolerances appropriate for carrying petroleum.
“Whenever people say, ‘We mustn’t be sentimental,’ you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, ‘We must be realistic,’ they mean they are going to make money out of it.” - Brigid Brophy

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