Under the Table

Sometimes it seems to me (and this is just speculation) that the U.S. Government fails to stop or punish Chinese hackers (probably the Chinese government) solely on the grounds that China continues to buy our bonds.

In other words…

‘We, the U.S. Government cannot be seen selling our best and latest technology to you guys (China), but tell you what: you keep buying our devalued bonds and we’ll just look the other way when you steal all our latest patents and computer advances. Sounds good, right? You become a super-power off our ingenuity and we get to stay the world’s economic superpower and reserve currency for another decade.’

I subscribe to Benjamin Disraeli’s observation from Coningsby:

The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.”

When it comes to the rule of nations things are many, many orders of magnitude more terrible than we know.

Just thinking out loud.

How Precious is Man?

How precious is man

Some people do not find human life precious.

Usually persuaded by some statistically impossible Darwinian half-formula, they subtract all sanctity from the Human expression and demote human life to that of whales, house cats, elm trees and spotted owls.

Many even calculate the worth of Man far below that.

There are people who would kill a human being—hundreds, thousand and in some cases millions of human beings—in order to avenge the animal kingdom of Man’s terrible stewardship of the Natural world.

As difficult as it is to believe, and regardless of all the science that contradicts their conclusion, many feel Man is an accident, some strange thing that ascended through the eons of time by nothing but the miraculous straying of chromosomes, x-ray bombardments, and chemical errors.

Many people actually believe this.

To start, we are the only known species on Earth that has our level of intelligence, creativity, engineering, language, art and science. So far, we’re it. We are the one species who has accomplished what we have accomplished.

Let’s consider how rare Man is; furthermore, let us consider how rare one man or woman actually is.

To put this in the most visibly accessible terms, I will use simple high school mathematics.

First, a word on the radio. We have been pumping radio waves into the heavens for about 80 years. Radio waves travel at the speed of light. So, our radio waves have ventured about 80 light years into the cosmos—give or take.

If someone received and understood one or any of our transmissions, they might respond and—voila! We’re not alone in the universe. Well, their response would also travel at the speed of light.

As of this writing, I am not aware of any radio transmissions from any distant civilizations in outer space. But to have heard a response from someone up until today, means they would have had to receive our radio transmissions circa 40 years ago and replied. Since their transmissions also travel at the speed of light, had they answered 40 years ago we would have received their response today-ish (+/- 5 years).

Follow me?

It’s an 80 year round trip:

  1. we send out radio transmissions 80 years ago;
  2. someone 40 light years away from us hears it and replies;
  3. their radio response take another 40 years to get back to us.

But so far nothing.

What does that mean?

It might mean there is nobody within 40 light years to hear our radio transmissions, and that is the simple assumption of this example. Okay, what does that mean?

That means the Human Race is alone up to 40 light years radius, or 80 light years in diameter.

To put that into perspective 1 light year is roughly 6 trillion miles, or 6,000,000,000,000 miles. Pluto is only 5.9 billion miles from the sun. That’s how incomprehensibly big a light year is.

40 light years is therefore 240 trillion miles, or 240,000,000,000,000 miles. This is just in one direction, or the radius. The diameter of our radio transmissions would be 80 light years, or 480 trillion miles, or 480,000,000,000,000.

Don’t forget you are in space…

Now witness the power of volume: V =(4/3) x  pi x r3

Using the conventional formula for determining the volume of a sphere… If you have a radius of 40 light years (or 240,000,000,000,000 miles) you have sphere around the Earth that encloses: 57,905,835,790,967,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles.

I want you to take a moment and just look at this number.

If you divide this number by the population of the earth (currently 7 billion people) you get 8,272,262,255,852,430,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles — this is how many miles each and every human being has to themselves.

In other words, you could give every human being on the Earth—all 7 billion of us—our entire solar system from the sun out to Pluto… and you could do it 9,616 times per person.

In simpler terms, that is 10,000 solar systems for every one person.

That is how precious Man is.

Planned Pethood

Planned Pethood

There has been an ad circulating around Facebook castigating people who oppose federally funding Planned Parenthood on the grounds that they offer abortions.

People who support Planned Parenthood defend the organization on the grounds the company offers beneficial pre-natal care. The abortion issue does not bother them.

That is their position and they are entitled to it.

One wonders, however, how these same advocates would react if another company offered such a wide spectrum of services for animals and pets.

I submit to you the above proposition for the entirely allegorical Planned Pethood.

If you consider the listed services of pet care and grooming, animal testing and experimentation, and slaughterhouse and meat packing services to be ethically incompatible…

And if you feel a rush of horror and anger towards anyone who would willfully co-mingle such irreconcilable services and extend them to the public for profit while concurrently demanding to be subsidized by the U.S. government…

Then you might be on the right road to understanding someone else’s revulsion at Planned Parenthood’s paradoxical catalog of services.