Il Douchelini floods the zone: Trump in Louisiana

The governor of Louisiana has asked all the presidential candidates to stay away from the flooded areas of his state because political photo ops get in the way of disaster relief efforts. Here it is:

[President] Obama himself is facing criticism for not cutting short his annual summer vacation to visit the flood devastation in Louisiana, but the governor, Democrat John Bel Edwards, has publicly asked Obama to stay away, citing the drain on resources that a presidential visit demands and that he would prefer to devote to flood relief.

Of course, the right wing media minions are criticizing Obama and Hillary Clinton for not screwing up disaster relief efforts by showing up for a photo op when important work has to be done.

And, of course, the douchebag in a white baseball cap who Republican voters say is the right person to lead the free world and his holier-than-though fluffer vice presidential running mate go down to the flooded areas of Louisiana for a photo op.

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Is that Play-Doh (click to enlarge because I can’t believe what I’m seeing)? You’re bringing Play-Doh as part of your photo op? Because when the water’s rising above your neck, nothing says “I need to be rescued” like Play-Doh?

I must be seeing this wrong.

Well, at least Mr. Make America Hate Again must have exerted a significant amount of time and energy as he helped unload that big truck:

On Friday morning, freshly-minted Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told ABC News that Trump and running mate Mike Pence would be traveling to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to “help people on the ground” in a “decidedly nonpolitical event” with “no press allowed.”
As it turns out, though, there actually were members of the press allowed, and the candidate did use the occasion to attack his political opponent, and there were opportunities for photographs, but true to his word, Trump did “help out.” Pool cameras trailed Trump for his entire visit, and over the course of those several hours, Trump “helped out” by unloading a truckload of toys for 49 seconds, these 49 seconds.

 

Is this a parody of a presidential campaign?

If humans disappeared from the Earth

So let’s say some intergalactic alien race, let’s call them Kanamits, came up with a special use for humans and took us all with them to their planet. What would happen to this third rock from the sun?

Well that’s depressing. If humans disappeared, the world would be a better place from nature’s perspective. It wouldn’t take that long: 500 years or so. And 500 years is nothing in the life of a 4.5 billion year old Earth. Hell, 500 years is nothing even if you’re deluded into believing the Earth is only 6,000 years old.

We need the Earth more than it needs us.

Let’s remember that.

Dealing with climate change isn’t about saving the Earth

The line on climate change is that we have to address it in order to save the Earth. That’s not the best argument.

The Earth is going to be around for a couple of billion more years. And there will be life on Earth for a good chunk of that time. But that doesn’t mean humans are going to be around that long.

Ask the dinosaurs. The asteroid that hit the planet 65 million years ago (no, creationists, the Earth is not 10,000 years old) threw material in the air that led to rapid, extreme prehistoric climate change. Dinosaurs disappeared and mammals evolved and took over.

Now the mammals are creating their own, extended climate change. Since we’re going to keep it up, because the danger still doesn’t seem to register with people, it will be interesting to see what life form takes over after we’ve killed ourselves.

So climate change isn’t about saving the Earth. It’s about saving humanity. And humanity sure acts like it doesn’t want to be saved.

Man and nature

I’m a firm believer that it isn’t going to be aliens who stomp humanity. It’s going to be something we created.

Because when Skynet becomes self aware or when we get sucked into the Matrix,  someone’s going to ask the computers how do we fix the planet? The answer’s going to be, “Get rid of the humans.”

And when it comes to protecting the planet, humans keep showing they have the morality of Peter Lorre’s character in “M”.

Rupert Murdoch’s National Geographic

1255ckCOMIC-national-geografoxBecause, people, it is now RUPERT MURDOCH’S National Geographic:

The iconic ­yellow-bordered magazine, beset by financial issues, entered its own uncharted territory. In an effort to stave off further decline, the magazine was effectively sold by its nonprofit parent organization to a for-profit venture whose principal shareholder is one of Rupert Murdoch’s global media companies.

In exchange for $725 million, the National Geographic Society passed the troubled magazine and its book, map and other media assets to a partnership headed by 21st Century Fox, the Murdoch-controlled company that owns the 20th Century Fox movie studio, the Fox television network and Fox News Channel.

Some more stories we can look forward to:

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Time Machine: San Francisco 1906

I haven’t done a Time Machine entry in a while, so here’s a look at life in America more than 100 years ago. This is Market Street in San Francisco, on April 14, 1906, as taken from the front of a trolley car. Horse drawn carriages, cars dodging in and out without any sense of safety and people just walking in the middle of the street. Also notice how well-dressed folks are.

The first thing that strikes me is the total anarchy of the street. The automobile drivers are lunatics. People just walk out in the middle of the street. Kids play chicken with the trolley. How many bodies were they picking up off the streets every day? This is not safe. But you sense this is what life was like throughout American cities. The streets were packed and lawless. People survived.

Some history, from YouTube:

The origin of the film was an enigma for many decades, and it was long thought to have been shot in September of 1905, after being dated as such by the Library of Congress based on the state of construction of several buildings. However, in 2009 and 2010, film historian David Kiehn, co-founder of Niles Film Museum in Niles, California, dated the film to the spring of 1906 from automobile registrations and weather records. Kiehn eventually found promotional materials from the film’s original release and dated the film to April 14th, 1906, and finally gave credit to the filmmakers, the Mills Brothers.

Four days later, the great San Francisco Earthquake hit. Thousands dead. The city destroyed.

And the city looked like this:

It’s the same route, but notice that the film is reversed.