Lots of stuff to talk about, but they all revolve around one, basic theme:
It's time for a wake-up call!
Brrrrring! Here's your wake-up call regarding education in America. Iran has captured a billion-dollar spy drone. And why? Was it shot down? Lucky grenade-launcher shot? NO! It was captured because the Iranians, these backwater, third-world, religious hacks with nothing to offer but oil, out-thought us in computer software technology! They hacked US? Yes, THEY HACKED US! And not only did they hack us, they hacked the most cutting-edge piece of expensive-assed technology in our military arsenal! Imagine! On the eve of the era of robotic warfare, Iran, fucking IRAN, mind you, has up-ended us!
This happened because we have been lax in our education standards. Not enough boarding schools in the inner city, poor education quality, cutting of funding at critical junctures, teachers unions having incompetent leaders, and bringing down slash-and-burn Republicans down upon all of us as a direct result. Hell-LO! We'd better start thinking of high school as middle school and college as high school, or we're in big trouble! We'll end up getting more third-world hackers upending us! And when the inevitable day arrives when we have robotic drones defending our freedom, we'll find some Islamic terrorist hacking our own robots and turning them upon our own cities. Or worse, Israel.
Brrrring! This is your wake-up call regarding so-called American supremacy! The United States can no longer sit back on its haunches and assume that we are leaders in world technology. Hell, we're not even leaders in world economy anymore! And unless we want our military weapons built in China, with software designed in India, we'd better get off our asses and quit playing around! That means we're ALL going back to school. Not just me! It doesn't matter how old or young you are. We're all re-taking technology 101. Because right now, we're still believing that desk-top computers are cool. Hell, Bill Gates built his company when everybody else was still ga-ga over digital watches! No, our smart phones and iPads are going to take over, and that means any terrorist hacker will have immediate access to everyone's belt-clip and waistline! Unless we wake up!
Brrrring! No more playing around with science and technology! If we're going to survive, as a nation, as a people, if democracy is going to have even a snowball's chance in hell, then we've got to stop pretending that science isn't science, and learn what's really true. No more creationism being taught to kids in high school and hoping our colleges and universities eventually clean up the mess! No more failure to recognize the brain as defining the being by fooling ourselves into thinking that conception is the place to draw the line regarding new life. No more wishing, hoping, and yes, even praying, that global warming is a hoax. Science, people! Not politics!
And speaking of which... Brrrring! Here's your wake-up call regarding the general scientific ignorance surrounding steroids in sports. Oh, yes! There's a connection, here. We're all stunned over the Ryan Braun allegedly positive test for (it's assumed) anabolic steroids. But as I dealt with in a previous post, false positives for drug tests are a real danger in any profession. Especially with sports, because what makes a great athlete great is a naturally high level of testosterone, above and beyond what the normal person has. That means a false positive for testosterone is just one fluke chemical imbalance or incompetent lab tech away. And the best athletes will always be at the greatest risk.
Am I calling Ryan Braun innocent? He's innocent until proven guilty, yes! But what I'm really trying to say is, the same general scientific ignorance that let one of our billion-dollar drones get hacked is quite possibly the same thing that let our million-dollar athlete get jacked! One incompetent fool in the wrong place at the wrong time can cost us big! Having too few science professionals and too many incompetent technicians virtually guarantees it! And if having terrorists gain control of our military doesn't scare the piss out of you, then maybe losing our star sports hero for 1/3rd of an entire baseball season will.
Brrrring! Here's your wake-up call regarding how silly it is to put sports above the stuff that really matters!
Enough with the scientific ignorance already!
Finally, let's all say a non-prayer for a hero of fighting scientific ignorance, who came forward to shake up our culture at exactly the right time. Christopher Hitchens, the landmark journalist and unabashed atheist, just passed away at the age of 62. Let's face it, 62 is young, these days. If you haven't read Hitch-22, please do so. He gave us all a wake-up call.