The weekend news barrens started on Friday this week with several articles showing us that weird and strange can still be appreciated, at least in and around the overload of irrelevant and useless celebrities.
The Yankee government postal service has (apparently) decided to issue a postal commemorative sheet for the movie melange Star Wars.[Link] In a fit of bureaucratic indecisiveness and probably cowering over the Walter Reed debacle, they are submitting the decision of which stamp off the sheet to a voting frenzy of popularity. The voting is highly undemocratic, anyone who visits the site is rationed to one vote per day, not one vote total. Indeed it is totally meaningless other than some sort of personal satisfaction?
One suspects since the stamp will be the new $0.41 denomination that this is a giant misinformation campaign by the YG to disguise the on-going disaster that the postal service has become in the modern economy. Also, one suspects the influence of Yankee politicians in the form of the voting. Certainly the vote often flavor is familiar from our experiences in places like Boston and Chicago.
We may also hope that the stamps are better looking in the actuality than in the graphics on line. Since the postal service has subcontracted some stamp production to outside printers, such as the American Banknote Company, the quality of stamp artwork has improved significantly, both inside and outside the service. This seems to be some form of support for the argument that competition improves product. If that is the case, it should have been applied here because these stamps certainly have a drab and Gothic look to them, faintly reminiscent of the early innovations in the ’60′s of regular issues, but certainly not up to the standards we expect these days for commemoratives.
It is also somewhat startling given the extreme political correctness of the postal service to see them publicizing themselves by dressing up postal boxes as robots and issuing these stamps commemorating imaginary regimes that practiced all manner of slavery and repression. Perhaps this is a new fairness on the part of the postal service and we may expect a new series of stamps honoring actual slave masters and oppressors such as Nathan Bedford Forrest and Adolph Eichmann? Or perhaps a stamp commemorating the Japanese-American Internment Camps?
While we’re on politicians, I see that the senior senator of Massachusetts, the one who drives cars into the water is trying to kill off a wind power project that would compromise the sea view from his palatial Hyannisport estate.[Link] Hmmmm. Has anyone told the senator that he is an American and not a Roman?
The good news of this is that perhaps this type of political dedication and awareness will accelerate the extinction of homo yankeeass and end the beloved reconstruction occupation of the Sowth. Not that Sowthern politicians are any better capable of making sane and sound decisions or serving their electorates, but at least then they are our crooked, dishonest, blackguards and not those acceptable to the Yankee overlords.
Meanwhile, some European researchers have suggested an explanation for observed galactic behavior that they claim negates the need for “dark energy”.[Link] This would be good news if it be accurate and applicable, since we generally like simplicity and no one has yet gotten dark energy much beyond the shadows under the bed stage of elaboration and demonstration.
The theory might be labeled the “bubble plastic” theory since it attempts to explain the behavior by the gravitational collapse of bunches of matter at fairly small scales. The analogy of popping one bubble at a time in bubble plastic eventually collapsing a large wad is this appropriate and so neat that I wish I had thought of it. Certainly it will rank in the forefront of physics name humor.
Some of the folks at fair Harvard, the other shul on the Charles that is noted for students rowing boats and graduates providing the kings of America, have dismissed the idea as unlikely because of its lack of large scale effect. They are somewhat more positive of the beneficial effects of extract of Willow bark, commonly known as aspirin, for providing some reduction in risk of heart disease and cancer.[Link]
Finally, from Kenya, where the local Christian shamen have been protesting the national museum’s collection of pre-sapiens remains, comes some interesting mumblings about homo rudolfensis not being as anomalous as previous thought.[Link] Evidently the projection of rudolfensis having a rather contemporary flat face and large brain were the result of some inaccurate rules of thumb that have since been discredited.
This appears to be a rather serious blow to the intelligent design proponents who had been using rudolfensis as evidence that sapiens was created rather than evolved and all the other hominid remains had been salted in place as a sort of mystical prank or deity joke. Given their alogic and thought trains, it is amazing to remind oneself that William of Occam was a Franciscan friar.