Inti the week out and I snuck off this morning to the Greater Metropolitan Arab city (?) park for a bit of as brisk a walk as I could muster given the depths of summer heat-steam soak that has already descended like the wrath of an irate deity. I use the term city advisably. With the population of GMA what it is, the status is at most village and probably cluster-of-huts-in-the-jungle. I have noticed of late a bit of resistance and acomfort in the corpus on week out and given that the gym at Scant City is blatantly prejudiced towards sundae shabat observing christianists I needed to find somewhere else to obtain some waste of energy. Anyway, datum point gathered.
The walking path – which is evidently not considered a track since right handedness is not enforced, which rather gives one an idea of the organizational contradictions in GMA – is a bit of a refugee camp with all too many resting places used as either shrines to the corporations who sponsor the trail or the discorporate of individuals who sponsor. Except for the Mal Wart shrine most of the corporate ones are discrete whereas most of the individual shrines are masterpieces of kitsch, with a couple of dignified exceptions. The contrast is edifying although the bawdy house environment is a bit grating on the nerves early in the day. As the park fills with screaming children and frayed parents they are undoubtedly a welcome diversion from the cacophony.
This puts me in mind of a Scientific American article [Link] about 2012 KT43, an asteroid that came within three Tellus radii of striking. The size of the beast – 7 m diameter (~) – was not enough to cause an extinction event but it does serve to remind us to look about at out lives and assess whether we are living them as we should and are we taking adequate precautions? The answer to the latter is a resounding NO! but given our current political morass nothing will be done. Undoubtedly this was the demise of the dinosaurs – live for today and don’t pay for tomorrow until the day after. As to whether we are living as we should, that also has a resounding NO! as an answer. Sadly, the dimensionality of the NO is so diverse that no agreement is possible, so we are stuck with whatever we can achieve as a personal good in an environment increasing hostile to humans as individuals, as members of organization, and as animals.
There is however some nice video of the fly-by that will undoubtedly be deeply boring to bogs.
On a more pleasant note, researchers at U Oregon have discovered that the crime rate (?) in a country depends most strongly on the degree of religionist belief in a punitive deity. [Link] This would seem to explain why we have such a high crime instance in the Yankee republic. Not only are the prisons stercus but we have lost belief in old testament deity. Even the baptists seem to be all love and light these days with everyone issued an entry pass to paradise along with their towel. The question is, have we actually become more rational, or just mentally lazy and pain averse?