Posts Tagged ‘obama’

News Summation in Anticipation of 2010

December 30, 2009

On January 1st 2000, the world did not end, because programmers wisely changed 99 to 1999 or 100 to 00. Doomsday was avoided. The apocalypse has of course been avoided several times in history. Just look at Nostradamus’ faulty predictions, the constant failings of Jehova’s Witnesses or the thousands of other predictions built on nothing but lies and water. Obviously the world will not end in 2012 either. There’s 1 simple reason for this and several more complex. The simple reason is that it is not possible to know the future, because time is a function of space. We can travel in time only by traveling in space and the only predictions we can make are predictions about the future based on past events. Like, I saw that ball roll towards me, I can expect it to continue rolling towards me in the future until friction stops it. That’s pretty far from watching the future happen in a crystal ball.

So, what did happen in the past? Before we get to 2000-2009, let’s recap. Some billion years ago a star formed a plasma of hydrogen and helium, producing heavier atoms, like iron, nitrogen, gold, silicon and stuff going supernova and boom the atoms spread into space, reforming into balls thanks to gravity and 9 balls went into orbit around our sun. On the iron ball called earth, there was lots of silicon compounds, like earth, dust, sands, rocks, minerals, mountains et cetera and a lot of other stuff. Life formed when strings of molecules reacted and eventually became cells. These first cells were single-cell organisms, organic meaning they mostly consisted of carbon and hydrogen. For a few billion years these cells breathed in carbon-dioxide  and breathed out oxygen, using photosynthesis, if I recall correctly. Dunno what they were up to to be honest. Anyway, the chemical process of copying cells is basically a matter of having a string of molecule and each molecule only attaches to certain other molecules and thus a specific new string is always created and being of a specific series of molecules it can when it breaks free from it’s catalyst only bind to a new specific set of molecules. Chemical reaction allow for anomalies and that leads to mutated cell copies, and voila, we have evolution. The plankton became animals and plants over the next thousands of millions of years and meteories, climate changes and volcanic activity were the only things that threatened the life on earth during all these years as the magnetic field of the solar system and the solar wind, and the magnetic field and atmosphere of the earth protected life from most of the horrors, like radiation, from outer space.

A few million years ago, the ancestors of the 7.5 billion great apes currently living on earth were eating fruits and stuff. 2 million years ago, the ancestors of the 6.8 billion humans on earth, started using hand-held stone tools. Several tens of thousands of years ago we used more fancy tools that helped in agriculture. A few tens of thousands of years ago big cities formed when agriculture was modernized. Trade and economy on a much larger scale occured as not everyone had to work in food production. 5000 years ago, the administrative level of society was sufficient enough to enable kings to rule 3 million people and build pyramids. The mystery of consciousness has been used as a tool for regimes to control the masses since before written language. The fear of death in particular is a very powerful tool. Monotheism grew popular a few thousands years ago, with the Jews in the Middle-East, Jesus protested against Judaism and was crucified. A few hundread years later the Roman Empire adopted Christianity and Luther protested against it a few hundred years ago. The anarchic trend continues today, but in contrast to the growing size of people being ruled over. The leader of a small village of 30 people some 20-30,000 years ago might potentially have been as despotic as Stalin, but the difference in population makes a big difference in impact on the world. Today, we have youtube, despite the superpowers and international corporations.

Nothing new under the sun, is a saying I’ve always liked. It’s as truthful as the idea of news, because they’re the two opposites in the same spectrum, with the exception that news often disregard the temporal context and thus a whole lot of truth. What was in the news 2000-2009? What did humans, evolved from bacteria, find most important? Deaths, wars, politicians, kings, food?

What will be remembered of this year in 50,000 years?

Well, nothing. Even the two “world wars” will be forgotten unless people stop killing other people during the next century, which seems a bit too optimistic. Jesus and Mohammed will be remembered as their effect on society spans over millenia, but the solving of the greenhouse gas problem will be forgotten along with the solving of the ozone layer problem. The problem of the environment will remain as long as humans interact with the surface of the earth and the organisms upon it. Also, anyone reading this during 2010 will be a monkey who will eventually be forgotten.

“What? Are you saying everything will be forgotten, even Obama, the first black president of the USA?”

Well, the Egyptian pharaohs reigned for 3000 years, the US has existed for 200 years, name 15 Egyptian kings.

By the way, sorry that my blog is Western-centric, I grew up in post-protestant Sweden, can’t really help it.

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Once You Go Obama, You Never Go Back

July 31, 2009

Obama called a cop stupid and bang, everybody ignores well-fare. In Sweden most people know that it is desirable to be able to offer all humans the health-care they need, even though we fall short of this goal in practice. In the States, it’s not even obvious that this should be the goal. Instead this idea is questioned.

“What?! The rich have to pay for the poor?”

We’re all monkeys and yet some monkeys think they are different from other monkeys. How can we rationalize inequality; national, global, or personal?

The President of the United States of America is a black male named Barack Hussein Obama. Before him, there were 44 white males. Assuming the term of service stays 4 years and Americans keep voting for black people as president consistently for the next 170 years, a racial equilibrium will finally be reached. Of course, then another 170 years of Indian rule would be needed, followed by 170 years of Asian ruling, then Aborigines and so on.

Once the racial equilibrium has been reached and white supremacy is only an item for the history books, it would only take another 1000 years to balance out the patriarchy of the States with 250 female presidents in a row. And then another 2000 years of presidents who are either bi, gay or any other sexual orientation apart from heterosexual. Then of course we’d have to have a few millenia of Muslim rule, Buddhists, then Hindus and so on. We can look forward to a wonderful world of open-mindedness and acceptance in the year 16074 A.D, when the United States of America will have ceased to exist a long time ago.

Or, we could put the past behind us and realize that all these attributes – religion, sexuality, skin-colour, gender, height, language, bra size or any mutation or opinion – are irrelevant to all things indirectly related to them. A person who is Christian is not for or against abortion. A person who is 140 centimeters tall might be the president of the Philippines. A person who wears a hat is not necessarily a philanthropist. A Muslim is not necessarily a fantasy novel publisher. An Eskimo is not necessarily your mother. A two-year-old boy is not necessarily in love with a toy tractor. One monkey once ate a banana.

Whatever the topic, job, situation, event or action, the mutant attributes of a human being that makes them unique in comparison to other human beings exist equally in all human beings. Everybody has a skin-colour, even albinos, everybody has sexuality, even asexuals, everybody has a belief, even atheists, everybody has height, everybody has weight, everybody is a bunch of atoms; more specifically a multicellular composition of DNA made from 4 nucleic acids; guanine, adenine, thymine and cytosine – just like plants.

And just like a plant, every individual, unique DNA-cell complex lives for a short while and then dies.

A Message to/from President Barack Obama

June 1, 2009

Obama is travelling to the Middle East. From The Associated Press:

“In a much-anticipated speech in Egypt on Thursday Obama is expected to stress a commitment to strengthening U.S. ties to the Muslim world.

On Wednesday he arrives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah, the sponsor of the 2002 Arab peace plan which calls for exchanging of peace with Israel in return for land it seized in the 1967 Middle East war.

Arabs also fear that a focus on Iran will derail efforts to commit Obama to the two-state solution.”

From Arab News:

“On the eve of his journey with this mission I would like to tell him that all Muslim nations without exception have extremely been pained by the foreign policy of the previous US administration toward the Muslim world.

The children of Abraham are making the same mistakes they did over 2000 years ago. They refuse to obey the word of God. The people and leadership promote and are engaged in sexual immorality, drunkedness, homosexuality, perversion, fornication, and all such sin. God has constantly punished such behavior from the Israel. When will they learn. Repent and turn back to God.

The issues are, apparently, tough but could be solved only if US abandons its practice of adopting double standards in its approach to issues in the Middle East. The US practice has, undoubtedly, engendered a lot of hatred not only in the Muslim and Arab world but also in the whole world.

I sincerely hope that President Obama realizes these facts.”

Religion is undoubtedly a major issue in the conflict in the region. It’s perhaps not a good idea to try and solve the problems by promoting your religion, even if most religions tend to advocate love and peace and understanding and friendship and a long list of positive things. Not saying that everyone should stop believing, but if they did, they could ignore the claims on land and power based on the religious heritage.

Maybe if Israel wasn’t treated as the holy land, with holy soil producing holy food, people might agree on a more practical approach to how the land should be owned by the individuals involved. Because that’s what it’s all about, it’s not about politicians, God or history, it’s about tiny little people wanting a good life for themselves.

From youtube:

“The children of Abraham are making the same mistakes they did over 2000 years ago. They refuse to obey the word of God. The people and leadership promote and are engaged in sexual immorality, drunkedness, homosexuality, perversion, fornication, and all such sin. God has constantly punished such behavior from the Israel. When will they learn. Repent and turn back to God”

“I’m very familiar with the gospel of Jesus. Particularly the part in Matthew 5 17-18 where he said he would not change one part of the Old Law. That means the Old Testament, by his word, is still in effect. Why aren’t you following Jesus’s word and killing those who work on the Sabbath and boycotting Red Lobster for selling the abomination that is shellfish? Have you no faith in his word?”

Obama will make one of the speeches of his tour at the Cairo University. From wikipedia: (click on Levant for more context)

“The Fatimid Caliphate or al-Fatimiyyun was an Arab Shi’a dynasty that ruled over varying areas of the Maghreb, Egypt, Sicily, Malta and the Levant from 5 January 909 to 1171. It was the fourth and final Arab caliphate.

The caliphate was ruled by the Fatimids, who established the Egyptian city of Cairo as their capital.”