Do not be deceived… Don’t let the powerful, the greedy or the insecure fool you into their way of thinking. To argue and lobby against you, and to use the media to bend you to their version of events, is the same thing as to chase after you with pitchforks and firebrands. That you do not see it as such only speaks to the completeness of their victory. You’ve become all too comfortable with letting others define the terms of the debate – those who might have very good reasons for wanting you to remember certain interpretations, while denying any other viewpoints even exist. So allow me here, today, to add my voice to that overarching crescendo of human caterwauling we seem to live under.
THIS JUST IN!!! According to this article in the NY Times, baby chickens place numbers on an mental number line. Just like humans do. And according to this article, that line may be hardwired in, and runs from left to right. Just like in us humans. Except for those humans in those parts of the world that read right to left. Although they leave it somewhat unclear as to whether chicks in those parts of the world are wired like their western cousins, or follow the lead of the more local daily papers.
“Fellowship” is not just a religious concept, nor is it necessary for the irreligious to bristle at the term. Fellowship is visible everywhere. It’s all around you – you need only look. It’s in those instances of loyalty to a sports franchise, amongst people who have no other reason to speak – a unique fellowship, often one of both pain and joy. It can also be found in the desire to work side by side with complete strangers for the good of all, after some great disaster. And it’s abundantly present in the shared smile of two people who cannot otherwise communicate; as well as in the wish we all have to comfort a crying child.
The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence. Nature never wears a mean appearance. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature (1836) Ch. 1, Nature. Tell that to the man facing a hungry lion empty-handed, or caught out at sea in the middle of a typhoon… convince him of nature’s benevolence… EJ Liederstein [Follow-up note to the above rejoinder] Do not mistake what I’m saying. I’m not the doom and gloom pessimist my words might lead you to believe I am; nor am I the one who sees the sable lining in every cloud. What I’m saying is, if you insist on clothing nature within your anthropomorphic fantasies, then I will vehemently disagree with you. Nature never wears a mean appearance – because she has no ‘appearance’ to wear. She is neither draped in the latest fashions, nor is she at all concerned with how you or anyone else perceive her. She is not, strictly speaking, even a ‘she’. …
IT’S HERE!!! YOU’RE DOOMED!!! YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING LIKE IT!!! NEVER,NEVER, EVER, NEVER, EVER!!! We’re all gonna die. Right this second. Any minute now. Storm of the century! The second one this year. The fifth storm of the century in the last two years. RUN!!! HIDE!!! You can’t run. You can’t hide. You’ll never make it. You’re screwed. Coming in our next half-hour, we’ll have 5 things you can do to prepare for the next big one. Without these precautions, you might as well just tuck your head between your knees and ki… THIS JUST IN!!!