Atom Wave: December 2006

Atom Wave

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Dust to Dust

Attacks in Iraq at Record High

It is unmistakable that the United States is winning in Iraq as our friends in the New York Times recently said sort of with the report “Attacks in Iraq at Record High, Pentagon Says”. Face it, if you want freedom than what better way than to slug it out? The United States would not be where it is today, a superpower; if we had not fought to eliminate British influence from our colonies. No offense to the Brits. America also might not exist, as we know it today were it not for the brave Northerners and Southerners that went to war in our ever-popular Civil War. Iraq is fortunate; they are enjoying both a civil war and a war of liberation. All that America and it allies need to do is withdraw and wait a few decades for Iraq to reform into a more civilized country. About Iraq, I would not bet any money that it will persist as a single country. Sooner or later..., hell it already has fragmented into warring tribes. Not surprising, Iraq was founded by the Sykes-Picot Agreement in 1916 after the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War 1. It is an artificial state and like artificial atoms, they fall apart

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Smoking President

The Last Thing America Needs Is Another President

The Onion

The Last Thing America Needs Is Another President

For as long as I can remember, this country has gotten itself all worked up every four years or so trying to pick just the right person to be in...

You know, I was reading the Onion lately. It is the only reliable news source still around today. I came across this opinion piece by Randall Everson and I must admit that he may be onto something. He was rambling about how the United States would be better off without a President, and he is probably right.
American presidents have nearly always molested our great nation more than they have guided it.
George W. Bush can’t even fight a respectable war. When we have unchecked terrorists and untapped oil at stake, he deludes himself into founding democracy in a country that clearly does not want it.
Than there was Bill Clinton, an otherwise respectable man. He just couldn’t keep his secrets. If Bill Clinton could not keep his affair with Lewinsky secret, how could we count on him to keep our national secrets?
George H. W. Bush is a decent man no doubt. He practically won the first Gulf War. He showed Saddam that he meant business, and brought it home with smart bombs on Baghdad. He just couldn’t show the economy that he meant business.
Finally Ronald Reagan, our last president of the Cold War. He got our men back from Iran, and only for a modest exchange of arms. If only we couldn’t count on other presidents to have that sort of vision. If only he had understood economics better than to not leave our country heavily in the red by the time he left office.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Fly or Die: Frack!

The Space Shuttle Discovery took off yesterday and I am proud of that. It is excellent news, and not just because I am an American. The endeavor of spaceflight must never be just a curiosity; it is an essential for the survival of the human species.
Now I suspect what you may be thinking, that I am high on rocket fumes again. I’m serious; the world is a dangerous place. You may think that all you need to worry about is being mugged or wiped out by a stray go-cart, your wrong pal! A dude named Stephen Hawking said a few weeks ago that humans must leave the planet or we could very well perish within a century or so. He is fracking right!
Extinction might seem like fun and games to many of you, but try it yourself. If you study biology, you would know that most of the species that have lived on Earth are history. The Dinosaurs dominated the world for 160 million years before dying off 65 million years ago. The modern human has only been around for about 100,000 years, and at our rate we will be lucky to last another 100,000.
Just consider all the exciting ways that we can all die. The great flu pandemic of 1918 caused the deaths of tens of millions of people. In 1815 the volcano Tambora exploded killing 70,000 people, and the worst famine in a century. Nature can produce much worse, such as the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs.
The list does not even include human sources of destruction. Global warming could in the future lead to a drastic destabilization of the climate. Nuclear war could still very well happen in the future. Like it or not, hundreds of warheads are still on alert to be launched in moments from the order of the President of America or Russia. Regardless of the cause, the result wouldn’t be nice.
Now I am an honest enough to admit when I am wrong. I first considered President Bush’s proposed Mars exploration program to be political crap. In hindsight, it is political genius from our President. A rare gem from his administration of incompetent chaos. The program deserves all the support that it can get.

Joyful news about the recent launch from NASA.

The new NASA project to venture to the Moon and Mars from Wikipedia.