[FoRK] Republican Anti-science (funny political cartoon)

Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> on Thu May 10 13:45:36 PDT 2007

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Jeff Bone wrote:
> On May 10, 2007, at 2:17 PM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
>> On Thu, May 10, 2007 at 09:08:12AM -0500, Jeff Bone wrote:
>>> If you think I'm just being alarmist, you haven't been paying enough
>>> attention.
>> On the plus side, the U.S. is just a particular compartment, so
>> the damage is self-limiting.
> *FRANCE* just elected a conservative.  Britain's taken a turn, too.
> The rest of the EU is increasingly radicalized in various ways.
> The entire Middle East is a religious powder keg, and some bad folks 
> are getting good training in Iraq and (again in) Afghanistan.
> India has the Pakistan problem.  (Well, Pakistan has the Pakistan 
> problem, and India's got the derivative of that.)
> The Pac Rim is infected with the Islam thing, too.
> Asia's got its own problems.  South America's got a resurgence of 
> economic leftism, and rampant, entrenched crime industries.
> Russia's gotten scarier again in the last year or several.
> China just rolls on, with its weird brand of oligarchic totalitarian 
> utopianism and hybrid slave-economy.
> There aren't any barriers.  It's not compartmentalized.  The global 
> (political as well as hard) economy is a densely interconnected web.  
> There's no brakes on the potential damage;  it's a chaotic system in 
> delicate dynamic equilibrium.
> Time to get serious about global and longer-term perspectives.
> jb
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