June 16th, 2021

crazy /eek - colberto

Jon Stewart gets real again.

Ignoring the obvious is not the same thing as critical thinking.  Denial is not science.  Just because you don't want something to exist does not make it go away.  Even if it is merely a hypothesis.  It's like expecting everyone to adhere to math when you also insist that odd numbers don't exist.  Not science.  Not a basis for policy, politics, public health, or a democratic society.  What was that founding pamphlet called?  Common Sense?  The opposite of towing the party line.  Here is a revelation which should have reached public consciousness, oh, like in early 2020.  But, at least it's going viral now.  Finally...

Jon Stewart Floats the Covid-19 Wuhan Lab Theory With Stephen Colbert
* - galaxy

And so it goes.

Requiem (ending)

When the last living thing
has died on account of us,
how poetical it would be
if Earth could say,
in a voice floating up
perhaps
from the floor
of the Grand Canyon,
"It is done."
People did not like it here.[64]

Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country, 2005


Vonnegut's sincerity, his willingness to scoff at received wisdom, is such that reading his work for the first time gives one the sense that everything else is rank hypocrisy. His opinion of human nature was low, and that low opinion applied to his heroes and his villains alike—he was endlessly disappointed in humanity and in himself, and he expressed that disappointment in a mixture of tar-black humor and deep despair. He could easily have become a crank, but he was too smart; he could have become a cynic, but there was something tender in his nature that he could never quite suppress; he could have become a bore, but even at his most despairing he had an endless willingness to entertain his readers: with drawings, jokes, sex, bizarre plot twists, science fiction, whatever it took.[71]   – Lev Grossman, Time, 2007