The scientific A-Team saving the world from killer viruses, rogue AI and the paperclip apocalypse
I’ve not been in the best of moods today thanks to a speeding fine that just dropped through my letterbox. 37mph in a 30mph zone it reckons – so I’m being fined £100 for 7mph? And to be honest I’m not sure I was even going that fast when I passed the camera/spy van; and another thing, surely that’s entrapment or something? Damn it!
I was just nicely simmering over that when the phone rang:
Her: Is that you Darren?
Me: No, I think you’ve got the wrong number.
Her: Oh, sorry about that.
Me: No problem.
I returned to my seat but, no sooner had I sat down, the phone rang again:
Her: Is that you Darren?
Me: No, wrong number again.
Her: Oh, that’s strange, I thought I’d dialled it right. Is Darren there at all?
Me: What, you mean in the house? I’ll just check…no, it’s the wrong number.
Her: Oh, sorry again.
Me: That’s okay, I had to get up to answer the phone anyway.
I went back to my seat and was just lowering myself down when the phone rang yet again – surely not?
Her: Is that you Darren?
Her: Oh thank God, I kept dialling the wrong number and a right miserable sod kept answering.
Me: Some people eh?
Her: That’s not Darren is it?
Me: Noooo, it’s the miserable sod..
The reporting of conflicts is usually divided depending on which side is reporting it, and whose interests it serves. Unfortunately independent journalism is a dying art.
There are always two sides to every story. We owe it to ourselves and the world community to read between the lines and make up our own minds.
Like my dad used to tell me: never believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.
It’s all just a game to them. Peace in our lifetime is the impossible dream, utterly unobtainable. It is undeniable that we are subject to the rule of psychopaths.
Anyone else scared?
The Letter From A Jewish Londoner That Went Viral – http://huff.to/1BqcfbV
There is never an excuse for antisemitism, there is never an excuse for racism, there is never an excuse for turning a blind eye to bigotry, there is never an excuse for letting evil have its way.
Robin Williams Made The Most Inspiring Film Speech EVER – http://huff.to/1l0l5ph
The Earth is slowing down!
It appeared simultaneously on the front page of every newspaper all over the world. On every news channel and talk show on every television and radio: scientists predict…government officials confirm.
Astrophysicists scratched their heads: where did that come from? There was no evidence that the rotation of the planet was slowing. If it was one so-called expert publishing a paper then he would be laughed out of the science community, but it seems to be coming from all angles at once. Some of them did interviews rebuking the claims but their voices were not heard.
Before long anyone who argued the validity of these claims were called “Spin-Deniers”, doubt was cast on their right to call themselves scientists. How can they be when they can’t see the danger that is staring us all in the face? Conspiracy theorists – in other words crazies! Grants and funding began to be withdrawn as the Spin-Deniers were left out in the cold and publicly humiliated. Many toed the line after that.
In several countries new laws were passed; anyone denying the truth and refuting the hard facts about the Earth’s slowing could be liable to imprisonment without trial for an undetermined sentence. Nearly all toed the line after that.
The world held its breath as the President of the United States flanked by the Prime Minister of Great Britain, the Chancellor of Germany, the President of France and Secretary-General of the United Nations began the most viewed press conference in history:
“Yes, it has been confirmed by top scientists, the Earth is slowing on its axis at an alarming rate. It is without doubt the biggest threat to humanity that we have ever faced.
It has been calculated that if it continues to slow at this rate then an extinction level event is inevitable. Within 50 years the moon will become detached from our orbit. When that happens it could drift off into space leaving us with catastrophic weather events. Or it could collide with us ending all life on the planet.”
Someone at the back of the attending audience laughed in disbelief: “absolute nonsense” he cried, before being quietly led away by men in suits and radio receivers in one ear.
The President continued: “Within 60 years the atmosphere will dissipate completely and this planet will begin moving ever faster towards the sun.
There is hope though. To find a solution we need to understand the cause. The Earth is slowing down due to overpopulation at the equator creating drag. Now, if we were to move quickly to depopulate these areas we could avoid our destruction because the planet would speed up naturally to its former rate of revolutions.
The vacated areas will be reassigned as agricultural land and enough bio fuel can be produced to solve all our energy problems. The people themselves, who from now on will be referred to as “The Removed”, will be taken care of. They will initially be housed in specially designed staging camps in various locations around the world. There’s no need to worry about them because they will be there for a short time only before being re-located on a more… permanent basis. We hope this will be the final solution to that particular question.”
Israel-Palestine: Is This A Debate? Russell Brand…: http://youtu.be/V_m98GAdqKM
While I’m struggling to find time to produce the follow up to my first book Me & Gus on the Roof of the World, Marion, one of my more productive relatives, has released her 4th. This one is another of her popular “Beginner’s Guides” which readers around the world have found incredibly useful. It’s called, as you can see from the cover above, A Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness. From what I can make out, with my limited understanding of such things due to having a bloke’s brain, mindfulness is about finding peace through living in the moment. It explains that better than I can with a step-by-step guide to break it all down and has meditations and all sorts within its electronic covers. Check it out.
It’s available on Kindle for free for the next day or two so get downloading.