This week in the news #55, short bus

Wednesday, 30 December 2009 Moons Like Avatar's Pandora Could Be Found

Sedition·com: Headlines like’s “Moons Like Avatar’s Pandora Could Be Found” Could Be Unadulterated Bullshit.

Tiger Woods’ Affairs Cost Billions in Stock Market

Report suggests $12,000,000,000 evacuated. This is the single best piece of news I can recall reading since they announced the Ivory-billed Woodpecker might not be playing cards with the Great Auk in Hell.

This is the true price of celebrity and kings and gods. That one man, by a ridiculously normal failing, could cause an amount of wealth roughly equal to four pairs of World Trade Center Twin Towers to evaporate… A simple whoremonger did this by virtue of some athleticism in a sport that consists of walking around hitting a ball with sticks. You all deserve the massive losses you’re lining up. All of you. Except my readers and me. So none of you. I mean, you know what I mean. I think, right? I mean that’s coherent journalism right there. Yessir.

What a match-up! America’s new most-admired women — Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton


Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

Isn’t it a great fantasy that another nation will rise to take care of this sort of thing? That as America continues her descent into gangrenous decrepitude other nations will rise to create vaccines, colonize space, make great movies, you get the idea. It’s obvious what’s happening here and many discuss China or India or others as the natural successor to America’s flirtation with Greatness. What all the analysis seems to miss however is that greatness isn’t a right or thing to take or a place in line you get by waiting long enough. It’s an achievement. It’s work.

And the tepid, banal, goofy, natural fact here is that the world has reached stasis. Status quo. Entropy. No nation will rise. Accomplishment will become more diffuse and less likely to be American but nothing will move to replace because no one seems to be willing to accept that the only path to excellence is personal culpability and integrity. It’s left as an exercise for the reader to determine which political system or systems might enforce, support, or even allow for this idea.

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