posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 03:04 PM
Mizar, I LIKE you. You speak from both empathy and despair. You're real.
But you haven't addressed what the Gummint could and should do about comets, meteors and "pennies from Heaven." It has nothing to do with how
science is conducted; it has to do with HOW HUMANS ARE TREATED in light of potential threats.
In order for human--individual families and communities--to survive an astronomical event--cometary debris, the quakes, the floods--what needs to be
the case is that people are AUTONOMOUS, having our own air supply, water supply, seed supply and be relatively skilled in caring for all our own
This criterion is absolutely 180 degrees INIMICAL to Capitalistic Determinism; which is to say, no way Wal-Mart can sell its slave labor goods if
every American family was making their own clothing, masters of ingenuity. No way Safeway and Giant Foods would be very big if each family grew their
own food--as in the days of yore.
What Capitalistic Determinism PRACTICES is long-distance distribution from centralized stores. ANY astronomical event makes access to those stores
problematical. Whether astronomers know something's coming or not, the stage is now set for Americans to be fenced like barn animals because they
are ignorant and unskilled in caring for their own needs.
China is smart. They have decentralized to the very maximum, possible, in terms of human survival. THAT is what any government should do in order to
prepare for centralized terrorism, centralized looting and natural disasters.
That's NOT what FEMA is doing. FEMA is building "shelters" for large groups of Americans that look suspiciously unlike shelters, if you've read
the on-line descriptions of rail cars studded with shackles and tent cities surrounded by barbed wire and re-eductation shacks. So, the USA is NOT
decentralizing to facilitate survival of individual families. It is massing controls over families and people.
In my mind at least, this is not only evil, but the very DEFINITION OF EVIL: making it impossible for people to survive on their own but instead
immobilizing and disempowering them. And that's why so many are running scared, not wanting to be treated like barn animals by any self-righteous
bunch of thugs--yes, thugs as in Rethuglican.
So the problems of what to do in massive disasters is not the astronomer's to deal with; merely to narrate what is actually appearing on the horizon
[edit on 6-11-2004 by Emily_Cragg]