Musings

Earth’s Escort

You might still catch it if you look up. The spoon shaped moon, now and then dipped in foamy cloudy soup. In the last few months I’ve had quite a few brilliantly coloured dreams or of such astounding black and white that I sorely wished I had my camera with me. Or I’d have one but couldn’t successfully take a good picture. I’d always wake up wishing I’d stopped for a minute or more to just enjoy the scenic spectacle rather than woulda coulda shoulda had a camera.

Part-way through my evening walk tonight I half-sighted a shining ball of orange munificence, settling down for the night. I regretted not bringing my good camera and was hurrying along when I remembered my dreams. I tacked back to stare at the sun. The phone stayed in the pocket. Whoever said dreams can’t inspire pleasure in the natural world, I call bullshit. I know the sun is out there but the experience is right here and deep within, and what a magnificent moment of pleasure we shared. Not knowing if outblinking the sun for a minute or more was good for my eyes I eventually idled away, to marvel at multi-coloured reflections in glass windows, to look up the torsos of tall naked trees, stripped of all but their almost ghostly skin, and to enjoy the sights of families playing in the park. The park, still luscious green despite the recent hot and dry spell. On my final stretch, I wondered how it could be that I was casually ambling on a large rock, impervious to its racing around the solar system at over 100,000km an hour! Imagine that, and our escort rider, that moon!

Musings, Politics

Africa And Russia: the Entangled Lovers

http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Museveni-s-Anti-Homosexuality-speech/-/688334/2219956/-/vinrt7/-/index.html

So Uganda (like Nigeria, Russia and other backward thinking regimes) finally signed the law that consigns its gay citizens to the ghetto. Yes, let brimstone fall from angry heaven and devour those “disgusting” sexual deviants. It’s all for the children. When African and Russian leaders are busy looting their countries’ funds and salting them where those funds are protected by the West’s legislative framework these “leaders” are of course also thinking about the children: the children starved of funds that should be building, for them (I mean, the children), a better country.

Below are some quotes from Museveni’s gay-baiting speech showing the abysmal quality of leadership and thinking generally exhibited by African leaders and, let’s be frank, the religiously devout.

“Africans are flabbergasted by exhibitionism of sexual acts”.
He probably means disgusted. if instead they are ‘astonished’ what’s the issue?

“I am not able to understand the logic of the Western Culture … Since Western societies do not appreciate politeness”. He doesn’t understand except when he and his ministers are lining their pockets with aid money and stuffing stolen funds in western banks.

He then quotes a well-known Swedish study that surmises genes account for a third of the homosexuality in a sample of identical twins. For Museveni that proves being gay is a choice. We share 98% of our genes with chimpanzees and yet that errant 2% makes all the difference between being a chimp and being human. It doesn’t take much difference in genes to make a hell of a lot of difference in a living organism. Oops, not the kind of reasoning one expects from god-believers since they, out of hand, reject any science that conflicts with their holy books.

“let me .. warn our people publicly about the wrong practices indulged in and promoted by some of the outsiders. One of them is oral sex”. Apparently God doesn’t like this. Yes that mythical deity written up by some desert people a few thousand years ago and still believed in by billions of people. I am flabbergasted.

And then finally from Museveni:
“We reject the notion that somebody can be homosexual by choice; that a man can choose to love a fellow man; that sexual orientation is a matter of choice.”

What then is his problem? But then he goes on: “Since my original thesis that there may be people who are born homosexual has been disproved by science, …”

Really. What a buffoon.

Musings

The Silent Judge

For any nation Supreme Court justices are way too important to not participate fully in issues. If Thomas has had enough of the bench one would think he’d have enough respect for the bench to step down. There should be a process to ease him out if he won’t but who can move on the eight Olympians atop the mount?

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2014/02/clarence-thomas-disgraceful-silence.html?utm_source=tny&utm_campaign=generalsocial&utm_medium=facebook&mbid=social_facebook

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Musings

Our Magnificent Universe

“Evolution is a fact; not a theory. It really happened.”
– Carl Sagan

I’m re-watching the old Cosmos series on YouTube, awestruck by the majesty and magnificence of the story of our universe. Fourteen billion years of an unravelling mystery that will still be ongoing fourteen billion earth years hence when, in all likelihood, our species would be gone; and perhaps [almost] like Sparta with no trace whatsoever that we were ever here. The sheer awesome-ness of it all.