Thursday, May 20, 2010

Apocalypso - Thrilling Drilling Thursday Edition!

NORTH KOREA PREPPED TO GO TO WAR OVER SHIP SINKING

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea, accused of waging the deadliest attack on the South Korean military since the Korean War, flatly denied sinking a warship Thursday and warned that retaliation would mean "all-out war."

Evidence presented Thursday to prove North Korea fired a torpedo that sank a South Korean ship was fabricated by Seoul, North Korean naval spokesman Col. Pak In Ho told broadcaster APTN in an exclusive interview in Pyongyang.

He warned that any move to sanction or strike North Korea would be met with force.

"If (South Korea) tries to deal any retaliation or punishment, or if they try sanctions or a strike on us .... we will answer to this with all-out war," he told APTN.

An international team of civilian and military investigators declared earlier in Seoul that a North Korean submarine fired a homing torpedo at the Cheonan on March 26, ripping the 1,200-ton ship in two.

Fifty-eight sailors were rescued, but 46 died — South Korea's worst military disaster since a truce ended the three-year Korean War in 1953.

President Lee Myung-bak vowed to take "resolute countermeasures" and called an emergency security meeting for Friday.

Holey Gloves! While I think this is just some sabre rattling on the part of cash-strapped North Korea, it will not surprise me if we're involved in still another war, which, of course, will be motivated more about money than saving anybody. Kim Jong sure be Illin these days. Maybe he's channeling Napolean...or Ryan Seacrest.

DENIM DIAPERS

Baby can now take a dump in style. First of all, I am confuzzled as to how "take a dump" got into the Lexicon. Don't you actually give it? Sort of like, "giving a shit" or "not giving a shit?" It's bad enough Kiwis, Ozzies and Brits are unable to understand us, let alone space aliens.

But I digress.

When I saw this Huggies Denim Diapers story on MS-NBC today (talk about product placement...and I am), I had to laugh. Not just at the way Huggies are shilling their product by making it newsworthy to save on ad money, but at the entire idea of something clearly and utterly disposable (used diapers are not exactly a collector's item unless perhaps they had belonged to and were worn by, say, Megan Fox) is made into a premium. These trendy diapers are only available in June and July and after that...gone like a clean Gulf Coast.

I am wondering if oil was the source material in some way for these as then that would bring the ire out of irony. So, this summer, your baby can take a dump in style - OR - you can get some cloth diapers, a bucket filled with water and bleach to soak them, and go green at the same time by washing them in COLD water. Can you imagine the BILLIONS of dumped in and dumped in the dump diapers there are in this country? If we were to collect all of them, I am sure the methane alone would power New York City and Los Angeles into the next century.

Yep, I've devoted way, way too much time on this story...but if I dissuaded someone from using disposable diapers for a day or even for good, it was worth it.

ANTI-IMMIGRANT SPRING FEVER

Well, it would seem most Americans, if you go by the polls, actually support the Arinazi...oops...Arizona Anti-Immigrant bill. As America swings so far to the right that Hitler's bones are rattling, one has to wonder what the results are going to be and whether the backlash against folks of a brownish tint will lead to the Second Civil War. Hmmm, the First Civil War was also about people of color.

When I think of it, it reminds me a little of Star Trek TOS (you know, classic Trek with Shatner and Nimoy) where two alien races were fighting each other over their color differences. Both aliens were striped black and white, so Kirk was a little confused as to why they hated each other over color when they appeared to be identical. Then one of the aliens said, in so many words, "he's black on the right side and I'm black on the left side." The episode did not have a happy ending, and neither will the brewing hate mongering, much of which comes from supporters of the Tea Party, 99% of which are affluent, older white folks. Hmmm, can you see a pattern here?

Maybe we should be a little more like really young children, who are less inclined to hate someone over such temporal and petty things like color, creed, sex, religion, economic or social status. Whether white folks like it or not, America is a melting pot of many colors, creeds, religions, economic and social status. I am thinking that some of those getting nervous are reading statistics that say by 2050, people of color will outnumber whites.

The bottom line is a universal constant - we are all souls experiencing the physical body and regardless of the color of our shell, the soul is universal and we are all one and the same. While I wanted to hang myself every time the cartoon "Care Bears" would come on, I get what the message generally said, which was pretty much "Let's all get along" or even "We are one."

I am the first to admit that I have a hard time with this concept, especially since I have been conditioned to become part of this polarized world. As I make often failed attempts at getting rid of self importance, the aspect of existence that causes drama, I find myself veering a little more toward Universal Soul. I'll tell you something, though, when you embrace "nobodyness" over "somebodyness," you'll get a lot closer to what you perceive as God. Noticing this is a first step, but boy, the rest is a hurdle! Maybe I need to put up a big sign in my office - "Judge Not, Lest Ye Not Be Judged."

For now, though, I'm having fun making fun of this temporal world.

Peace, y'all!

Be cool, be nobody's fool and don't dismiss the bliss™

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