Daily Archives: July 21, 2011
A few years back I read a book called ‘The Wanting Seed’ by Anthony Burgess. The novel was based upon a society that was dealing with the consequences of overpopulation far too late and had to deal with it as best as they could. Homosexuality was encouraged as the “normal” sexuality considering that it led to no children. Being straight was viewed as being a rebel, and having a child was seen as being an aggressive rebel who was pointing your finger at authorities waiting for them to eventually strike back.
Buildings in this place were very tall, very close together, and very tiny. You made use of everything in the room and lived with the bare minimum. Having children was seen as taking up more room than you needed. If one was discovered to be pregnant, they could force an abortion upon you just to maintain the already overpopulated species.
Food was another topic that was discussed often in ‘The Wanting Seed’. Except, there were not any fields or crops because there was no space. They had to keep just what they needed to survive. It wasn’t necessarily appetizing, but it held them over. Because of this, people craved variety, and being that they were human, they craved meat. Cannibalism became something that people enjoyed, and others feared.
The prison system was an entirely different issue. There was no justice. There was no room for justice.
As I was first reading this book I became enthralled with the idea that homosexuality had become the acceptable form of sexuality. But unfortunately, when I saw what else had become the “norm”, I quickly realized this was a disgusting place to live.
This isn’t suppose to be about the book, but rather that we are currently facing a problem of overpopulation, and it’s one that isn’t being discussed too often. In fact, I never really even thought about it until I read this book, which to my shock, was written in the 1960′s. Then, today I read an article in the Los Angeles Times that made me think about Anthony Burgess’ book once again and felt I needed to share this.
If you’re interested in reading the article, click here
Arnold Schwarzenegger is a jackass. It’s not like we all didn’t know this already, but I mean to cheat on your wife with the a woman who has been working in YOUR home and FATHER a child and then deny her financial support, that’s just fucking low.
I never quite understood why she would even get with him after one of his goals was to marry a Kennedy, but for whatever reason, she did, and she mothered two children of his and did it faithfully (as far as we know).
HearldOnline – “The former couple does not have a prenuptial agreement, according to their filings. That means Shriver would be entitled to half of Schwarzenegger’s assets under California law, although the exact terms were expected to be set through private mediation.”
No prenup?! She better get her money and make his sorry ass pay for the shit he’s put her through. He got his Kennedy for long enough. Run with the money and never look back at his pathetically fake political ass.
“All efforts are being made to get rid of these people in the society,” he said.
There are Muslim and Christian groups staging protests and rallying against the Minister, but he is still enforcing his laws and the lives of homosexuals are still in jeopardy. It is estimated that there are around 8,000 gays and lesbians in this district and they are being hunted out like animals.
Reading this article I am reminded of the holocaust and Adolf Hitler hunting the Jews out and disposing of them as if they were garbage. I am horrified that this can be happening again, but to something that I am so closely involved in. People who are aware of their presence are being encouraged to come forward, just like they were in Nazi Germany.
Let’s hope that the rebels and laws claim victory to this unjust man.
NPR- July 21, 2011: “For Ana Isela Martinez Amaya, May 26 began like any other school morning.
Martinez got up at 5:45 a.m. and got her 6-year-old daughter ready for school. At 6:30, the two of them left their house in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in a tan 2003 Ford Focus. They headed toward the Stanton Street Bridge crossing into Texas.
Martinez is a teacher at a bilingual charter school in El Paso. She had just been named the Teacher of the Year at her school.
By the end of the day, the 35-year-old mother of two would be under arrest, accused of attempting to smuggle more than 100 pounds of marijuana into the United States.
Because Martinez crossed daily into the U.S., she had applied for a SENTRI pass from the Department of Homeland Security. The pass costs $122 a year and pass holders must submit to a rigorous background check. In exchange, they can use the SENTRI Express Lane at the border, where travelers generally are processed much faster.
Because of her SENTRI pass and because of her regular commute, Martinez unwittingly had fallen victim to a new scheme by a local drug smuggling gang.
‘This Is Not Happening To Me’
As Martinez drove onto the bridge on the morning of May 26, her daughter was strapped into a car seat in the back. Newspaper vendors wandered through the traffic, waving the latest edition of El Diario. Filthy young men with squirt bottles threatened to wash commuters’ windshields. Mexican soldiers were randomly inspecting vehicles on the Mexican side of the bridge.
When I saw the two suitcases in my trunk, I thought it was like a bad dream. I thought, ‘This is not real. This is not happening to me.’
- Ana Isela Martinez
“They asked me to pull over,” Martinez says. “They also asked me to open my trunk.”
One of the requirements of the SENTRI pass program is that users must keep their personal belongings visible to the customs agents. So on her morning commutes, Martinez would put her purse and her daughter’s schoolbag on the front passenger seat. She says she never put anything in her trunk.
“So when I saw the two suitcases in my trunk, I thought it was like a bad dream,” she says. “I thought, ‘This is not real. This is not happening to me.’ Of course, you know already that something bad is inside.”
Inside was more than 100 pounds of marijuana.
Martinez immediately declared that she’d never seen the two bags before. She begged the soldiers to let her call her husband to come pick up their daughter, but they wouldn’t let her.
“I had to keep myself calm because I wanted her to remain calm,” Martinez recalls.
“She was looking at me,” she says of her 6-year-old. “She was looking at the military all around us, with their weapons. … She was very mature for a little girl at that age. Very calm.”
Martinez saw one of her co-workers driving by and she frantically waved for her to stop. Martinez tried to give her daughter to the co-worker but again the military officers wouldn’t allow it. Eventually the soldiers took Martinez and her daughter together to the local prosecutor’s offices.
“We stayed there a couple of hours. Finally, they let me give my daughter to my husband,” she says. Martinez was sent straight to a Mexican jail.”
NPR – “Elon Musk wants humans to live on other planets one day. But he’s worried about the cost of getting there. So in 2002, he took the fortune he made in Internet start-ups and started his own rocket company. He called it SpaceX.”
Musk is continuing to work on his rockets on launches to try and bring the prices down, to enable people the affordability to make the venture to space. Unfortunately, while he has dropped the prices significantly, they are still at around $100,000 total to send a person into orbit. This means it’s about $1,000 a pound. His goal is to try and get it down to under $100 a pound, which would make it much more realistic.
His competitors, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, are concerned that while bring the prices down, he’s jeopardizing the reliability of the shuttle itself. They have done many more launches; And while they are much more expensive, they do have a much better track record.
I’d like to think that Musk’s shuttle’s are just as reliable and one day he will build something that will enable me to be brought into space at a fairly decent price, but who knows. Seeing as NASA just had their last launch here in the US, I’m a little concerned with the future of space travel for us.