Bene Geserit Witches

All I can think about when I see this accoustic nuclear fusion research is Dune's the 'Weirding Way' — an accoustic form of combat… They're using (in real life) ultrasonic waves to create bubbles in liquid, which then oscillate and “implode”, generating teperatures nearly 200,000,000°Fnuclear fusion using relatively inexpensive equipment and materials.

That is: free, unlimited, and clean energy.

Unlimited energy means we can make anything and we can make it without polluting. Unlimited energy means we can provide everyone with clean water and food… but.. Couple that with multipurpose robots (or cyborgs even). Well, I wrote about it last May. I was worried about it then, and I worry about it now.

[The wealthy] will immediately and decisively launch all-out attacks on everyone below them. It is the only way they can survive. Hunter-killer robots, bio-weapons, wholesale nuclear strikes on poor countries. It's the only thing they can do. And even among themselves they'll fight, until only a few dozen are still alive, incredibly powerful, fabulously wealthy, and terribly lonely. They'll tour the continents of the planet in beautiful airships and transform it into a paradise.

One of the other guys in my Spanish class has a USMC tattoo“four years, but it changed my life”. During one of our conversations in class, the teacher was asking about voting and it came out that both of the men in my class had voted for Bush (awkward!)… After class I got to talk to them both a bit about that, and I think I now have a much better picture of why Kerry lost — as neither of them appeared that enthused with Bush (“I'd have voted for Lieberman if I could have”), but getting to feel and see first hand how deeply Kerry's statements had hurt veterans, and how little they trusted him, was eye opening.

While I, knowing the war only through history books and movies like Uncommon Valor, think Kerry did the right thing post-war, I now understand better why many veterans feel the way they do in a wounded “gut reaction” sort of way. But it's unfortunate that people's personal experiences taint their view of the big picture… It's too bad that we all don't have an “objectivity switch” or something… Yeah, that would be nice — I'll have to get one of those installed myself.

Oh, and I guess we got mentioned on TechTV (or whatever it's called now) last night.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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