First full week of Lenten abstinence of coffee and alcohol. So far so good.
I'm really kinda bummed. Seems that faulty wiring and a bad card may well be the reason for the neutrino results. Damn. Cold fusion all over again.
I think that the reason that I get my hopes up over things like this is that fundamental scientific research is our only long shot chance to turn the predicament where we currently reside into a problem.
Problems have solutions, Predicaments don't.
I have become somewhat a pariah of late. Making note of things like peak oil and the probable decline of the American Empire really do irritate people.
It seems that we are more and more controlled by a power structure that appears to bear the stamp of Alfredo Rocco and his thoughts. People seem to forget that the regimes put together in this manner have pretty short shelf lives.
All of the issues that I discussed in the last paragraph spin out of the central thesis that there is no longer enough anything to go around. Oil and the access to fossil fuel are what allows the political and social structures that we have developed to operate. The American empire is the Ad Hoc system we have thrown together to keep thing running our way, and corporatism is the defining political power constellation.
Something like cold fusion or access to the folded up Calabi-Yau dimensions that would allow the faster than c passage of light would give us the the chance to break out of the whirlpool kharybdis that is intent on sucking us down.
I will alway hope for a deus ex machina.