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Look at that little guy up there. That is the tardigrade, which is also known as the “water bear” or “moss piglet”. They are virtually immune to heat and cold and can even survive in space for a brief period of time. I want to be a tardigrade and so should you. After all, they will be the last creatures on earth. They will be there to shut the lights out or watch as the sun’s light flickers into complete and utter darkness – or a huge explosion that pretty much incinerates everything for millions of miles.
They will be here when the floodwaters come. When you have an ice shelf twice the size of Luxemburg fall off into the ocean, you need to be a little concerned. That piece of ice is so big, we actually need to redraw maps. But, the tardigrade don’t care. He’ll be around.
If a comet or asteroid crashes into the planet, that’s not a problem for the water bear. He’ll just keep on truckin’.
If the apocalypse comes this time, for realsies, the tardigrade don’t give a flying fuck. He’ll still be here doing what he does…tardigrading, I guess.
Tardigrades are meant to adapt to any environment. They can live in boiling water and radiation. Meanwhile, humans will still try to adapt to the planet we continue to destroy even though the Defense Department says that climate change is a direct national security threat. Yet, we are gutting the EPA and pulled out of the Paris Accord. Our President has stated that Climate Change is a Chinese hoax.
The planet will be here long after we’re done, folks. Eventually, we will run out of tricks and all that will be left is the tardigrade. Bully for us.
Apparently, we are so ignorant, that there is actually an “ology” to study exactly how ignorant we are and how that ignorance is used against us. In fact, there is a whole book on it called “Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance” by Robert N. Proctor and Londa Schiebinger. Proctor actually coined the term. Hooray!
The definition of agnotology, as per Wikipedia, is “the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, particularly the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data.”
What does it say about our culture that we have a whole study on how incredibly gullible we are? The storm of “fake news” has made us gun shy in trying to find the truth and the age of the internet is leading us down rabbit holes filled with traps – by our own design.
While Trump continues to use our ignorance against us and for him, his supporters don’t seem to mind. His approval rating went up two points since his meeting with Vladimir Putin. Yeah, Vladimir Putin – the guy responsible for interfering in our 2016 election by using hackers to mislead the American public. Trump supporters in Michigan believe that the Russia investigation is fake news. I wonder what these people thought of Clinton and Nixon.
What’s sad is that this assault on our intelligence is working. During his campaign, Trump stated that he loved “the poorly educated”. And he should since they voted for him. Exit polls showed whites without a college degree voted overwhelmingly for Trump by a margin of 67-28. The question is – what does this bode for the American public?
Sadly, I see one direction if we cannot shake out the sillies. Idiocracy. Sorry, folks, but we’re heading in that direction.
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I recently had someone submit a comment on my last blog post and, due to its content, I denied publishing the test. Basically, it was anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi bullshit and was totally unrelated to my “Divorce is Messy” post, so I marked the user as spam and moved on.
Let me be clear – This Ain’t No Free Speech Zone. I don’t have to allow you to post wicked or unrelated comments. I am not the government, so I don’t have to afford you that right. In fact, that disclaimer is on my home page:
This site is of the person, for the person and by the person and is, therefore, owned and operated solely by that person. That person is me, TJ. If you make any comments that I don’t like, I will remove them. This is not a free speech zone for everybody. So nana nana na na, poopface!
I purposely make it mandatory that all posts get approved by me for specifically this scenario. The troll scenario. I don’t like trolls and I refuse to feed them here. So, go elsewhere if you’re hungry.
And I don’t care if you don’t like it. Tough shit. If you want to have an honest debate, then let’s have it. If you want to peddle your alternative facts or bigotry, then I ain’t buying and there is nothing that says I have to.
Eat it up or spit it out.
It’s all about creativity and intellectual curiosity. Then it’s about communicating that to people for their consumption. It either gets eaten up or it gets spit the fuck out. Either way, I’m putting it up here and not caring one way or the other which one you do. But, secretly, I hope you order seconds.