Current Event Ramblings, August 30

George W. Bush, as we all know, was reckless in his deficit spending.  It was horrible and irresponsible how huge government deficits were in his administration.  For example, in 2007, the deficit was $160 billion.  Terrible.

In 2007, according to Congression Budget Office estimates, the deficit will be $1.399 trillion.

It's all George Bush's fault, of course.

Al Gore said that anybody who opposes global warming is racist.

There's hope for me yet.  A New York Times story this weekend asked Should Ugly People Get Affirmative Action?  Apparently, some economist wrote a book entitled, Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful.  From the Times story:  "Ugliness could be protected generally in the United States by small extensions of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Ugly people could be allowed to seek help from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other agencies in overcoming the effects of discrimination. We could even have affirmative-action programs for the ugly."  There must be more ugly liberals than there are ugly conservatives or the Times would never have suggested this.

From the U.K. Guardian:   A NASA-affiliated scientist and colleagues at Pennsylvania State University said that,"while considered unlikely, [one future scenaro that] could play out were humans and alien life to make contact at some point in the future. Shawn Domagal-Goldman of NASA's Planetary Science Division and his colleagues compiled a list of plausible outcomes that could unfold in the aftermath of a close encounter, to help humanity 'prepare for actual contact.' In their report, "Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity?" [they suggest that] watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth's atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain."

So, because of global warming, aliens from outer space may come and save the earth.  Or wipe us out.

Isn't that comforting?