People have long speculated that there might be intelligent life on other planets. The implication being there is intelligent life on THIS planet, something that is becoming increasingly difficult to demonstrate, especially in these so-called United States, which a moment ago I typed as the Untied States, which is a far more apt description.
Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (hah) refused to regulate a chemical found in rocket fuel that can contaminate water and contribute to fetal damage. The policy acknowledges that exposure to high levels of perchlorate can cause I.Q. damage despite deciding not to regulate it.
Sounds as though these clowns have already been drinking gallons of the stuff.
The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee (oxymoron alert) stepped down a day after F.B.I. agents seized his cellphone as part of an investigation into whether he sold hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of stocks using nonpublic information about the coronavirus.
Wait: He thought it was safe to discuss his stock buys on his cell phone??
I have to thank the brilliant Ellen Hawley (Notes from the U.K.) for calling this to my attention: London’s Transport Secretary is urging people to use public transport while admitting he wouldn’t use it himself. (Actually, that may be a sign of intelligence these days.) Moreover, maintaining the recommended social distancing on a bus would result in approximately enough room for six passengers plus the driver.
Which would require 10 times as many buses to service a normal rush hour.
Going out on a limb here, I’m guessing New York would face a similar dilemma. And exactly how is anyone planning to fund 10x as many buses?
Oh, they aren’t. They’re going to let the folks who need to use public transportation rather than chauffeurs crowd on in and take their chances. Heck, it’s the price you pay if you’re older/poorer/etc., isn’t it?
Back to the intelligent life part, which started me down this rabbit hole. I was reading this morning — an important element of my daily procrastination schedule — that there might be life on one of Jupiter’s moons.
If they don’t have politicians, I’d say they’re ahead of the game.