Author: The BPI Squirrel

Furthermore! – Pass the Macadamias

I’ve been putting off my research on my 21st Century Political Nuttitude thesis for a few … umm … well, for awhile. I could make up a lot of excuses, but the truth is simply the political nuttitude had become stale. I tried toting up the ways conservatives went off the rails over the past couple of months. My calculator started using scientific notation and finally just read ERR. Which is where I’d started, really. The fact is, political nuttitude is frustrating and often depressing to research. So imagine my delight when – ready for an hour or so of dismay before I set off in search of a winning strategy for Farmville – I tumbled across news that sent Pootie the Precious scurrying off with her tail as fluffy as mine. It seems Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell had an all-day Oh-No-She-Didn’t yesterday: First Sarah Palin was scheduled to attend the Tea Party of America’s Iowa rally this weekend. Then Christine O’Donnell was invited. Then Christine O’Donnell was uninvited. Then she was re-invited. Now Palin is out. Maybe. I’m not sure anyone is entirely sure who said what to whom or when. Apparently Palin is upset about “continual lying” from the event organizers. Or that O’Donnell will be there. Or Tea Party activists are tired of O’Donnell, who lost her Delaware Senate race last year. Or it was...

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Furthermore! – Trekkies Unite!

I’m not old enough to have watched the original TV series Star Trek in its first run. But in my five-year mission to seek out and explore new ways to put off researching my thesis, I may sometimes click over to a nostalgia channel. I think of it as a chance to publicly split an infinitive as no squirrel has done before. And the tribbles make Pootie the Precious purr. What could be better? How about real scientists exploring the possibility of interstellar space travel? That’s right. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – DARPA, the folks who invented Al Gore – are partnering with the NASA Ames Research Center on a brainstorming exercise: the 100 Year Starship Study Symposium. The symposium will be held in Orlando, Florida from September 30 to October 2, and topics range from “Nuclear Energy Space Propulsion” to “Project Icarus: A Review of Interstellar Starship Designs” to “Warp Field Mechanics 101” to “Did Jesus Die for Klingons Too?” I’m not kidding. Okay, I’m kidding about the part where DARPA invented Al Gore. They didn’t, but they did invent the internet. What’s more, Al Gore never claimed to have invented it. He did sponsor the legislation that broadened DARPAnet to the general public. Republicans twisted that all around and … eh … I don’t want to get grumpy. Instead, I want to study warp field...

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Furthermore! – Overhyped Critics

Let me be the first to announce – as overhypedly as a squirrel can – that I’m glad Hurricane Irene missed South Blogistan and weakened while scraping the eastern seaboard en route to New York and Vermont. At last count, Irene left ‘only’ 37 dead, ‘only’ $2-8 billion in estimated property damage, and ‘only’ three states facing record flooding that did not crest until today. Clearly, the headline should be: Critics Disappointed with Irene’s Devastation Both the Washington Monument and Statue of Liberty – which get knocked over almost weekly in some big- or small-budget disaster flick – are still standing. So are the Capitol and the Empire State Building. Wall Street does not look like New Orleans’ Ninth Ward after Katrina. Millions evacuated … for this? In the interests of full disclosure, this was the topic of Sunday night’s Campus Question, though the Question noted that local officials said the evacuations and other preparations may have saved many lives. That was the point of those evacuations and other preparations, and the point of the Question. We did not intend to begin a national debate about whether the Weather Channel and other news outlets overhyped the risks. And I doubt we did. Thousands of people visit the BPI Campus each month, but we’re not that influential. Simply, the critics of ‘hype’ emerge anytime a hurricane isn’t Andrew or Katrina....

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Furthermore! – Predictably Absurd?

So Neils Bohr said “Predictions are very difficult, especially about the future?” Obviously he didn’t study at BPI. For example, I can predict what will happen if I have to fly somewhere. I’ll get grumpy. I can also predict what will happen if I miss breakfast. I’ll get grumpy. And I can predict what will happen if I spend too much time researching my thesis on 21st Century Political Nuttitude. I’ll get grumpy. “But Squirrel,” you may ask, “that’s not a difficult prediction. You get grumpy over just about everything.” Maybe so. Maybe some predictions are easier than others. Like this one by our own HurrikanEagle: [setmode snark==on] Obviously the reason there was a Earthquake in D.C. is because of the democratic obstruction of government, stopping the good God Loving Republicans from accomplishing their God given (corporate) duty to the American (rich) people (corporations). This was God’s latest measure to show his displeasure of the heathen Democratic Party. [setmode snark==off] Minus the snark mode setting, that’s pretty much what Pat Robertson said yesterday: Okay, Robertson didn’t crib HurrikanEagle word-for-word. But let’s look at what he did say. [Not every word is his.] Ladies and gentlemen I don’t want to get weird on this [too late!] so please take it for what it’s worth [not much]. But it seems to me the Washington Monument is a symbol of America’s power...

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