Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Happy Birthday Pope Francis

He's a breath of fresh air, especially in relation to many other Popes. Let's just hope he lives longer than Pope John Paul the First, the last Pope who held progressive ideas! To celebrate his birthday, he invited some homeless people to his birthday breakfast, and also included the dog of one of the homeless gents.

As one might expect, Pope Francis has been the target of conservatards for his (accurate) remarks about capitalism, particularly the laissez-faire capitalism practiced in the U.S., which has wrought destruction and misery for so many on a global basis. Not to mention the ongoing ruination of the planet. People like Rush Limp-bough, who wouldn't know Christ-like actions if they fell on his ginormous pumpkin head, has been particularly nasty and critical. He's feeling defensive because the sacred doctrine of wingnuts, piddle-down economics, has been criticized by the Pope. But Rush, whose only religion is selfishness and greed, is hardly in a position to criticize anyone for anything. Naturally, this does not stop him.

Meanwhile, in other news, the molten magma pool under Yellowstone has been found to be more than 2 and a half times bigger than previously thought. Meaning that when this bad boy erupts, it will be with a force at least 2,000 times greater than Mount Saint Helen. There is no way to determine when it will erupt, meaning it will be one nasty surprise when it does, and will impact the global environment while it destroys a chunk of the Western U.S. Many scientists believe an earthquake there is far more likely than a volcanic eruption. But they can't predict that either, and the truth is they don't know diddly about what will actually happen.

4 Comments:

Blogger D. said...

Um, Yellowstone. Not Yosemite.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Whoops! Why did I write Yosemite? I plead early-onset senility!

Thanks for the heads up, D!

2:54 PM  
Blogger Father Tyme said...

The wosrt part is the West may still be intact...for a while. The East will die quickly with the prevailing wind carrying enough ash to cover the Atlantic region deeper than a car's height. And most of th eMid West will be a burned out cinder after that 2000 plus degree pyroclastic cloud rolls over those amber waves of grain.

Hey! I know! Let's do some fracking in and around the super volcano! That way we can get it all over with a lot earlier by opening a direct hole to the magma and never again have to worry about those pesky terrorists or asteroids!

Too bad 1 per centers. No special treatment for your millions. NO special medical healthcare for you. You can't breath or eat ash. Guess that thing will be the great equalizer!

9:09 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Shit. So much for growing anything! Or breathing, for that matter.

Yeah, the fracking thing is about as smart as allowing the ice/permafrost to melt, thereby releasing untold amounts of methane - creating the mother of all feedback loops.

(Wall Street types have been thrilled about the melting ice, as they imagine they can capitalize on a fresh source of oil. Gee, what could go wrong?!)

11:02 PM  

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