You may have noticed that I tinkered with the look of the blog, changing the background color to BROWN. There could be many reasons why I decided to do that. Perhaps brown is my favorite color. It isn’t. Maybe brown reminds me of chocolate, my drug of choice. It is, but that’s not the reason either. Could be that the color brown is the tint of my coffee with cream, the other drug of choice. Well yes, but no.
As of 24 hours ago, I made the decision to discontinue my obsession , yes obsession, with my search for intelligent life, much like the U.S. Congress did in 1993 when it voted to cancel the NASA SETI program- the study to find extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe. The funding for the NASA project amounted to 0.0074% of the United States military budget, but Congress decided that generals were more important than astrophysicists.
The U.S. Congress decided that it was a ‘waste of tax dollars’ to fund a science project- a project aimed at seeking proof that we are not the only ‘intelligent life’ in the universe? It was as if they were channeling the Pope against Copernicus. Or Galileo or Darwin. It seems that our Congress has a an anti-science theme running through it, much as is found in Christian churches. Or, do I repeat myself?
Rather than searching for intelligent life out there, I have been searching for it on planet 3, star Sun. More specifically, continent- N. America, country- United States of America. Specific target- the right-wing of the Republican Party. I’ve been listening to the ‘debates’ of the current candidates of the GOP, their comments on the news and their political TV ads. No sign of intelligent life so far.
My last attempt at discovering intelligent life in the right-wing of the GOP was my search for it among the right-wing blogs. I spent quite a few days, months really, focusing my telescope on that segment of biological organisms, looking anxiously, hopefully for some sign, even the most minute indication of minimal higher-level brain functioning. Yet, there was none. No evidence, no indication thereof.
As a result I have turned off my radio telescope. Not because of lack of interest, mind you, but for lack of hope. A hypothesis that I am currently perusing is that there must have been an alien landing on our earth at some distant time, eons ago. A lifeform, similar to homo sapiens, mated with our distant ancestors or implanted our ancestors with a mutant ‘seed’ [Biblical terminology] which altered the cerebrum in the resulting hybrid species, essentially numbing certain cells therein, rendering them non-functional. According to my hypothesis, and quite fortunately, that mutant trait has become a recessive gene and only exhibits itself in a small percentage of today’s modern humans- a trait especially virulent here in the U.S. More specifically, it is quite commonly found in those who support a right-wing political agenda.
Why brown? It is to remind me and those who read and comment on this blog that I’ve read and heard all of the BULL SHIT that can be tolerated by fully-functioning, fully-intelligent human beings, and that I will tolerate only thoughtful people here on this blog.