Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Black Holes: The Deadliest Force on the Planet
Eat up, drink up and suck it up, California. And remember: for every big star, there are millions more little stars.
Scientists say that if a "rogue black hole ever closed in on our solar system and crept up next to Earth," that our "home planet would be ripped apart and swallowed whole." http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Science/story?id=2365372&page=1
Two real life rogue black holes come to mind. Think of an "invisible cosmic vacuum cleaner" -- like the giant, sucking sound G.W. Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger are making in the State of California right now as we speak, as they wield their Republican Hoover like light sabers all over the State's Democratic lawmakers during this pre-election showdown over health insurance (SB 840). Yesterday, the Assembly approved a universal health care bill that the Republican governor, with the support of Bush and the insurance company lobby, is most likely to veto.
Senate Bill 840 http://www.sacbee.com/content/politics/story/14311233p-15211104c.html would allow the state to run a single-payer health care system that would cover all Californians, doing away with the role of private insurance companies. Private medical groups and hospitals would continue to provide care as usual, but they would be paid through the state system. Will the democrats (real and faux) prevail over the greedy, vapid and ethically challenged citizens of California this November and finally remove this rogue black hole from the State Capitol? Arnold has also declared September "wine month" as his campaign coffers have received 'some bubbly' from the industry too: $1,298,188 from wineries, vineyards and vino distributors.
According to the cosmos law of averages, it is a commonly held belief that at least one star dies every day. Why not raise our glasses and toast the rogues? Who cares if almost half the nation can not get health insurance? The sad truth is that the apathetic -- just like the obese -- make excuses for not taking stands, believing that, after all, it is only the REAL STARS, like Arnold and his mentor G.W., that will shine on and prevail. Only this time, we can do something and vote for Phil Angelides in the upcoming November election.
"It would be a bad day for the solar system if we got visited by a black hole," says Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of New York's Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. Well folks, the rogue black hole, otherwise known as the republican party and its "bipartisan ilk" have locked onto the state of California. Its deceptive gravitational pull is honed to implode and suck up civility, jobs, homes, clean air and every last Humvee -- still think gas prices at the pump are the biggest problem facing the 33,871,648 little stars of California?