I was reading about Japan pursuing space elevator technology and the article made an off-hand comment about the economics of megaprojects that bugged me (and not just their typos):
Much like the proposed tunnel under the Barents Strait [sic] between Alaska and Chuhotka [sic], the project has not yet been proven feasible from an economic perspective — especially in a difficult period for the global economy. $10 billion though, still seems like small change to achieve the greatest engineering feat in human history.
$10 billion of course is the much tossed around number that reflect the monthly US investment in the military venture in Iraq.
According to the FAO, up to at least 2030 global food production exceeds needs (the problem is distribution and class/cost issues). Global energy production is massive and grows yearly, as does general global manufacturing productivity. Certainly we have issues — water and resource shortages and environmental damage most obviously — but the reality is that humans grow richer every year and have more than enough basic resources to care for everyone on the planet several times over. The only reason that we have an economic crisis is that class inequality has gotten way out of hand and too much money is in too few hands.
I can’t emphasize enough that as a whole we are incredibly rich. It’s simply that we’re squandering what we have giving too much to too few, and are pissing away an awful lot of resources in maintaining that inequitable status quo through war and other tools of the “Illuminati”. Unfortunately the average person is so stupid and gullible that they are willing to murder each other over religion, nationalism, race, and other divisionary illusions that keep us from progressing as we should.
It’s quite obvious, but I’m dubious anything will change.
I scored 100% on Simple Man at Expert level, but it’s not a true perfect game because I actually slipped and hit the trigger in the middle of the song playing an extra note, so even though I scored “100%” it has a lower score than my best non-perfect game. Oops.
Cooked some delicious spaghetti sauce for supper. Nefarious is going to visit her mother in New York for the weekend so I’ll have a break from cooking — which isn’t really a chore anyway — and more excitedly, getting up early in the morning! Yay for having a few days to sleep in.
Seriously, it’s quite luxurious!
I got Caitlin a present today and wrapped it. As you may have noticed, there’s some blood stains on it. First Nefarious cut herself on the tape dispenser building something out of cardboard boxes, then Caitlin cut herself wrapping my birthday presents, and now me… I really think that thing has got the taste for blood and can no longer be trusted. I’m not sure what the right way to dispose of a haunted tape dispenser is? Am I going to have to throw it into a volcano or something?