The Principle: A Documentary About Geocentrism

This was introduced to me on a radio talk show and I followed up with a trip to Google and the original post at Slate. The text is rather biased but on the other hand, the concept of Geocentrism is just cocoa puffs. Here’s what Phil Plait has to say in Slate:

Of all the wrongiest wrongs that ever wronged wrongness, Geocentrism is way up on the list. The idea that the Earth is the center of the Universe makes creationism look positively scientific in comparison. It might be edged out by people who think the Earth is flat, but just barely.

And yet somebody actually went out and made a “documentary” where, apparently, that is exactly what they’re trying to promote. It’s called The Principle, and it’s making the rounds on the ‘Net right now. Here’s the trailer. …

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Inside Job

I just finished watching a documentary called Inside Job which concerned the financial collapse we are still trying to escape all these years later. A couple of points:

  • It struck me that all these financial wizards that earned millions and hundreds of million of dollars all had the same carrot hue that the Speaker of the House sports around Washington (although none of the robber barons cried or slurred their words). Coincidence?
  • The extent of the recession in the United States has focused the attention away from the damage it did in other parts of the world. When we were paying huge bonuses to banksters using the public funds, China was laying off 700,000 workers who presumably went back to the rural farms and could no longer count on that sixty bucks a month they received making cheap goods for Walmart.
  • The level of greed, illegal activities, and moral depredation associated with Wall Street should make everyone in this country sick, unless they are part of the scam. But this latest fraud should teach everyone not on the inside that they are at risk to be scammed like everyone else. If you’ve got money, there are people on Wall Street that want to take it away from you.
  • Who knew that Wall Street provided a significant level of support to industries such as prostitution and drug trafficking.
  • Despite his shortcomings, President Obama and his financial policies can be credited for stopping the financial free-fall and, although it is taking more time than originally thought (see the Republican controlled congress) the economy is showing weak signs of improvement.
  • There are major criminals walking free that should have been tossed in jail to rot, but for some reason the Obama administration has not acted. Add to that a Republican controlled House which is actively dismantling any and all financial controls and the future may be a short one.
  • A return to the Republican policies which created this crisis is unthinkable but it still might happen in this country which refuses to grow up and quit living the fictions our politicians, churches, and carnival hucksters still rely on to lead the flock (over a cliff?).