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What is blog fu? This is blog-fu! Roundhouse kick to your consciousness, you beezy!

DON’T FEAR TOMORROW: First let’s look ahead in as optimistic a way as possible. Through plenipotentiaries, I found this page at Pink Tentacle, which outlines bold architectural plans from a Japanese construction firm called Shimizu. How bold? Well, their first plan is to surround the moon’s equator with solar panels and ship the energy back here with microwaves and lasers.

Solar panels on the moon

A Japanese company wants to surround the moon's equator with solar panels

Crazy talk? Of course it is. I can see far more potential for swaths of fiery destruction along the earth’s surface than wireless recharging for my smartphone. However, it could work, and in doing so could finally start the species moving up the Kardashev scale towards finally becoming a Type 1 Civilization. Bet big, win big, you know?

It has been said that the only thing nobody makes more of is land. These guys say screw that noise in a major way. Self-sustained environmentally sound floating cities. You know, for when you’re not vacationing in a space hotel or irrigating the deserts of the world. This sort of stuff really gets my brain going. I love it, even when they have no idea how to get there. Pick the spot, find the way.

TROUBLE TODAY: That was good for the future, right? Because stuff’s still all kinds of screwed up in the here and now, including this Guatemalan sinkhole which looks like it could swallow towns and dreams. It hungers! There seem to be a disproportionate number of high-body-count disasters in the “developing” parts of the world, but on the other hand, we’re saddled with Perez Hilton and Heidi what’s-her-name that can’t even eat due to installing the same high grade plastics they used to make Cher and Beyonce.

My home boy Craig is always tuned in to the BBC

Reality TV shmuck Heidi Montag has, at age 23, had more surgery than five normal people

SPEECHLESS: We did good, we did bad … right, “ugly.” How about this?

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That’s just not right at all.

JUST US: That sinkhole from a couple of paragraphs back is bad enough in and of itself, but then there’s also the chilling Supreme Court decision that … you know what, I don’t even need to tell you what’s wrong, that’s what Sonia Sotomayor is for … take it away, Sonia!

“Criminal suspects must now unambiguously invoke their right to remain silent — which counterintuitively, requires them to speak,” she said. “At the same time, suspects will be legally presumed to have waived their rights even if they have given no clear expression of their intent to do so. Those results, in my view, find no basis in Miranda or our subsequent cases and are inconsistent with the fair-trial principles on which those precedents are grounded.”

I don’t care about the details of this one case (PDF). I care about the slippery slope that this decision creates, how much more leeway has been given to a law enforcement and judiciary structure that has a long, checkered history of miscarriages of justice from kings and commoners alike.

Stuff like this is why we’re stuck in a type zero civilization. Facepalm city.

Look … just try to figure something out, okay? Sheesh.

Playing (Music): “Power” by Kanye West (yes, it’s new music from ‘Ye — better get it while you can)

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