Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Another entry in the Public Address Medical Journal

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  • Stewart,

    We should probably leave a monolith somewhere etched with the Greens charter.

    ...and maybe a small apology for the mess?

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 577 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Well, no, we created the conditions for this other species to emerge, so no apologies needed. Plus we need all the space we an get on the monolith to explain consensus democracy. We might have to use the B side even (PTO).

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Christ. This is the most depressing thread-page in the history of PAS. :)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Christ. This is the most depressing thread-page in the history of PAS. :)


    Take it away Mr. Diamond.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • ScottY,

    Plus we need all the space we an get on the monolith to explain consensus democracy. We might have to use the B side even (PTO).

    In that case the monolith will need to be of a size that it can be seen from the Moon.

    West • Since Feb 2009 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Kerry Weston,

    Here Lies
    Homo Sapiens

    Didn't Wake Up in Time

    Manawatu • Since Jan 2008 • 494 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    So you're thinking page 19 wasn't depressing enough?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    So you're thinking page 19 wasn't depressing enough?

    Only one thing to do at this point, then.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Not Billie's version! I don't need to press play to hear it...

    I think I'm going to have to take the rest of the day off now to accommodate the pining.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    I say we add 'Strange Fruit' to that playlist and ponder humanity's inhumanity to itself, along with our very existence's utter meaninglessness. Rad.

    Possible documentary title: From Eczema to Existentialism: A Day in the Life of PAS

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Stewart,

    I find

    our very existence's utter meaninglessness

    to be really rather liberating and I'm sorry, Danielle, that it depresses you.

    That said, there's plenty of behaviour by other members of our species that depresses me...

    Perhaps we need Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show ? (I'm at work & can't access YouTube, etc)

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 577 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    to be really rather liberating

    My husband says that too. Perhaps my ego is so massive that I can't bear to accept that my life has no larger significance. Heh. :)

    You know what also bums me out? Scientists working out (for example) that music is just some weird evolutionary button-pressing, like we're all 'hardwired' (HATE that word) to like it, and it's totally predictable and means nothing. Can a sister keep just a bit of her joy and mystery while listening to an excellent Genius playlist, please? STFU, scientists!

    Thus, my scientific-discovery-meter is firmly calibrated to 'lalalalala I can't hear you' on certain subjects.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Caleb D'Anvers,

    OK then:

    The planet will get on just fine, plus or minus (okay, minus) a few species. Then new life forms will emerge, and evolve, and maybe one of them will become as poisonous for themselves and the others as we are, but perhaps this time they'll manage to develop the Green Party in time.

    Well, recent estimates suggest that the planet's CO2 levels will decrease to the point where photosynthesis is no longer possible within 600 million years, so there might be the chance for another Green Party to emerge. So I guess we should appreciate the one we've already got.

    London SE16 • Since Mar 2008 • 482 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder,

    Existence isn't meaningless. It's just that there's no external source of meaning. Things only have meaning and force insofar as we give it to them. So go on, make your life meaningful.

    (I know this sounds like annoying hippy drivel, but I do actually believe this.)

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 708 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    I find our very existence's utter meaninglessness to be really rather liberating and I'm sorry, Danielle, that it depresses you.

    Prescisely! If there is no ultimate point to our existence (or at least not one that we are ever going to be able to discern), then we are entirely free to create a meaning to our individual existences that suits ourselves.

    C'mon Danielle, life is yours for the taking! Jump up and grab it with both hands! Or, if you prefer, stay on the couch and watch TV! the choice is yours, and only yours! Forge your own destiny!

    Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law! Be the best you can be!

    God, the freedom! I'm getting high on the possibilities! I think I need a lie-down.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Well, recent estimates suggest that the planet's CO2 levels will decrease to the point where photosynthesis is no longer possible within 600 million years, so there might be the chance for another Green Party to emerge. So I guess we should appreciate the one we've already got.

    Will Kedgley still be there in 600 million years?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Caleb D'Anvers,

    I wouldn't put it past her.

    London SE16 • Since Mar 2008 • 482 posts Report Reply

  • ScottY,

    I find

    our very existence's utter meaninglessness

    to be really rather liberating and I'm sorry, Danielle, that it depresses you.

    I tend to agree. Nothing would depress me more than the possibility that it was all part of a cosmic plan and that some god was behind it all. Which one? If I back the wrong horse is my soul confined to eternal damnation?

    I read The God Delusion recently and found it quite liberating.

    West • Since Feb 2009 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Stewart,

    Jack, I like your refinement to our seeming meaninglessness, hippy drivel or not.

    We are our own gods...

    [Beware, slippery slope ahead...]

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 577 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    We are our own gods...

    In a discussion involving the Greens and evolutionary psychologists, this couldn't have been put any better really.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    But why did the big bang happen?

    Once nothing realised it was there...

    quote>music is just some weird evolutionary button-pressing, like we're all 'hardwired' to like it,</quote>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q49Bs0Gp7OU

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    annoying hippy drivel

    God, the freedom! I'm getting high on the possibilities!

    Russell, I need to report a nest of hippies in PAS. They've infiltrated, and they're taking over. (Also, I've had a moment of clarity: I think I might have to include myself in their number. Christ.)

    Nothing would depress me more than the possibility that it was all part of a cosmic plan and that some god was behind it all.

    Oh no no no, that *would* really suck, I agree.

    Look. My brain wants there to be meaning; yet there is obviously no external source of meaning. These two things are incompatible, and it's just like that Star Trek episode where Kirk talks the floating robot into a paradox and it blows up.

    Argh. I think I'm going to do some ironing and listen to Public Enemy.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    We are our own gods...

    When do I get the power to smite mine enemies with plagues of boils?

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    I'll try that again.

    But why did the big bang happen?

    Once nothing realised it was there...

    music is just some weird evolutionary button-pressing, like we're all 'hardwired' to like it,

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Russell, I need to report a nest of hippies in PAS. They've infiltrated, and they're taking over.

    Tee Hee.
    Shall I post more Grateful Dead clips?

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

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