A mate just emailed me with a link to the following story with an accompanying comment ‘One of those rare moments you wish 5 years would pass in a flash...’
LONDON (Reuters) - Imagine being able to check instantly whether or not statements made by politicians were correct. That is the sort of service Google Inc. boss Eric Schmidt believes the Internet will offer within five years.
Which was nice timing, as I was still seething about Hazel Blear’s performance on BBC's Question Time the night before.
To cut a long story short, Hazel told one or two wee fib-ettes about some fairly serious issues.
OK, I passed the point of expecting government ministers to show signs of shame or embarrassment when telling lies long ago. Nor do I expect very much in the way of challenge to government whoppers from TV presenters or supposed opposition figures, any more than I would take the outcome of a WWF wrestling match at all seriously.
(no overtones of Stalinism, '1984' or the Big Lie technique in
this picture - no siree Jimbob)
But, still, there is some tiny part of me that expects, that wants, some manifestation of the Universal Spirit that animates all Existence to reach out and do something to reestablish some form of cosmic balance. An earthquake in the TV studio, the appearance of a small black hole that sucks the shameless, blood-stained deceivers into another dimension of Eternal Torment, a big booming voice calling out ‘That’s bollocks Hazel’ from the Heavens, something, anything.
Not a chance.
So much for Karma.
And I wouldn’t place too much faith in Google or any other corporation ever being able to serve as much of a Karma proxy either...
A few weeks ago I posted a link to a Myspace hosted clip of George Carlin explaining how the World really works. Presumably he did far too good a job as the link doesn’t work any more.
Let’s see how long the clip lasts in its new home here…