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Response to daleo (Reply #34)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:51 AM

37. He's what passes for a modern day hero.

 

Someone our kids aspire to be.

And at that he's a somewhat tainted hero. Anyone with any nouse at all knows it's all about the money. That he's a cutout figure, discovered on You Tube and totally reinvented for television and tweenies.


I grew up at the end of an era. One in which professional sportsmen had full time real jobs in the community. And regular gig down at the local, that paid beer money was enough for most musos who also held down real daytime jobs.

I grew up in a day and place when Everyboy's goal was to play at the MCG for the Ashes or Premiership Cup, OR to walk on the Moon, exept for a few weirdos who just wanted to be like some mythical bloke called Muhdad. The task itself was goal enough, not just a path to an unsustainable lifestyle and a crash and burn finish which seems to be the lot of anyone who rises to a point of public adulation these days.

And I grew up in a day when America would have gone hat in hand to their most hated enemy, and cobbled together in two days a mating device that MIGHT have let them get enough emergency supplies up there to damned well do something, even if it was bring them back two at a time in Soyez capsules.

I grew up where The Space Family Stone and Rocketship Gallelieo were glowing futures just around the corner, and not quaint fables of a future that never was.

They could have bloody well tried and not just wrung their hands and hoped.

FFS exactly the same lack of will to damned well try something, any bloody thing, is why Fukushima turned into the disaster it became. Instead of deliberatly accepting a certain amount of fallout, the did almost nothing whilst searching for an optimal solution. They aimed for none, and got a fuckton instead.

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