Thursday, March 24, 2011

The End of Life! On Mars!

A break in our story on pandemic flu, to bring the latest news hot of the presses!  The Martians have expired!

How did we miss this event?  We almost did.  Fortunately we have Venezuela's el primero cop on the beat staying on top of events and keeping us informed.

Chavez says capitalism may have ended life on Mars
"I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet," Chavez said in speech to mark World Water Day.

"Careful! Here on planet Earth where hundreds of years ago or less there were great forests, now there are deserts. Where there were rivers, there are deserts," Chavez said, sipping from a glass of water.   Hat tip: MR.

Well I am glad that has been cleared up. I have been reading a children’s version of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds (adopted by May Ann Evans) to my little one and now I can tell him why they never came back for round two.

Of course if you have read the book or seen one of the movies, you will know that the Earth invading Martians were done in by our microbes.  So the microbe responsible may just as well have been some form of the pandemic flu.  Of course how the flu, or any other micro-organism, would transfer to such an alien host is a bit unclear.  We humans got many of our nasty bugs from our domesticated animal friends.

As a side note, the book is obviously apocalyptic.  But I had not remembered that they broke into a home to find food. 

Martian Walking Machine at Woking England: sight of the original invasion.


Waldow said...

Where socialists and communists get off claiming that capitalism is more destructive of the natural environment than their centrally-planned economic systems? The record of the the Soviet Union is a prime example of just how dirty and wasteful command economies can be.

I suppose that as economies move towards central planning (as ours has through excessive wealth concentration) they tend to self destruct, and thereby cut back on the economy necessary to make the tools that we monkies misuse to foul our own nest. So in a round-about way Chavez could be right for reason's he won't propagandize.

russell1200 said...

True, but the accusation as to the killing of Martians is relatively unique!

Pollution in theory is a particular problem for market systems because the creator of the pollution generally does not pay the true cost of that pollution: aka negative externalities.

But the record of the communist (or at least Centrally run) countries is amazingly bad for the small amount of economic activity they manage to generate.