Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Existential threat

Famous existentialist Herr Doktor Bimler has asked for evidence of the existence of existential threats and here we have one:  A £4bn black hole.
"As you can imagine, this is a fairly existential problem... " Chris Huhne the energy and climate change secretary disclosed tonight.

Adding fuel to the fire it seems that it is connected to the Nucalah powers-that-be and thus it is connected to our very state of being. I only hope that it does not end badly, i.e. we find out that we are in denial about our deaths and aren't really on an island at all, merely an atoll.
This hole affair raises questions about the cost of the black hole and why Britain thought that they needed one, anyway. I mean what was the point? Yes one can use the black hole for intergalactic travel but we are yet to see the benefit of that aside from regular episodes of Dr. Who. Are the incursions by Pancake Monsters worth it?

22 comments:

merc said...

Worth is dead.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

hell, I can give you a black hole for 1 billion.

Scallop Skulled Skald said...
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merc said...

Threat is dead.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

The greatest threat faced by the good Doktor is that his Big Bimler Brain will be eaten by zombies.

Deleted post was me, using a different computer.

mikey said...

Hmmm. "Decommissioning Costs", y'say.

Hadn't considered that. At this point, American business and industry appears to have finished with it's requirement for mikey. There is no longer any need, desire or even willingness to employ mikey. Indeed, the relationship between mikey and American business and industry is well beyond strained and distanced, and has become quite tenuous.

So all that remains is for American business and industry (along with government, for we know well these things tend to call for subsidies) to decommission mikey. To take him permanently out of service and render him harmless and isolated, his more dangerous and controversial bits stored where they can both do no harm and be protected against mis-use.

Certainly the mikey decommissioning process cannot be expected to be cheap, but by moving quickly and keeping the bureaucracy managing the task small and nimble, one would expect that net cost to business and taxpayer over the next ten years could be kept under a million US dollars.

Initial funds for the comprehensive decommissioning study could be allocated out of the General Fund, and the implementation funding could be in the FY 2011 budget appropriation.

Gentlemen, it's time to get this done. You're all finished with mikey, now it's time to do what needs to be done with him...

77south said...

When the environmentalists were protesting the construction of mikey all those years ago, the mikey industry assured us that decommissioning costs would be rolled into operation expenses. So by the time decommissioning rolled around the project would already be paid for. And now we find out the lying bastards in the mikey industry cut the funding and wrote themselves checks for vacation homes in Barbados.

I want in. Screw 77south decommissioning at EOL. I want my vacation home in Barbados.

merc said...

We can re-finance Him?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I want my vacation home in Barbados.

I had a vacation in Barbados once. It was pretty awesome. But we're probably going to kill the Caribbean, one way or another.
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Substance McGravitas said...

Isn't the black hole a positive boon for getting rid of nuclear waste? Or are there complications nobody's talking about?

Smut Clyde said...

I personally endorse the dropping-pymgies-out-of-aeroplanes approach to dealing with the flesh-eating-rats problem.

mikey said...

You say that now, Herr Smutster, but all it takes is one Pygmy who can fly and you're all done.

What, have you missed the entire 'Black Swan' view of history?

merc said...

You people exist too much to discuss existentialismismism.

lardisme, watchu got skinny boy?

ckc (not kc) said...

... is there such a thing as a negative boon? (I'm asking for a friend)

Another Kiwi said...

A negative boon is like G W Bush. He'd be good to have a beer with but he fucked your country over good and proper.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

He'd be good to have a beer with


OBJECTION.

not only is it presuming facts not EVEN in evidence, but based on all available data, it is more appropriate to assume that GWB would drink several shots, then throw a punch at you, then back his pickup into your Prius and rive off running over someone's dog.

Then go and pick a fight with his dad, "mano a mano"

merc said...

G Dubbya is an existentialist, keep to the thread please.

Smut Clyde said...

A positive boon.

fish said...

Then go and pick a fight with his dad, "mano a mano"

You misspelled mango. Twice.

mikey said...

A positively positive boon.

Smut Clyde said...

You misspelled mango. Twice.

That joke seems familiar, almost as if it were stolen from some other blog.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

OK, maybe, but if so it was stolen from me, and I am fish's friend, so he gets a mulligan on it.