This morning on The Today Show President Obama sat down with Matt Lauer in the Green Room of the White House to talk about education.

We in America are falling behind in Math and Science.

In the “Star Trek 25th Anniversary” Special hosted by William Shatner and Leonard Nemoy, many astronauts said they decided to become scientists because they grew up watching the Original Series – and they were inspired by the show.

While there are so many pros to Abrams’ recon/reboot there really was no sense that all of these people are actually scientists and explorers, save Chekov the Russian whiz kid.

In fact, Captain Pike’s recruiting line to the young James T. Kirk included the line that Starfleet is “a peace-keeping armada,” which makes it sound more like the lame UN guys in their blue helmets, rather than evoke the, “to explore strange new worlds and seek out new civilizations,” bit of the Starfleet Charter.

I think now that the new “Star Trek” has garnered its Summer Blockbuster status, it’s time for Trek to get back in touch with its Geek – with its moral dilemmas, scientific solutions, and lessons on leadership and human nature.

So that Trek can once again inspire a new generation of real-life scientists. (Unlike “Star Wars” where all its done for America is inspire people to start the Church of Jediism and identify themselves as “Jedi” under religion in the recent Census.)

Posted by: raddestnerd | June 22, 2010

Waiting For Jesus

“Support the troops, not the war.”

I wonder if soldiers like it when people say that?

Because to say so implies the soldier fights for an unjust cause. If this is true what does it make the soldier? Is he stupid, evil, or a slave?

If the war is unjust can a good civilian truly “support the troops” without supporting the war?

Or think about this: Is there such a thing as a “good” war that a good citizen should support?

In the case of World War II, if you were a German citizen there was no way you could “support the troops” (oh they only killed about 6 million Jews) and not the war.

In the case of World War II, if you were an American citizen your country was fighting a “good” war on the side of good — to defeat Hitler and the Nazis. So you would say, “Support our troops.” Period.

But, alas the wars of the 21st century are dirty wars. (Or so the talking heads would like for us to think so.)

And while we do all the good we know how, as best we know to… it still falls short. So ultimately we await the Prince of Peace to return to earth and – making righteous judgment – flash his sword, slay the wicked, and establish his kingdom from Zion.

Posted by: raddestnerd | June 17, 2010

CKD

I’ve been forgetting I have chronic kidney disease.

Making a thousand and one phone calls today (grrr!) to juggle appointments for all the tests in prep for my kidney transplant, it hit me: It’s been a part of who I am now for the past 4 or 5 years; I have chronic kidney disease.

I am grateful to be an American. I am grateful for my team of doctors and nurses (they’re the best). I am grateful for my family and friends. I am grateful to be alive.

I am thankful to Jesus of Nazareth; because of him I have a destiny yet to fulfill — and with God I will, for his name’s sake.

TO THE FUTURE! Hupernikaó!

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