"My topic today sounds humorous but unfortunately I am serious. I am going to argue that extraterrestrials lie behind global warming. Or to speak more precisely, I will argue that a belief in extraterrestrials has paved the way, in a progression of steps, to a belief in global warming."
“So I’ve decided to endorse Hillary Clinton for president, for my personal safety,” Adams adds, arguing that if Trump is in danger from the supposedly murderous Clinton crew, then so is anyone that doesn’t support Clinton.
Oh, right, drugs. Kennedy was a heroin addict and busted for possession. Whether he still is or not we'll never know. His life is sort of the antithesis of his Father and Uncle's lives, which were devoted to public service. RFK, Jr. seems devoted to himself. What a sad ending to the Kennedy legacy! Not only do we have RFK, Jr. but nephews and cousins accused of everything from date-rape to beating a girl to death with a golf club. Even John-John was a fuckup, flying into a dark night sky without any IFR training or certificate.
It sort of is depressing. And maybe that's one reason public people should keep their private lives, private. Not long ago in this country, people had private lives, and journalists didn't pop out of the bushes to shove microphones in people's faces and paparazzi didn't snap photos of you skinny-dipping in your own pool. And if you had an affair - even if you were President of the United States, the press pool considered that sort of stuff tawdry and off-limits. Your public persona and actions were what counted, not your private foibles.
Today, we have celebrity journalism, and we have Facebook, Twitter, and Blogger. Everyone knows what everyone else is thinking and doing, and it isn't pretty. Maybe this is more "honest" than our society in the past, where people lived closeted lives. But on the other hand, maybe we lost something as well - the ability to do great things and not be judged by what we said or did in private.
If you want to be a politician or public person today, it is best not to have an opinion on anything or at least not express anything that hasn't been vetted by your advisors and lawyers first. You had better not have a sex life at all, much less a kinky one. And it goes without saying that you shouldn't even have a drink, much less ever touch drugs.
The sorts of people we are grooming for government and public life would be limited to Mormons and Nazis, and perhaps vegetarians. Sometimes it is best not to know the back story on celebrities, politicians, and other famous people. All I can say is, Scott Adams really destroyed Dilbert for me - I can't ever look at his cartoons again without looking for some hidden right-wing agenda. Michael Crichton ruined his novels with State of Fear. I can never read one of his books or watch a movie without thinking of his far-out right-wing views.
And RFK, Jr.? Well, he pretty much wrecked the legacy of his family for all of history. No small thing, really, when you think about it. But then again, not unexpected - heirs often dissipate the wealth of their ancestors rather rapidly. And little Bobby has done a bang-up job of that!