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April 02, 2007

Doomsday Vault

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The BBC reports more than one hundred "countries" are contributing to a "Noah's Ark on Svalbard." The Svalbard Global Seed Vault - dubbed a Doomsday Vault by the gentlemen of the press - leaves me wondering about a few things. For example, what is it about these last days of Western civilization that leads to us obfuscation? The Empire did not bother to hide the purpose of its battle station behind some French concatenation; say, the Transplanetary Stability Maintenance Project. No, Death Star like Dreadnaught or Odic Battle Zeppelin has an admirably self-explanatory quality.

But to the transnational inversion of morality under whose burden our last footsteps must falter, the needle in our own eye is to be abominated while the plank in the eye of the sacred Other must never be named. Such is the end of Empire. At least Germania had the virtue of illiteracy. No Roman hold-out had to suffer the last indignity of reading about the sins of his fathers as the barbarians made sport of his daughters.

Revisionist History?

The first Death Star was destroyed in the Battle of Yavin and everyone aboard was lost. Though the Rebel Alliance official reports put the death toll at around a million Imperials, that estimate is based on intelligence about the minimum crew requirements to operate the Death Star. The Imperials tell a different story.

Imperial analysts claim that between 800 million to a billion people were lost in the "Yavin Massacre" This number is based on the flood of missing personnel reports filed in a period of 18 months after the Battle the Yavin. Imperial loyalists claim that the Alliance is intentionally down-playing the loss of life to distract from the fact that the destruction of the Death Star was an equally catastrophic loss of life as the destruction of Alderaan. The crew manifest of the Death Star was classified and destroyed with the station, so the truth may never be known.

George Lucas claims the only dead were Geonosians. So not to worry then. Why should we care about some far, far away people in a galaxy created by a know nothing?

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 2, 2007 07:33 AM

Comments

"At least Germania had the virtue of illiteracy. No Roman hold-out had to suffer the last indignity of reading about the sins of his fathers as the barbarians made sport of his daughters."

Brilliant.

Posted by: Solomon [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 2, 2007 03:15 PM

Thank you, sir. I hope you will forgive me changing the tense in the post and your quote. ("Has" to "had".) I was in a mad rush out the door this morning and my editing suffered as a consequence.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 2, 2007 03:29 PM

Kevin Smith ghost wrote that for you didn't he...

I am a firm believer that the victor writes the history books that all rebels and freedom fighters are at least in the minds of their enemies, insurgents and that all liberators are occupiers to some..

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 5, 2007 07:53 PM