THE KOBAYASHI MARU SIMULATION: ERECTION DAY 2010
STAR DATE NOVEMBER 1, 2010: Here is the latest poll result from Reuters:
Americans unhappy with the economy are poised to hand control of the House of Representatives to Republicans in Tuesday elections that are shaping up as a rebuke of President Barack Obama, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Monday.
Fifty percent of likely voters said they will choose a Republican candidate when they vote while 44 percent said they will pick a Democrat, the national survey showed. Republicans are likely to win some 231 seats in the House and take control of the chamber, the poll projected.
Ipsos pollster Cliff Young predicted Democrats would hang on to control of the Senate with either a margin of 52 seats to 48 for Republicans or 53-47.
Obama has enjoyed one-party rule in Washington since taking power nearly two years ago. The election result, if it plays out the way the pollsters say it will, would mark a stark reversal of fortunes for him.
I know what many of you are thinking....this sucks!!!
Tomorrow is election day, and you are caught between a rock and a hard place. Obama's hope and change parade, turned out to be one big hopeless mirage. Now his party will be suitably punished for their collective transgressions.
Meanwhile, the alternative is equally as ugly. Those who had a mighty hand in creating our Titanic economy during the Bush years are preparing to re-enter the political stage in a state of delusional triumph! This is their reward following two years of political obstructionism, in many instances paid for by their lobbyist masters on K Street.
What do you do, vote for the feckless "bought" Democrat, the feckless bought Republican or the Tea Party unknown unknown?
You are in a proverbial "no win" situation.
Tonight, millions of Americans will ask themselves the same questions: Should I stay home or should I lodge a protest vote against the incumbents even though it means voting for yet another political hack or nut job? In the rare rare case, you will actually be able to walk in and vote for someone who is competent, qualified and off the Wall Street payroll. Dream on...
As a reader of Zero Hedge, you know better than to believe we are a nation of two distinct political parties. For all practical purposes there is only one party, the "Party of the Payroll".
Here is the Banzai7 ten cents worth. Whatever you do, make sure it sends a strong message.
Strong message usually means voting against Mr In by voting for Mr Out. If you have to do it. Hold your nose, then do it. But please make sure you make the effort to send a communication of some kind to your newly elected representative telling him or her in no uncertain words, that he or she is on probation. It is really the only way to handle this. Keep your message brief and to the point please. Longer than a page is far too long for your average Capital Hill ADS inflicted politico.
Remember, if you are a disaffected voter, not voting is what they, the anointed ones, want you to do. Better to throw a monkey wrench into the works. Every election is obviously unique. It is up to you good citizen, to decide what kind of monkey wrench you want to throw. But if you vote without throwing one, you are really squandering your most valuable asset.
The dilemma is yours to resolve. Which brings me to the Kobayashi Maru.
If you are a Star trek fan, you know what I am talking about. If not, this will bring you up to speed:
"The Kobayashi Maru is a test in the fictional universe of Star Trek. It is a Starfleet training exercise designed to test the character of cadets in the command track at Starfleet Academy.
The Kobayashi Maru test was first depicted in the opening scene of the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and also appears in the 2009 film Star Trek.
The test's name is occasionally used among Star Trek fans or those familiar with the series to describe a no-win scenario.
Rescuing the civilian vessel Kobayashi Maru is the notional primary goal in a simulated battle with the Klingons. The ship is disabled and the approaching cadet crew must decide whether or not to attempt rescue of the Kobayashi Maru crew – potentially endangering their own ship and lives – or leave the Kobayashi Maru to certain destruction.
The difficult decision to assist the Kobayashi Maru revolves around the issue of the disabled ship's location being in the Klingon Neutral Zone, as entering the zone would be in violation of the Organian Peace Treaty.
The cadet is faced with a decision:
Attempt to rescue the Kobayashi Maru's crew and passengers, which involves violating the Neutral Zone and potentially provoking the Klingons into hostile action or an all-out war; or
Abandon the Kobayashi Maru, potentially preventing war but leaving the crew and passengers to die.
If the cadet chooses to save the Kobayashi Maru, the scenario progresses quickly. The bridge officers notify the cadet that they are in violation of the treaty. As the starship enters the Neutral Zone, the communications officer loses contact with the crippled vessel.
Klingon starships then appear on an intercept course. Attempts to contact them are met with radio silence; indeed, their only response is to open fire with devastating results. There is no way to win the resulting battle, especially since the computer is allowed to "cheat" to guarantee defeat; the simulation ends with the understanding that the cadet's ship has been lost with all hands.
The objective of the test is not for the cadet to outfight the opponent but rather to test the cadet's reaction to a no-win situation...."
The following images will aid you in your Election Day Kobayashi Maru simulation...
[Hint: They are both Dem Senators][Hint, Hint: One is majority leader, the other is a paid for by Wall Street douche bag]
I said it before and I will say it again. Your most precious asset as an American is not gold, it is your right to vote.
HAPPY ELECTION/ERECTION DAY 2010
PS: Captain James T. Kirk took the test three times while at Starfleet Academy. Prior to his third attempt, Kirk surreptitiously reprogrammed the simulator so that it was possible for him to rescue the freighter.