From the New York Times: To those who continued to resist, Gaddhafi vowed: “We will find you in your closets. We will have no mercy and no pity.” On the one hand, I’m with Hillary Clinton who stopped just short of calling Libya’s leader batshit crazy. “…if you don’t support the opposition and he stays in power, there’s no telling what he will do,” she said while in Tunisia, indicating that some form of military engagement is necessary beyond the no-fly zone the UN Security Council authorized Thursday. On the other hand, the idea of involving ourselves in more Middle Eastern mishegas (good alliteration but a dangerous juxtaposition of words) is troublesome – and yes, I know Libya is in northern Africa. THIS JUST IN: Libya’s foreign minister has declared that the country will institute a ceasefire to honor the UN resolution calling for a halt to Gaddhafi’s military action against rebel forces and other civilians. (At least until the rebels start up again.)
On a scale of 1 to 7, seven being the worst, Japan’s nuclear crisis is now at level 5. Chernobyl was 7; Three Mile Island was 5. Any way you look at it, it’s not good. Electricity at Fukushima was cut off after damage from the earthquake and tsunami a week ago and so the cooling systems aren’t functioning. Naturally, the situation in Japan has created a new, somewhat urgent look at nuclear power in America. Twenty-percent of our electricity comes from nuclear power, a source of energy claimed by its supporters as “clean and safe”. While “clean” might be tough to argue, “safe” is being debated every moment. NPR and The Economist visit the issue.
Americans are not rushing to open their wallets to assist Japan as they did when Haiti suffered their massive earthquake a year ago. The obvious reason, of course, is because Haiti appeared to be a God-forsaken place before their disaster, one of the poorest countries on earth, while Japan is one of the richest with an infrastructure and government capable of dealing with the situation. I did, however, donate $5 at Costco the other day for the effort and search and rescue teams from the U.S. are there now continuing to help in the aftermath. If nothing else, Japan needs our collective good thoughts.
A judge in Wisconsin has told Governor Scott Walker “not so fast” on eliminating collective bargaining rights for public workers’ unions while she examines the legality of the procedure the Republicans used to vote on the bill with no Democrats present. Judge Maryann Sumi will likely make a decision sometime after March 28th.
“American Idol” is down in the ratings and I can tell you why. I tuned in for the first time this season on Wednesday night to see the final twelve contestants sing songs from the year of their birth. Boooooring. Casey Abrams is interesting and talented, though I hate his beard. The Johnny Cash guy who looks like Alfred E. Neuman (thanks Jeannie) is fun and solid, and diva woman Pia certainly knows what’s she’s doing, but the rest of them? Feh. Karen Rodriguez was eliminated last night. I can’t imagine sitting through six more weeks until we get to those final three. At any rate, Fox still wins the night, even against March Madness.
The House Thursday did indeed vote to stop taxpayer money from funding National Public Radio. This issue probably won’t go much further than this ideological gesture so let’s move on, shall we? There are bigger fish to fry and far larger chunks of money spent frivolously elsewhere to seek out and eliminate.
Thanks to my sister yesterday, I found out about the Super Full Moon happening Saturday night (last one was in 1983) and have blocked out my schedule to spend the evening watching it. Of course, it’s supposed to be cloudy here in Los Angeles, so I may not get the full effect, but it’s worth taking note of and trying to enjoy. Get your werewolf on.
A majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage. It’s a slim majority but, like NPR funding, it’s one we need to address and move on. I live in a fantasy world sometimes, but people are desperately out of work, losing their homes, unable to educate their children in a horribly flawed public school system, struggling to figure out their health care options, and watching the rich get richer. Spending time and energy worrying how Bill marrying Mike will affect the complicated and challenging relationships we all have with our spouses is time better spent feeding the hungry and clothing the naked.
My internet connection has taken a siesta for no good reason and four dogs are currently fighting for my love so, before my head explodes, I’m going to finish up this post.