Sunday cafe: Fukushima, southern storms, soaps and Sarah Palin

Thirty people were killed in severe weather storms that have raged across six southern states since Thursday, and the number is expected to rise.  Tornado watches have even been issued in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas.  This is in no way a scientific assessment, but the last ten months or so, in terms of weather, have been the craziest I can remember.

TEPCO, the operator of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, announced that it will take six to nine months to successfully have the situation under control with all reactors damaged after the earthquake and tsunami March 11.  The nice folks at Reuters put together a Q and A on the situation.  Here’s my question to you: we know that water boils at 100º Celsius.  What’s that number in Fahrenheit?  (Answer below.)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited with Japanese leaders on Sunday to express support and compassion over the dark cloud that has been hovering above Japan since mid-March.  Every time I see a picture of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, I think they’re the cutest little couple.

The NBA playoffs have begun and the picture includes Indianapolis against Chicago and Philadelphia versus Miami.  Shaquille O’Neal will miss Game 1 of the Celtics/Knicks game tonight due to a calf injury.

Abby West at Entertainment Weekly gives her post-mortem on the demise of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live”, cancelled this week after decades on the air.  I haven’t watched these shows in twenty years, but soaps were a formative part of my life, literally and fantastical.  What will the world be like without Erica Kane?

House Speaker John Boehner took his bronzed self to Baghdad Saturday.  Is this some sort of weird vacation after the budget battles of the past two weeks?

The White House, in an attempt to make us all feel better about where our tax dollars are going, are relying on the notion that information is the most powerful tool out there.  Try the new interactive Federal Taxpayer Receipt game!

Sarah Palin spoke Saturday at a rally in Wisconsin.  Regarding President Obama, she said, “We’re flat broke and he thinks these solar shingles and really fast trains will magically save us.  So now he’s yelling ‘all aboard’ his bullet train to bankruptcy.”  Meghan Daum, in a Los Angeles Times op-ed piece today says she and other media types don’t rip Sarah Palin to shreds “…because it would be cheap and lazy and unbecoming.”  Well okay then, I’ll just say I think she’s deeeeeelicious.  I’d so miss her if she weren’t around.

Nicolas Cage was arrested early Saturday morning after a heated argument with his wife on the streets of New Orleans.  My first reaction was, “How many wives has this guy had?”  She’s only number three after Patricia Arquette and Lisa Marie Presley tried to make a go of it with him previously.

There was a time in my life (as recently as last year) when the idea of NOT attending mass on Palm Sunday wouldn’t be an option.  Today, I’m worshipping at the altar of Bun Bun’s tournament soccer.  I’m not sure how I feel about this development.  I guess I’ll teach the girls origami later and we’ll make those palm crosses ourselves.

Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

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  1. Mary Anne says

    Love your palm cross pic – Sean is serving at tonight’s mass and asked me to save him one so we can make one later. I will use your pic as our model. And…ready to start clicking on those ads – I truly want to lose this belly fat.

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