Berkeley Freezes Solid, Democrats Walk Into a Trap, and Other World News
Rumours of my demise have been exaggerated, barely. I hate being sick, it sure makes me appreciate it when I’m not sick. Then to top it off, the temperature actually dropped below freezing in Berkeley. There was a frozen slab of water on a sidewalk as I walked to work yesterday. People were standing around it in awe and amazement. Well, no, actually they weren’t. If it gets below 50 (10C) here virtually everyone huddles indoors and complains about the arctic conditions. Most of them assume that temperatures below freezing are instantly lethal if one was so foolish as to venture outside. It’s pretty pathetic actually, what a bunch of wimps. Even my cats have gone native, they go out for minutes, then come back in complaining that it’s broken outside. Yeesh.
In politics, the Democrats have come out against Bush’s surge in Iraq. Bush’s response: If you don’t like my Iraq plan, tell me yours. It all seems like so much fiddling while Rome burns to me, I don’t think anyone has a plan that will fix the mess in Iraq. At the same time Condoleezza Rice is travelling in the Mideast purportedly trying to revive the peace process in Palestine. I wish her luck, really I do. Call me a cynic but all I see is a frantic effort to blame everyone on the planet except Bush and company for the unfolding disaster in Iraq. “Victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan.” It’s also hard not to be a little alarmed by the sweetheart deal to basically give control of Iraq’s oil to American oil companies, does this mean we can now start naming memorial gas station’s after our fallen in Iraq?
In science news, there is further evidence that life on Earth could have originated on Mars. Scientists have confirmed that life could survive a meteorite impact impact on Earth. This sort of research has limited practical value, but it’s nice to know that if all else fails, we can blame microbes from another planet for all our troubles. Stupid microbes. Did I say I hate being sick?
In other important world news, a cat has been named special stationmaster of an unmanned railway station in Japan, with two of her cohorts named as assistant stationmasters. Of course it had to be a calico, they are at the heart of so many conspiracies. I think Hitler’s cat was a calico. Or maybe I’m just hallucinating from an overdose of cold medications and old Star Trek reruns.
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