Will my sanity survive the rest of Bush’s term in office?
Some would say no. Some would say it’s already too late. I wonder myself sometimes. Another day, another collection of odd articles in the news to comment on. Or an odd guy commenting on articles in the news I suppose. In no particular order, but eventually getting somewhere, today’s news and ramblings:
The US army is developing a giant robot teddy bear to evacuate the wounded from the battlefield. On the one hand, I suppose this is a good thing. On the other hand, gee, the Army has money to spend on incredibly expensive stuff like this, but then the wounded are sent to a vermin infested hospital where the government goes to great lengths to avoid spending money on their care? I think there’s some misplaced priorities here. I’m sorry, but this kind of insane spending for technological gadgets is what is wrong with the Army.
Apparently several thousand Turkish troops crossed into Iraq yesterday in pursuit of Kurdish Freedom fighters. The USA warned Turkey not to do this, and once again George’s bluff has been called. While the incursion is limited and not (yet) the whole scale intervention that had been feared, it may be a harbinger of things to come. It complicates and weakens the American presence in Iraq, and is another fine example of how occupying Iraq has limited America’s options and left us in a position where even our allies are taking advantage of our weakness.
Speaking of Iraq, the Iraqi parliament passed a law that if it goes into force will give the Iraqi government a say in whether the mandate allowing the US occupation of their country will be extended when it expires in six months. That could be interesting. In a similar vein, Iraqi oil workers have gone on strike protesting their working conditions and the fact that they are getting no say in the oil law that the US is pressuring the Maliki government to enact. This law, purported to fairly divide up Iraq’s oil, would be the most generous oil contract US companies have ever gotten in the Middle East. Some seventy percent of the profits from Iraqi oil would go to US companies. Well, if this oil law passes, we know then who really won the war.
There’s breaking news that the G8 nations have reached a compromise deal on global warming and CO2 emissions. It’s a good sign I suppose, though it may already be too late. In the past few weeks new reports are coming in that the Arctic, Greenland, and Antarctica are all warming much faster than the models can account for. In other words, it looks like global warming is proceeding faster than even the alarmists predicted. I can’t help but think that when the alarmists underestimated how bad things are, it means we’re really, really, hosed. On the other hand, it does seem to be lighting a fire under various world governments, so stay tuned.
There’s been major fighting in Sri Lanka, one of the world’s longest civil wars. Why they don’t just give the Tamil’s their independence is on the one hand baffling, on the other hand just normal for organized government. At some point sanity will prevail, since it should be clear to both sides that a military solution isn’t going to happen. Sri Lanka and it’s interminable civil war is sort of the world in a microcosm. I should be noted that this is an ethnic conflict, propaganda aside ethnicity, not religion, is the primary motivation for murdering your neighbours on this fine planet of ours. There’s also fighting in Lebanon and Gaza, same comments apply basically. I’m nearly 50 and wars seem as stupid now as when I was 13, am I missing something?
In media news the TV show Jericho has been uncancelled. In real life something worse than 911 is almost unthinkable, but watching it on TV helps. And in real life the USA told Iran that we would hold them responsible for another Al Qaeda attack on US soil. Since Al-Qaeda wants the US to attack Iran, isn’t this like waving a red flag in Al Qaeda’s face? And if we can’t prevent an Al-Qaeda attack on the US, how the hell is Iran supposed to? I find this a little worrisome, are we being set up for something? I have bad feelings about the rest of Bush’s term in office, I sure hope I’m being paranoid and stupid.
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