Doug’s Darkworld…in print! Plus Dick Cheney’s office is burning, Whales on UFOs, and other random nonsense.
Yes, someone has asked permission to print one of my blog posts in their august publication! Can fame and riches be far behind? Yes, far far far behind. The publication in question is a technical high school in the Philippines, so I’m a long ways from being mentioned on Oprah. Still, it’s a start, and I’m thrilled that my words will see actual print instead of just existing as magnetic charges inside a computer. Though not from this blog, I’ve also had an article printed in a Danish cat magazine and an upstate New York humane society newspaper. Four more to go, and I’ll have had trivial articles published in minor publications on all seven continents. Yes, it’s a modest goal as these things go, but at least I have little competition.
The article in question was my Ten Global Calamities post. I guess it will stimulate discussion or such among high school students. I’m not exactly clear on what a technical high school is, Wikipedia doesn’t have an entry which basically dooms me to ignorance, but I’m assuming it’s a good thing. I went to a white suburban high school at the height of liberalism in America. There was an open campus and one could take classes on such things as existential literature and the history of basket weaving. We even got a school grant for our wargames club and built a sand table and bought a bunch of games. It was a lot of fun, but no one really learnt much. Which probably explains Carter, Reagan, and all that followed. So I guess it’s true, liberals really are the source of all our troubles. Who knew?
Moving right along, I see that the USA gave Turkey permission to bomb Iraq, even going so far as to provide intelligence. (Though The Turks seem to have jumped the gun.) The “sovereign” government of Iraq had no say in the matter, once again showing that this is an occupation, not a liberation. The Turks were bombing the Kurds, fighting with Kurdish separatists in Turkey has claimed some thirty thousand lives the past decade, and oddly enough most Turks regard the Kurdish attacks as terrorism and the PPK (the group Turkey attacked) as terrorists. And by the usual American standards they are, but since the Kurdish section of Iraq is by far the only “success” in that miserable situation, we are loathe to do so. The US is basically allied with both sides in the Turkey/Kurdish problem, yeah, that makes sense.
The result of this is that the USA is becoming more reviled in Turkey, Iraq, and among the Kurds. The USA used to have a foreign policy, nowadays all of our foreign policy revolves around desperately patching up the problems caused by Bush’s failure to understand that he wasn’t superman and that the world is a big complicated place where meddling is as likely to cause harm as good. Speaking of which, even as the violence drops in Iraq, it’s going up in Afghanistan. Whack-a-Mole anyone?
In other news, Dick Cheney’s Washington office appears to be on fire. No doubt a document burning session gone awry, I’m sure he has piles of them that need to be dealt with before he moves out in a year, there will likely be many more fires like this in Washington as the Bush administration prepares to vacate. And God only knows who they will vacate the office to, I’ve never seen such a muddy presidential campaign in my life. Last time I checked Gary Coleman was leading in the polls, but these things change overnight.
Should I do more movie reviews? I just rented The Simpsons Movie and the Bourne Ultimatum. They were both extremely violent. Posts are coming up on the legacy of colonialism, the world’s oldest photographed human being, overpopulation, ten American myths, and some stunning new archaeological discoveries. Plus stuff just keeps on happening on Mars, the rovers discovered a MacDonald’s wrapper and scientists are divided on whether or not that indicates life could exist there. It gets weirder, reports are in the news this morning claiming that the Japanese government is confirming the existence of UFOs. I guess they needed something big to divert world attention away from their plans to eat many of the last remaining whales? OK, I’ll definitely blog on that tomorrow.
(The above image of the end of Awalt High School, my alma mater, is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. Yadda yadda yadda. Credit and image origin here. Chester F Awalt High School didn’t disappear, they just changed its name to Mountain View High School. Still, sad, goodbye old friend.)