“The treatment is not very pleasant. It involves a lot of needles, but all the patients are in optimistic spirits, and we are hoping for a good result.”
Another Friday, another random wander through the events of the week (very random). The situation in Georgia appears stable. The Russians are in no hurry to withdraw, heck, they must be getting a perverse pleasure in telling Bush to “talk to the hand.” Despite the rhetoric, there really isn’t much the USA can do, aside from going to war with Russia. There are limits to America’s power, and acting like there aren’t has already gotten us stuck in two bloody wars that have cost far more in lives and treasure than any possible benefit that can result. Or look at it this way, occupying Russia at the same level as Iraq would require over a million troops, and it’s a good bet our “allies” won’t be providing them.
I see Obama is faltering in the polls as he suffers the death of one thousand cuts. Despite all the attention the media gives him, McCain gets much better press and his obvious shortcomings are politely ignored. One of McCain’s fellow POWs has weighed in on him and it’s not flattering. I still think McCain is going to “win” the “election” in the fall, but it is starting to scare me. Bush is a tool, McCain might actually start giving “bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” orders. And I really don’t think Obama is much different, he wants to send more troops to Afghanistan and Biden was a major architect of the invasion of Iraq, using his power to prevent anti-war testimony in the Senate. Heck, the choice of Biden prety much signals that Obama is just another member of the entrenched rich white establishment in Washington, some have even gone so far as to claim that Biden is simply Obama’s Cheney.
Another hurricane is heading in New Orlean’s direction. It seems unlikely that we will see a repeat of Katrina, but anything is possible. This time at least people are more prepared, and some are getting out early. It’s all a shame really, much of New Orleans should be abandoned or moved to higher ground. It makes no sense to build a city below sea level on a hurricane coast. Especially since the ground is sinking and the coast is retreating. However nothing ever really changes in so called “modern” America because special interest groups are so numerous and powerful. Heck, we can’t even change to the metric system like the rest of the world, which is about as bizarre as it gets. And illustrative of just how stuck in our “putting good money after bad” ways we are.
The picture above is Tskhinvali in 1886. I used it here for no particular specific reason. Maybe just to remind myself that it’s a real place with a real history. Americans definitely have a tendency to forget that their government’s actions have real consequences for people on the other side of the planet. Plus I think it’s kind of a neat picture and wanted to use it somewhere. Speaking of real, I apologize for posting so infrequently lately. I’ve been very busy lately and just haven’t been able to write as much as I’d like. And not to mention the disjointed nature of this post, I apologize for that too.
In Berkeley we just went through another heat wave. Thrillsville. Life is real here too. Among other local issues is a rash of takeover robberies in restaurants. Some restaurants have now taken to keeping their doors locked and buzzing people in as is done commonly in Jewelry stores and such. So, if one of these takeover robberies happens in a big fast food chain restaurant, the victims are simultaneously being robbed by the rich and the poor. Another sign of the impending appocalypse and the declining middle class. Have a great weekend everyone.
(The above image of Tskhinvali is public domain under US copyright law. The headline? I just loved the sound of it. It was from an article about a recent accident at a rave in Moscow, where a number of ravers had their eyes damaged by lasers. It’s a quote by Elena Grishina, the head of the Moscow Ophthalmological Hospital. I don’t even want to think about what sort of medical treatment for eye damage requires “a lot of needles.” If I ever visit Russia I think I’ll try to avoid being hospitalized.)