A new current events thread seemed appropriate. Some miscellaneous observations of recent goings-on. Feel free to ignore me, quibble, or hijack this thread as the spirit moves you. If you expected a nutrition, exercise or weight loss blog, move long. This is not the blog you are looking for.
Democracy Dies in Darkness - I love the new masthead of the Washington Post; seems so fitting for our times. In recent days with the exposure of the wiretapping charge as a baldfaced lie, and then the retention of Obamacare, a match was struck in our collective national nightmare of a coal mine, and the canary was found with its heart still beating. Imagine.
Attempt at the Herding of Cats - We see that the Republicans can no more agree on legislation in their own collective self-interest than the Democrats could 7 and one half years ago. It is interesting to watch our inept government in action (or inaction). Obamacare, flawed though it is, owes its flaws to political compromise. The Republicans failed at reaching the same measure of internal, political compromise. Let them continue to fail.
Executive Orders, Extreme Budgets and Psychopathic Tweets, Oh My - These drive me crazy. All of them. This man remains a dangerously unhinged, grossly unqualified and (now wait for it) treasonous narcissist. And it's only just beginning.
London Terrorism - This horrible news occurred exactly where we were and spent a lot of time, when tourists there almost two years ago. We loved London and everything about it and would welcome the chance to revisit. Where the funds might come from is something different, but its so troubling that people can self-radicalize by watching YouTube videos online. Should these be censored? Not an easy question.
The Things - Strong spring semesters are being enjoyed. They came home for spring break and left again a week later, like hurricanes headed up the coast and inland, respectively. Thing One landed a hard-fought summer internship with a worldwide advocacy group for child safety in consumer products, such as toys and foods. She will be working with their lobbyists and social media people. She just came off a short-duration lobbying internship with Amazon. Thing Two is deciding between two summer internships: a video game developer (where he gets to "Beta-Test" new games) and another which will be better experience but less fun. Yes, we are proud of them.
At work, lately we've been getting some nice new contracts with the food industry of an environmental compliance and waste minimization nature. Hit the canned or frozen vegetable aisle, or bagged salads, or even pretzels and potato chips - or even bottled water - buy something and realize you are putting Thing One and Thing Two through college and they thank you!