Archive for February 27, 2010
I think we’re all experiencing heartbreak overload. I know I am, what with so much suffering going on in what seems like every nook and cranny of the planet. But in case you’re interested, and can take it, here’s a slide show of early pictures from the earthquake in Chile.
Hard as it is, and as much as we might want to, we can’t shut down IMHO.
Marie Osmond’s 18 year old son, Michael Blosil, killed himself last night by jumping from his Los Angeles apartment building. He left a suicide note saying he “intended to kill himself due to a long battle with depression.”
My brother Eric killed himself (via a hose from the exhaust pipe of his car to the passenger compartment) in February of 1988. He suffered, and I mean suffered, from depression from the time he was roughly 15-years-old.
It’s a long story, as I’m sure Michael’s is, but suffice it to say Marie, you will never get over this but a time will come when you won’t spend all day in the room of pain and grief you’re in now. Yes, you’ll go in there and sit for a while but you’ll be able to close the door and go out into the sun too.
What with the events in Hawaii today, vis-a-vis the potential tsunami, remember back in March, 2009 when Louisiana’s Republican Governor, Bobby Jindal, “complained about wasteful spending in President Obama’s economic stimulus package – including money he sneered was for something called ‘volcano monitoring’?”
Seems to me that monitoring volcanoes and tsunamis is a serious issue that deserves more than a sneer. But hey, all you small government people — you might want to think long and hard about where you live because if you have your way, you ain’t gettin’ no warnings about nothin’ from the govmnt. And if a catastrophe happens, you won’t look to Washington for help now, will you? Promise?
This is unconfirmed — from Pedlar7:
If it did in fact happen — I wouldn’t be surprised — video will surface eventually.
Can’t wait to hear who’s to blame for this morning’s earthquake in Chile.
Gawd, enough already. My Comcast bill — cable only, one notch above basic — just went up to $75.37. It seems to go up about $8.00 every six months. What a freakin’ racket.
As I watch coverage of the anticipated tsunami in Hawaii I see the presence of the government everywhere — from the tsunami warning system out in the ocean, to police who have shepherded people to higher ground and into shelters and closed roads, to the Coast Guard which is patrolling the shore, to Hawaiian officials who, per CNN, are huddled in a “war room” waiting to see what happens. And on and it goes.
If the only governmental entity we had was a military, which some people want, guess we’d have Blackwater or Boeing doing this stuff?
The Unemployed Now Have Their Own Union, and it’s Catching on Quickly. It’s called “UR Union of the Unemployed,” or “UCubed.”
UCubed is the brain-child of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), whose leaders feel that the millions of unemployed workers need a union of their own to join in the struggle for massive jobs programs.
The idea is that if millions of jobless join together and act as an organization, they are more likely to get Congress and the White House to provide the jobs that are urgently needed. They can also apply pressure for health insurance coverage, unemployment insurance and COBRA benefits and food stamps. An unemployed worker is virtually helpless if he or she has to act alone.
When an “international news” organization like CNN pares its staff down to the bone and doesn’t have correspondents stationed around the world, it relies on Twitter feeds for news of events in places like Chile and the earthquake there. It’s a pitiful thing to watch.