Wow, what a difference a few months makes. Dad has been very ill which has diverted us from much of our usual and planned routine. It has been very unsettling to see the damage caused to Dad by a drug that was ostentatiously supposed to be helping him. Instead Amiodarone has caused a known side effect of pulmonary fibrosis. Thanks to the pharmaceutical industry for placing profits over wellness... Hopefully, Dad can be stabilized to the point that we can return to our regular communications about world events, etc. I sure do miss those exchanges.
On the world stage BP has managed to unleash Hell upon the world. In the quest for short term corporate profits they are turning the former Gulf of Mexico into a huge tar pit. Just a short while ago the nitwit Sarah Palin was gloating about her campaign theme of "Drill, Baby, Drill". That sure doesn't seem like such a cool idea any more. Capitalism sure ain't doing the world a whole lot of good!
Of course the Texas State Board of Education is doing their best as an American version of the Taliban to hide the shame of capitalism. They have gone so far as to rename capitalism to the free market system in textbooks in an attempt to avoid the horror that is just deserved.