Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Earthquake Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdowns

As the people of Japan deal with the worst nuclear accident caused by the earthquake and tusnami of March 11, 2011, we deal with our own dramas or happy events as the case may be. I'm caring about the events in Japan, but am relishing my friends and work and still being useful to students.
My neighbors and friends have been keeping me busy too. For this I live in gratitude.

I hope that things in Libya settle down but the turmoil there seems non-ending as in other countries in the region who mimic Ghadaffi's brutal repression of his people. How fortunate am I that I do not live where the disagreements are lethal.

I've always liked the give and take of political discourse but not when it turns to death.. I am proud of Wisconsin citizens who are standing up for their rights.  More and more it seems that even in my ideal of America there are those who would continue to take from the poor to make the rich more rich.

My writing goes in many directions today as there seem to be greater and more frequent events to think about.

What Tilly told me not too long ago still holds up as a truth. We can only work on our corner of the world or our chosen area(s) of interest and specialization.

Perhaps in each doing their best we can still preserve the Earth and our individual countries.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

From Yasmine Ryan and Al Jazeera in English

I'm finding  interesting news reports from Al Jazeera which our Main Stream Media does not cover in depth.

How can we be good citizens if all we get is cotton candy for news. How can we contribute to our national governance if we do not read and challenge our own biases in an effort to be better informed. I had coffee with a friend today and of course the conversation came around to current events in the Middle East. Being the opinionated person I am, I shared the fact here in the US our main sources of news carry points of view only from the US perspective. This is a problem for us as US citizens and as citizens of the world.