Why the hell isn't this man running for president?
I won't even begin to describe the link-fest I had to go through to get to this website. It is a photojournal written by a 25 yo Ukrainian girl who went on a motorcycle ride through the Ukrainian area devastated by the Chernobyl disaster in 1985.
It is absolutely mesmerizing. To see the results of this catastrophe, almost 20 years later, is shocking. I remember when it happened, and I happened to be watching Nightline on the ... probably 2nd night after the Soviet Union had revealed to the world what had happened. I think the Soviet Foreign Minister was on, and Koppel was quoting a source from the Ukraine who said at least 1500 people had already died, and nobody had any kind of handle on the situation. The FM just about blew a gasket, denying everything, how the Western press was blowing everything out of proportion, in order to make the Soviet Union look bad. Blah, blah, blah.
The truth may very well have been even more outrageous. Some people are saying as many as 500 THOUSAND people may have already died as a result of the explosion and lethal radiation cloud that enveloped much of the area. How does one even get their head around such a number? I can't.
Read the whole essay. It's engrossing, enlightening, shocking.
create your own visited states map
or write about it on the open travel guide
Suddenly realized that I needed to include Idaho. Completely forgot that the family took a day trip over the border from Spokane, WA. to some little town with a lake in Western Idaho. I was all of 11 or 12 at the time. I think it was during our month-long trip from San Diego to Vancouver, BC and back. Beautiful trip, that was.
Edwards is getting more and more interesting to me. I've been following him, and liking his moderate stand on many issues. I can't stand how the Democratic party has been hijacked by the Leftwing Loonies (like Michael Moore, et al). He has been a voice of reason and moderation.
I really haven't gotten a read on his stand re: the War on Terror, and on Israel. The above linked column from the Washington Post of a year-and-a-half ago is eye-opening. He basically saw the upcoming war with Iraq as justified, was not willing to let the Security Council stand in the way, and acknowledges Israel as a vital ally.
'Nuff said. He's certainly going to get my vote come the primaries in Maryland. And he runs a good chance of getting my vote in November, if Bush keeps up this insanity with the budget. Bush's domestic policies might just kill him off, in my book, if I think Edwards can keep the WoT in front of everyone.
And that is looking more and more likely.
The Atlantic has an article by Kenneth M. Pollack about the intelligence games that led up to the Iraq War. Very interesting, and balanced, read. He points out the hits and misses, and skewers the Bush Administration for a very unbalanced interpretation of the existing intelligence.
Read it all.
CNN has an interesting article about a galaxy string that was found 10.8 Billion light years away. Supposedly, this is forcing Astrophysicists to rethink their models of the universe.
This is the part I found interesting, though:
The researchers -- who were funded by NASA and the Australian National University -- were refused the use of a telescope in the United States because the observations to be carried out were considered technically impossible by many American astronomers, the statement said.
I think this is the keyboard I want. I used to use a fabulous keyboard in California (at Sony), and then lost track of it when I moved back here. I was talking with some one at work about it, and he said it sounded like the old OmniKey keyboard. I'm going to have to investigate this.
A fabulous discussion going on over at Michael Totten's weblog. He has, after some prompting, decided to elaborate on his distinction of "Liberal" versus "Leftist."
It is a conversation that desperately needs to happen, as without it, I seriously believe the Democratic party runs the catastrophic risk of imploding, due to the current overwhelming influence of the Leftist agenda, and the virtual burying of traditional Liberal values. Values that have, interestingly enough, been adopted by the supposedly "Conservative" party, the Republicans.
That would be a "Bad Thing," as I firmly believe this country cannot survive a single-party government. One of the great strengths of this country has been the constant, ongoing tension between a) the various political philosophies of the parties involved; and b) the different branches of the government itself. This constant dance actually prevents the government from being too effective, which is a good thing, as far as I'm concerned.
The finer distinctions he draws are certainly worth arguing over, but the overall principle is spot on. Read the Whole Thing.
Great analysis of why the use of power is actually necessary sometimes. The language is a little raw, at times, but worth the read.
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