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  •  I have been utterly appalled all week (7+ / 0-)

    at the almost total blackout and ignoring of news in the mass media and this blog regarding the apocalyptic wildfire conditions in Russia as Moscow literally disappear into a smog haze that makes LA in its worst days pristine.

    Not to mention the equally appalling flood conditions with massive death toll of the monsoon floods in Pakistan.

    If this was America there would be screams for impeachment and firing of every elected official in the land.

    Wait, these people are 'furriners' and we were told last week that Afghanistanis and Pakistanis are not worth the time of a good red blooded American to care about.

    Add to this weeks hypocrisy in the xenophobic race to the top as Michelle Obama is being excoriated for daring to take her daughter to Spain.

    Buena suerte Michelle. My family are moving there in ten days, so the boys can ebcome fluent in Spanish, which will be the most important language in the Wesytern hemisphere very soon, for commerce, employment and culture. Get used to it.

    We are all feeling the heat of anti American sentiment in this rapidly deteriorated human spirited nation. I cannot believe what is happening to America right now.

    •  interesting observation (0+ / 0-)

      Spanish … will be the most important language in the Wesytern hemisphere

      Plausible; would be interesting to compile indicators for that (language of technical and business journal publications, commerce web sites, etc.).

      Buen viaje

      Don't forget to write :-)

      ambiguity is okay--if you know what I mean

      by dorkenergy on Sat Aug 07, 2010 at 10:40:52 AM PDT

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      •  I'm not going!!!! someone has to stay home and (3+ / 0-)

        take care of business, animals and stuff.  It's my turn. We live in the Southwest and Spanish is a HUGE asset in many facets of life for all of us, and stay ahead of the curve.  I shall be an indentured servant for a year, but that's OK, give me time to catch my breath and figure out what to do with the rest of my life.

        I lived in Spain for three years in the 1950's before coming to America where my ancestors had come in the 1700's when it was still colonies of various European nations.

        Then i studied in Mexico for three years, journalism at Mexico City College and eventually returned to live in NY and work in what was then an embryo television industry, where noone had a degree it was all so new.  And that was only 50 years years ago.

        Since my birth in 1933 in Great Britain I have seen remarkable and extraordinary change in ever accelerating time periods. Its going so fast now sometime i feel I need to strap myself in just in case I am hurled off the planet into deep space.

        •  I agree with you. I am 2 years younger (2+ / 0-)

          than you and the changes in my lifetime just set me reeling, trying to catch up.  I believe that atomic energy is the underlying cause.  All new inventions and discoveries seem to have sprouted from the Manhattan Project.

          Indict, convict, imprison. "Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana

          by incognita on Sat Aug 07, 2010 at 11:02:38 AM PDT

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          •  it does seem sometimes that Trinity (2+ / 0-)
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            Angie in WA State, dorkenergy

            blew the cork right out of the bottle. Something that Robert Oppenheimer seemed to understand that there would be no going back. Living not far for the source of the research and explosion makes one very conscious of the connectedness of absolutely everything.

            I only hope that the human race gets its shit together before we go too far again.

            Recently in my monthly trips to the library for five books to read that month I always take one from the Southwest section and read about the ways of the Navajo, the Tewa, the Anasasi, the Pueblo, the Apache's and many others who came before us and understood the connectedness of absolutely everything. I can't control much of what goes on in the world but I can try and control my own harmonious relationship the planet and maybe have a beneficial influence that way..

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