Saturday, December 13, 2008

It has been a couple of weeks now since the Mumbai attacks.  It has virtually disappeared from our news media except for a few brief mentions, as when Pakistan, under extreme pressure, arrested a couple of the 'masterminds.'  As usual we in the U.S. have learned virtually nothing about India and its political/economic/social situation.  For a tantalizingly different view take a look at Tomdispatch today.  I have been reading occasional snippets concerning sectarian and ethnic violence in India for some time.  It would be nice to get more complete information.  But we don't get that even when the topics are distinctly American.

Archcrone at The Crone Speaks asked a few days ago 'where had the outrage gone?'  Today she presents the Madoff Ponzi scandal.  I think we can answer the question, as she did, that we are in outrage overload.  Here, east of Chicago, we have been treated to the spectacle of the current Governor of Illinois being arrested for corruption while the previous Governor begs for a pardon for his conviction on corruption charges.  For weeks now we have seen banks and financial institutions 'too big to fail' lining up for Federal bailouts while spending those funds on expensive jaunts for employees and outrageous 'bonuses' for the executives who led them into financial shipwrecks in the first place.   There is so much to be outraged about that we are like the hungry donkey tethered equidistant between two piles of hay.  We can't decide which one to go to. 

After the week (month, quarter, year???) we have had we need some humor.  Bob Geiger has some good ones today.  Thanks to Joe Sudbay at Americablog for the link.

I think I will make this a lazy day.  See you all soon.

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