It's been a pretty depressing month. That mudslide out in Oso, Washington, is heartbreaking, and every developer who built a house in that known danger area should be financially wiped out. It won't happen, of course.
Then, there was the Malaysian Airlines flight. I can't pretend to have any clue as to what happened, albeit I suspect depressurization had some role — but, then, what do I know? In both Washington and Peking, there are hundreds of people suffering, wondering what became of their loved ones.
As usual, though, there was more crap.
It's part of Russia again, and won't be undone. In the meanwhile, Ukraine is a mess, economically, and probably about to get worse, thanks to the IMF. Look forward to shitloads of austerity, Ukrainians. It's been six years of hell for Greece, and it will be worse for you. Maybe you can overcharge the Crimeans for water, and make the Russians absorb some of the pain.
Israel and Palestine
Abbas will not agree that Israel is a "Jewish State," because that will accept the second-class status of Arab-Israeli citizens. I no longer believe in the "two-state solution," if I ever did. It's time for Israel, the settlements, and the rest of the West Bank to become a single state, with equal rights for all. The Hassidim and the Arabs can compete to see who will reproduce more like the proverbial rabbits to see who stays in control. Too bad for the secularists, but that's how the sperm splatters.
Barack and Francis
Okay, they've met, and sort of seem to agree that some degree of income redistribution is needed. The big difference (apart from differences regarding abortion and birth control) is that Obama's perspective is political and the pope's interest is moral. (My interest, by the way, is sociological.)
Supposedly, Greece now has a balanced budget. Unfortunately, it still has a 25% unemployment rate. If it experiences any GDP "growth," ordinary Greeks won't see any of it.
More depressing crap.