September 23rd, 2010


two-fisted tale

Walking home from the Metro yesterday, got caught in the approximately ten minute thunderstorm that rolled through. Remembering my miserable experience last time, I chose to just find a big sturdy tree to hide out under and avoid the worst of the deluge. This actually worked out, surprisingly enough. After the rain subsided, I continued my walk. Found myself surprised by a very irate squirrel about two trees over, who was looking at me and chattering loud enough that I could hear him over my MP3 player. Maybe I was invading his tree sanctuary for my brief respite.


Foreign aid, Chernobyl, and a Republican 'pledge'

"It's sort of the age of the columnist. With the dysfunctional political system, old conventional notions of fairness make it hard to tell readers directly what's going on. This is a chance for me to explore solutions in my economic reporting."

* Good read: a foreign correspondent reflects on seven years in Iraq.
* Obama speaks out in defense of foreign aid to poorer nations.
* More bad news from Afghanistan.
* Researching income inequality? Follow the money.
* Courtesy takaal, key health care changes go into effect today.
* Republicans outline their 'Pledge to America,' with some notable omissions. (Bonus: a history lesson from 1994.) (Double bonus: comedy.)
* I am continually astounded by the story of the survival of the Chilean miners.
* Taking another look at exercise and weight loss.
* The plants of Chernobyl.
* End of an era: DC Comics to close down Wildstorm.