We send our thoughts and prayers to the victims of the Manchester concert bombing, and rightly so. Thousands have given direct material help, including a hegira of free cab rides and housing for displaced concert attendees. Ariana Grande, who we’d mainly thought of as a typical self-absorbed pop star, had a big charity concert to benefit the victims and in consequence is now generally acknowledged to be “probably human“.
Manchester was one of the first of the big bangs preceding this year’s Ramadan attacks. Thus far (more…)
World news sources are covering the big day of riots in Venezuela. Three were reported killed yesterday as protestors marched, demonstrated, rioted violently, and looted shops in what’s being called the “Mother Of All Protests” against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Opposition leaders in the nation’s parliament are calling for more days of protests unless Maduro steps down.
Meanwhile, CNN has announced that Serena Williams is pregnant. (more…)
Caracas is about five hundred miles south of Puerto Rico, and it’s home to one of the most troubled economies in the world. And, while the United States has indeed played a part in letting this happen, as a whole it’s mostly the fault of the Venezuelan government.
Books could be written here, and some no doubt have been. I’m going to keep this short, however, and in order to do that (more…)
Some of my olde– uh… more experienced readers may remember when gasoline first topped one dollar a gallon at the pumps. If you’re finding it tough to put a date to the event, here’s some hints: Jimmy Carter was President, there were hostages in Iran (which was about to be at war with Iraq), and America was in the grip of an energy crisis. (more…)