Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維 (webcowgirl) wrote,
Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維
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kind of stumbling through the day right now

Woke up late and am still tired. Really enjoyed listening to Dr. Martin Luther King's speech "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" on KUOW this morning. Interestingly enough, before the show started the announcer mentioned that Eisenhower had warned (ten years before King's speech) that the people of the United States should be wary of the corrupting influence of the risingly powerful military industrial complex. Here's the quote:

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

Yep, big contracts for Halliburton are practically mentioned by name.

And what kept me up last night? It wasn't actually watching Sweet Charity with dagmar_b, although the movie was pretty long. (But with all of the hot dance numbers - and the great company - I couldn't have cared less.) No, it was reading through the New York Times' "Top 25 Most Emailed Articles" when I was really just looking for the article about workers being locked in overnight at various WalMarts (leaving them injured and unable to get medical care). I found that article, but was distracted by other headlines such as "Three years after an election that displayed our electoral system’s flaws, things may actually be worse" and "American policy today toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is insane." I had to see what they had to say. Nice to see that people are still at some level aware of the "cooking of the books" of the voters' lists in Florida, but I am curious as to whether or not any punishment was sought for those who removed valid voters from the lists, and if anything is being done to keep it from happening this election. I fear the answer is no, and I ask, why oh why didn't GW fall victim to the smallpox shots he forced on American soldiers? (My suspicion of course being that he didn't get a real shot.)

I did before finally making it upstairs get back to the Hiragana I was intending on studying over the weekend, so that as I was falling asleep I was going over the first five characters in my mind. I've finally got the order of the vowels memorized (a, i, u, e, o, almost like the Old MacDonald version) AND I'm pleased to say I've memorized the appropriate Hiragana characters. Just five more tonight (the "k" series) and I'll be ready for class tomorrow.
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