1) Pictures of the Day
a) In orbit around Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this image of Saturn’s moon Tethys with its prominent Odysseus Crater slipping behind Saturn’s largest moon Titan. Tethys is more than twice as far from Cassini than Titan.
b) A girl waits for her mother to cast her vote for a local election at a polling station in Seoul, Korea. She looks just as confused as most voters are everywhere when trying to figure out what the politicians will do, other than produce a lot of hot air.
2) From ” I Have News For You” – by Tony Hoagland
There are some people, unlike me and you,
who do not yearn after fame or love or quantities of money as
unattainable as that moon;
thus, they do not later
have to waste more time
defaming the object of their former ardor.
Or consequently run and crucify themselves
in some solitary midnight Starbucks Golgotha.
I have news for you—
there are people who get up in the morning and cross a room
and open a window to let the sweet breeze in
and let it touch them all over their faces and bodies.
3) Political rant.
On Tuesday the Obama administration announced they will begun civil and criminal investigations into the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This finger pointing is what politicians are great at. Actually doing something constructive to address the problem, not so much.
The focus now needs to be solely on taking steps to minimize the damage. This requires federal, state and local leaders working together, a novel idea that seems be beyond the grasps of our elected leaders so far.
What is not likely to happen is spending the money to performed adequate, timely, inspections on all existing oil rigs, and power plants, and any under construction, by properly trained personal. State and Federal governments will pass a bunch of new regulations instead of simply enforcing the old ones.
It is also very unlikely the public will do anything significant to reduce their energy consumption, which means building more oil rigs, nuclear power plants, etc to meet the increasing demand.
We will all just sit back and point our fingers at the other guy when things go wrong.