tuesday this & that: olympics, war, & whatnot
Right-o, the Olympics are here, and as I spent the weekend with my parents in Tennessee, I've watched a lot of Olympics already. A few thoughts:
- I just don't care about beach volleyball. And I have a feeling that if the outfits changed, neither would anybody else.
- The opening ceremony was unbelievable, and there's an Austin connection to it. It's amazing what you can do with an authoritarian government and an unlimited budget.
- It's a good thing the Chinese got the Star Spangled Banner right the second time Phelps won. That first night was embarassing, and it wasn't just that it was cut off early.
- Check out the Darfur Olympics this week to learn about China's complicity in not pressuring the Sudanese government to end its genocide in Darfur. I'd argue that China is the most important piece of the equation to ending the tragedy in Darfur. Remember that while you're looking at all the neat architecture and watching fascinating cultural stories on NBC.
- We should all be WAY more worried about what's going on in Georgia than about what's happening in Beijing. One tiny little detail that's getting left out of all these discussions is the number of loose nukes and fissile material that float around the Caucuses. The more instability there is, the easier it is to move those scary things around. Here's a good, easy-to-understand explanation of the conflict.
- Mystery Science 3000 meets Martha Stewart, and the result will be golden.
- If you'd been born with a midwife's help, could you prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you were born in the U.S. of A.? The State Department is being a tiny bit unreasonable concerning some of my fellow Texans on just that issue.
- Should people who've paid their debt to society be denied the most basic of rights guaranteed to all American citizens? Or should we let former felons vote?