Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Today's Peculiar News

Thanks to my garden for a bouquet in November.

So between breathing treatments for pneumonia, I found these snapshots of life on our planet in today’s newspaper:

Two gargantuan bubbles have been discovered erupting in the center of our Milky Way galaxy, NASA scientists say. With the energy of 100,000 supernova explosions, the bubbles might be a “belch” from the black hole known to be at the center of the Milky Way. “Wow,” said one astrophysicist.

The world’s whales seem to be suffering from severe sunburn, indicates a study out of the Gulf of California, and the thinning ozone layer might be the cause. Whales spend lots of time on the ocean’s surface, said a study author, and they can’t put on clothes or sunglasses to protect themselves from ultraviolet radiation.

A little more of Pompeii crumbled on Saturday with the collapse of the gladiator barracks. Surviving the explosion of Vesuvius 2,000 years ago, the ancient city struggles with modern life. Said an Italian spokesman, “We’re tired of commenting on the continual collapses and damage to the archaeological heritage of our country.”

Regarding the worst oil spill in U.S. history, former BP chief Tony Hayward told the BBC this week, “What was going on was some extraordinary engineering. But when it was played out in the full glare of the media, of course, it looked like a lot of fumbling and incompetence.”

Creative cuisine: On today’s menu for the powerless Carnival cruise ship adrift off Mexico following an engine fire, a head-to-head chef cook-off might make something fabulous of the U.S. Navy food supplies ferried to the ship’s 4,500 passengers: Pop Tarts, crab meat, croissants, and Spam.

Finally, today’s quote: “It is a stupidity second to none, to busy oneself with the correction of the world.” (Moliere)


Myrna R. said...

It's interesting to note the world's insanity.

I'm with Moliere.

Titus said...

Fabulous post!
Perfect juxtaposition of stories with each other and then with the end quote.

And meanwhile, you can make bouquets from the garden in November?!

Dulce said...

My dear lady,
this is so good to keep up with the news... your way

Thank you!

Julie said...

Hi, Chris. It's always awesome to see you. I love the beautiful picture you posted. Your garden gives amazing gifts. And I hope you get well soon! Pneumonia is rough.

Ah, yes. The news is so odd (and often very depressing). I hate that the whales are suffering and that more of Pompeii is lost. I can't even speak about the oil spill right now, though, or I'll go off on a foaming rant.

In Carolina, we had a very odd thing happen on one area of our coast this past week. Loud, booming noises. Some people are explaining it in geological terms. Some people say it is a military thing. It happens every now and then, so it's not the first time. I've also read that it has been happening since the 1850's. It's weird. Maybe the earth is trying to tell us something. Personally, it reminds me of how small I am...and how much I don't know.

Take care and get well soon:)

Magpie said...

Love your bouquet and thanks for keeping us up-to-date on the weird world we live in. :)

Yvonne Osborne said...

From the hilarious to the depressing to the glorious. All in a day. Pop Tarts indeed. One more reason I'll never set foot on one of those floating garbage barges.

Andrew said...

Oh yes, the world goes on. And on and on...

Dianne said...

Ha that is a late night laugh. You are fabulous, I love the way you look at the world.

I don't feel guilty anymore...(quote of the day)

Poetry Festival this weekend! Ken Solomon on Friday night!

Brian Miller said...

nice quote there at the end...what an insane world we live in...

Woman in a Window said...

After all of this, I don't know if I'm coming or going, Chris.

Hope you're feeling better real soon.


Syd said...

Whales, Tony Hayward, Pompeii and spam. I see the connection and it is like a piece of abstract art. It all fits in the whole context of our planet.