AP – This photo released by the Fars News Agency claims to show two men in front of an Iranian satellite launching …
This headline caught my eye - I think the claim is accurate - don't you? Count 'em ( one orangy suit man...two orangy suit man) So it is two men. They're standing in front of an Iranian Satellite. If this were my news story , my focus would be on the satellite.
So I was sitting here playing solitaire, trying to think of:
1) What to write about today
2) How long I can stay here in my officette without raising the ire of the Mister
3) Whether to go out in the cold and get a pedicure
Still rolling these burning questions around in my wee little mind, I clicked on my Yahoo page and the following news headlines are staring back at me:
Iran Claims First Launch of its Own Satellite
Pakistan Militant Attack Cuts US, NATO Supply Line
N. Korea Preparing Long Range Missile Test
Mt. Redoubt 01/31/09
Alaska's Mt. Redoubt Activity Suggests Possible Eruption
Tampa-St Pete Home Values Fell 35 Billion in 2008
Britney's Kids Join Circus
So I added "4) Should I just go back to bed?" to my list.
I'm pretty sure I heard Iran's missile go over the house last night. We heard a noise, kind of a tornado/jet fighter/wind/rain/whooshing. We just sat there for a minute looking at each other with big eyes, waiting for a nuclear blast. Nothing further happened so we continued watching the NCIS re-run.
I'm thinking they had the satellite orbiting at about 400 feet, which is not the recommended altitude for a spy - oh-I mean - communication satellite. Those guys shouldn't even be playing with fire, and here they are launching stuff into space.
If that's not tragic enough, N Korea is still fooling around with their My Little Pony Long Range Missile Kit. How far exactly is their "long range"? And, at which evil capitalistic country are they aiming it? Lemme guess....
And then there's the story about Mt Redoubt, a strata volcano in Alaska, 106 miles (166 kilometers) west of Anchorage. It's at least no one's fault, that it may (or may not) erupt, but if you look at pictures there are 80 gazillion tons of snow on that mountain. It will probably melt pretty fast when the ambient temperature suddenly changes from 30 degrees below zero to 3,600 degrees. (Fahrenheit - I don't do Celsius - I only did kilometers because they were already noted on the volcano report for me. )
Sarah's going to have a swimming pool in her back yard for sure if the mountain blows up. The black ash, spreading along the Arctic snow belt is not a good plan either if we're trying to keep glaciers intact.
And then, there's the value of my house going down 35 billion dollars. That's exceptionally bad news. No one told me it was worth that much to begin with. We should be informed of these things so we can make our buy/sell/just walk off into the sunset decisions.
So, with all that bad news, I decided not to post today and looked around Bloggyville to see what cheery things everyone else is posting about today. The first one I noticed is Cate's "Joy To The World Post" so I go over there to share in the joy, and Cate has bravely decided to ignore the fact that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. At least for today. But, I've just seen the headlines. Should I tell her???? No. I'll let Cate enjoy her little sunshiny day and I'll keep an eye on the skies for her. I'll just leave the comment "DUCK!" whenever appropriate.
Maybe I'll stop over at Buttercream Cottage for a while and have some Cherry peek-a-boo bars. Those'll make me feel better. Then I think I'll go get that pedicure. I want my toes to look good for the high definition camera in that Iranian, uhm, communications satellite.