Monday, October 19, 2009

horror on Midway Atoll

This is simply awful. Albatross parents mistake brightly colored bottle caps and bits of plastic for food, and feed it to their chicks... who die...

Friday, October 09, 2009

overboard

I like Obama, and wanted him for president since the idea started being suggested. I think he's done more for this country in 6 months than the previous administration did in 8 years.

But the Nobel Peace Prize? Come ON folks.

Having a far more approachable global attitude is great. Stating a commitment to reducing nuclear weaponry is wonderful. Guiding my country through avoiding depression, and to the beginnings of economic recovery, is a relief.

But none of it is really Prize-worthy. The Nobel Institute says it is for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." Obama has done some, but not a LOT, not on the scale of Carter, let's say. He has been primarily a speaker, an inspirer, a motivator -- and there's a lot of value in that. But results are a different matter and remain to be seen.

I'm skeptical of the Institute's motivations. It only creates more pressure on the man with the biggest plateful of pressures since Roosevelt.