Kaniktshaq Moritlkatsio Atsuniartoq*

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*roughly translated as “look at all the f—ing snow.”  Yes, I know it’s March, and it’s Maine, and that complaining about the weather doesn’t serve any constructive purpose.

Too bad.

Yes, another 4 to 8 inches between tonight and tomorrow.  Someday, someday, it will be spring.

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4,000

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4,000 U.S deaths in Iraq since the war began five years ago. The Associated Press has one way of calculating the death toll, The New York Times and Department of Defense another. Regardless of the exact number, it is exactly that number too many.  Of course, this is just the number of U.S. dead in Iraq.  Another 485 in Afghanistan (remember Afghanistan?), and civilian deaths owing to hostile action estimated to be around 100,000.

We honor the memory and sacrifice of our servicepeople, and mourn all those lost in these conflicts.

Motion Sickness, Anyone?

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Been following the financial markets lately?  Stocks up, stocks down.  Gas and oil prices up, up some more, and yet still more before pausing for everyone to catch their breath.  Falling interest rates, rising anxieties.

I have noticed in recent day that the mainstream news media seem even more intent on characterizing daily events as some kind of catastrophe, the latest harbinger of doom (from BrianKaneOnline), or – wait! – maybe things are not as bad as we thought.  The daily, or even intraday highs and lows people are subjected to can’t be good.

Take two of these.  No, don’t call me in the morning, but stop watching so much news, wouldya!

Err…Whoops!

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So, it’s been a week.  Let’s take stock (no pun in ten did).  Or better yet, let’s not.

Earlier this week, economist and New York Times op-ed contributor Paul Krugman said, “In a worst-case scenario, the Federal Reserve would find itself owning around $200 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities.”

Then, what happens?  You guessed it – the Federal Reserve offers up to $200 billion in credit to investment banks to sell off bad debt to – who? – us!!  What goes around, comes around, I guess.

$110 a barrel oil (3/14/2008), $4 gas on the way.  Oh, and, by the way, that tax rebate you’re going to be getting in the mail?  Send it to your state department of transportation.  Instead of stimulating the Taiwanese economy by buying a flat-screen TV, how about stimulating our own economy and rebuilding the crumbling bridges and roads we drive on every day?

Yes folks, we are well and truly screwed.  Don’t tell me you’re surprised.

Simmering

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Feeling a little uneasy lately, kind of like the proverbial frog in a pot.

Economic news, the “r” word, unemployment claims, global warming (don’t give me just this winter as proof that it isn’t happening ’cause that’s nonsense), the credit crunch, oil prices, heating oil prices, gas prices, all prices (since almost everything has a petroleum-related component) going up – all that.  Sure, I could just be giving in to the panic-mongering that passes for most news these days.  Worse than just me being a worry wart, is that this might be the very slippery edge of the post-“peak oil” slope.

Is it warm in here, or is it just me?