Will be posting more things when possible - right now I'm at home to celebrate my sister's birthday (god, too many May birthdays! The soon-to-be-9-year-old sister whose b-day is on May 14 had her party May 2; the soon-to-be-18-year-old whose b-day is on May 26 is having her party tomorrow, my grandmother who came to my graduation has her b-day on May 12, which is the date of my graduation...)
I have a graduation to plan for and attend, requiste family/friend celebrations to work out, a trip starting on May 14th that hasn't been fully booked yet, and I'm dead on two feet from exhaustion. And I'm babysitting tonight.
Good luck to everyone still in finals, sorry I missed your birthday Maxime (I had a test. I'm sure you understand the need to stay up until the last final second reviewing your notes over and over again.), and I'll be back on a more regular basis soon.
But enough personal stuff. One thing I do want to post on is the news, two things in particular.
1, the British election, which was admittedly the first thing I checked and kept checking as soon as my final was over. It's a hung parliament, which in my view was probably the best of all solutions. Reason being that I have problems with each of the three parties:
Cameron seems like a nice guy personally, but I throughly disagree with him on economics and for the love of god he proposed "California style referendums"! Has he not SEEN California recently?;
Gordon Brown had a lot to do with the current state of affairs in Britain and had no chance of really winning a majority, but he's - from what I know - moderately reasonable with his stances on economic and social issues;
Clegg is a relatively unknown factor for a number of reasons and I like the LibDems on a lot of issues, but I've been informed that of the three parties they're the most rabidly anti-Israel and pro-EU (please tell me it's not true that the LibDems STILL want to take up the Euro currency - hasn't that just been shown to be a really bad idea without a central government?), which I believe given the tendecies of far-left liberals everywhere and Britain in particular, though if someone tells me otherwise (the anti-Israel thing is the big one, the EU position I'm less concerned for) and shows proof, I'll be happy to change my mind. Not that it really matters, they got a disappionting amount of votes.
Either way, a workout that includes two of the three parties, preferably Labor and LibDem, would be just fine, provided they moderate each other. Of course, I'm reporting on this because I'm a politics geek and because I like the UK a lot, but I don't live there so presumably it's less urgent for me. Anyone who knows more, please come and chat about it! : )
2, in the US, we just got 290,000 new jobs, 60 or so of which are temporary gov't census jobs, which still means about 230,000 new private sector jobs. Also, the amount of people who want to find a job (non-disheartened workers) went up, which pushed the unemployment up to 9.9%. The 9.9% number is still bad, but this is a very good sign - especially as revisions of the last two months pushed them both into the black and higher up. This is what is known colloquially as "progress"
And yet, it's honestly amazing how conservative US blogs and politicans just completely ignore all this. A number of politicans are quoted (while playing golf, no less) as trashing the "Washington Democrats" as not having a plan, this being a fluke, etc. The blogs focus on the 9.9% number and proceed to say "eh, it's all gov't census jobs!" even though 230,000 of it ISN'T. They go as far as simply not mentioning the positive numbers! >_> Epistemic closure, yep, there ya go.
And people wonder why the US has issues: it's because one side has stopped bothering to report reality entirely. The Left is just as bad when it wants to be, let me not deny (see: Israel), but the US Right has really just stopped caring what reality is anymore, and for that matter has stopped trusting its own partisans to know the facts. Do they think that just finding out the truth will kill their support? If so, is it worth keeping support in that way? It's pathetic.
...I knew my news-obsessed tendencies would get on here sometime. Maybe I should start a new blog just for news-reports and stop bothering those who don't care with it...