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[Apr. 29th, 2006|01:19 am]
1. Perhaps understandably, the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl is getting woefully little attention. I don't usually go in for the pornography of tragedy (and it's hard to avoid on this story), but I did come across two fantastic pieces. One's here (an incredible multimedia slideshow) and the other is a BBC Documentary Archive podcast (I don't know how to link to that, but it should be easy to find).

2. Gas prices - Jacob Weisberg sums it up here better than I ever could. I can't remember a time when Democrats have been so disingenuous. We should be glad that prices are so high. The word on the economic street is that prices need to be this high or higher for several years before there'll be a significant impact on demand. I guess I understand their need to be re-elected, but I'm still disappointed - do they have to be so obvious about it? I have to admit, though, and maybe it's just because I'm studying for a contracts exam, that Barney Frank made a good point on "Real Time" tonight. The point was this - people have been encouraged for decades to move to the suburbs, 30 or 40 miles from their job, so it doesn't seem fair to punish them for their good-faith reliance. I'm not saying I agree, just that it's the only viable point I've heard.

3. Inspired by some episodes of "The Cosby Show," I made two of these last night. "These" = bacon burger dogs, and mine looked much better than the ones in this picture. To those of you more intrigued than appalled, here's some advice: the hot dog part was sort of bland, so maybe cook it some before construction. Also, and this may be advice for life in general, try not to get your hopes too high - it has the potential to be better than a bacon cheeseburger (or a bacon hot dog or a hot dog burger), but it will almost certainly fail to be as good as you imagine.
bacon burger dog

[User Picture]From: elixabeth
2006-05-01 12:18 pm (UTC)
The bacon burger dog indeed looks revolting, even if I were to imagine it as a vegetarian knockoff. I'm slightly comforted knowing that yours looked much better.

Also, in France the anniversary of Chernobyl actually got a good bit of publicity, with lots of special stories in all the big newspapers, and documentaries on every channel for about a week.

That's all.
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[User Picture]From: thepowerbroker
2006-05-01 04:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know - about the Chernobyl thing, of course. And that's really good news. It seems like France, more than any other country, should never forget what happened. As only a hesitant advocate of nuclear power, I never know whether to be really envious of France's situation or really scared.
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