Again, I did not watch last night’s debate. Nine o’clock is bedtime at my age, especially when the night before I was up until well after midnight reliving my youth at a concert. (Chicago.) The tenor of coverage this morning is quite different than last time and the quantity is minimal, limited almost entirely to near real time commentary with almost no post debate summary or analysis. Based on the coverage it was a TV show with no lasting impact beyond the viewing of it. One of the few summary pieces said, “The viewing audience lost big, obviously, but they weren’t alone.” I ask you, is that a TV critic speaking or debate analysis.
About 6 miles from my home, way out in the country and very near the freeway is this fascinating place with a big electrical substation, wide streets and street lighting, and nothing else. A few years ago the county purchased the land, improved it and intended to place a large industrial park there. Then…covid. Businesses changed plans, markets shifted and now all that investment by the county was for naught. It’s just a field now, not suitable for agricultural use, but which no business wants to build on. There might be a lesson there.
Yesterday I wrote of the impossibility of true equity. I wish my thoughts in that post were original. They aren’t. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.” Everybody is better at something that somebody else. That’s what Paul is saying there.
There is always somebody better, somebody with more. As Orwell wrote, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Even if the math teacher gives everyone an “A+” there is still going to be that person in the class that does the math better. It is just a fact of life. Trying to create equity where none exists is, in its own right, a form of oppression.
The abortion debate has, as was entirely foreseeable, stepped up in the aftermath of the overturn of Roe v Wade and all that followed. Donald Trump appears to have stepped into the middle of it. What concerns me is that those of us that are pro-life are showing signs of behaving dangerously like our opponents.
In which I go full old curmudgeon. The story was that Ronald Reagan never took off his coat or tie when he was in the Oval Office out of respect of the office. As I just found out, much effort has been put in by the internet to disprove this story because that’s what the internet does – belittle everything. But real life isn’t the internet, and the exceptions to the story are not what matter. The point is and remains that the office is greater than the individual holding it. Or at least so it should be.
Sea water desalination, the process by which sea water is made potable, or drinkable, has been a holy grail for sea adjacent, water starved regions around the world. From California to Israel, Egypt to Yemen and all of Northern Africa such would be a boon. In recent decades Israel has made major strides in developing this technology. Yes, the water produced is expensive compared to water pumped from a natural source, but to a place like Israel (or California) where there is no other choice, it makes life sustainable. Ah, but in this world, not so fast….
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