Sunday, April 7, 2013

Swimming Season

The cold front came and left in its wake a lot of grateful plants that have suffered through a prolonged drought this winter, but it isn't just plants that are happy for the rain. My dog was bright eyed and bushy tailed when I woke up yesterday and she was ready for a walk, big yellow tail flapping wildly as she waited for me to get myself together.
Cold fronts also tend to leave behind a bit of cold north wind which pleases my dog and clear skies and sunshine, which pleases me. So much change in so little time, from apocalyptic gray and dark to this, at the north end of Blimp Road.
These are surreal days to me as we seem to be edging closer all the time to some weird war that no one cares to explain to us. North Korea has suddenly got an extraordinary bee in its bonnet about military exercises carried out by the US and South Korea. Usually our leaders overplay stuff like this, getting all bellicose and full of rhetoric, making a lot of noise so we can be impressed when the enemy stands down. Then everyone calms down and it's back to business as usual. This time the war rhetoric is absent, indeed the news from North Korea is minimized everywhere as though there are no missiles with nuclear warheads in the Mad Kingdom. I checked the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, Huffington Post, ANSA and North Korea rates less than Roger Ebert's death. When our leaders wanted us to believe there were weapons of mass delusion in Iraq they beat the drum of war incessantly. No one is arguing that North Korea has weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them, but the beating drums are absent. That worries me.
The US has flown long range bombers and flying command centers ("doomsday" Mercury aircraft to keep control of communications when ground bases are nuked) to Guam. US Secretly Deploys B-1 Strategic Bombers, E-6 "Doomsday" Planes Near North Korea | Zero Hedge It's business as usual in South Korea but North Korea is warning diplomats their safety cannot be assured after April 10. Talk about a phony war!
At home our leaders mouth off to each other about the economy while fewer and fewer pay attention to yesterday's news, which is high unemployment across the land. Time to Look Behind the Curtain and See Who is Against Full Employment « naked capitalism Not as high as the European Union where the BBC reports young Portuguese entrepreneurs are emigrating to former African colonies to build a better standard of living for themselves. BBC News - Portugal's unemployed heading to Mozambique 'paradise' And where they are embraced as they bring work to the world's poorest countries....
Meanwhile, as we head into a new week, all I can think is that it's time to get the boat out of hibernation and start getting it ready (not too much work, please), for a summer of swimming and being out on those beautiful translucent waters. North Korea be damned.