Saturday, September 1, 2007

top of the news

we hear not to believe everything we find on the internet. I can attest to the veracity of this advice! this morning compuserve (my email provider) posted that today's forecast is for a 40% chance of snow and a current temperature of 4 degrees fahrenheit - I am sitting in front of an open window I can assure you that it is not a frigid 4 degrees out there and there is no chance for snow today. grant it a cool front did come in - but it's a lovely 57 degrees F (or 13 C) and in terms of today's forecast, there is no forecast for snow or any other precipitation for that matter!

however, there is a report on compuserve's homepage that is accurate. and this is the post regarding today's AP story which reports that in august there was 1,800 iraqi civilian deaths. even if the forecast for snow was correct, I find this story more alarming! instead of quelling the violence in iraq, mr. bush's 'surge' of US troops has actually resulted in sectarian and extremist factions escalating their violence against iraqi civilians. in another AP story I found this disturbing information:
"In street terms, it means life for average Iraqis appears even more perilous and unpredictable....Iraq is suffering about double the war-related deaths countrywide compared with last year - an average daily toll of 62 so far this year, as against 33 in 2006... So far this year, about 14,800 people have died in war-related attacks and sectarian murders. AP reporting accounted for 13,811 deaths in 2006. The UN and other sources placed the 2006 toll far higher."
non-violence works, war doesn't!

1 comment:

lettuce said...

sometimes there seem to be so many reasons to be hopeful - and then, sometimes its so hard to hope.

what a mess, eh?