I check the news very intermittently, but today I turned on the TV while I was getting ready to go to school. George Bush was giving a press conference covering a multitude of topics. First, I heard a new Bushism. He was discussing some political dialogue, and emphasised that he would continue dialoguing with them. Much to my chagrin, it seems to be a real word. Second, while he was talking a reporter put up his hand and asked him about the Turkish vote to allow 60,000 troops to cross into Northern Iraq to attack Kurdish rebels (which was announced while he was talking). I treasured for the rest of the morning his exasperated expression. Finally, a reporter asked him how he defined terrorism; he answered it was whatever the American law was, and quickly changed the topic; the way he said it made me wonder if he knew what the laws were. Then I wondered whether the American laws conformed to the UN definition (sigh).
But I have to hand it to him. During supper I heard that Bush and the United States awarded the Dalai Lama with the Congressional Gold Medal. What is exceptional is that he was photographed and filmed walking on stage with the Dalai Lama holding his arm. This is important because it is the first time that an American President has been photographed with him, and he made a moving statement in support of the Lama. Also, no Canadian Prime Minister has been publicly photographed with the Lama. You can imagine the Chinese reaction! They tolerate meetings of the Lama with foreign leaders, but try their utmost to prevent the Dalai Lama being seen with major political leaders; an event like this will get on the news and the internet even in China. I just read that china is pulling out of talks regarding the Iran-North Korea nuclear proliferation issue, so I guess I know how serious China is.
Also, the Dalai Lama will visit Canada late this month. The first Prime Minister to meet the Dalai Lama was Paul Martin in 2004 (no photos). I’d love to see Harper meet with him, now that Bush has set an example.
The second event was the Canadian Throne speech.It seems we are safe for a while (but there is still a small chance that the speech won’t be accepted). Harper mentioned that he felt like a student getting a report back full of corrections, but which still finally passed.
The third event was Al Gore winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on popularising climate change. The best part was the sound of teeth grinding from the extreme right.
Fourth, the Canadian homicide rate has dropped another 10%; meanwhile the Harper government is promoting harsher punishments and fines.
Fifth, Benazir Bhutto is returning to Pakistan; the lady has courage. She is well loved by moderates in the country, and is a real political threat to General Musharraf.
Finally, there’s a good chance that a volcano will go up in British Columbia. Too bad it is in central BC. I was kind of hoping it would occur near Whistler. It would make great fireworks for the 2010 Olympics, and would give them some more hot springs. There’s also the added benefit of more hot springs.
In summary, a few nice things, a few intriguing things, and a few sad things. What a wierd and awesome species are we.