The Iraq war will continue grinding on because President Bush can’t seem to find any other idea to follow over there. He might even widen the war to include Iran. That will have terrible consequences if it happens.
The Bush administration will continue to screw up everything it touches.
There will be a growing confrontation between the Democratically controlled Congress and the White House. So far there hasn’t been time for any big fights. But as soon as the investigative committees start really trying to dig into the nefarious doings of Bush’s cronies, Bush and company will dig in their heels and the fur will fly. I like to follow the day to day details at a sort of liberal online magazine called Huffingtonpost.
There will continue to be stories like the one last Tuesday in the NY Times about the quickening pace of global warming. The Times reported on the ongoing melting of the Greenland ice sheet. Seems that one section that everybody thought was part of Greenland is actually a separate island. Nobody knew until the glacier connecting the two recently melted away. Anybody contemplating buying seafront property should really consider how nice a mountain retreat would be instead.
Progress will be made toward a true plug-in hybrid car. GM is now working on something called the Volt that looks very interesting. I was exploring various eco-sites last night. Headway is being made on the battery problem – how to build batteries that can hold enough juice to run a car and yet not weigh too much to slow that car down. Yes, headway is being made, but it doesn’t look like there’ll be fantastic breakthroughs in the coming year. Instead we’ll see incremental improvements in current engineering.
In the Land of Muse
Personally, Family Muse is heading out on a much anticipated trip to Barcelona in April.
In my ongoing struggle to keep my weight in line, I’m looking forward to new meds on the horizon. Acomplia should get approval sometime in 2007 and I’ll give it a try. It looks like some other drugs are also in the trial stages although they might not come to market for a couple years.
There will be another Oakland Open Studio the first two weekends in June. I’ll be selling my ceramics once again.
We’re planning a couple house parties this spring. One is in support of the Progressive Jewish Alliance, a wonderful organization working to stop sweatshops around the world. Another party will be in support of our favorite Oakland youth center, Youth Uprising. Last year we gave them some money to help needy Oakland young people go to college. We’ll have a lunch later in the year with some of those kids to hear how they’ve fared in school.