Archive for May 6th, 2010
I’ve totally run out of patience. I need to see photos of all the good things happening in Iraq and Afghanistan, but there aren’t any. Why aren’t we seeing lots and lots of photos documenting all the supposedly good things the United States is supposedly doing in these countries with its bloated military-industrial complex?
We spend a billion dollars every three days on these two “wars.” We’ve already spent a trillion dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan, much of this money unaccounted for. http://www.costofwar.com/ For Iraq alone, we will have spent at least $6,500 per U.S. citizen before we are done with it all (if that ever happens).
Hey, somebody, please show us lots and lots of photos proving that a billion dollars of new things are happening every three days in Iraq and Afghanistan. Show us one trillion dollars of progress over the past 10 years. Certainly the public could be shown photos of stabilized neighborhoods, sprouting businesses, and kids learning in quality schools, if these things were happening. I challenge any of you to scour the current editions of your favorite news sites to find photographs or videos that would give you any optimism that the U.S. will ever leave either of these countries. Just find any photo of anything happening in either war zone over the past week. You won’t find it in American mainstream news sites. And no, this story that Afghanistan has a total of one rock band isn’t good news. You probably won’t even find any current news that any war is going on at all.
I haven’t had much time to share my thoughts at this website lately–too much legal work to do. I’ve never written so much as I have in the past few weeks, including co-authoring a long book chapter on the topic of “Arbitration,” another article on products liability, two appellate briefs and probably a dozen legal memoranda. Yes, I’m looking for a bit of sympathy! Now, if you want proof that I’ve been working maniacally at the keyboard, take at look at my keyboard: the letters are wearing off.
What you’re seeing is part of my actual computer keyboard at the law office. Ignore all the dust between the keys, please (it doesn’t look quite this dusty in person). The “M” key is almost gone, as is part of “L.” I completely lost my comma and period keys. Losing the label of one key is not too bad, but losing several in a row is annoying–I was finding myself often pausing to figure out which key is the period and which was the comma when I was in editing mode (when typing a rough draft, none of this much of a problem, because my fingers usually know where to go and I don’t need to look down).
I like fixing things rather than throwing things away, so I “invented” the above-illustrated method of putting pieces of customized label on top of the distressed keys. I’m thinking that I ought to coat the labels with something clear to keep the image readable–maybe clear nail polish?? Perhaps someone out there has a ideas for coating the label or for otherwise repairing a keyboard that is losing its letters . . . here’s your chance to be an environmental hero, because I would bet that there are many people out there with this same problem, and a good idea could save thousands of keyboards.
BTW, I think I lost the comma and period because I type so intensely fast that I need to pound those pause/stop keys repeatedly in order to slow myself down. That’s my theory.