Odds and ends...
scratching their heads about how a female anteater which had no known contact with her mate nevertheless gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
-- In San Francisco, the curia of the American psychiatric world is meeting this weekend to discuss, among other things, the latest updates to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the Bible of their universe. What-is-defined-how always has ramifications (shit flows downhill after all) and in this case, the debates and pronouncements of the assembled Jesuits are likely to be -- politely and thoughtfully, of course -- as fiery as they may be abstruse. Those of us who are crazed in one way or another can only await the verdicts of the American Psychiatric Association and hope that those dicta bear some resemblance to the insanities we enjoy. And perhaps the APA can -- as a facetious side note -- shed some light on the "crazy ants" in Texas.
-- In France -- the 14th country to do so -- gay marriage has been signed into law. Bit by bit the discriminations of the past are seen anew ... and make you wonder why there was discrimination in the first place.
-- Last night, on public television, there was a retrospective on the 40-year-old Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of Republican President Richard Nixon. The scandal bubbled up after the June 17, 1972, break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate office complex in Washington. Republican operatives were seeking useful political data about their Democratic rivals. Nixon's resignation came when the answer to the question, "what did the president know and when did he know it" dealt the president a mortal blow: Three Republican congressmen came to his office and told him that impeachment proceedings were unlikely to sustain his presidency ... and probably noted that the presidency itself would be besmirched during any such hearings.
Trust at 20%. "What if they had a war and nobody came" morphs into "what if they had a government and nobody believed?" Perhaps the lack of trust will right itself at some juncture, but the odds feel pretty long to me. Who creates a Department of Homeland Security unless there is some sense that the homeland might be attacked ... perhaps by a rabble tired of being manipulated?
Distrust is so grating and deflating. But what else is there when trust has been so palpably betrayed?