So we’ve had a nasty earthquake in Haiti, the dead numbered in the hundred of thousands, the final toll will never be known. The World has responded, the USA has thrown it’s hand in, in manpower, expertise and cash, and still gets slated…the price it has to pay for being a super power with too much power and influence in the world in the eyes of many. All over the world, people have been digging deep in their pockets to help unseen, unknown people who have had a terrible misfortune in their life.
And that’s all it takes to get a common response from humanity….a major disaster…sad isn’t it?
So the circus in the USA continues with regard to gay people, the usual suspects trot out the same kind of lame brained objections to same sex marriage and gay people serving openly in the forces as they did to equality between black people and white people, and marriage between races, they lost the earlier arguments, they will most surely lose this one…eventually. And I have no doubt, there will still be as many still against it in 2065 as there are people still against black people having equal rights on a bus in 2010, despite the stand made by Rosa Lee Parks back in 1955, it’s basically down to ignorance and intolerance – how far in the future do we need to look to see an end to them?
The Under 19 world cup is running in New Zealand, (that’s 50 over ODIs) and England got bounced out of it….sigh! Watched the match between Pakistan and West Indies U19s, West Indies won it, and well deserved too.
Reading on NP this evening, a bit about the Magdalene Laudries, brought back memories of reading books by many people, not just on that subject, but books like “The All Of It” and “Amongst Women”…and listening to Mary Coughlan, the Black Family, Christie Moor, The Saw Doctors, Mary Black…some of the music haunting and thought provoking, some relaxing and some rocking, but most of it unashamedly Irish, the influence of Irish music has enriched the listening experience of audiences world-wide, but it is more than that within Ireland, and to a great degree in the British Isles, it has educated and informed, and saved and stored history and lore in the psyche of generations.