Week in News Review

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Me at the top of the steps of a temple in Mongolia countryside

Dark Knight Shooter:  Since I’ve woken up this morning, there has been a constant flow of news coverage on the senseless shooting in Aurora, Colorado.  The usual hype around a blockbuster movie turned into a shocking and fearfull experience transforming the excitement on screen to reality.  At least 12 were killed by James Holmes, 24, who is currently in police custody.  Some reports say that a young three-month-old baby was part of the almost 60 injured movie-goers.  The police have evacuated Holmes’ apartment after he insinuated that more explosives were housed there too.  Holmes recently dropped out of a doctoral program at the university of Colorado medical school.  How can a brilliant mind be so destructive?

GA 400 Tolls: If you travel through Atlanta, Georgia or live here, this story will impact you.  Governor Nathan Deal fulfilled one of his campaign promises yesterday with his announcement of shutting down the toll on GA 400 by December 2013.  I bring this story up as my second news clip because I’ve always had a personal vendetta against tolls.  I’ve driven down the New Jersey Turnpike where there is a toll every mile in the mother state of tolls, and I’ve specifically set my GPS to avoid the toll road in Atlanta.  If you can’t tell, I don’t like tolls.  As a dutiful, taxpaying citizen I think a toll is a superfluous tax.  I already pay a transportation tax and a gas tax that should all go to upkeep and new road projects.  So what is the point of a toll?  What many people may not know is that the revenue collected from gas tax may not go to transportation needs.  If it did, there wouldn’t be a need for a toll.  In states’ efforts to plug budget holes, revenue from taxes aren’t always spent the way they are were promised.

Michelle Bachman: When you think the world is making progress, you stumble upon something like this.  In a retroactive moment harkening back to the McCarthy era, Michele Bachmann and four other Republican representatives sent letters to different inspector generals of different agencies warning them of Huma Abedin, a Muslim American who serves as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, because of her family’s alleged connections to the Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or http://medicines4all.com organizations.  For someone to be chief of staff to the Secretary of State’s office that person has no doubt been well vetted.

Making Friends as an Adult:   The New York Times published this article earlier this week, and I found it poignant and on point with exactly the issues I face as an adult trying to establish friendships.  If you have graduated from college, you will completely understand and agree with the perspective in this story.  I’ve made a lot of friends through church, but overall, the process of building intimate friendships is difficult and close to impossible when an adult.

Date a Girl Who Travels:  This is another interesting read that a co-worker sent to me.  We are both travelers and enjoy the adventure of sightseeing in a foreign country, eating indiscernible cuisine, and learning about different cultures.  This article explains why women who travel make much better girlfriends than non-travelers.  Clearly, I am biased.

One thought on “Week in News Review

  1. The Colorado event is a tragedy! We are thrilled about upcoming closing of the GA 400 toll – finally!!! Driving the NJ turnpike is a nightmare – Ugh! We have to believe Michelle Bachman and all other officials have been super duper vetted or how can we sleep at nights? By the way, congratulations on winning that awesome Navoh clutch!!! We hope you show it with one of your Wednesday outfits. It’s the weekend! We hope you enjoy it!

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