Morning Newsreel March 21 2013

One of the freedoms we enjoy in America is the ability to criticize our leaders.  A dying Iraq war veteran exercises his right in a scathing letter: Iraq War vet pens ‘last letter’ to Bush and Cheney.  The message seems particularly timely given the various current global tensions.  Let’s hope (and pray / meditate / contemplate, whatever you feel like) that progress can be made through the diplomatic process.

On a happier note, two feel-good stories show that there is indeed a lot of good in the world — you often just have to look beyond the mainstream TV news.
Veteran leaves gift of cash, note on car of Afghan war soldier’s girlfriend.
18-Year-Old Inspired By Great-Grandmother To Do 89 Acts of Kindness.

This is why I love science:  some physicists are disappointed that the Higgs Boson particle is behaving much as predicted by theory, meaning that there will not likely be significant changes or advances of the theory.  That is great – they are disappointed because they are right!  Read more: Physicists Increasingly Confident They’ve Found the Higgs Boson.  I guess I gravitate toward science because the search for truth is more fun than knowing the truth and there is always something more to learn.  And the opposite is one reason why religion has always been tough for me: religion generally claims to already know the answers.  For us curious types, that takes all of the fun out of it.  I think having some mystery is more exciting.

Apparently not all Buddhists are non-violent: Buddhists and Muslims clash in central Burma town.


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