reality can make some uncomfortable, clouds and salt marsh, things not to stand between

escape window

Alas! it was too late to wish that! She went on growing, and growing, and very soon had to kneel down on the floor: in another minute there was not even room for this, and she tried the effect of lying down with one elbow against the door, and the other arm curled round her head. Still she went on growing, and, as a last resource, she put one arm out of the window, and one foot up the chimney, and said to herself ‘Now I can do no more, whatever happens. What will become of me?’

Luckily for Alice, the little magic bottle had now had its full effect, and she grew no larger: still it was very uncomfortable, and, as there seemed to be no sort of chance of her ever getting out of the room again, no wonder she felt unhappy.(emphasis mine)

from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 4, by Lewis Carroll

Not unrelated, Republican steward of spin, distortions and an unhealthy amount of bitterness – Charles Krauthammer on what Fox News Channel has acheived: “What Fox did is not just create a venue for alternative opinion. It created an alternate reality.”

clouds and salt marsh

60 die in Peru rainforest protest

At least 60 people are killed in Peru, in clashes between police and indigenous protesters over plans to drill for oil and gas in the country’s rainforest.

Rule 5: Never stand between civilized people and their need to gas up the Hummer.

Jobless man says he shouldn’t have to fight city hall in court

A narrow trail led to the front door. Visitors make the trek through a potpourri of junk: Fish tanks. Wires and cords and metal rods. A brass bed frame and a wicker chair. Christmas lights. A refrigerator or two.

“I like it this way,” Daeder said proudly, like a king surveying his kingdom. “It keeps the Mormons away.”

He was probably being facetious, but it wouldn’t be the first good idea that someone accidentally stumbled across.

Hey kids Santa came early this year, West Va. Supreme Court Affirms Toxic Coal Silo as Wonderful Playground

On the heels of being reprimanded by the US Supreme Court this week for allowing one of its Massey coal company-bankrolled justices to refuse to recuse himself on Massey coal-related court matters, the West Virginia Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision to allow the construction of another controversial coal silo within yards of the Marsh Fork Elementary School in Sundial, West Virginia.  The WV Supreme Court (this time without the recused justice) made their ruling on a very narrow technicality.