The best news of the day … perhaps the week, or maybe even the month! Today in New Delhi, India, rescuers were searching for bodies in the wake of an avalanche that, six days prior, buried a military post on Siachen glacier on the India/Pakistan border. Imagine their shock when they discovered, not a body, but a living breathing (albeit barely) human being! For five days the man had been buried under 35 feet of snow and ice, on a mountain where the temperatures dip to 50 degrees below zero at night. He was dehydrated, suffering from hypothermia, hypoglycemia, but alive! Now, isn’t that better news than we usually hear? Sadly, nine others at that military post were killed in the avalanche. Did anybody see this on CNN? No, me either.
A few days ago I came across this headline in the BBC News: Lebanon returns Israeli vulture cleared of spying. So, it turns out this poor bird happened to have a tracking device on his little foot because he originated from an Israeli game reserve and was part of a project to re-introduce raptors to the Middle East. He was captured in Lebanon after flying into their airspace. Returning him was not simple, apparently: “In a discreet operation with the Lebanese and with the great help of UN forces and the UN liaison unit, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority was able to return the vulture that was caught a few days ago by villagers of Bint Jbeil, Lebanon,” an Israeli statement released on Friday said. Seriously? It required the United Nations to return a poor bird? Fortunately, the bird suffered only minor injuries from the ordeal and has since recovered. This is not the first time this has happened, either. In 2011, a bird with the same type of tracking device was captured in Saudi Arabia and the Saudi’s believed that there was a Zionist plot afoot. Can we say that today’s global society is paranoid?
Meanwhile, in news from New Hampshire (note, for those who may have been living under a rock and not have heard the news, the New Hampshire primaries are taking place today), somewhere around 9:00 a.m. this morning, despite the fact that polls were yet to be open for another 11 hours, Fox News, that highly credible, legitimate news network (sarcasm fully intended), declared Donald Trump to be the winner of the republican primary with some 28% of the votes. I have seen this story multiple times on multiple news sources, except Fox. Nor have I seen the apology Fox owes to all candidates. Still wonder why it is referred to as Faux News?
And also from New Hampshire, apparently some rude person in the audience at a Trump rally shouted out that Ted Cruz is a p#$%@ (I don’t wish to have my blog removed for using profanity, but you can figure it out if you think of a cute small animal that says “meow”). Trump took the opportunity to loudly (does he know any other way???) repeat the comment. He pretended to rebuke that lady who initially made the comment, but it was obvious to watchers that he was delighted. One wonders if it wasn’t a planned thing.
I apologize for this short, dis-jointed post, but it is snowing here today and I did not sleep well last night, so those two things combined create a cloud of fog in my brain that causes an electrical arcing that in turn causes my thoughts to hop around like mad bunny rabbits! Perhaps tomorrow I shall stay on topic … or perhaps not.