Does it all end in tears in the Arab world?

Japan is now providing great news cover for Western cowardice (malice and premeditation?) in failing to aid the democratic aspirations of Libyans (and Egyptians) and letting the Saudi army slip into Bahrain. What a great distraction from food-price spiral fueled popular discontent—after all, a tsunami we can’t really do anything about.

Meanwhile, events have tumbled on beyond White House control. How odd to hear the sound-bite of Obama talking about the “tightening noose” around Libyan dictator Disputed Spelling, seconds before hearing of the latest rebel defeat and the cheering in Tripoli, on whose shores no Marines are evident.

Can’t have people’s revolts shaking up the oil supply, can we?

The main event of the circus is not here yet. Just wait until nuclear fallout from Japan starts getting blown across the Pacific to … oops! … the United States. Won’t that be poetic justice for Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Think we’re navel gazing now? Wait until we all get radiated.

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Banned Books Week: it’s back (LA Times)

Here in the land of the free old faithfuls such as Harper Lee, J.D. Salinger and Alice Walker are among the authors lots of people want removed from the shelves, the American Library Association reminds us with Banned Books Week. The reasons are always ignorant bias or a firm opposition to seeing what’s there to see. Read the whole list at the Los Angeles Times

U.S. Finds Most Oil From Spill Poses Little Additional Risk

Remember that spill of 4.9 million barrels of oil? The black blot bigger than New England and the Mid-Atlantic states combined? Well, forget about that, it’s yesterday’s news. Everything dissolved “in the same way that sugar dissolves in tea.”

How comfy and neat! Now the journalism pack can move on to the next sensation.

Read the story here.