Returning to the world today, Tunisia is metasable. President Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia, and the country is now without leadership.
Egypt is clearly in transition, and whether Mubarak stays or not, the country will remain in turmoil for a long period. Protests are beginning to shake Yemen, Jordan, Sudan and Algeria. The following table from The Economist (5February2011) shows why all this is happening:
Finian's Rainbow closed on Broadway last month. But the movie will live on, and as sung by Gracie Fields in 1947, Glocca Morra will continue to be fine, too ra lay. More escapist fare, as the Academy Award song that year, in the spirit of singing your way to happiness, was Zip a Dee Doo Dah. Let us next move on to Brigadoon and segue back to What Dreams May Come. Maybe I'll dream a better solution for our future. Got any better ideas?
Another boffo day for the Dow Jones Industrials, +72 to 12,233, with world markets also almost all up.
Gold is up $14 to $1364 and petroleum is $87/barrel in New York and $100/barrel in London.