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Sunday, February 20, 2011


1.  Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, Iran, and Algeria remain in turmoil,  Jordan, Saudia Arabia and Tunisia remain uneasy, while Sudan and Somalia could be next.  The Muslim Brotherhood, a movement, not a political party, seems entwined in all these rebellions.  They have been around since 1928, and some of them went on to found Al Queda, which now considers the MB to have sold out.  The MB has been in the USA since the 1960's.  Members of the MB are mostly professionals.  They wear suits and accept that democracy might be a pathway to an ultimate Union on Arab Nations, from Spain to Indonesia.  However, "Islam is the solution" is their belief, and an Islamic Caliphate is their ideal, a constitutional republic run by an Imam.  Their spiritual leader is Yusuf al-Qaradawi (left)  If the MB gains any kind of control, there will continue to be gender issues and Israel will be in high jeopardy.

2.  My 31January2011 posting asked where is the next Earth?  Well, the latest information from Kepler is that there are 500 million possible Earths just in our Milky Way galaxy.  Mind you, while we have an ordinary one with, perhaps 300 billion stars, a beam of light will take about 100,000 years just to travel from one end to the other.  Further, as there are, supposedly, 100 billion other galaxies, 500 million times 100 billion would suggest 50000000000000000000 possible Earths in our Universe.

3.  Is Peak Oil imminent?

4.  Sea level rise could affect 180 U.S. cities by 2100.

5.  #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 is Lady Gaga's Born This Way, as covered by Maria Aragon.  #2 is Katy Perry's Firework and #3 Bruno Mars' Grenade.  By the way, Bruno got off his cocaine bust with a slap on the wrist.  The #1 song 50 years ago today was Lawrence Welk's Calcutta. In 1951, #1 was Patti Page's Tennessee Waltz, while in 1941, Artie Shaw's Frenesi.

5.  The number one movie this weekend was Unknown, with Liam Neeson, while I am Number Four, sort of Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) redux, was #2.  Fifty years ago, #1 was 101 Dalmatians.

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