That was nice. I got dinner on the table and then collapsed into bed. I fell asleep listening to my wife, my daughers and our guest homeless lass saying dinner prayers and then start up a normal dinner conversation. That made me happy. It's nice to hear my family be so normal even though I'm out of the loop almost entirely.
Then I woke up and watched two hours of Nova specials on the Northwest Passage. I'm not certain that watching PBS specials about arctic travel is a good idea when one has a fever. Captain Franklin's trip was pretty gruesome. The plan was basically to build two war ships with every amenity imaginable on board to allow them to wait out the winters. The new technology of canned food, it was thought, would keep them through the years that the passage would take. They had the rough luck to meet with five consecutive summers where the Arctic Sea never thawed. And to be eating from cans soldered shut with lead so they all suffered from lead poisoning. So of course, some of them ate each other. The second attempt was successful by Captain Admunsun who spent years learning how to survive in the Arctic from the Inuit. In either case, in five or ten years or so the Northwest passage will be a major shipping thoroughfare. Is not Canuckistan already flexing its muscles over its territorial waters?
If anyone is interested in the issue of media bias, go find this article:
Lee, T. “The Liberal Media Myth Revisited: An Examination of Factors Influencing Perceptions of Media Bias.” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, v. 49 issue 1, 2005, p. 43.
The premise is that perceptions of media bias stem almost entirely from the perceptions of partisan observers rather than any real bias. It's good stuff. I may or may not be able to email a copy for further research to anyone interested.
And that is all.
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