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March 15, 2004
Beware the Ides of March

I wonder how many hundreds of people will use the Ides for a post title today?

Let's all pause to consider the fact that on March 15, 1938 oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.

On March 15, 1973, President Nixon hinted that the five week-old "cease-fire" in Vietnam might have been more conceptual than factual.

A cease-fire under the provisions of the Paris Peace Accords had gone into effect on January 27, 1973, but was quickly and repeatedly violated by both sides as they jockeyed for control of territory in South Vietnam. Very quickly, both sides resumed heavy fighting in what came to be called the "cease-fire war."

It seems that, while the "major combat" was over, the war was going on.

Now where have we heard that recently?

And what do Silvestro Palma, Nicola Vaccai, Gaetano Gaspari, Eduard Strauss, Henrique Alves de Mesquita, Jozef Surzynski, Johan Halvorsen, Leslie Stuart, Will Rossiter, David Vaughan Thomas, Rudolf Piskacek, Slava Vorlova, Lockrem Johnson, Benjamin Burwell Johnson, Nicolas Flagello, Tiezo Matsumura, Cecil Perceval Taylor, Ronald Roseman, Daniel George Apolinar, Wolfgang Hufschmidt, Dick Higgins, and Stomu Yamash'ta have in common? All composers, born on March 15. The Ides are a big day for music.

Yesterday was, "Freedom of Information Day." Remember that concept?

It's not that I don't care what's going on in the world, but I'm sure you've all read about the bomb found in Pakistan and the problem in Korea and other problems so what's the point in me being the fiftieth person to link to stories about them?

Many of you probably also have already read about the new Willie Horton campaign and our contributions to Venezuela's problems and Spain's threat to leave Iraq and the increased Palestinian-Israeli violence and how neo-conservatives would like to rewrite the laws, here and elsewhere. Not much for me to add to those.

Take a moment to thank the human rights organizations still protesting conditions in Guantanamo.

Then read Peter Preston as he takes a look at today's terrorist situation, post-invasion

As for me, my boss is breathing down my neck because our company has its own short-term crisis to deal with at the moment, so I'm saying good-bye to the chaos of international politics for a couple of days. I'll be on the road and offline until Thursday. Y'all behave yourselves while I'm gone.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:37 AM


Actually, tomorrow is Freedom of Information Day, so chosen because March 16 is the birthday of James Madison. ALA's site has more. I'll probably blog about it tomorrow.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at March 15, 2004 10:43 AM

Dunno where my head is some days. :) I'll look forward to reading your post when I'm back in town!

Posted by: Anne at March 15, 2004 11:38 AM