The joy of cold, the joy of sandbagging, the joy of breakthroughs, the joy of the iPhone, and the nurse who allegedly stole a surgery patient's pain med.
Hosni Mubarak is stepping down, according to some unconfirmed reports. He'll speak to his nation soon and we'll find out.
Al Jazeera has live video from Cairo.
MSNBC has also been providing this feed, which has been up and down:
Given all the problems in Egypt, getting Mubarak out of office may end up being the easy part.There's still the matter of wrestling control of the country from its military (Egyptian presidents have come directly from the military since the revolution in the 1950s) and finding jobs for people.
Here. Watch this. Here's a Kleenex.
Ella Chou, who is subbing for James Fallow this week, writes about this ad today on The Atlantic's site.
She says the "best and the brightest" may not necessarily be the ones who were born here, and increasingly, they're not the ones staying here:
The video spread like a wild fire among the oversea Chinese communities because it tells the typical story of a young Chinese with a "dream" (as mentioned in the ad): prep hard for the exam; wave goodbye to family in the airport (Beijing Airport in this case); pursue study at a top American University (this video shows, as many would recognize, Columbia University); get a job in a big American city (looks like a consulting job in New York). Last year alone, 128,000 Chinese students came to the U.S., pursuing more or less the same dream. They make up of the largest percentage (nearly 18%)of the international student body in the U.S..
Is U.S. still going to be the place where young people around the world dream to learn, to make their career and realize their potential? Is it going to keep the openness?
Around me among the Chinese community at Harvard, I've already begun to hear people saying they'll probably go back to China after graduation because of the difficulty in getting a job and the required work visa in the U.S. and also because the potential for growth they are seeing back at home. How is U.S. going to maintain its attractiveness to world talent? Ten years from now, will we see a different version of this ad?
I grew up in a hockey market, I played hockey as a kid, I played college hockey (such as it was) and I still think hockey is one of the most graceful of all sports.
That said, is there anything sillier than a couple of goalies squaring off?
That was last night in Boston.
You can go years without seeing fights between goalies. The NHL has had two in the last week.(15 Comments)
You asked for it, Wisconsin. You with your "we're open for business signs" on the state border, aimed at our businesses and all.
Several Minnesota Republican lawmakers today filed a bill in the House of Representatives to make fireworks legal in Minnesota, a market currently pretty much owned by businesses in Wisconsin, where the sale of fireworks is legal.
The bill would change the definition of fireworks to that used by the American Pyrotechnic Association. When Minnesota allowed the sale of "fireworks" starting in 2002, it limited the definition to sparklers and a few "pop" toys that were little more than cute. Things that shot into the air? Not in our state, at least not legally in our state.
But Minnesotans, as evidenced by the license plates in the stores in Wisconsin, want the big artillery.
If approved, this certainly serves as a shot across Wisconsin's bow. In Wisconsin, residents aren't allowed to purchase fireworks without a permit, even though they can be sold to residents from Minnesota and other states without one.
Wisconsinites would have to come to Minnesota to get them.