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Multiple Crises

Posted at 5:12 AM on February 17, 2009 by Dale Connelly (22 Comments)

Today the president will sign a bill intended to save the whole economy while simultaneously moving forward on efforts to prop up ailing banks and salvage two major automakers. Whew! What are you doing today? I plan to clean the bathroom. It's about time, and if I wait much longer, recovery may be impossible.

We all have times when we feel absolutely frazzled by cascading crises but the economic situation facing this new administration is extreme, to put it mildly. Barack Obama had it right when he said during the campaign that presidents need to be able to "deal with more than one thing at once."

How many more things could occur?

I noticed there were videos online at You Tube of some apparent meteor strikes in recent days. One on Sunday in Texas ...

... and another last month in Sweden.

If you were the Interplanetary Takeover Czar of the Martian High Command, don't you think this would be a good time to launch the invasion? Our leaders are a bit distracted by mind-bending economic calamities, and most of the water cooler talk this week is about Hollywood and the Oscars on Sunday. Perfect!

I'm not saying it's happening, but remember - they aren't immune to our germs, so as soon as the first extraterrestrial slithers down the ramp, try to give him/her/it a big welcoming kiss!

After all, we can't wait for government to solve all our problems.
What's your plan of action? Please, share!



Comments (22)

oh, wow! - you found it, Dale! thank you, thank you!
very lifting, that song.

Posted by Barb in Blackhoof | February 17, 2009 6:29 AM


Wow... talk about multitasking. Whew! This could be Excedrin Headache Number... . We're glad our President can handle all the pressures facing our country. You can, can't you, Mr. Obama???

Oh, my wife and I have been wondering, too, why all reporters are referring to our President as "Mr. Obama" rather than by "President Obama." But, that question is for another day.

My plan of action? Hmmm. Bond more with my friends, family, care more about doing what I can for neighbor and community, engage my elected leaders in conversation about reality outside "The Beltway," and shovel snow (coming).

Posted by John | February 17, 2009 6:30 AM


I have stopped listening to the dismal reports on the economy, so I can at least get out of bed. Then I listen to Radio Heartland which most always brings a smile or two, before I have to head out to work. My job involves helping some of the "least of us" with serious mental illness, find ways to survive, become stable, and live more productive lives. It is an incredible gift to have a job that I leave every day feeling I've made a difference in a positive way and get paid to do it! To sum it up, my plan?.. One person/family at a time...

Posted by Carolie | February 17, 2009 6:31 AM


Hi Dale,
The request part of the website needs a place to ask for the time for a request to play. Thanks for getting it in before I leave at 7am without HD radio in my car.

Julie

Posted by Julie Schramke | February 17, 2009 6:50 AM


Good morning RH,
I read an article over the weekend about the mistakes human beings make. It claimed that multitasking is detrimental, that people view themselves with rose-colored glasses and that nearly everyone is overconfident, except for the depressed who tend to be realists. Guess that means when we're happy, we're just out of touch?

Could you play this overconfident title, Don't Think Twice, It's Alright, for our president today?

Posted by Donna | February 17, 2009 6:55 AM


Good idea, Donna. Dylan is coming up.
But doesn't "Don't Think Twice" translate as "Think Once"? And isn't uni-tasking what we're talking about as a better alternative to multi-tasking?
Perhaps Bob was (and is) way ahead of the game!

Posted by Dale Connelly | February 17, 2009 7:10 AM


Referring back to last week's revised superstitions discussions...if "chickens grew on trees" it would be the utmost in bad luck to walk in the woods...or under any tree.

Fun song, thanks, Dale and Mike.

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | February 17, 2009 7:15 AM


Hi All,
Mornin' - but I need to talk to Donna.
Donna, what is the title and where did you find the article? For year's I've been telling people I'm not a pessimist, not deluded, not depressed-but a realist. Not a glass half-full or half-empty, just a half a glass. And we realists need all the supporting documentation we can find...

Posted by Kathy in Wisconsin | February 17, 2009 7:15 AM


Dale - you're asking me? I teach 6 and 7- yr. olds, man!

Posted by Donna | February 17, 2009 7:15 AM


Kathy- it's in the March issue of Reader's Digest.

Posted by Donna | February 17, 2009 7:17 AM


Today I will be in hyper multitasking mode. The project that I am managing is going into the testing phase and I will be creating test scenarios, creating training materials, gathering data, reviewing scripts, participating in a conference call, managing the stakeholders, etc., in addition to fitting in the bare necessities of my regular job. If the Interplanetary Takeover Czar of the Martian High Command and its minions appeared, I would drag them over to a computer and make them review scripts. Their eyes would soon roll back, they would sink into a pool of jelly and slither back to their space ship, vowing never to return.

Posted by Susan H. | February 17, 2009 7:54 AM


Morning Dale & Mike,
Do you have anything in your library from Gerry Rafferty? He seems to be facing a crisis of his own, has been missing for 6 months battling alcohol & liver failure, but appears to be alive, somewhere according to reports this morning.
http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/42832
Maybe some collective good will thoughts sent his way would help...

Posted by Mike from Albert Lea | February 17, 2009 8:00 AM


Thanks, Donna. I look forward to reading it.

Posted by Kathy in Wisconsin | February 17, 2009 8:05 AM


Thanks Donna.

Posted by Kathy in Wisconsin | February 17, 2009 8:08 AM


I seem to live in the past, but years ago when I was teaching and living in Leadville CO, my landlord took a picture of a flying saucer hovering near the top of a mountain where he was alone taking climate readings. He didn't see it, but he did hear a motor...the photo got released to AP and appeared in newspapers all over the country. His bosses said it was the lamp in his dark room, but he was too accomplished a photographer to have not noticed that.

Meanwhile down in the San Juan valley horses were dying mysteriously...

So, I maintain aliens have been here already and assessed the human condition, left for home having concluded there was no reason to stay. Now these new sightings....hmmm, another group from another galaxy perhaps?

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | February 17, 2009 8:18 AM


lots of smart folks on this blog - and we range from chickens in trees to extreme multi-tasking. i'm impressed.
if you can call this multitasking, i just achieved getting four goat heads out of one feeding pan (three of the heads poking thru just two openings in the cattle panel) without choking anyone. (this was my dumb fault - i let three of them off their leads before Dream was finished eating) Alba, the smartest, stayed out of the fray. for the rest of them multitasking is eating their food as fast as they can and then seeing if they can eat everyone else's also. can't blame poor Niblet, though.
is there a sharing song for us?
thanks for all of the fun comments

Posted by Barb in Blackhoof | February 17, 2009 8:19 AM


Here's hoping the best for the stimulus bill-- and for Barb's goats. I'm sending out positive thoughts to everyone today, hoping you get to enjoy the sun. How about Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters (who coincidentally went to school with my great aunt June, so I'm practically famous!) It's not about sharing, but perhaps positive thinking is the first step on the way.

Posted by Bethany | February 17, 2009 8:51 AM


Chris Koza - The Dark, Delirious Morning
Luiz Bonfa - The Seawall
Karrin Allyson - The Duck
Klezmer Conservatory Band - Cry of the Wild Duck

Loved that song group!!!!

Posted by Carla | February 17, 2009 9:07 AM


This one is for John, who wanted to know why they keep saying "Mr. Obama". Heard the official answer on 91.1 with all the bad news ( I listen from 5-6 to find out when the meteor will strike and where, then ditch it when Dale comes on)

The official word is that MPR refers to the president (whoever he or she may be) as President_____ the first time, and Mr. (or Ms. or Mrs. or whatever) ______ thereafter. That is their policy, but I admit, I haven't paid close enough attention to see if it is really true.

Can't believe everything they say on the radio, ya' know.

ps, loved the chicken tree song.

Posted by catherine | February 17, 2009 9:39 AM


Thanks for the comments, everyone!
Bethany, I'll try to get Accentuate the Positive into the show tomorrow (Wednesday). Any thought about what would be a good companion song?

Posted by Dale Connelly | February 17, 2009 12:08 PM


No suggestions for a companion song to "Accentuate the Positive," but (okay, I should have a segue here but I don't) I read about the Twins and spring training in the paper this morning so maybe it's time for "My Favorite Spring" by Tom Paxton? (On the other hand, thinking about spring right now IS accentuating the positive, isn't it?)

Posted by Cindy | February 17, 2009 12:23 PM


if the martians want to invade, i say, let 'em come! maybe they'll provide solutions to some of these problems.....

reminds me i was watching a Star Trek Next Generation movie the other day and Captain Pickard said to a person of the 21st century, "there is no money in the future." So, i'm guessing THAT would solve the financial crisis, in a way....

Posted by Kay H | February 17, 2009 2:16 PM


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