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Thoughts on the Passing of Andrew Breitbart

Hearing about the death of Andrew Breitbart was a punch in the gut, and only now have I caught my breath and gathered my thoughts enough to write about it.

As one of the leading lights of the New Media, he had a confrontational, no-holds-barred approach to journalism that I could only admire.  He used [...]

What’s Wrong with People?

I’m thinking of making the “What’s Wrong with People?” a regular feature here at The Waterglass.  In today’s What’s Wrong with People?, the story of a sick maniac who stabbed six kindergarteners to death in China:

Six kindergarteners and a teacher were stabbed to death and at least 20 other people were injured on Wednesday [...]

Grief Organized: Warsaw after National Tragedy

These are some observations of what’s going on in Warsaw, Poland, after the national tragedy on April 10, 2010.

On Sunday, more people people started wearing black.  By Monday, at least a third of people taking public transportation or walking on the streets wore black, despite the nice weather – a black coat, black pants, black [...]

What It’s Like in Warsaw after the National Tragedy

The death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski is laden with symbolism.  President Kaczynski dies in a plane crash on his way back from a visit to Russia, where ties between them have always — really, always — been strained.  Kaczynksi was there to join a Russian delegation to commemorate the anniversary of Katyn, where Soviet [...]

Fears Confirmed: No Survivors in Plane Crash that Carried Polish President

No surivors:

MOSCOW – Polish President Lech Kaczynski and some of the country’s highest military and civilian leaders died when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia on Saturday, killing 96, officials said.

Russian and Polish officials said there were no survivors on the Soviet-era [...]

President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, Likely Killed in Plane Crash

Plane crash in Russia, no survivors expected:

Polish President Lech Kaczynski was likely killed early Saturday when the plane he was traveling in with his wife crashed at a western Russian airport, a spokesman for Poland’s Foreign Ministry told CNN.  “It’s probably that all people on board were killed,” said Piotr Paszkowski.The plane was approaching [...]

Revolution in Kyrgyzstan, Government Overthrown

Kyrgyzstan has the most important air base in the Afghanistan war, and the government is overthrown in a violent revolution:

After a day of bloody protests against the repressive rule of the president of Kyrgyzstan, which forced him to flee the capital of Bishkek, an opposition leader said on Thursday that a transitional government had [...]

R.I.P. He Pingping

He will be missed:

The world’s shortest man, China‘s He Pingping who was just over 74 cm tall (29 inches), has died at the age of 21 from apparent heart complications, the Guinness World Records book said. He, who suffered a form of primordial dwarfism and was recognized as a world-record holder in 2008, died [...]