How many cable channels, local news half-hours, and special broadcasts have been devoted to nothing more than conjecture and guesses about the missing plane full of people last seen in Malaysia? Enough for me to have seen a grown man hold a flight recorder aloft to reveal the actual size of the thing sending a fading ping from deep in the ocean. Enough for me to know how large a certain section of the Indian Ocean is--as large as Massachusetts by one account, West Virginia by another.
every hour of every day. Pakistan is a dangerous breeding ground for international terrorism. China has begun to acknowledge the real health hazards of its own pollution. Russia has claimed a stake to a rich pipeline for oil and gas. The world is on course for a cataclysmic climatological disaster.