Sunday, December 31, 2006

Bye Bye 2006!

This happens to be my 100th post here ...
and I'm writing here after a VERY long gap ... but still it's the year 2006, so last day of the year I'm reviving this site ...
and I'm scribbling while hearing a beautiful song ...
" There's no sunshine when she's gone ..." ...

Actually I'm immersed in some lovely music for sometime now, as I'm browsing through the net ... The day started with some BLUES [Mustang Sally - Eric Clapton version]... then some raw ROCK [Kashmir - Led Zeppelin] ... went to PSYCHEDELIC [Tomorrow never Knows - The Beatles] ... few BALLADS [of John & Yoko] ... to romantic POP numbers - Van Morrison style [Brown eyed Girl, Moondance ...]

While hearing music the idea was to revive my text-blog ... wont be very frequent but just some writing ... so I decided to list ...
The events that shaped the year 2006.

Beginning with ...
- Our solar system, which is redefined as Pluto is demoted from it's erstwhile planet status ...
- Time magazine person of the year award goes to "YOU" ... internet users ...
Time magazine has been announcing "person of the year" since 1927!
- The American hegemony challenged with it's reduced importance in international affairs ... China on it's way to emerging as a superpower ...
- Toyota [Japan] prepares to takeover American GM as the largest car manufacturer ...

hmmm... cant skip POLITICS ... so here it comes ...
I guess the most significant events was that in 2006 was the mid-term election; which resulted in Democrats regaining control of the Congress after 12 years of near domination by the Republican party …
This seismic shift triggered many changes:
- Donald Rumsfeld resigns [yey!!! An arrogant prick has to go]
- Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, is now poised to become the first female speaker of the House. [yey again!!!]

Some other events [shame on us ...]
- Darfur, Sudan – genocide
- Isreal-Hezbollah war
- while the Iraq war worsens with rise in both insurgency & sectarian strife [which some still refrain from calling a civil-war]
- Afghanistan come back in news with Taliban resurgence
- N Korea tests missiles ... and the choice of the day is very intriguing, it's the day America celebrates it's Independence , the 4th of July!
- Iran moves ahaead with it's nuclear plans ... and becomes a dominant power in the Middle East ...

Few important headline past two days:
- Saddam Hussein executed
- Bangkok, Thailand calls-off new year celebrations as it's rocked by a series of bomb blasts ...
- Former President Gerald Ford dies at 93 ...

People love scandals and there were many to whet the appetite:
- Mark Foley's resignation after uncovering of his shameful acts of suggestive emails and sexually explicit instant messages to young Congressional pages ...
- Evangelical pastor Ted Haggard resigns after uncovering of his homosexual relations with a male prostitute ...
- Warren Jeff - the polygamist arrested
- James Frey memoir " A Million Little Peices" gets disgraced ...

Now over to my fav. American institution: HOLLYWOOD ...
Year of make-ups, break-ups and shame and accolades ...
First comes the shameful acts as I would like to end with upbeat events .. These enter the Hall of Shame, 2006:
- Mel Gibson's racial tirade
- Michael Richards racial remarks
- O.J.Simpson's infamous book ... "If I killed them"
- Nicole Richie arrested on DUI charges
- Lindsey Lohan and Britney Spears late-night partying get negative reactions

I think the best part was celibrity activisim ...
George Clooney, Angelina Joley, Brad Pitt ... and scores of others step up to use their star-status to create public awareness ...

Well i'll stop here because some other work needs to be done ... and the song playing right now is ...
".. ssssssssuse me while I kiss the sky" - Jimi Hendrix

Wish Everyone a very happy New Year ...

if you by chance stumble upon this blog ... maybe you'll like to check my photoblog:
"My Photo Journal" ...

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