Brain Cloud, Tuesday, 24 April: Economist, “Vacancy”, House Resolution 121

News last night incredible. In one day alone, the following happened :

    David Halberstam died, in a car crash in Menlo Park, not five miles from our house. In fact, right in front of Sun Microsystems, on a route hubby has taken hundreds of times on his way to work.
    Boris Yeltsin, who self forgot about for a decade, died. Watching evening news, suddenly remembered: Gorbachev, the Wall, the late 80s and early 90s. A memory from that era: Standing for hours on Palm Drive, waiting for motorcade bringing Gorby, hero of glasnost, to Stanford campus. Waving, seeing him lean out of car window, self could have touched his fingers.

On a lighter note:

    Sheriff and “Under-sheriff” of Redwood City were arrested in a sting operation conducted on a Las Vegas massage parlor (!!@@).
    Sheryl Crow urges all to combat global warming by using less toilet paper.

This morning, still feeling pretty sick, decide self would like to remain all day (if possible) ensconced on living room couch, watching TV. On Good Morning America appears Floyd Landis, the picture of wounded innocence, vowing to clear his name of dark cloud of suspicion that he used steroids to win last year’s Tour de France. Latest issue of Economist on self’s lap, read that reviewer thinks movie Vacancy is “stylish”, “flawless”, reminiscent of the work of “a young Roman Polanski.” Director Nimrod Antal (kudos for having such a stylish name, perfect for feature in Vanity Fair or People) “trained at the Hungarian Academy of Drama and Film”, has “learned the lessons of east European cinematic realism.” Suddenly recall that John Cougar Mellencamp, guest reviewer on Ebert & Roeper last Sunday, expressed liking for said film, which response met with exceeding scorn by Roeper. But perhaps John was right after all, and Roeper is a limp rag.

Open e-mail and find latest missive from Evelina Galang, who has, in the last few weeks/months been waging an utterly selfless, draining campaign on behalf of comfort women. Filled with admiration, as self cannot summon even the energy to grade papers. Evelina’s plea, which self is happy to repeat, over and over and as many times as need be :

To date, House Res. 121 has 80 co-sponsors in Congress. We need at least 100 to get House Res 121 to pass.

We need to let Congressman Tom Lantos, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi know that the Filipino American community of Northern California, their constituents, believe in House Resolution 121. Please write them. Determine who is your representative and then cut and paste the email message below, sign it and send it to them.

If you live in the following zip code areas — 94002, 94005, 94010, 94011, 94013, 94014, 94015, 94016, 94017, 94019, 94030, 94037, 94038, 94044, 94061, 94062, 94063, 94065, 94066, 94070, 94080, 94083, 94114, 94116, 94117, 94122, 94125, 94127, 94128, 94131, 94132, 94134, 94143, 94401, 94402, 94403, 94404, 94497 — your congressman is Lantos. Please follow the link and cut and paste the message below.


Dear Representative Lantos,

I am a Filipino American citizen who lives in your district. It is time for the Japanese government to take responsibility for the systematic rape and enslavement of 200,000 women during WWII. Historians believe that 1000 of those women were Filipina and of that number 173 women have come forward. These women are old and dying and waiting for their formal apology. Please give them peace. Please support House Resolution 121. Be a co-sponsor and make your constituents of District 12 proud.


(your name here)

All others in the Bay Area can email Nancy Pelosi directly:

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