North Korea's nuclear test has me very distressed.
Really, any time you have an egomanical dictator in charge of a nuclear power, that's trouble. But I could have told you that in November 2004. Kim Jong Il is particularly worrisome. North Koreans have literally been starving to death because of economic sanctions placed upon the country. KJI hasn't personally suffered, though. And now he has a nuclear weapon. Considering his lack of empathy for his own people, I think he's a serious threat to world peace.
George Dubya Bush isn't really known for his diplomatic skills, either. I can't say that I trust him to understand the nuances involved in dealing with North Korea, since he seems to have a very simplistic view of the world.
It makes me feel defenseless, and makes me realize that I'm completely unable to keep my children from harm. And really, who's bright idea was it to move our family to the nation's capital, anyway?? Oh right, that was me...
In order to keep myself from despair, I bury my head in the sand, and try to protect myself and my kids from day-to-day dangers -- I try to drive safely and teach them to looks both ways when they cross the street and get them to eat their vegetables. Because life goes on, and I'm too busy to let gut-wrenching despair ruin my life.
In the mean time, perhaps I should consider job-hunting in areas outside of major urban centers. I hear that University of Saskatchewan