destroyed trying to grapple with damage caused by the largest earthquake and tsunami in it’s the country’s history.
As a result of that event, several nuclear reactors are damaged, are now venting radiation, and may yet melt down resulting in large releases of highly radioactive material.
The Mideast is in turmoil, with revolutions overturning governments and Libya using it’s own military to attack the rebels involved in an uprising against Kadaffi.
In the midst of all of this, the President of the United States is scheduled to make a televised address. On ESPN. To discuss his picks for the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
‘Bread and Circuses’ is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure. Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader—the barbarians enter Rome.
–Robert A. Heinlein
Update: First line edited for hyperbole removal and clarity. Original text left in place under strike throughs. This is what happens when you write without an editor. Thanks to commenter Robert for pointing out what needed to change.