July 16th, 2008

scotto monkeypulse

9360 - Wednesday -

So, midweek again, is it, dear journal?

Not much to talk about, save for a tasty thai-style currey cabbage soup courtesy of BHK. Very, very tasty!

Wha? Belgium's government collapsed yesterday, and I didn't hear anything about it? I don't know why it strikes me as so bizarre - you hear about Russian and African nations going under all the time. Belgium seemed so.. I don't know... stable? I wonder how long before the Hercule Perot jokes start rolling by... or more likely, How Budwiser beer becoming Belgian took down the whole country.

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — Belgium's government collapsed Tuesday, unable to resolve an enduring divide over more self-rule for the country's Dutch and French-speakers. The gap was so wide the premier suggested the end of Belgium as a country was looming.

King Albert II immediately began political discussions with lawmakers to try to resolve the situation, talks expected to take several days. He did not formally accept the resignation of government offered by Premier Yves Leterme late Monday, so Leterme's government stays on in a caretaker capacity for now.

In an unusual declaration, the premier said Belgium's constitutional crisis stems from the fact that "consensus politics" across Belgium's widening linguistic divide no longer works.

io9 nicely sums up why I like middleman.

Another one of those quiz / memes those kids are all doing these days.

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