A Fast News Week

What an amazing week it has been.

What happened this week? Tuesday was election day, hunting season for political pundits. On Wednesday the Yankees won the World Series. The Fort Bend Hood shootings occurred on Thursday. On Friday, the unemployment report came out: over 10%. Health care reform passed the House Saturday – a momentous moment.

If one focuses international events, it gets even more interesting. Honduras reached a political breakthrough, only to see it fall apart. The Iranian opposition launched a powerful protest on Wednesday. On Sunday Iraq finally passed new elections law, vital for the country’s continued well-being.

And today is the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall.

Sometimes the heavy-hitting events just don’t stop coming in. Last summer and fall, for example, constituted the most eventful months in some years. There was: the upcoming presidential election, the war in Georgia, the Olympics, and a once-a-century economic crisis.

This week has been one of those times, a fast-news week to be remembered.

During fast news days the irrelevant – things like the silliness over death panels, or Joe Wilson’s incivility – quickly get eclipsed by more important events, such as new unemployment data.

Then again, sometimes slow and insignificant news is preferable to consequential news. Few will ever forget what happened last September, for instance. Fewer still would want to relive them.

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