My tsunami of a cold has abated, leaving me still with a rattling cough and sneezy (plus a few cold sores 'cos I am so lucky), but there's a definite feeling of not-being-sick. Maybe it's just having my temperature settle for a happy medium.
Outdoors, not so much; there was a short, nasty little front blowing through overnight and in its wake, the warm breezes and sunshine of the last two days has yielded to unseasonable coolth (36! F!) and overcast. Still, no snow, so I'll count it a win.
Elsewhere in the world, Germany is prepared to give up nukes (at least for power generation); or so they say. Not every member of Ms. Merkel's government agrees with the plan. Driven by fear of earthquakes followed by tsunamis, lingering Cold War nightmares or simple, cynical political maneuvering? Who cares; let 'em freeze in the dark. Or buy power from China, who I'm sure will be happy to burn more coal for the Common Good.* The Russians are already in that game, which is fine as long as the countries concerned are being BFF. Oh, and as long as the wind is blowing the other way. Don't mind the ashes!
* Yes, I'm aware this is impractical at best. Maybe the Vaterland could just buy coal from them instead? I'm sure the citizenry won't mind the black rains, as long as they're not radioactive. Umm, "...ounce for ounce, coal ash released from a power plant delivers more radiation than nuclear waste shielded via water or dry cask storage." Oops! Should we tell 'em?
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