I got all riled up watching the CBC news last night. They did this report about how they are now drug testing soldiers before sending them off to Afghanistan. It turns out that 4 percent tested positive for marijuana and were therefore required to stay home. Then they interview some retired general guy who talks about the soldiers who have to do a second tour of duty because of the "soldiers who are unable to resist the allure of illegal drugs." End of story. How's that for balanced? God that chapped my hide. How many soldiers got rip roaring drunk before heading off to the war zone? Weed is detectable for 30 days after consumption, though the effects last 90 minutes tops. It was SO propaganda, it reminded me of this video from 1959 that Serge found on Youtube.
In other news, I'm giving a business writing class this session. We were reviewing the forms of salutations yesterday and as we discussed Mr. and Ms. one of the students asked me how to spell Ms. when it's not abbreviated. I had to laugh because there is no word. Crazy English, we have abbreviations for non-existent words.