I was head down all day today burning through work work and comic guide work without loading a single website or social network, which allowed for the comparatively occurrence of E sharing breaking news with me (rather than the other way around).
“Have you seen the news?” she asked as we all sat around the table after finishing dinner. Her tone of voice was portentous.
My mind raced. We don’t follows news on sports or royals, nor are we all that mindful of celebrities and influences. E certainly wasn’t bringing me any fresh developments from the world of drag or the Marvel United Kickstarter.
I loaded the Washington Post homepage, fearing the worst – more gun violence in the states, or a bad political development. There was nothing apparent “above the fold.”
“No, what am I looking for?”
I saw it just as she said it. It was the next story that appeared as I started scrolling down the page:
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern resigns ahead of election
(For my American readers: the simplest explanation of a Prime Minister is that they work a lot like the Speaker of the House. The party or parties who control the government nominate one of their own who was elected as a regular representative to be the head of their party, which also makes them the head of government. The people have no control whatsoever – which, come to think of it, isn’t such a bad thing.)
I have mixed feelings on this news. [Read more…] about A Surprise Farewell to Prime Minister Ardern