Well, it was a slow news day. I watched CNN yesterday morning, and according to them, the only things going on in the world were the wait for the smoke, Valier Harper’s cancer, and the fact that Taco Bell has a new nacho cheese thing, but that it is not available in all Taco Bell locations yet.
So, The Pope Pays Hotel Bill seems like a reasonable follow up to a slow news day.
There were a few other stories of relevance yesterday and today. The International Space Station got a new commander, and three astronauts returned safely to earth. There is increasing evidence that life might have been brought to earth on a comet, and increasing evidence of water on Mars. Detroit is about to explode. Rioting in Brooklyn for the third night in a row, after a 16 year old kid was shot 7 times (mostly in the back, it appears) by police. US immigration reform legislation is being drafted by the “gang of 8,” and there is this thing called a sequester going on. Bombs exploded and killed people in Iraq and Syria and Pakistan, and probably a bunch of other places I don’t know about. The stock market soared, but somewhere, somebody’s home was foreclosed on. A lot of kids, in the US and around the world, went to bed hungry. And on a personal note, I got an invite to attend a memorial service for Hugo Chavez at the Venezuelan consulate
but I had a conflict. Oh. And a local supermarket in my neighborhood locked out their union employees, and replaced them with non-union staff.
Now that I think about it, nothing brings humanity together like the image of the pontiff displaying the humility of paying his own hotel bill.