Good morning! Way too early, IMHO, but I didn't sleep till oh-dark-thirty and am awake at... uh... yeah, same thing. I had one of thsoe nights when that *one* area of the body was the target of both fibro and healing injury (right elbow connects to my teeth, it turns out) and just when I fell asleep, all warm and comfy? Hubby nailed my lower spine with his elbow. He did so without malice or forethought, but oh boy, I had that moment. You know that moment. Where you're thinking, "They're asleep, they'll never know I pushed them off the bed if I act innocent." Instead, I gave up and got up and found the ice pack. Darn that conscience of mine. Oh, and if Hubby hurts, I hear about it every hour on the hour, but if I say I hurt 3 times a day, "Wow, bad day, honey?" Same planet, different worlds.
For those not following, the UN was called "just a club" wher epeople have "a good time". The United Nations, founded in 1945 and headquartered in NYC after serious negotiations (NATO landed in Brussels), originally had 24 member nations. Their goal, as indicated by the name, was to and remains to promote unity on our planet among nations by focusing on common goals of social justice, human rights, avoidance of war, peacekeeping in war zones, nd providing humanitarian aid after natural or manmade disasters. The Haiti earthquake actually shows a great example of lousy UN management of donated funds, btw, b/c the UN operated on the premise that Haiti had infrastructure. It sorta kinda really didn't, even before the massive earthquake a few years ago. There was nowhere to put the money that made sense, and so it went all over the dang place to little effect. Point being, the UN is founded on sound ideals, has as many corrupt idiots as any organization, and has its leanings. Bias claims are usually raised when the UN Assembly votes on something someone doesn't like, but corruption claims regarding the Food-for-Oil program were valid and troubling. (It was ended, and I suspect in part b/c it was the only way to end the corruption involved.) Overall, however, the UN earned its 2001 Nobel Peace Prize (for cumulative effect on the world, basically), and interestingly enough, has been in the middle of the "More!" and "Less!" argument since its founding. It depends on the day, year, location, etc., which way any given person leans, and so on. Some countries have permanent representatives appointed, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Croatia, Luxembourg, and the UK. (There's more, but those are the ones I remember from some weird news show on the radio in the car the other day.)
The UN has, at the moment, 193 member nations. ONe of its observer states is the Holy See, AKA the Vatican, AKA the Roman Catholic Church as an institution in its tiny little enclave within greater Rome.
The first meeting of the first 51 nations in General Assembly occurred in London, England, in January of 1946. It was 1952 before the building of and move to NYC was completed.
Trivia note: The UN's patch of ground is designated as "international territory", the same applying to UN centers in Nairobi, Kenya; GEneva, Switzerland; and Vienna, Austria.
The American robin (wow, topic change much?!) is noted in folklore for singing right before and right after storms.
It looks almost nothing like its namesake, the European robin, which has less orange, and is technically a flycatcher type of bird, rather than a thrush, like hte American robin. And the European robin is noted for singing about an hour before actual sunrise, which makes it somewhat annoying IMHO. Seriously, liek I don't have enough to keep me awake.
Neither robin has a great lifespan, average being less than 2 years, and one study found about 25 percent of American robin eggs resulted in adult birds. This is predation, disease, weather, and just bad luck.
Robin's-egg blue is a color often referred to, but it's only in reference to American robin eggs. European robin eggs are *not* blue, blue-ish, or remotely the same at all.
And i have no idea why I'm talking about this except that I'm tired and it's the state bird of Michigan and Wisconsin and that came up on one of those bizarre "Did you know?" snippets on a local radio show. (Most common state bird in the US, btw, is the cardinal, apparently.)
And now.... I have to roust Hubby. He has fasting bloodwork today. Oh joy! A hungry grumpy Hubby! I really wonder about docs. "Drive all these miles, tired, first thing, no food in your system, and hey, maybe you won't wreck, and then I'll take a blood sample to be sure your cholesterol iso kay." Which Hubby's always is, even *non*fasting, so who cares? Let the man have his breakfast, please! *sobs quietly into her cocoa mug*
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