Jan. 20th, 2009

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1) President Obama. Need I say more? No, I don't, but I'm going to quote parts of his speech at you anyway.

We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost.


YES. So much yes. Bring on the stem cell research! Bring on the scientists in the white coats who wield the scalpels of knowledge! Bring an end to abstinence-only sex ed programs! And bring back the right to choose for those states that lost it.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake.


I can't even begin to express how much I love that. That, to me, is key. Being Sri Lankan means that I know way too much about safety overriding human rights, and I am so glad to know that President Obama will not send America down that pathway.

2) Hillary Clinton's going to double the US contribution to the IAEA budget. IAEA = International Atomic Energy Agency, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 and was smart enough to hire me. It focuses on nuclear energy and all its applications, and if the US doubles its contributions, most of the other member states will chip in more too.

I like this new administration.

THREE CHEEERS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS NEW CABINET!

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