Ancrene Wiseass

A would-be medievalist holds forth on academia, teaching, gender politics, blogging, pop culture, critters, and whatever else comes her way.

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Yes, this really is yet another blog by a disillusioned grad student. I sympathize, but that's just the way it has to be. For hints as to what my bizarre alias means, click here and here and, if needed, here and here. To get a sense of what I'm up to, feel free to check out the sections called "Toward a Wiseass Creed" and "Showings: Some Introductory Wiseassery" in my main blog's left-hand sidebar. Please be aware that spamming, harassing, or otherwise obnoxious comments will be deleted and traced.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

The London bombings

Well, if anyone had any doubts that we've entered into a new Age of Terrorism, this morning's news should have dispelled them.

Dammit, dammit, dammit.

I'd wondered yesterday, after the announcement that London would be the venue for the Olympics, whether that might just be too much of a temptation for Al-Quaeda. The G8 summit hadn't even occurred to me as being a potential provocation, somehow.

London Underground Tube Diary has updates and links from throughout the day. It loads slowly unless you're using Firefox, but it's worth the wait: lots of information. Other blogs with news, reactions, and rumors include Anders Jacobsen's blog, The Londonist, and Guardian News Blog. And Wikipedia has an extremely comprehensive and useful entry on the bombings with rolling updates, links to official statements, and more.

What's been haunting me since morning, even more than the fatalities, is the report that 40 or so people were "severely injured," a category that includes amputations. Horrifying.