amNew Yorkの今日の1面はYankeesでした。それぐらい盛り上がっている証拠です！記事自体には、Randy Johnson, Alex Rodrigues, Robinson Cano（昨日素晴らしいホームランを打った）、Chien Ming Wangの名前がのっているけど、Matsuiの名前がない。そう、最近あんまり調子よくなくて・・・。昨日もDHで出場して、実況の人に「松井はあんま元気ないね」とコメントされていました。もちろんノー安打。残り7試合、出来る限りの力をだしてほしい！
ちなみにプレーオフ進出には、「ワイルドカード」という枠があって、同ディビジョンの三地区の2位の中で最も勝率が高いチームが、1位でなくても権利を得ることができます。万が一YankeesがRed Soxにまけて2位になった場合、比較対象になるのが94勝61敗のChicago White Sox。それから92勝64敗のCleveland Indians。どちらも名門の強豪チームです。さくっと1位通過してほしいけど、みなさんも楽しみにしててくださーい。松井がんば！
"The mayor takes the train, but what about other city workers?"
ブルームバーグ市長、2001年の秋の選挙で、"As mayor, to encourage the use of mass transit, I pledge to lead by example. During my administration, I will use public transaportation at least once every day"と公言しました。偉いのは口だけじゃなくて、きちんと実行しているところです。職場のCiti Hallに行く際も地下鉄を使っています。そんなブルームバーグのあだ名は"MetroCard Mayor"。
"Viwe your morning as your "Decision Center" for how to focus your day"
1) First thing in the morning, you still haven\'t been beaten down yet, so you can still feel fresh and inspired.
2) Your day hasn't yet started to swerve out of control, forcing you into a "reactive state\" -- where you end up reacting to life's demands as they bombard you. Reactivity is what leads people to get caught up with things that seem urgently important, but are not in the log run.
3) In the first hours of the morning you're ready to go out and do. Youre are in what's called a "pro-active state," where you can assign yourself important career-building activities.
SUMMARY Use your a.m. to aim where you're going during the day and there will be no stopping you. -----------
日本で携帯買うと、アダルトサイトとかからいわゆる「迷惑メール」がたくさん届きますよね？（メールアドレス変えてないと）実は、アメリカの携帯って、こういうの全然ないんですよ。アダルト市場はアメリカが世界一で最先端を行ってると思ったのだけど、意外にもそうではない。記事の中でも（上の画像にも）、"The US currently lags behind Asia and Europe in mobile porn but will ikely catch up quickly"と、携帯をメディアとしたアダルト市場には後れを取っているといっています。
The Big Apple、New Yorkは、全米でNew Orleans, Miamiについで、ハリケーンに弱い地域らしい（地形的に）。もちろん、New OrleansやMiamiと比較すると、ハリケーンがここまで北上してくる確率はかなり低い。ハリケーンがNYに上陸するのは、10年に1度。Category3のハリケーンがここまでやってきたのは、1938年の話。
だからって何もしなくていいか？今回のThe Big Easyの状況をみてそうも言ってられない。Category3のハリケーンがNYに上陸する場合、250万人の市民が避難しなければいけないらしい。でも大きな問題が、それだけの人間は短期間に避難できるほどのTransportationが存在しない。結局それが理由で多くの人が市の中心部に残る。でも、New Orleansのように、Category3でも、NYの結構な部分が冠水する。
"A federal judge declared the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional yesterday, a decision that could put the divisive issue on track for another round of Supreme Court arguments."
アメリカの公立学校、the Pledge of Allegianceっていうの朝やるんですね。毎朝やるところもあれば、1週間に1度っていうところもある。the Pledge of Allegianceはその名の通り、忠誠を誓うこと。みんなで席を立って、教室の前に大抵かざってある旗にむかって左胸に手をあてて、以下の呪文（！）を唱えます。
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
"In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war."
"President George Bush took "full responsibility" yesterday for government failures in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and said the disaster raised borader questions about the government's ability to respond to natural disater as well as terror attacks."
New yorkers have a threefold obligation: to build memorials, to build for the future which means the obligation to society to not let terroist beat us and change our ways of life, and to fight terroism around the world.
What can you say about horror? Not much. Nothing pithy comes to mind, no commentary rings quite true. As when terrorists struck nearly four years ago, America has been rendered aghast, this time not by man but by a terrorizing force of nature that has left possibly thousands dead, and tens of thousands homeless.
Once again, America finds itself at a loss for words. We can't blame "those bastards" this time. Only,who? What? The gods? Mother Nature? Not even President George W. Bush can take the fall for this one, though some already are trying to affix blame. Katrina came because Bush refused to sign the KYoto Protocol, goes one story just off the spin machine.
Or it's his materialistic hubris in the face of global warming, goes another. The New Orleans Times-Picayune has reported opinions that Bush's diversion of funds from levee-stabilization projects to homeland security and the war in Irq caused the breach that led to the deluge.
Whatever it was -- or perhaps wasn't -- will be decided in due course. Or maybe there is no answer. We may have to accept that a hurricane on the order of Katrina is out of our hands. Some things can't be helped. Nature, ever untamable, can't be thwarted.
In the meantime, we are gripped by images of people waving flags from rooftops, or children crying for help. The thought of stifling heat, no food, no water, no power, no light, is chilling despite soaring temperatures. Suddenly, what usually happens to people far away has happened here.
Last year's tsunami that laid waste to another part of the world has visited our own national shores. The Third World, always safely distant from Amerca's dependable shores, is suddently our world.
And unbelievable to generations that have known only plenty. No water? In Dasani Nation, water is everywhere, but this time none to drink. No food? Children hungry? This is the nation where everyone eats too much. No gas, no cars no way out? In a country that eats, banks and shops from a car window. Impossible.
Such disaster surely couldn't happen here, but it has. And even though nature is an equal-opportunity devastator, we can't help noticing that the majority of those marooned and afflicted were the poor, and most of those -- in New Orleans, at least -- are black.
When we finally catch our breath and take a close look at Katrina, we'll have to look at that, too. Why were so many left behind when what happened was not only possible, but also expected? If we can evacuate a city after it has been dealt a deathblow, why not before the fact?
All our notions of nightmare seems to have been released like time-trapped demons by the force of an otherworldly perfect storm. Dead bodies and the carcasses of family pets simmering in stagnant water are unthinkable. The unconscious mind, haunted by specters of disease, decay and deadly snakes, seeks respite in the cooler climes of hope and denial.
It is truly a horror, yet on barely begun.
What lies ahead is a test for all Americans, not just those directly affected. This is one of those times when we redefine ourselves by our thoughts and actions. Alongside the contempt we feel toward the lawless scourge unleashed by the floods -- the looters stealing not bread but guns -- we also feel grateful for the best within and among us.
"Storm victims were raped and beaten, fights and fires broke out, corpses lay out in the open, and rescue helicopters and law enforcement officers were shot at as hurrican-flooded New Orleans descended into anarchy yesterday."