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It's nearly 100° F (98° F to be precise) after a week of similar temperatures here in St. Louis, a madman has slaughtered nearly 100 people in Norway, Amy Winehouse has joined the dead-at-27 club, a hideous famine is devastating Africa, economic collapse hovers close by in both Europe and the U.S. thanks to past inaction, current paralysis and failure of leadership in all directions, and corruption and criminal practices riddle the media and the corporate world.

Yet life goes on.

There's much to be said for that.