When I was a kid, my parents told me, "Clean your plate, because there are people starving in India."
Nowadays, I tell my children, "Do your homework, because there are people in India and China who are starving for your jobs, and those jobs will go to the best-educated, most efficient, and most productive workers, no matter where they are."
Hurricane: Would you believe we slept through it? I'm told that Galveston did flood, but not as much as expected, though there was a fire in the Strand. I hope this means Clear Lake is not too badly damaged.
I'm also told that Port Arthur got hit pretty heavily. This could be bad news for the oil refineries there.
To anyone who is in the areas where Rita hit the worst, our prayers are with you.