Thursday night was the New Year’s Eve first blue moon* in nineteen years and today is a numerical palindrome (01-02-2010). Are these signs that things are looking up? Excuse me for grasping at straws, but we sure could use some good news, so I’m going go with the positive portent postulate until something bad happens—in say, a half hour or so.

*A blue moon, for those who don’t know, is when two full moons occur in the same month. They happen, on average, about once every two years, hence the phrase “once in a full moon” to mean something rare. New Years Eve blue moons, as noted, are even more rare.

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