The End Of The Line
The Japanese government is considering modifying its constitution to allow for a female monarch. Much of the press seems to be playing this as a late-born women's liberation issue, when in reality, it's all about the end of Shinto Nationalism* itself.
The Shinto claim of descent from the Sun-goddess Ameratsu is reckoned only through a direct line of male heirs (unbroken for at least 125 generations). If there is no male heir, the line is broken, and Shintoism is ruined at last.
Speaking of lines...
I'm hooked on The Wire. I haven't heard whether it's going to be cancelled or not. But I have to wait for the seasons to come out on DVD anyway, so it will be awhile before I reach the end. If Shakespeare were writing today, he'd be a cohort of David Simon.