6:00 PM --
Forget Iraq, Darfur, and Myanmar. There's a real crisis approaching, which could shake W. Civ (as we know it) to its foundations. London's Times Online has the tragic headline:
Goose fat shortage looms as supply hit by bird flu
The chilling details unfold:
“If more than three million people want to buy goose fat, it will run out,” said Caroline Shaw of the Goose Fat Information Service.
“It’s going to be a bit of race against time.”
And, oh God, yes, Virginia, there really is a Goose Fat Information Service. Check it out. You can "take a look at the historical impact of Goose Fat"; consider "frequently asked questions about Goose Fat production" (you are not alone); and just generally feel better about the relative pointlessness of your own job.