Good morning! Starting with the good entertainment news, J.J. Abrams finally said something about his plans for the next Star Wars film:
I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right.”
Hooray! Perhaps Abrams can do as fine a job rebooting this franchise as he did with the 2009 Star Trek reboot. Of course the key is to only let him make Episode VII. If he gets a shot at Episode VIII he may end up freezing a Skywalker into carbonite while Han Solo battles a Sith, thereby turning the whole movie into a travesty. [for real JJ, wtf was up with that scene in Star Trek: Into Darkness??!?! You can’t do that to The Wrath of Khan, dude, it’s just not right. Do this to Star Wars and you will be punished. It will be a nerd death – by lethal pinching: we’ll put you under with a Vulcan nerve pinch so you don’t suffer too much while you get force-choked. Fans will line up for blocks to be one of the lucky few to witness your demise. Do not betray our trust again. Just saying…]
On to the real news…
Speaking of people needing punished, but for crimes against humanity instead of crimes against nerd mythology, [yeah dude this is a bit more serious] good news is that Bashar Assad met the first deadline in the US-Russian chemical weapons deal and is talking about what it looks like for inspectors to get a look at the weapons sites in Syria.
A previous Good News item mentioned Larry Summers no longer being a potential new Fed Chair. Word now is that Janet Yellen is the only candidate being considered and should therefore be nominated soon. Hooray!
In good news for equality in the South, Arkansas voters may get a chance to repeal the state’s gay marriage ban in 2014 and young women of color are getting the chance to join white sororities. [I was tempted to rag on you for caring about access to a system as flawed as sororities, but then I read this piece by Dominique Hazzard and now I get it]
I like to finish with the good news about civil rights and equality because it makes me the happiest. The best good news I saw all morning is in this category: A transgender girl has been crowned homecoming queen at her school in California. (also, see previous good news item on transgender student rights in California)
Enjoy your morning!