Monday, April 08, 2013

Two Ladies Down, RIP

Margaret, Baroness Thatcher, passed away from complications due to Alzheimer's Disease. She was 87.

Thatcher was the first woman to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and her monetary and economic policies, while making the UK a more capitalist-leaning nation, threw millions out of work as she ruthlessly broke the miners' unions and privatized national industries.  Her attempt at instituting a poll tax led to widespread rioting.

Her foreign policy smacked of defense, capitalizing on the relationship between her and the other Great Conservative Icon of the Eighties, Ronald Reagan.  She, like others in the UK, suffered a collective rush of blood to the head and virtually abandoned the UK's posture in the North Atlantic to go haring 6,000 miles to take back the Falkland Islands.  Fortunately, the British won.

Maggie lasted a bit longer than Ronnie did after he got brain bubbles, but for all her vaunted inner strength the Iron Lady was doomed.  Alzheimer's is currently incurable, although several interesting avenues of attack are being researched.

Annette Funicello, one of the original Mouseketeers and later star of the Beach movies, passed away from complications related to multiple sclerosis. She was 70.

She was fresh-faced and personable, and even though her movies with Frankie Avalon are now almost entirely cringe-worthy, she had a good singing voice. 

She, like Maggie, was doomed.  Multiple sclerosis has many treatments, but no direct cure.  Research is ongoing.

May they both rest in peace.


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