"A state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between political units (as states or nations)"
I think that definition fits what's going on in Libya.
For extra credit:
If, according to Dictionary.com "kinetic" is defined as "pertaining to motion," what's the antonym? Use it in a sentence which includes the word "Obama."
Meanwhile on the other side of the world, the Japanese are continuing their fight to get cooling water to those damaged reactors.
My Mull-brother-in-law sent me a link to an American blogger, Patrick McKenzie, who runs a small software company in Japan. He has a terrific idea on what you can do to help:
A few friends of mine have suggested coming to Japan to pitch in with the recovery efforts. I appreciate your willingness to brave the radiological dangers of international travel on our behalf, but that plan has little upside to it: when you get here, you're going to be a) illiterate b) unable to understand instructions and c) a productivity drag on people who are quite capable of dealing with this but will instead have to play Babysit The Foreigner.
If you're feeling compassionate and want to do something for the sake of doing something, find a charity in your neighborhood. Give it money. Tell them you were motivated to by Japan's current predicament. You'll be happy, Japan will recover quickly, and your local charity will appreciate your kindness.
Pretty good advice on many levels.
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