I have been a little angry lately, things are not going right in Afghanistan and I want everyone who reads me to know why. This isn't going to be too long, because I need to get a bike ride in this morning.
How many times have we heard the phrase War on Terror over the last nine years? How many times have the very people who are now frothing and screaming about the Cordoba House community center (the alleged "Ground Zero Mosque") also screamed the words "War on Terror," and frothed at anyone who they felt was not acting (and I do mean acting) seriously enough about that "War?"
The jury has been selected, and the trial begins this morning: the first prosecution of a Guantanamo detainee since Obama instituted his new, improved, Supreme Court-compliant military-commission system. Not at all like Bush's, except for every important detail.
Yesterday or the day before that, as we all know Wikileaks dumped 76,000 secret documents onto their site, and are editing another 15,000 or something like that to dump soon, for all the world to see. And to tell you the truth, I have little to say about Julian Assange, except, who in the hell told him that hairstyle was flattering. He looks like a broke down, Diane Sawyer.
On World Water Day, the United Nations children's agency (Unicef) has warned that some 600 million children – one out of every four worldwide – will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040.
Even though this article is not at all scientific or objective, consisting of reported anecdotals from "Trump country" in North Carolina, with a selection of photo illustrations that is suspiciously oriented towards "white trashville", I still found it very intriguing. It stuck in my mind, so much so that I went back to search for it in my browsing history in order to post it here.
"Tough facing retirement with no real hobbies. Take up gardening? A bit too green for a rape-the-earth oil exec. What would my friends say? So when Donald said I could roam the world, pull down a few bucks, and still keep to a loose, leisurely retirement schedule, I was in. Even free green fees. Wouldn't even have to talk to anyone, or so I thought. At Exxon we had our own PR department to handle the nosy press. Here I figured the FBI or Secret Service would handle it, or I simply leave them off my calendar - traveling light by private plane is standard MO anyway. What I can't understand is how NATO even got a meeting - where's the money in that? Russia, China - major energy buys. NATO doesn't even pay for its own transport, and we're past propping up Mideast war zones - so 2003.
Given the Turkish government’s behavior and the country’s evident instability, it’s of no small concern that under NATO’s “nuclear sharing” program, an estimated 50 to 90 atomic weapons reportedly are located at Incirlik (PDF). Although these B61 munitions are considered “tactical” weapons, each thermonuclear device has a potential blast yield of about 340 kilotons—more than 20 times that of the “Little Boy” bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman stepped up his battle with the Trump Administration by hiring a top corruption prosecutor who used to work under former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, according to the Wall Street Journal.