Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Temporary Death Sentence


How it felt for a half hour in Honolulu:
Once we felt like we were in the best place in the building, we frantically checked our phones again as we continued to envision the apocalypse that was going to occur any second.  I then saw that Hawaiian representative Tulsi Gabbard had just announced on Twitter that she had been calling authorities, and had confirmed it was a false alarm.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard: "We know that North Korea has these nuclear weapons because they see how the United States in Libya for example guaranteed Gadaffi - 'we're not going to go after you, you should get rid of your nuclear weapons.' He did, then we went and led an attack that toppled Gaddafi, launching Libya into chaos that we are still seeing the results of today. North Korea sees what we did in Iraq with Saddam Hussein, with those false reports of weapons of mass destruction. And now seeing in Iran how President Trump is decertifying a nuclear deal that prevented Iran from developing their nuclear weapons, threatening the very existence and the agreement that was made. At this point an incredulous Stephanopoulos stopped the Congresswoman and asked, "Was it a mistake for the United States to take out Gaddafi and Hussein?" Gabbard responded firmly with, "It was, absolutely."  Apparently this was enough to end the interview...

This story from Russia Today: 
Anti-Russia conspiracy theorists have developed another outlandish claim, stating that Moscow is behind Chelsea Manning’s Senate bid, since she’s taking on an incumbent who is against so-called “Russian aggression.” Manning says she’s running because “we need someone willing to fight... we need to stop expecting that our systems will somehow fix themselves.” ... Foreign policy and strategy consultant Molly McKew called Manning’s decision to run “a little too convenient,” noting that she is running against Senator Ben Cardin, who is “one of [the] most active senators on foreign policy and [a] leader in making policy/legislation to respond to Russian aggression.”  In a separate tweet, she referenced Manning’s whistleblowing and the apparent motive behind it. “The agent of a foreign power coerced this individual, leveraging their emotional distress, into breaking their oath to the country and disclosing classified secrets.” 

Your smartphone is making you stupid (and worse stuff than that, but you can forget it, a goldfish has a longer attention span)

50% of people always tell the truth, convenient or otherwise. 15% of people always say whatever gets them the most money (lies, usually) and the rest of folks lie when it is of the most benefit, at least in this one study, YMMV.

Over 100 murders, suicides, mysterious deaths – the strange fate of those who saw Kennedy shot.

"Let's Wrench Power Back From the Billionaires", Bernie Sanders (Senator Sanders is a little old to be killed in action, himself...)

Charles Hugh Smith points out that stocks are in a "Blowoff Top" right now. It is what it is. Proof here. Looks, walks and quacks like it...

Russia really wants to know more about who programmed those swarming drones with bomblets to attack their planes at their Syrian airbase. Pictures here. Chainsaw motors and propellers. They had perfect coordinates for each plane they targeted; sophisticated, pinpoint intelligence and guidance. Where did that come from?

Cat sends this essay comparing Donald Trump and Muhammad Ali, a pretty good comparison, engagingly presented.  

Violent crime rates go down where marijuana gets legalized. It seems that having gangs run a business in your city is linked to all kinds of violent crime. Catch-22? No solution?


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