At some point, more people will learn that working for US military—in any capacity—in war zone is tantamount to committing suicide. Promises of safety after the war are worthless. The military will leave town and not look back, leaving all those that have worked for them at the mercy of whoever takes over. Look at photos or news footage of the throngs clamoring at the gate to the US Embassy in Saigon, hoping to get a seat on the helicopters leaving from the roof…with US citizens. And, now, follow the news reports of men working as interpreters for the military in places like Iraq or Afghanistan, who had been promised a visa.
Working for an occupying force might have benefits at the time, but the risk of what the future holds is too great. Collaborators are never looked upon kindly by the winning side.
I have no experience with gaining fame using new technologies. That said, I would guess that there are better ways to gain notoriety than letting someone shoot you while using a book as protection. Then again, I might be wrong, because some guy just become famous by doing this. One has to feel sorry for the girlfriend, who is equally dumb buy now guilty of a crime.
Bar Officially Cannot Be Lowered
By Andy Borowitz
MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—A group of scholars who have been monitoring the descent of the bar over the past few decades have concluded that the bar can no longer be lowered, the scholars announced on Friday.
The academics, led by Professor Davis Logsdon, of the University of Minnesota, published their conclusion after their research definitively found that the bar had finally dropped to its lowest possible position.
“For those who thought the bar still had room to be lowered, our findings resoundingly contradict that assumption,” Logsdon said. “The bar is now essentially flush with the ground.”
Logsdon acknowledged that he and his fellow scholars have come under fire in the past for claiming that the bar could not be further lowered, specifically when they issued a paper to that effect after the selection of the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee in 2008.
“We got that one wrong,” he said. “Clearly, the bar still had a way to go.”
Now that the issue of whether the bar can be further lowered has been settled, Logsdon and his colleagues plan to examine the question of whether there is anything left to scrape at the bottom of the barrel. “Our findings are preliminary, but it appears that the answer is no,” he said.
I scan a few UK newspapers each day, because they are in English and because they can be entertaining. Today offers a good example, with stories about a new “Royal” Navy aircraft carrier. Once again, propaganda specialists are trying to make people believe that the UK is significant. But, from the land that gave the world Harry Potter, more fantasy is afloat.
An upmarket conservative paper had a headline stating that Russia will “envy the new carrier”. This is like a fly envying a human with a new fly swatter.
A boulevard sheet, which is right-leaning but always critical of the government, reported that the new carrier uses “vulnerable Windows XP”.
I wonder if people experience time and/or life differently when living at different latitudes.
I have always lived in northern latitudes, where the diurnal balance of light and dark changes as the year progresses. Daylight Savings Time has always meant daylight until late into the night or short days during the winter months. One notices the difference at the equator, where daylight is always the same duration each day. Life seems better when the days are longer, but that could be an illusion. I do enjoy vacations along the Equator, when the sun sets at the same time each day. I do not know if that has anything to do with the the tilt of the earth or that fact that i am on vacation.
The Turkish government, which has recently become a dictatorship, just admitted that its children are stupid. (It’s been proven that many adults are!) An official announcement states that evolution is being dropped from the school lesson plans because it is too hard to understand. Of course, the actual reason is religion, but that would mean admitting something everyone already knows.
“Turkey to stop teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in high schools
because it is 'controversial and difficult to understand’"
I learned long ago to dislike most Republican politician and despise many. History explains some of their actions, but not all. They profess love of the country, yet treat the citizens like dirt…except those with money. While enriching themselves, they help the rich become richer to the detriment of the majority.
Because I understand their vision and mission, I am puzzled by some of their key policies. On the one hand, they want to cut all benefits to the poor, especially health care. On the other hand, they want to ban abortion, which will mean more children in the poor families and, thus, more demand for social services. Women with money will be able to have abortions, regardless of the law.
Perhaps, Republicans want poor Black women to have more babies, so that they can fill for-profit prison (guess who owns the equity) when those Black babies become old enough have little choice but to turn to crime…
Trump Supporters Celebrate Imminent Loss of Their Health Insurance
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Moments after House Republicans voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, millions of Trump supporters celebrated the imminent loss of their health insurance.
From coast to coast, Americans who cast their votes for Donald J. Trump expressed jubilation at finally being relieved of the burden of being insured in the event of catastrophic illness.
“Ever since President Trump was inaugurated, I’ve been counting the days for him to take away my health insurance,” Carol Foyler, a Trump supporter in Houston, said. “Today I just want to say thank you, Mr. President, for keeping your promise.”
Harland Dorrinson, a Trump voter from Tallahassee, Florida, said that he was “excited as hell about losing my health insurance” but sounded a more cautious note.
“I just hope the Senate doesn’t come in and give me back my health coverage,” he said. “Right now this all feels too good to be true.”
Most Trump supporters, however, would not let such gloomy predictions about the future ruin what for them was a day of unbridled celebration.
“Knowing that Trump could take away my Obamacare makes me feel super optimistic about what he’s capable of,” Tracy Klugian, of Columbus, Ohio, said. “I can’t wait until he gets rid of my Medicare.”
“I see a voting district designed to make it more difficult for Democrats to translate their votes into seats.”
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.