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Marc's Musings

During a Twitter spat originating in New York, a journalist made fun of a politician and the politician became unhinged.

The politician was then diagnosed with blunt farce trauma.

Can someone 'splain me why we're dropping forty tons of bombs on an enemy we have already 'defeated'?

"Tuesday's attack is part of operations carried out by Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition against IS, which was defeated in Iraq in 2017."

The presidential candidates are catching flack for the cost of their proposed social programs.

But …

What would we have to show for the $5,900,000,000,000 we spent on the Global War on Terror if we had spent it on infrastructure and social programs instead of killing people and blowing holes in the dirt?

There are four times the number of militant Sunnis ("terrorists") in the world today than on 9/11/2001, clustered in Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (60k -> 230k).

Afghanistan is selling record amounts of opium (9,000 metric tons annually) and the Taliban have reclaimed 50% of Afghanistan and 70% of their pre-war territory.

After ( 18 ) years and an unconscionable $5,900,000,000,000 we have not just lost the Global War on Terror, we have been defeated in a way that our language lacks the verbiage to describe.

Biotech has been telling us for years that GMO are safe; apparently they have never checked their work.

The FDA has discovered foreign DNA in the genome of hornless Holstein's; a consequence of the gene editing process – DNA that just happens to convey antibiotic resistance.

The snake oil salesmen never went away; they just found investors.

It has long been known in some circles that the CIA appropriated the term Conspiracy Theory (if it did not, in fact, invent it) to disparage and marginalize the critics of the Warren Commission Report.

The document 'educated' CIA employees on the 'correct' responses to criticisms of the Warren Commission Report and was an unabashed attempt to manipulate public opinion via the press (the CIA doesn't hold 'pressers', thus their information channels are usually through front companies and anonymous sources).

Regardless of the veracity of the Warren Commission Report, the document is emblematic of the culture of presumed superiority present in the government and intelligence communities during that era – after all, this is the same CIA that was conducting uncontrolled experiments on unsuspecting human subjects at the same they were touting their infallibility (is there any reason to believe things have changed?) The language of the CIA Dispatch dated 1 April 1967 (FOIA Document #1035-960) is clinical and dispassionate, but that has the inverse effect of contributing to the smugness of its message.

Skepticism is a vital tenet of a republican government and the inability to question a government's actions, motives, and processes is the hallmark of monarchies and dictatorships.

As it did with Instagram, Facebook is planning to remove the number of Likes on a post. (The Like function will remain in place, but it won't count them for you).

There's an old saying in marketing, "If you take something away, you must replace it with something." Facebook doesn't seem to be doing that, so how will people get their validation and quantify their self–worth?

Some people are all aflutter (aTwitter?) because Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez called the detention centers at the southern border "concentration camps" and they automatically jumped from concentration camp to "Nazi Death Camp".

Brittanica's definition of concentration camp: "… internment centre for political prisoners and members of national or minority groups who are confined for reasons of state security, exploitation, or punishment, usually by executive decree or military order."

America has a well-documented history of concentration camps, including the detention of Natives, Chinese, Germans, Japanese, and Mohammad Ali.

But that is not to say that Ocasio-Cortez's statement is correct: "[Concentration camps] are … to be distinguished from refugee camps or detention and relocation centres for the temporary accommodation of large numbers of displaced persons." – Brittanica

Summarily, Ocasio-Cortez is guilty of hyperbole, but her detractors are guilty of hyping her hyperbole thus creating a vortex of vitribolic nonsense from which there is no escape.

Gallup reports that 43% of Americans have a favorable view of socialism, with 58% affirmative for respondents aged eighteen to thirty-four.

Considering the outstanding models for socialism are human rights-challenged Saudi Arabia and civilization-challenged Venezuela, I would be curious to see the plans for a new and improved socialist model after centuries of failures.

Brazil's President Bolsonaro has become increasingly unpopular thus it appears that the powers that be have decided that he is responsible for the Amazon's annual fire cycle.

The fires have received excessive press coverage and even 'spurred' riots in London and even an agenda item at the G8 conference, but NASA reports the fires to be on par for the last fifteen years (Africa is also on fire, but nobody reports that), with above average activity in Amazonas and Rondônia.


When you consume 'news' remind yourself that six companies control 90% of the information in America and one company controls 89% of access to that information.

Attorney General William Barr has accepted the finding of suicide as the manner of death for Jeffrey Epstein.

Henceforth, the inclination to accept a load of horse feathers as gospel truth shall be known as Epstein-Barr Syndrome.

People like to entertain fantasies about the government’s alien technology cover-up at Area 51 and the government has encouraged this fanciful distraction, but the reality may be (paradoxically) more banal and more sinister: Area 51 is a chemical and biological weapons laboratory.

In 1995, President Clinton issued Presidential Determination 95-45 exempting Air Force activities at Groom Lake from local and federal hazardous and solid waste disposal regulations in response to civil litigation. This exemption was renewed several times during the Clinton and Bush administrations, updating the language to also exempt the EPA from litigation (PD 97-35, 98-36, 99-37, 00-30, 01-27, 03-39).

No other U.S. military installation in the world has such exemptions; thus logic dictates that there are activities at Groom Lake that do not occur at any other installation – and the only reason to allow the wanton and unaccountable disposal of hazardous waste at a military installation is the development of chemical and biological weapons.

Epilogue

The most recent exclusion order expired in 2004. There is no publicly available information to suggest the exemption remains in effect (I suspect there is a correlation between the exemption orders and active litigation).

If you're inclined to be optimistic about the future of humanity, consider that five million people per year spend their vacations looking at a hole in the ground.

Presidential candidate Marianne “Don’t call me Crystal Lady” Williamson has proposed the creation of a Secretary of Peace and a Department of Peace (not to be confused with 1984’s Ministry of Peace).

“Lasting peace requires its active and systematized cultivation at every level of government and society … Nothing short of broad-scale investment and government reorientation can truly turn things around.”

Ok, maybe it should be confused with 1984’s Ministry of Peace.

The Air Force's new billion-dollar Nuclear Command and Control Facility in Nebraska is being named after confessed war criminal Curtis LeMay.

If Congress or the President were truly concerned about the environment, there are several actions that can be taken immediately that are entirely within their purview.

One of the those actions is to prevent the ~490 ships in the U.S. Navy from dumping their waste and garbage into the ocean; something the Navy has been doing with impunity for 244 years.

All garbage generated by a Navy ship is collected in plastic bags (as one might expect), but then those plastic bags – full of plastic – are simply heaved over the side.

I presume all Navies – save those from perhaps the most conscientious European countries – do the same.

Ever the real estate magnate, President Trump pondered purchasing Greenland from Denmark during a meeting of economic advisors.

The proposal may seem off the map, but Trump is actually the third president to broach the issue.

I think presidents get confused about what the island of 56,000 people actually has to offer when they see it on a Mercator projection.

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