Sunday, September 14, 2014

Is peace that difficult a concept?

If the USA can look the other way when an entire village of Kashmir dies, then why not Iraq?

If the USA wants to do something to save the world, then do something worthwhile where people benefit without death.

If we offered aid the size of the USA military budget to assist countries to raise the quality of life of their people; we wouldn't have enemies.

This may shock Americans, (click here) who have trouble pointing to Bolivia on a map, but the country’s President, Evo Morales, had already announced Bolivia’s plan to go nuclear last year, and is establishing a nuclear advisory council to implement this technological future.

Russian President Vladimir Putin practically tore his shirt off to offer Bolivia help in achieving “their rightful role as a Promethean nation.

When a President's plane is diverted and searched for an American ex-patriot that is not considered a friendly gesture. 

Not there will be a nuclear capacity in the western hemisphere for the very first time.

Potassium Iodide comes in liquid or pill form. Nuclear Fallout is also carried by wind.

August 24, 2014
(Smyrna) – The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) (click here) and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) will distribute potassium iodide (KI) tablets free of charge to Delaware residents who live or work within 10 miles of the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations.  KI tablets will be available to those who have received potassium iodide during previous distribution events, and those who have never received potassium iodide. The tablets to be distributed this year will replace the IOSAT 130 mg tablets set to expire beginning September 2014.  KI distribution was conducted on two prior dates this summer.

Recommended daily dose 130 mg. Check the expiration date.

Bio International Potassium Iodide 30 mg (40 caps) (click here)
On sale for $18.59

Side effects of KI (potassium iodide) may include stomach or gastro-intestinal upset, allergic reactions, rashes, and inflammation of the salivary glands. When taken as recommended, KI (potassium iodide) can cause rare adverse health effects related to the thyroid gland.

The civilian deaths are still being committed by USA and NATO forces.

A Marine pays his final respects to Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, during a Sept. 19, 2012, memorial service at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Raible and Sgt. Bradley Atwell were killed after insurgents breached the wire at Camp Bastion on Sept. 14, 2012, launching an attack that destroyed numerous aircraft and damaged multiple buildings. (Photo by Sgt. Keonaona Paulo/ Marine Corps)

September 12, 2014
...Only one (click here) of the armed attackers (there were 15) involved in that Sept. 14, 2012, attack on Camp Bastion survived, military officials said. Mohammed Nazeer, now 24, was convicted and sentenced to death by an Afghan court, said Maj. John Caldwell, a Marine Corps spokesman at the Pentagon. But it still isn’t certain the punishment will stand. An Afghan appellate court affirmed the death penalty July 6, but the case is now before the Afghan Supreme Court for additional review, Caldwell said.
The uncertainty has frustrated the families of the two Marines killed, Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, 40, and Sgt. Bradley Atwell, 27, said Deborah Hatheway, Atwell’s aunt. U.S. military officials in Afghanistan contacted them last year asking for victim impact statements and family photographs to help make the case to the Afghan court that the insurgent should be punished severely for his actions, she said. The families were not informed there was an appellate process until this week, and are concerned it will function more leniently than the U.S. version....

The deadlock in the Afghan presidential election, involving Ashraf Ghani, left, and Abdullah Abdullah, is causing increasing volatility that could force a withdrawal of U.N. staffers from what has been Afghanistan’s most stable region. (Wakil Kohsar/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

September 13, 2014
By Tim Craig
 The United Nations is debating (click here) whether to withdraw its staff from one of Afghanistan’s largest and safest cities as concerns grow that a deadlock between the country’s two presidential candidates could lead to unrest.
In a series of stern statements Saturday, the U.N. mission in Afghanistan said it is facing increasing threats as it supervises a recount of votes in Afghanistan’s contentious presidential runoff.....

Ashraf is another Karzai. He will oversee the continued issue of corruption while Dr. Abdullah Abdullah will bring military experience and loyalty to the office. He will seek to root out corruption and confront the Taliban. Abdullah is a better alliance partner. He is not afraid of the Afghan people. 

September 12, 2014
By James Rosen
The top U.S. official (click here) for monitoring aid to Afghanistan painted a grim portrait of the country’s future Friday, saying it is riddled with corruption and graft.
With most Americans’ attention riveted on Iraq and Syria, John F. Sopko, the U.S. special inspector general for Afghanistan, said the United States’ unprecedented $120 billion reconstruction investment there is at risk....

...President Barack Obama’s vow that only 9,800 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan by year’s end, Sopko said, has left many Americans unaware the the United States will spend up to $8 billion a year on reconstruction projects for years to come.
“If corruption is allowed to continue unabated, it will likely jeopardize every gain we’ve made so far in Afghanistan,” Sopko said.
The United States continues to pump billions of dollars into the South Asia country that its government can’t control....

Afghanistan has a drug economy. The drug economy fuels extremists in Afghanistan and in other parts of the world. It is one of the reasons the Taliban did so well in the first place. They were able to reap large incomes to arm themselves and attempt control of Pakistan and it's nuclear resources.

...Some Afghan soldiers and police (click here) are getting paid off by poppy growers to allow them to cultivate the illicit plant, Sopko said.
“The narcotics trade poisons the Afghan financial sector and fuels a growing illicit economy,” he said. “This, in turn, undermines the Afghan state’s legitimacy by stoking corruption, nourishing criminal networks and providing significant financial support to the Taliban and other insurgent groups.”
Sopko warned that Afghanistan “could well become a narco-criminal state in the near future.”
Despite the widespread graft, the United States has no plan for countering corruption, Sopko said, and some U.S. agencies exaggerate progress in Afghanistan in order to justify the huge American investment there....

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September 12, 2014
Islamabad: A judge in Pakistan (click here) has ordered a murderer to be hanged next week, officials said on Friday, in what would be the country’s first civilian execution in six years.
The country has had a de facto moratorium on civilian hangings since 2008. Only one person has been executed since then, a soldier convicted by court martial and hanged in November 2012.
“A judge has passed an order that a murder convict be hanged,” an official at Adiyala Prison in Rawalpindi, the garrison city adjoining Islamabad, said.
“Arrangements for the execution on September 18 are being made,” the official said on condition of anonymity....

September 11, 2014
ISLAMABAD: In a setback (click here) to Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf, an investigation has concluded that the ex-military ruler imposed the 2007 emergency as army chief and was guilty of violating the constitution, the special court hearing his treason trial was told on Thursday. 

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) which probed the case informed the court that 71-year-old Musharraf must be held accountable for high treason. 

A three-member bench headed by justice Faisal Arab heard Musharraf's treason case in the Federal shariat court building....

September 14, 2014
By Tahir Kahn

Islamabad: A key faction (click here) of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Saturday announced cessation of violent attacks in Pakistan, in the best interests of both ‘Islam and the nation’. The announcement by Punjabi Taliban was accompanied by an appeal to all other militant groups “to stop their violent activities in Pakistan”.
The group, however, says it would continue to fight in neighbouring Afghanistan where the Afghan Taliban have been fighting a deadly insurgency against US-led foreign forces since 2001.
The Punjabi Taliban is the first group in the TTP, an umbrella of several militant organisations, that has decided to disengage. Analysts say renunciation of violence by the Punjabi Taliban would encourage other extremist groups to follow suit. The Taliban militancy has killed and maimed thousands of people, mostly innocent civilians, in the country over the past 10 years.
“We have decided to give up militancy in Pakistan. I’ve taken the decision in the best interests of Islam and the nation. I also appeal to all other armed groups to stop violent activities in Pakistan,” Asmatullah Muaweya, the chief of the Punjabi Taliban, said in a three-minute video message released to the media on Saturday. He added that his group would now focus on Dawah (Islamic preaching) for the “supremacy of Islam and protection of the system.”...

Summer offensive overruns checkpoints as Afghan security forces struggle to contain insurgency
September 13, 2014

...Hundreds of civilians have been killed or injured (click here) and thousands have fled their homes because of the fierce fighting, less than a year after David Cameron declared "mission accomplished". The military setback in an area that became symbolic of the wider battle for Afghanistan raises uncomfortable questions about Helmand's future and the British sacrifices meant to secure it from insurgent fighters.
"These attacks have been going on for around three months now," said Sulaiman Shah, Sangin district governor, after reluctantly agreeing to a telephone interview. He had been ordered not to speak to journalists. "There are some places which are under Taliban control," he said, naming several villages and warning that the situation was deteriorating. "We have had security problems over the last two or three years, but now it is much worse – the Taliban are getting stronger."

Sangin became a death trap for foreign forces from the moment they arrived in 2006. The first unit in the area endured the most intense ground fighting British soldiers had seen since the Korean war....

Republicans have a new strategy called, "truther."

September 13, 2014
By Ellen O'leary
Thomas Ready, (click here) a one-time major in the United States Army, dentist, and Republican candidate for Commissioner of Pueblo County, Colo., created a stir this week.
During a debate on Wednesday, Democratic incumbent Sal Pace brought up a video that Ready had posted on Facebook challenging the legitimacy of the 2012 Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Conn.
“There’s some question about whether it really happened, Sal. Some of the people in the video...,” said Ready, who was briefly stymied by boos and gasps from the audience. He persevered, however, explaining that a photo in which a grieving father was seen “smiling and joking” gave him pause. “I question that,” he concluded.
The term “truther” describes a believer of government conspiracy theories....

The mechanics training needs to be reviewed.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysia Airlines (click here) flight to Hyderabad, India, has been forced to return to Kuala Lumpur due to an autopilot defect shortly after takeoff.
The airline says the defect didn’t affect the safety of the aircraft or passengers but the captain turned back as a precaution.
The airline statement said that the Boeing 738 plane landed safely at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport early Sunday, nearly four hours after take-off....

I agree the NFL needs to clean up it's act, but, so does the rest of the country.

March 28, 2014

In 19 states, (click here) it's legal for teachers or principals to punish public school students by hitting them repeatedly instead of just giving them detention....

...Teachers or principals may strike students three or more times on the buttocks or upper thighs with a wooden paddle, which is often 15 inches long. In some cases, paddles are made from shaved-down baseball bats. Students may also be hit with a hand or taped-together rulers....

...The first swat knocked [my son] down ... when he fell, the principal said he had five seconds to get back up, or he’d start all over again ... it probably took him a minute and a half to get up again. They gave him two more swats. Then the principal had to go to the nurse’s office to get the asthma inhaler, [my son] couldn’t breathe ... When he came home from school, my wife found the marks on him. … He had severe bruising on his buttocks and on his lower back. His butt was just covered....