Let’s hope this doesn’t happen, but Cockburn has been right about a lot of stuff. Jus sayin
Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Will Only Lead to More Terrorist Attacks
PATRICK COCKBURN • JANUARY 30, 2017
-Like leaders everywhere Isis commanders will wonder how unhinged Trump really is.
-Donald Trump’s travel ban on refugees and visitors from seven Muslim countries entering the US makes a terrorist attack on Americans at home or abroad more rather than less likely.
-a few bombs or shootings directed at American targets will lead to more scatter-gun persecution of Muslims.
-Isis will also see that by pressing their attacks they will deepen divisions within American society.
-in practice it was the excesses of the counter-terrorism apparatus such as torture and rendition, Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib which acted as the recruiting sergeant for the Salafi-jihadi movements.
-with Trump fuelling the sectarian war between Muslims and non-Muslims which Isis and al-Qaeda always wanted to wage, their prospects look brighter today than they have for a long time past.
My gut is telling me this is not a good thing for the future. Unless you work repairing driverless robot-delivery-vans or drones. Walmart sucks anyway. Target is so much better.
Walmart just undercut Amazon’s most valuable perk
I’m more than a little skeptical about this. Too simple.
Why Succeeding Against the Odds Can Make You Sick
By JAMES HAMBLIN
JAN. 27, 2017
Goodbye Susan Rice, Hello National Security Options
No other country has a conventional capability to reach America. The United States enjoys the protection of large oceans in the east and west that are buttressed by overwhelming maritime superiority. America also benefits from Pacific neighbors north and south and is backed by air superiority. Thus, the United States will not be invaded. It will not be blockaded or bombarded. In this way, the national security adviser—along with the president, secretary of state and other U.S. officials—need not worry about the sort of potential threats facing virtually every other nation on earth. That includes America’s chief rivals, China and Russia.
What we all need is for John McCain to hang himself (Now).
The U.S. Air Force Need More Than 300 Light Attack Aircraft (Now)
Reading Rene Girard At The End Of The World
By ROD DREHER • January 30, 2017
“The Apocalypse is not some invention. If we are without sacrifices, either we’re going to love each other or we’re going to die. We have no more protection against our own violence. Therefore, we are confronted with a choice: either we’re going to follow the rules of the Kingdom of God or the situation is going to get infinitely worse.”
Since debt-laden PDVSA cannot afford to have the ships cleaned, they have to wait for weeks to navigate international waters, delaying shipments.
“That was the last time Dave Holland played with the band,” he said, pointing a spray bottle at the orchid and blasting each leaf with a cloud of mist. “Which is fine if you ask me, because he was an asshole, but that’s when the band started to fall apart.” He stepped back and examined the plant for a moment. “Still, they played ‘Sinner’, which they hadn’t played since ’84. It was almost like they knew the end was coming so they went back to the set list from the ‘Killing Machine’ era.”
I wasn’t familiar with the ‘Killing Machine’ era, nor did I have a clue who Dave Holland was, but I understood Phil’s language. I spoke it fluently in my youth, a time when my bedroom walls were covered in cutouts of men in spandex and eye makeup, a time that, for Phil, had extended well into his thirties.
He went on about Judas Priest for another twenty minutes, becoming more passionate as he detailed their rise and fall. “By 1988, everything was synthesizers. Look at the intro to ‘Blood Red Skies’, for Christ’s sake. Tell me that doesn’t sound like Tears For Fears!” Coworkers passed by my office, gawking at Phil as he leaned over my desk, his hand gripping the garden trowel, his mouth foaming with white spit. “Marketing!” he said. “It’s all goddamned marketing!”