2.7 million Americans have served in Iraq, Afghanistan

Have American tax payers got their money’s worth?

In early October the Afghan war will be 17 years old. What’s been gained by the West intervening?

Would Afghanistan be better off now if they’d been left alone to solve their own problems?

The Pentagon’s failed campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan left a generation of soldiers with little to fight for but one another.

War Without End

Pfc. Richard Dewater was killed in an ambush.
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Trump is a toddler

I question whether or not the G7 is worth the cost and trouble.

On the upside, in 2018 a $3bn pledge for girls’ education was announced.

AND I’m pleased some world leaders stood up to the irrational egomaniac. You have to call out this kind of stupidity. Even if you suffer consequences. Trump won’t be around forever.

Trump by the numbers after 500 days

Donald Trump, toddler President, is the worst politician that ever happened to the USA. I’m embarrassed for the nation. 🤨

Fiscally conservative Economist Magazine put together stats on 11 key economic indicators. The numbers aren’t all bad. Yet.

Tracking America in the age of Trump

The Ugly American

I’m definitely a “Liberal”

Fiscally conservative Economist magazine put together a succinct video explaining the word Liberal.

The first truly Liberal government was the USA. In 2018 Canada and France are good examples.

USA under Trump in 2018 is run by a few billionaires and rich corporations funding the GOP.

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Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

With a rating of 4.36 / 5.00 on GoodReads, this book is popular. And depressing.

My takeaways:

  • Stop worrying about Russia. It’s the richest of the rich deciding American politics.
  • Charles and David Koch started as Libertarians. In fact, David ran in 1980 as candidate for Vice President for the Libertarian Party. In recent decades everything the Kochs do is to enrich themselves. #FollowTheMoney

  • The Kochs will cheat, lie, steal, intimidate to enrich themselves. The GOP are merely a means to an end.
  • The Kochs are good businessmen, employing many. For all the hundreds of millions they’ve spent, mostly on Republicans, they’ve made more back on legislation enriching the richest of the rich.
  • The 2010 Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision made the situation much worse.
  • Because their business is mostly Petrotoxins, the Kochs are keenest on preventing action on climate change.
  • Currently Americans for Prosperity is the main Koch lobbyist.
  • The E.P.A. identified Koch Industries in 2012 as the single biggest producer of toxic waste in the United States.

The U.S. political system is a fail, I’d say.

40% think Trump is doing a good job. A majority of those, I’m guessing, believe what they hear on FOX News and right wing radio.

Americans so easily misled deserve worse education, worse health care, medical bankruptcy, etc. … There’s no helping people like that.

I keep thinking American voters will figure out the richest of the rich are taking too much money. They don’t

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (2016) is a non-fiction book written by the American investigative journalist Jane Mayer, about a network of extremely wealthy conservative republicans, foremost among them Charles and David Koch, who have together funded an array of organizations that work in tandem to influence academic institutions, think tanks, the courts, statehouses, Congress, and the American presidency for their own benefit.

Mayer particularly discusses the Koch family and their political activities, along with Richard Mellon Scaife and John M. Olin and the DeVos and Coors families.

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Jane Meredith Mayer is an American investigative journalist who has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1995. …

In 2016, Doubleday published Mayer’s fourth book, Dark Money, which became an instant national best-seller, and the New York Times named it one of the ten best books of the year. …

Mayer revealed that approximately six investigators, led by former New York Police Chief Howard Safir, had been hired by the industrialist Koch brothers in an effort to try to dig up dirt in order to smear her reputation, and that accusations of plagiarism had been leveled at her. She responded by publicly airing those tactics of intimidation, effectively debunking the smear campaign.

 

I support the Kinder Morgan pipeline

Actually, I’ve only recently looked at the issue. So this is a weak endorsement.

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We have some decades left using Petrotoxins. If you use them, you need to weigh all the alternatives for transport. Is this pipeline actually more dangerous than the alternatives?

I don’t think so.

Opponents, especially First Nations, were not sufficiently consulted. Perhaps not sufficiently compensated.

I’m hoping — in the end — some compromise can be decided. Otherwise we’ll be stuck with worse options.