Barack Obama Says He’ll Overlook Civilian Deaths in Syria


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I have the awful feeling no one’s in charge of maintaining the morality and ethics I grew up believing were standards the United States held dear.

I counted on Constitutional lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama to do so but no.  Shame!  Shame on you Barack Obama! What are you doing?

Have the war mongerers gotten to you such that they have you emulating Netanyahu?

White House Exempts Syria Airstrikes From Tight Standards on Civilian Deaths

The White House has acknowledged for the first time that strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq.

A White House statement to Yahoo News confirming the looser policy came in response to questions about reports that as many as a dozen civilians, including women and young children, were killed when a Tomahawk missile struck the village of Kafr Daryan in Syria’s Idlib province on the morning of Sept. 23.


But one former Obama administration official said the new White House statement raises questions about how the U.S. intends to proceed in the conflict in Syria and Iraq, and under what legal authorities.




September 30, 2014 at 7:54 PM Leave a comment

The CDC Issues Ebola Guidelines to U.S. Funeral Homes

Funeral Flowers via wikipedia

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Um.  I guess the CDC is taking the long view here (knock on wood):

CBS46 News has confirmed the Centers for Disease Control has issued guidelines to U.S. funeral homes on how to handle the remains of Ebola patients.


The three-page list of recommendations include instructing funeral workers to wear protective equipment when dealing with the remains since Ebola can be transmitted in postmortem care. It also instructs to avoid autopsies and embalming.


And then there’s this:

September 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM Leave a comment

“Business Expenses” as Tax Write-Offs

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Too bad businesses can write-off their costs of doing business because, at least in the case of Vanguard, the mutual fund company, that makes them sloppy and wasteful.

I had an account at Vanguard that I closed oh, roughly eight or nine years ago.  Today, as I have every year since, I got a letter asking me to verify my beneficiary designation for the account and to call if I wanted to make changes.

I presume Vanguard can write-off the cost of the paper and the postage for this thing and meanwhile, I can only wonder when I’ll stop getting them.  Geezus.

September 29, 2014 at 1:23 PM 2 comments

Sunday Treat: “Ode to Joy” Flash Mob in Hong Kong

There has been a growing global phenomena over the few years or so for musicians to organize flash mobs to play Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in places like shopping centers and town squares, bringing unexpected happiness to those fortunate enough to be in the area.

As a tribute to the pro-democracy activists who’ve been demonstrating in Hong Kong over the weekend, here’s one that took place there last year featuring the Hong Kong Festival Orchestra.  The music and singing are spectacular and the crowd explodes with appreciation at the end.  Take 8:30 minutes out of your Sunday and treat yourself to it:

September 28, 2014 at 4:12 PM Leave a comment

Sexism That’s Tucked Into Nooks and Crannies

Look at this headline from the U.K.’s Daily Mail:

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It uses two words that, when used together, are one of my pet peeves:  “Man and wife.”  From now on let’s make that either man and woman or husband and wife.


September 28, 2014 at 12:07 PM Leave a comment

Japanese Mountain Climbers Flee When Mountain Erupts

When you’re hiking in the mountains, particularly above tree line, and an electrical storm moves in, the first thing you should do is get the hell Off.  The.  Mountain.  That’s happened to me many times.  It’s scary.  But that’s been put into a bit of a different perspective by this:

Japan Volcano Mt Ontake Erupts, Injuring Climbers and Forcing Evacuations

At least one person has been seriously injured following an eruption at Japan’s Mount Ontake volcano.

Several others, including mountain climbers caught out by the sudden and unexpected eruption on Saturday, have also been reported injured according to Japanese media reports.

A number of people have been evacuated from a mountain lodge near to the volcano while hundreds remain stranded. Aircraft have had their routes diverted.


And this:



September 27, 2014 at 3:30 PM Leave a comment

At Pre-Launch Presser, First Female Russian Cosmonaut to Visit the Int’l Space Station is Asked About Her Hair

yelena serova via wikipedia

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Will this kind of thing e-v-e-r end?

The first Russian female cosmonaut to visit the International Space Station criticised journalists for focusing on her hair and appearance during a pre-launch news conference.

Elena Serova became the fourth woman in Russia to enter space when she joined the mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. She has spent seven years training for the flight.

But during a conference with two of her male colleagues ahead of the launch, the 38-year-old was forced to refocus questions from the press, who appeared more interested in how she would wash her hair in space and continue her relationship with her daughter while in space.

The BBC reports that after initially humouring reporters, she responded to one who asked her how she would maintain her hair style in space with: “Can I ask a question – aren’t you interested in the hair styles of my colleagues?”


Geezus.  Serova trains for seven years for the flight and at the pre-launch press conference she’s asked how she’ll wash her hair up there? Aye yie yie.  It’s enough to make me scream.

September 26, 2014 at 3:28 PM Leave a comment

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