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Earth and Science


In honor of the world-wide science march and earth days tomorrow bringing attention to our environment and why science is important, I thought I'd share some science/ earth day news. For a little of my sense of science, my oldest daughter is an astrophysicist and will be chief operating engineer on an X-ray telescope with some parts from the italians, which will take her to Italy a couple times. The launch will be part of her part of the project. Her husband for the last few years has been doing environmental science,going to Antarctica and Greenland for research, although he is really a robotics guy. One thing they will tell you about climate change, "it's real."

And I would appreciate someone telling me how to get the videos and pictures up. It would be a better diary.


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War. What is it good for?

About a week ago I posted a thread titled :Are We Going to War without the American People Knowing about it?

The answer is yes.

The definitive scary truth from Politico:


The amount of troop build ups and bombings with increased civilian deaths should scare the bejeesus out of us all.

Beyond deepening U.S. involvement in established war zones, Trump has also signed off on expanded authorities for conducting military operations outside these areas, loosening Obama-era rules intended to protect innocent civilians. Under Obama, strikes against terrorists outside “areas of active hostilities” in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan were subject to significant constraints and White House oversight. To take action, the Pentagon had to demonstrate that an individual (or network of individuals) represented a “continuing and imminent threat” to the United States, the intelligence had to confirm the target and there had to be “near certainty” that no civilians would be killed by the strike.

Trump has already taken action to unshackle the military from these rules. During the same Jan. 25 dinner in which Trump greenlit the disastrous Jan. 29 special operations forces raid in Yemen, the president also agreed to a proposal made by Defense Secretary James Mattis to declare large areas of Yemen active areas of hostilities. This gives the U.S. military much greater latitude to conduct operations against al Qaeda’s local affiliate, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), without checking back with the White House before each strike. Operations in Yemen will continue to be governed by the laws of war, as they are in Iraq and Syria, but the U.S. military will be able to target a much larger range of individuals, the threshold for actionable intelligence will be lower and the acceptable level of collateral damage will be higher. As a result, the Trump administration has already carried out 70 airstrikes in Yemen, nearly double the number the Obama administration conducted in all of 2016. (Trump has reportedly granted a similar expansion of authorities for Somalia, and may also be asked to consider doing so for Libya.)

Finally, the Trump administration has taken steps to scale back transparency. Although some information has trickled out about recent troop deployments, the Pentagon said last week that it will no longer “routinely announce or confirm information about the capabilities, force numbers, locations or movement of forces in or out of Iraq and Syria.”

In the near term, Trump’s approach may kill more terrorists and achieve tactical gains. But its single-minded emphasis on military escalation carries with it real dangers that could produce strategic defeat.

This is all being done in secret with no efforts at diplomacy. The point of war is death and destruction, money for the MIC and oil.

And some kind of deranged power trip for trump.

You should read the whole article.
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