Sixteen years after Bush Snr launched his so-called ‘war on terror’ an untold number of civilians have been killed by disease, illness and by the US and UK-led military campaign
In February 2003, Elliott Abrams, a US official convicted of lying to Congress over the Iran-Contra affair but cleared by President George HW Bush, spoke to the media about the impending invasion of Iraq, ordered by Bush’s son.
Abrams claimed in his remarks about “humanitarian reconstruction” – six priorities had driven the planning. “The first is to try to minimise the displacement and the damage to the infrastructure and the disruption of services,” he said. “And the military campaign planning has had – has been tailored to try to do that, to try to minimise the impact on civilian populations.”
It didn’t turn out that way. Sixteen years after Bush launched his so-called “war on terror”, millions of people’s lives have been turned upside down, Isis has been allowed to fester and spread, and Iraq is a nation at risk of fracturing apart. Moreover, an untold number of innocent civilians have been killed – by disease, illness, in gruesome tortures performed by local and foreign insurgents, and by the US and UK-led military campaign that Abrams and others vowed would be surgical.
In recent days, the US has been again forced to address the painful issue of civilian casualties following the publication of a investigation by the New York Times, which found that, contrary to the claims of the Pentagon, as many as one-in-five coalition air strikes on Isis targets in Iraq in 2014, resulted in civilians deaths. That figure was 31 times higher than what the US has acknowledged.
The Pentagon has hit back at the report; it insists it takes great care in preparing for and carrying out military strikes, and investigates all claims of civilian casualties. It says it believes 786 civilians have been unintentionally killed by coalition strikes since the operations against Isis started in June 2014.
“The unfortunate death of civilians is a fact of war that weighs heavy on our hearts,” said Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon.
Asked about the total of civilians killed since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Pahon told The Independent he doubted he could provide such a figure. He referred inquiries to the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, the name of the operation against Isis. There was no immediate response.
The truth is that nobody knows how many civilians have been killed in Iraq since George W Bush and Tony Blair launched an invasion that was sold to the world, not as a means to simply topple Saddam Hussein, but to seize the weapons of mass destruction they claimed he had. That is one of its many enduring tragedies.
Comment: Weapons which they claimed he had, but he didn’t, and they knew it. All those people died because of a lie.
The militaries of both the US and Britain kept painstaking records of its soldiers killed in both Afghanistan and Iraq – 2,280 and 4,491 for the US, and 455 and 179 for Britain. Yet, they have never tried to make an overall tally of Iraqi civilian deaths or those killed in other theatres.
Over the years, there have been various attempts to come up with a figure. One of the first was the Iraq Body Count (IBC), a British project that maintained a tally of casualties based on media reports. Yet as the IBC has admitted, its figures are based on reports in the media, which were themselves limited in scope and detail.
Two reports conducted by the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, used extrapolation based on epidemiology, and were published in The Lancet. The first, published in 2004, estimated that at least 100,000 Iraqis had been killed as a result of the war.
The second, published in 2006, suggested the figure had risen to near 650,000. The British and US governments criticised the findings but those involved defended the methodology. In 2015, a report by Physicians for Social Responsibility suggested the total may have passed one million.
The truth of the matter is that nobody knows. The figure could be one million, it could be two million.
And when you add the civilian casualties in Afghanistan and other places where the “war on terror” has played out – Yemen, Pakistan, Mali, Niger, Somalia and the Philippines – it becomes even more of a guessing game. In many of these places, there are not even the rudimentary efforts, such as that attempted by the IBC.
One thing that is so striking about what was said in 2003 and what is being said now, is the language employed by US officials. Pahon, the Pentagon spokesman, stressed how everything was done to “limit harm to non-combatants and civilian infrastructure”.
Back in 2003, Abrams had vowed: “We hope to discourage population displacement through – partly through an information campaign, and partly by efforts to provide aid rapidly and restore public services rapidly.”
War has always been a dirty, dangerous business. People should not pretend otherwise.
So…some people actually want to be microchipped like a dog. They’re lining up for it. They’re having parties to get it done. It if isn’t available to them, they’re totally bummed out.
I’m not even going to venture into the religious aspect of having a microchip inserted into a human being. Let’s just talk about the secular ramifications.
Certain folks won’t be happy until everyone has a computer chip implanted in them. Here’s how this could go.
- Initially, it would be the sheep who blindly desire to be chipped for their own “convenience” leading the way.
- Then, it would become remarkably inconvenient not to be chipped – sort of like it’s nearly impossible to not have a bank account these days.
- Then, the last holdouts could be forcibly chipped by law.
Read on, because I could not make this stuff up.
Some employers are chipping workers.
Last summer, the internet was abuzz about a company in Wisconsin that wanted to microchip their employees. Workers at the technology company, Three Market Square, were given the option of having a chip implanted in their hands and 50 out of 80 eagerly lined up for the privilege.
Why? So they could buy food or swipe their way through building security with a wave of their hand. Software engineer Sam Bengtson explained why he was on board.
“It was pretty much 100 percent yes right from the get-go for me. In the next five to 10 years, this is going to be something that isn’t scoffed at so much, or is more normal. So I like to jump on the bandwagon with these kind of things early, just to say that I have it.” (source)
He wasn’t alone. In fact, they had a microchipping party and some people got chipped live on TV so the rest of us reluctant humans could all see how cool it was to get microchipped. Watch what fun they had!
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Leader of the Zimbabwe opposition MDC Tsvangirai has called on president Mugabe to resign.
“In the interest of the people of Zimbabwe, Mr Robert Mugabe must resign,” Tsvangirai said, calling for a negotiated process to ease Zimbabwe through the transition of power.
Zimbabwe’s former Prime Minister Morgan has reportedly returned to the country, as he was seen flying to the capital of Harare.
The Zimbabwean army took over power early on Wednesday, confining the 93-year-old president to his house and claiming it was targeting criminals around him. The African Union has said this looks like a coup.
It came after Mugabe dismissed and ousted from the ruling party his first vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, a likely successor who enjoys the army’s support. The nation’s defense forces chief Constantine Chiwenga warned the president on Monday to stop the purge within the party.
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Conservatives are publicly destroying their Keurig coffee makers in response to the company’s decision to pull its advertisements from Sean Hannity’s television and radio programs.
At least five companies, including Keurig, have said they will no longer advertise their products on Hannity’s shows following the host’s coverage of Roy Moore. The Alabama GOP Senate candidate has been accused of sexual misconduct with several teens, including a 14-year-old girl, The Washington Post reported.
Hannity retweeted some of the Keurig destruction videos on Sunday and hinted that he was purchasing 500 coffee makers of an unnamed brand “to give away” to those who made such clips.
Deplorable friends, I am buying 500 coffee makers tomorrow to give away!! Details on radio and TV. Hint; best videos!!
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) November 13, 2017
Many responded to the trend with a mixture of indifference or support:
Destroying your Keurig because the company took a stand against pedophelia is a great idea. Caffeine is clearly clouding your judgement.
— Emery Emery (@emeryemeryii) November 13, 2017
Folks, you don’t actually need the Keurig Coffee Maker, though.
You can get just as much coffee by squeezing the k-cups with your hands.
(In other news, good on Keurig, but those cups are still an environmental catastrophe)
— Andrew Thaler (@DrAndrewThaler) November 13, 2017
An open letter to Keurig bashers:
YOU CANT BOYCOTT SOMETHING YOU’VE ALREADY BOUGHT! ]]>🤦🏽🤦🏽🤦🏽
Source Article from https://www.yahoo.com/news/people-destroy-keurig-coffee-makers-071916693.html
It’s a win-win all around as K-cup users on both sides of the political divide find reasons to smash their Keurigs.
It’s such wonderful news. Everyone says that the USA is riven in two, totally polarized. A “journalist” on the Daily Caller, claims that “the left has defined environmentalism in a way that is counter to freedom, conservation, and science.” But thanks to a guy named Sean Hannity who apparently is not a leftie environmentalist (I’m Canadian and we don’t get Fox News so I have never seen him, my apologies), people are finally getting rid of their Keurig coffee makers!
Liberals are offended by this video of a Keurig being thrown off of a building.
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) November 12, 2017
Collin here is setting an example by throwing his Keurig off a building. Now I am a liberal but I have to say, Collin, I am not the least bit offended! I do wish that you had recycled it but hey, you are doing the right thing and we are not going to argue. We have been saying for years that coffee pods are a waste of money, they are piling up in landfills, that they are lying when they say they are recyclable and they make lousy coffee. I have called them a design for unsustainability.
They even have their own horror movie. The pod people have been doing something right, convincing millions of Americans to pay forty bucks a pound for second-rate coffee. But finally, thanks to Sean Hannity and his followers, environmentalism is a bipartisan issue!
Hannity’s fans were smashing their Keurigs because the company decided not to advertise on the show anymore. They must buy a lot of K-cups, because the CEO of Keurig offered a grovelling sort of apology this morning. I am not sure this helped matters much:
Here’s part of the memo that Keurig CEO Bob Gamgort sent to company employees today regarding “Hannity” flap. pic.twitter.com/bGNEfGapqd
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) November 13, 2017
Oops, sorry, “I apologize for any negativity you have experienced as a result of this situation.” Sounds to me like people on both sides of the political divide will be smashing Keurigs now. A win-win for the environment!
There has been a steady rise in reported cases of eye syphilis infection in the U.S., according to health officials.
Cases of ocular syphilis were once rare, but have been steadily gaining ground in the U.S. – from data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 12 cases were initially reported from two major cities – San Francisco and Seattle – between December 2014 and March 2015, and more than 200 cases in total were reported from 20 states, between 2014 and 2016.
Ocular syphilis develops out of a syphilis infection in the spinal cord that has spread to the eye. According to the CDC, it can involve any eye structure and can blur the vision and even cause permanent blindness, if diagnosed incorrectly or left untreated.
CDC findings have reported that majority of cases have been among HIV-infected MSM (men who have sex with men), but a few cases have occurred among those uninfected including heterosexual men and women. CDC advises that “all patients with syphilis should receive an HIV test if status is unknown or previously HIV-negative.”
CDC added that clinicians must be on the look-out for ocular syphilis and screen any patient for vision-related complaints, especially those most at risk such as HIV-infected persons, MSM, persons with multiple or anonymous partners, and others with risk factors.
The rate of sexually-transmitted diseases has skyrocketed in the U.S., with the biggest increase seen in cases of congenital syphilis at 27.6 percent between 2015 and 2016. The rate of primary and secondary syphilis infections went up 17.6 percent since 2015. (Related: HIV transmission MYTH totally blown away by new science: Unprotected sex with HIV-infected partners produces almost ZERO new infections.)
This report was featured in the Daily Mail.
Facts about syphilis
Syphilis is a chronic bacterial disease, caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum. It is typically contracted through vaginal, anal, and oral sex, but can be transmitted by other means. In rare cases, it is contracted through prolonged kissing. Some diagnoses could be delayed as symptoms often manifest similarly to other conditions.
According to CDC, syphilis has several stages – primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary. The symptoms are characterized by painless sores in the primary stage; and skin rash, swollen lymph nodes and fever in the second stage. Interestingly, the latent stage of the infection will not manifest any symptoms.
However, “tertiary syphilis is associated with severe medical problems. A doctor can usually diagnose tertiary syphilis with the help of multiple tests. It can affect the heart, brain, and other organs of the body,” according to CDC.
An injection of penicillin will help eliminate the infection in its early stages. For those with latent syphilis, but are unsure for how long they’ve had the disease, doctors recommend having three doses of penicillin injection every seven days.
As previously mentioned, the symptoms of this infection can be mistaken with common conditions, and ocular syphilis may manifest as other types of eye infection at first glance. One such case was that of a 55-year-old woman who was initially diagnosed with bilateral progressive retinal vasculitis, but repeated serological tests revealed the true nature of the infection after her vision continued to deteriorate.
According to the National Institutes of Health: “Ocular syphilis has no typical manifestation and the serologic tests are insufficiently sensitive, especially in late-stage syphilis. These often lead to delayed diagnosis and antibiotic management.”
For more clinical advisories about infectious disease outbreaks, visit Outbreak.news.
The tunnel in Guizhou Province, China, became the focus of investigation after hundreds of people reported going back in time once they exited the 400-metre structure.
Most people reported gaining an hour in time after continuing their drive outside the tunnel, as their mobile phones had gone back exactly 60 minutes.
The phenomena became so well known that one journalist working for the Gui Yang Evening News decided to carry out an experiment.
He drove through the tunnel – an about five minute journey – ten times, and reported gaining an hour on eight of the trips.
With no apparent explanation, and the time gain baffling so many people, conspiracies and theories have abounded online, including everything from real time travel to alien abductions.
One person posted on neowin.net: “Clearly the drivers have missing time, and were probed by aliens.”
Another said: “Maybe the reason why China has so many of the worlds longest living people is not so much because they’re old, but because they spend so long stuck in traffic driving through magic time travel space tunnels.”
Another said: “This sounds wacky, must be a time tunnel, for sure.”
But those who experienced gaining the hour, said they soon lost it again after driving further away from the tunnel.
Local TV media said science had come up with a mundane explanation.
It was said to be later found that a phone transmitter on one side of the tunnel was sending out an incorrect signal, which put phone clock’s times back by an hour, and it was put right after they zapped a correct one further up the road.
Others have suggested it is a magnetic anomaly.