We warned you last April that raising the legitimacy of FARC, a terrorist organization, with the encouragement of John Kerry and his skillful negotiation skills, wouldn’t turn out as well as planned for Colombia – see our post Frightening things from April 4th, 2016. A year later, and with promises along the way of reductions in cocoa plant farming, a big accomplishment appears to be a boom in… you guessed in, cocoa plant farming. Chalk it up to unintended consequences.
Let’s check back in another year to see if there’s actually a peace deal and what else can be added to the Kerry legacy.
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If you listened, watched or attended the recent CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) you’d likely come away with a sense of American pride, unity and focus. If you read the mainstream media’s account or even just their headlines, you’d get quite a different story. Not only can they not help but interject bias in the news, they seem unable to avoid its intrusion in headlines. This insinuated pessimism might make one think they were referring to the dysfunction within the DNC. But no, they’ve managed to suggest that a cohesive, patriotic event was actually an exercise in turmoil, angst and equivocation. Here are a few actual headlines as examples….
Given this tendency toward hate-filled cynicism, we thought we’d contribute a few examples for the fakestream media to consider if they’re really serious about misleading through headline bias….
Ivanka’s perfume made from the tears of social justice warriors
Bannon leaks news: Wash Monument to be moved to Mexican border as part of new wall
Misogynist CPAC has no representation from ugly women
Oval Office desk replaced with folding card table and bust of Hitler
Planned parenthood offices to be walled up and then closed by national guard units as part of training for the deportation Dreamers and people who like puppies
Metal detectors at CPAC just another symbol for a “wall”
Fed US govt to be moved from Wash DC to Kansas City, MO
WH planning a pamphlet describing best ways to disenfranchise the LBGTQRST-UVWXYZ community.
Not a single left handed, bi-sexual albino at CPAC
Melania a sex slave; Baron a highly intelligent robot
Minorities spotted at CPAC presumed to be named Tom, Uncle Tom
Gluton consumption rampant at CPAC
Racist Flag unfurled at CPAC during singing of Star Spangled Banner. Referred to as “Old Glory” an obvious trigger to the elderly
Guest blogger: Chuck Goergen
Not only do we Americans rely on our nuclear weapon umbrella as a deterrent to enemy threats, countries across the world are trusting their security to being under our nuclear umbrella. Is it getting threadbare? If it ever had to be exercised, how sure are we it would perform its function? The nuclear triad is getting old. You could argue that there have been no new system designs or nuclear testing since the late 1980s/early 1990s. There have been rebuilds and life extension programs but there is no capability to do any large-scale production of the nuclear cores. The nuclear infrastructure that built our current stockpile no longer exists. Some might argue the skills have also atrophied.
There is not a contention that the stockpile is non-functional. Each year the heads of NNSA’s weapons labs sign assurance memos that their designed systems will perform if called upon. The science based stockpile is a projection. Weapon system lifetimes are being extrapolated (versus interpolated) as we have never been in this situation. With the gravitas of how we rely on this deterrent to stabilize world politics, how sure are we? What level of confidence of performance reliability do we need: 50/50, 75/25, 95/5, 99.5/0.5 or higher?
Most of the authorizations for the current stockpile date back to Jimmy Carter, who was focused on improving the safety of the stockpile. Could new systems be designed that take advantage of advances in technology since the 1990s? Compare the advances in phones, cars, radios, TV, computers, etc. since the 1980s. There are proliferant countries in the world that have active nuclear weapon development programs. What if there were a breakout? Would the United States be able to mobilize to answer the threat? Will our stockpile be a reliable deterrent?
America’s Nuclear Umbrella is getting old. My viewpoint would be that the whole system needs a comprehensive review.