This time it’s two policemen who were shot. The U.S. leads industrialized nations in this statistic as well. The US leads the industrialized world in literally every reportable gun death statistic. A dubious distinction.
Medicynical Note: Once an idyllic place with the highest standard of living and overall great satisfaction with the quality of life (unless of course you were African-American or indigent). The U.S. with it’s “conservative” values has become a country of increasing income disparity, guns everywhere, mediocre health care (we lead the world in COVID deaths), systemic racism, white angst, and gun deaths. Not a pretty picture.
We owe this to Vladimir Putin, one of the worst Supreme Courts in history, a congress increasingly manned by incompetents and a clueless citizenry. We’re in a national libertarian/conservative/faux religionist downward spiral to who knows what.
Medicynical Note: The other fatal epidemic in America. Guns terrify everyone and in the U.S. they are everywhere. A uniquely American problem (we lead the world in ownership and deaths) in a once civil society that absurdly maintains that it values life.
It should also be noted that in the other epidemic the U.S. also leads the world in deaths. What the hell is wrong with us?
In Eastern Europe after WWII the Soviets consolidated power by undermining countries monarchies and fledgling democracies by subverting elections, the judiciary, police authorities and political parties. This strategy was termed salami tactics—undermining by a thousand cuts.
We are now facing a similar Republican/Trumpian strategy. They are literally taking apart our elections, Judiciary and soon our political structure with a thousand cuts. And sadly the Supreme Court seems a key part of this undoing.
This article from Slate explained salami tactics in 2019……its even worse now. Call it what you like our Democracy is threatened and maybe by this point finished as we know it.
Medicynical Note: Our republican friends are attempting to subvert the election process in states in which they control the legislatures; they are gerrymandering beyond all previous such actions; inhibiting the vote in areas where the opposition resides; not recognizing the validity of fully validated elections (they lost by millions) and are openly supporting violent insurrection. It’s happening now in the U.S.
“To many Hindu extremists, the attacks are justified — a means of preventing religious conversions. To them, the possibility that some Indians, even a relatively small number, would reject Hinduism for Christianity is a threat to their dream of turning India into a pure Hindu nation. Many Christians have become so frightened that they try to pass as Hindu to protect themselves.”
In this case it is Hindus suppressing Christians living in their midst. Under Modi religious myopia has been been reinvigorated and been more the rule than the exception.
In this behavior India is not unique. Throughout the world religion the so-called force for “good” is the rational for supression and persecution of followers of other beliefs. Most religions, except perhaps for Quakers and the Baha’ and a few others, seem unable to resist attacking and discouraging others. That appears to be their nature.
Medicynical Note: And yes the U.S. that “paragon” of virtue in the world also suffers from religious sourced anarchy. The notion of separation of Church and State protected us from religious hegemony for 250 years. But now there are U.S. religious fundamentalists who maintain that their beliefs should be supreme and that government should be based on often ridiculous, highly ambiguous, vague, and medieval biblical interpretations.
There have been many analyses of the vote in the last presidential election. Our former President claims it was a landslide in his favor and that he was defeated by voter fraud. That claim seems once again to have been debunked. The only fraud is Trump himself.
Medicynical Note: Many republicans including those on FOX news have supported Trump’s claim of voter fraud.
Turns out that there was very little fraud in the last election. What republicans really appear to be concerned about is ALL people voting. Imagine that, a so-called democracy, once the leading democracy in the world, under threat because one of the two major parties opposes the concept of universal sufferage.
You may recall: (from Wikipedia) Democracy (Greek: δημοκρατία, dēmokratiā, from dēmos ‘people’ and kratos ‘rule’) is a form of government in which the people have the authority to deliberate and decide legislation (“direct democracy”), or to choose governing officials to do so (“representative democracy”).
“This approach enabled “Iran to accumulate a lot more material, work on advanced centrifuges, and maybe other things that we don’t know about, all which brought Iran closer than ever before” to acquiring a nuclear bomb, said Yoel Guzansky, former head of the Iran desk at Israel’s National Security Council and a senior fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). “The nuclear deal was flawed, but at least it put a lid on Iran’s advancement, which we don’t have now.”’
Medicynical Note: The only country in the Middle East with nuclear weapons accuses Iran of nuclear blackmail for trying to develop it’s own nuclear weapon (denied by Iran).
The shadow world of Middle Eastern intrigue reveals an incompetence a little like MAD Magazine’s spy against spy feature…….except that we are talking real people and real lives at risk.
“Musk is not exactly gracious in victory. He recently harassed (on Twitter, of course) the head of the United Nations food program, after the official suggested that billionaires devote some of their resources toward ending worldwide hunger. When Wyden posted that whether billionaires should pay taxes isn’t policy that should be determined by a Twitter poll, Musk’s vulgar response was so inappropriate The Post won’t print it and I won’t link to it here.”
So it comes as no surprise that as we consider who is paying for the COVID vaccine and the hospitalizations of COVID paitents that Elon has not stepped up to help pay for this burden. Just you and me folks.
Medicynical Note: His talibaneque beliefs lead to his downfall. From the time of Copernicus and Galileo religious believers have battled scientific facts and advances. But the world is not flat, Darwin was right, and yes, vaccines work. Repent ye true believers.
Bill Gates dabbles. He’s developed an elegant expensive highly technical garbage disposal system first deployed in a third world county. The only catch being that countries in the third world have neither the money nor the technical expertise to keep such endeavors going. Little has been heard since 2015 about this gadget aside from lessens learned communications from the Gates Foundation about future plans for this Rube Goldberg like processing system. One wonders how applicable economical and effective it will be for other locations.
Moving on Gates now is proposing pocket-sized nuclear energy plants for small towns and cities cooled with highly flammable liquid sodium……what could possibly go wrong?
Medicynical note: Gates dabbles and comes up with innovative but impractical solutions. That’s his modus. His waste plant had problems in it’s first iteration and will, i predict, never fly—I also said that to Orville and Wilbur. His pocket sized nuclear plants also seem to have little chance for success. Multiple locales using high risk energy producing contraptions doesn’t seem like a good idea either. However, should he succeed I would suggest burying the waste in Mr. Gates’ back yard. Nuclear power, with current inadequate safeguards and nuclear waste handling is akin to kids playing with matches.