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No mention of what the causal connection might be

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Entering the Intelligence Labyrinth | TomDispatch

Nor could the intelligence community even settle on a basic figure for how many of those militants there were. In fact, in part because IS assiduously uses couriers for its messaging instead of cell phones and emails, until a chance arrest of a key militant in June, the CIA and the rest of the IC evidently knew next to nothing about the group or its leadership, had no serious assessment of its strength and goals, nor any expectation that it would sweep through and take most of Sunni Iraq. And that should be passing strange. After all, it now turns out that much of the future leadership of IS had spent time together in the U.S. military’s Camp Bucca prison just years earlier.

Public health officials hastened to reassure the public, noting that the virus can only be spread through direct contact with body fluids.

Authorities seek to quell panic after Texas Ebola confirmation - Houston Chronicle

what inning? what score? robj

I walk around panting but all I get is crazy looks

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n 2010, vice-president Joe Biden publicly vowed the US would be “totally out” of Afghanistan “come hell or high water, by 2014.”...

US troops protect the Afghanistan poppy harvest to aid local farmers in the battle against the Taliban.
That battle has been so "successful" that the Taliban Storms Afghanistan and is on the march towards the capital.
Meanwhile, drug agents attempt to intercept heroin before it hits the US.
The effort to stop smuggling pushes up the price of heroin to the explicit benefit of drug lords who do get some of it through.
Those drug lords are apt to be the Taliban.
Drug money goes to buy weapons for the Taliban.
To counteract the rise of the Taliban, we train "moderates" to fight the Taliban.
We also give weapons to "moderates" to fight the Taliban.
Unfortunately, we cannot successfully identify moderates. Many US weapons fall into the hands of the Taliban.
Ultimately US weapons as well as weapons purchased with drug money are used to kill US soldiers and fight the puppet regime the US seeks to protect.

Read more at Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: "Come Hell or High Water" Promise Morphs Into "Infinity and Beyond"

war is paved with good intentions

thanks rob

my bad I thought this was just a degradation

At the same time, however, Hayden said that a much-publicized White House policy that President Obama announced last year barring U.S. drone strikes unless there is a “near certainty” there will be no civilian casualties — "the highest standard we can meet," he said at the time — does not cover the current U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.

White House exempts Syria airstrikes from tight standards on civilian deaths - Yahoo News

"Some move, some don't," he said. "Sometimes when you shoot them with water guns, they open their mouth."

Elk nose into Grand Canyon water stations | Phoenix

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wayyy way back a month ago the tone was different

ghost pepper the whole dish,

out of my league

Now that President Barack Obama has begun airstrikes inside Syria against the terrorist Islamic State – with the tacit but not explicit approval of Syria’s government — Official Washington’s ever-influential neoconservatives hope they can pressure Obama into a major “mission creep,” to also attack and destroy the Syrian air force.

Neocons’ Noses Into the Syrian Tent | Consortiumnews

The solution to both problems was found in the wholesale concoction of a brand new terror threat that was branded “The Khorasan Group.” After spending weeks depicting ISIS as an unprecedented threat – too radical even for Al Qaeda! – administration officials suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS, one that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland. Seemingly out of nowhere, a new terror group was created in media lore.

The Khorasan Group: Anatomy of a Fake Terror Threat to Justify Bombing Syria - The Intercept

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have a great Sunday all

maybe some make snap judgements about others

reading the article suggests there are a great deal of politics involved and conservation may not be the issue

the article made it sound like many farmers did make the effort to conserve

I feel badly, not just because others don’t care, but because I was reluctant to care, too. It’s hard to make people care because there’s a general mistrust of desperation, as if a desperate person has replaced logic with emotion, truth with exaggeration. Each night I’ve gone through my notes and fact-checked the farmers, doubting what they told me. Even after seeing the land and meeting the people I second-guessed their claims and statistics, only to find, time and again, they were telling the truth.

Russ and Jim pick me up at daybreak, and I tell them about the Facebook comments. “It doesn’t feel good to be right about destruction,” Jim assures.

there are many patients in most nursing homes that do not pay near their cost of care. Much of the 'scam" is robbing Peter to pay for Paul

what affairs

of the heart done sooner than later

Nursing homes" are a racket.

often yes and often no. I would prefer never to wind up in one

In 2004 he was found dead from two gunshot wounds to the head, which the coroner's office judged a suicide.

Gary Webb - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

The Taliban virtually eliminated Afghanistan’s drug trade save in the region controlled by the Northern Alliance. Today, Afghanistan’s drug production and exports have reached what the UN calls “record highs.”
The US remains the proud owner of the world’s leading producer of heroin. The drug lords that kept Karzai in power are all close US allies. But no one in Washington cares to talk about the dirty underside of Afghan politics or how its government runs on drug money. Foreign aid is the only other source of government income.

“As Bad as a Crime, a Blunder” - The Unz Review

The name is clearly US-originated,” noted analyst Pieter van Ostaeyen, who says that the name had never been mentioned by any jihadist movements until the US started talking them up.

Khorasan: Syrian Factions Never Heard of It -- News from

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