Monthly Archives: February 2017

The US is the first country to have stopped growing taller

The BBC: The US also performs poorly and is on course to have the lowest life expectancy of rich countries by 2030. The study predicts an average age of 80 for men and 83 for women – roughly the same … Continue reading

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Enemy of the people

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Trump’s most extraordinary news conference

From the BBC: Me: Could I just ask you, thank you very much, Mr President. The trouble… President Trump: Where are you from? Me: BBC. President Trump: Here’s another beauty. Me: That’s a good line. Impartial, free and fair. President … Continue reading

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It must be around here somewhere

Finally the president thanked us and we were dismissed. As I was leaving, he smiled and said to me, “You sure Saddam didn’t say anything about where he put those vials of anthrax?” and everyone laughed. I responded that he … Continue reading

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“This is for 9/11”

… Saddam was out of his depth. He never fully grasped the impact of 9/11, which he saw as something that might bring Iraq and the United States closer together. Since the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington were … Continue reading

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Happy Valentinstag!

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Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy: For the last 36 years, since the advent into power of Ronald Reagan, public education and the public school system has been gutted. It’s criminal that we’ve seen how two whole generations have grown up with shamefully limited … Continue reading

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Novels of Mass Destruction

We subsequently found out, as the U.S. military prepared to invade Iraq, that Saddam was sending the latest draft of a novel he was writing to Tariq Aziz to critique. This was not a man bracing for a pulverizing military … Continue reading

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Understanding Things

The BBC covering Trump’s meeting with police chiefs today: Mr Trump also said: “I was a good student. I understand things. I comprehend very well. OK? Better than, I think, almost anybody.”

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Tillerson

BBC: Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, has been confirmed by the US Senate to become President Donald Trump’s secretary of state.

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