How the Ottoman delusions of 1914 shaped the modern Middle East | The National

Today is the centennial of the start of World War One….I will be posting on the subject all day in remembrance of the stupidity of war and its outcome….. I do hope my readers appreciate the day and will take a little time to remember those that fought and died in the Great War……and maybe think about the deception and lies that made modern day Middle East…..those lies have help create the situations that we face today…..

 

How the Ottoman delusions of 1914 shaped the modern Middle East | The National.

40 maps that explain World War I | vox.com

Hundred years ago today the Great War, World War 1, began……most of us like visual aids as opposed to reading the history…..so I include this piece that explains the War quite accurately……easier than reading…..and think about it….what did we learn from the first “modern” war?  Easy answer….NOT A GODDAMN THING!

 

40 maps that explain World War I | vox.com.

100 Years Ago Today

Bombs falling in Gaza…..shells falling in Ukraine……

Today is 28 July 2014……..100 years ago today the world stood still and it would NEVER be the same again…..today was the start of the Great War or as it is called these days World War 1……..

The year is 1914….it is a warm day in Sarajevo in Serbia…..the Arch Duke Ferdinand of the Austria-Hungarian Empire,  is on a state visit and a group of “anarchists” shoot and kill the Duke….it is June 28, 1914…….

Lots of whys and whats and whens….lots of backs and forths……and on July 28, 1914 one month after the assassination of the Archduke, Austria-Hungarian Empire declares war on Serbia….and with that declaration a whole series of events and alliances began forming ……

  • August 1 – Germany declares war on Russia.
  • August 3 – Germany declares war on France.
  • August 4 – The United Kingdom declares war on Germany, after Germany invades Belgium
  • August 6 – Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia and Serbia declares war on Germany.
  • August 26 – The Battle of Tannenberg begins.

In less than a month just about every “kingdom” on the European continent had chose a side and the blood letting began……the only “power” that stayed out of the fray was the US…..but that was short lived for in 1917 the US declares war on Germany…..and off we go to fight in a war to end all wars (at least that is what most thought….silly of them)…..and in 5 years of war there were in the neighborhood of 39,000,000 casualties, that is KIA, WIA and MIA……

New technology was introduced to the battlefield during this war….chemical weapons, tanks, a flame thrower, machine guns…..all in all a proving ground for wars to come…..and we have certainly learned our lessons well…….

Mercifully the Great War ended officially on June 28, 1919 with the Treaty of Versailles…….and there was a call of “never again”…..which lasted about 20 years before the world started lining up again and once that started it was only a matter of time……and a little over 20 years we were at it again…….another waste of human life.

Take a little time out of your busy schedule and think about the men who went to war 100 years ago today….and pray that we are never that stupid again!  But sadly….we were!

 

 

Silent But Healthy

The last day of mental clarity and I would like to talk about a thing that we all do…..most of us pretend we don’t but….we do.

To What function do you think I refer?

The breaking of wind….the passing of gas…….flatulence……yes….that is right!………. a FART!

There seems to be some new scientific evidence has been discovered….

To put it one way, small doses of hydrogen sulfide help keep cells healthy and thus help ward off maladies such as dementia, diabetes, and even cancer. To put it another way, “smelling farts could be the best thing you do today,” as per CNET. As the Independent explains, researchers at the University of Exeter discovered that while hydrogen sulfide—the stuff produced in the gut that causes gas—is toxic in large doses, it’s actually quite beneficial in smaller ones. Specifically, it preserves mitochondria, which are vital to cell life.

“Although hydrogen sulfide is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced in the body and could in fact be a health care hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases,” say the Exeter scientists. They’re not asking people to sniff appropriately. Rather, they’ve developed a compound called AP39 designed to deliver just the right dose of the stuff to cells. Studies on actual humans come next, but in the meantime, it might pay to thank that guy in the elevator for saving your life, writes Laura Stamper at Time. “Or not.” (In related news, an opera singer’s ill-timed flatulence led to a lawsuit.)

Okay, I want to know….how do you convince people to give you money to do a scientific study on farting?  I gotta get my name on that damn list.

Any feed back from my millions of readers?

Where’d It Go?

(Heavy sigh)…….finally the weekend has arrived and the peace and solitude that I so enjoy will be mine….at least for a couple of days………

I recall a couple of years ago I read a report about all the “junk”, plastic and crap, that is floating around our fragile oceans…….one report said there was a huge floating island in the Pacific made up of plastic and stuff and that it would eventually make it to the US west Coast……

News update!

Newser) – Millions of tons of plastic thought to be floating around the world’s oceans have gone missing. But that’s not the good news one might think. According to a new study, marine animals could be ingesting our garbage, reports the Verge. Up to 99% of the most microscopic plastic particles in the ocean is missing, says a study co-author. Science Mag reports that they went looking for it between 2010 and 2011 around five large ocean gyres—the most famous such island of waste is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—and augmented their search with studies of 3,070 samples from other expeditions, according to LiveScience. What did they find? That there is at most 40,000 tons of plastic in our oceans, even though humans produce 300 million tons of plastic a year, and 0.1% of that ends up in the oceans via rivers, floods, storms, or ships, says Science Mag.

The ocean’s plastics are microscopic—ground to tiny pieces by waves and solar radiation until it looks like fish food. A scientist not associated with the study says it’s “indisputable” that lanternfish and other small fish are eating the plastic—and it’s impossible to know exactly how much. These small fish, which are likely ingesting toxins like DDT, PCBs, or mercury, are then gobbled by commercial fish. “We are part of this food web,” says a study co-author. Scientists say further research is needed, especially since estimates about how much plastic is entering the ocean is 50 years old. (Some of our plastic is even turning into rocks.)

Okay readers!  Where do you think it has gone?

Dual Citizenship: WTF?

Opinion from the desk of the Editor:

I have written about this occurrence before…..and I still have a problem with it.

Back in the days following the end of the American Civil War, the president of the CSA, Jefferson Davis, was exiled from his own country for leading an uprising against the duly elected government of the United States of America…….and there have been occasions when Americans working as mercenaries or as they like to be called today security consultants, lost their citizenship because that fought in a foreign war that the Us was not involved in at the time……

I know you want to know where I am going with this, right?

It seems that in the most recent war on Gaza two Americans have been killed serving in the IDF………

Two Americans who were soldiers for the Israel Defense Forces were killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip.

Stuart Steinberg confirmed the death of his son Max Steinberg, 24, to The Associated Press on Sunday. Steinberg, whose family lives in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, was a sharpshooter for the Golani Brigade. He was one of 13 Israeli soldiers and 65 Palestinians killed in fighting Sunday during the first major ground battle in two weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Earlier Sunday, the IDF said in a statement that Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, was killed in combat in the Gaza Strip. Carmeli was from South Padre Island, Texas, said Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Southwest Maya Kadosh. She said Carmeli moved to Israel four years ago and added that the consulate helped his family get a flight there Sunday.

Sorry for the families loss….but these men were Americans first that happen to have Israeli dual citizenship………Gaza is not an authorized war for the US and I do not give a crap how many citizenship these guys had……either they are Americans or Israeli….but in the time of war it should be American or they give up their citizenship and go Israeli full time…..both interests cannot be served by dual alliances…….if they feel the necessity to wear a uniform the US military would be glad to oblige them.

What would happen if I was an Iraqi-American and I was fighting in Iraq…..would I be allowed the honors and such that these people will be allowed?  Of course not!  I would be a terrorist and have NO rights in the US…..so should these people or anyone that chooses another country over their own.

This country needs to sack up!  We are allowing too many breeches in our country in the name of “defending democracy”……..Israel is NO democracy…..elections do not a democracy make!

Dual citizenship is a bullshit policy that desperately needs revision.

Haaretz.Com War Tourism

A couple of years ago I wrote a piece about this group of re-enactors that were doing the Vietnam War……I though they were just sick….but I found another piece of news that I find utterly disgusting…….

War Tourism!

Read the article and tell me what you think of those that engage in such activity…….

 

Haaretz.Com.