Closing Thought–24Apr20

Time for a break…….

The views and news have been all about the disease that is raging across the nation……so IST thinks that maybe my readers would like a diversion of sorts.

This time it is the worst inventions of all times…….

We begin with the Segway…..

Give inventor Dean Kamen this: he’s a master of buzz. A closely guarded secret that was supposed to change the world upon its release in 2001, the Segway never brought about its promised revolution in transportation. Though the technology is pretty cool — very expensive gyroscopes make the thing nearly impossible to tip over (though George W. Bush found a way) — the Segway’s sales far underperformed vs. Kamen’s predictions. It lives on as the vehicle of choice for mall cops and lazy tourists, but the Segway’s best contribution might be as the vehicle of choice for failed magician Gob Bluth in Arrested Development.

http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1991915_1991909_1991902,00.html

Great inventions like New Coke, Agent Orange among others…..

Let me know which one you think is the most outrageous.

Be well and be safe…..as we get ready for another weekend in lockdown.

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Operation Eagle Claw

Time for one of the old professor’s infamous history lessons…..

40 years ago today a disastrous rescue attempt was launched to save the hostages in Iran…..and it went terribly wrong…..

A U.S. effort to rescue American hostages in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran ended in failure on April 24, 1980. The Army Special Forces unit tasked with the mission was to rescue 53 hostages being detained by Iran.

The secret mission was complicated, involving the movement of the ground force element – known as Delta Force – landing in three MC-130 fixed-wing aircraft at a location called Desert One. The rendezvous location was located southeast of Tehran. At this first location the ground force would link up with eight RH-53D Sea Stallion helicopters flown by Marine pilots that took off from a Navy carrier (Nimitz) in the Arabian Sea. Once the choppers refueled the ground force (Delta) would board the helicopters and fly to new locations closer to Tehran.

During the second night the rescue party would then enter Iran’s capital city, storm the embassy compound, free the hostages, and then move them to a nearby soccer stadium. From there the hostages would be transported to a seized airstrip outside Tehran where fixed-wing aircraft would evacuate them out of the country.

Two small teams had previously entered Iran to conduct a recon of the rendezvous site in the desert, the hide sites used for the second night, the embassy, and other locations. These teams also set up a network for the transport of men, equipment, and hostages in and around the city.

The primary assault force was Delta. A unit of the 75th Ranger Regiment would provide security at Desert One. An Army Special Forces team from Det A (Berlin) – specially trained in mountain operations – would assault the foreign ministry where three diplomats were being held. There was also a small Air Force combat control team to coordinate movements on the desert landing strip.

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/hostage-rescue-mission-ends-in-disaster

The sad part about this failed attempt is that if it had succeeded then Reagan would be just another also ran for Carter would have most assuredly won re-election.

This is part of out history that is seldom brought up in class only when they want to blame Carter for the failure….

Learn Stuff!

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Another Covid Fear

WE citizens worry about a lot during this pandemic….like will my family be safe and well…..or will the food supplies be stable….and one of the most important fears….the lack of toilet paper…..there is a lot to worry about.

Just the other day I wrote a piece about our rights during this pandemic on GSFP……https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2020/04/22/covid-19-and-civil-rights/

But it appears that a high percentage of American citizens are truly worried about losing their freedoms because of this pandemic….and a president they cannot trust….

More than 7 in 10 voters fear losing freedoms due to the coronavirus pandemic, though exposure to the virus topped concerns overall, according to a Hill-HarrisX poll released Monday.

Eighty-three percent of registered voters in the April 6-7 survey said they are worried about being exposed to the coronavirus, while 74 percent said they are concerned about losing freedoms.

Seventy-three percent said they fear having to go to the hospital and 48 percent of voters said they are concerned about losing their job.

Thirty-five percent said they are concerned about having to re-locate due to pandemic.

https://thehill.com/hilltv/what-americas-thinking/493773-poll-74-of-voters-concerned-about-losing-freedoms-due-to-covid

And Donald the Orange makes his response sound epic and the stuff for Homer to record….when in reality he is a fart in a hurricane…..this person is as worthless as tits on a boar.

And yet the babbling morons, who illustrate the old saying “can’t fix stupid” is a profound statement……will continue to do all they can to make us less safe during this pandemic.

Instead of listening to a moron who plays a president on TV…the nation, the entire nation should be listening to the pros on this pandemic…..

Dr. Anthony Fauci had a word of caution Monday for protesters around the US pushing to reopen states as quickly as possible. That word was “backfire.” In an appearance on Good Morning America, Fauci acknowledged that the coronavirus was doing real damage to the economy. “But unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery economically is not going to happen,” he said, reports the Hill. Fauci reiterated that states should follow guidelines laid out by the White House for phased reopenings, based on testing data. “So what you do if you jump the gun and go into a situation where you have a big spike, you’re going to set yourself back,” he said. “It’s going to backfire. That’s the problem.”

Instead this gutless person blames everybody but the person at the center of fault….himself……

The “Radical Left” and “Do Nothing Democrats” first “screamed” about ventilators,” he wrote. “Now they scream ….’Testing, Testing, Testing,’ again playing a very dangerous political game.”

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The Anti-Lockdown Movement

Thanx to the rhetoric from Donald the Orange we have a new movement…..the anti-lockdown movement.

First it is not a movement.

If you’ve watched Fox News recently, you might think there’s a small revolution afoot in Red America.

A series of anti-social-distancing rallies have popped up across the country — in Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas, and elsewhere. As my colleague Jane Coaston noted, it harks back to the Tea Party craze in 2009, “when well-funded right-leaning groups lit a fire under an already outraged Republican base and helped to ignite a political movement.”

Except it’s not really that at all.

The Tea Party was never representative of the country, but it was at least fairly representative of the Republican Party. That’s just not true of these anti-lockdown protests. Astonishingly, as Vox’s Laura McGann argued, Americans are mostly united in their willingness to social distance Republicans included. The impression you get watching some of the coverage on Fox News, however, suggests that we’re witnessing a popular revolt against draconian public health measures.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/4/22/21227928/coronavirus-social-distancing-lockdown-trump-tea-party

Why when some protesters show up at a pipeline sight so does the National Guard. armed police and all sorts of warfare vehicles and yet when morons show up with guns at a state capital these law enforcement goons are no where to be found?  Why is that?

The good news around this situation is that most Americans do not agree with these idiots.

Despite wall-to-wall corporate media coverage of anti-social distancing demonstrations in Michigan, Texas, and other parts of the U.S., new polling from CBS News shows that the vast majority of Americans oppose demands from the protesters who are demanding that U.S. businesses be reopened as soon as possible despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The survey, which has a margin of error of 2.5 points, found that 63% of the 2,112 respondents polled were concerned that the U.S. economy would reopen too quickly—not too slowly.

The poll results come as some Republican governors are pushing to reopen states in the coming days. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Monday he would allow some businesses to reopen on April 24, nearly a week before the state’s stay-at-home order officially ends. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, urged residents on Wednesday to “look at the science” and stay home despite Kemp’s order.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/23/majority-americans-reject-astroturf-anti-lockdown-protests-say-social-distancing

Personally those pushing this issue should be held accountable when it goes all wrong and the virus takes more Americans.  Plus if the get sick and die then their families should be held for assisted suicide.

There should be a price for stupidity.

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“lego ergo scribo”

When Did AG Become The Head Fascist?

AG Barr has always been a goon that will do whatever he is told even when he is committing a crime…..(but that has been covered before)……our Orange president has thumped his chest about re-opening the country consequences be damn……and now like a good little lap dog Barr has threatened states that Trump is pissed with…..

Among those not happy with the strict stay-home orders in place across much of America: William Barr. The attorney general said Tuesday that the orders, which he called “disturbingly close to house arrest,” did their job—but their time is now passing. “There are very, very burdensome impingements on liberty,” he told radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, per NBC News and NPR. “And we adopted them for the limited purpose of slowing down the spread. We didn’t adopt them as the comprehensive way of dealing with this disease. We are now seeing that these are bending the curve, and we have to come up with more targeted approaches.”

He acknowledged that many of the restrictions imposed by various governors are within the powers granted to states to protect public health, but said some of them may interfere with interstate commerce, which is under the jurisdiction of the federal government. In cases where governors go “too far,” he said, “we’ll have to address that.” He noted that one course of action might involve the federal government joining lawsuits fighting the restrictions. “I’m not saying [ordering people to stay home] wasn’t justified. I’m not saying in some places it might still be justified,” Barr added. “But it’s very onerous, as is shutting down your livelihood.”

Then there is Trump’s “lovefest” with the Saudis…….Trump promised that he would help families of the dead get to the bottom of their suspicions…..Barr has reneged on that promise (which means Trump has for Barr does not take a poop without Trump’s permission)….

The move comes after President Donald Trump promised to help families, who accuse Saudi Arabia of complicity in the attacks. Barr says he cannot even explain why the material must stay secret without putting national security at risk.

Months after President Donald Trump promised to open FBI files to help families of the 9/11 victims in a civil lawsuit against the Saudi government, the Justice Department has doubled down on its claim that the information is a state secret.

In a series of filings just before a midnight court deadline on Monday, the attorney general, William Barr; the acting director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell; and other senior officials insisted to a federal judge in the civil case that further disclosures about Saudi connections to the 9/11 plot would imperil national security.

https://www.propublica.org/article/attorney-general-barr-refuses-to-release-9-11-documents-to-families-of-the-victims

Barr is helping the Saudis with their PR campaign that is trying to smooth over their numerous human rights abuses….

the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has faced a new round of negative publicity over its partnership with MiSK, the private foundation of Saudi dictator Mohammed bin Salman (MbS). In the latest headlines, UNESCO sought to distance itself from alleged Saudi spy Ali Alzabarah, a MiSK official who faces trial in absentia in the United States for allegedly spying for Saudi officials while employed by Twitter.

The recent news offers insights into MbS’s ongoing strategies to build power. Through MiSK and other efforts, MbS is attempting to build an aura of legitimacy in the public arena while continuing his tactics of repression at home and abroad. Sometimes, MbS is even employing the same people to do both.

How we can expose the Saudi dictatorship and blunt its public relations campaigns

AG Barr is a spineless sycophant and the sooner we dump his ass the sooner some dignity will return to the DOJ.

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“lego ergo scribo”

“Shoot Down Those Gunboats”?

It seems that Donald the Orange is thumping his chest again over Iran…..he has stated that it is okay to shoot down those Iranian gunboats…..

Both Politico and the New York Times frame it as an “abrupt” tweet from the president: “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,” wrote President Trump on Wednesday morning. It comes a week after 11 Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy vessels came very close to six US Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Persian Gulf and zipped around at high speeds. The Times notes Trump said nothing at the time. Politico spoke with a former defense official who said that if such an order was made, it would be a major shake-up to the current rules of engagement, which stipulate that commanders respond only to direct threats; it gives the example of an Iranian ship firing at an American one.

Harassment doesn’t fall under the umbrella of “direct threat,” says Michael Mulroy, who was recently the Pentagon’s Middle East policy chief. “The US Navy has clear rules of engagement … [that] are consistent with all applicable laws of the sea and armed conflict,” and escalate from audible warnings to flares to maneuvers; firing shots generally come as a last resort. A tweet likely isn’t sufficient to change those rules of engagement, explains former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. The Times spoke with a Defense Department official who says no formal policy directive from the president has been received. Another source says there have been no repeats of last week’s incident.

Does this mean that I can “shoot down” those a/holes on their jet skis if they harass me in my party barge?

This is a stupid order on Donald the Orange’s part…..we do NOT need another war to finance and another war for Americans to die in…..

Maybe we need to step back for a moment….

The United States can discourage Iran’s lethal and nonlethal aggression by demonstrating a willingness to escalate through covert, cyber, information and kinetic operations. Establishing credible escalation options that can address nonlethal violence is vital to protecting America’s interests in the Middle East.

No one wants a war with Iran. Yet innovative escalation responses can satisfy the American public’s desire to avoid a conventional war while signaling to Iran that its behavior needs to change. At the low end, this could include nonlethal or cyber response attacks against Iranian proxies that engage in rocket attacks. Cyber operations to compromise Iranian weapons facilities and communication with its proxies, targeted information operations against Islamic Revolutionary Guard leaders, and deniable gray zone operations that cripple munitions and bases are useful responses for any level of hostility. Each avoids reaching the level of conventional warfare.

Change US Escalation Calculus With Iran

We do NOT need this macho bullshit right now….we have enough on our plate with endless wars and a pandemic that we must fight.

Donald the Orange just needs to STFU (something that he is incapable of doing) and let the adults work the room.

Like set up a hotline between the US and Iran to avoid an escalation…….

The U.S. and Iran have come perilously close to full-fledged military conflict thrice in the past eleven months. The tensions emanate from the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran and Tehran’s “maximum resistance” response, both triggered by the U.S. decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal and reimpose economic sanctions. Neither side appears to be seeking a war, but both have heightened the risk of one by engaging in provocative acts with little ability to communicate. As illustrated by President Donald Trump’s 22 April threat to “shoot down” any Iranian boat harassing U.S. ships, the danger may be greatest in the Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, where oil tankers and naval vessels help clog the sea lanes. The adversaries’ incapacity to communicate instantly when incidents happen opens the door to unintentional escalation if one side misreads the situation and, as a result, miscalculates. Establishing an operational channel, facilitated by a third party such as Oman, could minimise risks of such a scenario. If successful, a mechanism of this type could be replicated in other regional flashpoints.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/middle-east-north-africa/gulf-and-arabian-peninsula/iran/b77-urgent-need-us-iran-hotline

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