MoMo Gets Traumatized

Spring has sprung here in the South…..birds are everywhere…..bugs especially the mosquitos….lizards and snakes….and this is where the story picks up.

My hunter-seeker MoMo, spends her days doing what she does best….she hunts. She has decimated the squirrel population….as well as the mole population…she has dug up and removed 11 moles…..and numerous wood rats and field mice and at least one opossum….she has to investigate anything that moves in her domain, the wooded area in the back of the property.

We have several garter snakes, which are harmless, on the property…..they help keep the bug population down in the garden.

The largest one, about 3 feet, was finding his way from the oasis, named that because of the numerous palm trees, to the woods crossing the back part of the property…as he made his way MoMo picked up on the movement and went to investigate.

I need to add here that most of the property’s critters when MoMo approaches turn and run and she joyfully gives chase.

As MoMo came up on the garter, we named Gary, he decided that running was not an option and made his stand…..

Since Gary did not run MoMo approached slowly and Gary decided he had had enough and went into his defensive mode.

MoMo tried to sniff the critter and it struck out at her…..she backed up and stood confused at the snake’s reaction….”Why did it not run so I could give chase?”

Her confusion was amazingly entertaining.

Gary approached MoMo and she decided that it might be a better plan to give him and wide berth.

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She spent the remainder of the day on the back patio…bummed and confused….for there is a creature in her domain that will not be bullied.

Let me close this post by wishing all the Mothers that visit my site a very happy Mother’s Day….enjoy your day….be well and be safe….

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May all your days be as happy as you are today.

Peace and love….

Drone Operator’s Dilemma

We all are aware of the death and destruction that our military drones can deliver on our many perceived ‘enemies’.

They are deadly and administer a punishment indiscriminately.

Since these drones are pilot-less has anyone considered the operators?

Probably not….but their actions are having a toll on the mental faculties.

Kevin Larson was a churchgoing Eagle Scout and honors student with dreams of becoming a fighter pilot. He received his officer’s commission in 2012, but by then, the Air Force didn’t need airplane pilots, it needed drone pilots. Larson was disappointed, according to a story in the New York Times by Dave Philipps, but he settled in and did his job, completing some 650 combat missions and launching 188 deadly airstrikes from 2013 to 2018. All the details of Larson’s missions are classified, and because drone pilots aren’t considered combat troops, he did not receive the psychiatric resources, recovery periods, and other benefits offered to deployed troops. Instead, per the Times, he was treated as an ordinary office worker.

What started as a “tightly controlled operation” in the wake of 9/11 has steadily expanded, especially after the Obama and Trump administrations loosened the rules of engagement. Times investigations show that “over time, the rules meant to protect civilians broke down … and the number of innocent people killed in America’s air wars grew to be far larger than the Pentagon would publicly admit,” writes Philipps. The USAF is working to provide more support for drone crews now, but for many—including Larson—it’s too late. After a breakdown and a bust for psychedelic drugs, which he used for self-medication, Larson was convicted in military court on multiple charges. Fearing a jail sentence, he fled into the wilderness, and—with police drones searching overhead—he shot himself. Per the Times, on Larson’s military file under “Combat Service” is the word “none.”

(Read the full story.)

I am sorry but what did they expect?

War is not some silly game like HALO or other such killing games…..you cannot hit the ‘restart’ button and make things right.

Drones kill….men, women and children it is indiscriminate….there is NO restart to bring them back from death.

Any thoughts?

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