INSPIRATIONAL: Vets Day “Understanding the true price”

Friday, November 11, 2011

I RECEIVED TWO MESSAGES TODAY THANKING ME FOR MY SERVICE

Here’s my reaction.

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Thanks, but there are others far more worthy than I to receive such a message. All I did was “defend” Maryland. Unfortunately, the US’s political leadership hasn’t measured up to the worth of the girls and boys who served. Argh! That’s why I’m for Ron “bring the troops home” Paul. Ten years in AfPak, two sessions in the sandbox, and open ended wars in six countries in Africa only highlights the absurdity of bases in Korea, Japan, and Germany. Time for a return to a good old American tradition of MYOB. Yeah, I know, grumpy fat old white guy injineer. But, “old soldiers” see things a lot more clearly in their dotage. That’s why we shouldn’t be allowing non-vets “chicken hawks” to send those young girls and boys out to fight. Not that vets are any smarter, braver, or stronger. Just that they understand what the price is. That’s what Vet’s Day is all about. Understanding the true price.

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TECHNOLOGY: $7k car with 80 mile range?

Friday, November 11, 2011

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/11/11/05/0041259/streetscooter-the-7000-open-source-modular-electric-vehicle

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“A consortium of eighty companies and developers have developed the StreetScooter, a modular electric vehicle developed in a year using open-source methodologies. With a top speed of 74mph and an 80-mile range, the vehicle is expected to cost $7000 and be available in Germany in 2013.”

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And, apparently no Gooferment money involved?

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POLITICAL: 11/11 at 11AM

Friday, November 11, 2011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice_Day

Armistice Day (also known as Remembrance Day) is on 11 November and commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.

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“60 million people who died in the war.”

Mister Wilson, who ran for President on a “peace platform”, when the country was very isolationist, almost immediately took us to war. The Lusitania, the causus beli, we know know, was carrying munitions in violation of the accepted standards of neutrality.

60 million!

And, it set us on the path to the American Empire.

The entrance of America into Europe’s War balance the sides. The Armistice was the toot cause of WW2 which killed another generation of American men.

And, we’ve never been able to get off that path. Ten years in AfPak? Policeman to Africa. We’re broke.

I won’t get into politics on the graves of Americans, who were duped into dying for the Empire.

I’ll just pray for them and the next generation who will fight in someone else’s war.

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