Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ebola Reality Check, Many Messages Ignored

http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4511839/us-response-ebola
Representative John Yarmuth (D-KY) asks the question: 
“Has the media coverage to so far been helpful
or harmful in your efforts to have the public
have an appropriate concern and awareness 
what the situation is?” 

(updated 10/21/2014)

News writers and television news anchors have taken what is essentially a West African epidemic and, to generate greater profits, marketed it as an American crisis ready to happen, irresponsibly exploiting America’s Ebola fears. All because the first Ebola patient died, and two of the nurses who treated him were tested positive for Ebola.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Future Ground War in Iraq Is Inevitable; the Déjà Vu Feeling Is Overwhelming

“I will not commit you, and the rest of our armed forces, 
to another ground war in Iraq.” 
Modified image: Flickr.com
When President Obama insists that there will be no U.S. combat troops on the ground in Iraq: don’t believe it. We will be dragged into another ground war in Iraq. The temptation for the U.S. military is too great to forgo putting boots on the ground. Mission creep is alive and well. It’s inevitably going to happen.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Teambuilding Is an Essential Skill for Managerial Success; Steve Jobs Provides the Perfect Allegory

Photo: Flemming Island. Pedersen / Danish Sailing Association.
Effective managers are out of their office every day interacting with others in their organizations. They understand that they can’t progress and accomplish goals without teamwork. They are prepared to listen, learn, and share because they realize that they do not have all the answers. Teambuilding therefore is an essential skill every manager needs to be successful.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Privatization of Public Schools Is a Very Real Probability

It’s okay for commodities and things that are nonessential to life be provided by for-profit corporations. But a life necessity, such as K-through-12 public education, should not be up for sale. Nevertheless that’s exactly the direction public education is heading.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

My Dad: An Example to Live By

Dad working on his car
Every year, the anticipation of snow triggers fond memories of my dad’s perseverance and work ethic. In so many ways, he set an example to emulate for the rest of my life.

Monday, September 29, 2014

On The Khorasan Group in Syria, ISIS in Iraq: That’s Right, We’ve Have Been Seduced, and Duped Once Again

By Horatio Green

The Tawhid portion of The Shahada in white Arabic script
above the Seal of Muhammad (reading, bottom to top: 
muhammad rasul[u]allah[i],  "Muhammad, messenger
/prophet of God): Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain: 
Photo Essay:Black Flag" by William McCants, 
November 7, 2011, ForeignPolicy.com
Let’s face it; before the United States can go to war, it must first induce an abundance of fear and at least one good lie. We have been seduced by fear mongering to justify the bombing of ISIS targets inside Iraq. But as scary as our military and government hyped up ISIS in Iraq, Obama still found it necessary to make it even scarier in order to justify bombing and the firing of missiles on terrorist targets inside Syria. And, what could be better than to discover a new Syrian terrorist threat. One that’s even more dangerous and threatening than ISIS is: “The Khorasan Group.”

It’s quite a story, but it’s a made-up story.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

“We Have Met the Enemy and He Isn't Only ISIS, He Is Us”

"Defense Spending the Top Priority, Critics Fear”: 
Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t;
 Adapted: Staff Sgt. Liesl Marelli / DVIDSHUB, designshard)
Dennis Kucinich’s perspective on the ISIS threat, the hysteria it has created, and why we are bombing Iraq and Syria is something we should not ignore.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How do you turn Off the Killer Part of America’s Warriors

By Horatio Green

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales 
pictured at the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, California, 
On Sunday, March 11, 2012, Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales walked out of his operating base in Afghanistan, entered three homes in the villages of Alkozai and Balandi, and killed 16 villagers. Of the 16, he killed nine children, some as young as two years old. He returned to his base, laid down his weapon and voluntarily surrendered.

Bales negotiated a plea agreement and avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty. On August 23, 2013, he was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

Massachusetts confirmed its first case of Enterovirus D68

On September 11, I wrote an article concerning a rare viral health threat caused from an outbreak of Enterovirus D68. At that time, it presented itself in 12 Midwestern and Southeastern states and was spreading. Today, my state of Massachusetts confirmed its first case of Enterovirus D68.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Conflict Of Interest Exposed In the ISIS Iraq-Syria Debate

By Horatio Green

Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, left, 
visits with former Army Vice-Chief of Staff Gen. Jack Keane
during a Defense Policy Board meeting at the Pentagon 
on Tuesday, Nov.29, 2011: DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
Flickr Creative Commons, license Attribution 2.0 Generic
Nation Magazine’s Lee Fang provides enlightening, yet not surprising insights into the cable news reporting on the ISIS threat. He writes that some retired generals and other military experts promoting military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) stand to gain financially from it.