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Iraq and Iran are sending us some pretty clear messages, and

the international community knows it.

Such as...
* America, you're standing on our turf and in our home, and you're a long way from yours.
* America, you helped us with ISIS and built dozens of bases and camps along the way. Like old fish, we would rather you go home and allow us to start rebuilding on our own.
* America, you've never bothered to understand our culture, our norms, our society, our religions, our history or our needs for help. Your President W was the best living proof and now you hit us with this crazy new guy.
* America, our oil and other resources are ours and ours alone............fuhgeddaboudit.
* America, we'll be friends with who we damn well please. Get over it.

KY rant done.........
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Wed Jan 8, 2020, 07:49 PM (2 replies)

Here's the danger that frightens this American.

This area of the Middle East is awash with militant groups of every stripe and loyalty - more loyal to clerics than politicians. Any of these hundreds of wildcat militias could attack Western interests in thousands of locations without direction or even approval of any government. And, a large number of them are very pissed off. Moqtada Sadr is reactivating his notorious Mahdi Army in Iraq.

See this article from Jordon for details about this issue: http://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/iraqi-armed-factions-call-meeting-begin-anti-us-fight

And, it's not just an issue with militants in Iraq - - there's hundreds of them spread across Syria, Lebanon, India and even Saudi Arabia.

My fear is that these militias will attack somewhere totally on their own and kill a bunch of Americans and light Trump off in a rage, then all hell breaks loose. Trump will blame Iran regardless of who's at fault.

I certainly hope I'm wrong and my fears unfounded.....
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Wed Jan 8, 2020, 10:26 AM (0 replies)

What ever happened to the Christian's Golden Rule?

Oh, wait......one has to know the damage you're doing to others in order to live by that Rule.

Why do they think we have thousands of soldiers with PTSD?....

When it's halfway around the globe and sanitized by our media, it's hard to see the blood on our hands.....
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Wed Jan 8, 2020, 09:55 AM (0 replies)

Don't think it works that way in the real world, Mr. Rich.

Maybe he's in denial like many Americans and most of our main stream media.

We basically live in a two-bubble world. As progressives, ours is open and exposed to the elements. Faithful Republicans however, live in a bubble built and maintained by the ultra-wealthy and a group of powerful international oligarchs, plutocrats, fascists and dictators in government. Our Republican politicians, UK's Tories, etc. all are their servants, parrots of dogma and minions.

So long as Rethug politicians toe the line and never criticize other Retugs or Rethug policy, they're set for life. Like an insurance policy, they will always be seen as worthy of reward within the bubble after exiting politics and get good paying jobs in media, industry or commerce, big finance/banking/investment houses, think tanks, churches or lobbying firms.

Any of them that commit the mortal sin of disagreeing with the status quo or of openly criticizing a Rethug politician will forever be relegated to common labor, shunned and disgraced in the media. Their families and friends even best watch their backs.

Republicans also make it quite clear by their actions that they don't give a shit about what happens outside their bubble.

So no, Mr. Rich. Those of tRump's people that don't go to jail will simply disappear into the elite woodwork of American and retire quite wealthy. Their churches will further protect them socially, forgive their sins and shower them with accolades.

KY..............
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Wed Jan 8, 2020, 08:27 AM (2 replies)

Sounds suspicious, as this is a fairly massive depot.....

Good write-up on this base found on Wikipedia:

Camp Arifjan

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Arifjan

(snips)
Camp Arifjan is a United States Army installation in Kuwait which accommodates elements of the US Air Force, US Navy, US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard. The camp was funded and built by the government of Kuwait. Military personnel from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada,[1] Romania and Poland are also forward deployed there. Camp Arifjan is located south of Kuwait City, and west of the Shuaiba Port (Military Sea Port of Debarkation/Embarkation, or SPOD) and Kuwait Naval Base (KNB). Camp Arifjan is divided into 7 zones.

Camp Arifjan is a US military installation used as a forward logistics base, Aviation Classification and Repair Activity Depot (Task Force AVCRAD) for the entire Southwest Asian Theater (through Patton Army Air Field), helicopter ground support base, and as a motor pool for armored and unarmored vehicles. U.S. military vehicles that did not receive new additional armor plating in the United States prior to deployment to U.S. Central Command–tens of thousands–received their "up-armoring" at Camp Arifjan. Additionally, many thousands of service members and contractors pass through Camp Arifjan either on their way to or from Iraq, Afghanistan or other countries in Southwest Asia. The service members deployed to Camp Arifjan are in a variety of different statuses. Many are on active duty and come on a one-year Permanent Change of Station (PCS), while some active duty come in a Temporary Change of Station (TCS) status. Additionally, there are many Guard and Reserve units that support a variety of functions in the SouthWest Asia [SWA] theater that come on varied length tours.
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Patton Army Air Field
Patton Army Airfield is the United States Army airfield, located within the camp boundaries. Patton Army Airfield is run by elements of the Army National Guard's Aviation Classification and Repair Activity Depots (AVCRADs). Organizational (AVUM), Intermediate (AVIM) and limited depot maintenance support is available via Patton Army Airfield and its corresponding AVCRAD elements to many United States military aviation assets within the Southwest Asian Theater (SWA). The airfield is named in memory of General George S. Patton.


Maybe Putin decided he needed this base for his own use.

Putin: Donald, make sure your boys don't steal all the toilet paper!
Trump: OK, will do and you can have the paper towels too.
Putin: And don't let them short-sheet the bunks.
Trump: No problem but you should know there may be US-issue bedbugs.

KY........
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Wed Jan 8, 2020, 06:47 AM (0 replies)

How To Help Puerto Rico

(posted earlier in General Discussion)

How To Help Puerto Rico After A 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Struck The Island
By Jay Polish
Jan 7, 2020

Link: https://www.bustle.com/p/how-to-help-puerto-rico-after-a-64-magnitude-earthquake-struck-the-island-19773447

(snip)
On Jan. 7, the worst earthquake in Puerto Rico since 2014 struck the island around 4:30 a.m. The 6.4 magnitude quake was followed three hours later by a 6.0 magnitude aftershock, CBS News reports. As residents prepare for other possible tremors, it is important to work with local organizations to help Puerto Rico after the earthquake.

According to CNN, over a third of the island's utility customers had no water service following the quake, and much of the island temporarily lost power. Much of the power outages and damage is concentrated around Puerto Rico's southern coast, which was the epicenter of the quake. Mayita Meléndez, the mayor of Ponce on the island's southern coast, said that eight people had been reported injured and one 77-year-old man had been killed in the intense tremors, CBS reported. The 6.4 magnitude quake followed smaller seismic events that had been felt on the island since the last week of December.

Many Puerto Ricans on the island and in diaspora recalled the feeling immediately after September 2017's Hurricane María in interviews and Twitter posts. With the recovery from Hurricane María still ongoing on the island, relief efforts take on even greater importance.

Here are five ways you can help Puerto Rico recover from the most recent earthquake.


Feel free to evaluate any of the listed charities using Charity Navigator: https://www.charitynavigator.org/

KY..........
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Wed Jan 8, 2020, 06:06 AM (0 replies)

Paybacks can be hell (news from Iraq via Jordon)

Iraqi armed factions call meeting to begin anti-US fight
'We will wage a war against the American presence in all parts of the region'

By AFP - Jan 07,2020 - Last updated at Jan 07,2020

Read more here: http://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/iraqi-armed-factions-call-meeting-begin-anti-us-fight

(snips)
BAGHDAD — Iraqi armed factions called on Tuesday for an urgent meeting to face "the war against the resistance", after a US strike on Baghdad last week killed top Iranian and Iraqi commanders. "We will regroup the forces of the resistance in a single entity to respond to Washington," said Nasr Al Shammary, deputy head of the Harakat Al Nujaba group.

Nujaba, backed by Iran and fiercely opposed to the United States, is one of the most hardline factions of Iraq's Hashed Al Shaabi military network, which has been incorporated into the state. The Hashed's deputy chief, Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis, was killed in the American precision strike on Friday that also killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.

Soleimani was known as the "godfather" of Iran's allies abroad, who broadly identify as the "resistance axis". “The American aggression against the Hashed Al Shaabi has marked the beginning of the war against the resistance,” Shammary said in his statement.

The statement did not identify the factions invited but it was expected the Hashed’s pro-Iran factions and forces loyal to cleric Moqtada Sadr would attend. Sadr has reactivated his notorious Mahdi Army, the militia that fought US troops after their 2003 invasion, calling for the formation of “international resistance regiments”.
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In his statement, Shammary said the “resistance” would respond across the region, and said his group was already in touch with Iran-backed Lebanese movement Hizbollah.

“We will wage a war against the American presence in all parts of the region that we can reach,” he said, describing the US embassy in Baghdad as a “den of spies”. “Thousands of Marines are present in possible targets,” he said.

Even assuming this mess does not evolve into full-blown war, hundred of people will die due to one man's ego and drive to maintain power. Republican participation needs to be entirely removed from our society, relegating them back into the fringe where they belong.

KY............
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Wed Jan 8, 2020, 02:35 AM (4 replies)

How To Help Puerto Rico

How To Help Puerto Rico After A 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Struck The Island
By Jay Polish
Jan 7, 2020

Link: https://www.bustle.com/p/how-to-help-puerto-rico-after-a-64-magnitude-earthquake-struck-the-island-19773447

(snip)
On Jan. 7, the worst earthquake in Puerto Rico since 2014 struck the island around 4:30 a.m. The 6.4 magnitude quake was followed three hours later by a 6.0 magnitude aftershock, CBS News reports. As residents prepare for other possible tremors, it is important to work with local organizations to help Puerto Rico after the earthquake.

According to CNN, over a third of the island's utility customers had no water service following the quake, and much of the island temporarily lost power. Much of the power outages and damage is concentrated around Puerto Rico's southern coast, which was the epicenter of the quake. Mayita Meléndez, the mayor of Ponce on the island's southern coast, said that eight people had been reported injured and one 77-year-old man had been killed in the intense tremors, CBS reported. The 6.4 magnitude quake followed smaller seismic events that had been felt on the island since the last week of December.

Many Puerto Ricans on the island and in diaspora recalled the feeling immediately after September 2017's Hurricane María in interviews and Twitter posts. With the recovery from Hurricane María still ongoing on the island, relief efforts take on even greater importance.

Here are five ways you can help Puerto Rico recover from the most recent earthquake.


Feel free to evaluate any of the listed charities using Charity Navigator: https://www.charitynavigator.org/

KY..........
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Tue Jan 7, 2020, 06:26 PM (1 replies)

How To Help Australia Wildfire Victims As Blazes Continue To Burn

How To Help Australia Wildfire Victims As The Blazes Continue To Burn
By Nina Kahn
Jan 2, 2020

Link: https://www.bustle.com/p/how-to-help-australia-wildfire-victims-as-the-blazes-continue-to-burn-19740162

(snip)
As we come off the high of the holidays here in the U.S., thousands of people and animals in Australia are struggling to stay safe amidst one of the worst wildfires the continent has experienced in decades. Lethal wildfires in Australia have been ravaging homes and wildlife since September, and unfortunately, they show no signs of stopping. Knowing how to help Australia's wildfire victims is more important now than ever, as January and February are shaping up to be some of the country's hottest months. And despite an all-hands-on-deck approach from firefighters in Australia (and firefighting help from other countries, including the United States), authorities are still struggling to keep the blazing fires under control.

The bush fire season in Australia has already been devastating. According to CNN, there have been at least 17 deaths reported so far as a result of the wildfires, and nearly a thousand houses have been destroyed in New South Wales alone (which is being hit particularly hard by the disaster, although the entire nation is affected). Whole towns have been decimated by the fires, and as a result, there's also hazardous air quality reports and major devastation to wild animal populations — including koalas, who have already lost around a third of their habitat in NSW, Australian Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley told ABC's AM radio show on Dec. 27.

If you want to help make a difference for the victims of Australia's wildfires, there are lots of ways you can give your time and resources to offer some relief during this crisis. Check out a few ways you can help.

Feel free to evaluate any of the listed charities using Charity Navigator: https://www.charitynavigator.org/

KY.........

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Tue Jan 7, 2020, 06:06 PM (3 replies)

I've had very good luck with Norton for many years, despite some frustrations.....

such as them changing the product names almost every year, LOL. Although I bought a CD-ROM each year for many years, they quit making the CD version and now I buy renewal codes through Amazon. For example, right now I can get Norton 360 Deluxe for $30 whereas Norton wants $40. Their partners (Amazon, NewEgg, etc.) will send you a code to enter into Norton's site and you also get to download any recent updates to the base software at that time.

I do not use annual auto-billing or rent the service. I buy each year when my subscription expires.

It sounds like you're already familiar with this site for info on the products: https://us.norton.com/products?inid=nortoncom_nav_products_products-services:norton-antivirus-plus

If you buy a code (say, from Amazon) you would set up a Norton on-line account here: https://my.norton.com/home/index
(Note the text "I have a partner code" on that page. If you buy from Amazon, NewEgg or another partner, click on that to enter your code and then set up your account if you don't already have one)

I only use it on one PC and could do with the Anti-Virus Plus, but I also provide protection for my son's laptop and his smartphone, so I'll need to renew with the 360 Deluxe. Mine expires in a month but I believe I can buy the code now and the subscription starts the day I enter the code into my Norton account.

Hope that helps!......
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Tue Jan 7, 2020, 06:06 AM (1 replies)
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