Sometimes you read a sentence and you think to yourself: only here, only us.

Here’s one such sentence.

"A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun while he stood to her left side, trying to guide her."
That’s from a New York Times account of the death of 39-year-old Charles Vacca, who worked for the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Ariz. He died Monday when his preteen student lost control of the Uzi. Apparently, the gun was in “repeat fire” mode, the recoil lifted the muzzle, the little girl couldn’t master it and Vacca was struck in the head.

The child and her family, who have not been identified, were vacationing last week in nearby Las Vegas and had signed up for a package deal offered by the gun range. It included a tour of Hoover Dam, a hamburger lunch, an optional helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon and the chance to fire a range of powerful weapons, including sniper rifles, grenade launchers and machine guns. Everything was going fine until, as the Times put it, the "adventure went horribly wrong."

For the record, some of us would argue that "horribly wrong" began, not when the child lost control of the gun, but when “adults” first placed this powerful piece of military hardware into her small hands…"

For the record I’m still wondering why the gender of this now-traumatized nine year old matters at all in any part of the story…

Leonard Pitts Jr. An Uzi, a 9-year-old and American exceptionalism


Turn off your coal-fired Chinese factory made ‘smart’ phone’s music app and listen…

"When you’re a bird, your song matters. Songbirds sing for two basic reasons: sex and turf protection. Whether at a backyard feeder or in the canopy of a rainforest, their songs are critical to their survival and reproduction."


Trigger Warning: Top Link=Facebook page for ‘ThinkAgainTurnAway’

Facebook. Note the warm reception.

‘Friending’ by the NSA & CIA to follow shortly. After all, the exact same javascript Facebook uses to track your shopping and other internet vices is what they literally sell to the US government for “Academic research on social networking”.

The campaign seems to garner more support on Twitter, with it’s millions of bots (9% or 23 million users by independent reports, or slightly more than half that if you believe twitter) and army of trolls intellectually capable of hitting the retweet button and typing 140 characters that may or may not be topic-related.

CENTCOM isn’t giving much detail. After the Mosul dam area is ‘secured’ they’ll trot out ‘embedded’ “reporters” to tell it like it was…

As It Was In Vietnam So It Is In Iraq… “Provocation as a Policy Tool of the West”

Also see this National Security Archive article and documents from 2005: Tonkin Gulf Intelligence “Skewed” According to Official History and Intercepts… ‘Newly Declassified National Security Agency Documents Show Analysts Made “SIGINT fit the claim” of North Vietnamese Attack’

(H/t to the Strategic Culture Foundation article: “Provocation as a Policy Tool of the West (II)” for the inspiration, title, and pullquote.)

The war initiated by the US against Vietnam, which began on 5 August 1964 with a US air strike on North Vietnamese torpedo boat bases and an oil-storage facility, was … the result of an act of provocation. The bombing was presented to the global community as retaliation for an attack on two American destroyers that allegedly took place on 4 August 1964. Yet no such attack ever took place. This was attested to by Captain John Herrick, whose operational control both destroyers were under, and confirmed by a number of researchers.

In the year of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War, a scandal has broken out in America: a report compiled by NSA historian Robert Hanyok found its way into the hands of independent researcher Matthew Aid. The report alleges that intelligence officers (from the NSA…) falsified information about the incident in the Gulf of Tonkin.

The price for this falsification was the deaths of the 58,000 Americans and 250,000 Vietnamese soldiers killed in the war…
Matthew Aid has a Tumblr… and his analysis, a comparison of that NSA ‘cooked intelligence’ and the dis informational, mostly single-sourced intelligence (Aid notes the NSA’s bogus ‘intel’ was also instrumental in the run-up to invading Iraq as well) and subterfuge such as the outing of Valerie Plame that led to the now-lost Iraq war (the mostly Iraqi ISIS fighters & Baathists are in the process of taking it back and will most likely succeed) is there.
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