Tom Englehardt has another interesting post written by Rory Fanning, once an Army ranger now a contentious objector. I love the phrase "cheap praise and empty valorization." I have thought that every time for the last decade every time I heard one of our idiot child politicians thank veterans for their "service." Those thanks are worth their weight in gold. I like the questions Fanning asks which are totally lacking in all of the gratitude ceremonies. Among them what we should be thankful for. For protecting our freedoms, as so often said? No one has really connected how our freedoms over here are somehow protected over there. And the notion that we either fight them over there so they won't bring the fight over here seems a bit thin also.
Just saw an interesting headline on Market Watch. It asks which is more likely to kill you--ebola or your morning donut? Well, I am the wrong person to ask that question since I am very unlikely to contract ebola and I don't indulge in donuts (or other pastries) very often. Frankly both are a part of your hysterical response to health concerns. We have seen a goodly number of these panics over the last thirty years driven my a news media covers all stories with a tone barely below full out scream of terror. Little wonder I spend less and less time watching news. Thankfully, I can get read the news and not get the over-the-top sound track.