Remembering 911

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  1. waverly says:

    The United States has a tradition of misinterpreting the Middle East. President George W. Bush invaded Iraq in 2003 with misplaced certainty, misconstrued assumptions and poor foresight. After the Arab revolts began in 2011, Washington misdiagnosed the problems and opportunities, and overestimated its influence to steer outcomes in its favor. Now, as the United States prepares to escalate military action against the Islamic State, misinterpretation is leading to another tragic foreign policy mistake.

    In his prime-time address Wednesday, President Obama said that U.S. airstrikes targeting militants in Iraq over the past month “have protected American personnel and facilities, killed [Islamic State] fighters, destroyed weapons, and given space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory. These strikes have also helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.”

    A more accurate assessment would be that U.S. military intervention has tremendous propaganda value for the Islamic State, helping it to rally other jihadists to its cause, possibly even Salafists who have so far rejected its legitimacy. Moreover, to the extent that the group poses any threat to the United States, that threat is magnified by a visible U.S. military role. Obama’s restraint in the use of military power in recent years has helped keep the Islamic State’s focus regional — on its efforts to establish an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East rather than on launching attacks against the United States. It’s only with the U.S. military’s return to Iraq and the prospect of U.S. intervention in Syria that the group’s focus has begun to shift.

  2. Darth says:

    There are pictures from Rwandan genocide almost every bit as graphic. Then again there is no oil in Rwanda.

  3. waverly says:

    Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work? Usually Not

    The programs are generally offered not directly by insurance companies, but by specialist firms that tell employers they will reduce spending on employees’ care by encouraging the employees to take better care of their health.

    Wellness programs have grown into a $6 billion industry because employers believe this. In fact, asked which programs are most effective at reducing costs, more firms picked wellness programs than any other approach.

    What research exists on wellness programs does not support this optimism. This is, in part, because most studies of wellness programs are of poor quality, using weak methods that suggest that wellness programs are associated with lower savings, but don’t prove causation. Or they consider only short-term effects that aren’t likely to be sustained. Many such studies are written by the wellness industry itself.

    More rigorous studies tend to find that wellness programs don’t save money and, with few exceptions, do not appreciably improve health. This is often because additional health screenings built into the programs encourage overuse of unnecessary care, pushing spending higher without improving health.

    • Lizard 2D says:

      Interesting. I’ve never given this much thought until now. If wellness programs could stave off diabetes epidemic that would be a major contribution but sounds like it’s not being seriously implimented based on what you posted.

    • waverly says:

      “overuse of unnecessary care, pushing spending higher without improving health.”

      That was worth restating. In fact it cannot be restated enough.

    • Darth says:

      Wellness programs can achieve cost savings — for employers — by shifting higher costs of care onto workers..”
      Shifting cost: Capitalism in a nutshell.

  4. Lizard 2D says:

    Iz muzic timez? One More Diggity (Blackstreet vs. Maroon 5 + Gorillaz)

  5. Lizard 2D says:

    This is another version of Diggity I like…Haruko has heard it before when I posted it several months ago –

  6. waverly says:

    Where is that missing link, Jackhole with the new music page?

  7. Darth says:

    Here’s a music page

  8. Lizard 2D says:


  9. beatlex says:

    Whats up Realm? TGIF!!

  10. Ok music page in a minute or so.

  11. beatlex says:

    Pisces Fish-George Harrison,from his last CD

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