Living Under Bad Refs: America Drones On & On
You know your country is too overweight, to overblown, and too decadent when your presidential candidates are talking about this as the nation’s latest, biggest debacle:
Interviewer: What would you do about those referees in the NFL? Would you order them back to work?Romney: I’d sure like to see some experienced referees, with NFL experience, come back out to the NFL playing fields.Interviewer: Paul Ryan called those refs out today. Are you glad that he did that?Romney: [laughing] That’s just fine. Paul was very angry that the Green Bay Packers, he believes, won, and the referees took it away from them.
As one network’s headline called it: N-F-aiL — a brilliant title. Mind blowing stuff. Front page news.
You might think the following article would “outrage” the nation, but who has energy left over after the big NFL referee controversy? Read the entire four paragraphs below. It’s worth it. It’s important. Far more so than anything between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks.
As it’s written:
ISLAMABAD: The US campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt is terrorising civilians 24 hours a day and breeding bitter anti-American sentiment, researchers said Tuesday.The attacks in northwest Pakistan, where militants linked to Taliban and Al-Qaeda have strongholds, have killed thousands of people since they began in June 2004, according to the report by experts from Stanford Law School and the New York University School of Law.Aside from casualties, the “Living Under Drones” report said, the missile strikes are affecting daily life in the tribal areas, making people unwilling to gather in groups and even stopping their children going to school for fear of being targeted.After attacks, rescuers are unwilling to help the wounded for fear of being hit by follow-up missiles, said the report commissioned by UK-based charity Reprieve, which campaigns against drone strikes. “Drones hover twenty-four hours a day over communities, striking homes, vehicles, and public spaces without warning,” the report said. “Their presence terrorizes men, women, and children, giving rise to anxiety and psychological trauma among civilian communities.”
President Obama also mentioned the “bad call” made on Monday night, yet it is his drone program that terrorizes the people reported on by the two prestigious law schools. You’d think this nation would stop gorging itself on meaningless entertainment, or at least pretend that entertainment wasn’t of the utmost national importance, until we get our country, and the world back on a suitable path.
That means peace instead of war, and not claiming to gain the former with the latter. A suitable path means an economy where everybody has the chance to work and earn a paycheck. Nobody’s homeless who doesn’t want to be. Nobody goes hungry, including the nation’s children. And the nation cools it with rocking civilians in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, and so on.
This might even be a more suitable past time and expenditure of energy than having a nation and its president and presidential hopefuls weighing in on a goddamned NFL game:
John Palmer’s attempts to investigage OBEs produced no conclusive evidence for the experience. Robert Morris and others, on the other hand, tried animal detectors as indicators of an out-of-body presence. Two kittens were placed into a three-foot-deep “open field” container with a 30 by 80 inch floor divided into 24 numbered squares 10 inches on a side. The kittens’ owner, Blue Harary, was in another building about one-half mile away, trying to project during designated periods and make his presence known to the kittens. Kitten behavioral measures were meows per 100 seconds and squares entered per 100 seconds… (Mitchell, Out-of-Body Experiences, 50).