For a little background on Mitch McConnell’s strategy, here’s a New York Times article.
"As commander in chief, I have used force when needed to protect the American people, and I will never hesitate to do so as long as I hold this office…That’s why I’ve imposed prudent limits on the use of drones, for we will not be safer if people abroad believe we strike within their countries without regard for the consequence.” - President Obama, 2014 State of the Union
Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi, a US citizen, was 16 when he was killed by a drone strike.
a US citizen
If I put a gun to someone’s head, say, a 30-year-old healthy male, pull the trigger, and kill him, assuming an average life expectancy of, say, 84, you can argue that possibly 54 years of life [were] stolen from that person in a direct act of violence.
However, if a person is born into poverty in the midst of an abundant society where it is statistically proven that it would hurt no one to facilitate meeting the basic needs of that person and yet they die at the age of 30 due to heart disease, which has been found to statistically relate to those who endure the stress and effects of low socioeconomic status, is that death, the removal of those 54 years once again, an act of violence?
And the answer is ‘Yes, it is.’
You see, our legal system has conditioned us to think that violence is a direct behavioral act. The truth is that violence is a process, not an act, and it can take many forms.
You cannot separate any outcome from the system by which it is oriented.
Two hugely important statistics concerning the future of employment as we know it made waves recently:
85 people alone command as much wealth as the poorest half of the world.
47 percent of the world’s currently existing jobs are likely to be automated over the next two decades.
Combined, those two stats portend a quickly-exacerbating dystopia. As more and more automated machinery (robots, if you like) are brought in to generate efficiency gains for companies, more and more jobs will be displaced, and more and more income will accumulate higher up the corporate ladder. The inequality gulf will widen as jobs grow permanently scarce—there are only so many service sector jobs to replace manufacturing ones as it is—and the latest wave of automation will hijack not just factory workers but accountants, telemarketers, and real estate agents.
But people keep voting Republicans into office.
Here’s to receiving the presidential treatment this valentine’s day
Its clearly that time of year again.
Reagan: I’d trade arms to be your hostage.
Reagan: Are you middle class? Cuz I’d like to screw you for generations.
George W Bush: sorry about that premature “mission accomplished”
George W Bush: girl your pants are like Katrina. I want fly over them but not get in there and do a fucking thing.
Obama: I’ve had my eyes on you. …and on your phone records.
Bill Nye’s Open Letter To President Obama
"Mr. President, be bold and embrace a vision of planetary exploration at NASA"
Stand with Bill Nye The Science Guy and and fight to Fund NASA’s Planetary Sciences.
Write the President and Congress here: http://bit.ly/TPS-TakeAction
Read the full text of the letter here: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/bill-nye/20131205-an-open-letter-to-the-president.html
Don’t make me come after you.