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Big Blue Marble

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October 31, 2023

It is looking more and like there will no more Gaza.

There is no infrastructure, no hospitals (only a few are operating now and cannot last much longer)
What is left will be a shell incapable of supporting the remaining Gazans.

The pressure will grow on Egypt to accept the survivors and the Strip will be ethnically cleansed.
Those who live through this hell will be traumatized for their lifetimes once again driven from
their homes.

October 28, 2023

That would be

one which deeply understands the historical narrative of both peoples and recognizes the complexities of balancing each peoples needs and desires in order to find a way for all to
live in peace and prosperity with dignity and self-determination.

November 22, 2022

Why be so angry?

The OP is correct. These are extremely difficult times. President Biden is threading through multiple
crises with the skills and acumen that few have. We are on the verge of losing our democracy. Our government
and our capitol have been violently attacked. We could easily be on the verge of nuclear disaster in Europe and
slip in a third world war. We are slowly emerging from a worldwide pandemic that has taken the lives of over
1,000,000. And our world faces it's most dangerous and threatening crisis ever with climate
instability. History will see this as a perilous time. I am one who is deeply grateful that Joesph R. Biden
has sacrificed his later years to guide us through these times.

October 3, 2019

I just posted the following outcome:

Think about this scenario which has an upside and downsides.
The Republicans realize that both Pence and Trump are dragging them all down.
They are both forced to resign, Pence first. like Agnew. The Dems agree to
a moderate Republican who promises not to run in 2020 who is appointed
by Trump who agrees to resign if he and his children are pardoned.

This opens the 2020 race wide open for Romney or Rubio etc. And they would
have a much better chance to hold the Presidency and the Senate.

The Republicans will never accept Pelosi. Her presidency would seem like a coup
and forment violence in the country. This compromise might be successful, but
offers more dangers for in 2020 race than for the Republicans.

October 3, 2019

You are probably right.

But think about this scenario which has an upside and downsides.
The Republicans realize that both Pence and Trump are dragging them all down.
They are both forced to resign, Pence first. like Agnew. The Dems agree to
a moderate Republican who promises not to run in 2020 who is appointed
by Trump who agrees to resign if he and his children are pardoned.

This opens the 2020 race wide open for Romney or Rubio etc. And they would
have a much better chance to hold the Presidency and the Senate.

September 13, 2019

A ban on these weapons will not be enough.

Millions are out there:.

"As of 2012, there are an estimated 2.5–3.7 million rifles from just the AR-15 family of rifles in civilian use in the United States; the total number of assault weapons in the United States among all types is not known, and can not be known because of the different definitions in different jurisdictions."
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_weapon.

Voluntary buybacks will fail, as the most dangerous, paranoid owners will keep them.

Confiscation will only partly be effective and most likely lead to violence and a thriving
black market with criminals making fortunes. Think Prohibition.

We need to change our culture; that will take time and only be partly successful. We live
amidst a huge gun cult. It grew around us and now we are paying the price in deaths
and destruction with little recourse in the short term.

September 8, 2019

Years ago,

I had a beloved dog who was diagnosed with deadly tumor which could rupture at any time,
yet she was free of pain and fully enjoying her life. The vet explained that she could
live comfortably for many more months, but her death would be horrific.

His words still resonate: "Your animal companions give you deep love all their lives. In return, you
have the ability to give them the gift of a comfortable death."

After several days of anguish, I chose to say goodbye my precious dog while she was feeling well,
rather to risk her suffering.

His wise words have guided me during multiple end-stage crises with other animals.
It is always hard to accept the responsibility, especially the timing, and yet is something
we can give our animals we cannot give our human loved ones during their exit.
And for this, I am grateful.

July 24, 2019

Please consider having the vet come to your house.

This is by far the best solution to such an awful time. I have done this many times and it is the
kindest and most comfortable for your pet and for you and your family. This is truly the way to
give your beloved animal a "good death'"

The are vets who specialize in this kind of hospice care. Check on line for locating them near your
home. There is one organization that has vets all over the country. The one near me has been
wonderful. I have had to say good bye to three pets in the last five years. Each time she was there
for us in the final declining months available 24 hours day for questions and support. Also
to help know when we had reached the end of the line. And she only charged for her services
at the final visit. I am forever grateful for her kindness and compassion as well as the dignified
ending she provided for my precious pets.

February 5, 2017

Never watched one; never will.

Do love the Puppy Bowl with Kitty half-Time.

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