Musings for December 2, 2018

For a Yazidi refugee in Canada, the trauma of ISIS triggers rare, terrifying seizures 1:35 p.m.

A fascinating piece from the Globe and Mail that talks about how Canada’s health care system is struggling to help people who have suffered terrible horrors from war. Not because the system is bad, but because Canadians have never seldom had to deal with these kinds of unspeakable horrors.

Yet another reason I hope we wipe ISIS from the face of the earth. Every last one of them.

Israeli PM Netanyahu Addresses Reporters | by U.S. Department of State

Police: Charge Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu With Bribery in Telecom Case (10:00 a.m.)

So, along with being a liar, a bigot, and a war criminal. Bibi should add alleged crook to his resume (for the third time).

The police and Israel Securities Authority on Sunday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, as well as media mogul Shaul Elovitch and his wife, Iris, for bribery and other corruption charges in the investigation dubbed Case 4000.

This is the third case in which the police have recommended charging the prime minister with bribery. The statement recommending charges against Netanyahu in the case was published on the last day in office for Commissioner Roni Alsheich, who is stepping down after a three-year term.

CIA Intercepts Underpin Assessment Saudi Crown Prince Targeted Khashoggi

Despite the denials of Trump et al., that the CIA had no solid proof that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was in anyway involved with the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the CIA has copies of the 11 texts that MBS sent to his aide, who was the leader of the Saudi killer squad, around the time the killing was taking place. It’s my guess they weren’ talking about the weather.

Cohen believed Trump would pardon him, but then things changed

Of all people, he should know have known that every second word out of Trump’s mouth is a lie. As is pointed out in this New York Times’ piece

“If the special counsel, Robert Mueller, has proved anything in his 18-month-long investigation — besides how intensely Russia meddled in an American presidential election — it is that Mr. Trump surrounded himself throughout 2016 and early 2017 with people to whom lying seemed to be second nature.”

“They lied to federal authorities even when they had lawyers advising them, even when the risk of getting caught was high and even when the consequences for them were dire.”

“Even more Trump associates are under investigation for the same offense. They are part of a group of people surrounding Mr. Trump — including some White House and cabinet officials — who contribute to a culture of bending, if not outright breaking, the truth, and whose leading exemplar is Mr. Trump himself.”

Playing high school football changes the teenage brain

I think football may be gone by the end of this century, if not before.

CNN Lets ‘Food Babe’ Spout Pseudoscience on Lettuce Outbreak

These so-called “experts” are a public nuisance more than anything else, and listening to some of them, like the woman who peddles Jilly Juice, can be hazardous to your health. But what really bothers me is that cable news networks like CNN that gives these people a public forum and treat them like experts. It is lazy, bloated journalism, plain, pure and simple.

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