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Another Student Suicide In Daegu

8 Mar

I HopeAnother high school student has committed suicide in Daegu, the 14th one since December 2011.

Daegu Metropolitan Office of Education superintendent Woo Dong-gi, has borne the brunt of criticisms since the first suicide in December 2011. In the past, he declared that he would focus his energies on making “safe and happy schools.” But he has failed to stop one student after another from leaping from high-rise apartment roofs, and he is doing nothing to address the many more suicide risks out there. Early this year, the city’s 350,000 students from first to twelfth grade were given emotional and behavioral development evaluations. The results were sobering: seventy thousand, or 20.2%, were found to be in need of “attention” from teachers and their parents, with a subgroup of 15,832 of them classified as high-risk for depression, anxiety, and suicidal tendencies. The lack of action from adults is what has led to us to this state of affairs.

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Peace-13 At Any Price

8 Mar

Chinese-navy-to-join-Pakistan-exerciseLet this be a warning to youngsters considering that first experience with illicit drugs: addiction (to oil) can force you to make bizarre decisions.

The United States and China recently kicked off a joint counter-piracy naval exercise near Pakistan in what is quickly becoming the most bizarre relationship between two nations in recent history.

The five-day exercise, called “Peace 13” or “Aman 13,” is in concert with 14 participating nations, 20 observer nations, and is what Pakistan bills as necessary to widen and maintain oil trade routes from the Strait of Hormuz.

Pakistan recently approved a Singapore company’s selling of an Arabian Sea port to China, in what has been China’s recent frenzied bid to expand it’s dominance in the area — so frenzied, in fact, that it brazenly vows to “wear out” one of America’s closest allies, Japan,

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If Only Progressives Stand Tall Like Paul

8 Mar

060313holderNow that my Rand Paul-induced swoon through Mr. Smith Goes to Washington-tinted glasses has been flushed from my body, I’m just depressed. We still live in a world where Americans believe making war on abstract nouns and anyone or anything that says, “Boo!” or seems strange is a reasonable argument and a prudent policy. And, “[n]ot only did Paul stage a pointless piece of political theater, he managed to obfuscate and mischaracterize the debate while simultaneously helping to worsen public perceptions in a misleading way.” (via Erik Loomis)

First, let’s review Paul’s actual question. Regardless of how people want to interpret the question as being solely about targeted killing policy regarding the war on terror, Holder clearly interpreted it as whether or not there is a legal right for the President to employ lethal force within the United States in SOME circumstances. As Holder makes clear in his letter, he views the scenarios where such a use of force would be authorized and legal to be highly unlikely and illustrates the hypothetical with situations that are quite out of the ordinary.

While one might quibble about his use of Pearl Harbor as an example (as it was a foreign enemy) the 9/11 example is apt, because that was a situation where lethal force against American citizens could have been deployed without trial. How is this, you ask? Specifically we’re talking about the possibility of the Executive Branch authorizing the shoot down of hijacked airliners. While the hijackers weren’t citizens, each airliner had scores of American citizens, who, if shot down by an F-16 would have been killed without due process or trial. Does this really seem like an outlandish use of force? And let’s remember that Holder is saying that it would take that sort of extreme scenario for the contemplation of that authority to even be invoked.

Matt Binder and Michael Brooks talk about Paul’s filibuster, the cast of Republican clowns, and Matt’s refusal to kill Americans under any circumstances (~41 minutes).

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