…ask John Cantlie.

Many of my colleagues and contemporaries all over the globe increasingly find themselves in dangerous situations. Here in the United States, people were horrified when a reporter and her cameraman were murdered on live television. But there are more of us who risk our lives on a daily basis. It’s hard to accept that something as simple as participating in a children’s event at a shopping mall or interviewing a chamber of commerce leader could potentially end in death.

On September 10, 25-year-old broadcast journalist Flor Alba Núñez Vargas was shot to death in southwest Colombia. Her bio descrfibes her as “a passionate woman of the media” who enjoyed spreading information over the air and online.

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When I first saw the headline on Twitter and then read the story something did not seem right. Too convenient so contrived. It didn’t sound real. After careful consideration and examination, I conclude this is propaganda.
I’ve noticed an abundance of questionable stories involving Yazidis, who have a legitimate axe to grind against ISIS. Think of all the stories you’ve read about American convicts who are behind bars only because they broke after hours of torturous questioning. Deprived of sleep or cold or warmth long enough to admit anything just to get it all to stop.  So the information any ISIS capturees spill to authorities, I would suggest be taken with a grain of salt.  Just my opinion. That’s all.

I'm not the only one questioning the validity of this information.

I’m not the only one questioning the validity of this information.

Think sandwiches! we’re witnessing history, a brave new world of leisure for those of us who struggled so long in menial jobs! We’re heading up, up, up!

Forget everything they’ve told you. There is no reason why you can’t live and lead an absolutlely wonderful life! Now that the $15 minimum wage is nearly upon us, make it a priority to get a job at one of the places offering the new rate. Chances are, once you become known around the facility, you’ll meet a suitable spouse! With both of you raking in $15 an hour, you’ll have it made!

Once established as a couple, find an apartment in your city’s downtown, where you are sure to have amenities like free wifi (they laid the fiber for ‘disadvantaged’ neighborhood folk so they could learn computing and apply for jobs online!) Do not try to buy a house. You’ll get stuck paying taxes. Let the landlord do that. Remember how well the rally for the $15 ‘liveable’ wage worked? Think of rallying for ‘liveable’ rent – force government to act and order those evil landlords to lower rent across the board! And living downtown may even net you free medical care! If you have kids later on, send them to public or subsidized private schools. Never pay for their education yourself!

As a young modern, you won’t need to save for the kids’ college. Your children will go from high school to workforce, and by that time, you’ll join them in the #FightFor30! Yes, you CAN make it in the new America! Never forget: THEY owe US because we struggled for SO LONG!

Well it happened again. Despite government’s best efforts to scare the crap out of everyone just prior to Independence Day in the USA, there was NO terrorist attack. Nothing happened. But we did get to hear all about that “increased chatter” that “authorities” were aware of. And we got glimpse of highly militarized police.

Notice that before real terrorists strike nobody picks up any chatter. No worries about Charlie Hebdo. No warnings to beachgoers vacationing in Tunisia. The police are doing their normal chores of upholding the law by answering 911 calls and writing tickets for various infractions.

If authorities in the USA really thought there was going to be an attack of some sort, they’d be way ready and may not even bother to scare ordinary citizens about it.

Perhaps someone somewhere decided that every now and again we need a little spookin’ … Just enough so we can’t feel 100 percent alright at a fireworks display. Just enough so lots of police can walk around with big menacing weapons for all of us to see and for the TV news to report.

I hope we never again have to bear an attack like 9/11. But if one were to happen, you can safely assume we won’t get any advance notice.

Back in December I thought that my years of reporting about the ongoing fracking debate in New York State had ended with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision that hydraulic fracturing and the Empire State did not make a good fit.

Fast forward to this week, and like the proverbial phoenix, the pro v con battle is back in the headlines. Back in my headlines! I wonder if it will last for very long this time, or if this latest development merely constitutes “aftershock.” Stay tuned.



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