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The images and sounds from Kabul that I witnessed on Sunday’s broadcasts were so troubling to me that I woke up at 2:30 a.m. Monday morning and did not go back to sleep. In the span of a weekend, Afghanistan has been turned into a hell on Earth, So it’s a human rights catastrophe, a political catastrophe, and a financial catastrophe, as the foolish United States has destroyed over a trillion dollars in this agonizing absurdity…………to say nothing of the 167,000 people who died during the course of this utter farce.
As much as I gripe about the many imperfections of the United States, I am still grateful that I just happened to be born here. Think for a moment: right now, there is a baby girl being born in Kabul. She is simply a new human being on the planet. She does not know she is basically being born, for her, in the worst place on Earth. So much of our lives – – 99%, perhaps? – – is determined by the randomness of where we are born and who our parents are.
So, as I sit here this evening, I offer these thanks to the heavens above for my own good fortune:(more…)
The horrific state of global affairs is understandably on my mind, so I’ll kick off the day with this comment cleaner: as a child of the cold war (who, to this day, has nuclear war nightmares, as I did a few nights ago) this map of the Bay Area from 1960s Soviet Russia is chilling. I’ve highlighted Palo Alto: