It has been a busy day, first with physio and then teaching. All was going well, although I was very tired, until we received a call from from my student's 10 year old son. His middle school was in lock down because there was one, maybe two men with guns near the school. That put everybody on edge until it was over and I could get over to the school to pick him up. That stretched out my day and my planned cat nap had to wait. But all is well that ends well. Men with guns, other than police constables, is not something we are used to, thankfully.
Puzzle — Today’s took me 3:12 (average 5:01). To do it, click here. How did you do?
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Truth in Media — h/t Lona Goudswaard — In this episode of Truth in Media, Ben Swann explores the origin of ISIS that has already been long forgotten by American media. Swann takes on the central issue of whether or not ISIS was created by "inaction" by the United States government or by "direct" action.
Although this video is 8 months old, it bears watching again and again until we get it straight and can hold politicians, no matter the party, accountable.
Alternet — “The Pfizer-Allergan merger would be a disaster for American consumers who already pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs,” Sanders said, in a statement issued by his U.S. Senate office. It also would "allow another major American corporation to hide its profits overseas.”
Click through for the rest of the story. I kept hearing about this proposed sale on the radio as I went about my business. What makes this deal different from most so far (I'm sure that others will follow) is that Allergan, the Irish company, is making the purchase thereby getting around US laws regarding "inversions". Bernie is right to call on Obama to squash this.
Think Progress — The mayor of Dallas is pushing back against politicians who say Americans should be skeptical ofSyrian refugees, saying he is “more fearful” of armed white men than people fleeing civil war in the Middle East.
Speaking to MSNBC on Saturday morning, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings was asked to discuss the growing anxiety over Syrian refugees entering the United States, purportedly over concerns they could be potential agents for militant groups such as ISIS. Rawlings staunchly rejected the assertion that Syrians are somehow uniquely prone to violence, saying he is more concerned with the rise of white supremacy and the recent flurry of mass shootings committed by white men.
Click through for the rest and a video from the Rachel Maddow Show.
My Universe — h/t to John Gray, Care2