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News Roundup – Syria, Austerity, Immigration Reform

Syrian chemical attack

Last night, President Barack Obama presented his case against the Syrian government and President Bashar al-Assad. In my opinion, the case is pretty clear. The Syrian government used chemical weapons against their own people. Then, to cover up their atrocities, they then shelled those exact same neighborhoods for three days straight. Then, they let UN weapons inspectors to come in with the hope that they would find nothing. Or at least, they would find nothing conclusive. The one thing that this whole ordeal has clearly shown us is the dysfunction of the Republican Party. On one hand, there are some of the Republican Party that have been yelling, as loudly as they possibly could, that a limited, targeted, surgical strike was not enough. We needed more. (Invade Syria?) Then, there are those who wanted immediate airstrikes. They didn’t even want President Obama to ask Congress for anything. They stated, clearly, that Obama had the authority and he was scared to use it. Finally, you had a group of Republicans who are calling Obama a warmonger. In my opinion, all of these extremes simply miss the point. I think the idea of Syria giving up their chemical weapons is a good one. Unfortunately, the implementation of actually getting them to give up their chemical weapons is going to be extremely difficult. For a second, it seemed that Russia was going to play a constructive role in the peaceful turnover of Syrian chemical weapons to the international community. Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to squash all that. The Russian president took to the New York Times. Not only is he falsely suggesting that the United Nations was founded so that we can start war only by consensus. That’s garbage. The United Nations was started to give Russia and the United States cover if they needed it. He even suggested that the rebels may have unleashed the chemical weapons. If, President Al Assad does not comply, we need to unleash the cruise missiles.

Once again, we have overwhelming data that this austerity program that has been shoved down our throats, doesn’t work. The fact that the economy is in a funk right now, is evidence that austerity doesn’t work. We should not believe that further cutbacks would’ve been helpful. This is exactly what happened in England. They are in a terrible funk from an economic standpoint. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, austerity doesn’t work. Continue reading News Roundup – Syria, Austerity, Immigration Reform

My Samsung saga is over

My 11-week battle to get my 10-month-old plasma TV fixed is now over. Electronics giant Samsung has replaced my old TV with a new one. Let me just say that the man who delivered my new TV was incredibly nice. He unpacked the TV, he put it together and we hooked it up. He also boxed up my old TV and took it away. The whole ordeal, at least this part of it, took approximately 15-20 minutes. (Here’s the rest of the story.)

I’m happy that I did get a new TV, but the whole process took way too long. The process for buying a new TV is clear and straightforward. The process for getting somebody out to fix your “old” TV is somewhat convoluted. If Samsung really would like to be a truly great multinational corporation, it needs to fix this.

There Are No Words

A couple of days ago, I got a text message about a trauma surgeon in Buffalo, New York. It was a friend of mine asking if I knew or had heard of Doctor Timothy Jorden. My answer was no, why? It appears that Dr. Jorden was somehow mixed up in … causing a murder/suicide. The trauma community is relatively small. I didn’t know Dr. Jorden. My heart goes out to his family and friends. My sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Ms. Jacqueline Wisniewski, who was reportedly killed by Timothy Jorden.

This whole ordeal is very sad.