Erik Prince made a windfall convincing the State Department, military and CIA to hire his mercenary firm, Blackwater. But this time, his plan to win Afghanistan through a new infusion of guns-for-hire has few customers. At the Pentagon, according to a knowledgeable former senior official, opposition to Prince’s proposal—details of which were first reported byUSA Today—for a “viceroy” to run Afghanistan through a paid army runs high. “The Pentagon is not interested in privatizing the war in Afghanistan,” the former official told The Daily Beast. Several current and former Trump administration officials said that despite Prince’s recent reemergence on cable news—the venue of choice when attempting to persuade President Donald Trump—Prince has no significant internal support. That is, with one big exception: Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist and an avowed bureaucratic enemy of the national security adviser, Army … [Read more...] about Pentagon to Bannon’s Blackwater Buddy Erik Prince: GTFO
A woman tries to cross a flooded street as people walk on a trestle bridge during high water, in Venice, northern Italy, Nov. 15, 2019. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP) A woman tries to cross a flooded street as people walk on a trestle bridge during high water, in Venice, northern Italy, Nov. 15, 2019. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP) Photo: Andrea Merola, AP Photo: Andrea Merola, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 A woman tries to cross a flooded street as people walk on a trestle bridge during high water, in Venice, northern Italy, Nov. 15, 2019. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP) A woman tries to cross a flooded street as people walk on a trestle bridge during high water, in Venice, northern Italy, Nov. 15, 2019. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP) … [Read more...] about St. Mark’s Square reopens in Venice, but water remains high
To the editor: I would like to commend the Los Angeles Times for its special report about the damage caused by decades of nuclear testing in the tropical Pacific Ocean atolls that make up the Marshall Islands. I would have been none the wiser had this not been covered. It is precisely this type of investigative reporting that renews my faith in journalism. Today, as devastating as it is to know that the people of the Marshall Islands have a toxic waste dump as a home, we must remember that 70 years ago, our mindset was different as we raced toward a sixth mass extinction, this one totally man-made.That said, I sincerely hope the U.S. government takes a long, hard look at its 21st century responsibilities to make up for the ravages of the Atomic Age, and to restore the faith of the people it hoodwinked for the so-called greater good. Andrew Lukac, Kapolei, Hawaii Advertisement ..To the editor: Your special feature mentioned the effects of the first hydrogen bomb test on the land, the … [Read more...] about Letters to the Editor: It was a bad idea to nuke the Marshall Islands. Has the U.S. learned a lesson?
Thank you Mother Nature, well sort of. On Thursday, the National Weather Service was predicting up to two to three inches of snow for southern Connecticut, and snow was expected for the entire state Saturday and Saturday evening.In a Friday morning update, the weather service has reversed itself and says while you may see snowflakes in the air this weekend don't expect any real accumulation.In fact the only area where there may even be a coating of snow is actually on the immediate Connecticut coastline. When you move away from the coast, no snow is expected to even stick in a majority of the state.While the snow forecast is good news, the temperatures are still going to make it feel more like February than spring.A "Freeze Watch" is once again in effect late Saturday night through Sunday morning for all of the immediate coastline from Greenwich to New London. Temps will fall below freezing here, and in reality it will be below the freezing mark for the entire state Saturday night.A … [Read more...] about Weekend Snow Forecast for New Haven Revised
The National Weather Service's updated weekend weather forecast isn't as great as it has been during the work week unfortunately.It's not that bad either. First, we'll be dealing with some showers and a chance for thunderstorms on Friday and Friday night, and some of the storms could be strong.It's another scenario where areas may see strong storms and other locations will see nothing.Once the storminess ends early Saturday it's a pretty decent weekend, it's just going to feel cooler than the temperatures we've enjoyed this week thus far.Here is the detailed National Weather Service forecast:Friday: Early sunshine turns to mostly cloudy skies and there is a chance for showers and a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Temps will be near 70 on the Shoreline and up to 80 degrees in northern Connecticut.Friday night: Showers and thunderstorms, some patchy fog late, and temps in the mid 50s. Not much rain is expected unless you're in the path of the thunderstorms. In Hartford and Tolland … [Read more...] about New Haven’s Weekend Weather: Stormy Early, Cooler But Better Later