Kenneth Weene
NATO Weighs Rapid Response Force for Eastern Europe
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NATO leaders are expected to respond to increased Russian intervention in Ukraine by establishing a force capable of deploying quickly to Eastern Europe.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I find myself very mixed over this idea. Will 5, 000 troops make a real difference? How many of them will be Americans sent to police the world? Will this in any way help Ukraine? At the same time, there does have to be a sense that Europe is ready to defend itself.


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10 Incredible Tales Of Cracks (cracks, nature, broken) - ODDEE
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Just because something is cracked doesn’t mean it is broken or useless. For every crack, there’s a story to go along with it. Here are 10 incredible things involving cracks. (cracks, nature, broken)

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Some fascinating bits and bibbles of factoids here. As a writer, a couple of them tease my creativity.


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Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq?
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The Pentagon is denying that U.S. troops are fighting ISIS on the ground in Iraq—but eyewitness accounts and Kurdish officials tell a different story.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Damn, what are we getting ourselves into now? I hope these “American” and “German” fighters are volunteers and mercenaries and not members of our actual military (of Germany’s). Quite simply, we had no place in Iraq to begin with and we shouldn’t be there now. And, yes, I do want the Kurds to be okay. And, yes, I do want ISIS defeated. But not using U.S. troops. Enough with the world’s policeman already.


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Putin Threatens Nuclear War Over Ukraine
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Raising the spectre of nuclear war over Ukraine, Russia’s Vladimir Putin is playing a new, and dangerous, game.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

This may be the most foolish thing Mr. Putin could have said since it will assuredly end any support from China and alienate even farther the ex-soviet countries that have large Russian populations. I wonder at what point those countries are going to sign a treaty — perhaps secret — to protect one another from this bully. Meanwhile, I trust that the other nuclear powers, particularly the U.S., will refrain from saber rattling. It won’t help, but will give Putin more support at home.


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Israel proposes taking more West Bank land for Jewish settlers
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The appropriation of almost 1,000 acres would be the largest in years in the occupied territory.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

1, 000 acres may not seem like a lot, but it is everything to a Palestinian trying to raise olives and to a people who want and deserve a state of their own. Once again, Israel does what it can to avoid meaningful peace.


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10 Weird Back To School Supplies (back-to-school, school supplies) - ODDEE
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From bulletproof backpacks to adult crayons, check out these ten questionable school accessories. (back-to-school, school supplies)

Kenneth Weene's insight:

So it’s back to school time. I’m glad I don’t have to be there. Here are some weird school supplies that students might like.


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Have You Ever Heard Of The Ludlow Massacre? You Might Be Shocked When You See What Happened.
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Here’s a bit of history that you probably never learned in school.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

In honor of the Laboring men and women who built this country, let us remember their sacrifices and the battle they had to fight for dignity and rights. (Be sure to listen to the song. )


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California Legislature fails to reach a deal on Tesla battery factory
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SACRAMENTO — Looks as if California’s effort to attract an electric car maker’s battery factory has run out of juice, at least for now.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I can see giving tax breaks to an innovative industry, but isn’t the big point for Tesla its lack of environmental impact? Why do they need to waive the environmental protections? Somehow that sounds like robbing Peter to pay Peter.


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Brechtomania | Al Jazeera America
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Why Marxist playwright Berthold Brecht is theater’s hottest old name

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I love Brecht. Yes, the times demand we look at inequality and the displacement of the common person; but his plays are also moving because they look into the soul of characters. If you love theater as much as I do, be sure to catch this weeks It Matters Radio ( www.itmattersradio.com ) ; my guest is Chris Haines, co-founder and artistic director or an outstanding theater company.


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Mitch McConnell campaign manager resigns in fallout from Iowa case
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell , locked in a fierce reelection fight in Kentucky, lost the services Friday of his tea party -allied campaign manager, who abruptly quit over a scandal involving the 2012 Iowa presidential caucuses.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I don’t know why this is, but have you noticed that the same few political operatives keep showing up on the radar? Have you noticed that many of them seem to have clouds of questions about ethics and values over their heads? Is there something wrong with American politics? What should we do to change it?


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