Thoughts for Today, #514 …. “🤨 Your Rightful Place …. Dustbin of History 🤨 …. “!!

John Owen Brennan (born September 22, 1955) was the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from March 2013 to January 2017.

He served as chief counterterrorism advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama; his title was Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the President.

His responsibilities included overseeing plans to protect the country from terrorism and respond to natural disasters, and he met with the President daily.



Empire State of Mind: It’s time for America to have a conversation about its overseas territories

The mighty, imperialistic U.S. of A. … is in a rough spot!
its territories (5 of them) need to be recognized as sovereign nations … time to let go.
‘It’s been six months since Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in September, and recovery is very much an ongoing process.’

Repeating Islands


A report by Doug Mack for Slate.

It’s been six months since Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in September, and recovery is very much an ongoing process. Power remains spotty in Puerto Rico; the U.S. Virgin Islands are without a fully functioning hospital. Media attention has waned, though surely it will rise for a host of half-year check-ins, a fleeting spike of attention to go with the other stories that have popped in and out of the national spotlight: the still-uncounted lives lost, the resourceful citizens rebuilding local infrastructure, the spat between President Donald Trump and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruzthe curious case of Whitefish Energy.

These are all important, all deserving of far more attention than they received. And yet, six months on, it’s increasingly clear that we also need to peer beneath…

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After FBI McCabe’s Firing, It’s Time For Action To Save DOJ’s Rosenstein And FBI’s Mueller’s Jobs

In my mind … this was unthinkable! … in other evil minds, not!!
‘The good news is that Mr. McCabe did keep memos of all his interactions with the president which he has delivered to the FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, who is leading the Trump-Russia probe. And he has lawyer-ed up.’
This probe HAS to be preserved if America is to survive as a leader of any kind!!

Gronda Morin

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Sunday Morning

Nice thoughts to wake up to … “In a world flooded with distractions, Mongolia returns one to something ancestral. The clock has little meaning here. Days turn into an ageless cycle of random moments, scanning of the heavens, simple meals, long journeys.”
… take me there!!

Live & Learn

Upon arriving in the huge, landlocked country of Mongolia—more than seven times larger than Great Britain—you may be taken aback by the runaway developments in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Ever since some of the world’s largest gold and copper deposits were discovered, some within 70 miles of the city, Mongolia’s economy has taken off like a rocket…But then you hear that more than half of the 1.4 million people in the capital still live in settlements dominated by gers (a traditional style of yurt, like a domed felt tent), sometimes in shockingly simple conditions…

As soon as I ventured out of the city and began bumping across the level, otherworldly steppes of Mongolia, in fact, I realized that nothing I’d seen in 40 years of traveling across Asia could compare with its great, heart-clearing stillness. Within 30 minutes of the hyper-malls, herders will welcome you into their…

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