Two gunmen attacked the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul.
At least 7 student dead, at least 30 hospitalized.
Hundreds of students and professors were trapped inside.
Security forces are at the scene.
Two university staff members were kidnapped two weeks ago.
Two gunmen killed.
Why do younger generations have to suffer from the mistakes of the American gov’t? Students from this prestige university didn’t deserve to die, especially because of the authorities who enforce “peace” by bringing in the military and imposing their own regulations in different countries. I pray for all people who died in Kabul. I pray for these two university professors - an American and an Australian - who were kidnapped at gunpoint near the school. This is a tragedy.
“Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is hereby created in the Department of the Interior a service to be called the National Park Service…The service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations hereinafter specified by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purposes of the said parks, monuments, and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
As the conservator of the United States’ most storied and important landmarks, the National Park Service is charged with the preservation and operation of each of the nation’s 59 national parks, as well as hundreds of protected shorelines, preserves, and historical landmarks.
This summer, the National Archives will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service by displaying the document that founded the NPS, the Organic Act of 1916.
Though the first national park had been established at Yellowstone on March 1, 1872, it and subsequently designated national parks were only loosely managed under the Department of the Interior.
By establishing a National Park Service, the Federal Government ensured the efficient and responsible conservation of national landmarks for future generations.
The passage of the Organic Act was the result of a collaborative effort between businessmen, government officials, and private citizens, who together had advocated for the establishment of a National Park Service for decades.
President Wilson signed the bill on August 25, 1916, and the National Park Service was born.
The Organic Act provided for the appointment of a full-time Director of the National Park Service as well as a support staff to manage the parks from Washington, D.C. These employees were to be paid out of a pool of funds appropriated by Congress. Additionally, the Parks Director was tasked with organizing the system of local officials and park rangers that operated each site.
Today the National Park Service employs over 22,000 full time employees as well as 221,000 volunteers across more than 400 park areas. Each year, the National Park Service enables more than 275 million visitors to experience the beauty and wonder of America’s protected landmarks.
The National Archives will be displaying the Organic Act of 1916 in the East Rotunda Gallery from June 30 through August 31, 2016. Plan your visit and see the origins of the National Park Service for yourself!
(Dogs at Yosemite National Park, excerpted from the film “Yosemite Valley“)
In many ways, Misty Snow, 31, is an ideal candidate to displace Utah’s incumbent Republican Senator, Mike Lee, in this year’s election. Misty’s campaign platform, which focuses heavily on paid maternity leave and women’s reproductive rights, is family-friendly in a state that has more children per capita than any other in the nation. She is of the people, for the people: Misty currently works as a cashier at Harmons grocery store in Taylorsville, Utah. And she is young and progressive—but not a blue-bleeding hardline liberal—in a state that has historically voted red.
“Women’s issues matter to me, and I’m a working class person,” says Misty. “We don’t have a representative democracy anymore, and the only way to fix that is to elect people who really understand the issues that matter to Utahans.”
On tonight’s Episode we are joined by Mr. Lawson Bowling, Professor of History at Manhattanville College.
Please submit any questions you may have to this account or tweet (@PoliticalOrgy).
Ask questions about current events and whether or not there is historical precedent. Ask the questions you always wanted clarity on with American/World/Sports/Ancient History (He’s especially well-versed in the history of the Roman Empire). World Wars and much more!
As you may know, most new cars don’t … because of the government.
Well, because of government fuel economy mandates – which pressure car companies to shave off weight wherever possible in order to lighten up the cars they build in order to decrease the amount of fuel they use.
The catch is that it’s hard to lighten up cars without also compromising their ability to absorb impact forces in a crash.
Spare tires are not structural; they don’t help a car’s crash test scores.
But they do add weight. And the additional weight reduces fuel economy. So, they go.
Partially, at least.
There are very few – if any – new cars that have a proper full-sized spare. That is, a wheel and tire exactly like the others, interchangeable, that can replace any of them.
Permanently, if need be.
In the days before Uncle became Chief Engineer – before the federal government laid down ever-escalating demands that new cars deliver “x” MPG or else so-called “gas guzzler fines” would be applied – and transferred to the buyer – most new cars came with a full-size spare.
This was … safe.
If you got a flat – in particular, a non-repairable flat such as a sidewall blowout or tear – you weren’t stuck. Possibly, in a not-good part of town. Or by the side of a busy freeway.
You could pop the trunk, jack the car up, replace the flat with a wheel/tire just like the others – and drive away.
As fast as you liked – as long as you liked.
Because the spare was the same size/type as the other three tires.
Modern cars – if they have a spare at all – typically have a “space saver” (really, a weight-saver) tire. It is also known as a “donut” spare – because it’s not really a spare.
It is a temporary, emergency-use only tire. It says so, right on the thing.
Because it is typically a very tall and skinny thing, with a disproportionately smaller footprint than the damaged wheel/tire it “replaces” – which it doesn’t, really.
Again, read the bright yellow warning label on the thing.
It will warn you that the “space saver” is designed only to get you – to gimp you – to the first place within 50 miles or so that can sell you a real tire. That is, a tire of the same type and size as the one that went flat.
The space saver is not designed – not safe – to drive on at sustained speeds above 50-something MPH, either. Not my opinion; read the warning label.
That’s great news if the next-closest service station/tire shop is 50 miles away… on the Interstate. Where traffic is running 75-80.
It will also impart evil handling (and braking) characteristics because of its skinnyness.
This is becoming a serious safety issue.
When space savers first came out – back in the ‘70s – most cars still had 15×7 wheels. The space saver was smaller than the others, but not as disproportionately so as is typical today. Because, today, most new cars have at least 16 inch wheels and most have 17 or 18 inch wheels. Many have 19 inch and even larger wheels – with 50-series (or even wider) tires. Try to imagine the effect on a car’s balance when one of the four – your weight-saving “donut” – is a fourth as wide as the other three. That much-reduced contact patch on one corner of your car becomes a big safety problem in the event you have to brake violently or swerve.
Yet Uncle is mute.
This is of a piece with Uncle’s blase attitude toward the killer airbags every car built since the late 1990s has as part of its mandatory suite of “safety” equipment. And it’s not just the killer Takata air bags, which are of defective design. The ones that aren’t defective and work exactly as designed also kill.
But Uncle remains silent.
No mewls, either, about the increased risk of side-impact accidents resulting from the driver pulling into traffic from a side street being unable to see traffic barreling his way because of the six-inch-thick A, B and C pillars necessary to make the car’s roof strong enough to support the weight of the car if it turns upside down (another of Uncle’s “safety” mandates) or the impaired view to the rear caused by tall, vision-obstructing “anti-whiplash” head rests – also mandated by Uncle for “safety.”
And many new cars don’t even have the “donut” spare. It adds weight, too. And that makes it awfully tempting to ditch it, in order to achieve even a fractional uptick in MPGs.
In lieu of the “donut” some cars have run-flat tires or inflator kits. These are nifty, assuming a conventional – a repairable – flat. If you’re dealing with a sidewall tear (or a bent rim, as from hitting a bad pothole) you are out of luck. No inflator kit is going to fix that. You are stuck.
In a bad neighborhood, perhaps. Or maybe by the side of a busy freeway, far from home – or help.
So most people know Australia for it’s dangerous wildlife, right? People wonder how we deal with it, but now I’m older I’ve realised something….they’ve been teaching me how to deal with wildlife since I was five years.
In school we used to have ‘reptile shows, at least once a year’ These included someone coming bring boxes of creatures, from snake, to lizards and spiders too. As a kid we loved this stuff, thought it was great fun to see these animals, but that wasn’t the only purpose. I could tell you the top five most poisonous snakes and what they look like because I was taught year after year since I was five. We were told what to do if we saw one, what to do if we got bitten, even what to wear if we walked in the bush. I almost don’t remember these shows, but I have retained the knowledge to live with this dangerous wildlife.
They did the same things for swimming at beach. I live in a part of Australia which literally has a beach five minutes away from me not matter which way i choose to go, so again they took us to the beach yearly. They told us to do if we get in trouble in the water, how to identify a rip (a strong current), and again what wildlife is dangerous at a beach (because there is a killer little octopus there that you should NEVER touch).
All this knowledge of my dangerous wildlife and yet I’ve never seen a snake in the wild….
THIS Will Save More Lives in Louisiana than Government!
As always our Government will dog-ear a huge amount of funds slated as
disaster relief for the devastation caused by the flooding in Louisiana.
However, there is something MUCH more powerful and effective than
government that will get Louisianians on their feed MUCH quicker!!