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Obama’s harsh words for Trump after Paris withdrawal
Obama released the statement several hours after President Trump's controversial decision.
By https://www.facebook.com/peter.holley.923

The Paris climate agreement was a step forward. President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the landmark agreement was several giant steps in the opposite direction.

That’s the underlying message of former president Barack Obama’s statement on his successor’s controversial move.

Brief and to the point, Obama never mentions Trump by name. Instead, he pointedly refers to the “absence of American leadership,” a jabbing phrase that for many Trump critics extends beyond the climate agreement.

Statement from President Barack Obama on the Paris climate agreement:

A year and a half ago, the world came together in Paris around the first-ever global agreement to set the world on a low-carbon course and protect the world we leave to our children.

It was steady, principled American leadership on the world stage that made that achievement possible.

It was bold American ambition that encouraged dozens of other nations to set their sights higher as well. And what made that leadership and ambition possible was America’s private innovation and public investment in growing industries like wind and solar — industries that created some of the fastest new streams of good-paying jobs in recent years, and contributed to the longest streak of job creation in our history.

Simply put, the private sector already chose a low-carbon future. And for the nations that committed themselves to that future, the Paris Agreement opened the floodgates for businesses, scientists, and engineers to unleash high-tech, low-carbon investment and innovation on an unprecedented scale.

The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created. I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack.

But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.

Modern Man by George Carlin

I am a modern man A man for the millennium Digital and smoke free
A diversified multi-cultural, post-modern deconstructionist,
politically, anatomically and ecologically incorrect
I’ve been up linked and downloaded I’ve been inputted and outsourced
I know the upside of downsizing I know the downside of upgrading
I’m a high-tech low-life A cutting edge state-of-the-art
bi-coastal multi-tasker and I can give you a gigabyte in a nanosecond
I’m new wave, but I’m old school And my inner child is outward bound
I’m a hot-wired, heat seeking, warm-hearted cool customer,
voice activated and bio-degradable I interface with my database
My database is in cyberspace So I’m interactive,
I’m hyperactive and from time to time I’m radioactive
Behind the eight ball, ahead of the curve
Ridin’ the wave, dodgin’ the bullet and pushin the envelope
I’m on-point, on-task, on-message and off drugs
I’ve got no need for coke and speed I’ve got no urge to binge and purge
I’m in-the-moment, on-the-edge, over-the-top and under-the-radar
A high-concept, low-profile, medium-range ballistic missionary
A street-wise smart bomb A top-gun bottom feeder
I wear power ties, I tell power lies I take power naps and run victory laps
I’m a totally ongoing big-foot, slam-dunk, rainmaker with a pro-active outreach
A raging workaholic, a working rageaholic Out of rehab and in denial!
I’ve got a personal trainer, a personal shopper, a personal assistant and a personal agenda
You can’t shut me up, you can’t dumb me down Because I’m tireless and I’m wireless
I’m an alpha male on beta-blockers I’m a non-believer and an over-achiever
Laid-back but fashion-forward Up-front, down-home, low-rent, high-maintenance
Super-sized, long-lasting High-definition, fast-acting Oven-ready and built-to-last
I’m a hands-on, foot-loose, knee-jerk head case pretty maturely post-traumatic
And I’ve got a love-child that sends me hate mail
But I’m feeling, I’m caring I’m healing, I’m sharing –
a supportive, bonding, nurturing primary care-giver
My output is down, but my income is up
I took a short position on the long bond and my revenue stream has its own cash flow
I read junk mail, I eat junk food I buy junk bonds and I watch trash sports
I’m gender specific , capital intensive, user-friendly and lactose intolerant
I like tough love,I like rough sex I use the “F” word in my emails
And the software on my hard-drive is hardcore–no soft porn
I bought a microwave at a mini-mall I bought a mini-van at a mega-store
I eat fast-food in the slow lane
I’m toll-free, bite-sized, ready-to-wear and I come in all sizes
A fully-equipped, factory-authorized, hospital-tested, clinically-proven, scientifically-formulated medical miracle
I’ve been pre-washed, pre-cooked, pre-heated, pre-screened, pre-approved, pre-packaged, post-dated, freeze-dried, double-wrapped, vacuum-packed
And, I have an unlimited broadband capacity
I’m a rude dude, but I’m the real deal Cocked, locked and ready-to-rock
Rough, tough and hard to bluff I take it slow, I go with the flow
I ride with the tide, I’ve got glide in my stride
Drivin and movin’, sailin’ and spinnin’, jivin’ and groovin’, wailin’ and winnin’
I don’t snooze, so I don’t lose I keep the pedal to the metal and the rubber on the road
I party hearty and lunch time is crunch time I’m hangin’ in there ain’t no doubt
And I’m hangin’ tough, over and out!

anonymous asked:

I recently watched an episode of an older TV show where a main character is kidnapped and forcibly hooked on heroin in an attempt to get him to reveal the location of someone the bad guy is looking for (which he does, eventually). Would this be considered torture? Is this scenario realistic?

It’s not a realistic scenario no.

I’m going to leave aside the fact that it’s unrealistic to have any kind of torture lead to a character giving up information (I’ve written about that here) and concentrate on why the technique itself is unrealistic because that seems to be the focus of the ask.

The easiest way to think about why this isn’t realistic is to think about how much it would cost.

These people have to: kidnap the victim, keep the victim alive, keep the victim imprisoned and forcibly give them drugs (which would not be easy) over a period of…well at least several weeks but probably several months. Imagine the quantity of heroin that would require.

Multiple doses, every day for months. And the doses couldn’t stay at the same level, they’d have to increase with time as the victim’s body became used to the drug.

Now I have never taken heroin and I don’t have a clear idea how much exactly it costs. But I am willing to bet that would be a really large amount of money they’re shooting into someone’s arm.

That’s also a lot of food, water and people to watch the prisoner over a very long period of time.

As a way to cause someone pain it’s pretty damn expensive. Compare and contrast the cheapness of repeated slaps, beating the soles of the feet, cuffing someone’s hands above their head etc.

It’s also fiddly. Giving someone an injection is a tricky skill. Giving someone who is struggling and unwilling an injection is very difficult indeed.

The end result is that while this could work as a technique to cause someone pain it’s not something any torturer is likely to use. It’s too complicated, too expensive and too tricky when compared to more usual tortures.

I hope that helps. :)

Disclaimer 

Edit: There’s a long addition in the comments about the ease of use and price of heroin. Price is at least partly dependent on where you are but the answer suggests heroin is pretty cheap in at least some places. That’s a mistake on my part, but I’ll stand by it being comparatively difficult to use on someone unwilling.

The main point I wanted to bring up is in response to some other questions: there’s a difference between drug use to control as in cases of human trafficking, slavery etc and drug use to cause pain. Drugs such as heroin are commonly used in slavery and trafficking cases as a method of controlling the victims by getting them addicted. 

But I’ve yet to see a case where someone was given drugs specifically to cause them pain.