We start Mercury Retrograde with this tragic wake-up story - about an American soldier who just 'lost it' leaving us to wonder why are we still in Afghanistan at a cost of billions of dollars each month and thousands of lives lost each year? I guess it's all part of the program. If not Afghanistan and Iraq, it would be somewhere else.
Taliban vow revenge for Afghans killed by US troop AP - March 12, 2012
Still overseas ...
Iraqi murders put gay and emo youth on edge CNN - March 12, 2012
A recent rash of killings of people perceived to be gay or emo in Iraq has stoked fear within those communities, which worry the government might be unwilling or unable to protect them. At least 14 such victims were killed in Baghdad in the past three weeks, according to a senior Interior Ministry official, who was not authorized to talk to the media.
Back on the homefront ...
Maryland college student charged in rampage threat AP - March 12, 2012
A University of Maryland student has been arrested and charged with posting an Internet threat claiming he planned to go on a shooting rampage on campus hoping to kill as many people as possible.
Invisible Children to address questions in new film Monday CNN - March 12, 2012
Invisible Children, the nonprofit group that produced a hugely popular half-hour documentary about the notorious African warlord Joseph Kony, says it will release a new film Monday to respond to criticism and questions over its approach. The group's "KONY 2012" video had been viewed more than 72 million times on YouTube by late Sunday night. Invisible Children, based in San Diego, says it wants to make Kony a household name and drum up global support to end the murders, rapes, abuses and abductions committed by the Lord's Resistance Army in central Africa.