Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thursday Debrief

U.S. to stay in Afghanistan.
Tell us something we don't know.
Washington will halt its military withdrawal from Afghanistan and will keep more than 5,000 troops in the country through 2017, President Obama is to announce today. The move, prolonging the American role in a war that has lasted 14 years, acknowledges that Afghan security forces are not ready to hold off the Taliban on their own.

Migration talks at E.U. summit meeting.
There is no solution. It's interesting that a month ago I saw a 19 year old pregnant Syrian refugee faint in front of an NBC cameraman as she and he husband were trying to escape to Germany. I felt the timing was a ploy especially with her husband grinning as he stood beside her without rushing over to help. There is a smug look people get when they are users that really pisses me off. The news anchor tracked her down in Germany where she now has a newborn baby and has managed to put blond streaks in her hair not looking at all like a woman in need while staying with family. She looks happy yet still something about her and her husband bother me.

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, ahead of the European Union summit meeting today in Brussels, said Europe needs to offer better support to help Turkey deal with the influx of refugees.

Hispanics in focus. Speaking of a woman with a fake smile who reaps of personal agenda...
Hillary appears before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce today in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. President Obama addresses a conference on Hispanic education.

Musical chairs at the U.N.
Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay stand unopposed in today's election for two-year seats on the U.N. Security Council. They would replace Chad, Chile, Jordan, Lithuania and Nigeria. The permanent members are Britain, China, France, Russia and the U.S.

It's Earth Science Week.
That means it's time for the world's largest earthquake drill. Today's Great Shake Out is meant to test preparedness around the world. About 22 million people are due to take part, nearly half of them in California. A 4.5-magnitude earthquake in Oklahoma over the weekend raised new concern about the security of the crude oil storage complex near the quake's center. On the meteorological side, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issues its winter outlook for the U.S. at 11 a.m. Eastern. Great Shake Out Earthquake Drills Google

National Fossil Day.
Did you go through a phase of wanting to be an archaeologist and make a major discovery? I did. It took me more to finding ancient secrets. Back in the day when i talked to Zahi Hawass - he felt the same way. That may be just part of our programming. and nothing may exist to be found ... like the Akashic Records. More than 300 museums and other organizations host activities today for National Fossil Day, led by the National Museum of Natural History. Paleontology Crystalinks

Baseball. Go Mets!!
The New York Mets visit the Los Angeles Dodgers for the fifth and deciding game of the National League division series at 8 p.m. Eastern. In the American League series, the Kansas City Royals will host the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday after their Game 5 victories on Wednesday. In tonight's other big sport, the Atlanta Falcons meet the New Orleans Saints for the Thursday football matchup.

A monumental endangered list.This list should be longer ....
The World Monuments Fund today announces its 2016 list of endangered architectural and cultural sites from around the world. Its last watch list, two years ago, included the entire country of Syria, threatened by war; the city of Venice, at risk from cruise-ship tourism; and the St. Louis arch, in jeopardy because of corrosion.

Reconsider your Medicare plan.
This is the time of the ear the promotions happens and I get lots of mail. Medicare open enrollment begins today, giving its approximately 50 million subscribers the chance to make changes to their health plan through Dec. 7.

Before Spotify playlists were shared by text message, teenagers discovered the music of their adolescence by rifling through the record bins at Tower Records stores. Colin Hanks, the son of actor Tom Hanks, brings the story of this cultural touchstone to life in a film opening on Friday that started out as a Kickstarter project. Tower Records grew from a humble start in Sacramento in 1960 into an iconic billion-dollar business in the 1990s, before digital downloads and Internet piracy knocked it to its knees - along with the rest of the record industry. Its stores, in particular the ones on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood and on lower Broadway in New York, drew young people seeking musical relevance. They also drew young musicians in search of influences, including Elton John and Bruce Springsteen. Tower hung in there until going out of business in 2006. You can still find Tower Records today - outside the U.S., where managers bought out parts of the business, and on Sunset Boulevard, where the exterior of the old store received a touchup for tonight's L.A. premiere of 'All Things Must Pass.'