McCain: Whose hero?

first_imgWhen a leading politician who has spent his life serving the billionaire U.S. ruling class dies, it is normal for the corporate media to exaggerate every act of the deceased and turn them into a hero, sometimes a genius.The eulogies for such a political leader by leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties attempt to win admiration and respect from the entire population, including hundreds of millions of workers and oppressed people, for the recently departed.In the case of Sen. John McCain, there is an additional specific reason he gets so much praise. He is being contrasted to the current president: a gangster with a foul racist, misogynist, bigoted, chauvinist and warmongering mouth — or tweet. By comparison, McCain might look better. It’s a low bar that most normal human beings could crawl over.Anyone who sides with the oppressed and exploited of the world needs a different measure of heroism. A short review of McCain’s life shows that his recent opposition to Trump counts for little when weighed against his life’s work on behalf of the exploiters and oppressors.His father and his grandfather were admirals in the U.S. Navy, big contributors to U.S. imperialist domination of the seas. Far from rebelling against his heritage, McCain became a Navy fighter pilot. Early biographies describe him as a reckless flier, almost a caricature of a “top gun,” who was involved in five crashes.As a naval officer, he flew 23 bombing missions against North Vietnamese civilian targets from aircraft carriers. Called “Operation Rolling Thunder,” it was aimed at destroying the Vietnamese infrastructure. Tens of thousands of Vietnamese civilians were killed. On his 23rd mission in October 1967, he was shot down. He suffered injuries when he ejected and fell into a lake.No wonder the Vietnamese civilians who captured him saw him as a mass murderer. Yet they pulled him from the lake. To them, and to many who opposed the war in the U.S. and around the world, he was a war criminal and the first group of civilians who grabbed him treated him as one. Nevertheless, when turned over to the North Vietnamese military, he was treated as a prisoner of war and held with other similar pilots, all officers, for more than five years.If you compare him, not to Trump, but to what we would consider real U.S. war heroes, you can see how McCain measures up when the bar is set high.Hugh Thompson was a helicopter pilot who saw the massacre of My Lai unfolding under him in March 1968. U.S. troops were rounding up and gunning down unarmed Vietnamese elders, women and even children. Five hundred Vietnamese civilians died that day. Thompson and his helicopter crew, including Larry Colburn and Glenn Andreotta, had to take a strong moral position that they knew would get them in trouble.They landed the helicopter and told the Army officers they would fire on them if they didn’t stop the massacre. This act saved the lives of at least some Vietnamese people. (tinyurl.com/ybzlmlvf)McCain was no Hugh Thompson. Nor does he compare to the thousands, probably tens of thousands of U.S. rank-and-file GIs who — once they began to understand what a criminal enterprise that war was — resisted it in any way they could.We wouldn’t even try to compare any of the U.S. officer pilots, including McCain, to the millions of Vietnamese heroes who gave their lives to free their country from imperialist control.In his long political career, McCain varied between reactionary and ultra-right Republican, but always a militarist. He voted for all the wars waged during the Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr. and Obama administrations, from Grenada to Afghanistan to Yemen, and championed the war against Iraq right up to the finish. He never changed his position, even when the “weapons of mass destruction” hoax was exposed.McCain remained a committed cold warrior even after the Cold War had ended. During the 2008 election campaign, when McCain ran against Obama, McCain joked about bombing Iran, altering a pop tune to say, “Bomb, bomb Iran.” He also chose the ultra-rightist, Tea Party governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, as his vice presidential candidate. That choice he later regretted, but only because it contributed to his losing the election. It also contributed to the Trumpist takeover of the Republican Party.If the U.S. ruling class and the bulk of its media want to consider McCain their hero, it exposes what this class is made up of. Some love Trump, others McCain. Mainly, they love their profits and honor those who protect and extend their wealth.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Not just a trade war

first_imgWhat’s really behind the difficult trade negotiations between the U.S. and People’s China?Is it — as the administration has claimed — that China wasn’t buying enough U.S. agricultural products? China has become a huge market for Midwestern farmers, who are heavily mortgaged and rely on Beijing buying large quantities of their soybeans and other crops. “Soybean shipments did fall off a cliff in 2018, but in 2019 they staged a surprising recovery. If anything, soybean exports to China this year are running a little ahead of their 2017 rate.” (Mother Jones, Aug. 27) Nevertheless, the Trump administration, anxious over the coming elections, has tried to blame China for the farmers’ woes. The Trumpites don’t admit that a big part of the farmers’ problem is due to climate change, with vast flooding over the past spring having turned Midwest fields into lakes. But according to Trumpspeak, climate change doesn’t exist.China’s purchases of U.S. commodities have become so important to the U.S. economy that the stock markets here yo-yo up and down with each day’s news on trade talks. Trump knows this. When he tweets that the talks are on, the markets go up. When it doesn’t happen, the markets go back down.China has no reason to sabotage its trading relationship with the United States. So what’s the problem?Never mentioned by this government — but alluded to in some press accounts — is the fact that the Trumpites have been using the trade negotiations to push an agenda that would undermine China’s tremendous progress in economic and social development. It succeeded in liberating 850 million people from extreme poverty from 1981 to 2015, according to the World Bank.  China is not a capitalist country, although it allows capitalist ownership to exist alongside its state-owned, centrally planned economy. People’s China is the product of a great social upheaval that lasted decades and succeeded in bringing the workers and peasants to power in 1949. But this huge country suffered from extreme underdevelopment and poverty at that time. It is only in recent years that it has become an economic powerhouse.What has really been happening is that the Trump administration, through its negotiations with China over trade, has been trying to obtain commitments from China to weaken state ownership over the parts of the economy that have been the underpinning of its progress.Here’s how the most informed news outlet for the U.S. imperialist ruling class put it: “Trump launched the trade war against China with demands for sweeping structural reforms, but Beijing has indicated it is not willing to fundamentally change the way it controls China’s economy.” (New York Times, Oct. 10) In other words, Trump’s trade negotiators were saying that China had to put up for grabs its socialized economic infrastructure. And the Chinese said no.Washington then put pressure on Beijing by raising tariffs on Chinese imports. This has affected millions of people here, raising prices on a multitude of imported consumer goods that we have come to rely on. Thus, the U.S. working class has been forced to pay for the Trump administration’s trade war and efforts to bring regime change to China.As of this writing on Oct. 14, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is saying that a deal is in the making. But nothing has been signed. And the stock markets are wary, given the administration’s past record of false promises.  This could be just another “smoke and mirrors” feint by the brutal gang in Washington to avoid triggering a market crash. One seems long overdue as U.S. capitalism rots from within, seeking to lay the blame anywhere except on this wildly polarized system of multibillionaires versus ever more precarious workers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Kaleo attendees reflect on their summer

first_imgFacebook ReddIt printEach year, a group of TCU students head to Palm City Beach, Florida to spend their summer diving into a new job and community as part of the Kaleo summer project.The group is connected through TCU’s Student Mobilization (STUMO) Late Night. Maragauz Brink, a junior childhood education major and participant in the Kaleo summer said that the nine-week program, “equips and trains college students with how to grow stronger in their walk with God.”Brink has gone to Palm City Beach for two summers now and said it’s life changing.“Having the nine weeks was so important because it created habits, it wasn’t just a month of summer camp where you were on a “spiritual high” then come back and were the same,” Brink said.TCU Kaleo students spend their time off relaxing at the beach. Photo Credit: Emily SuttonOver 200 college students from schools such as UT Austin, Texas A&M, SMU, Texas Tech and UT are a part of Kaleo as well. Each student works a different type of job including “Waffle House, lifeguarding, Walmart” or even “internships or [shadowing] in hospitals” said Christa Remchuk, senior nursing major. Remchuk spent her summer working as a hostess at a beach side seafood restaurant with four other TCU students.When students aren’t working, Kaleo facilitates training and learning time during the week including bible studies, book studies, church, late night worship and world prayer Emily Sutton, Junior ROTC nursing major, said.Sutton added, “there is also free time during the week to explore the area, paly on the beach and relax.”Work and scheduled activities aside, some days TCU students looked to adventures like white water rafting to make for a summer to remember. Photo Credit: Emily SuttonSutton said 53 TCU students attended Kaleo this past summer, almost doubling the number of students who went the year before.“You don’t have to be at any level of spiritual maturity, you don’t even have to know exactly what you believe,” senior entrepreneurial management major Eva Amble said. “All you have to do is be willing to take steps to grow and be open to learning new things.”Amble, like Brink, has gone for several summers now (three and counting) and believes “it is hands down the best thing that [she has] done in college.”Applications are now open for students interested in applying for next summer. In the meantime, students can join STUMO Late Night at 9:30 p.m. on Mondays at the University Baptist Church. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history + posts Transfer students reflect on their first semester at TCU Kelsey Emery Kelsey Emery is a Senior Journalism major from the San Francisco Bay Area, passionate about world relations and social justice issues. When she’s not in the news room, though, she enjoys hanging out on Magnolia and exploring the Fort Worth area. Kelsey Emeryhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kelsey-emery/ Frog pride remains strong in Palm City Beach, Florida where Kaleo is held each summer. Photo Credit: Emily Sutton. Students gather for free food, conversation at annual Fall Faith Festival Kelsey Emeryhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kelsey-emery/ Twitter Kelsey Emeryhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kelsey-emery/ Patch Hat Co.: ‘Just two dudes sewing some hats’ Frog Aides helps supports local businesses with on-campus ‘state fair’ event Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Linkedin Melt ice cream shop embraces Halloween with magical flavors Linkedin Facebook Kelsey Emeryhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kelsey-emery/ ReddIt Twitter Previous articleTCU offers allergy-free dining optionsNext articleLeaders for Life gets biggest class of first year students yet Kelsey Emery RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Intimidation of an opposition journalist

first_img Reporters Without Borders today protested against a campaign of intimidation targeted at journalist Silvia Vranceanu of the opposition newspaper Evenimentul Zilei.”It is intolerable that an opposition journalist is personally targeted because of what her newspaper publishes, especially when her private life is affected”, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Prime Minister Adrian Nastase. “We ask you to rein in the political figures in the Social Democratic Party who have been responsible for this intimidation”, the letter added.Vranceanu, 26, who is her newspaper’s correspondent in Focsani (200 km east of the capital), has been the target of intimidation since the newspaper ran articles raising questions about the ruling Social-Democratic Party’s regional leaders, including the head of the county government, Marius Oprisan. At the start of August, the OTV private television station broadcast a 50-minute recording showing the journalist dancing naked at a private party eight years ago. Oprisan had warned her of this before it was broadcast. She says she has also received anonymous threats. News Organisation August 9, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Intimidation of an opposition journalist RomaniaEurope – Central Asia RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive RomaniaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Romania News Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union RSF_en News Help by sharing this information Romania: In an open letter, RSF and ActiveWatch denounce judicial pressures on investigative journalists following a complaint from a Bucharest district mayor News December 2, 2020 Find out more May 26, 2021 Find out more November 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Mc Monagle wants LTC to prepare for future cold snaps

first_img Pinterest Facebook Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Mc Monagle wants LTC to prepare for future cold snaps RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Newsx Adverts Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Previous articleSearch continues for missing Letterkenny womanNext articleSearch resumes for missing Letterkenny woman News Highland LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Pinterest Google+ NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp A Letterkenny councillor is urging officials to investigate how the Town Council can take steps to ensure that footpaths are cleared during cold snaps in the future.Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle says it’s clear that the severe weather over the past two weeks will be a regular feature during future winters, and now is the time for Letterkenny Town Council to investigate what equipment it can buy to ensure that footpaths are clear.Cllr Mc Monagle says it does not have to be an expensive venture………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/gmcmon10.mp3[/podcast] By News Highland – December 13, 2010 last_img read more

‘One of a kind’ Brantley turns 100

first_img Steele said she expects a big crowd for Brantley’s 100th birthday celebration.“There was a big crowd for his 90th and I expect there’ll be an even bigger crowd for this one,” she said and added that if folks want to stick around a while, they’ll probably hear some vinage Jerold Brantley stories.”Everyone is invited to come share this milestone birthday with Brantley and his family. Just don’t make a fuss over him. Latest Stories Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Content ‘One of a kind’ Brantley turns 100 Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen You Might Like Matthews proud to be among trainer finalists C.C. Matthews, owner and trainer at Trinity Fitness in Troy, may not be chosen the next trainer on “The Biggest… read morecenter_img Jerold Brantley doesn’t like for folks to make over him. So don’t.Just come to his 100th birthday celebation from 2 until 4 p.m. today at Banks Baptist Church and pretend it’s like any other warm, early June day.The birthday celebration is being hosted by Brantley’s family in love and appreciation for all that he has meant to them over the years. Brantley was born and raised in Pike County. He was a hard-working farmer and had a pig parlor that had no equal.He has an amazing mind that is filled with history, science and politics. He readily shares his knowledge and his opinions, wanted or not, and always has a story to tell.Brantley is one of the true “characters” of our times. By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Wilda Steele, Banks town councilmember, has known Brantley all her life – then, “who hasn’t?”“Jerold is one of a kind,” she said. “There’s not another one like him and won’t ever be. He’s a real character.”Steele is “one generation down from Brantley” and remembers him as being very generous to “youngsters.”“He owned a store in town and, as children, we’d go over there and he would give us a Co-cola and that was real special to us” she said. “He still drives and comes to the store now if he can slip away from his wife.” Published 9:12 pm Friday, June 3, 2011 Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Eye structure and foraging in King Penguins Aptenodytes patagonicus

first_imgAnterior eye structure and retinal visual fields were determined in King Penguins Aptenodytes patagonicus using keratometry and an ophthalmoscopic reflex technique. The cornea is relatively flat (radius 32.9 mm) and hence of low refractive power (10.2 dioptres in air) and this may be correlated with the amphibious nature of penguin vision. The large size of the eye and of the fully dilated pupil may be correlated with activity at low light levels. In air, the binocular field is long (vertical extent 180d̀) and narrow (maximum width 29d̀), with the bill placed approximately centrally—a topography found in a range of bird species which employ visual guidance of bill position when foraging. Upon immersion in water, the optical power of the cornea is abolished, with the effect that the monocular fields decrease and binocularity is lost. King Penguins have a pupil type which has not hitherto been recorded in birds. In daylight it contracts to a square-shaped pinhole but dilates to a large circular aperture in darkness. This change alters retinal illumination by 300-fold (2.5 log10 units). When diving, this permits the retina to be pre-adapted to the low ambient light levels that the birds encounter upon reaching mesopelagic depths. These penguins also forage at depths where ambient light levels, even during the day, can fall below the equivalent of terrestrial starlight. Under these conditions, the birds must rely upon the detection of light from the photophores of their prey. In this they are aided by their absolutely large pupil size and broad cyclopean visual field.last_img read more

Director of Finance

first_imgThe primary purpose of the position is to oversee all financialactivities, reporting on revenue, supervising and training theaccounting staff, budgeting, managing risk, implementingguidelines, improving processes and providing sound financialmangement. This position will manage the cash flow for theoperations to ensure efficiency and profitability. It will beresponsible for creating weekly, monthly and yearly financialreports. Also, the position will review budgets and establishlong-term plans as well as goals for the department financially.The will manage contracts for optimum efficiency. Analyze data andprovide trend analysis for sound decision making. This position iskey to effectively managing the financial stewardship of theservices provided for Campus Enterprises.last_img read more

Finsbury to invest to meet demand for ‘artisan’ bread

first_imgFinsbury Food Group is to invest further to meet demand for artisan-style bread – and said it was committed to growing its business through further acquisitions.The comments came as Finsbury announced its results for the year to 30 June 2018 and, as stated in a trading update in July, reported like-for-like revenue up 2.4% to £290.2m.Finsbury said it had delivered a resilient performance in an “unprecedented” inflationary environment, and in the face of customer consolidation, with adjusted EBITDA up 2.7% to £25.6m.The business had made capital investments of £12.6m in the year, taking total investment to £37.3m over the past three years. It has rolled out a new IT platform to three of its six manufacturing sites, with the remaining three sites due in the first half of the new financial year.“Inflationary costs, larger customers and competitive markets all present a margin challenge to manufacturers across the market,” said chief executive John Duffy. “But strong, innovative, well-invested manufacturers of scale are an essential ingredient in helping our consolidating customers achieve their own strategies.”He added that the “shock” butter price increase at the end of last year, following inflation in labour, other commodities and energy, had been offset by efficiency improvements, reformulation, cost recovery and the closure of London bakery Grain D’Or.“With the losses caused by the butter increase, we had to change our commercial plans. This precipitated the difficult decision to close the business in the first half,” added Duffy. “All in all, it was a necessary step back to take stronger steps forward.”Annual sales including the loss-making Grain D’Or factory were down 3.4% to £303.6m.Investments by the business over the year have included a newly installed £8m sharing cake line in its Cardiff bakery, and product launches including free-from bakery brand Wiso in Europe through Lightbody Europe, and the Mary Berry licensed range in the UK.“Our Mary Berry cake brand has been hugely successful, with a significant level of sales for the group, illustrating the potential of a licence with good consumer recognition and emotional engagement, plus of course, some very good products,” said Duffy.Sales of Finsbury’s artisan-style bread had doubled after the business invested in the category in 2016, he added.“The line is a stone-based automated oven that had capacity of about £5m – it’s already full. The opportunity and demand for it is such that the need for further capacity has been recognised so we will be investing to meet that,” Finsbury Food Group finance director Steve Boyd told British Baker.Breads produced on the line include bloomers, tiger bread and sourdough-based loaves.“We didn’t expect it would grow as quickly as it did, but it was full within a year. That was primarily off the back of business with not only Waitrose but The Co-op and Sainsbury’s.”Earlier this month, Finsbury announced the acquisition of gluten-free business Ultrapharm, which has manufacturing facilities in Pontypool in the UK and Zywiec in Poland. Duffy said the business remained committed to future acquisition-led growth.“With further acquisitions we can introduce new product, customer or channel diversification, or accelerate market consolidation in our main product areas,” he added. “This year, we continued to explore several acquisition opportunities without finding the right balance of risk and reward, but were delighted to have completed the acquisition of Ultrapharm, giving the group a significant opportunity to access an exciting and high-growth marketplace.”Foodservice will be a focus of this diversification, said Boyd who noted 5.7% growth in Finsbury’s foodservice division at a time when many would expect it to be in decline as a result of high street restaurant closures.“Six or seven years ago we were all grocery,” added Boyd. “Twenty-two percent of our business is now foodservice and that is a good place to grow these other acquisitions.”last_img read more

Microbial manufacturing

first_img Researchers come to Harvard to share findings, launch center for early detection Study identifies bacterial gene responsible for producing enzyme that consumes cardiac drug For decades, scientists and doctors have known that bacteria in soil were capable of manufacturing streptozotocin, an antibiotic compound that is also an important treatment for certain types of pancreatic cancer.What was less clear was exactly how they managed to do it.Led by Emily Balskus, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, a team of researchers has untangled that process, showing for the first time that the compound is produced through an enzymatic pathway and revealing the novel chemistry that drives the process. The study is described in a Feb. 7 paper published in Nature.What makes streptozotocin such an effective anti-cancer agent is a chemical structure known as a nitrosamine — what Balskus called the molecule’s “warhead.” Known to be highly reactive, nitrosamines have been shown to be toxic in a host of compounds, and are most commonly known outside of cancer treatment as carcinogens found in everything from tobacco to cured meats.“This chemical motif has a great deal of biological relevance, and has been investigated thoroughly,” Balskus said. “Until our work, the view of how this chemical motif was generated in biological systems involved non-enzymatic chemistry — it was just something that occurred under the right conditions.”Balskus and her colleagues, however, suspected the story may be more complex, and set out to explore whether bacteria evolved a natural pathway to produce nitrosamine compounds.“That’s what we found in this paper,” she explained. “We discovered the biosynthetic genes and the biosynthetic enzyme the bacteria use to build streptozotocin. And what that revealed was a big surprise in terms of how this functional group gets made. Because it turns out it’s made by an enzyme in a very different way than all other known routes to make nitrosamine. The reaction has very limited, if any, precedent in biological or synthetic chemistry.”What Balskus and her colleagues found was an iron-dependent enzyme with two domains, each of which catalyzed different steps in the process.“Both of these domains had been associated with other chemistry in enzymes,” Balskus said, “but in the context of this protein, both are doing things that are really new. So overall, from a purely chemistry perspective, it’s a very exciting enzyme.”It’s equally exciting from a biological perspective, she added, because it shows for the first time that biology evolved a specific pathway for manufacturing nitrosamines.“And when we search bacterial genomes for enzymes that look like this one, we see a lot of them, including some in gene clusters in human pathogens and in organisms that live in symbiosis with plants,” she said. “So it seems that we have underappreciated how nature might be using compounds like this.“The discovery that there are dedicated enzymes for making this type of functional group and the fact that it may be made by so many types of microbes suggest an important role for its biology.”Going forward, Balskus said, she is working with collaborators to understand how the enzyme works at the molecular level and to parse the intermediate steps in the production of nitrosamine.She also hopes to investigate whether and how other bacteria, particularly human pathogens, rely on similar enzymes to produce compounds that are potentially toxic.“The question we want to answer is whether this new type of enzyme is allowing human pathogens to do something that is damaging the host,” she said. “Now that we’ve found these gene clusters, we can start to ask what these other N-nitrosamine-containing compounds might be doing.”This research was supported with funding from the National Institutes of Health, a Cottrell Scholar Award, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the Searle Scholars Program, Harvard University, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Research reveals threat to key nutrient Microbial menacecenter_img Enzyme interference A gathering to battle cancer Relatedlast_img read more