NATO: Der Flughafen in Kabul wird vom Militär der USA und anderer NATO-Staaten kontrolliert.

From our German reporter:


Der Generalsekretär des Bündnisses stellte fest, dass derzeit in Kabul

NATO: Der Flughafen in Kabul wird vom Militär der USA und anderer NATO-Staaten kontrolliert.

Nato-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg sagte, die Bedrohung durch einen Terroranschlag auf den Flughafen Kabul wachse von Tag zu Tag, es handele sich um eine reale, nicht um eine theoretische Gefahr.Dies erklärte er in einem Interview mit der Financial Times.

„Einerseits möchten wir so viel Zeit wie möglich haben, damit möglichst viele Menschen gehen.”Aber wenn wir über den 31. August hinaus bleiben, insbesondere wenn die Taliban uns nicht zumindest stillschweigend zustimmen, wird die Gefahr von Angriffen zunehmen.”

Der Generalsekretär des Bündnisses stellte fest, dass derzeit in Kabul eine der größten Evakuierungsaktionen der Geschichte im Gange ist. Ihm zufolge wird die NATO nach dem Ende des militärischen Prozesses ihre Evakuierungsbemühungen mit kommerziellen Flügen fortsetzen und die Taliban auffordern, Landwege zu öffnen. 

Stoltenberg fügte hinzu, der schwierigste Teil sei die Evakuierung der Menschen zum Flughafen während der Evakuierung, da die Umgebung…

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Forget Finding Your Voice, Find Your Subject

In my enforced silence I glimpsed this and feel a tidal wave coming.

MC Easton

All this hand-wringing over writers finding their voice. Find your voice, writing instructors told me. Here’s how to find your voice, craft talks assured me. Once you find your voice, it will unlock everything, writing books promised.

I’m starting to question, though, that voice is the big deal everyone seems to think it is. I’m starting to think that voice springs not from some intentional quest for it but from an artist being truthful, to themselves and to their subject. If you care about something deeply—not because you should, and not because you look good online posting about it but because it vibrates in your bones—I don’t think you can help it: voice finds you. Because your voice is you. Your passion, your banality, your secret fears, all the worst and best parts of you.

So voice alone isn’t enough to make your writing interesting. What makes you interesting is…

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Insurance Industry Blame Games? Cluster . . .

I am not the only one…

Got Contractor Complaints


…State Farm ® failed & continues to refuse to restore my home and health to #PreLoss condition Date of loss 2/2/2019 🆘

#SOS#SAM #SavingAmericansMatters 🤔

State Farm ® blames Paul Davis USA Contractor Connection SERVPRO American Environmental Group & #insured hired clean up crews!  #Cahoots!

Paul Davis USA blames Contractor Connection , State Farm ® & SERVPRO & me

SERVPRO blames Paul Davis USA , State Farm ® & me The SERVPRO adjuster claims #ServPro doesn’t know how to do #roof #tarps so it must have been Paul Davis USA & because #insured is disabled she must be too stupid to know who did what 🤕

American Environmental Group wrote two environmental reports – first one for State Farm ® that was used to authorize build back. Second one supposedly supports fraud of first report. Even a 4th…

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Israeli forces fired into al-Aqsa mosque during Ramadan prayers. Israel is an aggressor and oppressor. Israel is wrong.

What is happening in Gaza is not a conflict between two opposing states. What is happening in Gaza are war crimes committed by Israel against a people who have been suffering under Israeli occupation for 73 years. Nakba continues.

Israel is looking a lot like Nazi Germany, like apartheid South Africa.

Israel is wrong.


Pearl S. Buck Style, Daina Ramey Berry and Context of the Cadaver Trade

I have been reading too many books simultaneously. I have become mesmerized by Pearl Buck’s writing style. It seems long , detailed, almost like a conversation. The style has drawn me in, as well as the historical context of 19th C China.

I began reading Buck to try an unpack some of my biases against China. I first read Imperial Woman, that dramatizes some elements of the life of the Emperor Dowager Cixi (Shu-she). Now I have settled on reading alone The Pavilion of Women, to be followed by Peony, a story about the Jews in China. I began reading the last two books simultaneously, but have become captivated by the mind of Madame Wu. I recommend reading any of the many Pearl S. Buck books. I used to take for granted that everyone knew of The Good Earth, but no longer. If you are completely unfamiliar with Buck, start with that book. I you have a passing interest in China, her fiction is verisimilar. There are several good documentaries, and films, about various elements of Chinese history on YouTube.

Completing The Price for Their Pound of Flesh by Daina Ramey Berry was difficult because of the conflicting nature of her study. For me, the story was jaw-dropping. Long interested in the study and practice of forensic pathological science, this study fleshed out the development of medical school organization and practice among, generally speaking, elite white men. That body snatching thing was real, but the victims in this country were the enslaved and poor. Don’t be one of the executed, incarcerated and executed, or unclaimed; battles could possible be wage over the right to your body. This early cadaver trade is the lead-in to our current underground trade in “red flesh” or body parts.

Black Resurrectionists procured, prepared, and presented cadavers, body parts, fetuses, infants, and severed limbs and heads to further anatomical study in the early institutions of medicine. Medical students, poor whites, and any other interested in making some money also participated in this work.


Two takes on whiteness

Notes on Colorism


Some decades ago on a daytime TV talk show – I’ll never find it – the African-American public intellectual, Cornel West, was seated next to some Ku Klux Klan members, and the host said something about the KKK representing white people. West gestured at the white supremacists next to him on the stage and replied, “These people don’t represent white people; they represent morons.” That encapsulated the norm in anti-racist discourse in the post-1960s trajectory (post-MLK/post-hippies). It was not black vs white but, as Dr. King called it, a “coalition of conscience” on one side and racists on the other, “for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny . . . that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom” (“I Have a Dream,” 1963).

How times have changed. Many in the…

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Consumer Alert! Protech Construction and Unauthorized Demolition

Protech Construction demolished my home without my authorization. The active engineering report commissioned by Safeco Insurance stated the condition of my property prior to Protech’s appearance on this site. This engineering report formed the basis upon which my original claim was settled for $48K. It states that the damage from the tree limb falling on my bedroom was confined to the bedroom. Protech Construction demolished undamaged property and replaced it with an unfinished structure, built without plans.

CSLB found Protech Construction abandoned the project, but Los Angeles County Public Works passed this structure through final inspection. It did take LACPW from 2017 to right now to inform me that a contractor can demolish a property on the strength of the license. No need to present approved plans, an authorization statement from the owner. No need to pay any attention to the equivalent of a pre-inspection report that is the engineering report referred to earlier. No need to provide any documentation superseding the engineering report.

Protech Construction signed itself as the owner of my property on the demolition receipts. Protech Construction stole my identity and used its license to destroy my home. Protech Construction also received more than $250K from Safeco Insurance for destroying my home and leaving me in worse condition than before filing my homeowner insurance claim on Earth Day 2016.

Homeowners, consumers of insurance products appear to have no one protecting our interests where white-collar crime is concerned. Fraud and embezzlement practices that have been used for some time involve a lot of stalling to get past the statute of limitations.

Consumers Beware of Protech Construction, LA County Public Works, Department of Insurance, Safeco/Liberty Mutual Insurance.