At U.N., Haley says U.S. is ‘prepared to do more’ in Syria

“It could be that Russia is knowingly allowing chemical weapons to remain in Syria. It could be that Russia has been incompetent in its efforts to remove the chemical weapons,” Haley said, echoing similar comments made by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Thursday. “Or it could be that the Assad regime is playing the Russians for fools. Telling them that there are no chemical weapons, all the while stockpiling them on their bases.”

It seems to me that these are the kinds of questions Trump’s State Department should have been asking, and getting answers for, before a strike than after. If these are important questions, if they had actually asked them, why couldn’t they have waited for an answer, and would they have still bombed if these question had been answered?

Obviously, while they are asking these question, which may determine the appropriate US response, more people may have been gassed, but it might also mean there would have been a possibility that Russia would take action against Assad after realizing they have been fooled or Russia’s personnel are incompetent.

Of course if Assad’s story is correct, i.e. the sarin gas was produced by the insurgents and released when Assad bombed, there most likely would have been no more people dying from a sarin gas leak, unless there were many manufacturing areas that had remained hidden from the Russians and everyone else.

But asking these question and receiving answers to them is now pretty much a waste of time. The world now knows that the US will be willing to commit thousands of troops and trillions of dollars, without any answers to these, or perhaps any, questions.

But thanks U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley. Your questions may be  a dollar short (59 million) and a day late, but they should count for something, as Trump, although not very presidential, has shown he is a man of action, which is something.

Source: At U.N., Haley says U.S. is ‘prepared to do more’ in Syria

10 feet and Rising

The “Cheap Trick” in something, such as an old 1959 27′ aluminum Boles Aero (Boles Afro to you who are not so Observant #OODA) travel-trailor surviving a fall of 10 feet is increasing the time of the impluse in the gap between the start and end of the event.

The resieliance of something falling 10 feet represents a distribution of energy that lasts 10 feet in the greatest amount of time possible.

Something very strong doesn’t need to prolong the time of the 10 foot fall to any great degree.

But something weak, such as the skin of a old travel trailor, needs to prolong the time of the fall as long as possible.

The aluminum is going to streatch, but how far needs to be answered, because how far horizontal needs to be address at the same time “how far” vertical.

The fall of 10 feet is under the command and control of those forces perpendicular to each other. These forces represent the structure of the trailor, both before and after the fall.

In other words, it is a zero sum equation, or as Thomas PM Barnett would say, a non-zero sum equation.

Tempo Slower Yet

I may have to go to my doctor assistant for help with my spinal fracture (L. L3 transverse process fracture). I am not having much pain, but the pain that is there moved up my spine to almost my shoulders.

I was able, with the use of an ice pack, move the pain back down, but to me this is an indication that my spine is re-aligning itself, because of my injury.

Perhaps the back brace (called TSLO) (which a doctor needs to prescribe)  or “abdominal binder” could not only, “reduce pain”, because my pain is not too great (remarkably so considering the fractured rib), but might also keep me in good posture.

I worry about ending up with a misshapen spine. I really don’t know when I am not in good posture until my back starts hurting somewhere else.

So far I have taken, Percocet 5 mg/325mg (they say 312 on the tablet) every 4 hours as needed for pain. This lasted a couple of days (9 pills).

On the third day I could hardly keep my eyes open, but I attributed that to withdrawal from Percocet.

I forgot the doctor told me to take ibuprofen for anti inflammation and my back started to spasm. I took flexeril 10 mg orally every 8 hours as needed, and I needed them for a couple of days (6 pills).

while the smallest dose of ibuprofen is recommend, it didn’t seem to help me any. I started taking 3 pills, once a day, sometime around noon, seemed to work best.

Stopped taking flexeril after a couple of days, because my spasms stopped. Stopped ibuprofen a few days after that. The doctor told me that spasms happen when blood enters muscle tissues, so I figured I didn’t need the spasm medicine (flexeril) nor the anti-inflammation medicine, as long as it wasn’t bleeding into muscle tissue. Ice packs seem to work best.

The prescribed ice packs called for 20 minutes every 2-4 hours. It felt the best for me to keep one there all day. I was able to just throw a bag of ice on my back without any towels, and it never got too cold. I was kind of inventive in keeping the ice on my back, and will be in style, if the tie-your-tee-shirt-in-a-knot in the front, with the fat from your sides sticking-out, comes around. After looking around town, this does seem to be the case. 🙂

I am still so glad that it doesn’t feel like any other pain has shown up, so now I just need to get my muscles back into shape.

I just got my $5,000.00 plus bill from MCMC, so perhaps “glad” is overstated. 🙂

My doctor at emergency told me the news that I had fractured my spine and a rib (which wasn’t really news to me), but told me the CT scan didn’t find any injured organs, which is why she wanted me to take a CT scan in the first place.

Now I did the math a few years ago and knew bones can break after falling from a second-step. I fell horizontally from the second-step of the stool onto my back on the top step of the stairs, with my legs falling over the steps below (I know it was stupid to let myself get in that position in the first place). It seemed likely, to me at least, that something broke.

Shouldn’t I be getting a few dollars back for the good news that she couldn’t tell me without a CT scan? 🙂