We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The most recent figures from the Department of Agriculture show that the number of Americans receiving SNAP benefits has declined by 3.6 million since Trump was elected president.
From January 2017, when Trump took office, to April 2018, the number of SNAP recipients declined by 3.1 million people.
There were indeed 10.7 million more SNAP recipients in January 2017, Obama’s last month in office, than in January 2009, his first month in office.
Trump incorrectly stated that the program experienced the largest decline in participation in decades under his watch, however.
You kiddiez are so silly.
Whining is not winning!
“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray's case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the "wet streets cause rain" stories. Paper's full of them.
In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.”
When the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, a 29-year-old naval engineer, was preparing to leave the city. He had been on a three-month-long business trip for his employer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Aug. 6, 1945, was supposed to be his last day in Hiroshima. He was walking to Mitsubishi’s shipyard one last time when he looked up and saw an American B-29 bomber soar over the sky and drop a small object. Yamaguchi remembers the sky erupting in a blaze of light. He barely had time to jump in a ditch before an “ear-splitting boom” rang out. History writes, “the shock wave that accompanied it sucked Yamaguchi from the ground, spun him in the air like a tornado and sent him hurtling into a nearby potato patch.” When he woke up, he was unsure what had happened. His face and forearms were badly burned and both eardrums were ruptured. He had been less than two miles from ground zero.
On Aug. 9, Yamaguchi reported for work at the Mitsubishi’s Nagasaki office. But around 11 a.m., when Yamaguchi was describing the atomic bomb to his boss, the blinding light came back. The atom bomb that hit Nagasaki was even more powerful than the one dropped on Hiroshima, but Yamaguchi emerged relatively unhurt. For the second time, he survived a nuclear explosion that landed within two miles of him. His wife and son survived as well; they hid in a tunnel because they were out looking for burn ointment for his wounds from Hiroshima.
Two of my uncles where on ships waiting to be part of the land invasion of Japan. The bombs made an impression on them and their families and the families of over a million other American GI's who would have died in an invasion. And the 20 million estimated deaths of Japanese who would have fought an invasion to the death. In those two bombs well in excess o 20 million lives were saved. Probably the single most humanitarian act of the 20th century.
Not to mention many POW's still held outside Japan. Read Sir Laurens van der Post's memoir "The Night of the New Moon" about the last days of WW II as he experienced it in a POW camp in Java. He and his fellow prisoners knew the war was going badly for the Japanese and, convinced they would all be slaughtered and their remains burned to conceal the activities of the camp, were smuggling bits of paper with names and contact information out to the locals in the hope their imprisonment and fate would not be forgotten. The dropping of the bombs, and the intervention of Emperor Hirohito saved their lives.