Random Musings from Alaska
US Military Careers Reasons to re-inlist
By Rod Powers
Yesterday sucked, today sucked, tomorrow is going to suck, and this seems to be a pretty solid forecast for the rest of my enlistment.
Spending 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year training for something that there is a 99.9% chance that we will never do.
WWWDWOA? (what would we do without acronyms?)
Taking simple daily tasks and breaking them down into nuclear physics before doing them.
If I got out, I would surely miss the idea of waking up every morning for a “meeting”.
Getting to eat meat that comes in boxes labeled ” not fit for human consumption” and “for institutional use only.”
Waking up every morning and going to “staff meeting” where a piece of paper is read to me even though it is posted on the wall and on the offices internet, both of which I have access to. I guess I can’t read.
Going to medical complaining of severe heart and chest pain and being told to come back during “sick-call” the next day.
I love the fact that my opinion has about as much influence as my sister’s pet iguana’s.
You do not have to respect the person, you have to respect what they wear on their collar or sleeve.
I love the fact that the military wonders why we have so many people around the world that hate our country. I am sure that us being bullies and telling the world what they can and cannot do, then ignoring those rules ourselves has nothing to do with it.
When you get out you will only be 38-40. You still have your entire life ahead of you. Yeah, okay, I want my life to start at 38.
Is that local time or Zulu?
Why did our parents even bother giving us first names?
IN what other job can you do things NOT the RIGHT WAY, but the “MILITARY WAY”?
Who really wants to have any control over their life anyway?
Because only during magic shows and military working hours are the rules of logic suspended.
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On This Day
1768 – James Otis, Jr. offends the King and Parliament in a speech to the Massachusetts General Court.
James Otis Jr. (February 5, 1725 – May 23, 1783) was a lawyer in colonial Massachusetts, a member of the Massachusetts provincial assembly, and an early advocate of the Patriot views against British policy that led to the American Revolution. His catchphrase “Taxation without representation is tyranny” became the basic Patriot position.
Born On This Day
1781 – Siméon Denis Poisson, French mathematician and physicist (d. 1840)
Baron Siméon Denis Poisson FRS FRSE (French: [si.me.ɔ̃ də.ni pwa.sɔ̃]; 21 June 1781 – 25 April 1840) was a French mathematician, engineer, and physicist, who made several scientific advances.
Within the elite Académie des Sciences he was a leading opponent of the wave theory of light, eventually being proven wrong by Augustin-Jean Fresnel.
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Is he still her neighbor?
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Sad. I hope the children can stay together.
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We built on a flood plain, in an avalanche chute, where there is little or no fire service…call the waaaaaambulance & give us $$$$~
Land, time run out for Matanuska River buyouts
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Wrongful Death: A Novel (David Sloane Book 2)
by Robert Dugoni (Author)
New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni tackles hot-button issues in this riveting legal thriller featuring attorney David Sloane. When a widow asks Sloane to take her case against the military, Sloane knows it’s a lost cause but can’t turn her down, even if it puts his own life–and the lives of his family–in dire jeopardy.
Just minutes after winning a $1.6 million wrongful-death verdict, attorney David Sloane confronts the one case that threatens to blemish his unbeaten record in the courtroom. Beverly Ford wants Sloane to sue the United States government and military in the mysterious death of her husband, James, a national guardsman killed in Iraq. While a decades-old military doctrine might make Ford’s case impossible to win, Sloane, a former soldier himself, is compelled to find justice for the widow and her four children in what is certain to become the biggest challenge of his career.
(The Jake Lassiter Series)
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Jake Lassiter has a dangerous conflict of interest. He’s sleeping with Nicky Florio’s wife…and defending the mob-connected millionaire in court. Florio has hatched a scheme deep in the Florida Everglades that oozes corruption, blood, and money. One false move, and Jake will be gator bait.
Bitter Bones (An Ollie Stratford Cozy Mystery Book 3)
by N.C. Lewis (Author)
Ollie has finally settled into life in Medlin Creek, Texas. However, it’s no vacation, at least financially. She must balance teaching at the community college, opening the disused oil well on her property, and kick-starting her event center business.
When the bones of beloved local, Garrick Markovich, turn up buried by the oil well, Ollie’s dreams of financial stability are put in danger. Now, Ollie must uncover the secrets of tight-lipped locals to find the killer and obtain justice for Garrick.
On This Day
The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. (WMF, or simply Wikimedia) is an American non-profit and charitable organization headquartered in San Francisco, California. It is mostly known for participating in the Wikimedia movement. It owns the internet domain names of most movement projects and hosts sites like Wikipedia. The foundation was founded in 2003 by Jimmy Wales as a way to fund Wikipedia and its sister projects through non-profit means.
As of 2015, the foundation employs over 280 people, with annual revenues in excess of US$75 million. Christophe Henner is chair of the board. Katherine Maher is the executive director since March 2016.
Born On This Day
1899 – Jean Moulin, French soldier and engineer (d. 1943)
Jean Moulin (20 June 1899 – 8 July 1943) was a high-profile member of the Resistance in France during World War II. He is remembered today as an important symbol of the Resistance, owing mainly to his role in unifying the French resistance under Charles de Gaulle and his death while in Gestapo custody.
If one is wealthy and famous how much help will it be for their survivors (family or business) to donate money to suicide prevention programs? Where should these funds go and how should they be disbursed/earmarked? These funds are to the programs, not management.
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Brown bear attack at end of Hiland Road in Eagle River; please avoid the area
At 10:28 AM on June 20, 2018, Police Dispatch were notified that one of the people searching for missing person Michael Soltis had been attacked by a brown bear near the area at the dead end of Hiland Road in Eagle River.
The victim is being transported to a hospital with serious injuries to his leg; he is expected to survive.
The bear’s location is unknown at this time. Police are asking people to avoid the area and for the searchers to leave the area as well.
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