Tragedy Strikes San Bernardino

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As a long-time talk show host and commentator, the act of finding words to describe a situation or express an opinion is nearly involuntary.  There are times, however, when it is difficult to find words or express opinions in a way that has meaning.  Such a situation has never been more true than in the hours following Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino that left 14 people dead and 21 injured—by far the most important aspect of the story.  The speechlessness of the situation has little to do with emotion, though certainly sadness and disgust at such an act are present, nor does the initial silence have much to do with shock—as this type of event is, unfortunately, no longer a shocking occurrence.

Following the response by the various major media outlets in the immediate aftermath of the shootings, it was exceptionally apparent that reactionary reporting, poor speculation during a fluid story and irresponsible journalism were going to rule the day.  If that doesn’t leave someone speechless or barely able to hold back their lunch then what would?   Those of us that tuned in to CNN, Fox, MSNBC or other local news sources were treated to the postulating pundits throwing around ideas that the tragedy could have been connected to anything from a “right wing militia”, a disgruntled workplace retaliatory incident to terrorism or any other theory that could have been thrown against the green screen.  All the while, 14 people are dead, 21 are injured and whether or not the actions by the two shooters involved were Jihad-style terrorism or not seems ultimately irrelevant to the victims and their families.

Equally troubling to the media and their rush to make a case for terrorism was the fact that it took all of an hour or two for politicians to do what they do best… politicize every tragedy.  Conservatives blaming liberals, and liberals blaming conservatives began the typical political ping-pong battle before the bodies of the victims had even been removed from the county services center in San Bernardino.  Democratic Presidential hopeful, and current front-runner in the polls, Hillary Clinton tweeted out “I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now.” Let the pandering begin!  This tweet went out less than two hours after the shootings took place.  What’s more despicable is the fact that the first thought of a presidential candidate isn’t with the victims and their families or even denounce the perpetrators but to spew a talking about about gun violence… truly another black-eye to politics.

Now, perhaps, it’s a bit more clear why the words weren’t coming so quickly:  Everyone else was using up all the air.

As for the shooters, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik (the ones that actually caused the tragedy and not the weapons they wielded), they were ultimately killed by police but left behind a lot of questions that the feds will need to sift through in the coming days.  Investigators combing through their apartment described it as an “IED factory” with numerous explosive devices at the ready and materials in place to create more.  Farook and Malik do not appear as of this writing to be directly affiliated with any major terrorist groups, but had recently spent a month in Saudi Arabia.  Witnesses/neighbors of the couple noted that there was a parade of ‘middle eastern looking’ individuals that would come and go from the residence at all hours of the day, however none of those living close by ever alerted authorities of the obviously suspicious activity for fear of being accused of profiling.

This latest tragedy only further exposes the real issues that face society here in the United States.  Political infighting, an inept government more focused on the symptoms (guns) than the causes (mental health or radical religious ideology) of such horrific acts of brutality and violence and our own citizens becoming increasingly polarized all point to one, disturbing conclusion… this will happen again and the cycle will repeat.  Eventually, even more people will tune out politics and government as they believe their voices are irrelevant and that’s when the real vulnerabilities become present.

Sooner or later reasonable discourse has to take hold… we hope.

Russia Building Moon Base

 

Russia’s space agency is planning to build a manned moon base—launching modules into space on six separate rockets.

Russia plans to launch a lunar probe in 2024 which will scout possible locations, before landing a man on the moon in 2030.  Construction of the Luna 25 lander has already begun, the official state news agency Tass has reported.

Once the components are in place, assembly of the moon base will continue over ten years.

Moscow has previously said that it envisages the base being permanent.  Last year, deputy premier Dmitry Rogozin said: ‘We are coming to the moon forever.’ In an article in the government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta he wrote, ‘’The moon is not an intermediate point in the race. Ot is a separate, even a self-contained goal.

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