The 2001 Victim Compensation Find is running out of money again. 18 years later Congress has still not found a long term solution to help 9/11 first responders suffering from health issues resulting from the toxic conditions at ground zero.
It took first responders all of 5 seconds to officially start helping. Why is it taking almost 20 years to help these heroes with the same no-nonsense attitude?
When an international TV star, and a guy who has presented many times to the US Congress nearly breaks down, twice, then you know that this is serious. Watch the whole thing. It's not that long and he's really good.
The subject matter is such a classic and yet also controversial figure that this film will really need to walk on a tightrope to get the audience behind it.
Whats not to love? Freddie Mercury's life story. A great man, a great singer and a great band. But that is just it, he means so much to so many people that just portraying him will cause many die-hard fans to have a conniption!
I've been caving, a lifetime ago, when all the equipment we had
was a helmet and a flashlight and a sense of adventure.
I remember wriggling and squeezing
through small crevices to get through passages, where the walls seemed
to be closing in on us and even points where the adults amongst us were told to turn back as the going ahead was only suitable for smaller people.
There are some caves that have their own ecosystem, including vegetation, streams and even unique insects that look exceptionally adapted to their dark, moist environments.
Today's astonishing news, that the Thai cave rescue has proven, so far only partially, succesful really surprised me. That 13 people could walk 4km into a cave complex and survive for 10 days with no food, just amazed me.
This map is from CNN's explanation of the partial resuce, and whilst I dislike their sensationalising in their normal coverage, they do present most of the facts as we kinow them, in this case.
The missing boys, with their coach, are seen here in a photo taken from the coach's Facebook page
Who are the crazy people who went to rescue these kids? The Thai Navy SEALs were created in the 1950's as the wars on the Asian continent were beginning to blossom. Unlike US Navy SEALS or the British equivalent, the SBS, the Thai Neavy SEALs are not secretive about their personnel or their operations.
“We’ve been waiting for this exact moment to begin the evacuation, when we’re all prepared and the survivors’ safety can be 100 per cent guaranteed,” Narongsak told reporters at the Phong Pha sub-district administration office, where the media had relocated after the Tham Luang cave area was cordoned off by authorities on Thursday night. Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thailand-cave-rescue-as-operation-tham-luang-10509950
Great music, all of it, and that's coming from a chap who regularly listens to Dolly, Johnny and Elvis!
We all listen to music in my office, headphones help the concentration, so I was surprised when I looked up during a Mumford and Sons video on YouTube to see some very famous comedians playing the music;