Always listen to the generals

Boots on the Ground
News Item: “Top U.S. generals have told President Obama that if the fight against ISIS is to succeed in Iraq, they will need U.S. boots on the ground. . . .”
And we will probably need to mine Haiphong Harbor, also.
But then everything will be OK.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Dog and Pony
Mike Wolstein, a Park Ridge, Ill., reader, regarding QT’s noting that, considering news reports of political tightropes and diplomatic juggling acts and budget merry-go-rounds, we must be having more fun than we thought, writes:
“I ‘m enjoying the dog-and-pony shows.”
Enjoy them while you can, as there is now a ticking time bomb riding the tiger toward a cliff.

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QT Early Warning System

San Andreas Fault
From a report this week by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America regarding the San Andreas Fault:
“. . . .Estimates of fraction locked, the ratio of moment accumulation rate to loading rate, on each section of the fault system provide a uniform means to inform source parameters relevant to seismic-hazard assessment. From its mean creep rates, we infer the main branch (the San Andreas Fault) ranges from only 20%±10% locked on its central creeping section to 99%–100% on the north coast. From mean accumulation rates, we infer that four urban faults appear to have accumulated enough seismic moment to produce major earthquakes: the northern Calaveras (M 6.8), Hayward (M 6.8), Rodgers Creek (M 7.1), and Green Valley (M 7.1). The latter three faults are nearing or past their mean recurrence interval.”
For those who wonder how geophysicists go about saying: “Uh-oh.”

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More from the eco-lefties. . . .

Climate Change
Al Gore warning again this week about climate change:
“We refer to climate change as a ‘threat multiplier’ because it has the potential to exacerbate many of  the challenges we are dealing with today–from infectious disease to terrorism. We are already beginning to see some of these impacts.”
Then again, what do you expect from your typical liberal–
No. Wait.
Those are the words of a new preparedness report from the Pentagon.
Sorry.

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