Torture’s Lubricant

Art by Rob Goldstein
Torture’s Lubricant

 

 “…music torture operates by stripping a prisoner of a safe, “interior space.” It invades with the sounds and cultural expressions of one’s captor and leaves prisoners with nowhere to hide to “escape the pain.”

Pakistani-Englishman Moazzam Begg, arrested by the CIA in Pakistan in 2002, wrote one of the most comprehensive memoirs describing the tortures he witnessed in the U.S. military prison system. During his stay at Bagram, Afghanistan, he suffered the Bee Gees.

“It was terrible, there was no light at all, it was so tight, so hot, sitting in there. You can’t see or do anything, nothing to see, nobody to talk to, nothing to do but bang the walls. And then to have the music blasting … I met several people who’d been in there … [who were] ready to tell the Americans anything they wanted, whether it was true or not.” 11 Popular Songs the CIA Used to Torture Prisoners in the War on Terror

“Saturday Night Fever” by the Bee Gees
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Weird, isn’t it…?

 

 

While US ponders bathrooms, we are missing a larger picture

“Debating where folks go to the bathroom and discriminating against people is not where we should be spending our time. This is small minded and unconstitutional. It also hamstrings financial growth and innovation.”

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David Smick, the author of “The World is Curved” and former economic advisor to Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp and Bill Clinton, notes that “innovation is portable.” His attention getting comment is if we don’t grease the skids like we have in the past, innovation will occur elsewhere. And, where innovation occurs, the initial manufacturing will be there as well.

On this D-Day anniversary, an interesting article appears which should make our leaders stand up and take notice around this concept of innovation. In essence, this article called “7 Reasons why European Cities are going to beat US Cities as Hubs for Innovation,” says America needs to not forget what made us great and start improving what we do in cities to attract, retain and reward innovators.

To be frank, we also need to stop spending our time debating issues that matter little in day-to-day matters and start focusing on major initiatives…

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Hillary Clinton’s Take Down of Donald Trump

You don’t have to love Hillary Clinton to appreciate the clarity
of her argument or the power of this video.

I found this video on Facebook.

Yes, I’m voting for Bernie on Tuesday.

But if Hillary is the nominee, this video makes it easier
for me to accept her as my President.