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◆ Trump speech on Afghanistan
A full analysis in a separate ZipDialog post (link here)
◆ US Navy’s deadline collision at sea leads to temporary pause of naval ops in Pacific
Senior commanders have ordered a general reevaluation of “basic blocking and tackling” for these ships’ commanders
Comment: What the hell is going on? This has been happening far too frequently. Even if these collisions are purely accidental (we don’t know that yet about the latest one), the Islamists and other enemies will be watching and learning.
I’m sure more heads will roll for this.
◆ Univ. of Missouri is paying a very heavy price for gutlessly caving to radical racial demands a couple of years ago.
As classes begin this week, freshmen enrollment is down 35% since the protests, according to the latest numbers the university has publicly released. Mizzou is beginning the year with the smallest incoming class since 1999. Overall enrollment is down by more than 2,000 students, to 33,200. The campus has taken seven dormitories out of service.
The plummeting support has also cost jobs. In May, Mizzou announced it would lay off as many as 100 people and eliminate 300 more positions through retirement and attrition. Last year the university reduced its library staff and cut 50 cleaning and maintenance jobs.
Mizzou’s 2016 football season drew almost 13,000 fewer attendees than in 2015, local media reported. During basketball games, one-third of the seats in the Mizzou Arena sat empty. –Wall Street Journal
Comment: Punishments can be thought of as “extrinsic” (if you don’t eat your veggies, you cannot have dessert) or “intrinsic” (if you don’t eat fruits, you will get scurvy as an inevitable consequence). What’s happening at Missouri are the intrinsic consequences of parents, prospective students, and alumni looking at the University’s actions and saying, we don’t approve, and we are so turned off we won’t associate with you.
The news is just breaking. The Treasury’s own announcement is here. It focuses on companies aiding in Pyongyang’s weapons of mass destruction programs, as well as buying coal from the regime, a major source of its foreign-currency earnings.
Comment: Expect to see more and more of these sanctions.
You need to be plugged in enough to find us the right venues, connected to the right people at the right hotels and basically able to leverage the very best of what Brooklyn and San Francisco have to offer. –Fred Bateman, in NY Post
No one could handle such heavy lifting alone, of course. There’s a 10-person vibe team.
Comment: Actually, the job is “vibe and switch.” They do some party planning, yes, but they also do lots of administrative trivia for the company.
Hat Tip to
◆ Tom Elia for good vibrations