April 20, 2010
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CCC   April 20th, 2010 6:49 pm ET

(this was posted mistakenly under the April19th blog – sorry)

Dear Ms. Gorani,

I wanted to comment on your coverage of the story on the Mexican girl who was raped and pregnant at only 10 years of age.

I have to say that I was deeply disturbed by the clear signs of anger you showed for her not having had an abortion. My message to you is not about the abortion debate (whether is right or wrong – that's a personal choice), but about respecting other people's views. You have no idea whether this girl wants to have the child or is simply having it for moral reasons. Your views are exactly that, yours, not hers. Saying that the parents 'are forcing her to have the baby' is also very misleading. You dont know that for a fact, plus you are not taking into account that for most Mexicans – young and old – not having an abortion is the norm; so its not an easy decision for this girl and her family to make.

The fact is that having a baby, as well as having an abortion, when you are only 10 yrs old are both least-than-ideal options; but your assumption that abortion is the way to go for this girl shows disrespect for other people's believes or concerns. In addition, your assumption that abortion is the best option clearly disregards that abortion, just as pregnancy, carries many risks. Abortion is a surgical procedure and if poorly performed it can result in this girl's inability to have kids in the future.

Lastly, please dont assume that I am a conservative uneducated person and hence this explains this message. I have three degrees from Tufts University and Columbia University in the fields of engineering, Int. Relations, and Int. Security; and I speak three languages. I am also a 32 yr old young professional woman, certainly not the conservative type, who works in the field of conflict resolution and mediation. I believe strongly in respecting others, their decisions, and their circumstances; and I believe that the position you hold calls for a more neutral coverage of stories around the world and the people they represent.

Smith in Oregon   April 20th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

Are Three Ongoing Foreign Wars Too Many For America to Be Fully Engaged In? What about FOUR? Afghanistan,Iraq,Korea,Iran

The darkening situation in South Korea is increasingly making it very possible a large armed conflict across Korea is likely in the near future. North Korea's newspapers are now openly bragging about how 13 of its commando's sunk a South Korea warship using one of its stealth submarines.

South Korean's that have looked at the salvaged warship in which 32 South Korean sailors died under a mysterious explosion, have definitely found evidence a external explosion occurred which sank the warship.

Iran is undoubtedly watching the severe ramping up of tensions in Korea ever since a South Korea warship fired several salvo's at a North Korean warship killing several North Korean sailors in the same disputed waterway boundary. The North Korean newspaper states the North Korean leader visited the surviving sailors on that damaged warship and gave the green light to North Korean commando's to use one of their stealth submarines to deal with future incursions by South Korea which they apparently did.

The torpedo fired by the stealth submarine appears to have been deliberately designed to detonate deep BELOW the bottom hull of the warship, creating an enormous air pocket which cracks the vessel in half by it's own weight and inability to support itself in the middle.

Unlike punching a hole in the hull as a normal torpedo strike, the deep water detonation is much more devious and with the swift ocean currents in that Korean waterway, torpedo parts and explosive evidence would be swiftly swept away.

That nefarious technique and idea was dreamed up and put into action by Nazi German scientists who created a deep sea mine which sank a great many British warships and merchant ships by creating a huge air pocket directly beneath the middle of the ships until one of the mines was discovered in shallow water and dissected to learn how it operated.

Both North Korea and Iran appear to be joined at the hip in their fanning the flames of hatred and arming themselves for war. I wouldn't be surprised if a larger conflict across Korea breaks out that Iran also places their plans of regional aggression into action. Conversely, If Iran is attacked I wouldn't be surprised to see a regional conflict between both Korea's break out also.

I hope America treads very carefully in the near future to avoid being overextended in multiple theaters of military conflicts as this appears to be precisely what North Korea and Iran has in mind for America.

Smith in Oregon   April 22nd, 2010 10:06 pm ET

If the Sister Volcano in Iceland begins to erupt as it's smaller brother has and caused this significant air traffic problem this past week, the resulting ash cloud could be substantially larger because of the greater amount of glacial ice packed over the summit of the Sister Volcano.

Historically both Volcanoes each around 12 miles from one another and LIKELY to be joined to the same underground magma chamber have both erupted at nearly the same time around every 80 years.

With both Volcano's spewing ash into the stratosphere,

there would be measurable global cooling,
far fewer flights to and from Europe,
far fewer combat missions in both war zones and
a substantial stoppage of Chinese exports resulting in a measurable push for balanced foreign imports.

Not everything that came from the PAUSE caused by the vast volcanic cloud was bad and is just as likely outweighed by the positive effects.

Smith in Oregon   May 4th, 2010 7:32 am ET

Further eruptions of the original volcano are once again threatening to closed airports and cancel thousands of flights in the UK and Ireland.

The British Civil Aviation Authority said no-fly zones were in force over Scotland’s remote Outer Hebrides and the airspace over Northern Ireland was closed on Tuesday because concentrations of volcanic ash exceeded the levels that airplane engine manufacturers regard as safe.

The Eyjafjallajokull volcano started spewing larger amounts of ash four days ago and a changing wind had blown it south towards the UK. But the plume was not as big as last month’s. The particulate ash however is dangerous for airplanes because it can damage jet engines with potentially catastrophic consequences. Airports in Belfast and Derry will be closed in Northern Ireland while the Irish Aviation Authority said all flights in and out of Ireland would be grounded.

Ivan   May 19th, 2010 10:54 am ET

So lange es nötig sein wird.


sijbrand takes   June 16th, 2010 7:01 pm ET

Until you and I get together

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