Cats and Physics – Who Knew?

This was a scientific study in Japan about how cats use physics to hunt.  Plus plenty of cat pictures!

The Legacy of War

I think the first time I saw a woman prisoner of war was in a movie about the Bataan Death March and the women nurses taken prisoner by the Japanese called Women of Valor. That aired three years before I enlisted.

Also the year Jessica Lynch was born, probably one of the most famous women prisoners of war (please no commentary on the political side). It’s now been twelve years since she was rescued. She has an interview on CNN, one of those “Where are they now?”

The most amazing thing was that people keep expecting her to have gotten over it now, like it wasn’t a big deal when it happened. It shows the divide where people who have never experienced war really don’t get how profound it is, and how life changing it is.

After she was rescued, one of the networks rushed out a telefilm called “Saving Jessica Lynch.” I watched it and probably shouldn’t have. It was an awful film. Poorly written, poorly directed, poorly acted.

But there was one scene in it that stopped me cold. This supply company was on a convoy going across the desert. The convoy commander was lost, so in typical Army mentality, he was still thinking “Accomplish the mission.” He kept the convoy going in the same direction and drove right into the ambush.

I had to turn off the movie and walk away from it. I was very close to having a meltdown, because the realization hit me that it could have easily happened in my company. It’s such an Army thing to do.

The movie aired in 2003. Desert Storm ended in 1991. That’s twelve years.

War’s not something you really get over; it’s something that’s always with you.

Military legal gets involved on the ALS ice bucket challenge

Over the last few weeks, celebrities like William Shatner and Brent Spiner have taken the ALS Ice Bucket challenge — essentially dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads on video tweeted or Face Booked out to help draw attention to the disease that killed baseball player Lou Gehrig.

The lawyers for the military weighed in and said that personnel couldn’t do it in uniform because it constituted endorsement for the cause.  You know, that’s a shame.  This could have been a great way to see military in a positive way.  Most often, all we hear about is front page news about problems with failures in the Veteran’s Administration; homeless veterans; long lasting brain injuries; and sexual harassment.  One of the reasons I generally don’t talk much about any of those subjects is because it’s too easy to associate soldiers as only those things, instead of as diverse people.  Some soldiers have reported that it’s been hard getting a job because employers assume they will have a meltdown like the ones reported in the press.

Good publicity would make a dent in that.