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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Trick or Treat: A Conversation with a Young Man

 

I happened to fall into conversation with a young veterans’ organization member, who turned out to also be eligible for the veteran’s organization to which I belong, due to service in Korea. My outfit needs more fresh blood, so I had an ulterior motive to sit and listen, just prompting him for more of his thoughts. It was a treat to hear a well-spoken young man’s perspective on his own life, work, and service. The trick, really the pleasant surprise, was to then find an amazing breadth and depth to this fellow veteran, who I took from the conversation to be in his mid-20s.

That places him on the cusp between Millennials and Gen-Z. Folks, he was none of the negative stereotypes routinely riffed about his age cohort. He started on active duty, then (fairly recently) transitioned to a reserve component. He was highly focused on leveraging the mutually reinforcing training, certifications, and experience of his civilian and military careers. He had mapped out paths of advancement in both, taking advantage of the commonality in the two technical occupations. Oh, and he had not even needed college to get on this path, but already had thought through the evening/weekend/online schooling that would punch his ticket to the top of his chosen field in both the military and civilian life.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Vice President Pence Thanks Millennial Military

 
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Photo by Sgt. 1st Class SHAIYLA HAKEEM Area Support Group Jordan, July 2019

This weekend, Candice Owens uploaded her latest podcast, an interview with Vice President Mike Pence. As he brought the interview to a close, he made a comment that prompted reflection. Vice President Pence grounded his optimism about our nation’s future in the fact of 5.5 million young people have signed up for military service, since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Indeed, the latest cohort of recruits was born after that date, and for at least the past four years, recruits have had no living, personal, memory of that day.

We really do believe that your generation, this rising generation, the generation that has come of age after 9/11, that responded—5.5 million Americans volunteered to serve in our military since 9/11, thousands paying the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom—this is a generation we believe in.

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From the mid-1980s to early 1990s, I worked in Chad, Africa, for Esso Exploration. There was a lot of oil there and Esso had a group of ten geologists — me being one of them — who rotated to Chad on a 21-21 tour. We worked on the drilling rigs looking for oil and describing the reservoir. In September 1989, two of my best friends — who were also members of the ten — had just finished up a well and one of them was at the end of his tour. Mark was one of those men, and his best friend, Charlie, was the other. Going home after a 21-day rotation after working long hours on a rig was something we all looked forward to. Mark was pestering Charlie to fly back with him (Charlie still had a week to go on his rotation) because the rig was moving and it would be a week or two before we would be ready to drill another well, but Charlie decided to stay to finish up the office paper work.

That decision still haunts him to this day.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Robert Mugabe, Retired Tyrant, Dead at 95

 

mugabe“Then I saw the wicked buried. They used to go in and out of the holy place and were praised in the city where they had done such things. This also is vanity. Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil. Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I know that it will be well with those who fear God, because they fear before him. But it will not be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like a shadow, because he does not fear before God.” Ecclesiastes 8:10-13

Robert Mugabe died in a hospital in Singapore, at the age of 95.

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She was an immigrant to the United States, an independent woman who began her modeling career at five years old, and was a successful model who spoke five languages: Slovene, English, French, Serbian and German. She moved to the US in 1996, and became a permanent resident in 2001 and a US citizen in 2006.

Her name is Melania Trump. And the mainstream media has tried to make her life hell.

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No, that is not the title of a 1950’s b-movie. I recently read The Periplus of Hanno, a brief account of the journey around north-western Africa by Carthaginian admiral Hanno in the 5th or 6th century BC. This is one of a few extant sources from Carthage, though it is not extant in their language […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. This Will Not End Well

 
Julius Malema, leader of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters party.

Do you pay much attention to events in Africa? Me neither. It appears, however, that South Africa is determined to head down the same bloody path as Zimbabwe – that of radical Land Reform and racial retribution.

On February 27, the South African parliament voted 243-81 to begin the process of amending the country’s constitution to allow for confiscation of white-owned land without compensation. The motion was put forward by the Marxist party — the Economic Freedom Fighters — and supported by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party and the new president Cyril Ramaphosa (who just took office on February 18). This is bad news, not just for the white landowners but also for ordinary South African citizens and especially the poor (of which there will be more if this policy is implemented). It is also bad news for the entire African continent as South Africa is one of the few African nations with anything resembling a modern economy.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The Latest from Zimbabwe

 

Robert Mugabe is under house arrest by the Zimbabwe military, according to this article from the Guardian. Zimbabwe has been a mess of a country since Mugabe went about confiscating lands and inflating the currency in the early 2000s, taking it from what was once a sort of second South Africa, in terms of its economy and agriculture, into an absolute wreck of a nation.

When Zimbabwe was formed from the wreck of Rhodesia, it held the promise of an amicable, or at least uneasy racial peace between whites and blacks, and for the first 20 years of its existence it remained, while a dictatorship, at least a reasonably benevolent one. I remember, in reading Margaret Thatcher’s memoirs of her term as Prime Minister, the high hopes she held out for the peace and prosperity of the former British colony. In the last 20 years, though, Mugabe has essentially destroyed that nation, turning it into a net importer of food, and having a worthless currency, all in pursuit of a delayed racial reparations that was coupled to tribal cronyism and oppression.

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A conversation with a friend recently (@bossmongo) about what happened to the Special Forces soldiers in Niger prompted me to write this. If you saw the MSM coverage of the event you’d have thought our highly trained Green Berets wandered into indian country and subsequently were ambushed in a one-sided fight. Appreciatively our own Daily […]

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Doug Casey has been a leading voice for sound money, individual liberty, and rolling back coercive and intrusive government since the 1970s. Unlike some more utopian advocates of free markets and free people, Casey has always taken a thoroughly pragmatic approach in his recommendations. If governments are bent on debasing their paper money, how can […]

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I am almost … almost … certain I saw a link on Ricochet entitled something like: Don’t send your kid to college; send him to Africa. My mad google skills are coming up with bupkis. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The First Shall be Last

 
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Plantains in Ghana by Flixtey.

If you’ll forgive a very rough gloss, Homo sapiens originated in sub-Saharan Africa about 200,000 years ago, spread out across Eurasia and, eventually, into the Americas. In the last two centuries, the cultural and technological changes brought by the Industrial, Green, and Information Revolutions flowed back to the corners of the globe where humanity first arose. It’s been a long trip, but we seem to be approaching the end of this particular journey.

The bad news is that Africa is still a basket case. By almost any quality-of-life measure, it ranks at the bottom of the list. And while some of these problems are political or endemic to the place due to its geography, the good news is that the continent may finally have reached the point where the things that have brought much of the rest of the world out of its natural squalor can finally be applied there as well.

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Some recent stories from Venezuela, Brazil, and Nigeria caught my attention; they have some interesting similarities. They are all oil-producing countries–with state-owned oil companies–that have been impacted by falling oil prices. And they are also reaching levels of political maturity where corruption is becoming more scandalous. In Venezuela, the opposition has resolved to oust Chavez’s successor Nicolas […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Regulate, Rinse, and Repeat

 

Via The Economist, most of sub-Saharan Africa has very little access to electricity, and what power is available is very expensive (if you omit South Africa, the number are even more depressing). The problem appears to be less a matter of energy production than one of distribution. Why you ask? In Tanzania, it’s because the state-owned and state-protected distribution monopoly can’t pay its bills:

Tanesco, which has a monopoly on distributing power in Tanzania, is severely cash-strapped. Its outgoings are inflated by the need to buy expensive emergency backup fuel to keep the lights on when the supply from dams falters. In practice, payments to independent power producers such as Symbion often come last on its list.

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Exodus 22:18 is tossed up from time to time by our Atheist friends as an example of how unreasonable and violent G-d is, according to their reading of the Old Testament. This sort of thing keeps going around the internet, and it popped up here at Ricochet just a couple of months ago. So, this […]

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There’s a reason Adam Carolla has such a popular podcast. In-depth interviews, entertaining, funny, and full of insights large and small. I implore Ricochetti to give this one a listen. Starts around 2 minutes in More

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In this Reason interview, Leon Louw, co-founder of the Free Market Foundation — a South African think tank — speaks on Africa, capitalism, and the elimination of poverty. A former communist, Louw is smart and funny and has been fighting poverty in Africa for decades.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Robert Mugabe Eats A Zoo

 

No, that is not hyperbole, but from an actual headline at The Independent (UK) dated March 1, 2015. From the article:

Robert Mugabe isn’t known for his subdued taste, and his million-dollar birthday was just as extravagant as people have come to expect.

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter More

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How many of the world’s poorer nations benefit from the spending of affluent foreign tourists? How many economic opportunities surround each major attraction, from food and lodging to mementos and guided tours? Perhaps this can be a form of charity with potential to “teach a man to fish” for widespread long-term benefits. How might Western powers […]

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