"The missile hits, and after the smoke clears there’s a crater there and you can see body parts from the people. [A] guy that was running from the rear to front, his left leg had been taken off above the knee, and I watched him bleed out.
These guys had no hostile intent. In Montana, everyone has a gun. These guys could have been local people that had to protect themselves. I think we jumped the gun."
Former drone operator Brandon Bryant, on his first drone strike.
Bryant quit the drone program after realizing its disregard for life and how numb strikes made him feel, saying he “couldn’t do it anymore.”
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Wait, you’re at Belmont? My cousin/roommate is transferring there in August!!
Belmont House of Smoke - restaurant here in Norfolk, VA.
"The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely."
Thinking about how Belmont was out of brisket last night and my heart’s breaking all over again.
Repeat after me:
You don’t have to feel responsible for the actions of anybody who isn’t you.
The color of your skin should not dictate how you’re treated.
If you feel some sort of obligation to let people be unpleasant to you because you’re more privileged than them, you are not compassionate, you are a doormat.
Camille Saint-Saëns’ setting of Calme des nuits (from Deux Choeurs), sung by the Monteverdi Choir (John Eliot Gardiner, conductor).
In early April, Braden Bandermann’s class set off on Garden Gate Elementary School’s annual, week-long pilgrimage for fifth-graders to Marin Headlands, just north of San Francisco.
Before leaving, Braden did what any Silicon Valley 10-year-old faced with the perils of nature might do: He packed his trusty Swiss Army knife. As any camper knows, the multi-tool device is nothing if not versatile. Braden’s particular model contains a can opener, tweezers, a toothpick, a nail file, a tiny pair of scissors and a small blade.
The little blade landed the boy in big trouble.
“They called me,” explained Tony Bandermann, Braden’s father. “They said, ‘You have to come and get him. He has a weapon. He needs to be suspended or possibly expelled.’”