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Goodreads Book of the Day Life and Death of War Correspondent Marie Colvin

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In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin

Marie Colvin, the headmost war reporter of her generation was killed in Syria in 2012 at age 56 by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). The world of journalism lost a great and iconoclastic correspondent, a fearless female who covered  the most destructive global calamities of our times.

 

She lost an eye when she was reporting in Sri Lanka at the end of the civil war. She interviewed Gaddafi twice, and risked her life covering conflict in Chechnya, East Timor, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and Zimbabwe.

Her personal life was highly interesting as it was her professional one: extremely motivated, bold and unpredictable. She married several times, drank heavily, suffered from PTSD and never allowed anyone to box her into what society expects from women’s roles.

In Extremis: The Life and Death of War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum

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One of my Many Pet Peeves Troop vs Trooper or Soldier

English is not my native language, Spanish is. I also speak Italian, Portuguese and I am fluent one hundred percent in all these languages. But I admit that I make typos and several mistakes when I write in my non-native languages, but I always try to learn and speak better, even in Spanish and I am always willing to learn from my mistakes. That is why I am a serious critic of misconduct in expressions in the languages mentioned above.

So here it goes, my pet peeve of today: Troop VS Trooper

I often hear reporters on American TV channels talking about “troops”. The first time when I listened to that word being misused was when the war in Afghanistan was being announced by different TV reporters back in October 2001.

They were mentioning the amount of “troops” that President George Bush was sending. I was astonished! They said ten thousand of them were parting from USA. So I started to make my own calculations and said well, if a troop has a minimum of 3 to 5 platoons;

One platoon has 2 to 4 squads, and each squad has 10 to 14 troopers or soldiers, then a platoon has about 50 soldiers, then a troop has a minimum of 250 men. If President George Bush was sending 10,000 troops then he was sending about 2, 500,000 (two and a half million) soldiers or troopers!

And next week they said more “troops” were leaving to the Middle East. By then I knew how erroneous and non-well educated in their own language they were: when they were saying “troops” they were referring to a singular, to one man, which is wrong.

For some English speakers a “trooper” is a mounted soldier. For others, a “trooper” is a policeman who patrols the roads of a U.S. state in a car.

As to “how a plural word becomes singular,” the answer has to be “by being used that way.”

However, just because a usage is widespread or has been added to a dictionary doesn’t mean that it is worth adopting.

Orwell’s objection to the use of inflated Latin words applies to the use of troop to stand for soldier.

The worst thing of all is that 17 years have gone by and I still hear it and read it. I can´t stop stupidity!

Blogging

Donald Trump Orders Military Strikes on Syria

President Trump has now confirmed that in a combined operation with France and UK, a military strike is now under way against Syria

Witnesses are reporting explosions heard in Damascus, including residential areas, although the first wave of US, UK and French attacks is allegedly targeting the following:

  • Republican Guard headquarters
  • Military airbases
  • Chemical weapon production sites

At 10PM ET, Defense Secretary Mattis and Joseph Dunford, the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff provided the Pentagon’s update, repeating that U.S., British and French forces struck Syria’s chemical weapons infrastructure tonight. Mattis said that “Clearly, the Assad regime did not get the message last year. This time, our allies and we have struck harder.”

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Beauty, Fashion

Trump Spares Ivanka’s Clothing Line from Trade War with China

But, should fashion be involved in a “trade war”? I don´t take this report very seriously, but it is important to look your best at anytime in history, so well done, leave fashion out of trouble and trading politics 😉

Senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump is directly benefiting from her father’s decision to slap China with tariffs, in that she will be exempt. As ThinkProgress discovered buried in a Washington Post report, all clothing manufacturing companies will be exempt of the tariffs, including Ivanka’s fashion brand. U.S. officials claim that they used a technical algorithm to decide how to exclude which goods from the tariffs. The goal was to have “the lowest consumer impact” …

Source: Trump spares Ivanka’s clothing line from his trade war with China