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Boys and Oil

The leadership might bicker and fume at North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un, but it’s a smokescreen. By warring with North Korea, there is no takeaway as grand a prize as winning a mother lode of black gold—Oil. The real prize is Iran. The oil surplus in the Middle East remains the highest in regional crude oil, and that increased further in 2016. And it might be noteworthy that the world oil demand grew by 1.7%, which was less than 2015 when oil prices fell dramatically and the increased demand was only 2.2%. The United States, though, continues to be the world’s largest consumer of oil. And this is no small fact.  Based on current data, there is an indication that China is on the ascent in oil consumption, but for the time being, this nation is years away from achieving the U.S consumption rate.


Faces of Combat / Pine Winds Connections

By Tom Blaschko

Our Faces of Combat program is a big part of Pine Winds Connections these days. In it we help those who are serving and who have served in the United States military.

Many Americans have trouble imagining the devastation caused by PTSD in the men and women returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But it is all too real for those who served and for their families. In Erik Newhouse’s...


Veterans of No War

The political contenders who are the most conservative and hawkish bellow a mighty war cry but are veterans of no war.  George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Trump, all of whom mastered the art of serial deferments, squeaked out of going to the big war—back when real men were drafted to—the...


Lest We Forget

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it", George Santayana, 1905

The other day, after having commuted, on and off, for over 40 years from the Hartsdale, NY RR station, I noticed, for the first time, a plaque on a rock with the inscription, "Lest We Forget  1917-1918." The plaque, of course, was a memorial to local veterans of WWI, the seminal event of the 20th Century.  And, while it is true that both the...