Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Right Wing Still Misunderstands Terrorism And Religion.

While the right wingers are distracted from the real issue of terrorism and religious idealism, the race is being won by the terrorists we ourselves produce,  who want to and surely will, do us harm in the future... if the right wingers have their way.

Firstly we have to ask, how are the right wingers wrong, and if so, then what is the correct way to address the terrorism issue? 

Well, first thing that may surprise right wingers is the fact that terrorists may change their minds and vice versa, good people may decide to become terrorists. 

The right wing is concerned that Syrian refugees, Mexicans, and all Muslims around the world need to be stopped from entering the US because they are potentially terrorists, this is just a strawman argument. It has teeth, just not sharp ones. Compared to the two potential terrorists that sneak into the US, we create a thousand potential ones, in our backyard.

The bigger picture is for decades we have been creating our own terrorists without any help from the Muslim community, they are made in our prisons and in our streets. We have the largest prison population this side of the Milky Way. Not all terrorists manufactured in the US prison system are brown and Middle Eastern in nature.... they are blacks and whites.

Many of our home grown terrorists are white and come from a non Middle Eastern background, while others are black and come from the inner cities where there is little hope of ever having a meaningful life, and once you have been dragged through the Justice system, which just takes kids who have their lives ahead of them, chew them up and spit them out without any hope of them being able to pick up and move on... we create potential terrorists by the thousands. 

We make this happen in larger numbers than the number of terrorists that can migrate here.

When would-be terrorists see a nation that will nurture their children and do our best to educate, love and protect them, that alone can change one's mind for the better and thereby help someone to not go off the deep end and perform terroristic acts. 

The San Bernardino shooters left their child here, with the Grandmother, to become a meaningful and productive part of a great society... the same society they had rebelled against, for their own reasons. Their parental love and best wishes for their child was bigger than whatever reason fooled them into taking their lives down that darkened path.

Like many other criminal organizations, once you join you are not allowed to leave, it may have been the same for these parents. After they got to the US and started a family, they realized their mistake, but could not stop the terroristic plan because usually, the group will kill all your family, so in effect, they had just given their lives to save their child and family members here and abroad.

When a kid who did a stupid thing is thrown to the wolves in a terrible prison system, there is little hope for him or her to come back into society without hate and anger coarsing through their veins... this is the easiest way to create home grown terrorists, who become gangbangers, school or workplace shooters and religious idealists with a special propensity to act out against society in general... and Planned Parenthood offices. 

American history is littered with groups and incidents that fall within the confines of terrorism, from the early 1900's to San Bernardino and the Planned Parenthood shootings recently.

Our politicians are not stupid even though they pretend they are, by adopting the worst and most heinous policies, which are not geared toward Nation Building, but instead is geared toward tearing down all the programs that are needed to help impoverished individuals receive Federal help to turn their lives around... even defenseless children are made to suffer with the cutting of school feeding programs by the right wing politicians.

Those who raise the argument that Federal dollars are not for use in Nation Building are absolutely wrong, this is the best use of our tax dollars. Revitalizing our communities will make us a stronger country, a safer country.

Anyone can decide to become a terrorist, for whatever reasons they choose, so by prohibiting one religious group, the Muslims, from traveling to America, the right wing is still not addressing the issue. We simply have to have a more intelligent discussion and approach to terrorism. Home grown terrorism can result in larger numbers than immigrant terrorists sneaking in.

It is no secret that people become radicalized in our prisons and our impoverished communities at a much higher rate than any amount of terrorists that will sneak in within the crowds of refugees. Anyone can decide to become a terrorist, so it is impossible to see a terrorist from the outside, and we can't read their minds. We have many terrorist events in the US that are not committed by those of Middle Eastern descent.... and they are not brown in color either. 

We have even had some that are not religious in their terroristic acts, such as Tim McVeigh's bombing of a Federal Building.

I think if we take proper care of our prisoners and make sure they have a productive life to return to, we will face one million less terrorists, and the few dozen that we do otherwise encounter, will seem a whole lot less scary to right wingers.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

ISIS Operatives May Be Trained By Unsuspecting US Militias.

We are all too familiar with the terror instigated by the ISIS group and the ensuing race to get out of the affected regions by frightened citizens. This panic to leave terrorized regions has created possibly the largest migration of Middle Eastern immigrants to Western and European shores seeking asylum.
There are no traditional borders anymore, as a culture of terror or an ideal is hard to defeat as it can be spread to anywhere and anyone regardless of borders. 

"Early in 2014, Isis released one of its first videos. Largely unseen in Europe, it had neither the slick, cutting-edge professionalism of its later execution tapes nor the haunting “nasheed” music that accompanies most of its propaganda. Instead, a hand-held camera showed a bulldozer pushing down a rampart of sand that had marked the border between Iraq and Syria. As the machine destroyed the dirt revetment, the camera panned down to a handwritten poster lying in the sand. “End of Sykes-Picot”, it said... "

"Like many hundreds of thousands of Arabs in the Middle East, for whom Sykes-Picot was an almost cancerous expression, I watched this early Isis video in Beirut. The bloody repercussions of the borders that the British and French diplomats, Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot, drew in secret during the First World War – originally giving Syria, Mount Lebanon and northern Iraq to the French, and Palestine, Transjordan and the rest of Iraq to the British – are known to every Arab, Christian and Muslim and, indeed, every Jew in the region. They eviscerated the governorates of the old dying Ottoman empire and created artificial nations in which borders, watchtowers and hills of sand separated tribes, families and peoples. They were an Anglo-French colonial production."

In response to immigrants seeking asylum in the United States, many state Governors have been putting blocks into place to prevent mainly Syrian refugees from being allowed into the US, with the premise that this will help keep ISIS operatives out.

While this is an understandable response by lawmakers, unfortunately it is not going to work as the terrorist ideology and culture is spread by words from one person to another, from one jihadist to another, from words and misconstrued teachings on the internet, from videos on websites and youtube... on social networking sites like Facebook.

There are already operatives in the US who will follow any group that comes along and fits into their ideals, today it is ISIS, yesterday it was Al Queda, tomorrow it will be some other misguided group.

There were a few dozen armed Militia groups in the US before Barrack Obama was elected to be POTUS.... this turned into literally hundreds of Militia groups after Obama's election. 

Armed Militias are an easy target for ISIS operatives to join and get military training. You can't always spot a terrorist, they are not always brown or black in colour. You cannot prove what religion or religious ideology a person subscribes to. Anyone can say that he is a Christian, or any other religion, and it is easy to learn the ways of said religion and therefore blend in.

Many operatives are accepted into groups simply because they have a prison record, something that all but proves that the individual is anti-government and would make a great soldier for whatever cause the group has. Prisons are where terrorists are made or converted. 

It is widely known that once in prison, many are led to the alter of religion after which they are easily radicalized. These ex prisoners can simply say they are of the desired religious persuasion, join the hundreds of militias in the US, or even form their own, and get training and then lay in wait for the right moments to strike. There are thousands of prisoners who have found religion in prison, being released from prison every week.

I think this is happening right now. While we are distracted with trying to block immigrants from entering the US, there are thousands of potential terror operatives getting trained in Militia camps nationwide.... the cat is already out of the bag.

There is also no way to stop them from purchasing guns and ammunition in the US.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Republicans Still Don't Understand Nuclear...

Ten years ago Iran delayed inspections of a nuclear site for 6 months while they attempted to clean up the site. Uranium material was still detected after the clean up. This was explained by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz tonight on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell when asked about the 24 day inspection time on the Iran Nuclear deal.

That 24 day time frame is actually the first time there has been a specified inspection time frame, It is divided into two parts, the first two weeks is set aside for the relevant authorities to address the issues and concerns with Iran, after which if deemed necessary, the inspections would be carried out in ten days. 

There is a reason that when you see scientists working on Nuclear stuff they are always dressed appropriately, covered from head to toe in Hazmat suits. This is largely for their own safety as microscopic radioactive particles are like invisible dust flying everwhere. It coats everything and is impossible to totally clean or hide, and are easily detectable.

Mary Matalin when confronted by Bill Maher on episode 359, about quitting coal energy, kept insisting that then we must go to Nuclear energy. Bill reminded her of Fukushima as a good reason to not build anymore Nuclear sites as she was clearly suggesting. She really thought she had a smart counter argument to the eradication of coal energy plants.

I would also remind Republicans that we should go nuclear... the sun is the largest nuclear reactor in our galaxy, and all we need to do is invent something called solar panels, and point them towards the sun. Oh wait! We already did. Bill missed that.

Bill rightly pointed out that solar energy will also provide twice the amount of jobs. This is something Republicans should be really excited about.

Of course you do know that a Nuclear Iran was caused by the Bush Administration...

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Race Baiting In America. (Link To Video)

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Trump Bows And Begs Hispanic Leaders And Hispanic Voters For Forgiveness.

Donald Trump has learned a valuable lesson this week. This is evident in his seemingly 'hat in hand' approach to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, begging for forgiveness of his harsh tone and ultimately begging for latinos' support in his presidential run.

Trump met on Tuesday with the CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Javier Palomarez, and will be made to appear to the chamber on October 8th for a question and answer forum.

  CNN   "It's kind of interesting, the dichotomy between the private Donald Trump and the public Donald Trump. He listened a lot more than he spoke," Palomarez said. "He never once interrupted me."
At one point, Palomarez said Trump joked that "he didn't need the Hispanic vote" as he referenced his high poll numbers.
"But I think we both know that he's recognized that in fact, he does need the Hispanic vote," Palomarez added. He said Trump earnestly expressed his desire to win over the Hispanic community, saying: "I want it...I feel like I've been mischaracterized and treated unfairly and my name has been slandered to some extent with this audience."

Trump boasted that his biggest ace in the hole was his money, and that may have been so... until now.

 He boasted time and again that he is above his competitors, because he is super rich and does not need anyone elses money for support. He boasted that while the other Republican candidates had to get their support from other rich persons, and as a result they will be indebted and open to paying the piper when the time comes, he will not bow or be indebted to anyone. 

He thought that he was powerful enough to do what he wanted, powerful enough to say what he wanted, and was powerful enough to insult the Latino population and walk away unscathed. He was wrong. 

He is as green a wanna be politician, as they come. He is a beginner, he kept his eye on the ball, but he took his eye off the field that he had to run on, to get the win. That field of voters being... the Latinos.

He is now being seen as nothing more than a regular man with foot in mouth disease, a regular candidate, a regular politician... in that he does not need to be bought, he can be made to beg for free. 

He just woke up to the fact that his money can't help him now, to win votes... he needs to be respectful... bow... and beg.

Trump learned that he does not need to be bribed or donated to, for him to be humbled and made to know his place in an election. 

The sleeping giant that he insulted, causing it to show its hand, is a coalition of over 300,000 Latino businesses. This coalition, by itself, generates some 4 billion dollars annually. 

He realizes that not only do you need money to win an election, but you also need votes. He realizes now that he need the votes from the fastest growing voting block in America... the Latinos.

Trump realizes that he does not need to take someones donations to be indebted to them, to be made to bow, grovel and beg to them... he realizes that he is asking something of them, he needs them, not because they can give him money, but he needs their votes.

Funny enough, Trump has run into another wall of his building... the Latino wall... of voters.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Donald Trump's People Can't Find Any White Illegal Immigrants.

Donald Trump is not a fickle man, he is very determined and professional. His people are professionals who have the best resources at their command. They are quite thorough in their jobs and only gives Donald the very best information available... he pays them well for this.

Donald is an honest man, he has said that he is not paying politicians anymore, to get favors. He confessed that he used to extend the graciousness of his wallet to politicians in times gone by, but he is now a reformed and honest man... as he insists that he can not be bought by other rich men while on his journey to acquire the office of the president, nor will he take 'donations' when he gets there.

Donald Trump is a fair and unbiased man. To him it is definitely not a race issue. The world is now aware that The Donald has gotten the down low from his people, they must have told him that there are about 12 million illegal Mexicans in the US and he says he has plans to have them removed. He said he has the plan to do just that, and we will have to wait to see it happen... he also said it would be very easy to get the job done.

Apparently his people have already searched and found only Mexicans illegally here in the US, who by the way he thinks are rapists, criminals and murderers. He says he is sure some of them are good people, but his statements reflect the sentiment that there are no white or other peoples illegally here from around the globe... obviously his people would have found them and told him so. 

There are no illegal Germans, Russians, Italians, Irish, Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis, Africans, Haitians, Jamaicans, West Indians, Philippians, Spanish, French, Greek, Dutch or any other such illegals of the fairer or darker skin types... there are only Mexicans, and as such, his actions would be tapered to solving this Mexican dilemma. His really competent people has surely intimated to him as much, hence his bold and accurate statements to the facts of the matter.

For every Mexican that comes across the southern border, thousands from around the globe fly in to our airports, sail into our ports, and cross our northern border with Canada. 

According to Donald's people, none of these thousands of people over stay their visas. If they did, then surely Donald would have been told of this and would have been advised by his people, that it is not only Mexicans he needed to deport... but a few million more foreigners as well.

I am sure these wonderfully thorough  'people' of Donald's, would obviously do a bang up job informing President Trump on how to conduct the country's business in foreign policy issues. 

I am sure these meticulous 'people' would be able to work out the best solutions to deal with China and other BRIC countries.

I am sure these well informed 'people' will have a well laid out plan to deal with the ideology in the middle east that breeds radical Islamic followers... because for every thousand ISIS fighters, there is another radical group waiting in the wings for their turn at the trough.

I shudder to think of the disadvantage other countries would be at when facing President Trump and his people, as the globe tries to trade with the US.

I am sure President Trump and his people would do immaculate work when dealing with foreign Nuclear powers... I am sure of this. Obviously Trump does have the complete backing of the GOP, the Mexicans and the 'minorities.

Donald Trump has his finger on the pulse of this great country... and the globe, just like he has his finger on the pulse of the immigration debate.... I am sure of this... his 'people' have let him say as much.

His people let him infer that the 14th ammendment can be challenged because it is unconstitutional. He said his lawyers are on it! He says 'anchor babies' should not be afforded legality and they should be deported.

MSNBC The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell ... Judge Sandford in 1844 settled the case of Julia Lynch in which he stated that she was born and briefly lived in New York, and was thus entitled to her family's inheritance and fortunes of the Saratoga Springs mineral water empire. She was an 'anchor baby.' ... He explained that the law of that time made you a subject of the King whenever you were born in territories that were subject to his command. 

Donald has put much thought into this, he is now suggesting that well educated 'illegal' children should be allowed to stay and build the country that they studied in and has come to love... something I said in my book, so maybe the Donald read my book. 

He did say in fact that he watches Television to get military advice...and gleans much of his information from that.
That reminded me of how much information Sarah Palin was able to glean from reading magazines and newspapers and whatever she put her hands on back then... whatever was on the coffee tables.

I am really interested in finding out if Donald would take members of our police forces off regular duties and task them to find illegals. If not the police, maybe he will task the National Guard, or the other military branches. His people are on it... I am sure.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Amnesty International Works To Decriminalize Sex Workers And Their Clients.

There was a time when drugs ran rampant in Portugal. In a daring move that was frowned upon by many, Portugal decriminalized all drugs... with certain regulated conditions. 'In 2001, the Portuguese government did something that the United States would find entirely alien. After many years of waging a fierce war on drugs, it decided to flip its strategy entirely: It decriminalized them all...
If someone is found in the possession of less than a 10-day supply of anything from marijuana to heroin, he or she is sent to a three-person Commission for the Dissuasion of Drug Addiction, typically made up of a lawyer, a doctor and a social worker. The commission recommends treatment or a minor fine; otherwise, the person is sent off without any penalty. A vast majority of the time, there is no penalty.
Fourteen years after decriminalization, Portugal has not been run into the ground by a nation of drug addicts. In fact, by many measures, it's doing far better than it was before.'
There is now a need to try something outrageous again. In doing so, millions of lives around the world would be affected, and saved!
Amnesty International has been working for years trying to come to grips with the fate of millions of unfortunate women globally who are abused in one way or another as a direct result of the sex worker trade. They have seen women mistreated, raped and even killed in this trade and they are trying to initiate policies which will globally impact this assault on women. 
They will have to tiptoe through the legislatures of all countries regarding what is allowed or not. This is made even more difficult when you throw differing cultural norms into the mix... like rapists being allowed to marry their underage victims and getting off scott free!
After extensive work done in four countries involving numerous agencies, Amnesty International has now cleared a huge bar and has voted to take up the issue in a definitive way... work toward the Decriminalization of sex workers.

Indian sex workers hold placards as they take part in a rally in New Delhi, 08 March 2006 to mark the International Women's Day.  The protestors demanded social rights and the Immoral Traffic Prevention (ITP) Act to be scrapped.  (Photo credit: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian sex workers hold placards as they take part in a rally in New Delhi, 08 March 2006 to mark the International Women’s Day. The protestors demanded social rights and the Immoral Traffic Prevention (ITP) Act to be scrapped. (Photo credit: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images) 
Amnesty International...'A crucial vote to protect the human rights of sex workers was passed today in Dublin at Amnesty International’s decision-making forum, the International Council Meeting (ICM). Delegates from around the world authorized the organization’s International Board to develop and adopt a policy on the issue.
This is a divisive, sensitive and complex issue and our priority has been and remains an approach that best protects the rights of some of the most marginalized people in the world. That is why we have been working for over two years to develop a policy to protect the human rights of sex workers based on research and global consultation with hundreds of organizations, our international membership and many more individuals worldwide.
Amnesty International now stands alongside leading human rights and health groups around the world, including the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, the World Health Organization, the Global Commission on HIV and the LawHuman Rights Watch and Open Society Foundation. among others. Just this week, the world’s longest-running medical journal, The Lancet, endorsed the proposal.
Human rights belong to everyone inherently by virtue of being human — and that includes sex workers. Sex workers are particularly at risk of human rights violations, including physical and sexual violence, arbitrary arrest and detention, extortion and harassment, medical interventions, and exclusions from health care, housing and other social and legal benefits.'
Huffington Post...“This is a historic day for Amnesty International,” Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International, said in a news release.
He added, “Sex workers are one of the most marginalized groups in the world who in most instances face constant risk of discrimination, violence and abuse." The group believes that removing criminal law surrounding sex work will lessen the abuse and stigma faced by sex workers. 
The resolution, which passed at the human rights group's International Council Meeting in Dublin, recommends decriminalization of both buying and selling sex by adults. Tuesday’s vote does not mean that a specific policy has been adopted. Rather, the group’s International Board is now authorized to develop and finalize a policy...
Amnesty has been developing a draft policy for the past two years. From the release:
The policy has drawn from an extensive evidence base from sources including UN agencies, such as the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, UN Women and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. We have also conducted research in four countries.
The consultation included sex worker groups, groups representing survivors of prostitution, abolitionist organizations, feminist and other women's rights representatives, LGBTI activists, anti- trafficking agencies and HIV/AIDS organizations.
The draft policy drew widespread support from sex workers and advocacy groups worldwide, but sharp criticism from some anti-trafficking groups who fear decriminalization will increase exploitation and abuse.'

This project is purely an uphill battle as it will not be done on a 'small' scale... like decriminalizing drugs in Portugal. This is rather a global attempt and it is assured to draw the ire of the likes of those who see rape as an acceptable thing in one way or another, for example in many African and Middle Eastern nations.... even the rape of underage victims.

Update, this is an interview by the author of the article on Isis' systematic rape culture in the New York Times.... on WNYC with Brian Lehrer.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Trump Is Just A Hail Mary Pass By Ashamed Republican Voters.

I am thinking that all the pundits got it half right. Yes, republican voters are angry because they have been the laughing stock for the past 15 years. They have been proven or at least been rumored to be the non-knowing group of Americans who constantly vote against their better interest. That is the half they got right.

The other side of the coin is that republican voters have learned to become embarrassed and ashamed, and many don't like the mirror anymore... or at least what they see in that mirror.

This is information they are slowly awaking to... because for the last 14 years, since 9/11,  they have been using the Internet more and more and now have smart phones and they have since heard a constant faint drumbeat in the background. That faint and haunting drumbeat of criticism brings the realization that a blinding light is now shone on them...the whole world can see them, and see what they do and also see what they have done.

To begin with, what they have done is they elected the most arguably unqualified person in the form of George 'Dubya' Bush to lead the free world and he broke it... with their blessing. 

He ignored the warning about 9/11 and thereby let it happen, which in essence turned the world upside down because he used the attack to launch two wars and spent much blood and treasure. Demolition evidence suggests and some conspiratory theorists conclude, that this went well, according to PNAC's plan.

He then had the worst recession since the last depression... which all but sealed the fate of the world at large. As fast as the chips fell in the American economy, it plummeted just as fast in global markets. Some economies have still not recovered.

Bush destroyed countries in the blink of an eye... all to satisfy the hunger of the military industrial complex.

This is important because until Bush, the republican voter could have still held their heads high and simply say that they have different ideas to anyone who disagreed with them. But now the shoe has dropped, they slowly realize that they are blamed for the error of the Bush rampage through the corridors of idiocy. As Bush ran through the ward, he took the voting base right along with him. 

To everyone, the patients running the ward was just the punchline of a silly joke... until now, until they were made to look in the mirror, through the mirror of the Internet world. That slow and careful look in the mirror is always a hard thing to face... and realize you are the fault, for voting that person into office... and then he broke the world.

Since Bush's reign of terror, the republican voter has seen the world change so rapidly because of what was left of the wounded world. The reinvigorated push-back by the whole world, against most of what republicans stand for, has opened their eyes... just a little. 

They still want to go back to the old ways, in a long lost century, when there was no internet... not much electricity... where women could stick some aspirin between their legs for birth control... where rape had its legitmacy... where it was ok for family to mingle... in the dark...

We see a new hope for the world now, with a new Pope. A Pope with eyes wide open making sweeping changes in this now broken world. Opening other's eyes... making amends.

We see the first black American President, making even more sweeping and most welcome changes. More changes than anyone thought was possible for a Captain of a half sunken ship. They both come together to give us this one message... 'On a sinking ship, the more gold you grab, the less your ability to swim... In life, take things that would not drown you.'

We see on social media that republicans are being schooled now more than ever, and unlike 20 years ago when it was just non republicans in their hometowns attempting to school them verbally, now it is people from all over this precious globe. That is a loud voice that can't be ignored. When you see this uproar against your policies in writing, and in every corner of the Internet... you can't escape it unless you throw away your smart phone, of keep your computer and TV turned off. They feel ashamed... they hear the voices.

So republican voters have just gotten the message, they now look at their new field of 2016 presidential candidates, and they do not like what they see. They see a bunch of broken people with the same old broken ideas, the same old broken policies, and the same old broken talking points... they still like it, but they know they look less than smart to the rest of the world.

This is why they are throwing a Hail Mary pass, and are supporting Donald Trump right now. They know he is a clown, but he is just different to the rest of what people call 'the clown car,' even though he is just a magnification of their very disillusioned best... he is the ultimate old, white, rich man.

They don't care what he says, he has dropped the pretense that he needs to be apologetic, he is brash and ill mannered, he does not believe in God, as he believes he does not need to ask or get forgiveness from God. He has donated many dollars in the past to buy favors from politicians, yet he says he will be honest and not be bought by other rich men.

He does not need to have brainy ideas as he believes he can pay the best thinkers to do his thinking for him. He understands that business runs the world, but he misunderstands this to mean that he can buy hearts, minds and souls with business. 

He does not believe in Socialism but wants to save everyone... says he has a heart. I think that is a social idea. I think that's what Jesus would do... save everyone with his big heart. He thinks he does not need to be a humble man as all good Christians are, or are supposed to be. 

He does not have to be smart enough to know that a wall can be tunnelled under. He does not have to be smart enough to know that they have shovels in Mexico. He has already forgotten the lessons of the last two big prison breaks, the one in upstate New York and the other in Mexico by 'El Chapo.' Maybe he is smart enough to know, and is just fooling his voters.

He does not need to know anything... republican voters don't care much for knowing things, as long as he can reflect something back to them that does not remind them of ...them. They have always bought the idea that they can each become a millionaire and need to give the millionaires a tax break, or an estate tax break... just in case they come by the odd million dollars, or two.

They feel the need to distance themselves from their past mistakes and bad decisions with the votes for candidates that they really wanted at the time. They were not careful of what they wished for, and they got it, each obviously disappointing time.

They see themselves reflected in a dysfunctional congress because they have been branded as the party of 'No.'

They are embarrassed and ashamed. That is why they need Trump, to help them save face as the world looks on. The first half is nearly over as the teams have been picked, and are on the field playing ball... and their team looks like a weak one, one that could lose... again.

First they lost to a black man, now they could lose to a woman, or worse yet... a socialist! So they need this Hail Mary the darkness that is their world view, with glorious war at every turn...  they desperately need it... he can provide it... he is the rich and glorious Donald Trump!!

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Iran's Biggest Enabler Is The Republican Party.

This story began after the Republican party installed its worst political operative to the White House, after the questionable 2000 election, in the name of George 'dubya' Bush. It was a bloodless coup at the time, with the tainted SCOTUS decision being the final nail that sealed the coffin on American dignity. The citizens were overruled and their votes were considered of no use by the Republican elite.

In science it is said that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  In that vein, Iran and Iraq largely cancelled out each other's power at the time, by each keeping the other in check.

While the balance of power between Iraq and Iran prior to the US invasion was arguably incident free under the watchful eye of the US, when Iraq was invaded two notable things happened. The ''standoff' and push back by Iraq against Iran was eliminated and the overseeing of that 'condition' was nullified as the US now had its hands full fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was not then able to police the region in any meaningful sense.

The US invasion of Iraq essentially removed Iraq from being an opposing force against Iran, thereby providing the freedom for Iran to pursue its many goals, on of which was the realization of Nuclear independence. 

Republican operative George 'Dubya' Bush was so blinded by his party's thirst for war to feed the Military industrial Complex that he and his party largely ignored Iran in the first few years after the Iraq invasion...  Bloomberg; ' So by June 2004, there were 1,140 fully installed centrifuges at Natanz. In October of that year, Iran announced it had substantial feedstocks ready to enrich in the centrifuges.'

When Bush started the push to invade Iraq, Iran at that time had about 20 barely working centrifuges, when Obama was sworn in, by 2008, Iran had thousands of operable centrifuges ... and was by then also sitting on some 2000 lbs of uranium that they had made themselves!... 'By the time Bush left office in January 2009, Iran had  just under 4,000 working centrifuges and an additional 1,600 installed. '... 

Defense One...'Zero is a fantasy, and you can blame President George W. Bush’s administration for that. It may have been possible to convince Iran to dismantle all its centrifuges when it had only a few dozen in 2003 and first offered to talk to the U.S.. Or in 2005, when it had a few hundred and was in talks with the European Union. But the Bush administration spurned any deal.' 

In short the Iranian lion cub had eight unimpeded years of growth and had become a different animal, one that was now full grown and had a deafening Nuclear roar.
Any chance of curbing or eliminating the Nuclear progress Iran had enjoyed under the Republican minions' watch,  was now a folly of unimaginative conservative thinking. They had created a monster which had outgrown its cage and shackles. 

The incoming Obama administration was by then saddled with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan coupled with a deep recession that was fast becoming a great global depression, while combating internal sabotage by the republicans in congress at every turn... all these issues effectively tied the hands of the US government. 

Consequently Iran was able to build on its arsenal of 5,600 centrifuges in 2008,  increasing that number to over 19,000 in 2015.

The Republican cries over the recent nuclear deal with Iran is particularly concerning as the republicans are still of the mistaken mindset that Iran is just a fly that can be swatted and not be negotiated with, as they were in the early 2000's. Republicans decry the deal as if it was made by uninformed people from insignificant countries. 

Republicans are still not aware of Iran's stronger stature in Nuclear development. Their clueless talking points from all corners confirm that. Iran has now attained the power it needed to become a big player in the Nuclear race and must now be negotiated with, according to its standing. 

Most troubling is the upcoming 2016 elections. The republican roar of war rhetoric is being heard again. The republican clown car has turned into a bus, with each candidate flinging their own misguided versions of vague foreign policy at their base... much like the caged monkeys flinging their dung in the zoo. The world is indeed facing perilous times... and the Republican party is just warming up... again.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Danger! All Tattoos Are Poisonous.

So this is some really bad news because everyone has had or knows someone who has a tattoo. I was blown away with this radio episode on WNYC which really nailed down what everyone must know about tattooing. The show is 'The Leonard Lopate show' and I have included a link to the show so you can listen to it yourself.

So far tattoos cannot be removed, they are simply treated with lasers and broken down and now float around your body and may eventually be deposited in your lymph nodes. It is a permanent threat to you for the rest of your life.

From WNYC... 'The FDA lists several risks from tattoos on its website: Infection, Allergies, Scarring, Granulomas, and MRI complications. However, tattoo inks are regulated as cosmetics in this country, which means that there is no federal agency that reviews, or approves, tattoo inks. A study in Lancet revealed titanium, barium, aluminum, and copper are predominantly used as colorants in tattoos, and there is little scientific information about the lifetime internal exposure to these ingredients. Monona Rossol, industrial hygienist and president of Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc., will discuss the latest study on what is known, and what is unknown, about the safety of tattoos.'

I encourage all to listen to the episode which is titled 'Think before you ink,'
I'll give a quick synopsis; apparently most inks contain tiny, nano sized metal particulates that migrate from the tattoos and are deposited in the Lymph nodes, where they are falsely detected as cancerous cells, thereby causing some of us to undergo treatment and surgeries for cancer when in fact we are not correctly diagnosed. This means you will have organs incorrectly removed.

This has happened to at least one person who then went through the treatment and a hysterectomy for cancer. They later realized the mistake and said upon a review that they did find microscopic cancer cells anyway...(grain of salt needed for that one.)

Sometimes cancers show up in the actual tattoo, as has been observed in many sailors who were known for having inked up long ago. Now tattooing has become the norm and everyone is at risk. 

Tattoos are classified as cosmetics so there are no regulations per se, to control manufacturing of the inks, which even in the case of organic inks, there is still the risk of bacterial infections so they are infused with toxic chemicals, 
solvents and banned chemical preservatives to prevent infections.

Titanium oxide, mercuric oxide and cadmium are carcinogens that are widely used in cosmetics and inks. Aluminum, Barium, Copper, Lead, Arsenic, Cobalt,  Nickle and other products are still found in todays inks. Titanium Dioxide is also used in sunscreen... so yeah, there is that!

Doing an MRI is usually troubling and painful because the MRI is a magnetic process which actually attracts the metals in the tattoos as they are trying to rip away your skin through magnetic attraction to the machine.

The bottom line is there is no safe way to get a tattoo and not be at risk, so spread the word.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Every Body Needs An Asshole, Trump Is Doing The Honors For The GOP.

The Joke... The parts of the body were fighting among themselves over who should be the boss. The brain said it should be the boss because it does all the thinking, the mouth said it should be the boss because it nourishes the body by eating, the hands said they should be, because they do all the work, and so it went on all day with each body part saying why they should be the boss.

The asshole said nothing... it just shut up and shut down, doing none of its work. Two days passed and things got a little uncomfortable. Four days passed and everyone felt quite bloated and were finding it much harder to function; stuff was piling up. By the seventh day the body parts were all screaming to get some relief, all the 'garbage' had piled up and it stunk so bad the body was ready to pass out. Then the asshole spoke up... he was unanimously elected to be the boss.

The Reality... Donald Trump is right now fulfilling that job of being the asshole in the 2016 Presidential elections. He is spewing all the crap that the Republican party and the GOP base wants to hear but all their candidates are too scared to say. The candidates are all willing to say crazy things but only one crazy can drive the Clown Bus at a time... so they won't all look crazy. By letting out all their little 'nuances' and secret dog whistling calls, Trump is forcing everyone to put up or shut up.

The problem the Republican candidates face is that they have nothing to put up as Trump has cornered the market in the insanity area. The inmates are indeed running the ward. He has taken all the nice soundbites that the Republican base has swooned over in past elections, and he is spewing all that garbage, which we have heard over and over for all these years and he has left none for the others to spew.

We have heard other assholes present themselves in the past, Christine O'donnell had to say that she was not a witch... the jury is still out on that, Ron Paul said women can stick some aspirin between their legs if they needed, Romney's Veep Candidate Paul Ryan had to distance himself from his buddy Todd Akin, when they revealed that they considered some types of rapes to be ligitimate... 'Paul Ryan says that he personally believes that rape is just another “method of conception” and not an excuse to allow abortions'... and don't get me started about Sarah Palin!!

Donald Trump has now spewed all the good stuff and we see the Republican hopefuls being left in the dust, quite rapidly I might add. This has awoken the GOP base and the other candidates are scrambling for anything they could now say to make themselves appear valid, sane, smart and compassionate... somethings they have never been known for.

The Donald has republican candidates trying to separate themselves from him and the statements which they have all used in the past, by attempting to tell the truth... enter Ted Cruz. 

Senator (Canadian) Ted Cruz is now proudly representing himself to be a Cuban, (ok he is now a Canadian Cuban...American) and says that he will bring Cuban festivities like pig roasts to the White House if elected. His latest brush with truth telling is to stab his Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the back by admitting that McConnell is a liar, something the rest of the world knew all along.

Rick Santorum, famous for his 'man on dog' and other gay bashing comments over the years,  now admits to the world via a Rachel Maddow interview, that he does not know anything about LGBT people and if they are born that way. This is something he should at least spend some time thinking about since his decisions on the subject as President, would affect millions of Americans.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, while under indictment and facing a felony charge, has tried to wear glasses in a blatant attempt to secede from his deserved reputation of being a blockhead...ooops. This act of distraction has not escaped the watchful and trained eye of the Donald as he has had plenty practice weeding out the goats from the sheep on 'The Apprentice.' The Donald recently sold him down the river for the scam he is trying to pull...of trying to look smart

I could run down the list of the other 200 or so republican candidates running for the 2016 Presidential elections, but I'll leave that for another time.

Trump is waving the same boring clueless 'build the bridge' flag as those before him and none of them or their base even realize that Mexicans know how to do many things... like picking, gardening, washing dishes, babysitting... and digging tunnels under walls!!... remember El Chapo? It is stupid to think there are no shovels in Mexico!

Regarding that assinine wall idea... there have been as many or more people coming into America through the airports for decades and simply overstaying their visas. President Reagan gave an amnesty and republicans hate him for this. There are also many who drive across from Canada, so to think that the Mexicans are the biggest immigration concern, simply shows the more racist aspect of republican logic... or lack thereof.

So hopefully, the asshole wins the Republican nomination!

I can't wait to see the debates!!

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Does The Internet Spawn Global 'Capitalistic Socialism?'

Enter Zipcar, Uber, Lyft and AirBnB
Lest I lose this audience from the start, let me attempt to first outline certain terms that we may know, but as I realize, 99% of us do not understand. To this end I recommend a really great radio episode by an economist who really discusses these business ideas in great detail.  

The show is called 'Economic Update' hosted by Professor Richard D Wolff, from 9am to 10am, on WBAI radio and the episode was broadcasted on July 17th 2015. It is quite educational and one would be well advised to listen at the above radio links,  it will take you to the archive page of WBAI. At the page, just locate the program 'Economic Update' and click it.

Capitalist Enterprise ; traditional business model which focuses on a top down control and decision making structure with little concern paid to the workers' social well-being, or their ability to work safely and more productively on the job. The focus is mainly on profit without strong concern for social or environmental issues related to the result of doing business.

Capitalism is about 300 yrs old, starting in England in the 17th century and expanding outwards from there to Europe and the Americas... and globally. Called an individualistic system it is not well favored in most countries as the result is always a widening of the economic gap between workers and management while having some unsociable or damaging affects on society and the communities where they operate.

Socialism; Emerged in the 19th century and is more geared toward workers getting a better and/or more humane deal, and better social rewards as a direct result of employment. Geared to also socially serve the communities with greater affect in and around where they exist. Cooperating collectively to conduct profitable business while enhancing the society they exist in as a whole. 

In its largest form, Socialism is thought to mean using the government to have and maintain large economies that were socialistic in focus... this is a misunderstanding, as that is really State Capitalism; it is directly run and regulated by the State. 

Socialism has never been achieved anywhere in the world by major countries like China, Russia, Cuba or France, as they were still run and regulated by States, not private community sources.

State Capitalism is just a means to arrive at Socialism but it is not in itself Socialism... it is just a means to get there. Many people misunderstand this... including Stalin; and think State or Private Capitalism is actually Socialism, but it is not, if you have not transformed the production process into a community social structure or affair. 

A good example of a long existing social success in the form of a Cooperative is the Mondragon Corporation in Spain.

Workers' Self Directed Enterprise;  is an alternative to traditional Capitalist enterprise. This seems to now be the preferred mode of reducing company expenditure and realizing more profits for the company as a result of the reduction. There may be different ownership arrangements but the workers get a better socio economic result than being employed at  the traditional hotel or rental car company. Worker cooperatives are the oldest form of this business model, one example is religious organizations, where the workers are sociably interactive with the community/society they function within, with positive results for everyone involved.

The new trend for some business models has been greately re-done by the use of the internet and using new platforms that helps companies to grow much faster, spread the cost to a wider framework by letting owner/operators share in the operations and the profits, while not burdening the company with owning the hardware or product. 

This is a link to a WNYC Bryan Lehrer episode where the co-founder of Zipcar Robin Chase is interviewed and offers some wonderful ideas about how and why this business platform is successful. In Zipcar's case, the customers have a much better experience fulfilling the needs to get a vehicle when needed, while not having to deal with the rules and practices of a regular car rental company, or owning a vehicle that you only use on weekends.

With new business platforms using the internet, the actual owners of the products being used are in fact the actual workers as well, for instance Air BnB, where the home owners that facilitate the business also maintain their homes and are thereby the owner/operator of that empty room and property used.

In the case of Uber and Lyft, owner/operators are used by these companies via their exclusive app platforms, to connect riders to a privately owned car operated by its owner who is courteous and keeps within the high standards required by the company. The car owner is paid a premium price for their work and is able to fashion their work hours and work zones, around their personal lives, thereby beneftting from having enough time to have other activities including having a family. 

These new businesses are the epitome of having as close to a successful Socialistic business model in the 21st century as is feasible and it is only growing. It is far more cost effective for the companies, as they do not own a car but just an app and a payment system...and makes millions of dollars with it. Welcome to the 21st century!! Open your wings/minds and fly people!

This is the best example of what I call 'Capitalistic Socialism' in the 21st century. 
Could these business models be a boon to self described Socialist Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election, as opposed to the traditional approach of Hillary Clinton? Well, it is Socialism... kinda

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