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Sovereignty: Our Need to Uphold It on All Sides

With the Western escalation of the situation in Ukraine by basically attempting to put NATO at Russia’s front door, we have to wonder what our political leaders are thinking, and if they are not aware of Russian interests and sovereignty. While I am not a fan of Russian policy towards internal control and potential manipulation, our lack of ability to look at ourselves and the real danger our actions may cause is disconcerting. The West is using Russia’s protection of their naval base in Crimea and for ethnic Russian people in Crimea, who have themselves chosen Russia over a Western backed “revolution,” to increase dominance in an area of historical, political and military significance that is almost sacred to Russia. Western leaders are not attempting to understand, balance all interests and come to mutually accountable talks and agreements between Ukraine, the European Union and Russia. If the “revolution” had been provoked by a less favored country, it would have been called a coup to potentially secure military dominance, and we would have fought against it.

For example, if Russia would have invested $5 billion in a pro-Russian revolution in Poland, employed diplomats and protestors to assist in a mass pro-Russian uprising in the country, had FSB assets on the ground handing out leaflets on how to protest and then not investigated an event where snipers on roof tops shot both protestors and police, while Russia was saying the government in power did this to the Russian leaning protestors, and while shortly after international officials were caught on tape suspecting it was the Russians themselves that killed the protestors and police, the West would be screaming “coup!” even if the leader in power was as corrupt as former President Viktor Yanukovych. So why is this not happening now. and what are the unseen implications?

I read an interesting comment the other day on Veterans Today in an article entitled Russian Defense Minister urges Hagel to stay cool by Arjan, who said, “Is it totally out of the question that the real objective of the true powers of this planet is to bring Putin and Russia to world power? I do not have totally convincing reasons to think this, just some small clues.

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Letter to Governor Brown on Partnership with Israel on Economic development, Research and Trade

After seeing this article, “Gov. Jerry Brown brags on signing historic agreement with Netanyahu in Silicon Valley,” here is the letter I wrote, you should write one too.

Dear Governor Brown,

I am against our state entering into an international agreement with Israel while there is a tremendous amount of concern over the treatment of the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank. We as a state should not choose to condone the illegal settlements and potentially internationally criminal war tactics committed by Israel.

Israel appears to be weakening in regards to relations with the US, EU and many other countries, and my concern is that now that the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement is working and finally about to bring a change for peace in the Middle East through the Palestinians plight gaining recognition, Israel is reaching out to the states, such as ours.

Are we as a state going to work with business entities located in the settlement areas? I would like a response to this question because it must be clear to Californians what we are getting involved with.

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Will Ukraine be the next Greece or Spain? Austerity May Come Without US Diplomacy

Ukraine East and West

When you watch the toppling of statues of Lenin by the opposition movement in Ukraine, they are making a clear statement. According to the Daily Mail, “Around 100 of the so-called ‘reclining Lenins’ have reportedly been destroyed according to an interactive map released by Euromaidan, the opposition movement organisers.” A statue is easy to topple but a relationship is hard to change when it is mutually beneficial.

According to the CIA World Factbook, 25.6% of all Ukrainian exports are to Russia with 32.4% of its imports being from Russia. In addition the majority of the debt of the country is held by Russia including $3 billion recently provided of the $15 Billion promised in aide last year.

“Interim Ukrainian finance minister Yuriy Kolobov has warned that the “planned volume of macroeconomic assistance for Ukraine may reach around $35 billion (25 billion euros)” by the end of next year,” according to an article by AFP.

With that much debt expected and the potential for reduced exports and higher prices oil and gas, if Russia employs these tactics, the country could be in a very severe financial situation that may force extreme reforms which may be “suggested” by the International Monetary Fund such as those that have been imposed on Spain or Greece, which spurred austerity measures focused on the average citizen, not the billionaires.

The current leadership in the Ukraine seems to be waiting for a western bailout. Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said the new government should be formed quickly so that the country can secure as much as $35 billion in financial aid.

What guarantees lie ahead for investors are unclear because of the precarious situation with Russia and also potential issues with the Euro itself.

Greg Palast, author of Billionaires and Bandits, said in 2012, “The Euro was the ultimate in supply side economics, designed to perform exactly as it has done in an economic crisis – strip away traditional economic tools of recovery and push states into “internal devaluation”, privatisation and attacks on labour rights. It’s performing perfectly.”

This makes you wonder if that is what the revolutionaries want for their economy? Or are they just not aware, yet.

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LENR- E-CAT and NASA Aircraft – and Blacklight Power Defying Old Constructs of the Atom to Create New Power

The word atom is, in itself, an anomaly. It comes from the Greek adjective atomos, meaning “indivisible.” So, when thinking about nuclear power, whether it is hot fusion, conventional nuclear reactions that occur at tens of millions of degrees, or what is termed as LENR, low energy nuclear reactions, either process in itself defies the word because these reactions involve altering the atom, or what was previously seen as “indivisible.”

In the alternative power community there has been a lot of talk about LENR as of late because of many important developments, as well as recent validations on technologies by many experts. These low energy nuclear reactions are now standing in defiance of the conventional hot fusion based nuclear technology and may be winning.

The differences between LENR and conventional nuclear fission is that LENR is based on fusion, the process the sun uses to create light and heat versus nuclear fusion and fission. Conventional nuclear processes involve a system where energy is produced from nuclear binding energy that is released by either fusing together two light nuclei or when heavy nuclei split.

One other important differences of LENR is that the process utilizes non-radioactive materials, so there is no radioactive waste.

Based on what is happening with a company called E-Cat, we may even be able to have one of these units in our homes in the very near future. Inventor, Andrea Rossi just recently sold rights to his LENR technology, Energy Catalyzer (E-Cat) to Industrial Heat LLC from Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina.

A primary goal of the company is to make the technology widely available, because of its potential impact on air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels and biomass,” said Industrial Heat in their press release on January 24, 2014. “Mr. (JT) Vaughn confirmed IH acquired the intellectual property and licensing rights to Rossi’s LENR device after an independent committee of European scientists conducted two multi-day tests at Rossi’s facilities in Italy.”

“The world needs a new, clean and efficient energy source. Such a technology would raise the standard of living in developing countries and reduce the environmental impact of producing energy,” said Vaughn speaking on behalf of Industrial Heat.

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Tunisian Constitution, Civil Rights as a Basis for Syria Geneva II Talks to Avoid Egyptian like Instability

An issue being seemingly ignored during the negotiations with Syria at the Geneva II talks is the same issue that was ignored in Egypt’s constitution and has potentially caused Egypt to be plagued with instability after the Arab Spring – basic enforceable civil rights for the people including freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to peacefully assemble, freedom of religion and equal rights for women and men.

On this, three year anniversary of the January 25 Movement in Egypt, it is important to look at why freedom is dramatically lessened in Egypt, and why they experienced a coup or removal of their first elected President Mohamed Morsi, just a month and a year after he was elected. Civil rights should be the first step to form a reformed government in countries previously controlled by dictators because it provides power for the people to address the overreach of the elites previously in charge.

Support for civil rights for the people of Syria or Egypt is not only locally beneficial to the security of Syrian or Egyptian people, but it is important for world security from terrorists who are in opposition to those very same civil rights.

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The Dying Art of Questioning Authority in America

What makes America so great, or rather what has made America so great? It is the freedom to ask questions and get truthful answers.

With the issues such as Whistle-blowers, freedom of the press and rights to privacy on the table, why is the main focus on the messengers and discrediting them? This can only be because they, those in power, do not want the questions asked and want to manipulate any person who is only listening to sound bites, the majority of the struggling American population, into to accepting their position.

Why? Because questions either by the people or the press don’t fit into the national narrative, “they are a  threat to ‘National Security.’ ”  From my understanding National Security involves serving the people, not the criminals.

In my opinion, we are no longer great if we do not uphold the Constitution, and if we continue to let the “terrorist” bogeymen erode our freedoms. It has been almost 12 years since 9-11 and the strange thing is that no one was allowed to question then and to have an honest investigation and answers provided that had to stand up to criticism. With the wars, questioning was seen as traitorous. “Either you are with us or you are against us.”

By our government not answering our questions with solid, documented, scientific, open investigation that is allowed to be questioned from all sides to insure the truth, we have been kidnapped as a country. Why now are things spilling over? Is it because the real boogie man is coming out of hiding?

Based on the Nuremberg Principle IV, “defense of superior orders” is not a defense for war crimes. Why were none of the potential crimes being internally investigated conjunctively – Iraq, WMDS, blackballing Joe Wilson, outing Valerie Plame & discrediting Scott Ritter, just to name a few? How about Afghanistan – Bin Laden’s need for kidney dialysis, the CIA meeting in July 2001, the Twin Towers and Building 7 destruction, opium production increasing to its highest level ever after the war, billions of US dollars spent or stolen, just to name a few?

The Nuremberg Principle IV states that “The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.” What about all of the people we killed based on false assumptions or evidence? Isn’t that what Bradley Manning was trying to bring light to?

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Waking Up to the Ideology behind Gaza

When I awoke yesterday morning, I tuned in to CNN and then Democracy Now. I was hit with the most prominent contrast of life in a deplorable violent situation in Israel and Gaza. On CNN was the site of rockets being fired and intercepted in an upper middle class neighborhood in Israel. The homes looked much like those in the US, wide paved streets adorned with globe shaped street lights. The homes in the neighborhood were large, single and two-story stucco homes much like those in California, where I live.

The news anchor was discussing the fact that children were being kept indoors and said that the trauma they felt by being kept indoors was severely uncomfortable to them and their parents. Apparently, the parents were going to have to struggle because the children needed to be kept indoors.

Next I watched Democracy Now hosted by Amy Goodman. The images shown there were of the Palestinian children of Gaza and their parents that only wished that they had the safe haven of indoors. Burnt children were being brought into a hospital. Many burnt children were dead. Their parents and relatives were crying and screaming. Later, I saw people being excavated from piles of rubble, in the background were demolished apartments and old buildings that lined and sometimes covered unpaved streets.

This stark contrast kept me glued all day to the events as they unfolded as I prayed for peace for all of the children, that no child may have to face a day living in fear because of adults’ aggression and warlike behavior towards one another. I also hoped that no child would have to live in a bombed-out, destroyed building in what seemed to be an area that was so unequal to its neighbor.

I wondered why no one cared about the disparity and/or saw it as significant to the conflict? So I wanted to have a better understanding for the mentality behind the indifference.

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The Election Results – Time to Work Together

After 2012 Election Democrats and Republicans can work together. Image courtesy of 123rf.com

I retweeted @audsquad’s tweet today because I couldn’t find a better statement which reflected on how I felt. I was amazed that everyone I was supporting won. What was also worth noting was that I heard very strongly within President Obama’s Victory Speech, his desire to work with the Republicans and bring the country together. The word self-reliance came to mind. I happened to be googling around the internet the words self-reliance and I saw an article written yesterday by Bill O’Reilly talking about self-reliance in regards to Hurricane Sandy. He said, “That in order to ride out any storm effectively, you should be self-reliant and resilient. That means you have to anticipate problems and have some solutions at the ready.”

This got me thinking about the words, self-reliance and the words that are used by greenies like me such as sustainability.  We both mean basically the same thing in a very significant way. When I say sustainability, it comes from inside out. You create sustainability by being self-reliant and finding innovative ways to take care of yourself that support yourself and the world around you because you are a part of the world around you. The survivalists are more concerned with their own survival but once they feel secure, they do help others. Survivalists and greenies want the same thing, to survive and thrive.

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It’s Hard to Make a Start Sometimes

It’s amazing how difficult it is to actually make a start when you feel nervous about doing something that you see is overwhelming in someway. Like posting to your blog every day, you feel nervous that something you say will be taken the wrong way or that you may make a mistake somehow, but then the feeling that you are sitting on the sidelines too long can overcome you, so you make that start. 

And as the famous quote from Ronald Reagan to Jimmy Carter during the Presidential Debate, “There you go again.”

The plea that comes from these pages is for peace and a world where everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve the basics. As with Reagan’s comment, the idea of the basics for everyone has been looked at as though the poor or lower income people would like to have this handed to them on some silver platter, as Mitt Romney said, “All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what … These are people who pay no income tax. … [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

No Mr. Romney, they believe that they should have an equal opportunity to achieve the “American Dream.” They don’t want a hand out and the majority of the 47% would not accept a hand out.

It is different when you are born into a privileged home. You don’t have a day wondering how you are going to make it today to pay your bills, make your rent payment or buy food to put on the table, if you have a dinning room table.

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A Word from a Typesetter’s Daughter on President Obama’s Birth Certificate

It was just enough today when I heard Donald Trump talking about President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. He’s talking as though the internet, I-Phones and even fax machines were around back in 1961. Back then a call from Kenya would have required someone to travel potentially more than several days just to make the call then what, how did it get in the paper? How did it make it with the other birth announcements from the same day?

People didn’t have cell phones and there were probably no public telephones in villages, so a person would have to travel by foot, mule or however they traveled to a major city to make a phone call.It could definitely have taken more than one day as some villagers in Africa travel more than a full day to travel to a major city on the transportation system they currently have. This was 50 years ago.

With that how would the announcement below get in the paper by August 13 then, the same date when many other people were born at the hospital appeared in the paper.  It is interesting that August 4th, 1961, the date President Obama was born on was a Friday, just before the weekend in Hawaii.

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Back then, if some people can remember, the world did not work at a lightening fast pace as it does today. As President Obama was born on a Friday, just like the three babies typed below in the photo above, it is possible that the birth announcement was not typed out by the hospital and mailed until Monday or Tuesday.  Notice above how the President is below the daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. D. Wright born on Saturday, August 5 yet still in the paper on the same day. 

So let’s say the envelope was typed Monday and mailed Tuesday, August 8th. It potentially arrived at the newspaper office  on Wednesday, August 9. Then the secretary or administrative assistant, as we would call probably her today, opened the mail late Wednesday or Thursday morning. It may have been late in the day when it arrived, so she may have waited and opened the mail the following day. She then would have placed the paper copy from the hospital with the birth announcements in the in-box for the typesetter, who could have typed it in either Thursday or Friday and it was then output in gullies, pasted up Saturday, and printed Saturday night for Sunday’s paper.

There were no zip codes back then as zip codes were not implemented until 1963. People were not in a hurry to publish birth announcements, they were just like they are today, nice but not critical urgent news.

No one would have known that President Wright would have caused such a problem, wait, I was just reading the birth announcement from August 5th, that’s not the President. Would anyone have questioned President Wright? Oh wait! She is a daughter.