Israel’s current military operation in Gaza is a human tragedy, leading many to ask, isn’t there a better way? Sometimes it’s better to simply watch the videos. The first is an excellent documentary by ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, exposing some troubling views within Israel, manifested by the composition and support of their leading soccer team, Beitar Jerusalem F.C. I highly recommend this video, it is very enlightening.
NASA Releases Awesome 360-Degree View From Mars Surface In the ultimate selfie by the Mars Curiosity Rover, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has produced an absolutely stunning 360-degree view of the Martian surface. The picture is incredibly clear, and you can look around by simply grabbing and dragging. If you weren’t impressed with […]
On January 2nd, 2016, Ammon Bundy lead an armed group to occupy Oregon’s Malheur Federal Wildlife Refuge. The group of less than 25 call themselves the “Citizens for Constitutional Freedom.” Their primary claim extends a decades old controversy, that the Federal Government has no Constitutional authority to create and manage wildlife refuges on Federal land—absent State authorization. Furthermore, they believe that local economies are hurt when environmental protection takes precedence over industries such as cattle, logging, and mining.
The Syrian Civil War has been raging since March 2011. Approximately 250,000-300,000 people are dead, while another 11 million are displaced and continue to migrate to various parts of the Middle East and Europe. All the while, ISIS continues to acquire and hold territory throughout northeastern Syria and northwestern Iraq, realizing their objectives of 1) establishing a Caliphate, 2) enforcing 7th-century Sharia law, and 3) initiating the end-of-the-world Apocalypse by fighting a final battle with the Christian armies of Rome in Dabiq, Syria.
The Keystone XL Pipeline (“XL”) is the 4th phase of the original Keystone project. What the press rarely seems to mention, is that phases 1-3 are already complete and transporting Alberta tar sands bitumen oil all the way to Illinois and Texas refineries. The XL portion is essentially a 2nd wider pipe from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska, only this new pipe will take a more direct route across Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska. The XL route to Steele City will be much shorter than Phase-1, provide for larger volumes, and enable additional oil from Montana and South Dakota to be added to the mix.
The town of Ferguson Missouri is in crisis after police shoot an unarmed 18-year-old with no criminal record. The St. Louis County police force has fired Tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters, and they also wrongly arrested two legitimate reporters for no clear reason. The police SWAT teams look ready to enter the battle of Fallujah, hardly a force ready to protect and serve their community.
Modern humanity risks eventual extinction from any number of causes, but the most likely will arise from a failure to manage our limited resources, or alternatively, to intentionally destroy each other. Are we the next dinosaurs? Are we the next inhabitants of earth to prove unable to sustain our species and civilization?
The U.S. continues to support a unified Iraq against all reason—as Sunnis and Kurds both want out—raising the greatest question, a unified Iraq serves whom?
Is it unreasonable to view the current developments in Ukraine simply as a natural progression of the Soviet Union dissolution? Of course we can declare outrage, violations of International Law, and disrespect for sovereignty; but after ignoring these bedrock principles in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and elsewhere; are we simply reaping what we have sown?
Does the West prefer Russia to be an Evil Empire? Unfortunately we are now unsure which Empire the West desires, a perceived arch-enemy, Cold War style evil Russia; or a United States hegemony, once again embracing the Neocon dream of another evil Empire—our own?
We demand certain standards of performance and professionalism that ensure quality, safety, and value across every industry and for most demanding positions—except Executive positions within Government. Think about it; doctors, nurses, lawyers, military, civil servants, engineers, real-estate inspectors, brokers of all kinds, teachers, merchant mariners, and pilots; the list for licensure exams is endless. Rigorous exams are required for almost every job except the most important job in the land, our Commander in Chief and President! Does this really make any sense?
Do you truly believe that (1) defaulting on existing legal obligations, (2) threatening the United States credit rating (14 amendment), (3) defaulting on T-Bills held by foreign nations, and (4) blocking settled law (ACA), are well and faithfully discharging your duties of office? Do you truly believe that undermining the Constitution; by failing to regulate foreign commerce and pay the public debt (Art I Sec 8) is conduct that upholds your oath of office? The American People know the answer, ignore them at your own peril.
Why would any Congressperson choose to risk further degradation of the U.S. credit rating and harm to our economy, future, and reputation? Have they not sworn an oath to the U.S. Constitution and to faithfully execute their office?
We need to throw this amorphous phrase “American Exceptionalism,” into the scrap heap of history, and never attempt to take advantage of its known ambiguity. If we are the great country we claim we are, then we must always pursue peace first, and not worry about who gets to take credit.
The President must communicate clearly to Congress, the American people, and the world—exactly what our objectives are, both long and short, establishing a unified vision for the future of Syria.
Wealth, Power, God, and Ignorance; all in one, how does the GOP get away with it?
NSA Surveillance. Obama says “You can’t have 100% security, and also 100% privacy, and zero inconvenience; we’re going to have to make some choices.”
What happens in a society where TRUTH has little value? What happens when disinformation and propaganda feed and spread ignorance? What happens when the media can be bought and purchased to push a particular ideology? What happens when the resulting ignorance spreads hate and fear? The guarantee of Free Speech—subject to established limitations on Defamation—is so fundamental to society, how can we combat the intentional deception of our citizens? Is it even possible to overcome the propaganda?
There is an uncomfortable similarity between current events in East Jerusalem and what transpired throughout Europe during WWII. Many Israeli “activist” citizens see the injustice and are standing proudly against it—a testament that some learn lessons, but not all. President Obama is visiting Israel very shortly, and I hope that he addresses this issue directly with our very special allies.
HOW did we ever come to violate so many of the fundamental beliefs that have enabled us to climb so far so fast? Solitary Confinement for 23 hours a day—indefinitely? How brave is that? We have the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world, with almost 2.5 million people locked up—at least 80,000 in solitary confinement? How just is that? Should we remain proud of our nation? What have we become?
Gun control opponents scream 2nd Amendment but fail to define a legitimate need for high capacity magazines.
A stunningly beautiful time-lapse video of the night sky over Atacama Chile—and the music is awesome too! Our modern world denies most of us the wonder and pleasure of reflecting while looking at the stars. If you are not mesmerized throughout this video you need to check your pulse. Make sure your volume is up!
I am a few years late learning about the Deep Web, a secret underworld below the surface Internet, where all things can be privately and anonymously bought and sold. Some have called it “an eBay for criminals,” and it is currently thriving.
As time passes 9/11 is becoming a foggy memory for many, but to an increasing number of professional architects, engineers, physicists and other scientists—9/11 remains a troubling cover-up of controlled demolition of WTC Building 7.
The most likely cause of Crop Circles is Satellite based masers. They can be executed with minutes as long as the satellite platform is overhead.
The United States’ education system has deteriorated to where our science doctoral programs are close to 100% dependent on foreign students visiting the U.S. In the past most stayed, now many are returning home to China, India, Russia, and elsewhere. How long can the U.S. survive poaching foreign talent without developing some of our own?
Suspending a superconducting disc above or below a set of permanent magnets. The magnetic field is locked inside the superconductor ; a phenomenon called ‘Quantum Trapping’.
There are approximately 311 million Americans in the country. The distribution of wealth across those 311 million is much more inequitable than most think. The fact is that the top 1% of Americans (or a little over 3 million people) own 40% of all wealth in America.
It is now estimated that 70-75% of all trades are executed on automated exchanges with no human intervention; other than perhaps to initiate so-called “circuit breakers” when volatility becomes apparently irrational.
The richest in America already pay the highest tax percentages on wage income, and account for close to 40% of all Federal taxes collected. Perhaps they should pay even more than they do, and that remains up for discussion, but that is for Congress to decide. However, we should never accuse the rich from not paying their “fair share,” as they already pay an obvious unfair share. So lets stop the political nonsense and call things as they truly are. The 99% wish the 1% to pay a larger share than they now pay, so if we must use the term fair, in all fairness, it must be “unfair”.
Congressional gridlock surrounding the United States Tax policy now resembles an ancient holy war with Tax Relief Crusaders and Left-Wing Secularists defending immovable positions by any and all means. The nastiness of discussion, misrepresentation of facts, and general lack of civility serve none; yet we choose to speak in political code and refuse to talk clearly about the most fundamental issue of disagreement—the ethical component of our progressive tax structure.