Like the song "Lawyers In Love" we have a land with too many in high places willing to do anything for money neglecting people, honor and principle but a change is coming. No more falling for the lie of living only individualistic and independent leaving us divided and conquerable by powerful special interests but a people, a nation collaborating for the greater common good in various groups all across the nation. A land of people working together to help one another with a vision moreover as Jesus would have us be. Love, Mercy, Forgiveness, Kindness....something about another Land. The change is coming

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Come-to-Jesus Moment for The Left

The left has a chance to supplant the Christian right as the new moral authority.

When George W. Bush ran for president in 2000, he campaigned in the wake of President Bill Clinton's impeachment. The former Texas governor and son of a president pledged to restore honor, dignity and virtue to the Oval Office after Clinton fooled around with a White House intern and lied to the nation about it.
Clinton nearly always infuriated conservatives of all stripes, perhaps in part because he encroached on what used to be GOP turf. Crime, welfare, trade – these were Republican bugbears. But Clinton, who won only a plurality in 1992, shifted cannily to the right, thus pushing Republicans further rightward. In doing so, Clinton achieved what Republicans could never have.
The Republican impeachment of Clinton should have been seen as a transparent power grab but wasn't, thanks to the moral authority of Christian conservatives. Instead of a coup, which would have been a more accurate description, impeachment proceedings were characterized as a cleansing of the body politic, a purging of the presidency of desacralization and smut.
Maybe it was. What's certain is Clinton's impeachment was the result of decades of consolidation between Republican and Christian conservative interests. Meanwhile, a generation had come of age imprinted with the idea that Christian values were so aligned with Republican policy goals that to have a debate informed by Christian values was to give credence to Republican policy goals, even if the debate was between liberal and leftist. The last thing you wanted was to sound like a Republican.
As a result, legions of liberals learned to stop talking about politics in terms of religion, especially the Christian faith. This is not to say liberals became amoral. They did not. Liberalism is deeply moral. But it is not necessarily Christian, and that's my point. After the rise of the Rev. Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority, liberals (specifically white liberals) surrendered Christianity to the conservatives and in doing so, Christianity became Republican.
In fact, Democrats are more religious than Republicans, according to Pew. From Episcopalians and Jews to African-American Baptists, Democrats outnumber Republicans in their profession of faith. But Democrats don't view politics through the lens of religion. Republicans do. Over time, and in the absence of a healthy counterweight, the Republican view of politics vis-a-vis religion grew dramatically myopic, so much so that in 2016 the same Christian conservatives who agonized over Clinton's besmirching of the presidency chose to unite behind a lying, thieving, philandering sadist in order to achieve a long-coveted and long-denied goal: outlawing abortion.
It's unclear whether Christian conservatives know the price they have paid. By going all-in with Trump, they have seriously undermined, perhaps bankrupted, their moral authority. The movement's big wheels are scrambling to contain dissent bubbling up from their ranks, from young evangelicals appalled by the older generation's attempts to rationalize Trump's corruption, views of immigrants and his endless, breathless lying.
Allowing the Christian right to crash on its own might seem like a victory for liberals, but it's not. The Christian right could limp along for years if allowed to. Liberals need to recognize this moment as an opportunity. The right's former moral authority must be supplanted by a new moral authority, one equally rooted in religion. But how can liberals, especially white liberals with an allergy to Jesus-speak, take a stand on the principles of Jesus?
Jesus was not just a savior. That millions see him that way is incidental to the liberal agenda. What matters is the politics of Jesus. In fact, Christ's politics and the politics of American liberals are eminently, if not entirely, compatible.
When the rabbis asked Jesus which among Moses' laws were the most important, Jesus did not say laws about food, family or worship – or any law that was distinctly Jewish. He said, in so many words, that the most important laws demanded that you love God with all your heart and soul, and, of equal importance, that you treat your neighbor as yourself.
This is often called the golden rule, but at the time this was a radical departure from the ethical thinking of the ancient world. Back then, morality was tightly bound up with one's group identity. If you were not a friend, you were an enemy. Ethically, there was no middle ground. But the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus preached, was not reserved for the right kind of people who ate the right kind of food and believed the right kind of beliefs.
According to author and historian Antony Black, the Kingdom of Heaven reduced "the moral status of clan and of tribe, as well as nation" (my emphasis). It "detribalized monotheism" by obviating the need for distinctions: between Jew and non-Jew, husband and wife, rich and poor, healthy and unhealthy. "Differences of race, status, and gender are all insignificant," Black writes before quoting, in "A World History of Ancient Political Thought," a verse from Galatians: "There is no such thing as a Jew or Greek, no such thing as slave or free, no such thing as male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
The Kingdom of Heaven was a political theory as much as it was the way to redemption. As a political theory, it should be familiar to liberals. It is in keeping with their principles of tolerance, individual freedom and equality. Liberals need not be religious to talk like Jesus and to create a more perfect union for everyone. They need only to understand his politics. In relearning Jesus-speak, liberals will replace the right's now-barren moral authority.

- John Stoehr

My Take-
I get it, that is all about politics and using Jesus to achieve a political end. We don't so much need the religious left to just talk like Jesus to promote their left-wing ideals, however that wouldn't hurt, what we need are all real Christians to wake up, reject the politics of the money serving right-wing and embrace the Jesus ideals of the left born out of God's love. It is much deeper than politics and about more than just personal morality, it is about un-compromised biblical truth concerning money, the rich and the power structure that is under the power of money and the rich. If that can happen we can open the door to people of the left truly realizing the justice and compassion of a personal God and actually turning to Jesus, changing their own lives and leading a "revolution" of the like you have not seen. The people of this nation are so ripe for it i can only laugh with joy.
You should understand that the right-wing power structure fears this like the plague. They have worked desperately in all their divisiveness and treachery to keep the Christian faith divided as it is. That day is coming to an end. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A Radical Redistribution of Love

They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47)
One of the first things that happened as the church was born that first Pentecost, 2000 years ago, is that Christians started sharing everything they had. They worshipped in their homes. The gospel was lived out of dinner tables and living rooms.
Scripture says, “No one claimed any of their possessions were their own, but they shared everything they had ... and there were no needy persons among them … They put their offerings at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed as people had need [and] there were no needy persons among them.”
This witness has so much to teach our world.
We are living in a time of unprecedented economic disparity between the rich and the poor, the haves and the have-nots. Masses live in poverty so that a handful of people can live as they wish. The world’s three richest people own more than the combined economies of 48 countries. The average CEO in the U.S. is making 335 times the average worker.
In contrast, it was the ethic of the early Christians that no one had a right to more than they need while others have less. Basil the Great said, "When someone steals another's clothes, we call them a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not?"
But here’s the deal. Generosity cannot be forced or legislated. It has to be provoked by love. That’s why we’re not talking about a new form of socialism, or communism, or anything that ends in “-ism.” Redistribution comes from community, not before community. The early Christians did not have community because they shared stuff — just the opposite. They shared stuff because they had community. It is simply what happens when we are driven by a love ethic to love our neighbor as ourselves.
The deepest tragedy in our world is not that rich folks don’t care about poor folks. The tragedy is that rich folks don’t know poor folks. Statistics are not enough. Campaigns are not enough. We will never make poverty history until we first make poverty personal. That’s what happened in the early church — they had a new vision of family. They no longer had “rich” and “poor,” but only “brother” and “sister.”
Jesus is not saying to the poor, "Come find the church." Jesus is saying to the church, "Go into the world. Find me where I am hungry. And homeless. And naked. And in prison."
In the end, the final judgment according to Jesus is this. All of us will be gathered before God, and we will be asked a few questions — not a doctrinal test about eschatology, inerrancy of Scripture. We will not be asked if we believe Mary was a virgin, or if the world was really made in seven days. We will be asked, “When I was hungry, did you feed me? When I was a stranger, did you welcome me in? When I was sick, did you take care of me?"
The true test of our faith is how it is expressed in love and compassion to the people in this world. And it’s not that our works earn our salvation — our works demonstrate our salvation.
But here’s something important: It is not about guilt. Jesus did not come to give us guilt, but to give us life. Someone once said to Mother Teresa, “I wouldn't do that for a million dollars.” And she responded by saying, “Neither would I. But I would gladly do it for Christ.”
In the end, what we are talking about is the life we are made for: joy, love, and freedom
I will never forget learning this from a homeless kid in India. Every week we would throw a party for the street kids, kids 8-10 years old who were homeless, begging all day to survive. One week, one of the kids I had grown close to told me it was his birthday, so I got him an ice cream. He was so excited, he stared at it mesmerized. But what he did next was brilliant. He yelled at all the other kids and told them to come over. He lined them up and gave them all a lick. His instinct was, "This is so good, I can’t keep it for myself."
In the end, that’s what this whole idea of generosity is all about. Not guilt. It’s about the joy of sharing. It’s about realizing the good things in life — like ice cream — are too good to keep for ourselves.
- Shane Claiborne

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Christmas Present Americans Didn't Want But Republicans Forced On Them Anyway and A Present For You And I

What kind of individual or individuals tell you they are giving you a great Christmas present when they know you know that is not true and is even actually intended for someone else and you didn't want it but got the present forced on you anyway? What kind of person is that? What kind of leaders are this that brazenly lie to you and treat you this way?

Leaders that are not accountable to you.

You clearly and strongly told them you didn't want this present for Christmas but they got it for you anyway. The American people unequivocally did not want the Republican tax bill but Republicans  pushed it on them anyway telling them(lying) ensuing growth would pay for it when Americans fully know there is no real precedent for tax cuts to stimulate the necessary economic growth needed to offset these giant corporate tax cuts and check the deficit. Even the CORPORATE OWNED media in the last week, in the moment of truth strangely played the positive side of this Republican tax bill feeling almost like it did when the media turned coat into establishment cheerleaders just before the invasion of Iraq and although not that extreme, the media is clearly soft-peddling the tax bill now.

But why is all this? Why are Republican leaders in congress, the ones that voted for this tax cut bill all smiles, gleefully smiling in your face on TV? Why do they get away with passing it now during the time of year you the people have your guard down full of warm emotions and least likely to be vigilant? Because "YOUR" U.S. Congress, particularly the GOP, are no longer accountable to you.

Because when you, the public, are asked what you believe are the most important political issues before the nation your polls look like this:

1 National Security
2 The Economy
3 Environment
4 Healthcare
5 Civil Rights
6 Immigration
7 Foreign Policy
8 Unemployment/jobs
9 Campaign Finance Reform(refusing to let corporations give unlimited money to congressman to get them elected so that effectively the congressmen are beholding to what the corporations want, the rich want(do you even connect the dots?)

Instead of this:

2 The Economy
3 Healthcare
4 National Security
5 Environment
6 Immigration
7 Civil Rights
8 Foreign Policy
9 Unemployment/jobs

Until Americans fully understand that campaign finance reform is at the core of why they do not get congressmen to vote the way they want they will not get what they want. Until corporations and the rich can no longer give as much money as they want to congressmen to get elected the congressmen will 90% of the time pay back the rich corporations with the legislation the corporations want, not what you want. This is human behavior and common sense 101 but you the American people do not seem to understand this really simple concept nor connect the dots.
Revolutionizing the American government is so very within your grasp but you just don't get it. When the Occupy Wall Street movement spread across the nation and world, you left it up to young people but you should have filled the streets millions strong seeing the best chance you have ever had, short of violent revolution, to take your country back from Wall Street and their money bought off politicians. Don't you see? With the amounts of money behind these congressmen you have to make a very big impression to get their real attention. You didn't do it, they didn't change.

As it is now we move toward the death of American democracy and the very possible birth of anarchy and repression because to avoid it there must be balance, justice and fairness and we are tragically turning the wrong way. Pure equality is unrealistic and probably unwise but the arc we were on toward that ideal is dying. Injustice and the widening gap between rich and poor will bring anarchy and that anarchy will bring repressive police state measures we have seen the establishment flirting with(practicing) now for several years and surely you realize it is not a coincidence.They know they have been doing the people wrong and they have every intention of foolishly staying that course and they know the people are not going to take it for long so they are practicing to "deal" with the people.

We were at the nexus and we got Trump,a Supreme Court justice that favors Citizen's United(citizen's divided and betrayed) that opposes campaign finance reform, and we got a congress writing up radical legislation that favors the rich and powerful almost always in opposition to the people's will.

A present for you and i

All of that is what you are getting and apparently will continue to get here however "here" is not where it's really at. The politics and all of it can be greatly discouraging to those who seek justice and fairness for all particularly at Christmas time but let me share with you something that is really where it's at, something not pushed on you but offered up.

The truth is that "where it's at" is a loving kind great and wonderful place in a land beyond this world. It is the place of the heavenly realm or heaven. It is the real substantial reality you can choose to go to after you leave this temporal fabricated reality at the end of your life.
To ensure you do go there, you, we, all of us must turn away from the darkness of this world, from the dark gravity that has your eventual destruction in mind.
God loves you so very much and wants to deliver you from this fallen world but only your choice can change your nature. It is a choice tied to your inner core, your soul, who you are. Choosing God and all He has for you will transform and regenerate your spirit allowing you to be operable and functional in heaven. Without this change you would be like a key trying to open the wrong locks, a password that no longer works. Your inner man left in it's fallen state of self-centeredness would be "lost" in heaven but...
God wants to love you like a father and have you come and be with Him in heaven for eternity.

To do this turn from the "drag you down" dark evil of this world, sin and all of it with a repentent heart. Turn to God and ask him to forgive you of your sin and involvement with the darkness at the core of this world. Ask His Son Jesus Christ to come into your heart, accepting Him as your Lord and Savior, and God will forgive you of your sin and give you a new beginning. He will empower you to throw off the shackles of your past. He will minister to your heart
Be of a seriously repentant sincere heart and God will forgive you as it says He will in His word(1 John 1:9).
God knows your heart and so you will not fool Him. Get real on the inside with Him and He will give you, not just a new start here, but a real loving eternal life beyond this fleeting life. Reject the nature of this dark temporal miserable world and help others do the same.
Follow Jesus and know His ways by reading about God's new covenant with us in the New Testament and pray to God your Father in heaven for help every chance you get. He's listening and ready to do something about it. Your prayers are more powerful than you may think.
Ask God to fill you with His Spirit and empower you so that you can overcome this world.

Love one another, love your neighbor as yourself, love even your enemies. Spread it around.
Go for God's love this Christmas.

- Douglas Waterman

Massive "Wanna Cry" Cyberattack Spreading Around The World

(Found this in my drafts dated in May. Gotta watch that. The pic is new of course)

Still, no corner of the globe was immune. In addition to the well-publicized impact on Britain’s health service, Spain’s largest telephone company had been hit hard, the FedEx corporate offices in the United States reported being infected, and everything from train stations to schools to government agencies were reporting being caught up in the massive digital blackmail scheme.
The result was a global digital epidemic that unfolded in much the way security experts had been predicting for years. Many targets were being left with little choice but to pay several hundreds of dollars to recover their data.
Even more alarming, more than 24 hours after the first attack, no one seemed entirely confident in their ability to ever completely stop it.
This is the biggest attack of this kind we’ve ever seen.
— Christy Wyatt, chief executive officer of cybersecurity firm Dtex
“It’s going to continue to grow and evolve and propagate,” said Christy Wyatt, chief executive officer of cybersecurity firm Dtex. “This is the biggest attack of this kind we’ve ever seen. We’re all trying to figure out how we can contain it. But I’m afraid this is the new normal.”
Overnight, people posted photos on Twitter of computers in places such as a German railroad ticket machine displaying the ominous red sign. In Spain, telecom company Telefonica as well as the nation’s largest utility reported an outbreak. Russian officials confirmed that many organizations in that country had been affected, including its Interior Ministry and telecom company Megafon.
So far, the Department of Health Services in the United Kingdom seems to have suffered the worst of it. But Nissan also confirmed that a car plant in that country was affected.
In France, the national cybersecurity agency warned citizens that while it had not yet detected any problems in that country, they should still take precautions to protect themselves.
For many security firms, these types of attacks have become a daily occurrence, a quiet battle they are fighting in the trenches against a mounting number of bad guys. It was the size and scope of WannaCry that has pushed this pitched battle into the public spotlight.
"We are seeing firsthand how ransomware can be used to compromise more than just data privacy,” said Dean Weber, chief technology officer of security firm Mocana.
The scope of the attack triggered a furious debate about the complex web of factors that led to such widespread vulnerability. While the list of culprits was long, and getting longer by the hour, it was the U.S. National Security Agency that found itself facing the most recriminations.
Security experts were appalled that the NSA had identified the method of attack as part of its cybersurveillance efforts and then somehow failed to safeguard it. The agency was facing accusations that it let a taxpayer piece of technology meant to protect the United States and its allies fall into the wrong hands and create digital anarchy.
As a result, some were predicting the NSA could be facing a political blowback that could match or exceed the one it received following the release of the Edward Snowden documents revealing the extent of its digital spying activities.
“Losing your tools, losing what the government paid you to do, losing your cyberweapons, it’s a really tragic event that’s going to hurt the world,” said Phil Lieberman, president of cybersecurity firm Lieberman Software. “To have them fall into the hands of criminals is just awful.”
The vulnerability that the NSA originally found in Microsoft’s Windows systems was likely a goldmine in terms of the ability to conduct surveillance. It allowed an outside party almost unhindered access to a computer, where they could plant a piece of software with digital credentials and monitor activity.
Spotting this weakness and understanding how to exploit it was without a doubt a long and intensive process. But the NSA’s roadmap for what was code-named EternalBlue was hacked and published in April by a group known as the Shadow Brokers.
In April, Microsoft issued a security patch to plug the vulnerability. But as is typical, many users and organizations either ignored it, or have been slow to update their systems. Many organizations simply don’t have the resources to do so. The result is millions of machines around the world left open, a problem compounded if peopled or companies failed to regularly back up or make duplicates of their data.
The problem has become so dire that Microsoft took the extraordinary step of issuing software patches Saturday for versions of its Windows operating system that it had stopped supporting years ago.
"The widespread nature of this attack suggests that organizations are still slow to patch significant vulnerabilities like the one currently being associated with this event,” said Travis Farral, director of security strategy at Anomali and a former ExxonMobil security intelligence executive. “Considering the potential impact of these infections, ensuring that there are procedures in place for quickly patching urgent vulnerabilities and having a good business continuity plan in place to account for these types of attacks should be paramount priorities in any organization.”
With the NSA roadmap, creating the worm WannaCry wasn’t too difficult. The virus slips into a system, and once there, plants a bit of software that encrypts the information. A red screen pops up telling a user to pay $300 in Bitcoin within a certain time frame if they want to recover access to their data.
In doing so, the worm generates an encryption key. Those keys must be registered at a remote “command and control” destination on the Internet. Some groups have found that once they have identified that location, they have been able to set up an alternative version of the site that tricks the virus and prevents the encryption from happening. So far, Lieberman said there have been two waves of the virus, and both have eventually been blocked this way.
The problem is that the worm spreads itself very quickly once launched. And even if it’s stopped, a user with an encrypted machine is still stuck with few options but to pay up. Some security firms were furiously working on decryption tools, but a ticking clock on the red screen gives users only so much time to pay before the amount goes up.
“You can have as many backups as you want, but fighting a malware outbreak that infects all your Windows systems is very hard to combat,” wrote Dutch security firm Redsocks in a blog post. “Anyone can imagine the impact of all Windows computers being disabled.”
Given the diffuse nature of the attack, it’s difficult to estimate how many targets have or will pay, or what the ultimate cost may be. But some estimates are already saying a conservative target of $1 billion is not unreasonable, a stunning windfall for whatever group is behind it.
The problem now is that relaunching another version of the worm with a different destination is pretty easy for the hackers.
And that’s why security experts are worried that there’s no way to stop wave after wave of attacks being launched against the massive number of exposed systems. They worry that this is the beginning of a fight without an obvious end in sight, short of finding and arresting the people behind the assault and patching every single machine.

My take: Well that's what happened in May and you know what's happening now. The concern is that N. Korea is ideally situated to carry out these attacks without the normal repercussions other nations suffer. The implication of course being they are far from finished and the situation is far more serious due to Trump's saber-rattling with Un.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Elon Musk And Google Lead 116 Experts Calling for United Nations To Outright Ban Killer Robots

Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots.

Tesla’s Elon Musk and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman are leading a group of 116 specialists from across 26 countries who are calling for the ban on autonomous weapons.

The UN recently voted to begin formal discussions on such weapons which include drones, tanks and automated machine guns. Ahead of this, the group of founders of AI and robotics companies have sent an open letter to the UN calling for it to prevent the arms race that is currently under way for killer robots.

In their letter, the founders warn the review conference of the convention on conventional weapons that this arms race threatens to usher in the “third revolution in warfare” after gunpowder and nuclear arms.

The founders wrote: “Once developed, lethal autonomous weapons will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend. These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways.

“We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close.”

Experts have previously warned that AI technology has reached a point where the deployment of autonomous weapons is feasible within years, rather than decades. While AI can be used to make the battlefield a safer place for military personnel, experts fear that offensive weapons that operate on their own would lower the threshold of going to battle and result in greater loss of human life.

The letter, launching at the opening of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in Melbourne on Monday, has the backing of high-profile figures in the robotics field and strongly stresses the need for urgent action, after the UN was forced to delay a meeting that was due to start Monday to review the issue.

The founders call for “morally wrong” lethal autonomous weapons systems to be added to the list of weapons banned under the UN’s convention on certain conventional weapons (CCW) brought into force in 1983, which includes chemical and intentionally blinding laser weapons.

Toby Walsh, Scientia professor of artificial intelligence at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, said: “Nearly every technology can be used for good and bad, and artificial intelligence is no different. It can help tackle many of the pressing problems facing society today: inequality and poverty, the challenges posed by climate change and the ongoing global financial crisis.

“However, the same technology can also be used in autonomous weapons to industrialise war. We need to make decisions today choosing which of these futures we want.”

Musk, one of the signatories of the open letter, has repeatedly warned for the need for pro-active regulation of AI, calling it humanity’s biggest existential threat, but while AI’s destructive potential is considered by some to be vast it is also thought be distant.

Ryan Gariepy, the founder of Clearpath Robotics said: “Unlike other potential manifestations of AI which still remain in the realm of science fiction, autonomous weapons systems are on the cusp of development right now and have a very real potential to cause significant harm to innocent people along with global instability.”

This is not the first time the IJCAI, one of the world’s leading AI conferences, has been used as a platform to discuss lethal autonomous weapons systems. Two years ago the conference was used to launch an open letter signed by thousands of AI and robotics researchers including Musk and Stephen Hawking similarly calling for a ban, which helped push the UN into formal talks on the technologies.

The UK government opposed such a ban on lethal autonomous weapons in 2015, with the Foreign Office stating that “international humanitarian law already provides sufficient regulation for this area”. It said that the UK was not developing lethal autonomous weapons and that all weapons employed by UK armed forces would be “under human oversight and control”.

While the suggestion of killer robots conjures images from science fiction such as the Terminator’s T-800 or Robocop’s ED-209, lethal autonomous weapons are already in use. Samsung’s SGR-A1 sentry gun, which is reportedly technically capable of firing autonomously but is disputed whether it is deployed as such, is in use along the South Korean border of the 2.5m-wide Korean Demilitarized Zone.

The fixed-place sentry gun, developed on behalf of the South Korean government, was the first of its kind with an autonomous system capable of performing surveillance, voice-recognition, tracking and firing with mounted machine gun or grenade launcher. But it is not the only autonomous weapon system in development, with prototypes available for land, air and sea combat.

The UK’s Taranis drone, in development by BAE Systems, is intended to be capable of carrying air-to-air and air-to-ground ordnance intercontinentally and incorporating full autonomy. The unmanned combat aerial vehicle, about the size of a BAE Hawk, the plane used by the Red Arrows, had its first test flight in 2013 and is expected to be operational some time after 2030 as part of the Royal Air Force’s Future Offensive Air System, destined to replace the human-piloted Tornado GR4 warplanes.

Russia, the US and other countries are currently developing robotic tanks that can either be remote controlled or operate autonomously. These projects range from autonomous versions of the Russian Uran-9 unmanned combat ground vehicle, to conventional tanks retrofitted with autonomous systems.

The US’s autonomous warship, the Sea Hunter built by Vigor Industrial, was launched in 2016 and, while still in development, is intended to have offensive capabilities including anti-submarine ordnance. Under the surface, Boeing’s autonomous submarine systems built on the Echo Voyager platform are also being considered for long-range deep-sea military use.

My take: If people as forward thinking as Elon Musk, Google and other high tech experts are warning of the danger of AI and robotics we better be taking this seriously now. Once the economic component becomes entrenched we are in big trouble. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

NASA Wakes Up New Horizons Spacecraft for Voyage Into Mysterious Third Zone

Nasa woke up its New Horizons spacecraft following a five month hibernation, ahead of a journey deeper into one of the most mysterious regions of the Solar System.

New Horizons, which captured incredible images of Pluto in July 2015, was powered down in April to conserve energy as it travelled through the Kuiper Belt, a vast region of icy debris which encircles the Sun and planets, also known as The Third Zone.

On September 11, the spacecraft was awoken for its 16 month journey to MU69, an ancient object which is thought to be one of the early building blocks of the Solar System.

The space rock had not even been discovered when the craft launched in 2006 and the flyby will be the most distant in the history of space exploration, a billion miles beyond Pluto, and four billion miles from Earth.

Recent observations of MU69 from the Hubble Space Telescope show it is probably two ‘binary’ objects or a pair of space rocks ‘stuck-together’ bodies which are each around 12 miles across.

Alan Stern, Principal Investigator for New Horizons at Nasa, said:“We are very likely going to a primordial binary in the Kuiper Belt, a four-billion-year-old relic of Solar System formation and an exotic building block of the small planets of the Kuiper Belt like Pluto.

“It may even be a swarm of smaller bodies left from the time when the planets in our solar system formed.

“New exploration awaits us. It promises a scientific bonanza for the flyby.”

New Horizons was the fastest spacecraft to ever launch and is partly powered by nuclear energy.

When it launched in January 2006 Pluto was still a planet, but just a few months later it was downgraded to a dwarf-planet or ‘plutoid’ and is now known officially as ‘asteroid number 134340’

After studying objects in The Kuiper Belt, the spacecraft will eventually leave the Solar System, a feat only achieved by Voyager so far.

And it is carrying the ashes of the scientist who discovered Pluto, Clyde Tombaugh. Tombaugh died on January 17 1997, nine years and two days before New Horizon’s launch, but one of his final requests was for his ashes to be sent into space.

-Sarah Knapton

Finally, something interesting in outer space exploration. Kind of a nice treat since I didn't see this one coming. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Gravitational Waves Will Bring the Extreme Universe Into View

The first direct detection of gravitational waves on 14 September 2015 proved that massive objects can ripple the structure of space, verifying a key prediction of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. The second detection, made on 26 December 2015 and announced this June, firmly established gravitational waves as a new window to the Universe. But even more exciting are the detections yet to come: the thousands of signals that should soon be observed by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and Virgo experiments. They will transform our understanding of black holes, neutron stars, supernova explosions, and perhaps even the origin and fate of the cosmos itself.

Changes to the fields of physics and astronomy are already being felt. The two events reported so far have significantly increased the number of known stellar-mass black holes, and have demonstrated that black holes can form tight pairs and merge violently within the lifetime of the Universe; such mergers are the inferred cause of the September 14 and December 26 signals. Drawing on data from those two events, my colleagues in the LIGO and Virgo collaborations have tested general relativity in novel ways, far outside our terrestrial experience. And we have shown that black holes collide more often than expected, which has lead some researchers to speculate that black holes might be abundant enough to qualify as a variety of dark matter.

As with any new observational tool, the most important discoveries from the new detectors will surely be the ones that are unexpected. But we also have a good sense of the amazing things that the gravitational universe will tell us, even in the absence of surprises.

First, we can be certain that we will detect many more merging pairs of black holes comparable to the two already detected. The current instruments are about three times less sensitive than their full potential. At their ultimate sensitivity, the two LIGO detectors (in Louisiana and Washington state) and the Virgo experiment (near Pisa in Italy) will register dozens to hundreds of black-hole events per year. This large sample will yield a detailed census of black holes, and will allow astronomers to characterise their population all across the Universe, evaluating theories of how they form.

We also expect to observe mergers of neutron stars, the ultradense remains of stars that were too small to form black holes. Whereas black holes are so extreme that they are breathtakingly simple (completely described by their mass, spin and charge), neutron stars show the Universe at its most bizarre and complex. They contain more mass than our Sun packed into a sphere the size of Manhattan, with magnetic fields that can be more than a billion times as powerful as Earth’s. We do not understand how matter this dense behaves, nor do we know how their magnetic fields are sustained. What we do know is that pairs of neutron stars sometimes spiral into each other. The resulting gravitational waves will give us, for the first time, an unobstructed picture of neutron stars as they interact.

Unlike black holes, naked neutron stars emit light and other forms of radiation. Neutron-star mergers can produce a rapid flash of gamma rays or X-rays, along with a faint optical afterglow that can linger for days or weeks. With LIGO and Virgo operating in concert, we can localise the position of colliding neutron stars to within a few degrees in the sky. Optical telescopes can then search this patch of sky for a fading signal emitted by radioactive material ejected during the merger. This simultaneous observation of gravitational and electromagnetic signals could solve many long-standing mysteries in astronomy, such as the nature of energetic flashes known as short gamma-ray bursts, and the origin of heavy elements, including much of the gold found on Earth.

Gravitational waves can also show what happens in a ‘core-collapse’ supernova explosion, which occurs when the core of a massive star exhausts its nuclear fuel and is crushed under the star’s immense mass. This is an open question in astrophysics, because the mechanism that drives the explosion is hidden deep inside the star. Gravitational waves from supernovae will travel directly from the star’s centre to our detectors. Core-collapse supernovae are exceptionally rare, however; the last such one near our galaxy was in 1987, and the last known event in our galaxy proper was 400 years ago. Gravitational-wave scientists will have to be lucky and patient.

Looking out on an even grander scale, gravitational waves from neutron star mergers will give us a fresh way to study the expansion of the Universe. Our current picture of cosmology­ – in which the Universe is expanding following the Big Bang, and is accelerating due to an unseen ‘dark energy’ – relies heavily on observations of supernovae in distant galaxies. Gravitational waves will provide complementary information: the intensity (amplitude) of the gravitational signal tells us the distance to the event, while the optical appearance of the merger reveals how much its light has been stretched, or redshifted, on its way to Earth. These two pieces of information define the rate at which the Universe is expanding. Measuring this rate independently will provide an important check of our cosmological models.

Finally, LIGO and Virgo might detect a faint background hum of gravitational waves that pervades the entire Universe, constantly vibrating all of empty space. Many theories predict an omnipresent gravitational energy produced either from the accumulation of astrophysical events such as black hole mergers or from an early, extremely rapid episode of cosmic inflation immediately after the Big Bang. If the hum is loud enough, it will show up as a correlated signal between widely separated detectors such as LIGO and Virgo. Measuring the gravitational-wave background would be a dramatic achievement.

For the next few years, progress in gravitational-wave science will be limited by the sensitivity of the detectors. With each boost to their performance, it’s likely that we will uncover events from new types of sources. Eventually, perhaps after a large international investment in new facilities, progress in the field will be limited only by the willingness of the Universe to provide rare, exotic signals to observe.

LIGO and Virgo have already performed a staggering feat. Consider the properties of the September 14 event: the signal was generated by two objects, each roughly 35 times the mass of our Sun, locked in a decaying orbit the size of Switzerland, circling each other 50 times a second. The energy involved was staggering, briefly exceeding that of all the starlight in the Universe, but the signal that reached Earth was among the most imperceptible things that humans have ever measured. As gravitational-wave detections make the transition from sensational discoveries to routine tools for astrophysics and cosmology, the invisible shaking of space will, paradoxically, illuminate parts of the Universe that were entirely dark until now.

by Aeon and Daniel Hoak

My take: I often ask myself, will this be the one, the one detector or instrument that finally begins to reveal that we are not in a so safe place in outer space. I know this day is coming when some scientific instrument or telescope will see what was prophesied in the New Testament of the Bible. I'am sure it will be initially attempted to keep this from the people of earth but the people will find out because......Luke 21: 26 says men’s hearts will fail them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
It is of course important that "for the powers of the heavens will be shaken" comes directly afterward. I'am sure some would say otherwise this scripture only means earthquakes, hurricanes and plagues but context and proximity are everything in scripture and so according to this it is clear things will be coming on the earth due to the "shaking" of the heavens.

What is interesting here is that beyond seeing with the naked eye, men in those days could not otherwise have been aware of anything coming upon the earth but clearly and ominously we have the means today, far above any past expectations, to be able to fulfill this scripture by providing the means to see something coming upon the earth well ahead of time. Men, of course, at the time did not know this would be possible but God did know and spoke of it here.
Men will be able to see through telescopes or detect through the myriad of scientific instruments something coming upon the earth. There is actually a lot that can go wrong out there and a lot that can come our way when it goes wrong. It could be as simple as an asteroid or comet or it could be caused by forces in or from the sun or the approach of a relatively small black hole, neutron star or dark matter which would exude incredible gravitational force causing disruption in the solar system. If you understand how black holes affect the space around them as they approach you understand how the scriptures referring to a sun and moon no longer giving off it's light, stars being cast from the sky like in a strong wind and the heavens being rolled back like a scroll could be attributed to the immense gravitational forces from a black hole stopping and trapping light photons. Dark matter itself is supposed to make up 95 percent of the universe so one wonders just when do we rub elbows with this very present force.
One would think gravitational wave detection should be something that would detect activity before any "shaking" of the heavens occurs. Gravitational forces should be at the very core of all this.

Now one could go on and on about symbolic interpretation of scripture and how it seems when it comes to these prophecies a way is found for all of end time cataclysmic events to be symbolic even to the point one might come to believing even the creation event was symbolic so we are not really here all this is symbolic and so you can see the absurdity in that idea. The beginning of the earth and heavens surely was quite a physical event and it only seems reasonable that there would be some of that happening at the end. It might seem humorous using understatement here but if you read some of the biblical studies and commentaries pushing almost fanatical use of symbolism to interpret these end time scriptures you might have to chuckle a bit yourself. It might also be a laugh  that my comment here is nearly turning into another article so i must can it and ship it.
The following however should be by no means humorous.

Men's hearts will fail them for what they see coming upon the earth
for the powers of heaven will be shaken.

Trump's Top Pick To Be Our New Drug Czar Drops Out After CBS 60 Minutes Searing Expose

President Donald Trump poses with Congressman Tom Marino
and his wife Edie.
Marino was Trump's nominee to become the National Drug Czar.
WASHINGTON, DC — Facing growing criticism on his controversial legislative agenda, Rep. Tom Marino (R-10 PA) on October 17 withdrew his name from consideration of appointment to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a position also known as “Drug Czar.” Marino, 65, represents Pike, Wayne, eight other NEPA counties and parts of four others.

Donald Trump had named Marino as his nominee in September. Democratic critics, following on an October 15 investigative report by The Washington Post and CBS’s “60 Minutes,” charged that Marino is the drug industry’s man in Congress.

“It’s like putting the wolf in charge of the hen house,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) said in demanding the nomination be withdrawn.

The investigative report revealed Marino’s role supporting pharmaceutical initiatives in Congress since 2011, as well as his being the primary sponsor of 2014 legislation, the “Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act” (EPAEDEA), which contained an un-highlighted policy change related to opioid use that reviewers did not catch.

Focused congressional pressure was successfully exerted upon Department of Justice (DOJ) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials who had initially opposed EPAEDEA, and the principal DEA official opposing the legislation was demoted following a letter of complaint from Marino.
With what appeared to be DOJ and DEA support, the seemingly uncontroversial EPAEDEA passed both houses of Congress by unanimous consent and was signed by President Obama in 2016. Its un-highlighted policy change has since all but stopped DEA efforts to prevent  widespread distribution of untold millions of opioids.

The Post wrote, “The law was the crowning achievement of a multifaceted campaign by the drug industry to weaken aggressive DEA enforcement efforts against drug distribution companies that were supplying corrupt doctors and pharmacists who peddled narcotics to the black market. The industry worked behind the scenes with lobbyists and key members of Congress, pouring more than a million dollars into their election campaigns… Political action committees representing the industry contributed at least $1.5 million to the 23 lawmakers who sponsored or co-sponsored four versions of the bill, including nearly $100,000 [$92,500] to Marino and $177,000 to [Sen. Orin] Hatch,” of Utah, who negotiated the final Senate version of the law.

Osterberg says Marino has explaining to do

Pike County Commissioners Chair Matt Osterberg, a Republican, has been pressing for opioid/heroin epidemic answers for several years and recently announced a contract with two law firms that could lead to the county’s suing the drug companies and distributors of opioids.
Commenting on the Marino nomination, Osterberg admitted “much concern with this decision. Mr. Marino sure has some explaining to do, but so does every other member of Congress and our previous president. Where were our two senators?”

Osterberg was critical of the unanimous consent voting on any drug enforcement legislation. “Washington is broke[n]. You watch the news and all of them are running for cover. Marino may be the ringleader, but the rest of them are part of the gang. [They are] all just worried about protecting their jobs, not doing their jobs. Shameful.”
Democratic Commissioner Steve Guccini expressed “serious concerns” with the nomination. Guccini said he was already aware of Marino’s legislation and “contributions to his campaign by drug companies… Until we have the courage to adopt a Constitutional Amendment getting the money out of Congressional races we are never going to solve this problem. In that regard, both political parties are complicit,” he said.

Speaking of the commissioners’ call for drug treatment programs, Guccini said “Perhaps just as troubling is Marino’s incessant attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with no realistic plan to replace it.” He cited Medicaid expansion, part of the ACA, as an invaluable tool in paying for long-term treatment of opioid addiction, since it funded treatment from earmarked state funds for those who do not qualify for Medicaid and do not have other insurance to pay for treatment. “If your position is that you are going to repeal the ACA because everything that President Obama did was wrong, then you are not serious about tackling opioid addiction.”

- David Hulse

It is of course no surprise Trump attempted to put in another corrupting department nominee that would destroy the better interests of the people in order to enrich a powerful few.

Beyond that this is another among unending another examples demonstrating you the people have to take the money out of politics and reform campaign finance.  And this is unending number of times I've had to say "Boy if you don't get it this time you never will". Any electorate with a brain can see this problem is at the very root of why so much corruption continues and why you the people cannot and do not get done what you want done. An electorate with a brain makes campaign finance reform the very most crucial top issue of the times. When you fix that you inexorably fix the potential to realisticaly fix everything else. What else?

Whatever you do you need to see this 60 minutes episode on the opiod epidemic and congressional corruption trying to inhibit enforcement of drug laws:

Thursday, September 28, 2017

I Helped Create the GOP Tax Myth. Trump is Wrong: Tax Cuts Don’t Equal Growth.

The best growth in recent memory came after President Bill Clinton raised taxes in the ’90s. 

by Bruce Bartlett    

Bruce Bartlett was a domestic policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan. He is the author of “The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform — Why We Need It and What It Will Take."
Four decades ago, while working for Rep. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.), I had a hand in creating the Republican tax myth. Of course, it didn’t seem like a myth at that time — taxes were rising rapidly because of inflation and bracket creep, the top tax rate was 70 percent and the economy seemed trapped in stagflation with no way out. Tax cuts, at that time, were an appropriate remedy for the economy’s ills. By the time Ronald Reagan was president, Republican tax gospel went something like this:
The tax system has an enormously powerful effect on economic growth and employment.
High taxes and tax rates were largely responsible for stagflation in the 1970s.
Reagan’s 1981 tax cut, which was based a bill, co-sponsored by Kemp and Sen. William Roth (R-Del.), that I helped design, unleashed the American economy and led to an abundance of growth.
Based on this logic, tax cuts became the GOP’s go-to solution for nearly every economic problem. Extravagant claims are made for any proposed tax cut. Wednesday, President Trump argued that “our country and our economy cannot take off” without the kind of tax reform he proposes. Last week, Republican economist Arthur Laffer said, “If you cut that [corporate] tax rate to 15 percent, it will pay for itself many times over. … This will bring in probably $1.5 trillion net by itself.”
That’s wishful thinking. So is most Republican rhetoric around tax cutting. In reality, there’s no evidence that a tax cut now would spur growth.
The Reagan tax cut did have a positive effect on the economy, but the prosperity of the ’80s is overrated in the Republican mind. In fact, aggregate real gross domestic product growth was higher in the ’70s — 37.2 percent vs. 35.9 percent.
Moreover, GOP tax mythology usually leaves out other factors that also contributed to growth in the 1980s: First was the sharp reduction in interest rates by the Federal Reserve. The fed funds rate fell by more than half, from about 19 percent in July 1981 to about 9 percent in November 1982. Second, Reagan’s defense buildup and highway construction programs greatly increased the federal government’s purchases of goods and services. This is textbook Keynesian economics.
[Why would anyone in Puerto Rico want a hurricane? Because someone will get rich.]
Third, there was the simple bounce-back from the recession of 1981-82. Recoveries in the postwar era tended to be V-shaped — they were as sharp as the downturns they followed. The deeper the recession, the more robust the recovery.
Finally, I’m not sure how many Republicans even know anymore that Reagan raised taxes several times after 1981. His last budget showed that as of 1988, the aggregate, cumulative revenue loss from the 1981 tax cut was $264 billion and legislated tax increases brought about half of that back.
Today, Republicans extol the virtues of lowering marginal tax rates, citing as their model the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which lowered the top individual income tax rate to just 28 percent from 50 percent, and the corporate tax rate to 34 percent from 46 percent. What follows, they say, would be an economic boon. Indeed, textbook tax theory says that lowering marginal tax rates while holding revenue constant unambiguously raises growth.
But there is no evidence showing a boost in growth from the 1986 act. The economy remained on the same track, with huge stock market crashes — 1987’s “Black Monday,” 1989’s Friday the 13th “mini-crash” and a recession beginning in 1990. Real wages fell.
Strenuous efforts by economists to find any growth effect from the 1986 act have failed to find much. The most thorough analysis, by economists Alan Auerbach and Joel Slemrod, found only a shifting of income due to tax reform, no growth effects: “The aggregate values of labor supply and saving apparently responded very little,” they concluded.
The flip-side of tax cut mythology is the notion that tax increases are an economic disaster — the reason, in theory, every Republican in Congress voted against the tax increase proposed by Bill Clinton in 1993. Yet the 1990s was the most prosperous decade in recent memory. At 37.3 percent, aggregate real GDP growth in the 1990s exceeded that in the 1980s.
Despite huge tax cuts almost annually during the George W. Bush administration that cost the Treasury trillions in revenue, according to the Congressional Budget Office, growth collapsed in the first decade of the 2000s. Real GDP rose just 19.5 percent, well below its ’90s rate.
We saw another test of the Republican tax myth in 2013, after President Barack Obama allowed some of the Bush tax cuts to expire, raising the top income tax rate to its current 39.6 percent from 35 percent. The economy grew nicely afterward and the stock market has boomed — up around 10,000 points over the past five years.
Now, Republicans propose cutting the top individual rate to 35 percent, despite lacking evidence that this lower rate led to growth during the Bush years, and a drop in the corporate tax rate to just 20 percent from 35 percent. Unlike 1986, however, this $1.5 trillion cut over the next decade will only be paid for partially by closing tax loopholes.
Republicans’ various claims are irreconcilable. One is that the rich will not benefit even though it is practically impossible for them not to — those paying the most taxes already will necessarily benefit the most from a large tax cut. And there aren’t enough tax deductions, exclusions and credits benefiting the rich that could be abolished to offset a cut in the top rate.
Even if they had released a complete plan — not just the woefully incomplete nine-page outline released Wednesday — Republicans have failed to make a sound case that it’s time to cut taxes.
Nor have they signaled that they’ll commit to a viable process. It’s worth remembering that the first version of the ’81 tax cut was introduced in 1977 and underwent thorough analysis by the CBO and other organizations, and was subject to comprehensive public hearings. The Tax Reform Act of 1986 grew out of a detailed Treasury study and took over two years to complete.
Rushing through a half-baked tax plan, in the same manner Republicans tried (and failed) to do with health-care reform, should be rejected out of hand. As Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has repeatedly and correctly said, successful legislating requires a return to the “regular order.” That means a detailed proposal with proper revenue estimates and distribution tables from the Joint Committee on Taxation, hearings and analysis by the nation’s best tax experts, markups and amendments in the tax-writing committees, and an open process in the House of Representatives and Senate.
There are good arguments for a proper tax reform even if it won’t raise GDP growth. It may improve economic efficiency, administration and fairness. But getting from here to there requires heavy lifting that this Republican Congress has yet to demonstrate. If they again look for a quick, easy victory, they risk a replay of the Obamacare repeal fight that wasted so much time and yielded so little.

- Bruce Bartlett

My take: One of the most hollow things I have ever witnessed is seeing Trump up there on stage claiming his tax proposal will not notably benefit himself or the rich. This president has lied, bald-faced lied so many times on very important major issues that his speech really does ring so very hollow on honesty and integrity. He is a salesman selling without conscience for the consequences of the buyer, in this case his own people, supposedly the American people. The credibility of his words have become as tinkling brass, there is nothing there and this speech promoting his tax cut for the first time really makes him look like a joke, a charlatan. No one can believe him, leaders of nations cannot believe him or trust him.
Most perilously our enemies cannot believe him and I have particularly in mind at this juncture our friends, the people of South Korea.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

California, Hurricanes, Trumpathos, N. Korea And A Little Wisdom

As I left for California, Hurricane Harvey was moving out of Texas, which allowed me to feel good about my grand daughter that lives north of Houston, and Hurricane Irma was yet to hit Florida. Hurricane Jose could have done more damage but Hurricane Maria has devastated the U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth. It's citizens are U.S. citizens. If you really believe in patriotism and all people are created equal it would be a good time to utilize it

Donald Trump is dissing NFL football players that protest during the national anthem. He claims his objection is not racist but he said these players are son of a bitches before the public at a rally in Alabama. The key location is Alabama. These players are virtually all black protesting unequal treatment on black people by the police. Trump made his statement with fervor and passionate hand gestures in front of a crowd in Alabama, the capitol of racism in America. What are we supposed to be stupid or what?
Otherwise of course this is a diversion from his ongoing political failings and he made the reckless sensationalist warble when he fully knew the new Republican Graham Cassidy Obamacare repeal was going to fail. Some things of course cannot be ignored and this sad pathetic excuse for a president knows it and exploits it.

Trump is also trying to goad North Korean leader Kim Jung Un into making the wrong move as Trump needs a new Korean war to "solve" his political unpopularity and congressional gridlock.
War can perform psychological wonders on a people, most of it perilously mesmerizing benefiting the leader and his will in the meltdown of political gridlock - the inevitable Trump solution.
There will be a new Korean war albeit a very quick one and it will essentially get Trump a second term as president....let's just say that's what i think.

I thought the GOP would stop terrorizing poor and low-income families with the loss of their healthcare and I was ready to move on with writing about something else besides politics but the repeal effort did not stop in June. Now hopefully and prayerfully the Graham Cassidy Obamacare repeal effort is dead. John McCain was once on my list of highly rated people but then he compromised to be a presidential candidate however he has honorably returned to save the day now twice by voting no on the Republican's repeal efforts. McCain is right and he is right that it is high time Republicans and Democrats work together to make the ACA work effectively and that means stop trying to undermine it to fail. It is time to grow up and work together.

You cannot go very long in this country without some stupidity raising it's ugly head again and it's particularly true when a foul mouthed dolt like Trump is president. I really don't feel like writing about any of this type stuff right now but when there is so often stuff about which stuff needs to be said something has to be said but it is not going on much longer here. Will all the high profile negative news makers just take a break. Take a break. Get Trump a teaser.

Steering for a break in the clouds.

An important quote to consider about now:

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible 
will make violent revolution inevitable.
- John F. Kennedy

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Greetings From California, The Bay Area, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Levi Stadium.

My sister Ann passed away recently and so I made the trek out to the west coast to deal with that and visit my long lost nephew but more like a brother, Ross. and my other nephew Gregory. My sister and I loved each other very much. I could not have had a better sis on almost every level. Both Ross and Gregory said they needed me out there now to help and so it was on. There is a lot of backstory here I will cover another time but we had a great time and accomplished what we could.

In the neighborhood my sister lived and nephew lives, that is until the house is sold, it is so clean and nice with all manner of palm trees and exotic flora. The streets, yards and all just seem to have this aura of cleanliness and freshness. Santa Clara has a temperate climate with temps between 60 and 90 degrees all year long, light winds and breezes off the pacific ocean...very nice indeed. There is no polluted air and you know when it is going to rain and not rain. If you like to go outside without your hair blowing all over the place it is possible here. You can plan and get things done here.
The trip out was eventful. The fast and furious auto maneuver God made(maybe i helped, maybe i did something with the steering wheel, whew!) west of Flagstaff in order to avoid an I-40 catastrophic multiple car crash should be on someone's video since the opposing lanes were sitting still, stopped in a traffic jam. Tires were squealing as i barely made it around the back of a pickup that strangely and slowly pulled horizontally and directly out onto i-40 in front of me and another car. We were going top highway speed coming down mountain. It was just as if the person in that pickup pulled it out onto the interstate to purposefully cause an accident only 30 yards ahead in the middle of the two lanes.
Would have swore i heard cheering as i crazy swerved to avoid the back of the pickup. If only the car had a dash cam but then just watching that would dangerously raise the heart rate.
Was probably on Arizona TV.

All that just kept the blood flowing, the beauty and breathtaking nature of the trip took care of the rest.

My long lost nephew Ross(was Rossy back then)

Mac's (Ross's dad)
pristine condition 48 star American flag.
Mac also worked at Lockheed,
helped design the Hubble Space telescope.

Lindy my deceased niece and son Gregory(living 23 now)

Ross about 10 yrs. earlier in Fresno. Got a problem wit dat?

Silicon Valley's coolest park

The Bakersfield I-5 California HighwayVideos
(or road music in the great expanse)

A few last takes

Could have put them all here, Google, Yahoo, Cisco, Facebook, Amazon, Oracle, Apple.
 All and more were in a mile of my sister's house.
It is after all why they call it Silicon Valley.

The name stinks