Sunday, December 27, 2015

Oklahoma Didn't Want Hispanic Students To Go To College 30 Years Ago Either: "don't really belong there"





        College for All, Regardless?

                        Editorial Oklahoman  
YET another large-scale affirmative action plan is being advocated for Oklahoma's tax-supported colleges and universities at a time when fiscal austerity is the order of the day.
It's not being called that in so many words, but the recommendation that state college administrators intensify their recruitment of and efforts to retain Hispanic students amounts to the same thing.  State Regents for Higher Education are urged to pursue "enhanced college recruitment activities, especially at the comprehensive universities" in a report by Joe E. Hagy, a staff member. His report also says college officials should take steps to attract more Hispanic high school graduates directly into the higher education system.
The statistical basis on which Hagy builds his conclusions is the fact that while Hispanics comprise nearly 2 percent of Oklahoma's total population, the number of Hispanic students attending the 27 state-supported institutions of higher learning make up only 1 percent of the total student enrollment.
What we have here is the same old "numbers game" being played with respect to Hispanics that has characterized the long-running dispute over the number of blacks in state colleges in general and the role of Langston University in particular.
The report also coincides with a lobbying campaign by Oklahoma's higher education chancellor, Joe Leone, urging public support for higher taxes to alleviate a fiscal crunch at state colleges and universities. Leone stoutly defended the need for 27 different state-supported institutions at a meeting of the Higher Education Alumni Council last week in Oklahoma City.
Any reduction in the number of institutions would restrict college access to many Oklahoma students, Leone argues, because the existence of so many institutions throughout the state makes higher education both accessible and affordable.
This is a straightforward exposition of the old populist theory, still deep-seated in many aspects of Oklahoma's governmental structure, that dates to pre-statehood days. It expresses the view that everybody has something akin to a "right" to attend college, and that it's up to taxpayers to provide all high school graduates with that opportunity.
Affirmative action plans such as the one for Hispanics now being suggested go a step further. In effect, they say that it's not enough for taxpayers to provide the campuses and faculties but they also must subsidize minority student recruitment and retention.
College presidents naturally would like to see enrollments keep climbing to support their pleadings for more state funding. But in reality, there is no such thing as a right to attend college.
The state has a responsibility to make a realistic and affordable level of higher education opportunity available to individuals who are competent enough to take advantage of it. But taxpayers shouldn't be asked to subsidize programs to entice anybody into college, especially when experience suggests many who are currently enrolled don't really belong there in the first place. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Agent Orange, Dioxin, Arsenic,Presumptive, Diabetes, Peripheral Neuropathy, Depression, Pain, and that is just from the old guys that were in Vietnam. The Guys since then have been screwed on their shit as well.

(This is the 11 th edit of this post)

I have a friend who is a true believer about the VA Helping vets.  He was a bit messed up and they did save his bacon.  He should be positive about them.

But......

He didn't live in Oklahoma or Texas or the the South in general.
For many if not most of us the VA and Congress are just waiting for us Vietnam types to die off.  Let first say that I sincerely hope the guys who fought us have people there that have helped them more than they have here in the USA.  Not to mention the collaterals that were screwed up for multiple generations.

I have run into a VA brick wall that has been encouraged and supported by Congress and the last two administrations.  The wall has been built around the disease Peripheral Neuropathy.  Here is the deal in a nut shell, make that a Quonset hut.  VA says it has nothing to do with Dioxin and Agent Orange.  They say it an off shoot of diabetes that is only presumptively cause by agent Orange in the first place, and Congress now reluctantly lets the VA follow through on that law from a more flush revenue time. They rely on studies done in the 80's and 90's they sponsored that says nor elation ship to Agents Orange for Peripheral Neuropathy (PN).  As recently as 2011 they not only said the same thing sort of but set up a catch 22 that completely ignores that disease.  Trouble is that other research on the boys messing with Project Hades (latter the name was change to Project Ranch Hand) itself, that spread the stuff, say,yes, there is a relationship and it is worse the more you had contact with it.  The VA, Congress, and a NIH panel still say no.

Recently older wiser Neurologist diagnosed me for this disease.   My GP had already decided I had it as well.  Guess my surprise when I discovered that the onset symptoms started in 1995 or before and predated my diabetes that supposedly cause it by 6 years.  Yes that's the game.  The VA position as far as dioxin is concerned it cause diabetes (presumably) and diabetes causes PN.

(Note: Neither my GP nor my Neurologist will say that this disease is based in toxin damage.  They can't prove it and their world says it is just diabetes caused, regardless that the symptoms predate the diabetes by 10 maybe years.  Patients lie, you know.  In other words my medical professionals do not agree with me on the source. They kind of do a double think about diabetes is a presumptive disease of toxin poisoning, but not the nueropathy is not ?????......)


Soooo bottom line.  The VA have ignored the science and want to cut expenditures and the old farts from Nam are costing them a lot that many in Congress think are fakes and scammers anyway, so they simply say officially PN, what's PN? When did veterans become dis Honorable drain on the resources of the good people they served ?

Our country is basically full of bullshit when it comes to the health and needs of their veterans.  Sure VA has good people and they do good things, but this policy behavior is not designed to help or do good.  It is there to save money, lots of money.   Indeed by the time anyone does anything about it, there will be few if any left to care for.  That's a viable policy decision, but piss poor military decision.

Who will fight your wars if you betray those who have?
Ah, of course mercenaries, sell sword, freelance, fighters.
Good that's good. better work fast on the drones and robots you will need them.  Best give DARPA several billion more dollars.

(It is my intent to footnote and document this as soon as I return from my blood tests)

The VA says:


Facts About Herbicides

Herbicide-sprayed areas and unsprayed areas
Herbicide-sprayed areas and
unsprayed areas
Agent Orange is a blend of tactical herbicides the U.S. military sprayed from 1962 to 1971 during Operation Ranch Hand in the Vietnam War to remove trees and dense tropical foliage that provided enemy cover.
More than 19 million gallons of various “rainbow” herbicide combinations were sprayed, but Agent Orange was the combination the U.S. military used most often. The name “Agent Orange” came from the orange identifying stripe used on the 55-gallon drums in which it was stored.
Heavy sprayed areas included forests near the demarcation zone, forests at the junction of the borders of Cambodia, Laos, and South Vietnam, and mangroves on the southernmost peninsula of Vietnam and along shipping channels southeast of Saigon.
The U.S. Department of Defense developed these tactical herbicides specifically to be used in “combat operations.” They were not commercial grade herbicides purchased from chemical companies and sent to Vietnam. Tactical herbicides also were used, tested, and stored in areas outside of Vietnam.
Learn how Veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange and other herbicides during military service, including outside Vietnam.

Agent Orange active ingredients and characteristics

The two active ingredients in the Agent Orange herbicide combination were equal amounts of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T), which contained traces of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD).
The dioxin TCDD was an unwanted byproduct of herbicide production. Dioxins are pollutants that are released into the environment by burning waste, diesel exhaust, chemical manufacturing, and other processes. TCDD is the most toxic of the dioxins, and is classified as a human carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Agent Orange dries quickly after spraying and breaks down within hours to days when exposed to sunlight (if not bound chemically to a biological surface such as soil, leaves and grass) and is no longer harmful.
For more information on TCDD, read the fact sheet on chlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (63 KB, PDF) from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease.
- See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/basics.asp#sthash.SpHDQfdH.dpuf

Peripheral Neuropathy and Agent Orange

VA presumes Veterans' early-onset peripheral neuropathy is related to their exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during service when the disease appears within one year of exposure to a degree of at least 10 percent disabling by VA's rating regulations.
- See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/peripheral_neuropathy.asp#sthash.UpEAjObU.dpuf


 So VA says no go Joe.  Have to report it after a year. By 1970 for me....gee....i missed the deadline.


Research on peripheral neuropathy and herbicides

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences concluded in its report Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 1996 that there is some evidence to suggest that neuropathy of acute or subacute onset may be associated with herbicide exposure. Based on this evidence, VA presumed an association between herbicide exposure during service and acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy.
The IOM report Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2010 concluded that there is "limited or suggestive evidence of an association" between herbicide exposure and "early-onset peripheral neuropathy that may be persistent". In response to this report, VA eliminated the requirement that acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy appear "within weeks or months" after exposure and resolve within two years. The final regulation took effect Sept. 6, 2013.
Dang, well maybe I didn't miss the deadline.   But......
- See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/peripheral_neuropathy.asp#sthash.UpEAjObU.dpuf



Health status of Army Chemical Corps Vietnam veterans who sprayed defoliant in Vietnam.



Odds ratios for diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and chronic respiratory disease were elevated, but not significantly (P>0.05) for those who served in Vietnam. However, they were significantly elevated among those Vietnam veterans who sprayed herbicides: diabetes, odds ratio (OR)=1.50 (95% confidence interval [95%CI]=1.15-1.95); heart disease, OR=1.52 (1.18-1.94); hypertension, OR=1.32 (1.08-1.61); and chronic respiratory condition, OR=1.62 (1.28-2.05). Hepatitis was associated with Vietnam service, but not with herbicide application.

and

 2010 May;20(5):339-46. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2010.02.003.

Mortality patterns of Army Chemical Corps veterans who were occupationally exposed to herbicides in Vietnam.

CONCLUSIONS:

The risk of mortality from respiratory disease (malignant or nonmalignant) was significantly greater for ACC Vietnam veterans in comparison with their non-Vietnam veteran peers and U.S. men. Herbicide exposure could be contributing to the patterns observed. Because of the unique nature of their military duties and study limitations, 
findings may not be generalizeable to Vietnam veterans as a whole.
findings may not be generalizeable to Vietnam veterans as a whole.
and:
Let's say you fight the VA for 12 years.
Then after all sorts of shit 
They give you 20 - 40 % disability
In conclusion the have the gall to say well we won't say we were ever wrong and don't you either......

In this case, 
the Board is granting in full the benefit sought on appeal.  
Accordingly, assuming, without deciding, that any error was 
committed with respect to either the duty to notify or the 
duty to assist, such error was harmless and will not be 
further discussed.  
ORDER

Service connection for peripheral neuropathy is granted, 
subject to the law and regulations governing the payment of 
monetary benefits.



OK,What is this all about anyway?
Peripheral Nueropathy according to my neurologist evolves into Autonomic Nueropathy


 AUTONOMIC SMALL FIBER SYMPTOMS
Autonomic - Everything your body does automatically without you telling it to do it.

Allergies/Histamine Reactions (Mouth Itching)
Allergies - Food and Environmental 
Anxiety
Asthma
Back Pain
Bladder Pressure
Blood Pressure High or Low
Breathing Difficulties
Burning Pain
Buzzing
Chemical Sensitivities 
Chest Pain
Cognitive Changes
Depression
Digestive
Dizziness/Balance
Dry Skin
Ear Pain
Eyes - Dry or Tear
Eye Infections - Blood Shot
Exercise Intolerance
Fatigue - Mental and Physical
Full Gastric Dysmotility
GI Problems - Other
Headaches
Heart Burn
Heart Rate
IBS
Immune System Compromised
Incontinence
intolerance to Cold
Intolerance to Heat
Jaw Pain - TMJ
Joint Pain/Overextension
Lightheaded
Loud Crowded Locations
Medication Under or Over Reaction
Motor Skills
Nausea
Neuropathy Pain
Night Driving
Noise Intolerance
Numbness/Tingling/Weakness
Optical Blurriness (looking through wax paper or grittiness)
Optical Problems w/ Flashing Lights or Moving \ Light/Shadow
Rashes / Hives
Reflux
Restless Leg 
Sleep - Irregular Patterns - Days and Nights Mixed
Sleep - Can go without sleep or sleep 18 hours
Spasms
Swallowing
Sweating - uncontrollable
Swelling
Temperature Intolerance
Trigger Finger
Twitching
Urinary Tract Infections
Vaginal Pain
Vibration Intolerance
Vision Loss 
Vitamin Deficiencies
Vocal Cord - stroke
Weakness
Weather Changes - Temperature or Seasonal
Weight Loss or Gain


Not all people have all symptoms or at any one given point in time... Your brain randomly sends mixed / wrong messages to your brain.



Signs and symptoms of autonomic neuropathy vary based on the nerves affected. They may include:
  • Dizziness and fainting when standing caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure.
  • Urinary problems, such as difficulty starting urination, incontinence, difficulty sensing a full bladder and inability to completely empty the bladder, which can lead to urinary tract infections.
  • Sexual difficulties, including problems achieving or maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction) or ejaculation problems in men and vaginal dryness, low libido and difficulty reaching orgasm in women.
  • Difficulty digesting food, such as feeling full after a few bites of food, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal bloating, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing and heartburn, all due to changes in digestive function.
  • Sweating abnormalities, such as sweating too much or too little, which affects the ability to regulate body temperature.
  • Sluggish pupil reaction, making it difficult to adjust from light to dark and seeing well when driving at night.
  • Exercise intolerance, which may occur if your heart rate stays the same instead of adjusting in response to your activity level.

 Effects of Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy on
Exercise Risk
  • Silent myocardial ischemia
  • Resting tachycardia and decreased maximal responsiveness
  • Decreased heart-rate variability
  • Orthostasis/hypotension with exercise
  • Exaggerated blood pressure responses with supine position and exercise.
  • Loss of diuranal blood pressure variation
  • Cardiovascular and cardiorespiratory instability
  • Abnormal systolic ejection fractions at rest/exercise
  • Poor exercise tolerance
  • Failure of pupil adaptation to darkness
  • Gastroparesis and diabetic diarrhea
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Decreased hypoglycemia awareness
  • Hypoglycemia unresponsiveness
  • Heat intolerance due to defective sympathetic thermoregualtion and sweating (prone to dehydration)
  • Susceptibility to foot ulcers and limb loss due to disordered regulation of cutaneous blood flow
  • Incontinence

Reprinted with permission from the American Diabetes Association, Health Professional's Guide to Diabetes and Exercise, p. 190

Here are a series of statements about CAN and "Exercise Intolerance" and what it means.  As you shall note, it sums to the concept of "let's test and try to figure it out".  According to my Neurologist my heart rate simply stays the same +/- a few beats no mater what I am doing and i need to be aware of over exerting myself, blacking out and falling.  
10 years ago a nephrologist, after a urologist had by an operation removed two large kidney stones, found my heart rate to be at resting in the 90 to 110 range and prescribed a medication  (metoprolol succinate) to lower my resting heart rate to the 60-70, and it did.   I'm still taking it and my heart rate is about 68 bpm.   
My G.P. about 3 years ago looking for my fatigue causes sent me to a cardiologist who gave me a rest/stress heart test using injections/ tread mill/ scans etc. he found the difference between rest and stress to be 0 (zero) bpm.  No problem he says. ???????

What Is Peripheral Neuropathy? Peripheral neuropathy is a nerve disorder. It may cause numbness, tingling, and weakness. It can also cause pain. These symptoms usually start in the longest nerves in the body and so first affect the feet and later the hands. This is sometimes called the “stocking-glove” pattern. The symptoms usually spread slowly and evenly up the legs and arms. Other body parts might also be affected. Most people who develop peripheral neuropathy are over age 55. But people can be affected at any age. What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy? Peripheral neuropathy has many forms and causes. Some of the causes are still unknown. The most common cause is diabetes. Other common causes include alcohol abuse, poor nutrition, autoimmune processes (where the body’s own immune system attacks parts of the nerves), and genes. Exposure to certain drugs or toxins can lead to neuropathy. Direct pressure or compression of a single nerve—like in carpal tunnel syndrome—may cause it to malfunction. Did you know? Neurologists are medical doctors who specialize in disorders of the brain and nerves. They are the specialists who often diagnose and treat people with peripheral neuropathy. What Are the Symptoms? The early symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include: • Tingling • Burning • Pricking, stabbing, or shock-like pain • Muscle cramping • Numbness • Sensitivity to touch Over the years, nerve damage may worsen. Later symptoms can include: • Weakness • Loss of muscle mass • Digestive problems • Erectile dysfunction in men • Dizziness • Balance and walking problems • Increased risk of ulcers or infections in the feet Most types of neuropathy develop and progress slowly. But some types come on quickly. For instance, with Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome, a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves, neuropathy symptoms appear suddenly and progress rapidly. Then they slowly get better as damaged nerves heal.

CAN
One of the most overlooked of all serious complications of diabetes is cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN),1–3 which encompasses damage to the autonomic nerve fibers that innervate the heart and blood vessels, resulting in abnormalities in heart rate control and vascular dynamics.4
The present report discusses the clinical manifestations (eg, resting tachycardia, orthostasis, exercise intolerance, intraoperative cardiovascular liability, silent myocardial infarction [MI], and increased risk of mortality) in the presence of CAN. It also demonstrates that autonomic dysfunction can affect daily activities of individuals with diabetes and may invoke potentially life-threatening outcomes. Advances in technology, built on decades of research and clinical testing, now make it possible to objectively identify early stages of CAN with the use of careful measurement of autonomic function and to provide therapeutic choices that are based on symptom control and that might abrogate the underlying disorder.
It is well established that coronary artery disease is a major complication of diabetes mellitus, representing the ultimate cause of death in more than half of all patients with this disease.1 Clinicopathological correlations, as well as several angiographic studies, suggest that diabetic patients have more extensive atherosclerotic disease, affecting the coronary arteries in particular


Exercise intolerance is a condition of inability or decreased ability to perform physical exercise at the expected level or duration of someone with a specific physical condition. It also includes experiences of unusually severe post-exercise pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting or other negative effects.
For even the physically fit, vigorous exercise taxes the organs and muscles of the respiratory system. When exhaustion is reached, continued effort can lead to shortness of breath and dizziness. These sensations signal that oxygen no longer is being processed efficiently and rest is required. In the case of an exercise intolerant individual, the exhaustion threshold may show within minutes of starting physical activity. Worse, fatigue can be induced by seemingly innocuous activity such as eating or writing.
Muscle cramps happen to elite athletes, so why should they signal exercise intolerance? The difference lies in the amount of exertion necessary to produce the cramps and the duration of their presence. A sufferer -- assuming adequate stretching -- may endure only a few minutes of training before experiencing pain and stiffness, which can last for several days. Alternately, the pain can develop in the exercise intolerant hours later, perhaps when asleep.
Metabolic researchers cite chronotropic incompetence as a sign of exercise intolerance in some patients. This phenomenon occurs when the heart rate does not rise to the level necessary to meet the metabolic needs of increased activity. Though many factors affect heart rate -- weight, age and history, for example -- the inability to reach the rate that would be normal for a given profile is a possible flag for exercise iHeightened activity can produce mental and emotional malaise in those afflicted with exercise intolerance. Insidiously, the depression can rob them of more energy, creating a vicious cycle. Facing physically debilitating limitations takes a toll on the psyche, manifesting itself in anxiety, despondence, disorientation and irritability. Taken together with other symptoms, depression is a common characteristic of exercise intolerance.
Marked changes in blood pressure can occur in people with exercise intolerance. Standing up and walking across the room is sometimes all it takes. The "Hypertension Reseach" journal published a 2007 study showing a correlation between hypertensive response and exercise intolerance. After six minutes of exercise, those with the intolerance had higher jumps in blood pressure than the control group.


Exercise Intolerance


Autonomic dysfunction impairs exercise tolerance,9 reduces response in heart rate and blood pressure (BP),10 and blunts increases in cardiac output in response to exercise.11,12 Diabetic patients who are likely to have CAN should be tested for cardiac stress before undertaking an exercise program.9 Patients with CAN need to rely on their perceived exertion, not heart rate, to avoid hazardous levels of intensity of exercise.13 Presently, there is inadequate evidence to recommend routine screening of asymptomatic diabetic patients with an exercise ECG test. Emerging data support the utility of stress imaging testing in identifying diabetic patients with preclinical coronary artery disease, particularly patients with high-risk features, and comorbidities such as long-standing disease, CAN, multiple chronic renal failures, resting ECG abnormalities, and peripheral artery disease.14


Alright let's assume some wants to fight for his/her rights, what do you do?

Well there a guideline how to fight for it.

https://neuropathyjournal.org/guidelines-for-veterans-va-proposed-law-agent-orange-and-peripheral-neuropathy/






Guidelines for Veterans -VA Law – “Agent Orange and Peripheral Neuropathy”


NSNpdfCoverSmallNote: You may find all this information somewhat overwhelming. Therefore do not hesitate to give a copy of this document to a Service Officer from one of the veterans’ organizations. You will help educate them and give them more tools to help you.  One of the most important items in these guidelines are the references to substantiate certain facts regarding the difficulty with the ‘early onset’ requirement by the VA.
If you were on the ground in Vietnam the VA law now presumes you were exposed to Agent Orange/Toxic Herbicides, the VA law now recognizes that Agent Orange or Toxic Herbicides cause Chronic Peripheral Neuropathy (or any diagnosis related to PN) so you DO NOT HAVE TO PROVE this by VA law.  The one trick the VA and IOM put in the new law is the requirement of EARLY ONSET and this is a bogus requirement.  See more below on how to challenge this part of the law.......(more)
 One thing to remember is that by this time the victim veteran is weak,depressed, and given to fits of anger. Why the fuck would they want to entangle themselves in such a mess as this?
Back to my original statement:
They will fight you until you are dead.
Of course there are the service advocates...the what? Where?  Who?   In Oklahoma????????   Educate them?   Are these the same organizations that basically spit on us upon our return?  Screw that shit.

Why do we have to fight every individual case over and over and over?

God Damn them all.
If I started today based upon what I have read in 5 to 10 years I might have won maybe.
(more latter)




Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Road Of Our Crimes : The Junk Yard of Revenge

February 26-27, 1991:
American and Canadian aircraft and ground forces attacked retreating Iraqi military personnel and others attempting to leave Kuwait on the night of February 26–27, 1991,
Photojournalist Peter Turnley published photographs of mass burials at the scene. Turnley wrote:."I flew from my home in Paris to Riyadh when the ground war began and arrived at the “mile of death” very early in the morning on the day the war stopped. Few other journalists were there when I arrived at this incredible scene, with carnage that was strewn all over. On this mile stretch were cars and trucks with wheels still turning and radios still playing. Bodies were scattered along the road. Many have asked how many people died during the war with Iraq, and the question has never been well answered. That first morning, I saw and photographed a U.S. military “graves detail” burying many bodies in large graves. I don't recall seeing many television images of these human consequences. "
A mass grave filled by American troops. Guts and butts and arms just chunks of bodies are hard to correlate in the mind as having once been human.

It was a War Crime. We attacked and killed troops withdrawing as agreed upon. Looting yes, they were also accompanied by citizens from other countries (mostly Palestinians) who had been indentured servants and slaves to Kuwaitis. How many civilians did we kill?


""Even in Vietnam I didn't see anything like this. It's pathetic," said Major Bob Nugent, an Army intelligence officer. This one-sided carnage, this racist mass murder... occurred while White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater promised that the U.S. and its coalition partners would not attack Iraqi forces leaving Kuwait. This is surely one of the most heinous war crimes in contemporary history."


'The massacre of withdrawing Iraqi soldiers violates the Geneva Conventions of 1949, Common Article III, which outlaws the killing of soldiers who are out of combat. The point of contention involves the Bush administration's claim that the Iraqi troops were retreating to regroup and fight again. Such a claim is the only way that the massacre which occurred could be considered legal under international law. But in fact the claim is false and obviously so. The troops were withdrawing and removing themselves from combat under direct orders from Baghdad that the war was over and that Iraq had quit and would fully comply with UN resolutions. To attack the soldiers returning home under these circumstances is a war crime." http://deoxy.org/wc/wc-death.htm

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/08/the-war-photo-no-one-would-publish/375762/

'The incinerated man stared back at Jarecke through the camera’s viewfinder, his blackened arm reaching over the edge of the truck’s windshield. Jarecke recalls that he could “see clearly how precious life was to this guy, because he was fighting for it. He was fighting to save his life to the very end, till he was completely burned up. He was trying to get out of that truck.”'  The body count never seems to have been determined, although the BBC puts it in the “thousands.”

How many really? Well the low count by the U.S. Army was 200-300.  However there were over a thousand vehicles.  Army says everybody ran out into the desert and escaped. The highest number claimed was 25,000.  Back home, in America the liberals cried war crime and the conservatives said it was just part of war.

 "Colin Powell, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the future Secretary of State, said the "shooting gallery" scenes carnage was the reason to end the Persian Gulf War hostilities after the Liberation of Kuwait campaign. Powell wrote later in his autobiography My American Journey that "the television coverage was starting to make it look as if we were engaged in slaughter for slaughter's sake.""



So the pictures stopped the American advance into Iraq.   It left  the war unfinished and the President's son who became President took it up again a decade latter.
So the father George H. Bush President of the United States is  war criminal.  In order to finish the work started by daddy President George W. Bush by collaborating with the British Prime Minster and then lying about his intent to Congress, committed treason.  In 2016 George H's third son ran for President.



Saturday, October 24, 2015

Perspective: It is not about you

Perspective: Let's start with a small example of what the future is not about......For those who lost loved ones in Benghazi. I empathize with your lose. Now, suck it and shut up. 50,000 Americans died in Vietnam. Another half million Vietnam Veterans have died after shortened lives. We were spit on, betrayed, ignored. Soldiers die, no one gave a shit about ours from Nam. Go talk to the 100,0000 mothers and father just from that war. Tell them what makes you so special? My friends died for about $200 a month. Were not your brave Americans paid a bit more? You want justice? Don't push too far lest you obtain what you want but don't know what it is.You think your angst and pain exceeds all of ours inclusive of all the deaths up till now, enough so you want to piss on those your kin sought to protect. Maybe.....it is all about you after all is not? I've called these out to bring home the point. It certainly is not about you and yours. It is about ours, all of ours and you are part of us unless you decline the invitation.

Earth is about to vomit big time on our little species. The small minded, those with inflated self importance, those who believe god has made them a special deal, will be among the first to die. Survival will mean being together. Not isolated little groups but civilized united peoples. Those that can not think that way, can not be tolerated. Yes, that's the way to survival. Socialism, welfare, sharing, equity, justice, fairness for everyone....of course we could do it the warlord way...many may even try...fascism and control...might work....fascism however is never about you...it is always about them....

The economy has already failed....The unfettered Capitalism of my lifetime....isn't working....how do we all live in what ever we imagine the future to be...again together or not at all... when need only half of us for work... how does the other half live....what do they do? Again the solution must be one that keeps us together.

We face a world of technology, of robots, of drones, of cyborgs, of replicators that will make what we need and even things we desire. While at the same time, much if not most of the world will perish because they could not adapt or migrate. That will the the Great Paradox our children will live with. Who will be saved? Those that would save others.

I'm not a prophet, just an analyst. A geographer, a generalist, a man who puts three dimensional puzzles together in his mind is who I am. None of this is hard to see. But our natural enemies will be those that don't, whether it be for religious, political, ideological reason we can not suffer their dividing us. America is tolerant and should be, but will have to narrow the tolerance against those that will seek that it be all about them.

Meanwhile, for it will take its time in coming, we need us to prepare to encounter the advancing changes. Good people will tell you we can stop it. We can not. Good people will tell how to work to slow it down. It is already far to late to do that.

The Great Change, The Great Paradox, The Crunch...face them together or forfeit your seed. IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU.

Throughout the course of all great religions that man has devise, echoes one principle love your neighbor like you would your family, make no one a stranger, do nothing to anyone you would not tolerate being done to you. this is the way forward into the future. That is, it is, if we want a future.