New Emperor of the Empire
Mar 26, 2017 - Russiaphobia
If you are bewildered by current anti-Russia hysteria, watch this brilliant video from a recent Jimmy Dore show that highlights the absurdity of this fake news. Who is promoting this insanity?
1. Corrupt NATO racketeers will pocket billions of dollars more each year as US troops remain in Europe forever and more arrive, pretending the Russians will soon invade.
2. The nuclear weapons racketeers halted the downsizing of our massive nuclear arsenal and presented plans for the USA to spend a trillion dollars to build a new and larger stockpile.
3. The billionaires who secretly run the US/UK empire worry that a friendly Russia will unite with Europe and use rail links to China to become an economic powerhouse greater than the dying US/UK monopoly.
Mar 21, 2017 - Don't Pay Off Your Credit Card Debt
Traditional advice for those with high credit card debt is to take out a home equity loan. Credit card interest is around 14% annually, but some can be found below 10%. Nevertheless, taking out a $40,000 home equity loan at 4% to pay off $40,000 in various credit cards is sound advice, but not the best advice in recent years.
A few years ago, big banks began to offer "balance transfer" deals. Transfer debt from one credit card to another and pay a 3% fee upfront, then there is no interest charged for 12-20 months. This is roughly equivalent to a unsecured annual loan at 2%! This debt can be pinged between different accounts each 12-20 months to keep the game going. It can become complex, but the modern world provides automatic e-mail reminders and simple on-line payments as $40,000 bounces around between numerous accounts.
This allows money to be borrowed at half the rate of a home equity loan, with no application fee! Moreover, it is unsecured debt, which is important should one face bankruptcy. People with high credit card debt are already on the path to bankruptcy, and most are living paycheck to paycheck. If they lose their job or become disabled (even temporarily from an accident) they soon face bankruptcy. One may also face bankruptcy due to big unexpected hospital bills, business problems, or lawsuits.
Your home is protected from seizure during bankruptcy, unless you are unable to make your mortgage and home equity payments. Payments on a $40,000 home equity loan must continue after bankruptcy. However, unsecured credit card debt is discharged or reduced in bankruptcy, and one can eventually get a home equity loan after bankruptcy, or if forced to sell, walk away with that $40,000 in cash! Home equity debt interest is tax-deductible, but not for some 30% of homeowners whose income is so low that the standard deduction is better, which includes most with high credit card debt.
The homestead equity protection in bankruptcy is an unusually generous provision. There are limits set by state law. The amount protected varies from $5000 of home value in Kentucky to unlimited in several states, but one must have lived in the house over three years. Note that one must pay a very small fee to file a homestead exemption to qualify.
Beware of free financial counseling services often advertised on television. These are funded by big banks to discourage consumers from filing bankruptcy, and they encourage home equity loans and pulling money out of 401Ks and borrowing from retirement plans to pay unsecure bank debts. If a job loss and other financial crisis will cause bankruptcy in the future, it is foolish to delay the inevitable by throwing away lifetime savings that are protected during bankruptcy settlements.
Mar 20, 2017 - The Bogus North Korean Threat
The North Korean threat is in the news every week, fed by the Pentagon/CIA propaganda machine. This has been the case since 1950, even though this threat mostly disappeared around 1980. South Korea is five times more powerful than the North and no American troops are needed to protect South Korea. American military bases in South Korea cost Americans billions of dollars a year and are the primary obstacle to peace on the Korean peninsula. It is sad to hear the Trump administration continue this wasteful tradition, here is what is needed:
1. We need strong civilian leaders to force our Generals to obey orders and withdraw our troops from the DMZ as the Bush administration ordered long ago.
2. We need to downsize back to the agree upon troop levels in South Korea and stop sending more and more forces there, while the South Korean military downsizes.
3. The biggest threat is a cross border artillery exchange that kills thousands of South Koreans and hundreds of Americans (who were supposed to have withdrawn from the DMZ to a new $13 billion base south of Seoul several years ago.) If this occurs, angry South Koreans will blame the USA, no matter who is at fault, and storm American bases during riots. South Korean troops will seize our bases while troops and families are escorted to the nearest airport for immediate expulsion.
4. China is the biggest threat to North Korea! It is tired of their troublesome BS and may invade one day.
Meanwhile, American political leaders and Generals must shut up! Stop imposing sanctions, making verbal threats, denouncing North Korea, and conducting military exercises near the DMZ! North Korea is not our problem and they DO NOT HAVE missiles that can hit the USA and CANNOT build them. North Korea is a problem for South Korea, China, and Japan. Whenever asked about a North Korean announcement or action, American leaders must simply say: “That is a problem for South Korea to address.” This will ensure that if anything goes wrong and leads to violence, only South Korean leaders can be blamed.
Mar 18, 2017 - Tiltrotor Trials, Tribulation and Tragedy
Aviation Week has a good article about the never-ending development of a civilian tiltrotor - the AW609. (One must register to read it for free.) The program began in 1996 and has been unable to pass FAA safety tests after 14 years of flight testing. Boeing dropped out and later Bell, even as they claimed the V-22 proved the future of the tiltrotor. It remains in development in Italy, where two test pilots died in a 2015 crash after it wobbled out of control during a straight maximum speed test. The article noted:
An interim report posted in June 2016 by the ANSV revealed that the aircraft had begun experiencing oscillations as it entered a high-speed flight regime, required as part of the certification testing. When the pilots attempted to correct the oscillations, the AW609’s flight control system tried to compensate and inadvertently generated a phenomenon that investigators called “divergent Dutch roll.” The investigators found that the company’s simulator was unable to reproduce the phenomenon, and so the condition could not have been predicted. They also urged the manufacturer to review the AW609’s flight control laws.
They have no clue as to why this happened, but development continues as Bell attempts to fool the US Army to purchase a similar aircraft called the "Valor" that has just begun development. The problem with tiltrotors is they cost twice as much to purchase and maintain, are less stable and less reliable, and vertical lift performance is less than a half that of a similar sized helicopter.
Mar 17, 2017 - The Sunni NatGas Pipeline to Europe
I am puzzled by Trump's approval to send over a thousand US
combat troops into Syria. There is no UN or NATO or Congressional authorization to send troops into Syria. If Trump wants to fight ISIS, there are lots left inside Iraq. Why not focus on them while the Syrians and Turks clean up
ISIS in Syria?
Mar 13, 2017 - Mass Propaganda
I posted great video from a news conference on Dec 16th where a true journalist who was on the ground during the fighting in Aleppo, Syria exposed fake news in the western press, to include the fake "humanitarian" group the "White Helmets." Two interesting things happened afterwards.
First, the great Jimmy Dore posted parts of the video on his youtube broadcast, even though he was quickly warned that he would not earn money for this show via youtube hits. The money comes from Google advertisements, and they refuse to advertise on inflammatory youtube posts. Watch that video and read the comments and you'll only see brilliant journalism, so Google discourages real journalism. Google bans advertisements on websites that fail to heed to its demands. Fred Reed and Antiwar.com were cut off for refusing to remove photos of people injured by American weaponry.
Second, the fake "White Helmets" were depicted as heroes in a documentary that just won an Academy Award for "best documentary"! Just a few minutes of Internet searching informed the esteemed Academy that this was a neo-con/CIA propaganda outfit, but that only ensured a win! They demonize Syria's President Assad with fake news and fake tweets and demand foreign military intervention.
Mar 5, 2017 - Math and Missile Defense Fraud
In 2011, I wrote about a fraudulent missile defense scheme. Major military contractors continue to collect billions of dollars in taxpayer funds each year to build and deploy SM-3 missiles worldwide to protect against medium and long-range ballistic missiles, even though they lack the range to hit them. I searched websites and news stories since then attempting to learn how anyone could justify the idea that SM-3s can shoot down long-range missiles. I finally found the answer in a 2015 RAND report:
"The methodology employed to perform the calculations discussed in this report assumes
impulsive interceptors and missiles that spontaneously obtain their entire velocity immediately
upon launch. This assumption is made to simplify the mathematical complexity. Similarly, the
calculations were done assuming no air drag and a nonrotating Earth. The modeling of the
interception was done assuming perfect tracking information and no countermeasures from the
target missile. The end game of the interception process was also not modeled. Given the ranges
and times involved in comparing the kinematic reach of different interceptors, these assumptions
and simplifications are reasonable for a first-order estimation."
I just wrote a detailed article to update this massive scam: SM-3 Missile Defense Fraud
Mar 4, 2017 - Never Retreat!
I am reading a long book about World War I, which I will review later. The author made an interesting point. Both the Germans and French thought the Americans were bravely foolish. They had been fighting for three years before the Yanks arrived. By 1918, they would launch an attack with artillery fires and send infantry forth. Most of the time they would discover the plan was bad. Defenses were stronger than expected, or the terrain was too tough, or enemy artillery fire too devastating. So they would call it off and pull back mostly intact to preserve units for an attack elsewhere that might succeed.
However, the Americans would press on even when failure was obvious. Generals would refuse to allow retreat after frontline officers reported insurmountable problems. Units would be left to die in kill zones for days until entire battalions were annihilated. The few officers who wisely allowed a withdrawal from a failed attack were relieved of command and humiliated.
I was surprised to learn that by 1918 the crude French tanks were considered important to support infantry attacks, mostly because they drew enemy fire until they were knocked out, thus saving infantrymen. Life as a tanker was short.
American troops were frequently strafed by German aircraft because American aircraft had no interest in protecting or supporting infantry attacks. Their Generals dedicated aircraft to large strategic operations where they attacked enemy airfields and dropped tiny bombs on targets far behind enemy lines.
Mar 3, 2017 - Laser Beam Divergence
In my Jan 9th blog post, I described problems with lasers: the power supply needed is immense, the impossibility of holding an exact lase on a target for a couple seconds, the reflection caused by air particles, and beam divergence. I came across this excellent diagram of beam divergence in a US Navy manual, which spreads the beam thus making it less powerful.
5.3.2. Laser Beam Divergence. Beam divergence is the spread of the laser beam over distance. Laser spot size is a function of beam divergence and the distance from the laser system to the target. If a designator has a beam spread or divergence of 0.25 milliradian, its spot would have a diameter of approximately 0.25 meters at a distance of 1,000 meters in front of the designator. At 5,000 meters, the beam would spread to 1.25 meters; at 10,000 meters, the beam would spread to 2.5 meters (see FIGURE 7).
In this example of a common military laser, at just a kilometer (.625 miles) a laser beam aimed to cut through steel expands to ten inches! That could burn skin and start paper fires, but not harm a tank, or even a car.
Feb 28, 2017 - American Tyranny
Americans assume that if arrested they must be charged with a crime and allowed a speedy trial. They are not familiar with "contempt of court", a technique also used by dictatorships. An American may be arrested and tossed in jail forever with no bail or trial until a judge gets what he wants. For example, a guy refuses to tell where he hid the gold treasure he found, so was tossed in jail two years ago and will remain there until he dies or gives up the gold. If he gave away the gold, forgot where he hid it, or it was stolen, he spends the rest of his life in jail without conviction for a crime. And he can't appeal since he was never convicted! Who granted judges this unconstitutional power? Is this "the land of the free"!
Feb 27, 2017 - Famous IQ Test Question
This question and answer is from unz.com.
“Linda” is the tricky question Kahneman and Tversky made famous. They implied that people who chose answer 2 were being irrational, because, wait for it, it is more likely from a statistical point of view that Linda is a bank teller (answer 1) than that she is a bank teller with a particular political interest (answer 2). This is because there will be at least some bank tellers who are not feminists, and even if there is only one such bank teller, then the category “bank teller and also feminist” will be smaller than the category “bank teller”. So, it is more likely that she is just a bank teller.
Feb 25, 2017 - Corporate Media Puppet
Jimmy Dore destroys fake newsman Tom Brokaw: watch!
Feb 24, 2017 - OKC Bombing Patsy
For those unfamiliar with the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, watch this recent, excellent documentary that reviews evidence to show the official version of events is unbelievable. Facts show that it was a "false flag" event pinned on a covert government operative who was set up as a pasty, just like Oswald.
Feb 21, 2017 - A Day Without a Few Immigrants
Some big corporations recently used their media outlets to promote their open borders theme. In this advertisement, American immigrants would go on strike and stay home one day to punish citizens and show they are essential. This got lots of press, but few stories that people were inconvenienced. Several restaurants closed for the day to show their support, including a few McDonalds franchises. Owners appeared on TV to explain that only foreign supermen can perform jobs like dishwasher.
This was fake news for several reasons. First, no reporter dared asked if these wealthy restaurant owners paid their poor workers for this day they closed. This upset their workers, but the owner attitude is "screw them." They can't go on strike or form a union because they can be easily replaced with other illegal workers. Second, reporters dare not ask how much these jobs pay, if any regular hours are guaranteed, or benefits provided. Third, immigrant workers know that more immigration hurts them. There is no need for owners to give these workers higher pay or benefits when they have a pile of job applicants and visas to bring in more immigrants. Fourth, most immigrants will not stay home for fear of getting fired by bosses, while others know that co-workers will eagerly work more hours to fill any gap in the schedule.
Recall the fake news about illegal immigration the past few years. When Alabama cracked down, there were many "news" stories of food rotting in the fields because Americans are too lazy to work. However, there were no follow up stories about food shortages. Sane people know that attracting American workers is simply a matter of higher pay and benefits. When a pro-worker laws were passed mandating a $15 minimum wage in San Francisco and Seattle, lots of stories appeared about restaurants closing. But restaurants close all the time for many reasons, and plenty of restaurants remain open in these cities with higher paid workers.
Feb 20, 2017 - Dream On
President Trump made sympathetic comments about "dreamers"; i.e. illegal immigrants who arrived before age 17. Obama illegally attempted to legalize them after Congress refused, but this was overturned by a federal judge. I could argue that they got a free school education off the backs of citizen taxpayers, so they should say thank you and go home. And if arriving before age 17 guarantees a green card, our border will be flooded with families in need of welfare.
Obama's executive order to grant visas to minors caused a massive influx of impoverished families from Central America. Bus owners made lots of money hauling families across Mexico to the border, where they walked across and waved down Border Patrol vehicles for transport to facilities with free housing, food, clothing, and health care, while Mexican officials laughed. Meanwhile, Latin American gang sent thousands of their young soldiers northward who simply stated they were age 17 for a free pass northward, where they joined up with local gangs.
If Trump wishes to compromise, give them a green card if they pay the fees with a special condition. They would not be allowed to sponsor immediate relatives for green cards, meaning their parents who entered illegally would not be rewarded. They must also affirm that their parents have returned home, and if their parents are arrested in the USA their green card is revoked. I agree that it's not their fault they were brought to the USA illegally, it's their parents fault, who should not be rewarded.
Feb 19, 2017 - Opposing Trump
Brave lefty Greg Greenwald recently stated:
...most important of all, having the Democratic Party engage in self-critique to ask itself how it can be a more effective political force in the United States after it has collapsed on all levels. That isn't what this resistance is now doing. What they're doing instead is trying to take maybe the only faction worse than Donald Trump, which is the deep state, the CIA, with its histories of atrocities, and say they ought to almost engage in like a soft coup, where they take the elected president and prevent him from enacting his policies. And I think it is extremely dangerous to do that.
Even if you're somebody who believes that both the CIA and the deep state, on the one hand, and the Trump presidency, on the other, are extremely dangerous, as I do, there's a huge difference between the two, which is that Trump was democratically elected and is subject to democratic controls, as these courts just demonstrated and as the media is showing, as citizens are proving. But on the other hand, the CIA was elected by nobody. They're barely subject to democratic controls at all. And so, to urge that the CIA and the intelligence community empower itself to undermine the elected branches of government is insanity. That is a prescription for destroying democracy overnight in the name of saving it. And yet that's what so many, not just neocons, but the neocons' allies in the Democratic Party, are now urging and cheering. And it's incredibly warped and dangerous to watch them do that.
...the idea that Donald Trump is some kind of an agent or a spy of Russia, or that he is being blackmailed by Russia and is going to pass secret information to the Kremlin and endanger American agents on purpose, is an incredibly crazy claim that has been nowhere proven to be true.
Feb 18, 2017 - Bill Clinton Cracked Down on Illegals
There is much furor over Donald Trump's plans to crack down on illegal immigrants. Trump is demonized and called a racist for protecting working class Americans from the flood of cheap, desperate foreign labor that corporate America loves. But he is simply enforcing existing laws advocated by President Bill Clinton, who gave speech where he said:
“Our nation is rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country…Illegal immigrants take jobs from citizens or legal immigrants, they impose burdens on our taxpayers…That is why we are doubling the number of border guards, deporting more illegal immigrants than ever before, cracking down on illegal hiring, barring benefits to illegal aliens, and we will do more to speed the deportation of illegal immigrants arrest for crimes…It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws that has occurred in the last few years.. and we must do more to stop it.”
Feb 17, 2017 - Fake News About Russia
The "Deep State" and it propaganda arm (called the mainstream media) continues efforts to destroy Donald Trump. They present the idea that Russia is so evil that anyone attempting to improve relations and prevent nuclear war is a traitor who has been blackmailed or bribed. This was the theme in destroying General Flynn by corrupt leaders in Congress along with the Intel community, as explained in this short video by the great Jimmy Dore.
The CIA/NSA is wiretapping and monitoring all White House communications. They were caught doing so in the last year of the Nixon administration, and continue to this day. It seems spies learned that General Flynn was once reimbursed for expenses on a trip to Russia, and that he contacted the Russian ambassador before Trump officially took office. That's all! This matters to no one, but the Deep State portrayed it as treason and used its media outlets to demand his resignation.
Flynn recognizes that the USA cannot destroy Iran without befriending Russia, who should be our ally anyway. But then Iran could be our ally too, so I'm not upset that Flynn is gone. I was happy to see hope in France where leading presidential candidate Marine Le Pen rejected fake news promoted by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, who was outraged that Le Pen was not eager to start World War III. Watch that short video clip with Amanpour's technique of proclaiming falsehoods and then asking for a comment.
Feb 16, 2017 - LED Light Bulbs
I've been reading about LED bulbs after seeing many complaints that they don't last any longer than other bulbs. Nevertheless, they use far less energy and are a good buy since prices dropped the past two years. It seems their reliability claims of lasting over 20 years are bogus, and the Feds know this, but since they are promoting them as energy savers they ignore this false advertising.
I'm looking at a package of LED bulbs that says "Lasts Over 22 Years", but the fine print offers only a 5-year warranty. Articles say these claims are based on theoretical bulb life, in ideal conditions where all components work perfectly and burn only three hours a day. Of course the light bulb manufactures like the idea of charging several times more per bulb. Internet website commenters suggest keeping LED bulb receipts because most will fail within five years, so you can get new ones.
Feb 12, 2017 - Jimmy Dore Slaughters Democrats
This irreverent, profane, progressive youtuber is much tougher on the Democratic Party than Fox News. Watch him destroy their leaders in this video. Their corrupt leaders and corporate media allies promote fake news that Clinton lost because of white racism, Russian hacking, and FBI Director Comey's comments. Dorr explains that Clinton could have won by 10% if she addressed working class concerns, but Clinton and the Democratic leaders are multi-millionaires who don't know any working class people and don't care about our problems.
The key issues are affordable healthcare (possible with single-payer), stopping mass immigration, jobs moving overseas, and restraining the warmongering Pentagon. Clinton ignored these key issues. Trump focused on two of the four, and is acting on them now. Watch Dorr's other videos! They are true and entertaining, especially his attacks on fake progressives. Dorr's farewell to disastrous President Obama is brilliant.
Feb 11, 2017 - A Protestant for the Supreme Court?
While our media provides extensive coverage of Trump's Supreme Court nominee, none mention that he would be the only Protestant on the court. A repost from this blog:
Oct 3, 2010 – No Protestants on the Supreme Court
I like to comment on interesting issues that never appear in our corporate media. Racial diversity is a major topic, but religious diversity is rarely mentioned. Our nation is 51% Protestant, 25% Catholic, 2% Mormon, 2% varied Christian sects, 2% Jewish, 1% Muslim, 2% others, and 15% of Americans identify themselves as non-religious or not affiliated. As of 1994, the Supreme Court had five Protestant justices, two Catholics, and two Jews. Over the years, retiring Protestant judges were replaced only with Catholics and Jews, so today the nine-member court consists of six Catholics and three Jews, without a single Protestant!
I doubt this is an evil conspiracy, but our media never mentions this, and
with all the effort at diversity, one might think the Protestant majority should
have at least one seat on the Supreme Court, or perhaps a proportional
representation of five seats. One might think President Obama is more sensitive
to diversity, yet he replaced the last two retiring Protestants with a Catholic
and a Jew. One might think that national leaders realized: “Gee, this looks
awkward.” Apparently, the corporate media agrees, so they ignore the issue. I
don’t think this is a conspiracy since all were nominated by Protestant
Presidents, but it’s undemocratic.
Fast forward to 2016 when much news was made about Obama’s Supreme Court nomination that was stalled by Republicans, but no one mentioned he was yet another Jew! I have no problem with Jewish people or Catholics and have many friends, but the lack of diversity on our Supreme Court is stunning, and never mentioned by our corporate media.
Feb 10, 2017 - Pawnees Saved by the US Cavalry!
I was googling to learn which special interest group tricked Sioux Indians to waste much effort on irrational opposition to the Keystone oil pipeline to be built near their reservation. Oil and gas pipelines crisscross our nation because Americans want this stuff, and pipelines are the safest and most economical method to move this energy. A pipeline to move more Canadian crude oil to our Gulf Coast refineries would lower gasoline prices nationwide. This would help poor Sioux, who burn gasoline to drive to these odd anti-pipeline protests.
During this search, I stumbled upon some interesting American history. In 1873, a thousand Sioux warriors attacked a Pawnee hunting party in Nebraska consisting of 700 men, women, and children. They slaughtered 69 Pawnees as they fled and wounded many more. They would have killed more Pawnee, but left after a patrolling US cavalry troop was sighted nearby. No one was surprised because the Sioux were famous for senseless attacks on other Indian tribes.
The history of the "Plains Indians" is instructive. They once lived in forested areas and barely survived on roots and small game. The arrival of Europeans with horses allowed them to hunt bison (aka buffalo), especially after they got rifles. This provided easy food and valuable hides that greatly improved their lives. The Plains Indians were the tallest people in the world in the 1800s. Tribes grew rapidly and spread into the Great Plains. Their nomadic lifestyle combined with the bravery needed to handle large horses to kill huge bison created a macho warrior culture that often resulted in violence when they encountered other tribes, and immigrants.
Feb 5, 2017 - Al Qaeda Does Not Exist
Pentagon and State Department spokesmen often refer to ISIS and Al Qaeda as worldwide terrorist organizations. I wish a reporter would ask them for the names of their top two leaders. They would be stunned, and might remember leaders of small groups of Arab nationalists in small regions of a certain nations. But they can't name their worldwide leaders because ISIS and Al Qaeda do not exist. They are just names invented by the CIA to describe dozens of small, independent groups of Arab nationalists who oppose western domination of their homeland. Our government pretends they are a threat to the West to justify perpetual war.
I explained this in past blog posts, so was happy to see former CIA officer Amaryllis Fox confirm this in a short video, whose link includes this quote:
“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al-Qaeda, and any informed intelligence officer knows this. But, there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an intensified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive TV watchers to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the United States.”
– Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook
Feb 4, 2017 - Oven Igniters
Youtube shows everything you need to assemble or repair anything at home. It recently taught me about modern oven technology, which you should know if you own one. Traditional gas ovens have a pilot light that always burns a small flame to ignite more gas when you use the oven. This works well, but the typical home oven burns more gas keeping the tiny pilot light lit 24 hours a day than is used for cooking.
Newer ovens have an electrical igniter that solves this problem. When you turn on the oven it quickly heats up and glows like a tiny space heater, then gas is released for cooking and catches fire. This is great, but these electronic igniters remain in the oven heat for hundreds of hours so fail after a few years. The youtube experts explained that if your oven heat doesn't come on, there may be a dozen reasons, but it's probably the igniter. They showed how a technician can use a test meter to check out your oven to determine the cause. It's usually the igniter that they replace with a $100 official part and bill you another $200 for their labor. My oven looks old and new ones cost as little as $500 and I didn't have the meter, skill, or enthusiasm to test my oven.
However, the youtubers said it is probably the igniter and you can order an identical igniter from Amazon for much less. Replacing the igniter is simple since it just plugs in, but it fits in the bottom back of the oven so it is difficult to reach. I looked up my oven model on-line and found the part for $23. The igniter arrived in three days and ten minutes later my oven lit. Keep this in mind when your oven does not light one day.
Feb 3, 2017 - Another Felon
Here is another example of our oppressive police state that results in the "land of the free" having more imprisoned people than any nation on Earth, in total and per capita! A guy installed a device to cover his license plate while going thru a toll booth. He was caught by a highway patrolman, arrested on a FELONY charge for evading the $1.50 toll, and tossed in jail.
Such outrageous arrests are dismissed with absurd logic that citizens must obey the law. Then why not just pull a pistol and execute the guy on the spot? This is a more effective method to terrorize citizens who think about breaking petty laws. This arrest cost the government thousands of dollars to process, house, and prosecute this "felon" and cost him thousands of dollars and maybe his job from this trauma. I think citizens would agree that a $200 traffic ticket is better punishment, but citizens are never consulted about such things.
A visitor from Norway once told me the strangest thing he noticed in the USA is that people will sit and wait at stoplights when no one is around. He said in Europe, drivers just look around and drive on, but the visitor didn't understand Americans are terrorized by a police state.
Jan 28, 2017 - Senator Schumer Plots a Coup
Manhattan Senator Chuck Schumer (D-Israel) suggested a coup to overthrow President Trump that was announced by the CIA’s media outlet, the Washington Post:
"If he cannot accept reality, he is not fit to carry out the duties of the president. We are not calling — yet — for invocation of Section 4 of the 25th Amendment. ('Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.')"
Jan 25, 2017 - Don't Take Your Psych Meds
If you have three hours, watch this great documentary about the mental health drug racket, especially if you have children. It shows that mental health disorders are not based on science, but a business model. It has grown so much that most people suffer from a "disorder" and expensive meds are the solution. Intense marketing encourages people to "ask your doctor" about meds that make everyone happy and healthy, at least on TV. These drugs never cure disorders and become addictive, so people are hooked for a lifetime.
I found the 17-year profit cycle that drives "big Pharma" of interest. Patents on new meds are good for 20 years from application. It takes around three years to go through the testing and FDA approval process. This follows an intensive marketing campaign that encourages people to try these drugs since insurance or governments pay nearly all their grossly inflated cost. This results in tremendous profits, but only for 17 years until the patent expires and it "goes generic" so any company can make it. Prices plunge and profit per pill drops over 90%, so a new med is needed.
As a result, an "improved" med is patented and promoted to keep profits sky high. However, many users are happy with their med, so an intense marketing campaign is launched to warn of "newly discovered" problems with their med that causes serious side-effects. Luckily, a new, better pill was approved by the FDA, so users should switch, before their med "goes generic".
Jan 23, 2017 - Jimmy Dore
I just discovered the "Jimmy Dore" show on youtube. He seems like a profane oddball at first, but is a brilliant Sandersest progressive who speaks the truth. Watch as he demolishes Congressmen Adam Schiff, explains why half of Democrats in Congress are corrupt, destroys their leader Nancy Pelosi, and reviews Obama's legacy of war and destruction.
Jan 22, 2017 - Obama's Bold Lie
Last week, President Obama declared:
“And it is important for the United States to stand up for the basic principle that big countries don’t go around and invade and bully smaller countries.”
That was so bizarre I had to laugh, but noted the corporate press at his final news conference didn’t laugh at that absurd statement. No need for a “fact check” news story. Hell, the USA don’t just bully and invade, it destroys an entire nation every few years. Obama had dozens of foreigners murdered via drones and snipers each week, but perhaps that’s not considered a bully tactic.
Jan 16, 2017 - NFL Star Murdered by the US ArmyWhile some speculate that the Deep State might murder Trump, I came across an article of mine from 2008 that shows how they dispose of threats as their allies in Congress and the corporate media help cover-up their crime. In this case, the truth was uncovered and made its way into a few news reports, but it was ignored by the rest of the media, editorials failed to express outrage, TV commentators knew to avoid the topic, while most Congressmen stuck their heads in the sand.
NFL Star Murdered by the US ArmyPat Tillman was a handsome American football star who enlisted in the U.S. Army after the 9-11 terror attacks to fight terrorists. He was assigned to an elite U.S. Army ranger unit and rose to the grade of corporal. He was killed while on patrol in Afghanistan and hailed as a national hero by President Bush.
After unofficial reports from fellow rangers made their way to Tillman’s family, the Army admitted that Tillman was killed by “friendly fire” from fellow soldiers. Army generals claimed his death was a typical accident of war during a major firefight with the Taliban. Tillman’s family had doubts since the Army never explained why all Tillman’s personal effects and gear were burned immediately after his death. The family learned that the Army had not performed an investigation into his death, which is required whenever a soldier dies from an accident.
The Army conducted an investigation after the Tillman family complained, but refused to release details. The Army recently complied with a Freedom of Information Act request from the Associated Press concerning Tillman’s death. These documents revealed that no Afghans were in the area when Tillman was killed. No one else was killed or injured, and no government equipment damaged. Army doctors thought Tillman had been murdered since he died from three bullet holes to the forehead, which was inconsistent with the explanation of the incident given by ranger officers. The doctors estimated the shooter would have to be less than 10 yards from Tillman when he fired those three rounds.
This new information revealed that Army generals refused to conduct the required investigation, so belligerent Army doctors took the unusual step of bypassing the chain-of-command and contacting Army generals in the USA to complain. They were rebuffed, and an investigation only occurred because some of Tillman’s ranger comrades provided details to his family.
There are other facts to consider not found in these Army documents. A rifle barrel moves when fired as the bullet exists, and the human body jerks from the impact of a bullet. Shooting Tillman three times in the forehead with an “accidental” burst of automatic rifle fire is nearly impossible. The shooter had to fire, aim, fire, aim, and fire to hit him neatly in the forehead with three shots.
It is obvious that Pat Tillman was murdered, something his mother has openly declared. Perhaps he was personally disliked by a ranger in his unit. Given that Tillman had become a vocal critic of the invasion of Iraq and frequently called President Bush a war criminal, it is not unthinkable that a fanatical ranger decided to kill this dissident. Tillman was scheduled to return to the USA soon and meet with prominent anti-war activist, MIT Professor Noam Chomsky. A famous anti-war former ranger touring the USA would devastate the Bush administration and the U.S. Army, so his death was fortunate for some.
Americans find this controversy fascinating, as Internet chatter reveals. Fox News fills hours of airtime with detailed investigations of missing teenagers and murders of obscure housewives. Certainly, the murder of a football star by a fellow ranger is newsworthy, and would draw large numbers of viewers, yet the supposedly ratings hungry “news” organizations declared this murder unfit to print.
Jan 15, 2017 - Unethical Government Office
The Office of Government Ethics was created a few years back to provide advice to federal employees about conflicts of interests. It has expanded that role into demands to vet federal nominees, and openly demanded more time to dig up dirt on Trump nominees. It is headed by an Obama nominee who boldly leaks confidential information to the press and
sends public tweets attacking Trump and demanding that he does certain things.
Jan 14, 2017 - Real News About Chinese Hacking
The fake news media and
congressional hysteria about Russia is the most ridiculous spectacle I've seen
in years. Congress is holding McCarthyest hearings and demanding that Trump
appointees proclaim they hate
China Is 'Leading Suspect' in Massive Hack of US Government Networks
The nation’s top intelligence official said today what other U.S. officials have so far been unwilling to say publicly: China is “the leading suspect” in the massive theft of sensitive U.S. government records. Speaking at a forum in Washington, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warned of the danger posed by a capable adversary like the Chinese government.
“You have to kind of salute the Chinese for what they did,” Clapper said.
At least 18 million people -- and potentially tens of millions more around the world, including relatives, friends and associates of those who had background checks conducted by the U.S. government -- may have had their personal information stolen when hackers broke into the systems of the Office of Personnel Management, authorities have said.
Why isn't Clapper now saluting the Russians? Is it because they are only accused of hacking a private server and providing non-classified information to Wikileaks, which has openly stated they did not get this information from Russia? Wikileaks said their information was not the result of hacking, but by tricking the imbecile in charge of the Clinton campaign to send them his google password.
Jan 10, 2017 - F-35C Defect Ignored in 2011
Our Navy recently admitted that its new F-35C fighter aircraft has a major defect that will take years and millions of dollars to correct, then millions more to modify the dozens already produced. When the aircraft is launched from a catapult, it rattles up and down leaving the pilot shaken. The Navy announced that recent tests convinced leaders the problem is serious and must be fixed.
The Navy discovered this problem in 2011 during the very first F-35C catapult launch at its Lakehurst test center. If our corrupt Admirals admitted the problem back then, before dozens of F-35Cs were produced, the program would have been delayed and possibly cancelled. The proof is on youtube, provided by the Navy. Watch the aircraft shake upon launch!
Jan 9, 2017 - Laser Scams
As technological innovations allow solid state lasers to grow in power, the laser weapon scammers have returned to defraud the Pentagon. They were ousted a decade ago after collecting billions of dollars to demonstrate nothing, but a new crop of officers are unaware of the limitations of lasers.
First, lasers are line-of-sight (direct fire) weapons and the earth is round. This means a laser cannot engage a low-flying incoming missile until detected coming over the horizon roughly 10 miles out. It takes several seconds for radar to track and lock onto to a subsonic missile and aim the laser, so it will have perhaps 30 seconds to shoot down the missile, and it requires several seconds of precise lasing to burn through. This means if a dozen missiles are inbound, the system may be able to shoot down only one. And since the planned systems are the size of a 5-inch gun mount and need most of the electrical power from the ship to fire, a cruiser or destroyer can carry just a couple of systems each.
Second, particles in the air reflect and distort laser beams, even on clear days. This limits their effective range to only a couple miles. This is a complex topic and several, short technical explanations can be read on the Internet, such as this article and this one from a US Navy research lab which states that even in clear weather:
"A number of physical processes affect and limit the amount of laser energy that can be delivered to a target. These effects are interrelated and include thermal blooming, turbulence, and molecular/aerosol absorption and scattering. These processes affect the laser intensity profile by modifying the refractive index of the air, which causes the laser beam wavefront to distort. Wavefront distortion results in enhanced transverse laser beam spreading, and can severely limit the amount of energy that can be propagated. The maritime environment is particularly challenging for high energy-laser (HEL) propagation because of its relatively high water vapor and aerosol content. In the infrared regime, water molecules and aerosols constitute the dominant source of absorption and scattering of laser energy, and represent a limitation for HELs propagating in a maritime atmosphere."
None of this is secret, yet one reads articles and comments on internet forums by "experts" and senior officers who seem unaware of this severe limitation. In addition, lasers are worthless in rain, fog, and haze since energy is quickly lost. Even if lasers are greatly improved with magical breakthroughs, an enemy can choose to attack during inclement weather when lasers are useless.
Third, ship radar systems are located 30 feet above the ocean surface while sea skimming missiles fly around ten feet above the surface. This means systems like Phalanx, which is used to target the current laser test system, must look down and attempt to pick out tiny missiles against ocean clutter produced by waves and white caps, while missiles fly head-on toward the ship with little radar reflection. This means radar may be unable to track missiles in mildly rough seas so cannot aim the laser. This is why these systems are only tested on clear days by having them shoot at a drone flying much higher.
Fourth, a cruising missile is always making slight flight adjustments to compensate for air turbulence while tracking its moving ship target, so a laser is likely to miss due to the tracking/firing delay. To make matters worse, ships and aircraft move! They vibrate and bounce up and down. Computer software can try to predict these movements and compensate, but not perfectly, and cannot predict the slight movements of the incoming missile.
Finally, lasers do not destroy upon contact but require several seconds of EXACT lasing to burn through. Here is a video of a recent ship test. Note the weather is clear and the slow flying plastic drone is high in the sky. This exposes its large delta wing area for laser heating. Nevertheless, it takes ten seconds of laser contact to cause a fire. An inbound sea skimming missile presents a far smaller target, and if lasers proliferate, missile makers will introduce shiny stainless steel nose cones to reflect most laser light. They may also program the missile to fly a tight spiral path to the ship the last mile to evade countermeasures, like the Russian Kornet anti-tank missile. Lasers look great in tests when the target and laser are close by and both are motionless on the ground, but when both are bouncing around, accuracy is non-existent.
Lasers can blind optical systems and pilots (as the Brits did in the Falklands) so small lasers may be useful in that role. A far better idea is to mount active protective systems used by some armored vehicles. These are much smaller and cheaper than big laser systems. They could only cause missiles to detonate outside the ship before impact and this would still result in damage as the momentum (kinetic energy) from the missile fragments penetrate unarmored ships. Yet that is all a large ultra-expensive laser can accomplish since they cannot hope to detonate an incoming missile until after several seconds of precise lasing proves possible as it nears a ship.
I dismissed the value of lasers in my book, but didn't explain, so I added these details since few people are aware that laser weapons have limitations that cannot be overcome by making them more powerful.
Jan 8, 2017 - The First Lady is a Queen?
I never understood why a top priority for President Obama was transsexual acceptance, forcing our military and our public restroom guardians to accept whoever claims they are female. He shoved this down America’s throat during an election year despite vast opposition by the public. Our media ignored local controversies of transsexuals winning female sports events and college athletic scholarships for females. And if a solider is failing fitness and obesity tests and faces discharge, can he play the transgender card and pass the lower female standard?
If you google around, there are lots of articles and videos claiming that Michelle Obama is a transsexual. One might assume that with our 24/7 news channels that lust of sensational stories, one might mention this, but it is taboo, even if Joan Rivers says its true. There is no hard proof, but enough is on youtube and the net to consider the claim plausible.
Jan 7, 2017 - Praise Our Oppressors!
The presidential transition insanity continues as “liberal” Senator Chuck Schumer (D-Israel) suggested that the Intelligence agencies will “get back” at President Trump for planning to downsize and reorganize them. He says all Americans should praise their secret, unconstitutional, and inhuman efforts. The few remaining true progressives/liberals in America must have gagged at his comments. JFK was the last President who threatened to downsize these organizations, and failed because of a sudden health problem in Dallas.
Jan 3, 2017 - Our Generals Failed in Afghanistan
This great, short article explains why our military failed in Afghanistan, which it sums up in one sentence: "We stuck with a policy that rotated leaders through the country like tourists."
Our military has been propping up an American puppet dictator/president there since it invaded over 15 years ago, with no end in sight. The justification is that because of 9-11 our military must remain to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a training ground for terrorists like Osama Bin Laden. But as this blog has detailed, OBL had nothing to do with 9-11 and none of the alleged hijackers were Afghan nor had trained there. The FBI only claimed that OBL "inspired" the attack but never accused him of even conspiracy in the 9-11 attack. In addition, there are a dozen other failed states serving as breeding grounds for terrorists, yet our military doesn't spend billions of dollars each year trying to rule them with bullets and bombs aimed by military tourists.
Jan 1, 2017 - President Trump's Failures?This is the oddest presidential transition in memory. In the past, it was considered decent to wait until the first 100 days passed before criticizing the performance of a new president. Outgoing Presidents showed class as they quietly departed, but the Obama team is starting fires. Republican traitors Senators McCain and Graham openly conspire to sabotage Trump's plans. Groups have filed varied lawsuits and ethics complaints against Trump before he even takes office. Others plan protests and boycotts to disrupt whatever Trump will do.
Carlton Meyer editorG2mil@Gmail.com
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