Thursday, December 31, 2015

Very Alike Are We Humans and Chimpanzee

The most enduring lessons are those which cost us the most. Still I am going to have to try to be the eternal optimist. I'll just accept that I am the sum total of all that has happened before me, even unto the beginning of the universe. If all things had not happened exactly as they did even down to the smallest reaction of causality, I would not be the me who exists in this presence. So I give thanks.

Some of those things that happened to me were bad things. Some of the things that I caused to happen to others were bad things. Hurtful things, spiteful things and hateful things have been done by us all, to all of us. No one person has a clean slate. Everyone has a burden of responsibility for the good and the bad we inflict on each other. So what can be done?

Human beings have done some pretty horrible things to one another. That can't be said without the thought of all the good things Humans have done coming to mind too. Even so, I try to look at all of the horrible things Humans have done in the light of logic and reason, as should all other matters be looked at. I see things like this.

There was a time long ago when Humans did not exist. Our prehuman ancestors walked the Earth, and viewed the Earth in an entirely different way. I'll say our prehuman ancestors thought about the Earth, and the environment in which they lived, pretty much the same way as any other so-called "non-sentient animal" creature would.

Look at this video of our closest relative creature. Their ancestor is our ancestor. There was a time when we were one, then they went their way, and so too did we. When we went our separate ways, we abandoned some things and took other things with us. The violent nature that served us well, and for eons as pre-humans was not only brought with us, but also intensified and made more deadly.

Gang of Chimps Torture and Kill a Lone Chimp

Gang members knife-attack a man from rival gang on the street

When I view scenes like in this video of our cousins the chimps, and our Human brethren, I can't help but to think that there was a time when the split off point between us and them was only a few thousand years distant. The closer to that point in time in which we split, the more apelike in behaviour we were. The earliest stone tool making by Humans developed by at least 2.6 million years ago. We know chimpanzees use stones as tools, and fashion spears, and other tools. After all these millions of years since that fateful day when Humans and chimps went separate ways we still act like them, and they like us in so many ways.

That is why I call violent acts, and hate, and racism, and sexism, and religion and other things primitive. That is why I call some other things advanced thinking. The seeds of it are found in the actions of the chimp named Hair in this video. The seeds of compassion, and justice. The advanced thinking of a chimp name Hair reflects the advanced thinking of Humans who renounce the primitive aspects of our pre-human and pre-chimp ancestors.

Oh how so very alike are we Humans and Chimpanzee. Let us learn from them. Let them be our teachers, so that we may advance, and lay away our primitive ways. Let us be more like Chimp Hair.

For me this points towards something important. It points to a way out of the never ending cycle of violence and revenge among groups of Humans. That is to recognise that there is blood on all hands. To know that the blood was spilled as a result of primitive thinking humans who were closer to the time of the split off with chimps. To not hold the sins of the father against the children, if the children abandon primitive thought. Then Humans can focus on advancing our society and way of treating one another, instead of dwelling on grievances against our more primitive ancestors. They didn't know any better. We should.

Let Humans draw a line in the Sands of Time. On one side is the primitive, and on the other is the progressive.

Climate Science: Shall We Gamble With Human Existence?

Some people try to say human caused climate change is a hoax perpetrated by scientists trying to get more money. They point to volcanos saying that they produce much more greenhouse gasses than humans. I've got a problem with their logic, and the people who promote it. The problem with the people who promote such non-sense is,  they are the same people who are trying to get more money by selling fossil fuels. They need you to keep burning.

Volcán Popocatépetl. Gran explosión del 29 de diciembre 2014 a las 8am 
My problem with their logic lays in the fact that there has always been volcanoes, but humans are newcomers on the scene. Logic would dictate that the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted by volcanoes throughout the countless eons has been pretty much constant. Also that the Earth's ecosystem had achieved a balance between natural sources of carbon emissions and their sequester.

Then along came humans. We have lived pretty much in harmony with nature for the majority of our existence. Then intellect and the resulting technological boom happened for human. Their use of fire became more common, until all humans depended on it for survival. The harnessing of the fire by humans was the added factor that tipped the scale and unbalanced the carbon cycle. Now there are over 7 billion humans with all their fires, big and small. Some humans burn one small fire. Other humans burn a raging fire, a ravenous inferno, and will consume anything that will burn to keep the fire going.
Louisiana Oil Refinery at Night
So don't try to use the volcano as a scapegoat, or an excuse for complacency or inaction. Don't try to tell me that the debate is not over on this, because that is only harmful foot dragging, which consumes time we need to solve this real and pressing problem. The debate is most certainly over. Humans are causing the global average temperature to raise because of carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels. That is the ruling. That is the fact of the matter, and people better get that through their skulls, or we as a species are as good as dead..

Now I'm going to turn something around that was told to me by a faithful Christian who was concerned for my soul. It is an argument used by them to justify blind faith. I was told "You should believe in God because what if you didn't and there is a God. Believing in god won't harm you, but not believing in god could put you in hell forever."

Now let me apply that to the situation with climate science. Here goes, "You should believe in global warming because what if you didn't and there is global warming. Believing in global warming won't harm you, but not believing in global warming could put humans in danger of extinction forever." Get the picture?

A lot of the people who are climate deniers are also fundamentalists Christians. They believe that the world is only 6000 years old, that there was a global flood, that evolution is not real, and other things grounded in ancient Abrahamic religious myth. Some of them think that no matter what humans do, their god will bail them out, or that it doesn't matter because they will live on in an afterlife. I even heard a Congressman in the United States House of Representatives say as much.

Shall we gamble with human existence? Shall we bet on the tangible or the intangible? When we make this climate bet, all of our chips are going up for grabs. It is win it all, or lose it all. Use your marvelous human intellect, and pick where you're going to place all of our chips of life in the casino of existence. Remember too, we only get one shot at this. We win, we live. We lose, we die, all of us.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Corruption Must be Eliminated: Human Survival Depends On It

Seeing stuff like Putin's son-in-law getting $1.75 billion in cheap Russian state loans for petrochemical extraction, and knowing how corrupt their actions are, conjures up thoughts of how much Putin and Trump admire each other. Thoughts of the Russian Oligarchy firmly entrenched, and of how our nation is on that path. Things like unbridled fossil fuel extraction, and the burning of trillions of tons of fossil fuels, and of adding more fuel to the fire that has been burning and getting bigger for over a century of industrialization. I start to contemplate the situation at hand, about myself and all of us. What shall we have? How shall we react? 

Putin's son-in-law boosted by $1.75 billion Russian state loan

It must be so very awesome to have control of billions in wealth, and of lives and property. Think of the feelings of pure, raw power. The control over life and death, at your whim and for your own benefit, discretion, amusement or whatever. I say "or whatever" because there are no bounds placed on the actions of humanity when it comes to the acquisition of wealth, or to its protection. The feelings of power might delude one into having thoughts of supremacy over humanity. It causes me to remember stories of the Egyptian Pharaohs, Roman Emperors, and others who pronounced their godhood. It must be so very awesome to weld so much power.

Now the people have spoken as evidenced by the gigantic support of people like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and other progressives and Democratic Socialist thinkers. The people are seeing with their own eyes the destruction to our environment, and other heinous acts of government officials and industry. All that corruption going on over there in Russia, is mirrored here. The wonderful news is, a lot of people in the United States are waking up and realizing what is going on. Better yet, they seem to be determined to do something about it, come hell or high water. Perhaps we can get some of that mirrored over there.

We have to eliminate the rampant corruption in our society. The corruption is literally killing us. We have no other choice if we are to survive as a species. That elimination of corruption is called for not only in the United States, but also Russia, China and any other corrupt element where ever they may be found, and we should and must promote that elimination of corruption most vigorously. We must not relent, ever. All of their corrupt ways now need to be regarded as primitive and repugnant. The promotion of it criminal, and the penalties for corrupt actions severe. Then our Humanity can advance. I say "our Humanity" for a reason. No person has a right to harm the body of our Humanity. Corruption does exactly that. It harms Humanities very being, so we Humans must eliminate corruption in government and industry, totally and without exception.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Demand "Nothing but the Truth!"

Check out this idea for an Information Vetting Council. Please help to get this to become public. We have to do something about the rampant lying in congress, and media. We have politicians making statements like "I'm not a scientist" and "climate change hoax". Talk show pundits on TV, radio and the internet purposefully telling bald face lies, and being paid to do it! All the while we get sold down the river economically, environmentally and socially. I would love to see someone like Rush Limbaugh get fined $10,000,000 and spend 25 years in prison for the treason of breaking the public trust.
 Information Vetting Council Petition
We have got to be assured that the public has the most credible and reliable information there is! No more allowing the 1st Amendment protection of deceiving the public for fun and profit. Put the clamps down on them, and I mean hard.

One of the things that is absolutely imperative is to overturn the Citizens United ruling. We must get big money out of politics! This effort to get rid of the corruption of lies goes hand in hand with it. That criminal effort to deceive the public is what the money is used for. That's how people like Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the Right Wing Nutz deceivers get paid. Well, I expect the truth from broadcast media and politicians so I can make an informed decision on matters so vital to our nation and humanity, and so should you. Sign the petition [HERE]

Seriously, even oil companies have lied about what they know about CO2 and climate change just so they could make a dollar! They are putting everything, me, you, our families, our very future at risk. We can not let them. We mustn't allow our government servants to lie to the ones they serve.

Sign the petition to end deception by the people in government and media. Information Vetting Council.

Bernie Sanders: LISTEN TO THE SCIENCE of Climate Change

Demand "Nothing but the Truth!"


Friday, December 18, 2015

Drastic Action Needed to Save our Democracy

Our system of elections and economy is badly broken. Big money and avarice is run rampant and rough shod over our political system. A system that was touted as one in which the commoner has a voice, and power. That voice and power over government has been stolen away from the commoner by wealthy individuals. The wealthy individuals have made their presence and wishes known, and through rulings like Citizens United have effectively hijacked our government. Now we have come to a point where our government no longer serves all citizens, but rather just a few of the wealthiest in our society. So what to do about it?

Our system is in need of basic structural changes. Changes that will be most difficult to implement. Difficult because the wealthy in our society would stand to lose much. I am of the opinion that their loss would only reflect what has been stolen from the people, and thus is not a gain for the people. It is a restoration, or an implementation of economic justice and equality.

These are the changes I believe we must have in order to secure a more equal and just society.
  1. Repeal Citizens United.
  2. Make all political campaigns publicly funded, but allow for restricted private individual donations to political parties.
  3. Require the disclosure of all political campaign money donors, and restrict the amount of maximum donation.
  4. Implement an independent Information Vetting Council (IVC)
  5. Task the FEC with the scheduling of debates for the various political parties.
  6. Cause the C-Span system to host and record political debates.
  7. Allow the various media outlets to air the debates as streamed from the C-Span system, without modification.
  8. Mandate that the media outlets give equal time to all candidates.
  9. Mandate that the media outlets only provide information that has been certified as truth by the IVC when making commentary on political candidates, or airing political ads.
  10. Mandate that the media outlets disclose the source of funding for all political ads.
  11. Cause the Speaker of the House of Representatives to become a non-partisan seat. One in which the holder must disavow any allegiance to any political party, and give that allegiance over to the American people as a whole. Concerning themselves wholly and exclusively to the operation of the House, and the people's business.
  12. Implement term limits on members of Congress not to exceed that set for the President.
  13. Disallow the adding of attachments or riders onto Bills that are not relevant to the subject under consideration.
The way we deal with our economy is badly in need of revision. Our present system is based on scarcity of resources, and a mix of public and private ownership of mineral and energy resources. The public sector of resources being plundered by individuals who use our political system to enact rules that facilitate the plunder. The private sector of resources having to be continually policed to advert and/or contain damage to our environment by socially irresponsible corporations and individuals. With the crisis of anthropogenic climate change upon us, and because of the actions of the private sector in the areas of resources and banking/stocks, I see no other alternative than to take drastic action.
  1. Declare all natural resources of minerals, biological and energy are the property of the people of the United States, and all privately held mineral and energy rights are forever null and void.
  2. Cause the Bureau of Land Management to value all mineral, biological and energy resources, and to charge private interests a proper rate for any resources extracted, and let that charge reflect any clean up costs.
  3. Cause the Bureau of Land Management to use scientific data vetted by the IIVC to determine where, and how much, and for how long extraction of resources may occur in any given local.
  4. Task the Treasury to keep records of the national wealth of resources.
  5. Cause monies collected from the sale of the people's resources to be used for the benefit of the people i.e. the operation of government services, research and development, education etc., etc..
  6. Dissolve all private banks, and the Stock Market.
  7. Cause the Federal Reserve to become truly owned by the people, and given charter to operate a Citizens owned National Bank of the United States.
  8. Implement a new Federal Stock Exchange Market, where all trades of stock must occur.
  9. Put our nation back on a precious metals based monetary system. Implementation of which would be dependent on and require the exploitation of new off world resources. These resources would be helped to be made available by use of monies collected from the extraction of the people's resources.

I think it has been proven that private interests can not be trusted with such critical items like resource management/environmental and economics. They are both to easily given over to avarice. When that avarice occurs our society as a whole is put into danger. This situation is intolerable.

I think all of these things I've mentioned here are badly needed in our governmental/societal system. Leave out any one of them and we have problems. Because we have none of these things we have come to the poor state we find ourselves in today. Our nation is evolving as is our people, and we can not expect our society to run well with the same old archaic rules our ancestors lived by. They had their limits as to knowledge and human experience, and we have ours in the 21st Century. Our knowledge and human experience should be greater with the passing of time. I think what we've learned over and above what our forefathers knew points us in the direction of the actions I've laid out here today.

These are dangerous ideas. These are ideas that the weak of heart or conscious should stay away from. There are people who would do bad things to keep these things from happening, so promote them at your own peril. Do not promote them at our civilizations peril.

All thoughts welcome as they should be in a Democratic Socialist society.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Texas Citizens Suffering From Chronic State Wide Petroleum Poisoning

I wonder if this may be the problem with Texas? For a long time now Texas has had a disproportional number of crazy talkers than the rest of the nation. There seems to be a constant barrage of loony bin ideas coming out from every corner of the state. So what could be the reason for Texas to become the insane state?

Maybe the answer is petroleum poisoning. Petroleum products are known to cause brain damage. Perhaps the effects of exposure to the toxic petrochemical products of the massive, and century long petroleum industry in that state is taking a grim toll in the general population of Texas in the form of brain damage.

Severe poisoning also can affect the brain, heart, bone marrow, and kidneys.

Perhaps it is just now that things are getting critical. The ever increasing intensity of their illogical diatribe points in that direction. If this is true, drastic action is called for because it puts the entire nation at risk. The risks are even effecting our nation's government function in a seriously negative way.

Current and Historical Producing Oil and Gas Wells
If such a thing were true, there are only a few things that could be done to correct the problem. First I would close the borders of Texas, and shut down all petroleum extraction and processing. The Texas State Government should be dissolved, and a federal task force brought in for stewardship until such a time as can be determined that the danger has passed.

The situation is critical. Our nation must get to the bottom of the insanity coming from the Lone Star State. It isn't natural.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

New Federal Agency: Information Vetting Council (IVC)

Our leader Bernie Sanders said "Think Big!" I've been thinking about all the lies being pawned off as truth, and what in the world can we do about it? After a long time of pounding my head, maybe this is an idea that may work. I submit it for your review.
Information Vetting Council (IVC)
I sure am tired of all the lies that get passed off as truth. It disturbs me greatly when I see charts and graphs made by special interests, that bare no resemblance to the truth, or are a misrepresentation of the facts, used in the House of Representatives or the Senate by lawmakers when presenting an argument for passing or not passing a bill. It is unacceptable to the American people that false information, misinformation and doctored figures are used in crafting legislation.

It is unacceptable in our system of 21st Century Democracy that media outlets on a daily basis are allowed to broadcast false information, misinformation and doctored figures to the American people over the publicly owned electromagnetic spectrum or other technological means of media communication. These deceptive practices, done with undeserved 1st Amendment protections, have proven to be dangerous to the ideas and principals of liberty, freedom and equality. False information, misinformation and doctored figures must not have 1st Amendment protections if used in a governmental capacity.

"governmental n.
1. The act or process of governing, especially the control and administration of public policy in a political unit."

The FCC could be used to police the truthfulness of media outlets, but there is nothing policing the truthfulness of politicians except the media. The FCC can not do that under the current climate of big money provided by media outlets with an agenda in politics. The media's only agenda should be unbiased, truthful reporting in an effort to educate the American people so that they may make an informed decision based on factual information.

Because the media and the politicians have proven they can not be trusted to deliver, or to use factual information in their duties, the American people now must force these entities to be truthful. How to do that has confounded me for a long time. That is until now.

We need in our governmental system an information vetting process. If persons must be vetted, the information used to form our laws must be vetted too.

"vet; past tense: vetted; past participle: vetted

make a careful and critical examination of (something).
"proposals for vetting large takeover bids"

investigate (someone) thoroughly, especially in order to ensure that they are suitable for a job requiring secrecy, loyalty, or trustworthiness."

Our nation should have an independent Information Vetting Council (IVC). The council should be made up of experts in the field of science, history, sociology, economics and other pertinent fields. The members of the council must be vetted before they may take seat. The prospective members of the Council shall be chosen by the members of Congress, and can be introduced by either the House or the Senate. The prospective members of the Council shall hold advanced degrees in their fields of expertise. The President shall confirm newly chosen members to the Council.

Any information of any type used in an argument when debating a bill, or information included as text of the Bill first must be vetted by the IVC and given a serialized Seal of Truthfulness. Any information of any type used in an argument by media outlets, or persons using any means of information dispersal first must be vetted by the IVC and given a Seal of Truthfulness. Only after the vetting process by the IVC may any information be used for governmental processes or dissemination to the public for governmental purposes, like to sway votes.

Any Bill that includes information not vetted through the IVC shall be rejected, and sent back to the author for editing.

Any media outlet or other information dispersal organization, including Political Action Committees, infomercials, and political talk shows, and others as yet to be identified, and including any means of information dispersal, who willfully uses information not vetted by the IVC shall lose their broadcast license and the managers found guilty be charged a Felony punishable by a fine of $10,000,000 and imprisonment for not less than 25 years.

This idea may seem rough. It may seem harsh. I can't help it to be any softer because this situation of lying politicians and media has got to the point to where harsh action is called for. The idea of forming an "Independent Information Vetting Council" is what I've come up with to deal with this dangerous, and most serious problem within our civilization.

I invite other points of view, or ideas for modification of this idea of the IIVC.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Humans Must Eliminate Private Autos and Commercial Aviation

Way to go Bernie! Way to go America! When it comes to the issues, our man Bernie talks the right talk and walks the walk. If we are serious about walking that walk too, we need to put up, or shut up.

Our man Bernie is a champion of the environment. We need to be champions of the environment too! I want you to look at that picture. It is a massive Chinese traffic jam. This is a typical scene there, and in a lot of major cities world wide. This is the worst one that I know of. I know I sure wouldn't want to be stuck in the middle of it having to go to the restroom!

I sure do hope that when Mr. Sanders becomes President he will be able to work successfully with the Chinese to address, and take proactive measures to eliminate this type of scene from our planet. To work with all our human partners, our brothers and sisters world wide to eliminate this insanity.

Really, when one thinks of what they're doing, and why they're doing it and the way they are doing it, it becomes absurd. It's not just them either, it's all over the world. People living in a box, getting in a box, sitting in the box for hours so they can go to another box to do tasks in order to make a living. It is anti-social madness.

Think about it. Everyone sequestered inside their motorized box, usually alone in the box too. They see people around them all the time, but don't have the opportunity to meet, or interact with any of them. They are separated by the walls of their motorized box. Most of the boxes are built to be sound proof too so even if you yelled at the top of your lungs to another person in a motorized box, they would never hear you. So everyone keeps to themselves by unintended consequence of using these motorized boxed to go here and there.

Look at all the millions of tons of steel, glass, plastic and rubber. The billions of gallons of oil burning to keep it all going. A huge portion of it devoted to the pursuit of sitting in a motorized box to go from here to there. Seriously, pluck out all the motorized boxes in the picture with people in them who are working daily with the building or maintenance of motorized boxes.

There are other unintended consequences of everyone sitting alone in their motorized box. Everyone gets alienated from one another. No one gets to know anyone except for them inside their little circle. That little circle is regulated by the motorized box. When we wake up in the morning, we say good morning to our family all of which live in a box. Then we get into our motorized box, all alone, and go to work in another box. We say hello to the people we know who also work inside the same box as us. Besides those three boxes, the home, car and work, there are few others. The store, church, club or another thing perhaps.

When we are inside our motorized box going to where ever, we see a lot of people all around us. Sometimes like in the picture it can be many thousands of people all around, but no one has access to any other person. None of them interact with each other, other than a flashing light or the sound of a horn. While they are at all this, lots of them get the wrong idea about the other. I've got a good example.

Once I was driving a cement truck down the road when I seen a pickup truck pulling a trailer full of furniture. The guy driving the pickup truck didn't see the cushions and other stuff falling out all over the road. So I sped up to get beside him and tooted my horn and waved to warn him of all the stuff he was losing. The guy flipped me off! He had a total wrong idea about me. I guess he thought I was trying to be a prick, but nothing could of been further from the truth! We both were stuck inside our motorized boxes, unable to effectively communicate, me wanting to help my fellow, trying and failing. I bet when he got to his destination and seen what happened, he slapped his forehead in realization.

How many times have you seen a person standing on a street corner asking for help with a hand written cardboard sign. How many times is it that people see them and say "God damn bum. Get a job!" or "I'm not giving him anything. They'll only buy alcohol with it." or some other thing to justify inaction. They really don't know anything at all about their fellow standing there, but they come up with all kinds of made up stuff. As long as the one is inside their sound proof, motorized box and the other only has a pen and cardboard, things will never change. The person on the corner could of lost all due to tragedy beyond their control. Their depression could run so deep over loss, that life has little meaning for them any more. No one would never know it sitting inside their little motorized box. They can get away pretty quick and think of something else.

It really seems dehumanizing in a substantial way. It also seems that the separation of all these people and their non-interaction could play into the hands of despots. Look at how people like Fox News disparages the poor, all the while they never interact with the poor. They don't have to. They are separated from them while they stay inside their boxes. The next time you drive down the street in your personal motorized box, look around you. Look at the people around you and try to tell one of them anything. It is hard to do. Look at them all with their heads looking forward, or down texting while driving (shame), but the thing is, social separation of the masses.

This all came to me when I started using mass transit. Instead of getting inside a personal motorized box, I walked a block and entered a public motorized box. There were other people inside there too! People who I had never met. All kinds of people of every description. When I looked at them, some of them smiled and said "Good morning." and I could hear them! It was so cool!

I sat there talking to a new friend, only giving enough attention to the road so I didn't miss my exit. It was way better than sitting inside my personal motorized box. I really started meeting a lot of people while riding in public motorized boxes. I was no longer trapped inside a box all alone. I had broken free of the machine. Now the machine served me.

So here is something radical that no one will agree with. I think our species should do away with personal passenger autos (motorized boxes). Our civilization should use all the millions of tons of steel, glass, plastic, human resources, etc. to build public transportation and maintain it. All of the efforts to build roads and infrastructure for the movement of people and goods should be given over to transforming our entire motive system to public mass transit. If humanity wants to take seriously the dangers of global climate change, and do something about it. If humanity wants to become more humane towards one another doing this radical thing would cause positive results.

People would start communicating once again. People would make new friends instead of making up fantasy about people they can see, but not touch. Many trillions of tons of global warming causing gases would remain trapped underground where they belong. People would have many more hours of leisure time they could spend with new found friends and family, because they would be using fast efficient public transport instead of spending all that time in traffic jams, stuck all alone inside a little box.

I would like to see high speed rail going global. Our human civilization should construct what I like to call "The Super Rail". Envision the construction of a stepped up gauge, global, high-speed rail commuter system. Railroad and cars at least double the size of existing ones. Passenger and fright cars in the Boeing 747 size range. Construct a global rail system that would connect by a bridge over the Bering Strait, the Straits of Gibraltar and other places even going to South America and Australia. All of it powered by an inter-connected global solar power system. The power system would be global by means of installation of solar panels on every mile of track that it is practical.

All of the Super Rail system would make juncture with smaller local high speed, and low speed transit hubs.

The societal benefits would be even more than just in the realm of interpersonal relationships among the human populace, and the serious reduction of green house gases from the elimination of personal fossil fuels powered transport. The elimination of the ten thousand commercial and private aircraft from our skies would be transformative in a hugely positive way. I've got a clear example of that you may remember.

The day the tragic events of 9/11 happened, all air traffic over the continental United States was grounded. On a normal day there are 5000+ commercial aircraft in the skies over us at any given moment. All of them with 2 or more engines burning jet fuel faster than you could imagine! The next day, 9/12 I went to work at Dallas, Tx. Love Field. Normally you could hear the busy sounds of people working on aircraft, and the roar of jet engines from aircraft taking off and landing. Things weren't normal on 9/12. All was spooky quite. Then people started talking about something amazing.

The sky was so bright and clear! No one there had ever seen it like that. It was amazing, and a nation wide phenomenon. The sky was clear and bright, the way it is meant to be for a reason. The reason was the elimination of 5000+ commercial aircraft, with their accumulative 10,000+ jet engines from our skies. That's the reason for the clear skies after 9/11, and the reason I advocate the elimination of the commercial aviation industry in favor of a global solar powered Super Rail system.

I must add that even though the events of 9/11 were tragic to the extreme, and gave our nation "National STSD", we can do something to keep all of those human brothers and sisters from dying in vain. Remember the clear skies of 9/12 and the profound lesson of those clear skies and of the profound revelation of what that meant.

They show us that we can turn it all around if we really try. We can have clear skies again. Clean waters and abundant life. I think we have the strength of will, and character to get all this done now. We have reason and conviction to carry it through to the end. The reason is, all of the events leading up to the people saying "Enough is enough" about a lot of supremely important matters to human survival, advancement, freedom and liberty. Let us carry that momentum into the future for a better tomorrow.

Okay you guys. There you have my thoughts on some of the matters at hand. We need to do something drastic to avert global climate catastrophe, with the resulting unbearable human loss. This is my idea for some drastic action.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I met some homeless fellows yesterday. One was standing on a corner with a little sign. I gave him two rolls of pennies, and told him of Bernie Sanders. When I mentioned bringing jobs back from China he exploded, "That's why I'm on the street! They shut down and moved my job to Mexico."

I hear that over and again. People on the street telling me that they had a job until it got moved to some foreign land. Now Boeing wants to move more of our jobs away.

Boeing wants to build wide body aircraft in China. That is a losing proposition. It takes jobs that Americans need to China, and it helps teach them how to build wide body aircraft.

Boeing and Airbus are the two who stand at the head of the line when it comes to wide body passenger jets. Boeing leads the pack. Their decision to build aircraft in China transfers that technology to China as well. Then after a while they will be competing with Boeing and Airbus in the wide body market.

Boeing doesn't need China to help build aircraft. We have plenty of human resources and facilities right here in America for that. Our people are just as capable as any peoples across our planet, and are up to the task. Our country is bleeding jobs like a cut jugular, and the homeless I meet on the street are the proof of it.

So don't even give a homeless person a dirty look. How anyone could even dare? The GOP dares, and they help cause their suffering! Then to top it off, they blame the poor for it. For shame on Boeing and the people who make this happen. How f***ing dare they give a dirty look at a homeless person.

I want this job loss to stop and be reversed, damn them! I'm sick and tired of seeing my brothers and sisters suffer, while big fat pigs eat enough for a thousand. They make me want to puke.

That is all the more reason for me to support people like Bernie Sanders. We are going to change this messed up situation, so help me. So help you.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Nationalize All Mineral and Energy Resources in the United States

James E Parks Jr

I am beginning to have a problem with the concept of privately owned mineral rights. Did you know that the mineral rights of the property you own could be owned by someone else? Did you know that such an owner, or mineral rights lease holder could come onto your property put an oil well 150 feet from your house, on your property, without asking you for permission? A lot of people are finding out about that now that fracking is wide spread. A lot of people are finding they can do nothing about it.

I think this whole thing is a problem we the people should address. I have on more than one occasion heard people like Mr. Sanders or Richard Wolff advocate the democratization of the work place. They say that would bring greater equality, and narrow the divide of income inequality. I think something more is needed. The democratization of the mineral and energy wealth of our nation.

The resources of minerals and energy in this nation belong to the people. The people should be able to dictate what resources may be extracted, where the resources may be extracted, what is done with the resources and lastly the people should derive the greatest benefit from those resources.

As things stand now, there is a mish-mash of mineral rights ownership. Some are private and not severed, some are private and severed, others (about 34%) are owned by the federal government. Ever since fracking became an undesirable norm, there has been a lot of homes being sold in our nation that the mineral rights have been severed without the knowledge of the buyer. There are some banks (like Wells Fargo) that will not offer home loans on property in which these mineral rights have been severed.

This present status of distribution of mineral rights ownership is one of the causes of income inequality. For instance, the oil company either owns outright the mineral rights, or they lease the rights from privately owned or government owned mineral resources. The status of the surface of the land means little or nothing.

They extract the resource, process it, then market and sell the finished product. The only real benefactor of those extracted resources are the mineral rights owner, and the lessor. Afterwards it is the general population that is left with the aftermath of the irresponsible use of the national assets of mineral resources. Problems like global warming, ground water pollution, air pollution, surface contamination, oil spills, mine retention pond failures and a host of other real threats to the well being of our citizens are left up to our citizens. With the present political environment, one that has been crafted and fine tuned into its present form for the last 100+ years, the capitalists (big money) forces are given a de facto free reign. This is intolerable.

I therefor postulate that all resources of minerals and energy are owned by the people, and should be nationalized. The people should have a say as to who, what, where and when those resources are extracted. The people should have a say as to what products are being produced from those resources. The people should be the prime benefactor of those resources.

There are people who would fight the nationalization of the nations resources tooth and nail. People like the Koch Brothers, who have been ripping off the American people for a long time, would hate such a proposal. That is to bad for them. If they had of performed their activities in good faith, we would have never come to this. People who produce energy for our nation has at every opportunity used our governmental processes to enrich themselves at the expense of the American citizenry. This intolerable situation must end.

In conclusion, I believe that the democratization of the work place, and the nationalization of the mineral wealth of our nation will go a long way in bringing equality to the masses.

"The billionaires can't have it all."

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Proven Liquid Water on Mars Means Future Colonization


It seems like humanity has amnesia a lot of the time. Always repeating the same mistakes. I think one humongous mistake our nation made was canceling the Apollo program, and not intensifying the push for a permanent human presence off world. When Nixon canceled Apollo, it caused the United States to start regressing.

I read that now scientists have found real liquid water on mars. The rovers have found [metallic meteorites on the surface of Mars] that have been collecting for billions of years. There is [large quantities of water on the moon]. We know there are [asteroids with large quantities of platinum group metals] and other useful elements. [Google the words in brackets] for more information.

It is like it is beckoning us. When president Kennedy made his speech that led to the first human foot prints on the moon, human technology wasn't advanced enough to do it. So we created the technology. Now we do have the technology.

Please consider this my progressive brothers and sisters.

Humanity really needs to start exploiting and colonizing Mars soon. The $16 trillion the people used to bail out Wall Street could of provided 91 Apollo size projects, start to finish.

Do you think Apollo times 91 would equal Human Civilization on Mars, and 10's of millions of jobs for the people? What about setting us up for mining the asteroid belt? My rough estimate is 34 million jobs if it all went like Apollo. Apollo provided 400,000 at its peak. With 34 million we could farm jobs out to other countries who need it, and not effect our employment at all. During the height of the recession there were 12 million unemployed. We could be mining asteroids for platinum group metals, and other resources like water for hydrogen/oxygen fuel to refuel satellites and spacecraft.

In 2009, NASA held a symposium on project costs which presented an estimate of the Apollo program costs in 2005 dollars as roughly $170 billion. This included all research and development costs; the procurement of 15 Saturn V rockets, 16 Command/Service Modules, 12 Lunar Modules, plus program support and management costs; construction expenses for facilities and their upgrading, and costs for flight operations. This was based on a Congressional Budget Office report, A Budgetary Analysis of NASA's New Vision for Space, September 2004. The Space Review estimated in 2010 the cost of Apollo from 1959 to 1973 as $20.4 billion, or $109 billion in 2010 dollars.

So what do we do with it? How about 91 times the above effort to jump start our economy into the next century? Okay so it wouldn't be exactly like this, but this is merely an example. 1365 Saturn V rockets, 1456 Command/Service Modules, 1092 Lunar Modules, plus 91 times the program support and management costs; construction expenses for facilities and their upgrading, and costs for flight operations. But that isn't all.

Instead of what we got for $16 trillion bailing out billionaires, which was nothing, we would have full employment, a highly educated populous, accelerated technological advancement, a permanent human presence on the moon, Mars and in the asteroid belt. Most importantly, humanity would at last have the key to true equality, an economy built on unlimited resources instead of scarcity.

I think this may be the answer to an old question. Once progressives take control of the government, how do you cause equality? Once we have the reins of power, how best to steer a course for the future of human well being and fair distribution of the wealth? I don't think humanity will ever be able to do that in a closed system of resources.

Humanity has resources, but their distribution is uneven throughout human society because they are scarce. Because the resources are scarce, people tend to hoard the wealth. They go to war over the worlds wealth. It's a survival tactic. The only way to break that cycle is to have an open system of resources. Then we could have an economy based on abundance instead of scarcity. There would be no need to hoard food, energy, metals and other items, or to go to war over them.

The only way to have an open system economy is for humanity to spread their presence and culture throughout the solar system. To utilize the virtually inexhaustible abundance of our planetary neighborhood, including the resources of the asteroid belt, of course. Any person who keeps up with technology knows humanity has the technological skills to do this. I know we have the facilities to do this. I've seen them and worked in them in the military and commercial aircraft industry. I know this can be done now at long last. It would solve many problems, and assure the survival of the human species. Waiting another ten years or 15 years will not due.

If the United States of America and its people can commit $16 trillion to the bailing out of banks, and Wall Street billionaires, our civilization can commit the same effort to a real solution to our economic problems. It is great that we want to put $1 trillion into the rebuilding of the infrastructure. It desperately needs it, and that would provide for many jobs. I think there will come a time when our nation will get done playing catch up, and then not so many people will be needed for maintenance. If we go ahead and grit our teeth and expand civilization off world, that end of infrastructure building would never arrive. I think it could cause something like a golden era of human civilization.

If you think this is viable, please promote it.

New York Times:

Friday, September 4, 2015

An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders About our Future


This is an open letter to our good leader, Bernie Sanders. May he find it.

Dear Mr. Sanders,

I'm writing this letter to you confident that you listen to the voters/citizens of this nation, and use reason and logic when you come to a decision to support something or not to lend support. I'm confident that you will come to a conclusion that is of interest to the common good.

As you say, unemployment among our youth of all races in this country is abysmal. While big corporations buy politicians with the end goal of sending our jobs overseas, our youth languish in poverty, and have no hope for the future! This situation causes them to lose hope, and become susceptible to drug abuse, gang initiation or even worse, to join terrorists groups and commit acts of violence.

I believe the idea of putting millions of Americans to work rebuilding our infrastructure is a worthy cause, and would go very far in relieving the unemployment burden we have today. Also the idea of making community college in this nation tuition free is an excellent way to reinvigorate our competitiveness in the world's market. Our youth would have hope because they could get a proper education, and then start out on their own with the tools to make America great, knowledge. They also would contribute mightily to the economy because they wouldn't be saddled with overbearing debt!

Given all of that, I think we need added variables into the equation. There will come a time when our people will have caught up with the rebuilding of the infrastructure. From that point in time, it will not take so many people to maintain the infrastructure, or build additions. What then?

I found this posted at

“Space Exploration: Bernie supports NASA’s mission and is generally in favor of increasing funding for NASA, but only after the needs of Americans on Earth are first met. “

I ask you to reconsider your opinion given the following information.

During the banking crisis the treasury made $16 trillion in low interest loans to the very banks that caused the problem in the first place. It cost our nation $176 billion (2009 dollars) for the cost of Apollo and other space related things in the time frame of 1962 to 1972. $16 trillion could of supported 91 times the NASA effort had back during the 1962-1972 space effort.

At its peak, the Apollo program employed 400,000 Americans and required the support of over 20,000 industrial firms and universities. 400,000 X 91 = 36,400,000 jobs

12 million persons were unemployed in 2009 at the peak of the recession. I hope you see where I'm going with this. We were taken to the cleaners big time by corrupt politicians, and Wall Street criminals. Our nation spent all that money, fiat money, and got precious little in return.

Consider this, a report states that development of SLS through its first flight in 2017, the ground systems for that effort, and the first two Orion flights in 2017 and 2021 are estimated by NASA to cost between $19-22 billion as follows: SLS, $7.7-8.6 billion; ground systems, $2.8-3.1 billion; and Orion., $8.5-10.3 billion.

US Government Bailout Guarantees $16.9 trillion Includes guarantees from US Treasury, Federal Reserve and other US government agencies.

If I take the high number from NASA and use it to divide $16.9 trillion, I get 768 Orion projects. When I take that into consideration, and look back at what the Apollo program did for our nation. There is no arguing the point of if the Apollo Program did our nation any good. Of that there is no doubt! From my prospective, I see millions of jobs, accelerated advancement in technology, and a lot of sociological/economic problems solved.

 Just imagine the jobs that would create! All that stuff needs skilled hands to build it. Educated hands.

The financial institutions that were bailed out would have reaped the benefits too! All them people working in factories building the space infrastructure of the 21st century would be needing savings accounts and checking accounts. All them newly employed people would of been buying houses, instead of losing them to predatory lending practices.

When president Kennedy made his historic speech, we didn't have the technology to get to the Moon. Then before the decade was over as that visionary wished it to be, humans were walking on the moon. At the same time our economy was booming, and a golden era of technological progress commenced like the world has never known! Part of it was because of war, the other was because of the space program. Now we don't have a war, but we do have the technology to put giant space stations in orbit. To build huge rockets to lift heavy loads into orbit. To get back to the Moon, and start industry to exploit space resources. To mine asteroids to provide for that new industry. To go claim Mars, and use it for the good of all humanity. It is all there for us, and we have the means to accomplish this worthy task. We only need the political will, and a leader who will lead us into that future we thought we had coming, but lost.

You've read stories of World War II. You've seen video of the actual battles. All of that was built by people working long and hard in factories, and getting paid to do it. We had a terrible enemy to face down, and so we have an enemy today, greed and poverty. It will take the same dedication as it did back then. It will be hard too. Sacrifices will have to be made by us all. Tragedy will have to be endured! Still we can do it.

The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 was 7 years ago already. Could you imagine what things would be like if our nation had of put all that $16 trillion into 91 Apollo size programs, with the training, and people employed, etc. etc.?

It is time Humans do this. Time to industrialize and colonize our solar system. This is an open-ended project, with unlimited returns. It will solve problems both social, and economic.

The efforts we need to build a new society, whose industry is based on the unlimited potential of exploiting the cosmos, can still be had. We can avoid the further economic enslavement of humanity by greedy, self serving people if we take all of the actions you have promoted so energetically. With all your solutions, and the exploitation of the moon, Mars the asteroid belt, orbital solar generating stations and factories. All the quarters that the newly educated, and highly skilled citizens will need while off world. Supplies and all manner of products would be needed by our new colonies on the moon and Mars, so our economy would follow humanity and grow. It would be an economy based on unlimited abundance, instead of one based on scarcity. An economy based on scarcity breeds a lot of the trouble that face our world. Poverty, greed, avarice and worst of all, war.

Please reconsider your position concerning our efforts in space.

James E Parks Jr
Retired Aerospace Worker

Monday, August 31, 2015

Bernie Sanders and our Political Revolution is Only the Start


Our times will go down in history as pivotal. We can go one way or the other. We have a choice to make, and time is running out.

What's it going to be, the self centered, Plutocratic, hedonism that is the billionaire class, or will liberty and democracy reign supreme? Will our nation vote themselves into slavery, or will enlightened thought permeate our society and bring on a golden era?

So far, with our Man Bernie Sanders, I think we have a darn good chance to turn our civilization away from the brink. He is an integral part of a revolutionary surge. We the people are the fuel that powers that surge while Bernie is the rally point, and inspiration. As we have said before, we have got to take this revolution to city hall, county seat, governor's office and on and on to the top. It will not due to only win the presidency. We have got to take all levels of government, state and federal.

 Still not even that is enough! We the people have got to take measures to insure that corrupt politicians, greedy plutocrats and Wall Street criminals can never gain power or damage our civilization ever again. We also need to take measures to insure that corp-media broadcasting information is held to the highest standard of reliability and truth. No more of this allowing so-called news networks purposefully filling the public bandwidth with fabrications designed solely to influence the public's vote.

In addition to the aforementioned, we the people must endeavor to influence the people of other nations to also take power away from corrupt political groups and other criminal entities just like we are doing here in the United States. We have a world economy, and all of it is infected with criminal elements, and corruption. In order to make certain that our economy and nation is secure, we need to have a secure world.

Indeed we can not revolt against the status quo, and have revolutionary change without considering how to maintain the new world order. We must not win our cause only to allow our progeny to lose it over again through our shortsightedness. Surely we will not be able to foresee all things that may come up in the future, but we can through logic and reason strengthen our Constitution to disallow our present folly.

Some people may see the words "new world order" and object. I understand because that is the same as they do with the word "socialism". The corrupt political forces have done a good job of demonizing these two ideals. Mostly they've done it with lies, spreading propaganda not with the greater good in mind, but rather with seizing ever more power as the primary motive.

The ideas behind "democratic socialism" and a "new world order" are not evil. We really do need a new world order because the one we have now is driving our species into extinction. Our species, and all the other life forms on this planet, can not much longer endure human business as usual. We need drastic change,and we need it now!

I cheer the political revolution, and all the enlightened persons who are behind it. (y) I look forward to the future, and advanced human culture.

Friday, August 7, 2015

New Era Arriving: Mars Colonization at Hand

by  08/07/2015:

Do you remember this from last year? I'm bringing this up now because of the talk of putting massive amounts of money into the American infrastructure. Mars, and the moon should be a working part of that 21st Century infrastructure. So too should the asteroid belt and NEO asteroids. We need the jobs and territory. Everything we need is there. Minerals, metals and water are there in abundance. All we need is the political will, and public support to propel our nation to the greatest heights.

August 7, 2014 at 5:51pm

"A study performed by Bland and Smith in 2000 estimated that there could be between 500 and 500,000 meteorites with a mass greater than 10 grams for every square kilometer of Mars."

If I take the 500,000 number and the 10 gram figure, and use them, I get an extremely rough estimate of approximately 5.8 tons of meteoric material per sq. kilometer. The surface area of Mars is 144.8 million km². That gives me a possible 839,840,000 tons of mine-able, usable material like nickel-iron just laying on the surface waiting for us to do something with it."

Iron meteorite on Mars

That's a lot of material. Like raisins in a fruitcake waiting to be plucked. Just the estimate of meteoric material on the surface of Mars is enough to build 17,869 aircraft carrier size objects, like habitat. When platinum is mentioned in this article, the word is used collectively to include other metals of the platinum group, as iridium, rhodium, palladium, and perhaps others. Keep in mind that there are other sources of metals on Mars too. Just like Earth, there is ore deposits there that can be hard rock mined. Also with Mars's past history of being a water world, there must be placer deposits as well. Keep in mind that all the meteoric material on the surface isn't iron. A percentage of it undoubtedly must be platinum, and other metals like gold.

There was a time when people could strike out, find a place to call home, settle and no-one would demand payment for the land. We can't do that any more on Earth. We've run out of elbow room on this planet. Our species has been so successful at living, we have over reached the capacity of our planet to sustain us far into the future, thus becoming a danger to ourselves.

Some people say "We need to fix the problems here on Earth before we settle outer space". I'm here to tell you, we will not fix any of our Earthly Human problems without colonizing space. Also people worry about messing up the "pristine environment of Mars" by human settlements. People need to abandon that silly notion. For all intent and purposes, Mars is a barren desert. There may or may not be life there, but we know life is here. Our job is to preserve the Earth life, and especially human life. Any life (if any) on Mars will have to tolerate Human existence on Mars. The reason is simple. Human survival trumps all.

It is said that our nation loaned out $16 trillion to bail out crooked banks and Wall Street criminals who caused the mess in the first place in 2008. Did you know that same amount of money (2009 dollars) could of bought 91 Apollo size projects? I think that would of been enough to get a darn good start to off world colonization. If back in 2009 when our nation was in financial chaos, we had of put all that trillions of dollars into expansion, we would of started reaping the rewards by now. People would be working on the expansion, being educated for the work on the expansion, and putting money earned into bank accounts. Those people also would of been buying houses, cars and other products too, further stimulating the economy.

All them banks would of got more money into their system by deposits, but instead of just giving them a $16 trillion welfare check, they earn it through deposits made by people working on the new 21st century space based economy.

King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain had to go into dept to get Christopher Columbus the money and ships for his expedition. That debt paid off spectacularly. Beginning in 1531, Peruvian bullion shipped to Spain was something like 100 million pieces of gold, and twice as much in silver, over the following forty years. When Pizarro conquered Peru and murdered the Inca emperor in 1533, the ransom that Atahualpa paid in vain was worth 1,326,000 bezants (gold pieces), weighing more than 7000 kg. Even more than that was looted from the Inca capital of Cuzco by the victorious Spanish in 1533-­1534. The gold and silver "production" (loot, that is) from Peru in the early 1530s is estimated as follows: 17.3 tons of gold, 95.6 tons of silver. That translates into $1,020,146,400 of gold, and $76,248,648 in silver. That represents only the gold and silver looted from Peru between the years 1531 and 1535. That doesn't include the other looted places. That doesn't even include the mining of gold and silver which began after the looting, which produced many more tons of silver, gold and precious gem stones. Spain became the richest country on the face of the planet for many years.

We can do the same thing, except without all the slaves. Instead we'll use employed, educated citizens to build our new space based economy. All we have to do is want it bad enough. We have to have the political will, and the guts to take a risk. We Humans can have an economy built on abundance, instead of the current model, which is built on scarcity. Our economy of scarcity demands that some have much, and others have little. An economy built on abundance should afford all people to have plenty. We could have an end to poverty.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Protect our Constitution From Ted Cruz & House Republicans


The human name Ted Cruz is acting in ways that are not in line with the best interests of the American people, and he must be stopped. Check it out!

Senate holds hearings into how to change the Constitution to circumvent Supreme Court

"So conservatives in the Senate are now engaged in explorations as to how to change America's founding document in order to enforce social conservative morals, in addition to the already-understood rigorous corporatism, regardless of whether America's top courts find those things lawful or not. Ted Cruz would make an awfully fine leader, would he not? He could really bring Republicanism out of its Weimarian doldrums and into a new reich."

Ted Cruz wants to change the constitution in order to get his way, or rather to shove his ways down your throat. This isn't the first time he has suggested things that are so far right radical it causes me to label him "dangerous". He has also suggested people use their 2nd Amendment rights to defend themselves against an over bearing government. That government being lead by a black man named Obama, who's policies Cruz has vowed to fight at every turn.

This shows what the Republican think our government is for. It is like snatching the sheets off, and discovering something ugly under there. The Republicans use the government as a legal means to corrupt, greedy ends. More often than not, when a Republican puts in a bill to the congress or senate, it is about making lawful some activity that would normally be frowned upon. Things like drilling for oil in environmentally sensitive areas, when we know the area could be forever ruined. Another example is using the legal process to allow Wall Street to gamble with the money you deposit in your checking or saving account, and if they lose the money, the tax payer gets to foot the bill. You can find example after example of laws designed to allow either the polluting of our environment, the stealing of your money, the allowing of discrimination, the mixing of religion & government or some other unworthy thing. All of it brought to you by persons in government who believe that government is a tool for corporation's, or religion's exclusive use.

Now one of the parts of the tool doesn't want to work like the Republican's think it should. SCOTUS didn't agree with Ted Cruz and his despotic buddies. They didn't tow the line. So change the rules. EPA bothering you with pesky environmental rules? Disband the EPA. Laws were made in Washington that you don't agree with? Use your 2nd Amendment rights to defy the law. Voters in an area are not in your favor? Gerrymander the area until they are. All these things, and more are the dastardly methods of the despicable Republican party.

The Ted Cruz and the Republicans cry about the Constitution not being followed, HYPOCRITES! They don't give a damn about the Constitution, except as a legal tool for the allowing of unsavory acts. Acts that intrude onto your human rights, and shift wealth from the many to the few.

Ted Cruz Campaign Speech

If anything needs to be changed in the constitution it is the words dealing with the Speaker of the House of Representatives. John Boehner has proven that the Speaker has way to much power.

"As presiding office of the House of Representatives, the Speaker holds a variety of powers over the House and is the highest-ranking legislative official in the US government. The Constitution does not spell out the political role of the Speaker. Tradition has molded the position into what it is today. The Speaker in the United States, by tradition, is the head of the majority party in the House of Representatives, outranking the Majority Leader. However, despite having the right to vote, the Speaker usually does not participate in debate and rarely votes.

The Speaker is responsible for ensuring that the House passes legislation supported by the majority party. In pursuing this goal, the Speaker may use his or her power to determine when each bill reaches the floor. They also chair the majority party's steering committee in the House. The Speaker is tasked with pushing through the agenda of the majority party, often at the expense of the minority opposition. As the highest-ranking member of the opposition party (and in effect a de facto Leader of the Opposition), the Speaker is normally the chief public opponent of the President's agenda. In this scenario, the Speaker is known for undercutting the President's agenda by blocking measures by the minority party or rejecting bills by the Senate

The Speaker's powers and duties extend beyond presiding in the chamber. In particular, the Speaker has great influence over the committee process. The Speaker selects nine of the thirteen members of the powerful Committee on Rules, subject to the approval of the entire majority party. The leadership of the minority party chooses the remaining four members. Furthermore, the Speaker appoints all members of select committees and conference committees. Moreover, when a bill is introduced, the Speaker determines which committee will consider it.

Because joint sessions and joint meetings of Congress are held in the House chamber, the Speaker presides over all such joint sessions and meetings. The Speaker is also responsible for overseeing the officers of the House: the Clerk, the Sergeant-at-Arms, the Chief Administrative Officer, and the Chaplain. The Speaker can dismiss any of these officers. The Speaker appoints the House Historian and the General Counsel and, jointly with the Majority and Minority Leaders, appoints the House Inspector General.

This list of duties and the method employed to carry them out is a receipt for governments grinding to a halt. It is also a betrayal of trust to the American people. Even though a Republican should try to advance their cause, they still have to represent the whole of the electorate. A partisan Speaker of the House is incapable of that. The rabble get the Speakers ear, then the Speaker stubbornly tows a line even if it threatens the stability of the entire system.

Given such awesome powers as held by the Speaker of the House, I think we should of learned a lesson from the last few years. That lesson being, a partisan Speaker of the House is a bad idea. We should embrace the notion that our Speaker of the House of Representatives should be strictly non-partisan. The person chosen should renounce all allegiances to any party, and instead focus on the people's business in the House. That should be their over riding concern, the smooth functioning of the House of Representatives. Our nation needs to implement a Westminster Style Speaker of the House.

"Non-partisanship: The Speaker, by convention, severs all ties with his or her political party, as it is considered essential that the Speaker be seen as an impartial presiding officer"
If our nation had a Speaker of the House that were non-partisan, we wouldn't have to suffer threats of government shutdown born of political party infighting. The People of the United States deserve better than that. The people expect better performance from their elected officials. The people are disturbed by the wasting of billions of tax payer dollars on setting up programs, only to disband the program later because of political rivalry. The people are the ones most effected by government malfunction. The people are the ones the elected must answer to. The people see a major flaw in our political system, and desire to remedy that flaw. It would take nothing less than a Constitutional Amendment to get the job done. Still it must be done."

"This is an out rage. Every citizen should get angry over this power grab. They have the gall to call Obama Imperial President. Boo! Boo! Hiss! SHAME ON THEM!

The Speaker of the House partisan roll is the #1 reason we have such a problem. I call on our nation to adopt a Westminster Style Speaker of the House, making that position strictly a non-partisan seat. I believe this would solve a lot of problems with our broken House of Representatives."

Protect our Constitution from people like Ted Cruz, John Boehner and the Republican/Tea Party who would use it to shove their corporatism/religion down your throat.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bernie Sanders said "Think Big", Nothing is Bigger Than Space Colonization


During the banking crisis the treasury made $16 trillion in low interest loans to the very banks that caused the problem in the first place. It cost our nation $176 billion (2009 dollars) for the cost of Apollo and other space related things in the time frame of 1962 to 1972. $16 trillion could have supported 91 times the NASA effort had back during the 1962-1972 space effort.

At its peak, the Apollo program employed 400,000 Americans and required the support of over 20,000 industrial firms and universities. 400,000 X 91 = 36,400,000 jobs

12 million persons were unemployed in 2009 at the peak of the recession. I hope you see where I'm going with this. We were taken to the cleaners big time. Our nation spent all that money, fiat money, and have precious little to show for it. Well, maybe the top mega-rich have something to show for it, but not the little guy.

The pictures following is my vision of what we can do with 91 Apollo size projects going at the same time. Once it is going good, it continues to build on itself. Unlimited potential. Seems to me a better thing for our nation than throwing money down a bottomless Wall Street pit.

Our man Bernie Sanders said to think big. He said there is nothing we can not accomplish. Okay, I know we can do this, and this is as big as it gets, well at least until we take the next step, star travel.

Earth Station
Lunar Station
Mars Station
Ceres & Asteroid Station

Sunday, July 5, 2015

President Kennedy's Moon Speech in the 21st Century

As presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says, "The greed of corporate America and the billionaire class has got to end, and we are going to end it for them." I am in favor of this ending of the greed culture too! Still, that is far from being enough.

President John F. Kennedy
Now I borrow the speech given by president John F Kennedy May 25, 1961, President Kennedy gave this historic speech before a joint session of Congress that set the United States on a course to the moon. I borrow it and expand on it for the 21st century.

````(Modified Speech)````

Now it is time to take longer strides--time for a great new American enterprise--time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways holds the key to our future on earth. Our presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said we need to think big. My fellow citizens, this is about as big as it gets.

I believe we possess all the resources and talents necessary. But the facts of the matter are that we have never made the national decisions or marshaled the national resources required for such leadership. We have never specified long-range goals on an urgent time schedule, or managed our resources and our time so as to insure their fulfillment.

Recognizing the head start we have in space, we nevertheless are required to make new efforts on our own. For while we cannot guarantee that we shall one day be first, we can guarantee that any failure to make this effort will make us last, or even doom our species. We take an additional risk by making it in full view of the world, but as shown by the feat of brave astronauts, this very risk enhances our stature when we are successful. Space is open to us now more than ever before; and our eagerness to share its meaning is not governed by the efforts of others. We go into space and make human presence there permanent because whatever mankind must undertake, free men must fully share. Then our species survival can be further enhanced and assured.

I therefore ask the President, Congress and the people of the United States to raise above and beyond the decreases in funding I have seen for space activities, to provide the funds which are needed to meet the following national goals:

First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before another decade is out, of landing a human on Mars and returning him/her safely to the Earth, and before the century is out, of building civilization on Mars with a population of at least 100,000 human beings. As we do this effort we must also build bases on the moon, and space stations in orbit around the moon, Earth and Mars. No space project in this, the 21st century, will be more impressive to mankind, more lasting in human memory, or more important for the long-range exploration of space, our long term economic growth and to help assure the survival and well being of humanity into the distant future; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish, and rewarding. We propose to accelerate the development of the appropriate lunar and Mars deep space craft. We propose additional funds for other engine, and spacecraft development and for unmanned explorations. 5 trillion dollars should be allocated for the first Mars missions and starter bases.

Secondly, an additional 250 billion dollars will accelerate development of a nuclear rocket. This gives promise of speedy means of travel to Mars, and for even more exciting and ambitious exploration of space beyond the moon and Mars, to the very end of the solar system itself.

Third, an additional 500 billion dollars will make the most of our present leadership, by accelerating the use of present facilities to open enrollment into the newly founded free national educational systems envisioned by Sen. Bernie Sanders. This will provide the many skilled hands and minds needed to accomplish this great goal.

Fourth, an additional 2 trillion dollars will will be allocated for the development of asteroidal materials mining and processing.

Fifth, 1.5 trillion dollars will be allocated to the building of Earth based infrastructure needed for this project, (including national roads, bridges and other aspects of our national infrastructure, and for the retrofitting of currently operating space facilities.

Sixth, 2 trillion dollars will be provided to develop orbital solar arrays, and the ground based power collection grids we need to break the strangle hold of fossil fuels, which is becoming a dire threat to the stability of human civilization because of global warming.

Let it be clear--and this is a judgment which the Members of the Congress must finally make--let it be clear that I am asking the Congress and the country to accept a firm commitment to a new course of action, a course which will last for many decades and carry very heavy costs. If we are to go only half way, or reduce our sights in the face of difficulty, in my judgment it would be better not to go at all, and accept our fate on Earth.

Now this is a choice which this country must make, and I am confident that under the leadership of the Space Committees of the Congress, and the Appropriating Committees, that the people will consider the crucial matter carefully.

It is a most important decision that we make as a nation. But all of you have lived through the last five decades and have seen the significance of space and the adventures in space, and no one can predict with certainty what the ultimate meaning will be of mastery of space. One thing for sure is that it will be for the betterment of humanity to expand into the cosmos now.

I believe we should go to Mars. But I think every citizen of this country as well as the Members of the Congress should consider the matter carefully in making their judgment, to which we have given attention over many years and months, because it is a heavy burden, and there is no sense in agreeing or desiring that the United States take an affirmative position in outer space, unless we are prepared to do the work and bear the burdens to make it successful.

This decision demands a major national commitment of scientific and technical manpower, materiel and facilities, and the possibility of their diversion from other important activities where they are already thinly spread. It means a degree of dedication, organization and discipline which have not been seen since our research and development efforts on the extremely successful Apollo Program. It means we cannot afford undue work stoppages, inflated costs of material or talent, wasteful inter-agency rivalries, political interference or a high turnover of key personnel.

New objectives and new money cannot solve these problems. They could in fact, aggravate them further--unless every scientist, every engineer, every serviceman, every technician, contractor, and civil servant gives his personal pledge that this nation will move forward, with the full speed of freedom, in the exciting adventure of space industrialization and colonization.


This is an expensive proposition with my very rough estimate of $10 trillion, but it is necessary to secure our nations long term future into the next century. This should be no problem for a country of our wealth. If we can find the national will to bail out greedy Wall Street bankers to the tune of $16 trillion in 2008, we can find the will to invest on a project like the one proposed here that has real returns. We can make the initial costs in fiat money, then pay it back with interest with platinum mined from asteroids.

During the banking crisis the treasury made $16 trillion in low interest loans to the very banks that caused the problem in the first place. It cost our nation $176 billion (2009 dollars) for the cost of Apollo and other space related things in the time frame of 1962 to 1972. $16 trillion could of supported a program like the one proposed here. If this had of been implemented in 2009, our nation would of been reaching its first lofty goals now. Then by 2020 the technological advancements, and material wealth from it might have started to have been realized.

At its peak, the Apollo program employed 400,000 Americans and required the support of over 20,000 industrial firms and universities. 400,000 X 91 = 36,400,000 jobs. Desperately needed jobs. Three times as many jobs as needed at the height of the recession due to unemployed. I think we could spare a few jobs to China and Vietnam then, instead of giving them the ones our people need now.

This would be an open ended project of human expansion, with unlimited potential, and returns, which would most likely have no end in sight. It would usher in a golden era for humanity.