Friday, May 15, 2015

Did you know Gov. Perry has been traveling the world - To look smarter than Cruz? Might work!

Somehow the GOP has the bizarre idea that investing NOTHING will magically make us lead the world. Potholes will fix themselves. Old rail will somehow hold up under massive traffic.  Investing in Positive Train Control to keep trains from crashing is not much of a priority.  

Congress and some people have this magical idea that trains are supposed to "pay for themselves" when neither roads or airports are profitable. They are just things we NEED to get from A to B.

I have ridden the fastest train in the world in China. I have used the Euro rail system. Congress' lack of investment in AMTRAK and advanced rail is beyond STUPID. It's holding America back!

The biggest problem today is that everyone is an expert on Everything. Have you noticed that?  People don't accept expertise as knowledge worth listening to versus their sources of information--usually a TV or radio jock who has hardly been outside our borders or some bogus article written by a guy with a tin foil hat that they found on google! LOL.

If I never got off that Iowa farm before going around the world on  legal missions like the Syria child kidnapping case and selling pollution control technology to China, I would be CLUELESS how the real world works. If you have not traveled to China and taken a tour, you have no idea. After being in over 50 countries I went to Norway for the first time. I thought I knew all about it from what I read. When I got there, I realized that I had no idea.

Yet we elect Senators like Mr. Cruz who have no such experience.  I saw not only today's China and dozens of other countries, but i saw it as a young man over 30 years ago. That makes me one of the few who can testify to the changes. And how they think.

Even Gov. Perry has been traveling to a number of countries to get some kind of international knowledge (you didn't know that did you?) Texas taxpayers paid for his security costs on those trips. They paid NONE of mine, since i travel globally without security. It does give him a leg up over the Presidential candidates who think Burundi is wine, or that Jesus was white when all the people I saw in my Middle East trips were Arabs or Persians.

Our Congress should be playing a global strategy for America to get back to No. 1 again. it's not even awake! LOL. If we elect more reps like them, we will totally throw away the legacy of our forefathers and become second rate has-beens. I don't buy that.

Here is a roadmap to get America back on the real track to global success..."Agenda for American Greatness"

Stay tuned here at Global American Values for updates...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Amtrak Vs Europe and Asia's SUPER TRAINS

The unfortunate wreck of the AMTRAK train brings up something that Americans should discuss - the dismal state of our technology versus the world in transportation.  America now ranks as the 12th WORST country in the world in INFRASTRUCTURE.

If the world is the Kentucky Derby, America's horse is coming in last. 

If you don't believe me then look at this photo comparing our technology with the world.

The AMTRAK train derailed at 100 miles per hour. 

When I rode Amtrak once from Houston to New Orleans we rarely got to 60 miles per hour. It was so slow I could stand by an open door and take photographs of the passing country. The journey took 8 hours - two hours LONGER than you can drive it. 

At one point we stopped in the middle of no where - a car had run out of diesel and passengers were moved to other car. When we slowed to go over a bridge next to New Orleans, the cars rocked back and forth so much I was terrified that we would fall into the water below. That was in the late 70's.

Not much has changed to train service outside the Washington-NY Amtrak corridor. (Even at that, trains are 17 times safer than cars).  When I went to Europe on business, their rail was way ahead of ours.  European trains routinely travel high speed up to 200 miles per hour!   And that is steel-on-steel. The Chinese have trains that use magnets instead of steel to reach staggering speeds without worry of derailment.

The Chinese MagLev doesn't even touch steel rails as it hovers on magnets--hits 265 miles per hour!  Japan has tested a new MagLev system that has hit speeds of 300 miles per hour!  Poor Amtrak isn't even in the horse race.
                                                                        Chinese Bullet Trains...just some of them

                                                   Chinese MagLev - 265 mph! Hovering magnets  7 minute Video of it in action
                                                        Michael Fjetland, next to Shanghai, China MagLev 2012

Yeah, yeah, trains don't make money. Neither do roads or airports, but we have them anyway.  Right? Unless we get cheap flying cars we will need that high speed rail. Elon Musk of Space X fame is considering a thing called the "Hyper Loop" - an underground high speed rail.

Frankly, the LOOK of our trains is embarrassing - they remind me of trains I saw in China way back in 1982! Is that American leadership? Check out what it looks like inside a MAGLEV at 265 miles per hour (video by author).


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Opposing trade agreements -- and not having them -- actually COSTS JOBS

America hardly has any tariffs (except on sugar which is stupid because other countries can produce it cheaper than we can, so your sweet tooth gets to pay more as a result.)

Trade agreements get other countries to CUT their tariffs (basically it is a tax on our products) that they impose on our products which are (made in the USA and) imported into their countries. That cuts our costs and makes our goods more affordable.  

It takes a trade agreement to get other nation's tariffs REDUCED. Cutting their tax on our products makes ours more competitive with their local companies.

I know because I have worked it personally in over 50 countries, as a legal negotiator (as documented in "Better Times Ahead April Fool").

Opposing trade agreements -- and not having them -- actually COSTS JOBS if you read the examples in my blog entry at this link.

More exports means more American jobs - every $1 billion creates 5,000 jobs!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Our Border Problems are Nothing Compared to Europe's - Ours Want Jobs. They are Fleeing DEATH

Our illegal immigration problems are nothing compared to what is happening in Europe.  They have a flood of over 170,000 people a year, many women and children, showing up in leaking boats to escape the wars raging through the Middle East.

Even death at sea is better than the bloodbath in countries where they came from. Would you pay $6,000 a person to escape Syria today? I would.

Illegals immigrants into the U.S. are looking for work. Illegal immigrants in Europe are fleeing DEATH. They are fleeing the killing raging in a widening circle from North Africa, Iraq and Syria.

In the final part of their journey they have to get past Libyan thugs who charge the $6,000 up, carry guns and threaten them, then put 300 of them in a 40 foot fishing boat, not caring if they drown or not. The people are so desperate they do it anyway.

Forty miles from Libya they are calling on satellite phones for Italian rescue ships. They have made it to safety. The Italians will take them, at great cost. Only now are other European countries stepping up to help.

Our "issue" of intercepting people who just want to work is a better problem to have.

I would never be so arrogant to tell a doctor about medicine - So Why Do People Do it on Trade?

I would never be so arrogant to tell a doctor how to do his job.
I would never be so arrogant to tell an electrician how to do his job.
I would never be so arrogant to tell a teacher or plumber etc how to do their jobs.

Yet I see people posting all the time who have never been outside their home state and have never been involved in international sales act like they are experts on TPP and international trade. Worse yet, they don't want to listen to someone who has. That's not smart. A BBC article said it indicates "you might be suffering from “confirmation bias” – the tendency to only pick evidence to support your viewpoint.

I am not a climate scientist but I LISTEN to their expertise, just as I do with mechanics, doctors and teachers. They have that expertise. I have mine. Don't blow it off and not expect me to rip your ears off.  I don't ask my dentist for tips on cutting trade deals.

I spent spent over 25 years selling American products overseas (which create jobs HERE) for both the Fortune 500 and for the little guys.  I wrote about it in Better Times Ahead April Fool.

These are FACTS not just an opinion on Trade Agreements and how they impact jobs.  It's documented in

TPP is far from finished so lets start an intelligent conversation, starting with this blog entry...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

If I am an Al Qaida Prisoner, BOMB the Place - They Will Kill Us Anyway

President Obama is apologizing for a U.S. airstrike that accidentally killed a couple hostages who were being held by Al Qaida.  I have been to Syria on a kidnapping case (before the war) and I don't think an apology is required.

In fact, if I was captured by Al Qaida then let it be known now that I'd want our government to go ahead an BOMB away because I am not aware of Al Qaida or ISIS releasing any American hostages. They were going to be killed anyway. 

I'd just as soon be killed by an American bomb that also kills my captors then wait to be beheaded on video.  I can "live" with that!

My global adventures are in "Better Times Ahead April Fool."

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Gyro Copter Disaster - Now the Bad Guys Know How EASY it Would Be

The mailman who flew a Gyro Copter to the Capitol building said on TV that he is convinced that "it was a good idea."  He has no idea the gravity of what he did.  I say that as one of the few who predicted 911 and am a pilot.

He exposed how EASY it would be for the terrorists to storm our government with current low tech technology combined with guts and military grade explosives that can make a tiny flying bicycle into the equivalent of a 500 lb. bomb (or more).  Had our mailman's package included delivery of some C4 military explosive that can be molded to fit into an aircraft frame and reached the Congress' dome and exploded -- hundreds of Congressmen would be DEAD or injured right now! People would finally be paying attention. Think about that.

Our flying mailman has played the role of fool not patriot.  Whatever message he hoped to send has been lost in the realization that he was able to land on the south lawn and was not intercepted or shot down, even after giving warnings.

It showed the weakness everyone assumed did not exist. Because of that, no one tried.  Now they WILL try. Congress itself could pay with their lives as a result of this stunt.

Terrorists can now see that they don't need Boeing 767's. By using low tech means they "could send a message." That would include domestic extremist terrorists, the Tim McVeigh types, who are far more dangerous than the foreign ones at this point because they are far more numerous -- and they live here.

What if an anti-Obama right wing fanatic group -- or young jihadis --  with easy access to guns, explosives and hate, flew one or more gyro-copters (or small planes) on a suicide mission into Congress in session or the White House? What if a couple guys jump the fence and show up at the back door with AK 47's and grenades and try to kill them! 

Upgrading that security zone now is paramount.

"Upgrading" means that the next fool who tries it needs to be forced down --or shot down as extreme as it sounds-- because if he isn't, you have given a green light to the people or groups who will use it to violent ends.

No Mr. Mailman, it was not a patriotic thing to do. You have jeopardized the very government you wanted to improve. Now it is more dangerous. We have all seen the flaw.  It's only a matter of time when the real terrorists take advantage of that knowledge that there is not a real "no fly zone" around our capitol.

I am a pilot.  I have flown "hedge hopping."  Small ultralights do it all the time. There are literally tens of thousands of small aircraft available to anyone and everyone in the USA as it should be. In the wrong hands they are also potential weapons, just like a car can be a car bomb. We don't ban cars for that.

Mr. mailman wanted to be a hero. But he should have talked to me first. He has opened Pandora's Box on security in our own backyard.

Stay tuned.

One of my past articles was on what would happen if the 911 Flight 93 had made it back to DC and hit its intended target, either the White House or Congress. It turns out that there is no easy replacement for house of representative members, while Senators can be appointed by the Governor. House members would take special elections. Government would stop for months and put everything into chaos.

 Let's hope we don't have to go down that road ...

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