Monday, August 31, 2015

Trump/GOP: Stop the Hate campaigns against Minorities, Women, Gays, etc.

Donald Trump has been the one who would say OUTLOUD (and with great arrogance) the bigotry many people feel but never admit. 

Most of these people are "white conservatives" who dislike people beyond their small group as much as ISIS dislikes those who are outside its narrow-minded group. Neither accepts the diverse world that we live in.

The standard-off-the-shelf-politician would say such bigotry in "code" -- using dog whistles, eye winks and evasive non-answers expressed with great seriousness. Its the same attitude underneath even if not expressed as crass and arrogantly as the Donald has been saying it. 

This meme from Facebook sums it up well:

It is past time for this bigoted language about women, Hispanics, illegals, gays and every other targeted minority group to STOP! It's un-American! 

I have yet to see an illegal running a Fortune 500 company or getting elected to Congress or running a hedge fund that brings down our economy. I have seen members of Congress and hedge funds bring down the American economy! They will shut down the government over the prospect of people getting healthcare or by selling junk bonds that crash the economy.

I have seen illegals doing work Americans won't do in the nastiest of jobs in meat packing plants, picking crops in dusty fields, etc. They pay sales taxes on their store purchases, real estate taxes are included in their rents -- and none of them qualify for any "free" benefits or fat government subsidies for shipping jobs overseas. None of the illegals have renounced their citizenship so they can park their money in Swiss bank accounts and live in the U.S. without paying their share of income taxes.

AMERICA is a DIVERSE NATION. We are a land of many religions and colors that coexist peacefully. We don't have Shiite versus Sunni battles or Protestant versus Catholic battles. Jews, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, etc are all free to worship side by side as they please.

Yet the GOP party has treated each minority group with fear and worked to suppress their constitutional American right to vote by enacting "voter suppression laws" across the U.S. after they took control of a majority of state legislators in 2010. I wrote about this and my experiences running for Congress in "Better Times Ahead April Fool."

I have traveled the world as a legal negotiator and come to know its people well. I have lived in one of the most diverse counties in the U.S. --Fort Bend, Texas. Fort Bend is what America itself will look like a few years from now when it becomes a minority majority country. It will be a country in which NO group has a majority, except for Hispanics in places like Texas.

If the GOP and its white supporters want equality when they are in the minority then it is time for them to stand up for minority voting rights now--and to start treating all groups with respect!  

None of the current GOP candidates meet this "respect diversity" test required to be an American president.  It is past time for all of the GOP candidates to denounce the dog whistles and arrogance bigotry towards women and minorities, or admit that they have become a fringe lunatic party that only represents intolerant racists.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

What Do UFO's and Climate Change Have in common? The Answer May Surprise You

There is a possible link between UFO's and climate change no one has paid attention to, but could result in "first contact"  with potential negative consequences. Bear with me.

Watch this video taken from the space shuttle and tell me that we don't have high tech shoot outs between UFO's going on in space.

Notice the "football" changing direction and racing to beat out a flash of light that almost hits it. No doubt that was a laser shot across the bow. Those "football" shaped objects are space ships that change direction on a dime and even take pot shots at one another.

 WHO are these guys floating around on our atmosphere? No country has technology like this.  Next question: WHY are they shooting at each other? Third question: What impact could that have on us?

Logical reasoning would indicate that they aren't one big happy family - you don't shoot a laser beam at someone for sport or without a reason. Deductive logic indicates some may be 'good' guys and some 'bad.' Or it could be territorial contest (which group 'owns' us)?

Assume for a moment that this is further evidence of UFO's from advanced species who find our home planet worth fighting over. It makes me wonder if our overheating our planet could lead to first contact (the term used in Star Trek to describe the first time humans come into contact with an alien species). 

Advanced civilizations who believe in science instead of talking points in a political campaign may not take kindly to our abuse of our space home by overheating our rare blue planet enough to kill it. Since it is the only thing like it for light years around us (as confirmed by our own telescopes) they could decide to take action if we don't. 
We could be in for a day of "reckoning" with an advanced species...potentially sooner than we think.  In the remake of the movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still" the Keanu Reeves character said that he had come to "eliminate those who were destroying the planet" -- he meant humanity. If that happens we have bigger troubles than ISIS or Russia.

That plot line is not so farfetched if you use logic. If it boiled down to a earth population that is willing to emit carbon until the polar ice caps disappear --or eliminating  the species causing it -- who can say that an advanced alien species might not decide to "take us out" if we don't change our polluting ways? We really don't know why our planet would attract aliens other than it has something they want or need.

There are more videos like this on YouTube - taken by our own space shuttle (before they shut the cameras down from live feed). Do some research.

What to do about it? These facts tell me that we need to invest in defensive space technology while also launching a "Manhattan" project to cut our carbon poisoning of our atmosphere that is wiping out 800,000 years of normal climate cycles. Fourteen of the fifteen hottest years on record have occurred since 2000.  Without change we are on a carbon-fed death spiral.  Even President Obama's new Clean Power Plan is not radical enough to cut emissions to the level needed to get us back into that natural cycle.

We are transforming Earth into a hothouse VENUS. Even without alien intervention we are committing species suicide.

Its clear from this video and others like it that we don't have the technology to compete. NASA's love for "spam in a can" capsules is like going back to the Model T instead of pursuing "next generation" space technology.  NASA has picked three capsule designs from three companies for our return to space - Boeing makes one, Space X another and Orbital Sciences is the third.  They left out the innovative Space plane, the Dreamchaser, made by Sierra Nevada. But even the Dreamchaser may not be revolutionary enough for us to compete with UFO's. It is very small and still needs to be launched on a rocket before returning to a runway.  We can do better.

There is a new technology that would be a major advance that we are capable of developing. It is made by an English company called "Skylon" and it is basically an aircraft that turns into a rocket. Details are here at Wikipedia.  It can take off from a runway, hit Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound) and reach the international space station with 15 tons of cargo--then return to earth and land on a runway. That makes for cheap flights and quick turn-around. 

                                       Above: Skylon - From runway to Space

Only something like Skylon could be used by our Air Force defense system in a military application to chase down a UFO--or deliver an attack on an earthly adversary with such speed it could not be intercepted. It has far more value to our future than more "spam in the can" slow-moving, rocket-mounted capsules that are using half-century old technology.  We won't be the first. The Chinese are developing hypersonic weapons.

We cannot change the past but we can prepare for the future.  We need to protect our home planet from climate suicide. Coupled with it we desparately need another "Manhatten Project" effort to advance ourselves from Model T space technology to the next level that could also provide defense from other space-faring nations like China and UFO's while offering cheaper access to space, dropping costs from $15,000 a pound to $500(if I computed the wikipedia English pounds/kiligram correctly in dollars and pounds)! Our experts believe the technology would work IF we funded it.
Future presidents could use a Skylon Air Force One to cut 20-hour flights down to an hour or two -- to deal with the global issues that will challenge every president in the 21st century.  After all, the movie "Independence Day" may also not be farfetched. 

I predicted 9/11. Now I predict that day of first contact may not be that far away. We are not prepared. We need to up our game and there is no time to waste.

Michael Fjetland
Former Terrorism Analyst
Author, Better Times Ahead April Fool

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