More than 2,500 U.S. personnel will take part in a joint exercise with Israel next month aimed at improving interoperability, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters today.
Juniper Cobra is a U.S. European Command missile defense exercise with the Israel Defense Forces that will take place March 4 to March 15, Army Col. Rob Manning said.
The exercise is the ninth in a series of biennial Juniper Cobra exercises conducted in Israel between Eucom and the IDF since 2001, he said.
Manning said the exercise is part of a routine training cycle designed to improve the interoperability of U.S. and Israeli defense systems. More than 2,500 US personnel ashore and afloat will participate in the exercise, he added.
“JC18 represents another step in the strategic relationship between the U.S. and Israel and contributes to regional stability," he said.
In a news release on the exercise, Eucom officials described the exercise as a welcome opportunity for Eucom and the IDF to exercise together and learn from each other.
"The United States and Israel enjoy a strong and enduring military-to-military partnership built on a trust that has been developed over decades of cooperation," said Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, the commander of 3rd Air Force at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, who is the commander for the deploying Joint Task Force Israel.
"The Juniper Cobra exercises continue to strengthen this relationship, providing us with the opportunity to bolster interoperability and develop seamless integration with our Israeli partners," Clark said in the release.
Some 5,800 U.S. service members, working in Thailand alongside forces from 29 partner nations, have wrapped up one of the largest security cooperation exercises in the Indo-Pacific region.
Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning told reporters today that Cobra Gold 18, which ended Feb. 23, sought to improve participants’ capability to plan and conduct combined and joint operations, to build relationships among participating nations across the region, and to improve interoperability over a range of activities, including enhancing maritime security and responding to large-scale natural disasters.
Three Phases to Success
Exercise events included a command post operations event, six vertical construction projects as part of an engineer civic actions project, and a field training exercise consisting of nonlive and live-fire operations.
The command post exercise featured coordination among participating nations in noncombatant evacuations, forcible entry tactics and United Nations peacekeeping operations to increase interoperability in a complex scenario and to identify and eliminate procedural differences.
In addition to U.S. forces, representatives from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and South Korea synchronized efforts to overcome the challenges of the exercise.
Humanitarian civic actions also played a large role in the overall exercise operations. Combined task force engineers conducted six school-improvement projects at various locations throughout Thailand. In addition to improving relationships, the projects aimed to provide quality sustainment training for those involved, to build multipurpose facilities in underserved areas, and to promote security interests of the nations involved. The engineering efforts placed 124 pillars, more than 15,000 concrete blocks and poured more than 8,000 square feet of concrete.
The field training exercise included a massive combination of forces in air, ground and maritime operations. In an effort to maintain readiness and sustainment training requirements while emphasizing security cooperation between partner nations, participants launched operations responding to a simulated large-scale natural disaster in a foreign country, and they completed processes and procedures to evacuate affected civilians.
Acquiring Specialized Skills
South Korean and U.S. reconnaissance Marines learned basic skills necessary to survive and thrive in a hot, dangerous environment from Royal Thai Marines, even learning to capture and kill a snake to drink its blood for hydration. They also learned how to identify local edible and inedible vegetation, how to locate water sources and techniques for building a fire with bamboo and trapping wild game.
U.S. military units participating in the exercise included the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division; the Army’s 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division; and Navy task forces 72, 75 and 76, along with a P-3C Orion detachment and the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard. The Air Force provided six F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 13th Air Expeditionary Group.
“This exercise was an integral part of the U.S. commitment to strengthen engagement in the region,” Manning said.
AF Tech. Sgt. Chuck Broadway
More detailed observations will improve marine, aviation forecasts and wildfire detection
NOAA is launching GOES-S, its newest geostationary weather satellite March 1st, it will begin providing faster, more accurate data to track storm systems, lightning, wildfires, dense fog, and other hazards that threaten the western U.S., Hawaii, and Alaska.
“The GOES-S satellite will join GOES-16 and NOAA-20 as NOAA continues to upgrade its satellite fleet,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The latest GOES addition will provide further insight and unrivaled accuracy into severe weather systems and wildfires in the western United States.”
In tandem with GOES-16, the first satellite in NOAA’s new geostationary series and now in the GOES-East position, the two satellites will observe most of the Western Hemisphere, from the west coast of Africa to New Zealand. This includes the northeastern Pacific, the birthplace of many weather systems that affect the continental U.S., and where there is comparatively little data. When it’s operational later this year, GOES-S will take up the GOES-West position.
And like GOES-16, GOES-S will scan the Earth five times faster at four times the image resolution, with triple the number of channels than previous GOES for more accurate, reliable forecasts and severe weather outlooks.
“We expect GOES-S to be the perfect partner to its sister satellite, GOES-16, whose early returns have surpassed our expectations,” said RDML Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret., Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. “The revolutionary technology on these satellites, coupled with the skill of NOAA forecasters, will lead ultimately to more lives saved.”
“GOES-S will provide high-resolution imagery of the western U.S. and eastern Pacific Ocean completing our satellite coverage to further improve weather forecasts across the entire country,” said Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D., director of NOAA’s National Weather Service.
In addition to improving weather forecasts, GOES-S will help forecasters identify wildfire hotspots shortly after they begin, and to see rapid intensification – invaluable information that emergency teams need to fight fires and evacuate people in harm’s way. The satellite will also help forecasters better track and predict the formation and dissipation of fog, which can disrupt airport operations.
“We’ll soon see the value of having two sophisticated geostationary satellites in operation, not only in the amount of lives saved through more accurate forecasts, but in cost savings throughout the economy,” said Stephen Volz, Ph.D., director, NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service. “With GOES-S and GOES-16, we are able to cover about half the planet with the most sophisticated weather forecast technology ever flown in space.”
The GOES-R Series satellites are designed for 10 years of on-orbit operation, followed by up to five years of on-orbit storage. There are four satellites in the GOES-R series: -R, -S, -T and -U, which will extend satellite coverage through 2036.
NOAA manages the GOES-R Series Program through an integrated NOAA-NASA office, with personnel from both agencies. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center oversees the acquisition of the GOES-R spacecraft and instruments. Lockheed Martin is responsible for the design, creation, and testing the GOES-R Series satellites and for spacecraft launch processing. Harris Corp. provides the main instrument payload, the Advanced Baseline Imager, along with the ground system, which includes the antenna system for data reception.
The launch, scheduled for March 1 at 5:02 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral, Florida, will be shown on NASA-TV.
The Second Amendment is one of 10 amendments that form the Bill of Rights, ratified in 1791 by the U.S. Congress. Differing interpretations of the amendment—often referred to as the right to bear arms—have fueled a long-running debate over gun control legislation and the rights of individual citizens to buy, own and carry firearms.
RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
The text of the Second Amendment reads in full: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The framers of the Bill of Rightsadapted the wording of the amendment from nearly identical clauses in some of the original 13 state constitutions.
During the Revolutionary War era, “militia” referred to groups of men who banded together to protect their communities, towns, colonies and eventually states, once the United States declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776.
Many people in America at the time believed governments used soldiers to oppress the people, and thought the federal government should only be allowed to raise armies (with full-time, paid soldiers) when facing foreign adversaries. For all other purposes, they believed, it should turn to part-time militias, or ordinary civilians using their own weapons.
But as militias had proved insufficient against the British, the Constitutional Convention gave the new federal government the power to establish a standing army, even in peacetime.
However, opponents of a strong central government (known as Anti-Federalists) argued that this federal army deprived states of their ability to defend themselves against oppression. They feared that Congress might abuse its constitutional power of “organizing, arming and disciplining the Militia” by failing to keep militiamen equipped with adequate arms.
So, shortly after the U.S. Constitution was officially ratified, James Madisonproposed the Second Amendment as a way to empower these state militias. While the Second Amendment did not answer the broader Anti-Federalist concern that the federal government had too much power, it did establish the principle (held by both Federalists and their opponents) that the government did not have the authority to disarm citizens.
Practically since its ratification, Americans have debated the meaning of the Second Amendment, with vehement arguments being made on both sides.
The crux of the debate is whether the amendment protects the right of private individuals to keep and bear arms, or whether it instead protects a collective right that should be exercised only through formal militia units.
Those who argue it is a collective right point to the “well-regulated Militia” clause in the Second Amendment. They argue that the right to bear arms should be given only to organized groups, like the National Guard, a reserve military force that replaced the state militias after the Civil War.
On the other side are those who argue that the Second Amendment gives all citizens, not just militias, the right to own guns in order to protect themselves. The National Rifle Association (NRA), founded in 1871, and its supporters have been the most visible proponents of this argument, and have pursued a vigorous campaign against gun control measures at the local, state and federal levels.
Those who support stricter gun control legislation have argued that limits are necessary on gun ownership, including who can own them, where they can be carried and what type of guns should be available for purchase.
Congress passed one of the most high-profile federal gun control efforts, the so-called Brady Bill, in the 1990s, largely thanks to the efforts of former White House Press Secretary James S. Brady, who had been shot in the head during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA V. HELLER
Since the passage of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which mandated background checks for gun purchases from licensed dealers, the debate on gun control has changed dramatically.
This is partially due to the actions of the Supreme Court, which departed from its past stance on the Second Amendment with its verdicts in two major cases, District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010).
For a long time, the federal judiciary held the opinion that the Second Amendment remained among the few provisions of the Bill of Rights that did not fall under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment, which would thereby apply its limitations to state governments. For example, in the 1886 case Presser v. Illinois, the Court held that the Second Amendment applied only to the federal government, and did not prohibit state governments from regulating an individual’s ownership or use of guns.
But in its 5-4 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which invalidated a federal law barring nearly all civilians from possessing guns in the District of Columbia, the Supreme Court extended Second Amendment protection to individuals in federal (non-state) enclaves.
Writing the majority decision in that case, Justice Antonin Scalia lent the Court’s weight to the idea that the Second Amendment protects the right of individual private gun ownership for self-defense purposes.
MCDONALD V. CHICAGO
Two years later, in McDonald v. Chicago, the Supreme Court struck down (also in a 5-4 decision) a similar citywide handgun ban, ruling that the Second Amendment applies to the states as well as to the federal government.
In the majority ruling in that case, Justice Samuel Alito wrote: “Self-defense is a basic right, recognized by many legal systems from ancient times to the present day, and in Heller, we held that individual self-defense is ‘the central component’ of the Second Amendment right.”
GUN CONTROL DEBATE
The Supreme Court’s narrow rulings in the Heller and McDonald cases left open many key issues in the gun control debate.
In the Heller decision, the Court suggested a list of “presumptively lawful” regulations, including bans on possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill; bans on carrying arms in schools and government buildings; restrictions on gun sales; bans on the concealed carrying of weapons; and generally bans on weapons “not typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes.”
Since that verdict, as lower courts battle back and forth on cases involving such restrictions, the public debate over Second Amendment rights and gun control remains very much open, even as mass shootings became an increasingly frequent occurrence in American life.
To take just two recent examples, the Sandy Hook shooting of 18 children and two adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, led President Barack Obama and many others to call for tighter background checks and a renewed ban on assault weapons.
And in 2017, the mass shooting of 58 people attending a country music concert in Las Vegas (to date the largest mass shooting in U.S. history) inspired calls to restrict sales of “bump stocks,” attachments that enable semiautomatic weapons to fire faster. And now the Parkland School shooting adds more voices to the argument, this time it’s students!
On the other side of the ongoing debate of gun control measures are the NRA and other gun rights supporters, powerful and vocal groups that views such restrictions as an unacceptable violation of their Second Amendment rights.
In a surprise overtime victory in the finals of the Olympic men's hockey tournament, the Russians defeated Germany, 4-3.
But the Russians were not permitted to have their national anthem played or flag raised, due to a past doping scandal. So, the team ignored the prohibition and sang out the Russian national anthem over the sounds of the Olympic anthem.
One recalls the scene in "Casablanca," where French patrons of Rick's saloon stood and loudly sang the "La Marseillaise" to drown out the "Die Wacht am Rhein" being sung by a table of German officers.
When the combined North-South Korean Olympic team entered the stadium, Vice President Mike Pence remained seated and silent. But tens of thousands of Koreans stood and cheered the unified team.
America may provide a defensive shield for the South, but Koreans on both sides of the DMZ see themselves as one people. And, no fool, Kim Jong Un is exploiting the deep tribal ties he knows are there.
Watching the Russians defiantly belt out their anthem, one recalls also the 1968 summer Olympics in Mexico City where sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood on the podium, black gloved fists thrust skyward in a Black Power salute, asserting their separate racial identity.
Western elites may deplore the return of nationalism. But they had best not dismiss it, for assertions of national and tribal identity appear to be what the future is going to be all about.
Some attendees at the CPAC conclave this past week were appalled that Britain's Nigel Farage and France's Marion Le Pen were present.
But Farage was the man most responsible for Brexit, the historic British decision to leave the EU. Le Pen is perhaps the most popular figure in a National Front party that won 35 percent of the vote in the runoff election won by President Emmanuel Macron.
And the most unifying stand of the NF appears to be "Let France be France!" The French people do not want their country invaded by unassimilable millions of migrants from Africa and the Islamic world.
They want France to remain what she has been. Is this wrong?
Is preservation of a country, the national family one grew up in, not conservative?
In Hungary and Poland, ethnonationalism, the belief that nation-states are created and best suited to protect and defend a separate and unique people, with its separate and unique history and culture, is already ascendant.
Globalists may see the U.N., EU, NAFTA, TPP as stepping stones to a "universal nation" of all races, tribes, cultures and creeds. But growing numbers in every country, on every continent, reject this vision. And they are seeking to restore what their parents and grand-parents had, a nation-state that is all their own.
Nationalists like Farage, who seek to pull their countries out of socialist superstates like the EU, and peoples seeking to secede and set up new nations like Scotland, Catalonia, Corsica and Veneto today, and Quebec yesterday, are no more anti-conservative than the American patriots of Lexington and Concord who also wanted a country of their own.
Why are European peoples who wish to halt mass migration from across the Med, to preserve who and what they are, decried as racists?
Did not the peoples of African and Middle Eastern countries, half a century ago, expel the European settlers who helped to build those countries?
The Rhodesia of Spitfire pilot Ian Smith was a jewel of a nation of 250,000 whites and several million blacks that produced trade surpluses even when boycotted and sanctioned by a hating world.
When Smith was forced to yield power, "Comrade Bob" Mugabe took over and began the looting of white Rhodesians, and led his Shona tribesmen in a slaughter of the Matabele of rival Joshua Nkomo.
Eighty-five percent of the white folks who lived in Rhodesia, prior to "majority rule," are gone from Zimbabwe. More than half of the white folks who made South Africa the most advanced and prosperous country on the continent are gone.
Are these countries better places than they were? For whom?
Looking back over this 21st century, the transnational elite that envisions the endless erosion of national sovereignty, and the coming of a new world order of open borders, free trade and global custody of mankind's destiny, has triggered a counter-revolution.
Does anyone think Angela Merkel looks like the future?
Consider the largest countries on earth. In China, ethnonationalism, not the ruling Communist Party, unites and inspires 1.4 billion people to displace the Americans as the first power on earth.
Nationalism sustains Vladimir Putin. Nationalism and its unique identity as a Hindu nation unites and powers India.
Here, today, it is "America First" nationalism.
Indeed, now that George W. Bush's crusade for democracy has ended up like Peter the Hermit's Children's Crusade, what is the vision, what is the historic goal our elites offer to inspire and enlist our people?
Patrick J. Buchanan
Dear Doctor: I've been hearing about adenovirus, which is often mistaken as the flu. How can you tell the difference? And is it as serious as the flu?
Dear Reader: Your question is a great reminder, especially during flu season, of how complex and ubiquitous viruses are. They cause a host of illnesses, with the common cold alone blamed on more than 200 identified subtypes of virus and many more that are still unidentified. One main group of viruses is adenovirus.
Adenovirus got its name because it was first isolated in the adenoids, although this isn't the only place it's found. More than 60 types of adenovirus exist, with some causing much different symptoms than others. Serotypes 3, 5, 7, 14 and 21, for example, have been associated with more severe disease.
Adenoviruses most commonly cause upper respiratory symptoms. These include inflammation of the throat, leading to a sore throat, and swelling of the membranes in the nose, leading to runny nose and nasal congestion. Such symptoms are often accompanied by headache, fever, fatigue, muscle pain and stomach pain.
But adenovirus can also lead to conjunctivitis, laryngitis, bronchitis and even pneumonia. Adenovirus-caused pneumonia more often affects those younger than 5 years old, accounting for 15 percent of pneumonias in this age group. Young children can also be affected by subtypes of adenovirus that lead to diarrhea, which can last up to eight to 12 days.
In rare cases, the virus can affect the brain, causing meningitis or encephalitis, or lead to inflammation of the liver and the heart muscle. In people with a compromised immune system or those who have had an organ transplant, adenovirus can lead to more severe disease and possible death.
Adenovirus is a resilient virus. It can survive for long periods on environmental surfaces and -- though bleach, formaldehyde and heat can inactivate it -- the virus is resistant to many disinfectants. It can be transmitted through respiratory droplets spread by sneezing, coughing or contact with secretions. Adenovirus is also shed in the stool for many weeks after an acute infection. Without proper handwashing by all parties, the virus can then be taken in orally by another individual.
Because adenovirus is easily transmissible, it's associated with outbreaks of infection in day care settings and among military recruits. In fact, military recruits are now vaccinated against adenovirus, which has decreased their rate of infection.
Adenovirus is diagnosed by either viral culture or by tests producing more rapid results. The treatment is similar to those for other cold viruses -- fluid intake, rest, acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin, ibuprofen) for headache and medications for diarrhea. For people who are taking drugs to suppress the immune system, the antiviral medication cidofovir can improve survival.
Yes, many of the symptoms are similar to influenza, especially in young children. The fever in those under 5 with adenovirus averages 102.6 degrees. This is similar to influenza. However, influenza is a much deadlier virus, especially among older individuals, causing thousands of deaths per year. Although adenovirus can cause significant illness, it doesn't usually lead to the intensity of sickness and the death rates seen with flu.
Rapid flu tests can help distinguish whether a specific illness is due to influenza or another virus, such as adenovirus, but the point remains: If a person becomes dehydrated or if his or her mental state changes, seek emergency help. Neither illness should be taken lightly.
Robert Ashley, M.D.
The school shooting in Parkland, Florida, shows how quickly our media elites move horrors from tragedy to political opportunity. They amplified the loudest voices of the shooting aftermath: teenage survivors who demanded gun control "solutions" like banning all semi-automatic assault weapons. These teenagers might accomplish in one week what the anti-Second Amendment crowd, led by these same media elites, has failed to do for decades.
Survivors of failed abortions (like Gianna Jessen or Melissa Ohden) have never held their attention for five seconds. That conflicts with the narrative.
Liberal journalists have openly discussed how these teenage advocates could be a crucial factor in defeating the gun-rights lobby. They could become the key to the kind of turnout necessary for putting Democrats in the majority in Congress. So they gave them every opportunity to push for liberal victory without any need to be civil.
David Hogg, the most prominent student survivor, went on CNN and proclaimed politicians shouldn't take money from the National Rifle Association because they are "child murderers." CNN morning anchor Alisyn Camerota didn't correct him -- or condemn his statement, regardless of the fact that he'd just stained the reputations of millions of NRA members by labeling them killers. She said nothing. She was satisfied -- pleased, in fact. CNN.com happily posted the clip with the headline "Shooting Survivor Calls NRA 'Child Murderers.'"
CNN's motto is "Facts First."
CNN hosted a "town hall" full of leftist rage against anyone who believes in Second Amendment rights. Their agenda was obvious from the program's title: "Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action." They used the hashtag #StudentsStandUp to promote it. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch were verbally slashed by the students without mercy.
Survivor Cameron Kasky stood a few feet from Rubio and smeared him on national television: "it's hard to look at you and not look down the barrel of an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz, but the point is you're here, and there are some people who are not." Kasky also said he wished he could have questioned "the NRA lady" (Loesch), since he "would ask her how she can look in the mirror, considering the fact she has children, but, you know, maybe she avoids those."
In the next hour, when Loesch was on, people in the audience shouted "murderer," and "burn her," and student survivor Emma Gonzalez lectured her that she would be a better mother: "Dana Loesch, I want you to know that we will support your two children in the way that ... you will not."
Moderator Jake Tapper allowed the audience to be as immoderate as it wanted. He tweeted afterward: "People freestyled a bit" -- a bit? -- "and I wasn't inclined to reprimand a school shooting survivor or parent who lost a child for expressing him or herself in a question -- even if aggressively."
But this is the most amazing part. In the aftermath, no one in television "news" replayed the students' rudeness as a storyline worthy of condemnation, or even comment. It matched their own political agenda and emotional temperature. When Rep. Joe Wilson yelled, "You lie!" at then-President Obama in 2009, these networks all angrily replayed it ad infinitum as a national disgrace. They called it "infamous." CNN's headline on the video clip read "The Heckling Heard 'Round the World."
Even Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito shaking his head at the 2010 State of the Union was projected as inappropriate.
Remember these student hecklers when CNN and their colleagues decry how President Donald Trump has single-handedly ruined civil discourse. Trump mocking CNN as "fake news" caused far more media outrage than Hogg calling the NRA "child murderers."
It will happen again and again. They are hell-bent on ridding this country of the Second Amendment, one tragedy at a time.
L. Brent Bozell III
and Tim Graham
Today the majority of Global scientists claim, that sea levels will continue to rise over 3mm a year, even if we cut back on CO2.
Oceans warming is the real problem, what if we can increase our natural cloud cover a bit to have more natural cooling...How? With new Man made rapid evaporation!
We believe that if we can transform 75% of our desert zones, to become Green Zones that will suck up CO2 and water, then we could actually start to slow down sea level rise! This is easy to do with Saltwater towers or saltwater pools on top of a beach side hotel.
Once we have a body of saltwater, 200 feet above sea level like on top of a oceanfront hotel, it could be used like a siphon at not need any energy to send that water deep into the desert , Up to 200 feet above sea level.
With this new system and with many beach side hotels involved, we could drain as much saltwater into a desert region as we want to evaporate. We could easily and quickly be draining over100 million gallons of saltwater a day into each desert, just for starters.
That would create a new rain pattern, and the established wind currents would deliver that moisture 10 miles or more downwind for new rain in our deserts.
Globally there are 10 large desert depressions like we have in our Death Valley that could create over $1 billion in sales in hydro-power a year.
We could use some of that energy to pump salt water to any higher location on the planet that we want to make a saltwater lake, potentially we could create 1000 lakes in one desert.
Our goal would be to make a series of 100 or more connected salt water lakes that will go deep into each desert. (in the United States we could have a 10 mi.² lake every 5 miles along the 200 mile road that is from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, imagine the value of that road someday providing easy access to pristine, new sandy beaches!)
In our future we could be draining over 1 trillion gallons of salt water a day for rapid evaporation in all our global desert zones.
Draining so much water from the ocean every day, and having that moisture create new lakes and potentially new snow caps on mountains now bare, can slow down sea level from rising as they are today.
This new cycle of rain will feed and create new rivers and lakes north of our evaporation zone in the USA.
Someday transforming our baron midwest to resemble a lush greener environment, with many new benefits, like the rain will also help increase volume to Lake Mead , the Colorado River, and The Salton Sea all of which are now at their lowest volume in their history.
In a very short time new industry, cities, farms, and crops will be growing in our greener midwest.
If and when this is done globally and 75 percent of our deserts become green zones that are sucking up water, CO2, and naturally cooling the desert area. It will become very desirable and many will move to the new waterfront property in the desert.
This project pays for itself and creates new revenue by transforming some of the most worthless land, to become some of the most beneficial in increasing our freshwater supply and also one day valuable waterfront property.
This solution has the potential to someday slow down sea level rise and maybe reverse it by 2050.
The next faze would be going Geothermal in the deserts, Geothermal energy is only 2% of energy in the USA , Because we have no water in our Midwest.
Once we introduce salt water into our desert region we can expand on our geothermal energy program, and someday be 50% geothermal green energy, because our Midwest has the greatest potential for geothermal heat energy than any other country in the World, and if we trap all the steam that comes from geothermal energy it will condense naturally in 6'pipes underground, making a new fresh water supply that can be sent to a reservoir in California or to farms and crops , and new cities. We believe this is the solution to slowing down sea level rise, it also has the potential to double our freshwater supply globally.
It would make our crops increase as the demand for food increases.
This solution promotes health with new freshwater, as close to 2 billion people today have poor quality water. Droughts and deserts are expanding, we must increase our freshwater supply, this solution can transform 75% of our dry zones to be green very quickly. I know this still needs work but the concept is solid, would love to discuss it with any interested parties and take this to the next level.
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If you ask my friend Robert how he's doing, he always gives the same answer.
"Best day of my life!"
Even though the chances that today is really the best day of his life are slim to none, at least he's acting as if it will be.
It's such a positive message that even a morose, whiny moron like me would like it to be true. If he's having such a great day, maybe some of it will rub off on me. It's such a great response to "How are you?" that I've started using it myself. Before, when people would ask me how I was, I'd usually say, "Another drug-free day!" It did turn heads, but I'm not sure it improved anyone's life, including my own. Robert's answer may not be any more true than mine, but at least he's aiming so much higher than I was.
Robert's greeting is a gift. And people seem to like it: He has tons of friends, gets invited everywhere and everyone likes him. It's not because he's so brilliant or funny or great-looking, but because he's so happy to be alive, so happy to see the sun again, so happy to spend another day on this side of the grass. If he has problems, you are not going to hear about them, not today. He likes people, enjoys their company and loves to hear their stories -- even when they're not well-told. He is patient and self-entertained.
How does he do it? He has the same problems we all have: needy children, problematic friends, family tension, work stress, traffic jams, hangnails, long lines, rude people, we're out of milk, the washing machine is broken, there's something up in the attic making noise. So how does Robert make that all add up to "Best day of my life?" Why does his two-plus-two equal 10?
Can a person simply decide to be happy? In a way, yes. If you've ever bought a lottery ticket, you'll know what I'm talking about. Let's say you buy a ticket on a Thursday for the $500 million jackpot. The drawing will be on Saturday night. All day Friday and Saturday, in your daydreams, you think about all the things you'll do with the money. You'll quit the job you don't like. You'll buy Mom a new house. You'll send a big check to your friend who always has money problems. You'll give some to your church, you'll give some to the animal shelter, you'll help out your family and there will still be plenty for you to buy whatever your wildest dreams can come up with. You'll be living a carefree life, and your friends and family will all be better off for your good luck.
It will be the best day of your life. All your days will be the best days of your life from now on.
Saturday night finally arrives, the numbers fall, and you go back to real life. Someone else is having the best day of your life. But for two or three days, you really had a good time spending that money you didn't have. Too bad that feeling couldn't last.
But it can. Pretend you bought a ticket. And the drawing is not this Saturday, but Saturday two years from now. Still, you are holding the winning ticket, so you may as well start acting like a winner right now. Are you really going to wait two years to quit that job you don't like? Are you really going to wait two years to get Mom a new house? We can at least start fixing up the one she has now. You've got to live with that washer for two more years, but maybe some guy on YouTube can show you how to fix it for free. You can volunteer at the animal shelter so you'll know where to spend the money when you get it. And while you're there, you might meet somebody who works there that you really like.
It could turn out to be the best day of your life. Jim Mullen
There is only one way to really keep the kids/teachers safe on school grounds and that is to keep the people who mean to do them harm, OFF, the school grounds!
Now that may sound facetious but it really isn’t. You can make all the gun laws you want but if you don’t restrict access to school grounds and inside the schools, you can’t keep anybody safe. I have not heard one single explanation from the school, Police, community leaders or anybody on how Cruz got into the school. With all the warnings…how did he walk right in and out? If the “campus” is an “all open to the public” facility then you need to immediately change that. That would be the “least” expensive of all avenues to safety for the children!
If you really want to protect the kids, go back to the ONE building concept and stop trying to be something that you are not…a college campus!
There are “entire” College “Campus” Police Departments , trying to keep our Colleges safe…”very” expensive but necessary because they cannot put even a small College in one building!
All schools buildings should be under a lockout policy from the last late bell to dismissal, period. If you do not have that policy then change whatever you have to change, to lock the doors from start to finish! If there are special circumstances during the school day, then place school “guards” to open and close the door and take security precautions that are mostly common sense. That’s a small price to pay to save 17 young lives, wouldn’t you agree?
If possible, set up a “late “entrance with a “foyer” so that there are two locked doors, outside and inside. After the last bell all late comers or visitors must go to the security entrance where all bags, back-packs etc. must be left until the person is cleared by the office.
Schools spend tons of money for education but how much is spent for security?
Now they want to spend 25 million dollars to tear down a perfectly good building and another $500,000 for a memorial?! I have a better idea… spend that 25.5 million on making that facility SAFE and name the buildings after those who lost their lives!
Fences, security entry points, metal detectors, cameras, guards and anything else that helps keep trouble makers out? My guess there isn’t much of that on most public schools.
The other problem goes much deeper than simply gun control. The guardian, foster parent had to know that this Cruz kid was “other than normal”. How could he have access to the guns and ammunition without supervision? Needing special attention, how did they not check his social media postings? There is no way they didn’t know this kid could not be trusted. They could not control his mental state or know what he was thinking…they were not even his natural parents BUT…they sure could have kept him away from getting to any guns in the house, no excuses there, I’m sorry. I’ll bet they are too.
I’m saying parents need to say more to their kids than, “See you later”.
We need legislation that makes it a Federal Felony to make a “threat” to harm anyone or damage property, by any means, on line, by phone, guns, bombs, fire…anything . If you call in or write or email or twitter any threat to harm, destroy property, the mere threat is the crime! The crime must be the “making of the threat” and there must be a Judicial Assumption that the threat is real and intended, so the Police or FBI will expend funds to ID the subject as all that is needed, to convict, is to prove they/he made the threat!
There would be a lot of convictions at first but when idiots realize they will go to jail, for one year “mandatory”, for the first conviction and more mandatory time for more threats, the threats will stop. Mandatory means just what it says, no bleeding heart, advocate Judge can say “Johnny didn’t mean it” or he has issues. He comes off the street for jail, psychiatric evaluation, safe keeping for ONE full year for 1st offense, period, no exceptions!
People must understand that more gun laws will not solve anything. There already is a law that prohibits converting any semi auto gun to a full auto gun by any means. The ATF made a mistake, and I have no idea how they did, when they tested and allowed the “bump stock”. The ATF should reverse their opinion on the bump stock modification. They’re the Agency that approved it…so unapproved it! There is no doubt, whatsoever, that it allows a semi auto gun to shoot full auto…not simulated but for real, full auto. The Law states a single pull of the trigger for each shot is semi auto but it also prohibits ANY modification that makes a semi, shoot full auto. If any ATF Agent can’t recognize full auto…they should be shoe salesmen instead of ATF Agents.
Schools “must” take steps themselves to keep disruptive, destructive, troubled kids away from the schools. School boards must start putting the safety of the majority above the “right” of a disruptive or abusive child! They must support what teachers tell them about troubled kids. If a board member wouldn’t take a troubled kid home to dinner, keep them out of the school.
J Gary DiLaura
Retired FBI Agent