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NRA Whack-A-Mole Questions

December 23, 2012

On Wednesday, January 16, 2013 – President Obama announced 23 Executive orders moving toward a more responsible environment surrounding Gun Control for Military update iconAssault Weapons. Finally, recognizing that comprehensive background checks are necessary to REDUCE the availability of firearms in the hands of people who could or would misuse those firearms. The NRA has taken their opportunity to exercise it’s 1st Amendment rights to condemn ANY responsibility applied to their sponsors. 

Obama unveils sweeping plan to battle gun violence

NRA is sponsored by a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry that profits from purchases of Military Weapons and profits from armed conflict and from Drug Cartels.  These weapons manufacturers supply the ordinary citizen PLUS Armed Militias, Drug Cartels and Terrorists (by proxy … of course).  This industry really has no interest in any reasons for  conflicts or consequences, they just know that’s where the money is! It’s always about the money.

In America, the weapons industry is funding NRA attacks on President Obama.  NRA resents applying the word RESPONSIBILITY applied to gun ownership.  President acknowledges the rights of responsible gun owners, hunters, sports and collectors.  What the President did NOT say is that America’s Armed Militias will ultimately become Domestic Terrorists … again, NRA, the front for the weapons industry, wants to distract the public from THAT reality.

There are currently 114 Gun Manufacturers in America according to WIKI: Firearms manufacturers in the United States

NRA and the Weapons Industry has recruited a lot of voices to plug their message that ANY gun control is a THREAT! Oregon Sheriff Vows He Will Not Enforce ‘Unconstitutional’ New Gun Control Legislation, and Gun Advocate Larry Pratt Defends NRA Attack Ad: ‘Spot On’ In Proving Obama ‘Hypocrisy’

After the Aurora Theater massacre in July 2012, Forbes article:  The NRA Industrial Complex – … the key to gun industry growth in the last few years is the NRA’s effort to scare gun owners and stop President Obama from being re-elected. NRA’s power comes from the way it spends money to reward politicians, who turn its self-interest into the law of the land and use its money and power to defeat politicians who oppose its will. Guns are an essential ingredient in senseless mass murders like the one in Aurora.  And gun industry money is similarly vital to stifling anyone who dares discuss changes in the law that would keep Rugers and Glocks out of the hands of lunatics like Holmes, Loughner, and Cho. –

After Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre in December 2012, Forbes article: The Gun Industry Needs to Reinvent Itself Before It’s Too Late

The Atlantic: The Struggle Over Gun Control in Congress Begins With These Two Men

There is incomplete data for the average for gun related deaths a day in America, including suicides.  There is a gap in reporting consistency to follow the actual figures as  they happen.  Not all gun deaths are as spectacular as the recent massacres America has suffered recently.

CNN: Analysis: Why gun controls are off the agenda in America

The FBI reported a record-high 2.8 million background checks for gun purchases in December, up from 2 million in November and 1.9 million from December 2011.  Mr. Obama said law-abiding gun owners shouldn’t fear his proposals, due later this week, which he said are only designed to prevent mass shootings such as last month’s rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Sunday morning talk shows on 12/23/2012, were all about the NRA push back against any responsible decisions about guns and keeping them out of the WRONG hands.

NRA Whack-A-Mole solution to mass shootings falls short of common sense because those solutions are too simplistic and idealistic.  Don’t tread on the 2nd Amendment …

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NRA issues point-blank ‘no’ on gun control

NRA wants an armed America with no accountability, do you think our Founding Fathers anticipated this development?  Is that really what the 2nd Amendment means? 

Q – Who really has the WRONG HANDS?  Who makes that decision and how fast can they do something about it?

Q – Who offers to FUND this very expensive effort … in a cash strapped America! Budget cuts threaten social programs everywhere.  Republicans, i.e. Grover Norquist, refuse to consider higher taxes to pay for any government programs. However, emphasis remains on making sure that guns remain unregulated … no problem there, America’s regulations are a joke anyway. Congress won’t agree on funding.  Regulations and Enforcement are VERY expensive, maybe the private sector? or maybe churches?  Yeah, let’s make the churches fund all the programs our government doesn’t want to pay for.  Let’s let industry keep on being irresponsible to the American Public by blasting us with advertisements showing how our lives will improve with their un-regulated products. 

NRA offers NON-fundable solutions.  NRA has not offered to fund their own solution to  put armed armed GOOD GUYS in schools. Schools, and the entire education system in America, already suffers from cutbacks and de-funding because taxes for their support have fallen too low. So, school systems can’t pay for the NRA solution.

NRA wants teachers to have guns in their classrooms.  NRA will pay for that!  Bethcha NRA will fall short of  training those same armed teachers to be ready for ALL the scenarios they may be faced with … Not guns-for-teachereven Law Enforcement can anticipate ALL scenarios.  Hmm, that makes me feel much better, armed teachers and janitors with inadequate training would improve student behavior, wouldn’t it? What if a teacher goes “Postal” …

  NO follow through for any dreamlike NRA solutions have been offered. 

The expense of monitoring and deciding who is Good and Bad would require a huge intrusion on personal rights concerning medical records. Isn’t that the 4th Amendment?

The Drug Industry wants everyone on THEIR drug … and the Weapons Industry wants a gun in every home because of the crazies on drugs … or off  their drugs. 

Ahhh, the mental health issue … Today’s mental health is decided by Marketing and Advertisement, from industry intent on controlling what the population should use or own to improve their social status … America blows this way and that by marketing winds.  Americans must be convinced that purchasing stuff that is cleverly advertised will make them better Mothers, Fathers, popular in school and great in bed … but not always greater Citizens.

NRA President LaPierre is convinced that every gun related tragedy can be solved with more armed people.  NRA guarantees more shootouts in our future …

More GOOD GUYS having shootouts with more BAD GUYS will make the public safer?  Somewhere within this discussion something is missing …. what could that be? 

Q – WHO decides which one is the GOOD GUY and BAD GUY???? What will it take to make that JUDGEMENT CALL and ENFORCE it? Isn’t there another Constitutional Amendment that would be violated if personal intrusion is used to determine Good and Bad?

Q –  Who is paying for all this?  Hire certified ARMED protection for (schools, malls) EVERYWHERE!

That’s just great! In this economy, that demonizes “ENTITLEMENTS”, don’t you think that the expense of armed, trained personnel is an “ENTITLEMENT”.  The expense of housing MORE FELONS instead of releasing them is very expensive, especially with “Private Prisons” taking over.  And, making sure FELONS cannot get guns LEGALLY, only ensures they WILL get guns ILLEGALLY.

Hell, Congress can’t even justify supporting and funding any regulatory enforcement for food products, drug marketing, fraudulent medical billing and tax collection. The NRA wants MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT to prevent felons buying guns … REALLY?

We cannot even protect anyone from DOMESTIC VIOLENCE … plus, too many Law Enforcement employees participate in DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, so there is too little sympathy for the victims … and too much “good ‘ol boy” attitude about enforcing existing laws. 

We cannot guarantee if a perfectly stable person snaps and melts down into violence, that what was once a GOOD GUY is now a BAD GUY.  The line between Good and Bad is VERY subjective and subject to interpretation … mostly by the justice system.  Hmm, the justice system in America is so overloaded and overwhelmed with backlogs that many Bad Characters wander around until they have their day in court.  Taxes collected in America are not enough to support meaningful enforcement of ANY laws … unless they are high profile enough to give political capitol to some politician somewhere.

This is guaranteeing more and more shootouts in crowded places.  NRA wants everyone to believe that any responsibility applied to gun purchases is a threat to the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution.  REALLY?

Any solution requires addressing multiple things that no one wants to pay for …

1. regulate availability of firearms

2. improve the mental health system – the health system in general

3. regulation and enforcement of irresponsible marketing, advertising concerning sales of drugs and weapons

4. asking Hollywood to limit the glory of war, violence and chaos will be tricky

Americans have the Constitutional Right to be Mentally Ill … as long as they don’t hurt anyone! Don’t tread on the 4th Amendment!fourth-amendment

The Fourth Amendment guards against searches, arrests, and seizures of property without a specific warrant or a “probable cause” to believe a crime has been committed. Some rights to privacy have been found in this amendment and others by the Supreme Court. Including Medical Records!

NRA SuperPac Weapons Industry has ruled America for decades along with supporting industries.

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~~~~ NRA Disinformation ~~~~

Pants on Fire!

  NRA says Barack “Obama admits he’s coming for our guns, telling Sarah Brady, ‘We are working on (gun control), but under the radar.’ ”

POLITIFACT says they are full of Sh**

So, I guess it boils down to which Constitutional Amendment you want to tread on … Our Founding Fathers lived in an era of adventure and discovery and quest for common sense that allowed freedoms most Europeans were not privileged to have.  Most early settlers were hired to work off their debts and sent into a great unknown land to make profits for those back on the continent. Pioneers were responsible for their own security and had to hunt for their meals.  Today that scenario is a quaint memory.  America is divided between Urban and Rural realities.  But, even the Rural reality does not expect the individual to kill it’s own meal or fight off Indians and bandits without assistance.  Today’s criminal is more sophisticated and personal safety has to play catch up.  The only criminals who resort to violence are those uneducated or mentally deficient enough to have missed out on computer crimes that rake in the big bucks.Violent criminals are desperate for some reason … lack of drugs whether legal or illegal, usually pushes them over the edge. So, if you want to wag your finger at the culprits for the social and psychological meltdown of American Culture, look at both the Drug Industry and the Weapons Industry and their GIANT lobbies who fund our Congress and Senate campaigns.

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Republicans Are The Apocalypse

December 21, 2012

This is what met me this morning on 122112

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I thought the world was on fire.  But on closer look, I realized it was a beautiful sunrise.

I have decided that the end of the world, at least for Americans and global economies, must be the Republican loyalty to that demon of social consciousness … Grover Norquist and his henchmen from the Tea Party.

Lock and Load, Twist and Shoot – Update

December 19, 2012

Lock and Load, Twist and Shoot

 In November 15th, 2011 I commented about the Gabriel Giffords shooting. Since then a lot has happened … In a massacre so vicious it left a President in tears, 20 young children, six adults and a shooter are dead in Newtown, Connecticut following the second-deadliest school attack in U.S. history. Read more in the full story.

It does not help matters that the killer’s mother was a Doomsday Prepper.  This would explain the “what-the-hell” attitude that killing as many people as I can, because the world will end anyway …

There have been numerous mass shootings since November 2011, when this article was originally written and posted on BlueBloggin

Funeral service for people killed in Newtown school shooting The tragedy of shooting up an elementary school, with war weapons borrowed from a murdered parent, has changed everything! On top of all this, sickness still pours onto America’s grief.  Again, without regard to the pain the majority of us are feeling, Westboro Church has decided to pour salt into our wounds. Their nasty rhetoric has my ire! In my own sadness, HATE is not acceptable, and I refuse to comply with HATE of my own.  I do NOT hate anyone or anything.  I am filled with disgust and sadness that there are still sick people walk freely among us and hurt other people. To quote America’s President, “We can’t tolerate this anymore,” and Senators Mark Warner and Robert Menendez and Newtown residents, all say ‘enough is enough’ after tragedy.  “Seeing the massacre of so many innocent children has changed everything,” Senator Joe Manchin said, “Everything has to be on the table.”

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Today: Westboro Baptist Church, the tiny independent fundamentalist Christian church based in Topeka, Kan., announced on Twitter that, once again, they are planning to stomp over our nation’s heartache by protesting at the funerals of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and declaring “God sent the shooter.” How do you solve a problem like Westboro Baptist Church?

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Thank you Politico and M. Wuerker, for this depiction of … the opinion divide.

Below is my original article from November of last year.  What I said then still applies today … many mass shootings later.

If no one speaks up soon, every criminal and crazy will come to the gun shows to get the tools of their trade. Legally. The Gun Debate is so twisted that the issue is totally missed.  The laws being presented do not take my gun away.  That is because I am not diagnosed with a mental impairment nor have I committed a crime.

Here is the Debate from the New York Times:

Taking, and Restoring, the Rights of Felons and Misinterpreting the Right to Bear Arms

Felons Finding It Easy to Regain Gun Rights  This gradual pulling back of what many Americans have unquestioningly assumed was a blanket prohibition has drawn relatively little public notice. Indeed, state law enforcement agencies have scant information, if any, on which felons are getting their gun rights back, let alone how many have gone on to commit new crimes.

While many states continue to make it very difficult for felons to get their gun rights back — and federal felons are out of luck without a presidential pardon — many other jurisdictions are far more lenient, The Times found. In some, restoration is automatic for nonviolent felons as soon as they complete their sentences. In others, the decision is left up to judges, but the standards are generally vague, the process often perfunctory. In some states, even violent felons face a relatively low bar, with no waiting period before they can apply.

Here is the debate from:  Handgunlaw.us:

Gun SALES UP 2.6%, WHILE GUN CRIMES DOWN 2.4%. . . New statistics show that firearm and ammunition sales are on the rise, coinciding with steady downward trends in gun crime, suicide and accident rates in the U.S. The National Shooting Sports Foundation has released U.S. Dept. of the Treasury figures indicating that 2005 retail sales of firearms and ammunition rose 2.6 percent for a total volume of $2.1 billion.   For the year, approximately 4.7 million new guns were sold, bringing the estimated number of citizen-owned firearms in the U.S. to more than 290 million. The number of American households with at least one firearm is now estimated at nearly 110 million.
Of the various firearm types, the sharpest gains were seen in retail sales of handguns (pistols and revolvers). Handgun sales rose 3 percent while long-gun (rifle and shotgun) sales rose 1.8 percent. Ammunition sales rose 3.5 percent.

15 November 2011 Gun News Headlines  Grassley fires broadside at Eric Holder, DOJ subordinates.  False alarms over national CCW legislation only helps anti-gunners.  On the other hand, gun reciprocity shoots holes in states’ rights.  Carrying concealed weapons just keeps getting easier.  Big consequences for even small crimes.  Disarming Afghan politicians….

14 November 2011 Gun News Headlines  A look at Newt Gingrich.  From GOA “A” rating to “D”.  Little known colonial pamphlet tells us about the Constitution and Second Amendment.  The eloquence of…

12 November 2011 Gun News Headlines  Showdown looming on national concealed carry.  Nation needs right to carry reciprocity.  Grassley stays on point about falsehoods from DOJ.  ‘Furious’ excuse…

Today’s related NEWS:

Chair: House to strip Senate add-ons from repeat offender bill act this week on legislation to restrict parole eligibility for habitual,  by the Senate that make sweeping changes to sentencing, drug and gun laws

Concealed gun carry cut from House gun bill another state — loosening DC gun laws in the process — did not pass a final hurdle on Monday night before major gun legislation reaches the House floor. 

Editorial: Gun reciprocity shoots holes in states’ rights? USA Today
Carrying concealed weapons just keeps getting easier? iWatch News
House to consider national concealed carry gun bill Tuesday? Daily Caller

Local handgun sales show steady increase in wake new law    Matt Robinson/Press-Gazette correspondent Handgun sales are steadily rising since the state’s concealed carry law took effect earlier this month, …

Knuckleheads and Worse, Bringing Guns in Carry-ons   That, it says, is “for the law-enforcement officer to decide.” And I should note an exception to all this. Travelers can carry guns — but only unloaded and 

Increasing US Gun Permit Checks And Relaxed Concealed Carry Laws …

In January this year:  CNN Poll: No change on gun law opinions after Arizona shootingsWashington (CNN) – Americans’ overall attitudes toward gun laws have not budged an inch in the wake of the shootings in Arizona, according to a new national poll.

On Nov 14, this year from The Telegraph, UK:   Gabrielle Giffords shooting: Why it is time to change gun laws   The comments following this article are too enlightening.

  Is your radical sub conscious desire to have an armed crazy break in to your home,  just  so you can blast them to smithereens?   And, of course, that would, no doubt, prove your point, if you survived.   You have defended your sacred home against the evil out there.  You are the hero of your neighborhood.  The alien invaders are trembling in their extra terrestrial boots.  You can own a small arsenal, but if the government really thinks you are a threat, they bring in the gun ships and blow a hole in the earth where your arsenal used to be.

I have my personal reasons for owning a gun, but they are not to threaten the government, commit a crime or kill animals.  It alarms me that my fellow gun owners are so way out of control on this topic.  The NRA has done an exemplary job of switching the debate to the Constitutional Rights of citizens … That’s all well and good.  The Founding Fathers were not faced with an overcrowded society with rampant mental illness and drug induced aggression.  You don’t give a crack head a gun.  You don’t give a convicted criminal a gun.  That’s the bottom line.  It is so easy to influence the mentally unstable public, that any restrictions to legally owning a gun is unconstitutional.  Bull Shit!  Granted the mentally ill and felons have most of their constitutional rights intact.  But, if Charles Manson were paroled today I don’t want him to seek out the first Gun Show and buy a .357 Magnum or an AK-47.  I don’t want him sitting next to me on a plane, either … bad me.  I don’t want some revenge motivated deluded nut case shooting up a school, mall or political rally, either.  Bless the incredible Gabrielle Giffords for surviving this disaster.

Time to arm the Democrats, the Tea Partiers are itching for a showdown …maybe they will be less enthusiastic if it is a fair fight. Of course, if a responsible law was passed, and we all abide by it, how many Tea Partiers would qualify for a permit?

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Party on Rick Perry!!!!! Did you see that kid in the tree????

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What is it with sick white boys?

December 16, 2012

What is it with sick white boys? Their mental health is dominated with macho, bullying and revenge for real or perceived insults to their manhood.  They feel it necessary to be violent to get respect. They will challenge anyone who suggests they need help.

The glory of violence is in our face every day and is the accepted option offered to our children daily. Look at all the heroes we offer up to our children.  Before WWII it was cowboys and Indians and frontier wars with well-defined good and bad guys. After WWII it was the GI Joe mentality.  Again, there was a clear distinction between the good guys and bad guys.  After the internal revolution of the 1960s, the line between good and bad became more and more blurred with the spread of drugs.  Some heroes were drug dealers, some heroes were those fighting drug dealers. Then the James Bond era identified the good guys as glorified hit men with kick ass toys and beautiful women jumping into bed. The bad guys, bent on world domination, also had kick ass toys and beautiful women.  They also had some really scary henchmen.

Today, in a world running out of fuel, water and food the heroes are killing and maiming in sick wars around the world.  The heroes are not the Doctors and Rescuers, but they are the Black Ops Mercenaries who go to world hot spots and kill and maim indiscriminately.

This puts a lot of pressure on today’s young white male to be accepted by his peers.  When acceptance fails, young men go through a very traumatic psychological transition into revenge mindset.

They feel it necessary to disrespect girls calling them bitches.

They resent any discipline that accompanies education, whether it is at home or school.

They must show their peers they are tough and aren’t afraid to hurt or kill someone or something.

They feel repressed.  Who? What? Why do these sensitive young men feel repressed and disrespected?

What kind of peer pressure are these young men really exposed too?

Quote Mr Rogers “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

Who are those helpers? When a family or caregiver is too embarrassed to reach out, nothing is done for the one who needs help.  Don’t admit to anyone there is a problem … you don’t want anything like that on your record …

Yes, there are other ethnic groups that use firearms to kill and maim.  There are always gangs and cartels who use guns as a tool in their daily business of drug distribution. That is a sick business model, but it has a business purpose similar to Black Ops Mercenaries.  It is profit driven.

Mental Health is just that. It should be part of everyday concern, just like eating right and getting physical exercise and visiting the doctor when you are sick.  America’s social system is very backward when it comes to mental health in general.  The undercurrent is a stigma imposed by communities of churches and schools. You are told that anything on your record that implies any mental health problems will follow you throughout your life and prevent you from getting some jobs.  That is what America is up against.  Don’t admit you need help, because it will mess up your future ability to get a job.  Don’t admit you need help because it will make you suspect in social circles.   Don’t admit you need help, because it will affect the social status of you family … America has done this to itself.

You hear horror stories of children being held in closets and basements for years … because they may show signs of unusual behavior.  Seeking mental health help is never considered by a dysfunctional family.  In America, it is the outward appearance that rules how we treat each other and how we survive in a materialistic culture.  Keeping up with the Jones mindset means you have perfect children.

We are all the product of multiple influences on our lives from the time we are born.  When we enter adolescence, the pressures and trauma of becoming social creatures is magnified. This is where a dysfunctional childhood can push someone into violence out of frustration.  Acting out to spite whoever and whatever is perceived to be causing the personal trauma.  Hate and vengeance can fill the voids in the hearts and minds of frustrated and alienated children. A frustrated person with a social issues that has access to any weapon is dangerous.  A dangerous person that has access to firearms can hurt many people at one time.  When that dangerous person has a firearm and wants to lash out, available targets most often don’t even know that person and have no idea they are random targets of unaddressed mental illness. Unaddressed mental illness breeds terror-ism!

Until America outgrows it’s concept that mental health should be locked away in the closet or basement, and, until America decides that mental health is just that HEALTH!  Denial will provide horrific entertainment in the media until there is no one left to watch the commercials.

Until America outgrows it’s concept that mental health attention is something to be avoided and hidden away and lied about, there will be horrible acts against living things. Hate is a mental health issue.  When someone hates themselves, everyone is a target!

My heart goes out to all the loved ones who have experienced losses as a consequence of America’s denial-ism.

America’s Affordable Health Care Act should be used to assist Mental Health Treatment for anyone who needs it. But, it has to become socially acceptable to seek help!

I have written about Mental Health negligence before:

2012/08/24/do-you-feel-better-it-wasnt-terrorism/

2012/05/17/lessons-of-the-weeping-camel-for-texas/

2012/07/20/i-have-a-gun-and-i-have-a-grudge/

2012/05/06/afghanistan-cheap-drugs-and-soldiers-vietnam-and-denial/

2012/05/23/when-they-come-home-critical-update/

2009/04/02/no-insurance-meds-denied-mayhem-and-murder-op-ed/

2009/08/22/bi-polar-america-who-is-worthy-of-a-healthy-life-and-who-is-not/

2007/12/01/hostage-crisis-or-mental-health-crisis-%E2%80%93-op-ed/

2008/12/06/critical-state-of-american-health/

2008/08/05/your-profile-determines-your-insurability-but-inmates-get-free-health-care/

2008/12/07/us-health-care-plunges-texas-drops-9-points/

Mr. Rogers was very insightful:

You know, you don’t have to look like everybody else to be acceptable and to feel acceptable.

How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us.

Parents are like shuttles on a loom. They join the threads of the past with threads of the future and leave their own bright patterns as they go.

Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.

Has It Really Been 40 Years?

December 13, 2012

40 years ago the last Apollo Mission was launched. I worked the Apollo 17 Mission from start to finish, nestled inside the Audio Control Room at the Manned Spaceflight Center.

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My memories of the last moon mission are spotty at best. I had been recording, documenting and time stamping launch preparations for weeks.  Keeping track of 8 to 12 audio sources, and isolating specific audio clips to be released to the news media, was no small task.  Catering to news media personalities was frustrating at best.  All the world’s high profile news paper, radio and television networks were there … along with their pretty faced anchor men.  There were very few anchor women in those days.  We had to be careful not to favor one over the other … although sometimes personalities would clash.  We had to be instruments of 1970s diplomacy.

Apollo Missions were like preparing for an Olympic Event.  Everything was in the process of getting ready, reconfiguring and retesting everything over and over to make certain it was ready to go. 

After all, during Apollo the whole world watched.  The world watched the end result of what we said and did.  At that time in history, America was out to impress the world with it’s technical prowess. 

Sometimes a news-person would burst into our control room insisting on some audio clip right now!  We would be working with “Super Tape” that recorded all the ‘back line communications’ at Mission Control, which was “Red Badge” stuffThis was in the middle of the Cold War, so everything was classified as Confidential, Secret or Top Secret.  The badges we wore allowed me entry into the security level I was cleared for.  During Apollo I wore a Red Badge that allowed me access to “Secret stuff”.  The last thing any of us wanted is to be exposed to “Secret stuff”.  Whenever we could avoid “Secret stuff” we would.  If you want to know what the “Secret stuff” was, sorry, it is still “Secret”.  Whenever you were exposed to “Secret stuff” you would have to be “Debriefed”.  We all hated that.  Those infamous stern looking men in sunglasses and dark suits sat you in a small room and asked ‘pointed’ questions.  Regardless of what you saw or heard, it was nerve wracking.

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The Apollo 17 crew, Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison Schmidt,  launched on December 7, 1972, from launch pad 39-A. Eugene Cernan, and Harrison Schmidt touched down on the lunar surface on December 11 in the Taurus-Littrow Valley, Moon.  Ron Evans kept orbital and module integrity and documented the moon surface.

Harrison Schmidt was the first and only real geologist to see the moon first hand … he was the ‘kid in the candy store’ and had to be reined in from his science adventures to return to the module … especially when his air pack was getting low.  Ronald Evans was the sweetest astronaut I ever met during Apollo … As always, before the water had settled on the ocean from the splashdown, the Public Affairs boss would burst into our control room and hand expensive cigars to all of us.  We all lit up whether we smoked or not.  It was ritual.  You would not believe all the rituals the space program had back then.  Today’s space program is just a corporate mechanism, the adventure is long gone.

Years after the last Apollo Mission, conspiracy theorists have decided that some “air-to-ground” conversations between the astronauts and Houston reveal evidence of a cover up. They try to point out that the astronauts talked in code to disguise evidence of alien or ancient human occupation on the moon.  They point to common natural phenomenon and assert that they are UFOs.  My goodness, when you are in space, everything is a UFO!  Unless you can call it by name, it remains UNIDENTIFIED.

Since I was recording these “air-to-ground” conversations 12 to 13 hours a day, during the mission, I think I have some news for these mystery mongers. Astronauts talk funny.  They have their own language, especially when they try to describe what they see and do.  Much of these descriptions are unique to the training they receive and pre-agreed upon.  But, some of these descriptions are unique to the astronaut who cannot remember how to pronounce the convoluted names old astronomers gave to different lunar features. On the engineering side, astronauts and engineers use shortcut descriptions to call back instrument readings. My favorite is “all balls” to describe a line of zeros.

Popular Science: After Apollo 17, NASA scheduled three more missions to the Moon—18, 19 and 20—but those were subsequently grounded. The truth about why, however, isn’t stranger than fiction. John Schuessler, a former NASA engineer who worked on the Gemini program that came before Apollo, tells PM that the enormously successful Apollo program was ended for mundane reasons such budget decisions and NASA’s research goals. “They’d accomplished everything they were trying to do,” he says. “Apollo was a proof that the United States was a leader in technology in space. That was the big gain.”

Schuessler says NASA simply did not have the time or funds to fit in more moon landings after 1972. The agency had to plan Skylab visits in 1973 and 1974, as well as the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975. “They’re always a shortage of money,” he says. “Plus, there was a shortage of political support, and they were getting ready for the next program.”

As for conspiracy theories about a secret Apollo mission, Schuessler is quick to dismiss them. “That’s all baloney. You can’t launch a Saturn Launch Vehicle without people knowing,” he says “Secret missions like that are fun for sci-fi—I think Apollo 18 will be fun to watch—but there’s no reality to it.”

WIKI: Nixon did not personally care much for the program begun by the man who defeated him in the 1960 Presidential Election, and his administration pushed for NASA to nix Apollo 18, 19, and 20 in favor of the space shuttle program

At the end of my time with the Manned Space Programs, I returned to what is now considered a “Normal” world.  My wake and sleep cycles were no longer at the whim of orbital mechanics or the waking cycles of the astronauts … which changes by 30 minutes to an hour every day of the mission.
I no longer have to be bright eyed and lucid at 3 AM, to open Audio-Visual connections with Russia or Washington, or Alameda, California or Huntsville, Alabama or the Moon.
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I agree with Commander Cernan’s observation, “It’s almost like you’ve lived two different lives”. “It’s the loss of that good science that frustrates Cernan when he contemplates America’s 40 years of space drift. But it’s the loss of that sense of surrendering to the pull of the moon, of Mars, of deeper space, that galls him more“.

I no longer think that the most important tool to save the human species is space exploration.  Humanity has lost it’s adventure.  Education systems no longer want to learn about everything that crosses it’s path and discover new truths.  I see human inquisitiveness decline and fall into self absorption. I do miss the excitement of the 1970s.  I miss the defined goal of taking humanity into the cosmos and saving life as we know it.  The early space program was pure guts and nerve and creativity and made you feel like you were part of humanity’s advancement. The Apollo years were pure adventure.  The Shuttle years were the winding down toward corporate takeover … and the Space Station is an International collaboration that is bought and paid for by multi-national conglomerates.
My 20 years working with some of the most brilliant minds America had to offer, has given me enough material to write 100 novels.  But I am just BossKitty and sometimes I just think too much.

Reluctance and Reality at DOHA Climate Change Conference

December 7, 2012

update iconDecember 8, 2012:  UN climate talks extend Kyoto Protocol, promise compensationUN climate talks in Doha have closed with a historic shift in principle but few genuine cuts in greenhouse gases.  The summit established for the first time that rich nations should move towards compensating poor nations for losses due to climate change.  Developing nations hailed it as a breakthrough, but condemned the gulf between the science of climate change and political attempts to tackle it.  The deal, agreed by nearly 200 nations, extends to 2020 the Kyoto Protocol.

The deal, agreed by nearly 200 nations, extends to 2020 the Kyoto Protocol.  It is the only legally-binding plan for combating global warming.  The deal covers Europe and Australia, whose share of world greenhouse gas emissions is less than 15%.   No US veto  The US had been adamant that this measure would be blocked, and the EU nearly vetoed it, too.  Todd Stern, the US head of delegation here, was seen for much of the past few days walking in circles near the tea bar on his mobile phone to Washington. He told me: “We don’t like this text, but we can live with it.”

Doha Climate Change Conference – November 2012

The 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol opened on Monday, 26 November and continued until Saturday, 8 December 2012 at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar.

Decisions adopted by COP 18 and CMP 8

But the conference also cleared the way for the Kyoto protocol to be replaced by a new treaty binding all rich and poor nations together by 2015 to tackle climate change.  The final text “encourages” rich nations to mobilise at least $10bn (£6bn) a year up to 2020, when the new global climate agreement is due to kick in.

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This is remarkable.  This conference drew a line in the sand … You know there is going to be backlash from rich corporations who consider accountability someone else’s responsibility.

It is 2012 and a lot has already happened this year.  The 2012 list has already recorded extreme weather events, disasters, United States Elections and never ending WARs. The opportunity to change the direction the whole world is going is slipping out of our hands.  Everyone is experiencing some kind of discomfort because of accelerating disasters.  Discomfort is putting it too mildly!

How much have you followed the Climate talks going on at the UN Climate Change Conference?

All hype aside about the “End of the World”, and the Mayan Calendar, and Nostradamus Quatrains, and “Religious End Times”, Earth’s so called intelligent inhabitants aren’t so smart anymore. 

Attendees at the DOHA Climate Talks agree that the planet has reached a crisis point for human beings, but attendees at this conference have their hands tied by their politicians back home. World governments cannot get their minds around working together for common survival.  Apparently, world leaders are satisfied with conventional answers to population control … WAR.  Governments totally ignore the cost and environmental damage that WAR imposes on AIR, WATER and SOIL … of course people are always expendable.  The wide ranging consequences are never considered, the short term rewards are always temporary, but the toll is irreparable.

Infographic: The politics of climate change

The positions of key countries and political blocs on climate change measures before the COP18 in Qatar.

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The significance from this critical DOHA conference is lost to the world.  Main Stream Media in America is ominously silent. Why?  Because America’s Main Stream Media is corporate owned and operated.  Corporations do NOT want to address anything that will hold them accountable for anything they do.  That’s why America is flirting with the “Fiscal Cliff”. Hype about “Small Business” is a smoke screen for huge corporations who want to avoid accountability for their less noble actions. 

No one wants to deal with global cooperation about anything … except petrochemicals, dogma and ignoring less fortunate countries who are already suffering the consequences of Climate Change.  Those topics are guaranteed to NEVER be agreed upon.

Are all of us really on our own to deal with earth’s changes?  If governments are so busy studying their navels, weapons and stock markets, they will be useless to individuals … that means You and Me.  In the mean time, if you are really concerned and plan on giving survival a chance, there are multitudes of resources to draw from, common sense is your most critical tool.

UN secretary-general calls for spirit of compromise, saying that global warming poses ‘existential challenge’ to humans.
Atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions rose by about three percent last year, according to a new study.

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John Ashton, the world’s first climate change diplomat – appointed by the UK, said politicians had to adopt a new mindset: “What’s the plan for getting off the oil hook – oil prices getting higher and more volatile over the past few years? What’s the plan for reducing vulnerability of our food system to climatic extremes? What’s the plan for dealing with the rising risk of floods and the insurance consequences of the rising risk of floods?

“These are the kind of things that politics is there to fix – and I think the feeling is round the world that politics is not fixing those problems. It’s jolly dangerous because it creates a vacuum -and extremist and populist voices can come in to fill it.”

Steady as she goes   –  Some of the negotiators in Qatar privately share some of Mr Ashton’s sentiments but they are paid to stick to their national interest.

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Opinion excerpts from journalists around the world:

… even with all its mighty power, the United States is tangled in a web of its own design, with little room for escape. America’s prosperity and its way-of-life, depends vitally on global domination, not only in the ethereal marketplace or cyberspace, but particularly of critical land, air and sea routes (choke points).

The center of gravity in the tangled webbing is Washington, DC, the epicenter of political, sexual and egocentric intrigue and the birthplace of projects like the “Surge” in Afghanistan and Iraq, “MISO” (military information support operations), and a host of other tinker-toy concepts and initiatives, many of which have cost nearly 100,000 American lives killed or maimed in action and an equally horrific toll in Iraq and Afghanistan that also includes millions of displaced civilians.

REPEAT: Will anything significant result from this critical conference?  Have the big nations just agreed to give ‘lip service’ to the reality of their role accelerating the natural cycle of climate change? Corporations don’t want this because it cuts into their short term profit margin. One would expect that longer term sustainability would be more important.

Until government leadership steps up and makes radical changes to the way governments do business, all of us really on our own to deal with earth’s changes?  If governments are so busy studying their navels, weapons and stock markets, they will be useless to us as individuals.  In the mean time, if you are really concerned and plan on giving survival a chance, there are multitudes of resources to draw from.

BossKitty’s frustration:

Science, at least, tries to measure and understand the scope and magnitude of where we are in the big picture.  Religion and Politics focuses on the immediate purpose of controlling humanity, and does not really care about the big picture.  But, on a cyclical basis, the big picture intrudes on the human condition… This is where humans require some kind of explanation or reason behind events beyond their control.  At times, humans will acquiesce to events beyond their control.

Religion and Politics are human creations that seek acquiescence and often, tribute from their followers.  The only importance that holds true, is interaction between and among humans.  Things humans create are only flashes of consciousness that cannot be seen from the center of the galaxy. Religion applies mysticism to things beyond earth, politics is only interested in pleasing corporations who want to use up earthly resources before the universe runs out of patience with the arrangement of our solar system.

Given the reality of Planet Earth (and it’s mechanisms), and the space it occupies in the universe (and it’s mechanisms), humans do have the capability of contributing to their own comfort and maybe survivability. Humans have no influence on the cosmos.  All we can do is measure … all we can do is prepare.  How can we prepare when our focus is held hostage by corporate priorities? How can we survive, when corporate priorities and technical priorities are using up and fouling earth’s remaining resources faster than life can adapt?

Look at the influences on your daily life.  Be aware of the little things you do that may contribute to waste or sustainability.  Encourage common sense behavior concerning Water Air and Soil … try not to damage the planet you live on. 

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Water – Supply and Demand, Cause and Effect

November 25, 2012

Most Americans do not seriously understand the reality of water supply and demand, unless there is a disaster.  After a disaster, supplies of water are restored, to the average American, within weeks or, at worst, months.  During that time, those deprived of their conveniences are hollering at the top of their lungs and angry as hell. 

Water is shipped in to the disaster areas to alleviate temporary inconveniences.   This is not a sustainable situation.  While America’s awareness is still fresh from recent disasters, this is the time to start nudging everyone toward a more sustainable direction. 

This is the time to start nudging our lawmakers to act more responsibly about infrastructure and sustainability.

This is the time to add personal responsibility to our education system.  If our children are not taught about the environmental consequences of their actions, the consequences of neglect and the consequences of waste, then there is no hope for the dream of surviving a changing world.  Teach everyone the reality of cause and effect.

Cause and effect are lost on people dealing with the immediate personal traumas a disasters bring.  Personal losses do not allow any time to reflect on the larger picture. Over all drinking water is depleted!

Trucked in water is a panacea.  Transporting a finite resource does not make it more plentiful.

Complacence has allowed neglect to overrun America’s critical infrastructures, including water management.  America’s water is NOT managed, it is wasted and fouled and generally made unusable.  Water and land are forever connected, when one is made unusable the other becomes unusable, too. 

Education, or lack of, has allowed our children, students and families to bypass personal responsibility for their contribution to the water crisis and pollution crisis, in general.  They do not understand because they are not taught.  Awareness is everyone‘s responsibility.

  Sadly, Americans are led and taught by product advertisement from all media sources. The last thing corporations want consumers to do is think about the consequences of lusting after their products.  Fortunately, for decades, China and South East Asian countries have taken the toxic hit to please the Western consumer.  They are paying the price.

Knowledge is everywhere!  Web based resources are plentiful and always available 24/7.  Not learning about the relationships among Water, Air and Soil is deadly. The old adage, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink” is what Western Civilization is experiencing right now.  Information is available everywhere and everyone is encouraged to learn what they can do about the crisis.  But, it is not taken as seriously as it should.  Somehow, the “someone else will figure it out” attitude is common.  Maybe some news stories will highlight portions of one infrastructure problem or another, but watch the meaning become lost in political rhetoric about spending and “entitlements” and taxes.  The only thing that will fund the phenomenal cost of repair and education, is taxes … don’t expect any corporation to step up and take responsibility.

What any solution takes is FOCUS!  Right now, corporations demand consumer FOCUS to remain on consuming disposable products as fast as they can.  Education should include following the path of all products from inception, manufacturing to disposal.  In America, disposal comes at a high price, both monetarily and environmentally. 

Politics has made it sinful to be conscious of the world you live in and act responsibly … too many Right Wing organizations dismiss any calls for environmental awareness … this is also deadly for our children.  All because corporate profits may be threatened … in the short term.  Corporate profits will be non-existent after the last drinkable water is gone.  Of course, corporations will shift their attention to filtering and processing expensive water for those who can afford it, for as long as they can.

Significant HYDROLOGY Reports.

Global groundwater use outpaces supply –  Measure reveals unsustainable use of world’s aquifers

A handful of thirsty countries are guzzling their groundwater reserves much faster than those resources can be renewed.

India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Mexico, and the United States lead the global pack of water-thirsty nations, researchers report online August 8 in Nature. Irrigation for agriculture drives much of the demand, says hydrogeologist and study coauthor Tom Gleeson of McGill University in Montreal.

… “groundwater footprint” measure to evaluate the sustainability of withdrawals from the world’s aquifers. The analytic tool balances water coming in with water going out, and gauges how large an aquifer would have to be to accommodate current withdrawals. A groundwater footprint larger than its aquifer means people are sucking down water faster than it can be replenished — treating it as a nonrenewable resource, Gleeson says.

Though 80 percent of the world’s aquifers have sustainable footprints, people drawing on other aquifers are draining the world’s water supply. For these overtapped reservoirs, groundwater footprints vastly exceed aquifer areas. “It’s not sustainable,” Gleeson says. “We don’t know how long the aquifers will last.”  Very interesting comments followed this article

Scientific resources below to show the range of the global water crisis

Global Groundwater Information System (GGIS)

A GGIS is an interactive and transparent portal to groundwater-related information and knowledge.

The system is meant for various categories of stakeholders, including both professionals and the general public. The GGIS is simple to use and completely publicly accessible. It leads the user from aggregated, global information (Global Overview) via related information sources (Meta-Information Module) towards a direct information exchange (Collaborative Environment).
Global Groundwater Monitoring Network (GGMN) is the youngest and the most demanding GGIS module. Its purpose is to monitor a global change of groundwater resources.

Colorado River: Mexico and US sign water-sharing deal

Mexico and the US have agreed new rules on sharing and managing water from the Colorado River, which serves some 30 million people in the two nations.  Under the deal, the US will send less water to Mexico during a drought, while Mexico will be able to store water north of the border during wet years.  The Colorado River flows 1,450 miles (2,230km) from the Rockies into the Gulf of California.  Recent droughts and increased water usage have put pressure on the river.  “We have chosen collaboration over conflict, we have chosen co-operation and consensus over discord,” said US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Past and future contribution of global groundwater depletion to sea-level rise:  Key Points:

  • Future projection of the contribution of groundwater depletion to sea-level rise
  • The contribution of GW depletion outweighs the negative contribution by dams
  • GW depletion will be a dominant contribution to SLR from land in coming decades

With declining drinkable water and rising sea levels the seriousness of the world’s water systems is upon us …

UN says carbon cuts too slow to curb dangerous warming

A report by the UN says global attempts to curb emissions of CO2 are falling well short of what is needed to stem dangerous climate change.  The UN’s Environment Programme says greenhouse gases are 14% above where they need to be in 2020 for temperature rises this century to remain below 2C.  The authors say this target is still technically achievable.  But the opportunity is likely to be lost without swift action by governments, they argue.

Until people learn to be conscious of the world around them, and the consequences of their personal actions, the “FISCAL CLIFF” is a cake walk compared to the WATER CLIFF the world is tumbling over.

When our children and students are denied practical, common sense education about the world around them … and how they personally fit in, the future of the human race is doomed.  When kids come home from school, the first drink is usually NOT water.  That’s good you think?  Well, think again.  The sugar infused soda or juice they usually grab has a LOT of water, treated with flavorings.  Those flavorings are part of the marketing extravaganza that is imposed on our kids.  The education our children are receiving today is corporate based.  Corporations are insuring whole new generations of consumers … with unsustainable products that are designed to become useless or obsolete shortly after they are purchased.  By brainwashing our children to become consumers, the whole education system is polluted with unsustainable information, that has little promise of helping Americans, or the human race, to survive depletion of resources.  Educators have warned for over a century that without practical, useable knowledge, and ability to solve common sense problems, the American public will be divided into classes of have and have not, without promise of achievement or survival … because they will become sicker as clean water is no longer available or affordable.  Picture American scavengers ….

Just reading through the United Nations World Water Development Reports posted on the United Nations website should scare the hell out of anyone who still has doubts or enjoys denial.

‘Water for Life’ Decade

Water scarcity, poor water quality, and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices, and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. Water-related natural disasters such as floods, tropical storms and tsunamis exert a heavy toll in human life and suffering. And all too regularly, drought afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, exacerbating hunger and malnutrition.

Beyond meeting basic human needs, water supply and sanitation services, as well as water as a resource, are critical to sustainable development. It is a major source of energy in some parts of the world, while in others its potential as an energy source remains largely untapped. Water is also necessary for agriculture and for many industrial processes. And in more than a few countries, it makes up an integral part of transport systems. With improved scientific understanding, the international community has also come to appreciate more fully the valuable services provided by water-related ecosystems, from flood control to storm protection and water purification.

Water challenges will increase significantly in the coming years. Continuing population growth and rising incomes will lead to greater water consumption, as well as more waste. The urban population in developing countries will grow dramatically, generating demand well beyond the capacity of already inadequate water supply and sanitation infrastructure and services. According to the UN World Water Development Report, by 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of freshwater.

It seems there are more than few reasons to put water and sanitation at the top of the world’s agenda…

All of these facts are in front of our faces every day.  These truths are masked by too many diversions and distractions that are not quite as critical as survival of the human race.  The lazy way to reduce earth’s competition for water is to have more and more wars.  That may be a way to deplete populations, but it also fouls the environment required to sustain life … even for the winners/survivors.  With Mother Nature intervening with weather extremes, those humans that pay closer attention have become “Doomsdayers” and are hunkering down to survive whatever meltdown is approaching earth’s civilizations.  Too many are embracing the whole Armageddon thing and think they have a survivable formula.  Certainly, they may be able to outlast the majority of humans by a few months, but don’t count on much else.  Without clean water and clean land to grow real food on, even the most daring survivalist will be out of luck.  Because too few foods have an indefinite shelf life, and water filtration eventually runs out, humans may not really have the ability to adapt long enough for Mother Nature to clean up after us.

Water related resources made available through the United Nations.

Under suitable circumstances, slow sand filtration may be not only the cheapest and simplest but also the most efficient method of water treatment.
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Improving Household Drinking Water Quality. Use of Ceramic Water. Filters in Cambodia. Ceramic filter pilot projects (2002-2006) in Cambodia have yielded
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perfringens from water and extracted sediments by membrane filtration (MF). Reducing diarrhea through the use of household-based ceramic water filters:
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are pressure filters, through which water is pumped at pressure to remove the suspended solids load. Prefilters have an advantage in that they do not require
An ‘ecosystem approach’ recognizes and ascribes value, including economic value, to the ‘services’ natural ecosystems provide in terms of water filtration and
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The most promising and accessible of the technologies for household water treatment are filtration with ceramic filters, chlorination with storage in an improved
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