19 September 2017

DACA by the numbers

For those trying to make this a left right issues, congress was under complete Democratic control from 2007 - 2010 with control of the White House for two of those years and did nothing. When Obama enacted DACA by executive order, he admitted that it was a temporary fix, with a request for Congress to act. Now Trump says, its time for congress to act, everyone looses their mind.
DACA eligible by sub type, and country of origin. 

Most of the 880,000 people who have registered for DACA are in the system, and I for one am fine with them becoming U.S. citizens if they are willing to assimilate. But we must have a wall, an increase in border agents, and a reductions of cessation of aid to the home counties of those we allow to stay. This will be on top of reductions in aid to Mexico equal to the cost of the new border wall and the increase in border agents.

03 September 2017

Could North Korea hit the US Mainland?

With the rhetoric from Pyongyang, may feel the United States is on the verge of war with North Korean. One problem, we are already at war with North Korea. The Korean War was from 1950 - 1953, but it never officially ended. Yes, we have an armistice, which ended hostility, but we never sign a treaty ending the war. Instead, we have lived under a 64-year cease-fire that could flare up at any moment.

The problem, South Korea, and Japan are both within a strike of North Korea's conventional and nuclear arsenal. However, a return to hostilities could become unavoidable if any of the following occurs:
·       The North paints itself into a corner, and Kim Jong-un launches a preemptive strike.
·       The US or S. Korea realize the inevitable and attempt to take out Kim Jong-un, or the North Korean nuclear arsenal.  
·       A third-party instigates a war to distract or weaken the United States.

The US or S. Korea realize the inevitable and attempt to take out Kim Jong-un, or the North Korean nuclear arsenal.

The North paints itself into a corner

We know the North Korea has missiles with a range of 9,300 miles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead with a yield of 1-2 kilotons. In reality, they have yet to prove an ability to put the two together for a long-range strike. So if you are in Guam, Hawaii, Alaska, or the Western US, you do not need to worry about ICBM's from North Korea. But our allies, as well as the US troops in the DMZ, and bases in Japan, are in range.

The US has deployed an anti-ballistic missile system, THAAD, (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense), to shoot down short, medium, and intermediate range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase (descent or re-entry). With only 35 miles separate the 10 million citizens of Seoul from the DMZ, The US or South Korea may decide that a preemptive strike is the best way the end the nuclear threat to Seoul. 

Although we know North Korea's threat of a US strike is empty, let's say they were to try; a porous southern border and western ports could mark an easy entry for into the US. Why fire a rocket halfway around the world, which could and probably would blow up on its own, get shot down, miss its target, or fall harmlessly in the Pacific. Sneak nukes into Mexico, hire a drug cartel to smuggle it into the US with a combo of guns, cash, and drugs. Once across the border, make your way to I-40, buy three used trucks, drive to your target and await orders.

 A third-party instigates war to weaken the United States.
We can jokingly say The Russians, but they are the least likely, along with the Chinese, to want a war, much less one that could go nuclear, near their own boards. While the US debates defense of the southern border, China has created the border defense brigade to patrol and accurate map the regions that include borders with Russia and Mongolia along with 24-hour drone and ground camera coverage. All in trying to prevent mass movement of refugees.

So, who would want the US involved in another war? A terrorist organization like ISIS. A distracted US would allow ISIS a bit of time regroup and train in Libya.

Iran, a longtime supporter, and benefactor of North Korea. However, the Axis of Evil member would benefit in the US focused on a war in Asia that would need to hand off current responsibilities in the Middle East to the UN, another NATO partner or the Russians. It would also allow Iran to perfect its nuclear weapons program while extending its influence throughout the region. The thought is, they already have nukes, but want to make sure they can mount a high yield device on an ICBM as a deterrent before revealing this to the world.

The American left. With Trump as president, and a left that is unhinged, it is entirely possible to see those on the left use this crisis as a way to undermine the US, the president or the seize power. War, chaos, and a romanticized vision of the 60’s will lead to a ramp up protest on college campuses, and riots in cities across the country. Even if they do not instigate a war, it will be a mess in the US as long as we are in a Trump war. 

09 August 2017

Does Planet X Nibiru Exist?

Much of the confusion regarding Planet X has been caused by NASA. Do not get caught up in the numbers; we went from 9 planets to 10 over the span of the following articles. So, Planet X, 10 or 9 all reference the same object. In checking nasa.gov, I found an interesting article from 2005 confirming the discovery of a 10 player 1 1/2 times larger than Pluto, (
NASA - 10th Planet Discovered) The article has been archived but is available for reference.

These time-lapse images of a newfound planet in our solar system, called 2003UB313 were taken on Oct. 21, 2003, using the Samuel Oschin Telescope at the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, Calif. The planet, circled in white, is seen moving across a field of stars. The three images were taken about 90 minutes apart.

Scientists did not discover that the object in these pictures was a planet until Jan. 8, 2005. Image credit: Samuel Oschin Telescope, Palomar Observatory.The object, leads to the famous debate over the difference between a planet and a dwarf planet, leading to the demotion of Pluto.

So what is a planet?

The only difference between a planet and a dwarf planet is the area surrounding each celestial body. A dwarf planet has not cleared the area around its orbit, while a planet has. Since the new definition, three objects in our solar system have been classified as dwarf planets, Pluto, Ceres, and the above Eris, (originally named Xena).

Do we have a bead on Planet X 

From planet reclassification and the evolving stance by NASA, the writings of Erich von Däniken to doomsday predictions, much of the research online is a jumbled mash of information. From what I have been able to piece together, our solar system has a multitude of planets, dwarf planets, at at least one massive planet in the ort cloud. NASA has also fueled conspiracy theories by removing articles on the topic, including an article by Brian Dunbar, published on nasa.gov on 1/22/16 and removed on 8/4/2017. The following is from another search on NASA.gov:
Researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system.
We can see that the article confirms planet X, but  I am not sure if this is an error, a way for NASA to distance itself from the Planet X Nibiru conspiracy part of a cover up.
Check out the following links to begin your own research and come to your own conclusion:
Planet 9? https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/planetx NASA’s Director of Planetary Science, Jim Green, discusses the Jan. 20 Astronomical Journal science paper that points to the possibility of a new “Planet 9” in our solar system beyond Pluto.  
Planet X doesn't exist - NASA www.nasa.gov/jpl/wise/planet-x-20140307/NASA's WISE has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed "Planet X."   
www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4073 NASA's WISE has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed "Planet X."
Various Publications:
 Nibiru Update - Planet X

02 July 2017

Human-Animal Chimeras Are Gestating on U.S. Research Farms

Chimeras are organisms composed of cells or genes obtained from two or more different species. Human-animal chimeras can be generated by either transplanting human stem cells into animal fetuses or human genes into the genome of animal fetuses.

For more information, check out the following links:

28 June 2017

White House contacts Charlotte gay Republican group snubbed by LGBT parade | Charlotte Observer

White House contacts Charlotte gay Republican group snubbed by LGBT parade | Charlotte Observe
President Donald Trump’s staff has taken notice of the LGBT Republicans group in Charlotte that was banned this month from participating in city’s annual gay pride parade.
Mecklenburg County’s Republican Party says the White House Office of Political Affairs contacted Deplorable Pride on Monday, with questions about the gay organization’s political activities in Charlotte.
Brian Talbert, co-founder of Deplorable Pride, described the call as a show of support. But he said the conversation concluded with questions about Charlotte Pride’s refusal to allow his group’s tongue-in-cheek float in the city’s pride parade this summer.
The 27-foot-long float would have included a female impersonator dressed as first lady Melania Trump, surrounded by a handful of other female impersonators wearing blue sequined “Make American Great Again” evening gowns.
“I was told to expect a call from the White House, but I still just about fell over when I got it,” said Talbert. “They asked me to email them everything I could on what happened (with the parade). I was told: ‘The President is going to want to see this’.”

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article158655174.html#storylink=cpy

“You are not going to stop hearing from Deplorable Pride,” Talbert said. “I’ll be honest: I’ve enjoyed exposing the bigoted hypocrisy of the left. We (the LGBT community) have gone from being oppressed to being the oppressor in less than 50 years.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article158655174.html#storylink=cpy

12 June 2017

Top Democrat calls for investigation of Loretta Lynch’s Clinton probe | New York Post

“I would have a queasy feeling too,” Feinstein admitted Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think we need to know more about that. And there’s only one way to know about it and that’s to have the Judiciary Committee take a look at that.”
Lynch, a President Obama nominee, ultimately had to distance herself from the FBI probe after meeting with former President Bill Clinton on a tarmac in Phoenix during the height of the election campaign and email investigation.
Lynch said the meeting was impromptu and they didn’t discuss Clinton’s private email server, but the appearance of impropriety forced her to back off and for Comey to become the public face of the probe.
Top Democrat calls for investigation of Loretta Lynch’s Clinton probe | New York PostTop Democrat calls for investigation of Loretta Lynch’s Clinton probe

11 June 2017

Racist Nutjob, William Boucher is a Socialist.

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On June 6, 2017, William Boucher went Bat-Crap Crazy at the  Starbucks in Chicago Loop. After hurling racial slurs at a Black man, Boucher spits on a 30-year-old man and 34-year-old woman before punching a 59-year-old homeless man. Of course, everyone now has a portable video camera with instant access to the internet, so the video has gone viral. The only thing missing from most stores regarding this event is William Boucher's his political affiliation.
Well, William Boucher is a Socialist. We managed to grab that much before his Facebook page was shut down. We all know that the page and any pro-Trump post would be the lead of every newscast.Given this political stance, he is most likely Bernie Sanders supporter and/or a Hillary Clinton voter. Of course, given the amount of anti-minority hatred he has shown, any evidence of his support of the Democratic Party will need to be erased from the public record as soon as possible.
In custody
He was arrested and charged with 3 counts of misdemeanor battery.
Billy Boucher
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31 May 2017

Russian bombers again fly near Alaska

A Russian officer takes a picture of a Tu-95 bomber, or "Bear," at a military airbase in Engels, some 900 km (559 miles) south of Moscow, August 7, 2008.  Picture taken August 7, 2008. Two Tu-160 jets, known to Russian pilots as "White Swans" flew this month from this base on the Volga river to Venezuela, a mission calculated to show Russia was not afraid to flex its military muscles right under the nose of the United States.To match feature RUSSIA-BOMBERS/ REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin  (RUSSIA) - RTX8W9J
For the second consecutive night, Russia flew two long-range bombers off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday, this time coming within 36 miles of the mainland while flying north of the Aleutian Islands, two U.S. officials told Fox News. 

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Beverage Grades, Wine and Arsenic.

Denver-based Beverage Grades is not new to the game, but it appears that they keep reinventing the focus of the company. In a story by  Ben Bouckley in on beveragedaily.com on 09-Jul-2014:

‘Disruptive technology should encourage some US wineries to up their game’

The idea of the app, plug in an expensive bottle of wine and find the best cheap alternative.  In a demonstration, they plugged in Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay (2011) which averages $1/bottle and found a 96.8% taste match with Camelot Chardonnay (2009) at only $5.81/ bottle. The hope was to offer the app free and then monetize the data by licensing it to distributors and liqueur stores. The big problem with the app, it found a chemical match, which does not equal a taste match.

In September of 2014, the Denver Business Journal reported that Denver-based BeverageGrade would leverage their app by providing caloric content of alcoholic beverages. The apps would remain free, but they hoped to eventually collect enough date to sell to restaurants and bars. In prepping for phase two of their app, company planned to purchase:
seven high-dollar instruments that can analyze everything from the caloric content to the amounts of any pesticides and heavy metals in a beverage to their flavor profiles. In addition to the nutritional calculations, another feature of the Beverage Grades app is that it compares beers and wines based on about 100 flavor profiles detected by the equipment and offers suggestions for similar-tasting alternatives.
Now we are at phase three and the company has used the new machines and claimed they approached the companies with high levels of arsenic and other heavy metals with their test results, but the companies failed to respond, so the only way to get this formation out was to initiate a Class Action lawsuit. The class would consist of consumers who have to purchase the listed wines over the past 4 years. 

Also, in the March 19, 2015 CBS story,
The CBS article summarized Hicks' claims, noting an inverse relationship between the cost of wines and the levels of arsenic they contained and the lack of an explanation to account for that phenomenon:

However, his own research contradicts this claim. For example, in the category of flavored wines, Boons Farm took the top three spots as safest wines, with a very low level of heavy metals.Moreover, he claims on his website that the tainted wins contain as much as 500% more arsenic that the legal limit for water. What he fails to show is a comparison between the listed wines and FDA limits for guidelines for various consumables and the legal requirement by jurisdictions for wines. 

I think the biggest issue when viewing the information on beveragegrade.com, is the lack of data. Although the company has been in business since 2012, with an app that offers taste comparison and caloric content, none of this data is available on the new site. In fact, the entire site was relaunched on March 16th, 2015, and the registration extended to  2025. I guess they think this will finally be the real money maker for the company. 

Looking further, the company also failed to offer any source information for comparison. Not one link to an outside source of information. Nothing to Consumer Reports, state or federal  Department of Agriculture, the USGA or the FDA. Nothing to wine or beverage organization, consumer or environmental groups, nothing. It is not like the information is not available. In a quick search online I found the following from the FDA:

Per the FDA:
Arsenic is present in the environment as a naturally occurring substance or as a result of contamination from human activity. It is found in water, air, food, and soil in organic and inorganic forms.
The FDA has been measuring total arsenic concentrations in foods, including rice and juices, through its Total Diet Study program since 1991. The agency also monitors toxic elements, including arsenic, in a variety of domestic and imported foods under the Toxic Elements Program, with emphasis is placed on foods that children are likely to eat or drink, such as juices.
Because arsenic is a naturally occurring element, it is absorbed by plants regardless of whether they are grown under conventional or organic farming practices
If Beverage Grades wanted to offer consumers information about the dangers of arsenic in food, it would have been a good idea to consult the FDA, or at least take a look at the website. Remember, Beverage Grades says that the that the worse offender has  500% more arsenic in its wine than the amount allowed in drinking water. Drinking water can have up to 10 ppb, the worse offender has 60 ppb. One of the things I found on the FDA site is that rice acts as a sponge for the absorption of minerals, and heavy metals. Keep the 60 ppb amount in mind when looking at the following common rice products:

FDA Full Analytical Results - Rice Products
Infant rice cereal: 120
Rice cakes: 145
Marshmallow Rice Treats:  114
Basmati rice: 80
Brown rice: 160
Instant rice: 59
While long grain: 103
White, short grain: 79

So, what is this really about? It is not about wine, food safety or the general public. This is an attempt by a company to cash in, by forcing these companies to carry the BG wine glass on their label as proof the wine has been independently tested. Also for bars and restaurants to display this label on their doors or menus after paying a membership fee. Like everything else, we can look at, in the end, follow the money. But if you have a few gullible friends who are now swearing off $2BC, just remind them of the following:

  • The U.S. government has not published a limit for arsenic in wine but several countries do:
    • Canada 100 ppb
    • EU and Japan have set limits ranging from 100ppb up to 1000ppb – 10 to 100 times the level the EPA determined to be safe for drinking water. But much higher than the 60 ppb of the worse wine listed during testing
  • The lawsuit claims that certain wines contain unsafe levels of arsenic based on the limit set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for drinking water – 10 parts per billion (ppb). 
    • However: the real source of this idea is the apple juice scare of 2011/12. When people were advocating limits of 3 ppb when drinking water has 10ppb.
  • When the U.S. government considers limits for arsenic in food and beverages, they take into account how much of that food or beverage an average person may consume in a day and the age of people who likely consume that food/beverage. Daily intake levels for water are significantly higher than for wine.
  • The risks from potential exposure to arsenic in wine are lower than the risks the EPA considers safe for drinking water. 
    • FDA Recommendation is eight 8 oz glasses of water a day, while  U.S. Dietary Guidelines set 1-2 5 oz. glasses of wine.
  • Arsenic is prevalent in the natural environment in air, soil and water and food. As an agricultural product, a wine will contain trace amounts of arsenic as do all other foods, both organic and inorganic.
  • The U.S. government, both TTB and FDA as part of its Total Diet Study, regularly tests wines for harmful compounds including arsenic as does Canada and the European Union to ensure that wine is safe to consume.
    • If this was an issue, it would have been resolved with years ago. 

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