Haiti – A cesspool…

While the media is caught in a fishing net as they deride Trump for a comment, they seem to have forgotten that Haiti is still a cesspool despite seven years of Obama and Hillary doing absolutely nothing!

Haiti has one of the highest murder rates in the world reaching as high as 219 per 100,000. Upwards of 225,000 children are forced to work as domestic servants where rape is commonplace.   Until 2005, rape was not even considered a crime.   Haiti is a major conduit for illegal drug trade with estimates stating that roughly 8% of US cocaine is transported through Haiti.   Over 75% of the population lives on less than $2 per day.   Disease is rampant including malaria, TB, HIV, Hepatitis, dengue fever, meningitis, typhoid, etc…

There are over 880,000 Haitians in the US, 100,000 in Canada, and about 80,000 in France.   Haiti is covered in refugee camps and slums and considered the poorest nation in the hemisphere.

While the Clinton Foundation vowed to rebuild the island, their only accomplishment would seem to be the confiscation of their most lucrative gold mines for Hillary’s wayward brother.   All told, the Foundation has supposedly contributed $250,000 for a recycling center.  How much money did they actually receive?

SO yes, Haiti is a cesspool country which has been ravaged by wolves looking to traffic children, wolves looking to confiscate their resources, and wolves who hypocritically claim to help while blowing the house down…

And none of this occurred because or during Trump – it is and was about the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

So maybe some of these irate Democrat Senators should take a look at exactly what they have done these past eight years to make Haiti – better. Instead of getting incensed about a definition that fits rather well with an agenda to divert attention from the real crisis, they should be incensed at their complete and utter lack of aid and assistance, and their raping of a country in crisis.

Maybe instead of raising objections to a ‘word’, they should be raising objections to the corrupt use of funds, to the corrupt distribution of funds, to the charities that made pledges and Ponzied the American people for money and never distributed it.

“Unkind” – Rep Mia Love? Unkind is the failed action of your contingency to help your own people.   Rep Cedric Richmond – make America white? What have you done for Haiti? A country of black people. Is the demand that we make America Black?   Rep. Adriano Espaillat, who are you hanging with because according to your initial federal disclosure, your checking account balance held between $5-$25 million?   What have you done for your home Country the Dominican Republic?

So while the Liberals continue to harangue and deride and slander and foul, they have forgotten that it was Obama’s administration that DID NOTHING for Haiti for the past eight years.   Did the media EXPO this criminal act?  Did they attempt to make it right?  Did any of the Liberals who scream loudly?   Shouldn’t that be the real issue?  Eight years and – nothing.

US Embassy in London – Blunderous

The US Embassy in London is making headlines for a two reasons;   1)   Trump has denounced it as a bombastic waste of taxpayer funds, and 2) It is a gauche representation of American pompousness… replete with moat, indoor gardens, and exquisite flamboyance more befitting a Qatari 5 star resort.

The embassy at 24 Grosvenor Square was originally built in 1960 with a very utilitarian design befitting post WWII and a representation of government economy of need.   It has 600 rooms. And while it is true that in London, the land on which nearly every building is constructed is leased, the US government lease was for 999 years. We had 931 left…

In October 2008, Bush declared that the US embassy in London was not secure enough against terrorists and sought to list the property for sale. But it was after Obama assumed office that Obama renigged on the anticipated deal to sell to real estate developer Ballymore Group, an Irish developer who has won numerous awards, and instead sold to a Qatari firm, Qatari Diar.

Qatari Diar has released plans to renovate the embassy into a five star 137 bed hotel with five restaurants, six shops, a spa and a ballroom.   It isn’t the first Qatari investment in London, and wasn’t the last. In 2007, they bought Chelsea Barracks from the UK government for 1 billion pounds. They own the Berkeley Hotel, 50% of One Hyde Park, 1, 2 and 3 Cornwall Terrace, 10% of the London Exchange, a shared percentage of the 97 acre Financial District, Canary Wharf, a 20% stake in Camden Market through a share purchase of Chelsfield Group, the Connaught Hotel in Mayfield, a percentage of the UK’s athletes village, the Shard, Harrods, and the Claridge Hotel, a city landmark.

Whether the initial ‘decision’ to sell the former embassy was made by Bush is irrelevant, the decision to quash the sale to the Irish and give it to the Qatari’s was Obama’s. The decision to turn a conservative government building into a lavish Las Vegas style extravaganza – was Obama’s. And the decision to spend $1.2 billion was also Obama’s.

Qatari Diar is owned 100% by the Qatari Investment Authority; aka the Emir. It is estimated that holdings in Britain aggregate 30 billion Euros, in France 10 billion and in Germany 5 billion.   This does not include ownership interest in banks such as Barclays and Credit Suisse. Their goal is to invest $35 billion in US real estate and $10 billion in China.

Since 1985, foreign ownership of US Treasuries and equities has climbed significantly, rising from roughly 20% to 65%.   When the US allowed private citizens to sue the Saudi’s over their involvement in 9-11, they threatened to divest their upwards of $750 billion in holdings which could have devastated our economy until we were able to reabsorb the assets. But according to the Federal Reserve, the Saudi holdings of US Treasuries is minimal, with China and Japan being holding the largest percentage. In fact they don’t even rank in the top ten…

During the Obama administration, US debt virtually doubled to roughly $20 trillion. As a percentage of GDP, debt rose from 67.9% to 103.4% as spending outpaced. The interest rate was halved thereby creating a level interest payment over the same period. But should the Federal Reserve start raising rates back to pre-Obama terms, the government could see an annual interest expense of nearly $1 trillion.

Given the numbers, spending $1.2 billion on a lavish building in the UK may seem trivial, but if Dave Ramsey were budgeting the checkbook, it would have been red-lined and nixed without question.   Not to mention that the entire purpose of a new building was ‘security’ and the exterior architecture of the US Embassy is now 100% glass. Glass exteriors typically cost about 5 to 6 times more solid facades such as brick, stucco, or stone.

And while the media trenched Liberal UKers have made themselves quite clear regarding their opinion and grace for Trump, their attitude is matched only by the Liberal denouncers in the US.    It is an abomination of a building that serves no purpose other than lavish  extravagance.  For Trump to make an appearance to cut the ribbon on the US embassy in London would be rather hypocritical and truly without point.

De Blasio Suing Oil Companies For Climate Change Amidst Budget Deficit

De Blasio is boldly going where no man has gone before – filing a lawsuit against multiple worldwide oil and gas companies for their role in Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, health issues, and infrastructure destruction to his great New York City… Oh, but wait, he isn’t just suing the oil companies, he is targeting NYC pension funds in an effort to ‘divest’ their investment in fossil fuels and divert it to Climate Change issues.   What?

BP, Conoco, Exxon, Chevron and Royal Dutch Shell are the major targets. Proving that they directly impacted climate change and caused harm to NYC specifically, is a rather uphill battle. But apparently one De Blasio and Company feel is possible and just might mitigate his ever defeated budget deficit.

According to the Budget Comptroller for NY, NYC is facing a deficit of as much as $7 billion as of March this year. According to the analysis, NYC could be facing a disaster scenario under the tutelage of De Blasio and he’s running scared with nowhere to turn to find the $$$$$.   In addition, Trump’s new tax plan could cause a massive exodus as taxpayers seek more friendly places to park their money given the limitations on interest deductions will impact their itemized deduction caps.  With some of the highest priced real estate in the country, mortgages are a mainstay. But the rationale was the deductibility of the interest.  No more.

As a result, De Blasio is scrambling and this is the best scenario he could come up with while attempting to capitalize on an issue that is embedded in the Liberal agenda – Climate Change.

De Blasio’s threat to redirect NYC pension fund investments is a bit of a smokescreen given the fund has been in a massive overhaul for the past 3 ½ years when Scott Stringer took office and declared that the retirement system was “hanging by a thread”. At issue was the fact that the returns delivered by the fund were considered inadequate and well below the market.   Implementing a comprehensive plan that Stringer estimated would take 5-10 years to become a powerhouse once again, cannot simply be ‘modified’ to coddle the whims of De Blasio. Fiduciary responsibilities dictate.

Two NGO’s are supporting the De Blasio move, Union of Concerned Scientists, which is the recipient of funding from George Soros, and 350.org, which is funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation and has partnered with Global Greengrants Fund, a Soros Open Society promotion. In fact, according to their Form 990, the only grant made by 350.org was to Global Greengrants Fund.

 

Climatic Change, a journal established by Michael Oppenheimer and Gary Yohe, published a study claiming that climate damages such as rising sea levels and increased temperatures are a direct result of products sold by such companies as Chevron and ExxonMobil. In addition, the Union For Concerned Scientists (Soros funded) has joined in the fray of qualifying finger pointing by claiming that:   “We’ve known for a long time that fossil fuels are the largest contributor to climate change. What’s new here is that we’ve determined just how much specific companies’ products have caused the earth to warm and the seas to rise.”

The study suggests that all the major oil companies combined contributed to 10% of the global temperature increase between 1980 and 2010 and 4% of the rise in sea level.   The study specifically provides Hurricane Sandy as an example of rising sea levels magnified by climate change causing roughly $2 billion in damage over what would have occurred had there been no rise in sea levels.  The total estimated cost was $65 billion.  How they can make monetary determinations is a bit stretched…and seems to have no supporting documentation.

So, who commissioned this report?

The lead author of the report was Brenda Ekwurzel, a climate science director at the Union for Concerned Scientists. Coincidentally, Gary Yohe, who assisted in this publication, is also a Member of the NYC Panel on Climate Change. Somewhat a conflict of interest?

Further conflicts include the fact that Michael Oppenheimer also founded, Climate Action Network which is aligned with Soros Fund Management and Christine Lagarde, of France’s Economic Ministry.

So why would Soros want to hit the wallets of oil and gas executives?   Hitting the biggest oil giants, might give a boost to some of the smaller companies, like:  Petroleo Brasilerosa, California Resources, Valvoline, Rice Energy, Targa Resources and Diamondback all of which were owned in Soros portfolio last year.  Of course the hypocrisy doesn’t end there with Soros heavily invested in the Williams Pipeline company, and Columbia Pipeline which merged with Transamerica of the Keystone XL fame…   Creating a profit while belying ethics is the Soros windfall.

Other cities and counties suing the oil giants include California’s Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Oakland and Imperial Beach.   All these cities and counties project a continued significant budget deficit now and in the coming years… and tapping climate change might fill the gap…

By the time any legal action is concluded, Soros will be well out of the oil and gas investments – an easy bet.  Playing both sides, not unlike his play of Republicans and Democrats.  “Anyone, Anyone”…

The Green Climate Fund – A Soros Child

A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum, everyone cheered, but no one Changed… Germany has declared that it will not meet it’s Climate Change goals for 2020, China says it’s emissions will continue to rise through 2030, and France is mum, as in maybe no one in Paris will notice they have actually done – nothing. Six countries in the EU boast that they have met their goals as stipulated by the EU Commission; Hungary, Croatia, Greece, Bulgaria, Portugal and Romania. YEAH! Except they already complied as of 2014, because their goals were minimal and the economic crisis required ‘belt tightening’, so technically in order to meet goals they had to do – nothing.

So, despite the humbra of toxic words, toxic air hovers large and in charge.

Apparently, The Green Climate Fund is the body tasked with collecting and disbursing pledged funds from countries across the globe.   A quick overview: Japan has disbursed roughly 50% of pledges, Germany a third, The Netherlands a third, France roughly half, China -0-, UK about 2/3, and US 1/3, India -0-, and South America -0.

Of the $10 billion collected by The Green Climate Fund, roughly $45 million was spent on Administrative Expenses in 2017, and $35 million in 2016. Apparently, these hard working Board Members work on average – 10 days per month.   According to the 990 Tax Return dated 2014, it would appear that they raised about $88 million paid some salaries and operating costs and banked the balance. In 2017 they needed to create a investment fund management IT system to handle all the cash… Poor Babies.

Their latest project includes solving the Ethiopian drought problem thru an investment of $45 million to be developed over a five year period.   So far, they haven’t actually ‘done’ anything except draft a proposal – funding = $0.   They have pledged $38.5 million toward Columbia in order to improve the ecosystem.   This too is a proposal for which no actual work has been done and no money disbursed.   They have pledged $57 million to Argentina in the form of a “Loan”, $0 actually disbursed. There is an outstanding pledge grant of $31.4 million to Egypt for infrastructure rebuilding, nothing disbursed. A grant of $26.9 million to Nauru, the world’s smallest island, for the purpose of developing a climate resistant port. No dollars disbursed.

In fact, it would appear that the funds are primarily targeting ‘infrastructure and water shortages’. Both of these issues are certainly important, they just aren’t about changing the global warming trend that the fund stipulates to be their purpose.  So why are they funding these projects?

Who are the recipients? Namibia, Morocco, Senegal, Maldives, Ecuador, Mali, Gambia, Tualu, Armenia, Vietnam, El Salvador, Fiji, Peru, etc…

A Few Examples:

Malawi: USAID has been working with the government of Malawi for years to help mitigate agricultural shifts and provide drought security. USAID budget request for 2018 was $15.4 billion. So why is the Green Fund duplicating USAID?

Maldives: They have been battling a losing battle as the sea’s rise and the islands are swamped. Their 2008 government plant to abandon ship and relocate was dismissed and a $10 billion contract with the Saudi’s was initiated whereby they would secure their shipping route safety and develop the islands for tourism relocating thousands of local people. So is The Green Fund actually collaborating with the Saudi’s?

Ecuador:   Ecuador has been raising it’s fist to resolve water issues for years. The government has made some radical changes, particularly in energy investment and diversity. Partnering with the European Commission thru EUROCLIMA, they have spent $4.2 billion on energy projects.   They are currently funded by the REDD+ Program within the UN. So why is The Green Fund duplicating funding projects?

It would appear, that The Green Fund is simply a duplicate board tasked with billions of dollars in funding whose purpose may very well be to create a slush fund to give the appearance of battling Climate Change, aka, Global Warming, when in fact it is sustaining the infrastructure, agriculture and energy growth of third world countries. To what ultimate goal?  

Given it’s purported goal is to raise $100 billion per year, it should be noted that it’s Board of Directors is predominantly comprised of Arabs, Africans, and various representatives from the Netherlands, many of whom seem to be devoid of a background, with the exception of the Globalist, Leonardo Martinez-Diaz. He has written extensively on globalizing emerging and developing countries in order to create a Global Order. He is a Global Director at Sustainable Finance Center at the World Resources Institute.

World Resources Institute partners with the George Soros – Open Society Foundations.

And there you have it: The Green Climate Fund, which is demanding contributions in the range of $100 billion annually, is utilizing those funds to create a global network of developing countries so as to ultimately incorporate their governments into a unified One World Order. Climate Change/Global Warming are simply tag phrases to sucker the funds for – The Greater Good of the Order of George Soros.

Leader vs Boss: Chaos vs Order

A number of years ago my now ex-husband came home all proud from his weekend getaway and produced for me a two page single spaced typed list of rules, or regulations, that he wanted to impose on me, our marriage and my children with me.   I got about a fourth of the way through, tossed it in the air – and laughed. What else could I do?

Society has devolved into a chaotic vision of what constitutes a ‘Boss”. Today, a boss is often someone who relegates and utilizes power to manipulate, humiliate and use until the cup is empty.   The nuance isn’t about a relationship with the person/employee, it is about absorbing everything they have and tossing them aside as there is a new inventory being manufactured to replace the old.   But what happens when the ‘newly manufactured’ employee has been trained within a ‘deregulated’ university and is then deposited into a ‘regulated world’?

By contrast, a Leader is someone who guides, sometimes with stern ethics and morality, and sometimes with a gentle touch. But the guide is always directing his flock forward, ever teaching, ever loving. The Leader desires his flock to remain with him their entire life out of Loyalty, Love and Trust. He wants to see his flock grow. The idea that one might stray is deeply sorrowful.

So what happens when the youth that will be working in our regulated corporations, our hospitals, our pharmacies, and our government have been raised to covet self, to be weak, and to be deregulated in all that they do?

They will all fall down.

The collapse of leadership is a systemic problem that has infiltrated our homes and schools, and will in a very short time seep into the fabric of our corporate world with such ferocity that it may not be able to recover. It is not simply a US anomaly, the leadership of France, Germany, the EU, Sweden, Norway, etc… have all succumbed to the false supposition that a deregulated society can be sustained within a regulated world.

Hollywood is just a small fractured example.   But they had the money to hire regulated professionals to buy their way out of their deregulated ethics.   A generation of young people are about to embark on a new journey and be integrated into a business world that is ruled by Bosses, not Leaders.

On a much smaller scale we have seen some of the ramifications in business as some don’t survive the mass exodus that can occur when a Boss does not understand the nuance of Leadership. Stories reveal that once hugely profitable companies wither and fold, unable to survive the oppressiveness of Boss.

My generation was a generation of ‘scramblers’, when things got tough we knew how to scramble. Scramblers are most often the core of Entrepreneurship. They are the drivers of innovation and sustainability. So what happens when this current generation is the one holding up the pillars? Certainly there are exceptions to the rule, but they are the few among the many, and in a world defined by numbers, their strength will be tested to it’s infinite power.

My son was recently the victim of a “Boss”, a woman who didn’t see the value of drive, loyalty, education, and hard work and instead saw greed, self, and jealousy. He is but one example among hundreds of thousands, and as the generation of ‘safe spaces’ exits their deregulated universities and attempt to embark on a career, they will find themselves to be replaceable commodities in a world where Leadership is a foreign concept and control is paramount. There are no ‘safe spaces’ in the real world.

My ex-husband certainly didn’t understand the concept and continues his spiraling self destruction. The stories abound, from husbands to fathers to managers to bosses to government.

Trump is exercising the command of Leadership within a hostile Swamp of government officials who have usurped their position and become ensconced in a drive of power and control.   He is in a Battle that would have taken down anyone else with the second blow. If we do anything less than support him, take a pillar, then we are responsible for what could be the New Age Fall.

The Ego of Science: Global Freeze

As the “Bomb Cyclone” envelops the east coast, global warming scientists are rallying round the icicle desperately trying to convince everyone that this is a common evolution of a Global Warming schism. As such their ego’s are frayed and fear for their scholarly name rules their psyche.

To quote Sir Isaac Newton, “For every action there is an equal opposite reaction”. And this can be found in the ego of science today. For every scientist making a conclusion in favor of man-made Global warming, there is an equal force reaction of a scientist denying the account.  Hence – it becomes a theory, as there is no consensus of evidence.

Case in point: Mother Jones, a trendy Liberal media outlet, is quoting Dr. Jennifer Francis, a researcher of arctic climate change, who states that the warming in the Arctic changes the jetstream which causes ‘extreme weather conditions around the globe including floods, extreme cold, extreme heat, droughts, etc… ‘   In other words, every single weather condition known to mankind can be traced back to her specific research field – the Arctic.

Enter Dr. Ed Berry, a physicist who utilizes the ego of scientists to support his conclusion that manmade Global Warming is a farcical idea easily disproven by the insertion of one proven conclusion – CO2 does not drive climate.

“The scientific method says we can never prove an idea is true. We only can prove an idea is false. To approach truth, we discard fiction. Since we can never discard all fiction, science is never settled.”

This rationale is supported by Dr. Murray Salby who has written a textbook on the subject, and Dr. Willie Soon, who has proven that there is no correlation between earth’s temperature and CO2.

Francis’ claim that the jetstream is altered by a warming arctic is an idea, a presentation without evidence or scientific data to uphold the ‘idea’. And yet, this philosophy of thought is held out as scientific proof… when in fact it is one person’s theory. Science does state that the jetstreams are a factor of 1) solar radiation, and 2) earth rotation. Period.

Science has taken leaps and bounds in its self defense. The flu vaccine is mass marketed each year and now includes infants as young as 6 months. What is in the vaccine?   MSG, sugar, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, various antibiotics, sucrose and sorbitol, thimerosol which contains mercury, fertilized chicken eggs, aka egg protein, and the virus itself – YUM!  

As is the case with every vaccine, all of these ingredients are said to be ‘safe and effective’.   Sort-of. With the current flu crisis shooting across the globe, the CDC has issued a precaution because, well, the vaccine is actually only, maybe, possibly, sort-of 10% effective. And yet they encourage everyone to ante up and pay the price.

As to the scientists who diligently create the concoction each year – eh.

There are hundreds, if not thousands of scientific theories that were accepted as factual truisms that were later proven false; phrenology, static universe, expanding earth, blank slate, Martian canals, etc… Each time the argument prevailed that these theories were fact, and society blindly accepted sometimes for hundreds of years before learning they were simply pseudo ideas.

The ego is a fragile part of every human, however when a person is purporting to persuade an entire global population, greater care must be exercised in making statements – as in the shepherd leading his sheep.

Science is an art, subject to the eye of the beholder. When we put science on a pedestal likening it to a god, we are treading dangerous ground – and the consequences could be eternal.

NYC Gym: In The Nude Classes

WAIT A MINUTE! In the wake of sexual assaults, sexual harassment, and inappropriate sexual advances, a gym in New York City thinks it is an appropriate time to move into coed naked fitness classes! Really?

Does that mean that if your classmate merely gives you a lascivious look it is time to scream sexual harassment, or do you wear blinders? Does it mean that if you get accidentally bumped the gym will be sued and the bumper put in jail?   I cannot believe the absurdity. I wonder what company is insuring the gym?

It is hard enough to visualize sexual harassment being an issue in Hollywood wherein women routinely will provide sex for a role, or where the body flaunt at every event is about who can titillate more than the other… by wearing as little as possible while still wearing ‘something’.  Adultery is the norm, yawn, and orgies the party scene.

Of course, this does not even begin to address the magazines and fashion catalogs that attempt to utilize every imaginable means of showing flesh without being labeled X rated.   All this while I stare at my PG-13 computer monitor that has a naked woman – albeit from the rear on Fox News.

We may be having a sexual predator revolution, but it seems a bit odd to have a revolution against predators while simultaneously ratcheting up nakedness, immorality and sexier than thou clothing and pictures all over the MSM News networks!   Does anyone else see the absurdity?

The other comical aspect of the story which was presented as simply a factual account of normalcy is the fact that this gym is frequented by Hollywood personalities, including; Rihanna, Sandra Bullock and Tyra Banks… I wonder if Harvey Weinstein is a member?   Or Kevin Spacey?  

The gym does provide an out for those who are more modest… for those too embarrassed to do their yoga routine completely naked, the gym does allow members to wear nude underwear, all the while promoting the decision as “cheeky fun”!   How quippy quaint  of them…

Who in their right mind would teach such a class and feel safe from an accusation of sexual assault?   Does the teacher ‘adjust your pose’? Give you pointers? What happens if a man becomes aroused, is that sexual harassment? I imagine everyone is required to sign a very lengthy, very cheeky, waiver claiming that they will take full responsibility for every overt act that might be construed as sexual harassment and identify it as ordinary conduct.

Hypocrisy Hollywood could not possibly get more bizarre.   Remember Jennifer Lawrence in tears because she had to undress … er, and the humiliation… er, only to discover she proudly did a Playboy layout after?

For those who know yoga the poses include; downward dog, numerous poses that purport to strengthen the ‘groin’, uttanasana , cobbler pose… help me here! Some of these are embarrassing enough ‘with’ clothes on!

All of this is advertised as ‘forward thinking’, which is Hollywood break-yoga for “hey, sex predators come on in the party is on”!

Harvey?

Germany and France Report NYE Assaults! Sort-of…

While France and Germany censor their media, and attempt to portray their growing violence as nothing more than hooliganism, downplaying the extremism, occasionally the truth is revealed.

In France the small immigrant town of Champigny-sur-Marne was subjected to a slew of violence as black immigrants savagely beat a police woman and policeman in the street, destroyed over 1030 vehicles and randomly set fire to whatever they could.   No one was arrested. Why?

In November, a French policeman assigned border patrol in Calais was sentenced to six months in jail for slapping a migrant.

Migrants on the streets have taken to protesting the police and government claiming a humanitarian crisis whereby they are unfairly and unjustly treated. And so Macron’s government has established a laissez faire attitude toward the migrants and the MSM is not focusing on the continued riots and violence, instead they are focusing on Iran.

But riots in France have become near commonplace, erupting virtually every month this past year.   And despite the fact that just a few months ago, France was quite pridefully miffed when ‘an area’ was called a no-go zone by the US, now entire Districts and parts of towns are openly recognized as such.

In Paris 510 people were arrested over NYE and 140,000 security forces were required to be dispersed across France.   By comparison, the US deployed 1500 security in Las Vegas, and 5,000 in New York City.   Why? Possible terrorism.   And yet, the discussion regarding the entry of ‘more immigrants’ remains a debate.

A culture of violence begets a District of violence begets a country of violence.

Germany reported sexual assaults on women in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne citing the assailants as being men from Syria and Afghanistan.

Sometimes the reports are so benign the brutality and/or violence seems minimal – that is unless you happen to be the victim.   Our compassion is squelched because the media needs to pretend it is all nothing in order to placate and expound on the notion that there isn’t a problem.

In fact it has become so perverse that Rainer Wendt, Chairman of German Police Union, stated that Germany was sending the wrong signal by providing safe zones for women. According to Wendt, such a thing would end equality and freedom of movement… Of course he seems to be a bit upside down in his thinking – given the freedom and equality have already been devastated by Germany’s decision to attempt to integrate violence into society.

Within Wendt’s point is the concept that ‘safe zones’ are even required to be created given the environment of assaults. However, failing to address the cause or eradicate the problem will ultimately never provide a solution.

When Germany and France attempt to censor the media and the world from the truth about the impact migrants have on their country, on crime, on society, on citizens – they are condoning the behavior.   And as long as the behavior is condoned, it will grow, infest, and find chaos to be its joy.

Iran Protests… Not Black and White

The protests in Iran stem from a centuries long battle between the Sunni Kurds and the Shia Iranians.   It began in the early 4th century and has plagued the region ever since with victories on both sides that see a temporary power struggle placated until the storm rises in the hearts once again and war rages.

Like the Ottoman Empire, the Iranian Empire ruled a far greater swathe of the Persian territory during it’s first pronounced rise around 224 AD.   At the time, the Persian Empire’s greatest foe was the Roman Empire and the subsequent fraction of Sunni-Shia, had yet to occur. They lived relatively harmoniously as their division of faith had yet to be carved. That became a legacy of Muhammad.

Before Muhammad, the “Persians’ had one mortal enemy – the Romans.   However, the internal schism that is waged today is one that was created and fostered nearly 1400 years ago!   To think that we could have any impact on this internal struggle is rather arrogant. Sides are irrelevant. Because it is within their quest for rightness and most likely can never be resolved. It is the Shia vs Sunni war.

The Kurdish rebels are predominantly Sunni, the Revolutionary Guard represents the Shia government. It is that simple and that complicated.

It is not much different than the Catholics and Protestants of Ireland. However, the magnitude of fighting, death and casualties is far, far greater in the Middle eastern front of war. But similar to the Sunni-Shia revolution, the roots of the Irish Catholic vs Irish Protestant division had it’s roots in history – dating some 500 years ago. And it too, was a war of rightness.

Of course, in the midst of the rivalry, hatred and tempestuous anger were the British. Forever instigating, denouncing, and refusing to compromise, to the end of a solution. The hand of the British can be seen in the Middle East today, arming one side over the other, instilling a bitter hatred, and fomenting division.   Other western countries are not much better, cheering on in the bleachers as the implosion continues to devastate entire countries in it’s take-down. And so the waged war of Sunni vs Shia continues unabated and yet cloaked by the media in some opaque protest, rebel, coup, that can always find its core back in the roots.

It isn’t our war. It isn’t our strife. We should have no sides. We should be a bystander. We won’t change anything. We can’t alter history, or even belief. We can attempt to rile, to not good. It is time to refocus on productive gain, and leave the Middle East to their trauma.   And as it has been for the past 1400+ years, it will be tomorrow whatever it will be.

We can’t save Yemen. We have made a muck of Ukraine and Syria. And there are now far more heated battles to fight and wage in the US than we can possibly imagine. As in – The Swamp. It is as though the Middle East has been created as a distraction.   Business news isn’t discussed. Economics isn’t discussed. Tax law, healthcare, the aspects that are the most important are left swept under the proverbial rug.

China has just announced that they are the ‘Keeper of International Order”. And the MSM is silent. That would imply that Communism will ultimately reign. That as we fight the fodder, China will gain traction as the tortoise. And we aren’t paying attention to what is of most importance. While that doesn’t really make China a threat, it makes us – an idiot. There is a difference.

Trump is attempting to focus on issues despite the melee of MSM and given the battle, I would say he is deflecting better than anyone else could.   But making trade with China an issue, does not mean we make China an enemy, it is simply the Art of Negotiation.   Making the Wall a prerogative, does not make us a Nazi state, it makes us actionable and attentive.  To date, over 65 countries have – walls – and more are being constructed each day.

We live in dangerous times, a wall is a safeguard, it lessens the need of a – gun…   It should be embraced.   Illegals account for crime, homelessness, welfare, social instability, jobs, etc…   Clarification – it isn’t about immigrants so much as it is about ‘illegal immigration’ and that subtle distinction is somehow left blank, misconstrued, and purposefully calculated.

EVEN Germany takes it’s immigrants and documents them, creating a surreal aura of legitimacy or legality. That nuance is ignored. They place their immigrants into a camp, document them, give them health checks, and categorize them by age, gender, nationality, and ethnicity. I think it’s called ‘profiling’.

But somehow, when they do it, it is an act of compassion – when the US does it, it is an act of Racism…

Odd, how that works.

US Homelessness – an Epidemic?

Homelessness in the US is inhumane. We all need to give more money.   We need more shelters, more beds, more and more…

But the picture is far more complicated. The statistics don’t exactly support the Socialist demand. The US has a fairly low homeless rate when compared globally to wealthy nations, at roughly .17%. For example, UK’s rate is .38%, Australia’s is .43%, France is .21%, Luxemburg is .28%, New Zealand is .94% and The Netherlands is .19% – while Hungary is .1% and Poland is .08%.

In addition, according to endhomelessness.org, only 81% of the available beds in the US are used by the homeless.   So building more shelters would not seem to be the answer. It is like curing the stuffy nose when the disease is cancer.

Statistically;  26% of sheltered homeless people had severe mental illness, 35% had substance abuse issues, in 2010, 1.593 million people ‘experienced’ homelessness, however only 123,800 were considered chronic homeless.   Experiencing homelessness is not the same as living on the streets, it includes those who were forced to leave their homes and may have moved in with family or friends temporarily until they could get their life back on track.

The numbers are difficult to actually tabulate, and mitigation for the chronic is wholly different than the transitional.  Solutions are rarely so simplistic as – more.

The statistical numbers include illegals who come to the US through our borders, unaccompanied children, and women with no work skills. The states with the highest homeless rate include; DC, New York, California, Florida and Texas.   Interestingly, these rates do not correlate to the states with the highest poverty rate, however they do correlate with the states having the highest rate of illegal immigrants.

It is estimated that roughly 39% of all homeless are children under the age of 18. The greatest cause would be a father who has deserted his family.  And the secondary cause is illegal immigration.  Period.

Therefore, the major ‘cause’s’ of homelessness can be identified as resulting from the abandonment of a father, severe mental illness, illegal immigration, and substance abuse.   Tackling those problems will help to erase the disease. Just building more shelters is like the adage; “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

If our current shelters have a 19% vacancy rate, building more is obviously not the solution. Stopping illegal immigration – providing mental healthcare – tackling substance abuse promulgated by doctors and Big Pharma – and teaching abandoning dads (of all colors) the motto; stay or pay – will have the largest impact on homelessness.

Raising the minimum wage is useless because it doesn’t even remotely represent the cause of the problem.   My youngest son has a roommate…  that’s not a negative.   It doesn’t mean he deserves a 2 bedroom apartment solo because he doesn’t make enough.  It doesn’t mean we should subsidize all those who want a 2 bedroom apartment but can’t afford one…  ?

Trump’s plan to reduce illegal immigration and reverse opioid abuse reflects a true understanding of the problem and offers a cure for the disease instead of a band-aide for the cancer.   The issue with abandonment is delicate as it is considered racist. But the statistics substantiate the problem: 57.6%-72% of black children are raised by a single parent (statistics vary widely based on MSM vs not MSM).   If we continue to deny, qualify, justify, or ignore that statistic, then we won’t change it. It will haunt us with all the sub statistics that it creates, including homelessness.

But for those who cry for the wealthy to shell out more money to give more freebies, to spend more, well, they have missed the point.   There is no such thing as equality, it never has and never will exist. And while the US has a very low rate of homelessness compared to its European and Australian buddies, the US has been unjustly and unwisely attacked for not being perfect.

And while those that demand more charity also seem to be quick to note they haven’t any to give, the point is further defeated and seems more of a Socialist/Communist desire, albeit an altruistic one.

Humanism isn’t about building an ever bigger welfare system, humanism is giving people the desire to produce, the means to produce, and the integrity of self sufficiency and responsibility.