Monday, December 26, 2016

Trump's Phony Charity

I found this really fascinating that this Phony Charity of Donald Trump did not make any news in the Main Stream Media.

That guy Trump, the phony is a really slick gift which just keeps on giving.

Trump boasts about his philanthropy. But his giving falls short of his words.

President-elect Donald Trump said he plans to shut down his charitable foundation, a decision that comes after repeated controversies over how it collected and disbursed funds.

In a statement Saturday, Trump offered no timeline for when his foundation would close down but said he had directed his attorney to take the steps needed to close it. It was not immediately clear when the foundation would be able to dissolve, given an ongoing investigation in New York.

Washington Post

I first read about Trumpholes's charity when I read this:

Donald Trump used money donated for charity to buy himself a Tim Tebow-signed football helmet

Did Donald Trump violate IRS rules, by using a charity's money to buy himself a signed football helmet?
Four years ago, at a charity fundraiser in Palm Beach, Donald Trump got into a bidding war at the evening's live auction. The items up for sale: A Denver Broncos helmet, autographed by then-star quarterback Tim Tebow, and a Tebow jersey.

Trump won, eventually, with a bid of $12,000. Afterward, he posed with the helmet. His purchase made gossip-column news: a flourish of generosity, by a mogul with money to burn. "The Donald giveth, and The Donald payeth," wrote the Palm Beach Daily News. "Blessed be the name of The Donald."

But Trump didn't actually pay with his own money.

Instead, the Susan G. Komen organization — the breast-cancer nonprofit that hosted the party — got a $12,000 payment from another nonprofit , the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

Trump himself sent no money. (In fact, a Komen spokeswoman said, Trump has never given a personal gift of cash to the Komen organization.) He paid the bill with money from a charity he founded in 1987, but which is largely stocked with other people's money. Trump is the foundation's president. But, at the time of the auction, Trump had given none of his own money to the foundation for three years running.

Washington Post

Donald Trump plans to shut down his charitable foundation, which has been under scrutiny for months

President-elect Donald Trump said he plans to shut down his charitable foundation, a decision that comes after repeated controversies over how it collected and disbursed funds.

In a statement Saturday, Trump offered no timeline for when his foundation would close down but said he had directed his attorney to take the steps needed to close it. It was not immediately clear when the foundation would be able to dissolve, given an ongoing investigation in New York.

Washington Post

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Europe’s Toxic Air

In 1952 there was what was known as the GREAT SMOG OF LONDON

The Great Smog of 1952, sometimes called The Big Smoke,[1] was a severe air-pollution event that affected the British capital of London in December 1952. A period of cold weather, combined with an anticyclone and windless conditions, collected airborne pollutants – mostly arising from the use of coal – to form a thick layer of smog over the city. It lasted from Friday, 5 December to Tuesday, 9 December 1952 and then dispersed quickly when the weather changed.
It caused major disruption by reducing visibility and even penetrating indoor areas, far more severe than previous smog events experienced in the past, called "pea-soupers". Government medical reports in the following weeks, however, estimated that up until 8 December, 4,000 people had died as a direct result of the smog and 100,000 more were made ill by the smog's effects on the human respiratory tract. More recent research suggests that the total number of fatalities was considerably greater, about 12,000.[2]

I grew up in Los Angeles, CA when there was a lot of pollution due to automobiles, home trash incinerators etc. The city outlawed incinerators.
Eventually, the state began to regulate automobile emissions.

The regulation on automobile emissions are expensive, time consuming and can be just a big plain pain. That being said over the years population, automobiles increase and pollutions decreased.

Somehow we got over this, only to succumb to the logic of the genius's who claim to control the climate.

Amid smoggy days in London, growing calls to clean up Europe’s toxic air

 It’s Christmastime on Oxford Street. Brilliant displays of white lights rain from above. Decked-out shoppers dash from one gaudy sale to the next. And Johnny ­Conquest breathes in poison. 
“The air is horrible. The taxis stop right here, and when they take off, boom, you can taste it,” says the 67-year-old as the heavenly smell of the caramel peanuts he hawks from a humble street stall mingles with the sickly stench of diesel. “I’m on the worst corner in London.”
In at least one important respect, it may be the worst in the world. 
London has come a long way since the days when its infamous coal-fired pollution shrouded Sherlock in a permanent haze or struck at least 4,000 residents dead in less than a week.  
But the city’s overreliance on diesel-powered vehicles has given it a dubious distinction: a global leader in nitrogen dioxide, a particularly noxious pollutant that shortens the lives of thousands of Londoners a year. 
Here and in cities across environmentally minded Europe, NO2 levels are substantially higher than in North America, or even in Asian and African megacities whose names have become bywords for dirty air. And that is all because of decades of government incentives designed to spur the purchase of supposedly cleaner diesel cars and trucks.
“It’s a complete policy failure,” said Gary Fuller, who directs an air-quality-study centerat King’s College London. “No one could defend this.”


Tuesday, December 20, 2016


It is a modern tragedy, the slaughter of innocent civilians in Aleppo, Syria.

The killer Putin leading his aircraft in support of the Assad regeim is a horror which will not reflect well on those who stand by and do nothing.

What is especially disturbing to me is the murders of the WHITE HELMETS as they go about saving lives.

Fighting for life in Syria's vicious civil war

“If there is meaning to the word courage,” said a Syrian journalist, “it is represented by the Civil Defense." Also known as the White Helmets, the trained force of 3,000 rescue workers offer Syrian civilians their only hope

The following is a script from “The White Helmets,” which aired on Dec. 18, 2016. Scott Pelley is the correspondent. Nicole Young, producer.
A great city that once held more than two million people is on the edge of surrender after five years of siege and starvation. Aleppo is the center of the rebellion against the Syrian dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad. And this past week, Assad and his Russian ally, intensified their air strikes against Aleppo’s dense neighborhoods. For civilians, under this bombardment, the greatest fear is to be buried alive -- to suffocate or bleed to death in the rubble of their own home. Their only hope is the Syrian Civil Defense, a self-appointed, all Syrian, volunteer force of rescue workers who call themselves the White Helmets.
The airstrikes, day and night, obliterate apartments and shatter the nerves. Often, the bombs are not aimed at military targets -- they’re not aimed at all -- just a barrel of shrapnel and TNT, heaved from a helicopter, onto any neighborhood the Assad dictatorship does not control.

Rami Jarrah: It’s to terrorize people in this area. It’s to tell these people that, “You’re not welcome here and we want you out.”
Rami Jarrah is a Syrian reporter who’s followed the White Helmets from their makeshift beginnings to today’s trained force of 3,000 rescue workers. 
Rami Jarrah: They provide some sort of security or safety or some sort of hope to civilians that live in this area that even if you are attacked, even if your building comes down, there is someone that’s going to come and save you.

“There’s a 50 percent chance in every operation that I’ll live and 50 percent chance that I’ll die. But in the end, I’ve left my mark. I’ve left children who are going to live and complete our future.”

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Another Stupid Trump Tweet

Donald Trumps constant ill thought out tweets are not only annoying but not very funny.

What does the Don think he accomplished with this last tweet? It is far beyond me what his message is and most likely to anybody else.

It is one thing to be new to the concept of diplomacy, but maybe he should consult somebody? Most anybody else would but not him as he has repeatedly bragged about being not only smart but knows everything. 

China said it would return a seized U.S. naval drone. Trump told them to ‘keep it.’

The Chinese government said Saturday it will return a U.S. naval drone seized last week in the South China Sea, a step toward defusing maritime tensions between the two Pacific powers. 
President-elect Donald Trump reacted to the news by telling them he doesn’t want it back. “We should tell China that we don’t want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!” he tweeted Saturday evening.
The comment could prolong one of the most serious incidents between the U.S. and Chinese militaries in recent memory, potentially complicating ties ahead of Trump’s inauguration.
The latest spike in U.S.-Chinese maritime tensions occurred Thursday, when a Chinese submarine rescue ship close to the USNS Bowditch, an oceanographic survey vessel operating about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay in the Philippines, took possession of the U.S. drone.
The incident occurred within sight of the Bowditch, which tracks the drone as it collects unclassified data on water temperature, salinity and other factors that may affect U.S. naval operations. According to U.S. officials, the Chinese ship refused initial requests from the Bowditch to return the drone.

Song Zhongping, an expert on Chinese military affairs who works as a commenter for Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV, said the statement was an effort to warn the United States to not deploy this type of vessel in the South China Sea, “Otherwise, we will keep on picking them up whenever we see them,” he said. 
Despite sharp words on both sides, official statements from Washington and Beijing suggest that the two governments are eager to avoid further intensifying tensions at a moment of deep uncertainty in U.S.-Chinese relations after Trump’s election.
[full story]  WASHINGTON POST  

Thursday, December 15, 2016

U.S. Embassy move to Capital of Israel, JERUSALEM

It has been a long time since the United States promised to move it's embassy from Tel Aviv to the capital of Isreal, Jerusalem.

Well, it looks like our president-elect is going to do it, as well he should. It is a long overdue.

How Donald Trump could soon discard a long-standing precedent on Israel

Every four years, presidential candidates routinely signal their support for moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Then, after they’re sworn into office, they balk when faced with the potential ramifications.

Comments from Trump aides and the mayor of Jerusalem, though, suggest that Trump could be poised to discard yet another diplomatic axiom and relocate the embassy “fairly quickly” after he enters the White House. That move would be highly political, effectively meaning that the United States was recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which it has refused to do for decades out of concern about provoking Palestinians who want part of the city to become their own capital.

The question of Jerusalem’s status is the most sensitive and complicated issue in the long-running conflict between ­Israelis and Palestinians. It is fraught with political, religious and nationalist implications that potentially could create an uproar throughout the Middle East and the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims.
Trump will have an opportunity to decide the fate of the U.S. diplomatic mission on June 1, at the expiration of another six-month waiver President Obama signed to the Jerusalem Embassy Act passed by Congress in 1995 mandating that the embassy be moved by 1999.

“It’s hard to argue you could harm an already-comatose peace process, but you don’t want to make matters worse,” said Aaron David Miller, a former State Department official who advised Republican and Democratic administrations on the Middle East. “And you do want to maintain the hope and illusion that under some circumstances, a two-state solution is possible. By forcing the issue upfront as an immediate act of the Trump administration, you’re essentially burying that possibility.”

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ethiopian Judaism - Second Temple Period

It is living history.

A people whose traditions and culture practiced for nearly two thousand years.
I imagine it really annoys the Haredi and other Orthodox Jews and they wouldn't recognize it.

Ethiopian Judaism nearly identical to that practiced during Second Temple Period

Researcher Dr. Yossi Ziv has researched Ethiopian Judaism and found an amazing discovery: Ethiopian Jews' customs and traditions extremely similar to those described in Dead Sea Scrolls, Second Temple Era texts.

Dr. Yossi Ziv has been researching the religious rituals of the Ethiopian Jewish population still in Ethiopia and discovered that they maintained the same customs and traditions as the Jews of the Second Temple period for the past two thousand years.

"It’s knowledge which hasn't been written anywhere, and has been preserved in their traditions," the researcher said.

"They have been curating ancient customs that have disappeared from the world. They provide examples of how the leaders of the nation of Israel would have behaved during the time of the Second Temple."

The professor released his findings at a seminar which was held at the Kfar Etzion Field School right before the Jewish-Ethiopian holiday of Sigid.

Ziv said that many Jewish-Ethiopian customs go against modern Jewish practice, but perfectly align with customs and rituals described on scrolls found in the Qumran caves and in books dating back to the Second Temple Period. The Qumran Caves are where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, which include the third oldest Hebrew Bible ever found.

Some of these Second Temple Era customs include not lighting Shabbat candles, adhering to an ancient custom prohibiting the use of fire lit even before Shabbat started. Along with this, no flame is to be passed from one vessel to another on Shabbat, even if it was lit before Shabbat came in.

"They don't even adhere to the famous rule which says that 'Shabbat rules may be disregarded for the purpose of saving a life,'" Ziv said. "For the Ethiopian Jews, the sanctity of Shabbat must be preserved, even at the cost of human life."

Evidence of this stringent observance of Shabbat was also seen in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Trump's Daily rant from 2004 to 2008

This guy, Trump, full of surprises, but somehow nobody should be shocked he engages in the kind of activity most voters hate of politicians. For a self-proclaimed nonpolitician, he sure picked up on the game awful fast. So he is a fast learner, however, I am willing to bet he is not new to the concept of duplicity, misdirection, obfuscation etc. tools most likely aided him in garnering many millions of dollars.

Radio Archive: What Donald Trump Said About Hillary Clinton, Tattoos, Guns, More

Donald Trump between 2004 and 2008 recorded a daily 60-second commentary that was aired on several hundred radio stations across the U.S. On the program, named “Trumped!,” the New York businessman gave his thoughts about current events, relationships, women and politics.
In the commentaries, Mr. Trump said Hillary Clinton would “make a good president,”
Buzzfeed, in a story about the radio show published in March, reported some of the transcripts and also included a demo audio file that promoted the show.
The Wall Street Journal tracked down more audio recordings. We also found nearly 200 full and partial transcripts on archived web pages.
In March 2008, Mr. Trump, commenting on the 2008 Democratic primaries, says Hillary Clinton would make a “good president or a good vice president” and a lot of people think pairing her with Barack Obama would be a “dream ticket.”

In May 2008, Mr. Trump opposes a West Virginia move to allow hunting-education classes in schools, saying “the thought of putting guns in the classroom seems like a really bad plan.”

Those are just two examples from the Wall Street Journal Article.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Juno and Jupiter's Moons

This is a nice presentation of the movement of the Moons which circle Jupiter.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

JUNO - Juppin Jupiter

I always love it when we send probes to faraway places which look like stars in the sky.  As a child, it  was the first star with a simple telescope I looked at. Seeing the moons really excited me.

'Welcome to Jupiter!' NASA's Juno space probe arrives at giant planet

Jet Propulsion Lab, California (CNN)NASA says it has received a signal from 540 million miles across the solar system, confirming its Juno spacecraft has successfully started orbiting Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.
"Welcome to Jupiter!" flashed on screens at mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California.
    The Juno team cheered and hugged.
    "This is phenomenal," said Geoff Yoder, acting administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate.
    The probe had to conduct a tricky maneuver to slow down enough to allow it to be pulled into orbit: It fired its main engine for 35 minutes, effectively hitting the brakes to slow the spacecraft by about 1,212 miles per hour (542 meters per second).
    "NASA did it again," said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator.
    "We're there, we're in orbit. We conquered Jupiter."
    "Through tones Juno sang to us and it was a song of perfection," said Rick Nybakken, Juno Project Manager, referring to the audio signal the probe sent to indicate it was in orbit.
    The probe had to conduct a tricky maneuver to slow down enough to allow it to be pulled into orbit: It fired its main engine for 35 minutes, effectively hitting the brakes to slow the spacecraft by about 1,212 miles per hour (542 meters per second).
    "NASA did it again," said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator.
    "We're there, we're in orbit. We conquered Jupiter."
    "Through tones Juno sang to us and it was a song of perfection," said Rick Nybakken, Juno Project Manager, referring to the audio signal the probe sent to indicate it was in orbit.


    Who owns the past?

    Well, we all do.

     I have not the problem with people who go out for a profit find articles of antiquity. But really, it should be shared. How that is to be done is the question for all of us. I believe that the average person  would want it to be displayed for everybody to share in.

    Jewish archaeologist gumshoes rush to dig at Cave of Skulls before looters take everything

    NAHAL TZE'ELEM, Israel --- Amir Ganor is an Israeli cop, but not the kind who chases car thieves or bank robbers. Ganor is a Jewish Indiana Jones, an archaeologist gumshoe, but instead of a coiled bullwhip at his side, he shoves a pistol into his pants and manhandles jeeps through seemingly impassable goat trails.

    The investigator's beat is the antiquities bazaars of the Holy Land and the remote caves of the Judean Desert, where hinky Israeli dealers, Palestinian tomb raiders and Bedouin guides conspire to traffic in the world's oldest merchandise, especially the loot unearthed from the time of Roman legions and Jewish rebels and Jesus of Nazareth.
    Today the target of Ganor's investigation is a remarkable cavern located high in the pitiless mountains above the Dead Sea, a frying pan of extreme heat and dryness, rich in artifacts from the deep prehistory of humankind.
    "Why did we come here? We came to stop the looters from taking it all," said Ganor, who sported blue-tinted sunglasses and seemed relaxed and loose in the broiling air. "They led us here in a way. They destroy much, but they find things, too. Clever. Always watching. They are very destructive, but sometimes they know where to look."
    After busting a crew of tomb robbers armed with shovels and metal detectors digging at the site two years ago, Ganor and a team of archaeologists from Hebrew University in Jerusalem launched an "emergency excavation" last month to sift the powdery dust and bat guano before looters made off with everything.
    The three-week dig, now completed, was the largest, most complex and most intensive Israeli excavation in the desert in 60 years.
    Archaeologists call the site the Cave of Skulls, for the seven craniums found buried deep inside in 1953.
    The cave has yielded artifacts from the Neolithic Period to the Copper Age. The cavern may also have been a redoubt for rebels with the Bar Kochba Revolt against the Romans in the years 132 to 136.

    Saturday, March 19, 2016

    Pelosi Complains: 50,000 Irish, 'Can't Even Go Home for a Family Funeral'

    This woman is incredible. Do we have sovereign borders or not? So much is said about Mexican illegal immigration and this woman wants to build a bridge to Ireland?

    Monday, February 1, 2016

    Boy Allowed in Girls Lockerroom

    How far does it have to go, I mean the sexual revolution where there is no decency at all? 

    Really. The federal government mandating a perv boy be allowed to shower in a girls high school locker room.

    Who woulda thunk.

    Chicago school allows transgender teen to use girls' locker room, despite parents' protest: 'God does not make mistakes'

    A transgender Chicago high school student won the right to change in the girls’ locker room, despite protests from hundreds of parents who claimed the teenage girl was “a man."

    The school board for Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Illinois, voted 5-2 Thursday to provide the unnamed student, who was born male but identifies as female, with a changing area equipped with a privacy curtain inside the girls’ room, a month after federal officials ruled the district had discriminated against the girl.


    I suppose this is why we send so much money to the federal government, so they can tell us what to do.

    Government orders Chicago school district to grant transgender student full access to female facilities
    The U.S. government on Monday found that a Chicago suburban high school district discriminated against a transgender student and gave the school a month to provide full access to girls’ locker rooms or lose federal funding.
    The student, who has not been named, and the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought a complaint on her behalf, applauded the findings, while the school district called them “serious overreach.”
    After an investigation stemming from a 2013 complaint by the ACLU, and months of negotiations, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights found Township High School District 211 was violating federal non-discrimination rules.
    The district says transgender students may use their gender-identified locker room if they change and shower privately. The government said a separate changing place was discriminatory because it subjected the student to stigma and different treatment.
    Treated different because HE is different.
    Sounds to me like that boy needs some serious couch time. 

    Friday, January 1, 2016

    The Thrumphole

    I am so bothered by the initial success of Donald Trump in garnering high poll ratings.
    Tough talk, bravado and a foul nasty mouth all a shell for an empty policy.
    Well that is my short take on it. Unlike the Don, I don't claim to know it all.

    Columnist George Will has some eloquent words;

    If Trump wins the nomination, prepare for the end of the conservative party
    If you look beyond Donald Trump’s comprehensive unpleasantness — is there a disagreeable human trait he does not have? — you might see this: He is a fundamentally sad figure. His compulsive boasting is evidence of insecurity. His unassuageable neediness suggests an aching hunger for others’ approval to ratify his self-admiration. His incessant announcements of his self-esteem indicate that he is not self-persuaded. Now, panting with a puppy’s insatiable eagerness to be petted, Trump has reveled in the approval of Vladimir Putin, murderer and war criminal.
    Putin slyly stirred America’s politics by saying Trump is “very . . . talented,” adding that he welcomed Trump’s promise of “closer, deeper relations,” whatever that might mean, with Russia. Trump announced himself flattered to be “so nicely complimented” by a “highly respected” man: “When people call you brilliant, it’s always good.” When MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said Putin “kills journalists, political opponents and invades countries,” Trump replied that “at least he’s a leader.” Besides, Trump breezily asserted, “I think our country does plenty of killing also.” Two days later, Trump, who rarely feigns judiciousness, said: “It has not been proven that he’s killed reporters.”

    — Trump has forced conservatives to recognize their immediate priority.
    Certainly conservatives consider it crucial to deny the Democratic Party a third consecutive term controlling the executive branch. Extending from eight to 12 years its use of unbridled executive power would further emancipate the administrative state from control by either a withering legislative branch or a supine judiciary. But first things first. Conservatives’ highest priority now must be to prevent Trump from winning the Republican nomination in this, the GOP’s third epochal intraparty struggle in 104 years.
    In 1912, former president Theodore Roosevelt campaigned for the Republican nomination on an explicitly progressive platform. Having failed to win the nomination, he ran a third-party campaign against the Republican nominee, President William Howard Taft, and the Democratic nominee, New Jersey Gov. Woodrow Wilson, who that November would become the first person elected president who was deeply critical of the American founding.
    TR shared Wilson’s impatience with the separation of powers, which both men considered an 18th-century relic incompatible with a properly energetic executive. Espousing unconstrained majoritarianism, TR favored a passive judiciary deferential to elected legislatures and executives; he also endorsed the powers of popular majorities to overturn judicial decisions and recall all public officials.

    In 1964, Barry Goldwater mounted a successful conservative insurgency against a Republican establishment that was content to blur and dilute the Republican distinctiveness that had been preserved 52 years earlier. Goldwater defeated New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller for the nomination, just as Taft had defeated TR, a former New York governor. Like Taft, Goldwater was trounced (he carried six states). But the Republican Party won five of the next seven presidential elections. In two of them, Ronald Reagan secured the party’s continuity as the custodian of conservatism.
    In 2016, a Trump nomination would not just mean another Democratic presidency. It would also mean the loss of what Taft and then Goldwater made possible — a conservative party as a constant presence in U.S. politics.