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Trouble is, the resistance and supporters of the Paris Accord didn’t define the terms of this debate. No, once again out worked and out maneuvered, sympathizers for the World’s climate were tangled and shackled into a debate about Climate Change.

We didn’t ask the right question.*

—this isn’t about whether or not climate change is real-or, it shouldn’t be—the issue surrounding the Paris Accord is do we want to limit toxic emissions or not, period.

Flowers or coal; smelling burning coal or flowers?**

The question is: how can limiting toxic emissions hurt? Some huge companies say limiting their emissions will not hurt their business or profit line. This should’ve been the arena for the debate about whether or not the U.S. should pull out of the Paris Accord…not a discussion about climate change.

We have to better chose what fish to fry.***

Trump has disgraced us all… I ask you, even if our emissions has nothing to do with climate change, even if Climate change isn’t real, how can it hurt to decrease our toxic emissions for our generation and for those that will follow?

I’ve and idea! How about asking the right question?

How can it hurt to reduce our toxic emissions? Big Business say’s it won’t hurt them, so what’s the deal?

Again,this issue isn’t about climate change, whether it’s real or not, it’s about wanting to reduce our toxic emissions. The debate about whether climate change is real or not is just a distraction from the World’s need to reduce our carbon footprint to help our environment, to clean up our air and water.

But, see, even today, the reports are aghast that Trump’s decisions will have a drastic effect on Climate change. Forget that; Climate change is too large of an unknown regardless of the scientific community’s nearly 100 % AGREEMENT ON THE ISSUE. No, Trump’s decision means this: we all will be breathing air and drinking water that is less pure than it could be.

Who wants to vote for polluted air and water? That arena of questions was winnable, but that stage was never set. Why?

Let’s put two and two together and come up with an answer that’s good ‘four’ all of us!****

Robert Reich said it best:

“A short message to the rest of the world:
We apologize. We understand our responsibilities as human beings who share this planet with you. This is temporary. Donald Trump doesn’t reflect the views of most Americans. Most of us didn’t even vote for him. We are doing everything we possibly can to remove him from office as soon as legally possible. And when we do, America will once again be a responsible nation.”

Can’t wait. It’s sorta like having to wait for Christmas.

There’s a red line we don’t want to cross when it comes to Climate change, but many don’t believe this is true. So how’s about’s we just talk turkey-do we want what we might eat to be fed clean food and pure water or not?*****

Cheers

Like this crap falls on the ground, the trees, on our gardens and on us!

Duck and cover, but take time to smell the flowers.

Such beautiful life comes forth from our Mother Earth.

It’s about every crop….%

what we eat-that’s part of what the Paris Accord is really about…

and it’s about life as we know it.

Franque23

Where did the real discussion about the Pairs Accord go?^

  • My daughter sitting on top of a Himalayan peak.
  • our front yard
  • Dad and me fishin’
  • our pineapples
  • Lake Bonaparte
  • Family
  • Me at the lake… bye
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Moderate conservatives and moderate liberals will converge and form the most powerful, long lasting  political grouping ever congealed in America-that’s what’s coming next.

Why?

President Trump’s appointments are marking the demise of his voting base. True, this end might take years, but he has set that end in stone.  Had President Trump used sound judgement and appointed  moderate, easily accepted people for his appointments, his rise to power and ideologies may have gone on for ten, twenty years or longer.  As it is, he has siphoned the wave of populist reform he rode to the White House by straining it through ill-conceived radical selections for department heads.

President Trump is like a watchmaker whose time has come but the use of  inferior parts will unwind his work.

All guts; no gears.

All guts; no gears.

 

American voters really do know they can’t hunt in an oil field, ski over a pipeline, drink water that is combustible or exchange a pretty face for a gas mask.

Wait! I guess you can go underneath....

Wait! I guess you can go underneath….

 

It's healthy and good for the environment to bike to work when possilbe.

It’s healthy and good for the environment to bike to work when possible.

No joke-get out of lipstick stocks; this is a real runway fashion show in China.

No joke-get out of lipstick stocks; this is a real runway fashion show in China.

Many Americans realize that they may one day be included in the excluded.

Who will be part of the action?

Who will be part of the action?

American flags will come down when American’s realize Trump’s pick for the head of the department of labor supports low wages.*

Reform , yes! But not at such the high cost! Misaligned appointments, the unethical selection of partisans who plainly will not advance American values, have inherently laced within this truism: poor appointments will lead to bad decisions. Those bad decisions, in return, will lead to an eventual loss of power within the voting electorate.

Republican’s should take heed: what appears to be unifying forces today can be destructive tomorrow. When in a race, always go for the long run.

Moderate, wise appointments will lead to a secure tomorrow, solidify a voting base and ensure solidarity.

President Trump enjoys his image now, but he forgets there is a mirror behind him as well, and that image is still taking shape.

Real action happens behind the scene

Real action happens behind the scene  

Franque23

*”In a July 2014 op-ed for CNBC, Puzder argued against a mandated minimum-wage increase on the grounds that they reduce entry-level job opportunities for young workers and minorities.” cnbc.


Trump effectively won the election by convincing Americans that our country had become the worst thing since rotten apples. Thing is, if today’s successful women’s march on Washington doesn’t end up creating change it will most likely be due to one reason: people are basically too comfortable living to keep up the hard work it will take to force change.

See? It’s a time of weird dynamics, an ill-shaped trapezoid of varying dichotomies festers within American society-inside the heads of American voters. Collectively we drop 90 million at the box office and complain about the price of bread after enjoying the show.

Trump recognized the beast that is our society, grabbed the reins and is now gonna lead us to where ever the hell we are going.  Trump is no moderate. He may be insane, some have claimed it, but he’s no dummy. There have been lunatics in world history, leaders, who didn’t digest power well. How will Trump do? I imagine the plethora of American power upon Trump’s plate. The congress are his servers; Americans his workers. Who will he tip, retain or shaft?

It seems ‘wine-and-dine’ is key when it comes to surviving Trump’s moods.

Those who donated generously to Trump’s campaign efforts are being rewarded with high paying prestigious appointments. The government contracts and financial awards to come may mostly go unnoticed as they pass beneath the table, but they will happen as well.  Mexico will never pay for any part of an American built wall but a relative of a relative or business partner of Trump’s will make out like a bandit building it. They will deposit our tax dollars.border As it stands now, people play volleyball over the Mexican/US boarder fence.

Trump rose to power by raking the imagination of less fortunate  workers with mind twisting lingo, ‘I could shoot someone and my followers would still love me,’ and by opening their closets so full of demons, hate, prejudice, notions of white power and abusive attitudes toward women and minorities in general.  NAFTA, a notion first brought to America’s attention by Ronald Reagan in a televised speech so long ago, has helped fuel the downturn plight of American workers-this and other business dealings have withered the spirits of American workers and enabled them to be set aflame by the biting rhetoric of Trump, the likes of which America has never heard before, not in its entirety, not as such a wide sweeping rout of long-held American ideals. (“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”)

For now, the die is cast for America. The color seems white; the room divvied up by what is hated most. Trump’s call for American loyalty may be a battle cry of a contest that will be held among ourselves.

We just don’t know about Trump’s Presidency, yet. His appointments look bad to anyone who isn’t rich or making a buck digging the earth. Still, Trump has that amazing opportunity to turn on a dime and send America into an economic boom by pushing huge solar power contracts and building the infrastructure needed to make this power source feasible. America certainly needs work done on its roads, bridges and dams; there are huge employment opportunities waiting. Will he punch those buttons, or keep asking his cronies in congress to bring him more wine?

Trump the multi-millionaire appoints other millionaires to run his administration. I wonder how the cowboy who rides in a saddle that needs replacing feels about that? A lot of underemployed or non-working Americans put Trump in office. In turn, you me and every other hard-working American can rest assured that Trump will be making billions for his businesses while in office.

As a protest, the Right, Alt-Right and others have elected the same old, same old. Many of those who voted for Trump are seeing this now. Great. NOT! I suspect many will have to put-off buying new tires for their truck this year or, maybe, for four years. Five hundred thousand American marchers went to Washington D.C. today because they see a possible train wreck that is Donald Trump coming. People marched today all over the world for Humanitarian rights. But are these marchers merely waving signs and flags in front of a charging bull? Time will tell.*

In NYC.

In NYC.

womens_march_london In London

womensmarch Dublin

Australia, Antarctica, France all around the globe…Here’s a link to see them.https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/01/21/womens-march-protests-are-unfolding-in-different-countries-arou/21659913/#slide=4359560#fullscreen

Franque23

  • some numbers in today’s women’s day marches
  • Washington DC 500,000
    LA 500,000 +
    NYC 300,000 +
    Chicago 250,000
    Denver 200,000
    Seattle 150,000
    Boston 125,000
    Madison Wi 100,000
    Portland 100,000
    Minneapolis75,000
    Atlanta 60,000
    Austin 50,000
    Philadelphia 50,000
    Raleigh 18,000
    Des Moines 26,000
    Pittsburgh 25,000
    San Diego 22,000
    Nashville 20,000
    Santa Ana 20,000
    St Petersburg 17,000
    Cleveland 15,000
    Oklahoma City 12,000 +
    Kansas City,MO 10,000
    Charlotte 10,000
    Ithaca 10,000
    Greensboro 8,000
    Montpelier VT 8,000 + (pop 10,000 many I 89 exits shut down)
    Asheville 10,000
    Albuquerque 10,000
    Tallahassee 10,000+
    West Palm Beach 7,000
    Orlando 6,000
    Tucson 5,000
    Trenton 5,000
    Athens Ga 4500
    Doylestown, PA 2,000.
    Hillsborough (my town!) 2000
    Harrisburg PA 1,100
    Jonesborough TN 1000+
    Saskatoon 800-1000 (pop 260k)
    Palmer AK 800
    Murray KY 700
    Black Mt NC 400
    Morganton NC 500
    Houghton / Hancock Michigan: 300+
    and on and on and on.and the whole world. wow.

Tonight is the last debate, and I’m wondering just how ‘BIG’ it will be? Will the discussion be about policy and new ideas, or will it sink into the muck of He/She said this or did that? I’d like Trump to stop saying “Trust Me” and tell me why I should.

You know what? I Don’t trust Trump.

I’m for Hillary but I’ve got a question. Of all the claims Trump made about her that were found to be untrue by fact checkers, why didn’t anyone fact check Trump’s claim that Hillary was the Devil?!?!? Oh bother. You’d think someone would look that one over first—seems important.

Maybe for Halloween....

Maybe for Halloween….

No, in the end the discussion about Hillary’s morals and the past charges against her, no matter how vetted, play to Trump’s advantage.

Maybe the bottom line of the muck is Bill got off and Trump may not.

Personally, though,  I wouldn’t have smoked that cigar with Bill even though Monica was a consenting adult at the time, and people have done much worse with consenting adults.

This year’s election muck  is smeared anyway you look at it: Trump’s constituency will not go away after this election….they may still hold over 35% of the votes….this group, parts of it, are a bit off in my estimation-maybe way scary radical. Still, they represent a segment of society other Americans will have to deal with; we’ll have to find some sort of middle ground where we can all stand together and work side-by-side after this election.

I’m thinking after Hillary gets in we will have a few tough years of contraction as many have suggested, and then a recovery. Things could be worse.  
Trump put his foot in his mouth, period. Palin could see Russia from her porch and there was Howard Dean’s whoop…These are the phrases that etch the paths of history. Sometimes, the words make the, ‘Man.’
It's too late to close that barn-door mouth.

For Donald Trump, it’s too late to close that barn-door mouth.

I am proud of anyone for wobbling a bit off Trump after hearing the tapes. Some are getting on the Trump Train Dump. Honestly, I think being born so rich has kept Trump from being able, or needing to, mature past a Jr. High school locker room level. I’m sad for him. I know he’s lived the life of a king, but the best part of life is trying to mature as a  spirit. It seems Trump will never use the chance.

Maybe I’m overboard, but I’m starting to feel bad about squashing centipedes. So I feel like I’m hearing the verbosity of a lost soul, a wasted life, when I listen to Trump rant and rage on so many people and topics. Again, it’s a downer.

My mom would say he's catching flies....My locker room friends would say-er never mind.

My mom would say he’s catching flies….My locker room friends would say-er never mind.

Trump is running for President. This is to his credit. The trouble is he needs a shrink not the Oval Office.

I’ve one more question(for now).

Will vulgar become vogue? The Italian parliament ruled just this year that it’s legal to publicly masturbate as long as children aren’t watching…odd. But, it’s another useless law. What good does that law do a guy after he’s gone blind? Yes, I’m assuming it will be the men who take ‘advantage’ of this new law in Italy-go figure.

Words can set precedent, Donald! And oddly, that word sounds like….?*

She’s climbed the hill and soon Hillary will be President. Then, she can toot her horn(s)-as if.

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Franque23

* Hint: Presi****.

The library district I work for, The Alachua County Library District in Florida, has made the national news? Usually when this happens we make feel good, happy days, we’re one of the ten best libraries in the country type of news. Not today.

To be specific, the story about our library district refers to a patron who claims our buying preferences are bias, tainted with a prejudice, a mess of a heap of spending that leans towards liberal material  purchases while giving the thumbs down to books or media that favors the conservative right.

The book in question is, Clinton Cash, the graphic novel version.  The headlines on the matter state that “A Florida Library Bans book….” Below is the actual immediate follow-up to the headline.

The Alachua County Library District denied Alachua County resident Ann Lhota’s request to make Clinton Cash: A Graphic Novel available to borrow.”

Let’s be clear—Not buying a book for the library shelves is a far cry from  banning a book, but there’s so much more that goes with this story, and none of it is being discussed in the news stories.  Not only has our library district not banned this book, we own ten or more copies of the book, just not the graphic novel format. The Alachua County Library owns this book.

It is relevant to note that only 60 libraries nation-wide have bought this book in the graphic novel format. Why? This  I can’t answer, but it’s clear that 99% of library purchase departments country-wide deem buying this book a poor use of tax payer’s money. This basically means the purchase departments for libraries across the county don’t think the graphic novel will circulated enough to be worth its cost. In our case, the hard print version of this book has not circulated well up to this date-that could change with all the commotion this so-called news story has created.

It’s also important to note the Alachua County library has actually bought 35 of 39 purchase requests this patron has made over the past two years. Actually, this is an astonishing number of purchase requests for any one patron to make within a two-year period. I think it nice that she is so motivated but it’s even more mind-blowing that our purchase department has bought such a high number of her book request! Why this one book is stuck in her craw I can’t say…but her complaints on this matter have been as highly motivated as her interest in submitting purchase requests.

Ann Lhots has complained to town commissioners,  to newspapers and to library officials about this decision to not, at this point, pick up one of her 39 purchase requests. Fellow sympathizer’s for her cause have sent e-mails from around the nation, some flat-out rude, laced with name calling, crude expressions and vile wishes. Why? We house over 250 thousand books in just one of eleven locations comprised within our library district-the issue is over one format of one book that we do own in another.

More to the point, why is this story national news? How bizarre.  Tsk-tsk to the papers that ran this story. Of course, the fuel to this over blown story lies within the motivation of those who wish to portray libraries as national hot beds of radical, liberal thinking.

It’s a common core belief of many on the Right or conservative side of politics that libraries should not be funded by tax dollars. Case in point.  Texas had the nation’s lowest state funding for its public libraries  when George Bush Jr. was its governor.  So yeah, people who might like us to carry the graphic novel version of, Clinton Cash, a book that leans ‘right’ when it comes to embracing Hillary Clinton’s downside, may well be among those who think libraries are ill-suited for the public cause.

The bottom line is pubic libraries have no agenda but to exist and to provide free and open access to any type of information-factual, entertaining, trendy, now or then, to every edge of knowledge or furthermost out there speculation. It’s all good if it’s information, that’s any public library’s unspoken motto.

Please go out and visit your public library; we love seeing patrons. The materials we provide are free to access and librarians across the country are available to help you locate what you hope to find. As for Ms. Lhota’s complaint, I would have expected a “Thank You for buying 35 of the 39 books I requested you buy,” instead. Or, at least a smile.

The papers running this story should have taken a broader look at the story before spending their hard-earned money on the ink it took to print.

See you in the public library.

Franque23–I’ve been a library Specialist for the past twenty-two years.


I’m there, at that age, and I can tell you- every middle class , upper middle class and anyone below these classes needs to have the benefits of their hard-earned paychecks(investments), a pension from the jobs they have served long-term, plus social security when they age. Really, getting old is not a walk through white daisy fields-the ones we will one day push up

download-5— but a daily struggle of will and body that differs for each person who gets to ripen with age.

It's a journey-we all needs hats and safety nets.

It’s a journey-we all needs hats and safety nets.

It’s not that things fall off when you get older.

Hey look! It's not me!!!

Hey look! It’s not me!!!

Heck, in some ways at 67 I’m as strong as I ever was, maybe less distracted, more focused. The early years are swamped with wonder. The middle years filled with responsibilities, trials, tribulations, too many bills, phone calls, the ‘What the hell are my kids doing?’ moments, booze, parties, I’m  absolutely positive thoughts, mistakes and breakthroughs, couches that need to be replaced and ‘If only’s’.

It's the year of the Meme...

It’s the year of the Meme…

Welcome to the inner sanctum

Welcome to the inner sanctum

The older years are when things start to slow down though Grandchildren, if you have any, can keep things spinning but not, usually, twenty-four seven like immediate family chores. Older years give a person time to reflect, hear the birds, feel the breeze, garden,  and finally take time to sit in that rocker bought so long ago. It’s a great time to read and to forget the worry-a silent apprehension that things may not work out. Heck, if you reach the older years, things have worked out. Congrats.

You've won.....

You’ve won…..

Sure, everyone should count pennies as they go but this shouldn’t be a full-time job when you reach retirement, not unless you’re some sorta mathematics savant who loves the pastime. This is why every American should demand a pension from jobs they have held for long periods of time, and a social security check. Oh, I know, I know-owners, the ruling class, and some workers clamor on about investing  in stocks rather suffering through Social Security paycheck deductions. The thing is, I do think workers should have an investment scheme going on for their lives, but also Social Security. The stocks can wobble up or down, and sometimes down for long periods of time just when a person reaches an age when they need them to wiggle up. Social Security stands now as a constant income as should be.

The notion that Social Security should be disbanded or its funds stolen for other government programs is a trash heap of garbage that stinks for workers.

Dumping Social Security and eradicating pensions smells fishy--don't go donw that road.

Dumping Social Security and eradicating pensions smells fishy–don’t go down that road.

What a load....

What a load….

Those opposed to Social Security keep flappin' their jaws spewing crap.

Those opposed to Social Security keep flappin’ their jaws spewing crap.

Don’t buy into that premise.  Invest in stocks-go high or low risk as you like- work your ass off when you can during your life  in pension rich jobs, and demand Social Security. Do this and you’ll not only hear the birds but have time to learn their calls and name them during old age. The Life scheme as it was set for workers and running so well in the 1950’s still works.

Don’t let the politicians steal, erode or flim-flam your mind with gobbledygook.

Americans should expect and demand a Federally insured, defined benefit pension option for every job…Social Security with viable health insurance and a healthy investment market-that’s government by the people, for the people and security.

Cheers-keep up the fight. Slough off the crap and sling the truth.

 

Franque23

Diversity of incomes helps...

Diversity of incomes helps…


Used-Car-SalesmanThing is, Trump uses a tactic throughout his speeches that is near and dear to my heart. It’s called, 101 Retail, or, How To Sell. The basic principles of selling came to me by way of observation, first hand experience and lesson.  The steps that lead to the transfer of another’s energy to yours are basically always the same.

The first thing any good salesman does is size up his target buyer. Their age, do they have money, do they seem intelligent, emotional, in need, disinterested, distracted, focused, determine, in a hurry or not. This may seem involved, but it’s all about observation, and if a seller pays attention they’ll get most of these answers right after a five-minute discussion with the prospective buyer. Once the target is identified, the seller claims to have the same thoughts, needs, problems and desires. “We are rowing the same boat, friend.”4341670_f260

The next thing to do in 101 Retail is identify everything that may challenge what you are about to sell and then tear that thing to shreds immediately and continually throughout the sale. It’s sorta along the premise that a Hero or Heroine can only be as great as the villain is bad in any story. A seller has to vet out any idea the buyer has about what they want if it isn’t what he hopes to sell. Slander, lies, storytelling, misdirection, dangers associated with the cursed item, nothing is too much when establishing the dregs of anything that might compete with the item being sold–this is called foundation work. “I think that item is in recall?”

Once the dire destruction building blocks of any  competitive product are in place, the salesman focuses on the attributes of what he’s selling. So much better, superior in every way, the comparisons are easy to see, the price is a no brainer once you see the difference.  A smile, some humor, maybe a glance or soft pat on the back makes us all trusted friends. “Why, I’d never mislead you.”

If, for some rare reason, the buyer does know something,”I know a thing or two”, that conflicts with what has been said it’s easy to note—I meant to say, what I mean,  the truth is, the facts don’t change, in the long run, or, some say that, but most, the majority of people and articles disagree.

1)Trump is a business man and has approached the primaries in 101 sales pitch fashion. He’s one of us…How rich is he? “I am very, very rich.” He claims this because he knows deep in the heart  most American’s want to be rich, too. The money bragging then works as a weird, I am like you though only through your dreams while I live the life. As for sizing up his electorate, that had been well documented by countless polls and articles about the far right before Trump started to run.

2)What were Trump’s challenges? It amazes me how many Republicans complain about name calling or semi-slanderous Meme’s when their candidate of choice is Trump? Has there ever been a looser lipped Presidential candidate than Trump? Answer: no. Every Republican in the primary has been given a trash term by Trump!!! Any one who challenged him was bleeding from places unknown, a cripple, or a loser of epic proportions.(BTW–Trump has gone bankrupt how many times?/)

3) The Republican field has been shredded successfully and now Trump is busy claiming he never said that, didn’t meant that, forgets, it was so long ago, he’s been misrepresented , misunderstood, disrespected by the media?(hahahha), he’s only telling the truth, and he’s the only product left standing. The last thought-true.

I’m watching Republicans circle their wagons around a huge misstep for the party that is named, Trump. Fortunately for Americans, Trump has assured us. “I’m not stupid!” he said. Odd, that a possible candidate for presidency the United States would have to say the words?!?!? Worse, why did a politician from London make the claim? Actually, I don’t want to get into that in this glob—there are too many reasons; too much to discuss.

“I’m not Stupid!” That’s from the Gettysburg Address, right? No, wait! Reagan said that! Actually, only Trump….figures.70-rebel-machine-parts-car-desert-2

Franque23


The Isis and other extremists may be shifting world power, but not in their direction. No, it’s the Russians who are emerging center stage, not just in the Middle East, but on a world-wide front.

Putin has shown his ability to lead his army in the direction he chooses-Detente be damned-he flips the switch and the bombs fall.

bomb-2_3459908bThis picture is captioned: Russians bomb US-backed Syrian rebels.

So yeah, while America remains grid locked on who to blame for just about anything that’s ever happened in our country or elsewhere, Russia has its eye and muscle on its soft southern underbelly, where newly formed countries feature large Muslim population. As a well read, knowledgeable, and longtime friend wrote- “Putin has many dogs in this fight.  14% or so of Russians are Muslims and some, like the radicals in Chechnya, are already terrorists. The vast majority of Central Asia is Muslim.  This includes the so called independent republics of the former Soviet Union like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. “ *

Russia’s southern frontier and even it’s internal populations have large Muslim populations, and Russia intends to rule these populations with an iron fist without apology.

It's another no brainer.....a hoax head's up!

It’s another no brainer…..a hoax head’s up!……

There is currently a huge hoax e-mail circulating among FB and other sites that fictitiously put very harsh words in the Russian President’s mouth , words that pertain to immigration into Russia…forget those posting….those are bogus.

Still…

Putin clearly drew a line in the sand for Muslim populations and other minorities back in 2012…

“On the whole, the adaptation of guest workers is a separate and comprehensive issue. We must create the conditions for immigrants to normally integrate into our society, learn Russian and, of course, respect our culture and traditions and abide by Russian law. In this regard, I believe that the decision to make learning the Russian language compulsory and administer exams is well grounded. To do so, we will need to carry out major organizational work and introduce corresponding legislative amendments. I’d like to ask the Federal Migration Service and other departments to submit specific proposals to the government. These proposals should be openly discussed with ethnic minorities as well as public and religious organizations. This should be mandatory for all guest workers regardless of their future employment.” Putin 2012.

See, Putin’s words don’t exactly throw a warm blanket on the opportunity for immigration into Russia.

No, the Russian stance on immigration into their country reads more like, my way or the highway.

I find myself wondering how the French are feeling about immigration right about now. In America, for sure, we have trucks, planes and ship loads of people who hope to build fences high enough to keep Mexican’s out, and think Muslim is short hand for hooligans, murders and religious fanaticism.

What to do in a world seemingly gone mad? Russia has answered the bell, and may not stop fighting until the entire Middle East is riddled with pot holes the size of bomb blasts. Remember also, Russia has a 1980 score to even in Afghanistan.

President Obama has done an about face on his, “No Boots on the ground,” philosophy toward conflict in the Middle East, but the forces he can command through the America people are minuscule in comparison to the turmoil he hopes to quell. Russia, on the other hand, is willing to bomb the piss out of anyone in the region, and maybe beyond.

In my mind, two scary prospects are building in the Middle East at this time. One, Putin is equipped and well-disposed to take the lead in the fight against terrorism in The Middle East; Two, Halliburton has been pushing the US to safe guard its oil resources located in the Middle East, and all of its future pipeline construction plans.** Is it possible that this money driven world power-Halliburton- might get in bed with another country if America proves too ineffective at maintaining peace so it can go about business as usual? It’s a thought, and maybe you think this idea an impossibility, but Halliburton has never been about America, only about using our country’s troops to build and safe guard its fortunes.

In the end, maybe never soon enough, it does seem America and the world will have to stop talking about terrorism and flat out fight it, house to house, passport to passport, and wiretap to outer space eavesdropping. Russia already has. Terrorism is not a game, but there’s a saying- follow the leader.

Some would say we can educate and feed the Terrorists organizations out of desperate acts and into prosperity. That is certainly taking the high road, and the very long road with regard to the situation. For now it seems the world can’t effectively keep the terrorist out of our places of worship, living and businesses. What to do? Russia will drop bombs-more.

Franque23.

*Thank you reader Marc

**Here’s the low down blog on Halliburton…https://franque23.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/military-maneuvers-and-the-future-of-the-middle-east/


 

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I may be getting old and grumpy-okay, I am. I may go around mumbling curses under my breath, smashing walls(who saw that corner coming? Not me.), breaking dishes that slip through my fingers, kicking defenseless sticks, raking leaves-sometimes I burn them-and I’ve stepped on more than a few ants in my artsy- ol’ fartsy years(don’t ask), but these are the good things I do.

But really, I'm just concerned....

But really, I’m just concerned….

About being irritated…..I’m starting to think the city of Gainesville and Alachua County leadership is a bit screwy.

Gainesville had a reputation of being the Berkeley of the South back in 1970’s South.*  It wasn’t just the daylight nude block parties or the clothing optional Halloween Ball that earned the city it’s reputation. The leaders seemed progressive-they planned stuff like Farmers Markets,bike lanes, city beautification(once earning Gainesville a top ten tree city award in the USA), and tolerance was promoted when it came to casual pot smoking or large outside gatherings of like-minds. (Omit Gainesville eight here**).

Gainesville used to rock.

I’m one to think that the over-all Laissez-faire attitude put forth by city and county commissioners and authorities alike gave birth to some of the greatest rock musicians of all time…Don Felder; Bo Diddley; Tom Petty; Minnie Reperton; Stephen Stills and Bernie Leaden, to name a few. All either came from Gainesville or lived in the vicinity-and nearly all at the same time! Think about that list of creative souls-amazing.

Freedom bares creativity, happiness, an energetic populace and a true spirit of cooperation. That truth is exemplified by Gainesville’s past, but that past is history, too…

Now, Gainesville and the County are being directed- or maybe controlled- by a bunch of numb-nuts.

Drat! That's the problem in a nut shell!

Drat! That’s the problem in a nut shell!

Why do I think this? The advent of a disastrous Bio-Mass plant has been found by an independent firm to not be in the best interest of the county citizens. It turns out, the Bio Mass plant is a polluting smoke machine that will not lower energy prices and worse, one that will cost those living here hundreds of millions of dollars. Hence, the name calling is a good place to start. But, what exactly did that independent panel write about the plant? Read on-

“Navigant’s report affirms the view that the commission’s biomass decision was made mostly for ideological reasons rather than being based on a good assessment and risk analysis of the benefits outweighing the costs.

The report makes it clear that the commission should’ve walked away from the contract with GREC.

There’s more in this report about how wrong Gainesville’s commissioners were to build the plant under the changing contractual terms they finally accepted-but you get the point-name calling is an appropriate response for citizens to take when faced with elected officials who refuse to bend to the will of the people, read the facts, change course when that is best, or read the hand-writing on the wall.

From another finding….”Burning wood and other biological materials for energy emits as much or more pollution than burning fossil fuels, including coal.”

http://www.pfpi.net/air-pollution-2 Read it and weep Gainesvillians!

Of course, the same money it cost to build a stupid bio-mass plant would have been better spent on solar power development. This would have been in the best interest of Alachua County citizens, the ones who pay the bills, but the politicians here now choose to lag behind, follow others who can’t see the sunshine. It seems they’re afraid to lead, or they’ve been coerced by big money to make poor decisions.

It’s brain drain time in Alachua County/City of Gainesville….I think this calls for an idea…

images (23)Wait! Why stop with crazy ass power decisions  when there’s more to do? The aesthetic view of the clouds, sun and stars can be obliterated as well!

Recently, it was proposed that a large, twelve story commercial(money-making) property be built downtown. This is all the rage in the local paper-what a great idea-it’s the way to go! No, it’s not a good idea, but another example of outrageous lack of leadership. Here’s what’s wrong with this idea. Long ago(2009, in those ancient times) faithful representatives of citizens of Gainesville directed-by a vote of 7:0- that no buildings over six stories be built downtown since we enjoy seeing the sky! Imagine! Some people want to see beyond a block! (here’s the ordinance)

Name: URBAN MIXED-USE 1 BUILDING HEIGHTS (B)
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 4/2/2009 In control: City Attorney
On agenda: Final action: 4/16/2009
Title: URBAN MIXED-USE 1 BUILDING HEIGHTS (B) Ordinance No. 0-09-01; Petition No. 34TCH-07 PB An ordinance of the City of Gainesville, Florida, relating to density and building height in the Urban Mixed-Use 1 zoning district (UMU-1: up to 75 units/acre); amending subsection 30-65.1(d)(4) of the Land Development Code by deleting redundant references to density and building height; amending subsection 30-65.1(d)(5) by imposing a maximum overall building height with a minimum of two stories and a maximum of six stories and by deleting the option of seeking additional stories by special use permit; providing a severability clause; providing a repealing clause; and providing an immediate effective date.

As noted, this ordinance passed with a 7;0 vote, a tally that had been well pushed by public opinion. But, alas, that was 6 longs years ago-a lifetime or two for butterflies, and maybe maggots. Now, it seems Gainesville’s elected officials can’t wait to make our town look like Miami.  Developers drool at the thought.

Recently, a vast woodland within the city limits was bush whacked and chain sawed down.  The area ran a muck with wild growth,(think forest) full of annoying birds, rabbits, every type of small animal on up to an often spotted bob cat. First, all the underbrush was bulldozed away, and then all trees but sand pine, maybe an oak or two, were destroyed in the name of “restoration.” Wowoow–there’s a laugher! Of course, this is all part of a 100 year-long plan, so when it fails to improve our environment citizens can hold those who made this scourge of our forest accountable-we’ll be here to do that, right?

Since one bad land raping decision deserve another, it’s said county officials plan to use a poisonous defoliant upon whats left of the acreage to help. eradicate all unwanted growth. There’s just nothing like killing everything in sight, when you have no insight, no sense, no environmental concern but for a bogus one hundred year plan. Bah!

You might guess, I have another question about this massive killing of forest land we need to do now in order to restore our environment 100 years later: does that stuff we removed burn well in, like, Bio-Mass plants?

So yeah-call me grumpy, but I’m right.

1)The bio mass plant is not a good idea-It’s a wrong way turn for power development in Alachua County. Elected officials refused to read the stop sign on that. The independent review states there was no blatant wrong-doing by elected officials,(meaning they didn’t actually go out and shoot people), but it’s clear in the report that they were hardly less than corrupt in their decision to force this project though. Back room deals, off the books conferences/agreements, difficult postings of meeting times meant to hear public views, and a willy nilly decision to own not just a % of the plant, but take on all of it’s liability makes this whole fiasco seem like a Gainesville tea-pot doom hoe-down.

2) Bulldozing woodland for a 100 year plan is not enforceable, and allows for no direct accountability . It’s a sham that appears more like a pine planting that can be used in the bio mass plant within 20 years time that’s hidden under the guise of environmental development. Wildlife and forest be damned.

3)Building up in downtown Gainesville is expressly against the people’s will and that of the elected officials who voted 7;0 against high-rise development as recently as 2009. Still, all the PR I read states Gainesvillians can’t wait to be hemmed in by city canyon-like buildings.

Hmmm,,lets review the term I used for those responsible for our local  leadership’s IQ  downturn: Numb-nuts-….. yeah, it fits, though I could think of worse terms to use…believe me, others have.

The worst news? There’s so much more to talk about.

Franque23-

*http://www.gainesville.com/article/20060213/LOCAL/202130320

**http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0258051/

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