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Gender: Male
Home country: USA
Current location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Member since: Mon Feb 3, 2014, 10:34 PM
Number of posts: 219

About Me

I realize we are all in this together and will continue to experience an almost endless cycle of lifetime after lifetime until we get it right. You can see we have a long way to go but I know I am not alone and understand we must each try to make the world a better place one day at a time.

Journal Archives

I have a question about planes "Transponders".....

Can anyone give me one good reason why transponders have an "off" switch?

As important as they are why would this be an option?

Just as the engine "ping" cannot be disengaged ... you would think airlines would make transponders continue to communicate while the plane is running.

My humble question of the day....


If you really want to understand the Ukraine situation

In my opinion the best analysis of the situation between Ukraine and Russia I have come across thus far. It's a fairly long read but covers the subject thoroughly. Obama must be feeling 2016 can't come soon enough as Putin starts his push for retaining power and influence on a global scale knowing that the west can't stop him.


"I never expected so many intelligent, perceptive, and influential media and political personalities to so easily fall into Vladimir Putin’s trap. After the initial shock to the world, and especially to the West, following Moscow’s announcements about the possible use of Russian armed forces in Ukraine, and then after being forced to acknowledge that Russia has already occupied Crimea, the West breathed a collective sigh of relief upon hearing Putin’s March 4 press conference, where he suggested Russia doesn’t have any plans to seize eastern Ukraine. I intentionally waited a while to make sure that this would indeed be the prevailing Western reaction after the dust settled—and it was. Western capitals felt encouraged by Putin. In the New York Times, Peter Baker confirmed that “American officials took some solace” after hearing Putin’s explanations. One may suppose that the Europeans, who are much more inclined to forgive Putin than is Washington, have felt more than just relief, but actual satisfaction, at the news."

"Actually, the Kremlin’s tactics against Ukraine are the same ones it used against the Bolotnaya protesters in Russia: The government will use both psychological and physical terror tactics to ensure dominance and guarantee obedience—both here and over there. This is an up-to-date version of the Brezhnev Doctrine used in 1968 against Czechoslovakia, an aggression which was also meant as a warning to Soviet society.

Ukraine has long been Putin’s personal project. The site of a stinging rebuke during the 2004 Orange Revolution, Ukraine now presents an opportunity for the Kremlin to exact revenge for both past and present Maidans, to teach the rebellious Ukrainians a lesson, and to warn Russians about the price of insubordination or attempts to escape the Russian Matrix."



Ukrainian tennis star Sergiy Stakhovsky weighs in on crisis with a Sports Illustrated interview

A great article by Ukrainian tennis star Sergiy Stakhovsky about the situation in Ukraine. Well worth the read....

"I wish people would understand that my country stood up not because of a European Union agreement but because we couldn't take it anymore, especially the corruption in every level of government -- judges, police, lawmakers. Consider this: The former chief of police is said to have issued plastic business cards with the flag of Ukraine on one side and his contact details on the other. He was selling these cards for $2,000 each and 1,000 were made. During a police stop, you would just show this card and they would let you go no matter what rule you had violated."


Hey There Obama..... for the memories...

Now over 2 million views!

Meanwhile in Upper Michigan .. people are getting tired of winter....

Got snow? You betcha! Calumet Michigan located on the wonderful Keweenaw Peninsula.

end of February 2014.

Yes Times are a Changin! This poll doesn't need our help....

My local television station, TV 6 News out of Negaunee Michigan posted a poll asking whether Michigan should legalize marijuana for tax revenue? Along with the poll they posted an article out of Denver showing how much tax revenue some counties had taken in since Colorado legalized the weed.

The current vote tally is 76% in favor of legalization with 24% against.

I can now see Michigan won't be far behind with the change.

here is a link should you want to participate...


The Martyrs of Ukraine...May they Rest in Peace knowing

their fight was not in vain.

Ukraine president goes missing as protesters seize office

Source: Aljazeera

Protesters have seized the Kiev office of President Viktor Yanukovich and the opposition has demanded a new election be held by May, as the pro-Russian leader's grip on power eroded and his whereabouts were unknown.

Anti-government demonstrators entered Yanukovich's compound in the capital on Saturday and were controlling the entrance, a Reuters news agency journalist at the scene reported.

Security guards were present inside the building but were not trying to expel the protesters.

The president's residence outside the capital appeared to have been abandoned. Local media said protesters entered the sprawling grounds but it was unclear whether they were inside the building. Interfax, a Russian news agency, said some security guards were present.

Ukrainian opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko earlier on Saturday said that Yanukovich had left Kiev and that the country must hold early elections.

"Today he left the capital," Klitschko told an emergency session of parliament, which was debating an opposition motion calling on Yanukovich to resign.

Read more: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/2/22/ukraine-presidentgoesmissingasofficeisseized.html

It looks as though Parliament has taken over... they replaced the speaker with Oleksander Turchynov who is the Senior member the "Fatherland Party". He is a close ally to jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

Ukraine isn't the only place with massive protests... Check out Venezuela today!


a link to petition the White House to intervene and help the people of Venezuela.


My Daughter lives in Kiev....her latest message

Copied from her latest posting...

This morning I am sad and proud.

At least three of my friends here in Kyiv have been affected within one degree of separation by the death of a protester. Some of these men leave behind young families, new families, or even entire communities they had a hand in shaping.

I'm sad that those dearest to my friends are suffering these losses. I am also proud that I count such brave and noble people among my acquaintances.

I am inspired and in awe of the will of the Ukrainian people. I feel at home here now more than ever when I see so many people standing up for their human rights and freedoms. Surely every person who values human dignity and freedom feels fraternity and solidarity with the Ukrainians at this time.

The struggle is not over. Please keep Ukraine and all others around the world who are fighting for a better, freer future in your thoughts.
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