NASA should be more…

NASA is sending something else to Mars and although I’m all for exploration, I have to ask, what is the end game?

The mission this time is to, “dig deep,” while in the meantime we have to dig deep in supporting this mission.

It’s not cheap to send these things into outer space. The least NASA could do is to answer the “so what” question and don’t tell me it’s because you are looking for water or classifying rocks. I want to know what NASA is doing to help this planet such as finding ways to remove CO2 from the air or help to design zero emission vehicles or planes that don’t have windows that blow out at 35000 feet or passenger planes that don’t pollute the sky.

NASA has the means of being a department that can be a big contributor to our environmental challenges.

why isn’t it?

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The Illusion of Power

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Does “Power” exist?

Of course is does, in the traditional sense,

  • Electricity powers our homes and devices
  • Gas powers or vehicles, lawn mowers and stoves
  • Sun and wind are also a sources of power

Obviously, this is not the power that I wish to focus on, it’s the other one. The one that makes us feel invincible. The one that makes us feel that we are entitled because we have the “Power” to do so; the Weinstein’s, Trumps and Martins out there, to name a few, that believe that just because they have reached a place of status in their careers that they are entitled to whatever they please…without retribution.

But power is but an illusion; do we say that men and women that have arrived at a high level of status in their careers are guided by some external fuel source that govern their choices…I hope not.

We should not confuse “Power” with status.

The ones that have reached a level of status in their field and used their influence for personal pleasure with malice, made the conscience choice to do so.

As victims, we can never forget that we are all humans and humans are fallible.

  • The only difference between a member of the Corps de Ballet and a Principal Dancer is the level of craftsmanship.
  • The only difference between a student and a professor is the level of scholarship.

I guess what I am trying to say is that we should never put anyone on a pedestal…they can’t handle it. instead, people that have aspired to a higher level of status in their career should be commended for their accomplishments but not worshipped or feared.

We are all humans, and we are all fallible.

The Value of Life

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The recent bombing in Manchester was horrible. The thought of people having the time of their lives, children and teenagers, and having that joyous experience shattered by someone that blew himself up is unthinkable. As time goes by I have to accept that at some point in my life, I may also be in the midst of a person with the intention of using his or her life as a tool to take the lives of many. This got me thinking about life; it’s meaning, and what it may mean to others.

Life is a precious thing to waste. I’ve always believed that life happens as soon as it begins to grow; a seed is just a seed until it sprouts. From that time on, life…all life moves closer and closer to death. Not to sound morbid but, we are not living; we are dying. All life has a finite amount of time on this planet so with the time remaining, what will be my contribution. I can’t contribute if I cut my life short and we are only stronger if we work together.

Back to this question, why would someone use his or her own life as a weapon of mass destruction? In thinking about this question it dawned on me that other people/cultures may think of life differently than I do. In that there are some who believe that life is something to value and others that believe that life is something of value.

To value life is to love and believe in the give and take that can only occur while being alive; loving someone to the end of time, experiencing the growth of your children, taking a walk and breathing in the air, the clouds, the magic of the seasons, knowing and looking forward to your own growth and the inevitability of old age.

To see your life is something of value is to see yourself as a tool, one that can bring great wealth such as a sports star, prostitute, a suicide bomber. On the other hand, I don’t think people actually see themselves as something of value…I think it’s others that see other people’s lives as something of value. Managers of athletes, actors and musicians must see the value in people in terms of dollars or they wouldn’t manage them. I think people can also see the value in themselves in that they believe that due to whatever qualities they possess, they are worth a certain amount of dollars.

I think the problem I have is people seeing themselves as a tool of destruction. Although an athlete may sell himself to the highest bidder, selling his soul to the devil sort of speak, he or she still believes that life is something to value because it is that very life that is bringing in the bucks. In addition, the athlete will want to reap the rewards of wealth after he or she retires. But, to believe that your life is something of value such as the case of a suicide bomber, he or she has to be manipulated into believing that ending his or her life for whatever reason is more important than living it and I just can’t fathom the processes that occur when being manipulated into using your life as a tool of destruction for the sake of something or someone else.

I’ve written enough. Honestly, I don’t think that I got any closer to answering my question and in the meantime, I’m waiting for the next one to happen. I just hope that it’s not at our doorstep.

Revelation: “Not Your Typical Bible Tale”

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I had a revelation…and no, it had nothing to do with the end of the world. It had more to do with the beginning.

I am not religious. That’s not to say that I don’t believe in doing things religiously – I just don’t pray to something that hasn’t proved to me that it exists. To be honest, I’d sooner believe in Santa Clause. However, I do believe that there are stories that were written in the bible by men that contain morals that can be incorporated or discarded.

One thing I do believe is that man was created in god’s image – when man looks in the mirror, he sees himself – so who is god.

Anyway, I was thinking about the story of the Tower of Babel. Basically, all people spoke the same language until they got together to build a tower. When god saw this tower, he decided to, “confound their language” and scatter them across the planet.

The way I see it, god punished the people for working together to build something great.

What if we all believed in Kennedy’s words when he said, “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” I may be naïve but I think if we pooled all of our talents with every country on this planet, we would be able accomplish wonders beyond our imagination.

Until then, we are going to have to endure our present condition, which I have to admit, is not optimistic. Ironically, it seems as if we are inching closer to an apocalypse to rival Revelations.

 

 

TrumpmurT: Trump Flipped

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It seems as if Trump may have finally come to his senses. As of today, Trump has made an about-face on several of his campaign promises. He has backed down on his claim that China was a “currency manipulator,” NATO is no longer “obsolete,” he seems to have more compassion for the atrocities that have befallen the Syrian people, and he now believes that Russia may be up to no good – most likely ending the bromance between him and Putin.

What happened?

I think he finally decided to get his head out of his ass.

I don’t want to sound naive but I believe that most of America, and the world for that matter, have had their eye on the news since Trump has been in office, wondering, what in the hell is this knuckle-head thinking?

Believe me, I am not a Trump supporter. However, there is that part of me that has always rooted for the underdog. So, if this is the hand that the house has dealt to me, no matter how butt-ugly the cards look, I still have to make a choice – do I fold, or do I hold on to my cards and pray for a miracle. Let me see…I don’t gamble, I don’t believe in god, and I don’t believe in miracles.

Damn…I better start praying.

America STRIKES First?

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Trump gave the ok to bomb an airfield in Syria because the Assad regime attacked Syrians through the use of chemical weapons. Does this mean that Trump now has empathy toward the Syrian refugees seeking asylum? Will he take Syria off the list of banned countries suspected of “Radical Islamic Terrorism?” Is this the stance that Trump is going to take every time something like this happens in any country? What if Israel decides to bomb Palestinians by targeting a hospital or a school filled with children? What would Trump do if he were to view the images of Colombians with their heads chopped off by the drug cartels? Will Trump bomb any country that passes his sympathy test?

What happed to America first?

Maybe he misspoke…maybe what he wanted to say was America STRIKES first.

TrumPuppet’s fire, ready, aim mentality has consequences far beyond his inability to see upfield. He essentially chose to go to war with Syria, a country that is allied with Russia. Does he really believe that they will not retaliate in some way shape or form – does he not know that Russia is a nuclear country?

I hate to sound fatalistic but…the worst is yet to come.

The Eagle and the Moron

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So let me get this straight…if Trump is the personification of his voters, then Trump supporters are fearful, paranoid, ignorant, have a disregard of the truth and believe everything that is told to them. I hope that I am not offending anyone but this is what I see from the current, so called president.

It’s funny to me when someone like Van Jones can make this statement about Trump’s address, “He became President of the United States in that moment, period,” and days later, the Oaf in Office tweets this, “How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy.” What this says to me is that Trump effectively has the ability to brainwash his supporters.

I don’t know about anyone else but a person, especially someone like the president of the United States of America, that does not have the guts to say something like, “Obama is tapping my phone,” in front of an audience of millions, then he is a coward – period…not a president – period.

I find the image of the eagle attacking this doofus, telling – a premonition.

“The bald eagle was chosen by the founding fathers because it symbolized strength, courage, freedom and immortality. The founding fathers felt that the bird encompassed these qualities in the same way that the newly formed United States did” (Reference.com).

This so called President possesses none of these qualities. The eagle attacking this moron says it all.