Perhaps.. I need write no more commentary, other then, I choose not to see the worst.
Perhaps.. I need write no more commentary, other then, I choose not to see the worst.
I woke up early this morning, not all together unheard of but it has had some unexpected results. One of which was an unplanned nap this afternoon which resulted in some other folks apparently feeling extra honest. Then, in light of this, I believe I will be candid while at the same time trying to walk a line of being respectful.
If I do not succeed in this, please do recall, I am indeed only human.
I said some time ago, and I literally mean years here that I believed Mr. Putin would like to have the Ukraine. This is supported by something I saw earlier:
What I did not appreciate when I had that idea, was the view the Russians(or Soviets if you prefer) perspective on history. I’ve sat back for awhile and refrained on purpose from any comment on the Ukraine situation incl. Crimea because 1) Not my place
2) The Russians make the Crimea burger look good 🙂
and 3) Probably most important attaining perspective takes time.
Now I am perfectly willing to not delve too deeply in to the topic, but what I would suggest is we take the view of Ukraine as if it were Germany before the wall fell. The Soviets/Russians would not have let the ‘allies’ march in to east Germany, and the ‘allies’ would not let the Russians/Soviets march west. While there is no ‘wall’ dividing the Ukraine in such a matter, with global affairs being what they are I would strongly advise that the status quo be maintained in this area.
What the hell gives me the right to make such a suggestion?
When I turn on my t.v. on a daily basis I have some damned fool or another talking about ‘nuclear war’. Right now the talking heads are somewhat distracted by this ‘Trumps 100 days thing’ which yay much better topic but still the fact is the world leaders have decided, apparently to dance madly on the head of a pin.
What else do I see?
As I stated last night I believe it was, I DO believe the Chinese are proverbially ‘bending over backwards’ to be helpful with the NoKo(North Korea) issue. This is appreciated, but the mindful kitty takes note of something else. The “Special Relationship” which appears to exist between China and Russia.
There have been other posts as well, indicating the relationship is at and I believe this is a direct quote “an all time high”. From a big picture point of view this makes sense and as long as NATO is intact, it seems that the two should counterbalance each other. All together then, no big issues as long as no one goes testing national borders.
Which brings me to the ever sticky topic of North Korea in earnest. We’re all being honest here right? Thats how discussion goes we give our points of view and then see where theres common ground.. This whole North Korea thing could be over in about a minute. The drama is pushing nerves to the limits and somewhere sometime someone is going to do or say the wrong thing and then theres a hot damn mess and people are dead. Even if Kim Jong Un used a nuclear weapon, we wouldnt have to use a nuclear reply. Lets face it, we could create a crater with conventional weapons especially if he did a pearl harbor style unprovoked attack. No one in the world is going to say “Yes, we know he nuked you but you cant respond” Its beyond comprehension.
I find it interesting that two of his recent weapons tests have failed. Now after all the successful tests he’s had in the past of various hardware, you’re going to tell me he can’t launch a short range missile? I wont suggest what I’m thinking on this but I have theories.
I am a wiccan(tree hugger/pagan/witch/whatever) but recently I found myself agreeing with this guy:
Okay, this is SERIOUSLY like the bottom line. I dont give a .. darn… whether you do arbitrated talked between the US and NK with a Swiss arbiter or if you do some modified 6 party talks thing as Mr. Putin suggested but this middle of the pacific pissing contest needs to end.
I had panic attacks for years, they are no where near what they used to be and the ONLY theory I have left is our creator no matter how you choose to view that being put me through those days that I would have the nerves and strength of will for the days which seem to be upon me. That I could think and react clearly with thought and be a voice of sanity when so many others were quick to try to unleash to dogs of war. Let me tell you, first one to reach for the dog leash instead of the muzzle is going to get their proverbial hand slapped. Now I’m over it, play nice and stop making me be the …darned adult in the room..
Which brings me to Mr. Snowden. I have previously tried to give him the benefit of the doubt because he’s been a rather popular figure.. but..that doubt has now been brought to a reality:
So.. ‘Comrade Snowden’ are you pleased w/ yourself?
I have purposely refrained from comment on Syria, even though Mr. Assad has seen fit to involve discussion of #Venezuela where I have friends I will continue to refrain from any comment out of respect for “Casper”.
Also, I am pleased to see this:
IF it is true… 6 years is a long time for a war.. and its my feeling those people deserve some peace.
More later… don’t disappoint me folks, I still hold out hope for humanity.
I dont know if I’ll get any more real updates put out today, thought I’d leave a note. I can rename and publish one in this space later or tomm. now that the hotspot issue is resolved. Have a good afternoon / weekend. I do want to write a bit because seeing one of the posts about how Russia views some of their leaders in a historical context has given me a bit of perspective I lacked to some degree but its not an update I can’t put on hold for awhile. If something urgent comes up, I’ll speak my mind(caz, lets face it, its what I do 🙂 )
I have a number of updates to do. I had planned to not get this achieved until Monday however because of current events I felt it necessary to take ‘unusual steps’ to expedite the updates here.
Last week(I dont have an exact day) I made a phone call. Now before I go in to depth about what that phone call entails let me provide a bit of a history lesson. Some time ago, I encountered a person who very much appeared through materials on his twitter time line to have an affiliation with the ‘bad guys’.
This person attempted to use logic to convert me to his ways of thinking. He failed, because I am secure in my own spiritual beliefs and frankly, I found his logic flawed.
I can say it was like staring evil down through a monitor, and the take away on this is evil blinks.
Now, as to the phone call I made last week, I am aware of a ‘cyber caliphate’ member called ‘Dr. Isis’ in a bit of a pinch, I drew the conclusion this might be someone who is creating rather popular videos which seem to make use of voice synthesizers. Whether or not that hastily drawn conclusion was accurate, I errored on the side of caution and made a phone call with one simple thought in mind “My country may be in danger”.
Now whether or not that is or was actually the case, that was the underlying factor which sparked the phone call. Needless to say I believe it was ‘blown off’ as no one ever bothered to return the call and or drop by to see what materials I had for them.
“Dont say, I didn’t warn you” as the song lyrics go.
We stand on the edge of an abyss, The world on all sides ready for war. This however, would be a choice. We can not undo the words of yesterday, as some have said the past it prologue. In the West, fleets are gathered, with eyes on North Korea, in the East, the Russians worry of a secret strike against them, undoubtedly feeling backed in to a corner. As I have previously stated, while I can speak for no one else. I do not seek to harm the bear.
I am assuming from the stories I see
that alert levels on both sides have been raised. Now I am just one person sitting out in the middle of no where with no authority over the military, BUT I do recall a phrase let me see if I remember it correctly “civilian oversight” I believe it was.
Last night I caught just a few moments of Rachel Maddows show on MSNBC, the image stuck in my mind is the American and Russian flags and a question asking, “Anything to declare?”
Yes, Rachel, at this point, I have something to declare..
I am fairly sure, that being of sound mind and steady nerves, this series of events unsettled event the sturdiest among us. What we have now, is an opportunity to see where our world has been headed. I do not sit in the circles of power, In Moscow, In China or DC, I sit as one of the countless who would suffer if we do not see where this path would have lead and turn from it. Not because it is easy, but because it is just and right and good we should do so.
Mr. Lavrov had a seemingly good take on recent events as it came through the Spanish version of RT last night. I’m paraphrasing “The US and Soviet Union in the cold war did not find themselves in the situation we do now. ”
Borders have changed and the current situation is even more inherently dangerous. From my understanding in the old days there were lines neither side crossed. Let us quickly then find a ground where those lines exist again for all of our sakes.
I am confident, that President Trump will ‘not seek the path of madness here’ no matter how the most recent events may appear to the world.
Further, it is my belief that a steady and reassuring hand and counsel is to be found in the man he has picked for his Vice President. They seem determined, and resolute to bring back American jobs, and bolster the trade with old friends and make new ones.
While it is beyond me at this time to know all of the factors involved I can say that between check and balances and those occupying the ‘halls of power’ in Washington
America stands ready to stay the course in international affairs and yet give some much needed attention to events at home.
More as events warrant.
I noticed this bit when it came through my feed a week+ ago, I didn’t know exactly what to make of it at the time, but now in light of recent events it makes more sense.
I’ve also written a rough draft of my own personal assessment of NK and what ‘may be’ the case. Granted all of this is just my opinion but I’m going to leave it up here for consideration.
Let me “Change your math a little on NK”
Everyone Ive heard has been working under the premise that NK could not strike the lower 48 with a nuclear assault.
I made no such assumtion, instead, I worked under the premise they could and just chose not to advertise it. They have displayed their troops marching
w/ ‘nuclear packs’ so they do not have to drop a bomb to attack something. A little of that material goes a long way.
What I’m thinking here, is we talk to them. Even if they launch a strike on America, we wouldn’t have to reply with nuclear means conventional weapons in such a scenario would have the same result only a lot more lives would be lost.
We had one Korean war, it is not forgotten. We do not need a second.
Instead, I would propse we redraw the line creates\d by the weall at the 38th parallel.
Demilitarize it to some degree to promote trade between the two parts of the penensula(sp)
We do not just “tear down the wall” we start by pouring new concrete and create some sort of interlocking gate system
for security checks.
When one constantly finds a tense situation, such as we have seen for years at the 38th, the feeling of weapons pointed at one becomes a constant source of tension. My thought is perhaps if we ratchet down said tension we
a) create jobs for both sides of the walls(as there would be some new ones)
and b) give the diplomats and politicians time to find a long-term solution to the issue.
I am aware of two additional US ships entering the region as of yesterday as per news.. I then took note of three ‘goodwill’ ships reportedly leaving China.. I dont recall what ‘mission’ they were going on, however let me tell you what I see, I see a continuing buildup on both sides, if news reports are any reflection in a region where tensions are already strained to say the least.
All sides have an interest here, but if anything goes wrong it will be humanity who pays the price. I do have a way for NK to ‘save face’ so to speak.
If they were to abandon their testing out of ‘environmental concerns’ the reasoning would be valid. In exchange, to agreeing to not hold any more in the atmosphere Nuclear tests, perhaps the international community would be willing to extend them things such as humanitarian aid.
I stress that point because no matter how we handle Nk, with sanctions and so forth, it would be improper to let the people under the current system there to go hungry so why not yes apply pressure with sanctions, but at the same time show compassion for those caught between a rock and a hard place in the conflict.
From what I can see some are still very much missing the point. The press apparently has a sound bite from last night which they have decided to play ad nauseam where POTUS said something about the possibility of conflict with NK. This is irresponsible given the delicate nature of the situation *cough CNN cough*
What do I see? Well, Lets get started on that bit, shall we?
Everyone needs to drop the calling ‘Kim Jong Un ‘crazy’ its counterproductive.(this is again, my opinion) heres why. Everyone is SO very worried about an attack with an ICBM they may not recall the footage I do, where a great many of the North Korean soldiers were marching with packs with Nuclear symbols on them. To deliver a attack with those materials they dont NEED a missile. Various movies which I wont name have outlined how those materials could cause mass casualties not to mention a terrible scare,
This leads me to the conclusion if Kim Jong Un wanted to launch a WMD style attack he could have already done so and yet, he hasn’t because the consequences would undoubtedly be “not in his, or his countries best interest” to say the least.
I’m going to touch on the good and the bad here. I think the launching of the unarmed ICBM was a mistake. I think while yes, it did send a very clear message it added to the stack of logs that is a diplomatic fire waiting to happen.
There is hope here however, because (President)Mr. Trump played things very smart last night. I watched it, and he’s given himself two roads here which do NOT involve military action. Let me outline..
This was a thinking mans move, he can take that call later or he can call them if there is something important BUT and thats a big BUT.. This is him quietly reaffirming Chinas ‘One China policy’.
We(the US) has an Admiral saying and I’m paraphrasing a bit but “Pearl Harbor is vulnerable”. Now if I were a thinker(which I do enjoy) I would say this covers multiple bases. Russia and China are not real fond of THAAD in their back yard. It is my understanding that many South Koreans simply do not want it there either. The logical step here seems to be redeploying some of the forces around SOKO in a defensive formation around pearl. This reduces tension in the region. We can negotiate with South Korea on whether or not THAAD remains and If we do not wish to pull those forces back as far as Pearl, we could redeploy them closer to Japan. The point being we dont NEED to have all those ships on the doorstep of Korea with the current tensions in the region.
[updating other bits, more to come today]
Now where did we put that satellite? *boggle*
Anyway, that was not the topic of the moment just something that popped up on youtube mostly unnoticed 47k views and i was all hrm.
Why I sat down here, was I noticed this earlier(and literally im here in a spirit of transparency):
This is gonna get a bit personal because of the subject matter so, fair warning.
I have not been with anyone else intimately for a good while. Thats my choice, thats a result of being comfortable in ones own skin. I personally had no idea 7 months ago they banned pornhub. If thats their rule, hopefully they’ll get the necessary technical measures in place to take take care of it.
Now if someones been in my android thats another matter thats personal space now I know they arent secure but I dont have a lot of money.
All those cards on the table, I am troubled by a headline and granted its an outside view point, I acknowledge that. I was proud to see one of our elected representatives from my state stand up and speak out earlier on the issue but you know, bit of context. 🙂
I dont recall which one, do remember its from my home state. Heres the headline:
Now I can’t speak for anyone else, but Im damn sure willing to look away while a firewall rule is rewritten to prevent porn in places where its not wanted or may be illegal for the piece of mind that would come from knowing those people were ok.
I cant turn a blind eye to this kind of thing, its not really in me. At the same time, I want to be respectful so I’m going to leave this here, not even over in the twitterverse or the 100 other social media channels(apps) and just let the powers that be ‘sort these things’. please?’.
Thats it for now, update in the am.. maybe.
I continue to observe ongoing events both at home and abroad with keen interest. I think, I hope, the tension of yesterday may come to ease in the following days. For those who needed a history lesson
On top of that we in modern day had a very tense meeting at least what it appeared to be to the outside world between Mr. Tillerson and Mr. Lavrov. I can tell you from the outside looking in I think more then a few people were holding their proverbial breath and hoping the dialog would be constructive.
Pending, we had the US banks preparing to deliver their profit reports and other domestic things(yes, I do keep a casual eye on the markets though I dont own stock atm).
I am encouraged, by the prevailing seeming willingness on the larger stage to establish new and expansive, inclusive dialog which works to resolve long standing issues of interest to many.
I am not naive enough to believe problems like Syria, or North Korea can be resolved in short order. However, when we begin seeing the words deescalate and dialog used more and words like “nuclear” used less I think we can all begin to sleep a little more soundly.
I am mindful, of old friends, and they are not forgotten. I also welcome new ones in a hope that better days may lay ahead.
I have a piece of wallpaper on my desktop(this machine), its why I was so very pleased, when the British honored us with the loan of the bust of Sir Winston Churchill(thats the wallpaper).
Last night, I tried to take the advice offered by one of Historys leaders. I stood quietly in my little corner of the internet and spoke:
Then, I sat down, and listened.
This, then, is how I found the reply to be..
even though, I do not speak their language(translate helps a lot) the lesson is there if you can quiet yourself for a moment. The culture, the world we all share, the environment these are things which going forward sanity and reason tell us that things like nuclear testing in our atmosphere are not a path we should tread. I trust we all know what ground water is?
I implore, those who would truly come to a table in peace in a spirit of dialog to not go so stuck on one days news quotes that they lock us in a concrete which we can not escape.
Thats all I have for the moment, I will, be listening.
Let me preface this post with a on the record statement, that I have no ties to Washington, politically or personally(other then thats my Countries capitol (derp)). I’m just a middle aged retired hacker in a small town in middle America.
I’m sure most Americans keep abreast of the news, in some fashion. I however have come to no longer view the news as a static thing. Indeed, if one manages the flow of information and knows when news cycles begins and ends, has some understanding of the public one can pretty well predict what will make the evening news.
From day one, subsequent my last entry re: the message left on Sputnik, I have held a fools hope that if we should ever have need of it, we would have a ‘back channel’ yet I can never really know whether that exists or not eh? I choose to proceed, as I always have with respect for those on the bigger stage and a feather touch to issues which maybe of a delicate nature.
Let me give you some personal background here, I am no white knight, no hero no ones ‘savior’ I’m not entirely an innocent or a bastion of virtue and dont want to paint myself that way. I have made some damn huge mistakes in my life, too many to name but I regret them, I want to believe I have learned from them.
At one time, many years ago I was Administrator on as many as 13 FxP boards. I was respected among my peers and tried to treat all the users under me with respect, (delegating authority was useful) banned the trolls, spammers, etc, dealt with the technical side of it, and hacked more then a few boxes. I didnt believe in automated scripts the curiosity was a big part of it.
Now many years later we hear of old attack vectors not fixed and I sit here wondering, as someone who doesnt have a job, sitting away from the seats of power if I can be of any use to my country. I signed on the dotted line many years ago, but at that time they had ‘reached the ged cutoff’ so now I’m a bit more seasoned with life experience but probably wont ever see a battlefield. My deepest respects to those who do, who fight for us, you are remembered.
That said, I sit and watch the world stage with great interest. From the perspective of someone who has no political power, and has never seriously sought any. I watched the events in Syria last week, and to spite a lot of effort on my part not to form strong opinions on things in the middle east because to put it simply ‘its complicated’ I find myself a witness to events none the less.
‘Curious Cat, is intrigued’ I’ve heard it said Mr. Trump is open to ‘outside the box’ ideas. Well, heres me making a footnote, I’ve been known to color outside the lines.
Anyway, shifting focus the events in Syria make me wonder about the NK situation more. I pointed out earlier when China apparently made a comment about the US and NK exercising restraint that they were being ‘the adult in the room’. My thinking further goes something like this, Mr. Trump is no stranger to bad press, surely he can see how years of narrative written by the media may have complicated things in ways which neither side is fully acknowledging. I understand Nk’s media is state run, but perhaps the first step in deescalating the whole mess is to drop some not so casual hints to the press that thats what you’re going to do.
Spell it out for them if you have to, really its cards on the table time. When we see examples of stories that call a countries president ‘unhinged’ (I believe thats a direct quote of a headline I actually saw today) that goes absolutely no where in establishing talks the NK people see this and blow it off as Western propaganda, the same way people in the west probably tend to view anything put out by the state run media over there.
This is a binary choice folks, the options here are dialog, or insanity. Personally, I’m voting for the constructive dialog option.
In all this, I’ve gained some respect for people who ARE players on the bigger stage, not the least of which was SecDef at the news conference yesterday, he seemed to choose his words with care.. an example some could learn from(admittedly, myself included at times).
Listening to the ongoing press conference, and holding on to hope..
Thats all for this one.. new thoughts when events merit.