The latest item sought by terrorists to make a “dirty” bomb is americium-241 found in the smoke alarm in your home. Terrorists planned to explode a dirty bomb, a van filled with smoke alarms in a well-populated area. We are exposed to these detectors every day. Virtually every American home has a smoke alarm that contains a packet of this radioactive material. Check your detector for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission label inside .How bullet proof is that packet of americium-241? [See:http://www.epa.gov/radiation/radionuclides/americium.htm#contact]
How did americium-241 make it’s way into every home America? What due diligence preceded approval? Ralph Nader tried to alert consumers to the dangers of americium-241 in the early 1980’s, pre-terrorism. He was ignored. What other high risk items are lobbyists currently shepherding through Capitol Hill today? Already in place?
To assure the safety of your home and community:
1.) Assess what is already in place.
Homeland Security should make Geiger counters available
for monitoring our homes, offices, and property.
2.) Promote a recall and controlled disposal of current
smoke detectors containing americium-241.
Start with your congressman.
When will we emerge from the ramblings of a Looney Tunes president who, “Taut he taw a puddy tat?” DJT does not seem capable of discriminating between his own ruminations and reality. And at his tweeting time early in the morning, there is apparently no one there to edit or restrict publication of the tweets.
Vladimir Putin has the studied practice of keeping his head level and only his eyes looking upward when he meets a world leader taller than he. This is a way of not showing a primitive sign of surrender by looking up with his full face and thereby exposing his throat. Keeping his head level provides no exposure, and also keeps his eneregy flow operating more effectively so that he can execute aggressive action. With an upturned face, he would be cutting off his aggressiveness center at the base of his skull and blocking the energy he requiresrather than keeping it flowing up and around his head, then down his front and into the ground.
While “punch back” continues to be his way of reacting to anything that does not agree with him, DJT appears to be free to move forward only when the polls are favorable. That has not happened much these last weeks, so he is mired in misdirection, distraction, and misinformation in keeping with his fondness for all things Soviet Union and it’s iconic head, Vladimir Putin.
You can grow up in New York City and think it is the center of the universe. Anything of value happening in the world is happening there. “If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere,” as Frank Sinatra crooned.
Now unfortunately, DJT is demonstrating just how provincial he is simply by not being sufficiently adaptive, or maybe even not caring to find out how Washington, D.C. operates. All of his early learning and success grew from his New York roots. You can do business from there, but the whole world does not necessarily respond in kind. And you do not necessarily encounter the real culture of the countries in which you do business, for everything is done in a corporate setting much more hygeinic than the street where the real people live.
Now, at 70, the Donald has to learn new tricks. We shall see whether he is interested in how the world truly works outside NYC.
This Conference was held March 23, 2017 at the University of Texas at Austin. The sessions by FBI Director Comey, the opening session, and the panel which includes Chancellor McRaven are particularly worth a view.
I live-streamed a conference today, March 23rd, titled “Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland,” featuring FBI Director Comey and a list of dignitaries from the intelligence community. Bruce Hoffman of Georgetown University, and Peter Bergen, CNN analyst spoke of how the new social media provided the terrorists with an ability to: Post in real time, Bypass the “Old” Media, and essentially Create, Manipulate, and Exploit.
Publicity is the “outcome” of terrorism. It’s effectiveness and impact depend upon our response to it. The attempt is to manipulate perception, sustain and control the narrative.
This tactic of getting publicity struck me as quite similar to what President Trump accomplishes with his tweets and diversions.
It is left to our discernment to discover what more central issues we are being diverted from.
Colbert mentioned that the administration is acting like a dog that chased cars, never expecting to catch one; and now is driving the car.
The Kennedy’s remarked that the first day they sat in the oval office it hit them that they really were in charge. That was a dawning realization that hits most admininstrations. But the campaign is so long, that is their only example of working together as a team and administration. They have to make the transition, and quickly.
Today, March 17th, 2017, at about ll:56 am CDT, a caller to KUT-FM stated the following, “Trump is doing everything he said he would do, shaking things up as people who voted for him wanted.” He also said, “James Comey, head of the FBI, had confirmed that they had 3 taps on the phones on Trump Tower.” To be clear, there is nothing on the news about this. He was simply pumping out more reality challenge.
An ability to discuss and approximate the basic reality we experience is central to communication and human sanity. This attack on reality is one of the most subversive attempts, and may have been learned from the Soviet misinformation campaigns..
The reaction of many Americans to the Trump presidency is to clench their teeth and grind their molars down. This is an indication of an “intolerable situation” from their perception. It will be interesting to find out if there is an increase in orders for dental “bite plates” to wear at night and prevent teeth from wearing down. Incidentally, if you are a tooth grinder, it can lead to temporalmandibular joint problems, clenching, and an off balance jaw. This sends a signal to the adrenal glands that you are under attack. The adrenals stay on chronically and wear out. So, keeping that balance is important.
When you see a football player with a bite plate, it is for strength and stamina, said to increase by 10-15% when the jaw is balanced. The primary reason is not for protection of the teeth.