Thursday, October 13, 2016

Great American Ally Dies

King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Personified Thailand as The Land of the Free

We are saddened by the passing of one of history's great monarchs, an average guy, born in America, who was reluctant to take the crown following his brother's assassination many decades ago.

He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts while his father was enrolled in the Public Health Program at Harvard University. His name translates to Strength of the LandIncomparable Power, and was in self-imposed exile to distance himself from the political turmoil in Thailand.  He had studied -- and partied in Europe, and was attending Harvard University as a music major, and played saxophone in a local band when he was notified he was the new King of Thailand.

King Ananda 

He was completely Americanized, spoke little of the Thai language, and was upset when four Thai Military officers showed up at his door to escort him back to Bangkok -- against his protests; his brother, King Ananda Mahidol, had been assassinated, and Thailand needed a King.

Once in Bangkok, newly-crowned King Bhumidol underwent an intense tutorial to learn to speak Thai and to adopt Thai cultural customs so he could play the royal role.

Thai Longboat   [Photo by Adrian Evans]

Once installed, he gradually became the leader the country needed, and, in the midst of another coup attempt, was smuggled out of the country by his American advisor and protector at the bottom of a long-boat.

He reestablished his position as national leader and developed rapport with a faction of patriotic Army officers who managed the affairs of the country and brought it stability; they overcame a series of coup attempts throughout the King's reign with the assistance of a unique intelligence system created by the King's OSS advisor to monitor his advisors - actual, and potential.

Over the decades, King Bhumibol became an astute student and knowledgeable of world affairs, and maintained a close alliance with the US, recognizing the threat that Communism posed.  He was especially concerned when the US abandoned Southeast Asia in 1975 at the direction of Henry Kissinger, leaving the region open to the fulfillment of the Domino Theory in which Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia fell to the Communists; Thailand remained the sole survivor as its Military was able to sustain its strength in spite of the withdrawal of US forces.

[Thailand's post-1975 survival resulted from a highly effective counter-insurgency effort by US Intelligence; Kissinger discounted the Domino Theory because Thailand did not fall -- although he had done his best to ensure that it would fall to the Communist Insurgency based in Laos and Cambodia.]

The King's closest advisor -- and guardian, during his reign was a former OSS officer who had earlier smuggled him out of the country during the coup attempt.  With that support, the King became a powerful arbiter of the political factions, and the country has been at relative peace for decades.

His son, the probably new King,
Maha Vajiralongkorn,
has his work cut out for him as he assumes the role of leader of a nation steeped in political turmoil, in the midst of Communist effort to assume power.

 We wish him well.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Nuclear Pacific

That night-time sparkle in the Pacific waters may just be radiation? 

Click here for related article: [Fukushima Radiation - Tyler Durden]

Hmm, wondering about that unique tingle in your fresh seafood dinner from the Pacific?
Well, other than the spices added by the chef, it just might be a radioactive kick, compliments of our Nipponese neighbors whose current nuclear engineers obviously did not learn to respect the requirements to monitor and support their nuclear facilities over the last 30 or 40 years.

It's been five years since the big earthquake, which some will remember, sparked the Great Tsunami, which washed away a number of resort areas, along with thousands of lives, and ultimately washed over the Fukushima's nuclear facilities.  We hear little about Fukushima these days, and the bulk of the world's population remembers little about it other than that there was a leak from a nuclear reactor, but, by golly, that's all been taken care of now, and
no harm, no foul!

But, oddly enough, there is lots of evidence of both harm and foul.

Nothing to see here, move along!
The TEPCO [partnered with General Electric] nuclear plant n Fukushima suffered considerable damage, with three nuclear reactors melting down, releasing the largest amount of radiation into the ocean in the history of the world -- rivaling even Chernobyl in impact.

Accusations lodged against TEPCO and General Electric claim that both were fully aware of the poor condition or servicing of the reactors, but took no action to repair or upgrade the equipment and systems.

Keep in mind, this was not a single, one-time event which was discovered, addressed, and fixed.

In fact, the daily leakage from these sealed reactors reportedly continues at 300 tons per day, far more than the Pacific Ocean can absorb.  This problem will continue since the facilities were "sealed" with concrete and are now inaccessible to either human or robot, leaving fissures through which radioactive leakage continues.

So, what's the big deal?

Inedible Tuna 
Well, for one, visible effects are reflected in Canadian fish bleeding from their gills, mouths, and eye sockets, and fish populations have been decimated.  

In Oregon, starfish began losing their legs, and radiation levels in Tuna have tripled.

And, surfers in California have likely not noticed that radiation has increased by 500 per cent.  

According to Canadian scientists, the radiation levels in the Pacific are not decreasing, but instead, are increasing each year; they advise that Pacific Ocean radiation is five to ten times the radiation level since US nuclear testing began in the Pacific in the 1950s.

As radiation levels increase in the Pacific, there may be some impact on water temperatures and consequently, on temperatures, adding to the myriad issues affecting our climate.

But, not to worry, neither our government nor Japan's is concerned about any of this, so, why should you be concerned.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Hurricane Matthew - the Perfect Political Storm

We're approaching another Presidential Debate, and we're reasonably certain the TV coverage of the debate will be interrupted with "Breaking News" updates on the Hurricane.

Now, Hurricane Matthew is a hurricane that appeared virtually from nowhere
-- as a Category Five storm, unlike most hurricanes in recorded history which originated from Africa as tropical disturbances.

As we stepped back to see the big picture, we noticed Hurricane Nicole moving in to perhaps mate with Matthew, creating the proverbial Perfect Storm. Will the Perfect Storm then become a political instrument to serve several purposes?

1) Disrupt/Distract from the Presidential Debates
2) Cover the evacuation of Guantanamo's terrorist prisoners
3) Close Guantanamo altogether after the evacuation by removing all US Military -- for their safety?4) Create a national emergency along the East Coast, much the same as Hurricane Sandy

Hmm, looking back on Hurricane Sandy, it had a life span from 22 October to 2 November 2012 [that was the election year in which Obama was "reelected"],

Sandy was also seemingly created overnight from a "tropical wave" to a Tropical Storm, to a Category 3 Hurricane, moving up the US East Coast affecting 24 US States from the East Coast inland to Michigan and Wisconsin.

It too was bolstered by a secondary tropical storm which continued to feed it moisture as it journeyed inland.

Oddly enough, President Obama was running for reelection in 2012, and was rated then as the worst President since Jimmy Carter.   Even Obama expected to be defeated, and was astonished that the voting booths gave him a victory [well, we were all astonished].

But, you say, how can such weather anomalies occur!

We've pointed out the Chemtrails in the past as a Military weapon for weather control; the program was begun following the Battle of the Bulge, which was decided by a break in the weather, which allowed US aircraft to attack the Nazi army which had surrounded the US troops.  General Patton decreed that the Military needed to develop a tool to manage the weather, and some 40 years later, that plan was in full swing, headed by Army Lieutenant General John Roos.  We have to assume it's become somewhat more sophisticated in the nearly 40 years since then.

Scalia smothered himself to death

So, as we've commented repeatedly in the past, we expect Mr Obama is up to another of his schemes, this time to arrange to remain in office based on a National Emergency which would include the suspension of the Presidential election, tossing the resolution into the Supreme Court, which, following the murder of Justice Scalia while in the Bush "protected area", will be unable to resolve this Constitutional Conundrum.

In keeping with most Communist template schemes, there are several options for suspending the National Presidential election
1) Prosecute both candidates on criminal charges
2) Discover that Hillary is dead, and a body-double has been standing in for her
3) Assassinate Trump
4) Involve the US in a war with Russia or China -- or both

[Early on, the scheme involved Cruz as the GOP candidate, without challenging his citizenship; the rub would come in after Cruz might be elected, during which the Democrats would have successfully challenged Cruz's citizenship, thus pushing the US into an election chaos.

Fortunately, the American voters dispensed with Cruz as a candidate, although he did his best to derail Trump afterwards.]