Sunday, September 13, 2015

We really can mitigate the forest fires, but we are not.

For nearly a decade I contracted as support as a wildland firefighter, from crazy 20 hour days to others sitting around playing camp games, this is what I learned.

In America we always go from one extreme to another. For decades we logged and destroyed everything in our path, causing erosion and destroying old growth and not bothering replacing it.
Soon people realized we were on this planet for a bit longer than a few years, so they started selective cutting and planting trees. Then enter the environmental movement, all rational would again go out the window.

We have been taught since a young age that forest fires are good. Those fires help clear old growth (which is apparently bad to log) and make way for new growth. The soil is refreshed and life starts anew.
Now mind you, long before humans I suppose to an extent this is true, but it takes time, and I mean decades upon decades for the benefits of a fire to be rewarded. In reality the fires burn so hot, the soil is neutralized and only weeds usually grow. Root structure from plants which once thrived is lost and erosion becomes a problem. Standing dead trees contrary to popular belief do not burn up and go away, they now are left standing, burnt.
Despite the reality, rational thinking is not common among humans, so we continued along the feel good path which usually, does not end well. We crippled cutting forests in America and decided it was somehow better to exploit the rainforests in South America. You remember those Rain Forests, the ones we were supposed to care about where James Earl Jones voice would be used telling us to stop the deforestation or in a few short years the planet would implode.
Not only did it not stop, it increased. But mind you, this is about stopping the forest fires in America, so back on track we go.

As logging was retracted in America growth would continue and healthy forests, would in turn become sick as their own plants competed for nutrients. Not to mention dead trees and needles laying about just waiting for a fire to come along. You know the fire, the ones the Environmentalists tell us are good.

We decided roads in the forests caused no good whatsoever, so Bill Clinton signed into law roadless initiatives. Those initiatives required the federal government to close a certain amount of roads a year.
Sounds good, I mean as an outdoors man I hate having a clear path to walk down, and I certainly do not want to see some fat ass on oxygen driving where I had to hike.
SO we closed off the road and let the roads gradually grow over, adding more ready to burn fuel.
Those roads previously acted as something of natural fire lines, so fires which started in the woods were actually limited as to where they could go. Since the roadless initiative, fires have been allowed to spread. To make matters worse, after a fireline is cut, it now has to be reclaimed! Folks think about this, you just made an effort to limit a fire, then reversed that effort to allow future fires to burn!

Next we changed how we fight fires. Enter the let burn policy, which is contrary to how we did things, efficiently. For decades the Philosophy was to put them out, and firefighters worked hard to stamp out fires. They cut firelines with reckless abandon usually anchored off of existing roads. They also fought fires at night, when the humidity was high and cold temperatures limited the spreading of fires. Night was also the preferred time for equipment operators to operate as they could now see the fires. During the daylight they cannot see the fire do to the smoke and actually are at incredible risk of being burned over.

So here we are today. Until this year there were not more forest fires than previously in history, but they were more of a problem do to what I typed above. Not only are homes destroyed, but entire towns are now at risk.
SO you ask, what is the solution?

Bring back responsible logging, let us use thin the forests in a responsible manner and use that wood for positives. One way is by using the wood as a power source, other countries such as Germany do it, but we cannot?
Further as we log it eliminates teh pressure put on third world countries where there is no regulation, huge win win for everyone.

Next put in roads. Not only does it add a fireline, but it brings money into conservation as people spend money on taxes such as fuel, hunt more (which is actually imperative to healthy herds as hunters are the single largest conservation group in the world) and of course brings about more public awareness as people are allowed to touch and feel what really is there.

Restructure our firefighting with proper emphasis on what works.
I contracted in various capacities with several government agencies for years, one of those areas was wildland firefighting. I never in my life have seen more waste. Further those of us who wanted to get things done were limited as those in command dragged their feet. They did so because it was big money for them to not get the fire out. They were paid away from home pay, overtime and hazard pay, CaChing!
I lost count how many times I was told "We are on this one until the snow flies" suddenly as we sat around waiting for a fire to burn itself out, another one would spurt up someplace threatening homes. Then we would have to run and get this one out and transfer our resources over to another. Insanity!
We also could not fight fires at night because those higher in commands, wanted to be sleeping!
Uhhg, it can be done right. Those on the lines are wonderful hard working Men and Women, busting there ass. It is made harder fighting said fires at inopportune times.

I could go on for hours about this, but at this point, you should be getting that we need massive reform on many levels.
Let us work for it, for the sake of generations to come.

Friday, September 11, 2015

911 what exactly am I supposed to remember?

I think we all remember what happened on that fateful day, where we were, and what we were doing.

Now with this anniversary date we are told we need to remember, but I am confused as to what.

Initially the "never forget" slogan seemed to be a battle cry, a way to whip people up into a frenzy, and it worked famously.

The nation came together and international sources, even Cuba offered assistance.

From that point on it seemed America was intent on doing what it does best, go to war, with anyone it could think of.
There are some good to come out of this, however I will first start off with some unconsidered facts of this event.

It would be two years before AL Queda, the group which the US blamed on the attack of 911, would claim responsibility. That always seemed a bit silly for me, to perpetuate arguably the largest terrorist attack in US history and not bother to take credit for it.

15 of the 19 Hijackers of the event were Saudi Nationals, two were from UAE, one from Lebanon, and another from Egypt.

They boarded the plane Legally with instruments which were legal at the time, most were on a watch list a lot of good that did.

The tenth of September on that day Donald Rumsfeld announced 2.3 trillion dollars missing from the pentagon. That was roughly the amount of the US debt at the time. Our deficit in October was a mere 33 billion dollars, WOW!

Despite the majority of people coming from Saudi, said country is still an ally which the largest arms deal was recently perpetuated under the Obama administration. That amount was 30 billion dollars.
Earlier this month another 10 billion dollar arms deal was announced. Saudi, UAE and Israel would benefit.

Despite no real connections to the terrorist act, the US would be whipped into an attack and kill anyone frenzy. Clintons previous "Iraq Liberation Act" signed in 1998 would set the stage for this event. I can go on about Bush Cheney, but any reader should be aware of their action, however is said reader aware of the Democrats involvement as well?

Since the Destabilization of not only Iraq, but Afghanistan Terrorism has actually increased.

Airport security has increased, despite nothing being implemented which would have prevented those, or future attacks. I struggle to find the benefit in allowing strangers to see our Mothers, Wives and Daughters naked could possibly be. As a world traveler and someone who has back packed in some horrible areas, I can only say shame on the average person for being so paranoid.

Saudi remains the primary source of funding to some very horrible groups in the area. US Support of this empire remains strong.

Conspiracy theories have abounded since the event. I have little to offer in this aspect other than three buildings fell in on themselves, this is unprecedented in history. It is also to note that UAVs have been around for some 70s years.
While the demo part of said buildings is highly unlikely, this theory still persists.

The 911 Commission was horribly underfunded and stalled, few people have bothered with it, choosing emotion and bigotry over logic. What could have been found with a proper investigation? I do not know, but we should still be pressing to find out.

Despite complaints of lung problems after the clean up, and even with people involved in the event, little if anything was acknowledged in regards to this until recently. In fact Merican Lapdog mainstream media even went so far as to discredit those who made claims.
Since then hundreds, if not thousands of people have suffered respiratory problems from the cleanup. Some 575 people with cancers have been linked to the event. Unconscionable in my mind.

Rumors of an 18th century ship being beneath the trade centers would turn out to be true.

In the end the event itself did have one profound effect upon my life. I was supposed to back pack the middleast and had set upon planning earlier in the summer of 2001. I wish I had continued and I am saddened that our over reaction has destabilized an amazing area with the history of civilization being destroyed as a result.

I will not mourn today, or present any other fake fallacy. Every day hundreds of thousands of people die in the world, they as with those who perished on this fateful day are humans and are all worthy of some solace equally.

I guess in the end for me all I can remember of this event is that over reaction is rarely the proper reaction. Far too many times in history we have used any tragedy, to be the launching point of something even worse, it is time to stop that nonsense.
I am also tired of the false hatred to others, be it Muslims or the Russians.
Notice the attachment, it is a memorial donated to the US from Russia, did you hear about it in all the "Evil Russia" Propaganda we are fed?
I would like to hear from you about other acts of charity and kindness that have resulted from this incident.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Trump, what you are actually voting for.

Trumpy is riding a wave of success in the primaries thus far, which have baffled nearly everyone, as it should.

He started out not even thinking he would gain any real support for the presidency, but he was trying to promote his Trump Brand. He did so by actually paying each person who showed up for his initial rally 50 dollars, since then? His ramblings have somehow created a following of people desperate for a change, regardless of his actual policies they are hearing what they want to hear. Since people are blinded by what they want, over the reality I will try to brake down what Trump actually stands for.

To start, one can actually sum up what Trumpy wants with a single word, "Money" and he flat out admits it.

In every campaign speech and every interview all he has done is brand drop, using the free advertising to the best of his ability.

With his brand dropping we have learned everything he is actually about as he does not try to hide anything in this regard at all.

First off, he makes sure he outsources nearly everything he sells, to put it lightly he is exactly the kind of person Americans hate, greedy while stamping on the downtrodden to better his own existence.

His Products are manufactured using the cheapest possible labor. Those laborers are little more than slaves, working in dismal conditions often working 16-20 hour shifts for pennies that cannot possibly help better their lives.

Trump does not bother to hide this, he is proud of his offshore dealings and even admits to wanting lower wages in America, care to guess why? In the event you have not figured it out yet, Trumpy will manufacture his goods in Merica, provided Merican labor matches that in other countries, he is all about the profit. I am at a loss as to why this is attractive to voters at all.

Next he wants to lower the retirement age. Americas retirement age is already a joke, after working over 40 years and retiring at 65, you get a wopping 12 years to reap the rewards of your hard labor, and people want it raised even higher? Good news, for the latest generation that age is already 68, maybe with Trumpy you can have it at 75 and get two years to enjoy your lifetime of work. Pretty sure that is not going to work out so well.

Now we move on to women, degrading does not even begin to describe how he views women, I really cannot say much in this regard, his exchange with Megan Kelly should have said it all. When you have a presidential candidate who tells a woman she is bleeding out of every part of his body, wow, just wow.

Last we move on two his final two big points which involve Immigration.

This seems to be his darling, the right has managed to do its best to whip Merica into a frenzy regarding this. Entire rally's have been formed to show Americans hatred for people who feed them.
Wait, wait, hold on what is that? Well you guessed it, the predominant Mexican worker, which apparently are the only undocumented alien picks your produce, evil people they are.
Despite the radical nonsense of jumping over the fence or running away from boarder guards, a significant majority find themselves made Illegal simply from Americas ridiculous immigration policies. Imagine crossing a desert by foot, finding work, which is back breaking 12 hours a day for a few dollars an hour, barely enough to exist, working for ungrateful people who are on average grossly overweight and yet you are still hated?

Look, I am all for changing our immigration policy, however instead of lowering ourselves to some kind of fascist door kicking regime, why dont we work on actual reform?
In all the areas that have had immigration clamp downs, it has been catastrophic on the economies as crops rot with nobody to pick them.

The last aspect of Immigration is a wall. Not sure exactly what the wall is supposed to do, I mean beyond something mental what exactly will it accomplish?
First off when Trump talks about the wall, it is always followed by "I know construction, and I am really good at building things" Gee, why do you think Trump wants a wall? Is it to keep those evil produce pickers out of America? Or is it to further bolster his bank account?

In the end it will solidify what most people, on both sides of the isle feel about America, that it is fast becoming an authoritarian regime.
Now you are saying this is nonsense, and for you I offer the words from a fellow traveler from Germany who was touring the US.
"I saw the wall in Mexico and I wept, after growing up in a country divided by a wall I could not believe that America wanted to carry for the very policies it claimed it despised."

For me that was profound. Having seen the Berlin wall in shambles and traveled thru eastern Europe afterwards, I am here to say that is not what America symbolizes, nor any western country should ever think of again.

I ask the person reading this to understand that like you, I am frustrated by America, however allowing a single person to Implement policies which Americans have fought against since our foundation is not something we can tolerate.
Let us keep on looking, Trumpy is not hte leader America really wants. In the end all that will be accomplished electing Trumpy will be more hardships, a worse economy and Trump solidifying his own legacy.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Child pet interaction

Child pet interaction is imperative to the development of the child and even the dog.
Interaction should be judged on a per pet basis, not all animals are as warm as others, some requiring certain off limit areas, others are anything goes. Some breeds are simply not suitable for children, parents should do their homework and find out if their current pet is suitable for children, that does not mean asking your neighbor.

A good pet will be extremely tolerant of a child, even some pets which are not so tolerant to others often can be a blessing (should be avoided however)

Animals are an Amazing thing, and again, all are different, and all situations and animals require a different approach.

Example. We had a very unapproachable Bull when I was a child he was flat out ornery. So there I was with the Parents and Gparents outside the coral, and being the usual three year old I slipped away quickly, crawled under the gate and in an instant, I was in with the Bull.
Rather than rushing me like most people, he stood camly and I guess I wandered up up and began petting him, this is about when the family realized what had happened and went into a near panic.
About that time I had grabbed his horns, he gently lifted me into the air, and set me back down just as gently.
Dad would come in the coral to retriever me but quickly retreated do to the threatening nature of the bull. Not afraid of the bull, but afraid of instigating the situation. I would end up waddling off on my own accord.
The story of the bull was exceptional in regards to how it acted, however in nature, most domestic animals will have a understanding of babies.