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I am a great admirer of the writer Tom Clancy, despite his tendency to portray the CIA as icky-sweet do gooders who would never dream of doing the sorts of things we know the real CIA actually does do. But Clancy is a good writer and has created plausible scenarios in his books, one in particular of which comes to mind at the present time.
In the book,, World War Three starts when a fictionalized USSR, economically unable to purchase the oil products it needs, simply decides to take them. In order to conceal what is in essence a war of conquest, the fictionalized USSR manufactures a provocation by staging a fake terrorist attack on a symbolically important building in Moscow. Faked evidence is used to pin the blame on a target nation, and the fictionalized USSR starts a war on two fronts; a “just cause” war which masks a second front moving to grab the oil fields. This is a very believable scenario to the public, and the book was a best seller. It’s one of my favorites.
Thus it is with some amazement that I watch as the very people who turned that book into a huge commercial success seem oblivious to the parallels in the so-called “War On Terror”.
Whereas the fictionalized USSR in “Red Storm Rising” required the plot device of a refinery disaster to kick off the story line, the United States has arrived in precisely the same situation as the fictionalized USSR in the book through chronic mismanagement. It is no secret that the United States is in and has been in serious financial trouble for decades. The total governmental debt of the United States is estimated at $17 trillion (with a “T”). The interest alone on the federal portion of the National Debt now exceeds the entire personal income tax collected from every tax payer in the nation. And, since the full interest payments are not being made, let alone the principle, the debt continues to skyrocket. Claims of an election year budget surplus, which ignored the debt entirely, were little more than a bookkeeping trick in which the government spent Social Security payments as if they were general funds, along with now-failed predictions of ever increasing economic growth.
The United States government is so deeply in debt that it has long ago run out of sufficient gold with which to collateralize the debt. Starting during the Nixon administration, public lands were declared off limits to the general population and set aside as collateral on the loans held by foreign interests. In order to conceal from the public just how dire the situation truly was, this land collateralization process was concealed behind a cover of “environmentalism”. The E.P.A. was created at the very start of the land collateralization process, and has since been joined by various other programs with names such as “Heritage Rivers”, “Wet lands”, “Biosphere Reserve”, etc. By using a large number of such fronts, with each only grabbing a “small” amount of land, the United States government has tried to conceal the true scale of the land collateralization process from the public.
This map shows the current extent of all lands grabbed by the government under the guise of environmentalism as of the start of 2000.
While America maintains a huge export business in agriculture, most manufacturing has gone overseas. America has invented a great many products, but rather than actually make them, the United States has for the most part sold the rights to manufacture American invented products to other nations. This may make the inventors and developers of those products wealthy, but the far greater wealth generated by the sales of the manufactured products goes elsewhere. No sales revenues, no tax revenues.
To conceal this loss of manufacturing, the United States created the concept of the “service economy”; the ridiculous idea that a nation could be prosperous by doing each other’s laundry. From the point of view of the government, this worked as a short term solution, because the government could collect taxes on money that was simply moving back and forth between the citizens. However, eventually those very taxes discourage service-type businesses. People go back to doing their own laundry. Taxes are raised on the remaining business so that the government can keep servicing its debt, slowing more businesses down. There is a finite limit to how long a nation can survive a cycle where raising taxes reduces businesses which requires raising taxes again.
In the end, true wealth for a nation is generated only by having a product to sell, and the United States has few indeed. Check out the labels on the big-ticket Christmas gifts. That will tell you the story of Christmas yet-to-come.
Complicating the problem is the emergence of the “Euro”. While still a reserve monetary system, the Euro is already backed with stronger gold reserves than the US Dollar, since the US (along with Britain) have been selling off gold reserves to keep gold prices down and prop up their fiat money systems. The member nations of the European Union collectively form a powerhouse economy second only to the United States itself. Concerns are being raised that Argentina’s reliance on the dollar as a currency are in part responsible for its’ current woes, and other nations, such as Mexico, are already re-thinking their position on aligning their monetary systems with that of the United States.
The trend is obvious; unless there is a radical change to the cash flow across the border, the US government is staring at total economic collapse. The citizens cannot be taxed enough to pay the interest on the debt, let alone the debt itself. The dollar will cease to be the currency of choice in the global market. The situation is desperate. And as Clancy illustrates in his book, a desperate government will take desperate chances.
The United States needs to have a product to sell, something to get the cash flow headed back into the nation rather than out of it, a product everyone needs, and a product which exists in vast amounts.
To put it simply, American control of the world’s remaining major oil resources, both the middle east and Central Asia, would bail the US government out of its financial woes as nothing else can. Indeed there appear to be no other options open. It’s “grab the oil” or collapse under the accumulated debt of decades of “wishful spending” by the government.
There are clear indications that such a planned grab for the oil of Central Asia lies at the heart of current US foreign policy. Three years ago Congress discussed removing the government of Afghanistan to make way for an oil pipeline. Kosovo was also sitting along a desired pipeline route into the wealth lying under the Caspian Sea.
In “Red Storm Rising”, Tom Clancy portrayed the fictionalized USSR as planning the war long before the staged terror attack in Moscow. The reality is that long before the attacks on the World Trade Towers the US Government told India there would be an invasion of Afghanistan in October. Even the BBC heard about the planned invasion of Afghanistan before the events of 9/11. As far back as March 2001 Jane’s Defense got word of the planned US invasion of Afghanistan.
In “Red Storm Rising”, Tom Clancy portrayed the fictionalized USSR as using its’ own intelligence services to bomb an important building, then planting fake evidence to point the blame at the intended target of Invasion. The reality is that several of the men officially accused of the 9/11 attacks have turned up alive. The FBI admits that the IDs used by the hijackers were well-done fakes, using identities stolen from middle-eastern men.
Likewise, the Anthrax letters sent to media figures and Congress (just before it was scheduled to vote on the anti-terror bill) have turned out to be a total frame-up. While written to appear to be from middle eastern terrorists, it turns out that the Anthrax contained in the letters was United States property and only available from a select few government laboratories.
And, in a stunning revelation which confirms the deception being forced on the public, a US official admitted to Fox News that evidence exists linking the 9/11 attacks to NON-ARAB suspects, but that this particular evidence has been classified! The first suspects arrested after the WTC attacks were not Arabs, either.
It is said that art often must imitate life. In the case of Tom Clancy’s “Red Storm Rising”, the motives and actions of the fictionalized USSR line up rather nicely with those of the real life USA. And therein lies a warning for those who think fake terror is the ideal tool with which to rule. For in Clancy’s book, following a costly and bloody war, the fictionalized USSR is no better off than when it started, still without oil, still without money, and with a military coup on top of it all.
Life imitates art?
I hope not.
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A Florida Highway Patrol trooper, right, and Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy investigate a truck involved in a rollover crash the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at the intersection of North Elkcam Boulevard and West Hampshire Boulevard in Citrus Springs, where two involved motorists had to be airlifted for treatment.
TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers speaks to Tyrann Mathieu #32 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Tom Brady and Tyrann Mathieu exchanged some words at the end of the first half in the Super Bowl on Sunday night.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and the Kansas City Chiefs defensive back had a heated moment near the goal line at the end of the second quarter.
Brady and Mathieu had to be separated near the goal line. The Chiefs defensive back was called for a misconduct penalty.
Replay shows that Brady had a clear message for Mathieu: I’m going at you all game.
Mathieu admitted following the Super Bowl loss that he was pretty shocked to see Brady talking trash.
“Listen, Tom Brady’s a great quarterback,” Mathieu said. “I never really saw that side of Tom Brady, to be honest. But whatever. No comment. It’s over with. I’m done with it.”
Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans was a big fan of the fieriness shown by his quarterback.
“I don’t know what it does for him but for the guys around us, we love that s–t,” Evans said. “We love when it gets fiery and competitive. When [Brady] does that, he has a lot of guys to back him up.”
The Bucs topped the Chiefs, 31-9, to win Super Bowl LV.
In 1935, when both quantum mechanics and Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity were young, a little-known Soviet physicist named Matvei Bronstein, just 28 himself, made the first detailed study of the problem of reconciling the two in a quantum theory of gravity. This “possible theory of the world as a whole,” as Bronstein called it, would supplant Einstein’s classical description of gravity, which casts it as curves in the space-time continuum, and rewrite it in the same quantum language as the rest of physics.
Bronstein figured out how to describe gravity in terms of quantized particles, now called gravitons, but only when the force of gravity is weak — that is (in general relativity), when the space-time fabric is so weakly curved that it can be approximated as flat. When gravity is strong, “the situation is quite different,” he wrote. “Without a deep revision of classical notions, it seems hardly possible to extend the quantum theory of gravity also to this domain.”
His words were prophetic. Eighty-three years later, physicists are still trying to understand how space-time curvature emerges on macroscopic scales from a more fundamental, presumably quantum picture of gravity; it’s arguably the deepest question in physics. Perhaps, given the chance, the whip-smart Bronstein might have helped to speed things along. Aside from quantum gravity, he contributed to astrophysics and cosmology, semiconductor theory, and quantum electrodynamics, and he also wrote several science books for children, before being caught up in Stalin’s Great Purge and executed in 1938, at the age of 31.
The Soviet theoretical physicist Matvei Petrovich Bronstein (1906-1938), a pioneer of quantum gravity research whose work remains largely unknown in the west. Photo from the Public Domain.
The search for the full theory of quantum gravity has been stymied by the fact that gravity’s quantum properties never seem to manifest in actual experience. Physicists never get to see how Einstein’s description of the smooth space-time continuum, or Bronstein’s quantum approximation of it when it’s weakly curved, goes wrong.
The problem is gravity’s extreme weakness. Whereas the quantized particles that convey the strong, weak and electromagnetic forces are so powerful that they tightly bind matter into atoms, and can be studied in tabletop experiments, gravitons are individually so weak that laboratories have no hope of detecting them. To detect a graviton with high probability, a particle detector would have to be so huge and massive that it would collapse into a black hole. This weakness is why it takes an astronomical accumulation of mass to gravitationally influence other massive bodies, and why we only see gravity writ large.
Not only that, but the universe appears to be governed by a kind of cosmic censorship: Regions of extreme gravity — where space-time curves so sharply that Einstein’s equations malfunction and the true, quantum nature of gravity and space-time must be revealed — always hide behind the horizons of black holes.
“Even a few years ago it was a generic consensus that, most likely, it’s not even conceivably possible to measure quantization of the gravitational field in any way,” said Igor Pikovski, a theoretical physicist at Harvard University.
Now, a pair of papers published in 2017 in Physical Review Letters has changed the calculus. The papers contend that it’s possible to access quantum gravity after all — while learning nothing about it. The papers, written by Sougato Bose at University College London and nine collaborators and by Chiara Marletto and Vlatko Vedral at the University of Oxford, propose a technically challenging, but feasible, tabletop experiment that could confirm that gravity is a quantum force like all the rest, without ever detecting a graviton. Miles Blencowe, a quantum physicist at Dartmouth College who was not involved in the work, said the experiment would detect a sure sign of otherwise invisible quantum gravity — the “grin of the Cheshire cat.”
The proposed experiment will determine whether two objects — Bose’s group plans to use a pair of microdiamonds — can become quantum-mechanically entangled with each other through their mutual gravitational attraction. Entanglement is a quantum phenomenon in which particles become inseparably entwined, sharing a single physical description that specifies their possible combined states. (The coexistence of different possible states, called a “superposition,” is the hallmark of quantum systems.) For example, an entangled pair of particles might exist in a superposition in which there’s a 50 percent chance that the “spin” of particle A points upward and B’s points downward, and a 50 percent chance of the reverse. There’s no telling in advance which outcome you’ll get when you measure the particles’ spin directions, but you can be sure they’ll point opposite ways.
The authors argue that the two objects in their proposed experiment can become entangled with each other in this way only if the force that acts between them — in this case, gravity — is a quantum interaction, mediated by gravitons that can maintain quantum superpositions. “If you can do the experiment and you get entanglement, then according to those papers, you have to conclude that gravity is quantized,” Blencowe explained.
To Entangle a Diamond
Quantum gravity is so imperceptible that some researchers have questioned whether it even exists. The venerable mathematical physicist Freeman Dyson, 94, has argued since 2001 that the universe might sustain a kind of “dualistic” description, where “the gravitational field described by Einstein’s theory of general relativity is a purely classical field without any quantum behavior,” as he wrote that year in The New York Review of Books, even though all the matter within this smooth space-time continuum is quantized into particles that obey probabilistic rules.
Dyson, who helped develop quantum electrodynamics (the theory of interactions between matter and light) and is professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where he overlapped with Einstein, disagrees with the argument that quantum gravity is needed to describe the unreachable interiors of black holes. And he wonders whether detecting the hypothetical graviton might be impossible, even in principle. In that case, he argues, quantum gravity is metaphysical, rather than physics. READ REST OF STORY HERE……
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- The Senate voted Tuesday on a budget resolution that could speed coronavirus aid through Congress.
- No Republicans voted to advance the measure, which was introduced by the Democratic majority.
- The phrase “No Republicans” trended on Twitter after the vote.
Senate Republicans issued a mass rebuke of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package on Tuesday night, with none voting to advance it.
In a strict party-line vote, all 50 Senate Democrats voted to advance a budget resolution to speed the aid package through Congress without Republican support. Forty-nine Republicans voted against the resolution. Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania was absent because of snow.
The phrase ” No Republicans ” was trending on Twitter after the vote.
“We are not going to dilute, dither, or delay,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said before the vote, adding: “We welcome cooperation. There is nothing about the process of a budget resolution or reconciliation, for that matter, that forecloses the possibility of bipartisanship.”
The package on the line includes a round of $1,400 direct payments for most Americans, $350 billion to state and local governments, an increase in federal jobless aid to $400, and a proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to $15, among other aid.
All four measures have proved to be sticking points between the two parties.
Republicans want the relief checks capped at $1,000 and allocated only to people making less than $50,000 a year. They say the money for state and local governments isn’t needed and didn’t include any local funding in their counteroffer. They want the current federal jobless aid to remain the same and continue through June. Biden’s plan would increase it and extend it through September. And while some Republicans support increasing the federal minimum wage, few wish it to be as high as $15.
The bill also includes $130 billion to reopen schools, a major expansion of the child tax credit , $50 billion toward COVID-19 testing, and $20 billion toward a national vaccine program in partnership with states, localities, and tribes.
The budget-reconciliation process allows Democrats to pass the plan with only 51 votes, instead of the 60-vote supermajority usually required of bills.
Biden hosted Republicans on Monday to discuss the party’s $618 billion counteroffer .
According to The New York Times, some Republican senators considered Biden more receptive to compromise than his staff or Schumer during the meeting, though Biden has signaled that $600 billion is too little.
“They’ve chosen a totally partisan path,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told The Times about Senate Democrats.
Senate Democrats could approve the resolution as soon as Friday.
According to Roll Call, the House will vote on its nearly identical measure Wednesday and then will have to vote again on final adoption of the joint measure after the Senate makes additions.
Two FBI agents were killed and three were wounded, following a shooting early Tuesday morning while serving a warrant in Sunrise, Florida, according to the FBI. A statement released by the FBI say two wounded agents were hospitalized and are in stable condition. The third wounded agent remained on the scene. The FBI is not releasing the names of the two fallen agents. The FBI says the shooting took place around 6:00 a.m. in the area of 10100 Reflections Boulevard. “A team of law enforcement officers were there to execute a federal court-ordered search warrant in furtherance of a violent crimes against children case.” CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald reports they were serving the warrant as part of a child porn investigation. Nob Hill Road is closed in both directions from Northwest 44th Street to Oakland Park Boulevard. Police are urging people to stay out of the area. A Miami Herald source says suspected gunman barricaded himself for several hours before he shot and killed himself. The FBI has confirmed the suspect is dead. Just before 10:30 a.m., a police motorcade escorted the fallen federal agents to the Medical Examiner’s Office.
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Update: Suspect sheriff’s officials Friday night identified the man as Steven Verdone, of Homosassa. A lot of people are walking today especially if they’re in walking distance, to the store, to the bus stop all around the county! The morning of Jan 22, 2021, Friday was a little different for the suspect who Amanda Glode and Jason Dennis said walked down their street, Cardinal Street, everyday. Today was different though, they had seen him trying to jump in front of moving cars and when he got to Amanda Glode fence, he started swearing at her dogs, she gathered her two mastiffs up and then tried to reason with the man but he
would have none of it and as he went off shouting obscenities’ saying he was sick of living! Glode and Dennis called the police and it wasn’t 45 seconds later that they heard 3 gunshots and the man who didn’t want to live, lived no more. Cardinal street was blocked off into the evening and the current status is unknown.
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