Closing Thought–02Jun17

An IST Public Service Message……..

Have you retired?

Would you like to do something for your community?

Seniors have a wealth of experience why not share that with your neighbors?

Americorps is a fine way for seniors to give back….

A couple of short vids will explain this…….

I volunteer as a tutor to students that have a problem with history….it is very rewarding when you see the student’s light go on and he/she grasp the subject…..I also hold discussion groups at a local college which helps students find there way through the maze of college history…..

If you are retired and would like something to do then I suggest that you check into Americorps and Senior Corps…..DO NOT just sit and wait…Get up and do something!

That is it for the week……onto the weekend and some much needed relaxation….enjoy…be well, be safe…..chuq

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IST–That Was The Week The Was

Your rundown of the past week……no excuses now…….

In case everyone has been bored and refusing to listen to the news….I thought I would try to start a weekly rundown of news, both critical and absurd…..and with a lot of help from The Cipher Brief……

Break it down, Professor.

JARED-GATE: Former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell explained earlier this week in The Cipher Brief why we should not “Over Connect the Dots on Jared Kushner’s Russia Dealings.”  And just about every high visibility talking head has been asked to weigh in with the media on reports that First Son-in-Law, Jared Kushner suggested setting up a secret communications channel with the Russians during the presidential transition period.   We collected a few of the comments:

(there is so much more….read on…..)

Source: Dead Drop: June 2 | The Cipher Brie

Did that help in the understanding of the issues that are flying around the news?

That us if you do not make up your own version of the news…..

Ever Heard Of The Zoot Suit Riot?

Professor’s Classroom

Tomorrow is 03 June and the anniversary of a riot in Los Angeles in 1943 between US military personnel and the Mexican-American community….

What is known as the “Zoot Suit Riots” occurred between the gangs of predominantly black and Mexican youths who were at the forefront of the zoot-suit subculture, and the predominantly white American servicemen stationed along the Pacific coast. On the night of June 3, 1943, eleven sailors on shore leave stated that they were attacked by a group of Mexican pachucos. In response to this, a group of over 200 uniformed sailors chartered 20 cabs and charged into the Mexican American community in East Los Angeles. Any zoot suiter was fair game. On this and the following nights, many a zoot suiters were beaten by this mob and stripped of their clothes, their zoot suits, on the spot. Nine sailors were arrested during these disturbances, not one was charged with any crime. On the following nights of June 4th and 5th, the uniformed servicemen (by this time the sailors had been joined by soldiers and marines) again invaded East Los Angeles, marching abreast down the streets, breaking into bars and theaters, and assaulting anyone in their way. Not one was arrested by the Police or the Sheriff. In fact, the servicemen were portrayed in the local press as heroes stemming the tide of the “Mexican Crime Wave.” During the nights of June 6th and 7th, these scenes were again repeated. Time Magazine later reported that, “The police practice was to accompany the caravans of soldiers and sailors in police cars, watch the beatings and jail the victims.” Police arrested over 600 Chicano youths without cause and labeled the arrests ‘preventive’ action. Los Angelenos cheered on the servicemen and their civilian allies.” Finally, at midnight on June 7th, the military authorities moved to stop the rioting of their personnel, and Los Angeles was declared off limits for all military personnel.

Source: The Zoot Suit Riots

You know something now that was unknown before you started reading…..

That is why I am here…..a conduit to history

Class Dismissed!

Turn The Page!

Where’s The Door?

The wait is over!

There has been much speculation on what the prez will say on the Paris Agreement……we now have the answer….

President Trump announced Thursday that the US will immediately cease “all implementation” of Paris climate change accord standards, the AP reports. “In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but [begin] negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction under terms that are fair to the United States,” Trump said, per CNN. “We’re getting out.”

While introducing Trump in the Rose Garden, Vice President Mike Pence said Trump is “choosing to put American jobs and American consumers first” with his announcement that the US will withdraw from the Paris accord. Pence praised Trump’s leadership and said Trump is “is choosing to put the forgotten men and women of America first.”

There has been applause and there have been sighs……but with all that what is next?

Here’s what else you need to know about Trump’s decision:

  • First, Fortune explains the Paris climate agreement. The gist is that countries agree to work toward keeping the global average temperature from rising 3.6 degrees over the pre-industrial average, at which point scientists believe the effects of climate change would be irreversible.
  • In a statement, Al Gore called Trump’s decision “reckless and indefensible.” But he adds the transition to clean energy will be continued by mayors, governors, the business community, and the American people.
  • Bill McKibben, writing for the New York Times, calls withdrawing from the agreement “our nation’s dumbest act since launching the war in Iraq” and one that hurts not only civilization’s ability to survive climate change but also civilization itself by undermining both diplomacy and science.
  • Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry in the Week counters that outrage over the decision is “absolute nonsense” in that the agreement was weak and ineffectual, with countries left to set their own goals for reducing emissions. (Though he also says withdrawing from it won’t do anything to add jobs in the Rust Belt.)
  • President Obama says leaving the Paris climate agreement is a rejection of the future, leaving the countries that remain to “reap the benefits in jobs and industries created,” the Hill reports.
  • Elon Musk is leaving Trump’s presidential advisory council over the decision, tweeting, “Climate change is real.”
  • Weather.com was also, clearly, not a fan of the decision. Below a livestream of Trump’s press conference, it ran stories about “Antarctica turning green” and “California’s coast disappearing into the sea” in an effort to get the American public to care about climate change.
  • Finally, Quartz reports a US not fully committed to reducing emissions may have actually hurt the climate agreement more by staying in it. “It is a club for countries who are part of a global effort to tackle dangerous climate change … The US no longer meets these admission criteria,” says a member of Ireland’s Climate Change Advisory Council.

Now you have everyone’s opinion and now mine.

Trump pulled out with hope that the conversation would change from all the stuff about the Russian connection (it will fail)…..of course he invoked the magic word……you can sell the American people any stupid idea as long as you use the word…….”JOBS”.

The agreement was self-regulating by each country…..it is non-binding…..That means that it had NO regulatory teeth….just how sis this agreement hurt American jobs?  This is not a big deal but it will take the US off the table and turn over leadership to some one else…..that in my opinion is not a wise decision.

What can the world do with trump’s newest decision…..

As I have previously written, under Trump the United States has ceded whatever lingering threads of global leadership it had not already shredded by pointless wars of aggression and financial doomsday devices; we are now something of a pariah state. On climate change, it now falls to Europe, China, and India to corral this blundering, addled elephant of a nation, until our janky political machinery can eject Trump and the Republican Party from power. Here’s how they can do it.

Source: How the world can contain Trump’s climate lunacy

America cannot be first if they are not part of the conversation.

Walking Our Way To More War

I have been bitching for years about the fact that the US uses military force without proper authorization…..and recently a few brave reps in Congress have offered up their bills to change the way we use military force….these events I have written about recently……

Source: Some Real “Men” In Congress After All – In Saner Thought

I wrote my post when I heard the news of these attempts….but I had not read any of the proposed bills…..like the most recent one, the Flake-Kaine Authorization Bill….

Source: Flake-Kaine AUMF | United States House Of Representatives | United States Senate

After reading the above bull I found myself concerned about the wording.  While I applaud the reps for their effort I am not too sure that anything would change if it is ever signed by this president.  In other words ir sounds like a sugar coated business as usual…..

I decided to do a little research to see if there were any others with similar concerns…..there were……

The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force has been used to justify military strikes around the world – dubiously, in the opinion of many legal scholars.

In their place, the new legislation would allow military action against the Taliban, al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, commonly known as ISIS, along with “associated groups,” specifically including Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front), the so-called Khorasan Group, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and al-Shabab.

Military action would be allowed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya and Yemen.

If the president wanted to take military action against additional associated groups or inside countries not specifically named, he would have to notify Congress, which would then have the option of passing a motion of disapproval.

Source: Bipartisan War Authorization Bill Would Make Trump ’21st Century Version of King George III’ | US News

This is an open-ended authorization to attack anyone by simply stating that they are “associated” with AQ or ISIS…..

Again I just do not see this as anything different than what is being done today……the only good thing is there is an expiration date on the AUMF….5 years.