New Years Day–2017

Out with the old and in with the new…..

We begin another glorious year….many surprises are awaiting us on the horizon….some will be good while others not so much…..

It is raining and cold here…pretty damn dismal…I do hope this not any indication of the year to come….

As I start my 11th year of blogging I look forward to the visits by my followers and commenters…we have had a good 2016 now let’s make 2017 even better.

Today will be filled with food, fun, football and family…..be safe and be well…I will return tomorrow with a full schedule of posts…until then……

Thank you for your support and I look forward to 2017….

Have a joyous day and see ya tomorrow.

End Of The Year–2016

Today is New Years Eve…the end of yet another year….during that year we lost so much and so many….

Just a reminder of all we lost…..The Year The Music Died!

Since I wrote this draft we have lost three more……George Michael and Carrie Fischer…..and the “unsinkable” Debbie Reynolds….

I would like to thank you guys for making 2016 a great year for IST….it makes it all so worthwhile and makes this old man very proud of all of you.

Please my friends have a safe and secure New Years Eve…..Please do not drink and drive…..remember you will pay for too much fun the next morning….

Time for a spinach and goat cheese omelette with a bit of champagne…..now that is breakfast….then a little relaxation to recharge the mental batteries…

Peace Out

Pension Panic

Note:  The site where I found this article is a bit of a conspiracy site and I am not sure about the validity of this news but seeing how we all have to retire or die at our desks I thought it would make a good conversation piece.

One sad situation in life is that we will all grow old and have to be put out to pasture (retire)….and the big question is will most Americans have enough cash saved to live a comfortable life?

I was unfortunate enough that hurricane Katrina injured me and I had to retire….but I was employed by the state and had a good retirement plan….sadly those days are slipping away….now employees are forced to “invest” their money and in doing so are at the mercy of the economic system under which we live….

For some the only retirement they have is their Social Security and the way things are going it looks like that will not be there when a person retires.

What is the future of our swindling pensions?

For millions of public sector workers in the U.S., state-run pension funds are the only chance left for a comfortable retirement. In the hopes of providing a stable future for their families, an entire generation was duped into putting decades of their earnings into these supposedly ‘risk-free’ investments. Unfortunately, those who have entrusted the government to manage their life savings may end up destitute as a result.

Budgetary shortfalls that have plagued Detroit for years are now spreading to other municipalities. Since 2008, six local governments have been forced to renegotiate their debts in bankruptcy court, with many others on the same trajectory. The scale of the problem has been repeatedly understated by the media, but across the nation, a somber reality is beginning to set in.

Source: Pension Panic: The Coming Financial Bubble Nobody Is Talking About

It appears that it is only a matter of time before all Americans are suffering from some sort of pension panic.

Will you?

The Birth Of The “Ministry Of Truth”

Does anyone recall the “Ministry of Enlightenment and Propaganda”?

Do not hurt yourself diving for Google…..it is the title that Hitler bestowed on Joseph Geobbels…..there was a governmental agency that had a lock on the “Truth”….why do I bring this up?

I am so glad that you asked that one important question.

While you were out wasting your hard earned cash on gifts for people that probably could care less our present president, the one we have now…not the one waiting in the wings for the helm of the government……signed a bill into law…..

President Obama quietly signed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act into law, which authorizes a military spending budget of $611 billion, and includes the dangerous Counter Disinformation and Anti-Propaganda Act.

This bill, as we reportedly previously, will “Criminalize ‘Fake News, Propaganda’ on the Web,” a key piece of legislation meant to crack down on free speech and independent media. In Layman’s terms, the act will allow the government to crack down with impunity against any media outlet it deems “propaganda.” The next piece of the legislation will provide substantial amounts of money to fund “counter propaganda,” to make sure the government’s approved stories drown out alternative media and journalists who question the status quo.

The “right to free speech and freedom of the press,” is guaranteed by the First Amendment to The U.S. Constitution. It is a foundation of American values, put in place by our Founding Fathers to protect our liberties, is now being endangered by this new law.

(A post on Free Speech would be a good way to start 2017)

This is not the first time that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was used to disguise a piece of legislation. Back in 2012, Obama signed a law that allowed for the “indefinite detention of American citizens” without a judge or jury. Then in 2013, Obama signed an NDAA bill that packaged an end to the Smith-Mundit act that prevented the government from using propaganda against its own citizens enabling the government again to legally produce propaganda.

What does that mean for you if you are an independent journalist or blogger? You can read more here, but it means that for simply writing this and asking questions and pointing out that Obama always signs these bills around the holidays like I did in this poem, if I am accused of “fake news” or propaganda, I could face criminal charges.

In other words the stage is now set for the U.S. government to legally crack down on every media outlet that the they deem to be “foreign propaganda.” The ministry of truth is setup. Welcome to 1984.

Plus we have a leader that has much animosity toward the media….how will that play out after 20Jan?

Closing Thought–27Dec16

Today I celebrate my 10th anniversary of blogging.

Ten years ago today I started my blog as a way to fight the depression that I was falling into after badly screwing up my right leg after a fall…..I had learned that I would no longer be able to work that took physical exercise since my leg was only about 70% and painful all the time……so I was put out to pasture as they say…..

In the 10 years I have made some amazing friends here on IST…..I been able to get 1900+ followers and an outlet for my opinionated ass.  In these years I have made few adjustments to this blog….name changes and series that just did not generate much interest…..for the most part….what you see is what you get.

This short post is to say thank you for all the people that have chosen to visit and to comment on IST…..to me it is a success maybe not by some people’s definition of the word….but to me it has been an amazing trip…

I hope to continue for as long as I can and hope all my followers will stick with me and help me make this even more successful……and a great journey.

Thank you, my friends.

Christmas–2016

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays whichever they prefer…..

It is a time for joy and family….the only draw back is that people are so busy this time of year that the readership slips a bit…but it is to be expected….so many things to do and so little time….

I am still considering the possibility of a podcast for IST and I would like to hear from my followers what they think of the idea.

This will be my only post today….nothing major to be said or written……

I hope everyone has a great day….don’t eat too much and do not let crazy uncle Bob get under your skin….hide the booze…he will eventually fall asleep and then he will be rendered harmless.

I also want to thank all those who have participated in IST….your participation is a great gift from you to me and I appreciate you loyalty and your comments.

Thank you…..something I cannot say enough or too often.

Have fun…….enjoy family….I will return tomorrow.

Peace and love….my friends.  Hoping you have a great Christmas……

Closing Thought–23Dec16

Repent!  The End Is Near!

There have been many horrible situations this past year but as we draw closer to the celebration of Christmas the absolute worst situation is evolving….could possibly bring the end of civilization as we know it……

Your favorite whipped desserts might be a little less whipped this holiday. A deadly explosion back in August at a nitrous oxide plant home to North America’s largest producer means the gas used in aerosol toppings is in short supply, reports the Chicago Tribune. Reddi-wip—with $278 million in annual sales—is just one of the products affected, with maker Conagra Brands claiming it won’t be producing its usual supply of the whipped topping until February, per the Boston Globe. “It’s in stores now, but we’re encouraging people to buy it early,” a rep says. “There will be a shortage if people buy at the typical levels during the holidays.”

It isn’t clear what caused two gas tankers and a nitrous oxide holding tank to explode at Airgas’ plant in Contonment, Fla., killing a worker. Production is back to normal while an investigation continues, but Airgas is focused on getting nitrous oxide—also a general anesthetic—to medical customers before food manufacturers, reports the Los Angeles Times. That doesn’t mean your holiday pies and frothy drinks must go without whipped cream. Popular Science notes it’s possible to survive “the Great Whipped Cream Shortage of 2016” simply by making your own using heavy whipping cream and elbow grease.

This has made the national news…so we know this must be a life changing occurrence….can we survive as a civilization with this apocalypse hanging over our heads?

Damn!  This is becoming a pathetic society!

May all my friends have a safe holiday and a wealth of love and enjoyment.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good day!