THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US;
This new page is a concession to the fact that Weston, Connecticut is
also part of an even larger neighborhood.
Alas, we must look
outward, past the safe reach of Long Island Sound.
Our own artwork, illustration, fragments on global economics
Reused, reduced, recycled terror?
End of the world as we knew it?
Will there be one?
Each day is a life unto itself.
I-BBC report - crew arrived and checked in! Thank you I-BBC (below part of the complete report)
Sunday 5-21-20 arrived International Space Station.
WATCH LAUNCH LIVE
On the way to the International Space Station...launched 5-30-20.
BREXIT happened on Friday 1-31-20
As reported in I-BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-51340945
GLOBAL WARMING DEPARTMENT
Scientific adventure for 4-legged team members at SP Kennel and their mushers and P.R. Team.
Chena, who hopes to be included on this North Slope adventure, likens it to some historic trips of the past
"SP Kennel spent some of the off-season to the North Slope" she commented. "Has there been any change in the landscape since then?" she asks.
Initiative by new President of Mexico works if you build a wall or its equivalent...
Hurricanes from the Pacific
The path of Willa (above) which passed through earlier in the year.
A.P. reported today that "In one of his first acts in
office, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has signed an
agreement with his counterparts from three Central American countries to
establish a development plan to stem the flow of migrants seeking
asylum in the U.S."
That would be the three that either share a border (but not Belize, a
fourth country) with Mexico or are abutting Guatemala, shown above,
which is the primary border with Mexico to the south.
What a great opportunity for school-aged children to learn some
geography! And for those who have forgotten what we may or may not
have ever learned!
MEOW: Would any cat allow itself to be "confined?"
I-BBC story Oct. 20, 2018
"O what a tangled web..." department. An early article in I-BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44978460
Yes, we'll always have Paris...
It appears that negotiations taking place in Poland on "The Paris Accord" might be related to riots? Or not?
I am reminded of a bad joke made about the LWV of an unnamed town in lower Fairfield County some years ago...
Or does this all sound more like some parts of The Manchurian Candidate? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-45777681
"Ultima Thule" did not appear in the first James Bond movie. Awaiting download of data...see below for artist's view.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2018
Well, that's pretty funny - success on a red planet - not blue Connecticut.
FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018
Hartford COURANT picks up AP report. Which noted
that traces of what were bodies of water @ the size of Lake Okeechobee
(Fla.) have been discover that might have contained microbes.
THAT WAS PRESIDENTIAL. AND THE SECURITY COUNCIL DOES ITS USUAL
I suppose the measured tones from the teleprompter probably will be ignored by the 4th estate.
CATALONIA HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CATS WANTING TO BE ALONE.
But everything to do with the idea of "breaking away" from a larger entity. Such as might be applied to the EU?
CT REP. STAFSTROM (JUDICIERY COMMITTEE)
August 22, 2019 story about "ransomware" and attack on cities and towns: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/22/us/ransomware-attacks-hacking.html
AND NOW THE TRUTH TO EMERGE?
Hollow Men" across the vast wasteland that is our media...
First, latest "hacks" - http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37680411
that UK is closing all Russian accounts by Royal Bank of Scotland (yes,
the same entity as is in Stamford, CT). Cold War techniques being
More news: http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37683119
Public Utility Regulatory Commission Chair. in charge of Cyber Security for CT
Good news for the City of New Haven!
INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW IF EAST HARTFORD EVENT IS RELATED TO...
Feds warn of small airplane terror threats
EILEEN SULLIVAN - Associated Press
3 September 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI and Homeland Security have
issued a nationwide warning about al-Qaida threats to small airplanes,
just days before the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Authorities say there is no specific or credible terrorist
threat for the 10-year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade
Center and Pentagon. But they have stepped up security across America as
IS THERE A WORLDWIDE IMPACT OF F.A.A. REGULATIONS?
- F.A.A. REGULATIONS FAVORING AIRPLANE MANUFACTURERS BEGAN WHEN?
What a great name for this bridge!
OCTOBER SURPRISE WE FIND OUT DNC ETC WERE! How do you think e-mail gets hacked? By visiting infected sites, JMO.
Hillary Clinton’s Email Was Probably Hacked, Experts Say
By DAVID E. SANGER
JULY 6, 2016
When the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said on Tuesday that his
investigators had no “direct evidence” that Hillary Clinton’s email
account had been “successfully hacked,” both private experts and federal
investigators immediately understood his meaning: It very likely had
been breached, but the intruders were far too skilled to leave evidence
of their work...story in full: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/us/hillary-clintons-email-was-probably-hacked-experts-say.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=photo-spot-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news
THE ENORMOUS GALAXY-EATING MACHINE
Is it a "black hole" as Einstein intimated, or a game of "PAC-man" in this, a presidential election year?
" Ultimately, by exploring processes near the event horizon,
or by observing gravitational waves from the early universe, we may
learn more about the beginning of the universe itself, or even the
possible existence of other universes."
And there are others doing this too.
Analysis: Jeff Bezos’s space company just made a dramatic breakthrough
Christian Davenport, The Washington Post
Published November 27. 2015 11:22PM
Jeff Bezos's space company landed the first stage of its New Shepard
space vehicle this week in a breakthrough that could help dramatically
lower the cost of spaceflight...
The landing was cheered as a momentous milestone in the history of space
flight that could one day make human travel far more accessible and
affordable. Typically, rocket boosters are used once, burning up
or crashing into the ocean after liftoff. But Bezos, the billionaire
entrepreneur and owner of The Washington Post...
Re-usable booster rockets story: http://www.theday.com/business/20151127/analysis-jeff-bezoss-space-company-just-made-a-dramatic-breakthrough
FOUR PLUS HORSEMEN OF THE WEATHER APOCALYPSE: Fire, Flood, Volcano, Earthquake and Hurricane (or Cyclone). Which can all bring with them death, famine, starvation and lots of other bad things.
SON OF KRAKATOA, APRIL 2020
Mother Nature, annoyed that the world is making such a fuss over COVID-19, blows her stack.
Story here: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1268107/krakatoa-volcano-eruption-web-cam-watch-live-eruption
And here: https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/krakatau/news/101587/Krakatoa-volcano-Indonesia-violent-eruption-ash-to-47000-ft-altitude.html
We note that the first reports out of Australia based on satelite
imagery spotted the plume and lava "fountaining." As well as a
thermal hot spot.
Usual cause and effect - but for which one?
Most often the result of earthquakes, the tsunami apparently not the case this time. According to
reports we've read, volcanic eruption has produced similar effect. .
XMAS DAY WARNING A HOAX: https://nypost.com/2018/12/24/indonesia-could-be-hit-with-another-tsunami/
POST XMAS FROM FLEET ST: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8049185/where-anak-krakatau-tsunami-how-many-killed/
HOW DOES MOTHER NATURE PLAY A ROLE IN WORLD AFFAIRS? A FEW MONTH LATER - BINGO!
AN ATLANTIC HURRICANE, CATEGORY 5 TO CT?
Patricia slams Mexico Pacific Coast as Category 5 hurricane
Christopher Sherman, Associated Press
Published October 23. 2015 7:17AM, Updated October 23. 2015 10:52PM
Great story by FORUM editor!
H U R R I C A N E H A R V E Y
OMG! Is that dry pavement???
Still covered in water...
Irony not lost on rescuers from Weston.
NO DRY LAND
What it looks like in an emergency shelter.
NO DRY LAND.
2017 - NOT WESTON
Hurricane Harvey in Texas, from another's photos. Condo
development (l) becomes "waterfront" property in storm. Down the
road following the storm track...
2012 - Remember Hurricane Sandy?
How about two storms in 2011? That would be Irene in August and the Halloween Nor' Easter in October.
2020 report from nuclear threat:
Iran's honor system: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-usa/iran-rejects-u-s-demand-for-u-n-visit-to-military-sites-idUSKCN1B918E
Politics: All of it is local as the Internet defies borders.
BY THE WAY, I HAD PREVIOUSLY HELD CERTAIN SOURCES TO A HIGHER STANDARD...
Russia has been having fun!:https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/ukraine-witness-said-steele-dossier-was-rabbit-hole-and-likely-contained-russian-disinformation
Mocking as a military weapon?
Back to the U.S.S.R.? https://www.theday.com/business/20181220/putin-issues-chilling-warning-on-rising-nuclear-war-threat
Belgium Fears Nuclear Plants Are Vulnerable
By ALISSA J. RUBIN and MILAN SCHREUER
MARCH 25, 2016
"...On Friday, the authorities stripped security badges from several
workers at one of two plants where all nonessential employees had been
sent home hours after the attacks at the Brussels airport and one of the
city’s busiest subway stations three days earlier. Video footage of a
top official at another Belgian nuclear facility was discovered last
year in the apartment of a suspected militant linked to the extremists
who unleashed the horror in Paris in November." Story in full at
NYTIMES, see link.
Russia confirms ‘terrorist attack’: Plane was brought down in Egypt by homemade bomb
By Lynn Berry - Associated Press - Tuesday, November 17, 2015
MOSCOW (AP) — A homemade explosive device brought down a Russian
passenger plane over Egypt last month, the head of Russia’s FSB security
service said Tuesday, telling Russian President Vladimir Putin it’s now
clear the bombing that killed 224 people was a “terrorist” act...http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/17/russia-confirms-terrorist-attack-plane-was-brought/
Shell has made a costly call to abandon Alaska
Kamal Ahmed Business editor
It could have been Hillary Clinton's tweet that did it.
Just after the US government had given the go-ahead for Shell to
restart its exploration in Alaska, the Democratic presidential candidate
took to the social media site.
"The Arctic is a unique treasure," Mrs Clinton said on Twitter. "Given what we know now, it's not worth the risk of drilling."
Which seemed to ignore the fact that drilling has been taking place in
the Arctic for decades - for example oil was first discovered in one of
the main basins, Prudhoe Bay, in 1968. The area is still producing
around 250,000 barrels per day and is one of America's largest
producing fields...I-BBC story in full: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34380467.
IT WAS EERY AND MUCH LIKE THE MOVIE CLOSE ENCOUNTERS...CROWDS...
We wonder where else in the world this is happening???
Guess what? Planet Nine discovered!
That’s no moon, NASA says it’s a real-life ‘Death Star’
New York Post
By Associated Press
October 22, 2015, 9:15am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A white dwarf star in the Constellation Virgo turns out to be a “death star” worthy of “Star Wars...”
Story in full: http://nypost.com/2015/10/22/thats-no-moon-nasa-says-its-a-real-life-death-star/
Global thrust faulting on the Moon and the influence of tidal stresses
By Thomas R. Watters1,*, Mark S. Robinson2, Geoffrey C. Collins3, Maria
E. Banks1, Katie Daud1, Nathan R. Williams2 and Michelle M. Selvans1
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera images reveal a vast, globally
distributed network of over 3200 lobate thrust fault scarps, making them
the most common tectonic landform on the Moon...http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/43/10/851.abstract?sid=24e78eee-13a9-42ba-91b4-095dfff63afd
NYTIMES found this: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/22/science/earth-blamed-for-cracks-in-moon.html?module=WatchingPortal®ion=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=wide&state=standard&contentPlacement=3&version=internal&contentCollection=www.nytimes.com&contentId=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2015%2F09%2F22%2Fscience%2Fearth-blamed-for-cracks-in-moon.html&eventName=Watching-article-click
Obama Does Have a Strategy: Once you see what he is trying to accomplish, it all makes sense.
By Victor Davis Hanson, National Review
February 3, 2015 4:00 AM
The Wise People of American foreign policy — Madeleine Albright, General
Jack Keane, Henry Kissinger, General James Mattis, George Shultz, and
others — recently testified before Congress. Their candid and insightful
collective message dovetailed with the worries of many former
Obama-administration officials, such as one-time defense secretaries
Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, as well as a former director of the
Defense Intelligence Agency, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. Their
consensus is that the U.S. is drifting, and with it the world at large:
The Obama administration has not formulated a consistent strategy to
cope with the advance of second-generation Islamic terrorism. It is
confused by the state upheavals in the Middle East. It is surprised by
the aggression of Putin’s Russia and the ascendance of an autocratic
China. Our allies in Europe, much of democratic Asia, and Israel all
worry that the U.S. is rudderless, as it slashes its military budget and
withdraws from prior commitments...
1. Readjustments in the global order are long overdue...
2. All nations and interests act rationally — if given a chance...
3. Do abroad as we try to do at home...
4. Don't sweat the details...
Keep these themes in mind, and the last six years will make better sense...for complete article, please go to National Review.
IN YOUR DEALBOOK SECTION OF THE NYTIMES TODAY APRIL 12, 2016...
OMG - IT LOOKS AS IF THE NEW YORK TIMES AGREES WITH...FORMER WESTONITE!!!
"...But the system is still too opaque, and resistance to
regulation remains fierce. Mutual funds, for instance, are opposing a
rule that would require them to hold more reserves as a buffer against
large and sudden redemptions.
"The lessons of the last financial crisis are clear. Less clear is
whether regulators have the tools and the willingness to apply what they
have learned to new circumstances and new threats."
From Chinese Problems on America’s Shores
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
MARCH 21, 2016
THEY DON"T CALL IT THE DISMAL SCIENCE FOR NOTHING...
I-BBC 4 Jan. 2016
I-BBC from a year ago about "the 1%" on a global scale.
Chinese Trade Is a Driving Economic Force...from the link below.
"...As China’s economy slows, countries with significant exposure to
raw materials, like Australia and Brazil, are facing serious headwinds.
Germany exports machinery and automobiles to China, which had been a
counterbalance to slow growth in Europe."
Story in full: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/08/26/business/-why-china-is-rattling-the-world-maps-charts.html
Elections Have Consequences
JAN. 4, 2016
" For one of the important consequences of the 2012
election was that Mr. Obama was able to go through with a significant
rise in taxes on high incomes. Partly this was achieved by allowing the
upper end of the Bush tax cuts to expire; there were also new taxes on
high incomes passed along with the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a.
Opinion in full here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/04/opinion/elections-have-consequences.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region®ion=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region
The 57-Year-Old Chart That Is Dividing the Fed
Neil Erwin, NYTIMES
OCT. 24, 2015
Next week, when Federal Reserve officials meet to decide whether to
raise interest rates for the first time in nine years, one question will
be front and center: How much faith should be placed in a line on a
graph first drawn by a New Zealand economist nearly six decades ago,
based on data on wages and employment in Britain dating to the
1860s? Story in full: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/upshot/the-57-year-old-chart-that-is-dividing-the-fed.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news
WATCH OUT WESTON
Myself, I was never in the top one-percent of anything...
From the NYTIMES: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/17/business/putting-numbers-to-a-tax-increase-for-the-rich.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news
Internet Yields Uneven Dividends and May Widen Inequality, Report Says
By SOMINI SENGUPTAJAN. 13, 2016
UNITED NATIONS — Can the Internet save the world? In some
places, it has helped curb corruption, encouraged more girls to go to
school and enabled citizens to monitor election violence...more:
Economics and The Dollar: As my economics professor said "I don't want to be here" when we had to let the dollar float...
GENERAL ELECTRIC-ELECTROLUX SALE
How does G.E. selling or trying to sell its appliance business relate to CCM's proposal? HUNG OUT TO DRY. OR MAYBE FROZEN?
"Develop regional plans and one common set of regional boundaries based on many state studies already completed"
Gosh, I never heard that suggestion
before! Is it any wonder that the above idea is being floated yet
again??? Comes from new CCM staff with itch to re-invent County
So what did this group come up with?
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE NOV. 12 &13 - CBIA, CCM, AFL-CIO
CCM Leaders involved also WestCOG members.
Danbury Mayor Bouton, Newtown First Selectman Llodra and Ridgefield
First Selectman Marconi (elected first in 1999). Two others
included (North Haven and Fairfield)
PARTIES SINGLED OUT FOR INCLUSION IN THIS THURSDAY NOV. 12/FRIDAY NOV.
13 EVENT INCLUDED THREE FROM WestCOG...CCM calls out proudly...
SOURCE U.S. Bureau of Labor Statisticts:
* = So that would be of a total work force of 1,903,100 (preliminary figure as of August 2015)
** = U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Connecticut page.
Debt: Charlie licks his nose in anticipation of "a-c-t" order - an anagram for himself!
Northwest Connecticut struggles to gain broadband access
STEPHEN SINGER, AP Business Writer
Oct 4, 8:48 AM EDT
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut's Litchfield hills, which boast
premier antique shops, vineyards and 18th century inns, also feature
cellphone dead zones and super-slow Internet service that infuriate
residents and frustrate businesses...story in full direct from A.P.
Link to A.P.:
CT continues to lead nation in income, but wealth poorly distributed
By: Ana Radelat, CT MIRROR
September 30, 2015
Full report from U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis - B.E.A. CT MIRROR really LOOOONG story in full: http://ctmirror.org/2015/09/30/ct-continues-to-lead-nation-in-income-but-wealth-poorly-distributed/
Urges U.S. and Europe to Act Decisively on Debt
By MARTIN FACKLER, NYTIMES
October 13, 2012
TOKYO — World finance officials called on the United States and Europe
to quickly resolve their debt problems on Saturday, saying that more
decisive action was needed to restore confidence in the faltering
In a communiqué at the end of a three-day meeting in Tokyo, the
of the International Monetary Fund warned that global growth was
slowing as the continuing debt crises in developed countries dragged
down growth in emerging markets. The statement said quick action was
needed to “break negative feedback loops and restore the global economy
to a path of strong, sustainable and balanced growth.”
“There was no objection to the recommendation that we gave to the
membership, which was a-c-t,” said the I.M.F. head, Christine Lagarde,
spelling out the word for dramatic emphasis....
Much of the discussion at the I.M.F. meeting focused on the risks that
the United States, the world’s largest economy, might face if the Obama
administration and Congress cannot agree on deficit reduction,
triggering legally mandated tax increases and federal spending cuts
early next year. Hitting that “fiscal cliff” would reduce growth and
eliminate jobs at a time when the anemic U.S. economy is still
struggling to recover from the 2008 crisis...Full
story in NYTIMES. Also comment from another publication via the Internet.
Some history: 2015 and other numbers from 2008.
New York Times graphics:
New York TIMES 2008 graphics: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/09/04/business/20080907-metrics-graphic.html
HOW IS JOURNALISM LIKE A PANDEMIC? THEY BOTH START WITH WHO...
Demographics: Beyond pandemics and climate change...where are we headed?
WHERE HAVE WE BEEN?
With the terror attack Bastille Day in Nice, CT-N chose to re-play this program...
Nice, this is how CT-N responds - replay of "Anti-Muslim crimes and
Bias: Legal, Law Enforcement and Policy Implications" UCONN LAW
Palestinian people...Anti-Zionist program...they end the meeting after
the comment about Anti-Zionism. Pledge to use cell phone camera to
record anti-muslim acts.
GUB (BUG IN REVERSE) CONTROL
THE APEX PREDATOR
Did you like the story in the NYTIMES? While you are at the beach, you might like to read this tome (center)...or not!
Or if you like other methods...
POLITICALLY CORRECT OR NOT? TO BE OR NOT TO BE...2017 update on terror.
Connecticut is the first, JMO, to tempt the ACLU to join in support of terrorists via executive order. Read more here: http://ctmirror.org/2015/12/11/civil-rights-groups-at-odds-with-ct-lawmakers-over-syrian-
WE'RE #6 OF 50 PLUS D.C. IN GUN CRIME SAFETY (IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW YOU SLICE IT)
And from the CT MIRROR a well: http://ctmirror.org/2015/12/11/n-j-already-using-u-s-watch-lists-to-screen-gun-buyers/