Get Your Ticket To Ride To The Stars


NASA is not the only power player in US space exploration. SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are all making a name for themselves. The difference is that NASA is concerned with public service and pure science. The private sector space agencies are more interested in the almighty dollar. That means they will be staging projects geared toward profitable exploration, like mining interstellar bodies for lucrative minerals and space tourism. And whenever there is a buck to be made competition is sure to arise. Americans only need to look East to find competitor nations joining the profitable space race. Who will the gringa be rooting for? Read on and find out. Here are the Asian contenders who have certainly got game:

JAPAN: PD Aerospace acknowledges that the company is lagging behind their US counterparts. However, Shuji Ogawa, the company’s CEO, doesn’t seem at all disheartened by this. He believes there is enough consumer and investor interest to go around. Pretty much every single Earthling would love to realize the dream of a trip into space. Even if PD Aerospace is dead last in the race to launch cosmic tourists, there will still be plenty of money to be made.

PD is looking to use a re-usable spacecraft that resembles a plane. It will have an alternating propulsion system using jet and rocket technologies. Passenger capacity of 8, crew capacity of 2, will make for a very personalized tour. Flight limitation is 100 kilometers above the Earth’s surface. That is where outer space and Earth’s atmosphere meet.

So when will this bird get off the ground? First flight is expected to launch in just 3 more years. Trials are scheduled for another 3 years. So, in less than a decade the non-average Joe, with an extra quarter million of disposable income, can take to the highest heavens.

It will take some time for revenue to affect the company’s bottom line and lower the cost of a ticket. Eventually, a space flight will become affordable enough for even the regular average Joe. PD hopes to eventually bring ticket cost down to the $3,600 range. That’s a relief to the gringa!

CHINA: Kuang-Chi Science has a bit more swagger to their space travel chatter. They believe Asia is a better market for space tourism than the US. This means that even though they got a slower start than private American space firms, they are confident they will become more profitable much quicker.

The gringa loves their space flight plan to use a giant helium balloon to lift a capsule to the same dizzying heights as PD. With the same passenger capacity the main difference between the two trips will be that PD’s flight will have the fireworks and noise of rocket propulsion while Kuang-Chi will deliver a steady, peaceful glide. A quiet ride is very appealing to the gringa.

The chairman of the company, Liu Ruopeng, points out that passengers have no need of skills training or to be physically fit. The Kuang-Chi balloon trip to the edge of the cosmos is open to everyone. The gringa appreciates this sense of inclusiveness.

Another cool aspect to China’s space tourism model is that it will double as a scientific data gathering mission. On board is a platform that collects meteorological and agricultural information that is transmitted to networks on the ground. Being a tourist means also being a passive citizen-scientist. Your ticket to ride funds research and environmental monitoring that can help make the world a better place.

Kuang-Chi is also determined to be competitive. Although they haven’t announced how much a ticket will be, they have made it clear that it will be significantly less than what their competitors will offer. So start saving up your money. They have already begun test flights with their spacecraft “Traveler” and a turtle was the first passenger! Tourism is scheduled to begin in 3 years.

MALAYSIA: Although one might not equate this southeast Asia nation with innovative technology, with the creation of Independence-X, it is changing people’s minds about the who’s who in space travel. Look for this company to have a robotic spacecraft on the Moon’s surface sometime this year. If successful, it will certainly catch the eye of investors. A successful lunar landing will hopefully spur funding for space tourism technology development. So, although they are not yet in the race, they are definitely warming up in the batter’s box.

So who is the gringa rooting for? Kuang-Chi Science. I must admit my soft spot for positive business modeling that features inclusiveness, consumer affordability, environmental activism and… is pet friendly! I would like to join that turtle in space flight that will not just be a thrilling vacation of a lifetime but will also perform a service to my fellow Earthlings!

Sources:

Kuang Chi Science

PDAS

Independence-X

Image Credit: Cosmos TV

Video Credits:

PD AeroSpace

Bloomberg

Digi Telecommunications

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, Chpt 7


We read “A Day With The Beavers” in book 2 of “The Chronicles of Narnia” by CS Lewis. The Pevensie children enjoy the hospitality of Mr. & Mrs. Beaver.

Image Credit: IMDB

We’re All Just Microbe Poop


The gringa gets so excited about the search for life in outer space that I often forget about the overlooked frontier right here on earth… the deepest, darkest depths of our oceans. And some interesting discoveries have been taking place about 12 miles below the surface of the deep.

A beautiful, sparkly mineral has rendered up traces of microbial life. This is the deepest place carbon based life has ever been found on Earth. So far.  It is suspected that underwater oceanic volcanoes spit out the pretty minerals. But what does it mean? Is there any value to this information other than a cool topic of party conversation that makes a person look brilliant?

Scientists at Utrecht University, who made the discovery 6 miles below the deepest point of the Mariana Trench, consider the microbes to be something like a “message in a bottle”. Studying them will reveal information about mud volcanoes that are otherwise unknown.  Through chemical analysis they hope to find out things like what they “eat” which will tell scientists more about the microbe’s surrounding environment.  But microbes can spin quite a yarn. They are the smallest building blocks of our world’s biology.

Microbial communities basically eat different types of carbon. As these communities feast, grow and produce by-products (microbial “poop” I suppose), all sorts of things are happening. This, in essence, is how the carbon based world we live was constructed.

There are different kinds of microbe classifications. The type of microbe found 12 miles under the sea is considered an anaerobic respirator. That means it releases energy as a by-product of the carbon based food it eats. That means that anaerobic microbe poop is really energy!

This energy then turns around and changes the minerals in the microbe’s environment. And depending on what kind of carbon it eats determines the kind of energy-poop related change that takes place. For example, when microbes eat lactates, the same kind of changes repeat themselves in the surrounding environment. But when researchers feed them glucose, all kinds of different things happen.

The gringa can relate. Glucose is really just sugar. When the gringa’s oldest son was a little boy, if he avoided sugar his behavior was rather predictable. However, offer him a soda and as soon as the sugar high kicked in, he went bananas. So, I guess we really did all originate from microbes! Next time I stare at a microbe under a microscope I will ask myself if that is one of my long lost ancestors.

So, I guess in answer to my question about the value of learning about microbes is that in doing so, we learn more about ourselves!

Sources:

Graphiq

Science Daily

Image Credit:  UK News Yahoo

Video Credit:  Newsy Science

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, Chpt 6


Read with the gringa Chapter 6, “Into the Forest”, of  “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, book 2 of “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis. Now they are all in the adventure together!

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, Chpt 5


Join the gringa  as we continue with Chapter 5, “Back On This Side Of The Door” of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, book 2 of “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis. Find out the professors surprising response to Peter and Susan’s question about the wardrobe.

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, Chpt 4


Read with the gringa Chapter 4, “Turkish Delight”, of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis, book 2 of The Chronicles of Narnia. Edmund’s adventure in Narnia has just begun!

The Lion, the Witch & The Wardrobe, Chpt 3


 

Together we read “Edmund and the Wardrobe”. After being very unkind teasing Lucy about her story of Narnia, Edmund walks through the wardrobe himself.

Image Credit: IMG Arcade

There REALLY IS Life On Mars (And The Moon)


What if the gringa told you that there was, without a doubt, life on the Moon and life on Mars? You might not believe me if you are a strict science enthusiast. You might believe me without hesitation if you’re a UFOlogist. You might hope that I’m telling the truth if you are a science-fiction fan.

Well, the gringa’s got exciting news for all of you. It IS true and there is proof and NASA testimony to back it up. But there’s a curious twist. The life discovered in both locations is not alien. It is very Earth in origin. What does this mean?

The strict science-evidence buff will say this of course means that NASA scientists have contaminated the regions they have explored. UFOlogists will claim it is trace evidence of mankind’s ancient extra-terrestrial ancestry. Science-fiction fans will simply shrug, nothing coming as a surprise to them.

The first thing to do is examine the decontamination procedures of NASA. Is it possible to launch space exploration vehicles that are not contaminated with even microscopic traces of Earth sourced materials? Nope. If complete decontamination is not possible, are there Earthly micro-organisms that can survive the harsh conditions of space travel, be delivered to an alien landscape and, ultimately, thrive only to be discovered later by exploration equipment? Yep.

NASA does not fly solo, determining unilaterally decontamination procedures before or after a space flight. About 50 years ago the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), comprised of UN members from the International Council of Science (ICSU), created the Treaty of 1967 which outlined certain protocols related to outer space travel and research. Contained within the document are guidelines for 5 categories of space missions, rated according to the risk of contamination posed.

  • Category 1: Any mission to celestial body that does not involve study of biological systems (like launching of an orbiting satellite).
  • Category 2: Any mission to any cosmic body within our Solar System where documentation of biological or chemical systems involves a remote chance of contamination (like when a satellite takes a sample of a vent plume to see what kind of gas it is without entering a cosmic body’s atmosphere).
  • Category 3: Any mission with a specific purpose of studying chemical or biological systems that may contain living organisms that poses a risk of introducing contamination to other cosmic bodies (as in taking a satellite sample that could involve an orbit or fly-by into a cosmic body’s atmosphere, elevating risk of picking up atmospheric particles that could cross-contaminate another planet, moon, etc.)
  • Category 4: Any mission that lands equipment on the surface of a cosmic body for the purpose of interacting with the natural processes of the extra-terrestrial body which will certainly create the possibility of introducing contaminates from Earth to a celestial body (this is what occurred with the Lunar Apollo and Mars Rover missions, the equipment at risk of contaminating the Moon and Mars with Earth organisms).
  • Category 5: Any mission that has equipment set down on an extra-terrestrial body and returns physical samples from an extra-terrestrial body to Earth. This creates 2 subcategories of Restricted and Unrestricted. If the host for the sample is rated a Class III stringent, in other words, not a host for possible life, the returning sample is considered Unrestricted. Any specimen returning from a cosmic body where life is possible, must go through severe decontamination and quarantine protocols.

But how effective are these guidelines? Well, considering what happened with the lunar missions in the 1970s, none of these protocols may even matter. Even though there were procedures for quarantines and decontamination, there was simply no baseline to compare against any data.

Astronauts, equipment and geological samples were quarantined in isolation units for 3 weeks after a “bath” in a super-bleach solution or a betadine wipe-down. An examination for biological, bacterial and chemical anomalies would determine whether or not there was any risk posed by releasing from quarantine. And what about alien contaminants that had dormancy periods longer than 21 days?

Not all returning Apollo mission “stuff” was scrupulously cleaned and monitored. You know the raft the astronaut crews rode in from the module that splashed down to the ship that picked them up? Yeah. It just got a wipe down with betadine and was then sunk in the ocean. And guess where Earthly biological life as humans know it is theorized to all begin? Yeah. In the oceans. Hm. That might not have been such a good idea. That raft may have just been converted to a lunar life nursery.

And you know the geological samples the astronauts returned? Those “Moon Rocks”? Yeah. They didn’t even get quarantined or a splash of Lysol. They were whisked away in a helicopter and taken to NASA laboratories in Houston. So that means a couple of pilots, their crew and an entire helicopter were not just contaminated but blazed a trail of contamination across the sky of half of the United States. The helicopter and crew were quarantined but what about all of that airspace? Yeah. There’s that.

So, basically, humans have already cross-contaminated the Moon and Earth. That means any samples that pop-up on either locale that indicate alien life from one or the other are suspect.

The same is also probably true for Mars. Chances are Earth-origin micro-organisms have probably already survived the trip,arrived and set up shop for the next millennia or two. And, if climate change continues on course, Earthlings may not be around to explain human life on Mars for the ETs that eventually discover them. They will be on their own to figure out that little conundrum.

Which poses the question. Is that how life on Earth originated? Are humans the ancestors of alien contaminates? Could be.

And what is NASA’s solution if samples are determined to be contaminated with biological matter that is a threat to humans? If a danger is discovered en-route back to researchers on Earth, their fall back plan is to fly the stuff into the Sun. Hmm. Yes, by all means. Let’s continue our practice of pollution and let the chips fall where they may.

Sources:

Gizmodo

NASA

Johnson Space Center

Image Source: Gizmodo

Video Source: Licensable

“The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe”, Chpt 2


Join me as I continue to read “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis. Continuing Book 2 with chapter 2, in this 15 minute read along we all find out what Lucy discovers within the wardrobe.

 

Dargavs, Russia – The City of the Dead


With all the paranoia seeping into American society over Russia, thanks to the Trump administration, the gringa would like to take a moment to share some good and interesting stuff about Russia. You see, it’s so easy to generalize and say, “Russia bad” and forget all about the human element. Just because Trump and Putin and their respective governing bodies may be ruthless, greedy megalomaniacs, the Russian people are generally just like people everywhere. Some good. Some bad. And the nation of Russia is filled with rich history just like every other place on earth.

The gringa feels a bit guilty of all the complaining and criticizing I’ve been doing lately. It’s about time to focus on some good stuff. And the Russian good stuff I plan to focus on is all dead. In fact, an entire city of the dead.

Believe it or not, a city of dead Russians gets 4 out of 5 stars from travel experts as a must-see place to visit for guests to Russia. So, if you are planning your own tour, put the city of Dargavs on your bucket list. Also, pack your best Sherlock Holmes gear because this little gem is filled with mystery. Maybe you can crack the case and take your place in history as well.

When you arrive you will not be greeted with an eerie sight of Russian zombies and fog-filled ancient cobbled streets. You will discover a hillside burial ground set against the rugged backdrop of the Greater Caucasus mountain range.

Dargavs is found in North Ossetia. Stone structures, most with steep tiled roofs, house the resting places of ancient citizens called the great Alans who were a sub-set of the Sarmatian tribes. Although they are well-known as a nomadic, pastoral people speaking an ancient Eastern Iranian dialect, who lived around the first millennium of our current era.

The surviving ancestors of the great Alans buried belongings with their loved ones when they were entombed. Among the relics concealed in the crypts of this mysterious necropolis are:

  • Open, boat-like vessels to hold the corpse rather than a traditional coffin (curious since there are no rivers nearby)
  • Oars
  • Coins
  • Clothing

Despite some UFOlogists convinced the great Alans were really extra-terrestrials, the gringa thinks they were just regular humans. It seems they had beliefs and lifestyle practices that link them to every other group of humans trying to eke out an existence with primitive means in a harsh climate. Consider the stuff that researchers and archaeologists can all agree on that is very “humanizing”:

  • The crypts house the remains of entire families throughout multiple chambers and sometimes multiple levels.
  • Criminals were entombed in “exile”, their tombs constructed outside the collection of crypts for the Alan clan in general.

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  • Each tomb features a well at the entrance to the crypt that contains coins. So, the great Alans were sophisticated and human enough to understand economics, earnings and wealth.
  • They practiced some sort of religion or superstitions that had a belief in the afterlife hence the construction of a symbolic watchtower to guard the tombs and is, perhaps, the explanation for entombment with boats despite not being a river-faring people.

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There are many theories to explain some of the mysterious features that are, indeed curious, as well as to try to understand what the story was for the great Alans.

Religion: It is presumed that the boats and wells with coins are possibly related to the great Alans’ religious beliefs. The ancient Ossetians are believes to be pagans. However, a pagan is not an atheist. They do have religious beliefs, or superstitions, if you will.

Many religions feature boats and rivers as the means of travel to the world of the afterlife.  The river Styx of Greek mythology is, perhaps, the most well-known.  However, Acheron was also a river the dead navigated to the underworld on a ferry with Charon at the helm who served the king of Hades. It was known as the river of pain and at times, in legends and myth, is interchangeable with the River Styx.

An interesting note is that ferryman Charon also required a fee of a single coin. Non-payment meant a soul was left to wander aimlessly the banks of the River Acheron, presumably in great pain and anguish. However, if you are entombed with your own boat, why would you expect to need the services of another boatman? Perhaps the rivers Styx/Acheron were not the ultimate destination for the great Alans.

Ancient rivers of the underworld are also:

  • Lethe, also known as the river of forgetfulness and oblivion of sleep (no fee required).
  • Phlegethon was written about by Plato who believed it led to the deepest parts of Tartarus. Dante also penned a bit about this river in his legendary “Inferno”, it existing in the Seventh Circle of Hell, a boiling river where souls were tormented in cages by Centaurs tasked with dipping them in to the river’s scalding depths. Probably not the intended afterlife river for a people who hoped to arrive with their own boats.
  • Cocytus, the River of Wailing, joins with Acheron, ultimately leading to a frozen lake. It is the destination of traitors and all who commit sins against humanity. This may have been the destination of the criminals entombed in the outer circle, the Cocytus being a river that encircles the underworld.
  • Oceanus, another afterlife river that encircles the entire underworld, this freshwater stream was where the edge of the world met the cosmos. Although some think this would have been a gloomy, lonely afterlife existence, the gringa thinks this may have actually been the most coveted locale of the dead because they would be the ones nearest the realm of the gods. This may have been where the great Alans hoped their souls would be headed after death and they would need their own boats to navigate the waters of Oceanus. So, then, what was the coin for?

History of the Wishing Well: Wishing wells are common all over the world. Toss in a coin for good luck. We all do it. Anthropologists date the practice as far back as ancient Egypt and the Mesoamerican cultures. It was common practice to placate the gods with gifts. Want your natural water resources to remain sweet and pure? Toss in a valuable coin as a gift and hope for the best. This lends credence to the local legend that loved ones of dead great Alans would toss a coin in the well for good luck with regard to the afterlife situation of a family member who had passed.

Of interesting note is the local legend that the entire clan was wiped out by a plague. This is to explain the small, rectangular open entries into the tombs rather than be sealed crypts. It is said that once a person’s entire family died, having no one left to bury them, once becoming sick, the remaining survivor would climb into the tomb and await death. The gringa wonders if they tossed a coin into the well for themselves since they knew no one else was left alive to wish them well on the other side?

If you plan to visit, expect quite a trek to get there and plan to be your own guide. The place is remote and rarely visited. Even the locals avoid it on pain of death. It’s about a 3 hour drive from the nearest thing that can be called civilization. And the road has a reputation for danger. But, from the looks of things, if you like adventure, history and mystery, this will be a very satisfying jaunt!

Sources:

Encylclopedia of Sacred Places, Volume 1 by Norbert Brookman

RT

Theoi

University of California Irvine Anthropology

Dante’s “Inferno

English Russia

Image Credits: Atlas Obscura

Video Credit: Sam Conney

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, Chpt 10


Join the gringa in the adventure of chapter 10, “The Spell Begins To Break”, of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, book 2 of “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis. Find out how the children and the Beavers discover the good news.

Happy No-Guilt, No-Mom Mother’s Day


For all of you who, like the gringa, did not call up dear old mom to say, “Happy Mother’s Day,” don’t feel guilty. I don’t. And here’s why.

A mother is the first person a child loves and trusts. A child enters the relationship completely inexperienced. It is up to the grown-up in the relationship, the mother, to do the right thing. If a mom doesn’t get it right, just ask a psychoanalyst how severe the consequences could be. After all, some of the most violent and dangerous criminals in the world have “mommy issues”.

The gringa no longer has mommy issues. That’s because the gringa recognized (far too late in life) that mommy was poison and said a final good-bye. It’s not just that the gringa had been betrayed, that I could have forgiven. I have never expected any person I have a relationship with to be perfect. I’m not perfect. I do, however, expect them to respect certain boundaries. Step across boundaries and lives can be destroyed. Not just the gringa’s but also the lives of my children and husband. Cross that line and you are gone forever. And the gringa will feel no guilt.

If you, like the gringa, loved and trusted your mother for years, tenderly overlooking her flaws as only a devoted child can, and then discovered that she would destroy the lives of your loved ones or yourself and carry no remorse in her heart for it, feel absolutely no guilt about having a no-mother Mother’s Day.

In fact, don’t be quiet about observing a No-Guilt, No-Mom Mother’s Day. I promise you that there are many others, just like you, who are suffering in a shamefaced silence. They shouldn’t be. Your mother’s decisions are not your fault. Before she was a mother she was just a regular old person. If she were not your mother, just some neighbor or random person on the street, those same behaviors that have driven you away guiltily would equally drive you away guilt-free. Don’t feel guilt because you saved your life by abandoning a relationship simply because of biological connection.

Daughters and sons are people, too. A biological connection does not demand that we celebrate the one person we should have been able to trust for our entire lives who, instead, became hellbent on destroying us one way or another. Just as a man can be only a sperm donor, walking away from a child and deserving none of the perks and honors of fatherhood, the same can be said for bad moms. Being an egg donor does not entitle you to ruin my life forever, hence ruining the lives of my husband, children and grandchildren as well.

Celebrate, instead, all of you with self-imposed orphan status, your own courage to pursue a life of happiness, enriched with healthy relationships that are secure from outsider tampering. Celebrate your courage to do this despite the social stigma and criticism you will receive for not honoring the woman who “gave you life”. Go to brunch. If you are a mom yourself, celebrate yourself twice. Hold your head high. Have the best, damn No-Guilt, No-Mom Mother’s Day ever. Cheers from the gringa.

The Magician’s Nephew, Chapt 12


Join the gringa for a 23 minute read along as we continue book one of the series “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis. Find out about the mission Aslan sends Strawberry, Digory and Polly out on!

Let’s read great books together!

India’s 1st Female Muslim Ruler


The average American is inundated with headlines and articles about the nature of Islam practically on a daily basis. Despite the fact that many Americans don’t even have a Muslim as a close, personal friend, they often believe they have a pretty good handle on Islamic culture. One of the most common misconceptions non-Muslims have about Islamic culture is how women are perceived and treated. That is one reason the gringa, who has a Muslim daughter that enjoys a liberated life, higher education and career in medicine, would like the American public to become better informed. Let’s start with some notable Islamic women and their achievements as recorded in history.

Hinduism may be most commonly associated with India, but, once upon a time, a brave Muslim warrior became India’s first female Muslim ruler. Her name was Raziya, the daughter of a Turkish slave, Iltutmish Raziya, who achieved final greatness as the Sultan of Delhi, paving the way for his daughter’s future acclaim.

The year is 1236 in India when Raziya Sultan, birth name Jalalat-Al-Din Raziya, took the throne as the first female Sultan of Delhi. Her older brother, Nasiruddin, governor of Bengal, had died. Her younger brothers were too young to rule. So, when her father, the reigning Sultan, died, his legacy passed to the next capable heir according to the law of “qabliyat”. That was Raziya.

What determined her legally “qabliyat”, or, capable, of ruling a nation? While her father was Sultan, Raziya had acquired many years of experience as a trusted minister and regent when her father, the Sultan, was away on state business. Formally educated in the Qu’ran, she was also trained in the martial arts and became a skilled mounted warrior, be it on horseback or commanding an elephant.

As she carried herself with dignity and exhibited noble accomplishments, her father confided to the ulama, the religious law scholars, that he saw in his daughter “signs of power and bravery”.  He expressed his preference for her over his sons with these words:

“My sons are devoted to the pleasures of youth, and not one of them is qualified to be king… After my death, you will find that there is none more competent to guide the state than my daughter.”

Many noblemen within the kingdom resented the idea of a female Sultan. But Raziya was clever and rendered their opposition powerless. She sowed seeds of discontent among them, making it possible to win over enough that she soon had a majority supporting her. As support for her leadership solidified, she was able to manage all the affairs of state through the loyalty of appointed maliks (lesser kings) and amirs (state governors).

Her accomplishments include building public schools, expanding academic opportunity, opening medical and science research centers, and public libraries for everyone to have access to religious texts related to Islam and Hinduism. She oversaw an extensive infrastructure project that created a sophisticated roadway system. This strengthened the kingdom’s economy and security, connecting remote villages and military outposts. And, contrary to many modern Americans who view Islam as intolerant, Sultan Raziya established the law of religious tolerance and equality between Hindus and Muslims.

It is interesting to note that she claimed the official title of Raziya Sultan rather than the feminine version, Raziya Sultana. This was by design to communicate to all that she was, indeed, the sovereign and rightful ruler of Delhi. She also set aside traditional female attire, opting for the masculine fashion of tunics and turbans. When she boldly rode out in public on horseback or elephant, she did not wear a purdah, the customary veil associated with Muslim women of that era.

Much to the dismay of the nobles who continued to refuse to accept a woman ruling over them, Raziya, secure in her power, made it clear that she did not need their approval. She signaled her independence by appointing a trusted slave to the strategic position of commander of her army. Even more shocking to the discontented nobles was that the new army commander was not even a Turk. He was Jamaluddin Yakut, an Ethiopian. His official new title was Amir-i-Akhur which literally means Intendent of the Royal Stables. The horses and elephants maintained in the stables were, in essence, the kingdom’s war machines. So he was, indeed, Commander of the Army.

The antagonistic noblemen were so incensed they conspired to overthrow their Sultan. They hoped a bit of romantic intrigue might result in a jealous rivalry that could end in assassination. You see, dear readers, at one time a nobleman, Malik Ikhtiyauddin Mirza Altunia, who had been a good friend to Raziya’s father, had proposed marriage to the new female Sultan. She turned him down, citing her responsibilities as head of state. She did, however, reward him with a governorship of Tabarhinda (today’s Bhatinda). The troublemaking noblemen began to gossip to Altunia, telling him lies about an affair between Raziya Sultan and the new Commander of the Army, Yakut. Altunia reacted as expected and joined the rebellion.

The rebellion consisted of small pockets of resistance cropping up in remote areas. Yakut had to send the army here and there, squashing fires and skirmishes as they popped up. Eventually, with his army scattered and tired, Yakut was killed in battle. His disheartened soldiers surrendered to Altunia. This led to Raziya Sultan’s forces turning on her, taking her prisoner.

The noblemen who started all of this trouble appointed Raziya’s step-brother as the new Sultan. It turned out that he was a drunk who oppressed the people and slaughtered all who criticized him. As the disaster of his leadership was fully realized, Altunia once again softened his heart for his old love. Raziya saw the strategic advantage of the alliance and the two were married.

Although Raziya Sultan did gain her freedom and, ultimately, her throne because of this marriage, the bloom on the rose faded quickly.  One particular nobleman, Bahram Shah, could not let go of his hatred for her. He continued to stir up resistance. Raziya Sultan often took to the battlefield. The exact details of her death are unknown but the gringa will share the legend that is most often told:

Engaged valiantly in battle, Raziya Sultan was struck with an arrow. She fled the battlefield, looking for a place to restore her strength. A man discovered her and offered her food and a place of concealment where she could rest, unaware of who she was and thinking that she was a male soldier. While asleep she shifted her position. This revealed to her rescuer a glimpse of a golden tunic with expert needlework and pearl embellishments. Enraged when he realized that this was a woman disguised as a man, the rescuer turned murderer, later selling her valuables at market.
Legend recounts that the murderer buried Raziya Sultan. However, if you travel to Delhi you can find a tomb designated as this famous woman’s tomb. In fact, you might find several! Who really knows where Raziya Sultan lies today?!
If you don’t like this kind of ending to the fantastic account of Raziya Sultan’s life, you can see any number of fanciful and romantic endings in the many dramatic re-enactments on stage or in film that tell her amazing tale. And the next time you hear someone stereotype Muslims as not respecting their women, oppressing them and affording them no power, you will know what they don’t know. That Muslims are people like everyone else. Some good, some bad. And within every religion there are those who abuse the opportunity to use religion as a means of power over others while there are those who understand the true meaning of their religion: to serve all of mankind with kindness and humility, regardless of gender.

Sources:

Delhi Timeline

History of Islam

The Famous People

Mvslim.com

Image Credit: Alchetron

Video Credit:
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The Magician’s Nephew, Chpt 8


We continue Narnia adventures! Queen Jadis is running amok in London!

The gringa explores Narnia reading the entire book, “The Magician’s Nephew”!

Image Credit: Narnia Wikia

The Magician’s Nephew, Chapt 7


We continue this wonderful book that is part of the “Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis. Crazy Uncle Andrew is in love with evil Queen Jadis. What will happen next?

Let’s explore Narnia by reading great books together!

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Let’s Read “White Water”


This true story from America’s history is crafted by authors Michael S Bandy & Eric Stein. Children learn the empowerment of looking beyond what is commonly accepted to discover what is really true and truly right.

Let’s read books that empower children! 

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Where Are All These Terrorists Coming From?


 

As the gringa has posted about US involvement with covert operations and regime change around the world to protect US corporate profit interests, rather than actual security threats, most of the operations took place back in the 1970s. Is there any evidence of more recent operations? Is this still standard operating procedure for the US?


Well, first we have to consider that any real evidence would be classified information. Such a status only changes when public knowledge of the information poses no security threat to individuals or nations involved. That’s why the US public usually doesn’t find out the dirt until several decades later.


The most recent activity of US interference gone bad resulted in the creation of the Mujahideen which eventually morphed into the ISIS of today. The creation of this rebel group by US programs thus makes the US directly responsible for the radical Islamist terror problem in the world today. You see, Osama bin Laden was originally a US trained Mujahideen operative.

And bin Laden, like so many other tools crafted into existence by US dark ops, was done away with once he went rogue, acting in his own interests and the interests of his compatriots rather than in the interest of the US. And once bin Laden became powerful enough to have credibility, he also became a liability to expose the dark legacy of the US. So, bin Laden was destined to die at the hands of the US sooner or later. Once a tool serves its purpose, it is expendable. That’s pretty much the pattern time and time again with the actors the US uses to fulfill its dark operations.


To understand the emergence of bin Laden, once again, we have to go back to the 1950s. Despite the US reputation for being a nation founded on democracy and committed to spreading and preserving democracy to nations around the world, the opposite is actually true. 


The “love of democracy” spiel is propaganda. The actions of the US prove this to be true. Historically the US has consistently supported monarchies rather than democracies, where other countries are concerned. It is easier for the US to exploit the natural resources and engage in slave labor practices of the indigenous populations if these people do not have the right to voice their grievances and bring about change. Monarchies good for US investors, democracies bad.


In the 1960s the US coveted even more wealth. This meant they expanded the territorial reach of corporate investment into unpopular dictatorships. What’s a bit of bloody oppression compared to a few kazillion dollars, right? Besides, if they wanted to prevent Russia from gaining ground by making friends around the world, making it impossible for capitalist investor exploitation, the US was going to have to compromise its principles of liberty and freedom and make friends with despots.


By the time the 1970s rolled around, the US had become so ethically compromised for the sake of corporate interests that it decided adding terrorists to their friends’ list really didn’t make that much difference. The rationale was that, in order to get the biggest bad guy, the US often had to cooperate with lesser bad guys. Sounds reasonable, right? Um, yeah.


And the first terrorist group the CIA got in bed with was the Mujahideen in 1979. The reason why? Because they were resisting the Afghan government that was getting into bed with Moscow. Throughout the 1980s Gulbuddin Hekmatyar of the group Hezb-e-Islami was the CIA’s inside man.


Hezb-e-Islami means “Party of Islam”. So, basically Hekmatyar represented a religiously affiliated political organization. Throughout the 1970s it was involved in many conflicts. The group’s position in these conflicts reflected a virulent hatred and opposition to Western ideas. Hekmatyar authorized attacks against Coalition forces who were supporting the Afghan government, which he sought to overthrow. 


You want to know what the Hezb-e-Islami jihadists did with some of the money the US supplied them with? It didn’t all go for weapons and survival supplies. Much of it was spent on sophisticated propaganda to attract young, vulnerable Muslim men in the region to join their noble struggle by glamorizing regional religious war.

Yeah, thanks America for helping the jihadist recruiters of the 70s prepare the groundwork of the ISIS recruiters of today.


After Afghan President Mohammad Najibullah was removed from power in 1992, the nation erupted into civil war as different factions, including the Party of Islam, wrestled for control. Eventually the Party of Islam gained power with Hekmatyar becoming Prime Minister in 1993.  But his power was brief. By 1994 he was out of office, although he did return for a brief stint in 1996. One of his first acts of office was to order the public hanging of his rival, Mohammad Najibullah in the capital city of Kabul in 1996. The gringa wonders if Najibullah’s status as a communist is why the US didn’t decry his lynching as a brutal crime and human rights violation?


1996 was the year that the Taliban gained power in Afghanistan. Hekmatyar fled to the safety of Iran. The Taliban’s reign was also short-lived, falling in 2001 to Coalition forces. Afghanistan would now be led by US puppet Hamid Karzai. This was when Hekmatyar fled to self-imposed exile in Pakistan.


But even exile in Pakistan couldn’t stop this determined jihadist. When Coalition forces showed up in 2001 to challenge Taliban rule, Hekmatyar’s organization found resources and support among the people of Pakistan’s tribal areas. His persistence to resist the contaminating influence of Westernization that US led forces would bring to Afghanistan would inspire him to support the Taliban that had previously engaged in a power struggle with his own organization. This would pay-off, eventually bringing him back to favor. Last year he returned to the country of his birth.

But where’s the link in all of this to Osama bin Laden? How is the US responsible for the creation of this infamous terrorist through a connection with CIA sponsored terrorist warlord Hekmatyar? After all, bin Laden was a Saudi, not an Afghani? 


It was the strict religious ideology of Hekmatyar that made his leadership appealing to young bin Laden. Having the extensive training and weapons resources provided by the US was just the icing on the cake. Under Hekmatyar’s leadership, bin Laden got placed on the US terrorist payroll.


In 1979, bin Laden joined the Afghan resistance when Russia invaded the country. Guess what bin Laden left behind to become a freedom fighter for the Afghani people: the legacy of being the 7th child to a Saudi construction billionaire who was highly influential after projects like renovations on the holiest of Muslim sites, Al-Aqsa Mosque.


But bin Laden was actually raised by his mother and step-father. However, his upbringing was no less comfortable while living separate from his billionaire biological father. He attended the most prestigious schools and became recognized as an exceptional student. He would eventually be invited to study at prominent institutions of higher learning. While studying as a young adult, bin Laden memorized the entire Q’ran.


A few years before entering college, bin Laden joined a small group of pupils tutored by a teacher from the Islamist sect, “The Brotherhood”. The ideology was of pure Islam loyalty, even if it meant death for a loyal observer. After two years under this tutor’s instruction, bin Laden was a full-fledged activist. He finished his college education in 1981. 


Rather than use his public administration degree, he chose to become a freedom fighter in Afghanistan as a duty of his religious beliefs. When he arrived in Peshawar, Afghanistan, he joined a program led and funded by the US, the CIA’s Operation Cyclone, which was training other jihadist Mujahideens of Hezb-e-Islami, the group led by the CIA’s inside man, Hekmatyar. 

And thus the circle is complete. The very Muslim leader the US assigned blame to for 9/11 was actually a terrorist trained, bought and paid for by the United States. Is it any wonder, then, that bin Laden could not be allowed to live? It’s even likely that bin Laden had nothing to do with 9/11. When one becomes acquainted with the M.O. of the US government to craft frame-up jobs to demonize someone they need to get rid of, it becomes within the realm of possibility to consider 9/11 as an inside job with bin Laden as the patsy. 


Is it too hard for the average American patriot to swallow that their government could murder thousands of its own citizens just to cover their ass? Well, the US government sure doesn’t mind murdering people abroad. Why should its own citizens be any exception? All that is necessary is an effective cover story to keep up the nation’s “good guy” appearance so that every American follows the story hook, line and sinker. Not only will a good, little American then pose zero risk for rabble-rousing, but they will also wholeheartedly support the murder of an innocent they have been conditioned to perceive as an evildoer. After all, what might happen should the American public realize that in order to truly end the war on terror, their own government would need to be overthrown and replaced?


Sources: Biography


Tracking Terrorism


National Counterterrorism Center


All That Is Interesting


Academia


Image Credit: University Hartford


Video Credit: DD News


Hezb Islami


Ali Sedarat


Audiopedia



Chile’s 9/11 Of US Sponsored Terror


If the gringa has sufficiently whetted the dear readers’ appetites on the sinister and very real nature of US sponsored dark operations and terrorism, you are in for another treat. Although every American knows the significance of 9/11, some Americans even believing this to be a US crafted dark op act of terror, this belief may be further strengthened when it is realized that the US crafted a 9/11 for Chile. But why did Chile matter so much to the US?


Chile’s 1970 democratic election offered the populace 5 presidential candidates. Chileans chose as their new leader Salvador Allende. Allende’s politics were considered center-left. As what was then known as a “developmentalist”, Allende’s favor rode the swelling tides of a populist platform. He promised to re-empower the people at the cost of dis-empowerment of foreign investors. Sound familiar? This is what is known as “going rogue” in US policy.


As a developmentalist, Allende promised to foster the growth and development of national companies. To keep foreign competition at bay, high tariffs would be imposed on imports. Sounds a lot like Trump, huh? Yeah, the US doesn’t mind a strong nationalized economy at home, where American companies benefit. But the US is not too fond of nationalized economies abroad where US corporations want a bigger slice of the capitalist pie. 


When a foreign nation with a consumer population the US desires to exploit begins these populist programs of nationalizing their economies, the US typically starts clanging the alarm bells of, wait for it….. COMMUNISM. And the US has invested great effort in conditioning Americans to have their hearts contract with disgust at the mention of that word. A good, little, patriotic American should have a reflexive response toward Communism as if one just happened upon a cockroach. You eradicate it. And if you peruse the CIA’s website about their activities in Chile during this period, you will see the word Communism as synonymous with Marxist, an equally detestable word to well-conditioned US “patriots”.

Especially during the 70s, at the very thick of the Cold War with Russia, did these particular words have even greater effect on the American people. Once Secretary of State Henry Kissinger saw what was going to happen under an Allende administration, he immediately began the Communism smear campaign. He gave this public statement:

“I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.”

In other words, Kissinger advocated for interference in the democratic process of a sovereign country simply because it was going to make a dent in American corporate profit interests vested there. But he would convince Americans action was needed to preserve and protect democracy because Chileans were too stupid to recognize “nationalism” as “Communism” in disguise. Because, after all, every good American knows that life under capitalism is ALWAYS better than the lifestyle any communist society offers, right?


Kissinger by-passed the CIA, crafting his own clever plot to do away with an administration elected by the people on a promise to be for the people of Chile. However, Kissinger would eventually get around to using the CIA to help carry out his coup. 


The key Chilean talent Kissinger tapped to be his inside man was Chile’s top military commander, General Rene Schneider Chereau. Chereau was no fan of Allende. The gringa supposed it didn’t take much for a smooth-talker like Kissinger to get him on board. The CIA introduced Kissinger’s scheme to Chereau expecting to easily gain his confidence. They were surprised that, despite his open dislike for Allende, he flat-out refused their proposal. What a surprise for such an arrogant nation! Of course, had the US understood the concepts of loyalty and duty, they would have been able to predict the noble response of Chereau.


So, the CIA picked another Chilean military mark, General Camilo Valenzuela. He quickly jumped on the dark op bandwagon, implementing a gun smuggling operation. He was to select key conspirators who would participate in a very public assassination of Chereau (that’s what you get for refusing to cooperate with the US. Ya get dead). Because it was widely known by the public that Chereau and Allende were anything but friends, it would be easy to convince the public that Allende supporters were responsible for the heinous crime.


Chilean General Robert Viaux was the money man, receiving $50,000. As a US hit man for hire, he turned around and hired a small group of mercenaries, arming them with automatic rifles and gas grenades. October 22, 1970, Viaux’ hit squad approached Chereau’s car, smashed the back window with a sledgehammer, then delivered several gunshot wounds to his abdomen. It took him 3 days to die. 


The CIA crafted a good cover story for their involvement when details came to light. They claimed that the original plan was only for a kidnapping of Chereau. The CIA absolved itself of any responsibility for a kidnap crew that went rogue and assassinated the General. They claimed that their financial culpability was actually only $35,000 which had been paid for humanitarian reasons to particular members of the crew. Because, remember, the US is always the “good guy”.

And now we get to the heart of the matter, September 11, 1973. The US had one more Chilean General up their sleeve. General Augusto Pinochet was their ace in the hole. During the civil unrest and outrage, believing Allende was responsible for Chereau’s assassination, the Chilean people were ripe for a military coup. Which is exactly what Pinochet delivered, ousting the thorn in US corporate interest’s side after they had managed to convince the Chilean people that their political savior was really the “bad guy”. 


And what kind of man had the US gotten in bed with? It seems just the kind of guy they like to train at their terrorist school at Fort Benning. Under Pinochet’s leadership it is estimated as many as 50,000 Chilean citizens were killed from 1974-1990.


But for greedy American corporations willing to overlook all of this bloodshed for the sake of more profit, they were only going to be disappointed by Pinochet. He may have delivered the removal of Allende who would have raised their tariffs, but he ended up plunging the nation into its greatest economic crisis since ancient times. So, apparently capitalism ain’t so great after all, huh? This capitalism inspired regime change experiment was a big, fat failure.

And what happened to the CIA and Kissinger for their part in a chain of events that caused thousands upon thousands of Chileans to lose their lives to brutality and inflicted untold suffering upon the survivors? Well, Kissinger is a household name in America, synonymous with diplomacy and statesmanship. The CIA? Although Americans despise a snoop, they still revere the snoops in the CIA. That’s how amazingly effective US propaganda is. 


What’s the take away of this? The US does not really give a hoot about preserving democracy, only profits. They were willing to overthrew a democratic country for the sake of protecting US corporate interests. The only reason democracy is so seemingly well protected within the borders of the US is because it keeps the populace easier to manage. However, should US citizens ever pose a problem for the nation’s corporate interests, we can all expect democracy and liberty to take a back seat to corporate interests.


Sources: All That Is Interesting


Biography


Britannica


CIA


Image Credit: Next Year Country News


Video Credit: Miguel Ferreira




Watership Down, Chpt 35’s Concl


We finish “Groping” from “Watership Down” by Richard Adams. Hyzenthlay considers Bigwig’s plan of escape from Efrafa.

Let’s read “Watership Down” together! 

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Where The US Trains Terrorists & Assassins


In a few of the gringa’s recent blog posts, I’ve suggested that things don’t always seem to be as they appear with regard to US foreign policy. I used the term “hegemony” to describe the true philosophy behind US actions of interference with other countries. So what other kinds of sinister programs is the US responsible for? The next few posts will explore some of the nation’s dark operation history. This time, we’ll explore “The Assassin’s University”.


As the CIA and US government was riding high on the success of Operation Ajax, they threw this energy into the development of a plan to streamline implementing the same type of program worldwide. The goal was to respond to complaints of American and European companies invested in foreign nations. Although the US government publicly sells regime change as “restoring democracy”, it is actually preserving corporate profits for American companies and the companies of US allies. The typical scene usually goes down something like this:

  • A US or European ally has a company invested in a foreign nation.
  • The foreign nation has a corrupt government that favors the foreign corporate interest over the interest of their own people.
  • Eventually this corruption leads to the government falling out of favor with the local populace.
  • As the client government begins to lose power and influence over its population, political rivals arise who have the voter base to win a democratic election.
  • Usually a political rival becomes popular with a dissatisfied populace by promising nationalization of assets to favor the interests of the natives rather than foreign investors. 
  • Foreign investors complain to the US and a dark operation swings into action to save profits through varying degrees of violent resistance and action.

This should all sound very familiar to the dear reader. Throughout history this pattern has repeated itself a number of times in various places:

  • 1954 – Guatemala
  • 1955 – Cambodia
  • 1958, 1959, 1960 – Series of Laos governments
  • 1960-1963 – Ecuador
  • 1960 – Congo
  • 1962-1964 – Brazil, Dominican Republic, Bolivia & Indonesia

How was the US government so successful, year after year? By creating what was called within the CIA by the codename “KUBARK“. KUBARK was more than the name of the operation. It was also the title of a how-to manual on how to use terrorism to bring about regime change. Within the book’s 128 pages readers learned how to most effectively torture prisoners for the extraction of information among other means to terrorize and brutalize a people into submission. Yeah, this didn’t all start with Abu Ghraib. The US has been torturing people through an organized strategy for more than half a century. 

It seems impossible for most Americans to believe that their nation not only sponsors terrorism, but actively engages in it and trains others how to do it. After all, look at how free and protected American citizens are when they protest and rabble rouse. But that, too, is all part of the plan. The truth is, this secret warfare is not really so secret. And according to the guidelines of how this secret warfare is waged, it is also uncontrolled and unaccountable to the American public. 

Regime change throughout Central and South America was performed with great fervor, especially after the US government funded the CIA to set-up the School of the Americas, the official name of the “School of Assassins”. The purpose of the academy was not to instruct southern neighbors of the US how to better preserve democracy and build a strong capitalist economy. The School of the Americas was an advanced training academy to mold future revolutionaries and professional assassins who would become valuable US assets for maintaining control of countries and dishing out fierce retribution if they dared to go rogue, acting in their own interest rather than US corporate interest.

One would think such a school would be concealed in the remote, deep jungles of a South American country. Guess what? The US government was so secure in the blindness and disinterest of US citizens that the school was established in Fort Benning, Georgia. The US government knew that its own population was sufficiently busy earning a living and adequately distracted with all the freedoms and luxuries they enjoy that it would never occur to them to question their country’s activities around the world. Even if they did, the nation was also so skilled at crafting propaganda to condition Americans to believe that their nation was the “good guy”, protecting vulnerable people around the world, most Americans wouldn’t even believe the truth if they did manage to stumble upon it. 

So you would think that such a dark op program would mean limiting the agencies involved. Contrary to that logic, it wasn’t the CIA that was running the show at the School of Americas, training future terrorists. It was the Green Berets. Yeah, those special forces teams the US government and mass media always hail as heroes to be worshiped, adored and emulated? Yeah, they are responsible for some of the most heinous acts of terrorism our world has ever known. They either perpetrated it themselves or provided the knowledge and training for others to do it. If you don’t believe the gringa’s words, then believe the historical evidence produced by just two of the academy’s prize graduates: Manuel Noriega and Emilio Eduardo Massera. “Who were they?” the dear reader asks. 

Noriega was a military officer from Panama who, thanks to the US, became a famous military dictator in Panama. The most ironic twist in his dramatic tale is that after being carefully groomed by the US in the bloodiest and cruelest military tactics, his instructors turned on him. 

After graduating, he returned home and put his new skills to good use. He became one of the most feared men in his native county, even mounting an assassination of a political opponent. He achieved great power by partnering with drug cartels. 

Although powerful, he was unpopular. This led to him cancelling elections and ruling the nation through a puppet government. At least, until his old friends from the US invaded his country, captured him, then brought him back to America to stand trial for a host of crimes. He eventually served time in US prisons, then French prisons and, finally, returned to Panama to serve more time there. The moral of Noriega’s story is, “Don’t get too big for your britches and don’t ever think that the US is really your friend.”

Emilio Eduardo Massera was the commander of what is known in Argentina as the “dirty war”. Some of the tricks of the terror trade he learned from US Green Berets: 

  • Crafting propaganda using words like “duty”, “patriotism” and “sacrifice” to silence critics and control masses of what threaten to become unruly citizens
  • Creation of “capuchas” which were dark, underground cells for holding blindfolded prisoners, chained and shackled, concealed throughout the country making it easy to quickly take a dissident into custody and get them out of sight, never to be seen again.
  • The prisoners, called “paquetes”, were routinely tortured. One means was a disgusting twist on water-boarding (a term, thanks to Abu Ghraib Americans are finally familiar with). Paquetes would have their heads held under a stream of urine and feces until they thought that they would drown.
  • Perhaps the swiftest means of torture unto death was to receive the “desaparecer” treatment (to “disappear). Dissident citizens were kidnapped, drugged, put on a plane then tossed out, usually into the sea. It is estimated that US trained military terrorist Massera murdered about 10,000 Argentine citizens in this manner.

Now, considering that Massera and Noriega lost power in the 80s, one might think that the School of the Americas is old news. Should US citizens really be concerned about the School of Americas? 

The Democrat party made the closure of this US terror academy such a priority that the party included a mandate for closure as part of the party’s platform in 2016. Interesting that in all the hubbub of headlines created by Trump about defeating terrorism, the US media never elaborated on this mandate promised by Clinton’s party about ending the nation’s own role in global terrorism.

Would the dear reader like to know what actually happened with the School of the Americas? It’s still operational. However, most likely as a result of the Democratic party platform highlighting the nature of this US terror academy and many activist groups who have campaigned for its closure, the Republicans did a very peculiar thing this past January after Trump took office. They re-branded the terror organization’s image.

Many opponents of the School of Americas may have breathed a sigh of relief, believing that the School of Americas was finally closed down. Nope. It just changed its name as well as management. On January 17, the same facility re-opened under the name “Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation”, managed by the Defense Department. But it is still the same school commonly called by CIA operatives “School of Assassins”. 

Who can a concerned citizen turn to about a US sponsored and run academy on US soil training terrorists? Concerned citizens can turn to the main activist group committed to putting an end to the US being the enabling and empowering shadow behind global terrorism. Representative Joe Moakley of Massachusetts was the main figure behind Congressional efforts to close this site. His passing in 2001 has passed the torch along to School of Americas Watch (SOAW) to continue these efforts and bring about the world’s greatest hope for peace, closure of this terror academy once and for all.  

If you contact the terror academy yourself, expect a load of crap propaganda to be delivered by a slick, smooth-talking Army official well-trained to convince you that, because of the academy’s efforts, human rights have improved throughout Latin America. They will claim it’s a COUNTER-terrorism academy. 

That’s when you can ask him about Noriega and Massera as well as these well known terrorists: Omar Torrijos of Panama, Hugo Banzer Suarez of Bolivia, and Leopoldo Galtieri of Argentina. Also ask about past graduates who assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador in 1980 and the slaughtered 900 peasants in the El Mozote massacre. And don’t forget to ask about the 6 Jesuit priests that were murdered by graduates from the School of the Americas in 1989.

If you despise war and terrorism, before you start pointing fingers at who your government tells you is the bad guy, stop and ask why so many terrorists hate the US. Ask why so many activists claim that the US sponsors terrorism. Ask where these terrorists who seem to have no formal government structure or geographical boundaries get their sophisticated American made weapons. Ask why the US gets involved in so many “regime changes” and invades other countries. Ask how Americans are really at risk from people thousands of miles away who would have to cross multiple border barriers to ever get here and cause us harm.

But why doesn’t the US mainstream media report on this and expose the ugly truth? Wouldn’t investigative reporting be the responsible thing to do? Wouldn’t that expose the root of terrorism and enable the nation to purge this from our national fabric? The mainstream media will never report on this because it would then expose the culpability of the corporations who own them. These same corporations that own large media networks are funded by corporate advertisers who have their own interests protected by the actions of this US terrorism school. So, dear readers, the average US citizen is on their own to discover the truth and act on behalf of humanity.

And don’t believe the tripe from Washington when supporters of the School of Assassins claim that the US can’t be held responsible for what their graduates do when they leave. The US is not stupid. They know exactly what they are doing and this school for training terrorists is all part of a plan. It is all part of how the nation practices its policy of hegemony which requires terror and violence to maintain the wealth gathered through natural resource exploitation and slave wages in foreign countries which, in turn, makes a globally dominant military possible, and enable the US to keep up the appearance of clean hands.

Sources: CIA

Image Credit: Press TV

Video Credit: teleSUR English

If You Can’t Trust The CIA, Who Can You Trust?


Conspiracy theories seem to be taking center stage in American politics these days. That being said, the current president seems to find conspiracies believable. Now, why do so many people believe conspiracy theories? When Trump makes an outrageous claim with no evidence to back it up, why are there so many people jumping on the bandwagon?

Maybe it’s because some of the institutions in our country that should be reliable have done things that have damaged their credibility. When agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) lose public trust, then it’s easier to turn to conspiracy theories as reliable information. So how bad have the “good guys” become?

The CIA was created in 1947. It’s job has been to collect and analyze information about foreign nationals, organizations, businesses and government officials on the down-low. No one is supposed to know they are being spied on. However, thanks to whistle-blowers and the viral nature of the worldwide web, many of their nasty, little secrets have been revealed. And now, the CIA may have to suffer the consequences of being damaged goods unworthy of public trust.

Now, the gringa understands that the spy business is a nasty business. No one likes a snoop, a snitch or a turncoat. But, the reality is, if a country wants to know what the enemy is up to, spies are necessary. We may despise a spook, but without them, we would all be much more vulnerable. But what do we do if our spy community takes advantage of secrecy to abuse their broad authority? What if that results in our “good guys” morphing into the “bad guys”? Well, then the whole world is in trouble. For anyone to be truly safe, it has to be clear who, exactly, the good guys are.

Operation Ajax: Many people today may not even think about a serious power struggle in Iran that took place more than half a century ago. In 1951, the current Shah, Reza Pahlavi, survived an attempt on his life. It’s possible this assassination plan was cooked up by none other than his Prime Minister who wanted to reduce the Shah’s power. The CIA took interest because of, what else, oil. Particularly a British oil company, AIOC.

The Shah’s opposition considered this foreign oil company’s presence just one step too close to invasive British imperialism. Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh demanded an audit which AIOC refused. What’s a Prime Minister to do when his authority is insulted? Seize the company and make it a national asset.

The 1950s was the height of the Cold War. Every European nation, including the great island of the UK, kept oil supplies ready and at hand, their military capabilities primed should Russia strike. With British oil supplies in Iran threatened, which, in turn, threatened the readiness of their military, who else does the UK turn to but their powerful cousin across the pond, the US.

The Eisenhower Administration was on board, eager to flex its muscles for all the world to see. Especially Russia. And Mossadegh’s aggressive takeover of a British company was interpreted by Americans in the throes of the Red Scare as one step toward Communism for Iran.

Of course, the US was then “obligated” to save the vulnerable Iranians from Communism and “preserve” democracy”. Yep, the same old recycled story of preserving democracy as a cover for interfering in the sovereignty of a country in order to control their valuable oil.

The funny thing is that Prime Minister Mossadegh was actually an advocate of democracy. He, himself, was a democratically-elected official. His political goal was to diminish the power of the station of Shah who was a hereditary monarch. See the conflict here? In the end, however, the CIA launched Operation Ajax.  This is how things went down:

  • Iranian officials and mafiosos were bribed.
  • Staged protests were bought and paid for in every major Iranian city.
  • CIA agents were boots on the ground, using radios to transmit coverage of protests to the US and other media around the world.
  • The media covered this news, effectively convincing their respective populations that Tehran was about to be overwhelmed by a populist army of rebels. (Is this beginning to sound familiar, you know, like Syria?)
  • Mossadegh saw the writing on the wall and resigned.
  • The new Prime Minister was a British/US puppet who restored oil monies to the British and the power of the throne to the Shah.
  • The Shah responded with a security crackdown: secret police, traitors prisons for suspects without hearing or trial, and a major propaganda campaign to practically deify the Shah in the eyes of all Iranians.

Considering the outcome of the operation, it’s pretty easy to see that the “preserve democracy” justification was a sham.  The West’s only interest was to get rid of Mossadegh because the only goal was to preserve British control of oil interests. So long as the Shah followed the program, the CIA was more than happy for this bloody tyrant to stay in power.
As it turns out, the CIA, British and Americans were no real friend to the Shah. They stood idly by while Communists and radical Islamists oranized secretly right under his watchful nose. It took more than a quarter of a century but, eventually, these rebels rioted and drove the Shah right off his throne. This was followed up with massacres of those who supported the Shah and any foreigners in Iran exploiting oil interests. Children were not spared.

What happened next is the installation of the Shah most of us are more familiar with, Ayatollah Khomeni. And he was incredibly ruthless, loyal to none. Once in power he turned right around and slaughtered the leftists who had led the rebellion that ousted his predecessor. What a reward for loyalty! Tens of thousands were imprisoned. This is when the famous hostage crisis at the American Embassy occurred during the Carter administration.

Neighboring Iraq took full advantage of the chaos. They invaded Iran on their western border. It is this key invasion event that created a ripple effect of events that are still unfolding today in all that is going on in the Middle East. Because, if not for the original interference of the CIA in 1953 that resulted in a political and monarchal coup in Iran, the de-stabilization and continued conflict for superior power present today would not have resulted. Iran had been, up until that time, a stabilizing seat of power in the Middle East.

By organizing a revolution the CIA set the stage for Islamic radicals and political rebels to flourish. Nw these rebels and radicals knew that there were powerful nations willing to arm and supply them if profit and oil interests would be in their favor by doing so. The precedence was set for the US and UK to exploit mercenary Middle Eastern rebels and radicals as a means to maintain Western control of Middle East oil reserves. They would use these assets to threaten a leader who stepped out of line or replace a leader who dared to go rogue.

The gringa knows that lots of people like to blame the war on terror on George W. or other contemporary political actors. The reality is that the seeds were planted much, much earlier in history for this poisonous tree that is bearing toxic fruit today.

Sources: ColdWar.org

The Latin Library

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The Latest Buzz About Bees


If you are an eco-aware individual, you know that mankind has wreaked all kinds of havoc on this Earth. From climate change to endangered species, the impact of humanity has been, for the most part, not a good thing at all. We all have to admit that we have failed as a species in our management duties.

One might think that a hard-core environmentalist might be an advocate for getting back to basics and living an old-fashioned homesteading lifestyle. Or, perhaps modeling a lifestyle after indigenous people who live in harmony with the nature that surrounds them. Technology and green living don’t seem at all synonymous. But what if we turn the tables on the path humanity has been traveling. What if mankind becomes committed to using technology to save the planet. Can such a strategy work?

Let’s take a look at the example of declining bee populations. The world of drones is offering as a solution replacing bees rather than saving them. They propose to create micro-drones that will become the AI pollinators of the future. Considering that the US lost 44% of its honeybee colonies in 2016, the agriculture industry is ready to embrace this idea. Many wild bee species are teetering on the edge of extinction. But is replacing them with robots a better solution than fostering a comeback of the real deal?

Many farmers think that we have no time to ponder the consequences. They are watching what they believe to be a doomsday scenario unfolding as we speak, er, read. Scientist and researcher, Eijiro Miyako, of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan is poised to become the savior of agriculture. This may be the messiah grateful families offer thanks to as they gather round future dinners tables filled with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, maybe.

At the heart of his invention is a unique gel used in the electro-chemical industry. This ion based gel has long-lasting adhesion that is water-resistant, making it the perfect carrier for pollination duty. After various tests to determine that the gel is safe for use, being exposed to plants, insects and animals, it was time to build a vehicle model.

Miyako’s final design is a tiny, bee-sized drone with four-propellers. Miyako customized it with some horse hair because, after all, bees are fuzzy, too, right? The hair delivers an electrical charge that helps the grains of pollen remain attached.

Next came the big experiment… pollinating some plants. After buzzing a few plants, researchers used a special fluorescent microscope. When the scientists observed the tell-tale glow of pollen in test tubes, they knew they had achieved fertilization success with their pollinating robot.

Now, humans have been self-pollinating plants for some time. But it is incredibly labor intensive and time-consuming. If we become a world without bees, it would be impossible to hand-pollinate enough crops to feed all of humanity. The difference between human pollinators and real bee pollinators is a single person pollinating about 7 trees a day or a 2 million bee colony pollinating 1 million acres of trees. Big difference, huh?

But a pollinating drone is not a one-size-fits all solution. In the real world, there are different bee species for a reason. Each has their own specialty. Bumble bees are great tomato pollinators and leafcutter bees are preferred to pollinate alfalfa crops. On a side note, humans can learn a lesson here about the value of diversity! But, I digress.

And pollinating crops is not the only use being considered by the micro-drones. Instead of embarking on the complexities of replacing bees, which could end up creating a whole other set of environmental problems, an entomologist from the University of Minnesota, Marla Spivak, offers up a novel suggestion. She thinks attempting to create armies of drones of different designs to ultimately replace extinct bee species is too complicated and will take too much time, a solution that may arrive too late in the end, so of no use to save a starving world. Instead, she suggests using drones to perform a necessary job that is currently fraught with risk for bees, delivering pesticides and fertilizers to crops.

Instead of applying these chemicals in a broad spray that affects any insect present, not just bees, use drones for precision application. This can also protect surrounding human and animal populations by reducing vapor drift and runoff that contaminates groundwater resources.

The gringa prefers Spivak’s approach. I don’t think we should just give up on bees. They are here for a reason. And everytime mankind gets too big for his britches, thinking he doesn’t need something as lowly as a bee, it always leads to trouble. We simply must get over ourselves. We are all in this together, even the bees! We all need each other even if we don’t understand the role and contribution each cog in the wheel makes.

Regardless of which duty Miyako’s drones fulfill in the future, farmers will still be using them. And that means a critical job of the future lies in the drone industry. Whether someone is in on the manufacturing aspect or is a micro-drone pilot, young students of today who invest their time and efforts in drone technology will be setting themselves up for a future career that is not only lucrative, but might just help to save the world. And that’s the greatest kind of job to have.

Source: NPR

Image Credit: Dr. Eijiro Miyako

Video Credit: Science Magazine

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Luciferian & Satanist – Are They Different?


The gringa was raised in a fundamental evangelical household. Needless to say, the basic training of such a life is that Satan is bad. Nowadays, living the heretic life I do, I don’t give Satan much thought. If I do something bad, I own it. It was my decision and no phantom Lord of the Underworld made me do it.

Recently there was a terrible crime that took place in my city. A young girl was kidnapped and murdered. Her murderer claimed he killed her as a sacrifice to Satan because she disrespected his altar dedicated to the Evil One.

So, with this fresh reminder of the presence of Satan being very real for many people, the gringa made a snarky Satan-related comment on social media. It didn’t take long before the trolls hammered me. Who knew there were so many Satanists? They assured me that they were good guys. That their tenets didn’t demand human sacrifice or torture. They were kind enough to refer me to the local Luciferians for such acts.

The gringa was left scratching her head. Isn’t Lucifer just another name for Satan? Wasn’t Lucifer the name this entity had before he got exiled from God’s presence on rebellion charges? Isn’t Satan just an interpretation of an ancient Hebrew word that literally means the accuser? So if a Satanist accuses the Luciferian of dirty deeds that were blamed on Satanists, isn’t such an action actually a dead give-away that the Satanists actually are the bad guys after all?

It’s all so confusing. Now atheists or deists would both say that it’s not worth the bother to ponder over such things. After all, Satan and Lucifer are only religious myths. But the gringa says, “Not so fast.”

 
The issue is not whether Satan and Lucifer really exist. The crux of the matter is whether or not there are people who believe these entities exist, have power, and are willing to engage in certain acts in order to tap into that power or gain favor of a supernatural intervener. The existence of crimes in the names of fictitious gods is a very real and present concern for humanity. So, what do modern Luciferians and Satanists believe and practice?

The Greater Church of Lucifer has a really creepy website landing page, which is actually completely contrary to the claim that the entity they worship is the Light Bearer. I would have expected the main landing page to contain, well, beautiful light. Instead it is everything synonymous with the Prince of Darkness. A black background filled with ominous looking symbols and sigils.

They claim that Luciferianism is not really a religion but, rather, a life philosophy. The main difference between religion and philosophy is a god lacking in a system of philosophy.
There are basically 11 tenets of “faith” called the 11 Luciferian Points of Power. These 11 points encompass a lifestyle of individual power, rather than power vested in a supernatural being of authority. Spiritual lawlessness is the first step toward enlightenment (whatever that means).  They are clear that there is no practice of submission or worship to anyone physical or spiritual or imaginary. They don’t believe in the existence of deities.

 
They regard the power as being vested in Lucifer as a word, or name, of power. This name is associated with pride and self-liberation balanced with discipline and logic. This philosophy is designed to inspire Luciferians to live a life of balance yet challenge all that seeks to bring them into submission.
As the Bearer of Light, Luciferians associate with the planet Venus which is also known as the Morning and Evening Star This title is also applied to Jesus of Christianity and the expected Messiah of the Judaism.

Although Luciferians admit a close kinship with Satanists, they offer these distinct differences:

  • Satan is regarded as a deity
  • Satanism centers around self-interest and hedonism

Luciferians have a strong appreciation for skepticism and science. They value individuality. About the only thing they believe that can be considered supernatural is the power of language, words and names. The magyck they practice centers around using the power of language.

The gringa found the Luciferians interesting. There were a few times when I thought to myself, “I think I’m a Luciferian!” But then it was time to visit the Church of Satan’s website and see what they had to say for themselves. And it has an equally dark landing page. What the heck is up with all this darkness if they don’t appreciate the stereotypes of the Prince of Darkness? Silly people. But, I digress.

The Satanists trace their roots through many religions like Voodoo and the Black Order of Germany from the 1920s and 1930s (um, yeah, if you are thinking Nazi mysticism, you are on the right track). Anton LaVey is considered to be the current High Priest of all Satanists around the world (even though he’s been dead for a decade).

Now, any Satanist can conduct a ritual but a priest is necessary to lead group worship. And, boy, do they have some dillies for rituals. There are 3 types:

  1. Sexual – to, of course, fulfill desire
  2. Compassionate – to help others (who knew)
  3. Destructive – to channel anger, annoyance or hate (oh boy)

Satanists are highly concerned with power. The gringa found it very interesting that the most important religious holiday for a Satanist to observe was their own birthday. It is considered the day another God was made manifest, in accordance with their belief that each person is a God (yeah, capital G).

They make it clear that they do worship Satan, referring to him as Lucifer, the bearer of light. They believe that he is invisible yet manifest in the forces of nature like wind, tornadoes, lightning, etc. They also believe that human life is sacred and that each person is obligated to fulfill their potential (so far, so good).  It’s the ethics of Satanists where things get tricky, er, messy.

Satanists believe in indulgence rather than abstinence. I suspect there may be a lot of substance abusers in their church and they are a-okay with that. Which is why I found it surprising to later see all sorts of discouraging language with regard to substance abuse.

Indulgence would also seem diametrically opposed to the obligation to fulfill one’s potential. After all, to achieve your best, a person often has to sacrifice their personal wants and desires and practice self-discipline. This one’s a head-scratcher for the gringa.

Although Satanists believe in kindness for those who deserve it, they have no problem “channeling” their anger through rituals of destruction aimed at someone they might consider an “ingrate”. But they also believe that Satan and man are just animals, and sometimes very bad animals. Now, no matter how mad I might be at an armadillo digging up my garden or a puppy chewing up an expensive pair of shoes, I wouldn’t channel my anger through a destructive ritual to punish those darn ingrates.
So, how can a Satanist rationalize revenge upon an “ingrate” human animal that might have just been following their own animal nature? Well, that’s because Satanists claim that their Lord is the embodiment of vengeance. Curious because Christians & Jews have a scripture that says, “Vengeance is mine, thus sayeth the Lord.” The gringa’s sees how conflicted Satanists, Christians and Jews will be if they ever compared notes.

The strangest ethical practice the gringa saw posted was “Satan represents responsibility for the responsible, instead of concern for psychic vampires!” I’m not sure what that means. I think by the time the Satanist content creator got to this point in their writing they may have been in the grips of meaningless babble. Perhaps their animal nature was wrestling with their higher human mind.

It is even stranger that after talking about the obligation of kindness, undefiled wisdom, the hypocrisy of self-deceit, the rambling goes on to say that Satan and man have such highly developed spirituality and intellect that they have become the most vicious animal of all. The gringa doesn’t find animals to be vicious, only attacking others when necessary for survival. The gringa finds animals quite reliable and sometimes even noble. As for the humans the gringa knows who are considered to be highly intellectual and divinely evolved, I don’t find them to be vicious either. Usually they are pacifists.

Even more confusing is labeling Satan the most vicious animal of all yet a few sentences later calling him the best friend of the Church of Satan. With a friend like a vicious animal, who needs enemies, right?

My only conclusion is that Satanists are highly self-deceived because their own tenets and ethics are conflicting and contrary to one another. Hence living up to the stereotype and label generated from the Christian Bible that Satan is the author of confusion.

So, this guy in Houston who killed this girl and did it in the name of Satan? Well, Satan didn’t tell him to do it. This Satanist did it because he was a cruel, selfish man who hoped to mitigate some of his guilt and ease his conscience as he lashed out cruelly toward another human being. This makes Satanists dangerous because they can justify heinous acts through the reasoning that Satan would have wanted them to do such a thing. This man’s act of murder became a ritual of destruction to channel his anger at an “ingrate” who desecrated his religious altar to his god. He rationalized killing her as an act of religious justice.

 
Since she wouldn’t love her kidnapper, then this monster used his religion excuse to act on the belief that she didn’t deserve for him to waste kindness on her. He was only living up to another tenet of Satanism. His indulgence and self-gratification through his abuse of this victim was only a Satanist modeling himself after his god. And this god is claimed to teach adherents that the acts labeled sins by other religions are the acts one should engage in to satisfy their physical, mental and emotional desires.

Although the gringa has rejected the faith of her ancestors, she will give credit where credit is due. Fundamental evangelicals were right when they said Satan is bad. Even if Satan doesn’t exist, those who believe that Satan is real and worthy of worship and emulation, well, those are the REAL bad guys. Luciferians? I haven’t made up my mind, yet.

 
But one more curious point to ponder. Although the public may like to point the finger at this murderer and decry the evils of Satanism. Consider this. Without the Christian and Jewish texts, this vile religion wouldn’t exist. So, the stranger truth may be the existence of a trinity of blame for the existence of the evil of Satanism. But that deep well is fodder for another post.

Sources: GCOL

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Slingshot Time Travel With Cosmic Strings


If you have read sci-fi novels or watched sci-fi flicks, then you have heard about cosmic strings. If you have dabbled in physics and astronomy you have probably heard about string theory. But, really, what the heck is a cosmic string? What do they do? Do they really exist? Are they space garbage that can be recycled for another purpose?

You know how Enterprise always seems to encounter some kind of space “anomaly” that causes all sorts of mayhem and the crew doesn’t know what the heck it is? That’s pretty much what life is like for space explorers now. We really have no idea what kind of stuff is out there in outer space. Cosmic strings are just one such anomaly.

Cosmic strings exist. They’re weird. They have different textures. They have walls that define their domains. They’re powerful, possibly containing the energy-mass of our Sun within a tube about one billion of a billionth the size of an atom.  And scientists don’t know much more about them.

The gringa supposes that it’s a good thing that there are not very many of them, as far as we know. Running into such a weird anomaly could be disastrous for astronauts that don’t know what they are dealing with. But some scientists are not above guessing, er, um, theorizing about cosmic strings.

Physicist J. Richard Gott introduced the novel idea of using cosmic strings for time travel. Scientists suspect that these stringlike objects had something to do with how the early universe formed. They are left-over tidbits whose job is all done. Or not. Perhaps they could be upcycled to warp space-time near a black hole making time-travel possible. Is Gott for real?

Cosmic strings are skinnier than an atom. And they are taut, like a rubber band, because they are under immense pressure. So, just like when you launch a spitball by pulling back a rubber band, Gott thinks the same concept could be applied to cosmic strings. But we wouldn’t actually strap a spaceship to a cosmic string and slingshot it across the Universe.

To make Gott’s theory work, he proposes relocating two strings so that they are close together. Because of the great pressure they are under, putting two close together would create a massive gravitational pull on anything that passed near them. The strings would basically suck in a spaceship at such an incredible speed that the crew would experience time dilation.

Time dilation is a fancy way of saying you have changed the passage of time. On Earth, six months may have passed. For astronauts on a cosmic string launched spaceship bound for Mars, the trip might only take one month. They return home to find everyone a couple of years older yet maybe they only experienced the passage of a few months. Yep. Cosmic strings are weird.

The gringa can imagine the rich and the famous exploiting cosmic string travel as the next great fountain of youth treatment. Maybe we could blast across the galaxy our worst criminals on multiple trips. This could essentially leave them for the next generation to sort out. We could find all sorts of crazy uses for time dilation travel.

But Gott’s theory goes further. If the strings were positioned near a black hole, he thinks we could warp time-space and create what he calls a “closed timelike curve”.  This would make true time-travel possible. Currently, time-travel is theorized to only be possible to make trips into the future that are one-way. A person cannot travel back into the past, only forward into the future. But Gott thinks he has found a way to yesterday.

The compounded effects of gravity on a spaceship by two cosmic strings and a black hole could create a loop with the cosmic strings. This powerful loop would propel the spaceship back through time. But there’s a catch. To re-visit a previous birthday just one year prior, a loop of cosmic string powerful enough would need the mass-energy of our entire galaxy. So, basically you sacrifice the life of everyone and everything in the present just to return to life of a year ago. Not so sure it’s worth it. Today doesn’t seem so bad.

Sources:  Astronomy Cafe

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Science Daily

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SYRIA UPDATE: Commentary & Supposition


Let’s suppose for a minute that the allegations are true: that Putin promised the White House and a share in Rosneft to Trump in exchange for lifting Russian sanctions, blackmail of Ukraine’s leader and installing a pro-Russian Ukraine leader which would provide unfettered access to Ukraine’s pipelines. Those pipelines are worthless without the crude being shipped out of the Middle East. Russia’s only port for crude shipping in the Middle East is in SYRIA. What if Syria was part of the bargain?

Russia couldn’t very well topple its own ally it is fighting beside in a civil war. Could it be that Trump or Putin would stage a dark op to cast Assad in such a light that the US could justify a military action so crippling that Syria’s only survival becomes completely dependent on Russia? Russia could then install a new government in Syria, staffed by its own operatives. Trump and Putin would then become the most powerful and wealthy men in the entire world.

But what would happen if this dynamic duo had their plans exposed? It is suspected that Putin is the authority behind the assassination of those with vital knowledge. The suspected body count is now up to 10. What if Trump has become paranoid that he or one of his loved ones might become a Russian liability as US intelligence communities creep their investigations forward? What if Trump decided to cut his losses, that this is all getting too complicated and bothersome and he’s just not enjoying himself any longer? What if Trump tried to cut and run from his Putin obligations? What would happen then? What if this is what is happening?

What if a war is actually about to break out because one crook tried to double-cross another crook and these two crooks both happen to be in control of 2 of the most powerful and deadly military forces in the world? The world is watching 2 madmen on a stage and we have no idea what the real plot is.

The gringa has few solid answers, plenty of questions, and a treasure trove of US documented history that indicates that a dark operation by the US is entirely plausible. I can also guarantee you that Trump’s strike on Syria was NOT motivated by his great, big, humanitarian heart that was bleeding on behalf of suffering, gassed Syrian children. And damn his heretical invocation of the name of God for his actions.

Many dark operations have, in fact, already gone down in US history before. The gringa warns her dear readers to beware. Be very cautious moving forward as you attempt to decide your own position in this very dangerous situation.

The US mainstream media will most likely fall in line. For some news agencies it will be sudden. Others will deliver a slow drip, drip, drip of conditioning to gradually mold the minds of skeptics. But expect all US mainstream media to eventually get around to demonizing Assad and hail President Trump. Americans should beware of the same media that sold us the deceitful bill of goods that gave us Iraq during the Bush administration. Read media from other nations. As you do, you will become acutely aware that Trump, and viz a viz America, is being called every name in the book from rogue nation to terrorist.

State sponsored media in Russia is prepping its population to support, and even demand, a showdown with the US. America is being painted as monsters, the puppets of Zionist terrorists in Israel. Russian media is capitalizing on the love loss between Trump and US neighbors south of the border. Many leaders of countries in Central and South America are pondering over the same possibilities the gringa has mentioned here and in the previous Special Report of yesterday.

There have even been some US southern neighbors welcoming Russia. Just this month it was announced that Russia was shoring up its military and economic alliances with these South American countries that are practically at America’s back door: Argentina, Cuba, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. While Trump was busy denigrating neighbors that could make or break our national security, Putin was investing in a local strategy of power and influence. You see why the gringa say, “Take care, dear readers.”

Trump’s actions have been extremely immature and downright dangerous. His lack of sophistication has driven him to desperate actions. Trump has now painted targets on the backs of every American abroad, whether living abroad or traveling for business or pleasure. As the gringa discussed events with her dear caveman, he reminded her of the numerous kidnappings, tortures and murders of Americans that took place in the 70s as the reputation of America became diminished abroad.

Not only is Russia preparing for a confrontation with US sailors in the Mediterranean off the shores of Syria, but Russian ally Iran sits poised for Putin’s direction. Make no mistake about what is happening. Trump is the worst national disaster in the US since the Great Depression. I hope the few points his popularity polls crept upward are worth to him all the lives his megalomania is costing the world. The US president is a madman. And he is a madman who is either in league with another madman, Putin, or has double-crossed that madman. Either way, this is the worst news the entire world could receive.