I love being a homeowner; 14 years so far and if I want to tear a wall down or replace... anything- I can. As long as my Mona agrees with me. Otherwise she hides the tools. Then when a biggie come up you're looking for the phone number for the landowner. I do that every once in a while. Now its our well. Unlike city dwellers, we have our own well on the back of the property and it goes down about 200-feet. Which seems strange when the lake beside us should have our water table about 15-25 feet. But our Pump has gone out and possibly part of that 200-feet of line. Now we haul water from a neighbor's house 7 miles a way. We use a truck though, I'm not sure our teenagers would stand for doing it any other way. We don't use lake water because of pollutants, but if we had to, we'd be boiling it to do so. So, send the word around I need at least 2,000 copies of my book, "A Coming Storm", so I can take a shower again. A lot of people will gain by this, especially with 9 adults in the house needing showers. But not to fear, we use the community center's shower to assist us. Being a homeowner can have its downside, though. Of course in the city I'd never get away with all the derelict cars, our yellow school bus and my several attempts at building woodsheds. There there is my quirky garden artwork...
I also hate losing things. In my house it isn't keys, its remote controls. Oh, I lose the TV remotes, we use three of them and with 9 adults carrying them around they can end up anywhere. But more importantly, its the remote for our bed's heating pad. We removed all the cables with spring and cleaning under the bed, but for the life of us cannot fathom what we did with the remote. Universal-remotes do not work with warm-up blankets. We loved ours as it was the type that went on the pad and could warm up either side or both. I tend to sleep a lot warmer than my wife. My young wife, I am always 5 yrs older than she so it works out, wrestled with our bed for over an hour getting the cables into place, but I could not locate the remote. Now I've served 100's of search warrants, I'm pretty good at tearing up a room, house, car or office. No remote. So, I am sleeping in my parka, which entertains the dogs and my wife. Hard part is getting the parka on over my PJ's, bathrobe and 2 sweaters. I am still wondering what I'll do when it gets cold.
NEW BRIEFS: for Nov 4th and 5th
My Question: Why is the American taxpayer paying the country of Qatar in the Middle East big money so we can have our air bases there, when Qatar turns around and uses their money and ours to fund world wide terrorism? Qatar supports International Jihadists. Is this an ally we need to support?
Earthquakes for the last 48 hours: (22) quakes over 4.0 and higher. (4) mild ones in Alaska, with one under Mt. Redoubt Volcano, (1) 4.7 in Fiji, (5) in one in California, (12) in Oklahoma 2.5 to 3.2 range, (32) in Oregon from 2.5- 3.9 range, (5) Puerto Rico, (1) 4.8 in Japan, (2) in Kansas 2.8/3.2 and (1) in Nevada at 2.6 All earthquakes of 2.5 or higher recorded from around the world. Some of Oregon's 32 quakes are just off shore, along large fault line.
World Health Organization WHO is changing its numbers for Ebola statistics recorded, reducing case numbers and deaths recorded. From Oct 31- November 3rd, Ebola case numbers changed 13,567 to 13,042 and deaths changed from 4951 to 4818. Further investigation showed WHO was not showing total results for all 7 countries hit by the epidemic, but only 3 main hit countries. No explanation, except to possibly reduce panic as another hot spot found in Sierra Leone only days ago.
China: According to official survey growth- manufacturing sector in China slowed in October, reinforcing concerns about slowdown in wider economy.
Tibet: Canadians outraged that the Toronto Star Newspaper has partnered with Chinese propaganda, showing it whitewashes crimes it Tibet, by Chinese authorities.
China: China Railway Construction Corp won a tender for a high speed passenger train linking Mexico City with QuarAtaro.
China: Vessels of the Chinese Coast Guard have again been dispatched to patrol around the disputed Diaoyu Islands, upsetting Japan, Vietnam, Philippines and others, who view either the islands as theirs or the surrounds waters as being part of International waters. Islands and area said to be ricj in oil and other high grade mineral wealth. China fails to take notice of their objections and have begun to build upon the islands, to include military airfield.
North Korea: Launches a soviet-era style ballistic missile submarine, which could be threat to South Korea, Japan and US forces. Submarine acquired 20-years ago in 1993 from Russian scrap pile and now ready for sea trials. Initial intelligence photos of the submarine, showed a newer 2nd submarine also being constructed and a nearby missile firing or missile engine testing stand for submarine launched ICBMs.
China: Hong Kong Pro-Democracy movement-Occupy, taking their cause to Beijing for the International APEC Summit Meeting and have ruled out meeting with government officials. Some now say they will not demonstrate during APEC, but will show their presence and demonstrate afterward.
North Korea: Military to extend its 10-year mandatory 10-year military service due to falling numbers among the troops. Already longest conscription period in the world, North Korea, with a military of 1.9 million and 20% female troops, expected to extend by 1-2 years. Troop shortage is part due to devastating famine in North Korea in mid-1990s that left "3.5 million people dead of starvation and malnutrition, caused by chronic economic mismanagement"- World Telegraph. "North Korean men are required to join the military at 17 and serve for a decade." Reportedly, in 2013, NK troops were mobilized as cheap labor to build a "World-class" ski-resort to rival South Korea's 2018 Winter Olympic Games facilities.
Alaska: New Marijuana issue wins out 52% over 48%, but will not become a law for 90-days and another period of up to 9-months for a new Marijuana Control Board to be put in place.
Israel: Jerusalem- Palestinian rammed a vehicle into a crowd standing on a light train platform in East Jerusalem- killing one and injuring more than 12. Suspect attempted to flee and gave fight, but was shot down by local police. One man killed was a Israeli Border Police Officer. Worse terror attack inside the Holy city against Israeli citizens in over a decade. Jordan recalls its envoy from Israel over "unprecedented escalation in violence". Hamas claims responsibility for the Jerusalem attack.
Russia: Recent survey by Levada Center in Moscow, an independent pollster, showed that more than 60% of Russians think its impossible to get rich honestly in their country.
Russia: Informs the US it will boycott the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, stripping the international meeting of one of its key participants.
Ukraine: Closes its financial borders with Crimea. Ukraine National Bank has banned credit and deposit transactions in Russian rubles on Ukraine soil.
Russian: Ruble plunger following 2-days of national holidays and announcement of a major step towards a free-floating exchange rate. Ruble passed the all-too-important mark of 45-to-the-dollar mark for the first time in history.
Russia: Troops moved closer to Ukraine border, as Russia continues to support pr-Russian rebels in East Ukraine- following recent elections among the rebels. NATO keeping a close eye on the movements.
China: Expected to climb past the United States as top theme park market by 2020.
China: National economic suicide- US trade deficit with China just hit a new record high. United States now buying 5 times as much stuff from China than they buy from us.
China: Beijing and Ottawa strike deal to have Canada become a yuan trading hub. US Dollar slowly being replaced as world trading currency and our allies no longer standing by us. Australia and now Canada have moved to Yuan, others expected to soon follow.
US: Secretary of State Kerry now calls for greater US-China cooperation on tackling major global challenges, describing the relationship as "Most consequential" in the World. ( Kerry would climb into be with a rattle snake if he thought it might help his career. He committed heinous atrocities for the CIA in Vietnam and he's probably hoping for a job under Hillery, if we were doomed to elect her. He is anti-Israel, guilty by his own remarks throughout the last 1.5 yrs and now few people in Middle East- either side, trust him. Yes, he's a great front man for China and I wouldn't doubt him sacrificing Obama or the US to gain power. You do not kill 150 women and children and walk away with a clean soul.)
Israel: Israeli Police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside Jerusalem's flash-point Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound "Temple of the Mount", after Jewish nationals announced plans to visit the site despite weeks of soaring tensions.
Russia: In another show of might, Russia openly announced its test firing of a submarine-based ICBM missile.
That's it. With country-wide busy with mid-term elections the last couple of days were relatively slow news wise. But President Obama is soon expected to liven things up soon enough with Executive Orders and Proclamations, suspecting he will get very few things by his new Republican congress. These next two years could really tear up our country, its military and economic structure. Will the people we elected truly keep their promises they made while campaigning? A mostly Republican state of long standing, Alaska elects a Democrat for Governor. Oh, he ran as non-affiliated, but he had the support of the Democrat Party. Sadly, our current Governor, failed to support the people under him and state newspapers exposed him or at least accused him and his defense didn't sway the voters.
China has learned a lot in watching the US since WWII and how since Vietnam, it is often acceptable to let some bad news out about yourself, because then people see you as changing, softening and realizing one's mistakes, possibly even improving and that says a lot for the communist party. But with them, it is only another ploy, another way for us to drop our gloves so they can come across with a hay-maker. But as Christians we try to believe and expose our chins, they know this. But China knows the Muslims will not act the way we do. Chinese Communist Party and their military will simply gun-down any Muslim Jihadist stupid enough to cross their borders and they almost never do because of that. Russia has Muslims, but go to China mainland and see how many you can find. Take your time you may be there awhile. They may surround part of the country, but they do not trespass. Not yet anyway. India is a Muslim/Hindi country and this is one of the reasons China arms Pakistan with nuclear weapons. They may support Muslim countries if it fits their needs, but it end there and China wishes to keep India from encroaching.
We now have mega-mosques being built across the US and Europe. But as I've said not every mosque is a combat school for Jihadists. In the 1800's, out in the US Midwest, Mormons were being accused of atrocities, but it was based one one violent group. The Catholics had their various radicals and from several different countries, but this is not the message of today. In numerous Buddhist countries the monks are peaceful, but in a few they have become a warrior cast to protect their people. I think it simply comes down to the hearts and minds of the individual people groups and how violent they can be to protect or conquer. We are an imperfect people. Okay, my opinion piece is over and my bed is once again calling out to me.
God Bless, BILL