I am in hopes of a beautiful day today, though it rained most of the night and we experienced some high winds in the 30-40 mph range. Now this is only an estimated based on my 14 years of living here and watching how far my property's trees are being bent over during the storm. I will say, it is exciting to see some of the larger spruce trees have their tops ripped off or the whole tree uprooted during the major storms. During these harsh blows that can last for hours you begin to look for Kansas houses to fly by or wicked witches on brooms in pursuit. Because of our cooler air we do do not experience tornadoes and because Alaska is hit so often by these amazing storms, we don't even bother to call them hurricanes or typhoons. And speaking oh hurricanes and typhoons, when I first arrived up here so ever long ago, I learned how the Pacific Northwest had no such thing as a hurricane, as this was a word reserved for the Atlantic Ocean. The big storm in the Pacific was termed a "typhoon". But in the year to follow, I have noticed how the weather people have taken to calling the storms both typhoon and now hurricanes. Must be that east-coast schooling.
On a different front, I have been noticing the building "inflation" in the US- you know the one the US Government has said is no longer happening. But before I go on I wish to make a comment concerning our US Government... I love the true history of my country and the people who have fought to bring it into being. I respect the men,women and in some cases- the children, who have helped produce what we term as a democracy. Having said this, I wish to add, I have nothing but distaste for those in our current administration, in our senate and congress, who continue to LIE to use, who work the numbers in labor, finance and defense to present a rosy picture to hide the true fact for fear we the fumble-minded could never understand the truth. We see it all around us, when the jobless rate continues to rise in our own towns-contrary to what the TV news tells us, and how the hardware stores are selling more "House for Sale" signs then hammers and nails to help put shutters up in preparing for winter, or buying lumber for building new homes. We're smart enough to see how the big three TV networks avoid slamming the Obama Administration and you're old enough to remember the fun they had with President Nixon and President Ford. No, we are being lied to and its being done on a daily basis and nearly hourly. The Benghazi incident is a fine example, plus the IRS scandal, Alcohol Tobacco Firearm Scandal which left an agent dead...not to mention the Southern Border problems and now the Middle East. Think of all the American homeless, the people living under bridges, in alleys and cardboard boxes-with shelters overfilled and we're sending billions of dollars overseas to help other people survive wars. OR we are buying arms for others that now end up in our enemy's hands to now be used against us. Remind you of anything? Early Vietnam, we armed them with .45 cal Thompson Sub-machine guns to fight the Japanese and later they were used against us in their war against us. It happened again in a place called Afghanistan.
The other day I was at the local market doing a bit of shopping and I noticed a recent price rise in various items. But the one that really caught my attention was candy bars. No, I wasn't buy them because I won't pay that price, but it was a fine example of the growing inflation. In May of this year the regular size candy bar for Snickers, Milky Way, Baby Ruth...so on, had grown to 89 cents from 69 cents. Now this is Alaskan prices. I am not familiar with Lower 48 prices prices. Since May I have watch the candy bar price rise steadily. Occasionally, there is a sale of buy 2 and get 2 free, but not always. Well this week the price jumped to $1.59 for the basic candy bar- not the giant one. From May to September of 2014 the price jumped from 89 cents to $1.59...an increase of 70 cents in 5-months on a single bar. Now meat is something else where some red meat is going for $10.99 a pound here and I wave to it as I pass by. We pay $3.59 for a gallon of milk or $5.69 for organic milk. Butter is $4.99 to $5.49 a pound and organic starts at $5.69. Good healthy bread now costs over $5 a loaf, when in May it was $4. It strange to see a lot of the prices jump by a dollar, rather than 10 cents or even 50 cents. But the US Government says everything is stable. Our basic fuel was over $4.59 a gallon, but has come back down to $4.29 now that the tourists have mostly left. We do not have a state sales tax here in Alaska, but we have a 4% city tax and on top of that a 3% borough ( county) tax. So, we're paying a 7% tax to buy non-food items in town. Adds up. Mona and I filled 5 white plastic bags that day- 1 milk, one meat item, misc things, some soda and it totaled over $190.00. I choked. I wasn't keeping an eye on it as I usually do. Because we have 9-adults living in our home we spend well over a $1,000 a month on good food- not a bunch of junk. Plus we have a 4 month old baby great-grandchild who now requests more than just his mother's provisions.
No, our government is lying to us, but they probably feel its to protect us. They fear massive rioting, emptying the markets and National Guard being called in. I wrote about this happening in my book- "A Coming Storm". Some people will behave this way. But this will mainly occur because the government lied to their people for so long and then suddenly said, "We are broke, the road are closed to the United States and all the ports are shut down. We are to begin emergency good rationing tomorrow. No, if the government simply advised the people we are dealing with a rising inflation, of how the PEOPLE need to begin food storage with their neighborhoods in the event of a RECESSION. I'm not speaking of war, I'm talking about financial crisis here. But yes, war is certainly possible in our future.
BUT, the biggest thing I wish to say, is that if you are concerned about your future and the future of your country and please, GET OFF YOUR DUFF on election day in November. VOTE!!!! Remember, President Obama was put into office because nearly 65% of American voters stayed home. Will you people have NO RIGHT to complain. Only the voters have that right. But for this mid-term election we are putting senators and congressmen into office and your vote is extremely important. This will show which side; democrats or republicans will have the power for the next two years. Think about that. Or sit on your but in front of your TV complaining, never bothering to take that moment to exercise your RIGHT to pass your vote.
Now up here in Alaska we have a lot of politicians running for office. My wife and I do not belong to any political power base- we vote for who we feel is a good person and not the party line and we vote for the cause as we see it as something Alaska needs. Now we have a particular congressman running for re-election, who is 82 years old and suspected of corruption. Now as much as I respect my elders and what they have done for this fine state, I am a firm believer 82 years old is much to old to be making major decisions for Alaska. Enough said and enough politics.
Mr. Keith Greenberg, owner of a knife shop in Ocala, Florida, has been flying an historic flag outside his shop and is now being threatened with heavy fines by the city if he fails to remove it- for it violated City Ordinance 110-131. This historic flag shows a coiled rattle snake and has lettering underneath that says, "DON'T TREAD ON ME". Greenberg says, "This is a shock", and adds, " I feel like this is Russia. I've been around the world...this is what you expect in really closed countries." He faces fines of $250-$500 a day if he fails to remove the flag. Photographs were taken in town to show a Ocala car dealership flying a Mexican flag and an Irish pub flaying the Irish flag. It was unknown if they had received the same threat from the city.
Newly released study by the Center for Disease Control reveals that never married adults amounts to 50.02% or 248 million Americans. This titled the balance to unmarried adults as the majority for the first times since the government began the study in 1976. 22.1% of never-married adults in 1976 has risen to 30.4% in August this year. Divorced, separated or widowed Americans jumped from 15.3% in 1976 to nearly 20%. In 2013, US Fertility rate was around 1.87 children per-woman...well below the 2.1 % children needed to repopulate.
China has officially reiterated that its activities on the Nansha Islands in the South China Seas fell completely within China's sovereignty. ( A couple countries have officially disagreed)
Russia-China new plane deal- Russia says its domestic aircraft production must increase following sanctions over Ukraine Crisis. Moscow now plans new long-haul wide-bodied aircraft with Beijing. ( Beijing has not had enough transports to carry their airborne troops for long-haul deployments and would require additional aircraft for wars in faraway countries. Take a domestic cargo aircraft, add some paint and some extra armor plating and you have a military aircraft- easy transformation. When I did my homework for "A Coming Storm", China only had enough long-haul transports to move slightly less than one regiment of airborne troops. Though I must admit this was 15 years ago. But also, back then they had a fighter force of 500 jets- far superior to Russia or America in numbers.)
A U.S. Air Marshall, while in a Nigerian airport, was stabbed with a syringe and injected with an unknown substance. He was flown to Houston, Texas and placed in quarantine in the event he was injected with Ebola or HIV.
New Ebola map reveals more Africans at risk. U.N. Scientists show new regions to be home to animals harboring Ebola. Map also shows this virus is more widespread than previously feared.
Iran VOWS not to stand for further US sanctions. (While at the same time wanting to work with the US in fighting IS Terrorists- double minded?.)
Saudi-Arabia sets up new 50-bed Ebola isolation ward at Arafat Hospital in Mecca.
Russia now denies official Canadian complaint of having one of its military aircraft behaving in a "provocative" manner by flying too close to a Canadian Navy warship sailing in the Black Sea. ( Sooner or later, someone is liable to shoot at a plane or a ship, and all ....is going to fly. Nerves are just too tight.)
Danish Prime Minister to visit China with a goal of strengthening political and commercial relationships between the two countries.
Turkey reports they are now playing host to 1.37 million Syrian refugees.
Dutch investigators involved in the investigation of the crash of MH17, a Boeing 777-200, operated by Malaysia Airlines, now states,"the passenger jet was broke-up in the air probably as the result of structural damage, caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside." Report said there is still no evidence to show who shot the plane down and never used the word "missile" or "missiles" in their report. 298 people died in the crash of the passenger jet. ( In our world's history there have been instance of other passenger jets shot down by military weapons of countries who suspected the aircraft to be bombers or spy planes.)
Vietnam launches its third oil refinery project in Southern Phu-Yen Province- 950 km south of Hanoi. ( This continues to increase the value of Vietnam and China, in need of large supplies of crude oil, is watching.)
Philippine and U.S. troops will hold Naval exercises this month in western and northern Philippines. This upsets communist insurgents located in Southern Philippines.
Cambodia delegation invited to attend 11th ASEAN-China EXPO in Nanning City, China in September 16-19.
5.1 earthquake jolted the waters off Southern Philippines Province of Tawi-Tawi on 9-9-14.
4th American arrives home from West Africa with confirmed Ebola, to be treated at Atlanta Hospital.
Iran has sent signals to Russia that it is seeking to subvert the Western Sanctions on its contentious nuclear energy programs. Iran is talking with Russia about economic cooperation in energy, which would undercut the ongoing and newly appointed sanctions. South Africa, who has honored the sanctions, now plans to resume imports of oil to Russia in 3 months. Last month Iran and Russia signed a memorandum; Russia would buy Iranian oil and Iran would purchase Russian energy equipment, machinery and food- which would of course violate present sanctions.
Russia has denied the burn-up of one of its spy satellites over the US, which happen to strike and destroy a US orbiting surveillance satellite. It is believed that US surveillance photographs are now scattered all over the mid-west. Experts feel parts of the American satellite may have also survived, but the Russian bird was a fireball according to witnesses.
Obama Administration announces it will continue it legal battle against the "Little Sisters of the Poor", (Catholic nuns), over the contraception mandate, which religious liberty advocates say is unconscionable. ( I could be wrong here, but it appears to me we have mine and your taxpayer money being used by the US Government to support atheist groups to fight a group of nuns in support of pro-life, which the Catholic Church supports. Is there something wrong here? Usually, the pro-liberty atheist groups use the courts to wage their wars and have so far lost in this battle, but now the Obama Administration has gotten into the fight. This smells.)
An Oxford (that college in England) study of West African fruit bats, shows that these bats could carry the Ebola virus into another 15 countries.
New United Nations Report says levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose at record-shattering pace in 2013, a surge that surprised scientists and spurred fears of an accelerated warming of the earth in the decades to come.
New Intelligence Report filed of an Estonian Intelligence Officer being abducted on Estonian soil by Russian spies. Investigators discovered "signs of a scuffle". Also present were vehicle tracks leaving the scene and heading for the Russian border. Witnesses nearby reported smoke grenades were used in the abduction. At first refuted, Russian authorities later claimed the man had entered Russia with a loaded firearm in his possession and $6,500 in cash. He was being detained. ( For those of you not in the know, this includes myself, Estonia borders with Russia and both sides have border check points aimed at each other.)
That is it for now. I hope to add Part 3 of Legend of Blue Eyes later