Still, one of these days, after one of my books really clicks, I'll have to dig up my septic field and have a new one put in...should say installed. No one trusts me with tools. The company put a brand new one in when we bought the house, had to for the deal to go through, but even though this place has 3 bed rooms the field was only large enough to handle two people and a couple little-bitty elves. Those guys went bankrupt right afterwards, not quite up to putting septic tanks and fields in during the latter parts of December, I guess. We had some blizzards during their time here and one storm dropped 17 inches into the hole they dug during that first night. We gave them coffee and freshly made Christmas cookies. But all said and done, the field came in at an angle, facing down at the tank, which quickly fills it up with rain water or snow. We have to drain the tank once a year or risk biological warfare.
A new septic field and tank is required for our church parsonage next door. Once our visiting volunteers from lower 48 cleared some land we realized dozens of large alders had grown their roots right down into the field and a lot of the debris was being pushed right up. We bettering the septic tank is another vehicle. My house's original septic tank, which was brought up in pieces, gas masks required but not on hand, was a 1971 golden colored Monte Carlo. Well, the guy that belt out place built the parsonage. I'm betting on a dodge panel van. It appears vehicles and especially vans made up the common septic tanks in this area in the 1970's and early 1980s. You've now had your history lesson.
Let us jump to some news:
Spiegel News/Germany- New Concern for NATO: Putin VS Erdogan, with escalation of Russia-Turkey hostilities. "Russia is only as strong as the west is weak. Europe and the United States have no answer to Putin's aggressive approach in Syria and elsewhere because they lack a clear strategy." By Mathieu Von Rohr. ( My mother's family used to have the Von in front of their name when they came over from Germany, but dropped it due to post-World War 1 persecution. The Von is like Sir in English nobility. I'm not positive but I believe my mom's ancestor was an appointed community leader in a North German fishing area. I never found anything else out, except paperwork having the Von Dreeke name, with Dreeke being her maiden name. Grandmother wouldn't talk about, especially the persecution she came under by Americans. ) A new t-shirt out on the market shows the top half of Putin, arms crossed in front grasping two very large pistols. It appears Russia's newest superhero has been discovered and Arnold may have an adversary.
Japan Times: (Paraphrased from much longer story) Allegations of Slave Labor taking place inside a known 31,320 Japanese companies. These allegations, now under national and international investigation, involve the company's foreign trade programs. Thousands of foreigners, mostly from China, are hired as trainee/interns and shipped straight off to one of many countries their company has factories set up. Here they work 12-15 hour shifts for 6-day weeks. Investigation has shown a lot of the employees pay up to $10,000 to be hired and they may not quit because this fee will not be refunded to them. They work with the old "Company Store" routine, where they are charged for their bedding, to do their laundry and other needs. All passports and mobile phones are seized, and if they take a vacation to go home, they have no access to their bank accounts. 180,000 foreign employees gained employment with this program in which they were seen as a way to circumvent Japanese Labor Laws and be cheap labor for over-sea's operations. Confinement was also used to stimulate problem employees. But as of Jan 2015, of the 31,320 companies so far 76% of them broke labor rules. In one case a woman paid 30,000 yuan for a position with a promise of making 5 million yuan, and she joined 30 other trainees. Another fact the investigation had revealed, in 2014, 4,847 trainees went missing and two-thirds of them were Chinese. Unknown when the 2015 finale report will be released or what will happen to those companies found to be law breakers and violators of human rights.
Japan Times: (Paraphrased) Marine Corps Veteran and parent John Kevin Wood bring suit against Charles County School District in Maryland, U.S. for banning him for one year from his daughter's high school campus, which will include him from attending his daughters high school graduation. This ban occurred over his objection to his daughter's 11th grade history teacher requiring his daughter to memorize the Five Pillars of Islam- to write and recite the shahada, the Muslim state of faith: there is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah....and so on. John Wood had lost two buddies in that war over there and when he called the school he objected to this lesson and soon found himself banned for 1 year from even entering the school grounds, which includes the school's office area. So, in order to see his daughter graduate, he is being forced to take legal action. Similar actions are occurring in other schools, where Islam is being blatantly or carefully placed into school lessons. But all too few parents are raising much concern. Strangely enough, parents are simply accepting it, but they'll scream to the rafters if a Christian message pops up. Is it another sign?
Manila Times, Philippines: (Paraphrased) New intelligence report advises that Iranian Revolutionary Guard were planning to very soon mount some form of limited attack, to bomb or hijack a Saudi Arabian passenger jet in either the Philippines, Malaysia or Indonesia, "Divine Revenge" against Saudi Arabia for their execution of the Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr last month. Information value is said to be "a reliable source". Attack is to involve a 10-man force with 6 of them being from Yemeni Nationals. Some identities known but not released yet, but sources say it is believe the Yemeni Nationals have already left Iran for their target country. Photos and names being sent to all foreign airports used by Saudi Arabian Airlines.
NEWSMAX: Citing a report issued by the Washington Examinerm- verified, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is about to issue an order that will now allow all migrants/refugees across our borders who come infected with any one of the three sexually transmitted SDTs ( Sexually Transmitted Diseases), to include granuloma inguinal, changroid and lymphogranulomavenereum (try that one in a spelling test). This report surprised me in that it went on to say...how this was an expansion of previous decision to allow HIV carriers across are borders. So, is every border runner, or escorted migrant, receiving booster shots to make them non-deadly for AIDS, or transmitting STDs. Makes one almost wish all the border runners would got to D.C. and attend big parties attended by politicians sons and daughters. Maybe they wouldn't be so carefree with our health worries. Plenty of desert country these people are used to, set up camps, get them healthy before we release them out into McDonald World.
Beijing Daily- Police arrest gang of dog-nappers, suspected of theft of more than 100-canines and selling them to slaughter houses. Remember, when some foreigners come here they think our food is rather barbaric. I had dog in Vietnam, it truely isn't bad, especially if you hadn't made friends with the hound beforehand.
Beijing Daily- China tackles pollution problem/crisis by changing the level of what is unsafe line for the city. It sounds like the Chinese have taken a lesson from Uncle Sam. People will believe whatever you want them to believe, even when they're choking to death on pollution.
Taipei Times: Story on Australia- 6: national unemployment, with federal benefits paying $190.00 a week. This doesn't count welfare benefits. Article lists some of the excuse the people use as to why they can't take a job or just go back to work. (1) Job would interfere with my Sunday golf game. (2) Turned down job because he needed to follow his dream to become an actor. (3) Man refused to work with chickens- didn't say whether that was alive or dead. (4) Man refused to work as driver's assistant, because he wanted to be the driver. (5) person found car washing too difficult. (6) Bad smell in the office. I always thought Australians were a tough race, now I am not so sure. Probably why Tom Selleck left and never did a sequel.
I've read a dozen articles today from Russia to China, Israel to Japan, concerning our Guantanamo Bay fiasco and President Obama desire to close it. Maybe we could put all the bad guys in a large trailer and the Pres can haul them around the country looking for homes. But he has to remember, once on U.S. soil, I believe they'll be required to be processed as any other Prisoner of War and this allows for full legal proceeding and trial. But prisoners aside, he has been said to have mentioned to President Castro concerning the Return of our Navy/Marine base in Cuba back to Cuba and this should NOT be allowed and any Executive Order of his outvoted by the Senate. This is a highly strategic location and it keeps the Russians from having full use of that island to threaten us. One of the reasons we have maintained a hold of this place and now comes along Obama who struggles so hard for a legacy and I'm afraid it might be the destruction of the United States in his last year. North Kora and China feel they can walk over us and Putin thinks he has the Pres mentally beat. The man with the big stick is out whittling toothpicks as Rome begins to simmer.
Russian Herald: A leaked excerpt from a soon-to-be-released intel report by Russian opposition on Chechen Leader Ramzan Kadyrov, accusing him massing a "private army" of at least 30,000 that constitutes a threat to national security. Report also alleges Kadyrov's men are involved in criminal activities across Russia. ( No one wanted to use the name Russian Mafia, probably out of fear). Kadyrov is said to be extremely loyal to Putin and this might be due to the many pardons Putin provided for him in the past.
In another Kadyrov story, a Russian soccer player was reprimanded by the European Soccer Federation for wearing a pro-Putin T-shirt. Kadyrov then offered the player a position on the Chechen Soccer Team.
Telegraph New/UK: A civil suit in St. Louis, Missouri, decided by a jury and against Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, awarded $72 million to the family of the late woman who died of ovarian cancer. The suit claimed the baby powder caused this cancer and the jury agreed. The jury decided the company failed to warn users of the potential dangers of the powder's ingredients despite concerns raised by the American Cancer Society in 1999. Johnson & Johnson reportedly has 1,200 similar lawsuits pending in the U.S. Lawyers for the company in the UK say the suit would've been settled by a judge instead of a jury and much harder to convince a judge of any laws being violated. Yet even with the Cancer Society warning that one or more chemicals involved in the manufacturing of the baby powder might possibly contain a substance that could be at risk of causing ovarian cancer in some women, they failed to place a warning label, possibly for fear it might effect their sales. Now they're out $72 million and that is a lot of baby talc.
Telegraph/UK- Food Recall in Europe ( But some of these bound to make it servicemen in Sandbox Wars and they should be warned to avoid Mars candy bars with dates 2016-2018 expiration...most will already be pulled by then, but some always get through and the military exchanges buy by the bulk). Mars and Snickers candies recalled in 55 countries, to include Milky Way minis, as pieces of red plastic found in sweets being manufactured in Mars Factory in Netherlands. U.S. has had no report of being contaminated. Hershey's must love this.
There was other stuff, but I hope some of these get your attention. Notice what papers they come from and see how big papers in the US have no word on it. Example, the absence of reports on Japan's new leaking reactor and remaining problem with the problem reactor still flowing away. We should be shown maps of the growing ground area being contaminated as the radiation zone widens out- it does do that. In another 5 yrs it night reach our outer island or maybe our western shorelines. Far-fetched, I do not know, I am not a scientist, but I read. They try to get our minds off the radiation with this floating algae (spelling?) Could it be caused by warming or possibly the ground radiation. The thing is, they just won't tell us. Like how many people died in the New Mexico Desert because they didn't want to warn anyone of how deadly the radioactive ground might be and our good old John Wayne paid the price and hundreds more died. Familys who went out for picnics never had a warning, no signs on the roads. Radioactive isotopes placed in Native American Women up North of here, without being advised,m to see what the radioactivity would do to the babies, because they planned to use an A-bomb to build a harbor up there. Government never told them, not for over 20 some years and the families dealt with physically and mentally challenged children and teens. And let us not forget the three companies of soldiers who were marched out, to sit in trenches 10 miles or less from the A-bomb blast to see what might happen to them. All of them would die of cancerous deaths, but they obeyed their orders.
I guess the thing I'm trying to say is that after former Prime Minister Kan spoke before the Washington Press Club and the reporters may or may not have written up their stories about the leaking reactors. I couldn't find a story except what came out of the host country- Japan. I thought once Japan broke it, the US might say something since we eat the fish and crab moving through those waters, but I couldn't find a word. But hey, I'm human and could've easily missing something. So take a look and tell me what you found at the end of Jan and beginning of Feb. Can you find a ground water/sea bottom map showing the extension of contamination? I may not have been born in Missouri, but I was stationed there for a year. I need to see it and verify it.
I'm enjoying working on my Geronimo story, especially my early research concerning this man and his people. I found that during this point in his history the old warrior chief is of middle age, yet still fitter than most 25 year-old whites and those 40 year old warriors who accompany him. He and his 33 warriors are on the run, being pursued across the desert by 3,000 raw and often untrained cavalry on the American side and in Mexico, by 4,000 or sometimes less weary eyed soldiers with little little or no food to eat. For this book though I have an 11-man Arizona Ranger force in pursuit, made up of highly experienced desert fighters, who have fought together since the civil war and for a few, even before that. Blake, leader of the Rangers, made an Apache by the Great Cochise, in an earlier book, is middle aged himself and wears the long white hair of time, deep inset eyes that radiate with knowledge and wrinkles of experience. He also carries the many wounds of dealing with his Apache brothers and both he and Geronimo inwardly carry a respect for one another as wolf brothers. Yet they both desire each others scalp before this pursuit is over. Men will be killed and wounded, horses will die, but only one leader will ride proudly from the battlefield when this was over. Proudly because they each know their victim deserves such conduct.
My next Ranger book will involve the Arizona gunslingers and gamblers, with a chapter of course devoted to Tombstone, the Earps and the OK Corral.
All for now....oh, its snowing. Whoopee! Going to try to get the snowblower going tomorrow, that's always a lot of fun. Bye now, BILL