The All American Shoe

All American Shoe
Ok, so this is a very cool shoe.



I’m in Ft. Lauderdale, and I came across this shoe.



No straps, no buckles, no bows, no ties, no tassels, no sparkles.



Just this woven American flag–prominent and proud. 



Thought this was pretty cool. 



Maybe there is a time for pretty shoes on the runway, and boots on the ground to defend our nation. ;-)



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

This Is Our World

Change The World
This is some of the unbelievable crazy news just from today–check this out:



- Russia accuses U.S. that the rallies of masses of people seeking freedom and human rights in Hong Kong and Ukraine are really CIA plots.



- Ebola enters the U.S. ten days ago by a man who arrived from known, striken Liberia.



- “The Earth lost half of its wildlife in the past four decades.”



- Oklahoma man, who recently tried to convert colleagues, beheads one of them at work. 



- Man who is armed felon (with “three felony convictions for assault and battery”) gets within feet of and potentially endangers President on elevator within days of another man with a knife, who climbs fence, enters White House and skips about and into the East Room.



- Report that if just a “100-meter wide asteroid hit Washington, D.C….’it could wipe out everything within the Beltway.'”



So in case you didn’t have enough to worry about..this is our world and what we are doing to it. ;-)



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Ebola Has Arrived

Ebola 2
The Washington Post ran an article on August 1, “Why You Are Not Going To Get Ebola In The U.S.”



As of about 10 minutes ago, they are now reporting, “As Ebola Confirmed In U.S. , CDC vows, ‘We’re Stopping It In Its Tracks.'”



What do you think we’ll see in the news about Ebola within the next 6 months or year–completely eradicated, mostly contained, spreading slowly, or G-d forbid a global pandemic? 



G-d should help us to conquer this disease quickly and completely. 



(Source Photo: here with Attribution to European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection)

9/11 Remembrance

911 Never Forget
Never Forget Project” – 13 years after the tragic events of 9/11.



2,977 American flags at local university in Washington, D.C. 



Question: With all the weighty terror threats aroud the world, including the latest and largest from ISIS–is never forgetting the same as doing everything possible to make sure it doesn’t happen again?  



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Chocolate Putin And Lemon ISIS

Lemon Ices Chocolate Pudding
Ok, so Chocolate Putin and Lemon ISIS are a true recipe for global disaster. 



GLOBAL THREATS: With Chocolate Putin, we have the old Cold War back again (or maybe it was never really gone) with nation states facing off and state-of-the-art weapons galore such as thermonuclear ICBMs onshore, offshore, and aloft. And with Lemon ISIS, we have extremists posing a new level of terrorist threats such that we have never seen before with beheadings, crucifixions, and mass killings, and the potential for (very) dirty bombs. 



PSYCHOLOGICAL INTIMIDATION: While Chocolate Putin still denies his troops are even in Ukraine or that they all along wanted to harbor Snowden, Lemon ISIS tells the whole world they seek to establish a caliphate across the Middle East. Either way the psychological impact is to confuse and scare.



OPPRESSION OF THE PEOPLE: Both Chocolate Putin and Lemon ISIS declare that the people (along with their territory) in their sights are really wanting it–Ukrainians, Georgians, the Baltic States and Poland want to be Russian and maybe really are, while ISIS declares that good Muslims really want to live under strict Sharia law. The victims are not victims, they are willing participants in their own takeover. 



RULING BY AUTOCRACY: Chocolate Putin and Lemon ISIS rule by dictatorship with a supreme leader or all powerful president, the people must follow or be put in the gulag or hung by a tree limb. Either way, you will obey, freedoms begone, and the collective will be better off for it. 



The list of ingredients and description for world chaos and terror can go on and on here…but the point is that we are facing enemies that are digging in to inflict serious metabolic harm on us. 



While some may like chocolate Putin or Lemon ISIS, the results of closing our eyes to the calorie count will be catastrophic to a peaceful world order. 



(Source Photo for Lemon ISIS is Andy Blumenthal and for Chocolate Putin is here with attribution to jlib)

Panic, Technology To The Rescue

Panic
Who us panic?

- ISIS is threatening the West with “dangerous new extremism

- Syria’s death toll tops 170,000 with more than 10,000 believed tortured to death. 

- Boko Haram is still abducting young girls (and boys).

- Iran says no deal on nukes

- Ebola is “out of control.”

- China is emergent as the U.S. pivots east and space becomes militarized with anti-satellite weapons. 

- Russia is resurgent (Crimea is history to Ukraine).

- The national deficit only hints at the true extent of our unfunded liabilities from entitelements.

- The economy is bubbling over the top again, warns Robert Shiller.

- Racial and income inequality continues to divide America (case in point, Ferguson MO).

- Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has an arrest record.

- Almost half the world–3 billion people–live in poverty on less then $2.50 a day. 

Ah, if only technology could solve all our global problems–and this is a big list and not by any means comprehensive.

It’s a race of the “world is exploding all over” with technology trying to make it better with more and better information, innovation, productivity, security, and cures.

Almost like the war of good over evil–we may lose the battle, but hopefully (let’s pray) in the end, we will win the war. ;-)

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Ebola Bomb {^}

Ebola
Ebola is the “one of the most virulent microbes” to mankind–there is no known cure and it has a 90% mortality rate. 

 

The death toll from the current outbreak of ebola in West Africa has now hit 1,145.

 

And according to the U.N. Health Agency, the number of deaths are “vastly underestimated.”

 

Already, as of two weeks ago, more than 100 health workers had been infected. So who is going to care for the infected and sick, when the medical professionals themselves are sick and dead?

 

According to the World Health Organization, Ebola is spread by “direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs, or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments infected with such fluids.”

 

However, as frightening and deadly as ebola is as a disease that spreads and must be contained, what is even more terrifying is that there are those who believe that terrorists may try to harness it into a dirty bomb.

 

CBS reports that a disease expert from Cambridge University says that “A bigger and more serious risk is that a [terrorist] group manages to harness the virus as a power, then explode it in a bomb in a highly populated area.”

 

A biological bomb like this “could cause a large number of horrific deaths,” and would further spread the disease–and until it stops, no one knows.

 

Visiting any number of local doctors offices, emergency rooms, or hospitals that are already filled with patients and with lengthy wait times to be treated, I cannot imagine what an Ebola (type) outbreak would look like.

 

I hope and pray we never find out the suffering, death, and havoc something a virus like this would cause–whether transmitted through human-to-human contact or by one of the dirtiest, sickest bombs you could imagine.

 

(Source Screenshot: here with attribution to Unicef)