Well, 2013 was a very interesting year. To name a few:
- The Pope's resignation and a different type of Pope elected. Is he the last?
- The large meteor over Russia
- North Korean threats
- Syrian use of chemical weapons
- The strongest typhoon ever known to hit land in the Philippines
- The weakest solar maximum in 100 years
- Edward Snowden releasing information about the NSA spying on Americans
- The Boston marathon bombing
- The Egyptian Summer
Will 2014 be another"interesting" year? Likely so.
Having survived the hoopla around 2012, we expect 2013 to be a very "interesting" year. A lot could be happening.
We have moved from Houston to the Asheville, North Carolina area. Our email address remains the same. Please see our Contact information for the new address and phone.
Most of the time it seems things change rather slowly - the concept of gradualism. However, on occasion, things can change in a hurry. The fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany and the Soviet Union happened within an eyeblink of historical time after a seemingly long period of sameness. Now we are witnessing rapid change in Tunisia, Egypt, and other countries. The quake and tsunami have quickly changed Japan. These rapid changes could have major consequences for those of us on earth.
Many, if not most religions, have
their followers bow down in prayer. Should we do that? Shouldn't we
instead look up, not bow down in submission, when in prayer to the wonder
of it all and of which we are a part.
There is a great deal of talk about health care these days.
The US government is attempting to add at least hundreds of billions
of dollars to its budget to supposedly cover people. All of this is
continuing in the same routine medical tradition – using drugs
to treat symptoms. Maybe there is a better way?
Hypothesis: Mother Earth is alive and doesn’t want all these people
polluting her surface, water, and air. She will take action destroy
them to prevent further injury to herself.
The collapse of the I35W bridge in Minnesota is another
example, like the Shuttle Challenger and Columbia losses and Katrina,
of how people know there is a problem, yet the problems are ignored
or not treated with the attention they need. But how do we know when
something needs immediate attention or it can wait? When will the next
disaster in waiting jump up to bite us? What other disasters are awaiting
us out there?
What does Ayman al-Zawahiri threatening the government of
Pakistan and President Musharraf, who has at least not been pursuing
al-Qaeda to anywhere near the fullest extent, mean? Is this the beginning
of an attempt to take over another state/government which has nuclear
Those who might think we can coexist with Islamic terrorists
or that we can talk or deal reasonably with them should look at Gaza.
The Hamas and Fatah groups had something of an agreement to share power
in a “unity government”. Hamas decided to take over by force.
Such people will not rest until they fulfill their vision of domination,
are totally defeated, or for some reason change their ways.
A variety of techniques have apparently been used in history
to control Islamic Fundamentalists or terrorists. One story was the
American General Pershing, who was fighting Islamic terrorists in the
Philippines in the early 1900s. We have tried to determine if this story
is true or not, but have been unable to so far. However, it does illustrate
a point. Muslims believe that pigs are unclean, and that they can’t
go to heaven if they are contaminated. We have considered another possibility
as a deterent for homicide bombers. See our pamphlet
The War on Terrorism (aka World
There has been lot of talk recently about immigration, in
particular that which is illegal from those countries to our south.
This brings up the question of laws. These people are breaking US law
by coming here without the proper documentation. Yet some churches say
that there is a greater law, that of God, which says they should help
these people. What law(s) do we obey? Is there a greater Universal Law?
What happens if laws are only obeyed when people choose to obey them?
Are they really laws? Isn't there a risk of anarchy when such is the
case? We address some of these issues in our pamphlets, and more fully
in our forthcoming book, Universal Vision: The Key.
The world has experienced a number of major disasters recently.
The South Asian tidal wave (tsunami), the Gulf Coast hurricanes in the
US, and now the major earthquake in Pakistan. All require massive amounts
of assistance and aid. How long will nations be able to supply such
aid? Where will it end? Or will it? Are these events just a small portion
of what is to come?
September 29, 2005:
The US experience with Hurricane Katrina and then Hurricane
Rita presented the nation with major disasters. What can America do
about this? Should New Orleans be rebuilt? How many disasters can a
nation sustain? See our longer article.
US Supreme Court decision announced today states that it is against
the Constitution to sentence people who committed capital crimes under
the age of 18 to death. They could not be more wrong.
What the Court(s) have done over the years is base opinion
upon opinion upon opinion, and so on, ad nauseam, altering the law a
little each time, until they get to the politically correct answer they
This decision risks opening the doors to increased violent
crime by people under the age of 18.
It is time to reconsider the question yet again, immediately,
and resolve to a different opinion.
You should read our pamphlet Crime
and Justice, which we are currently revising based on this decision.
With the recent drug cardiovascular side effect concerns
of pain medications such as Vioxx, which has already been withdrawn
from the market, and now others, when will people realize that most
or all drugs may have undesirable side effects? When will researchers
and others begin looking more to options other than drugs for problems?
July 31, 2004:
We must not forget that there may be a very simple solution
to today's social problems. It has been professed by so many people
throughout history. That solution is to love your fellow person.
We might also suggest that such love should be extended to all of life
on the earth, and even to the earth itself.
We wondered back
on September 11, 2003, (see below) about possible terrorist attacks
in the United States prior to the Presidential election, and what effects
any such attacks might have on that election. We are now hearing reports
of others wondering the same thing for the United States after Spain's
rail attacks prior to its Presidential election. If such attacks occur,
the terrorists will be betting on Americans having the same reaction
as the Spanish. But will they be right? Or will Americans instead insist
on an even harsher, more aggressive war against the terrorists? The
decision America makes at that time will play a large role in determining
America's and the world's future.
According to various
news reports, another bomb was found on some train tracks near Madrid,
Spain. If this bomb was planted by the terrorists, it shows that the
concessions of the Spaniards to the terrorists noted in our previous
comment doesn't seem to have meant protection for them. In our opinion,
this is just another instance documenting that appeasing such people
is not the way to go.
It appears the terrorists have won a significant battle
over the weekend following their bombing of the trains and stations
in Spain. Their bombing of these facilities was most likely intended
to achieve the very effect it did. Poll results just prior to the bombing
and election indicated a win by the ruling party. This was suddenly
reversed on election day by the populace voting out the regime which
was fighting the terrorists. In doing so, they have shown themselves
as appeasers. They probably also qualify for the "c" word.
It should remind us of a history lesson with Prime Minister Neville
Chamberlain in England trying to appease Hitler, as well as others who
have done so throughout history, to their eventual chagrin. Appeasement
will never do anything but encourage the terrorists. The terrorists
will view it as weakness, and the Spaniards have shown their collective
weakness very clearly. Spain, though hopefully not the rest of the world,
will someday come to regret this decision.
There is a song from the old movie "My Fair Lady" with
the words "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!" Well,
the "rain" of terror will not stay mainly in the Spanish plain.
It will spread, and now with the blessing of the Spanish people. (See
our pamphlet The War on Terrorism
(aka World War 3?))
There have been
additional reports in the news over the holidays about Americans being
so overweight. This appears to be true, both from personal observations
and research data. The causes are attributed to genetics, taking in
too many calories, and lack of adequate exercise. But is there at least
one other variable or cause the researchers haven't looked at or controlled
for? We haven't seen any data on this, and wonder if the surveys could
be at least partially flawed when stating causes as a result? Could
another variable be the types of people having children? Is it possible
that more heavier / overweight women and/or men are having proportionately
greater numbers of children, while the more slender men and women are
not marrying to have children and such couples are having fewer? (See
our pamphlet Science: What it is,
and what it isn't)
On this second anniversary of 9-11, it is important to remember
that there are still many people in the world, and probably even some
in the United States, who want to kill Americans and bring this nation
down. Despite government efforts to prevent them, will the terrorists
be able to carry out one or more attacks later this year or next year
in the US? If they succeed, what influence will that have on the 2004
Presidential and other elections?
We will never have peace in the world as long as terrorists exist.
Any perceived weakness, indecision, or inaction on our or any other
nation's part will only encourage the terrorists to pursue their goals
more fervently. Are the American people willing to stay the path? Is
President Bush’s lower approval rating today due as much to a
self-condemnation of the American people as it is a criticism of Bush?
See our pamphlet The War on Terrorism
(aka World War 3?)
There has been
a great deal of talk recently about Mars and earth being the closest
they have in 60,000 years tomorrow on August 27, 2003. We think this
needs some perspective. It is all a function of what is called orbital
mechanics – those laws which govern the paths of objects in orbit
about another object, in this case Mars and earth about the sun. We
don't believe there is anything significant other than this about the
The difference between this approach and the one in 1924,
only 79 years ago, for example, is only about 50,000 miles. That's only
about one-fourth the distance of the moon from the earth – a small
difference when considering the 56,000,000 miles between earth and Mars
on the 27th.
There is a NASA web site which provides this perspective.
Most of us seemed surprised at how little resistance Iraqi
forces managed and how quickly they collapsed during the war. Now the
job seems to turn to winning the peace. This could be much harder and
take much longer than many people are thinking right now.
We have had some email inquiring about our thoughts on "Planet
X". Many people are saying this celestial object will collide with
earth on or about May 5th, 2003. We are skeptics about this. It is just
another "false prophecy" which will be unfulfilled.
With war imminent in Iraq, we have mixed feelings. We are concerned
about the loss of life, cost, and long term outcome. At the same time,
we cannot stand by and let brutal dictators and terrorists control or
gain control of significant parts of the world while wreaking havoc
in the rest of it. Such a situation would lead to continuing instability
and great risk to peace and the world economy. We discuss this issue
further in our pamphlet "The War on Terrorism (aka World War 3?)".
See our Publications page.
We regret the loss of the Columbia and its seven crew members.
Whatever the investigation into the disaster reveals, we believe it
is imperative that the nation and world come together to continue pursuing
the exploration of space. Part of human nature is to explore and challenge
the unknown. Unfortunately, sometimes that exploration results in the
loss of human life. If we give up that desire to explore and try to
understand what is beyond, we lose a part of ourselves, and we will
decline as a result.