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Dr. Rachel Maddow's best seller, DRIFT

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    Unfortunately, the Military & Industrial complex has become such a BIG part of our Economy, with all the power and influence of a Govt within itself, and we cannot live without it, due to the ever present fear of an enemy attack. So their officers gain in political power, besides their rank in the military branch of choice. They can DEMAND that we will be weak if we DO NOT build 500 new jets with nuke capabilities, or if we do not build some satellites in outer space carrying weapons we can aim with lazer precision, & demolish any enemy on the planet. The Congress, apparently does not have the intelligence (Refer to Tea Party, which probably does not even believe in gravity) -- to understand these things, so they will always vote for anything they can invest in, or take bribes to support. Pretty soon, a major portion of the stock market is involved in the War Machine, which is total anathema to a Peaceful Nation, (which we profess ourselves to be) & to a truly Christian nation. And if we tried to back out now, from all this brute force & destructive attitudes, we would have 50% unemployment from shutting down all the air bases & the navy bases, & the army bases, which have cluttered up our national landscape. Note: we have recently shut down our Space Program which was used for only PEACEFUL purposes, & let our honorable astronauts silently slide into obscurity, to fade away, without any special honors or recognition by the US govt. Or our citizens.

    Since it was begun by John F. Kennedy (a Democrat) to reach outer space BEFORE our enemy (Russia), in order to secure the realm of outer space for a nation we could trust, to keep the PEACE, & not use other planets as weapon launchers to attack us. THAT was the primary MOTIVE for our space efforts. John Kennedy was a visionary. But since the Republicans cannot find any way to make profits off of a PEACEFUL initiative, they decided to destroy our Space Program & all its PEACEful agenda. "Bye Bye" John Glenn, & dozens of other unsung heroes of our Space Program. Most of them we do not even know their names. (unlike all the Football heroes & Baseball heroes). Ronald Reagan was even guilty for the Teacher in Space debacle, where he insisted they launch with zero degree temperatures, which would cause the rockets to freeze & blow up. But it was not counted against Reagan, since he declared himself "memory-impaired" & thus incompetent to make rational decisions. However, WE are not all "memory impaired" -- so what is OUR excuse, to not make a proper memorial for our astronauts, & orbital scientists, that served us all those years.
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    I was looking at PBS last night; the program was about protecting the US from storms , hurricanes etc. It showed on how ridiculous the US is in protecting their coastal area's. It showed how the Dutch solved these problems. After the disaster in New Orleans, Dutch engineers were invited to advise the city on how it could protect itself; of course the US does as usual, take some pieces of it and make it a half ass solution which will proof in the future to be fatal. Especially the Sandy disaster was mentioned and showed all the flaws of habitation and protection. Again the Dutch gave their suggestions which again are not followed up. But anyway the message is we rather spent it on "defense" than infrastructure.

    Sorry to say our Government thinks from "z" to "a" instead of the other way around. What I see on the news etc.; the only discussion is on how we still can spent like crazy without reaching the debt limit. No one says aloud we can cut billions of useless military waste; close all overseas bases; cut the total waste on ridiculous programs etc. Of course plenty of persons will then be out of work; right now Americans are too lazy to take the lesser jobs, our Southern border people are now mowing our lawns, why not Americans? No we need a total cultural change; if we would have the right president who would see and realize that the path we take right now is unsustainable. However Obama only wants to spent and seeks money from us via increased taxes and continue the waste as usual.

    Thus as long as solutions are only printing more money and borrowing more for our war toys and worldly medding, doomsday is not far away.
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    eternal flame --

    You are right on about Republican efforts to cut back funding for NASA. Here's an extract from

    Space.com, July 18, 2013: Proposed NASA Budget Cuts Spark Bitter Debate in Congress

    "House lawmakers debated NASA's 2014 budget today (July 18) during a meeting that saw stark partisan divisions over proposed funding cuts for the agency's science and space exploration programs.

    "A NASA authorization bill drafted by the Republican majority of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology proposes to slash NASA's funding to $16.6 billion for 2014 — $300 million less than it received in 2013, and $1.1 billion less than President Obama requested for NASA in 2014. The bill — which authorizes spending levels but provides no actual funding — would roll back NASA’s funding to a level $1.2 billion less than its 2012 budget.

    "Democratic members of the committee spoke strongly against the proposed cuts, which Republicans say are necessary under the federal sequestration cuts prompted by the Budget Control Act of 2011.


    I don't know if the Tea Party is targeting NASA specifically as an unnecessary expenditure, or if their proposed cuts are just part of their ideological beliefs that everything the government does should be privatized with investments in space dictated by the "free market."

    I should add that the Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is Republican Lamar Smith of Texas. His primary qualification, I suppose is that he is a practicing "Christian Scientist." Ha.
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    Schmidt:

    Since we already have TEN threads about Rachel Maddow, I won't add to the pile. However, I WILL tell you that I picked up her latest books ("Blowout") at the library today. This time, her target is the oil and gas industry, and one of her points is how and why the Russians hacked the U.S. elections. Connie would love this book, since she has a low opinion of "the robber barons".

    Her bio on Wikipedia had an interesting comment"

    "Asked about her political views by the Valley Advocate, Maddow replied, "I'm undoubtedly a liberal, which means that I'm in almost total agreement with the Eisenhower-era Republican party platform."

    If you think her comment does not make any sense, read the 1956 Republican party platform:

    https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/republican-party-platform-1956

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    Arizona -- I read Rachel's book Drift and am now reading Blowout. One thing I noticed right off, she has done meticulous research. As a former oil company person, I have to commend her on her discussion of that industry. She is spot on. I'm sure she had experts vet her analyses and it shows.

    I know she is super intelligent and is able to assimilate information quickly while on the air giving informed commentary. Anyone going on her show better be prepared because Rachel does her homework. However, as likable as she is to me, I can appreciate that it doesn't work for everyone. Because of her reputation as "too liberal" many journalists from the New York Times and others will not appear as her guests in case it somehow taints them. Ha. It may also be that they don't want to be "shown up" under her questioning.

    And yes the Republican party has moved more and more to the right since the Eisenhower days. The Christians leaving the Democratic party after Lyndon Johnson was a major shift.

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    Schmidt:

    On a related topic, I just read that the United States spends 10 times as much on fossil fuel subsidies than it does on education,

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesellsmoor/2019/06/15/united-states-spend-ten-times-more-on-fossil-fuel-subsidies-than-education/?fbclid=IwAR1cHUC2nl2K5bZnn7WavfpswP20Ml783ROazxLrW0bvkbCBKWX1wd6Eoq4#b0f475b44735

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Arizona -- I read Rachel's book Drift and am now reading Blowout. One thing I noticed right off, she has done meticulous research. As a former oil company person, I have to commend her on her discussion of that industry. She is spot on. I'm sure she had experts vet her analyses and it shows.

    I know she is super intelligent and is able to assimilate information quickly while on the air giving informed commentary. Anyone going on her show better be prepared because Rachel does her homework. However, as likable as she is to me, I can appreciate that it doesn't work for everyone. Because of her reputation as "too liberal" many journalists from the New York Times and others will not appear as her guests in case it somehow taints them. Ha. It may also be that they don't want to be "shown up" under her questioning.

    And yes the Republican party has moved more and more to the right since the Eisenhower days. The Christians leaving the Democratic party after Lyndon Johnson was a major shift.

    Schmidt:

    I'm roughly halfway through "Blowout", and found it to be an interesting read. The information about fracking is especially scary.

    I published an article about fracking when the Keystone pipeline was still a possibility. (Under Trump, it COULD still happen). Obviously all that shale oil is very nasty stuff.

    https://tohell-andback.blogspot.com/2012/01/freaking-fracking-fiasco.html

    The best visual that I have seen AGAINST fracking is the Pennsylvania couple who were able to set their drinking water on fire:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LBjSXWQRV8

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    This book Drift makes a lot of sense and is an honest, accurate appraisal of what has happened to the US government.

    If Rachel Maddow really believes what she wrote in that book, "Why was she spending all those years on her news show repeating the lies of that war criminal Oligarchy in Washington DC?"

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    Connie:

    Rachel's salary is $7 million a year, and her net worth is $20 million.

    She was born on April Fools Day, but she is definitely nobody's fool.

    She does what she does because she believe in what she is doing, which is why she has won 3 Emmys.

    Interestingly enough, she grew up with ultra-conservative parents, who were likely not pleased when she married her wife, , Susan Mikula.

    https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/how-much-is-rachel-maddow-worth-and-what-is-her-salary.html/

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    "Blowout" should be a "must read" for everyone, since it ties together a lot of events that are shaping the world today.

    I finished reading the book this afternoon, and was impressed about the number of facts that Rachel Maddow uncovered. for example, she details how Moscow effectively torpedoed Mitt Romney's selection as Secretary of State because he was vocally anti-Putin. Tillerson, on the other hand, already had extensive business dealings with Russia, including helping to develop oil drilling in the Arctic - which our sanctions on Russia put a stop to. Up to his appointment, Tillerson had no government experience, and no interest in Americna foreign policy. His appointment was happily broadcast on social media, most of which was generated by the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg.

    Things got off to a rocky start early in their relationship. In July 2017, Tillerson called Trump a “f*****g moron,” NBC News reported. The comments came after Tillerson had a meeting at the Pentagon with members of the White House national security team and Cabinet officials.

    After Tillrson got fired on March 31, 2018, Trump said he was “ill prepared and ill equipped” for his job. “Rex Tillerson, a man who is ‘dumb as a rock’ . . . made up a story (he got fired) that I was out-prepared by Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Hamburg, Germany,” he tweeted. “I don’t think Putin would agree,” Trump wrote. “Look how the U.S. is doing!”

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    I read Drift and liked it very much.

    I would also suggest the late Chalmers Johnson’s “Blowback Trilogy” as well as Andrew Bacevich’s books on militarism and failed U.S. policy particularly as relates to the greater Middle East.

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    "Blowout" should be a "must read" for everyone, since it ties together a lot of events that are shaping the world today.

    I finished reading the book this afternoon, and was impressed about the number of facts that Rachel Maddow uncovered. for example, she details how Moscow effectively torpedoed Mitt Romney's selection as Secretary of State because he was vocally anti-Putin. Tillerson, on the other hand, already had extensive business dealings with Russia, including helping to develop oil drilling in the Arctic - which our sanctions on Russia put a stop to. Up to his appointment, Tillerson had no government experience, and no interest in Americna foreign policy. His appointment was happily broadcast on social media, most of which was generated by the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg.

    Things got off to a rocky start early in their relationship. In July 2017, Tillerson called Trump a “f*****g moron,” NBC News reported. The comments came after Tillerson had a meeting at the Pentagon with members of the White House national security team and Cabinet officials.

    After Tillrson got fired on March 31, 2018, Trump said he was “ill prepared and ill equipped” for his job. “Rex Tillerson, a man who is ‘dumb as a rock’ . . . made up a story (he got fired) that I was out-prepared by Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Hamburg, Germany,” he tweeted. “I don’t think Putin would agree,” Trump wrote. “Look how the U.S. is doing!”

    "Blowout" clearly illustrated the devastating effect the oil and gas industry has had on our country. Natural gas, in particular, has caused a lot of damage to local water supplies, and the tax breaks to the industry in Oklahoma have destroyed the economy of the state.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/gas-rich-mozambique-headed-disaster-200223112556449.html

    If you look overseas, you'll notice that the natural gas industry has done a lot of damage to Mozambique, and has benefited very few people other than foreign energy companies. Mozambique's total GDP is $16.29 billion, and it ranks #123 of the world's 211 countries. GDP per capita is a whopping $521, compared to American's per capita GDP of $67,000.

    http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/countries-by-gdp/


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    that guy in AZ Wrote:
    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    "Blowout" should be a "must read" for everyone, since it ties together a lot of events that are shaping the world today.

    I finished reading the book this afternoon, and was impressed about the number of facts that Rachel Maddow uncovered. for example, she details how Moscow effectively torpedoed Mitt Romney's selection as Secretary of State because he was vocally anti-Putin. Tillerson, on the other hand, already had extensive business dealings with Russia, including helping to develop oil drilling in the Arctic - which our sanctions on Russia put a stop to. Up to his appointment, Tillerson had no government experience, and no interest in Americna foreign policy. His appointment was happily broadcast on social media, most of which was generated by the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg.

    Things got off to a rocky start early in their relationship. In July 2017, Tillerson called Trump a “f*****g moron,” NBC News reported. The comments came after Tillerson had a meeting at the Pentagon with members of the White House national security team and Cabinet officials.

    After Tillrson got fired on March 31, 2018, Trump said he was “ill prepared and ill equipped” for his job. “Rex Tillerson, a man who is ‘dumb as a rock’ . . . made up a story (he got fired) that I was out-prepared by Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Hamburg, Germany,” he tweeted. “I don’t think Putin would agree,” Trump wrote. “Look how the U.S. is doing!”

    "Blowout" clearly illustrated the devastating effect the oil and gas industry has had on our country. Natural gas, in particular, has caused a lot of damage to local water supplies, and the tax breaks to the industry in Oklahoma have destroyed the economy of the state.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/gas-rich-mozambique-headed-disaster-200223112556449.html

    If you look overseas, you'll notice that the natural gas industry has done a lot of damage to Mozambique, and has benefited very few people other than foreign energy companies. Mozambique's total GDP is $16.29 billion, and it ranks #123 of the world's 211 countries. GDP per capita is a whopping $521, compared to American's per capita GDP of $67,000.

    http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/countries-by-gdp/

    This is the so-called resource curse. Underdeveloped countries (that term needs defining) discover natural resources and kleptocracy/oligarchy despotism arises. Except it doesn’t always. Norway is a good example.

    As for damage to the environment that is something different. The time has come to stop coddling the fossil fuel industry. They must not only pay they must have their tax breaks removed.

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    The company that is mentioned most prominently in "Blowout" is a company called Chesapeake Energy. As of last Friday, its stock was priced at $11.85 a share, a 93% decline from the first of the year. Yesterday, they filed for protection under Chapter 11.

    Chesapeake was co-founded by Aubrey McClendon, an early and prominent advocate of shale drilling, who died in 2016 in a fiery one-car crash in Oklahoma while facing a federal probe into bid-rigging. Over more than 20 years, McClendon built Chesapeake from a small wildcatter to a top US producer of natural gas. It remains the sixth-largest producer by volume.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/shale-oil-pioneer-chesapeake-files-bankruptcy-protection-200629014630858.html

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    One only needs to watch one segment of Rachel Maddow on MSNBC to know that she is a smartie. A very intelligent person who connects dots as nobody else can.