SHARED NEWS: Keith Raniere, founder of cult-like group NXIVM, sentenced to 120 years in prison By Jon Campbell of the USA TODAY

Keith Raniere

Lol… to the prosecution team (maybe not these particular people but some cohorts or people that work for, with or under them)…. Hola tetera, me gustaria presentarle la olla.

ahhh, the Keith’s of the world, you can’t live with them and you can live without them.

One of his many discrepancies, you might call them felonies, is that he scared a young Immigrant woman into having sex with him, even though most of his victims were white non-hispanic, or he would have her deported. Absolutely awful. I believe that the U.S. Attorney’s Office just made the case that … that particular act was illegal. Now go back to my first sentence and start all over.

You do have to wonder that if these people were just immigrants, would their have been the same resolution. My guess is no.

OIL IS THE NEXT MAJOR GAME CHANGER

With the debates mentioning the commodity crude oil, I feel like Americans should take a look at this industry and what role it plays in our lives. Now there are many kinds of oil, olive oil being my favorite and, in my opinion, the best, as it reduces LDL and has a decent smoke point but other people have mentioned Canola being just as good if not better. Now, I don’t use canola oil because, mainly, I don’t know what a canola is and when I go to the bakery and buy one, I can’t for the life of me figure out how they get oil from those things. Of course the baker always says “that’s a cannoli dumbass”, I just think tomato .. tomatoe. What’s the difference. But this isn’t about olives and crazy looking pastries that you can turn into cooking oils unless they find a way to make cars and stoves and water heaters run on vegetable oil, btw and oddly enough, the worst cooking oil for you when it comes to your health, remember that when they tell you to eat a vegetable that you don’t like, brussel sprouts, this is about fossil fuels.

Now look at these statements provided by the Department of Energy:

  • Globally, we currently consume the equivalent of over 11 billion tonnes of oil from fossil fuels every year. Crude oil reserves are vanishing at a rate of more than 4 billion tonnes a year – so if we carry on as we are, our known oil deposits could run out in just over 53 years.
  • The United States gets 81% of its total energy from oil, coal, and natural gas, all of which are fossil fuels. We depend on those fuels to heat our homes, run our vehicles, power industry and manufacturing, and provide us with electricity.
  • There are 6,923 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of proven gas reserves in the world as of 2017. The world has proven reserves equivalent to 52.3 times its annual consumption. This means it has about 52 years of gas left (at current consumption levels and excluding unproven reserves).
  • What is the amount of world coal reserves? As of December 31, 2016, estimates of total world proved recoverable reserves of coal were about 1,144 billion short tons (or about 1.14 trillion short tons), and five countries had about 75% of the world’s proved coal reserves.

These statements all point to a reckoning in about 100 years, on the long side, closer to 50 years because consumption is going to grow as the world’s population expands. With 81% of all motorized vehicles running on oil, the preferred method of, well, 81% of the people, then we have to think about our grand kids and how they’re going to get around if we don’t find a better way to to create propulsion, which rhymes with compulsion, seeing where I’m going with this? Yeah, me neither. The fact remains though that there is no better way, yet, to move a vehicle at high speeds, especially large vehicles like rockets and tanks and aircraft vehicles, submarines, gunships. Now do you see where I’m going with this?

Our military won’t be such an effective military if they have to push that aircraft carrier (most run on nuclear reactors but the planes don’t) because people think it’s patriotic to buy gas and not use renewable energy. And this could happen, if you factor discovering new fossil fuel depots, in the next 200 years. If we don’t then it could happen in our lifetime. This is why I think the Dems and Repubs that push for renewable energy are geniuses. They are thinking long term. They’re thinking future world domination shit, while also thinking climate change. The fact is that oil is a commodity, like palladium and gold, and trades on the open market because it has a finite amount. It has an expiration date a lot like the Dodo, extinct for 332 years, according to google, not my mother who says she gave birth to one, of course I rationalize she has two other kids, it could be them except she always points when she says it and I’m the only one in the room. Well this is not about my loving mom and her endearing gestures, who points with their middle finger, weird, it’s about how we need to start using renewable energy and storing crude oil in massive underground oil refineries. We need to start thinking about tomorrow today not tomorrow or next week but maybe yesterday. What day is it? Again, if we don’t plan for the future right now, if we don’t get smart and start making that number of 81% of homes use renewable energy, then we could be looking at a crises where the smarter nations of China and Russia have stock piled trillions of tons of crude that can power these larger vehicles and rockets and we can use our muskets to defend ourselves from any invasion. Sounds horrifying, I don’t even own a musket. I’m going to Amazon right now to get one.

The moral of this possibly true story is that renewable energy is not only good for the environment but also our way of life, our democracy, our country as we know it. And don’t wait to late to start implementing these changes because there’s this guy, Murphy, and he has this law, and he loves to implement that law at the worst times. So, when oil is starting to run out and we waited to long to get ready, Murphy is going to start another pandemic that will make this one seem like a merry go round.

Now, do they deserve subsidies, no, the government overpays for everything and they are going to be the biggest consumer. They’ll be lucky that, like other nations, don’t get taken over by the government. Will oil people lose their jobs, no, they might make more money if we go green as the commodity becomes more precious. Funny how things work. If we actually go green, the oil industry will become bigger than ever.

And on an unrelated note except for the fact that Texas makes much of it’s profit from oil, Dallas Cowboys… Kaepernick is still available, that’s if you want to win.

LOPEZ v LOMACHENCKO

Simply put, why boxing is the greatest sport in the world. Amazing fight, Fight of the Year candidate. Put my money on Loma but was glad to see I was wrong. A must see fight. Loma will be back but at 130, where he will reign for the next couple of years. Best fight for Lopez, in my opinion, is either Davis or Haney but if he goes to 140, Taylor is the man to beat. You know what though, he would probably do it. Just a great fight…. I should add that the commission let them fight without outside interference, I mean there was some electricity in there, but not that much that it swayed the fight. It was pretty close to a fair contest.

COULD PANDEMICS BE TIED TO INDUSTRIALIZATION AND DEFORESTATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

Pandemics were rare, especially the ones… the kind that could wipe out the human race, how do I know? Because I’m writing this shitty blog, therefore, some of us idiots are still alive. But the fallacy that pandemics only occur every one hundred years is a fairy tale like Cinderella, Snow White or the rule of law. All make believe stories that are made to make you feel better. The fact is that  the H2N2/Asian flu in 1957-1958; the H3N2 flu virus in 1968; and the H1N1/swine flu in 2009 all come in a short period of time but science was ahead of the curve in those cases and able to stave off any mass hysteria. Well, we’re getting to the time where the viruses are starting to surpass science’s ability to negate any detrimental affects… effects… no it’s affects… of the harm it could do to society. One thing that goes hand in hand with these outbreaks is the ever changing climate and the advancing industrialization and deforestation of the planet. The planet, like my spine, is not in balance. It’s off it’s axis, a lot like the rare deformation of the C-1 spinal disc in my back. One has to wonder if these two phenomena (a plural of phenomenon, weird right, I didn’t know that either) climate change due to deforestation and industrialization and the pandemics are somehow linked. If it is, then look for a worse pandemic in the next twenty years as Brazil makes the whole country into a beach town by steadily removing the Amazon from existence. If there isn’t an eco-balance then I’m guessing that the world will find a way to balance itself out and what better way than to release a virus that would stop the culprits, in this case humans, from destroying it completely. That’s if you believe that the world is a living thing that lives on a homeostasis sort of ecology. I believe it. My point is we have two options, become a whole lot more eco friendly or have a way better pandemic solution than masks. Preferably both would be great.

BOXING

I don’t know why we watch sports anymore if there is a “national” commission that pre-determines the winners. Last week I saw Jeyson Rosario get knocked out by Jermell Charlo with a jab to the elbow. I’m not saying that Charlo was involved but I am saying that anyone that paid for this fiasco just got ripped off for $75. A jab to the elbow, the new Achilles tendon, we’ll call it the Rosario elbow. I’m also not saying that Rosario threw the fight, what I am saying is that phones should be banned and fights should be held in candle light. Rosario was doing well until he forgot to protect his elbows from the softest shot Charlo threw that night. I would like to know ahead of time who they choose to win so I can put my money down as well. Pay per fraud…. Hispanics are having a hard time in the ring, my money is on Loma over Lopez. Can’t beat the lightning.

WTF: SICK AND DEPRAVED

30 years of charges and you tell her to do something no man should force a woman to do. Then you hide behind your authority. It’s your job to prevent it but you’ve done it more than anyone else in prison and you got away with it too. You’re awesome. That’s not the law. I can see why women don’t report these cases. Who’s going to help them. You just add on to the humiliation.

Don’t you think it’s about time we release discovery?

That you had charges to file and chose not to and then you do this, makes it seem like it was premeditated.

Jeremy (White guy, blond buzz cut, about 230, all steroids, spoke to me at the gym no tattoos that were visible on upper body, probably not his real name, just named him that) So as not to confuse him with anyone else whose name is really Jeremy.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

Separation of Powers in Action – U.S. v. Alvarez

The U.S. Constitution establishes three separate but equal branches of government: the legislative branch (makes the law), the executive branch (enforces the law), and the judicial branch (interprets the law). The Framers structured the government in this way to prevent one branch of government from becoming too powerful, and to create a system of checks and balances.

Under this system of checks and balances, there is an interplay of power among the three branches. Each branch has its own authority, but also must depend on the authority of the other branches for the government to function.

U.S. v. Alvarez is an excellent example of how the three branches each exercise their authority.

In a Nutshell

  • The Legislative Branch – Congress – passed the Stolen Valor Act of 2005, punishing those who misrepresent that they have received high military honors.
  • The Judicial Branch – the Supreme Court of the United States – ruled in 2012(link is external) that the Act was unconstitutional because it infringed on the right to free speech protected by the First Amendment.
  • The Executive Branch – the Pentagon and the President – took action within a month of the Supreme Court’s decision establishing a government-funded national database of medal citations – phased in over time – to enable verification of military honors.
  • The Legislative Branch – Less than a year after Alvarez was decided, Congress responded with legislation that sought to remedy the constitutional problems in the 2005 legislation, which the Supreme Court decided in U.S. v. Alvarez were in violation of the First Amendment.

    The new legislation continues the prohibition on false claims of military honors in instances outside the protection of the First Amendment. However, the Stolen Valor Act of 2013 narrowed the original legislation in the following ways:
    • Repealed the prohibition against wearing such awards without legal authorization.
    • Limited the prohibition to wearers who act “fraudulently” and “with intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit.”
    • Limited the prohibition to the Congressional Medal of Honor and certain, specified decorations or medals.  

But the fact remains that the Judicial Branch is not a separate part of government as expressed by the other two branches. The Judicial branch is dependent on the the other two branches for employment and advancement, therefore making the Judicial Branch a dependent branch of government. Until this is remedied, the government is in violation of the Separation of Powers Restoration Act. The Separation of Powers Restoration Act amends the Administrative Procedure Act to require that courts must decide for themselves “all relevant questions of law, including the interpretation of constitutional and statutory provisions, and rules made by agencies.” How can the courts do that if they know that advancement is judged on how they rule on cases, especially politically motivated cases. This interference is akin to coercion and can become problematic when courts rule along party lines. The current Chief Justice is perfect example of a person that has received retribution for voting his conscience. While we all feel every Justice has earned their position, their are going to be some very important questions asked and the weight and influence of politics is going to weigh heavily on what should be easy answers and that is completely unfair for the Justices. Friends might be lost, family might lose some of their luster in the eyes of other family members, all because of politics, something that is not part of the Judicial branch.

The remedy is simple, every branch chooses their own employees, that should also go for the Judicial branch. The Supreme Court should be the ones to nominate the next Supreme Court Justice, with the other branches being relegated to the confirmation process.

But I will say hahaha… because while the remedy is simple, the egos on people will not allow themselves to do the right thing and fix the apparent conflict of interest and give up power even when it benefits the nation as a whole.

Let me also add that all the Justices were rated highly by the American Bar Association, a peer review that is trustworthy and are pillars of their profession and this is not a criticism of them personally but how politics tries to influence every facet of life and we desperately need a branch of the government that is apolitical so we can get definitive answers that would calm the storm before it becomes a hurricane of political unrest, like what’s happening now.