Friday, 16 June 2017

Political art and the geopolitics of violence in U.S.

This post is a follow up of the previous post on the Republican Congregational baseball field earlier this morning. It needs to be remembered that there are millions of Americans who are anti-government and have an aversion to politics unless it concerns them directly. Recent events with the Trump White House is making it difficult to ignore politics anywhere in the country. Political affiliation aside, ordinary Americans' anti government (more of an annoyance) sentiments range from apathy to deep seated hate towards any kind of authority connected to Washington, DC to paranoid government conspiracy theorists. Now some right wing commentators and pundits are trying to blame the media and the Democrats for somehow pushing Hodgkinson to commit the horrific crime.

Footage of Majority Whip Steve Scalise shooting captured by a resident Alexandria, VA 



The dead gunman, James T. Hodgkinson was an anti-Trump and anti-Republican protester and might've once been a Bernie Sanders volunteer. Bernie Sanders has condemned the shooting and has offered his sympathies to Majority Whip Steven Scalise. Congressional Democrats have also offered their sympathies and condemnation both in Congress and during their own Democrats' Baseball game practice. Hodgkinson was not mentally ill. Hodgkinson had been raging against Trump and the wider Congressional Republicans online and in public for ignoring the plight of ordinary Americans. Like many Americans, he was also struggling with finances and unemployment. His actions are normally associated with right wing extremists, the more non political lone gunman and ISIS terrorists. He has mimicked the later two's messaging and actions in eery detail. Millions of ordinary Americans are still angered by Trump's shocking electoral win and worried that Trump will led them to economic problems. Nevertheless, most people have kept their raging rants and violent anger against Congress and Trump under control or from becoming deadly action. Hodgkinson made his declaration of violence loud and clear in Belleville, IL and DC. Bellevile is across the river from St. Louis, Missouri. He sent letters to Belleville's local newspaper and wrote threatening messages on his Facebook page sharing his anger and hatred towards the Trump Administration with anyone who would listen. He is not the first person to publicly show his true feelings for Trump in a violent manner. He is the first to attempt to assassinate a congressman after Trump's inauguration. The Governor of Virginia Terry Macaffile condemned Scalise's shooting and reiterated that "politics in the U.S. is divisive nowadays." Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-Texas) commented on Scalise shooting and shared his own experience of being targeted by a gunman during the 1998 Capital building shooting. The gunman, Russell Eugene Weston Jr. survived the confrontation and is currently in a mental institution for paranoid schizophrenia. Ironically, Weston was also from Illinois from Valmeyer Southeast of Bellville near the Mississppi River. Again, the Midwestern United States have long standing grievances against the government related to economic decline, high unemployment, derelict cities and past glory as America's manufacturing hub. Today the Midwest is known as the Rust Belt. The namesake includes Western Pennslyvania and Baltimore, MD.

Former Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Steve Scalise, his experience and today's politics


To rural Americans especially people who don't live anywhere near the coastal states, they have complained of being marginalized in society. When mentioned on the media or in popular culture, the Midwest is lampooned as "fly over country" or a place where conservative country folks live surrounded by nothing but cornfields. In their eyes, the mainstream media has long represented the epitome of Democrats and what the right wing calls, "The Liberal elites" of West Coast, East Coast and sometimes South metropolises. The media pundits (regardless of politics) are also angry Trump is still in the White House since they were initially so sure of Clinton winning. Their predictions were way off. The mainstream media pundits have been screaming foul on everything Trump and his administration does with CNN's annoying breaking news headlines to the point all the wall to wall coverage on Trump and Russia has become childish to the anti-Trump supporters as well. An interesting clip Wolf Blitzer hosted a few days prior to Trump's inaugaration asked what would happen if President Trump or the V.P. were suddenly taken out like in the plotline of the popular Tv series Designated Survivor. The Designated Survivor question was condemned by Trump supporters. Former President George W. Bush was also hated by the wider American public for most of his 8 year term. There were threats against Bush as well as a fictionalized docudrama of Bush being assassinated a la Kennedy in Death of a President. Famed political thriller author James Patterson has recently written and published a new book co-authored by former President Bill Clinton titled, The President's Missing. It is rare book since presidents normally don't collaborate with fictional authors on thrill and suspense novels. The recent political art against Trump is not new. There are literally decades of TV shows, movies, books John Le Carre and Frederick Forsyth d art that imagine the worst case scenario of a presidential coup, the destruction of Congress and all out anarchy following an imagined destruction of the various branches of government. Most of these are imaginative political thrillers and critically thinking series.

Julius Cesar Play with Trump look a like NY's Shakespeare in the Park summer series

Political art and anger at Trump

Many ordinary Americans are still upset and shocked that Trump even managed to win the 2016 elecctions. Most can't and won't let Trump's win over Hillary Clinton go. Most Americans were also hoping Bernie Sanders would be the Democratic nominee instead of Clinton. The Bernie supporters won't let that lost opportunity go as well. Both the Bernie and Clinton supporters have been protesting Trump wherever he goes. In New York, the president's hometown, protesters have been unwelcoming and condemn his domestic and foreign policies and statements. They are getting exhausted despite gathering every weekend. There has been protesters on shifts at Trump Tower on a near daily bases. Effigies of Trump ranging from pinatas, to a literal nude statute to crude signs have all but cursed Trump's hair, his body, his hands, private parts, his relationship with his wife and children, his arrogance, wealth and his childish stupidity. The latest effigiy that got comedian Kath Griffin fired from CNN was a severed head of a realistic looking Donald Trump. Griffin was not trying to be funny. It was meant as morbid political art. Griffin is famous for her inapporpiate comedy and pushing buttons. But even anti-Trump protesters and media pundits condemned Griffin's art and said she went too far. Just last week, the famed Shakespeare play Julius Cesar was equally protested by Delta and Bank for American for featuring the titular character Cesar portrayed as a Trump likealook being gruesomely stabbed to death by several fictional senators. Despite the corporate sponsorship pull (which helps to keep the play free) , audiences have been going to the Trump/Jullius Cesar play which has recieved at times standing ovation. Anyone who knows the life story of Cesar and knows the play, understands that its a symbolic metaphor for uncontrolled political power and not allowing tyrants to ruin democracy. Shakespeare himself wrote it as an unapologetic political play to begin with. The late night comedy shows have also been using Trump's blunders and unbearable twitting rants to make memorable jokes and skits to keep their audience entertained. Trump for them is a gold mine with plenty of material to last for the next four years. . .

New Yorkers never liked Trump even when he was building the Trump Tower or trying to wine and dine Manhattan elites. The elites of Wall Street turned Trump away from events and scuffed at him. Wall Street investors were even terrified of him winning. Now they love him only because the Dow is still above 21,000 points. The economy is tyring not to contract with all the neoliberal policies Trump has in store for it.

There has been both pro and anti-Trump protests happening across the United States. Both large and small protests have occured Berekely and San Francisco, CA, Raleight, North Carolina, Chicago, New York City, New Jersey, Dallas, Houston and Boston to name a few cities. Just last Sunday June 12th there were multiple "Anti-Sharia" rallies in the mentioned cities plus additional cities. The Anti-Sharia rallies were organized by a  far right group Act for America that supports national security at all cost via a militaristic foreign policy, police force, increasing the border wall, Pro-Israel and is known to be anti-Islam and blames Muslims for every rights abuse and violence. The Anti Sharia rally were met with counter Anti sharia protesters against right wing, fascism, racism and xenophoibic nationalism. The Anti-Fascists more famously known as the Antifa has been appearing more at the anti-trump and protests against racism and fascism in the U.S. Until Trump entered the White House, Antifa was mostly associated with Europe's Far Left and anti-austerity protests in France, Greece, Britain, etc. Another group has pushed aside the more non violent anti-fascist and liberal groups is the Black Block. They came to UC Berkeley during a canceled Milo Yiannapolous speaking even and wrecked up the campus to the shock of UC Berkeley students. As expected, pro and anti-Trump protesters have been clashing violently. Two men were stabbed on the train in Portland, Oregon while trying to protect two muslim women from a right wing attacker with a knife. . 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Steve Scalise congressman shot by gunman, on political violence

Alexandria, VA immediately southwest to DC, is part of the DC, VA and Maryland area. The Potomac River is a natural border between VA and MD. It and Arlington, VA are two of the most Northern cities in the state of Virginia.

Early this morning, DC time, Majority Whip Steve Scalise Republican from Louisiana was shot and injured while practicing baseball with some of his colleagues. The Republican congressmen were practicing for a game tomorrow against the Democrats' Baseball team that takes place annually to raise money for local DC children. It's a normally peaceful and relaxing charity baseball game that has been played by Democrats and Republics since 1909. The baseball pitch or baseball field is based in Alexandria, Virginia which is adjacent to Washington, DC. As a matter of fact, the metro train ride from Alexandria to Downtown DC is less than ten minutes. Shootings at Congressional baseball games and even the practices are rare. This is the first time it has ever happened. When the shots first rang out, Mo Brooks assumed he heard either a car backfire or a distant gunshot. This comes less than a day after Congress wrapped up a hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Yesterday's Sessions hearing and today's shootings were not linked nor coincidental. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is currently testifying to the House's Appropriation Committee.

Jeff Flake R-Az gives an eyewitness account of the shooting



Steve Scalise along with Rand Paul R-Kentucky, Jeff Flake R-Arizona and Mo Brooks, R-Alabama and the congressional aides and staffers witnessed the gunman shooting off 50 shots. About three aides and two capital hill police were injured by the now dead gunman. All five people including Scalise who was hit in the hip were not critically injured. Mo Brooks was on third base about to bat when the shooting happened. He saw nearly the entire shooting in front of him and gave the most detailed account. Jeff Flake who was in the dug out but could see Scalise drag himself to safety. Contrary to the movies and tv shows stereotypes, people caught up in a shooting never try to dodge bullets to save an injured friend. It has nothing to do with cowardice. It has to do with safety and common sense. Anyone caught in the gunman's cross hairs is a moving target. Rand Paul who was also in the dugout said that had anyone tried to run "it would've been a massacre." The injured will be back in Congress in due time. The Democrats Baseball team who were also practising for tomorrow's game in another part of the DC/Virginia area immediately condemned the attack and prayed for the injured Republicans. The gunman identified as James T. Hodgkinson came from Belleville, Illinois and was a vocal anti-Trump protester who criticized Republican congressman and Trump on his social media page. He also sent letters to his local newspaper focusing on GOP and cursing them. In short, Hodgkinson did not have mental problems. He was beyond angry at politicians since Trump won the elections. He is not the only one to be visibly angered by the current Republican congress. Congress has seen its share of political violence before. In 1996, a gunman managed to storm into the capital rotunda and shoot a capital hill police dead before being shot himself . The only other time, congressmen were in the complete line of fire was in 1954 when Puerto Rican independent movements militants fired onto the floor of the House of Representatives from the viewing gallery.




This is what the FBI has been telling the government and ordinary Americans for decades as far as terrorism and political violence goes. Americans extremist groups are more of a terror threat to their own country than a foreign terror group. Especially when small terror attacks or shootings take place. Not to excuse the threat ISIS and its takfiri cousins pose. Most of the violent shootings that are borderline terrorist attacks have been committed by Americans most of who are local to the area or come from further away where they are doing the attacks. The FBI has already started investigating the Scalise shooting.

Nuclear industrial complex: Thermal defense and muscle flexing

The country that gave birth to nuclear weapons is terrified of N Korean missile strikes

 



Caspian Report breaks down the recent missile tests that North Korea has been conducting for well over two weeks much to the chagrin of the U.S. Most Americans terrified of a possible nuclear showdown between the two countries, have shrugged off North Korea's lopsided missile launches and the N. Korean government's showing off its aerial defence muscle. Neighboring countries South Korea, Japan, Phillipines and China, North Korea's strongest and oldest ally, have condemned the missle launches. Given the history of nuclear weapons and destructive wars over military bases after World War II and civilian protests against numerous U.S. military bases in Okinawa, Philippines and South Korea, the parade of military weaponry in Pyongyang is not taken lightly.   

The Bomb: Nuclear Weapons PBS Documentary History of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Society


It has been close to 40 years since the Three Mile Island Nuclear power plant made front page news across the United States. On March 28, 1979, the Three Mile Island plant suffered a mini nuclear meltdown that reminds one of the worst nuclear meltdowns in American history. The town around the Three Mile Island was evacuated immediately and town residents weren't allowed to return. It was a small partial reactor meltdown compared to proceeding and later nuclear diasters, Three Mile Island accident still serves as a reminder on the dangerous of society leaning on nuclear power as a cure all for fossil fuel technology or the new popular but equally dangerous, fracking for shale. As an interesting note, Abdul Qadeer Khan, the founder of Pakistan's URanium Enrichment Program was born in Bhopal. Today, the city of Bhopal is well known for the 1984 Bhopal Gas tragedy that injured 500, 000 people and killed around 3000 when the pesticide factory leaked toxic gas across the city's shanty towns.

The 1970s gave birth to the environmental movement, Earth day and environmental rights fight. Nuclear disasters by 1979 were nothing new. The August 7th Hiroshima and NAgaski bombing carried out by the United States against civilians still reminds one of the most horrific bombings of any war. The name Hiroshima has become a universal synonym for massive infrastructure and human destruction either through man made and natural disasters. The destruction of both Japanese cities on the heel of the firing bombing of Tokyo and other cities that were equally destructive. This was an early American use of Shock and Awe even though the Japanese government and the Army had all but surrender by May 8, 1945.

The atomic bomb was the invention of J Oppenheimer most famous for the Manhattan Project that introduced the world to his team's earth shattering invention. The Hydrogen bomb which is both more dangerous and destructive than the Atomic bomb, was the brain child of Edward Teller (who built one of the first) and Richard Darwin who is still alive and was the designer of the H bomb. European born American scientists would contribute greatly to the American development of thermal nuclear weapons among them Edward Teller who worked in collaboration with Stanislaw Ulam on the Teller-Ulam theiry . John von Neumann, a polyglot scientist who worked in everything from cellular automata to game theory and on the Manhattan Project.

Flexing the nuclear muscles and defense weapons

In the immediate aftermath of WWII in Japan and other parts of the Pacific Islands, the U.S. military and government alongside the UK and France, began an early race to develop new nuclear weapons and seismic bombs mostly to show off the power of Western nuclear power and military might to the wider world. People should remember that both the Atomic and hydrogen bombs are man made. Both wouldn't have existed without the push for experimenting on the limits of theoretical physics, nuclear radiation, rockets and nuclear fusion and fission. The U.S. Army Engineering Corps and particularly the CIA was interested in some of the early rocket experiments of Nazi Germany and Nazi sceientists' knowledge in physics, engineering, chemistry and technology. This is not conspiracy theory. The scientists were brought into the United States under the codename Operation Paperclip to aid the CIA, who had its own scientific development office in developing some of the U.S. well known engineering and technological programs among them stealth technology, guided missles and atomic research. Technology was widely used throughout Nazi Germany and occupied Europe as a means to test how to efficiently destroy and murder millions of people. Even after knowing of the horrors of holocaust and how technology was used, the U.S. turned its sight to developing defense weapons for the military industrial complex. The hydrogen bomb was soon developed and tested on the PAcific islands of Bikini atoll, Diego Garcia, and parts of the Marshall Islands.

People can't breathing: Suffocating health defects from U.S. Weapons of Mass Destruction

Ted Talks: Takashi Saito shares his memories of the A bomb dropped on Hiroshima

 

The indigenous Marshallese, Diego Garcians and the Bikini islanders were forcibly evacuated from their homelands and not allowed to ever return. Many Bikini Islanders and neighboring islands and residents of Hiroshima, Nagaski and now Fukushima, continue to suffer from throid, lung and all types of cancers, leukaemia, skin disease, radiation poisoning and birth defect to this day. The children and adults of Fukushima and nearby towns are also suffering the cancerous affects of the 2011 Fallout. To add to the disrespect and insult, Diego Garcia and Bikini were turned into military bases that exists to this day. Guam, Okinawa, South Korea and have been home to U.S. military bases since the end of World War II despite the protests of ordinary people each country and region, the local governments refuse to abide by the wishes of the Okinawans or Marshallese and order the U.S. military bases to be shut down permanently. As with most other foreign policy operations, the U.S. portrays itself as the justice and righteous super power inspite of the WMD destruction in the Pacific and throughout Asia. The Okinawans, Marshellese and Filipinos have not stopped their ongoing protests against military bases, violent foreign policy and no one has forgotten the nuclear destruction of the islands and mainlands. This is why the ordinary people are do not overlook or downplay the real threat of nuclear confrontation or even rising tensions. The Demilitarize Zone represents more than just a touristic Cold War relic and lesson in nuclear or global war. It represents the history of nuclear industrial complex and the physical, mental and lasting scars of U.S. WMD that were used and continue to be waved the face of the ordinary Marshallese, Japanese, Vietnamese (Agent Orange) who will continue to live with the fear and nightmare of such power.


It was also a show of muscle to the Soviet Union who had gone from being an ally of the West during World War II and World I to become an enemy of the United States. Americans have a long history of making their allies their enemies once a war is fought for American interest. It's from the early days of the Cold War, that the Unitd States became paranoid everyone and everything related to the Soviet Union. Josef Stalin went from being a trusted ally to a gulag boogeyman. For 50 years, the U.S. stockpiled its own nuclear weapons, assured the public that nuclear energy was clean and harmless as a energy source, downplayed nuclear and chemical disasters as small incidents and created hundreds of nuclear bunkers for government officials in the event of a Soviet nuclear attack that never came. The image of Russia as a boogey man has not changed even though the Soviet Union has been gone for nearly 30 years. Despite fears of Soviet nuclear destruction, the U.S. still holds first place as the only nation to purposely bomb large civilian areas that historians and even the generals at the time among them MacArthur and then future President Dwight Eisenhower regarded it as a war crime. Than try to justify the bombings by saying it was to protect the lives of soldiers. North Korea continues to test fire its ballistic missiles that has worried the U.S.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Rare terrorist attack in Tehran: Iran been fighting ISIS since the beginning


Not your Mother's Tehran: The expanding Iranian capital Tehran near the Caspian Sea and the Alborz Mountains has been growing steadily since the 1970s. It has been a metropolis for well over 100 years.



Times of India: Suicide bombing attacks on Parliament and Khomeini Tomb



Today, two suicide bombers attacked both the Iranian parliament and the Tomb of Atoyallah Khomeini the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Some 12 innocent people have been confirmed dead. The parliamentary attack occurred during the usual parliamentary session. Most of the MPs didn't realize that the attack had happened until they were urged to safety. Contrary to the media stereotype about being a land solely of strict religious ayatollahs, Iran is a relatively safe and welcoming country. It's one of the last remaining safe countries in Central Asia and the Middle East. Until today, ISIS has not been able to attack anyone inside Iran itself. Also unlike the Western media portrays, terrorist attacks in Tehran and in other Iranian cities are rare. Much like bombings were rare in Syria prior 201l Arab Spring. The suicide attacks a first in Tehran, took many city residents and Iranians as a whole by surprise. Coincidentally, Iran just celebrated Khomeini yesterday Tehran time. Security around Iranian Parliament is generally tight but ordinary citizens are allowed to visit parliament and school children do take field trips to parliament and so on. The terrorists were all shot dead. ISIS has taken responsibility immediately. Whereas its usual response is to wait a few days and than take responsibility after the public's initial shock has ebbed down.


There have been clashes with ISIS groups on the borders and in neighboring countries. Iran has been fighting ISIS along with Hezbullah, Iraq and Syrian government. No one in the Middle East or Africa tolerates nor accepts ISIS anywhere on their territories or in their hearts and minds. Like the Kurds, the Iranians see ISIS as the personification of evil in human form. Iranian intelligence has been providing support and logistics to Iraqi army and Hezbullah to fight ISIS in both Syria and Iraq before ISIS manages to reach Lebanon.





This attack comes on the heels of ISIS recent attacks in other countries, Kabul, London, Manchester, and now ISIS is trying to hijack the local insurgency in Mindanao in Southern Philippines for its own benefit. The recent visit by Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia and Israel left a large amount of bad blood between Saudi and its Gulf monarchy brothers. Due to false news and rumors via email accusing the Emirati foreign minister supporting Iran, Hamas and Hezbullah and by a long stretch Israel, the Gulf Monarchy alliance is cracking. The Gulf monarchy let that slide. But the biggest blow to the alliance came when it was revealed although it has been common knowledge for years that Qatar was supporting takfiri terrorist group such as Al Qaeda and ISIS. Saudi Arabia the biggest supporter of the takfiri groups and the godfather of the Wahhabi and Salafi movements and ideology was the first one to condemn Qatar for its support of ISIS without looking in the mirror itself. Qatar is a huge media power throughout the Arabic speaking countries. Al Jazeera being popular and has challenged Saudi on numerous occasions. Like sheep, Saudi's closest allies Bahrain, UAE, Egypt (even though its not a Gulf country its African) literally over a few days have broken all diplomatic ties with Qatar and have order Qatari citizens in Bahrain, UAE, Saudi, Egypt and elsewhere to leave in two weeks. Ordinary Qataris are worried that imports from the Kingdom would be lost if the border between them in the Kingdom were sealed permanently. Being an island nation with one land border to Saudi, ordinary Qataris rely on food imports coming in from Saudi-Qatari border. Ordinary Saudis, Bahrainis and Emiratis have just been shaking their heads to the recent Qatar boycott by their respective governments. 

Geopolitics of rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran

Saudi Arabia has been attempting for years to place the blame for terrorist attacks in Syria, Iraq, Kabul and around the world squarely on Tehran. The U.S. and Israel without irony have also taken up the "Iran is the enemy" mantra of Saudi monarchy. Saudi and Iran have had an ongoing and public rivalry over which country will be the regional superpower of the Middle East. The rivalry is more political and economic than religious. The Kingdom wants to be the main controller of the literal flow of oil, OPEC and be the main decision maker on oil prices. Saudi has been trying to keep its own geopolitical interests and control over strategic air, sea and political manoeuvrings in the region while keeping Iranian political or regional influences completely out of the Gulf and Mesopotamia region to no avail. Iran in turn, has supported Iraq and provide funding and training to Hezbullah in Lebanon in its fight against Israel originally during the Lebanese Civil War and more recently against ISIS. Iran has investments and interests in Iraq, Syria and now in countries such as Sudan and UAE. It also has a large ton of oil sitting in its soil.


One reason being is geography has aided Iran its national security. It is a mountainous country and the capital Tehran is far away from the East and Western land borders. Two seas border Iran to the North and South. Tehran is closer to the Caspian Sea while Southern Iran is located along the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz where most of the world's oil enters and exits from Saudi. Anyway, Iranian navy could blockade the Strait if it wished. Beside the geopolitics, Iran is much like the less traveled countries of Middle East and Central Asia ie Oman and Kazakhstan. The country has thousands of years of Ancient history, monuments, languages and cultures. Iranian hospitality is legendary and visitors are treated with the utmost respect after getting to know Iranians.

Against Nature: U.S. leaves Paris Climate Agreement, Antarctica cracks up literally


Anymore louder and the World would go deaf: Shoes symbolizing the walk and stepping up for the climate and with Mother Nature in Paris, France during the Paris Climate Agreement


By now the whole world has heard that the United States, a country that has long billed itself as "the leader of the world" has refused to accept the Paris Climate Agreement. The Paris Climate Agreement is one of the largest signed environmental documents in recent years. Every country in the world including China and North Korea has committed themselves to reducing CO2 emissions, promoting and expanding on clean energy from solar power, hydropower, wind and thermal as well as reducing 1.5 degree rise in sea levels that is the breaking point for irrevisaible climate change including sea level rise. The U.S. along side Syria and Nicaragua didn't ratify the Paris Agreement. Nicaragua's reasoning for not acception was it didn't go far enough in covering every part of the environment. Syria's absence is self explanatory: it's warzone. Even ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson's recent employer agrees with helping to reduce climate change and have been investing in cleaning energy for a few years now. Other Petroleum giants of the world have been slowly but surely turning to solar power as one of many solutions for electricity and infrastructure. Everyone knows that petroleum can't last forever, even as the oil prices dip and that coal has been dying as an energy source for decades.   

It should come as no surprise. Considering Trump's anti-environment and climate denying statements, attitudes and policies. At least he heard the argument on behalf of protecting the environment. This is not the first time the United States has refused to ratify international environmental agreements at the expense of Mother Earth. The United States famously refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. It went into affect in 2005. Like its current counterpart, the Kyoto Protocol emphasized the importance and urgency for the world to work together to halt the rise and spread of rising sea levels, coastal erosions, Co2 emissions and international cooperation in reducing waste. The U.S. is quick to point a finger at China for environmental damages and contamination. However, the U.S. still comes in second for pollution and exporting electronic waste to Ghana and Pakistan, sea pollution and wasting millions of pound in food and oil which again leads to pollution. The United States itself has witnessed unusual environmental destruction and temperatures ranging from early hurricane seasons, annual forest fires across the West Coast, Southern states, mountain top removal in West Virginia, coastal erosion in Florida and New York City and State with Hurricane Sandy, Mathew and others. Despite having a strong environmental movement, the U.S. presidents have a history of turning their backs and middle fingers to Mother Nature. Trump is no different.  Coincidentally, while Trump was on his overseas visit last week in the Middle East and Vatician City, a small but noticable sinkhole appeared in front of his Mar a Lago estate in Palm Beach, FL. It was quickly taken care of by maintaince workers. It is a lesson in not messing with or trying to overpower Mother Nature. She has her own unique and ironic way of delivering karmic warnings to climate disbelievers and anti-environmental people.

Antarctica's ancient ice is breaking up 

Adelie Penguins, the playful joksters of Antarctica

Early this week as if on cue, Antarctica's Larsen C Ice shelf further cracked on the verge of becoming the largest iceberg recorded. The crack has been growing 11 miles in less than 6 days. Antarctica (Antartida),  long stereotyped as the coldest place on Earth alongside the Artic Circle has itself been melting gradually and getting warm. Especially East Antarctica's coast and its surrounding islands have broken up into chunks. It still has its ancient and beautiful icebergs, random waterfalls, subturrean ice caves, nunataqs, and sea life as well as its penguin population. But the seventh continent's ice continues to collapse at Antarctic Peninsula where Argentina has claimed as part of Tierra del Fuego province and has its scientific bases. Greenland has been experiencing similar climate events where it has lost more of its famed ice covered landscape than in previous years. The "indigenous population" of Antarctic are mostly penguins: Adelies are one of the largest at 2 million around the continent, Emperor, King Penguins (cousins to the Emperors) Macaroni, Gentoos (related to Adelie and from Falkland Islands), Chinstaps and Rockhoppers. The rest are skuas (predator), leopard seals, elephant seals, albatrosses, krills and other sea mammals. The warm climate is great for breeding for most of the peguins particulary the Chinstraps, Adelies and the King penguins who can withstand and are now used to warm climates. The Chinstraps have their own special colony for breeding the volcanic Zavodovski Island in the South Sandwich and Georgia Islands, East of Argentina.


All the Scientific Bases on Antarctica: Most of the bases appear to be on the Western coast. Russia long side the U.S. has the most.



Most tragically, Antarctica's Adelie Penguin Colony in Cape Denison first filmed and photographed in 1912 nearly lost its entiry population in 2016 when an iceberg the size of Rome crushed and blocked its only access to water and food. The 160,000 penguins had to walk or woddle 120 kilometers to find a new source of food and water. Out of the population only 10,000 survive. Unless the iceberg is dislodge, the Adelie penguins on Cape Denison might not survive in the next two decades. It's not only people being affected by costal erosion or environmental destruction. Most Antarctica and Patagonian penguins like many people around the world are coastal and rely on immediate access to nearby open water to survive. Being flightless birds on an icesheet they have no other options. Antarctica is famous for being the only continent that isn't claimed by any country. It is also a declared scientific study area and now a case study for environmental studies and survival in harsh climates. It is one of the few continents that doesn't have a permanent human population but many countries do have scientists working there seasonally including Argentina, Chile, Australia and New Zealand, U.S., UK, Russia, China, France and South Africa