Friday, March 18, 2016


Once in a while I have a small thought of my earlier life(Virtually a lifetime ago) and want to share with you a short time during the Korean War .

When I recently came across a section of an old “Guppey” type submarine I surely remembered my bunk in the fore’ard  torpedo room, sandwiched in between a torpedo and the motor for the port bow diving plane.  The electric motor was about the same diameter as a torpedo (about two feet)  and fit well there. We had a crew of about 90 with only about thirty bunks, we had to share with two other crewmen. That worked OK as  we all got seven hours sleep a night. Unfortunately, this bunk was for the lowest rated guys and it was too narrow a space . If you wanted to turn over, you had to get out of the bunk  to do it. These “boats” were diesel and ran on a large store of batteries. I’ve included a photo of my “Dolphins”, (comparable to a fliers’ wings).  One earns his Dolphins whenyou are able to operate most jobs on the boat , as you must carry on even after half you crewmates have drowned like rats.  I was attracted to subs as I saw them as a self  contained city in one small package, more for it’s technology than for it’s killing ability.

As you may have noted from my last blog, I was intrigued by the distant planets in our Solar system were and changed gears to astronomy. But still, I came across some old Astrological charts made for me (I cast one of them) and have always been  a little sceptical of how a planet  could have an effect on our lives, especially at our births, as they seem so far distant.  I became interested in the art during my time in Los Angeles with Judith Tyberg’s “East- West Cultural Center’. (She was the first woman to gain a degree in Benares University in the old days).  Anyway, it seems to have originated by the Sumerians around 2000 BC but used primarily for weather and Politics only.  By 400 BC they pretty much knew where the planets would be at any time. Which gave rise to Natal and Horoscoptic Astrology. Egyptian Astrologers were extant at Alexandria , Egypt around 332 BC  but Ptolemy was there organizing Astronomy instead.  By 200 AD, the Indians were working on it but the Arabs finessed the Art about 700 AD.  Not everyone was on the bandwagon as Saint Augustine (350 AD) was skeptical and wondered how twins born at the same time could lead vastly different lives. I gave it all up when one of my charts said I was a no good jerk.

Since Sanders has been in the spotlight lately, espousing a Demo-Socialistic take on government, I decided it was time to read THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO, some early work of Marx & Engels.  They really spent too much time sitting around in French Cafés drinking coffee & wine as their manifesto is too damn long and they were enamored with the words “Proletariat (Worker) and Bourgeois (Boss)”, since they use them both in about every paragraph. They ranted about the exploitation of the many by the few (You mean the 1%?), in which the Theory of The Communists may be summed up in a single sentence:    Abolition of private property.
They also set out their Ten Commandments ;

1.1    Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to the public purposes.    (Just who is this public purpose?)
2. 2   A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.  (Starting from the top?)
3.  3  Abolition of all right of inheritance.    (That will not be popular)
44    Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.  (Wait! That’s Trumps deal)
5.  5 Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital  and an exclusive monopoly.    (Like our Federal Reserve?)
6.6    Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.    (Get rid of those pesky journalists)
7.7    Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of wastelands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.     (Environmentalists don’t call them wastelands)
8. 8   Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies , especially for agriculture.    (Armies?)
9.9   Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.    (Right. More to the Gulags in Siberia & Colorado!)
110.  Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination  of education with industrial production, etc., etc..    (We did do that)

MEIN KAMPF (My Struggle) by A. Hitler
  Since Mr. Trump is appearing to represent most voters in the US, I thought it  relevant to review Hitlers’ thoughts on how to govern since Trump may soon be The Leader of the Free World. About the only admirable thing I could find about Adolph was how many people do you know that spent their time in Jail writing a thick book? It did show that hisa intellect was not much but did show how he was able to generate a significant hatred for the Jews around him, even though he was mystified how much they looked like Germans and also human. 

  Graton has just undergone a complete rehabilitation of  handicap related curbs, gutters and walks. I would estimate the cost as tens of thousands of dollars.  How can this happen?  Our roads are nearly unuseable in certain places, yet, there is plenty of money to tear out concrete that is not up to the current, ever changing , H’cap standards. As you may know, I’ve done a lot of work in Graton during the last 30 years, ( restuarants, Atelier One)  actually initiating the renaissance of a decaying town with my Atelier One project, a building that  Sonoma County had condemned.  As you may not know, I’ve been involved with these H’cap  laws for years, even extending into a lawsuit  by the U.S. Dept. of Justice in Washington D.C. ($350,000).   This was from my work for years in designing large apartment and condominium projects throughout the United States.  I had to abandon that work just when I got good at it due to these lawsuits.
I also know these laws are written by lawyers who have little knowledge of construction, ergo, the Zero Tolerance principle that they work on.  Some of this make-work stuff is due to a fraction of an inch deviation (Zero) from the codes. Some of  these moneys are from the Federal government and probably have no connection with our poor roads and such.  But the public should know where our moneys are being squandered, as it is from our pockets .  But here’s the rub; it is virtually impossible for the public to know about these projects due to the extreme secrecy of the proceedings as there are “Lawyers involved”. And they couldn’t possibly let the public know how heavy handed they are . I’ve written before (If not, I should have) about watching the our cities’ curbs & gutters being torn up again as the codes have been updated about every ten years. When you consider that each corner costs $5,000 or more to change , consider what the bill is for all the corners of all the cities of all the states in the USA comes to!
My questions are;  And how much did it all cost? Who initiated the work?  Who decided on the scope of work?  Who designs these projects?

With all this brauhau Caucasus I had to see if I could get a view of how we are governed in this Republic,( It is not a Democracy, don’t forget.)
See if I have this right:.
PRESIDENT                                     SUPREME COURT                                    CONGRESS
 Cabinet – Civil Servants                 Picked by Pres for Life                     SENATE
White House Staff                                                                                                                           6 year term
National Security Council                                                                                                            Two per State (100)
Economic Advisors
Trade                                                                                                                    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Drug Control
Science & technology                                                                                                                    2 year term
                                                                                                                                                                 Maximum 435
INDIVIDUAL  AGENCIES                                                                                                                 One /60k to 90k
Internal Revenue

Government Owned Corp.
National Rail Corp.

I guess we have about 50 stats now, but just what are the following?
North Marianas Islands
Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Islands

Although we are basically a two party system, there are actually about 30 Parties that you can join.

MY BURNING QUESTION OF THE DAY;  Are all politicians afraid to appear without an American Flag pin on their lapel?  That is really embarrassing.

SINCE ALL THE ABOVE IS NOT WORKING, LET’S JUST VOTE FOR THE LOBBYISTS, since they're running the country anyway.