I know it’s a bit maudlin but it is 33 years today since John Lennon was murdered in New York. I can remember hearing the news like it was yesterday, I was sitting in the Student’s Union at University between lectures and my girlfriend came in to tell me the news. We were all shocked and it was just one of those moments in time I have never forgotten. There are so many musical memories Lennon left but this song, written when he was still in The Beatles, is a particular favourite.
About four years ago, you may have heard the story of Tsutomu Yamaguchi.
During the Second World War, he happened to be in Hiroshima on the day when the atomic bomb was dropped there. He survived that. He then returned to his home, in Nagasaki. Three days later, the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. He survived that, too. He died in January 2010.
I remember having a conversation about him three years ago. We couldn’t decide then if he was very unlucky or if he was the luckiest man who ever lived. I mean, talk about dodging two bullets.
This past Thursday, I went to a retirement party for a co-worker at The Trading Post in the Seaport area of NYC. It is on the site of the old ” Yankee Clipper “. The Trading Post opened exactly one week before Superstorm Sandy’s tidal surge destroyed most of the beautiful furnishings they had installed, most especially in the the cozy basement rooms. They had to do everything over. You can’t say that they had good luck on that one.
I spoke to MacPherson, a co-worker who i see once in a while at client meetings, but never in the office. He works from home, and I found out why. This boy don’t like to travel.
It seems that MacPherson worked in the World Trade Center for some years, for us and for a previous employer. He was there for the 1993 bombing, and had to walk down the smoky, scary stairs that day. Then, in September 2001, he went into the office to work. He went up to the 78th Floor Skylobby. Before he boarded the next elevator to get to our office, he got a message on the cell phone saying that he plans had changed, that he needed to head out to Jersey for a client meeting chop chop. He had gone into Manhattan for nothing. Down to the ground floor he went, before the first plane hit the building next to us. He had an awful day, but still.
There are a surprising ( or not surprising ) number of people who were there for both WTC incidents.
But back to MacPherson. He told me that in addition to these two harrowing incidents, he has been at the scene of four additional ones, that were damned harrowing to him.
He said that he has been a passenger on three airplanes that developed mechanical difficulty mid-flight. Obviously, he survived them all, but they weren’t much fun, and therefore, he doesn’t love to fly so much.
And then there was the time at LAX. He was taking the shuttle bus to the Avis Rental Car, when a criminal fleeing the cops jumped on board the bus, which was chased down by the LAPD, weapons drawn.
MacPherson thinks that he’s the unluckiest traveler that ever lived. I can see his point, but I can also make the case that he should buy a lottery ticket, since he’s actually very lucky to have survived all these events.
But what do you think? Do you feel lucky, punk?
A 34-year-old MUSLIM man from Somalia is accused of raping a dying woman in a garage in Stockholm. According to the prosecutor, the woman died during the rape, but the man chose to continue the assault.
As readers may know, I spent Wednesday afternoon in Malmo, in Sweden.
Malmo has a 20% muslim population as of 2012, and rising.
Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister has said he hopes to attend the funeral of the former South African President Nelson Mandela. Mr Mandela, who died on Thursday, will be given a state funeral on Sunday 15 December. Politicians in Northern Ireland have been paying tribute to Mr Mandela and books of condolence have opened. Mr McGuinness said it would be a “great honour indeed” to attend his funeral.
Wonder will Marty wear his beret?
So, let me see if I get this one right. All the Political Party leaders have said that IF they had the choice they would like to reject the HUGE pay increase that is coming their way…
MPs are set to receive an 11% pay rise when a parliamentary watchdog publishes its final recommendations on salaries this week. The rise is due after the 2015 general election and will take pay to £74,000.
So, when a quango that THEY set up rewards THEM with a DOUBLE DIGIT salary increase, they seek to exercise plausible deniability by expressing mock outrage and thus hoping the public will not get too upset. They take us for fools.
To those who put their TRUST in UKIP leader Nigel Farage…reflect on this.
“He’s a human hero,” declares Farage. “That day he came out of Robben Island and stood there and forgave everybody, I just thought: ‘This is Jesus.’
I don’t regard him as a political hero – I think he’s on a rather higher plane than that.”
Remeber the furore when an ex-New York Police Commissioner, one Bill Bratton, was rumoured to be up for the post of the top cop of the Metropolitan Police?
Sonme said it would be great; others opined that he would be a disaster. He was ruled out because you have to be British to be London’s top policeman. Cameron’s media unit commenced briefing that the law would be changed, etc., etc..
But we British can all sleep safely, because New York’s new mayor has re-appointed Bill Bratton to the NYPD. Don’t know about New York, though.
Mind you we just had the lightest Hurricane Season in 10 Years with only 2 Hurricanes, when these same people said Katrina was just the beginning, and category 5 hurricanes would be the norm.
Climate change warning: Killer winter storms for next THIRTY years
KILLER freezes, floods and heatwaves will devastate Britain during the next 30 years, climate experts have warned.
American power is based on the power of 3. Our Military defense is divided into 3. Land, Sea, and Air, even our Nuclear system is the power of 3. Long range Missiles, Air based Missiles, and Sub based Missiles. You could take out 2 but never all 3, and we keep enough firepower in each to destroy the world even if 2 are wiped out.
The power of 3 goes much deeper though. The Pyramid of power runs deep throughout our culture. Hell we even have a Pyramid on our money.
I want to discuss the internal attack on our 3 sided power system that has taken place over the past 5 years, and for the most part is seen by very few and understood by even less.
My Government consists of 3 Branches. The Executive, The Legislative, and the Judicial. It is on this structure of three equal parts that our Liberty is guaranteed and supposed to be protected by. It has failed. It has been weekened greatly over the past hundred years by the Executive and the Judicial, but what could be the death blow has been delivered by the corruption and the weakness of the Legislative..
Over the past 5 years the Democrat party has committed Treason on a base Constitutional level, and the Republican Party has not had the spine to even discuss it making their betrayal to the American public even greater than that of the Democrats.
The main power of our government is supposed to lay in the House of Representatives, the Peoples House. The House has the power of the Purse. They are supposed to be able to cut the funding to any piece of, project of, or section of not just Congress, but all of Federal Government and every thing that it is involved in along with every paycheck associated with it.
It is the Law that the Congress pass a budget, for 5 years the Democrats in the Senate have refused to do so. This is an act of treason against the People of the United States. It creates a Politburo Dictatorship of the Senate. With no budget there is no restraints that can be placed on the money. There is just a pool of Money that is distributed as the Senate sees fit to distribute it with no constraints and no monitoring. This pool of money that has been spent over the past 5 years is now over 12 Trillion Dollars. The pool is added to at a rate of 84 Billion Dollars a month of imaginary money printed by and pumped into the pool by the Federal Reserve Bank. On top of what is collected by fees and taxes.
Unemployment is now at 13%, Labor participation rate is at 62% the lowest it has been in 30 years foreclosures are the highest they have been in the history of our nation. We surpassed the great depression in that regard 2 years ago. The Democrats have seized control of the reigns of power and have concentrated all of it into half of one branch of the triad.
The system is collapsing not only are the above numbers catastrophic, the facts of the snowball effect that this is having on our nation is being ignored by not only those we elect, but those that are supposed to be our watchdogs. The Press.
If the consequences of this action is never discussed and those perpetrating it and allowing it to be perpetrated are not held to account we are living in tyranny in a nation on the verge of collapse.
These are the state of American internal National affairs.