Where is Obama’s “Man on the Moon in Ten Years?”

In 1962 President John F. Kennedy gave a speech declaring “We choose to go to the Moon” affirming that Man will be on the moon before the end of the 1960’s.

This was a bold projection and a challenging goal. It galvanized scientists, with public support, into action.

Our country, and the world at large would be well served if President Obama were to make a BIG, VISIONARY, BOLD Projection and Goal for America.

Restoring business and culture as usual will not work. It is not only not visionary, it is not doable or sustainable globally.

America needs a Bold 10 year goal, not just to forestall global warming, but to thrust us into a mindspace propelling us toward a GREEN and SUSTAINABLE Future, for the wellbeing of all Americans, all parties, all classes, all humans on Earth, all creatures, and Earth itself.

A powerful vision will help citizens reverse and help Earth recover from the massive damage we’ve done out of ignorance and hubris. A powerful vision will reframe our relationship with Earth from dominance over all to a more humble realization that we are an integral part of the living Earth system… and totally dependent upon it.


Collision of Immigration, Education, Peace and Global Stature

I recently heard a projection that American global preeminence in research and discovery (and hence our economic stature) will fade because the influx of poorly educated immigrants, both legal and illegal will shift the focus and inclination for higher education.

Low levels of education, aspiration and self esteem impact our cities with gang violence, dependence on expensive emergency health care, explosive prison growth, troubled schools, dreary ghettos, and more.

Our neighbor country Mexico, with a closed cycle of class defined poverty, causes people trapped in cyclical deprivation to risk everything to grasp a higher level of comfort for themselves and their families. (Is it possible that we are receiving the best and brightest from this impoverished group?)
While new immigrants provide services most Americans refuse to do, they still embody a poverty consciousness.

I propose that we make a concerted effort to provide a high quality education for all of our citizens and immigrants, including illegals. We will surely find potential scientists, researchers, environmentalists and doctors among this wave. America has nurtured and discovered repressed talents of immigrants in our own country as well as in the Marshall Plan countries post WWII.
By educating this group, we will counter all of the negative impacts on our own culture and more. Many Mexicans will prefer to return to their mother country and families and raise the level of education, aspiration, and enrich lifestyles, just as many of our brilliant Chinese technologists have returned to bring their talents back home to China.

It would appear that we can serve our own interests and those of all global citizens by bringing enlightening education to all.

Aside from providing lots of jobs to teachers and administrators, new schools will be necessary. Eventually prisons will have to be repurposed as the educational institutions they should be. Benefits will be experienced at all levels of our culture (which is shifting to be more hispanic) and economy.

No Public Access to Weather Perspective?


A weather report....

The limited weather picture provided the public allows them to decide whether to carry an umbrella while walking, or perhaps carry some sand and shift to snow tires for safe driving.

Scientists provide daily and weekly projections that are reported by “weathermen” and accepted by the public as reliable… but where is the scientific data regarding weather patterns for the past 10 or 50 thousand years… or projections for the next 10, 50 or 100 years?

Dr. Hans-Peter Plag, researcher and lecturer on changing weather and sea level rise resulting from human activity, indicates that although weather patterns have been quite stable for many centuries, projections for the future are that weather patterns are very likely to become unstable, as they were a thousands of years ago.

Dr. Hans-Peter Plag, Research Professor, University of Nevada

If the public had access to the best scientific thinking, they could encourage politicians to wake up to their responsibilities for long range planning rather than short term gain, as well as having tools to plan their own lives.
I propose that TV weather presenters take a few minutes to put our weather in perspective. With more public awareness “Katrina-like Disasters” could be anticipated and mitigated.

For more information, go to: http://geodesy.unr.edu/hanspeterplag/about_hpp/introduction.php

Do we have an historical model for job creation?

While the folks in the major financial institutions persist in increasing  their bank accounts, many millions of Americans are  struggling to feed their families and maintain a comfortable living space.

A little history:

    During the GREAT DEPRESSION, that clouded America during the 1930’s, at times, a full 25% of the work force was unemployed. One of the solutions to give people gainful income was the WPA, the Works Progress Administration.

The Works Progress Administration (renamed during 1939 as the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest New Deal agency, employing millions to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads, and operated large arts, drama, media and literacy projects. It fed children and redistributed food, clothing and housing. Almost every community in the United States has a park, bridge or school constructed by the agency, which especially benefited rural and Western populations. Expenditures from 1936 to 1939 totaled nearly $7 billion.[1]

Created by order of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the WPA was funded by Congress with passage of the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 on April 8, 1935. The legislation had passed in the House of Representatives by a margin of 329 to 78, but was delayed by the Senate.[1]

The WPA continued and extended relief programs similar to the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC), which was established by Congress in 1932 during the administration of Roosevelt’s predecessor Herbert Hoover. Headed by Harry Hopkins, the WPA provided jobs and income to the unemployed during the Great Depression in the United States. Between 1935 and 1943, the WPA provided almost eight million jobs.[2]

Until ended by Congress and war employment during 1943, the WPA was the largest employer in the country. Most people who needed a

WPA road workers

job were eligible for at least some of its jobs.[3] Hourly wages were the prevailing wages in each area; the rules said workers could not work more than 30 hours a week, but many projects included months in the field, with workers eating and sleeping on worksites. Before 1940, there was some training involved to teach new skills and the project’s original legislation had a strong emphasis on training.

What if we adopted depression time WPA and CCC projects as models to not only bring employment to the 15.2 million or more workers in need but we used their varied talents to both restore and create? We could have an EarthCorps to plant billions of trees, restore polluted waterways plus roads and bridges that have aged with minimal maintenance. Some of these activities could be paid for with Carbon Credits. And of course Peace Corps projects could be greatly expanded. We can bring fresh water, functioning agriculture, recovery of lands from desertification, and of course, education.

I propose:

  1. Intense campaign to reverse human caused damage of all kinds
  2. Restore poorly maintained city infrastructure
  3. Build new National Park at Tejon Ranch (I have a Plan)
  4. Architects and Planners rethink and redesign cities
  5. Global food distribution
  6. Global Clean Water
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