TRip to Lake Baikal. A view from a cliff

My Trip to Lake Baikal August, 2023

Trip to Lake Baikal: Oldest, Biggest, Deepest Lake in the World Why I Chose to Make the Trip to Lake Baikal ““In ancient times all life was considered sacred. Now those times are gone, nobody thinks about it any more.” Well, I do. So, I decided to see for myself and took the trip to Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal held fascination for me because of its uniqueness. It is 25 million years old, making it by far the oldest lake in the world. It also is by far, the deepest lake, 1.2 miles, with more fresh water than any …

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Interview #1 and #2 With Jeff J. Brown

This is the first two of several interview/discussions with my friend, Jeff Brown, a sterling investigative researcher. I talk about my first few days in Moscow, Russia., the first leg of my month long trip. Part 2    

Iconic Photo by Photographer Nikolai Rachmanov

Russia Journey, 2023. First Leg, Moscow from July 25-August 4th.

Arrival at the Downtown Metro Station   After a couple of days’ rest following my roughly 25 hour trip–from Chiang Mai, to Bangkok, Thailand, a 4 hour wait, a 6 hour flight to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, another 4 hour wait, and another 6 hour flight to Moscow, and another two hours to get my bags and find a taxi to my final destination, I was ready to take on Moscow. First order of business was to get my long awaited refund from Aeroflot. My trip in 2020 was cancelled due to Covid, and the airline wasn’t offering any …

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Bobby Kennedy Jr. screenshot

RFK, Jr. for President: To Vote or Not to Vote, That Is the Question

Ed Curtin’s Interview with Regis Tremblay Recently, Professor Ed Curtin discussed the candidacy of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. He’s the nephew of John F. Kennedy, who was President of the United States, and assassinated in 1963. He is the son of JFK’s brother Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968.  Both were ostensibly murdered for their opposition to the war in Vietnam, and, if you will, to ‘the Deep State’, which really rules the United States. They discussed the question whether the deep divisions and imbalances within US society can be reconciled. It’s thought provoking and well worth watching. …

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Question Everything

Did Curiosity Really Kill the Cat? There is a common saying that Curiosity killed the cat. This is curious. It is as if whoever made up this saying wanted to prevent people from being curious. I maintain that LACK of curiosity leads to fatal consequences. The Kalama Sutta and Its Relevance to Today The Buddha in the Kalama Sutta admonished his listeners, “Don’t believe what is spoken by authorities, or is based on ‘well, everybody knows that’”. Examples abound where whole populations have been hoodwinked into disaster.So when ‘the authorities say that…..’this is Truth and that someone who opposes it …

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comedian and political commentator Jimmy Dore

Should Jimmy Dore Run for President in 2024?

Who Is Jimmy Dore? Jimmy Dore is a comedian, political commentator, and YouTube host known for his progressive views and critical analysis of American politics. With the next presidential election coming up in 2024, there has been speculation that Dore might run for president. While this might excite some of his fans, it’s worth considering the pros and cons of a Dore candidacy. Pros: Why He’d Be a Welcome Alternative Bringing attention to important issues: Jimmy Dore has been a vocal critic of the establishment and has highlighted important issues that mainstream media often overlooks. Running for president would provide …

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Mosaic in Kievsky Metro Station, Moscow

My Trip to Russia 2022 Part Four: Back to Moscow

        Back to Moscow Since I had a couple of extra days to stay in Moscow, with my new train ticket, I had to find a place to stay. My friend Dean at the Povordie Hostel, where I’d stayed before, helped me out again. He got me a reservation to stay there, for two nights, September 6th and 7th, before my return flight. When I got to Moscow, Dean met me at the train station to help me with my baggage. We got the front desk and I checked in. Uh, Oh, Another Check-in Problem It turned …

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Atomic Bomb Explosion and Einstein warning

Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0| The Doomsday Clock: The Alarm’s Ringing–Wake Up!

Are We in Cuban Missile Crisis II, or Worse? The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 nearly resulted in a nuclear war. The likelihood of a civilization ending nuclear war is now greater than it’s ever been, and nobody seems to care.  Read on to find what’s going on. Note: For purposes of this discussion, the terms, “Soviet Union, USSR, Soviet Russia” and related terms all relate to the forerunner of today’s Russian Federation.  The Doomsday Clock was created by a group of atomic scientists who wanted to warn the public of the danger of nuclear war. More on that below. …

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FDR letter honoring the Soviet victory in Stalingrad

My Trip to Russia 2022 Part II: Volgograd

   Volgograd, Formerly Stalingrad, a Hero City of the Soviet Union Introduction Except for the relatively small percent of those either drafted or enlisted in the Wars of the West, which are wars fought far–very far–from the borders of the United States, most Americans from the US have little direct experience or understanding, of what it is like to be invaded.  And interestingly, when opposition to the many US wars takes place, it is often in terms of how many of ‘our’ people die, compared with how many of ‘the Other people’ die following our ‘export of freedom and democracy’–usually …

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My Trip to Russia 2022 Part Three

Traveling to Crimea After Volgograd, I planned to go to Crimea. I’d taken a plane flight to the capital of Crimea, Simferopol, in 2015. But due to safety concerns (getting shot down by the Ukrainian military), no civilian airplanes are flying to Crimea as of this writing, late September, 2022. So, with the help of Kira, who could pay online for a ticket in advance, I took a train. It’s a sleeper train, with the train cars designed to have upper and lower bunks, about 20 inches wide, and less than 6 feet long. The lower bunk is a lot …

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