So it has been a few months since I have posted anything interesting or in an attempt to be intellectual. For the most part my second job has taken up a lot of time. I currently work 9-5:30 at one job and about 6pm-12am (sometimes 2am) at my other job. My life has become the real Work, Sleep, Eat routine. On my few days off and spare hours I have spent my time with close friends and working on a few side projects. Since I have not had time to work on all of the many posts and topics going through my head, I figured I would do a quick rant post. Buckle in… we are going all over the place in this one!
Yesterday another terrorist attack took place in Western Europe. Three suicide bombers opened gunfire and detonated bombs killing over 31 people and injuring 271 others. Two of the bombs detonated at the Brussels International Airport and the third bomb exploded at a subway station in Brussels, Belgium. This attack is thought to be in revenge for the arrest and capture of the mastermind behind the attacks on Paris in November of last year.
An extremely unusual event took place on Wednesday, the Metro system for the Washington, DC metropolitan area was shut down. That is right, the system that has over 700,000 riders daily was shut down on a weekday. The announcement came at 4:30 pm the day before and many people were taken by surprise. The entire area got to experience a day without metro and for some it was enlightening and others it was troublesome.
On Friday the 13th, a series of organized attacks erupted in the City of Paris, France. Not since WWII has Paris seen this kind of devastation. 129 people died with another 350+ injured. All I can do is pray and hope those responsible face proper judgement.
I just came across this story and it is just a nice piece about someone doing the right thing. Teaching is one of the few professions that strongly influences someones life yet gets little recognition at times. I swear walking children home after school is one of the simplest things one could do and yet has a strong impact in the child’s life. Walking a kid home helps make sure they are safe and insures trust within that person. It is wonderful to see a teacher who is being a positive role model to students and really helping them when they need it. There are plenty of teachers out there that are great and this is just a little reminder that a lot of them have the best interest for your children. Thank you all of you amazing teachers out there that look after the young minds and give them something to strive to.
This past weekend we said goodbye to a person I looked up to for a long time. Leonard Nimoy passed away on the morning of Febuary 27th. He was a cultural icon for many by taking on the role as Spock in the tv show Star Trek. While Star Trek only lasted for 3 season it helped spark the imagination of many and open up the thoughts of the future and taking care of the needs of the many. Gene Rodenberry, the creator of Star Trek, created a future where people of all races and creeds, genders and even worlds would be able to work together. Their goals of exploration and science over greed and self indulgence helped many nerds, including myself, to want to become scientists and care for the future of man-kind.
A while back in the news there was a story about a mother who was charged for neglecting her seven year old son… for letting him walk to the park alone. Yes, a Florida mother was charged for letting her son go to the park with out proper supervision. This is absurd right? I ask because as a child growing up my brother and I had a playground down the street of our house and a lot of times would ride our bikes there.
A commercial airliner, Malaysia Airlines 17, was shot down over Ukraine on July 17th killing all 298 souls, 193 of whom were Dutch. This is another mark in Russia and President Putin’s new agenda to retake lost land over the years. While the facts are still being brought together it does appear that it was the pro-Russian forces that used an anti-air missile battery to shoot down MH17. Immediately the crash site was disturbed and bodies and pieces of the aircraft moved by the pro-Russians.
Several days ago a gentleman was driving in a funeral possession for his great-grandmother. He was carrying several family members and was a pall-bearer. During the possession he ran a red light trying to keep up and was subsequently stopped by Alexandria Police. He was issued a ticket for running the red light even if he was in a possession. His argument was that he had the little orange hangar on his rear view mirror along with his hazards on. The funeral was not escorted by police and instead by the funeral homes escort vehicle. The family filed a complaint and the matter was investigated but instantly they did find that the man did break the law. According to police if a procession is led by anything other than a police vehicle in Virginia, the procession must follow all traffic laws.
Google, known for providing search engine unlocking important and needed information, has taken on the task to provide internet access to information to all. While it is a little difficult to provide power, internet service providers and unabated viewing of the internet itself, Google has a possible solution to this issue and it is looking to the skies. More specifically google is looking to the Stratosphere of our atmosphere to get the internet via wifi to places that don’t have any access. Balloons will be the carrier of the technology of these wifi stations and by using the air-currents much higher than what commercial and most military aircraft and operations.
As we have come to an end we look back at another successful Winter Olympics. For 2014, Sochi Russia on the Coast of the black sea was the host to the games. The small Russian coastal city had to build everything from scratch making this the highest price tag for an Olympic games, 51 Billion dollars. For these games we will remember the double bathroom stalls, people getting stuck and having to break out of bathrooms, and incomplete housing for athletes and spectators.
It was Albert Einstein who, on the passing of Mahatma Gandhi, remarked that “Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth.” and so it is with Nelson Mandela.
For a day this week San Francisco transformed in to the legendary Gotham City. Saving the day while raising the spirits of a major U.S. city was pint-sized Miles Scott, 5. Miles is in remission from leukemia, and, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, managed to turn his obsession with comic book heroes into the real thing. Well, almost. There was no way Penguin and Riddler were going to get away with anything on Friday. The city was touched by Batkid and by taking down the Penguin and Riddler he brought the power of what one young kid can do to touch our hearts.
One of my favorite superheros is Batman. He is a normal guy that uses his brain and wit to fight crime therefore almost anyone can be Batman. Vine is a app on smartphones that lets you take 6 seconds worth of video and there is one person who I follow, his name is Batdad. He fights crime to protect his children and personally this is parenting done right. He is a great rolemodel for being a good father and doing things differently. Below is a compilation of some of his best vines and also a interview with Batdad explaining why he does it. Personally these videos are funny and creative and just another part of the stuff one finds on the internet.
Since I was in AJROTC, I have followed several different organizations for Veterans. The two I check on regularly are POW/MIA and Honor Flight. POW/MIA helps track down lost soldiers and to provide families with closure as well are remembrance. Honor Flight helps organize and bring World War II, Korean, and Vietnam veterans to DC to see the memorials dedicated to them. They help plan and organize transportation and medical needs while traveling. I am a big fan and supporter of both of these organizations and will at times go to events to volunteer my time.
Today the American government shut down putting many Americans without work or a paycheck. We have no idea how long this will last; 1 day or 100 days, it all will be bad or worse. The last time this happened was in 1996 for 21 days. It is obvious tea party republicans are responsible for the shut down for not passing any resolution with Obamacare. The funny thing is even though they shut down the government Obamacare still started up today and was not affected. Their posturing has made it harder for Americans to make a buck.
The whole time i have lived here the DMV has seen many disasters and horrors. Yesterday was another tragedy, a shooter made his way on to the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. He made his way to Naval Sea Systems Command and began shooting. A total of 13 people including the shooter are dead and another 15 people are wounded.
It is very sad that mass shooting are so common. I often work at the Navy Yard at the History and Heritage Command and to know that this can happen so close to where I work scares me. I was upset all day Monday. I hope we can control all of this gun violence because I don’t want my children growing up in a world like this.
There has finally been confirmation that Area 51 exists! Now so far the documents that have been released reference it’s existence and location. The documents have many redacted which means additional information has not been released only partial documents. This still means we don’t know much as to what is there or anything that takes place on this CIA base.
Can you imagine what you would do if you won the lottery? I have thought about what I would do if I won a million dollars but I can’t imagine if I had won 425 million in yesterdays lottery. I was thinking about everything I would get and then I realized something.