Original graphic from NASA aerial photo


THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US;

This new page is a concession to the fact that Weston, Connecticut is also part of an even larger neighborhood.  That neighborhood is the subject of this article:  http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/05/18/report-finds-school-segregation-on-the-rise.htm

Alas, we must look outward, past the safe reach of Long Island Sound. 
Our own artwork, illustration, fragments on global economics
Refreshed, reduced,
recycled terror?
Moving ahead...


CONTENTS:









FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018
Hartford COURANT picks up AP report.  Which noted that traces of what were bodies of water @ the size of Lake Okeechobee (Fla.) have been discover that might have contained microbes.










THAT WAS PRESIDENTIAL.  AND THE SECURITY COUNCIL DOES ITS USUAL
I suppose the measured tones from the teleprompter probably will be ignored by the 4th estate.








CATALONIA HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CATS WANTING TO BE ALONE.
But everything to do with the idea of "breaking away" from a larger entity.  Such as might be applied to the EU?








        

From "The Hollow Men" across the vast wasteland that is our media...

 
First, latest "hacks" - http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37680411

Next, news that UK is closing all Russian accounts by Royal Bank of Scotland (yes, the same entity as is in Stamford, CT).  Cold War techniques being employed? 

More news:  http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37683119







Public Utility Regulatory Commission Chair. in charge of Cyber Security for CT







INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW IF EAST HARTFORD EVENT IS RELATED TO...

Feds warn of small airplane terror threats

YAHOO
EILEEN SULLIVAN - Associated Press
3 September 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI and Homeland Security have issued a nationwide warning about al-Qaida threats to small airplanes, just days before the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Authorities say there is no specific or credible terrorist threat for the 10-year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. But they have stepped up security across America as a precaution...






What a great name for this bridge!

OCTOBER SURPRISE WE FIND OUT DNC ETC WERE!  How do you think e-mail gets hacked?  By visiting infected sites, JMO.

Hillary Clinton’s Email Was Probably Hacked, Experts Say

NYTIMES
By DAVID E. SANGER
JULY 6, 2016


When the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said on Tuesday that his investigators had no “direct evidence” that Hillary Clinton’s email account had been “successfully hacked,” both private experts and federal investigators immediately understood his meaning: It very likely had been breached, but the intruders were far too skilled to leave evidence of their work...story in full:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/us/hillary-clintons-email-was-probably-hacked-experts-say.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=photo-spot-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news








THE ENORMOUS GALAXY-EATING MACHINE

Is it a "black hole" as Einstein intimated, or a game of "PAC-man" in this, a presidential election year?

"   Ultimately, by exploring processes near the event horizon, or by observing gravitational waves from the early universe, we may learn more about the beginning of the universe itself, or even the possible existence of other universes."
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/opinion/sunday/finding-beauty-in-the-darkness.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region







And there are others doing this too.
Analysis: Jeff Bezos’s space company just made a dramatic breakthrough
Christian Davenport, The Washington Post
Published November 27. 2015 11:22PM

Jeff Bezos's space company landed the first stage of its New Shepard space vehicle this week in a breakthrough that could help dramatically lower the cost of spaceflight...

The landing was cheered as a momentous milestone in the history of space flight that could one day make human travel far more accessible and affordable.  Typically, rocket boosters are used once, burning up or crashing into the ocean after liftoff. But Bezos, the billionaire entrepreneur and owner of The Washington Post...

Re-usable booster rockets story: 
http://www.theday.com/business/20151127/analysis-jeff-bezoss-space-company-just-made-a-dramatic-breakthrough






FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE WEATHER APOCALYPSE:  Fire, Flood, Earthquake and Hurricane (or Cyclone).  Which can all bring with them death, famine, starvation and lots of other bad things.     







MARIA

    
HARVEY

      

AN ATLANTIC HURRICANE, CATEGORY 5 TO CT?

Irma got Florida and Hurricane Harvey, from the Gulf, whacked Texas.


 
Patricia slams Mexico Pacific Coast as Category 5 hurricane
DAY
Christopher Sherman, Associated Press

Published October 23. 2015 7:17AM, Updated October 23. 2015 10:52PM

A.P. story:
http://www.theday.com/nationworld/20151023/patricia-slams-mexico-pacific-coast-as-category-5-hurricane

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I-BBC report:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-34614864




Great story by FORUM editor!
H U R R I C A N E    H A R V E Y


OMG!  Is that dry pavement???

Still covered in water...

Irony not lost on rescuers from Weston.

NO DRY LAND

What it looks like in an emergency shelter.

NO DRY LAND. 

OMG!!!

2017 - NOT WESTON
Hurricane Harvey in Texas, from another's photos.  Condo development (l) becomes "waterfront" property in storm.  Down the road following the storm track...



2012 - Remember Hurricane Sandy?
How about two storms in 2011?  That would be Irene in August and the Halloween Nor' Easter in October.






Politics:  All of it is local - but what does that mean in the 21st  century?  Is it now cosmic?  Or was that "comic?"  How about tragic...and the war that never ended.

             


Belgium Fears Nuclear Plants Are Vulnerable
NYTIMES
By ALISSA J. RUBIN and MILAN SCHREUER
MARCH 25, 2016

"...On Friday, the authorities stripped security badges from several workers at one of two plants where all nonessential employees had been sent home hours after the attacks at the Brussels airport and one of the city’s busiest subway stations three days earlier. Video footage of a top official at another Belgian nuclear facility was discovered last year in the apartment of a suspected militant linked to the extremists who unleashed the horror in Paris in November."  Story in full at NYTIMES, see link.





Russia confirms ‘terrorist attack’: Plane was brought down in Egypt by homemade bomb
By Lynn Berry - Associated Press - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

MOSCOW (AP) — A homemade explosive device brought down a Russian passenger plane over Egypt last month, the head of Russia’s FSB security service said Tuesday, telling Russian President Vladimir Putin it’s now clear the bombing that killed 224 people was a “terrorist” act...
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/17/russia-confirms-terrorist-attack-plane-was-brought/




Shell has made a costly call to abandon Alaska

I-BBC
Kamal Ahmed Business editor



It could have been Hillary Clinton's tweet that did it.  Just after the US government had given the go-ahead for Shell to restart its exploration in Alaska, the Democratic presidential candidate took to the social media site.

"The Arctic is a unique treasure," Mrs Clinton said on Twitter. "Given what we know now, it's not worth the risk of drilling."

Which seemed to ignore the fact that drilling has been taking place in the Arctic for decades - for example oil was first discovered in one of the main basins, Prudhoe Bay, in 1968.  The area is still producing around 250,000 barrels per day and is one of America's largest producing fields...I-BBC story in full:  http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34380467.








IT WAS EERY AND MUCH LIKE THE MOVIE CLOSE ENCOUNTERS...CROWDS...




We wonder where else in the world this is happening???







Guess what?  Planet Nine discovered!
http://www.caltech.edu/news/caltech-researchers-find-evidence-real-ninth-planet-49523






That’s no moon, NASA says it’s a real-life ‘Death Star’
New York Post
By Associated Press
October 22, 2015, 9:15am

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A white dwarf star in the Constellation Virgo turns out to be a “death star” worthy of “Star Wars...”

Story in full:  http://nypost.com/2015/10/22/thats-no-moon-nasa-says-its-a-real-life-death-star/




Global thrust faulting on the Moon and the influence of tidal stresses

GEOLOGY
By Thomas R. Watters1,*, Mark S. Robinson2, Geoffrey C. Collins3, Maria E. Banks1, Katie Daud1, Nathan R. Williams2 and Michelle M. Selvans1

Abstract

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera images reveal a vast, globally distributed network of over 3200 lobate thrust fault scarps, making them the most common tectonic landform on the Moon...http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/43/10/851.abstract?sid=24e78eee-13a9-42ba-91b4-095dfff63afd



NYTIMES found this:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/22/science/earth-blamed-for-cracks-in-moon.html?module=WatchingPortal&region=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=wide&state=standard&contentPlacement=3&version=internal&contentCollection=www.nytimes.com&contentId=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2015%2F09%2F22%2Fscience%2Fearth-blamed-for-cracks-in-moon.html&eventName=Watching-article-click





Obama Does Have a Strategy:  Once you see what he is trying to accomplish, it all makes sense.

By Victor Davis Hanson, National Review
February 3, 2015 4:00 AM

The Wise People of American foreign policy — Madeleine Albright, General Jack Keane, Henry Kissinger, General James Mattis, George Shultz, and others — recently testified before Congress. Their candid and insightful collective message dovetailed with the worries of many former Obama-administration officials, such as one-time defense secretaries Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, as well as a former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. Their consensus is that the U.S. is drifting, and with it the world at large: The Obama administration has not formulated a consistent strategy to cope with the advance of second-generation Islamic terrorism. It is confused by the state upheavals in the Middle East. It is surprised by the aggression of Putin’s Russia and the ascendance of an autocratic China. Our allies in Europe, much of democratic Asia, and Israel all worry that the U.S. is rudderless, as it slashes its military budget and withdraws from prior commitments...

1.  Readjustments in the global order are long overdue...
2.  All nations and interests act rationally — if given a chance...
3.  Do abroad as we try to do at home...
4.  Don't sweat the details...

Keep these themes in mind, and the last six years will make better sense...for complete article, please go to National Review.








IN YOUR DEALBOOK SECTION OF THE NYTIMES TODAY APRIL 12, 2016...







OMG - IT LOOKS AS IF THE NEW YORK TIMES AGREES WITH...FORMER WESTONITE!!!

"...But the system is still too opaque, and resistance to regulation remains fierce. Mutual funds, for instance, are opposing a rule that would require them to hold more reserves as a buffer against large and sudden redemptions.

"The lessons of the last financial crisis are clear. Less clear is whether regulators have the tools and the willingness to apply what they have learned to new circumstances and new threats."

From Chinese Problems on America’s Shores
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
MARCH 21, 2016




THEY DON"T CALL IT THE DISMAL SCIENCE FOR NOTHING...




I-BBC 4 Jan. 2016
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35219745

I-BBC from a year ago about "the 1%" on a global scale.
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30875633


Chinese Trade Is a Driving Economic Force...from the link below.

"...As China’s economy slows, countries with significant exposure to raw materials, like Australia and Brazil, are facing serious headwinds. Germany exports machinery and automobiles to China, which had been a counterbalance to slow growth in Europe."

Story in full: 
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/08/26/business/-why-china-is-rattling-the-world-maps-charts.html



Elections Have Consequences
NYTIMES OP-ED
Paul Krugman
JAN. 4, 2016

"   For one of the important consequences of the 2012 election was that Mr. Obama was able to go through with a significant rise in taxes on high incomes. Partly this was achieved by allowing the upper end of the Bush tax cuts to expire; there were also new taxes on high incomes passed along with the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare..."

Opinion in full here: 
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/04/opinion/elections-have-consequences.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region



The 57-Year-Old Chart That Is Dividing the Fed

Neil Erwin, NYTIMES
OCT. 24, 2015

Next week, when Federal Reserve officials meet to decide whether to raise interest rates for the first time in nine years, one question will be front and center: How much faith should be placed in a line on a graph first drawn by a New Zealand economist nearly six decades ago, based on data on wages and employment in Britain dating to the 1860s?  Story in full:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/upshot/the-57-year-old-chart-that-is-dividing-the-fed.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news






WATCH OUT WESTON
Myself, I was never in the top one-percent of anything...

From the NYTIMES:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/17/business/putting-numbers-to-a-tax-increase-for-the-rich.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news









Internet Yields Uneven Dividends and May Widen Inequality, Report Says
NYTIMES
By SOMINI SENGUPTAJAN. 13, 2016

UNITED NATIONS — Can the Internet save the world?  In some places, it has helped curb corruption, encouraged more girls to go to school and enabled citizens to monitor election violence...more:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/14/world/asia/internet-yields-uneven-dividends-and-may-widen-inequality-report-says.html?module=WatchingPortal&region=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=none&state=standard&contentPlacement=5&version=internal&contentCollection=www.nytimes.com&contentId=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2016%2F01%2F14%2Fworld%2Fasia%2Finternet-yields-uneven-dividends-and-may-widen-inequality-report-says.html&eventName=Watching-article-click






Economics and The Dollar:  As my economics professor said "I don't want to be here" when we had to let the dollar float...

GENERAL ELECTRIC-ELECTROLUX SALE
How does G.E. selling or trying to sell its appliance business relate to CCM's proposal?  HUNG OUT TO DRY.  OR MAYBE FROZEN?

"Develop regional plans and one common set of regional boundaries based on many state studies already completed"
Gosh, I never heard that suggestion before!  Is it any wonder that the above idea is being floated yet again???  Comes from new CCM staff with itch to re-invent County Government, IMHO.




So what did this group come up with?

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE NOV. 12 &13 - CBIA, CCM, AFL-CIO


          
CCM Leaders involved also WestCOG members.
Danbury Mayor Bouton, Newtown First Selectman Llodra and Ridgefield First Selectman Marconi (elected first in 1999).   Two others included (North Haven and Fairfield)

PARTIES SINGLED OUT FOR INCLUSION IN THIS THURSDAY NOV. 12/FRIDAY NOV. 13 EVENT INCLUDED THREE FROM WestCOG...CCM calls out proudly...

SOURCE U.S. Bureau of Labor Statisticts:

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Footnotes

= So that would be of a total work force of 1,903,100 (preliminary figure as of August 2015)
**
= U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Connecticut page.






Debt
Charlie licks his nose in anticipation of "a-c-t" order - an anagram for himself! 





Northwest Connecticut struggles to gain broadband access
STEPHEN SINGER, AP Business Writer
Oct 4, 8:48 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut's Litchfield hills, which boast premier antique shops, vineyards and 18th century inns, also feature cellphone dead zones and super-slow Internet service that infuriate residents and frustrate businesses...story in full direct from A.P. below.

Link to A.P.:  http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CT_CONNECTICUT_DIGITAL_DIVIDE_CTOL-?SITE=CTNHR&SECTION=STATE&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-10-04-08-48-05




CT continues to lead nation in income, but wealth poorly distributed
By: Ana Radelat, CT MIRROR
September 30, 2015


Full report from U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis - B.E.A.  CT MIRROR really LOOOONG story in full:  http://ctmirror.org/2015/09/30/ct-continues-to-lead-nation-in-income-but-wealth-poorly-distributed/





I.M.F. Urges U.S. and Europe to Act Decisively on Debt

By MARTIN FACKLER, NYTIMES
October 13, 2012

TOKYO — World finance officials called on the United States and Europe to quickly resolve their debt problems on Saturday, saying that more decisive action was needed to restore confidence in the faltering global economy.

In a communiqué at the end of a three-day meeting in Tokyo, the members of the International Monetary Fund warned that global growth was slowing as the continuing debt crises in developed countries dragged down growth in emerging markets. The statement said quick action was needed to “break negative feedback loops and restore the global economy to a path of strong, sustainable and balanced growth.”

“There was no objection to the recommendation that we gave to the membership, which was a-c-t,” said the I.M.F. head, Christine Lagarde, spelling out the word for dramatic emphasis....

Much of the discussion at the I.M.F. meeting focused on the risks that the United States, the world’s largest economy, might face if the Obama administration and Congress cannot agree on deficit reduction, triggering legally mandated tax increases and federal spending cuts early next year. Hitting that “fiscal cliff” would reduce growth and eliminate jobs at a time when the anemic U.S. economy is still struggling to recover from the 2008 crisis...Full story in NYTIMES.  Also comment from another publication via the Internet.



Some history2015 and other numbers from 2008.



New York Times graphics:  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/08/26/business/-why-china-is-rattling-the-world-maps-charts.html

New York TIMES 2008 graphics: 
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/09/04/business/20080907-metrics-graphic.html





Demographics and the U.S. Census:  Beyond this to migration (as in mass migration)?  And where are we headed?

     

 
"Let's Go, CT" might mean this:  http://www.courant.com/data-desk/hc-connecticuts-population-drops-again-20160204-htmlstory.html

OMG - Soilent Green means Canada?

Statelessness:  http://webtv.un.org/search/part-4-thirteenth-coordination-meeting-on-international-migration/4053027047001?term=coordination%20meeting%20on%20international%20migration

Where are migrants coming from and going to and how is this determined?  U.N. Estimates 2010:  http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/migration/publications/migrationreport/migreport.shtml







With the terror attack Bastille Day in Nice, CT-N chose to re-play this program...


   

After Nice, this is how CT-N responds - replay of "Anti-Muslim crimes and Bias:  Legal, Law Enforcement and Policy Implications" UCONN LAW SCHOOL.
Palestinian people...Anti-Zionist program...they end the meeting after the comment about Anti-Zionism.  Pledge to use cell phone camera to record anti-muslim acts.








POLITICALLY CORRECT OR NOT?  TO BE OR NOT TO BE...2017 update on terror.
Connecticut is the first, JMO, to tempt the ACLU to join in support of terrorists via executive order
Read more here:  http://ctmirror.org/2015/12/11/civil-rights-groups-at-odds-with-ct-lawmakers-over-syrian-
visa-program/

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WE'RE #6 OF 50 PLUS D.C. IN GUN CRIME SAFETY (IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW YOU SLICE IT)
And from the CT MIRROR a well:  http://ctmirror.org/2015/12/11/n-j-already-using-u-s-watch-lists-to-screen-gun-buyers/