Who will control the Internet ?
We use to call China - a " Paper Tiger " - those days have come to an end. China has morphed into a powerful dragon - intimidating those - that will only one option - take the lead of China. This may should like a grandiose concept - China has done its homework - positioned itself - to act.
China has positioned itself all over the world - building railways, propping up economic development project - one of a kind - with so called Third World countries - China in the cockpit.
The United Stats has been relegated to playing second fiddle - the many "Banana Republics" - the U.S. has left a sour taste in the mouth.
Our role pretending to use the World Bank to cheat the Third World countries -giving loans - and demanding huge interests - ruining once decent democracies - demolished.
China has a vision - resurrecting the once famous and still well remembered and enduring - " silk route " .
One has to study the many Nations that were influenced by the " Silk Route " - and with it the kingdoms that rose to worldwide fame - world leaders like Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan - that criss-crossed intimidating and subjugating nations - changing the world of that time.
Modes of that era - pertains to military operations - are studied today in detail - by the world's best military institutions. Now, there is another awakening - ask anyone who has visited Japan, China, and those countries that are connected with the INTERNET - near by.
They have faster connections and on the verge of introducing their own Internet - we are still dreaming - wallow in our pomp and splendor while China is executing - complete with timelines and goals.
This system will be competing with another model in France - but the founders of Station F - will learn that those that have easier and more connection - will win the war and control the bandwidth - and what is important to note - syncing unique hardware with software - and people who are highly educated - and connected to the cyber world - of the future.
We saw the head of Brazil Russian India and China (BRIC) dabble in forming a currency of their own - to counter pose and take over - the " Almighty Dollar ".
The dollar is worth four cents - but few do not understand why the United States - will print money - just because it has the monopoly.
China right now has the ability to create and operate it own INTERNET - in fact it is in place - serving the Chinese - China has has a population of 2 Billion and connected to another 2 billion - all over the world.
They have satellites - with complex software and hardware - and positioned - to connect - when the time is ripe - and that time in now.
China has a very - complex economy - it has tried to go along - and play dominoes with the United States - but, now wants to raise its stakes - to play chess.
China will succeed in having its own INTERNET and using this tool - will succeed - connecting the dots - the thousands of cities and large town - it has established - deep relations with.
When it comes to " rare minerals " - China has a stash or should I say " stock " - ready to pay chess - forget the days of playing dominoes - and whiling away precious time.
Chinese businesses have hired - university students - to study the models, norms, method of success - while we in the United States have chosen - to tarnish the word " immigration " - failing to comprehend that over 80% of the inventions - and creation of product - have come about - because immigrants have contributed to the success.
Be it that the success has been clouded - by a word - that is not respected - " Capitalism " - in many circles. Racism is a another - failing to embrace " cultural competency " while tout the horn - and saying many are figuring out - how not to react to quickly to the color of the skin - we humans, homo sapience - constantly triggering " complicit bias " - that must be deterred.
After World War II - we had economist - that understood - that for the United States to recover and lead - we had to focus we had to build a sound and working - large - Middle Class.
The United States succeeded and with programs to help our Elders - and build a nest with Social Security and other social programs - we did well.
As these programs began to take root - we lost our mind - and decided that instead of sharing our wealth - those in power - much like " thugs " - decided to keep the majority of their wealth - to themselves.
The disparity in San Francisco - can be compared to Rwanda - a third world nation in Central Africa. We have Seniors - who go to bed hungry - we have Elders dying slowly on the streets of San Francisco.
Add to that the bad air - people plagued with very polluted air - the worst ever - saturated PM 2.5 that can penetrated and remain in our lungs - for a long, long time.
All the economy progress we made from the early 1950s to the early 1980s - was lost many years - ago.
Some of us - saw the train coming - but it has arrived - and taken away - most of the benefits that the Middle Class had accrued - lost more - with the spiraling of the economy in the years 2006 to 2007.
Today, in year 2018 people at home are reflecting and finding our they have to work two and three jobs - to make a living.
10 years ago - some one from a family - was lucky to get a career job - but today - most are fleeting like a butterfly - from job to job - temporary jobs that offer no benefits - no benefits what so ever.
It is not uncommon that many do not have an insurance - and take a risk - not to pay the high premiums - save money for the rainy day.
But, it is really too difficult to save - because as you guessed - the odds of falling ill - are very high - going to the hospital - will wipe the little savings - in a second. More if you have a serious problem - a heart attack or some operation that costs thousands of dollars.
We have youth of color in the inner cities - that have No jobs - while - the Main Media touts - that the unemployment rate is at its lowest - 4%, 5%, but those that need the jobs - have difficult getting the jobs.
Navigation Centers -
you sleep -wake up - and come to sleep again -
and those in power - think nothing of such models =
compromising Quality of Life issues.
Here is San Francisco - the boom linked to construction - has hit rock bottom.
Where once one could build a sound building for $650 per square foot - it now cost more than $1250 per square foot - making construction - cost prohibitive.
You hear folks talk about using shipping containers - to build units - other types of pre-fabricated material - taking short cuts - and compromising - Quality of Life issues.
The Butte fire - the smoke and haze from this area -
has been hovering over San Francisco -
for over a week - burning eyes - throat irritation,
those with respiratory problems -
landing in the hospitals - and there is more.
Our front line responders - are doing good job -
leading that charge - those prisoners who are
brought in to fight the fires - few know about this fact -
60% of the first responders - fire fighters are
from our California Prisons -
thank you Brothers and Sisters.
Thousands of homes burnt down -
hundred missing -
the death toll has not reached hundred -
but that is a possibility -
this fire is the worst fire California has witnessed -
and President Donald Trump just got a reality check.
All these days - San Francisco - has earned another distinction - our air is unhealthy - the most unhealthy air in the world - other cities in the Bay Area also share that distinction - too.
All this and more as a result of the Butte Fires - see the photographs above -many of my good friends lost their homes - most living in tents on parking lots. In a few days rain is in the forecast - and the situation - will not be pretty.
For the longest we have touted our own horn - that San Francisco was the best city in the world.
Not any more - again and again our leaders - have failed - to envision - and put in place so called " resiliency " plans that work - that can be implemented on a war footing.
The Butte fire is a reminder - not to trust politicians - more those that have no experience - they talk the talk but cannot walk the walk. Wait until the Big One hits San Francisco and they caught - with their hand in the cookie jar.
China once had a problem with its polluted air - today it leads the world in - off the grid projects - Solar Projects that are mind boggling - producing high quality - Solar Panels.
San Francisco has a population of 830,000 and is paralyzed.
Those with respiratory diseases - are being rushed to the hospitals.
You see people wearing masks - much as one use to see them wear in places like Beijing, China and Mumbai, India - dangerous Particulate Matter 2.5 and a count of over 270 - on a scale of 1-300.
Our Mayor London Breed has chosen not to address the Butte fires and the repercussion facing San Francisco - where burning eyes, sore throats, headaches are the norm - and our Mayor London Breed is busy - pussyfooting around.
The President Donald Trump was here - on hearing about the raging fires - he fired a couple of tweets.
Saying - Californians deserve what they are facing - they should have taken measures to deal and clean the thick over grown undergrowth - one sees everywhere in our California forest.
The only problem - is that most of the forest in California comes under the Forest Department - that comes under the Federal Government - that technically comes under President Donal Trump.
After visiting Butte County in Northern California - his tone was conciliatory.
He promised to help those - that are suffering - made others lame excuses - and Donald Trump - proved once again - the man cannot " discern " - he is an Egotistical Maniac.
Donald Trump has chosen to take on China for sometime now - China is dissuading its Investors to avoid the United States -
there are thousands of other places - in Australia, New Zealand, all over Africa, South America, Canada, all over Europe - where the Chinese have made large investments.
So how is the United States faring - while we are dealing with the on going madness - some man made and the other Mother Nature - playing its role?
Each one of us must dig deep into the many mistakes by the Democrats - that prepared the way - for Donald Trump to take control of the White House.
All over the world - citizens from decent nations - cannot fathom the clown we have - in the White House throwing tantrums - and tweeting nonsense.
Starting - from the wee hours of the morning - while our Main Media - is consummated with what the clown has to say.
The clown does not give a damn about thousands slowly dying on the streets of our Mayor Cities - more, San Francisco.
Many think that since San Francisco is so close to the Silicon Valley - the heart of the Computer World - that San Francisco enjoys - fast Internet.
That our children, youth, young adults, our Seniors have access to sound Internet and up to date Computers. If you delve into the issue - one will be shocked.
California has taken a stand on Net Neutrality - but this means nothing much - our slow Internet - is pathetic - and the show goes on.
In some areas - people are still working with Windows 95 in San Francisco.
Here you have Google with its CEO, Sundar Pichai, SalesForce, Microsoft, billionaires who have made their home in San Francisco - selling their software like Larry Ellison or Oracle fame.
None of them have invested in the increasing Digital Divide.
Preferring to make billions - while salivating - that they are rich - but they are " evil " - they are cut-throat competitors - and will go to any great length to worship the " Almighty Dollar ".
China is poised - to penetrate and take control of newer and better " Digital Tools " - better suited to international Economic Models - tailored to Third World Nations.
Better tools to put resources and money into the hands - of those nations and leaders - that count the most.
More in keeping with the best interest of each nation - that has been lacking - and left out - left to face the misery, trials and tribulations - the existing Digital Divide - show Internet - with no access to opportunity in the Cyber world.
Staying away from Capitalism - those aspects that count to benefit the majority - the many parochial norms - that have hurt the world - and created divisiveness - that we have never, ever seen before.
I am not suggesting embracing Socialism or Communism - that would be foolish when it comes to our freedom - per se.
What I would like to introduce - for deeper reflection - reflection by studying the deep meaning of " Freedom " and that of " License ".
Abuse of Freedom is License - and we have seen the rampant erosion of Freedom in the so called Free World - practicing License and pretending that we are in fact - exercising our Freedom.
Today politics is saturated with " Dark Money " - lies and more lies - personifying this aspect - President Donald Trump.
Here is San Francisco shallow politicians - the likes of London Breed and Malia Cohen - the laughing stock - those that have been monitoring these two professional political whores - NOT to be respected by anyone decent. Aho.