WHO TURNED THE HEATER OFF? Where is Vasili Arkhipov, when the world needs him?

WHO TURNED THE HEATER OFF? Where is Vasili Arkhipov, when the world needs him? WARNING: The links are to source material and I am not claiming the information as my own, only my opinions are my own. The links are just a starting point for tiny facts to set you on your own journey to your own opinions. I welcome all criticisms, constructive debate and alternate points of view here, thank you!

While the Eastern United States has been experiencing freezing temperatures, the entire US is seeing temperatures plummet in Eastern European relations. Our borders are now extend to our computers, cell phones and any other device that can be accessed via WIFI/internet dependent, as has been evident in the past few years with the hacks of chain stores, movie studios and the Veterans Administration.

From 1945-1991 the United States and the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR were in a silent conflict known as THE COLD WAR, beginning with the Atom bomb drop on Hiroshima & Nagasaki. Mystery and intrigue absorbed our intelligence agencies and the name of the game was the Spy Game. Double Agents and sleeper agents were whispering in the back alleys all over the world, in time of no cell phones, micro cameras, SD cards and laptops. Intelligence were for the most part, carried out in people’s minds, papers in a brief case and verified through third party sources. Elaborate spider webs of spy networks were set up all over the world, just so one country could spy on the other and supposed allies were spying on each other too. The world teetered on the brink of nuclear war and we were in complex geopolitical and economic battle with our largely unseen enemy. We fought in the silent world of secrets and waging wars by proxy in Afghanistan and Vietnam, never actually engaging each other outright in the light of day. The height of The Cold War was the Cuban Missile Crisis, when an ordinary man spoke up and saved the world.

With the failure of The Bay of Pigs, a black eye on the US Government, the Cuban Missile Crisis was born. The US woke up in May of 1962 to find 42 nuclear missiles park right off the coast of the US on the Island nation of Cuba. Secretly Soviet President Nikita Khrushchev entered into an agreement with Cuban President, Fidel Castro, in response to the US having missiles in Italy and Turkey, only a 16 min flight to Moscow. By the fall of 1962 the US had sent a U-2 aircraft over Cuba to take pictures of the rumored missile sites and on October 15, 1962 President Kennedy had seen the photos, confirming strike capable missiles located in Cuba and the whole US began a 13-day panic, known as the Cuban Missile Crisis.

At this point you might be asking who Vasili Arkhipov is and how could one man, not in the position of world power, save the world. Well Vasili was born to a poor family in Moscow in 1926 (Post WWI and Pre WWII era). Vasili saw action in a Mine Sweep at the tail end of WWII and went onto Caspian Higher Naval School, where after graduation he began his career in submarines, the primary vessel of deterrence in Cold War.

By October of 1962 Vasili was 2nd in Command of B-59 one of four attack submarines, with orders to Cuba, carrying 22 torpedoes, one of which was nuclear (think Hiroshima). Orders had been issued to the Captain that he may fire his nuclear torpedo at his own digression, with the backing of the political officer on board. The submarines were out of communication with Moscow and gliding blindly into a US submarine blockade, with orders to fire warning shots at any unidentified sub in their area, by dropping depth charges on them. No Communication and the US Blockade became a recipe for world disaster for B-59 and its crew.

Well, to make a long story short, Vasili was the one holding Veto power of firing the nuclear missile and when B-59 sailed into the blockade, the US began dropping depth charges on them, leading the captain to believe they were at war and he wanted to strike back. Vasili advised the captain that they had not received orders from Moscow for some time and such a drastic action was not warranted. Many legends exist about what happened on the bridge, but the sure truth of all of it, was that one man, to the detriment of his reputation, won the argument and adverted a nuclear war between the US and Russia.

Vasili was a hero to very few in his country but his legend lives on today. Growing up in school, these subjects are glossed over in common core schools and students are never openly encouraged by the establishment, to go out and seek knowledge on their own and to form their own opinion. No, research papers don’t count unless the student is allowed to choose their own topic, not from approved topics lists. (ie. choosing the Topic of Genocide, in a Cultural Studies Class, it applies and if the student can bring it around and justify why it applies, then it should be allowed [My Presentation in College]). Critical thinking, though said to be a focus, has been abolished from our Common Core Robotic Factories, in favor of standardized testing scores and standardized knowledge.

Anyone who has been in high education beyond high school knows that this doesn’t work, children don’t all learn the same or think the same. This loss of individual thinking and true critical thinking skills is why I fear our citizens have not woken up to the fact that the Cold War is steadily being revived. Slowly, one by one the blocks of the iron curtain are rising again and there is no voice to say this on the national front, just as the former COLD WAR was a silent one, we begin again. We are not teaching our children to think for themselves, instead we are spoon feeding them the party line from an early age and the news media outlets are playing to the lines as well, everyone is silent, not connecting dots.

I know my criticism of common core is solely based on my own personal experience with my own learning experience, military education institutions and college classes in late adulthood and I have not sited a website or pointed you in another direction because this is my opinion and I want you look into yourself. There is a large debate going on in multiple states about common core’s place in the world today and even if you don’t have children this debate affects you. When you have to sit for hours on end in a class while a teacher has to reteach a subject that should have been gotten in Freshman Year of high school you will see the validity of this debate. We are falling behind other countries in education because we are clinging to a broken antiquated system that needs to be revamped for our rapidly changing world. Creative teaching methods are being stifled to the detriment of society and in the era of Frosting Foreign Relations, creative solutions are being called for, but not taught to our future leaders of America! Instead we have a leaders complaining when foreign leaders don’t give us good options for our own Foreign Policy dealing with a certain nation. (LINK JUST FOR QUOTE, NOT FOR MY OPINION. I TOOK THE FACTS FROM IT ONLY.)

I do revert back to my George Washington’s Hacking blog and believe that we need to be shoring up our infrastructure, not letting to the Government take over the internet as they have made moves to do. While Washington was in favor of a strong central government, he didn’t mean the over reaching monster that we have today. His idea of “strong centralized government” would be a bi-partisan government, acting in defense for the entire country, not the special interest groups and lobbyist with the deepest pockets. Washington saw the birth of the two party system we have today and I believe he would cringe at what it has become.

The Government taking steps to begin to regulate the antiquated internet that we enjoy when it is not buffering, today is just the start of seizing more power of a system they can’t even control in their own HOUSE. THEY can’t even protect themselves from being hacked, so what are they are going to do when the entire nation comes under attack. Look at every electronic device that you depend on in your life to do your job, drive, ride or fly home safely with and then think about them going out, rocking up back to the stone ages. As long as we cling to an education system that doesn’t teach our citizen’s to think for themselves and not to share a brain cell with what passes for NEWS these days, we will head down the same path as many other socialist cultures, through out history. One must ponder the question, “Is it the  TAX Payer’s job to for GOVERNMENT WELFARE programs, that have no checks and balances?” I submit the recent exposure, by THE WASHINGTON POST, of 6.5 million Social Security numbers still being active passed the age 112, while there are only, as of April 2015 52 certified individuals over the age of 110 in the world, by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG), as one instance of unregulated fraud. In the 2010 US Census numbers listing only 53,364 over 100 in the US.

I submit, We, as an entire nation, are standing by as our country continues to grow stagnant. We have lost a whole generations to war and now we have politicians that have stayed at the government trough too long and many that have come too soon, with not enough life lesson to teach them right from wrong, or they have never served their country to know what true sacrifice means. There are many other reasons why our country is deteriorating, these were only a few select observations for you to ponder. The time is now, wake-up and draw from our past mistakes before we are in another crisis and Vasili Arkhipov is not there to be the voice of reason in our ears.

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THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE FREE

You might wonder who THEY are, well I submit that WE are all THEY and when you read the following you will see why, you, me, your neighbor and the collective WE are slowly becoming the THEY in this statement. This Blog is named for a book by Milton Mayer, of the same Title THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE FREE‘.  of which shows the slow progression of Germany to the Nazi state that has faded into dark legend in today’s society. (I HAVE INCLUDED LINKS THAT REFLECT EDUCATION AND DO NOT CLAIM THAT THEY ARE THE ONLY SOURCE OF INFORMATION, FOR THAT YOU NEED TO EDUCATE YOURSELF TO FORM YOUR OWN OPINION. THESE ARE ONLY STARTER SITES THAT I GOOGLED AFTER I WROTE MY PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS.)

It began slowly, almost like you let someone take a dollar from you every day and then wake up at the end of the month and wonder where your money went. Missing a dollar in the day didn’t matter, but at the end of the month it had added up and you no longer could pay all your bills because of that missing money. That was how THEY’s freedom disappeared slowly. One by one, laws were enacted for the good of their country and then there were overt actions against religious groups and its members. First there were physical attacks and mass government propaganda, next came restrictions on businesses and finally came the intrusions into their personal lives. They were told who they could marry and in some cases they were told that their marriages weren’t legal and dissolved. Family were ripped apart and segregated due to blood lines. Children were taken from families and the infirmed were institutionalize and sterilized.

Whole families began to disappear in the night and property seized by the government. These trespasses became a way of life for the people and they became used to the brutality in their midst. People began to turn a blind eye to what was happening to their neighbors, secretly thanking that it was not them. They ignored the smells of death and government over reaching into their daily lives. Some claimed out of fear and some claimed patriotism, still others lamely claimed ignorance, as to why they didn’t interfere with their growing governments actions against its citizens.

The rest of the world ignored the pleas for help and the evidence of genocide coming out of the region in civil war/internal struggle. The world dismissed it as false rumors, none of our business and it referred to it as atrocity propaganda. We in the US were already war weary and wanted to get back to the business of rebuilding our own country. Some citizens went to other countries and volunteered for the fight, seeing what was coming at us.

We were soon drawn into that war, attacked on our home soil and that was “a day that will live in infamy”, but has faded from most minds (since we no longer lower our flags for that day). At the end of that bloody two front war, we did not abandon our footholds, but have held a stabilizing force of deterrence in those regions to this day. We forged strong bonds with other nations, forming alliances and uneasy peace from the actions of that war. We saw those bonds strengthened after 9/11 when a German Navy ship, passed an American ship, dipping the American colors in solidarity, a moving act that was not lost on any member of the US military.

As we swept East across Europe with our Allies and we cleared the last of the agressors out, we saw what our indecision and the blind eye of the average citizen cost. We found mass graves of millions, starving, displaced people by the millions, lost families and ravaged states. What I am talking about is WWII, a war that mobilized the country for one common goal, though at times not for the betterment for all its citizens. We imprisoned our own citizens out of fear and we saw the birth of the nuclear age.

The lessons of our past have not taught us enough, because now we are in favor of inclusion, rather than the protection of our people and our countries borders. We are now seeing a sweeping force gathering a foothold in the world, claiming it in the name of a people (many, who didn’t ask for it) and religion, at that the cost thousands of lives so far. It has the momentum that we saw beginning back in 1932 and we are met with same evidence as we were back then, so far with the same response of indifference. We have seen small unorganized attacks all over the world, the perpetrators claiming allegiance to a group that can only be called terrorists, but our own government is taking painstaking efforts not to put a name on what and who this group is. (I understand that politics is a slippery world game) We see thousands of people fleeing their home countries out of fear for their lives and still we speculate, rather than forming an organized union for action. We have allies speaking out, warning of future aggression and threats, but we sit back and say they gave no real options for an alternatives for our path.

It is not for other world leaders to offer the US alternatives for our forgein policies. It is for American to stand up and be counted for those on the side of the basic human RIGHT to LIFE and to live without fear of those that would end their lives because of the God that they choose to follow. We are now seeing another Genocide being carried out against Christian’s and Women (killed and being pressed into slavery) sweeping across Africa and Middle East. Our own citizens reaching out to these groups, due to some disfranchisement or other social slight and being used as blunt instruments of hate and yet we are still not securing our borders. We have one hand saying look at me over here, while the other hand is getting ready to slit our throats in our sleep and we are going to lay down and take it. What are we missing in our domestic spying on our citizens?

Will it take another massive attack on our soil to wake America up and realize that we are no longer free and that our Military can no longer take care of us because we have let it be sacrificed on the altar of immigration reform and government pork spending. Our Government is trying to  AX THE ONLY CLOSE AIR SUPPORT AIRCRAFT THAT KEEPS OUR TROOPS SAFE ON THE GROUND!  Taking resources, such as the A-10 away from our military will create more Gold Star families and embolden the enemy to attack us in our forward deployed bases. Deterrence has always been the best amour against attack and will save lives in the long run. Our military is the blanket of safety we sleep under at night and to leave them open, when there is way to protect them already in place is in excusable. How about not redecorating Commanding officers offices and new furniture for conference rooms that are rarely used, instead of forcing our troops to siphon gas from one aircraft for another, to the day’s flight schedule for the last day of the FISCAL year. (yes this happened to me personally)

We, as one person may be small when standing alone in our voting booth, our living rooms, our cars driving, listening to JAMES T HARRIS, but we are mighty together at the grass roots arena. We can start electing local representatives that share our concern over frivolous government spending, constitutional violations infringing on our state’s rights and our CONSTITUTION. We as American’s have been all separately been asleep at the wheel of our country and it is time to wake up and right this ships course TOGETHER. If we don’t fight to save our Military, our borders and infrastructure we will lose so much more than our face, which is already smeared with egg, on the foreign front. We will lose our fundamental freedoms that we take for granted every day.