Month: November 2015
Former Air Force pilot Brandon Bryan is one of the first ever United States drone operators to speak out against what has been happening overseas for a number of years now, which is the murder of countless innocent lives. Bryan served as a sensor operator for what’s known as the “Predator program” from 2007 to 20011. He was responsbile for manning the camera on the unmanned aerial vehicles that carried out attacks overseas before leaving active duty in the Air Force, and, as Democracy Now reports, was actually given a certificate that credited his squadron for more than 1,500 kills.
The US clearly encourages and rewards this type of activity. Think about that while you consider what is still happening around the world, including in Syria.
Below is Bryant’s recounting of his first-ever lethal drone strike and the impact it continues to have on him to this day:
I didn’t really understand what it meant to kill at first. It was horrible. The first time was horrible, the second time was horrible, the third time was numbing, the fourth time was numbing, but of course the first time sticks with you the longest.
The Ones Pulling The Triggers & Giving The Orders Need To Stop
Kudos to Bryan for doing his part to shed more light on the atrocities being committed overseas. It really hits home a specific message, and a specific solution. That solution is for the human beings giving these orders and the the human beings following these orders to stop listening. If we want this mess to stop, a shift in thinking needs to take place. We are being used as tools. But just imagine what would happen if every human being on the planet refused to participate in war. What would our world look like then? While you could make the argument that intelligent robotic aircraft would take over, that still begs the question, who is making this aircraft? At the end of the day, there is a human being behind these killings. We are the cause, and at the same time we are the solution.
This is why we say change needs to come from within, and as more soldiers wake up to the truth about these wars, I have to believe that more of them will put down their weapons.
Shooting For No Reason
Brandon Bryan is not the only solider to speak out about this issue. Ethan McCord, a US soldier who served in Iraq, has revealed some disturbing truths about the life of a soldier in the Wikileaks video “Collateral Damage.”
In the video above, Bryan describes how the civilians being killed are seemingly indiscriminately labelled as dangerous, even though clearly they are not.
“So we’re looking at this thing, these people and uh, it was like, almost instantaneous that someone was like, ‘confirmed weapons … you’re cleared hot.’ “
“Human speech is a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms… while we long to make music that will melt the stars.” – G. Flaubert
No matter where at in the world you are reading this, no matter what color your skin is, no matter what you believe in- we can all agree that our life has purpose and we are here to find that purpose.
Modern Educayshun is a short film by Neel Kolhatkar. It targets the bizarre and extreme form of liberalism that is ruining schools and universities. In previous years young minds were figuring out how to get to the moon. Now universities seem obsessed with “micro-aggression” and finding more and more reasons to be offended by virtually everything.
It makes absolutely no sense to me why we are not teaching this kind of stuff in school but it’s just the way it is, right?
or (often, in modern usage):
By definition, the first two numbers in the Fibonacci sequence are either 1 and 1, or 0 and 1, depending on the chosen starting point of the sequence, and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two.
In mathematical terms, the sequence Fn of Fibonacci numbers is defined by the recurrence relation
The Fibonacci sequence is named after Italian mathematician Fibonacci. His 1202 book Liber Abaci introduced the sequence to Western European mathematics, although the sequence had been described earlier in Indian mathematics. By modern convention, the sequence begins either with F0 = 0 or with F1 = 1. The Liber Abaci began the sequence with F1 = 1.
Fibonacci numbers are closely related to Lucas numbers in that they form a complementary pair of Lucas sequences and . They are intimately connected with the golden ratio; for example, the closest rational approximations to the ratio are 2/1, 3/2, 5/3, 8/5, … . Applications include computer algorithms such as the Fibonacci search technique and the Fibonacci heap data structure, and graphs called Fibonacci cubes used for interconnecting parallel and distributed systems. They also appear in biological settings, such as branching in trees, phyllotaxis (the arrangement of leaves on a stem), the fruit sprouts of a pineapple, the flowering of an artichoke, an uncurling fern and the arrangement of a pine cone‘s bracts.
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. -William Blake
Life doesn’t always go our way but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Being fired from a job today might mean you finally push yourself to make your dream a paying reality. Much of life is like art…it is in the eye of the beholder. What one person sees as a tragedy another might see as an opportunity.
Changing your perception of life is easier said than done, but then again, so is everything. It is much easier saying I want to write this article than it actually is to write it. But if even one person feels better after reading this, it was completely worth the time and effort.
Here are 10 Signs You’re Doing Well In Life Even Though You Don’t Think So:
1) You’re alive!
After all of your trials and tribulations you have faced in life, it hasn’t knocked you out. When I think of life, I am reminded of Viktor Frankl. Dr. Frankl was a prisoner at Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust. Despite this horrible situation he was able to find the silver lining. I highly recommend researching into this man!
2) You have a roof over your head.
This is something I try to remind myself of on a daily basis, especially when you consider:
On a single night in January 2013, there were 610,042 people experiencing homelessness in the United States, including 394,698 people who were homeless in sheltered locations and 215,344 people who were living in unsheltered locations.
That statistic gave me a new appreciation for sleeping in my bed.
3) You’re working to improve yourself.
If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. -Bruce Lee
Bruce has it right. There are no limits, only plateaus. Perhaps you feel like you’re stuck on a plateau, but just being conscious of that fact is HUGE. It means you know a change needs to happen.
4) You dream big.
The world you see today was created by dreamers. Before reality takes hold the process of imagination and dreaming must take place. Some of the greatest minds in the world came up with their best ideas through dreaming.
5) You are forgiving.
Holding onto anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life. -Joan Lunden
Forgiveness is one of life’s most important lessons. Those that can learn to forgive tend to live in more peace, and it is important to remember that forgiving yourself is just as important.
6) You are loved.
Few things are more beautiful in life than having friends, family, or a significant other that loves you. Never take these relationships for granted and always take a moment to thank these people for being in your life.
7) You have clothes.
You don’t need much in your wardrobe. I only have enough clothes to fit in one suitcase, but I also don’t allow myself to get sucked into the world of fashion. Be happy you have sufficient clothing for your life.
8) You have clean water.
The UN released a report that shows:
783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation
Think about that for a moment. Let it sink in. If you have clean water you are very fortunate.
9) You are genuine.
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. -Oscar Wilde
Staying genuine in a society surrounded by false advertising is difficult. If you know who you are, what you want in life, and refuse to sell part of yourself for monetary gain be thankful. Some have no idea who they are even with all the money in the world.
10) You have traveled to another country.
Truly great experiences come to those who stay open to possibilities. Being able to experience life in another country is eye opening and will benefit you far into the future.
People are not bad,
They are only lost, there is still time.”
Good news is rarely shared, the world is perhaps not as bad as he looks. We need more faith in hum…anity and love to the next.
I saw this video on the internet and I thought it was great. I decided to share with you.