Mary Beth Writes

Here is another short MB take on the impeachment hearings.

Why Ukraine?  

Location, location, location.

Trump wanted the Ukrainians to turn the Biden name into a scandal. Trump is obviously in the thrall of Putin; whether this is criminal or simply his dangerous fascination with strongmen is the questions du jour. In any case, it seems likely that Trump Whisperer Putin suggested, “All you need to do is connect Biden to graft and you can win this election. Worked the last time, didn’t it…”?

Because Putin wants to run Ukraine.  

Why?

Follow the money.

Ukraine has .04% of the earth’s surface, .08% of earth’s population, and 1.5% of earth’s minerals.  Ukraine is rich in iron, manganese, titanium-zirconium ore; it has the largest reserve of titanium in Europe. Think aircraft, space technology, tanks, guns, ships, and missiles. It also has the largest reserve of uranium in Europe. Think nuclear power and weapons. Ukraine is rich in coal, oil, gas, sulfur, rock and potassium salt.

Ukraine is also the nation through which nearly ALL the gas lines of natural gas flow from Russia to Europe.

Instead of focusing on the corruptibly high salary Hunter Biden was paid to be on the board of Burisma, let’s look at it from this angle. Can we wonder if our nation, our CIA, our NSA, our Obama administration etc. – did we WANT that nice Biden guy to be in that place, looking like he was daddy’s overpaid son – because under that guise he could observe decisions being made by the Burisma board?

 Just wondering.

Where a nation suffers injustice, graft, corruption, and poverty – google what their natural resources are.  What we are observing, in my opinion, in the impeachment hearings is the leading edge of powerful men playing a damn serious game Monopoly. 

Yes, this is about Trump and his wealth. Yes, it is about campaign finance war chests of Republican Representatives and Senators.  But behind that, it is about international imperialism and corruption.

Fighting that worldwide corruption in these hearings is a bigger show that we see on the surface.

PS: This is the question to ask. What are the resources? This is what to do. Follow the money. 

*Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most mineral rich nations on earth. It is estimated it sits on $24 Trillion dollars in natural resources. Half the population lives on less than $1 per day.

*Did you know that offshore drilling is a new, burgeoning industry in Myanmar bringing in untold wealth?  Did you know the Rohingya people, one of the most persecute people on earth, victims of ongoing genocide, lived until evicted by murder and terror, in Rakhine state - the long skinny state along the western ocean shore of Myanmar?

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Facts about Ukraine: Check this out if you want more precise facts and figures: 

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R.I.P. Dr. Stan Hallett. I was listening in those History of Ethics classes. 

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Kids & Books & Boxes & Paper Towels Tubes

Two things today – both related to schools.

1. I’ve volunteered for three years at Whittier Elementary School in Waukesha.  Once a week I walk out of my world into 3rd grade world and while I am there, my world simply disappears!

If you are the kind of person who is fond of kids who have ordinary and extraordinary challenges with reading and learning and doing kid-math – please consider being a volunteer, too.  You can call up schools near you. 

When they tell you who they are...

I have a very big cold.  Not all that relevant to you but aggravating to me. Anyway, last night I coughed and woke myself up a lot; I had time in which to to think about the impeachment hearing drama in Washington.  I don’t have that much to say all at once. But I am noting particular things as this goes along and I am going to say them

On Friday Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee harangued about the “the unfairness” of impeachment hearing’s rules.

The Impeachment Hearings - Argh & Damn

Len and I watched a lot of the impeachment hearings this week. George Kent, William Taylor, and Marie Yovanovitch showed us the worthy, smart, and patriotic Americans still serving our nation. Or at least trying to do so behind the chaos and greed, the ineptitude and apparent bribery of the people in this administration. 

Some Sore Paw Thoughts

 Last night I read on the sofa for a couple hours. Then I came upstairs, brushed my teeth, and went to bed to read some more. Honest, that’s it. That’s mostly what I did yesterday. A few chores and errands. A lot of reading.

Then while turning one more page - my foot started to hurt! One moment nothing; next moment a big twitchy thing flared along the side of one foot. I rubbed it and tried to stretch the muscles but that made it worse, so I took ibuprofen and went to sleep. I woke this morning and although it hurts less, it still hurts.

Genius & Why you Shouldn't Judge a Fish by What it Can't Do

Someone asked me what I thought might be the definition of genius. (If you send me an open-ended question I might try to answer you, too.)

Here are some of my thoughts.  Because on Halloween, plus the day the House of Reps votes on how to proceed with the impeachment proceedings, plus California is on fire, plus there is a half of foot of snow out my window – why wouldn’t we talk about shades of genius?

Sometimes it's calming to talk about a situation that doesn't exactly affect many of us. 

Why I'm Lukewarm on Heroes

I was emailing with my very smart cousin about heroes. He wrote (in a longer email): Are there heroes left? It seems like some of us have been pretty busy debunking our heroes, and if taking the varnish off is the objective, they’ve been very effective, IMHO. And the follow up question, what are the consequences of a hero-less world? 

 I’ve been thinking about this for weeks. So instead of posting the 17 pages I have written, let me say SEVEN things about heroes.

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