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31 May 2009

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Nancy K

Happy Birthday. Thank you so much for this blog.

Laura

Many happy returns of the day. (And many thanks as well.)

Leila Abu-Saba

Of course you look as good as that guy! Many happy returns, and thank you for your great service.

Bill Wade, NH, USA

Happy Birthday!!!

Highlander

Colonel,

Happy birthday, You ornery "old fart".

I hope you're drinking single malt. You won't live any longer, but you'll feel a hell of a lot better.

Thanks for the blog.

Neil Richardson

Dear Colonel,

Happy birthday and my best wishes.

stanleyhenning@mac.com

Many more "Happy Birthdays" to you "brother rat"

N. M. Salamon

Colonel:

Best wishes for your birthday! An interesting challenge below, Please peruse to the end!

I enjoy reading your blog and the comments. Eye opener to someone who has seen blood on the streets [Budapest, 1956] to see how the power elite and their servants look on the world.

As the last frames of Mr. Simmons’s Power point production indicated the long term security of the USA and the world is tied to meeting the challenge of decreasing availability of oil and gas.

At present the USA has no major security problems [invading other countries, 800 forward bases – do make enemies, no doubt] as the other major nuclear powers [China, Russia, UK and France] have no major conflicts with the USA. No other nation can cause any major problem [North Korea can be purchased/bribed for the cost of Iraq in a few month – which is considerably cheaper than having resumption of the Korean War; while getting out of Afghanistan would quiet down that area of the world – via US/China/Russia guaranteeing that India will not attack Pakistan and vica-versa].

Historically we know that the USA is capable of remodeling the military industrial complex in short order, as it happened after WWII. From the presentation cited above and other information publicly available a number of important issues arise vis-à-vis US LONG TERM SECURITY:

1., NEW ENERGY SOURCES and Storage for intermittent type [Solar/wind], with compressed air storage [experimental in USA] , Vanadium salt electrolyte [Medium size development in Australia], raising water in hydroelectric installations’ reservoir, etc.

2., Water: Ogala {??} aquafier, Colorado river basin and large part of S. California, salt water incursion around all large cities on both coast into aquifers [world wide, Tokyo, Singapore, etc\], thus need control of waste [line leakage on 50-100 year old mains], salt water desalination, etc.

3., Farm ;land ecological degradation – review industrial farming [cattle, chicken, etc monoculture, localization of production etc.}

4., Public transport, and problems of exurbia/suburbia MacMasons

5., Being a highly placed [retired, I believe] officer of the USA’s armed forces, I am sure you are aware that war is very energy demanding [from armaments’ manufacture, to transport [and construction thereof], to rebuilding and uses large amount of limited resources {titanium, Tungsten, Mo, Fe, Cr, Etc – many of which are limited under present technology to 10-20 years supply and PLEASE note the following: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/business/story/0,28124,25550073-5017996,00.html this about rare earth metals needed for wind turbines, electric/hybrid cars etc. –suggestion do not pick on China]

Therefore:

Keeping in mind the security of your own grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and their friends in and out of USA, you are bound as a honorable man, and due to the Oath of Office to defend the USA in the future, to start a thread indicating how the military industrial complex and the oversized defense [DoD, D of Energy, Homeland Security, 16 spy agencies, etc] can be transformed to NECESSARY [see above} investment, manufacture, design, construction for the LONG TERM SECURITY OF THE USA.

PLEASE NOTE: Numerous scientific papers have indicated in the near past that WITHOUT CHEAP ENERGY SOURCE the EARTH’s carrying capacity is about 1.5 Billion people, which indicates that the die off in the near future may be as high as 1 in 5.Now in the USA there are more guns than adults!!!

Cordially yours:
Norbert Marian Salamon

Ps: enjoy your Escalade, you earned it, might nor be allowed such cars in 10-15 years


Colonel:

Bet wishes for your birthday! An interesting challenge below, Please peruse to the end!

I enjoy reading your blog and the comments. Eye opening to someone who has seen blood on the streets [Budapest, 1956] to see how the power elite and their servants look on the world.

As the last frames of Mr. Simmons’s Power point production indicated the long term security of the USA and the world is tied to meeting the challenge of decreasing availability of oil and gas.

At present the USA has no major security problems [invading other countries, 800 forward bases – do make enemies, no doubt] as the other major nuclear powers [China, Russia, UK and France] have no major conflicts with the USA. No other nation can cause any major problem [North Korea can be purchased/bribed for the cost of Iraq in a few month – which is considerably cheaper than having resumption of the Korean War; while getting out of Afghanistan would quiet down that area of the world – via US/China/Russia guaranteeing that India will not attack Pakistan and vica-versa].

Historically we know that the USA is capable of remodeling the military industrial complex in short order, as it happened after WWII. From the presentation cited above and other information publicly available a number of important issues arise vis-à-vis US LONG TERM SECURITY:

1., NEW ENERGY SOURCES and Storage for intermittent type [Solar/wind], with com[pressed air storage [experimental in USA] , Vanadium salt electrolyte [Medium size development in Australia], raising water in hydroelectric installations’ reservoir, etc.

2., Water: Colorado river basin and large part of S. California, salt water incursion around all large cities on both coast into aquifers [world wide, Tokyo, Singapore, etc\], thus need control of waste [line leakage on 50-100 year old mains], salt water desalination, etc.

3., Farm ;land ecological degradation – review industrial farming [cattle, chicken, etc monoculture, localization of production etc.}

4., Public transport, and problems of exurbia/suburbia MacMasons

5., Being a highly placed [retired, I believe] officer of the USA’s armed forces, I am sure you are aware that war is very energy demanding [from armaments’ manufacture, to transport [and construction thereof], to rebuilding and uses large amount of limited resources {titanium, Tungsten, Mo, Fe, Cr, Etc – many of which are limited under present technology to 10-20 years supply and PLEASE note the following: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/business/story/0,28124,25550073-5017996,00.html this about rare earth metals needed for wind turbines, electric/hybrid cars etc. – suggestion do not pick on China]

Therefore:

Keeping in mind the security of your own grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and their friends in and out of USA, you are bound as a honorable man, and due to the Oath of Office to defend the USA in the future, to start a thread indicating how the military industrial complex and the oversized defense [DoD, D of Energy, Homeland Security, 16 spy agencies, etc] can be transformed to NECESSARY [see above} investment, manufacture, design, construction for the LONG TERM SECURITY OF THE USA.

PLEASE NOTE: Numerous scientific papers have indicated in the near past that WITHOUT CHEAP ENERGY SOURCE the EARTH’s carrying capacity is about 1.5 Billion people, which indicates that the die off in the near future may be as high as 1 in 5.Now in the USA there are more guns than adults!!!

Cordially yours:
Norbert Marian Salamon


Farmer Don

Happy Birthday Colonel! Yes many thanks for this blog.

From your last post "My Escalade is still purring along nicely on Regular gas. pl"

Yup, one old Dinosaur driving another old Dinosaur.

All the best from this old Dinosaur.
Don S.

optimax

Happy birthday, Colonel, and thanks for the blog.

George Macready was a great actor and "Paths of Glory" a great film. Its theme about the abuse of authority, of leaders making decisions based on personal gain and not sound tactics, is timeless. I see our financial meltdown as a result of the same hubris. It's the man in the trenches who pays the ultimate price.
Another classic war movie is William Wellman's "Battleground."
"That's for sure. That's for dang sure." Li'l Abner.

Charles I

Happy Birthday Pat and many more. Good man, great blog, God Bless

fanto

Happy Birthday Colonel,
It is wonderful coincidence that you and my late Old Man share the 31st of May. He would be 114 years old today. He also was an astute observer of world politics, survived the WWI and WWII. He was also conversant in French, Latin but not Arabic nor Hebrew. He thought that the WWI was a bigger "caesure" in war-making than WW2.
I will have a drink to both of you.

Clifford Kiracofe

Happy Birthday!!!

Many thanks for the blog.

Pitchforks,Torches&Pike World

Happy Birthday Colonel and I wish you good health and many more.Thank you for your blog posts and thanks to all the commenters.......Yours in Peace

magurakurin

Happy Birthday Colonel


But isn't that a photo of the character General Mireau in the film Paths of Glory? Colonel, you sell yourself short, he was the bad guy in that film. I definitely figure you much more for a Colonel Dax.
http://filmjournal.net/clydefro/files/2007/03/douglas-in-paths-of-glory.JPG

Many happy returns, and thanks for the unique perspectives on world issues.

ServingPatriot

COL,

Best wishes and regards!

Keep up the good work.

SP

Buzz Meeks

Happy Birthday Col.

Keep 'em flying,

Buzz Meeks

rjj

Revel and be merrie.

Many happy returns.

Mac Nayeri

Cheers!!

Lindy

You don't need to let this one through. It's a link to a photo I took this morning, with a wish for a happy birthday.

http://www.lindysgraphics.net/special/hbcl.jpg

Michael Torpey

Happy Birthday Col. Lang, and many more.

zanzibar

Best wishes Pat!

May you have many, many more in good health and cheer. A fine bourbon to reflect on those moments that bring a smile.

Thanks for enabling this Committee!

CMike

http://dcmemorials.com/index_indivAllPix0001556.htm


http://www.kittytours.org/thatman2/search.asp?subject=46


Hail Rienza! (aka Winchester)

http://www.sonofthesouth.net/union-generals/sheridan/poem-sheridans-ride.htm


YT

生日快乐。

jr786

Hapyy Birthday, Colonel, and thanks for the most interesting, thought provoking blog around. eid milaad sa'id!

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