Monday, March 14, 2016

In order to have incited a riot, one first has to start a riot. This is not a riot. Sorry about that, but, it isn't.

I find it more interesting the police initially didn't arrest the assailant to the protester. Ever get the idea the police might have wanted to do the same thing. The southern culture in North Carolina is not what most Americans expect. North Carolina is Talk Radio territory. What does anyone expect? 

The only way Donald Trump is indictable at all in this is if he directed the actions of the assailant. He didn't.

The Chicago issue was more or less self-propagating. Postponing a rally is disappointing, but, anger and aggression? I hate to disappoint anyone, but, Chicago was not inciting a riot by Trump. Whether there were others within in the hall or outside that incited riots is a different question. 

I am so tired of this stupidity, there are no words.

Indonesia's fire season is manmade. They use fire rather than clear cutting and then supposedly farm it.

The stupidity of the man-made fire season in Indonesia is that the tropical hardwoods they could be farming are far more valuable then what they could do and are doing otherwise.

March 15, 2016
By Sarah Porter 

Indonesia's so-called fire season (click here) last year was one of the worst on record, but the fires are back and burning out of control with a state of emergency already declared in one province.
Between about June and October, more than 100,000 fires burned down millions of hectares of fragile forest lands.
There were human and animal fatalities, and the economic damage was estimated to be more than $15bn (£10bn).
For more than 20 years these fires have been an annual occurrence, as farmers and agricultural companies clear Indonesia's forests and carbon-rich peatlands to make way for pulpwood, palm oil and rubber plantations, or for smaller scale subsistence farming....

There are books and papers written about this stupidity. (click here)

Some countries are not as stupid. Currently, tropical hardwoods are exceptionally rare in any commercial use. The reason for that is because the forests themselves are grossly mismanaged and frequently burned to the ground. There are still some tribes that use slash and burn as a life philosophy, but, the slash and burn in Indonesia is not a lifestyle so much as pure misguided short term greed.

There are some tropical forests still valued that attract wildlife, such as BIRDS, that tourists pay handsomely to take home pictures and videos of mating rituals. There are some tropical forests that are untouchable and scientists go in from time to time to mark some of the forest for harvest. 

But, the circus in Indonesia is very sad. Indonesia has also replaced beautiful carbon sinks with Palm Tree plantations. Palm Tree plantations destroy habitat and with it species after species of plants and trees as well as wildlife. The loss of those plants and trees are a profound deficit to the carbon balance of Earth.  

This picture to the right is a canopy of a Central American tropical rain forest. That is a complex system that cannot be replaced in it's carbon content by a Palm Tree Plantation. This is what is being torched by Indonesians that could not understand wealth of tropical hardwoods if they tried.

Indonesia has corruption within it's government. Indonesia focuses on drug trafficking and because of that focus the corruption within the government in places like The Forest Service is ignored at the very least. 

It is March again in Indonesia and while the 'drug mules' are serving time in prison, the Bosses of the Tropical Rainforest are allowing the burning of precious forest that can only be replaced by scientists that understand those forests. 

Nicaragua realized about a decade ago the gross error it made by allowing it's tropical rainforest to be sacrificed for cattle. See, the tourist money was far, far better than sides of beef. Nicaragua asked scientists to find a way to replace the rainforests. My understanding is those rainforests are among the most sought by tourists. 

Nicaragua has some of the most extensive rainforests in Central America, (click here) even though most of the forests been cleared for agriculture, cattle grazing, and commercial logging, and by forest fires. The restructuring of the economy to repay foreign debts is said to be contributing to the destruction of the countries' natural resources. Overall, Nicaragua lost 21 percent of its forest cover between 1990 and 2005, though its deforestation rate has fallen 17 percent since the close of the 1990s.

In the mid- to late 1990s, the government granted a number of logging concessions that significantly increased forest degradation. By 1998 the loss of forest was substantial enough for Nicaragua's president to issue a decree banning the logging of cedar, mahogany, and bombox trees for a five-year period. The decree canceled existing logging permits for these timber species. Nevertheless, Nicaragua's forests continue to suffer from illegal logging operations. Today, by one estimate, illegal logging constitutes about half of total timber production. The trade feeds corruption and has known links to criminal syndicates and gangs....

These countries need militias to stop pouchers of wildlife and logging. Belize has a roving military group in its' forests because the country needs the wealth from it's tourism and approved logging.

When is Indonesia ever going to 'GET IT!' 

Russia's navy in the eastern Mediterranean Sea is a stabilizing force.

Iran, as an example, finds it reassuring to have it's best ally nearby. Countries such as Iran will seek more and more military power if it feels vulnerable. In the case of Iran there is a long history of oppression and victimization of the ethnicity.

It is important Russia is maintaining a presence in Syria.

21 January 2016

Russian has paraded (click here) it naval might in the Mediterranean, inviting reporters aboard a destroyer cruising off Syria’s coast in scenes reminiscent of the Soviet era.

The military demonstrated its global presence on Thursday by bringing Moscow-based journalists aboard the Vice Admiral Kulakov destroyer, which sailed alongside the flagship of the Russian naval group, the Varyag missile cruiser.

By establishing a long-term presence in the eastern Mediterranean, the Russian military has revived a Soviet-era capability to project naval power far from its borders.

The display of Russia’s military operations came before planned peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition next week in Geneva, which are meant to pave the way for a political settlement for Syria. Since Russia launched its bombing campaign in Syria on 30 September, its warplanes have flown more than 5,700 missions in support of Syrian government troops....

If I said the death of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr (click here) was the fault of Iran, would anyone in Iran believe me?

January 20, 2016
By Uri Friedman

...Frederic Wehrey (click here) doesn’t buy that narrative. A scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace who researches identity politics in the Persian Gulf, Wehrey believes the execution of Nimr, rather than being the latest salvo in the Saudi-Iran shadow war, was primarily motivated by domestic politics in Saudi Arabia. Specifically, the Saudi royal family wanted to appease powerful Sunni clerics angered by the kingdom’s cooperation with the United States in the fight against ISIS, a Sunni jihadist group....

At the time of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr's death, Iran needs to realize why it occurred. It was not considered likely, but, then something happened.

The region had become unsettled. Yemen produced a successful coupe of Houthis. There were border clashes between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. I strongly believe the death of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was induced and not necessary. It was induced by Iran and it's desperate plans to create it's counter country of Daesh's caliphate.

Shiekh Nimr al-Nimr as a political prisoner was executed to impress on the Shi'ites within Saudi Arabia their fate if they chose to take up arms against the Kingdom. His death is not about a direct threat he posed to the Kingdom, but, resulted because of Iran's willingness to bring instability to the region. If I recall correctly, Russia told Iran to knock it off.

It is very bold of me to speak of the Iranian Supreme Leader. I think he tries very hard to protect the Iranians as well as the Shia in general no matter where they reside in the middle east or elsewhere. I believe the Supreme Leader views Iran as a safe haven for the Shia. I am quite confident the Supreme Leader remembers the treatment of the Shi'ites before the overthrow of the Shah. The Iranian Revolution was a forge to his reality, his faith and his resolve. 

The time has come for him to realize his power as a leader of the Shia. It is also time for him to reflect on the reality of the Shia in the presence of the Grand Ayatollah Al-Sayyid Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani. The Grand Ayatollah is now 85 years old and his wisdom to such men as the Supreme Leader is urgent. 

Iran has to realize it's limitations if it is to protect the Shia in all regions of The Crescent. Let the Shia not lose lands and people, but, end the strife of survival and strike a peace with the other regional powers. The Grand Ayatollah has a long lived reputation of being the peace Ayatollah. I recommend the Supreme Leader visit with the Grand Ayatollah and come to understand exactly what survival under peace requires.

Iran can seek to set The Crescent on fire to bring about an overwhelming and powerful Shia country, but, there is very great danger in that idea. No different than the danger that existed for Daesh. Other powers will not view Shi'ite aggression as a rightful authority to land. There will be war for a long time and the people like Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr will be sacrificed over and over to impress the power of the governing authority.

I think it best for Iran to find peace and practice it. It has a very strong ally in Russia and the advice of Russian leaders should not be taken frivolously. In recent weeks the King of Saudi Arabia stated the only reason for the estrangement of Iran in their dealings is directly due to the instability in the region. Iran is responsible for that instability. Saudi Arabia also stated Iran could be considered a better neighbor if the hostilities in the region ended. 

I suggest the Supreme Leader seek advice and council. It is time Iran was as much a peace maker as anyone. The old fears have to be abandoned and security of the Shi'ites placed ahead of any other idea. That security comes from Iran's neighbors as well as it's own ability to national defense. REGIONAL DEFENSES are as much a part of a sovereign authority as the sovereign military. Iran has yet to develope sincere RESPECT of it's neighbors through diplomatic relations that nurture peace and prosperity.

I wish all well.

Bernie Sanders' people see their way to the nomination.

...“We are going to have to beat her (click here) in a number of upcoming states and we are going to have beat her in some decisive battleground states—big states, like probably New York, her own home state, and a state like California, at the end of the process,” he says. “And I think if we do, if we can put together enough delegates, if we can win the race for pledged delegates, I think it's going to be close but I think we can still win it.”...

They aren't just crossing their fingers. They see a path.
The national election in the USA is November 8, 2016 (click here). One of the issues will be domestic terrorists and any relationship to immigration. I hope every candidate will have a reasonable answer to voters.

The voters in 2016 are not playing around anymore. What are those running for office going to do to bring about immigration reform to end the migration of terrorists into the USA? It is a real issue and immigration reform is definitely no the agenda. It could easily be a make or break issue.

Anti-immigration is alive and well in Germany.

14 March 2016

Following her party's success (click here) in the German regional elections, chairwoman of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party Frauke Petry told RT that the results were “even better” than anticipated, and that AfD can play a vital role.
Official election results proved a significant success for AfD, which received enough votes to get into three state legislatures. It secured 24.2 percent in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt, making it the second-largest party after the ruling Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), which won 29.8 percent....

Chancellor Merkel's popularity is slipping. Could it be the Trump effect?

Natural allies, in their coastlines of the Black Sea. Crimea recently had it one year celebration of annexation by Russia.

11 March 2016
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (click here) has said that Turkey has handed five mobile military hospitals to Ukraine, which will be sent to the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone.
"I want to report the transfer of five mobile hospitals. You know that before this, we received them from the U.S., Australia and Canada. At the moment, it is very important that we have received the first five hospitals from Turkey," he said during the visit to the flagship of the Ukrainian Naval Forces Hetman Sahaidachny frigate that takes part in the common training with the Naval Forces of Turkey in the Sea of Marmara.
The hospitals will be relocated to the sectors of responsibility in the ATO area after the return of Hetman Sahaidachny frigate to Ukraine, Poroshenko said.

While Crimea may celebrate it's one year anniversary, there is something it has in common with Ukraine. It's economic downturn.

Ukraine has seen a very difficult year economically with inflation to 43 percent. It's manufacturing sector is in the eastern region. The civil war did great damage to the country and ultimately the people. This was the first year Ukraine did not purchase Russia natural gas. It received what it needed from Europe for 30 percent more than Russia charged them. The economy turned to agriculture and the sale of honey sold to the EU from a trade agreement. Ukraine sold all it's contract to Europe within the first months of 2016 with warehouses still full. 

Though all the economic bad news though, Ukraine is resolved to maintain it's turn away from Russia. In that lies the question what will Ukraine do to return an economy with other countries? Turkey. Shipping and export costs from Ukraine is minimal. 

For Turkey, it now has a neighbor it can rely at it's northern border. At a time when Turkey is finding militants from it's mountains, namely PKK, a sincere danger, having its northern border in peaceful waters is more than welcome.

Hopefully, Ukraine and Turkey can find economic common ground. It would help both countries. And if anyone in the neighborhood wants some honey on store shelves, Ukraine has the answer.

As to Eastern Ukraine, the Minsk II agreement still exists. It will up to the people of Eastern Ukraine to mend it's land while rebuilding it's manufacturing capacity. Those eastern towns should meet with the governing body in Kiev and arrange for a return of economic strength.

To note: Russia has placed economic restrictions on Turkey after the Russia jet was shot down.

March 14, 2016
Geopolitics (click here) often makes for strange bedfellows, and at times countries with little in common politically or culturally still form agreements and alliances that make strategic sense. This was exemplified last week, when Ukraine and Turkey signed a number of political, economic and military deals during Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's visit to Ankara on March 8-9. Poroshenko noted that the key achievement of his visit was the strengthening of security and defense ties between the two countries, and he thanked his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for his commitment to supporting Ukraine's territorial integrity. 
The statement was a direct reference to Russia, the common rival bringing Ukraine and Turkey closer together. In Ukraine's case, Russia is backing the separatists in eastern Ukraine, while in Turkey's case, Russia is supporting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al Assad and enabling the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in the Syrian conflict. Both Ukraine and Turkey have been engaged in indirect military combat operations against Russia and have seen relations their with Moscow deteriorate as a result....

There was still another car bomb in Ankara. It was attributed to PKK.

March 13, 2016
Ankara: Turkish authorities on Sunday (click here) declared new 24-hour, indefinite curfews for two mainly-Kurdish towns where Turkey’s security forces are set to launch large-scale operations to battle Kurdish militants.
Turkey has imposed curfews in several flashpoints in the southeast since August to root out militants linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, who had set up barricades, dug trenches and planted explosives. The military operations have raised concerns over human rights violations and scores of civilian deaths. Tens of thousands of people have also been displaced by the fighting.
The governor’s office for Hakkari province, which borders Iraq and Iran, said a curfew would take effect in the town Yuksekova at 2000 GMT on Sunday, adding that entering and leaving the town would also be banned. The announcement came as news reports said dozens of tanks had been deployed to the town.
Soon after, authorities in Mardin province announced that a round-the-clock would take effect in the town of Nusaybin — on the border with Syria — at midnight.

Residents were seen leaving Nusaybin on Sunday, packing cars or heading toward the bus terminal even before the curfew was announced, the Dogan news agency reported. Some tanks were parked at a school ahead of the planned offensive, it said....
14 March 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin (click here) has ordered Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to start the withdrawal of forces from Syria starting Tuesday.
“I consider the objectives that have been set for the Defense Ministry to be generally accomplished. That is why I order to start withdrawal of the main part of our military group from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic starting from tomorrow,”Putin said on Monday during a meeting with Shoigu and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Moscow launched its anti-terror campaign in Syria on September 30 last year. Russia’s participation in the operation, according to a previous statement by Putin, has its basis in international law and has been conducted “in accordance with an official request from the president of the Syrian Arab Republic [Bashar Assad].”
The Russian Air Force has been carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and other terrorist targets in the region, eliminating military equipment, communication centers, vehicles, arms and fuel depots.
At Moscow's initiative, a phone conversation between Vladimir Putin and Syria's President Bashar Assad was held on Monday evening, the Kremlin reported.
The two leaders agreed that the actions of Russia's Air Force in Syria have allowed them to "profoundly reverse the situation" in connection to fighting terrorists in the region, having "disorganized militants' infrastructure and inflicted fundamental damage upon them."
Very sorry to hear about the injury of Todd Palin. 

He is in critical care. Every hour that passes in the recovery of a serious injury usually leads to more and more hours that then turn into days and weeks and months...

I hope Todd Palin has many, many years to live with his family in happiness.

March 14, 2016
By Julia Manchester and Polson Kenneth

...Sarah Palin (click here) canceled a campaign event set to take place Monday in Florida.
"Todd Palin was in a bad snow machine accident last night and is currently hospitalized. Gov. Palin is returning to Alaska to be with her husband and looks forward to being back on the campaign trail soon. Mr. Trump's thoughts and prayers are with the Palin family at this time," said a Trump campaign statement.
Palin's cancellation comes two days after Trump scrapped a rally in Chicago due to protests. The number of protesters at Trump's rallies has grown over the past couple of weeks.
The 2008 vice presidential nominee endorsed the business mogul in January.

The coal mining industry is highly mechanized. That mechanization ended most of the jobs politics claim as belonging to EPA regulation.

There are already a large number of coal miners out of business and their employees unemployed for a long time. Hillary Clinton stated what needed to be said.

I am quite confident coal mining communities would welcome far cleaner environments for their families and school children. Hillary Clinton has a vision for their future and I look forward to it, too.

I always thought the EPA never went far enough, actually. The jobs lost in coal mining has nothing to do with wind or solar energy. It is obvious the jobs are gone because of wealth sought by stockholders and owners. It wasn't until President Obama took office did the scale of solar and wind take on a far larger distribution of the energy needed for the USA. Coal mining jobs were long gone by then.

Yes, politicians like Mitch McConnell lie to be elected.

Black lung (click here) is a legal term describing a preventable, occupational lung disease that is contracted by prolonged breathing of coal mine dust. Described by a variety of names, including miner's asthma, silicosiscoal workers' pneumoconiosis, and black lung, they are all dust diseases with the same symptoms....

My maternal grandfather died of this lung disease after working in Pennsylvania mines since the age or 9. Yes, that is 9 years old and not 19 years old. He was born 1900 before Child Labor Laws. His parents died of the avian flu in 1918. He supported his brothers and sisters until he married at the age of 23 years old.

The disease is horrible, but, it is not restricted to the coal miners. The soot of coal mining migrates into the COMMUNITY AIR and is a covering on public schools. There is nothing benevolent about coal. It is a heart ache for this country from the beginning of time. The USA is better off leaving it in the ground and expanding far different economics.

To my understanding the EPA has never leveraged fines or charges based on the poor air quality in communities. The Black Lung Disease Fund should have been extended to families of mine workers and other community members such as shop keepers. Such expansion of that fund would require investigation and factual events of lung disease in these communities. A good place to start are the archives of local hospitals. I am sure there are statistics of community members with lung disease. I am very confident when analyzed the statistical difference than the rest of the country without coal mines is stark.

Ethnic mistrust enters into most of the civil wars throughout the Shia Crescent.

USA policy in the middle east is about occupation, not sound policy that removes fears of ethnic cleansing. Sovereign borders are not determined by chromosome either. (click here)

The Houthis, officially called Ansar Allah, is a Zaidi Shia-led movement from Sa'dah, northern Yemen.

The Housthis, as well as Iran, don't see themselves as rebels. They see themselves as defending their ethnic existence. Is this a convenient excuse for civil war? No. Iran believes it acts to defend and protect Shia in the middle east including Yemen.

Saudi Arabia understands the ethnic dynamics at work here and is the reason why the Kingdom extends it's hand in peace with the promise of good relations again. At the heart of all these issues is a fearful heart for it's Shia existence. So, to the people at war without resolution,victory means their exist and survive. The problem is that while they see their ethnic survival, but, not the survival of their perceived oppressor.

Iran is supportive of the unrest and so called 'fight for survival.' Iran has to be part of the peace to end it's own problems as being a supporter of terrorists, in providing material support for terrorism.

There is no reason for all this to continue. Women and children would welcome the right to survive, worship, love their families and be educated with a quality of life never secured for the Shia. Fighting for their lives is all the Shia have known for decades if not a century or more. The Shia children and their mothers want a chance at life and not a gun in their hands.

March 13, 2016
By Mark Mazzeti

...A year later, (click here) the war has been a humanitarian disaster for Yemen and a study in the perils of the Obama administration’s push to get Middle Eastern countries to take on bigger military roles in their neighborhood. Thousands of Yemeni civilians have been killed, many by Saudi jets flying too high to accurately deliver the bombs to their targets. Peace talks have been stalled for months. American spy agencies have concluded that Yemen’s branch of Al Qaeda has only grown more powerful in the chaos.

The Obama administration has in the meantime been whipsawed by criticism from all sides. Although the United States has provided the Saudi-led coalition with intelligence, airborne fuel tankers and thousands of advanced munitions, Arab allies have at times complained that the support is halfhearted and freighted with too many restrictions.

Critics of the American involvement argue that the White House should not be giving any military assistance at all to what they call a reckless, incoherent war.

“As I read the conflict in Yemen, I have a hard time figuring out what the U.S. national security interests are,” Senator Christopher S. Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said during a congressional hearing this year...

What will be the security of the Alawites: Assad has always been their protector.

The Alawite location has always taken precedent with Assad. The Alawites is why Hezbollah is in Lebanon and explains much of the Shia Crescent. When talking about any peace process Assad is equated to Iran simply because he is Shia. Russia will back Iran and Iran will back Assad. To the Shia there are no country borders, there are nations of people.

The United Nations can remove weapons of mass destruction from Syria, but, that doesn't mean there will be peace. The conflict in Syria is not about peace, it is about the preservation of ethnic security. The extremist groups have no allegiance to any leader, but, only themselves. 

Why is there a civil war in Syria? Is it over Assad? Or is the fact Assad represents a threat to Sunni Arabs more the reason Syria experiences instability. Assad cannot go back to his old ways. There has to be stability for all the nations of people within Syria. Security can be peaceful, but, the real question is, can Syria achieve peace without specific recognition of ethnic security? I think not. There needs to be a recognition of the Shia Crescent in the peace talks and recognition of 'nations of people' security. Perhaps the real peace talks is not about unifying Syria so much as setting up borders within Syria that indicate NATION-STATES.

There needs to be a legal dictate recognizing the traditional lands where Shia and Sunni have lived within Syria. These traditional lands go back hundreds and thousands of years. The borders in Syria indicating ethnic lands should be a natural resolve, not one carved out of anyone's imagination. The UN Treaty for movement toward peace within Syria seems somewhat obvious to me. Assad should not have to push his authority into Lebanon with Hezbollah securing the Alawite territory. There needs to be an understanding the 'Nation of Alawite' is secure through a UN Security Council agreement, PLACING them on their traditional lands within Syria. That is the only way any authority will have respect by the entire of Syria. 

The peaceful movement for Syria lies in recognizing ethnics and their land enforceable by international agreements. Syria is still a country with COMMON needs for people such as housing, water, food and national security, but, where ethnics are gathered there are special identity permitted. This is not the first time ethnic tensions are the focus of war. Perhaps the best way to define Syria's war is ethnic cleansing and not a civil war at all.

March 14, 2016
By Jamey Keaten

...The two sides deeply split (click here) on the future of President Bashar Assad. His foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem, said Saturday that any talk of removing Assad during a transitional period sought by the U.N. was “a red line,” and rejected an international call for presidential elections to be held within 18 months — a key demand of the opposition.
“Spoilers will try to upset the talks ... public rhetoric will try to cast iron preconditions, but this is a moment of truth — and hopefully, proactive chance,” de Mistura said.
De Mistura also said the onus for achieving successful talks rests with the U.N. Security Council, the International Syria Support Group of 18 regional nations and world powers — and especially the United States and Russia. Those two countries that have spearheaded the process and struck a deal that paved the way for the cessation of hostilities two weeks ago.
“The real peace-makers here are the peace-making powers who wanted these talks — the ISSG and the Security Council members — and hopefully the Syrian sides,” de Mistura said. “If during these talks, and in the next rounds, we will see no notice of any willingness to negotiate, which we hope will not be the case, obviously we will do what we want to do, and what we have done: We will bring the issue back to those who have influence.”...

Daesh originally called itself "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The reference to the Levant is a direct threat of the Alawites. Some of what exists in the political vapors within Syria is a much larger threat within the Shia Crescent. 

Kindly recall before the Iranian Revolution the Shia were being marginalized in the region. They were becoming so marginalized the 'nation of Shia' took the land called Iran to protect their own existence. That same fear exists today and manifests in conflict where Shia exist. Saudi Arabia cut ties to Iran because of the conflicts that manifest because of that insecurity by the Shia. The loss of Shi'ites over the past two to three decades has been considerable when the Crescent is recognized as an ethnic state.

The greatest threat, real threat, to the disruption of any peace in Syria is continued fears of the Shia. That fear has existed a long time and is not easily resolved. The reasons extremists exist is because of the ethnic threat. The ethnic threat is the real destabilizing impetus in the entire region. Syria needs to be STRUCTURED to provide states/provinces where ethnic security is a reality.

Anthropologists have to be at the peace table to structure the agreement regarding ethnic security.

Pi Day

Pi Day (click here) is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits....