The Danger Within

With President Trump continually putting his foot in his mouth inciting more division in an already divisive country there lies a danger more insidious than the words spouted by our President. In the wake of the aftermath of Charlottesville where our leaders and the press have devoted to keeping the tensions rising we all should be focusing on a common denominator that every one of us needs in order to survive. We all need food, clean fresh water, clothes, and shelter. I am afraid that these basic human needs are sadly lacking in practically every city and town all across the country. Yet, too much of our energy is wasted on the bigotry that has emerged in the form of our President. If just for once it would be great if our President and Congress focus on the real danger lurking in every grocery store. Sadly though our President continues to push the racial divide that has now escalated into a full blown crisis. This when the real crisis at hand is one of the very basic needs of humanity.

The propaganda media and the establishment elites have imbedded themselves to turn the nation’s attention away from the clear and present danger facing populations especially Americans by scaring us with thought of imminent danger from North Korea and the mounting racial tensions. A repeat of history for it was just about 43 years ago that the media was so focused on Watergate the US was blind sided by our first energy crisis. Today, we again are being misled by the media in collusion with multinational corporations backed up by U.S. sanctions knowing full well what they are doing to populations. In the name of profit first these multinational corporations are killing food sources, pollinators and people with the chemicals used in every corporate farming application.

It is this summer at the peak of our growing season farmers have been recently posting photographs on social sites like Twitter and Facebook showing their crops withering and dying. Today, millions of acres of farmland all across the country have been decimated by the herbicide dicamba. For over 20 years Chemical and seed giants of Monsanto, DuPont and BASF SE have created GMO crops that were intended to withstand pesticides including dicamba. The problem being that these GMO food sources have not only these chemical compounds being absorbed into crops farmers continue to use dicamba to kill weeds but we continue to consume these crops. The real reason why the public is not fully aware of this crisis is because the major media outlets refuse to alarm the population by not publishing the photos that the farmers have been posting on the Internet. The bigger question is why? Just maybe the mega news conglomerates and many elected officials have been in bed with these chemical giants for a very long time. And, if the population knew what these corporations were actually doing and the obscene profits they are making let alone the diseases that are a direct cause of what is actually in our food this gravy train could come to a screeching halt.

While crops continue to wither and die the cost of food continues to rise and the spread of illnesses continues to multiply. One of the major crops has always been soybeans and with the massive damage to soybean crops this summer farmers are forced to by Monsanto GMO soybean seeds. Already the profits that Monsanto derived form this catastrophe has again driven up the cost of just about every thing else consumers buy. The EPA under the Trump Administration apparently not very concerned to stop Monsanto to end the use of GMO seeds and the mass spraying of pesticides and herbicides. Meanwhile, it is not widely known that dicamba is very toxic when ingested. The fact of the matter is that all pesticides used in today’s corporate farming applications are very toxic. This toxicity is a prime cause to why diseases especially in America has been increasing faster every year. Yet no one seems to know why or even care as to why cancer, diabetes and other illnesses keep increasing and infecting more and more of our population.

Every year in the United State over 40,000 people are diagnosed with diabetes, more suffer cancer, and even more of our population suffer from obesity. Many auto-immune disorders like celiac and lupus have also risen dramatically. Apparently the medical community won’t acknowledge that they can’t put two and two together in figuring out that Monsanto and other GMO food that we have been ingesting for decades now is the prime reason why so many come down with preventable illnesses.

Today we all are under assault on a daily basis from chemicals in the air, our water, {Flint Michigan ring a bell} and our food. And, like today with the debate about vaccinations the cause and effect is separated so that no one ever puts two and two together. But the fact of the matter is that the absorption of chemicals that is in our food, our water, and our air is killing people at a much faster rate than ever before. The danger within is being purposely ignored just for profit.

In the Midst of History: An Air Force Veteran Remembers – The Cuban Missile Crisis

There was much about the future that *John could not foresee in the autumn of 1958 when he went off to basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. John entered the military, like many young men at the time, as an act of independence.

He was 18 years old and a recent high school graduate and left home with youthful eagerness to train as a B 52 mechanic. The Cold War seemed more textbook than reality. John couldn’t imagine a Cold War showdown that would take our country to nuclear brinkmanship.

Basic training was followed by B 52 jet mechanic tech school and when he graduated in June 1959, John flew back home to Oregon and married his high school sweetheart. Together, they set out for a base in California, where John began work as a B-52 flight-line maintenance mechanic.

During the Cold War, the B 52′s were ever ready so they might allow America to penetrate Soviet air defenses if necessary. The aircraft hangers where John was stationed were large, inside the walls were unadorned and maintenance crews were hard-working and dedicated at keeping our planes mission ready.

When John F. Kennedy became President John says that he remembers thinking that Kennedy was taking the reins for a new generation. Soon, the first man would fly into space, but all too soon the new Commander and Chief was tested by the fear of all out nuclear war, remembered as the “Cuban Missile Crisis.”

On the flight-line John recalls being briefed that the placing of missiles in Cuba gravely increased the Soviet threat to the United States. Missiles in Cuba would be in a position to attack American population centers and military bases. The formation of such a potential was objectionable on military grounds alone, without considering the great political and psychological consequence.

B 52 squadrons were modern efficient, an all jet force fully capable of conducting nuclear war if we had to. John’s command was well-known for calling middle of the night alerts or Cold War exercise drills. Staged alerts were a Cold War way of life, but the alert called in October 1962 was real. Everyone at John’s military base, but more than ever out on the flight line, felt the fear and tension of probable war.

This time the alert was genuine and John knew all too well, the outcome could define the world’s future. At any moment a nuclear holocaust could erupt. During this national emergency, seventy-five American B 52′s from a number of Air Force bases were kept airborne 24/7.

The crisis had begun October 14, 1962, when U 2 reconnaissance imagery uncovered the Soviets building secret missile bases in Cuba. The photographs were made known to the President on October 16th when he was handed a folder with U-2 (a fairly new plane at the time, the U 2 spy plane was built for the CIA), surveillance photographs. The president now had hard photographic evidence that the Russians were setting up offensive missiles in Cuba.

The President and the military members on standby alert felt what was taking place in Cuba as personally directed from Khrushchev and America’s stand down with the Soviet’s began. Were the missiles to become operational a Soviet strike would have wiped out much of our Country’s defense.

John remembers the first rays of gray dawn were filtering through the trees when he was called back to the base after a scant couple of hours of sleep at home. Under the drifting cloud cover a chilly wind whipped through the open area leading to the base front gate. The drive he says was quiet and eerie; it seemed the world had stopped.

“When I reached the flight-line, I was struck by how silent it was. The usual one security check point now required three different checks. One, my everyday flight-line badge, the second and third were mandatory codes of the day. I had to have these before I could enter to perform maintenance.”

‘It seemed everyone working on the flight-line was lost in their own forbidding thoughts. We all had an intense sense of team and mission and at the same time I don’t think I have ever seen so many people make so little noise. We knew this was a global game from both governments’ perspectives.”

As flight-line mechanics they were issued new tools and an extra issue of clothing, to use if they were deployed without notice. “Our jobs were assigned by priority. Top priority was to be able to launch the planes on 15-minute notice, 24-hours. The next priority was to recover returning aircraft, such as refueling, replenish oxygen tanks, check tires, replace the B-52′s drag-parachute and fix any flight discrepancies.”

The Air Force at that time dominated with its strategic bombing philosophy. John recalls two flight crews flew on board each aircraft to have fresh crews for flying round the clock. “One crew slept while the other crew flew the plane.”

The Cuban Crisis was the most serious episode in the Cold War. It was said during the missile crisis, the President held the power of a god and the responsibility of a man. If he had stumbled, he might have brought about the obliteration of half if not all humanity.

A Soviet surface to air missile did shoot down one of our U 2′s, over Cuba on October 27 and this could have resulted in a full-fledged war were it not for the dispatch from Khrushchev, appealing for the removal of American missiles from Turkey. In return, Khrushchev would pull out of Cuba. This proved to be the culmination of the Crisis and with it the Cuban Missile Crisis came to an end.

Two-weeks after it began, on October 28, 1962, following an imposing confrontation that threatened world peace, President Kenney and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed that both sides would dismantle their missile installations.

John says, “The last days of October passed and those of us on the air force flight-line were thankful for the President’s firm resolve that helped end the Soviet missile crisis in Cuba, his determined steadfastness may have helped end the Soviet Missile Crisis in Cuba, but this was to be Kennedy’s last major achievement.” A little more than a year later, on November 22, 1963 he was assassinated.

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*John was stationed at Travis Air Force Base, California from 1959 to 1964, assigned to a B-52 Squadron. After leaving Travis he became a C-130 flight engineer and enjoyed a 20-year military career. Today he lives with his wife near San Antonio, Texas.