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September 2018

A Soaring Death Toll in Indonesia in the Wake of Double Whammy Natural Disasters

The grim reality of an increasing death toll is now taking hold over Indonesia in the wake of double whammy natural disasters - earthquake and tsunami, last Friday. Sadly, the confirmed dead has now climbed to 832, with fears that that number could end in the thousands.

The BBC-News reported earlier today that recovery and rescue efforts are discovering grim realities of people trapped in fallen buildings and scores of dead along the coast following the 7.5 earthquake and ensuing tsunami that cascaded water of over 20-feet into the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi.

Comfort and Strength to the People of Indonesia in the Wake of Natural Disasters

That more than 380 people have fallen victim to an earthquake and its aftermath tsunami in Palu, on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, last Friday, clearly underscores humanity's vulnerability to the wrath and power of natural disasters. We send our condolences to the people of Indonesia and our prayers of comfort, and strength toward a resolve to rebuild.

Last Friday a 7.5 earthquake struck the seismic-prone area sending a tsunami of some 10-feet-tall onto the vacation land. Hospitals, streets, buildings and neighborhoods were decimated with flooding sea water resulting in the hundreds of casualties.

An Erred Chemical Past Returns to Roost - PCBs Threaten to Doom some Orcas

A chemical - polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB - once heavily and widely used in industry in the manufacture of plastics, sealants, paints and coolants, but banned largely in the 1980s because of its toxic property, has returned to wreak havoc upon the ecology of the seas. And according to a new study, the difficult to destroy chemical now threatens into extinction as much as 50% of the world's killer whale population.

Citing a study published in Science Magazine, the BBC-News reported that killer whales, orcas, are in dire trouble because of persistent chemical pollution in the environment.

Her Story - Their Stories - all Need a Fair hearing

As a matter of principle, and out of respect for all victims of alleged sexual abuse, the names of said victims will not be repeated there.

With that said and referencing the matter concerning the hearing of a nominee for the United States (US) Supreme Court, I submit that all victims of sexual abuse are entitled to a fair and just hearing of their claims. And the accused a rebuttal.

Traumatizing events from the times of youth demand clarification at an appropriate hearing.  

So let her story be told, let their stories be told and be allowed for rebuttal, all in the name of truth, justice and moral character.

Each Nation for Itself - the Trump Way

In publicly rejecting globalism on the international stage, yesterday, at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), United States (US) President Donald Trump, in essence called for 'each man for himself' or for each nation to fend for itself and its own interest over all other things - a stark reversal of the role and theme of US foreign policy ever since the culmination of World War II.

So according to the Trump way, if the ship is sinking, then forget about rational coordination of rescue with others, it's each man for himself - chaos and selfishness with an emphasis on the "me" and not the "we".

Multilateralism is not an Infringement on Sovereignty - It Promotes Rational Cooperation on Stability and Security

If the Donald Trump administration argues that multilateralism is in any way an infringement of sovereignty as a motto to the flawed jargon of "Make America Great Again", then the administration will only succeed in further isolating the United States (US) at a crucial juncture when international cooperation is needed to further human development.

Multilateralism and not imperialism or nationalism, is what has brought great wealth and power to the US over the years. Yet, instead of continuing the developmental alliance with other nations toward the general good of Planet Earth, the Trump administration as the president might today claim at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), could deepen the Republic's growing isolation by summoning a larger break in cooperation with European and other allies.

The "Tiger" Roars Back - Woods Wins

American golfer Tiger Woods won his first PGA Tour event in five-years, yesterday, at East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia.

With that victory, Tiger has roared back into golfing highlights and has sparked renewed interest in an often boring game, which has netted its best audiences when Tiger does very well. 

His command for the game of golf enticed me in 2000, to attend my first and only golf tournament, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, at Bay Hill, Florida, where my two older sons got to witness a Tiger victory, down the street from where he then lived at Isleworth, and across the street from our home at Dr.

Humanity's Last Best Hope - the United Nations

If the late great statesman and former Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Kofi Annan, of Ghana, was correct in describing the international organization as: "The last best hope of humanity", then substantial progress toward world harmony and global peace and stability would emerge out of the present 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), taking place in New York City, New York, that concludes on October 1.

But I submit that no measurable consensus toward a better world will emerge following the 73rd Session of the UNGA.

No Solace in the Arrival of Autumn 2018

Under a very round harvest moon, Autumn falls on the Northern Hemisphere, today, September 22, 2018 at 9:54 E.S.T. The arrival of the Autumn Equinox brings no guarantee of comfort or of peace with the natural ushering in of cooler temperatures. It, however, threatens to underscore the conflicted reality of no solace to the many people in dire need of comfort.

Sadly also, this Autumn 2018, could see new conflicts take shape against named proxies as competing foes seek to gain national recognition via desperate acts to cling to diminishing power over their realms.

World Peace Day 2018

Today, September 21, is United Nations (UN) observed International Day for Peace, or World Peace Day, for short. 

The theme for this year's observance is: "The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70", in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed at Paris, France, December 10, 1948, an admission of a standard  of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

In commemorating this day and its theme of "the Right to Peace", UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has declared: "it is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.